Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to fall into sin, it would be better for him if he were thrown into the sea with a large millstone hung around his neck. (Mark 9:42 — EHV)
In the social media world, an influencer is one who uses a platform to promote certain products. Companies pay influencers to advertise their products in hopes that they can influence their many followers to use that same product. Even though they are not, many people claim to be an influencer, because being an influencer means that you are popular.
Many are not influencers, from the social media standpoint of the term, but all of us do have influence on others. What we say and do influences others in what they think, say, and do. You can either be a positive influence and lead someone to Christ, or a negative one and lead someone to sin. Which one are you? Sadly, we often influence others to sin. Maybe it wasn’t intentional—or maybe it was at the time—but you have often led someone else to sin against the Lord. Maybe it was the time you convinced your significant other to “take our relationship to the next level,” the gossip mill you started, or whenever you skipped a worship service for whatever reason thus keeping your children from the means of grace. Sadly, the list of times when we have led others to sin is long—beyond measure.
And Jesus warns us: it would be better for you to drown in the depths of the sea than to cause a young believer, or anyone else for that matter, to sin. And why is that? Because the sin of leading others to sin deserves eternal punishment. And yet, we don’t have to be afraid of Jesus’ warning because of Christ! Not only did Jesus never sin, but he never led anyone else to sin. Not once did he fail to be a good role model, not once was a negative influence on others. The perfect life that he lived, he lived for you so that his perfect life would be attributed to you by his death on the cross when he took our sins upon himself. Because of Christ you won’t be thrown into a sea with a large stone around your neck—nor will you be cast into the eternal fires of hell. Now, just as Jesus is a positive influence on you, be a positive influence on others.
Pastor Andrew Frey
Pastor Frey's last weekend at St. John will be Sunday, June 20 and Monday, June 21. Following the second service on Sunday June 20, there will be a farewell picnic at Plamann Park which everyone is invited to attend. Please sign up on the sheet in the back of Church so we know how many to expect and look for more information soon as we look to say farewell to Pastor Frey and his family. To sign up online click on the following link: https://forms.gle/ofkhdKRVqqHYMRCA7
If you would like to thank Pastor Frey and his family for his faithful service here at St. John, there will be a box in the back of Church the next two weekends for you to place your cards and gifts of appreciation.
Call Meeting to Replace Pastor Frey
Wednesday June 23 at 7:00pm we will have a Congregational Voter’s meeting to place a Divine Call to replace Pastor Frey. All Voters are encouraged to attend this meeting.
Please note that we have now begun our Summer Worship Schedule which is Sunday morning worship at 8:00 and 10:00am and Monday at 6:30pm.
Pastor Frey will be finishing up his Bible Class on the letter to the Colossians on Sunday June 13.
We continue to live-stream our services and post our worship folders online. We will be recording our Sunday 8:00 am service which means you can watch anytime after 8:00 am on Sunday morning. If you need any help accessing these resources, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
You can find our worship services at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCsQs-LDzlHE1NTjOaVaQ2A.
You can find a bulletin for each Worship Service so you can follow along here: https://stjohncenter-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/pastor_frey_stjohn-appleton_org/EqetvOMWflhLsfsLRcDkxSgBL2cnYkpiuk8Klh7d-r_XQg?e=07dSma.