Lookingglass Community Church
There is a discussion that has been floating around Christian blogs for the last few years about whether it is appropriate to focus on the “Sinners Prayer” and whether or not it accurately interprets Jesus' Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-2018 And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: 20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. ).
Jesus said, “... go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you ....” The discussion about the so-called “Sinner's Prayer” comes from our not seeing it specifically demonstrated in the apostolic church. The book of Acts does record the message of the Gospel moving from Jerusalem and Judea through Asia Minor to Macedonia and Achaia, ending up in Italy. We see the apostles taking the message of Jesus to both Jewish and Gentile people. The first seven chapters of Acts has the message about Jesus presented to Jewish audiences. Acts 8 has the message presented to Samaritans and an Ethiopian proselyte. Then for the rest of the book (except chapter 15) we have the gospel message presented to Gentiles. In these settings we see the message presented in diverse ways, probably due to the antecedent knowledge about the Hebrew Scriptures (what we call the Old Testament). So, for example, Peter's Pentecost message (Acts 2), his message at the temple (Acts 3), and Paul's message at the Pisidian Antioch synagogue (Acts 13) use the Old Testament. When we look at Paul's message to the Gentiles at Lystra (Acts 14:8-188 And at Lystra there sat a certain man, impotent in his feet, a cripple from his mothers womb, who never had walked. 9 The same heard Paul speaking, who, fastening eyes upon him, and seeing that he had faith to be made whole, 10 said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped up and walked. 11 And when the multitude saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voice, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. 12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercury, because he was the chief speaker. 13 And the priest of Jupiter whose temple was before the city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the multitudes. 14 But when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of it, they rent their garments, and sprang forth among the multitude, crying out 15 and saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and bring you good tidings, that ye should turn from these vain things unto a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that in them is: 16 who in the generations gone by suffered all the nations to walk in their own ways. 17 And yet He left not himself without witness, in that he did good and gave you from heaven rains and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness. 18 And with these sayings scarce restrained they the multitudes from doing sacrifice unto them. ) and Athens (Acts 17:16-3416 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he beheld the city full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with them that met him. 18 And certain also of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, What would this babbler say? others, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached Jesus and the resurrection. 19 And they took hold of him, and brought him unto the Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new teaching is, which is spoken by thee? 20 For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean. 21 (Now all the Athenians and the strangers sojourning there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell or to hear some new thing.) 22 And Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus, and said, Ye men of Athens, in all things, I perceive that ye are very religious. 23 For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. What therefore ye worship in ignorance, this I set forth unto you. 24 The God that made the world and all things therein, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 neither is he served by mens hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 and he made of one every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed seasons, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 that they should seek God, if haply they might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us: 28 for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain even of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 29 Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and device of man. 30 The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked; but now he commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent: 31 inasmuch as he hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. 32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but others said, We will hear thee concerning this yet again. 33 Thus Paul went out from among them. 34 But certain men clave unto him, and believed: among whom also was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them. ), the quoting and referencing of the Hebrew Scriptures are not prominent.
Church Family. People from our church body and local community are blessed by our Food Barrel Ministry. Thank you for making this possible. We request no out of date (sell by) product. Current non-perishable needs include: Canned Tuna, Canned Meat, Mac & Cheese, Hamburger Helper, Canned Pasta, Canned Stew, Canned Chili, Peanut Butter, Jelly & Jams, Canned Vegetables, Canned Corn, Canned Fruit, Cereal (hot & cold), Soup (cans or mixes), Boxed Rice, Boxed Pasta; household goods such as laundry detergent and toilet tissue as well. We have a barrel in the church foyer to collect all non-perishable items.
Operation Christmas Child
Lookingglass Community Church participates in a mission project through Samaritan's Purse year around. The project helps kids around the world in areas less fortunate (ages for Boys and Girls are: 2-4, 5-9 and 10-14). If you would like to volunteer and take a part in our year around project to 1) contribute gift items to fill shoe boxes; standard size or small plastic container, 2) donate designated dollar amounts towards postage costs; write “For OCC” on your envelope, or 3) help this year in October to pack boxes to get them ready to ship, please see Carolyn (Project Leader), or contact the church office (541) 679-7282 to leave a message. You can pick up an items list in the foyer on Sundays, or go to our website and click on 'site index' and 'category' for some gift suggestions that we have listed by months and items. Again, if you can't or don't like to shop, then volunteer to give monthly donations, or help pack shoe boxes to ship.
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