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Scripture Reading: Exodus 5.1-23

Christ Community family,

To recap our time in the Word this past Sunday (Exodus 4 – a very theological text):
The Lord is Sovereignly Sovereign.  Be comforted in the assurance of his rescue!!!  If your heart longs for divine grace, freedom, forgiveness in Christ, and God’s kingdom to come to earth as in heaven – then you can know that the Lord HAS sovereignly softened it by his mercy and you will assuredly be fully redeemed on that Day from the burdens of this broken world of sin.  The Lord has power over the human heart – as evidenced by his hardening of Pharaoh and his softening of Moses (and all his people).


We must have an Identifiable Identity.  Just as Moses, we are children of the Sovereign King and we must be set apart from the world through the shedding of (Jesus’) blood for the remission of sins.  We are to be marked by the signs/seals of our salvation evidencing our covenant relationship to the Lord.  Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are to be received and savored not as required for salvation, but as primary indicators of our identity as covenant children – beyond any cultural, external identifier.  It is a matter of life and death to be identified as a covenant child, per the Lord’s command.
And yet… as we daily engage a world with natural and moral tragedies, gross backwardness of that which is to be valued, and daily fear of personal surviving/thriving, we so often struggle to rest in God’s sovereignty and to remember our identity!
Life is so hard.


This is where Exodus 5 takes us – straight into the HARDSHIP of the Lord’s providence, which we cannot fully understand.  Contrary to Moses’ expectation of immediate release (from Egypt) and relief when he obeys God and confronts Pharaoh, he experiences TOTAL DESPAIR as his own life and that of the people of Israel gets WORSE, not better.  Lord have mercy as we wrestle with your sovereignty and our identity in the MIDST of hard providences.


I hope that you will join us this Lord’s Day as we look at the path of burden that sin’s oppression so often takes.  May the Lord comfort the despairing and confront the deluded in the midst of our honest worship together.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday.


Grace, peace and mutual dependence.

Pastor Jim

Rehearsing the Reformation – Oct 22, 29 – 9:15am

Psalm 130:3

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?

We had a great first meeting on Sunday!  Please join us during the next two Sundays in October for a primer on the Reformation’s response to the Psalmist’s probing and disturbing challenge.  This will be a brief survey of the historical events and theological concepts that have shaped our Christian worldview more than 500 years ago.  9:30am start in The Upper Room; Come early for coffee!  All are welcome!

Brother’s Keeper art show @ CCC – friday, Nov 3rd, 7-9pm

Brother’s Keeper is having an art show on Friday, November 3rd from 7-9pm at Christ Community Church!  We are showcasing artwork that the participants of Brother’s Keeper have made!  There will be dessert, coffee, and art pieces for sale.  All proceeds will go towards educating, empowering, and engaging the adults with intellectual disabilities who attend Brother’s Keeper.  Please RSVP to Ashlee Thompson at 423.534.1002 if you plan to attend.

First Sunday – November 5th – Thanksgiving Potluck!

On the first Sunday of each month we gather together to fellowship over a meal!  For November 5th, directly following the worship service, we will be having a Thanksgiving potluck!  The turkey, dressing, and gravy will be accounted for – please bring your favorite Thanksgiving dish to share!  Clark Community Group is on for set-up/clean-up.



Men’s Bible Study, Wednesdays @ 7am

All gents are invited to a “Wednesday Word Work” and time of prayer at 7am, at Trinity Hand Specialists (2335 Knob Creek Rd. Suite 100).  Join us for our next meeting on October 18th as we study Exodus 7:14 – 8:19 … God’s first three plagues upon Pharoah and Egypt.  Contact Paul Gorman (423-483-8782paul.w.gorman@gmail.com) with questions.


Women’s Fall Gathering, this weekend!  October 20th – 21st

We are having a fall gathering on the evening of October 20th and the morning of October 21st at Christ Community Church!  This is a time for women of the church to get to know one another, grow in deeper relationships, and push one another towards Jesus.  Dinner will be provided Friday night and breakfast will be provided on Saturday morning. Please RSVP to Ashleigh Farmer (423.534.5954, agfarmer14@gmail.com) or Lindsey Hecht (423.948.0036, lhecht@eastman.com).

Joint baby shower for Victoria & Elizabeth! 

Attention Ladies! We are having a combined baby shower for Elizabeth Robison (expecting a girl and registered at babylist.com) and Victoria Marrs Kipfer (expecting a boy and needs diapers, wipes, and anything else!) on Thursday, November 2nd, 7pm @ Allyson Bohlman’s House (920 Millercrest Drive, JC).  If you’re free, come out and help us celebrate these sweet mamas and babies!

Community Groups – Now Meeting! 

Community groups are an important part of fellowship and discipleship at Christ Community. Community Groups spend time in fellowship, Word and prayer.  Community Groups have begun –  Please feel free to visit different groups and find the one that is the best fit!

Clark Community Group

Meeting on Sundays at 5:30pm @ The Clark’s House (900 Melrose Circle, JC, 37601) with Dustin Clark leading (dmclar2@gmail.com, 423.741.1706).  Studying Hebrews.  Childcare provided.

Smith Community Group

Meeting on Sundays at 5pm (dinner 5-6, Study 6-7) @ The Smith’s House (2 Wedding Lane, Chuckey, TN) with Jason Smith leading (r3volution76@yahoo.com, 423.241.5832).  Studying 1 Peter.  Childcare Provided.

Farmer/Barrett Community Group

Meeting on Sundays at 6pm (snacks and fellowship 6-6:30, study 6:30-7:30) @ The Barrett’s House (413 W. Locust St, JC, 37604) with Ken Farmer leading (ken.farmer@us.bosch.com, 423.612.9835).  Studying the Beatitudes.  Childcare TBD.

Haaland/Nelson Community Group

Meeting on Wednesdays at 6:30pm @ The Nelson’s House (406 Wakefield Court, Kingsport, 37663) with Rod Haaland (rod.haaland@gmail.com, 423.943.9947) leading.  Studying Judges.  Childcare Provided.

Thomsen Community Group

Meeting on Wednesdays at 5:30pm (dinner at 5:30, study 6:30-7:30) with Colm Thomsen (colm.thomsen@gmail.com, 423.557.4669), Hal Bohlman (allyhalod@yahoo.com, 423.483.8973), and Jim Powell (jim.christcommunity.jc@gmail.com, 803.609.1731) leading.  Studying Proverbs.  Childcare provided.

Youth Community Group in the Upper Room on Sundays @ 9:30am:  Currently joining the Reformation Study for the last 3 weeks of October.  Contact Ashleigh (423-534-5954, agfarmer14@gmail.com) and Jackson Farmer (423-202-8134) for more details.

Jr. Youth Community Group on Sundays @ 9:00am

For ages 8-11, Meeting every Sunday @9am in the Conference Room on the second floor.  Studying Exodus. Contact Kelly Smith (828.216.0268, kellys.smith@rocketmail.com) or Lindsey Hecht (lhecht@eastman.com) for more info.







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