The Weekly Epistle 2/2/21

I know God’s will for your life.  That’s right, I know Gods will for your life.   It really isn’t as mysterious as we think.  It isn’t as complicated as we sometimes make it.  What is God’s will for your life?  “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified” (1 Thessalonians 4:3).  What does it mean to be sanctified or “holy” as some translate it?  
Simply put, to be holy or to be sanctified is to be set apart or to be put to proper use.  It is to set something apart for its intended purpose.  What is our intended purpose?  I touched on this in the sermon this past Sunday.  We were made in the image of God.  We were made to reflect God’s glory.  Due to sin, that image has been corrupted.  We all fall short of the glory of God because of sin Romans 3:23 tells us.  We do not reflect perfectly what God intended when he created man and woman in his image. 
This is where the gospel comes in.  When we think of the gospel, we should think of it in two parts.  We are saved from something and saved to something.  Part one is that we have been saved from the penalty of sin and the wrath of God.  Part two is that we have been saved to a holy life (see 2 Timothy 1:8-9).  It is what we have been saved to that is often underemphasized.  
Jesus being the full expression of the perfection God intended when he created us in His image, came to restore that image in God’s creatures.  We are being renewed to better reflect the glory of God (see Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10; 2 Corinthians 4:16; Romans 8:29).  Whatever sin has done to distort the image of God in human beings, God restores through the work of salvation in Christ.  In Christ that image tainted by sin is being renewed to be like Christ.  We can be like Christ.  How?  
We are not called to be like Jesus in his divinity.  We can never be God.  So, how can we be like Jesus?  Think with me on this.  When Jesus came to this earth, we saw for the first time since Adam a fully functioning human being.  Jesus showed us perfectly what God intended when He created man and woman in His image.  Jesus in his humanity lived in dependence upon God the Father in everything.  Jesus said of Himself that he did nothing on his own and that he came to do his Father’s will.  
In this way, we can be like Jesus in living in dependence upon God in everything.  You and I are human beings designed to work best when we live dependent on God for everything.  At the moment of salvation, the process of sanctification, of setting us apart for God’s intended purpose for us is being restored.  
Our belief of the human condition not only speaks to what we have been saved from but also what we have been saved to- being renewed into a new humanity from one stage of glory to the next.  Our great hope is that when Jesus appears we shall be like him, fully renewed in the image of Jesus Christ (1 John 3:2).
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified, holy, set apart for God’s intended purpose.  To be human is to be something wonderful!  To be a functioning Christian is even more wonderful!
Please check out below the many happenings going on at EBC.  You don’t want to be out of the loop.
Blessings to you, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

God With Skin
John 1

Link to This Sunday Worship Service


Kingdom Agenda

This Sunday the adult discipleship team will be leading a 6-week Bible study for men and women entitled Kingdom Agenda by Tony Evans.  This will be in the Fellowship Hall downstairs from 9:00 – 10:00.

Community Groups and Adult Breakfast Sign-ups
All New Lady’s Community Group

Cindy Adkins will host a new community group just for the ladies. The group, starting in February, will meet on Friday nights from 6:30-8:30 PM. There are currently seven spots available—signup at the coffee counter this Sunday. 

The sign-up sheet for other groups is also available.

Sign-up sheet for Adult Breakfast

Also, there is a signup sheet for the Adult Breakfast (men and women) taking place on Saturday, February 19th at 8am.

Aspire Women’s Center

Aspire blesses each positive test patient who has an ultrasound with a gift bag.  They are in desperate need of 0-3 month outfits, onesies, t-shirts & sleepers as well as bath items, toiletries & bibs. (NEUTRAL colors – no blue or pink)  You can drop them off at Aspire or the church office.

Looking ahead

Network spiritual gifts workshop at EBC March 19 & 26 from 9:00-noon
Discovery Class: 4-week class to learn more about who we are as a church Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:00 (3/20-4/10)

Giving and Online Giving

There is the option of online giving.  Go to the website ( and click on “give” and proceed from there.  If you have any questions, please contact the church office at 524-2277 or