Ethiopian Bible Project

On Sunday we will be taking an offering for the Ethiopian Bible Project that is being spear-headed by Frontline Missions. Pastor has challenged each individual to give $5 which will cover the cost of printing one Bible to the Ethiopians.

The Peacemaking Church: Our forgiveness shows what we think of God’s forgiveness.

Is it really true that our forgiveness (or lack thereof) demonstrates what we think of God’s forgiveness?

Here are five principles on forgiveness from this past weeks lesson from The Peacemaking Church:

  1. You cannot forgive in your own strength.
  2. Forgiveness is neither a feeling, nor forgetting, nor excusing.
  3. Sin creates a debt that must be paid (1 Peter 2.24; Matt 6.12)
  4. Forgiveness is a decision modeled after God’s forgiveness.
  5. God’s forgiveness inspires our forgiveness. (Matt 18.32-33)

Four promises of forgiveness:

  • I promise I will not dwell on this incident.
  • I promise I will not bring up this incident and use it against you.
  • I promise I will not talk to others about this incident.
  • I promise I will not allow this incident to stand between us or hinder our personal relationship.

Upper Bucks Christian School Serves (3 of 3)

When Miss Marlowe’s eighth grade homeroom decided to make a difference in the lives of the children of Faith Children’s Village in Zambia, they never dreamed their vision would encompass the entire school. “It all started when Mr. Crockett (pictured with family) shared a video in chapel about the village,” says Miss Marlowe. “My students wanted to help the orphans. We began the project, and the Lord did the rest.”

When the elementary heard about the effort, they also got behind the Zambia project. The students showed great enthusiasm and compassion by bringing in gum and donations everyday. One elementary student donated all that she had and said, “I really wanted a Nintendo DS that I had been saving for, but the orphans needed the money more than I did.” Donating thirty-five pounds of bubble gum and almost $1000 to Faith Children’s Village helped the orphans have a very merry Christmas.

The Peacemaking Church: Discipline is God’s gift and blessing to the church.

Discipline within a local church is often not viewed as a blessing, but a curse. The Bible actually teaches that discipline is a gift and a blessing to a church. Here are the highlights from this past week’s lesson:

Step One: Overlook minor offenses (Prov 19.11)

Step Two: Talk privately (Matt 18.15)

Step Three: Take one or two others along (Matt 18.16)

  • to mediate or arbitrate (1 Cor 6.1-8)
  • to encourage self-control and courtesy
  • to ask questions, clarify facts
  • to counsel and admonish by God’s Word
  • to observe conduct and report to church or churches

Step Four: Tell it to the church  (Matt 18.17a)

Step Five: Treat the other person as an unbeliever (Matt 18.17b)

  • to convict and restore those who astray (1 Cor 5.1-13)
  • to guard others from stumbling (1 Cor 5.6; see 1 Tim 5.20; Titus 3.10-11)
  • to protect God’s name (Rom 2.24)

Step Six: Forgive and restore the repentant (Matt 18.12-14; 2 Cor 2.5-11)

Spring Forward

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour on Saturday night.

Upper Bucks Christian School Serves Community (2 of 3)

After reading the book “In His Steps” by Charles Sheldon, the ninth grade English class united together to answer the question, “What would Jesus do?” in today’s community.

One of those ninth graders, Maggie B spearheaded a charity drive for A Woman’s Place, an organization that provides services to fight against domestic violence. It includes a shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, educational programs and a 24 hour a day hotline.

On December 7, Linda Thomas, director of services for A Woman’s Place and Miss Marlowe watched as Maggie, Victoria M and Chantelle P began loading the thirteen boxes and ten bags of toys, clothes, and cell phones into the shelter’s van. Maggie truly ignited a fire in Upper Bucks Christian School to make a difference in the community and reveal what a heart fully dedicated to Jesus looks like.”

The Peacemaking Church: Constructive criticism is a sign of genuine love.

This last weeks lesson was titled Just Between the Two of You, speaking of learning how to lovingly confront another individual about a potential weakness in their life. Here are the principles:

  1. God calls us to lovingly correct one another (Matthew 18.15)
  2. Correcting means more than confronting (Matthew 18.12, 21-34; Galatians 6.1)
  3. Sooner or later, talk face-to-face (Genesis 32-33; 50.15021; 2 Samuel 14.24; Matthew 5.23-24)
  4. Go when someone’s sins are too serious to overlook.
  • Is it dishonoring to God? (Romans 2.21-24)
  • Is it damaging your relationship?
  • Is it hurting others (or you)? (Luke 17.2-3; 1 Corinthians 5.6)
  • Is it hurting the offender? (James 5.19-20)