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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 True Fairy Tale

Posted by Jeremy McKeen on with 1 Comments

When you open up the bible, you’re not opening up a textbook; you’re opening up a storybook. After all, the bible starts off with, “In the beginning.” A beginning presupposes that there’s an ending. And if you have a beginning and an ending, then you have a story, but the bible isn’t just any story; it’s the story behind all your favorite stories. It’s the true fairy tale. C.S. Lewis was right when he said, “In the story of Christ, all the other stories have somehow come true.” But how is this possible? Thankfully, John the Apostle summarized the great story of Scripture in Revelation 12.

The Main Characters
Fairytales are worlds of underdogs and giants, princesses and dragons, heroes and villains. They’re stories of long journeys and great sacrifice, of damsels in distress and princes riding in on white horses. And like a master storyteller, John weaves together the lives of three characters: the woman, the dragon, and the child. The woman stands for the church, the dragon stands for Satan, and the child is Jesus. The woman will be rescued because the dragon will be slain by the child who becomes King. Incidentally, these are the three key characters that you find in every beloved fairy tale: The rescued, the villain, and the hero, but what John does by including the church in the story, is he reminds his readers that they’re part of the story. What if the reason people love these ancient tales is because they’re an echo of the tale that they’re already in? What if little boys like to sword fight and little girls like to dress up in gowns, because deep down they know the fairy tale story is their story. What if Frank Sinatra was wrong? Fairy tales don’t come true because you’re young at heart; fairy tales are true because you’re born into the epic battle that all of those tales point to.  

The Great War
Fairy tales are stories where good and evil meet to do battle, where the light side clashes with the dark side. John captures this great warfare with a flashback to the Garden where the serpent brings evil into the world through his deception and lies, but is soon told that he will be defeated by the woman’s offspring who will one day crush his head. And this is why John says, “The dragon stood before the woman waiting to devour the child” (Revelation 12:4). This is the theme behind Gothel stealing Rapunzel, of Rumpelstiltskin’s claim on the queen’s child. All of these “child’s of promise” point back to the child of promise, the King from heaven who came to rescue the bride and break the spell cast over the kingdom, the prince who entered into the dragon’s lair and emerged victorious. But how did he do it? How could a small weak Lamb defeat this massive powerful dragon?

The overmatched Prince conquered through great courage, love and sacrifice, all the virtues that are at the heart of every great fairy tale. Jesus dying on the cross for his people’s sins is what slays the dragon and is the story behind Jack slaying the giant, Frodo defeating Sauron, it's Prince Phillip slaying Maleficent, Wesley rescuing Buttercup, Anna giving her life to save Elsa to break the Frozen spell and coming back to life. What do all the stories have in common? They reject the notion that the princess can save herself, and instead put forth the most compelling message that only by grace, only through someone sacrificing their life on your behalf can evil be undone and the princess won. GK Chesterton said it best – “That the deepest truth about fairy tales was not that dragons exist, but that they can be beaten.”

The Happy Ending
There wouldn’t be a once upon a time without a happily ever after. But in the middle of those two there’s always great struggle and conflict. John tells us that through the death and resurrection of Jesus, the decisive war has been won, but now the dragon is ticked and he goes off to make war on the woman. If the devil can’t touch the Christ, then he’ll make trouble for the church. But the battle isn't in a land far far away, John reminds his readers that it's not far away at all; it’s as near as it can be, because you’re in it. The dragon goes after God’s people with three weapons: accusation, deception, and persecution, but through it all, the church is preserved. It’s like all the great stories when difficulties and tragedy strikes, you keep watching because you know somehow out of the ashes, beauty and good will rise, somehow wrongs will be made right in the end. Revelation ends with war giving way to wedding, with the dragon completely banished and even death is no more. But the question is, what part will you play? Whose side will you be on? The side you take in this battle will determine how your story will end. It’s choose your own adventure, and the only logical choice is to align with Jesus, the rightful and conquering King. What every student of the bible should realize is that instead of fairy tales competing with the bible, all these great stories are really just knock offs and reflections of God's story, the gospel story, the fairy tale that's somehow come true. 

Comments

Mark Miller October 2, 2016 11:44pm

My wife & I have recently started attending Truth Point & are loving everything about the church. The music is refreshing & familiar (I grew tired of the "rock show" many churches seem to perpetuate today), the sermons are exegetical & purpose-built & the body of Christ gathered each Sunday feels like a family. Thank you for the work done to help create this church!

I am an avid lover of the art of the story...and a firm believer that the Bible contains the greatest story ever told. C.S. Lewis does a phenomenal job transforming the truths of scripture into the every day hero story that not only in enrapturous detail, but also presents his tales in a manner that envelope deep truth. Thank you for sharing the heart of the Great Story & for relaying it weekly to all who will listen.

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