We continue to march through the year. Pun intended. Since it is our year of missions, we will be taking our next baby-step in serving our community for God’s glory. It’s an easy step to take, we simply have to do it. We take this next step because we love Christ and desire to seek out our community like Christ first sought us even though no one is able to seek after God.
Jesus Christ condescended to us in order to seek and save the lost. Jesus did not simply hold out His hand and offer a general invitation, expecting people to come to Him. Scripture says that no one seeks after God. So, we don’t expect people to simply show up. We seek them out by the means God gives to us. More info below.
Last month was short. We continued to walk through 1 Samuel on Sunday mornings and Matthew on Wednesday evenings. We witnessed the baptism of Jullie Holles! Our elders began honing their preaching and teaching skills so that they can serve the congregation more effectively.
Upcoming Special Events
Foodie Friday- Every Friday, beginning February 21st, our pastor and his wife want to have a family over to their home for dinner and fellowship. They will provide the meal. If you are able, they ask that you provide desert and/or drinks. Contact Pastor Andrew to get signed up! If you are unable to provide desert or drinks, sign up anyway!
If you have any questions that we haven’t answered, please ask! We are here for your good.
Audio Video Tech- to run sound and video on Sunday mornings.
Missions Team Leader and Outreach Pastor- individuals burdened with the welfare of individuals in our community to organize current and new missions/outreach projects for TCATS.
Hispanic Missionary- someone to start a hispanic outreach ministry at TCATS for the growing hispanic population in the Sulfur Springs Valley.
Bible teachers- those interested in teaching the Bible or pastoring can be trained here.
Singers and Musicians.
If you have a particular calling, we will be sure you are equipped and put you to work for Christ’s kingdom.
In the future, you will see an online giving option here each month.
If you do not give online, please remember to bring your first-fruits to the gathering and place them in our offering box at the back of the auditorium.
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Seek the Lost
In Romans 3:11, Paul quotes from Psalms 15 and 53, “There is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God.” After quoting these psalms, Paul begins to explain how Jesus Christ seeks and saves His people despite their inability to understand or seek after God. In Matthew 18:11 and Luke 19:10, Jesus takes responsibility for seeking out and saving His chosen people since they are unable to seek after Him.
As Christ’s church, we take a misstep when we simply expect people to come hear from Christ. In the same way, we take a misstep when we become a “seeker sensitive” church, as if anyone who doesn’t love Christ will seek after Him and plug into a church for the purpose of worshipping Christ and learning from His word. People don’t seek after Christ or Christ’s church. Since Jesus condescended to us, we also go to those who are lost. The church must be focused outward.
Here, at TCATS, we are turning our focus more outward. We are good at doing things for us. We are good at gaining knowledge for ourselves. We are good at doing ministry within the church body. We have barely started going to our community, and it’s time to take the next step into our mission field as a local church. We offer services, like Grief Share and Celebrate Recovery. We donate food and money to the local food bank. These things are good, but they do not get the body involved in caring for or loving our community. We remember what James, Jesus’ brother, wrote,
What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “God in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself… Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. (James 2:14-17; 1:27).
It is not enough to simply donate. Remember, as Christ condescended so we go. We cannot merely offer opportunities for people to come and expect it to happen. It will not. If we desire to participate in Christ’s mission as a local church, we must serve and we must make it obvious that we are here to serve the needs in our community. Christ is working together poverty, homelessness, and neediness together for His mission in this world.
So, we are calling Christ’s church to action. During our new lunch series, bring more than enough food for you. We want to offer an invitation to our whole community to come and have a free meal that we provide simply by bringing more than enough. It doesn’t cost much, and I will be investing each week above my own tithe to the church. Let’s see what God does when we take this first baby-step outward in obedience to His mission.
I know what some are thinking. What if people take advantage of us? Doubtless they will. There will be some who are able who do not contribute. There will be some who come only for a free meal who are able to contribute to the needs of others. Let’s trust the Holy Spirit to transform hearts as we sit together hearing God’s word over lunch each week. Let’s not use sinful people as an excuse to not participate in Christ’s mission with Him. Christ did not refuse to come because some would use His name to build kingdoms for themselves, did He? We remember the story of early church growth,
They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47).
It is not enough to have knowledge without action. Let us take the next baby-step. If TCATS were to suddenly disappear, would the community be the same or different?
– Andrew Cannon, lead elder