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Why Does Baptism Precede The Lord's Supper?

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Posted by JJ Sherwood on

We regularly celebrate the Lord’s Supper during our corporate worship but the Supper is not for everyone in attendance, so we practice what is called ‘fencing the table.’ At Five Points, we fence the table by giving initial instructions as to who can partake of the communion...

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Tags: baptism, communion, lord's supper

Easter Week Day By Day

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The Gospel Coalition has some excellent resources to help you walk through Easter Week as we look to worship together on Resurrection Sunday. You can find them here and here. Here are Scriptures for every day this week: Monday read Matthew 21:12–22, Mark 11:12–19, Luke...

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Tags: easter, holy week, jesus, jesús, resurrection

Maturing in Christ Together

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With Labor Day in the rearview mirror and students back to school, our attention turns to the beginning of another ministry year. Our desire at Five Points Community Church is to proclaim Jesus Christ, teaching everyone with all wisdom so that, as the apostle Paul writes in Colossians 1.28...

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Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving and His Courts with Praise

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I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.Psalm 138:1–2 We...

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Tags: gratitude, humility, worship

Our Infinitely Glorious God

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Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen! Psalm 72.18-19 As spring has turned to summer, we Michiganders rejoice! I know I'm biased, but there's no where else in...

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Partnering With Us

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As Christmas 2017 has come and gone, we remember that Advent is not only a time to look back, but also a time to look forward with hope-filled longing and waiting as we anticipate what God will continue to do as we wait for Jesus to come again and make all things new once and for all. So as we...

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10 Marks of a Grace Alone Church

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As we look back to the sola gratia cry of the Reformation, it is helpful to ask ourselves: What would a “grace alone” church look like today? What would characterize its life as a church? How might we recognize such a church when we see it? The answer to these...

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Tags: church, grace, grace alone, reformation, solas

Prayer and Fasting

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We have called for a day of fasting and prayer as our fall ministries kick off and as we continue to seek the Lord for His provision of all we need to complete the Planting Joy campaign.Jesus said in Matthew 9.15: "The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they...

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Tags: fasting, prayer

Capital Campaign & Pastoral Search Update

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During the Members' Meeting on May 17, we voted to extend a call for the Associate Pastor of Care & Discipleship to Tim Gosselin with 97% approval. Last night, Tim accepted the call and currently plans to begin his pastoral duties on September 1. We praise God for bringing the Gosselin's to...

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Tags: building, giving, pastor search, planting joy

Introducing a Pastoral Candidate

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A few weeks ago, we posted an update about how God had been leading in the search for an Associate Pastor of Care and Discipleship to join us in equipping the saints at Five Points to continue serving one another so that we all find our joy in Christ alone by the Spirit to the glory of the...

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Tags: candidate, care, discipleship, pastor

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