Newsletter August 22, 2014

Pastor's Corner

Dear Friends,
I am thoroughly enjoying being your pastor and the highlight of my week is the joy of opening up God's Word and studying it with you.  This Sunday we will begin a new sermon series on the most famous sermon EVER preached, The Sermon on the Mount. I have entitled this series, Kingdom Living as we will explore what it means to be a child of the King and live in His kingdom. 
What is the first thing that Jesus started to do when he set out on His earthly ministry? He preached. He taught and discipled men and women on how to live in the Kingdom of God. The Sermon on the Mount is still relevant for us today. Sinclair Ferguson says that the Sermon on the Mount "is intended to set before us a glorious vision of what the Lord intends our lives to become. The sermon is Jesus' manifesto. It describes a regal lifestyle, the new behavior pattern for the new kingdom we have entered."  
Matthew 5-7 encapsulates this sermon Jesus preached commonly called "The Sermon on the Mount."  However, the title, The Sermon on the Mount, is not found in Scripture. This title came from the early writings of the ancient theologian Augustine of Hippo. Augustine is credited with coining this title in the 5th century as he saw the teaching in Matthew 5-7 as a sermon with rich content and application. Geographically, Matthew records for us that Jesus "went up on the mountain" and He spoke these words. Therefore, Augustine coined this term because of the location from which Jesus preached these words.   
I'm looking forward to the coming months as we dive deep into this rich, biblical teaching. I invite you to read along and study Matthew 5-7 with me. For those of you who would like to study along with me, I have many resources I can recommend to you - just ask!  I know we will all be encouraged in Kingdom Living as we study this important text spoken by our Lord.  
The late J.C. Ryle said this of the great sermon:
Would we know what kind of people Christians ought to be? Would we know the character at which Christians ought to aim? Would we know the outward walk and inward habit of mind which become a follower of Christ? Then let us often study the Sermon on the Mount.
I agree!  See you Sunday.

by His grace and to His praise, 

Prayer Concerns

Ministry Coordinator Positions - Please be in prayer that God would raise up two people to fill our youth and children's coordinator positions.

Officer Nomination Process - Pray that God would call men in our congregation to serve as deacons and elders.

Aubrey Lammons - Please continue to pray for Aubrey as he is still recovering from knee replacement.  He fell and broke his shoulder, which will require surgery soon.    

Pray for healing - Bob Boerner, Shep Park, Bill Baldwin, Shelly Caramanian

Serving Overseas:

    John Hinshaw (Afghanistan)
    Chris Hahnemann (Kosovo)

Please pray for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

Pray for our expectant mothers - Esther Cook, Erin Harris, Suzie Harrison and Sarah Robins Powell.

Continue to pray for members of our congregation with aging parents.

Christ Presbyterian Church - Hampton Cove, AL 

Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship

Send your prayer requests to Cynthia Keen at or call the church office.

Upcoming Events

Fall Women’s Bible Studies 

Mom2Mom, Tuesday mornings from 9-11 @ First Cumberland, beginning September 2nd.  Cost is $15 to cover materials.  If you have not already registered for the study, please contact Mandy Cohee at 205- 835-7745.

“Rebuild: A Study in Nehemiah”, Tuesday mornings 9-11am @ First Cumberland beginning September 2nd and Thursday evenings at 6pm beginning September 4th at the church office.  Cost is $12.  If you have not already registered, please contact Emily Hinson at 256-337-1971.

Officer Nominations: Cornerstone members will have the opportunity to nominate men for office until Sunday, August 31st. Please pick up a FAQ and nomination brochure in the foyer and place nominations in the offering plate or give to a church officer.

Diaper Shower - Cornerstone women are invited to help celebrate our soon-to-be-arrivals at a drop-in diaper shower for Esther Cook, Suzie Harrison, and Sarah Robins Powell. The shower will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2-4pm at the home of Lora Abernathy. Come fellowship and share in a time of prayer and blessing at 3pm. Please consider bringing diapers or a small financial contribution towards a gift card for the mothers. Regrets only to Lauren Davenport,

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