St. George Community Church 

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

Pastors Corner

THE COMMUNICATOR...In Christ Alone." August 2018

Posted on August 7, 2018 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

A NOTE FROM YOUR PASTOR:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


On July 18th at our quarterly Congregational Meeting the church approved by majority vote a revised set of By Laws. Tucked away in those revised By Laws in Article V, Section 1, paragraph 12 was the church’s current mission statement: To seek the lost and witness to Jesus Christ alone for salvation. No one questioned it or commented on it. In fact, it wasn’t mentioned at all. Yet, this is the foundational mission of our church. It is based on the Great Commission Jesus gave to His disciples in Matthew 28:19,20: “’Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age’ Amen.”

This is still the commission given to each and every congregation. Jesus said He came to seek and to save the lost, and we as the body of Christ on earth have that same task and mission. We are to go and seek to make disciples as a congregation and as individuals in an intentional method of outreach. We are to lift up the truth that we are saved in and by Christ Jesus alone.

Everything we do as a church should line-up with that mission. At our worship we proclaim the gospel in music and song all of which tells of our need for Christ alone as our Savior. In our Bible classes and group meetings our main aim should be of all that is taught and said lifts up the gospel message of Christ alone and our need for a Savior. All our activities as a church should encourage us in spreading the gospel and in inviting others to hear the good news of Jesus’ death on the cross for our sins and his resurrection to eternal life. This is the reason for the church.

It is an easy thing for the church to forget it’s mission and to be about many other things, all of which can be good and useful but none of which is the main thing: spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ as Savior to a lost world. In the book of Acts Jesus told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem where “…you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth”  ( Acts 1 ). He is telling you and me that we, as His disciples and believers, are to be witnesses to him. We are to tell of what He’s done and what He means in our lives.

One important way of reaching out to a lost world that is less intimidating than verbally sharing the gospel or your testimony with someone is to simply invite them to come to church here where they will hear the gospel. To help facilitate this we have church business cards with the church information on one side and the gospel on the other. This way you can invite a neighbor or friend who doesn’t attend a church (or a gospel believing church) to come and worship with you.

God is calling you to be about His mission today. Find ways of reaching out and inviting people to come to church. I want to encourage you when you read the new revised copy of the church’s By Laws, to be sure to turn to Article V, Section 1 and paragraph 12 and read (and then memorize) the mission of our church: To seek the lost and witness to Jesus Christ alone for salvation. May God bless you in your mission!


My love be with you all in Christ,

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