JOB OPPORTUNITY - SUMMER MUSIC INTERNSHIP

OPPORTUNITY:

Christ Community Church is a new church plant in Batesburg-Leesville, SC.  A previous church donated their building for a new Bible-Believing, Gospel-Centered to come to this town.  

Our desire is to hire someone for the summer who could lead us in a variety of musical styles. Our hope is to grow a multi-cultural church in a town that historically has been very divided. To read more about our Mission/Vision/Values, visit our page. The internship will be 10-14 weeks (May-August) based on individual’s calendar availability. If the person hired is local to the midlands of South Carolina, this position could potentially continue following the summer.

REQUIREMENTS:

 - Plans, Organizes, Facilitates and Executes the musical elements of the weekly worship service. 

- Communicates regularly with Pastor to discuss themes of sermon and service, and plans music accordingly (texting and email). 

- Meets weekly deadlines for planning and preparation. 

- Attends regular meetings with pastor and other staff members to discuss worship, vision, ministry, etc. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Believes that the Bible is the Word of God, is trusting in the gospel of grace for salvation and is walking with Jesus in humility, repentance and faith.

  • Has a desire and is able to lead in a variety of musical styles, such as: Gospel, Spiritual, Modern Hymn arrangements, contemporary Praise & Worship, Latin, Choirs, etc. The more variety the better!

  • Plays a lead instrument and sings (Preferably Piano, Keyboard and/or Guitar). 

  • Willing to work with and under people from different musical cultures and backgrounds. 

  • Has a desire to help grow a diverse church plant in its beginning stages. 

PAY: 

$1,200-$3,600 based on experience and duration.

TO APPLY: 

Send Letter of Interest, Resume/CV and Philosophy of Ministry to ChristCommunityBL@gmail.com. Please use the following format:

“YourName.Interest.PDF”

“YourName.Resume.PDF”

“YourName.Philosophy.PDF”

For the Kingdom, 

Christ Community Church, PCA

Which Church are You?

What if i told you that a book was recently written that profiled every church in your area and gave (in detail) the strengths and weaknesses of their ministry and members, so that all the churches could read not only about themselves, but also about all the other churches?

That’s kind of what Jesus does in Revelation 2 & 3.  In these chapters, Jesus dictates 7 letters written to 7 churches, and intends for all the churches to read them all (as well as the remainder of the Book of Revelation). In each of those letters, Jesus gives a detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each church, and what they need to do to repent, believe the gospel and continue in faithfulness to their King, Jesus. 

We’ve been preaching through a series on Sundays called “Letters to the Church.” If we take an honest look at each of the seven churches in Revelation and what Jesus has to say to them, we can begin to see what we learn about ourselves and our churches. There is a lot for us as believers to learn about ourselves and our churches from these letters. Let’s take a brief look at each church and ask ourselves what we can learn from them. 

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The Seven Churches

EPHESUS: Commending & Correcting (Rev. 2:1-7)

Every good leader of a business or corporation will give both positive and critical feedback to their people.  The goal of this is to always see improvement and growth. Jesus, as our King and Leader, does the same thing in this letter.  He commends the Ephesians for their good doctrine and commitment to His Word, but He also mentions that they have forgotten their first love, that is their love for the gospel: that God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to live and suffer for our sins. This can happen easily in churches that focus on having sound theology or reverent worship or strong teaching programs.  We can get so focused on our theology and doctrine, that we forget the wonder of the gospel that this doctrine is meant to point us to. 

Question: Are you so focused on having the right doctrine and good teaching, that you have forgotten that you are still a desperate sinner in need of Jesus? Have you forgotten the wonder of the gospel and the love of Jesus for you as a sinner? 


SMYRNA: Death & Life (Rev. 2:8-11)

The church in Smyrna faced serious persecution.  Jesus guaranteed that they would suffer and even die because of their faith.  And yet, even though He knew this was going to happen, He allows it to happen and encourages them to persevere; because in the end, He will give them a crown of glory: a crown of victory and wealth in Heaven. Jesus reminds them not to focus on the sufferings of this world, but to look forward to our future glory in Heaven. 

Question: Do you ever get so caught up in the news, worries and sufferings of this world that you forget the great promise of the hope of heaven that we have if we are trusting in Jesus? Are you willing to sacrifice your life of comfort for Jesus? Are you willing to give your life for Jesus? 


PERGAMUM: Sword & Stone (Rev. 2:12-17)

Remember that movie “The Sword & The Stone?” It was about Arthur, the kid who becomes a king.  This happens because as the rightful heir to the throne, he’s able to pull the sword out of the stone.  The Sword & the Stone determined who would inherit the kingdom.  In Jesus’ letter to Pergamum, He also talks about a Sword and a Stone that will determine who will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. The Sword is the Word of God.  Those who believe and obey the Word of God (the gospel) will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. At the end of the letter Jesus also talks about a white stone that He will give those who have trusted in Him. This is a stone of forgiveness, acceptance, entrance and dignity.  These are things we only possess through faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Question: Do you believe in the gospel of God’s acceptance? That you can only enter the Kingdom of Heaven because of what Jesus has done for you and nothing else? How does that change how we live and interact with the world? What gives us true worth and dignity? 


THYATIRA: Judgment & Mercy (Rev. 2:18-29)

Jesus has strong words for the church in Thyatira.  After briefly acknowledging their faith and love, He then goes into very detailed explanations of how they have allowed certain sins (sexual immorality and idolatry) to become acceptable in their church, because they are the cultural norm. Maybe in our churches we don’t view sexual immorality and idolatry (literally) as acceptable sins, but we do have a range of sins that have become “normalized” in the church: gossip, slander, bitterness, complaining, ingratitude, selfishness, pride, self-righteousness, lying (truth-stretching), greed, lust (pornography), being inhospitable, etc. 

Question: If Jesus examined your life and church in detail, what sins would He find that have become habitual, acceptable or normal? How can you continue to fight your sin through repentance and faith in the gospel by the grace and power of the Holy Spirit? 


SARDIS: Wake Up & Wash! (Rev.3:1-6)

The church in Sardis seems to have become complacent.  They’re not really engaged in mission.  Their just coasting by, doing church life and church things.  They tell themselves they are a thriving and healthy church, but Jesus says in reality they are weak and dying. Jesus reminds them to wake up, not to be complacent, to repent, believe the gospel, be washed and strengthen themselves for mission. In reality, healthy churches are growing churches.  Not only growing in sanctification and discipleship, but growing through conversion by making disciples. 

Question: Are you weak in mission, evangelism & discipleship? Not just your church, but you personally? Do you have unbelieving friends that you pray would come to saving faith in Jesus? Do you intentionally seek out opportunities to talk about the gospel with people? Are you helping, training and encouraging other believers to do this as well? 


PHILADELPHIA: Persevere & Conquer (Rev. 3:7-13)

Laura Story wrote a song called “Blessings” that won her a Grammy. In it, she sings about the pains and sadness of this world, but how they point us to the fact that Jesus is near, loves us and knows our sadness. Jesus’ letter to the church in Philadelphia is full of gentleness and compassion.  He acknowledges that they don’t have power in society and they are the outcasts.  But he reminds them of His love for them, that they will conquer in the end through their perseverance and faith. The struggles, sadness and hardships of life are real.  Jesus knows our suffering and can identify with our weakness.  He is also praying for us and reminding us through this that we are not of this world and this is not our home. We will one day conquer and be with Him forever. 

Question: In what ways can the worries, pain, suffering and sadness of this world actually point us to the joy & hope that we have in Jesus?  “What if the trials of this life are Jesus’ mercies and blessings in disguise” (adapted from Laura Story’s “Blessings”)? 


LAODICEA: Shut Up & Listen (Rev.3:14-22)

I know, some people don’t like the word “shut-up” (just don’t read this blog post to your kids). I don’t love the phrase either and I don’t really say it, but I wanted it to shock you a little bit.  In this church, the members seem to be boasting in their own achievements and in what they believe is important and dignifies them.  But Jesus essentially says, “Silence! Listen to me. Let me in.  You need me.” In another passage He says, “Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me (Luke 9:23).” Believing and Following Jesus means admitting you actually need Him. 

Question: Do you see your need for Jesus daily, or is your life so comfortable and successful that you seem to be getting by alright without Him? Do you even realize that every gift and ability you have come from Him in the first place? How could this change your attitude about your belongings and achievements? Would it fill you with gratitude and reliance on Him? 


So…what do you think? Which church are you? In reality, we’re all of them.  That’s what makes the gospel so beautiful.  Jesus loves us in our sin and weakness and promises that if we repent and believe in Him, we too will conquer in the end. 

WE'RE HIRING! Music Staff

Multi-Cultural Worship Leader (Part-Time)

OPPORTUNITY:

Christ Community Church is a new church plant in Batesburg-Leesville, SC.  A struggling congregation donated their church building so that we could start a new Bible-Believing, Gospel-Centered church in this Town.  

We would love to hire someone who could lead us in a variety of musical styles. Our hope is to grow a multi-cultural church in a town that historically has been very divided. To read more about our Mission/Vision/Values, see our website (www.christcommunitybl.com/about). We hope to continue to diversify our church in its leadership and attendance with this position. 

DESCRIPTION:

 - Plans, Organizes, Facilitates and Executes the musical elements of the weekly worship service.

- Communicates regularly with Pastor to discuss themes of sermon and service, and plans music accordingly (texting and email). 

- Meets weekly deadlines for planning and preparation. 

- Attends meetings with pastor and other staff members to discuss worship, vision, ministry, etc. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Believes that the Bible is the Word of God, is trusting in the gospel of grace for salvation and is walking with  Jesus in humility, repentance and faith.

  • Has a desire and is able to lead in a variety of musical styles; such as: Gospel, Spiritual, Modern Hymn arrangements, contemporary Praise & Worship, Latin, Choirs, etc. The more variety the better!

  • Plays a lead instrument and sings (Preferably Piano, Keyboard, Organ and/or Guitar). 

  • Willing to work with and under people from different musical cultures and backgrounds. 

  • Teachable and ready to learn, be challenged and grow in ministry. 

  • Has a desire to help grow a multi-cultural church plant in its beginning stages. 

How to apply:

Send Letter of Interest, Resume/CV and Philosophy of Ministry to ChristCommunityBL@gmail.com. Please use the following formula:

“YourName.Interest.PDF”

“YourName.Resume.PDF”

“YourName.Philosophy.PDF”

For the Kingdom, 

Christ Community Church, PCA

THAT YOU MAY KNOW

(Fall 2018 Sermon Series)

Do you want to know that you have eternal life and that your sins are forgiven?  Do you want to know what is real, true and authentic?  Do you want to know who Jesus is and why he came? Do you want to know how to fight sin and to continue in repentance and faith? Do you want to know what true friendship, fellowship and love for one-another is?  Do you want to know that you belong, are known, accepted and loved?  Do you want to know and love God? Do you want to know God loves you? 

If your answer is yes to any or all of these questions, then the book of 1 John is a good one to read.  Check out these verses where John explains why he wrote his first letter. 

1 John 1:3-4 says, “that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.” 
1 John 2:1 says, “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
1 John 2:12-14 says, “I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name's sake. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.”
1 John 2:21-22a says, "I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ?” 
1 John 2:26 says, “I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you.” 
1 John 5:13 says “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” 

The Book of 1 John teaches us all about Jesus and how we can have eternal life through faith in Him. It shows us how the light of His gospel exposes our sin, reveals the greatness of His salvation and shows us the love of God as our Father.  And it teaches us how to walk in love; loving God and loving others. This is why at Christ Community Church, we will be preaching through the book of 1 John this Fall.  I believe these are questions we all ask ourselves from time to time, but they are also questions that many in our community ask on a regular basis. I am praying that by preaching through the book of 1 John this Fall, we will see new repentance from sins, new faith in the gospel of salvation, new love for Jesus, new assurance of the Father's love for his children, and new fellowship with one-another in the church.  

Maybe these are things you need in your life as well? I would encourage you to read through the book of 1 John and ask the Lord to give you assurance of salvation through Jesus Christ alone.  Ask Him to assure you that your sins are forgiven, and because of that, you can be honest about them, confess them and continue in Jesus through repentance and faith.  Ask Him to assure you of the Heavenly Father’s love for you in Jesus.  Ask Him to give you assurance that He is working in you to produce love for others.  Join us sometime! Sundays @ 10:30am at Christ Community Church in Batesburg-Leesville, SC. We would love to have you visit! If you’re interested in this sermon series, our sermon recordings are also available on our website (ChristCommunityBL.com/sermons) and everywhere podcasts are available. If you want to know what the Gospel and how you can believe in Jesus, be saved from your sins and have eternal life; read more on that here

Meditating on the Law of God

"blessed is the one...whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night" (Psalm 1:1-2). 

This summer, during our worship services, we are going to be "meditating on the Law of God" together.  We will do this by reciting different questions & answers from the Westminster Shorter Catechism (A vintage church document intended to help families learn the different teachings of the Bible).  Each week we will focus on one of the 10 commandments.  Our goal in this is for the Holy Spirit to use the law to help us love Jesus more.  This happens in several ways: 1) The law exposes our need for Jesus because of our sin against God's law, 2) it shows us the righteousness of Jesus as the perfect fulfillment of God's law and 3) it shows us how, by the power and grace of the Holy Spirit, to Love God more and Love Others more; this after all is how Jesus himself summarized the teaching of God's law: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself." 

You can hear more about this in our sermon on Psalm 1 from our series: "Summer in the Psalms."

 

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