This Week’s Need to Know – 07/23/2020

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show the surpassing power belongs to God and not us. – II Corinthians 4:7

THIS WEEK’S TEXT: II Corinthians 4:7-12Cracked Pots
Taught by: Pastor Tim

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS
We’re just a couple of weeks away from our August Family Movie Nights!  Make sure you Like & Share our Facebook Event page to help spread the word!  More information can be found there about the event.  You can help us in one of two ways:  First, you can donate movie box candy or you can volunteer to help serve at one of these events.  We’re looking for about 6 people to help at each event with passing out candy, greeting people and engaging them in conversations, answering questions and helping them feel welcome at Big Woods.  If you can help on one or more nights (August 7, 14, 21, 28), then click here and sign up today!  For more information, contact Pastor Josh at joshuah@bigwoods.org.

FUTURE BAPTISM SERVICE
We’re looking to schedule a baptism service in August.  If you would like to be baptized or would like to talk with someone about baptism, please contact the church office at (570) 893-8274 or sueu@bigwoods.org.

A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT
This week, Matt Trumbull sent out an email to the elders reminding us of the beautiful admonition in John’s epistles to love one another.  In fact, you could sum up much of the message of those short letters by saying that God is love, and as we love Him deeper, we will do the same with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.  It is a great reminder in this time of chaos and pressure that we are loved.  Our goal as a body of believers at Big Woods should always be to love one another in the purest most Christ-like way possible.  There is a lot of stress and tension pulling at all of us right now.  More than ever, we have to renew our hope and focus on what God has called us to do and empowered us to be.  I’ll leave you with this quote from a commentary on I John.  I hope it will encourage you to live in the strength of Christ’s love this week.

“What distinguishes the children of God from the children of the devil is choosing love over hatred. The message has always been ‘love one another’ (see Jn.13.34). The opposite is hatred, and the most supreme manifestation of hatred is murder, as with Cain’s murder of Abel. The most supreme example of love, of course, is Jesus ‘who laid down his life for us’ (see Jn. 15.12); it befits disciples to lay down their lives for one another. As a less dramatic and more practical example, perhaps, believers should seek to meet one another’s physical needs and provisions where they are lacking. The children of God love others, not with warm intentions, but ‘with actions and in truth’ (3:11-18).”