Dear Watermark Church family,
But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. – 2 Timothy 4:5
We live in a world of sorrow. Adam sinned and brought death into the world. Jesus our Savior entered the world to restore what Adam lost. It is this gospel that we preach. But preaching this gospel message comes at a great price.
Because of the sorrow in this world, mankind loves to escape. When things get tough, people escape to alcohol, drugs, sports, or the movie theater. Whatever will help us forget about the sorrow in this world, people seek in order to function in a world of sin. But Paul had another way for his young disciple, Timothy.
As Paul is nearing the end of his life, he exhorts Timothy to escape from escapism. He urges Timothy to be sober in all things—to keep his wits about him when life gets difficult. Paul tells him to endure hardship, not to seek comfort and leisure. He directs Timothy to be a worker in the gospel and to fulfill his ministry.
The gospel message is a message of hope. We know there will be a day when sorrow will disappear. When Jesus Christ appears, there will be no crying or mourning or pain. But those who preach the gospel in this world do so while crying and mourning and in pain. Our Savior walked the path of suffering. And so will we if we hope to pass on the good news of the gospel to others.
Many today have a “happy go lucky” view of Christianity—one without trials or tears. But this is not the life God has ordained for us.
As Watchman Nee said, “To keep our hand on the plow while wiping away our tears—that is Christianity.” (This article was submitted by John Hopler to Faithwalkers Journal. If you are interested in reading a paper copy of this month’s Faithwalkers Journal, please click here to download the printable version.)
Vacation Bible School will be held during the week of June 25-29. The theme for our 2018 VBS is “Game On!”
VBS takes off in full swing on June 25-29 from 9:30AM – 12:00PM as kids look to God and His ultimate playbook for the best game they will ever play, being on mission for God’s team! Throw on your whistle today and start recruiting kids to join God’s unbeatable team.
A theme verse this year is 2 Peter 1:3 - “His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
Many children’s lives are influenced for eternity during this special VBS week at Watermark Church. Let Tim and Patti Kellis know if you are available to help that week.
Also, On Friday morning, June 29, STAR 93.3 Christian Music Radio Station will be coming to our VBS! Representatives from Star 93.3 will be visiting us and handing out a special souvenir cup to every child in attendance. Be sure to invite your friends and neighbors to this special week of fun and learning about Jesus!
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 Watermark Church 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. Contact Paul or Nathan for more info.
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 enduring the hardships of life,