” Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” – 1 John 4-6

Last week we saw that there are 4 markers by which we know that we are abiding in Christ: multi-generational worship; transparent community; spiritual practices; and, defining and acting on your calling. The verse above speaks clearly regarding the the third marker- spiritual practices.

John, here, clearly states that the way in which we will know that we are abiding in Christ is that we will walk in the same way in which he walked, but how can we know how he walked if we are not continually in the word of God, studying and reflecting on the life of Jesus? If reading scripture is a priority and practice in your life, it will begin to shape the way that you think and act- your heart will be transformed by the word of God so that you begin to see the world, and the people in it, through the eyes of Jesus. When you begin to live with compassion and conviction in your life- compassion towards the children of God, and conviction regarding sin- then you will know that you are abiding in Jesus, and that the love of God is being perfected in you.

~Contributed by Charlie Hughes

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There is a lot going on around the Park these days and we want to make sure you don’t miss a beat. Check out the following events and opportunities to serve:

 

DON’T FORGET: We are moving to Eisenhower Middle School starting on Sunday, September 1st. Same time (10AM), new school (8231 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216)

 

Starting Point on 8.25.13: What is Starting Point? We do this meeting once a month and it is designed to be a time where you get to find out more about the Park; it’s history, vision, values, etc. It is also a time where you can come with questions and we hope to provide clarity. Most questions get answered through the material that we cover, but not always. So, whether you are new or have been coming for a while, Starting Point is your next step in getting connected and I want to encourage you to join us right after service on Sunday, August 25th. Questions? Email Chris

 

 

 

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Job Opportunity in Family Ministries @ The Park:

Park Family Ministries is hiring! We are looking for someone who has a passion for families and kids to lead our Sunday morning classes. It’s part time and a link to the job description and application is below. Check it out if you are interested in applying or pass it along!

 

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Missional Partner Spotlight:

At the Park we partner with individuals and organizations around our city and the world to extend the great message of the gospel through words and actions. We pray for these partners as well as help fund many of their projects, initiatives, and personal needs. For a complete list of our current partners click HERE.

 

Kari Kurz is the local area director (Northwest) for YoungLife. Here is a little bit about the organization:
Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.
To find out more about YoungLife, go to their website: www.younglife.org/us
Kari would love to talk with you more about how to support the work she does here in San Antonio. Click here to contact her.

 

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Join or Start a Community Group: Community Groups at the Park track with the Sunday sermons. We are wrapping up our study of Exodus over the next 2 weeks and then will be launching into a new study in mid-August. Since community is a core value of the Park, we encourage everyone to get into a Community Group. Also, we are always praying for new groups to start. If you are looking for community, sometimes the best avenue to take is to be the one who initiates it by opening up your home and seeing what God will do. If you are interested in starting a new group for the next sermon series, please email Chris at the link below. You can find a current list of groups HERE.
If you have questions, contact Chris.

 

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Have a great weekend, read 1 John, and we look forward to seeing you Sunday at Huebner Elementary!

Chris

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