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
September 24, 2017
Santa Paula Church of Christ:
“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt. 4:18-22 see also Luke 5:1-11)
When you read the above story in both Matthew and Mark’s Gospel, the story about Jesus calling his first disciples, the calling seems so abrupt that it hardly seems believable. Would any of us today in 2017 do what Jesus first followers did. Would any of us change our careers midstream and adopt a “surrogate family” (Luke 8:19-21) for the sake of the kingdom of God on earth? Probably, not, however these first four disciples did. And as one author notes they “lovingly believed in Jesus, earnestly attached to Him, unquestionably trusted Him with absolute simplicity and entireness of self-surrender, they follow him.
Would any of you reading this article do the same? Would any of you consider following Jesus?
For those of you that would consider doing so, let me introduce you to the same story mentioned above written by another author. His name is Luke. He is the writer of the third gospel, The Gospel of Luke. In Luke’s version, he alludes to the fact that Jesus already had a relationship with his followers, especially Simon-Peter. Jesus had preached in the hometown of Simon-Peter and after [church, synagogue service] Simon-Peter invited Jesus into his home, where his mother-in-law lay sick. Jesus cures her and the following scene Jesus calls his first disciples. In this story, Simon Peter is singled out.
Here is a three-step process that Luke used to show us how to follow Jesus. First, Simon Peter allows Jesus into his boat. Second, contrary to his own judgment as a fisherman, he follows Jesus' directions and lets down his nets. "This by itself does not lead Simon, to follow Jesus, however. Indeed, Simon says "Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!" The manifestation of the Jesus does not attract but repels, for Simon sees himself as an unworthy sinner, threatened by the Jesus. Simon's decision to leave all and follow Jesus can only come after Jesus' reassurance ("do not be afraid") and promise ("from now on you will catch men") which is step three.
When we allow Jesus into our metaphorical boat, beautiful things can happen. Maybe one of them is that you’ll consider following Jesus.
If you are interested in inviting Jesus in the “boat of your life” then come this Sunday. We are located at 276 W. Santa Paula Street, (across from the cemetery). Our weekly services begin at 9:00 a.m. in Spanish and at 10:45 a.m. in English. We look forward to seeing you this week at our service.
God Bless You,
Communion for October…. Castillo Family
September 24th Ken & Gloria
October 1st Mike & Kristie
Order of Worship
Worship Leader: Mike Marlow
Songs: Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah (3)
This is My Father’s World (991)
Opening Prayer: Ramon Castillo Sr.
Songs: Lead Me to Calvary (332)
He Paid a Debt (376)
Lords Supper: Isaac Jimenez/Thomas Hunter
Song: More About Jesus (678)
Sermon: Bob Perez “Follow me and I will make you fishers of Men” Matt.4:18-22, Mark 1:16-20 also see Luke 5:1-11
Song of Invitation: Trust & Obey (915)
Announcements/ Closing Prayer: Tony Atilano
There is a Men’s leadership meeting today Sunday September 24th after service.
We are collecting candy for Hallelujah Night, there is a box at the front entrance of the church.
There will be a Hallelujah Night meeting on Sunday October 1st after service.
There will be a home Bible Study on Sunday October 1st at 5:00 p.m. at the home of The Marlow family.
Senior Saints potluck will be on Sunday October 6th at Camarillo Church of Christ at 2:30 p.m.
There will be a business meeting on Sunday October 8th at 4:00 p.m.
There is an all call to join our Women’s Bible Study,
The study will beheld at the church every 1st and 3rd
Thursday of the month starting on October 5th at 6:00 p.m. This year’s book: Dr. Bob’s Guide
to Optimal Health: A God Inspired, Biblically Based
Devotional, will help equip and Empower us to
make necessary improvments, and enable us to be
a good steward of the body God has given us.
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Santa Paula Church of Christ
Rey Jimenez Sr. and the family for comfort and peace.
Ray Ming for better health.
Ken Ary for better health.
Ray McCallister for better health.
Mike & Helen Lang
Gene Foshee for better health.
Jessica Torres for better health.
Sandra Garcia-9/19 Liz Perez-9/26
Bob Russell-10/12 Carlos Fernandez-10/14
Ray Ming-10/24 José Bravo-10/27
Ken & Gloria Ary-10/27
Isaac & Maria Jimenez-10/31
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