Sealed In The Spirit

The Giving Spirit
The Nicene Creed reminds us that the Holy Spirit is “the Lord and Giver of Life.” How does the Spirit give us life?

While the Holy Spirit can be mysterious for Christians, God seals us in the Spirit to show we belong to Him. The gracious event of Pentecost teaches us so much about the Holy Spirit. Christians should never grieve the Spirit, nor quench His power. In fact, learning about the sealing work of the Spirit can help us answer questions about “baptism of the Holy Spirit.” It helps us to know what the filling of the Spirit is, and what we must do.

Sometimes we have questions or doubts about the Spirit, but God’s Word shows us how we can know if we the Holy Spirit or not.

For those who wish to go to the Black Belt level of this subject, learn how the Spirit applies what Christ has accomplished, and what the doctrine of cessationism teaches.

The Spirit In Trials
Some Christians think that if we have the Holy Spirit, our troubles will be taken away. However, “the really foundational and fundamental tensions and trials in the Christian life are not those that will be removed by the Spirit, but those that are actually caused because the Spirit is present with us. Its because the Spirit dwells in us that the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit wars against the flesh. But just because, as the earnest of our inheritance, He dwells in us and therefore sets up the tension that is characteristic exclusively of the Christian believer, He is also thew Comforter, because He is the earnest of the inheritance. And the very struggles and trials through which the Christian goes as a Christian believer therefore for Owen are paradoxically also his comforts because they are the fruit of One who is in him, to assure him of the fullness of the inheritance that is to be his in the last day.”

How The Spirit Seals Us
That official seal shows the authenticity and legality of the adoption. In Biblical times, kings and their officials would use the king’s signet ring, a ring that had a special engraving upon it, to stamp laws or documents as official, carrying the authority of the king’s approval. Similarly, Paul is teaching the Ephesians that they have been adopted by God through the blood of Christ. How do they know it is true and official? They were marked in Christ with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit. When a person truly professes Jesus Christ, God places His authoritative stamp on that person through His Spirit at that moment, causing the new child of God to cry out by the Spirit of adoption, “Abba! Father!” (Rom 8:15).

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New Women’s Bible Study Beginning

Beginning on Sunday nights at 7:30, our Women’s Bible study begins a new study using Jen Wilkin’s book, Ten Words to Live By. Invite a friend and join us!

You can find out more about this terrific book by author Jen Wilkin in a variety of ways.

Listen to an interview with Jen and hear an excerpt from her book:

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Preparing for Worship Oct 3

We will be using the following songs and passages from the Word of God in our corporate gathering this Lord’s Day. Please prayerfully use these resources to prepare your hearts to “come into His gates with thanksgiving and enter His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4).

The Word of the Lord:
Psalm 72:1 – 4, 18 – 19
Psalm 51
I Thessalonians 5:12 – 24
Ephesians 1:12 – 14
Numbers 6:24 – 26

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs:
Psalm 72
Create In Me A Clean Heart
Behold The Lamb
Doxology

Means of Grace:
Congregational Prayer
Sermon: Sealed In Spirit
Holy Communion

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The Story of Mary Slessor

An amazing story of God’s power, and commitment to Jesus and His truth, enjoy this cartoon appropriate for young ones as you learn the story of Mary Slessor!

Mary was a Scottish Christian who left her country, her family, and all that was easy and familiar to bring the message of Jesus to Africa! She had to overcome language barriers, pagan evils, and challenges as a woman. But Jesus carried her through! Watch this story of her faith, and enjoy a delightful story for your kids.

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Preparing for Worship Sept 12

We will be using the following songs and passages from the Word of God in our corporate gathering this Lord’s Day. Please prayerfully use these resources to prepare your hearts to “come into His gates with thanksgiving and enter His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4).

The Word of the Lord:
Psalm 104:1 – 2, 24
Genesis 19:15 – 17
Psalm 123:1 – 4
Deuteronomy 7:6, 12-14
Ephesians 1:3 – 10
Numbers 6:24 – 26

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs:
How Great Thou Art
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Oh Glorious Day
Wonderful Grace of Jesus
Doxology

Means of Grace:
Congregational Prayer
Sermon Praise ALL His Glorious Grace

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Funeral Service for Ken Mick

Kenton “Ken” L. Mick, 84, of Garner passed away Sunday, September 5, 2021 at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City. 

A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 10, 2021 at Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church.  Inurnment will be at Concord Township Cemetery in Garner. A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, September 9, 2021. Memorials and obituary information can be found at the Cataldo Funeral Home website.

You can follow a livestream of the funeral service below.

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Internet and Phone Lines Down 9/9

Our internet and telephone provider, Comm1, is experiencing outages today originating out of Des Moines. We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you have an emergency, please contact Pastor Brian. Thanks!

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Podcast On the Savoy Declaration

Recently, our minister was interviewed on The Pilgrim’s Path Podcast by Rev. Dr. Chris Surber. They spoke about Congregationalism, the Savoy Declaration of Faith, and Jesus as our Prophet, Priest, and King. Take a listen!

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Rally Sunday 2021 Is Here!

As we cruise into the fall again, it is time for Rally Sunday on September 12th! We have all the details you need to know below:

Schedule

10:30 Worship
11:40 Teacher Introductions & Classroom Registration
11:45 Lunch in Fellowship Hall
12:30 Games & Hayrides

Registration

Many of you have already turned in registration sheets in the Narthex. Thank you! This helps us prepare. But if you still need to register your student, would you like to register your child for Sunday school online and beat the rush? Click here and fill in your information!

Join us for the fun!

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Besides a great opportunity to refocus on Christ, we will have all sorts of opportunities to enjoy one another in fellowship through a variety of games and fun. Tell a friend, and be sure to join us!

Learn About Our Curriculum

Our church is excited to use the very best curriculum we can find to bring God’s Word to bear in the lives of our youth. Using Children Desiring God as well as other supplemental curriculum, you will find a treasure trove for getting your kids serious about the Bible!

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Five Reasons To Study Ephesians

Here are 5 reasons every Christian should study Ephesians, right now.

1. Ephesians reminds us of our ultimate hope.

Our hope is defined by whatever we believe will solve our problems and deliver personal happiness. For some, hope lies in a COVID-19 vaccine. Others place hope in political reform, financial stability, marriage, or academic advancement. However, we will be perpetually frustrated if we depend on anything in the created order to deliver hope apart from our Creator and Savior.

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul calls believers to know this only true hope: being found in Christ. In Christ we have redemption, forgiveness, and a glorious inheritance – we are adopted into the family of God so that we might gain access to the rich spiritual blessings only found in the heavenly places (Eph. 1:3-12).

Only in Christ can we find the ultimate solution to our problems and the source of eternal joy. This truth in the book of Ephesians protects us from grasping at earthly bubbles that promise hope, but eventually pop and leave us empty-handed and unfulfilled.

2. Ephesians reminds us of the root of all our problems.

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