Sunday Service Times: 9:00 am Sunday School 10:45 am Worship Service 4445 Cliffdale Road, Fayetteville, NC 28314, (910) 864-3237 www.codfnc.org
Church of the Open Door has as its only foundation the Lord Jesus Christ. Ultimately, whatever we do is done to bring glory to Him.
Mission: Come in to know Christ ~ Go out to serve Him The mission of this Church is to evangelize, disciple, and equip each person to discern and fulfill the personal ministry God designed for them through: C - Christ-centered fellowship O - Offering worship, praise and prayer M - Missions support to reach the world with the Gospel E - Equipping our congregation by preaching, teaching, discipleship,and small groups G - Gospel preaching with corporate and personal evangelism O - Outreach to the church and unchurched to help meet the needs of our community
From Pastor Jon's email on Friday
Dear Church Family,
We are one week closer to getting to gather together again. I continue to pray that this disruption to our normal, busy lives has allowed us to slowdown and contemplate the immense blessing that is ours in Christ – His presence, peace, and joy to sustain us in these days and the assurance of these to be eternally experienced. Praise and Glory be to the great God – our Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and His Abiding Spirit.
As I contemplate the reality of God and His amazing authority as it is written in Psalm 104 – there is no place for doubt or worry. God has, can, and will carry out His desires with great detail and careful attention. And so when I think of the Church, those redeemed by Christ – and the part of it we know as Church of the Open Door – He is even now moving and working to bring glory to Himself. May our lives reflect confidence in the One who holds all things together. As Psalm 104 moves to conclusion the author writes, “I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to Him, for I rejoice in the LORD.” (vv.33-34) I pray the longings of our heart and the expressions of our desires are pleasing to Him.
At this time I do not know of any new hardships or illnesses that have come to afflict our members. Please continue to pray for our church family. There are many who face ongoing struggles and physical challenges. I do want to thank you all for your continued faithfulness in supporting the work of the ministry. What a great testimony for spiritual maturity and faithfulness. Praise God!
I did have an opportunity to speak with the director of Youth for Christ, Garry Winebarger, this week. He shared how things are changing in reaching kids with the Gospel and how God is using these current circumstances to deepen the faith of students. He also shared the financial challenges they are facing. This coming Monday is their primary fundraiser for the year. We as a church are joining in sponsoring this event and I would put before you an opportunity that many of you have participated in over the years - that is supporting Martin Fisher as he lends his time to raise funds for Youth of Christ. I have attached the sponsorship form at the bottom of this email if you would like to personally support the Youth for Christ ministry.
As in previous weeks, Jason Fisher and I will meet here at 9:15am on Sunday and record the sermon for this week. It should be available on our website around 10:45am. We will be in John 9 this week and we will have the privilege to consider a great demonstration of power which leads God’s glory.
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26
In His Service – For His Glory,
Pastor Jon's email from Saturday evening
Dear Church Family,
I trust the events of this week have encouraged you as you have had the opportunity to experience the grace of God and witness His continued faithfulness. We serve the awesome God who retains the ultimate control of all things. He is never surprised. He is never unprepared. He is always faithful. May these realities continue to give us confidence and courage to face these times without fear.
What has happened over the past six week was never even contemplated as a possibility. Yet take heart, we have endured without faltering and I pray you have grown in your desire for and appreciation of the fellowship of the church and the privilege we have gather together in worship. These days have taught us how much we love and need each other. As we experience this – let us not forget to look beyond the here and now to our ultimate hope- the return of Christ -even so Lord Jesus come quickly!
From my understanding of the Governor’s order, we are looking at a minimum of three weeks till we will be able to assemble again. I am very concerned about the government’s intrusion into the church’s affairs and the imposition of restrictions upon us. I have been in contact with the elders this week and we have indicated our desire to add our church’s name to a list of churches that are respectfully petitioning the governor to rethink his dictates regarding churches. These are very dangerous precedents being established and we cannot allow the government to continue unchecked. Please be in prayer regarding this issue as it will have lasting and detrimental ramifications for the church if not rectified soon.
Please be in prayer for fellow church members. We are all facing challenges in different ways. Through it all, praise God – He is worthy!
We will have the opportunity to gather around the Word of God tomorrow. A new sermon should be available by 10:30am – audio only at this time.
May the grace of God continue to amaze you all!
In His Service – For His Glory,
Week one of the new youth series is tonight!
Grab your Bibles and join us in 1 Timothy 3:15-4:16 as we look at premise of our new series inspired by the wisdom Paul shared with Timothy as he began his pastoral ministry. It's from this passage that the theme for this series comes, "Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example... (1 Tim. 4:12)".
Feel free to follow along with our next Wednesday night Youth series!
New lessons will be posted each Wednesday at 7pm.
The Bible contains many compelling accounts of young people's faith being put to the test in some of the most dramatic moments in history. From Joseph's roller-coaster life, to Esther's desperate moment of truth, to Mary's call to be the mother of Jesus we see how God gave strength and courage to His servants regardless of their age or qualifications.
1 Timothy 4:12 "Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. "
A new video in this series will be uploaded each Wednesday at 7:00 on the Logos page. I hope you can join us!
Dear Church Family,
I trust you are continuing to rest in Christ and are enjoying this beautiful day that He has created. We have His finished work on the cross and His ongoing faithfulness, springing from His resurrection, to establish us strong and sufficient in any and every circumstance. I am greatly encouraged by the demonstration of love, service, and sacrifice that our church community is exhibiting during these times.
As I thought this week about the amazing testimony of the early church recorded in Acts 2:42-47 and Acts 5:32-37, I praised God because I see this same love and sacrifice is being demonstrated in our church community. I praise God for the maturity and resiliency of our church family. The strength of something is assumed until it is tested and these past weeks have brought a significant test to our church community. The assumptions have been replaced with testimony and the purpose and plans of Christ for His church are being practically realized within our community.
Things may be different than each of us would want but we are not called to shape the environment/circumstances, rather we are called to be faithful each moment. So I exhort you all to press on in prayer, press on in love, and press on in reaching out and serving however you can - may our faith can be visible and proven by our actions – for the Glory of God. Again I will reiterate, if you have a need – please offer it to the church family. We see throughout the Scriptures how God utilizes people to be both the source and the administrators of His resources.
The leadership of Church of the Open Door is continuing to oversee the ministry and prepare for the future. This past week the deacons met to address important needs and to continue to manage the resources and the facilities. We had a meeting this week to assess and plan for the installation of some much needed technology, cameras and related hardware. This will provide us, in the very near future, the ability to broadcast a live feed of our service as well as a recorded version which will be available on demand. The Lord has provided some great technological resources from the ministry of another church to make this reality an affordable possibility.
The leadership understands that when the “ban” is lifted, things will not immediately return to what was “normal” before. Many in our congregation will return without hesitation – while others will continue to practice measures that are appropriate for the health situations and circumstances they and their families face. I say this to begin to establish a realistic picture of what it will look like moving forward.
I hope you have had the opportunity to view the recorded service from last Sunday. Although it can never replace the interpersonal necessity of a biblical church, a joining together in worship and the Word has a unifying result and will continue to increase our longing to gather together as soon as we can. To continue to provide this opportunity, there will be a recorded sermon posted each Sunday by 10:45am. You will find it on our website under the “Sermons” tab.
Please continue to be in prayer for God to use this “unseen reality” to humble hearts and work a mighty moving of the Spirit across this world. Please be in prayer for wisdom and direction for our president and leaders as they move forward in these days. Please continue to pray that God would clearly guide the leadership of our church and our missionaries. I would ask you to pray for Glen and Ann Tingler as they face new challenges. Please remember to lift up Bert Richardson as she moves forward in the Lord’s grace following Ralph’s home going. Finally, pray for God to work in you and through you for your benefit and His Glory. God bless you all!
In His Service – For His Glory,
But the angel said to the women, Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, as He said. Mt. 28:5‐6
Rejoice and do not be afraid - the risen Savior is alive and interceding for us!
[04/12/20] Join us at 10:45 for our 2020 Easter service.
Dear Church Family,
I pray you are continuing to walk by faith in the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Resurrection Sunday service will be available tomorrow beginning at 10:45am on our website - https://www.codfnc.org/ - May our lives always reflect the reality of His resurrection. HE IS RISEN!
God bless you all,
Dear Church Family,
As I write these words I am contemplating the events of Christ’s sacrifice almost two thousand years ago. As the afternoon that Friday progressed, the clouds gathered and day became as night. The Lamb of God obediently followed His Father’s will, hanging upon the atoning alter – the cross. And soon those powerful words would be heard, “It is finished.” It was at that place where the blood of the perfect Son of God purchased the lives of God’s children. It was at that place where sin was atoned for and wrath was poured out. It was at that place our freedom was secured and our sin debt was satisfied. What great truths of God’s saving grace we now consider but what a horrifying circumstance we look back upon
As we are reminded of this eternity-shaping event, I pray:
1. You will be humbled before God who, according to His will and by His grace - saves sinners
2. You will be horrified at the consequences of sin, taking time for confession and repentance
3. You will honestly admit your only hope is Christ’s atoning work, realizing the peace that His perfect sacrifice provides
May these reflections move you to worship and praise God - who gives us hope, freedom, and life.
God Bless You All,
Dear Church Family,
I trust this post finds each of you well and at peace in God’s grace and abundant provision. As we make our way through the uncertainties of this “pandemic” – we have the certainty of God’s presence and the reality of His faithfulness which will see us through. As a congregation, we have about 50 individuals who are over the age of 70 and others who are caring for individuals who would otherwise fall into a high risk group. The leadership desires to do all it can to be vigilant in preserving life and the well-being of everyone. Most importantly, we are seeking to allow Biblical directives to guide our church’s actions. I know there are some who are frustrated by the leadership’s decisions. I can assure you that we, the leadership of Church of the Open Door, share in the disappointment of not being able to gather and are daily growing in anticipation of joining together again in worship and fellowship. I have included below a link to an article that articulates well a Biblical response - considering the government’s directives and our Christian responsibility.
As indicated in my last email, we will have a video of our Resurrection Sunday service available online this weekend. I will send out more information as the details are finalized. I greatly look forward to having the opportunity to put before you an exhortation of hope and life as we consider the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Above all, please continue to be in prayer for the ministry and the leadership as we look to minister and impact the community of Fayetteville in the coming months.
As we make our way through this week, we are reminded of the final week of the Lord’s journey to the cross, culminating in the resurrection. I will lay out for you the order of events in the days leading to the cross as many have understood its arrangement.
Tuesday, March 31, AD 33: Matthew 21:20-26:2, Mark 11:20–13:37, Luke 20:1-21:36
Wednesday, April 1, AD 33: Matthew 26:3-5, Mark 14:1-2, Luke 21:37-22:1
Thursday, April 2, AD 33: Matthew 26:17-46, Mark 14:12-42, Luke 22:7-46, John 13-17
Friday, April 3, AD 33: Matthew 26:47-27:61, Mark 14:43-15:47, Luke 22:47-23:56, John 18:2-19:42
May these passages of God’s Word, detailing the great demonstration of His love, move your heart to worship and praise.
God bless you all,
albertmohler.com Just this week, I spoke with a national reporter for a major newspaper who asked me why people, in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, are almost universally asking some of the most urgent and important questions any human being could ask. I answered that God made all humanity in his image-and as i...
We may not be able to meet in person, but the Lord is with us wherever we are. Be encouraged with today's Bible reading about Jesus coming to Jerusalem as King and remember that today is Palm Sunday. HOSANNA!
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”“Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Week three of virtual Logos. Feel free to tune in!
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Dear Church Family,
As our country faces the uncertain times before us let us hold fast to Christ and live faithfully with great hope. We understand that God is sovereign and He is working through the circumstances. Let us pray for God to use the COVID-19 virus and the disruption of the daily routines of life to draw many to saving faith in Christ while we pray for God to graciously remove this threat to life.
As the directives and new information from the government changes daily, the leadership of Church of the Open Door is prayerfully overseeing the ministry. At this time, we understand the importance of minimizing large gatherings and doing our part to be vigilant in slowing the transmission of the virus. As a result we will not meet for services this Sunday, March 22, and all ministry events for March 22 to 28 have been postponed.
Please continue to be the church. We are a community of believers in relationship with each other and those relationship must continue. Continue to reach out and individually engage each other in fellowship, encouragement, and prayer. Please communicate with the church leadership any pressing needs or immediate hardships that need attention.
We have had some discussions about recording a message or in some way broadcasting the worship service. We have not pursued this avenue as a church at this point. The leadership of the church would ask that you continue to prayerfully support the ministry and may our times of separation create a greater hunger for the fellowship and worship of our Lord in our corporate church gathering..
Understanding the importance of staying in the Word, I would recommend the teaching resources of Ligonier Ministries, At this time, they have unlocked all their teaching resources so individuals can be strengthened and encouraged. I would recommend the following study to accompany our study of the book of John: "The Doctrines of Grace in the Book of John" @ https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/doctrines-of-grace-john/ - or if you desire another topic, from that page - click on "Teaching Series" and you can chose from any of the studies listed there. We have utilized many of these studies in the past and Ligonier Ministries has proven itself to be a faithful partner in the Gospel.
May God continue to bless you with great peace and joy while we watch, wait, and walk with Him during these days.
In His Service - For His Glory,
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