Good News Brief–March 26, 2024

Sermon Recap: SUBSTITUTIONARY ATONEMENT based on Isaiah 53:1-12

Although many dispute Jesus’ sinless life, virgin birth, and divinity, no one can dispute the cross. Even Jewish and Roman historians verify in official documents that Jesus (who was called Christ according to the Romans) was crucified under the hands of Pontius Pilate. We know the cross happened with certainty! Unfortunately, many downplay the significance of the cross, claiming it was simply the result of Jesus upsetting the wrong people and nothing more than a symbol today used to justify power and oppression. For if we truly understood the impact of the cross, it would change our lives!

Isaiah, inspired by the Holy Spirit, penned a beautiful prophecy seven hundred years before Jesus. Jesus is the suffering servant who poured out his life for sinners. Isaiah understood the impact of the cross long before it happened! What did Jesus do for us on the cross?

  1. He bore the weight of our struggle (Isa 53:4). We all as humanity bear the weight of struggle–sickness, pain, heartache, emotions, consequences of sin, consequences of the sins of others, etc. Jesus chose to bear those sins and place it on his shoulders so we didn’t have to carry the weight anymore. Jesus faced the cat-o-nine tails (a whip with pieces of bone, broken pottery shards, and glass), the crown of thorns, the nine-inch nails, and the rugged wooden cross so he, like the scapegoat of the Old Testament (Lev 16) who carried the burdens and sins of the people of Israel, can carry all of our burdens so we can be free.
  1. Crucified for our sins (Isa 53:5a). He faced the cross, and his blood was poured out so we could be washed from our sins. All of us carry the stain of sin. Just like a bad stain on laundry that we cannot get out, we cannot remove sin on our own. Jesus died, and on that cross his blood flowed to wash us from our sins. “Though our sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow” (Isa 1:18).
  1. Ushered in the peace of God (Isa 53:5b). Because Jesus took our place and bore the weight of God’s punishment, we no longer come under God’s wrath or condemnation. We can have the right relationship with God again. We can find and know peace. The only answer to true peace in every sphere is through Jesus’ death on the cross.
  1. Brought healing (Isa 53:5c). Because of the cross, we can find spiritual healing. We no longer have to be defined by sin or our past; Jesus gave us the opportunity to find a fresh start and a new life. Physical healing is also made widely available since Jesus’ blood was shed and covers all!
  1. No longer lost(Isa 53:6). Despite our stubbornness and our best attempts to go our own way, we sometimes dig an even deeper hole for ourselves. Yet Jesus is a constant, and the cross is the high and lifted up reference point to point the way back home for anyone who is lost.
  1. Oppressed & afflicted (Isa 53:7-8). He was abused by humanity. Instead of responding in retaliation, he extended forgiveness and grace. He took our worst because he believed in our best!
  1. Died in his innocence in our place (Isa 53:9). We were the ones who had the death sentence. Instead, he took it, though he had done no wrong, as our substitution in order to atone for the sins of humanity. This is called substitutionary atonement.
  1. Brought about justification (Isa 53:11). Our debt is canceled. Sin has no claim on us. Satan and his demons cannot bring charges against us, for we are pardoned–our sins are covered and paid in full.
  1. Made intercession (Isa 53:12). Jesus stands in the gap for us. He is there between anyone who would come against us to accuse us, saying we are covered by his blood. Likewise, he is there beside God the Father, advocating for us!

How then should we respond to what Jesus has done?

  1. Believe the good news (Isa 53:1). Not just hear the good news of the gospel, but believe it. Take it to heart. Allow the gospel to transform your life. Live a different way.
  1. Desire Jesus (Isa 53:2-3). Do not keep your Savior at arms length. Instead, spend regular time with your Savior. He loves you; love him with all you have in everything you do.
  1. Become a child of God (Isa 53:10). We can become the rightful heir of heaven if we accept Jesus into our heart and repent of our sin. Jesus did the unthinkable for you. Will you accept his invitation?

Questions for Reflection

1) What struggle do you carry? Can you release it to Jesus?

2) What sins do you need to confess?

3) Where do you need healing that only Jesus can bring?

4) Do you believe in Jesus? Do you believe in the cross?

5) Does your life match what you believe?

6) How can you change how you live to match the work of the cross?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday is Easter Sunday. Pastor Ryan will continue the study on the Foundations of Jesus with the sermons titled, “Believe the Resurrection,” based on 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, and “Resurrected Lord” based on 1 Corinthians 15:12-28. Why is the resurrection of Jesus foundational for belief? How should it impact our living? Come by or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for March 26 – April 1

March 26: 2 Kings 4:1-7 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 27: 2 Kings 4:8-17 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 28: 2 Kings 4:18-37 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 29: 2 Kings 4:38-44 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 30: 2 Kings 5:1-12 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 31: 2 Kings 5:13-27 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 1: 2 Kings 6:8-23 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Saturday, March 30–Men’s Fellowship @ Thomas House, 7:15 am

Saturday, March 30–Easter Egg Hunt @ 10 am

Sunday, March 31–Easter Sunrise Service @ 7 am; Breakfast to follow

Sunday, March 31–Easter Sunday

Monday, April 1–Timothy Bible Study @ 7 pm

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, April 7–First Sunday Offering & Breakfast

Sunday, April 21–All Church Birthday Dinner

Saturday, April 27–Men’s Fellowship Chicken BBQ

Sunday, April 28–Gideon Sunday

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 March is Hebrews 4:16:

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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 NOT meet this Sunday, March 31. It will resume next Sunday, April 7.

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST

Men’s Fellowship will gather for breakfast on Saturday, March 30 at 7:15 am at Thomas House. All the men from the church are invited to attend!

EASTER EGG HUNT

The Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, March 30 from 10 am to 12 pm. We are still in need of some candy to fill the eggs! Please bring it to the lobby of the church by Sunday!

EASTER

We will have Easter Sunrise service promptly at 7 am outside on the lawn. Then, we will have a simple breakfast provided by Worship Team. Sunday school will continue at its normal time, 9:45 am, followed by the regular service at 11 am. Come celebrate the resurrection!

BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP CLASS

For those who are interested in baptism, there will be a new member and baptism class during the Sunday School hour beginning Sunday, April 7. Please plan to attend! If you cannot make a session, please let Pastor Ryan know for makeup.

Baptism Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, May 19.

For those who are interested in transferring membership, you only need to attend the classes on Sunday, May 12, and Sunday, May 19. Also, please email Pastor Ryan the name of your previous church so we can mail out the request for transfer of membership.

Benefit Concert

Jack & Davis Reid, the grandsons of the Statler Brothers, will be leading a concert of gospel & Statler-styled music on Friday, April 19, at 7 pm @ Mount Pleasant COB as a benefit for their church building fund. Tickets are $10 each and are limited. If you would like to purchase tickets, please call 540-830-3625 or 540-810-7573.

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 looking at sponsoring a church-wide trip to Sight & Sound in 2024. We should have more information in the coming weeks about a trip. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office and let them know!

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

Keep Evy Kaye’s friend Mary Beth in your prayers as she is wrestling with cancer.

Please also keep all those in Baltimore this morning who are still trapped in the cold water due to the bridge collapse, as well as the families of those who lost loved ones in this terrible accident.

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Joe Berry (health)

Bouchery family–unspoken request

Terri Burkholder (health)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tim Howdyshell (health)

Stanley Jackowitz (health)

Christy Lazer (health)

Ruth Luce (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Meda McNett (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Norlen Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Dan Rhodes (recovery)

Ann Simmons (health)

Bob Simmons (health)

Millie Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Shay Suter (health)

Whitmore family (house)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Judy Winner (health)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–March 19, 2024

Sermon Recap: SINLESS LIFE based on Romans 5:17-21, 1 Peter 2:21-25, Hebrews 4:14-16

The Bible contains many truths that we can build our lives around. A third truth that is essential for faith is this: the sinless life of Jesus. For Jesus to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins, he must have lived without sin; otherwise, the sacrifice would not be accepted. Unfortunately, many who call themselves Christian do not believe in the sinless life of Jesus. Without Jesus’ sinless life, there is no hope for salvation.

How did Jesus demonstrate a sinless life?

  1. Purity of conduct (Hebrews 4:15). He was tempted in every manner, just as we are, yet was without sin. When faced with the temptation, he chose to conduct himself in a way that would not sin. The temptations he faced are similar to what we face: selfishness (Matt 4:3), manipulation of God to fulfill wishes (Matt 4:5-6), manipulating the Word of God to his advantage (Matt 4:5-6), using whatever means necessary to gain power (Matt 4:8-10), abandoning what is right and not being faithful to God’s will out of fear (Matt 16:21-23), and taking advantage of others (Phil 2:6-8). Yet in each of these temptations, ones that all humanity faces at some point in one’s lifetime, Jesus did not sin.
  1. Purity of speech (1 Peter 2:22). No deceit was found in the mouth of Jesus (Isa 53:8). When falsely accused, he did not respond with insults (Mark 15:3-5). At the cross, he extended forgiveness to those who crucified him (Luke 23:34), and grace to the repentant thief on the cross (Luke 23:42). And knowing what was to come, Jesus cried and wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44). Everything he said pointed back to God the father (Matt 21:12-13). The tongue is a restless evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:8), that is itself set on fire by hell (James 3:6). Yet Jesus, despite the opportunity to use the tongue for evil, resisted the temptations and instead kept his speech pure.
  1. Purity of character and heart (1 Peter 2:23). When insulted, he did not retaliate. Instead, he chose to still wash the feet of his betrayer (John 13) and still called Judas “friend” at the betrayal and arrest (Matt 26:50). When they arrested him, he rebuked his disciples for trying to use the sword (John 18:11; Matt 26:52-56), and instead healed the ear of the servant (Luke 22:51). He never showed favoritism, but instead opened the door of the kingdom of God to all: women, Samaritans, Greeks, Romans, and so many others.

What is the sinless life of Jesus essential to faith?

  1. Spiritual healing (1 Peter 2:24). Because Jesus lived a sinless life, he was able to bear our sins on the cross to bring all humanity healing. He died in our place so we do not have to bear the curse of death any longer. No matter what scars or wounds we carry, because Jesus died in our place and rose again, we can be reborn and live anew!
  1. Reconciliation with God (1 Peter 2:25). We were all like sheep who had gone astray. Because Jesus lived as the perfect Lamb of God, we can return to the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls. Even if sin marked our lives, we are now claimed by God because we are washed with the blood of the Lamb!
  1. Justification (Romans 5:18). The penalty of sin is death (Rom 6:23). However, because Jesus paid with his own life, the payment for our debt is paid in full. We have a blank slate, as if we have never sinned, wiped clean from all guilt and shame of our past failures. Because Jesus was sinless, he paid the price that we once had to bear. Now, we can be free from the heaviness of sin!
  1. Sanctification (Romans 5:19-20). Because of Jesus, we can become a new creation (2 Cor 5:17). This was only possible through Christ’s obedience and grace. Because he was without sin, we can be made new and freed from the permanency of our sins. We can become like him in holiness.
  1. Eternal life (Romans 5:17-21). Because Jesus died for our sins as a perfect sacrifice, the payment has been applied for all time. Therefore, we have the promise of eternal life if we are washed by the blood.

How should we live in light of Christ’s sinless life?

  1. Follow Christ’s example (1 Peter 2:21). If we believe in Jesus and what he has done, then we should demonstrate it in how we live. Therefore, we should also strive for purity in conduct, speech, character, and heart.
  1. Hold unswervingly to your faith (Hebrews 4:14). Do not turn to the right or the left, allowing compromise to water down your faith. As Covey wrote, “Keep the main thing the main thing.” Do not deviate from the course of following Christ!
  1. Approach the throne of grace with confidence (Hebrews 4:16). We don’t have to keep God in the distance. We can come right up to God with our needs, and he will give us his mercy and grace! Don’t remain struggling in sin; embrace the access, power, and freedom we have been given!

Questions for Reflection

1) Do you believe in the sinless life of Jesus?

2) Which area is the hardest to maintain purity–conduct, speech, character, or heart? Why?

3) From what past failure or sin do you need healing today?

4) Do you feel distant from God, or close to him? What evidence do you have for the disposition?

5) What compromises to your faith do you struggle with? How can you weed them out?

6) What is one thing you can boldly ask God for today?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday is Palm Sunday. Pastor Ryan will continue the study on the Foundations of Jesus with the sermon titled, “Substitutionary Atonement,” based on Isaiah 53:1-12. Why is the atonement of Jesus foundational for belief? How should it impact our living? Come by or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for March 19 – 25

March 19: 1 Kings 19:1-18 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 20: 1 Kings 20:35-43 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 21: 1 Kings 21:17-29 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 22: 1 Kings 22:1-16 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 23: 1 Kings 22:17-28 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 24: 2 Kings 1:1-18 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 25: 2 Kings 2:1-14 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Thursday, March 21–Leadership Team @ 7 pm

Saturday, March 23–Youth Easter Eggs

Sunday, March 24–Love Feast @ 5 pm

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, March 30–Easter Egg Hunt @ 10 am

Saturday, March 30–Men’s Fellowship @ Thomas House, 7:15 am

Sunday, March 31–Easter Sunrise Service @ 7 am; Breakfast to follow

Sunday, March 31–Easter Sunday

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 March is Hebrews 4:16:

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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  meet this Sunday, March 24.

LENT Challenge

Every year during the season of Lent, which starts on Wednesday, Christians around the globe give something up until Easter as a sign of humility and self-sacrifice. For many, the sacrifice is food. This year for Lent, I challenge all of us to give up something for the next forty days. What activity, other than our jobs, prevents us from spending more time with God? Whatever it may be, I challenge you to sacrifice it and use that time to spend time with God instead.

PEANUT BUTTER EGG FUNDRAISER

Wednesday is the last possible day to call in your order to the office for the Peanut Butter Egg fundraiser. A small is $4, and a large is $6.

LOVE FEAST

The next service of Love Feast and Communion will take place this Sunday, March 24, at 5 p.m. This year, we will explore the Love Feast and Communion through the elements of the Passover meal—the very meal Jesus and his disciples would partake in that night long ago. Child care will be provided, so all are welcome!

EASTER EGG HUNT

The Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, March 30 from 10 am to 12 pm. We are still in need of some candy to fill the eggs! Please bring it to the lobby of the church by Sunday!

EASTER

We will have Easter Sunrise service promptly at 7 am outside on the lawn. Then, we will have a simple breakfast provided by Worship Team. Sunday school will continue at its normal time, 9:45 am, followed by the regular service at 11 am. Come celebrate the resurrection!

BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP CLASS

For those who are interested in baptism, there will be a new member and baptism class during the Sunday School hour beginning Sunday, April 7. Please plan to attend! If you cannot make a session, please let Pastor Ryan know for makeup.

Baptism Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, May 19.

For those who are interested in transferring membership, you only need to attend the classes on Sunday, May 12, and Sunday, May 19. Also, please email Pastor Ryan the name of your previous church so we can mail out the request for transfer of membership.

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 looking at sponsoring a church-wide trip to Sight & Sound in 2024. We should have more information in the coming weeks about a trip. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office and let them know!

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

Keep Evy Kaye’s friend Mary Beth in your prayers as she is wrestling with cancer.

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Joe Berry (health)

Bouchery family–unspoken request

Terri Burkholder (health)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

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)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Denny Miller (recovery)

Norlen Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Dan Rhodes (recovery)

Ann Simmons (health)

Bob Simmons (health)

Millie Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Shay Suter (health)

Whitmore family (house)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Judy Winner (health)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–March 12, 2024

Sermon Recap: VIRGIN BIRTH based on Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:22-23, and Luke 1:29-37

The Bible contains many truths that we can build our lives around. But a second truth that is essential for faith is this: the Virgin Birth. Throughout history, many have tried to explain the supernatural in natural terms. But how can one explain a virgin birth? Although some scholars have tried to decry the biblical tale as simply a construct to give Jesus authority, without the virgin birth, there is no hope for salvation.

Why is the virgin birth so important for faith?

  1. Fulfillment of Scripture (Matt 1:22-23, Isa 7:14). The virgin birth is actually foretold in Scripture (Isa 7:14). Matthew explained in his gospel that Jesus’ birth fulfilled what was told by the prophet (Matt 1:23). When Isaiah recorded the original prophecy, it was to a nation that was under threat of invasion from the outside. By the time the child was born, the threat would be no more and proof that He was Immanuel, God with us, or God among us. By the time Jesus was born 700 years later, the threats to the people of God were no more, but the nation had remained, even though it had gone through exile and back! The fulfillment just further shows that God’s Word never fails and will always fulfill the intended purpose (Isa 55:10-11), making the Word a reliable promise we can stand upon! Jesus is Immanuel (Matt 1:23), and the promise of the eternal Davidic king (Luke 1:32-33)

I hate Biology, but I love punnett squares. The chart shows the probable makeup for any offspring from a child since each child inherits half of each chromosome containing DNA from each parent. A child cannot possess any trait that isn’t already in the genetic code of the parent. Therefore, if you have a human mating with a human, the offspring will always be human! The virgin birth is necessary, for if a child is to be born yet be fully divine, the child cannot have any human parent! One can try to believe a conspiracy theory, but in philosophy, Occam’s razor suggests that the more simpler explanation is usually the true one. The Bible says Jesus is the Son of God and born of the Holy Spirit! Can we trust it? Even though scholars try to explain Isaiah as a late construct, the intact Dead Sea Scroll of Isaiah and its dating show its integrity well before Jesus walked the earth in the flesh!

  1. A sign of the Lord’s dwelling among humanity (Isa 7:14). Humanity lost its ability to walk with God because of sin. But in order to walk with humanity once again, Jesus became flesh to redeem humanity. He reconciled humanity to God (Rom 5:10) and washed it from its sin. But humanity often needs a guide to show the correct way. Jesus became flesh, took our experiences upon himself, and felt what we felt so he could show us how to find the way back to God. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He found us and gave us the step-by-step path to return!
  1. Break the curse of original sin (Luke 1:35). All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). There is no one righteous (Rom 3:12), for we are all born with a sinful nature (Rom 5:12-21). In order to break the curse of original sin, one had to come born and live as a purse sacrifice to die and take the original sin upon himself. That is what Jesus did! The Jewish leaders of the time (Pharisees/teachers of the law) believed that the curse of original sin passed through Adam. As soon as a woman had relations with a man, the seed of original sin was passed onto the child before it was even born. That was the primary reason why the Jewish leaders had a difficult time accepting Jesus’ claim of divinity! But if a child was carried without such a union, original sin cannot be transmitted, because the seed of Adam is not in the child. That is why a virgin birth is essential; otherwise, Jesus would have been born with sin and could not have been a sinless sacrifice! However, the Holy Spirit placed Jesus into Mary’s womb before she had any sexual union with Joseph. Mary then was simply a carrier or vessel for Jesus, meaning he had no DNA from Joseph or Mary. Thus, Jesus was born of humanity but without the curse of humanity!
  1. Demonstrates that nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37). Even though our minds cannot fathom a virgin birth, the birth shows that nothing is impossible. God can open any closed door and make it possible. God does not answer to the world or humanity; rather, everything instead answers to him! No obstacle is too great for God to redeem humanity, no matter what choices have been made or how one has lived.

How then should we live in light of the truth of the virgin birth?

  1. Trust in God’s Word(Matthew 1:22-23). If God says it in the Bible, it is true and can be trusted. It also means that every word is true, including the call to repent from sin, to strive to live for righteousness, heaven, hell, eternal destiny, and Jesus returning like a thief in the night! Read the Word. Learn the Word. Trust the Word. Be watchful and ready! Don’t take the Word for granted!
  1. Trust God for the impossible (Luke 1:37). If God can bring Jesus into the world, bypassing the laws of nature, what else can he do? What impossibility do we face? Can we trust God through it?

Questions for Reflection

1) How much do you trust the Bible?

2) What other Scriptures do you see fulfilled in Jesus?

3) Do you believe God can do the impossible?

4) What sin do you need freedom from?

5) In what ways have you put God in a box?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday is the fifth Sunday of Lent. Pastor Ryan will continue the study on the Foundations of Jesus with the sermon titled, “Sinless Life,” based on Hebrews 4:14-16, 1 Peter 2:21-25, and Romans 5:17-21. Why is the sinless life of Jesus foundational for belief? How should it impact our living? Come by or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for March 12 – 18

March 12: 1 Kings 13:1-10 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 13: 1 Kings 13:11-25 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 14: 1 Kings 17:1-6 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 15: 1 Kings 17:7-24 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 16: 1 Kings 18:1-15 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 17: 1 Kings 18:16-40 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 18: 1 Kings 18:41-46 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Saturday, March 16–Progressive Hearts

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, March 23–Youth Easter Eggs

Sunday, March 24–Love Feast @ 5 pm

Saturday, March 30–Easter Egg Hunt @ 10 am

Saturday, March 30–Men’s Fellowship @ Thomas House, 7:15 am

Sunday, March 31–Easter Sunrise Service @ 7 am; Breakfast to follow

Sunday, March 31–Easter Sunday

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 March is Hebrews 4:16:

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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  NOT meet this Sunday, March 17. It WILL meet next Sunday, March 24.

LENT Challenge

Every year during the season of Lent, which starts on Wednesday, Christians around the globe give something up until Easter as a sign of humility and self-sacrifice. For many, the sacrifice is food. This year for Lent, I challenge all of us to give up something for the next forty days. What activity, other than our jobs, prevents us from spending more time with God? Whatever it may be, I challenge you to sacrifice it and use that time to spend time with God instead.

LOVE FEAST

The next service of Love Feast and Communion will take place on Sunday, March 24 at 5 pm. This year, we will explore the Love Feast and Communion through the elements of the Passover meal–the very meal Jesus & his disciples would partake in that night long ago. Child care will be provided, so all are welcome!

EASTER

We will have Easter Sunrise service promptly at 7 am outside on the lawn. Then, we will have a simple breakfast provided by Worship Team. Sunday school will continue at its normal time, 9:45 am, followed by the regular service at 11 am. Come celebrate the resurrection!

BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP CLASS

For those who are interested in baptism, there will be a new member and baptism class during the Sunday School hour beginning Sunday, April 7. Please plan to attend! If you cannot make a session, please let Pastor Ryan know for makeup.

Baptism Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, May 19.

For those who are interested in transferring membership, you only need to attend the classes on Sunday, May 12, and Sunday, May 19. Also, please email Pastor Ryan the name of your previous church so we can mail out the request for transfer of membership.

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 looking at sponsoring a church-wide trip to Sight & Sound in 2024. We should have more information in the coming weeks about a trip. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office and let them know!

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

Keep Evy Kaye’s friend Mary Beth in your prayers as she is wrestling with cancer.

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Joe Berry (health)

Terri Burkholder (health)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

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)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Denny Miller (recovery)

Norlen Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Dan Rhodes (surgery)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (house)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Judy Winner (health)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church