Note: Pastor Ryan is on vacation beginning Wednesday, June 26 through Saturday, July 6. If you have a pastoral care need, please contact the deacons!

Sermon Recap: WHY DO WE NEED SALVATION? based on Hebrews 10:1-18

Several years ago I participated in a funeral (not for anyone in this church or related to anyone in this church) where one shared their thoughts of the deceased. The individual proceeded to call the deceased a “hell-raiser” and recalled a drunken episode where the two engaged in acts of vandalism together, calling that episode part of the “good-ole days.” Then, after the reflection was complete, proceeded to say, “You now have your angel wings.” Say what?

This is one of the many examples I have observed over the years of a simple truth: that we, in the Western church, have become comfortable in matters of spirituality. We have stopped taking sin seriously and have somehow bought into a lie that because Jesus died for our sins, we can live however we want to without consequence because we still will have heaven. The lie also correlates with another lie, that all roads lead to heaven, and one does not need to believe in Jesus and repent of their sins in order to find salvation. We have a serious lack of biblical truth, marrying faith with culture. As a result, we have minimized the need for a life of holiness, repentance, and a lack of understanding of the true devastation of sin. BUT IT ALSO REVEALS that we do not truly understand about the need for salvation either.

Why do we need salvation?

  1. Legalism does not cut it (Heb 10:1-3). No matter how perfect one may try to live, it is impossible to be perfect as a human being. We are bound to make a mistake. We are going to miss the mark and fall. Even if we have the best of intentions, we are human with a sinful nature and emotions. Legalism cannot change a human heart, for legalism is built out of fear, not out of a love relationship with Jesus. Our efforts to fix the mess of sin will fall short.
  1. Religion is not enough (Heb 10:4-10). Going to church, getting baptized, and placing offerings in the plate does not bring salvation. Good deeds do not save. Why? Sacrifices cannot remove the stain of the blood guilt of sin. Animals cannot make moral choices like humans can. But when we go through the motions of religion, it sometimes becomes about the acts and our sacrifices of time and money rather than a heart that follows after God. Christ is knocking on the door of our hearts to allow him in; will we allow him in, or just for an hour on Sunday?
  1. Only Christ’s death can cover sin for all time (Heb 10:10-12). Our best efforts fall short. No matter what we do, we cannot remove sin. However, Christ can! Jesus was perfect. He became the sacrifice and died for our sins. In so doing, he washed us clean for all time. His sacrifice has made us holy. He took away our sins forever. Therefore, we need to turn to Christ and Christ alone. The world teaches that all paths lead to heaven; however, there is only one name under heaven by which humanity can be saved (Acts 4:12).
  1. Only Christ can defeat the adversary and the curse once for all (Heb 10:13-14). Satan, death, hell, and the grave have all been defeated because of Jesus! All his enemies are made his footstool, and he has all the power and authority. He has given that authority to us, undoing the curse of the garden, allowing humanity to walk with God again. Satan no longer has a hold on us. Because of Jesus’ freeing work, we do now have the ability to resist sin.
  1. Only Christ can open the door for a new covenant (Heb 10:15-18). God has come in our hearts. Our sins are forgiven; the penalty is washed away. Our sins are remembered no more, no longer to be held over us. We can’t buy forgiveness. We can’t convince God that we deserve forgiveness. But forgiveness has been extended to us by his grace. What do we have to do? Embrace it, and go and sin no more (John 8:11).

Questions for Reflection

1) Why can legalism become a detriment to faith?

2) How deep is your devotion to Jesus?

3) What steps can you begin to take to deepen your devotion to Christ?

4) What has Jesus set you free from?

5) What sin do you still need to confess? Can you give it to Jesus?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan is on vacation. John Wright will be sharing the message.

Daily Bible Readings for June 25 – July 8

June 25: Psalm 104:1-32 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 26: Psalm 111:1-10 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 27: Psalm 112:1-10 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 28: Psalm 136:1-26 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 29: Psalm 139:1-12 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 30: Psalm 139:13-24 What does this passage teach us about God?

July 1: Psalm 144:1-11 What does this passage teach us about God?

July 2: Psalm 145:8-21 What does this passage teach us about God?

July 3: Psalm 146:1-10 What does this passage teach us about God?

July 4: Proverbs 1:1-7 What does this passage teach us about God?

July 5: Proverbs 3:1-12 What does this passage teach us about God?

July 6: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 What does this passage teach us about God?

July 7: Ecclesiastes 3:12-22 What does this passage teach us about God?

July 8: Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Reminder: Sunday School is at 9:15, Worship at 10:30!

Monday, June 24–Pastor Ryan starts next class through Liberty

Wednesday, June 26 – Saturday, July 6–Pastor Ryan on vacation

Saturday, June 29–Men’s Fellowship Breakfast @ Thomas House, 7:15 am

Sunday, June 30–Ava Care Baby Bottle Campaign ends; dedication of baby bottles

Sunday, June 30–Summer Bible Study begins @ 5 pm; see announcement below

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, July 10–VBS opening night @ 5:30; see announcement below

VERSE OF THE MONTH!

Every month we will feature a verse. The goal is for the entire church to learn this verse for the month so we grow in our memorized Bible knowledge. The verse of the month of June is Isaiah 59:1:

“Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.”

Announcements:

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

If you are a newer attendee at Beaver Creek, please call the office with your birthday or leave a note in the offering plate. We don’t want to miss anyone.

Social Media

Beaver Creek has updated its social media page. Please follow and share so many people can see what is happening at Beaver Creek! You can find the pages as follows:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beavercreekchurchva/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCreekChurchVA/

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are in need of both worship leaders and children’s storytellers. Contact Alice Over, Phyllis Simmons (worship leading), or Joscelin Cooper (children’s story) if you want to serve.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH & NURSERY

Children’s Church will take the summer months off (June, July, August).

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Vacation Bible School will run on Wednesday evenings during the month of July (July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31). If you would like to help or assist in any way, such as running a station, being a group leader for kids, preparing food, etc., please sign up on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the narthex or respond to this email. We need several other volunteers. Please consider volunteering for this great outreach today! You should be contacted sometime this week!

The registration form for VBS is now available (see the attachment for the QR code for registration). We only have a few weeks left so please spread the word to your neighbors, friends, and those in your communities with children. You could also fill out the form here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdHLvFYD2rbF0Vg19pWJGQ9KFMy6oDCuUesW-8nEtmXXTgp1Q/viewform?usp=send_form

AVA CARE BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN & VESPERS

This Sunday, please bring your Ava Care baby bottles! We will have a service of dedication right before the offering.

BIBLE STUDY

Lynne and Bill are starting a new Bible study beginning Sunday, June 30 at 5 pm. Here is their official announcement (picture also attached):

Bill Wood and I (Lynne) are pleased to announce our Bible Study for this summer. It’s called ‘Every Day:  Living Every Moment as Ministry,’ and it’s written by yours truly! We will start on Sunday, June 30th at 4pm, and we’ll meet here at the church. As a Christian, you have a call on your life to do ministry where you are, every day. In this 6 week study, we will explore what ministry isn’t as well as five ways that Colossians 1:9-12 teaches us we can be the hands and feet of Jesus to everyone around us, regardless of profession or vocation. We hope you will join us! If you have never attended a Bible study before, we especially invite you — we think this would be a good place to start, as this is a casual group and a practical study. Please let Bill Wood or me know if you plan to join so we can get you a copy of our study material.

NEED FOR CLOTHING & HYGIENE PRODUCTS

As stated on Sunday, there is a need for clothing and hygiene products:

Women’s shirt size M/L

Pant size 10

Shoe size 6 1/2 – 7, depending on the shoe

Boy shirt size 7/8

Pant size 6/7 or 7/8

Shoe size 13c or 1

There will be a box in the narthex to place donated items. If you would like to donate a gift card instead, gift cards for Walmart or Target would be great (clothing & hygiene products), as well as for grocery stores.

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for six to eight volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School and church hours. There will be a signup sheet in the back. If you would be willing to volunteer to allow our families to participate in worship, please inform one of the members of the Christian Education team (Theresa Eckard, Scott McAvoy, Becky Whitmore), or sign up on the signup sheet!

Sight & Sound Interest

The Fidelis class is in the process of coming up with a trip proposal to see Noah at Sight & Sound in 2025. Please stay tuned for the information once the trip is planned!

Four Ways to Give! 

1) Mail your tithe to the church office

2) Drop it by the church office on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, 9 am – 1 pm

3) Our online giving platform: https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving

4) Place in the offering plate on Sunday!

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Louise Shirkey & Carolyn Wine

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Sharon Botkin (health)

Bouchery family (unspoken)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Savannah Cox (comfort and peace)

Quinn Cox (health)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

Amy Cyzick (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tim Howdyshell (health)

Christy Lazer (health)

Ruth Luce (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Meeta McNett (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Norlen Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Bob Simmons (health)

Millie Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Norma Suter (health)

Whitmore family (house)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Judy Winner (health)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–June 25, 2024