Sundays: We open by 9 a.m. for set-up. Everyone is invited to help. Thanks! (Colossians 3:23-2423 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.,Hebrews 6:10-1210 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.) After set-up everyone is invited to a prayer meeting to pray for our Worship Service, give thanks, offer other prayers, or just sit-in and listen. (1 Thessalonians 5:17-1817 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus., Philippians 4:6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.)
Bibles & Sermons: We'll give you a NIV-2011 edition Bible to follow along during the sermon, to keep and write in it or hi-lite parts that are most helpful. It can be wise to take notes during the sermon of scriptures and points to put into practice.
Grow to be Christ-like! Correctly apply Spiritual Disciplines, crucify The 7 Deadly Sins, and become ALL you can be! 1) Pray 2) Listen 3) Study 4) Fast 5) Meditate 6) Fellowship 7) Serve 8) Give 9) Solitude 10) Worship 11) Thank 12) Balance 13) Simplify 14) Sacrifice 15) Trust 16) Silence 17) Quiet 18) Memorize 19) Rest 20) Obey. The 7 Deadly Sins: 1) Ego 2) Envy 3) Anger 4) Laziness 5) Greed 6) Gluttony 7) Lust
Grow Spiritually with Weekly Attendance, Serving, & Fellowship: We encourage you to attend every Sunday, as possible, for your maximum spiritual growth. Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another -- and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Also, read How to Grow the Most from Attending Church.
Communion is served monthly. The small piece of broken bread is a symbol of Jesus broken body and the tiny cup of grape juice a symbol of His shed blood. By eating and drinking these symbols we express our thanks and faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (Matthew 26:26-2926 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body.")
27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."
Baptism: If you've repented and accepted Jesus Christ as both your Lord and Savior and haven't been baptized please see Pastor John. There is no age limit on how old someone must be to be baptized. (Acts 2:36-3936 "Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.") To prepare please read Jesus: Lord & Savior & Repentance & Baptism on our website.
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"
38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-for all whom the Lord our God will call."
Card Ministry: Cards are available to sign on the eating table(s).
Feed Yourself Spiritually Each Day! Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:1717 pray continually,), listen to our Lord, and follow Him (John 10:2727 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.). Pray for discernment and guidance before studying. Get informed to be transformed into Christ-likeness (Romans 12:1-2Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.). Get renewed each day (2 Corinthians 4:1616 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.). Knowledge alone puffs up (1 Corinthians 8:1Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that "We all possess knowledge." But knowledge puffs up while love builds up.); it must be applied (Matthew 4:44 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"). Get into God's Word, and God's Word into you. The main things are the plain things and the plain things are the main things. Major in the majors; minor in the minors.
Here are study helps:
Please note: We don't endorse every book, or everything on radio, television, internet etc. such as the unBiblical Health/Wealth/Prosperity gospel, Word of Faith movement ("Name It & Claim It") or anything that alters, adds or subtracts from the Bible. (Matthew 28:20
- Bible for study: NIV-2011 (New International Version-2011 edition). For accuracy it can be compared to the NASU (New American Standard Updated), ESV (English Standard Version), and GNB (Good News Bible). These recommendations are from chapter two "The Basic Tool: A Good Translation" of "How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth" by Gordon D. Fee & Douglas Stuart excerpts of which are on our website watcc.org.
- Audio Bibles: our website watcc.org & elsewhere
- Concordance: look up a word such as "faith" and see everywhere it appears in the Bible
- Christian Radio: KFAX-1100 AM & KCBC-770 AM
- Videos: The Visual Bible's "Matthew," "The Gospel of John," "Acts"
- Websites: watcc.org & Grace Communion International (GCI) gci.org. Biblical accuracy of books, individuals, programs: equip.org. Christian counseling: Focus on the Family (800-232-6459).20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.", Acts 20:2727 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God., 2 Timothy 4:2-42 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths., Revelation 22:18-1918 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.)
Pre-teens & Teens: Please help us in assisting our youth gain as much as possible from their experience at church. They're invited to help set-up our hall and take-down as well. They're encouraged to have one of our Bibles and we encourage you to help them follow along in it during the sermon. We all have a responsibility to assist our youth in becoming ALL they can be, whether they are our biological children, grandchildren, foster children, or our spiritual children (those in our church). Deuteronomy 6:6-7 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 2 Timothy 3:15 ...from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures...
Thank You for Your Prayers, Tithes, & Offerings! "The church teaches that Christians have a spiritual duty to financially support their church and encourages each member to give as he or she is able and has been blessed by God." "The practice of tithing [10%], while not mandated, is encouraged as a good standard of Christian financial stewardship." - GCI. Genesis 28:22 "...of all that you [God] give me I will give you a tenth." The Biblical principle: Give to God first, before yourself, or others.
To OBEY Jesus Great Commission (command) of Matthew 28:19-20 "...GO...MAKE disciples [Christians] of all nations ...TEACHING them to obey everything I have commanded you", we teach as many as possible by our radio messages, website, and Worship Services. (Isaiah 55:11so is my word that goes out from my mouth:, Luke 14:23
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.23 "Then the master told his servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full., Revelation 3:88 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.)
Donations to WCC (Watsonville Christian Church) are tax deductible, and pay for Bibles, hall rental, radio ministry, website, newspaper & on-line ads, picnics, equipment, supplies etc., and can be put in the Tithes & Offerings box or mailed to WCC, P.O. Box 1097, Freedom, CA 95019. Credit card donations can be made by going to the Audio page of our website and designating Watsonville Christian Church. You'll receive a semiannual & annual receipt. Quarterly financial reports & annual budget are given to contributing members. (2 Corinthians 8:20-2120 We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. 21 For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.)