July Announcements

We are, more or less, back to normalcy. Many of you are still physical distancing, and we encourage you to continue to discern what is best for you and your family. As more and more people get back into the church gathering, we encourage safe practices. Wear masks if you feel you need to. Air hug, and remain six feet apart. We are providing two seating options during the main services; You can participate live in the auditorium or enjoy the broadcast in the fellowship hall. If you choose not to honor the physical distancing recommendations, please respect those who are. We do have hand-sanitizer and masks available for those who need them.

In Acts 2:44-45, we see the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the actions of the first local church. The church held all things in common-even selling their property and possessions, sharing them with all as anyone had need.

When we come to know Christ, we begin giving to others rather than gaining for ourselves. Church becomes about what we can give rather than what we can get. We share the Gospel because Christ has so graciously given us His grace. We share what we have because God has given us what we have so He might bless others through us. What a wonderful world this would be if we all blessed one another rather than rather than build relationships based on what we may get out of them. One day, the world will be this way. Sharing is not merely a means for accomplishing our mission but a lifestyle wrought in Christ’s people by His Holy Spirit.

This month, we have added two new ammenities. 1) We have added an overflow/family viewing area during the main worship service. You can now choose between participating in the worship service live and viewing the broadcast from our fellowship hall. 2) We have developed a share-center group on Facebook and will soon add our share-center booth in the Fellowship Hall.

Remember meal-share on Sunday afternoons following the main gathering. Join us Sundays at 12:30 as we eat together and walk through Revelation.

Upcoming Special Events

Because of COVID-19, this event is now a free concert and missions panel. Details to come.

Resources

Click here for other Bible study resources for your spiritual growth.

Subscribe to “The Ninety-Five” on iTunes or by clicking here.

Click here to download the devotional commentary on the book of Revelation.

Current Opportunities:

Audio Video Tech- to run sound and video on Sunday mornings.
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.

Please donate online by clicking here.

If you do not give online, please remember to mail in your first-fruits or place your offering in the offering box when you are at the church building. We do not take up an offering during any worship gathering.

Remember to Subscribe to this blog and Contact us with any questions!

Our Missions Vision in 2020

New Resources For You

Here at TCATS, we are interested in your sincere spiritual growth. That’s why we do everything we can to make sure you have what you need as you come to know Christ more and as He continues to sanctify you through His word. Here are some new resources for you:

Saul’s Envy
We finished another section in 1 Samuel on Sunday mornings and the sermons are available for download. These Bible’s message meant much through the COVID season and means much when we think about loving our enemies in the face of riots, racism, and hatred from people who have preached mere acceptance and unity.
Click here to listen or download.
Click here to see what else is available from 1 Samuel.

Kingdom of Heaven
We finished Jesus’s Kingdom of Heaven teaching and parables in Matthew’s Gospel on Wednesday evenings and the Bible Studies are available for download. People have different perceptions about what Heaven will be like. Jesus was more concerned about the Father’s glory and His people than He was about the place.
Click here to listen or download.
Click here to see what else is available from Matthew’s Gospel.

Foundations for the Book of Revelation
We finished the foundational chapter for our new study through the book of Revelation. This foundation is essential for understanding the book of Revelation and end times according to the Bible.
Click here to listen or download.
Click here to see what else is available from Revelation.

A Look at Luther’s 95 Theses
Many of the problems in the modern church, generally speaking, reflect the problems Luther and others saw in the Roman Catholic Church of 1517. Please listen to these reflections on Luther’s 95. The church exalted people’s works and wealth rather than Christ’s work and word. Our reflections are worth your time.
Click here.

The New Share Center
As our year of missions continues, we have created a Facebook group meant for sharing. Soon, you will also see a share center at the church, which will highlight the missions work we are involved in around the world and list missions opportunities available in our own community. If you have a need, please let us know.
Click here to join the share center group.

Check out our other available resources for your spiritual growth here.

We provide these resources free for anyone who wants them and don’t ask for any information from anyone. Simply click and play. We do ask that you consider donating to the Church at Sunsites so that we can continue to produce this Bible-centered material for our community and for Christ’s true church in the valley. More and more, we see the widespread need for sound Biblical teaching here in the valley.

Please subscribe to this website, share the Bible-centered content, and continue to pray for revival. If you have any questions about anything, our elders will answer those for you; Simply contact us. If you are not yet investing your valuable time in a church that preaches and teaches expositorily and sincerely gets at the things God has given through the whole counsel of His word for our benefit, we hope to see you soon.

June Announcements

This week, we finally get to begin our lunch series! Many of you are still physical distancing or have been out for various reasons. We look forward to seeing everyone again. Please remember to stay connected and discern the appropriate time for your family to return to the gathering of believers.

The church gathering is the training ground, but very Christian has several mission fields. The Christian’s first mission field is his or her own household and extended family. In Scripture, households considered the Gospel together, came to Christ together, and were baptized together:

1. Cornelius’ Household (Acts 10)
2. Lydia’s Household (Acts 16)
3. The Philippian Jailer’s Household (Acts 16)
4. Crispus’s Household (Acts 18)
5. Stephanas’s Household (1 Corinthians 1)​.

If we want the best for our families, we will disciple them and live as part of Christ’s body, His church, with our families. So, we invite our families to attend a healthy local church that preaches through Scripture where we can serve God and one another with our families.

This month, we have a guest preacher-Ken Duffy. Ken and his family recently started attending The Cats. His desire is to preach, and he is a good expositor. Let’s give him a warm welcome on June 14. June 14, we also begin our lunch series. Bring your lunch; After the main worship service, Tom Schneider will be summarizing our teaching through Revelation up to this point. Be sure to request any lessons you’ve missed and the devotional commentary on Revelation.

Upcoming Special Events

Because of COVID-19, this event is now a free concert and missions panel. Details to come.

Resources

Click here for other Bible study resources for your spiritual growth.

Subscribe to “The Ninety-Five” on iTunes or by clicking here.

Click here to download the devotional commentary on the book of Revelation.

Current Opportunities:

Audio Video Tech- to run sound and video on Sunday mornings.
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.

Please donate online by clicking here.

If you do not give online, please remember to mail in your first-fruits or place your offering in the offering box when when you are at the church building.

Remember to Subscribe to this blog and Contact us with any questions!

Our Missions Vision in 2020

May Announcements

We are back on campus as of today for all of our regularly scheduled meetings. Please continue to discern whether you and your families still need to observe physical distancing. We are taking the necessary sanitization precautions on campus.

It is easy to be friendly with others. Saying what we think, especially concerning the Gospel, is difficult because we don’t want to be judged and we don’t want others to feel like we are judging them. The ability to have difficult, meaningful conversation is nearly lost on our society, but have these difficult, meaningful discussions we must. Continue reading below.

This month, we are relaunching our on-campus gatherings. Because of a continuing concern about COVID-19, our lunch series and meal-share ministry will not begin until June 14. We will begin recording our church members’ testimonies again. Please contact us to set up a time for your interview.

Upcoming Special Events

Because of COVID-19, this event is now a free concert and missions panel. Details to come.

Resources

Click here for other Bible study resources for your spiritual growth.

We are releasing this podcast episode early for TCATS and our community. It fits with our missions tip this month. In this episode, we address the legalistic idea that church is for the righteous and rich. In reality, Jesus came to call poor sinners.:

Subscribe to “The Ninety-Five” on iTunes or by clicking here.

Our pastor’s latest book.
Take the test to see if you actually have eternal life, are in a healthy church, or are a false teacher.

Other books available here.

Our pastor’s latest paper in pursuit of his PhD.
How can we discern Scripture’s application for today?

If you have any questions that we haven’t answered, please ask! We are here for your good.

Current Opportunities:

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.

Please donate online by clicking here.

If you do not give online, please remember to mail in your first-fruits or place your offering in the offering box when when you are at the church building.

Remember to Subscribe to this blog and Contact us with any questions!

Say Something

It is easy to be friendly with others. Saying what we think, especially concerning the Gospel, is difficult because we don’t want to be judged and we don’t want others to feel like we are judging them. The ability to have difficult, meaningful conversation is nearly lost on our society, but have these difficult, meaningful discussions we must.

A week or so ago, I shared something on Facebook. Most of what I hear about the Gospel in our community is entirely works-based, even so much so that someone from another prominent church was condemning other churches for postponing their gatherings as fearful and in direct contradiction to God’s Law (Cf. Hebrews 10:24-25). Virtually every church other than her own was dishonoring God and did not fear God like her church did. Behind this sort of mentality is an entirely works-based, or legalistic, theology of salvation- a false Gospel. My heart has been broken about the presence of this false legalistic Gospel since I arrived in Sunsites. I tried for more than a year to have a conversation with the pastor of this church, which I will leave unnamed here. He only ever replied by informing me that he would not allow his church people to associate with us because he didn’t want to expose his people to that stuff. After months of heart wrenching prayer, I finally had a heart rightly broken enough to say something. I received three types of responses: (1) Some people were malicious and accusatory because I had the nerve to address something I saw as wrong, (2) some people reacted harshly because they had been hurt by the church and my observations triggered them, and (3) some people desired to have a sincere conversation about the true nature of the Gospel. The reaction I got proves that we need a broader conversation about Christ Gospel and false gospels floating around in our own context. I will be having more public conversations and inviting other pastors and religious leaders in our community to join me.

Jesus had to publicly criticize legalistic religion. In one instance, people were referring to Him as a Law-breaker because He practiced His liberty in eating and drinking. In a very public way, Jesus pointed out the incoherence of their legalistic teaching. John the Baptist neither ate grapes nor drank wine or strong drink; people accused him of having a demon. Jesus came eating grapes and drinking wine and strong drink; people accused Him of being a glutton and a drunkard (Cf. Matthew 11:16-19). No matter what we say or how we live, worldly people will find fault. Just as Jesus had to deconstruct the false theology of the First Century in order to show the beauty of grace, so too must we if we desire others know the true Gospel. This is one reason Jesus said that He did not come to bring peace but a sword (Matthew 10:42, in the context of Jesus sending His disciples on a short-term mission trip to Galilee).

After noticing actual problems with the world, injustices, crooked politics, and false Gospels, there is a way to say something. Notice Jesus’s method as you read through the Gospels. He logically considered the content of a teaching or claim against the Scriptures. He reasoned with people considering the content in a non-malicious way. Sometimes He even exercised His just anger. Absent from His timeline would be those political memes maligning or caricaturing one politician or party. Absent from His feed would be the assumptions and ad hominem finger. Instead, He exposed the content of someone’s message, revealed its inconsistencies, and compared it to Scripture. We can make fun of someone all day, and no one will listen even if they really are wrong. We can evaluate the content, though, and the whole world will see and react in one of the three ways I described.

If you desire to serve others and share Christ’s Gospel, remember that we are in a specific context (see video below). When the Gospel is shared in any community, it rubs and clashes against all of the different and disparate propositions that are present. Be as sly as serpents and as innocent as doves.

– Your servant and friend, Andrew Cannon, lead elder

Our Missions Vision in 2020

COVID-19 Update

Governor Ducey announced that he and his cabinet have decided to extend a modified version of the stay-at-home order until May 15. Here is what that means for us as a local church.

Beginning May 1st, we can begin meeting again in groups of ten or less. According to the state’s recommendation, meetings will be moved up to 25% capacity on May 12 or 15. If your Bible study or ministry can accommodate this recommendation, we encourage you to begin meeting again (Physical distancing rules below).

On May 3, we will have our final online gathering for the main service. On May 10, we will begin having drive-in worship services during Phase 1 of the state’s reopening. This will help us maintain safe physical distancing and begin to meet again. The main-service will continue to be live-streamed. We encourage you to keep your windows up and A/C on during the drive-ins. You should be able to tune your car radios to an FM station to hear the service (as long as our short-range FM transmitter is delivered on time). Our deacons will be available to get you anything you need (ex. coffee, Bible) and will be wearing the appropriate gloves and masks. If you need to be in the building during this time, please let us know-we can accommodate no more than 10 people indoors until May 12 or 15 and no more than 25% of our capacity afterwards until Phase 2 or 3 or reopening according to President Trump’s plan.

The lunch series through Revelation will continue to air online for the time being.

On May 13, Wednesday evening Bible study will begin on campus again-unless we hear that you would prefer to continue Matthew’s Gospel online.

When you are in the building:
Remain 6 ft. from others; we encourage air hugs.
Utilize the hand-sanitizer.
Designate one person present to pour coffee and serve snacks to limit contacts.
Sanitize the spaces used after each meeting.
Please stay home if you are sick.

If you have any needs, please continue to let us know.

As I have talked with our members over the course of the past month or so, I have been greatly encouraged. There hasn’t been any complaining about the decisions made by the elders to honor the state’s stay at home order. You have all mostly participated well in our online gatherings. We will continue to be the church through this pandemic- offering God’s grace through His word rather than condemning others.

There are some who appropriate Hebrews 10:25 to insist that giving up a few worship services is an unbiblical and damnable sin. I know that I have been attacked and accused of fearing the government instead of God. The misappropriation of Scripture is one of the commonest tendencies in the modern-day church. I do want to ask the question sincerely. Did postponing on-campus gatherings dishonor God? Let’s briefly exposit Hebrews 10:25 together and in its context.

Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus Christ, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near (Hebrews 10:19-25).

Notice, (1) the preacher’s application concerns our freedom in Christ to come before His throne and is not a works-based rule. This necessarily means we meet because of what Christ has already done, not because it is something we must do to please Him. (2) Because our desire is to grow in Christ’s grace, we gather in order to stimulate one another to love and good deeds and to encourage one another. (3) Forsaking the assembly deals with forsaking the stimulation of one another to love and good deeds and failing to encourage one another all the more as the day approaches. The only way we break this instruction is if we neglect gathering in some way for the purpose of our own sanctification. We have not neglected the assembly in this way by postponing on-campus gathering for a time. We have shown that we are the church, not a program or social club. Again, I have been very encouraged by you during the last month. There are many local churches meeting in a works-based way and still neglecting to build one-another up biblically. There are many Christians who refuse to build up or be built up by others sincerely according to Christ’s word (not some appropriation of Christ’s word). There are those who condemn others for trying to work for the good of Christ’s church. Those are the tendencies the Hebrew preacher discourages-lone wolf Christianity, a refusal to sit under the teaching of God’s exposited word, and neglecting to contribute by also building others up in Christ’s word. I am glad to be a part of a church body that has kept this basic instruction while also striving to honor our government the best we can according to Romans 13 for the sake of Christ’s Gospel. We are not being persecuted by the state, as some have suggested. Instead, the ministry of God’s word through the Cats has increased during this season.

When I first arrived in Pearce-Sunsites to begin my ministry here through The Church at Sunsites, I preached Hebrews 10:25. Let me encourage you (church members and others in our community) to listen. Hebrews declares grace for the worst of sinners, not condemnation. It’s about freedom in Christ, not slavery to the Law. As a church, we have continued to grow according to that initial vision, a vision that the church already had.

I am proud to call you my church family and cannot wait to continue being built up by you and with you for the sake of Christ’s testimony in our area. May the ministry of Christ’s good word and Gospel of grace continue to increase here as we begin meeting together again.

-Andrew Cannon; lead pastor

April Not-happenings

At the beginning of last month, we were hoping coronavirus would miss us. It did not. Little did we expect that our governor would issue a shelter-in-place order by the end of the month. While some of our sister churches are complaining about the government violating constitutional rights, we want to recognize God’s sovereignty and providence. We want to praise Him in this current season. We desire to honor our government according to Scripture. If you are curious about the severity of the novel coronavirus, watch the following video. It really puts things into perspective. The United States now leads the world in COVID-19 spread, and there are no signs of slowing yet. This pandemic is worse than both the SARS outbreak and Spanish Flu in their times.

Because the risk is now very real, we are asking you honor the governor’s order, stay home, and avoid contact with others- this includes tithing/donating electronically if you can since snail mail=contact.

COVID-19 has done much to reveal the world’s greed and that of idolatrous local churches. The fact is, we can’t serve both God and money or God and attendance. We can’t serve two masters. We will either participate in God’s mission as He works all things together or our own while complaining about the things God is working together. We cannot do both. continued below…

Last month was long and concerning for many of us; God’s work continues. We continued to walk through 1 Samuel on Sunday mornings and Matthew on Wednesday evenings. We started our study on the book of Revelation. We moved all of our meetings online (Facebook or Youtube) for this current season. Unfortunately, though we planned to, we are now unable to deliver CDs because of the governor’s shelter-in-place order and in the interest of our community’s safety and survival.

Upcoming Special Events

We want to invite our community to join us for our Good Friday and Easter streams. Here is all the info you need!

Good Friday

We will be observing a representation of communion even though real communion cannot be rightly practiced online. Please have wine or grape juice and some form of unleavened bread. If you cannot get any, we will do everything we can to provide it for you; simply contact us.

We will have one song, and think upon Jesus Christ’s crucifixion together.

Resurrection Sunday

We will have an online worship service and will read from Christ’s word concerning our own resurrection in Him.

If you would like to contribute, please send a 30 sec. video describing what Easter means to you or send a video of you singing a Resurrection song. Your video may or may not be included, but we would like to include you if we can.

Let’s think upon our savior this season.

TCATS Members register free by contacting us. Non-members register by clicking here.

Foodie Friday- Our pastor is not currently having people over for dinner on Fridays. If you are in desperate need of food, please contact us and we will do what we can during this season.

Resources

Click here for other Bible study resources for your spiritual growth.

Our pastor’s latest book.
Take the test to see if you actually have eternal life, are in a healthy church, or are a false teacher.

Other books available here.

Our pastor’s latest paper in pursuit of his PhD.
How can we discern Scripture’s application for today?

If you have any questions that we haven’t answered, please ask! We are here for your good.

Current Opportunities:

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.

Please donate online by clicking here.

If you do not give online, please remember to mail in your first-fruits during the COVID-19 season.

Remember to Subscribe to this blog and Contact us with any questions!

Give Up Greed

One mark of Christ’s true church is her sacrificial living. At no time is it more evident who God’s children and Satan’s children are than during times of tribulation-like the COVID-19 pandemic season. I have seen all sorts of response from churches. Our idolatry is being revealed. Pastors and other church leaders are so concerned about bringing in enough money and retaining their congregations that they are forgetting to care for people. Over the last few weeks, we have been talking about sacrificial living, what it means to love, and about how life isn’t about us overcoming our giants. Now, we will each be tested. Have we heard God’s word? Has it changed us? Will we, during this time prove to be doers of God’s word and not hearers only?

After persecution erupted in Jerusalem, believers lost every comfort and preference they thought they needed and became missionaries. Paul willingly impoverished himself so that he might win more to Christ. I am confident of this, brothers and sisters; we cannot serve God and ourselves. We must choose a side. Generously suffer for the Gospel’s sake or concern ourselves only about how we might overcome this new giant. To see what I am saying, simply review our sermon series through the David and Goliath discourse.

I love you and am praying for you daily. May we come out on the other side of this having put our idols (whether money, preference, comfort, acquaintance, familiarity, power, intelligence, or numbers) to rest and having truly confessed Christ as our providential king. May we do so by God’s grace alone as He sanctifies us. May we seek to win others to Christ through caring for them generously and sacrificially. May those in our community who are not in Christ or participate with His church become true members of Christ’s body. May those in unhealthy or false churches be led in the way God desires them go.

– Your servant and friend, Andrew Cannon, lead elder

Our Missions Vision in 2020

On Coronavirus

We have had some church members ask about our plans if coronavirus makes it to the Sulfur Spring’s Valley. Our elders exchanged ideas and considered Scripture’s instruction. As of March 12, 2020, there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Cochise County and only 9 in the state of Arizona. Our elders are staying up-to-date with the most recent information. If you would like to stay informed, please click here.

Update as of March 21, 2020. In three days, the number of confirmed cases has gone from 15 to 104. Arizona had its first death from COVID-19 and its first confirmed case in Cochise County. Below you will find our updated statement.

Coronavirus; COVID-19

Statement of Action—updated March 21, 2020

The Church at Sunsites

PURPOSE: To maintain a God-honoring plan as Coronavirus spreads in Arizona’s Cochise County for the good of Christ’s church.

ACKNOWLEDGED: Christ instructs us not to neglect the meeting of ourselves together for the purpose of building one another up in Christ (Hebrews 10:24-25).

ACKNOWLEDGED: Christ instructs us to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, not our health or wealth (Matthew 6:33).

ACKNOWLEDGED: Jesus has the power to heal every ailment and does so according to His will (Everywhere in Scripture) by the power of His word, through the prayers of His saints (1 Corinthians 12:9; James 5:15), by use of natural medicine (Psalm 51:7; Isaiah 38:21; 1 Timothy 5:23; Luke 10:34), and by use of doctors (1 Corinthians 12:9) and modern medicine (Matthew 9:12).

ACKNOWLEDGED: God has given us technology to use for His good purposes.

ACKNOWLEDGED: Coronavirus is a spreading, airborne virus with a mortality rate of 2.45% (estimate) and especially affecting senior citizens with preexisting auto-immune health conditions There is currently no cure or vaccine.

ACKNOWLEDGED: The elders of the church are to pray over those who are sick among us (James 5:14-16).

ACKNOWLEDGED: The State of Arizona has asked all groups of 10 or more not to meet while there are confirmed cases in their counties. Cochise County had its first confirmed case on March 20, 2020.

RESOLVED: Beginning March 25, we will move to online gathering. Though online gathering cannot replace the church meeting, we desire to honor the authorities God has placed (Romans 13) and seek the wellbeing of our congregants—both spiritual and physical.

– Sunday Morning—will premier on the church website and facebook page at 11am each Sunday.

– Lunch Series—will premier on the church website and facebook page at 1:00pm each Sunday.
– Wednesday Nigh Bible Study—will premier on the church website and facebook page at 6:30pm each Wednesday.

During each premier, Pastor Andrew will be watching live to engage any comments and questions in real time. We ask you to engage the lessons, comment and question. We also ask that you invite all of your friends and family members to attend from their homes with you and engage, asking any questions or making any comments. We will not look down on anyone who asks any type of question.

RESOLVED: Audio CD’s will be available upon request for any Bible lesson. Please contact the church secretary to request audio lessons. During the coronavirus season, these CD’s will be delivered to your door. If you know any homebound community members, sign them up for this service, too.

RESOLVED: If you have any needs, contact the church. Our deacons are here to serve however they can at all times.

RESOLVED: The elders of The Church at Sunsites are available to be called upon to anoint and pray over those who are sick in the church and in the community according to Christ’s instruction. We will do this upon anyone’s request for any serious illness or physical ailment.

RESOLVED: Bible study groups and classes are to discern when and if they will meet. Each Bible study or small group teacher will make the decisions for their own classes or meetings.

RESOLVED: Our elders are staying up-to-date on the coronavirus and we will update our statement as needed.

Signed:

The elders of The Church at Sunsites.

Follow the church facebook page to participate in our online gatherings.

No matter your sickness. If you are in our community, our elders are here to serve you according to Christ’s instruction. We encourage you to see a doctor, use the proper medicine (natural and modern), and request our elders come anoint you and pray over you for healing.

Why Have Local Church Elders Pray Over You?

Biblical elders are the pastors of your local church, the ones with the responsibility to train the saints for ministry (Ephesians 4:12) by doing the ministry of God’s word (Acts 6). In Scripture, we receive an interesting promise. Those who truly walk with Christ and have fellowship with the Christian community can call on the local church elders so that the elders may pray for their physical healing (James 5:14). James 5:15 states that “the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.” Faith is not mere belief or trust. Faith is the mechanism by which the Holy Spirit sanctifies God’s chosen people. So, the prayer that is offered by the Holy Spirit’s moving His people will restore the one who is sick. It’s a promise. Here, James is referring particularly to the prayer of elders in the local church. In James 5:16, James connects healing to confession. If the one being healed has a repentant heart, given to him or her through faith and the elders of the church have Christ’s righteousness imputed to them through faith, their prayer can accomplish much–not everything, but much!

At TCATS, we are not a health and wealth church. We do not confess the so called prosperity gospel. We do believe in God’s promises, and we believe God is greater than the ailments we suffer in this time. We are here to serve in the midst of any epidemic for Christ’s name’s sake.

If you have any questions, please let us know. As we see development, we may revise our statement as needed.

March Happenings

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

TCATS Members register free by contacting us. Non-members register by clicking here.

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!

Resources

Click here for other Bible study resources for your spiritual growth.

If you have any questions that we haven’t answered, please ask! We are here for your good.

This month, Albert shared his testimony. Let us know if you’d like to share yours!

Current Opportunities:

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

Our Missions Vision in 2020

It’s February, Y’all!

We are more than one-month into 2020 and some of you have already failed your new-year’s resolutions! No worries. Yesterday we learned that life isn’t about jumping hurdles but celebrating and resting in Christ’s work. So, at TCATS we don’t focus on your hurdles; we run with you toward our Lord no matter your struggles, addictions, hurts, or hang-ups. Our love for and service to one-another is unconditional. That’s possible because Christ first loved us.

God works all things together. This means He has sovereignly placed you at your workplace, interested you in your hobbies, given you friends, and provided your family. It doesn’t have to be awkward. See more about how participate with Christ this way at the end of these announcements.

Last month, our new women’s Bible study began. Men continued their systematic theology class. Our elders continued their hard work by examining how the early church was structured so they might shepherd well.

Upcoming Special Events

TCATS Members register free by contacting us. Non-members register by clicking here.

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!

New Resources!

We finished a section in 1 Samuel on Sunday Mornings and a section in Matthew on Wednesday evenings. Download the sermons by clicking below.

First Samuel- King Saul (Download)
Red Letters, Evangelism and Missions (Download)

Click here for other Bible study resources for your spiritual growth.

If you have any questions that we haven’t answered, please ask! We are here for your good.

This week, Tom shared his testimony with us. Please listen. If you’d like to share your testimony, please let us know!

Current Opportunities:

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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Use Your Platform

God works all things together. This means He has sovereignly placed you at your workplace, interested you in your hobbies, given you friends, and provided your family. It doesn’t have to be awkward. Participating with Christ in Christ’s work is simpler than we tend to make it.

When I worked as a waiter, I bought every table’s drinks. Everyone I served got free drinks and, as a result, they listened as I talked with them throughout their meals and identified with them wherever they were at in life. Before they left, I thanked them for coming in and invited them to church. No one ever complained to my manager because I never tried to force Jesus down anyone’s throat.

This principle can be applied to every arena of life. If you own a business or practice, place church brochures for healthy churches, preferably your home church, in your waiting or business area. Keep good books visible at home and work if you can. Let people see you reading. Someone asked me about what I was reading on Friday and I got to talk with that person about Christ’s Gospel and explain the beliefs of our local church. Befriend people you meet on social media, but be sure you have them in mind when you post. When it comes to reaching out to people in love, we attract more bees with honey than with vinegar. If I am always complaining about or criticizing anyone, I push everyone away. That is why we care about people enough to identify with them. We always post about the truth of the Gospel, not those cheesy fluffy religious images.

Think and pray about how you can use your current platforms, which has been graciously provided by God, for His glory and not our own. If you need help figuring this out, let’s get together and talk over coffee, a meal, or whatever.

– Andrew Cannon, lead elder

Our Missions Vision in 2020