Do you know someone who lives in such a way that people want to gather around him, as they would gather around a fire, on a cold, dark night?
The next 3 Sundays, we will look at three stories from Matthew's Gospel that teach us how to share God's light and love. We will see that we must do three things to live lives that invite people to know Jesus: We must choose to change; choose to be different; and, choose to do the right thing.
These three passages from Matthew's Gospel, are the stories we traditionally hear before Christmas Eve: Matthew 3:1-12, is the story of John the Baptist calling his generation to repent - to choose to change; Matthew 11:2-11, is the story of Jesus praising John for choosing to be different from the Pharisees; Matthew 1:18-25, is the story of Joseph choosing to do the right thing, no matter the cost.
Come, be encouraged in your walk. Come, learn how Christians are supposed to walk in the world. Come, build your life on the Rock - Jesus Christ!
Every day we are offered ‘materials’ to build our lives with - a career, a marriage, a family, a house, a hobby – you name it. These are good things that God wants us to enjoy. The trouble comes when we expect these good things to do what only God can do. When that happens, we worship them: We try to make them lift eternal weight, and they break under the stress.
When we build on the Rock – Jesus Christ – we build our lives with eternal materials: Worship, prayer, the Word, fellowship, service. Then, the ordinary materials of our lives can get the love and attention they deserve – then, we won’t bend them until they break.
Do you have questions, and want a place where you can listen, ask, and learn more?
At the end of the Gospel of Matthew, it says that some worshiped Jesus, and some doubted. Doubt is that space where the big questions get a hold of us: “Do science and faith contradict each other? Is there capital “T” Truth? Is the Bible true?” People standing at the edge of belief, want to know how Christians answer these questions. People who believe, want to know how to answer these questions. Foundation Church provides space to ask questions and find answers.
Do you want to go deeper in your walk with God?
In the same place in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus calls every disciple to go into the world, and make disciples in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Foundation Church will equip you to build your life on the Rock – Jesus Christ. We build, not only when we receive from God in worship, prayer, and fellowship, but also when we go and do what he calls us to do.
That means every Christian is a missionary, whether we stay at home, or go abroad. Has anyone ever told you that? If not, they were probably trying to sell you something. We are invited to join God on mission, to advance his Kingdom – the only Kingdom that will stand, at the end of time. Foundation Church promises to equip you to live "on mission" where you live, work, and play.
We live in a time when God invites us to return to the foundation: The Way of Jesus Christ. We’ve all tried to build our lives on something other than him. Come, build your life on the Rock - Jesus Christ!
“I want to take the next step.”
Meet with Pastor James: He loves coffee. He loves food. Most of all, he loves to pay for these, and listen to your journey. Let’s find out where you are, and where you’d like to go: email@example.com
Come to Worship: This is the best way to get a snapshot of who we are. Come, hear the preaching. Sing with us. Pray with us. We’re a new church, so it’s gonna be modest, but that’s cool with us, and we hope it’s cool with you.
Join a Disciple Group: After you get a feel for who we are, and if you want to go deeper, join a disciple group that meets as often as once a week, to share, study the Word, and pray. We have disciple groups for Youth, too!
Come to Sunday School: Do you want Sunday School for your children? We got it. Nursery, too. Are you in place where you want to tackle the big questions? Come with your questions and an open mind.
Serve: Our call is clear – we are to serve our neighbors in need, without thought of reward. Let’s do that, and give God the glory, as we go.
Lake Murray Presbyterian Church is excited to announce that we have called the Rev. James F. Cubie to serve as the evangelist to lead the team that will start the daughter church - now, called "Foundation Church at Dutch Fork".
James is a native of Washington D.C., but has deep roots in the Carolinas: His mother's family is from Wilmington, North Carolina, and his father lives nearby in Bluffton.
James has been married to Tara for fourteen years, and they have a thirteen year old daughter, Lina, and a two year old son, Jack.
James served at Leesburg Presbyterian Church, in Virginia, from 2014-2018, as their Associate for Discipleship. His ministry focused on children, youth, young adults and men, in addition to preaching once a month, and pastoral care.
James was assessed positively by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to lead a church plant in late 2013, and since that time, worked with the east coast team that focuses on creating New Worshiping Communities.
James worked on several teams that developed New Worshiping Communities, in Northern Virginia, and most recently with a team that successfully started a community now officially recognized by the PCUSA and National Capital Presbytery.
The focus of James' ministry at Leesburg Presbyterian was building disciple teams to do two things: Strengthen disciples in their identity as followers of Jesus, and train them to reach people who would not ordinarily come to church.
In both of these, James has an excellent track record: Their Sunday morning children's program grew to encompass over ten percent of the church's membership; their youth group tripled in size, with fully one third being youth whose parents did not go to church; and, he created a small groups culture, led by Youth; finally, he started a small groups ministry for adults, that included four groups of between ten and twelve participants, meeting twice a month in homes for fellowship and discipleship.
James loves to build teams for the Kingdom, and will bring this passion to his work in Dutch Fork, on behalf of Lake Murray.
James is an excellent preacher and teacher, and taught for The Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington, from 2011-18. He led several retreats for area churches, and taught seminars on theology and the history of the church.
James serves on the board of The Fellowship Community (formerly "The Fellowship of Presbyterians" and "Presbyterians for Renewal"), which Lake Murray Presbyterian is a member of, and which connects churches and pastors in the PCUSA through: pastoral accountability, missional practices (the things you do to start a new church), and generous, orthodox theology.
You can email Pastor James at firstname.lastname@example.org;
follow him on Twitter;
check out his blog, Foundation and Fire;
or, call (803) 603-6140, to set up a time to talk.
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Our core values are informed by The Fellowship Community.