Sermons Proclaiming to The World

Church Reopening and Covid-19 Update - June 3, 2020

Dear Church Family,

This Sunday, June 7th will be “Reopening Day” for public church services  We are thankful that we can finally gather together once again as a church family and get back to what we love doing.

We realize there will probably be a variety of expectations for our first Sunday, so we want to make sure you all understand that our goal is to prepare in such a way that we provide all of you a safe, healthy, orderly, and worshipful church environment.  We will do our best to cover as much as is possible to ensure your heath, but we are asking you to practice the guidelines that all of us need to follow in reference to hygiene, hand cleansing, and most of all “social distancing.”  We are posting “Guidelines for Attending CBC” which will explain some general bits of information to keep us all healthy and comfortable as we head back to church.  Those “guidelines” will also be published on our Sunday bulletins.

So our reopening will be June 7th at 10:30am. We are asking you to arrive at 10:15am to help us strategically seat each of you in the church sanctuary.  Greeters will be outside to give you instructions and ushers will escort you to your seats with social distancing in mind.  That means you will most likely sit in an area you normally do not sit.  Also there will be no nursery care, but our newly expanded and almost completed foyer can be a place for nursing moms and small children if needed.

As an FYI - there will be no refreshments before or after service and there will be no Equipping Hour for the foreseeable future.  Hand sanitizer will be in designated locations throughout the church.

And, with weather permitting, as the ushers escort you out we encourage you to mingle outside under our beautiful trees and enjoy the precious fellowship that we have with our brothers and sisters in Christ. 

I will continue to provide Wednesday Bible Study video messages that can be watched via our church website, but the Sunday messages will only be available through an audio format on the website.  I look forward to seeing all of you this Sunday “face to face” at 10:15.

1 Peter 2:4-8

Enlarge and Elevate Your Understanding of Christ

1 Peter 2:4-8               Psalm 18

May 24, 2020

  1. A Christian has the Spiritual Privilege of _______________ God            

            A Personal Relationship with Christ

            Hebrews 4:16; 7:25; 1 Peter 2:10

            An Audience with the One

            Deuteronomy 32:3-4; Luke 20:17-18; Acts 4:10-12; 1 Corinthians 10:4, 9; Romans 6:9



  1. A Christian has the Spiritual Privilege of an _______________ Savior

            Rejected means to apply a test of examination and to deem the thing useless.

            The opponents of Jesus examined Him, they listened to His teachings, they saw His miracles, they watched His life, they heard the Gospel, but they cast of it all aside.

            Jesus was hated, mocked, lied about, slandered, falsely accused, spit upon, jeered, laughed at, ridiculed, brutally beaten, and He was innocently put to death.

            Jesus was and is the most essential “stone” in God’s eternal program.  See 2:6

            Just as Christ’s followers suffer persecution, Jesus also was rejected by men.

            Empathy has been described by some as the “ability to identify and to feel what others feel, to be in someone’s shoes - togetherness.” In temptation and suffering, He knows!!!

            “No one understands like Jesus!!!”     Hebrews 4:15


  1. A Christian’s Great Spiritual Privilege Comes Great _______________                  

            Every Christian is gifted and called to be a career ambassador - teacher - missionary - and messenger of the “ministry of reconciliation.”  2 Corinthians 5:11-21