St. George Community Church 

435-673-2302 | 95 South 800 East | St. George, Utah 84770        Pastor Ray Schroeder

Pastors Corner

THE COMMUNICATOR- January 2019

Posted on January 10, 2019 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

A NOTE FROM YOUR PASTOR:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

As we begin a new year, let us be intentional about beginning it with prayer. If you are one who makes New Year’s Resolutions, may one of your resolutions be to give increased time to sharing with the Lord in prayer.

A helpful acronym that reminds us of the different parts of prayer is ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication.

Adoration is also known as praise. Oftentimes we confuse praise with thanksgiving. However, praise is a separate part of prayer where we state and declare the wonderful qualities of God to whom we are praying. A good example of this is found in the prayer of the early church in Acts 4:25-26, where they are asking God for boldness. They begin their prayer by saying, “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: 'Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the Lord and against His Christ.'

Did you see how they simply state the powerful characteristics and qualities of God? They find the words for praise in the Psalms, and here they quote from both Psalm 146:6 and Psalm 2:1. Let’s see if we can grow in praise to the Lord as we find words of praise in the Bible which we can use to begin our prayers.

The ‘C’ in our acronym, ACTS, stands for confession, and the book of 1 John 1:9 reminds us that if we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us, but if we confess our sin, then God, who is faithful and just, will forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Confession is an important part of prayer as we come before a holy and righteous God.

The ‘T’ is for thanksgiving and this is the part of prayer we also need reminders in. Like the old hymns says, ‘Count Your Blessings.’ God has blessed us richly in Jesus Christ and we must never take our blessings for granted.

Finally, ‘S’ stands for supplication or intercession. This is usually the largest part of our prayers as we lift up our concern for sick family and friends. God is the source of all goodness and power, so it is right to ask of Him. The Bible says we are to cast our cares on the Lord for He cares for us.

This New Year’s Day our church is hosting the second annual ‘Christ Over the City’ prayer meeting at 12 noon for all Bible-believing Christians from churches all over town to gather in prayer for our community. This is a time to especially ask God to revive our churches and to pray for unbelievers to come to salvation in Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is the answer to our problems and difficulties as we place our hope in Him alone. My prayer is that you will have a blessed New Year and grow in your relationship with the Lord through heartfelt prayer.

`My love be with you all,

Pastor Ray

 

Christ is Risen! He is Risen, indeed!

Posted on March 17, 2018 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (2)

THE COMMUNICATOR

APRIL 2018

A NOTE FROM YOUR PASTOR:



Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


“Christ is Risen!” “He is Risen, Indeed!”

This is the joyful shout and response of Easter morning. Interestingly, this year Easter falls on April Fool’s Day. However, the resurrection is no joke. It is the absolute truth. The resurrection of Jesus Christ in a physical body is so important that the Bible says without it our faith is in vain and we are still in our sins. We must constantly and committedly lift up the truth of Jesus’ resurrection to a world that thinks it is of no consequence or ignores it completely.


There are two factors that constitute the truth of the resurrection: the empty grave and the appearances of Jesus after his death. We know that Jesus was completely and totally dead on the cross. After the initial whippings and physical torture he endured he was then nailed to a cross and a soldier punctured his side with a spear. Blood and water rushed out which is a sign of cardiac failure. Let no one tell you that Jesus was not completely and totally dead on the cross. He was dead.


Then Jesus was buried for three days before arising from the tomb. No one was present at the actually moment of his resurrection but when the women arrived at the tomb on Sunday morning it was empty. Romans and Pharisees tried to spread the story that His body had been stolen but no dead body was ever found.


Then Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene and to the other Apostles and finally to more than 500 believers at one time (1 Cor. 15:6). Many of whom were still alive at the time of the writing of the books of the New Testament and who could have verified to anyone that they saw the risen Lord Jesus. He told his disciples that he was not a ghost and to touch him and see, for a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones (Luke 24:39).


No rebuttal to the resurrection has ever been proven. The body was not stolen or hidden. The tomb was empty. Jesus appeared physically to his disciples and it was not simply a vision or a spirit. This is the great good news of Jesus’ resurrection. It’s true! And because of Christ’s resurrection we know our sins are forgiven and we have eternal life. Our great and blessed hope is that we, too, shall be resurrected and we shall be changed to be like him.


Also, because of the resurrection we can be assured that every Word of Jesus is true and every word of the Bible is true. Jesus believed all of the Bible and He believed it in a literal fashion. Because Jesus rose from the grave I believe the earth was created in six days. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin. I believe that Christ ascended to heaven in the same resurrection body and that He is coming again in that same body. Praise God for the resurrection! Let’s spread the Good News reminding everyone that this is no April Fool’s joke. This is the glorious truth!


My love be with you all in Christ,


Pastor Ray