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Voice of the Martyrs

The message below is the introduction to the case of Pastor Andrew Brunson from the Voice of the Martyrs website: http://www.icommittopray.com/request/1605/andrew-brunson/

An American pastor who has been imprisoned for almost a year is now facing espionage charges. Andrew Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for 23 years, was arrested last October and accused of membership in an Islamic terrorist organization. According to World Watch Monitor, he told the court, “I would never support a Muslim movement. I started a church; I am a man of religion who did this with the state’s knowledge. My aim is to tell about Jesus Christ.” Pray for Pastor Brunson and his family. Pray for his release from prison and that his testimony will have a wide-ranging effect on Turkish citizens.

Please pray for Pastor Andrew Brunson and other Christians who are suffering persecution because of their faith.

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The Bible as a Missions Story

 

The introduction: Genesis 1-11.

The plot: Genesis 12 through Jude.

The conclusion: John records a scene that has great meaning in light of God’s promise to Abraham, the theme of the Old and New Testaments, the Commandments of Jesus as well as the unfinished narrative of Acts saying,

“After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb…” Revelation 7:9

 

It is important to connect what is happening in Revelation with what God started in Genesis 12 in the life of Abraham. God will do it. There will be a representative from every nation, tribe, people, and language bowing and worshipping at His feet. Heaven is multicultural.

God is a missionary God, and from cover to cover He is showing us His mission. This mission is the context of the story of the Bible and the overarching narrative that drives all that God does. Only when we know the context of His story can we understand our purpose in life. God wants to include you as He finishes the final chapters. God has one mission – all nations, and one method – all believers. Will you join Him in bringing a representative from every people group to His throne? It will happen, the only question is will you be a part?

(From The Traveling Team website, http://www.thetravelingteam.org/articles/the-bible-as-a-missions-story)

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14

 

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Missions Message

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! (Psalm 96:3)

Auburn University is home to more than 1600 international students and the number is growing. This is a special group of people, many of whom are destined to become tomorrow’s world leaders. It has been estimated that in the next 25 years, one-third to one-half of the world’s top leaders in government, business, education and military will be educated in the United States.

The goal of the Auburn Friends of Internationals program is to reach out to these students and welcome them with kindness and friendship as they spend their time in Auburn.

Please pray and consider taking part in this outreach opportunity.  The application to become a host of one or more of these international students can be accessed by the following link: https://auburn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_73W71qYLXqeojKB

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Blossoming:  An Outreach Opportunity

Auburn Friends of Internationals (FOI) is a network of ordinary Americans who welcome and befriend international students visiting Auburn University to pursue their education.

The FOI Sponsor Program was founded to provide a caring “home away from home” experience for students from other countries who would like to build a friendship with a local family. American families befriend international students to learn from them and to help them as sojourners in our land (These students have their own housing and have passed an English proficiency exam).

Working with local organizations, such as Covenant, FOI recruits American host families and individuals who are interested in sharing life-on-life with an International student or scholar.  Auburn University’s “Auburn Family Friend Program” then signs up the interested International students and scholars and pairs them up with a FOI host family.

Auburn University is home to more than 1600 international students and the number is growing.  This is a special group of people, many of whom are destined to become tomorrow’s world leaders. It has been estimated that in the next 25 years, one-third to one-half of the world’s top leaders in government, business, education and military will be educated in the United States.

The goal of the Auburn FOI program is to reach out to these students and welcome them with kindness and friendship as they spend their time in Auburn.

In addition to recruiting FOI hosts, FOI has practical needs they are hoping to meet in the form of Welcome Basket items for newly arriving international students. Their goal is 80 baskets. Items they still need are lightweight blankets (20 total) and healthy snack items (any quantity). For the blankets, a throw blanket or twin-size blanket is what they have in mind. Something they could cover up with when they sleep or nap, but it doesn’t have to be designed to go on a bed.  Walmart.com has a few options, all under $10 price point.

If you would like to provide blankets or snack items, please contact John Parr, email: johnmparr@gmail.com or telephone: 334 750 0340.

 

Missions Message

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Blossoming:  An Outreach Opportunity

 

Auburn Friends of Internationals (FOI) is a network of ordinary Americans who welcome and befriend international students visiting Auburn University to pursue their education.

The FOI Sponsor Program was founded to provide a caring “home away from home” experience for students from other countries who would like to build a friendship with a local family. American families befriend international students to learn from them and to help them as sojourners in our land (These students have their own housing and have passed an English proficiency exam).

Working with local organizations, such as Covenant, FOI recruits American host families and individuals who are interested in sharing life-on-life with an International student or scholar.  Auburn University’s “Auburn Family Friend Program” then signs up the interested International students and scholars and pairs them up with a FOI host family.

Auburn University is home to more than 1600 international students and the number is growing.  This is a special group of people, many of whom are destined to become tomorrow’s world leaders. It has been estimated that in the next 25 years, one-third to one-half of the world’s top leaders in government, business, education and military will be educated in the United States.

The goal of the Auburn FOI program is to reach out to these students and welcome them with kindness and friendship as they spend their time in Auburn.

Next Sunday, July 29, Laura Fuller of Friends of Internationals-Auburn will visit Covenant to encourage members of our congregation to participate in the FOI program by becoming hosts of  international students.

In addition to recruiting FOI hosts, FOI has a couple of practical needs they are hoping to meet in the form of Welcome Basket items for newly arriving international students. Their goal is 80 baskets and they have made a lot of progress toward that goal! Items they still need are lightweight blankets (20 total) and healthy snack items (any quantity). For the blankets, a throw blanket or twin-size blanket is what they have in mind. Something they could cover up with when they sleep or nap, but it doesn’t have to be designed to go on a bed.  Walmart.com has a few options, all under $10 price point.

If you would like to provide blankets or snack items, please contact John Parr, email: johnmparr@gmail.com or telephone: 334 750 0340.

 

Palmer Home Missions Trip!

By | CPC Youth, Missions Message

Last week our youth traveled to Palmer Home for Children in Mississippi. They helped with repairs and maintenance from tiling bathrooms to yard work, as well as spending time with the children.

“Serving the people at Palmer Home this week was so humbling. I am so thankful for the opportunity I had to love on these kids 💓-Sarah

“This place has my heart!!!!❤️” – Molly

“Missing it already!!” – Natalie

“People change me more than I could ever attempt to change them” – John

“Thank you fpcbrewton & cpcauburn for spending a week at Palmer Home!  We are so thankful for your time and commitment to Palmer Home.”

 

Here are some pictures from the trip!

Weekly Missions Message

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The Message of Salvation to All (Romans 10:5-20)

 

For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?[c] And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

18 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for

“Their voice has gone out to all the earth,
    and their words to the ends of the world.”

19 But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says,

“I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation;
    with a foolish nation I will make you angry.”

20 Then Isaiah is so bold as to say,

“I have been found by those who did not seek me;
    I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.

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Short-Term Missions Trip

You can still join the Short Term Missions Team to Camp Good Neighbor in Clarkston, GA. Contact Heike Williams or Marcus Kreitzer for more information.

A Task to be Completed

For many years much of the church in America has taught that Christianity is a personal relationship. That teaching is biblical, God does deal with his people personally, but it also can lead to each of us developing an “I’m the center of the universe” perspective as we seek to follow Christ in our lives.  When Jesus’ disciples were concerned with their next meal (John 4:31-38), he told them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.… Look I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are ripe white for harvest.”   In Matthew 28:18-19, in some of his last words before ascending to take his place alongside the Father, Jesus commissioned his disciples, (and we are his disciples aren’t we?), “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Christ told us to go to every people group on earth and plant his church among them.  Jesus is building his Church, workers continue to go forth to tell his gospel, and disciple new believers, but the mission is not yet complete.  There remain hundreds of people groups on earth with no known access to the gospel.   There is much more work to be done.  Where do we fit in?

We can serve by going to an unreached people group.  We can serve by befriending and sharing the gospel with international students and workers among us. We can serve by reaching out to refugees from unreached people groups in places like Clarkston, Georgia. We can serve by helping to mobilize his people to become involved in working to complete the mission.  We can serve by supporting those who go materially and spiritually through giving and praying.

We don’t know when this mission will be completed, but we know that it will be.  God’s word tells us, “this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”  Christ is working now to build his kingdom.  Let’s join him.

 

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David’s Song of Thanks

1 Chronicles 16:8-34

Make known his deeds among the peoples! Tell of all his wondrous works! Remember the wondrous works that he has done. Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations. Let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”

 

8 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
    make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
    tell of all his wondrous works!
10 Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
11 Seek the Lord and his strength;
    seek his presence continually!
12 Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
    his miracles and the judgments he uttered,
13 O offspring of Israel his servant,
    children of Jacob, his chosen ones!

14 He is the Lord our God;
    his judgments are in all the earth.
15 Remember his covenant forever,
    the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
16 the covenant that he made with Abraham,
    his sworn promise to Isaac,
17 which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
    to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
18 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan,
    as your portion for an inheritance.”

19 When you were few in number,
    of little account, and sojourners in it,
20 wandering from nation to nation,
    from one kingdom to another people,
21 he allowed no one to oppress them;
    he rebuked kings on their account,
22 saying, “Touch not my anointed ones,
    do my prophets no harm!”

23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
    Tell of his salvation from day to day.
24 Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous works among all the peoples!
25 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
    and he is to be feared above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and joy are in his place.

28 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering and come before him!
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;[b]
30     tremble before him, all the earth;
    yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,
    and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
32 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
    let the field exult, and everything in it!
33 Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy
    before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.
34 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever!

Weekly Missions Message

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No Global Mission Without God’s Mighty Spirit

by John Piper from the Cross Conference|Indianapolis (see full video and transcript here)


I wonder if you know why I have complete confidence that the Holy Spirit is mightily at work in this room right now. Or, more specifically — and this is more important — do you know that the Holy Spirit is right now at work powerfully in your life? Can you identify your experience — and I do mean experience — of the Spirit at work in your life now? This very moment?

I’ll tell you my reason for the confidence that he is at work now in this room, and then you can judge if what I say applies to you. The apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:3,

No one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.

The reason I am confident that the Holy Spirit is massively at work in this room is that hundreds of you say in your heart and with your lips, “Jesus is Lord.” You are here at this conference because of this reality. You say and mean from your heart: “I believe in the saving power, the supreme authority, and the unsurpassed beauty of the lordship of Jesus Christ. That saving, authoritative, beautiful lordship is supreme in my life.” Hundreds of you say that, and mean it.

And the Bible says, You can’t do that except by the Spirit. You cannot. Oudeis dunatai — “No one is able to say ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by in the Holy Spirit.”…

Read, watch, or listen to Piper’s full message at: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/no-global-mission-without-god-s-mighty-spirit