10/18/2020 Sunday’s Sermon by Nick Perez
Against the Grain ~ Worth Dying For
If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” Daniel 3:17-18, ESV
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Is Jesus the Only Way to God?
Many people believe that there are many ways to God. The thinking is that all religions ultimately point to God. It is often illustrated as a mountain where God is at the peak with many trails all leading up & up & up to the top. So we are all climbing the same mountain, we are just taking different paths up that mountain. Now while that sounds swell, it is really spacious. Not all religions are created equal nor are they mutually inclusive. That is, religions from around the world are incompatible with one another. To borrow a modern-day illustration: Christianity is a PC and Islam or Judaism or Buddhism, etc. are Apple products. Christianity is incompatible with every other religion on the planet. But it is this way by design…
Consider the words of the Lord Jesus Christ: “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6, ESV). Notice, each of these is singular – there is only a single way, a single truth, and a single life. In case you missed it, Jesus is emphatic that only through Him does anyone come to the Father (i.e. God). Those who lived, breathed, ate, and heard Him teach during His earthly ministry understood the exclusivity of Christ. Notice this conversation between Peter and Jesus: “So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:67–68). Peter is emphatic – You and You alone have the words of eternal life.
Peter makes another affirmative declaration in Acts: “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (4:12). It doesn’t get more exclusive than that. Here are the apostles who lived with Jesus during His ministry and are hand-selected to carry on His ministry when He goes back to the Father and they preach the same exclusive message as their Master.
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- We are complying with state and county guidelines
- Sunday morning worship is now open, and still online
- Sunday Bible classes canceled until further notice
- Junior Worship canceled until further notice
- Wednesday Bible classes canceled until further notice
- Potlucks canceled until further notice
- Food Pantry by appointment only
- Travelers Motel – food service only
- Shower Shuttle canceled until further notice
- Recommendations – Those who are over 60 or have underlying health conditions are encouraged to stay home.
- Guidelines – If you are sick, stay home. Wash your hands. Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
Congratulations to Cecilia who was baptized Tuesday afternoon by Gary Patton.
Contact Info for our Shut-Ins
- Jewel Cherry, 2117 Bridgewood Way, Modesto, CA 95355
- Charles Cook, Valley Comfort, 2809 Lou Ann Dr., Modesto, CA 95350
- Tamara Cook, Neighborhood Manor, 1200 Woodrow Ave., S1 Modesto, CA 95350
- Nadine Greff, Vintage Faire, 3620 Dale Rd, Rm. 25, Modesto, CA 95356
- Betty McGoldrick, 13754 Jasper St., Lathrop, CA 95330
- Russ Ortloff, 511 East D Street, Oakdale, CA 95361
- Evelyn Wood, Bethel Assisted Living, 2345 Scenic Ave., Apt. 323, Modesto 95355
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NOTE: Our Shut-ins are not allowed visitors at this time. Please take the time to send them a card or note of encouragement if you can.
Mourning the loss of loved ones
Rod & Allegria Rice – Rod’s brother, Wally
Twila McCullough – Vance & Jessika lost their unborn daughter Hadley
Recovering from Surgery
Brad Hayman (Shower Ministry Guest) – leg amputation
Yuri Gomez – awaiting test results
Betty Bussey – surgery for a broken femur Yolanda (Travelers Motel resident) – back surgery
Jordynne (Newman) Grantham
Joan Ortloff – son-in-law’s dad & step-mom, Don & Pat Striplin
Kim Rivera – sister-in-law Erica Nunez
Bontha Raju – son Naga Bhushan & daughter-in-law Soni
Jacqui Coulter – father, Gene Fisher diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer
Robert – having final cancer treatment, prognosis not good
Paula Meler – Mason, a child undergoing cancer treatment
Patton Family – assistant high school basketball coach Leo Griggs
Sheila Walls – PET scan shows improvement
Pam Vanderford – sister Edith
Grace Whited, a 6-year-old at Murphys Church of Christ
Buddy Gray – niece’s father-in-law Jose is in his final days
Kari Laguna – leg not healing correctly
Cambodia – storms coming that could cause flooding
Mary Mendez – hospitalized with pancreatitis
Gary Patton – father, Herman, recovering from a fall; Elene’s brother, Juanito, having stomach pain
Michael Brown – coworker’s 93-year-old mother-in-law Herna recovering from a fall
Paula Meler – aunt Beverly having trouble walking
Traci McEnery – cousin Mark’s body is shutting down Melissa Shook – sister-in-law Tammy Russell did not have a stroke; has spots on thyroid Marie Thompson – brother having health issues Tonya Barnard – waiting for a kidney transplant
Art Turgeon – awaiting test results
Jim & Bonnie Greff – sister-in-law Denise Libby has severe health struggles & suffered a mini-stroke
Carolyn Hairston – vision problems
Benzamma Rathu (Bontha’s wife) – typhoid fever
Leadership / Civil Unrest / Essential Workers / Unemployed / Fires / Hurricanes