Discovery Church Update
Church Schedule Update
September 12, 2021
In This Week's Update
  • New Class: The Gospel Centered Life
  • Ten Words That Change Everything About Your Suffering
  • Wednesday Night Ministry Launch: Bible Study, Discovery Zone, Revival Youth
  • How Does The Lord's Supper Prepare Us For Heaven?
  • Available Bible Studies/Fellowship Opportunities
This Sunday's Sermon and Song List
This week we're starting a three week series on some core Christian doctrines. We'll have two messages on what the Bible says about sin and then wrap up with more on what our statement of faith says about the attributes of God. 
This Sunday's Message: "What is Sin?" Sin has many sides. It can be easy to see but also easily hidden. We'll see together that sin is a culture, it comes from an adulterous human heart, it is a thought, an infant ogre, a predatory cat, and a seductive woman. We will look at each of these sides in succession and as we do I hope your spiritual eyes will be enlightened to see that sin is not something to love, lay down under, or guilt trip yourself with - sin is something to kill.

Scriptures: Romans 3:22-27, James 4:1-4; Gen 3:1-6; James 1:13-15; Gen 4:7; Proverbs 5:1-14

To get yourself ready to sing on Sunday you can start listening to the songs we'll be singing together:
  • Hands To The Heavens
  • This I Believe
  • You Love Defends Me
  • Christ the Lord is Risen Today (He Is Not Dead)
We created a playlist on Youtube in case you want to start listening today. You can find that by clicking HERE.
New Adult Sunday School Class:
The Gospel Centered Life
Lots of Christians talk about the gospel, but how many really understand the gospel and know how to apply it to their lives? Featuring nine self-contained lessons with discussion questions, articles, and practical exercises The Gospel-Centered Life helps us understand how the gospel shapes every aspect of life.

The impact of this study and how it points to plain, but transformational biblical truth cannot be overemphasized. For some of you this will be like walking a familiar trail but this positions you nicely to be of real help and encouragement to those that are less familiar with the subject. Join us for discussion on how the gospel truly tells us what life is all about and how to live it!  
Women's Prayer Meetings
Prayer, prayer and more prayer. All women are encouraged to participate in our prayer time Thursday, September 16th, at 7:00 PM. We will meet in the Women's Ministry area and will dedicate our time to prayer for individuals, our church, our city and area, our state, and our nation. We plan to meet for prayer every first Thursday at 2:00 PM and third Thursdays at 7:00 PM throughout 2021. Please join us!
Do you have a passion for reaching out and serving Downtown in the name of Jesus? Gathering Grounds is a great tool to that end. 

If you are interested in serving or you've served in the past contact the office or the pastors to sign up for a shift. 
5:45PM - Free Family Fellowship Meal
6:25PM - Worship and Prayer
6:35PM - Classes Begin!
7:30-7:45 - Dismiss

Pre K-K: Grapevine Studies: Stories in Genesis
1st-3rd: ABC'S Of God
4th-6th Grade: The Names of God
Revival Youth (7th-12th Grade): The Attributes of God
Adult Bible Study: 2 Corinthians - True Discipleship 
Sunday School Class List
  • Elementary & Junior Sunday School Class (4 years to 6th grade students)- "Answers in Genesis" in classrooms downstairs
  • Revival grades 7-12, taught by Pastor Brandon in the attic
  • Adults - The Gospel Centered Life
Pot-Lock and Communion This Sunday!
As you've probably heard we're doing something a little different this month to observe the Lord's Supper. One of the things we learn by looking at the early days of the Christian church is that the Lord's Supper was part of a larger, communal-celebration meal. Those first Christians gathered to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and look forward together for his return. This lunch will also give us a chance to have some time for prayer, brief testimonies, church-life updates and a brief reflection on our church covenant. 
If you can't bring food, don't let that keep you from coming. But if you're able it would be great if you could bring a main dish and a salad/dessert to share. 

Last week we also included a link to a little article on how the Lord's Supper helps prepare us for heaven. If you didn't get a chance to look at that it's well worth it. Click HERE to read it.
"Ten Words that Changed Everything About My Suffering"
Last week in Sunday School we tackled the question of why God allows suffering and evil in the world. We had a great discussion and I enjoyed the time as we simply let the Bible speak. Today I came across this article from Desiring God, written by Joni Eareckson-Tada. I highly recommend reading it - it won't take long. I'll give you a preview by revealing the ten words she's talking about in her title. Here they are: God permits what he accomplish what he loves. Whoa. 

In case you don't know Joni's story, she was a teenager when she had a swimming accident that left her permanently paralyzed from the neck down. So, she's no stranger to life-altering pain. I highly commend the article if you have a heart that is searching the way Joni's was after her injury. READ IT HERE
Here are all the study/fellowship opportunities currently available through our church:
  • Monday Morning Men's Group (6:45 AM at Fryn' Pan)
  • Men's Thursday Noon Bible Study will resume on September 23rd.
  • Women's Thursday morning study, will not meet this week. The study will resume September 23rd.
  • Women's Tuesday night study, "Everyday Theology" is from 5:30-7:00 PM. If you are in need of a book please contact the office.
Men's Noon Bible Study on Thursdays
Resumes September 23rd
Every Thursday at Noon a few guys pack lunch and sit down to talk about the sermon text for that coming Sunday. This is a great time of conversation that helps all of us get excited about Sunday worship. Not only that, it helps me as the preacher think through things that I might not think about on my own. Different minds, generations and personalities all bring something to the table and help influence the sermon content for that Sunday. If your lunch hour is free on Thursdays you should check it out! We're off this coming Thursday but will resume our usual study time again on September 23rd. 
FREE Books — A table is set up by the coat rack with free books. If you see anything that interests you, please feel free to take them. There is no need to return them.
Elder Meeting Minutes
To read the minutes from our most recent elder meeting, please click HERE.
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