Let’s Learn God’s Love Summer 2021!

Life gets busy and hectic over the summer, but families can draw closer to God and connect together by memorizing 10 Bible verses… together!

Download Bible Verse Memory

You can download the family-friendly study guide that will help mom & dad lead your family to connect together over Biblical truth.

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Christian Kids and Creation/Evolution

Often, young people have questions about science, evolution, the Book of Genesis, and how to trust God in a hostile world. As we wonder about the origins of humanity, and where Biblical faith and scientific knowledge meet, a lot of questions develop.

Here’s a partial answer of what we said:

All Christians understand that God has revealed himself in the Bible, and in nature. Pastors study the Scriptures, and scientists study nature. If there are any disagreements between what we read in the Bible about creation, and what scientists tell us about the natural world, the mistake is by humans, and not God, since God cannot lie. Once we arrive in heaven, God will finally show how the Bible and nature are in complete agreement, even if we don’t understand perfectly now. 

All Christians believe in some kind of evolution, especially the way some species have naturally evolved over years: like how some bird’s beaks have evolved to help them feed, or how some species of moths have evolved color patterns so that they blend in. This (micro evolution) is something we can all agree on.

However, the Bible rejects the idea that God is not involved in nature, it’s developments, or that God is not sovereign in every part of creation. Many scientists today teach a theory of evolution that has no room for God, and is actually at odds with the Bible in many ways. Macro evolution, the theory that all life evolved from one common ancestor, goes against many Biblical teachings, including the uniqueness of humanity in the image of God, and that God created with peace and beauty in contrast to the death and chaos of natural selection.

Scientists who teach a theory with no view of God (called materialism) can provide no reason for morality (right and wrong), virtuous values like love, justice, or the mind, or describe why life has meaning. (It is also worth pointing out that much of evolutionary theory today not only goes against religious ideas, but scientific ideas as well, specifically replicating tests in the scientific theory.)

Christians have debated among ourselves exactly how to interpret Genesis 1, like if each of the six days refers to 24 hours or represent a longer period of time (compare II Peter 3:9), in what sense Satan used the talking serpent, etc. But these debates among Christians all agree that everything that exists comes from God who created out of nothing (creation ex nihilo). We reject those who use science, or any human knowledge or experience, to distort or change God’s unchanging Word.

Ultimately, you are not saved based on your understanding of creation, you are saved by the new creation that Jesus brought by living, dying on the cross, and rising again, to be received through faith and repentance. The Bible is much clearer at the center (Jesus’ life and atonement), and less clear at the start and finish (Creation and End Times). Unfortunately, many Christians have gotten stuck in arguments about Creation and End Times. As followers of the Bible, we care deeply about the truth of Creation not because it saves you, but because it teaches us that God can be trusted, that this world and each person are not an accident, and that God’s laws and plan for your life are most important for understanding ourselves.
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Ligonier Ministries helps remind us of Biblical truth, when R.C. Sproul explains if Scripture is at odds with science:

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Preparing for Worship June 6

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:
Habakkuk 2:2 – 4
Romans 6:4
Psalm 37:4
I Corinthians 11
Numbers 6:24 – 26

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs:
By Faith
Children Of the Heavenly Father
According to Thy Gracious Word
Doxology

Means of Grace:
Covenant Baptism
Congregational Prayer
Sermon: One Year: Delight In The Lord
Holy Communion

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Summer Schedule for 2021 Begins!

The seasons are changing and the days are getting warmer and longer! We want to take advantage of the beautiful weather our Redeemer gives to us, and so the following schedule will be going into effect.

Beginning June 6, Sunday worship services begin at 9:30 a.m. There will be no Sunday school program offered for the summer. However, the occasional Consistory Coffee, Men’s Breakfast, and other events will still pop up, so be sure to keep an eye on our summer events!

Sunday evenings will continue to alternate based on the schedule, so keep tuned in to our church calendar.

There’s plenty of other opportunities this summer as well! May the warmth of the season remind us of the warmth of His love for all those who live in union with Christ by faith alone!

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Pentecost Round Up

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The Holy Spirit is – as we confess with mouth & heart in the Nicene Creed – the Lord and Giver of Life. Everyone today is looking for better life. We want the “abundant life” that Jesus promised. And God’s Word explains that this life is found in His Spirit! We rejoice at Pentecost to remember that God has poured out His Spirit in His Church.

Do you know the difference between the biblical event of Pentecost, and what happens in some circles of Pentecostalism? Knowing this differences is the difference between truth and error, living in the Spirit and getting trapped in a maze. Pentecost was an Old Testament event that points to the Greater Pentecost!

When you understand Pentecost and the Spirit, it changes your prayer life. Understanding Pentecost changes your view of the end of days. It helps us understand what was different about the Old Testament, and how we have the Spirit in the New.

Want to go deeper in the meaning of Pentecost Sunday? Learn about “The Holy Spirit and Eschatology” by Rev. Dr. Richard B. Gaffin here.

There are always so many exciting things the Lord is doing at Zion! Did you miss some of the above announcements? You can find them all here. You can always catch up with Zion’s social media outreach on our Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram.

Last Sunday’s worship & sermon:

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Church Pictorial Dates

Zion is updating our new pictorial directory. Reservations are being accepted to have your pictures taken for the new directory. Please call Max K at 641-923-6058 or 515-571-1646 to make your reservation. Or sign up on next Sunday morning at church!

Available dates and times at this time are:

June 3rd 2:00 thru 6:00
June 6th 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and 5:00 thru 7:00
June 9th 2:00 thru 7:00
June 11th 4:00 thru 7:00
June 23rd 2:00 thru 7:00
June 24th 2:00 thru 7:00

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Happy Mothers’ Day 2021!

Happy Mothers’ Day to our wonderful moms! We thank the Lord Jesus for you!

We hope you have a wonderful day celebrating, and we wanted to provide some terrific resources for you as well.

We’d like to give you the following books for free:

Mom Enough: The Fearless Mother’s Heart and Hope
Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God
The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us In Suffering

Take a look at some of the following articles:

Young Mom, You Can Read Your Bible
Life can be exhausting, especially at certain seasons. For young mothers, know that you can grow in grace no matter what stage of life you are in!

Surviving vs. Beholding
None of us just want to get by, to just survive. So why does being a mom so often feel that way? Learn to behold!

Healthy Habits of Wisdom for Busy Moms
We all need to get more wisdom, and that is just as true for mothers. Get a healthy dose of God’s wisdom in your lives!

The Grace of Comparison
Do you ever fall into the comparison trap? Your kids, your marriage, your house, your life… and how they compare to others? Find the grace of comparison!

Love What Others Have
It can be so easy to find jealousy, coveting, and envy wrap itself around our hearts. Lean how love is the better way!

Find a lot more resources for Mothers here on Zion’s page!

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Preparing for Worship May 9

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 30:10 – 12
Psalm 78:4 – 7
Zechariah 9:17
III John 9 – 15
Numbers 6:24 – 26

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs:
O, What A Wonderful, Wonderful Day
Where Do I Go?
How Great Medley
What A Fellowship, What A Joy Divine
Doxology

Means of Grace:
Congregational Prayer
Sunday School Presentation
Sermon: A Tale of Two Testimonies

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Zion Administrative/Secretarial Position Open

Zion Evangelical & Reformed Church is beginning the hiring process for an administrative role. The job description may be viewed here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you!

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Parent’s Guide for Talking to Teens

With so many challenges to living with biblical faith for our young people, we want to equip our parents with resources to encourage their kids to live for Jesus.

One tool to use is the PDF “A Parent’s Guide to LGBTQ+ & Your Teen” packet. You can download the packet here. There are also packets printed for you to pick up in the church narthex.

To get you oriented to the packet, as well as give some suggestions for how to use this resource, take a look at the following brief video:

Here are a few more resources we recommend:

As always, if you have questions or comments, we would love to hear from you!

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