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Pastor's Newsletter DEC 2016

Dear Church Family,

With expectation we look forward to this Advent and Christmas season during the month of December.  The focus will be on God’s Greatest Gift: Jesus Christ the Son of God,  with all messages being from Colossians 1.  And then in 2017 we will continue to study the remaining chapters 2-4 in Colossians.

Here’s a list of the messages titles and passages on the dates planned:

         NOV 27  Thanksgiving for the Son of God (1:1-14)

         DEC 04  The Son: The Creator (1:15-17)

         DEC 11  The Son: The Head of the Church (1:18,19)

         DEC 18  The Son: The Savior (1:20-23)

         DEC 24  The Son: The Hope of Glory (1:26,27)

         DEC 25  The Son: So All Can Be Mature (1:28,29)

Our children are planning to help us in a special way to honor Jesus as the Savior of the World with a skit during the morning worship December 18.  We are having a lot of fun with this and building some lifetime memories in our church fellowship as well.  Our deacons will also be preparing to share Christmas communion on that Sunday (DEC 18) as well.

Please keep in mind our focus on international missions with the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering during the month of December.  Our church goal is $400 and the theme is The Gospel Resounds.   As you plan for Christmas with your family this year, make a special note that we will have a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 PM, and then Christmas Day worship only (no Sunday school) on Sunday December 25 at 10:00 AM. 

Having completed our study of Galatians during November, it is time to list a summary:

  1. God’s Grace for the Galatians and God’s Grace for the Rock Port Baptist Church (Galatians 1:1-5)
  2.  Staying True to the Gospel (Galatians 1:6-12)
  3.  Testifying of What Jesus Has Done (Galatians 1:13-24)
  4.  Principles for Handling Church Problems (Galatians 2:1-14)
  5.  Principles for Understanding Salvation in Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:15-21)
  6.  The Promises of God are For Us Today, part 1 (Galatians 3:1-14)
  7.  The Promises of God are For Us Today, part 2 (Galatians 3:15-29)
  8.  The Change from a Slave, to a Child, to an Heir (Galatians 4:1-7)
  9.  The Change that Leads to Freedom/Maturity, part 1 (Galatians 4:8-18)
  10.  The Change that Leads to Freedom/Maturity, part 2 (Galatians 4:19-31)
  11.   Living by the Spirit: The Foundation (Galatians 5:1-15)
  12.   Living by the Spirit: The Fruit (Galatians 5:16-26)
  13.   The Caring Christian in Action (Galatians 6:1-10)
  14.   The Crucified Christian in Action (Galatians 6:11-18)

You can also find more outlines at our church website: www.rockportbaptistchurch.com.  

This has been a life-changing study for me personally and I sincerely look forward to seeing how God would lead us to live this out in the future.

With you in the Lord’s service, 

Richard Boettner, pastor