“Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!” -2 Corinthians 9:15
“But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed…” -Romans 6:17
Irresistible grace doesn’t mean we can’t resist God (Acts 7:51). It means he can overcome our resistance (Rom. 6:17). Joy! -John Piper
[via John Piper’s Twitter]
Work is Done; Rest in Him
“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.” -Hebrews 4:9
God has provided a Sabbath, and some must enter into it. Those to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief; therefore, that Sabbath remains for the people of God. David sang of it; but he had to touch the minor key, for Israel refused the rest of God. Joshua could not give it, nor Canaan yield it: it remains for believers.
Come, then, let us labor to enter into this rest. Let us quit the weary toil of sin and self. Let us cease from all confidence, even in those works of which it might be said, “They are very good.” Have we any such? Still, let us cease from our own works, as God did from His. Now let us find solace in the finished work of our Lord Jesus. Everything is fully done: justice demands no more. Great peace is our portion in Christ Jesus.
As to providential matters, the work of grace in the soul and the work of the Lord in the souls of others, let us cast these burdens upon the Lord and rest in Him. When the Lord gives us a yoke to bear, He does so that by taking it up we may find rest. By faith we labor to enter into the rest of God, and we renounce all rest in self-satisfaction or indolence. Jesus Himself is perfect rest, and we are filled to the brim in Him.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, September 28 entry]
Sunday School | 1 John 3:1-10 | Bro. Roger Harden
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who thus hopes in Him purifies himself as He is pure.” -1 John 3:1-3
vs. 1- We are children of God! The world’s priorities are found in 1 John 2:16.
vs. 2- Think about what you do when you see a celebrity. Now think about what you will do when you will see Christ face to face!
vs. 3- Thinking about seeing Him face to face has a purifying effect.
Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, Who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’” -1 Corinthians 1:28-31
-Why would God choose such wretched sinners like us? Pride has no place in the presence of Christ. None of us are perfect and we all stand in need of the grace of God. (vs. 29)
-You can look consistently through the Word of God and see how God used sinner after sinner for His glory by His grace.
-Where were you in your life when God called you out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of His dear Son? (Isaiah 51:1- don’t ever forget where you came from)
>God humbles people for salvation (vs. 18)…through the preaching of the cross. (vs. 23)
-You must realize that you’re a sinner before you can see your need for salvation.
-Salvation is all of grace! It’s all of Christ! (vs. 30) Its purpose is to bring glory to God. (vs. 31)
Oh, the power of the cross!
Evening Worship | Leviticus 1:1-17 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” -Ephesians 5:2
-The burnt offering was a picture of total commitment because it was totally consumed. Total commitment/burnt offerings were voluntary and involved giving your best to the Lord, showing commitment, dependence and devotion.
-Christ is the perfect picture of a heart completely devoted to God.
(So much more to this one that is too complex to outline. Please get a CD!)
LAST UPDATED Sunday, September 27
Monday, September 28
-What did you learn yesterday? Have you applied anything yet? Review your notes!
Happy Anniversary to Jason & Nikki Estes!
Tuesday, September 29
6:45-8:00 a.m.– Men’s Morning Meditations: Where God’s Word and coffee perk you up at your Pastor’s home!
Wednesday, September 30
7:00 p.m.– We will continue our “What We Believe Series.” The kids will be in Acts 6-7, learning about Stephen!
Happy Birthday to Micheal Drury!
Thursday, October 1
-Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.
Friday, October 2
-Pray for the cookout that is planned for next Friday night. Pray hearts will be opened and seeds will be planted.
Saturday, October 3
-Pray for the services and your pastor tomorrow and prepare your heart for worship.
Sunday, October 4
10:00 a.m.– Sunday School (1 John 3)
Devotion: nobody…(somebody: please sign up!!!!)
11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship (1 Corinthians 2)
Ushers: Tom Riley & Jason Estes
5:30 p.m.– Little Lifers Kids’ Choir
6:00 p.m.– Sunday Evening Worship (Leviticus)
Friday, October 9
Cookout at St. Martin Villa (a great witnessing opportunity)! See Bro. Wayne Sparks if you can be there!
Tuesday, April 13-Thursday, April 15, 2010
Together for the Gospel Conference in Louisville, Ky. [Please let Pastor Steve know ASAP if you can go. There is a group rate available!]
Missionary of the Month:
BFM General Fund
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Links of the Week:
“By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us.” –1 John 3:16
By This We Know Love
by Judah Groveman of Zelos
God of all Creation, Lord of heaven’s light
Descended into evil’s darkest night
Infinitely Holy, Your perfections know no end
Selflessly You died my rightful death
By this we know love that He laid down His life
God’s very own Son came from Heaven to die
Suspended He hung as He shed His own blood
What grace in His pardon, by this we know love
Forsaken man of sorrows, hated by all men
You willingly surrendered for my sin
Scornfully derided, yet in silence stumbling on
Bearing wrath for all that I’ve done wrong
© 2009 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” -1 Peter 2:9
“Having faith often means doing what others see as crazy. Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers.”
-Francis Chan (via Josh Harris‘ Twitter)