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June 6, 2021


This is the church bulletin for the congregation of the Church of Christ that meets in Dowagiac, Michigan, on M 51 just south of the city. Ordinarily we meet on Sunday morning for Bible study and worship and also on Sunday evening and Wednesday night for a Bible study. Since the pandemic forced us into not having meetings at our building we have been meeting via Zoom on our smartphones, tablets, and computers. After almost two months of worship under the trees we have moved into the building with our Zoom meetings for those who are not able to meet in person. Everyone is welcome to participate in this worship service at 11:00 on Sunday morning. If you want to participate with Zoom, contact Karl Marcussen at marcusen@michiana.org to get the information to join us.

We have started meeting in our building
for our worship service and a Bible class.
We are trying to follow the CDC guidelines.

This bulletin is distributed in a variety of different ways. It is distributed during our worship services at the church building; it is made available on the web at our dowagiaccoc.org website; and it is sent by e-mail/messaging in connection with our Zoom broadcast invitations. However you receive it, we hope it will be informative and encouraging. We are not a denomination, but a local effort to encourage people to follow what the church was like in the first century. We have no man-made creed and only follow the Bible. We do not have religious titles and do not solicit donations. Come and learn more by visiting with us, e-mailing us, or calling us.


THE FOOD BANK will be open tomorrow. If you know someone in our area that needs food, tell them to come to our building sometime between 4:00 and 6:00 P.M. If you have any questions about this call Richard Hoyt at 574-333-1177.

SHULTS-LEWIS has asked us to provide peanut butter and jelly/jam to help their work with homeless children. They will be coming to pick up these items and any change cans we may have during the week of July 18, so we need to have the items at the building by the 18th. If you want more information about their work and their needs, their phone is 800-462-0513.

HIGHWAY CLEANUP: Our next highway cleanup is July 17 with the rain date being the 24th. We will be mailing you a “adopt a zone” sheet so that you can select in advance what section of the highway in front of our building you are willing to clean. We are also going to have a provision for anyone who cannot come on the 17th so that you can do your cleanup during the week if Saturday is not a good time for you. We will mail a response sheet to you after July 4th.



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John Clayton

Loved by his father
(Genesis 37:3)
Loved by the Father
(Matthew 3:17; John 3:35)
(Genesis 37:2)
(John 10:11-14)
Sent by his father
(Genesis 37:13-14)
Sent by his Father
()Luke 20:13; Hebrews 10:7
Despised by his brethren
(Genesis 37:4)
Despised by his brethren
(John 1:11; Isaiah 53:3, 12)
Sold into slavery for silver
(Genesis 37:28)
Sold into slavery for silver
(Matthew 26:15)
Still loved his brethren
Genesis 42:24
Still loved mankind
John 15:13; Luke 23:34
Tempted, yet victorious
Genesis 39:9
Tempted, yet victorious
Matthew 4:1-11
Suffered wrong for doing right
Genesis 39:20
Suffered wrong for doing right
1 Peter 2:21-22
Sent by God to preserve life
Genesis 45:5-7
Sent to preserve lifefor man
John 6:67-68; Luke 19:10
Was found alive after thought
to be dead

Genesis 45:3
Was found alive after dying
on the cross

Luke 24:46; Mark 16:6
Became a slave to help others
Genesis 45:6-7
Became poor so that we can be rich
2 Corinthians 8:9; Matthew 11:28-30
Pardoned his brothers
Genesis 50:21
Pardoned us from sin
Colossians 2:13-14; Romans 8:2
Visited and honored by earthly nations
Genesis 41:57
All nations turn to Christ
Isaiah 2:2-3; 49:6

1. God has given us messages in the Bible that cannot be denied.
2. Knowledge of the Old Testament is important (Galatians 3:23-24).
3. We are blessed to be living today.
4. We should not neglect what God has given us.
(John refers to this song: “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us.”)



I hope that you find this morning’s lesson on Joseph and Jesus to be interesting and encouraging. There are many other examples that could be given. One very relevant example is the ark of Noah and the church that Jesus established. Noah’s ark was unique. Genesis 6:14 gives us a description of it. Jesus spoke of “my church” (Matthew 16:18) and Ephesians 1:22-23 makes reference to it). There was one way to get into the ark (Genesis 6:16) and there is one entrance to the church (John 3:3-5). Only one family was saved in the ark, and there is one family of God that makes up the church (1 Timothy 3:15 and Galatians 3:28-29).

In our day of religious pluralism there are many religious leaders who present their church or their denomination to the public, and many offer a variety of ways that a person can be saved, but Christ made it clear that we cannot follow the wisdom and teachings of humans and expect salvation.

In 1 Peter 3:20-21 the apostle uses the type/antitype relationship. In 1 Peter 3:20 he tells us that eight souls were saved by water. The reality is that the water had no saving power, but God used the water to save the obedient. Until it started to rain those who observed Noah building the ark wanted no part in what Noah was doing and were not a part of salvation from the evil that had saturated everyone around Noah. We now have a popular movie that portrays what the world was like at that time, and is typical of the world in which we live attributes Noah's actions to mental illness.

The fact is that as Peter says, “baptism does now save us.” Again, there is no power in the water, but the obedient are saved just as Noah was. No one outside the ark survived and no one that is not a part of the church that belongs to Jesus Christ will survive either. Acts 2:47; Ephesians 5:23; and 2 Timothy 2:10 make that clear

— John Clayton

Our sign by the street!

There is more grace in God than sin in you!

Sign saying from www.sayingsforchurchsigns.com.

Scripture links/references are from BibleGateway.com. Unhighlighted scriptures can be looked up at their website.
Table in sermon outline from House to House, 2021, vol. 26, no. 5, p. 7