WORSHIP

Worship is an activity that touches every area of our lives, and it is central to what we are about at Cedar Creek Bible Church. We strive to bring every aspect of our services into conformity to the teachings of God’s Word, and we attempt to live out its precepts before the world around us. 
 
 
 

 

 

GROW

We believe the call to discipleship is a lifelong pursuit, and we are committed to helping one another grow continually toward an authentic Christlikeness that includes both head knowledge and life application. The sufficiency of scripture is the foundation of our ministry, and we try to live and grow by it.
 
 
 

 

 

SERVE

Since Christ so willingly served us by giving himself for our sins, it is our goal to freely give ourselves to serve one another and to advance the work of Christ’s kingdom in the world. We encourage all our members to invest themselves wholeheartedly into ministry and joyfully use their gifts for the edification of the body. 
 
 
 

Home Study for Sunday, May 31

Are You Blind?

 
Are you content with your life and who God made you to be? Although many of us would admit that we have it better than most, we have probably all still at some point found ourselves wishing that God had made us more healthy, more intelligent, more athletic, more attractive, more skilled, more popular, or more influential. But would it really be better if God had made you that way? The fact is that people who have everything in this world often fail to see their need for God’s grace. This is why the “blessing of mediocrity” can be a gift in disguise.
 
Paul elaborates this point in 1 Corinthians 1:
 
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
 
Like you perhaps, I (Pastor Holmes) have at times found myself wishing I were different than I am. But would that be worth it if it undermined what God intends to accomplish through me? What if by being made everything I wish I were I would have overlooked my need for him? Praise God he didn’t consult me about it! The Lord works in special ways in the lives of those who are humble and receptive to him, regardless of their estimation of themselves or their reputation in the world. They are able to receive him for who he is, the Light of the World. Though they are despised by some, they are the ones who can truly see. And that is what matters most.
 
Reading
Read John 9:1-41.
 
Discussion
What is God’s purpose behind human suffering (v. 3)? Given that purpose, does suffering argue against God’s sovereignty or is it something he sovereignly uses to accomplish his will?
 
Sometimes God’s work in our lives is gradual. How does the blind man’s knowledge of Jesus grow throughout this account? How does he respond each time he receives new information?
 
How did the parents and the Pharisees respond? Why did this man react differently? How is it that different people can look at the same revelation and respond in opposite ways?
 
Why was this man so confident about Jesus in the face of opposition from religious authorities? How are believers today able to stand for Christ against the mighty and influential of the world?
 
Response
So we see that for the blind man, faith is perfected; for the Jews, blindness is confirmed. As Jesus concludes, those who are confident that they see rob themselves of the opportunity to be healed from their spiritual blindness. Their sin could be removed if they were aware of their state. Unbelief in Christ is ultimately not a matter of evidence and reason. Otherwise the Pharisees would have immediately believed. It was their hard hearts that prevented them from receiving obvious spiritual truth. The result was that their guilt remained. It is indeed a terrible judgment for God to leave guilt remaining upon us. But that is the consequence we risk if we refuse to heed his message of salvation to us.
 
If we have spiritual sight, it is because God has opened our eyes. Let us respond by worshiping him and being true to him in a world of spiritual blindness and opposition. John 9 shows that standing for Christ is a deeply personal matter. If Christ has truly opened our eyes, we cannot help but bear witness to that fact. In fact, our willingness to testify for Christ points to the reality of our spiritual sight. Have you experienced this change? Will you accept the evidence that Jesus is the Son of Man and trust in him as your Lord and Savior? If so, you are truly blessed, whatever your circumstances are in this life!
 
Spend a few minutes thanking God for opening your eyes to the truth of who Jesus is and providing salvation for you. 
 
Read or sing the lyrics to “And Can It Be” (Charles Wesley, 1738). An instrumental recording may be found here:
 
 
And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died he for me, who caused his pain?
For me, who him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be
That thou, my God, shouldst die for me!
 
Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free;
I rose, went forth and followed thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free;
I rose, went forth and followed thee.
 
No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in him is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
 
As new resources are made available, older studies will be posted here.
 

 Our Current COVID-19 Response

 
In spite of our convictional commitment to gathered church worship, the CCBC leadership team has concluded that it is best to suspend in-person church services at this time. This is not a decision we have taken lightly, and it is not a choice we will continue indefinitely. We are continuing to monitor the situation with an eye to reopening responsibly at the right time. In the meantime it is our desire to continue the work of the ministry and to serve one another in whatever ways we can. We are praying for all of you and the challenges you are facing. Please let us know if you have a need we can help meet.
 
As a reopening plan is developed we will communicate that information publicly so you know what is happening and can plan accordingly. May the Lord be glorified in each of our lives as we respond to these unprecedented times he has appointed for us. We remain confident in his purpose and provision and anticipate great spiritual blessings yet to come as a result of this trial. Be strong in the Lord!
 

Current Series

 
We are currently studying 1 Timothy on Sunday mornings and Matthew on Sunday evenings. Please make plans to join us when our usual services resume!
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