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Sunbury City Church Newsletter

July & August, 2021

Christians are hypocrites!  Ever heard that before?  Ever experienced that before?  So often Christians are accused of being hypocritical, judging others while they do not practice what they preach.  Unfortunately it’s true.  We come to church, we go to our groups, we read our Bibles, we pray and yet we live the rest of our lives much like the rest of the world.  We are unchanged.  But this is not the vision that Jesus Christ gives us in the gospel.  Reading the story of the demoniac man found in Mark 5:1-20, we see a man who had an unclean spirit living among the tombs, where no one was ever able to subdue him.  That is until Jesus showed up on the scene.  Once this man had an encounter with the living God, not only was he freed from his demon, he was freed to live for Jesus Christ, which is exactly what he asks Jesus to do.  He asks if he can follow Jesus.  His life has been changed and he wants to dedicate it all to Jesus.  When we have experienced Jesus he radically changes our lives.  And so to a point, because of our sinful nature, we will always be prone to being hypocrites.  That’s why we plead for the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.  Yet because of Jesus Christ, we can be radically changed from the inside out with the only proper response is to devote our entire lives to Jesus Christ.  And it’s when we devote our entire lives to Jesus that we begin to live for Jesus in every area of our lives, making us more like Christ and less hypocritical.  Is that true of you?  Have you devoted your entire life to Jesus to the point that you are reflecting him more than the world around you?  That’s my prayer for us as a church. 

In Christ, Pastor Derek 


"But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” This is Paul’s declaration to Timothy in 1 Timothy 5:8.  Caring for loved ones matters in the household of faith.  Over the last year, many within Sunbury City Church have had loved ones fall ill or need extra care and by God’s grace many of us have risen to the challenge.  As your pastor I have seen some of us sacrifice time with friends, finances, and freedom in order to care for your loved ones.  I have seen the struggles, the joys, and even some of the fears as you have walked with those in your life needing care.  I know that at times it can feel lonely and even like you aren’t participating in the kind of ministry God desires.  But according to Paul you have ministered in greater ways than the world will ever know.  You have followed the call of God and have been faithful.  Praise the Lord for the opportunities to show care and compassion to those in need.  May we all see and praise the Lord for these opportunities.    


  • Pray for our mission teams this summer, that they will be able to bless our community and connect people to the gospel.
  • Pray for a new KidSpace leader as Alecia will be stepping down as deacon this fall
  • Pray for our Summer in the Psalms series.  Pray we will come hungry to hear from God each week.
  • Pray for our missional community outreaches as we continue to build relationships in the community and share the gospel with others.