Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This week, I’d like to introduce you to another Christian from time gone by. This one, you may have heard of, for his name is Matthew Henry. Born in 1662 to his Nonconformist minister father, Philip Henry, and his heiress mother Catherine Matthews, Matthew was a brilliant child. He was tutored at home until he was 18, but he was able to read by age 3 and was competent in Latin and Greek by age 9.
He was converted to our Lord Jesus Christ under the preaching of his father at the age of 10. Throughout his teen years, he would go into his room to pray following sermons to ask God to “seal the Word and the spiritual impressions made to his heart.” (Wiersbe, 50 People Every Christian Should Know, p. 25). By the age of 25, he was ordained as a minister of the gospel.
He spent 25 years serving the people of Trinity Church in Chester, England (even when churches in London invited him to be their pastor). More remarkable than his notoriety at the time was his regular daily schedule immersed in God’s Word and ministry. According to Wiersbe, “Matthew was usually in his study before five o’clock each morning, devoting himself to the preparation of his exposition of the Word. He had breakfast with his family and always led them in worship, reading and expounding some passage from the Old Testament. He then returned to his study until afternoon, when he would set out to visit his people. After the evening meal, he would again lead the household in worship, using a New Testament passage for his meditation… Often in the late evening, he would put in a few more hours of study before retiring.”
He began work on his now-famous commentary on Nov. 12, 1704 (at the age of 42). He had finished his work on the Gospels and Acts by 1714, but then suddenly took ill and died in June of that year.
His work was finished by other pastors and family members gathering notes and putting them together in what is now known as Matthew Henry’s Commentary. Charles Spurgeon suggested that all people read it through at least once in their lifetime. While it is not a commentary that dives into textual difficulties or theological debates, it is unsurpassed in its devotional and practical approach to Biblical exposition.
I commend that you go to Netbible.org and look up whatever passage you want. Then go to the notes section and select “Matthew Henry” and you’ll find his commentary on any passage of Scripture. You might even find something you’ve heard in one of my sermons!
This Week (Jan. 28–Feb. 3, 2022):
1. Tonight, on Jan. 28, 2022, we will have Friday Night Bible Study. Join us from 7:30-9:30 as we take time to sing, share, and study the topic of how Jesus is “The Light and Glory of God.” If you want, read Luke 2:21-51 in preparation. You can join in-person in Room A-216 or online.
Meeting ID: 685 376 249
Join by phone: +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
2. CrossPoint Community Sunday School and YAs Sunday School is on Jan. 30.
a. The Young Adults will be meeting at 9:45 am (in-person in Room A-202 and online)! We will be studying the Gospel of John and taking time for Scripture recitation. Info is found on the YAs Teams Chat Channel or the Facebook Messenger chat for the Teams Meeting Link.
b. “Big Survey, Big Screen Perspective” Sunday School is this Sunday in-person (Room A-216) and online via the following link:
Meeting ID: 491 248 585
Join by phone: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
3. This Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, Minister Jeremy MacDonald will be preaching. Pray for him! Join us for worship at CBCGL! You can also watch the live stream if you wish.
a. Text: Luke 17:20-21
b. Title: Where is the Kingdom of God?
c. Live stream via Youtube: https://www.cbcgl.org/resources/live-stream/
4. This coming Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, at 7:45 pm, you are invited, encouraged, and requested to join our weekly prayer meeting. We’ll spend time using Scripture to inform our prayers and then share our requests and prayer together. The link is found below in the section on prayer.
Administration / Events
5. CBCGL’s COVID-19 waiver form has been updated again. If you have not completed a waiver, please do so. You can find the most up-to-date waiver at http://bit.ly/cbcgl-covid19-waiver. You must have completed this form and follow its guidance if you plan to participate in any in-person church activities. Note: the following is the most recent guidance from the COVID task force.
a. Wearing a face mask is required to attend indoor church activities regardless of vaccination status except when preaching, teaching, or leading the worship service.
b. After travel by plane, self-quarantine for five days before attending church in-person activities or obtaining a negative COVID Test 3 days after travel before in-person participation.
c. The MPR room is limited to only no contact sports, e. g. ping-pong, badminton, etc., and otherwise pre-approved activities.
6. Did you know that we have updated reports from our missionaries on a regular basis? Please check the missions tab in our bulletin to read through these reports and learn how you can support our missionaries. This week, it is an update about S and S (heading to Japan).
7. All other announcements can be found here (in our CrossPoint Community bulletin).
1. Our time in prayer shows what we think about God! Do you see your need of Him? Or are you trying to live this life without / apart from Him? Please join our Wednesday night prayer meeting (7:45 – 9:15 pm) even if you can’t participate the whole time.
Meeting ID: 758 587 937
Join by phone: +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
2. Here is our list of prayer and service requests. The service request tab is for brothers and sisters to ask for assistance or announce any give-away items. It is an attempt from EM to reach out and take care of those in need among us. You may also enter yours via the provided link:
In Christ, your servant, SDG,
Associate Pastor of CrossPoint Community – A Ministry of CBCGL