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
May 27, 2018
Church of Christ
“It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to not burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: 29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid such things” (Acts 15:28-29).
Why do I feel so defensive about this topic? I guess it is because that telling people not to do certain things, especially in regard to sexuality, is such a hard pill to swallow. Also, some people in the church have adopted a “Jesus loves me” philosophy at the expense of “holy living.” Therefore, to tell someone that you can’t live that way and call yourself a Christian just doesn’t sit well. What I am asking you to do in preparation for this Sunday’s sermon is pray for me. Pray that I will have the courage to not only preach God’s word with boldness, but more importantly that I will have the courage to apply it.
Picking up from where we left of last week, Acts 15 “19It is my judgment that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20 Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from the meat of strangled animals, from blood and [from sexual immorality- I purposely put this one last], … 29b You will do well to avoid these things.”
Three of the four decrees’: Abstaining from food polluted from idols, from meat of strangled animals and from blood [used as a food product] are probably no problem for any of us in the church. However, to tell members to abstain from sexual immorality is a whole different ballgame, the Jewish Christians who started the Gentiles knew this from their own history and they also know the sexual immorality is “the shortest pleasure with the most lasting consequences.” So, there it is, are we willing to allow Jesus to affect our own sexual morality or not? Interestingly, when the first people heard the “Apostolic Decree” (the four things to abstain from) they received it with gladness. “31 [When] the people read it [the letter] they were glad for it’s encouraging message.” The question that you must ask yourself today is this, are you glad too? Lord, please help us to receive your message with gladness and help us “to be holy just as you are Holy.” May God, bless you and I hope to see you Sunday.
Communion for June...Castillo Family
May 27th .... Mike & Kristie
Order of Worship
Worship Leader: Ken Ary
Songs: Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah (#3)
Sweet Hour of Prayer (#827)
Opening Prayer: Tony Atliano
Songs: Give Me Thy Heart (#672)
Without Him (#544)
Lords Supper: Mike Marlow/Caleb Castillo
Song: Restore My Soul (#567)
Sermon: Robert Perez-Be Graceful- “It is my judgement that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. Instead we should tell them to abstain… (Acts 15:19-20)
Song of Invitation: Hark the Gentle Voice (#907)
Announcements/ Closing Prayer: Ray Blaskey
There is a Surf Camp 2018 meeting today Sunday May 27th after service.
There will be an evening Bible study on Sunday June 3rd at 5:00 p.m. at the home of the Castillo Family.
There will be a monthly business meeting on Sunday June 10th at 4:00 p.m.
There will be a potluck on Sunday June 17th after service. Bring your favorite dish to share.
There will be a men’s leadership meeting on Sunday June 24th after service.
Claudia Gutierrez-5/26 Diana Perez-5/28
Eleuterio Herrera-6/4 Danielle Salazar-6/8
Deanne Fontanel-6/9 Asher Gonzalez-6/11
Ken Ary-6/16 Thomas Hunter-6/19
Daniel Salazar-6/20 Zenon Perez-6/23
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