Friday, September 28, 2018

God's Sovereignty leading to Holiness

Greetings Hanfieldites!

This past Sunday we learned about God's Sovereignty from Pastor Tim. What did you think of the intro video?

One great example of God's Sovereignty comes to us from the conversion of Saul. At the end of Acts 7 Stephen the martyr's sermon to the Sanhedrin, Saul stands witness to Stephen's murder as he holds the coats of the men who stone him. This begins a time of great persecution for the early Church in Acts 8, but in Acts 9 Saul meets the risen Lord, Jesus.

As a result of this blinding conversion, Saul eventually becomes one of the Apostles testifying to Christ being the Messiah instead of one of the ones persecuting the Church. Stephen's sermon becomes a foundation for much of Saul's theology as he proceeds to write nearly 2/3 of the books of the New Testament and plants many churches across the Mediterranean spread over up to four missionary journeys.

We serve an amazing, sovereign God who can use someone as despicable as Saul to become one of the premier servants of the early Church. No matter where you've been, what you've done or seen, or how lowly you may think of yourself, God sees a champion in you as He brings all things under His sovereign control. How will you respond to such a God? May Saul be an example - we respond to meeting Jesus with humility and then expend all of our effort for our Messiah. Amen and Amen.

We hope to see you at 9:30a or 10:45a this Sunday as we dig into God's Holiness.

Question: "Is Jesus the only way to Heaven?"

Yes, Jesus is the only way to heaven. Such an exclusive statement may confuse, surprise, or even offend, but it is true nonetheless. The Bible teaches that there is no other way to salvation than through Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself says in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” He is not a way, as in one of many; He is the way, as in the one and only. No one, regardless of reputation, achievement, special knowledge, or personal holiness, can come to God the Father except through Jesus.

Jesus is the only way to heaven for several reasons. Jesus was “chosen by God” to be the Savior (1 Peter 2:4). Jesus is the only One to have come down from heaven and returned there (John 3:13). He is the only person to have lived a perfect human life (Hebrews 4:15). He is the only sacrifice for sin (1 John 2:2; Hebrews 10:26). He alone fulfilled the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17). He is the only man to have conquered death forever (Hebrews 2:14–15). He is the only Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). He is the only man whom God has “exalted . . . to the highest place” (Philippians 2:9).

Jesus spoke of Himself as the only way to heaven in several places besides John 14:6. He presented Himself as the object of faith in Matthew 7:21–27. He said His words are life (John 6:63). He promised that those who believe in Him will have eternal life (John 3:14–15). He is the gate of the sheep (John 10:7); the bread of life (John 6:35); and the resurrection (John 11:25). No one else can rightly claim those titles.

The apostles’ preaching focused on the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Peter, speaking to the Sanhedrin, clearly proclaimed Jesus as the only way to heaven: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Paul, speaking to the synagogue in Antioch, singled out Jesus as the Savior: “I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin” (Acts 13:38–39). John, writing to the church at large, specifies the name of Christ as the basis of our forgiveness: “I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name” (1 John 2:12). No one but Jesus can forgive sin.

Eternal life in heaven is made possible only through Christ. Jesus prayed, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3). To receive God’s free gift of salvation, we must look to Jesus and Jesus alone. We must trust in Jesus’ death on the cross as our payment for sin and in His resurrection. “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe” (Romans 3:22).

At one point in Jesus’ ministry, many of the crowd were turning their backs on Him and leaving in hopes of finding another savior. Jesus asked the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” (John 6:67, ESV). Peter’s reply is exactly right: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:68–69, ESV). May we all share Peter’s faith that eternal life resides only in Jesus Christ.

Have you made a decision for Christ because of what you have read here? If so, please contact us online or at the church. We'd love to have you join us in the journey with God.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Goodness of God Recap

Greetings, Friends!

God is good, all the time!
All the time, God is good!

As we think on the Goodness of God this week, don't forget our challenge to dig in at home as well as at church. If you don't have additional people in your house, ask friends to join you for a meal or jump into one of our small groups.

1. Schedule one family meal together this week.
2. Ask each person at the table for something that went well and something that they could be encouraged for.
3. Follow the three steps shown here (follow this link for quick video access: 
4. Pray together, thank God for the Goodness He's shown you and asking to be more perceptive of it in the future.

We pray you have a great week. Stay tuned for more information about our attribute for next Sunday, 9/23: God's Sovereignty.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Goodness of God

Many classes started today and the sermon this 
morning led the way. This week we considered
the goodness of God. Join us in this study over
the next few weeks. God longs for you to see Him!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Our Fall Discipleship Campaign is nearly here! "The Real God" series is introduced tomorrow and will launch on 9/16.

You are invited to join us for this fresh breath of God's Spirit at Hanfield in a couple of ways:

1) One of our worship services - at 9:30am or 10:45am

2a) One of our Sunday School Classes/Adult Bible Fellowships meeting during each service hour

2b) One of our participating small groups meeting on Sunday evenings and throughout the week.

Let us know you're coming to one of our classes/fellowships by signing up at this link so that your new leader can get in touch and begin connecting with you and other group members. 

Register HERE

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Kick Off Sunday!

There is something for the whole family at Hanfield

This week we Kick Off all of our Fall Ministries!

This is the weekend where you can expect to see
many people in their favorite jerseys.
Feel free to wear your favorite, too!

Check out a service at 9:30am or 10:45am
(There are classes each hour, too!)

You can attend a worship service for one hour and a class during the other hour.