Scripture at Sunrise 3.29.2010

Sunday School | Ruth 1 | Bro. Roger Harden
“For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”  -Ruth 1:16b-17

Note the difference between being kind vs. being pleasant.  Kindness carries committment with it.  Ruth made a committment to Naomi that was stronger than marriage.  She left her home, accepting widowhood and childlessness.  (We also discussed the providence of God, even in suffering, and the importance of reminding yourself there is a bigger picture.) 
A side note: I was so blessed by Sunday School this morning!  We had a great discussion that was very encouraging.  I love it when everyone participates in discussion and you can see the Holy Spirit at work in people’s hearts. 

Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  -1 Corinthians 10:31
Are you glorifying God in your Christian freedom?
[vs. 23- “All things are lawful for me…”  So does this mean that anything is fair game?  vs. 6- No.]

Will it glorify God? 
1)Does your decision edify/build others up or does it indulge self?  (Acts 20:32; 1 Corinthians 14:3, 8:1, 14:26; Ephesians 4:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Ephesians 4:29; 2 Corinthians 12:19)  *How much have you refrained from doing for the good of others?

2)Avoid Legalism
Don’t ask detailed questions.  Don’t get nit-picky. 
vs. 27- Dinner with an unbeliever?  Don’t ask questions about what they giveyou. 
vs. 28- Don’t offend the weaker brother. 
vs. 29- Show love toward the other…don’t bring it into question. 
vs. 30- Don’t give thanks for something and then turn around and offend someone with it. 
WHY? 
vs. 31- Because the glory of God should be your guiding principle in life.  (Colossians 3:4)
vs. 32-33- Paul was not going to aim not to offend anyone because his purpose was to win others to the Lord. 
vs. 1- Follow me as I follow Christ.

Are you living your life to the glory of God?

Evening Worship | Leviticus 26 | Pastor Steve Wainright

Leviticus 26:  God has put the way of life and death, blessing and cursing before the children of Israel.  As you read in verse 26 this is a conclusion of all we have read in Leviticus to this point.  The ultimate message is choices have consequences.  In verses 1 and 2 we se the supreme test of worship.  Verses 1-2 give two of the 10 commandments.  These two are the core of worship.  Verse 1 warns against false worship while verse 2 stresses obedience. 

In verses 3-13 we see blessings promised.  There are material blessings as we see in these verses related to rain and harvest, peace and the Lord causing the people to be fruitful.  The spiritual blessing is Gods’ promised presence.  For us today we can see many of the numerous blessings of God. For example: Mt. 6:31-32; His Spirit, prayer, power and relationship to name a few.  In verses 14-39 we see cursings.  Much more in number than the blessings.  Curses are not words said against someone but consequences of behavior.  Repentance is possible!  A curse is the opposite of a blessing.  The curses increase to the point Israel is no longer a nation.  In the N.T. there are no curses for the Christian, only discipline (Hebrews 12:5-11).  Punishment is for the unbeliever and discipline is for the believer.  Christ redeemed us from the curse.  Finally, in Lev. 26:40-46, we see grace displayed.  Restoration comes after repentance.  In verse 41, it isn’t the people who humble their hearts, it is God.  The only way a person can humble their heart is for their heart to be circumcised…God alone can do that.  Notice Colossians 2:11.

[Kudos to your Pastor for blogging the summary of this evening’s message!]

Weekly Announcements (March 29-April 4, 2010)

LAST UPDATED Sunday, March 21

Did you find a mistake or omission in the new church directory?  E-mail Sarah at nlbclex [at] gmail.com to have it fixed!

Monday, March 29
-What did you learn yesterday?  Have you applied anything yet?  Review your notes!
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.

Tuesday, March 30
Pray for our new members today as they battle worldly influences and temptations.  Call them, write them a letter, invite them over for dinner, do something to get to know them better!

Wednesday, March 31
7:00 p.m.- We will study the seventh church in Revelation, the church at Laodicea.  The kids will be in Acts 21:1-36.
Pray for the children of NLBC today, that they will come to know Christ as their Savior and treasure Him above all things.

Thursday, April 1
Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.

Friday, April 2
Pray for those at NLBC who are taking care of elderly parents at this time: strength to care for them, patience with them and grace for the trying moments.
Happy Birthday to Sarah Cooley!

Saturday, April 3
Pray for the services along with those preaching and teaching tomorrow and prepare your heart for worship.

Sunday, April 4
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School (John 16:16-24; 20:11-16= “The Pain and the Joy”)
Devotion: Paul Johnson
11:00 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship (1 Corinthians 10)
Ushers: Chandler Dawson & Steve Gee
6:00 p.m.- Sunday Evening Worship (Leviticus 25:35-55…)
*Business Meeting following the evening service.

Saturday, April 10
10:30 a.m.- Ladies’ Bible Study at Thompson Road Baptist Church (Lesson #10)

Tuesday, April 13-Thursday, April 15, 2010
Together for the Gospel Conference in Louisville, Ky.

Friday, May 28-Monday, May 31, 2010
Next Conference in Baltimore!
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Links of the Week:

Scripture at Sunrise 3.26.2010

“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”  1 Corinthians 2:1-2

In the Cross of Christ I Glory | by John Bowring (1825)

In the cross of Christ I glory,
Towering o’er the wrecks of time;
All the light of sacred story
Gathers round its head sublime.

When the woes of life o’ertake me,
Hopes deceive, and fears annoy,
Never shall the cross forsake me,
Lo! it glows with peace and joy.

When the sun of bliss is beaming
Light and love upon my way,
From the cross the radiance streaming
Adds more luster to the day.

Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,
By the cross are sanctified;
Peace is there that knows no measure,
Joys that through all time abide.

In the cross of Christ I glory,
Towering o’er the wrecks of time;
All the light of sacred story
Gathers round its head sublime.

Story Behind the Song

“Tradition has it that John Bowring — linguist, author, and British governor of Hong Kong — was inspired to write this hymn by the sight of a huge cross on the ruins of a cathedral at Macao on the south Chinese coast.  Apparently the cathedral, built by Portuguese colonists, had been leveled by a typhoon, but the wall with this bronze cross remained standing.  The story is unverified, but the image is a strong one–the cross “towering o’er the wrecks of time” above the shore at Macao.
[from “The One Year Book of Hymns” / March 26 entry]

Scripture at Sunrise 3.25.2010

“The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.”  -Romans 13:12

Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.  -Jonathan Edwards (via @PuritanEdwards on Twitter)

Scripture at Sunrise 3.24.2010

“…But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior…”  -Titus 3:4-5

“If you read the Bible from cover to cover you realize that it narrates (proclaims!) a true and cohesive story: the good news that  through Jesus Christ God has entered history to liberate and renew the world from its bondage to sin and suffering. This is the story of God, who pursues the restoration of his creation at the cost of his own life. He is making all things new (Rev 21:5)! That’s the simple and yet profound, life- and world-altering plotline of the Bible.”

– Michael R. Emlet, CrossTalk (Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, 2009), 41.

Scripture at Sunrise 3.23.2010

“…God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  -James 4:6

Humble hearts seek grace, and therefore they get it. Humble hearts yield to the sweet influences of grace, and so it is bestowed on them more and more largely. Humble hearts lie in the valleys where streams of grace are flowing, and hence they drink of them, Humble hearts are grateful for grace and give the Lord the glory of it, and hence it is consistent with His honor to give it to them.

Come, dear reader, take a lowly place. Be little in thine own esteem, that the Lord may make much of thee. Perhaps the sigh breaks out, “I fear I am not humble.” It may be that this is the language of true humility. Some are proud of being humble, and this is one of the very worst sorts of pride. We are needy, helpless, undeserving, hell-deserving creatures, and if we are not humble we ought to be. Let us humble ourselves because of our sins against humility, and then the Lord will give us to taste of His favor. It is grace which makes us humble, and grace which finds in this humility an opportunity for pouring in more grace. Let us go down that we may rise. Let us be poor in spirit that God may make us rich. Let us be humble that we may not need to be humbled but may be exalted by the grace of God.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, March 22 entry]

Scripture at Sunrise 3.22.2010

Sunday School | Ruth 1:1-22 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.”  -Ephesians 2:19
Similar to when Naomi returned home, when we become part of the family of God, we are no longer strangers! 

Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 10:14-22 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?”
Avoid idolatry.  Why?  Because of the Lord’s supper.  Idolatry is demonic and is equal to fellowshipping with demons.  If you are worshipping idols (fellowshipping with demons), you can’t have fellowship with Christ.  The Lord’s Supper is more than just remembrance; it makes the Lord’s death and life more real.  It makes us sensitive to the presence of God.

Evening Worship | Leviticus 25 | Pastor Steve Wainright

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places”  -Ephesians 1:3
The joy of Leviticus 25 deals with the Sabbath Year and the Year of Jubilee which focuses on the land and the people. 
I. The Sabbath Year (vs. 1-7) pointed to a rest for the land by the Creator.
II. The Year of Jubilee (vs. 8-17)
Obedience (vs. 18-19) / Disobedience (Leviticus 20:22)
Trusting God and His Provision (vs. 20-22)
Reminded God owned the land, Test of faith and basis for blessings, Provided for poor, Kept in                                     check greed of accumulating land