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Newsletter November 13, 2015

Pastor's Corner

Dear Friends,
 
This Sunday we have the joy and privilege to witness an infant baptism. We celebrate baptism as one of the wonderful sacraments that the Lord Jesus Christ gave to His church. This baptism will be an infant and covenantal baptism which begs the question, "Why do we baptize infants?" 
 
This is certainly a question that I wrestled with for years and did not understand. Then one day I was introduced to Covenant Theology and my life was changed forever. Covenant Theology teaches us that God is a God who makes promises to His people and He does so through covenants. This theme of the covenant is traced through the Bible and culminates in Jesus fulfilling the Covenant of Works and the Covenant of Grace on our behalf. Baptism is a sign and seal of this covenant. We believe, as a New Testament, Protestant and Reformed church, that baptism has replaced the covenant sign of circumcision.
 
At Cornerstone, we baptize infant children of believers as a sign of their inclusion in God’s covenant, with all the rights and privileges that are part of it. The children of believers were included as recipients of the sign of the covenant when it was first given to Abraham (cf. Gen. 17:7-10). We believe that God continues to deal with covenant families in the same way in the New Testament era (cf. Acts 2:39; Col. 2:11-12; I Cor. 7:12-14). Since baptism and circumcision are parallel, their application is also parallel. Adult believers and their children are to be baptized. The promise continued for believing adults and their children (Acts 2:39), therefore the sign of the promise continues for the same.
 
In light of this, it’s helpful to understand that: We do NOT believe that baptism saves the child (no more than it does an adult). We are saved only by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit (by grace through faith in Christ). In fact, we believe that children must eventually profess faith in Christ personally, at which time all the benefits signified and sealed in baptism become theirs. When these children make a public profession of faith, they are admitted to the Lord’s Table by the Session and become communing members of the church.
 
Here are two very good resources that I recommend to parents considering baptizing their children. This doctrine is important for all the church. Please take some time to study these things.
 
See you Sunday
 
By His grace and to His praise, your pastor, 
 

Wilson

Worship Notes: November 8, 2015
  • Hosea 13 is our sermon text this week. Israel must learn: "But I am the LORD your God from the land of Egypt; you know no God but me, and besides me there is no savior." (Hosea 13:4 ESV)
  • In preparation for the sermon:  "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23 ESV)
  • A hymn for the week: Praise to the LORD, the Almighty! 
  • Click here for this week's bulletin. 
  • We are podcasting! Catch up on sermons on iTunes.
Wilson's Weekly
 

Prayer Concerns

Please pray that that the Lord would raise up an Assistant Pastor and Children's Ministry Coordinator to serve at Cornerstone. 

Pray for healing - Beverly Park, Ann Lammons, Ann Keown, Jo Ann Sneed, Bill Baldwin, Adam Williamson (Sean Williamson’s father), Betty Carter (Dee Petcher’s stepmother), Marlene Sullins (Chip Sullin’s mother), Cynthia Shady (Shep Park’s sister)

Pray for those caring for elderly parents.

Pray for our Nation - Thank God for our veterans.

Pray for sister PCA church -
Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church - Cullman, AL

Pray for Missions - Seth & Jessica Lewis, Ireland

Pray for CPC Ministry - Student Ministry and Leaders

 

Please send your prayer requests to Cynthia Keen at office@cornerstone-pres.org or call the church office.

Announcements

Youth Group - Sunday 6:30pm     Lip Sync Battle

Ladies’ Prayer Group - Mondays from 12:30pm-1:30pm at Cornerstone.

Thanksgiving Fellowship Lunch - Next Sunday, Nov. 22nd.  Cost is $5/person or $20/family.  Please fill out the reservation form in the bulletin Sunday and place it in the offering plate or RSVP to the church office at office@cornerstone-pres.org.  Deadline to register is Friday morning, Nov. 20.

Host Int’l Students for Thanksgiving - InFocus arranges two international students to each American home for the Thanksgiving dinner every year. It is a good chance for our congregation to show the love of Jesus and teach American culture to the students, most of whom do not know Jesus.  If you want to invite two int'l students for your Thanksgiving dinner, please send an email to Huggy An at huggyan@gmail.com by Monday, Nov. 16.

Church CalendarIn an effort to make sure we are all communicating well and not duplicating events, if your area of ministry and/or Sunday School class is planing an event (Christmas party, pot-luck, etc...), please email Cynthia at the church office to place it on the official church calendar. 


Cynthia:  Office@cornerstone-pres.org
Church Calendar:

http://www.cornerstone-pres.org/calendar/

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