THE FOREVER PLAN
Is there more to life than the physical things? You may have realized that there is more to life than the things we can see, hear, feel, touch, and taste. You may have even had some experiences you might term “spiritual.” And that’s because we are body, soul, and spirit. Unfortunately, were all born spiritually dead, disconnected form our source of origin.
How did we get so disconnected? It happened when Adam and Eve separated themselves from God by doing something He had warned would bring them death. From that day forward, not one human being has been born without sin. We are all born sinners. Most people think of sin in terms of its symptoms such as lying, stealing, immorality. But sin, by its simplest definition means “missing God’s mark.” And what is His mark? Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) tells us: “For I know the plans I have for you,” say the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Anything that takes us out of God’s plan is sin. And, unfortunately, we were all out of the plan because of Adam and Eve.
How can I get reconnected to God? When you accept the sacrifice of God’s one and only son Jesus, you are connected to God Himself. You see Jesus came and died for us. He was the only human being to ever walk the planet who had no sin. And He had no sin because He was born of God, and not of man: Mary asked the angel, “But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin.” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby born to you will be hly, and he will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:34-35 NLT). When you truly accept and believe that Jesus came and died for our sins then you become reconnected to God. That’s what Jesus meant when He said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one come to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 NKJV)
That’s what being born again means. The first time you were born, it was a natural birth through your parents. the second time, it’s a spiritual one. Jesus described it this way: “The truth is, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven, so don’t be surprised at my statement that you must be born again” (John 3:5-7 NLT)
If you’d like to reconnect with God, be born again, just pray this prayer: Father, I recognize that I’m a sinner. I know that I cannot save myself. I want to accept the gift of eternal life that only Jesus Christ can give. I believe that He died for my sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead to give me new life. Please grant me that life now. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
What happens now? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you on your new faith journey.
BECOME A MEMBER
We invite all to come and worship and celebrate with us. However, for a deeper level of commitment in the form of membership of PCC, it is a simple 3 step process:
- 1. Accept the Forever Plan (i.e. have a personal relationship with Christ)
- 2. Publicly identify yourself as a member of God’s family through Baptism
- 3. Discover a greater understanding of why PCC exists by attending Class 101 – Discovering PCC
THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Meaning Of The Lord’s Supper Baptism is only one of the two symbols of salvation. The other is the Lord’s Supper. It’s interesting that Jesus never asked His disciples to remember His birth, but He did instruct them to remember His death and resurrection. He gave the church two visible symbols called ordinances. We do not call Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, sacraments. We don’t call them that because the word sacrament means it saves you. We don’t believe baptism saves you and we don’t believe the Lord’s Supper saves you. The Bible says they are symbols of your salvation, not things that make you saved. So technically they are not sacraments. We call them ordinances because they were ordained by God for Christians to remember Jesus’ death.
What is the Lord’s Supper?
- 1. It is a simple act. It’s not some big elaborate ritual.
- 2. It is a reminder. The whole purpose of the Lord’s Supper is for us to remember what Jesus did on the cross.
- 3. It is a symbol.
- 4. It’s a statement of faith. When you take of the Lord’s Supper, you’re preaching a sermon.
Who Should Take the Lord’s Supper? Only those who are already believers. When Jesus offered the communion (the Lord’s Supper) He didn’t offer it to the 5000 where He fed the loaves and fish. He only offered the Lord’s Supper to the twelve disciples whom He knew were true believers. He didn’t offer the Lord’s Supper to the crowds.
How do I prepare myself for the Lord’s Supper? Before taking the Lord’s Supper you should always ask: “God, is there anything in my life that’s between me and You that I need to confess and get rid of before I take communion.” The Bible says that we are to examine our self every time we take the Lord’s Supper. We do these four things. First self examination — “God, what is it in my life that needs to be changed.” (2) Then we confess our sins. (3) We recommit our lives and we even (4) restore relationships. The Bible says if you’ve got something against another person — you’re bitter and angry and resentful — you shouldn’t take the Lord’s Supper. In fact, it says you shouldn’t even give an offering. It says go get it right with that person first and then come and worship.
When and how often should we observe the Lord’s Supper? The Bible doesn’t say. The Bible doesn’t give a rule about how often. Anytime you hear a rule like, “You ought to take the Lord’s Supper every Sunday” it’s a man-made rule. It’s not in the Bible. One thing is clear, however, and that is the need to remember Him in this symbolic feast or communion with Him. Although there is no Biblical mandate as to how often we should do it, because of the significance of it, PCC celebrates it every week. We currently celebrate it as the first service on Sunday mornings.
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