January 7, 2020
Dear Eastridge Church Family,
As we begin a New Year it is always a good time to stop and reflect on what we want to accomplish in 2020. As a pastor I try to encourage people to consider their goals for the new year. Maybe you want to pay off some debt…maybe you want to buy a different car…maybe you want to finish a project or find a new job. There is nothing wrong with those things so long as we remember the proper priority. God is most concerned with who we are becoming. Are we becoming more like Jesus? Have we seen growth and transformation in our life this past year? What should we do to take steps to become more like Jesus in 2020?
On Sunday we began a series of sermons that will consider our spiritual “vital signs” both individually as well as corporately as a church. On Sunday we looked at one of the biggest helps to being transformed – Scripture. As we read, study and memorize the Bible in small groups and in Sunday school we are transformed. The Scriptures can help bring us to Jesus and Jesus is the one who brings transformation.
In the passage of Scripture we considered on Sunday, Acts 2:42-47, we see the early church was devoted. They were devoted to the Apostles teaching, to close fellowship with other believers, to prayer, to worship, to serving one another and a result of this heart of devotion (this love for Jesus) was people were being saved every day.
We had a good year seeing 7 people baptized last year. I thank God for what He has done in our midst but I’m looking for more in 2020. I am praying Eastridge continues to be transformed more and more like Jesus. I am praying we can see more people come to Jesus because they find a community of believers who are devoted and in love with Jesus.
May it begin with me!
I spoke with Susie this week about the need for more children’s workers in the nursery and in Kinderchurch. My conversation with Susie made me think of a quote I read recently from Bob Goff, ‘I used to think you had to be special in order for God to use you. Now I know you simply need to say yes!’
If you would like to serve the Body of Christ by working with children please see Susie or Pastor Eva or myself. If you would like to help serve the Body of Christ by being a greeter please talk to Cristina Rivera. We have many way you can serve Jesus here at Eastridge.
This Sunday our morning worship service and Sunday School hour will be switching to different time slots. Here is the new schedule:
Fellowship: 9:15-9:45 AM
Morning Worship: 10:00 AM
Sunday School: Following the morning service.
Eastridge Church of the Nazarene has Sunday School classes for all ages, including an adult class in Spanish.
"When Jesus was tempted, scripture flowed from his lips.
When Jesus was challenged, scripture flowed from his lips.
When Jesus was crucified, scripture flowed from his lips.
One of the ways to live like Jesus is to internalize scripture, so that when we are cut, it spills out." - Pastor Rich Villodas