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News updates for our Zion family this week!
Living For Jesus
It isn't easy to stand for Christ in our world, but we want our brothers and sisters in Jesus to live out our faith every moment! Check out some of the details we have to share with you this week.
Property Improvements
A big thanks to Brian R. and our Property Committee who brought in work to address the sewer problems. Lots of work got done today! Please pray in thanks for success, and ask Jehovah Jireh - the Lord who provides - for His grace to be good stewards of what He has given us.
Camping At Indian Lake
The Sr. High will be at Indian Lake Friday and Saturday! Come for fishing, hiking, games, Bible studies, s'mores, and more! Questions? Contact Nikki R. or Pastor Brian
The Courage to be Reformed
by Burk Parsons
Tabletalk (May 2017)
When we come to grasp Reformed theology, it’s not only our understanding of salvation that changes, but our understanding of everything. It’s for this reason that when people wrestle through the rudimentary doctrines of Reformed theology and come to comprehend them, they often feel like they have been converted a second time. In fact, as many have admitted to me, the reality is that some have been converted for the very first time.

Keep reading "The Courage to be Reformed" here
Open Mission Trip Spots
Are you in Sr. High and interested in going to Kansas City on July 14 - 19? There are a few slots open! Contact Mike K. or Pastor Brian.
Faith Working Through Love
July is Zion's turn to staff God's Pantry! Please sign up in the narthex, or call the church office. Questions? Contact us
Heidelberg Catechism Lord's Day 26
Q. #69 How does holy baptism remind and assure you that Christ’s one sacrifice on the cross benefits you personally?

A. In this way: Christ instituted this outward washingand with it promised that, as surely as water washes away the dirt from the body, so certainly his blood and his Spirit wash away my soul’s impurity, that is, all my sins.2

1 Acts 2:38
2 Matt. 3:11Rom. 6:3-101 Pet. 3:21


Q. #70 What does it mean to be washed with Christ’s blood and Spirit?

A. To be washed with Christ’s blood means that God, by grace, has forgiven our sins because of Christ’s blood poured out for us in his sacrifice on the cross.To be washed with Christ’s Spirit means that the Holy Spirit has renewed and sanctified us to be members of Christ, so that more and more we become dead to sin and live holy and blameless lives.2

1 Zech. 13:1Eph. 1:7-8Heb. 12:241 Pet. 1:2Rev. 1:5
2 Ezek. 36:25-27John 3:5-8Rom. 6:41 Cor. 6:11Col. 2:11-12


Q. #71 Where does Christ promise that we are washed with his blood and Spirit as surely as we are washed with the water of baptism?

A. In the institution of baptism, where he says: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”“The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned.”This promise is repeated when Scripture calls baptism “the water of rebirth”3 and the washing away of sins.4

1 Matt. 28:19
2 Mark 16:16
3 Tit. 3:5
4 Acts 22:16

Song of the Week
Sanctus Real
"Promises"
(2012)
Zion Evangelical & Reformed Church exists for preaching the Gospel to make disciples of Jesus in the power of the Spirit to the glory of God in North Iowa and beyond. Questions? Contact us.
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