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From the Desk of Pastor Kevin Ballard

Welcome to our growing church family

 

2021
 
8-01-2021 
 
 

CARE & CONFRONTATION

 




Hey Calvary

Tomorrow (Sunday, 08/01) we continue our series in the book of 1 Corinthians (4:14-21). The Apostle Paul wrote this to the church he had founded while on his second missionary journey.

Paul had been dealing with the church's incredibly destructive behavior. What had made matters worse, was due to his absence, leaders had arisen that reinforced the ideas of that carnality was an acceptable way to live for Christ.

The Apostle had not bothered to figure out the motivation of the false teachers. What had been most important to him was the spiritual carnage those teachers had left in their path.

He knew that he needed to gain the attention of those being led to the slaughter. His strategy was simple. He first appealed to the church as their 'Spiritual Father.'  For, he had been the one that had brought them to faith.  And, because of that, he wanted them to know they could trust what he had to say.

After Paul had stated his credentials, he like all parents, became very firm in the convictions he held. He had not desired to rebuke and correct, but because of his love for them, he had been more than willing to do so. 

And, by his confrontation, set an example for the church today.  Meaning, it is vitally important that Christians look out for one another.  And, when one is found to be straying from the path of righteousness, that the stronger and more mature Christians will lovingly and gently confront the one who has sinned.  

When the church does this, not only are they obeying the commands of the New Testament, but they are doing exactly what Jesus would do.  In fact, it can be argued that confronting someone in and with their sin, is an expression of selfless love.

I've entitled our series, in 1 Corinthians, "Living Upright in a Fallen World."  It is my prayer the Holy Spirit will ignite a fire in our hearts.  And, a desire to burn brightly, for Him, in a world that is desperate to know the power of the Gospel.

Look forward to our time together. Please pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the entire Calvary Chapel family.

There are several opportunities for worship. On campus (10:00am & 12:00pm), drive-in church (92.1fm), and online (Facebook:  Calvary Inverness)

Jesus Our Righteousness,

Pastor

 

 

COVID-19 CHURCH UPDATE

SUNDAY SERVICES: 10am and 12pm; Main Sanctuary

MONDAYS & FRIDAY NIGHTS; 7pm; Live on Facebook 

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS;  7pm; Holy Grounds Cafe and Live Online Via Facebook

FRIDAYS: 7pm; Friday night with Jesus.. the ministry of Jesus; Matthew - John.

AUDIENCE OF ONE; August 6th; HGC; 7pm; Doors open at 6pm

The office is open Tuesday thru Thursday 9:00am-2:00pm...

Soup Kitchen; Thursdays; 11am-1pm; Fellowship Hall

Food Pantry; Thursdays; 12Pm-2pm; Fellowship Hall

 

Asking everyone, who attends, to refrain from handshaking, hugging or congregating in groups of more than ten.

 

It's understandable when asked to refrain from that which is natural for Christians to do (handshaking, hugging, etc.) there will be a negative reaction. 

 

Calvary Chapel Inverness is made up of many spirit filled Christians who have a myriad of opinions of what guidelines should and should not be followed.  

 

It's beneficial to remember the Apostle Paul faced the same type of dilemma with the church in Rome and Corinth. 

Their challenge was not 'social distancing' but "food offered to idols" and "what day they should gather for worship." 

After hearing from all sides he wrote, "We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord" (Romans 15:1-2).

Therefore, with a humble heart and a desire to serve, each of us should seek to abide by the "social distance" protocols.  And, at the same time, ask the Lord to remove the Covid-19 virus and heal all who have been affected by it (physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually).

The sanctuary has been modified to comply with the social distance guidelines of six feet. Ushers are available to assist everyone who attends.

 

Masks are available (not required) for those who feel more comfortable wearing one while in public.

 

No need to make a reservation. The campus is big enough that we can accommodate a large number of people and still be able to abide by the social distance guidelines.

 

Those who are not comfortable being in public, but want to get out of the house, you can drive to the church, remain in your car, and hear the entire service on 92.1 fm.

 

For those who are sick, not feeling well, under the care of a physician, dealing with a compromised immune system, or not ready to be in a public gathering, please continue to worship with us online. Facebook and Youtube (Calvary Inverness), Sunday 10:00 am and 12 pm; Monday 7:00 pm, Wednesday, 7:00 pm, Friday, 7:00pm. 

 

Please continue to pray for the Pastors, Elders and the entire church family.

 


pkballard@calvaryinv.com

 

 
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