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Dayspring Presbyterian Church

Dear Dayspring Family,

Over the past three Sundays we have focused our attention on the church in both the Gospel of Matthew and the book of Acts.  We have seen that it is founded on Christ and built by Christ, that it is made up of all those called out of the darkness of the world into “His marvelous light, and that the LORD expects it to maintain holiness.  And we have seen that there are specific marks that must be present in Christ’s church.  These are what make it spiritually healthy.

In his book, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, Pastor Mark Dever explains what he believes are the major marks of churches that are accomplishing their God-given mission, and which are thus glorifying to Him.  But before he goes into depth about these biblical standards, he makes an important observation about church health.

“If I had to add one more mark to what you’re about to read, it wouldn’t be missions or prayer or worship; but it would touch on all of those things.  I think that I would add that we want our congregations to be outward looking.  We are to be upwardly focused - God centered.  But we are also, I think, supposed to reflect God’s own love as we look out on other people and on other congregations. 

This can show itself in many ways.  I long for our congregation to integrate better our vision for global missions and our efforts in local evangelism...We do pray in the pastoral prayer each Sunday morning for the prosperity of the Gospel in other lands and through other local congregations...We have “Weekenders” at which we welcome guest pastors and elders, seminarians and other church leaders...

Looking back, I’m encouraged by how I’ve seen God’s work here and in so many other congregations.  In this congregation’s life together I’ve seen evident, increasing, joyful, God-glorifying health.

Some people don’t think this image of health is a good one.  They may think that it’s too man-centered, or too therapeutic.  But as I’ve considered this, it seems to me more and more that health is actually a very good image for soundness, wholeness, correctness, and rightness.

Jesus talked of the health of our bodies as an image of our spiritual state (see Matthew 6:22-23).  He said that, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick” (Matthew 9:12).  Jesus brought soundness to people’s bodies to point to the soundness He offered for their souls (Matthew 12:1314:35-36, Mark 5:34, Luke 7:9-10).  The disciples in Acts continued the same health-giving Christ-exalting ministry (Acts 3:16, 4:10).

Paul used the image of the church as Christ’s own body, and he described its prosperity in organic images of growth and health (Ephesians 4:15-16)...Paul described correct doctrine in Titus 2:1 as “sound” or “healthy” doctrine.  John greeted fellow Christians by telling them that, “I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”

None of this is to say that we can know it’s God’s will for His children to experience good physical health in this life, but to simply say that health is a natural image that God Himself has sanctioned for that which is right and correct...And with such an understanding of health - we can easily see the wisdom in our desiring to pursue the spiritual health of our own souls, and to work for healthy churches.”

There is much that the LORD has done for our church in its history.  But I pray that God will continue to make Dayspring a God-focused, outward-looking, healthy church.  I hope you will join me in this prayer!

 

Pastor Dave

 

 

Contact Us  
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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Home Bible Study Fellowship - Join us for this time of prayerful, interactive discussion centered in Scriptures that pertain to the daily lives of Dayspring and its people. Each Sunday Evening, 6:00 pm at the Strickland home, unless otherwise stated. 

Healing Strong

Healing Strong is a Christ-centered support group with a mission to connect, support, and educate individuals facing cancer and other diseases with holistic, evidence-based, non-toxic therapies through empowering community groups.  Visit www.healingstrong.org to learn more.  Please invite anyone you know who is battling cancer or any other chronic disease.  The group will meet the third Thursday of each month in the Dayspring library.  The next meeting will be  September 21.

               

 

                                             

                                                                                             

                                                                          

                                                                               


 

 

                                                                                               

 

 

 

                                                                                                

 

 

 

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