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Dayspring Presbyterian Church

 

October 3, 2017

Dear Dayspring Family,

In this past Sunday’s sermon, I talked about enigmas - those things which sound on the surface like they couldn’t or shouldn’t be true, but which in fact are.  And I pointed out that in Acts 5 we see at least four examples of this kind of truth in the early church.  They are things that are counter-intuitive or which seem unlikely on the surface, but which are nevertheless true.   For example, the holiness of God was demonstrated by God Himself in a frightening way, so that fear fell upon everyone.  And while it seems like this would surely discourage people from joining the church, the church grew, in Luke’s words, more than ever before.  As well, the church was opposed and persecuted, and yet it continued to preach with passion the Good News about Jesus Christ.

In my message, I mentioned an article that I had read which was written by PCA pastor, Kevin DeYoung.  It is titled “The Secret to Reaching the Next Generation”, and is part of a book titled, Don’t Call It a Comeback.   In it, Pastor DeYoung explains what he believes the church needs to do in order to reach the people of this world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  And what he says may seem counter-intuitive to some, but I believe he is exactly right.  Let me share with you a little of what he says.

After giving four other biblical points on reaching the upcoming generation, he makes this final point: We must Amaze them with God.  He argues that we must not give the impression that the Gospel is merely moralism (what people should do or not do) or doing good things for others (like feeding homeless people, or digging a well for those without water).  Rather, we should Amaze them with God.  Then he says this:

“The Gospel is not a message about what we need to do for God, but about what God has done for us.  So get them with the Good News about who God is and what he has done for us.

Some of us, it seems, are almost scared to tell people about God.  Perhaps because we don’t truly know Him.  Maybe because we prefer living in triviality.   Or maybe because we don’t consider knowing God to be very helpful in real life.  I have to fight against this unbelief in my own life.  If only I would trust God that He is enough to win the hearts and minds of the next generation.  It’s His work much more than it is mine or yours.  So make Him front and center.  Don’t preach your doubts as a mystery.  And don’t reduce God to your own level.  If ever people were starving for a God the size of God, surely it is now.

Give them a God who is holy, independent, and unlike us, a God who is good, just, full of wrath, and full of mercy.  Give them a God who is sovereign, powerful, tender, and true.  Give them a God with edges.  Give them an undiluted God who makes them feel cherished and safe, and small and uncomfortable too.  Give them a God who works all things after the council of His will and for the glory of His name.  Give them a God whose love is lavish and free.  Give them a God worthy of wonder and fear, a God big enough for all our faith, hope, and love.

Do your friends, your church, your family, your children know that God is the center of the universe?  Can they see that He is at the center of your life?

...As you try to reach the next generation for Christ, you can amaze them with your cleverness, your humor, or your looks.  Or you can amaze them with God.  I need a lot of things in my life.  There are schedules and details and a long to-do list.  I need food and water and shelter.  I need sleep.  I need more exercise and I need to eat better.  But this is my greatest need and yours: to know God, love God, delight in God, and make much of God...Imagine that.  Reaching the next generation for God by showing them more of God.  That’s just crazy enough to work!”

These are great words to keep in mind as we pray, serve, and reach out to those who do not know Christ.

Serving with you in His Kingdom,

Pastor Dave

 

 

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Dayspring Presbyterian Church
1045 Highway 41 South
Forsyth, Georgia 31029
Phone 478 994 4503
Fax 478 994 9601
Regular Schedule  
Office Hours
  • Typically - Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:00 to 3:00
Sunday
  • Prayer
    – 9:00 AM
  • Sunday School
    – 9:30 AM
  • Morning Worship
    – 10:45 AM
  • Home Bible Study Fellowship at the Stricklands unless stated otherwise
    – 6:00 PM
Wednesday
  • Fellowship Meal
    – 6:00 PM
  • Prayer Time and Bible discussion groups meet
    – 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM
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Upcoming Events

WIC meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 10th at 7 p.m. at the home of Moven Futch.

Young men’s campout on October 13-14.  Please RSVP to Pastor Dave at 478-284-2487 as soon as possible if you are interested in attending.

Pastor Installation will be on Sunday, October 15th following the evening worship service with a snack supper. Each family is asked to bring 1 savory or 1 sweet dish to share with others.

English Contra Dance - October 27th - 7:00-9:30 pm - Join us for an evening of delightful diversion. Instructions will be given with each dance.  $5 per person.  Proceeds will pay for shipping of OCC shoeboxes.

Reformation Meal - October 29th - Join us as we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517.

OCC National Collection Week:  November 13-20th   Place your Dayspring boxes at the front of the sanctuary by Sunday, November 19th.  Check the schedule in the hallway for ways and times you can help during collection week.  Coming soon:  Dates for Atlanta processing!

HBSF/Prayer meeting will meet at the Church on Sunday nights at 6:00 PM unless otherwise stated.

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