CHAPEL ROCK
Dear Ones, Testify
This morning we conclude our series called “Love, John” through the Apostle John’s first letter. John is writing to people he knows personally, but also – because of the Holy Spirit’s inspiration – to the broader church and therefore to us. John wants to help his beloved children in the faith live an authentically Christian life in the world. Lead Pastor Casey Scott will teach from 1 John 5:1-12 that our belief in Jesus gives us two qualities that we need to change our testimony.
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  • Chapel Rock Christian Church
    2020 N Girls School Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46214, USA
    星期日 9:15 上午, 星期日 11:00 上午

Welcome to Chapel Rock!

Our vision is to see "the whole community, whole in Christ!" To that end, if you would like more information about our ministries or want to sign-up for an activity you’ve seen in the bulletin, please stop by the Information Center in the Foyer or add a note to your Connection Card. You can also find additional information on our website.

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Home Communion Ministry
If you’re a couple that likes to serve in ministry together, consider taking communion Sunday afternoons to those members living in retirement communities or nursing homes. Couples will rotate Sundays. If interested, contact Julie Van Duzer at jvanduzer@chapelrock.org or 317-247-9739.

HOSTS Volunteers Needed
The HOSTS program of MSD of Wayne Township is resuming. Students are eager to meet and read one-on-one with mentors. HOSTS instructors will be at Chapel Rock Sunday, July 10, to register volunteers. To learn more, go to hosts.wayne.k12.in.us or if you are ready to volunteer, visit the HOSTS kiosk on Sunday, July 10.

Flap-Jacks 5K Volunteers Needed
The Flap-Jacks 5K is a community event to raise money to support westside trails. This year’s event is Saturday morning, August 6, at Ben Davis High School. Volunteers will direct runners and walkers and encourage participants as they pass your position. For more information or to volunteer, visit chapelrock.org/events or call the church office at 317-247-9739.

Chip in for Chapelwood
Our partnership with Chapelwood Elementary School continues with our annual school supply drive. Pick up a Chip in for Chapelwood shopping bag today in the Foyer. Inside each shopping bag is a supply list of items the students will need to begin the school year. You do not have to purchase every item on the list as it is quite extensive. Only purchase what your budget allows. We ask all items be returned to Chapel Rock each Sunday through July 24, or throughout the week during regular business hours. Place your donations in the designated bin in the DropZone.

Make Waves – TODAY!
Families of preschoolers will meet today at the splash pad in Williams Park (940 S. Locust Street in Brownsburg) at 4 p.m. to show off their skills of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If you have questions, please contact Sherry Schwab in the Chapel Rock office at 317-247-9739.

GriefShare: Loss of a Spouse
The next session of GriefShare: Loss of a Spouse, will begin tomorrow, June 27, with two session times to choose from: 10 a.m. to noon or 6 to 8 p.m. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Jane Rogers at 317-852-2846.

Lost and Found
Have you lost a pair of glasses or left a jacket behind? All lost and found items are on display in the Foyer today. Stop by to collect items belonging to you. All leftover items will be either donated or disposed of.

July Men’s Breakfast Cancelled
The July Men’s Breakfast has been cancelled. The next breakfast will be held Saturday, August 6.
Communion
Chapel Rock practices an 'open communion' meaning that if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are welcome to participate in the communion service. The elder/staff member giving the devotion will provide instructions.
Chapel Rock’s Vision:
To See the Whole Community
Whole in Christ

Casey Scott
Lead Pastor

Series: Love, John
Sermon: “Dear Ones, Testify”
> 1 John 5:1-12
Introduction
John uses the word “testimony” 10 times in just 4 verses! This is a court-room word, and when John uses it, he’s talking about how the life of a witness is the content of their testimony. The way you live your life is a statement, the testimony of what you believe to be true.

Today’s Big Idea
When you believe in Jesus, He changes your testimony!

So, what do we need to change our testimony? In this passage, John tells us that our belief in Jesus gives us two qualities that we need to change our testimony. The first is faith.
FAITH CHANGES OUR TESTIMONY
The content of the gospel, the core of the good news about Jesus, has won a decisive victory over a culture which is hostile to God.

John tells us that if we don’t believe what God has said about his Son through His Word, and through the spoken witness of the church, we’re basically calling God a liar.

When we believe in Jesus and are baptized – we come under his testimony because his Spirit lives in us. That’s faith!

“We never know how much we really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death. It is easy to say we believe a rope to be strong as long as we are merely using it to tie up a box. But suppose we had to hang by that rope over a precipice. Wouldn't we then first discover how much we really trusted it?”
~ C.S. Lewis

> Hebrews 11:6 - “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”

Your eternity is hanging in the balance, so believe in Jesus!

Because what Scripture says about Him is true, then we must respond to our faith with obedience. That’s the second thing we need to change our testimony.
OBEDIENCE CHANGES OUR TESTIMONY
If you compare the books of James and 1st John, you’ll quickly see how much overlap there is between these two books. They come at it from different perspectives, but both of them are essentially saying, “Accepting the truth of the content of the gospel means accepting the authority of the gospel through a life of obedience to God.”

Obedience to the commands of God is not a burden, but rather an experience of victory! If you’re struggling with a particular sin, you need to lay claim to this truth and hang onto it for dear life.

> Matthew 11:28–30: “Come to me, all we who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

We should encourage each other, that’s what we mean when we talk about “sharing our story” every week in our benediction. “. . . A change to wholeness is the story we share.” What is that? It’s your testimony!
Conclusion
When we are in the witness stand, we must rest the whole weight of our life on Jesus. You must give your life to him, so that he can give His eternal life to you. You need his testimony to speak for you.