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Mt. Vernon Community Presbyterian Church

THE PASTOR'S KEYBOARD

For the last several weeks in church, I have concluded each sermon by asking this question:  “What does God want you to do?”  Then I have given some suggestion on how you can figure that out.  I’m writing today what the congregation at Mt. Vernon will hear this coming Sunday.

First, begin by looking at Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.

There are two words in this verse that are intriguing.  The first is the word “conform.”  Without going too far in the Greek that the N.T. is written in the original word sounds like; “Synchronize.”  In other words, as Christians, don’t “Synchronize” yourself with the world or try to “match” the world.  The truth is we are called to be in the world but not of the world.  We absolutely should have a different perspective, different values, a different outlook.  We are not conformists!  Even Jesus said in Matthew 10:34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth.  I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

Let’s be clear.  He is not advocating violence but he is calling for a “violent” difference from the world.

The second word of interest found in Romans 12 is the word “transformed.”  It comes from the Greek word that means “to morphe” i.e. to change into something else.  So we are first called to reject the values of this world.  Second we are called to change into something else (Jesus like) by having our minds renewed.  This is the process for knowing what God wants us to do.  How do I know that:  Read the rest of the verse:  “Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” 

Could it be that we don’t know what God wants because we have conformed and not been transformed?  Meditate on that for a while.

See you in Church,

Bill L.  

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES,  SUNDAY SCHOOL and more
Sept 2
- Summer Sunday Worship at 9:00 outside (bring a lawn chair) and 10:30 inside
Sept 9 - Regular Sunday Worship at 10:00 with Children's Church
Sept 22 - Twin Rivers Teen Outreach Benefit Concert from 4 to 7
Sept 30 - Rally Day Sunday School Breakfast at 9:00, Worship at 10:00
Oct 6 - Annual BBQ from noon until 6:00
Oct 7 - Sunday School at 9:00, Worship at 10:00
Oct 12 thru 14 - EF Project

BIBLE STUDY
Bible study continues at 7:00 on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings. Bring a Bible and join us!  Any questions ask Rev. Little.

SESSION HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Children's Church will begin Sept. 9.
  2. Sunday School Rally Day will be Sept. 30 with the Sunday School starting Oct. 7.
  3. The annual barbecue will be Oct. 6 from noon to 6 p.m.
  4. Ninety-six chairs and three racks will be purchased for use in Fellowship Hall.
  5. Will transfer the balance in the idle Women's account to the Renovation Fund earmarked for the kitchen renovation.

EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS
The previous file of e-mail addresses have unfortunately not been located.  I believe it was saved in Sandy’s e-mail account.  So I am starting a new list from scratch.  If you would like to be notified via email when a church member or a close relative of a member (parent, child, or sibling) passes please contact the church office.  We promise we will not give your email address to anyone, nor will we abuse it.

PASTOR'S BLOG
If you would like to follow Rev. Little's somewhat weekly devotional blog go to https://ruminations392.wordpress.com; and click on the "follow" tab on the bottom right.

 

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