Santa Paula Church
276 W Santa Paula Street
Santa Paula, CA 93060
The Santa Paula
Church of Christ
The Good News Letter
276 W. Santa Paula, CA 93060
Office: (805)525-3645 Fax: (805)525-7195
Minister: Robert Perez
Spanish Minister Virgilio Garcia
Secretary: Stacy Salazar
July 22, 2018
Church of Christ (Be Graceful too: Revisited)
“It is my judgment that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God, …” (Acts 15:19)
To “…not trouble the Gentiles who were turning to God” is great advice, especially if you were the new Gentile convert. However, as mentioned above, some people are just never satisfied and demand that Christians do things that need not be done. In Acts 15 those things were circumcision and the requirement to obey the Law of Moses ([to be saved] Acts 15:5).”
The implication of these demands were that they would completely undermine Jesus’s teaching about grace and that was unacceptable. In response to this, three good Christian leaders spoke up against these demands.
The first to speak is Peter who surprisingly says the Judaizer’s legalistic demands was not a Mosaic Law issue, but a God issue. Peter supports this by saying it was God who choose, showed, accepted and purified the Gentiles (15:7-9). Therefore, in essence to follow the Law of Moses in a legalistic sort of way and to demand it on new Christians (vv. 1 and 5) would be no different from the stubborn Israelites of the Exodus generation who constantly tested Moses and God. That is why Peter said, “Why do you try to test God?” (Acts 15:10, Ex. 17:7, Numbers 14:22). Then Peter declares, his famous dictum, “No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are ([Gentiles] 15:11).”
Paul and Barnabas then speak up and they defend God from a “signs and wonders” point of view (15:13).
Finally, James, Jesus’ brother speaks up and states that the Gentiles choosing had always been a part of God’s plan and then backs it up with a quote from the prophets (Acts 15:15-18). He ends his argument with the verse mentioned above “19 It is my judgment that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. (Acts 15:19)
We as New Testament Christians cannot make people more faithful by expecting new believers to uphold legalistic demands like the Judaizers did in this passage, only God has that power. However, what we can do is to support them and be graceful in their faith journey to make their transformation process easier for them; in fact, it is our privilege to do so.
Communion for July……
July 22nd …Ray & Sonia
Order of Worship
Worship Leader: Thomas Hunter
Songs: Above All Else (#171)
God’s Family (#744)
Opening Prayer: Bob Russell
Song: Lamb of God (#176)
Lords Supper: Rey Jimenez Jr./Ramon Castillo
Song: Oh, to be Like Thee (#429)
Sermon: Daniel Perez- Be Graceful too: (Revisited) “It is my judgment that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God, instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain …” (Acts 15:19)
Song of Invitation: Sanctuary (#93 in youth book)
Announcements/ Closing Prayer: Ken Ary
Prayers for the groups of our churches of Christ that are at Yosemite Bible camp this coming week & that may they all have safe travels.
We are having joined service and Potluck on Sunday July 29th. Service starts at 10:45 a.m.
There will be a monthly business meeting on Sunday Aug. 12th at 4:00 p.m. here at the church.
We need members to sign-up for communion set-up. The list is at the front entrance of the church.
Servando Torres-7/01 Cindy Vasquez-7/09
Freda Foshee-7/11 Ariana Ruiz-7/17
Bob Perez-7/19 Jessica Torres-7/29
Mike & Helen Lang-7/13
Roberto &Leonor Fernández-7/25
SCHEDULE OF WORSHIP & BIBLE STUDIES
Bible Study and Fellowship
Sunday Morning Spanish
Spanish Worship- 9:00 a.m.
Spanish Bible Study-10:45 a.m.
Coffee & Donuts 9:00 a.m-9:30 a.m.
English Bible Class: 9:45 a.m.
Worship in English: 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Bible study: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. English and Spanish