The Epistle - April 2018 - Vol. 23, No. 3

April 2018  Vol. 23, No. 3  Newsletter of Wintersburg Presbyterian Church Sunday Worship Services  8 ‐ 9 a.m. and 10:20 ‐ 11:40 a.m.  Nichigo Service (Japanese Speaking):  9 ‐ 10 a.m.  Sunday School and Bible Studies  All Ages: 9:10 a.m.  Nichigo (Japanese): 10:20 a.m.  Wednesday Bible Studies  Mens and Womens Studies: 7:15 p.m.  Young Adult Bible Studies: 7:30 p.m.  Thursday Bible Studies  Young Adults: 7:30 p.m.  Friday Bible Studies  Jr. High Special K; High School Ike Pono  Fellowship: 7:30 p.m.; Mens and Womens  Study: 7:30 p.m., 2nd & 4th Fridays; MnM  (Mothers in Ministry): 9:30 a.m., 1st & 3rd  Fridays.  Senior Fellowship Ministry  Meets Wednesdays, 10 a.m. ‐ 1 p.m.,  except during field trips.  Worship Hula Ministry  Meets up to twice a week (1‐hour each  session): Fridays and Sundays (keikis,  teens, and adults). Call church for latest  schedule.  For more informaƟon, please call the  church office at (714) 740‐9400.  Our Statement of Belief  We believe in one Holy and Triune  God and that the Bible is His  inerrant and inspired Word. We  believe that salvaƟon is by grace  alone through faith in Jesus Christ,  our Lord and Savior.  We affirm  Jesus’ commands to love God and  one another, and to share the gospel  with all unbelievers.  over 115 years  I’ve known married couples who were “nice” to each other, but only on their anniversary. For the other 364 days of the year, their relationship was more like a civil war or détente at best. In place of bullets and mortar fire, the hus- band and wife used vicious words, hurtful behavior, and emotional detach- ment. It was amazing then, that the couple would put down their weapons and play nice on their anniversary date. For such couples, love had become a ritual driven by the calendar. Some people who call themselves Chris- tian act like the above couple. They rec- ognize that Good Friday and Easter Sun- day, two important calendar dates that have just passed, are very significant. Therefore, on those two days, they try to act like “good” Christians, mindful of God. Unfortunately, for the rest of the year, their earthly instincts overwhelm the desire to be obedient to the Bible. Greed, the quest for power, and a vengeful heart often become norms, overwhelming the virtues of godliness and humility. Most of us at Wintersburg are not calendar-driven Christians. We worship the Lord because of who He is and what He has done, and not because of a date on the calendar. We not only believe in the truth as revealed in the Bi- ble, we also believe it is imperative to proclaim truth to the world around us. Though most of us at Wintersburg are not calendar-driven Christians, there is one area where all of us fail in varying degrees. That failure is how we com- municate truth. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, most of us at Win- tersburg believe in the truth, as revealed in Scripture, and are committed to communicate truth. Though this is a very commendable commitment, we must remember that how we communicate truth is very important to the Lord. Ephesians 4:14-15 says, “As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects in Him who is the head, even Christ” The two words that follow the “speaking the truth” are “in love.” These two words serve to inform and prescribe how we must communicate. John Mac- Arthur writes the following in his commentary on Ephesians: Speaking the truth in love seems deceptively easy, but it is extremely difficult. It is possible only for the believer who is thoroughly equipped in sound doctrine and in spiritual maturity. For the imma- Speak the Truth... in Love (continued on page 2) BY PASTOR FRED TANIZAKI