Sermon Recap: THREE IN ONE based on 2 Corinthians 3:12-18, 13:14; Genesis 11:5-7; John 1:1-3
The Trinity is a very difficult concept to explain. How can God be three beings, yet one and the same? No earthly illustration is adequate, even the illustration of water (ice, water, vapor). Yet the Three-in-One God was present from the very beginning in the creation of the universe and works regularly in harmony together. How can we understand the Trinity? We need to first look at each person:
- God the Father. The word father in Hebrew also means chief or boss. In other words, God is in control over everything (Gen 11:5-7). He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords; no other being is superior. He is Sovereign over all, the God Most High, or the one that all acknowledge as the BOSS, including all spiritual forces of darkness! He is the LORD of all (1 Cor 15:24-28), seated on the throne. God is full of glory (2 Cor 3:18), radiant in his holiness. The word glory in Hebrew means heavy; in other words, when you are in the presence of God, you know! God is the boss and full of glory, but he is also full of love. He created humanity in his image (Gen 1:26-27) and walked with humanity until sin entered the world. Yet God did not enjoy the separation from humanity; rather, he wanted to redeem it. Because He is holy, full of glory, and cannot dwell in the presence of sin, God chose to act in love to redeem humanity by sending the Son (Rom 5:8).
- God the Son, or God Made Flesh. The term son in Hebrew can also mean offspring or offshoot, a “chip off the old block.” That means the Son is of the same essence, nature, and makeup as the Father–the Son and the Father are One! Jesus is fully God, the Word made flesh (John 1:14). To trust in the Son is to trust in the Father! Just like God is love, Jesus is love embodied (John 3:16). Jesus demonstrated the love for all humanity, including the unlovable, and for all of creation to be redeemed! Jesus was moved by compassion to seek and save the lost, knowing it is loving kindness that leads all to repentance! Jesus, in his love, took away the veil caused by sin (2 Cor 3:14), being the perfect sacrifice (Heb 4:15), so we can experience God the Father in the fullness of his glory (Heb 9). Therefore, we can approach the throne of grace with confidence (Heb 4:16). In his love, Jesus brings us grace (2 Cor 13:14). Jesus became sin, so we don’t have to remain trapped in a life of sin (John 8:11). In so doing, Jesus restored everything to as it should be (1 Cor 15:21-28), so God the Father may be the BOSS of it all again as intended before sin entered the world!
- God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God’s presence living inside each of us. Remember, God in the beginning wanted to walk with humanity; it is through the Holy Spirit that He can do so! The Holy Spirit is the source of freedom (2 Cor 3:17), breaking us free from the bondage of sin. The Spirit is also the source of transformation (2 Cor 3:18), teaching us how to become holy so we can walk with God. Every day, the old self disappears, and we grow and take on the very characteristics of God, for he dwells in us. The Spirit renews our mind (Rom 12:2) and we become who we were created to be. In so doing, as we become holy, we can experience God in all of his fullness, for the Spirit brings us into fellowship (2 Cor 13:14). And it is the Spirit who guides us through troubled waters so we can stand (Gen 1:2).
We all face struggles. However, we are not alone; we have the Three-in-One God supporting us! Greater is the One (or Three-in-One) living in us than the one in the world! The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit work together in perfect harmony, giving us all we need to live a life of godliness. Will you trust in the Trinity today?
Questions for Reflection
1) What in your life feels greater than God? Can you release it to God?
2) What keeps you from experiencing the fullness of God’s glory? What do you need to confess?
3) In what area of your life do you need God’s grace? Where do you need to extend yourself grace?
4) In what area of your life could you use spiritual growth?
Next Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent. Pastor Ryan will start the study of Scripture with the sermon titled, “Inspired and Infallible,” based on Isaiah 40:6-8, 55:10-11, Luke 1:37, Hebrews 1:1-2, and 2 Timothy 3:16-17. What do we mean when we say the Scriptures are inspired by God? How reliable and trustworthy is the Bible? Come visit or tune in Sunday to find out!
Daily Bible Readings for February 13 – 19
February 13: Judges 6:36-40 What does this passage teach us about God?
February 14: Judges 7:1-8 What does this passage teach us about God?
February 15: Judges 13:1-7 What does this passage teach us about God?
February 16: Judges 13:8-23 What does this passage teach us about God?
February 17: Judges 16:1-20 What does this passage teach us about God?
February 18: Ruth 1:1-18 What does this passage teach us about God?
February 19: 1 Samuel 1:1-20 What does this passage teach us about God?
This Week’s Events:
Tuesday, February 13–Executive Meeting @ 6 pm
Thursday, February 15–Leadership Team Meeting @ 7 pm
Sunday, February 18–Benevolence offering (see below)
Sunday, February 18–Youth outing, time TBD
Sunday, February 25–Worship Team Meeting @ 12 pm
We live in a day and time when our beliefs are challenged. Can we articulate what we believe? For the entirety of 2024, we will be going through a series called the “Foundations of Our Faith.” Each Sunday, we will explore a different key belief or concept that is foundational to Christianity. Each concept will come straight from the Bible. Our first topic will be exploring who God is according to the Bible.
I encourage you through this year to allow these messages to strengthen your faith! The apostle Peter wrote, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Pet 3:15). And Paul wrote, “Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season” (2 Tim 4:2). Our world needs hope. May we, as we deepen our faith together, not only grow in the depth of our knowledge of Jesus but also share that hope in a world that needs it!
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.
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:
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, February 18. It will resume next Sunday, February 25.
We have been made aware of a family in need in our community whose children attend John Wayland (even though we have much in common with Ottobine, the church is technically zoned John Wayland). Due to no fault of their own, this family is currently homeless and is trying to secure a new place to live. However, right now, they are in temporary housing. John Wayland is running point on the need, so it is verified, but this family could use some temporary assistance during this unexpected transition.
Therefore, the Outreach Team is asking for a special offering this Sunday to assist this family in need. If you would like to give online, just send an email prior and we will let you know how to designate it. Note: Some of you were not able to give Sunday and have expressed a desire to still contribute. We will also collect it again this Sunday to give opportunity to those who were not able to give.
Thank you to all who have volunteered to take the assessment. You have received your assessment in your email. If you did not receive it, contact Pastor Ryan ASAP. Pastor Ryan needs all completed assessments returned by Wednesday, February 14.
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.
BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP INQUIRY
Are you interested in following the Lord’s example in baptism? Would you like to become a member of the church? If so, please respond to Pastor Ryan or reach out to the church office. We would like to have a baptism/new member ceremony on Pentecost Sunday, and Pastor Ryan would like to have a baptism/new member class in advance of that day. As of this email, there are four possible baptismal candidates and six membership transfers! If you would like to participate, please reach out!
I have also had a few questions:
1) Is there a class? There will be a six-week class right before baptism & membership Sunday (time and location TBD). The class is for all baptismal candidates, as well as membership transfers and reaffirmations. The purpose of the class is simply to make sure that your faith in God is clear and that you know what you are declaring by membership and baptism.
2) What if I was baptized as a child? Can I be baptized again? The choice is yours. Some choose to become baptized again to publicly declare their faith in Jesus, now that they are older and know what they are doing! But the choice is yours!
3) What if I don’t have membership in another church, but I was already baptized? Do I need to become baptized again for membership? No, you do not. If you were already baptized at another church and want to become a member at Beaver Creek, but do not have membership at another church, we can do what is called a reaffirmation of faith. You would publicly take the same vows that new members and baptismal candidates would make.
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!
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)
Family of Patsy Dastoli (comfort in a time of loss)
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)
Norlen Miller (health)
Mary G Miller (health)
Mary M Miller (health)
Savannah Miller (health)
Tami Plaugher (health)
Ann Simmons (health)
Crystal Smith (health)
Whitmore family (house)
Mary Whitmore (health)
Cindy Wittig (health)
Shelvy Wittig (health)
Pastor Ryan Cooper
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