Newsletter, 10/23/2020

10/25/20 Sunday’s Sermon by Nick Perez

Against the Grain; Be Humble

Proverbs 16:18 ~ Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Sermon Guide

Is Jesus the Only Way to God? (2)

Last week we began to consider the exclusivity of the Christian claim that Christ is the only way to God. Both Jesus and Peter made the affirmative that only through Christ can one be saved and approach God. Not to be left out the apostle Paul declared: “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5, ESV). Catholicism says we pray to dead saints who
intercede for us. They will especially pray to Mary, the mother of Jesus, when they pray the “Hail Mary” prayer. Paul is plain: There is no other person through whom we can approach God except Jesus. He is the sole mediator. No one else in history can save us except Jesus – not Muhammad, not Buddha, not Krishna, not Joseph Smith, nobody. The reason is because no one else could or did die for your sins. The Bible says, “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Only Jesus as God could die for your sins as the perfect sacrifice. Only Jesus as man did die for your sins. No one else qualifies as a fit sacrifice unto God except Jesus.

So quick recap: Jesus says, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” The apostolic college continued that Truth by declaring, “Salvation is in no one else.” Only Jesus can save people from sins. Christians are often lambasted as narrow-minded because we teach what the Bible says about how one gets to God. But even Jesus exhorts us, “Strive to enter through the narrow door!” (Luke 13.24) While there may be other paths or ways on the mountain of God, some of them rather wide and well-trodden, they only lead to destruction. The world may tell us there are many paths to God, but Jesus speaks a better word: “The gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7.13). ~ Nick Perez

Praise & Worship Sunday Mornings – 10:45 am

  • 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.

NOTE: Those who are still worshiping at home can find our live stream broadcasts on our Facebook page or our YouTube channel. Just search for Davis Park Church of Christ.

Contact Info for our Shut-Ins

  • Jewel Cherry, 2117 Bridgewood Way, Modesto, CA 95355
  • 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

***Please submit additions, corrections & updates to the office.

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

Jody Thompson – son-in-law Nick Furchner
Buddy Gray – niece’s father-in-law Jose Recovering from Surgery
Bontha Raju – mother-in-law Esther Bani – eye surgery
Brad Hayman (Shower Ministry Guest) – leg amputation
Betty Bussey – surgery for a broken femur & knee replacement


Suzi Tornberg – sister-in-law Susie & her husband Ken
Jordynne (Newman) Grantham
Joan Ortloff – son-in-law’s dad & step-mom, Don & Pat Striplin
Kim Rivera – sister-in-law Erica Nunez
Wayne & Jacqui Coulter

Battling Cancer

Jacqui Coulter – father, Gene Fisher diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer
Robert – having final cancer treatment, prognosis not good
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 Chris
Clementina Robles
Dee Rambo

Other Requests

Anonymous – Jimmy Sullivan, survivor of shooting incident & families of victims
Suzi Tornberg – Elora’s tennis coach has West Nile Virus
Mike Cobleigh – hospitalized with kidney stones
Kari Laguna – leg not healing correctly
Cambodia – flooding
Gary Patton – father, Herman, recovering from a fall
Paula Meler – aunt Beverly having trouble walking
Traci McEnery – back pain; cousin Mark’s body is shutting down
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
Leadership / Essential Workers / Unemployed
Civil Unrest / Fires / Hurricanes

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