Sermon Recap: EXALTED ONE based on Hebrews 1:3-14

Jesus is the Son of God. He lived a sinless life, died on the cross as the substitutionary atonement for our sins, and rose from the dead on the third day, conquering death, hell, and the grave and opening the floodgates to eternal life. But how do we take the truth of Jesus that we know in our heads and move it to our hearts? Jesus is Prophet, Priest, and King; how can these truths become our living reality? The writer of Hebrews encourages his audience, the Essene community which was looking for the Messiah, to embrace the truth and make it a living reality by doing these six things:

1) Trust in the authority of Jesus’ name (Heb 1:4-5). Names reveal identity. There is nothing more powerful than Jesus’ name! In his name, every knee will bow and tongue will confess (Phil 2:10-11). In his name, whatever we pray for will be answered (John 14). By the name of Jesus, miracles and healing can flow (Acts 3). There is no other name under heaven by which humanity can be saved (Acts 4:12). Jesus is the Son of the Most High God (Acts 16), the very title understood in antiquity as the God to whom everything else answers. Even the demons understood the power of the name of Jesus and tried to flee! Do we trust in Jesus and the power of his name?

2) Demonstrate an attitude of worship (Heb 1:6). The word worship is best defined as to make oneself low and bow down. The verb form in Hebrew only is used sparingly, and in each case, that form involves the whole or totality of an object or individual. In other words, true worship involves not just praises but surrendering our total lifestyle, becoming a living sacrifice (Rom 12:1) that refuses to conform to the ways and practices of the world (Rom 12:2). Everything we do should reflect the rule and reign of Christ. There is no room for compartmentalization!

3) Embrace his righteousness (Heb 1:8-9a). The text says that righteousness will be the scepter of his kingdom. A scepter was a tool used by a king that granted entry before his throne; without extending the scepter, one could not enter the king’s presence. Righteousness is the center of God’s kingdom. By embracing righteousness, we are making ourselves more like Christ, allowing him to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9) and saying yes to God’s way.

4) Hate wickedness (Heb 1:9b). Just as righteousness is the center of the kingdom, we should hate wickedness. Wickedness, or a purposeful choice to live in opposition to God’s standard, cannot dwell in the presence of God. We should hate wickedness–in other words, we should despise, loathe, abhor, or reject it from our lives. We need to evaluate our motives, choices, and those we allow to influence us. We should pursue God’s way and remove anything that pressures us to live opposite to the way of Christ.

5) Rest in the constancy of Christ (Heb 1:10-12). We live in a world of constant change, and for many of us, we cannot stand the change. But the one who never changes is God. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 13:5), does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17), and does not change (Mal 3:6). Because he does not change and will always remain, we can rest in comfort, knowing his guidance is clear and stands the test of time!

6) Walk in victory (Heb 1:13). Jesus is King and has defeated all enemies, including the enemy of our souls. All enemies are a footstool under his feet. Satan cannot harm us UNLESS we reject the protection of Christ and allow him in to harm us. Because Jesus has won the victory, we simply need to walk in Jesus’ way, and he will help us overcome any temptation.

Questions for Reflection

1) Do you believe in the power and authority of Jesus’ name? What do you struggle with believing has more power than Jesus?

2) What area of your life do you have the most struggle with surrendering to Jesus? Why?

3) Do you pursue and strive to live a righteous life? If not, what adjustments do you need to make?

4) What areas of wickedness seem to impact you the most? What influences do you need to remove?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will continue in the study of the Foundations of Faith series with the sermon titled, “In His Image,” based on Genesis 1:26-27, 2:4-7, and Psalm 139:13-16. What are the implications of being made in the image of God? How should it impact our living? Come by or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for April 9 – 15

April 9: 2 Kings 19:20-37 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 10: 2 Kings 20:1-11 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 11: 2 Kings 20:12-19 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 12: 2 Kings 22:11-20 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 13: Ezra 9:1-15 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 14: Nehemiah 1:1-11 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 15: Nehemiah 8:5-15 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Tuesday, April 9–Executive Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Sunday, April 14–Beaver Creek Worship @ Bridgewater Retirement Community, 4 pm

Monday, April 15–Timothy Bible Study @ 7 pm

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, April 18–Leadership Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Sunday, April 21–All Church Birthday Dinner

Saturday, April 27–Men’s Fellowship Chicken BBQ

Sunday, April 28–Gideon Sunday

Saturday, May 11–Mother/Daughter Banquet

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 Psalm 139:13-14:

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

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, April 14. It will resume next week, Sunday, April 21.

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. We will meet in the fellowship hall. 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.

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Joe Berry (health)

Bouchery family (unspoken)

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)

Meeta McNett (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)

Whitmore family (house)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Judy Winner (health)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–April 9, 2024