Dear Watermark Church family,
Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean.” – John 13:10 ESV
Have you ever been aware of and ashamed by your sin, your “dirty feet”? Maybe you are in that place right now. You think to yourself, “I’m a Christian, I should know better than this. I can’t still be dealing with sin like this. I need to be cleaner than this, holier than this.” Perhaps you are compelled to minimize that you are even struggling. Or you think you can’t take your failures to God because He is too holy to wash your feet, to cleanse and forgive you. Yes, God is holy, but He is also full of mercy and compassion, and that is beautiful (Psalm 103:8)!
When we become aware of our own sin, we may think “let me just quickly go clean myself up, and then I’ll feel better about myself. Then I will feel more ready to pray to God.” The truth of the gospel, however, is that Jesus graciously comes to meet us exactly where we are. He knows we are weak and but dust (Psalm 103:14). He wants to help us grow and walk out of our sin.
Jesus is so patient and gentle with us in this cleansing that we need. He became a man like us, to be with us. He doesn’t shame us by yelling, “What are you doing?! You should be perfect already!” No, as He did with His disciples, He mercifully walks alongside us, and at just the right time He tenderly and lovingly addresses each specific area of our lives that needs to be more Christlike. Psalm 103:10,13 says, “He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve” and “the LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.” And that’s beautiful. (adapted from an article by Caleb Yetton)
Seminar “Witnessing With Power” coming April 7, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Watermark Church Presented by Dr. Tommy Beeker, a local evangelist, musician, counselor and teacher. This seminar will help you to eliminate your fears and doubts about witnessing, address the objections to receiving Christ and help you reach your loved ones and immediate family. Lunch is included – the cost is $5.00.
Parenting Forum – Sunday, April 8 at 6:30 PM For parents of pre-teens and teens, join Pastor Larry and other parents as we tackle topics related to the parent resource, “How your teenager is wired.”
Youth Group Sunday, April 8 at 6:30PM - at the Watermark Church facility.
Sunday School: Women’s Bible Study Group – Claudia Shrive is leading an encouraging women’s adult Sunday School Class each week at 9:30AM at the church facility. Join the ladies for fellowship and great discussion on various in-depth topics from God’s Word.
The Prophecy and World Events class is offered at 9:30 AM Sundays, taught by Pastor Ron.
Life Group: The Gibson’s and Settimos’ Life Group bible study is now meeting every other Friday, and is discussing the book, “Forgotten God,” which is a great introduction to the person and work of the Holy Spirit in our world, church and personal lives. Contact Paul or Nathan for more info.
Life Group: The Wednesday night life group led by Pastor Larry meets on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM at the Kinkopf’s (6624 Forest Hill Ln., Hamilton, 45011.) We are studying the book of 1 Peter. Contact Larry if you would like to be a part of this Life Group. Our next group Bible Study will be Wednesday, April 11.
We have now added a Grade 4-6 Children’s Sunday School class at 9:30am on Sundays. Classes are currently being offered as follows:
9:30 AM Pre-school - grade 3 Patti Kellis
9:30 AM Grades 4-6 Tim Kellis
Together experiencing God’s compassion,