A Letter From The Roper Family.

To the many people, friends, neighbors, co-workers, family, brothers and sister in Christ who have poured blessings over us by means of prayer, food, gifts, cards, financial support, kind words, love, music and hospitality.  We do not have the words to thank you, so we think and speak the Word of God over you, as you have displayed it over us.

Ephesians 1:15-16: “For this reason I, too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus, which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers.”

Proverbs 11:24-25: “There is one who scatters and yet increases all the more and there is one who withholds yet it results in only in want.  The generous man will be prosperous and he who waters will he, himself, be watered.”

Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me, yet it was kind of you to share in my troubles.”

This journey is not pleasant but it has brought so many blessings from people we have known all through the years and through many walks of life; from childhood friends to friends of our own children.  We love and cherish you all; no act has gone unnoticed.

Finally, I have believed with my whole heart that this is (and was) a journey that God has placed me on in His goodness and understanding.  His timing is without fault.

Philippians 3:10: That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings… vs 12: “Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead…”

Pat Roper

A Safe Place.

“In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence and children have a refuge” (Proverbs 14:26). 

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Highland, one of our central roles as the church is to impart the eternal truth of the Gospel to our children. I want to thank all of our volunteers who invest their lives into providing our children a safe place to hear about, experience and submit to the Lordship of Jesus.

I am overwhelmed with gratitude for each of you.

- Rob 

The Shape of Our Relationships.

This Sunday, we dive back into our: Sermon on the Mount Series.  Starting tomorrow, we will be tackling Matthew 7:7-12, in which we will see how our relationships with others are reshaped by our relationship with God.  

Here is our text:

“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What man among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them — this is the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 7:7-12).

I love you.  I love being afforded the opportunity to serve you.

Join us,

- Rob

 

 

Details for This Sunday.

Highland, this Sunday is our joint-service with Edgewood Baptist Church.  The reason for this joint-service is twofold.  

1. To take part in a citywide outreach that Edgewood does each year called: Love In-deed.  Highland and Truth Spring are honored to be some of the recipients of this citywide outreach, and this service is to celebrate all the Lord has done.

2. Highland is originally a church plant of Edgewood Baptist Church.  So, we use this service as a reunion of sorts to celebrate the faithfulness of our great God!

Here are the details:

At Highland:

Breakfast will be served 30 minutes earlier so that Breakfast Choir will be able to make the trip to Edgewood.  There will be an 11am service at Highland. Billy will lead worship.  Pastor Ronnie Peterson will take the pulpit.  Pastor Ronnie is part of Starting Line, which is a program that I facilitate for the Columbus Baptist Association. This program serves men who are planting churches in our city. Ronnie pastors Overcome Ministries.  I am so thankful for his willingness to serve us.  He is a man who carries himself humbly and seeks to honor the Lord in all that he does.

At Edgewood:

Most of Highland's Praise team and Breakfast Choir will be at Edgewood to take part in their 10:30am service.  Highland tribe, you are welcome to take a field trip this Sunday and join us.

After Services:

Following services, a BBQ lunch will be served at Highland.  We will begin serving around noon.

Join us,

- Rob

Matthew 7:1-6 - Our Disposition Toward Others

There was no sermon yesterday.  Rather, there was a collective of the Highland Family speaking and instructing us, according to the ways of God's Word.  In addition to hearing from members of the Highland family, this handout was distributed.  It captures the essence of the first segment of our final lap in this Sermon on the Mount Series.  Highland, I love journeying through God's Word with you, and walking alongside you each step of the way.

Click here for handout.

- Rob

I Love Highland Community Church.

Meet, Glenn Firth.

 (Rob has beard-envy.)

 (Rob has beard-envy.)

While eating at Country’s last night, this man walks over and speaks to Carrie and me.  He introduces himself and tells us that we, Highland Community Church,  saved his life nine years ago.  He said that he was homeless and had lost everything.  He told us that we provided him with a pillow and a sleeping bag, and allowed him to sleep in the breezeway of our church.

During his season at Highland, he surrendered his life to Christ. He has since been working a fulltime job as a truck driver. He said that the last two days he had been asking God if he should come back to Columbus or not, and that when he saw us at Country’s, sitting just a few feet away from him, he knew God had given him a clear answer.  He knew he was home.

Glenn’s two questions to us were:  

“Are you still there?”   

“Are you still preaching the word?”

It brought me great delight to answer both with a resounding, “Yes.”

Highland, I am so thankful that we have remained resolved to stay the course by inviting in ‘the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame’ (Luke 14:21).  Let's press on to know the Lord by offering the richest of fare to a broken, sinful world, no matter their appearance or background.  The news of the Gospel is truly the only good news that our would could ever know. Knowing that we, the church, are charged with stewarding this precious news, let us continue to: "Love without hypocrisy; detest evil and cling to what is good" (Romans 12:9).

At the start of this year, we have started each service with this corporate welcome: 

To all who are weary and need rest;

To all who mourn and long for comfort;

To all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares;

To all who are weak and fail and desire strength;

To all who sin and need a Savior —

This church opens wide Her doors with a welcome from Jesus Christ,

The mighty friend of sinners, The ally of His enemies,

The defender of the indefensible,

The justifier of those who have no excuses left…

Welcome.

May we continue to welcome ALL who sin and need a Savior, offering them Jesus.

- Rob