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Starting June 21, we will resume holding one 10am Worship Service at the Rosarian Academy each Sunday. We will only allow 85 people to attend each Sunday, and you must reserve your spot online. A list of our social distancing operating procedures is outlined below:

Re-Opening Procedures for Live-Services with Live-Streaming

Safety: The safety and well-being of our members is paramount. During the reestablishment of worship services, the social distancing requirements of the CDC, state and local authorities will be followed.

Signup: Seating will be limited due to social distancing requirements. Eighty-five congregants will be able to sign up online to attend. The signup will include electronically signing a waiver as required by the Rosarian Academy, our host. Those not signed up may not enter the building on Sunday.

  • At-Risk Individuals: TPC is asking at-risk individuals to continue to restrict themselves from community worship in compliance with the stated policies of the local, state, and federal government. Guidelines for understanding who is at risk can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/groups-at-higher-risk.html.
  • Children: Families are asked to realistically evaluate their child(ren)’s ability to conform to social-distancing requirements, and to understand normal child-care offerings are not possible with current social-distancing regulations. There will be no nursery or children’s ministry classes at this time.

Building Use: Only the theater lobby, theater lobby bathrooms, and theater will be used. There is to be no congregating in the lobby. The main building lobby will be sealed off and not used.

  • Entry and Exit: Entry and exit to the theater will through the main theater entrance doors only. Entrance will start at 9:30am and doors will be closed at 10am. Masks are required.
  • Seating: Every other row of seats in the theater will be roped off. There are to be 3 open seats between family or friend groups.  Upon entering, attendees will be guided to their seats by ushers, filling the front rows first. At the end of the service, rows will be dismissed one at a time from the back first.

Not Available/ Not Provided: Nursery and Sunday school classes will not be provided. There are no changing tables in the bathrooms. Drinking fountains will be turned off. Coffee will not be provided. Communion will not be served. Communion will not be served.

Patience And Love: We understand we cannot meet everyone’s hopes, needs, and expectations. A limited return to services can cause division between members, or between the church and the community. The TPC family needs to be ready to embrace imperfect decisions in an imperfect situation. Some will think that the church is being too stringent and others that it is not stringent enough. Please be patient and loving.

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The Case of Cornelius

Posted by Jeremy McKeen on

One of the key figures in the book of Acts and in all of church history is Cornelius. Yet, it’s my guess that the majority of Christians know little or next to nothing about the man. So, who was he, and what should we know about him? 

The Spiritual State of Cornelius - People disagree about whether or not Cornelius was saved before Peter came and spoke to him. The reason for questioning his spiritual state before Peter’s arrival is largely due to Peter’s recap of the whole event in Chapter 11 in which the angel told Cornelius that, “…He will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household” (11:14b). And the consensus in Jerusalem after hearing this was, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life’ (11:18b). So, by just reading Chapter 11, you would naturally conclude that Cornelius wasn’t saved before he met Peter. Yet, when the context of the whole account of Cornelius is taken into consideration and Scripture is compared with Scripture, it can be seen that Cornelius was indeed saved before Peter’s arrival.

In fact, Luke went out of his way to describe the spiritual state of Cornelius before hearing Peter’s message. Three times Cornelius is described as a man who feared God (Ch.10:2; 22; 35), and the bible is clear that unregenerate people do not fear God (Ps.55:19; 103:13, Rom.3:18). Furthermore, Cornelius is described as a righteous man whose generous giving and continual prayers were pleasing before God (10:2-4; 35), and the bible is clear that this is not possible in the case of the unsaved (Ps.14:1-3, Pr.15:8;29, Heb.11:6) This is why Peter himself perceived and acknowledged the true state of Cornelius even before he preached to him (10:34-35). So, how do we reconcile what’s said in Chapter 11 and what’s described of Cornelius in Chapter 10?

Cornelius lived in the inter-testament transitional period as a Gentile convert who now heard that the promised Christ that he had greeted from afar had finally come in the person of Jesus. So, what must he do to be saved? In the words of Mathew Henry, "He that believed the promise of the Messiah must now believe the performance of that promise." John Calvin concurs: “Cornelius must be put in the catalogue of the old fathers, who hoped for salvation of the Redeemer before he was revealed.” In other words, Cornelius believed in the coming Christ, but now he must demonstrate the genuineness of that faith by believing in this further revelation of who the Christ is in order to truly be counted among the saved. You could say that Cornelius' profession of faith before Peter's arrival would have been, "I believe that the Lord will send the Christ to take away my sins." Yet after hearing Peter it would have been, "I believe that Jesus is the Lord and Christ who has taken away my sins." So, Cornelius wasn't going from a state of damnation to salvation but rather from faith in the promise of salvation to faith in its fulfillment. 

The Spiritual Significance of Cornelius - So, if Cornelius was already a believer before Peter met him, then why would Luke record the case of Cornelius? Well, clearly the meaning of Peter’s vision of God instructing him to eat (personally take in) the unclean animals represented how God wanted him to personally take in Cornelius and his household (10:17; 28). Peter is told, “What God has made clean, do not call common” (10:15; 11:9). Notice the past tense. God had already made Cornelius clean through his faith in the coming Christ; it was now up to Peter to proclaim the good news that Christ had finally come and fully embrace Cornelius (aka - all future Gentile believers). In the case of Cornelius, God was showing the Jewish church once and for all that Gentile believers were not “second-class citizens” to be sort of tolerated but fellow citizens to be fully accepted. Full salvation and inclusion in the church was not just for Jews or those who “become Jews” through receiving circumcision and following the feasts, dietary laws, etc.. No, in Jesus Christ, God had created “one new man in place of the two” (Eph.2:15) and had given water baptism as the new sign of belonging for all believers and their household (Ch.10:47-48; 16:14-15, 1 Cor.7:14). Cornelius was a great man of faith and represents a great turning point of the gospel reaching every nation! 

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