Archive for April, 2014
On Sunday, April 13, we had the joy of witnessing the baptism of eighteen brothers and sisters between two Sunday services. Baptism, as Scripture teaches, is a symbolic picture of the work of salvation accomplished by Christ in the life of a Christian. Below are the video testimonies from our baptism service. As we listen to these testimonies, let’s praise God for his salvation of these people and remember these words from the Apostle Paul for all of us who are in Christ:
. . . all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
— Romans 6:3-4
9:00 AM – Jessy Garcia, Lorna Kindel, Ben Valdez, and Bradley Wood
9:00 AM – Hannah Hickman, Autumn Kelly, Drew Sowers, and Andrew Ward
10:45 AM – Alicia Crossland, Shane Crossland, Tyler Crossland, Kelly Murray, and John Snyder
10:45 AM – Caleigh Ellison, Halo Gatt, Page Gatt, Dalton Tidmore, and Dillon Tidmore
If you are discontent, then you need this post. If you are perfectly content, then you need it too.
The good news of the gospel is that Jesus came to die for our sins of discontent. But he also came with thirst-quenching living water. He came to satisfy us with the bread of heaven—that is, himself. He promises that one day he will satisfy us completely in a whole new creation. Rick Phillips and Thabiti Anyabwile recently joined us to address the theme of contentment in the Christian life at Clarus ’14.
Click here for photos from this year’s conference, here for songs we sang together, and here to download the song “My Father Planned it All.” This is an old text to a new tune recorded live at this year’s conference and a great match for this year’s theme.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
– 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
This Friday evening we will gather to remember the death of Christ and on Sunday morning we will gather to celebrate his glorious resurrection from the dead. To help you prepare, here are details and sermon texts for each of this week’s services.
Good Friday, April 18 (6:30 PM)
On Friday evening Ryan will preach from John 19, the account of Jesus’ crucifixion.
Childcare will be provided for children four years and younger.
Easter Sunday, April 20 (7:30, 9:00, and 10:45 AM)
On Easter Sunday Ryan will preach from John 20, the account of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.
Child care will be available only at the two later services.
A Special Request: If Possible, Please Attend the 7:30 AM Service
Imagine that you come to church once a year and this year a friend from DSC invited you to church. You plan to arrive when service starts. You show up maybe even five minutes early, but you are directed to an overflow room to watch the service on a TV. This is too-bad at a number of levels. But it is preventable if several hundred of our normal attenders attend the 7:30 AM service instead of their regular service.
If you have young children, this may not work, as we don’t provide childcare for this service. Or if you are inviting a friend or family member to join, 7:30 AM may not be the better time. But if it’s a matter of convenience we would ask that you do come early to ensure a seat for our many guests who will attend the later services. Thanks for helping us be hospitable.
And, of course, don’t forget to invite someone to our weekend services. Here’s a digital invitation to make that easy.
This is a great weekend to invite a friend to church, and we’re going to help make doing so easy for you.
On Friday Evening we will hold our annual Good Friday service at 6:30 PM. Then, on Sunday morning we will hold our Easter service at three times, 7:30, 9:00, and 10:45 AM.
The image is the top of a new invitation page for this weekend’s Good Friday and Easter Services. This is something like a digital version of the invitation cards we have made available for years. Those cards are especially useful for the people we meet in the course of our day around town. But for the people we socialize with on a regular basis, this should come in especially handy. The digital space is where so much of our communication takes place already.
So, use it. Use it to invite friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to catch a glimpse of heaven in the singing, celebration, and preaching of Christ’s resurrection this weekend. Link to it in an email, or use the little buttons at the bottom of the page to share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Google +.
Finally, with our visitors in mind, if it is an option for you, please come to the 7:30 AM service on Easter Sunday. Each year we cooperate as a church to make sure that there is room in each service for anyone who comes to church. It would be a real bummer for a visitor to come close to the start of a service only to be routed to an overflow room. We don’t have childcare at 7:30 AM, so if you don’t have kids and can manage, consider joining us at the early service to free up a seat for a visitor at one of our other services.
Expository preaching is what we do at DSC. We mean to expose and expound the meaning of the Bible according to its own shape and agenda. That’s why, when Ryan designs a sermon series, he works through one side of a book of the Bible to the other.
Here’s a helpful video from Kevin DeYoung reflecting on the nature of expository preaching. Enjoy!
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To give you a running start on the topic, here’s an immensely helpful one-hour lecture by Sam Williams from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, titled, “A Christian Psychology of and Response to Homosexuality.” This is a thoughtful reflection and analysis of the personal and historical dynamics involved in same-sex attraction, its causes, the nature of change, and how the gospel intersects with these issues.
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For a summary paper of the social-science research by Mark Yarhouse, whom Sam cites several times, read Yarhouse’s paper, “At the Intersection of Religious and Sexual Identities: A Christian Perspective on Homosexuality.”
At Saturday’s seminar we will explore these issues across the morning and with particular focus in the third hour.