Here at LRC, we love Christmas, and we love to stay connected to you! We’ve made a little newsletter to update you about a few upcoming things. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! December 2019 Newsletter
We are starting a new tradition at LRC by giving a Big Picture Story Bible to the parents on the day they dedicate their baby. One reason for this is that baby dedications are not for the salvation of the baby but for the dedicating the parents in the mission of leading the child to know and follow Jesus Christ. Baby dedications are done publicly in the worship service because they involve a whole body committed to discipling children in the Christian faith. Dedicating a child to the LORD was done by Hannah, Joseph and Mary. Our choice to dedicate babies, and not baptize them, probably goes back to the Reformation and the Anabaptist tradition. It also relates to one’s theological view of the Covenants. Our view is that there is an Old Covenant and a New Covenant (not a Covenant of Works and a Covenant of Grace).
With the high number of births at LRC this year, I expect we may have many baby dedications to come in 2020! For a good summary on baby dedications and other questions, go to the Compelling Truth website.
A recent study shows that the average church going kid comes 1.7 Sundays per month or about 20 weeks per year. With precious little time the task of leading children and youth to Christ and teaching them to follow Christ must be emphasized in every home and is one of our highest priorities as a church! Pray God will use our families and our body to pass on the faith to the next generation.
If you would like to schedule a baby dedication, please fill out this simple form, so someone from our office can discuss this important day with you. For the dedication, we will have you send us a baby picture and a verse you’d like to use for your child’s dedication. Also let us know what day and service you’d like to dedicate your child. We encourage you to make this day special and invite family and friends to your baby’s dedication. We look forward to celebrating with you!
Pastor Roger Eng
September 11, 2001 and 2011
By Pastor Roger
The first day at a new church can be stressful, especially if you are the new pastor! My family sold our home in Fremont, NE and moved to NYA in record time. My first Sunday at Living Rock Church was Sept. 11, 2011. It was the 10th anniversary of 9-11.
When 9-11 happened, my family was in Lancaster, PA — just 100 miles from all three tragic sights. I recall the churches in our city having noon prayer meetings that week — not because pastors were planning them but because the people were gathering. We knew it was time to pray.
Since 9-11, I made it a personal goal to read and study the religion of Islam and understand their book (the Quran) and their man (Mohammed). Even when I was packing boxes in Nebraska, I remember listening to lectures on Islam and Christianity! It is critical to comparing “the book and the man” of Islam and Christianity in order to get the heart of the issues with clarity. This idea was the topic of my first sermon at LRC.
Below is a link to my first message at LRC on Sept. 11, 2011, “The Way of the Cross and The Way of the Sword
“I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.”
Jude 3 (NLT)
Most of the translations say that Jude is urging believers to “contend” for the faith. To contend is to “to agonize, to struggle” when the faith is attacked, when Christians are targeted, or when the doctrines and morality of the faith are undermined and distorted. Ellicott says to contend is a graphic word, “…implying standing over a thing to fight in its defense.”
Imagine a boxing ring, and Truth is duking it out against its opponent, Lie. Lie throws a big left hook and knocks Truth to the mat. To contend means you step in like a referee in the ring, and put Lie back in its corner and allow Truth to get back up on its feet again. It is urgent, Jude says, that Christians do this.
Apologetics is the art and science of defending the Christian faith against attacks on orthodox doctrine or Christian morality. When you contend for the faith remember:
- Contend, but do not be contentious.
- Defend. but do not be defensive.
- Argue, but do not be argumentative.
- Disagree with false ideas and beliefs, but never disrespect people (I Peter 3:15).
It is a shame that our culture has become so contentious and mean-spirited. Jude urges believers to stay engaged and lead with truth and civility.
On November 8-9, Pastor Ethan will be taking a group of students to the reTHINK Apologetics Conference at Grace Church. I encourage all our students to go and learn to be a contender!
by Levi Magruder
In the last 10 – 20 years, the population of people who identify as transgender has greatly increased. Throughout history, people have identified with the idea of a different gender or as a eunuch. However, never before in history has such a large percentage of the population identified as a different gender than they were born. Due to the growing population of people identifying as transgenders, Christians must be informed and prepared in order to show compassion on this group of fallen individuals.
The linked article is written primarily by Peter Lynas and posted by the Evangelical Alliance in London informs and instructs the reader on the transgender issue. The article gives examples of trans and Christian relationship, defines transgenderism, it explains some scientific data, and It gives an overview of how western governments are responding to the situation. All of this information is given along with Biblical backing to instruct Christians on how they should respond to the growing transgender population.