Week 5 - “Death to Life” (October 13th)

+ Announcements

  • Mission Trip Opportunity to Belize - Next summer, July 20-28, 2020, we are partnering with Caribbean Resource Ministries to take a mission trip to Belize. The cost will be $1,610. Fundraisers will be planned to help raise money. There is an informational meeting on September 29 at noon, for anyone going or interested in going. For questions, please see Andrea Mitchell.
  • Grief Share - Grief Share is a recovery ministry designed to help those who are grieving the death of a loved one. A video will be played and you may talk about it if you want. You do not have to say anything. No pressure. Dealing with the loss of a loved one is not easy. If you are interested in this program, please contact Ralph Anderson at randerson535@woh.rr.com
  • Pastor Appreciation Month - October is Pastor Appreciation Month. There are baskets in the lobby for our pastors and their families. Fill the baskets with goodies, cards and other things they would like. Let’s show them how much we love and appreciate everything they do!

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+ Upcoming Events

  • Women's Bible Study - Every Wednesday
  • Traditional worship - Every Sunday @ 10:45a
  • Main Service - Every Sunday @ 11a
  • With God’s Grace Quarter Auction - The mobile food pantry is having a quarter auction on October 18 at VNC. The doors open and 6p and the fun begins at 7p. Money raised will be used to buy toys for children this Christmas. Come out for some fun and help support With God’s Grace Food Pantry.
  • Cornerstone Kickoff Luncheon - The big kickoff is coming on October 27 in the family center at noon for the 50+ generation. Sign up at the table in the foyer. It’s free! So, invite a 50+ friend! Come hear about our events for the whole church year. If you have questions, please contact Rich & Priscilla Klinedinst at 237-2081 or Pastor Bob at 280-3426.
  • Bonnybrook Farm Day - Kids Club is going to Bonnybrook Farm on October 26 from 11a to 6p. There will be wagon rides, corn maze, archery, giant slingshots, farm animals and much more. The cost is $5 for adults and children are free. Contact Holly Batton for questions at 728-6133.
  • Active Shooter Class - We are hosting a “Run, Hide, Fight” class at the church for congregation members, families, and anyone else who is invited by a member. It will be held on October 17 at 7p. Sign up at the table in the lobby. If you have any questions, please see Gary Jackson.
  • Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk - This event is being sponsored by VNC Women’s Ministry. The walk is Saturday, October 19. The team leaders are Christie Dixon (271-6564) and Michelle Oney. You may register and donate online at makingstrideswalk.org/dayton. Team Name is Be EXTRA - VNC. Contact Christie or Michelle or check out the table in the lobby for more information.

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Ephesians – Death to Life

Ephesians 2:8-18 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

“The more you rely on God’s power the more engaged you are with Christ and the church.” “The more you rely on your own power the more disengaged and unhappy you will be.”

Ephesians 2:8-10 -- For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Engagement comes from embracing my value and knowing that I’m created for good works.

Ephesians 2:11-12 -- Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.

We were: Separate//Excluded//Foreigners//Without Hope//Without God (atheos)

Ephesians 2:13-18 -- But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

But Now: We are brought near//He is our peace//The two groups are one//The wall of hostility is destroyed//We are reconciled//We have access to the Father.

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Now we are: Citizens//Built on the foundation//The Spirit unites us//

Members//Christ as the cornerstone// We are the temple, the dwelling of God//

We are a MOVEMENT of people following Jesus, not a location or a building.

Is the Vandalia Church of the Nazarene at 620 Stonequarry road?

What if?

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