“We Believe that Christ” (Matthew 16:13-28) February 19, 2017


Call to Worship:                                              

L:         To all who walk in darkness, Jesus is the Light of the World.


P:         To all yearn for welcome, Jesus is the Door of Salvation.


L:         To all who hunger for righteousness, Jesus is the Bread of Life.


P:         To all who yearn for hope, Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life.


L:         To all who seek compassion, Jesus is the Good Shepherd.


P:          At his name every knee shall bend and tongue confess that Jesus is Lord!

SCRIPTURE: (Matthew 16:13-28)

Our reading comes from the good news according to Matthew. 

13Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”


14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”


15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”


16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”


17And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.


18And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.


19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”


20Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.


21From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.


22And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.”


23But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”


24Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.


25For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.


26For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?


27“For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done.


28Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.

“We Believe that Christ”

@Copyright by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “We Believe that Christ” (Matthew 16:13-28) February 19, 2017


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Announcement Highlights: 


Coming in February:


All are invited to share in our Chili Cook-Off.


 Bring Chili, or  just come and enjoy a free meal. Entries will be anonymous.

chili-cookoffHere are some typical categories on how chili is judged:

  • Color — Does the chili look appetizing? Does it look bright and colorful or dull and bland?
  • Aroma — Does it smell good? Does the aroma make you want to dig in?
  • Consistency — How is the meat-to-sauce ratio? It shouldn’t be runny, mushy or overly thick.
  • Taste — How is the flavor? Do the ingredients blend well, or is one too overpowering? Does the first bite make you want another one?
  • Aftertaste — Once you swallow, is there a spicy taste (“bite”) that stays on your tongue? Is it pleasant?


You do not have to be a member of this church, faith, or any faith to attend.  All are welcome.  It is a free event.


Coming in March:

The Intention of Less – March 2 at 7 pm 

lessismoreWhat is the Intention of Less? For us it is a way to UN-clutter our lives.

First we discussed that we have to be members of the C.I.A. club;

  • Clarity – studying to see the situation clearly, being honest with myself and others


  • Intention – Being aware of what I want, doing, and feeling- what makes me happy or stressed? How am I affecting others


  • Action – focus on my goals, steps to get there, I might fail, that’s OK

Then as our first exercise we talked about what we wanted or wanted to do differently.

We started a little Facebook chat group to be each others support.  It takes a village – we can’t do this alone.

Feel free to use these worksheets:

Here are somethings we have learned so far as we discussed things:

It’s easy to get off track. So take baby steps, one small little task. It might not lessmoreeven be the big thing that needs to be tackled, we are all practicing.


We might have to ask for help. Ouch, that’s a big one to admit we might not be able to do this task. Remember we all have our strengths and weaknesses. Someone else in our family might just do the job better. Delegate!


You can have it all, but not at the same time.

So the Second Meeting left us with the motto or manta of “Small is the new Big.” Start with one little thing and finish it this week or next two weeks.

Next workshop March 2nd, 7 pm at Compass Christian Church.



Feed Our Neighbors in Need- Food Drive


Volunteers bring non-perishable food to several drop off points including,

collecting at Compass Christian Church 6771 Tylersville Road Mason OH 45040.



The 4th Annual “Feed our Neighbors in Need” Food Drive in March 2016 resulted in more than 27,700 pounds of food & personal hygiene products that were donated to 12 area food pantries in Butler, Warren and Hamilton Counties.


With the help of 17 local congregations, we outdid last year’s total collected by more than 2,400 pounds!


The estimated impact of this collaborative community event is estimated as providing enough food to feed 166 families of 4, or 664 people, 2 meals per day for 6 weeks or an estimated 55,776 meals.


Praise God! That is the beauty of collaboration!



Coming in April: 





habitat-for-humanityThe X-Day format for 2017 will be much different from the last few years!


 Instead of a Sunday work effort, the Faith Alliance has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to complete a local house build and do work at the ReStore Center.  



  • Members of Compass Christian Church, family and friends are invite to join our efforts!  We have secured Saturday April 1st as our work day.  We currently have 14 + slots for work on the Habitat house, multiple slots to sign-up to prepare and serve lunch to the others, and if more are interested, there is work scheduled for the Habitat ReStore Center in Hamilton.


  • There are age restrictions for the build site.  



  • X-Days t-shirts will be made available for $10 each.  Sign-up sheets will be at the church!!  Let’s get dirty for Jesus!




The purpose of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati’s ReStores is to help provide funding for our organization’s mission of helping to alleviate poverty housing in our area.  The stores do this by selling donated new and used appliances, furniture, cabinets, building products and household items to the general public.  While it is not the only source of funding for the organization, the profit from these stores has allowed us to help serve more families in the Greater Cincinnati area.

The success of the ReStores has been made possible by the generous donations of individuals and companies throughout our area.  Without their continued support and generosity, our stores would not have been able to help those in need to the extent that they have.  By providing free pick up service, the stores are also an outlet for our donors to be able to recycle and repurpose items that may have otherwise gone to our local landfills.  Since these items are donated to us, we are able to provide our donors with a charitable gift receipt.

The ReStores have become an important part in Habitat’s mission to build homes, communities…and hope.

Coming in May:


SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017 10 A.M.— 2 P.M.

If you are a Rescue Group or a Vendor and would like more information or to register for this event please fill out this form.  (You will be contacted about a week prior to see if you still want to participate)

This is a gift from Compass Christian Church to the community. Thank you for your support!


Typical Questions and Answers:

Is there any charge for this event?

Absolutely not! Whether you’re an animal agency or animal lover, it’s free of charge and open to all the public. It’s our gift to the community.


Do you have a lot of adoption agencies attend?

Yes.  Please know that we try to get representatives from different breeds as well as the SPCA. You may have to fill out an application at this event in order to be approved for adopting your new family member.


Do you advertise the event?

Yes. We advertise through Facebook promotions, Craigslist, Other Social Media and we also ask that our members put up flyers.


I’d like to participate. What are my options?

If you’re an animal agency that would like to set up a booth to promote your organization, please fill out the contact form information at the top of this post. If you’re an animal lover, just come to the event with your animal friend or a picture.


What is the Animal Blessing service?

It’s an outdoor celebration located on Compass Christian Church’s expansive lawn area with representative animal agencies of the community, and refreshments. The highlight of the service is when people bring their animals forward to be blessed, receiving a special “blessing tag.” If your pet doesn’t travel well bring a picture of your pet and we’ll bless it.


Why are animals blessed?

Because God created them and declared them “good” (Genesis 1:25), and because for many people their pets mediate unconditional love and are a blessing to those who love and care for them. This service recognizes and celebrates this reality.


What kinds of animals are welcome?

All kinds! Dogs, cats, birds, pygmy goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks, parrots, snakes, turtles, iguanas and even squirrels! You and your beloved pet, of whatever persuasion, would be warmly welcomed! For your pet’s safety, we advise leashes for dogs and any other species must be caged at all times.

What if I have other questions?

Please email compasscorg@gmail.com and we will answer your question.