BFM Spring Conference (Tuesday Night)

The second night of the 51st Annual BFM Spring Conference was such an encouragement (at least to your church secretary). We were blessed by two more sermons about “Pressing Forward for the Glory of God.” There’s absolutely no way I can do them justice here, but I will share with you a few notes I scribbled down.

Bro. Roger Tate, missionary to Kitale, Kenya, East Africa
Pressing Forward for the Glory of God (John 6)

Pressing forward involves struggle and resistance. Take an apple press for example. The apple is pressed to produce juice. It goes through a transformation. It’s painful and can be messy, but look at the result.

What are we willing to go through as God’s people for the prize? “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14) What is the prize? Jesus Himself!

Why do people come to Christ? Is it because He is the prize…or for other reasons?

1)Why did the first century Jews of this passage follow Christ? (John 6:1-14) Because of what they thought they could get physically from Him.
vs. 15, 26, 33-34: They wanted to make Jesus King so He could provide miraculously for their physical needs. They were getting their bellies filled and wanted to be continually fed with His physical bread.
HE IS THE BREAD OF LIFE. (vs. 35) He multiplied the loaves so they would see that.

2)Why do Kenyans come to Christ?
Unfortunately, many of them follow Christ because of what they think they will get from the missionary…not because Jesus is their prize. {At this point Bro. Tate shared his vision for their ministry…a vision that involves simplicity in the Gospel, deep relationships, and house churches.}

3)Why do Americans come to Christ?
A lot of them come to Him to have their psychological needs met…all for selfish reasons.

4)Why did you come to Christ?
Are you valuing and prizing Him as highly as you should be? (vs. 66-68)
Peter gets it right in vs. 68!
>Lord…He has to be Lord, not just the One who fills your pockets or bellies!
>Where else are we gonna go? You have the words of eternal life.

Strive to show others that Christ is the Bread of Life rather than trying to fill their physical bellies with bread.

{At this point in the service, we enjoyed the most lovely special by Julie Tate, Emily, Amy, & Josiah, singing “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us.” Video hopefully coming soon!}

Bro. Paul Kirkman, Pastor Emeritus fromFairborn, Ohio
Pressing Forward for the Glory of God (James 4:13-15)

{Sidenote: I wish I would’ve recorded some of Bro. Kirkman’s jokes. He has the quickest wit of just about anyone I’ve ever met. And that’s saying a lot. At almost 90 years old, I was amazed at his stamina and his sharp mind!}

If you’re gonna press forward, before you go forward, you better get a good start. So, if you knew you were going to die this year, what would you do? Here’s what Bro. Kirkman said he would do.

1)Know that you have a real and vital relationship with Christ.
How do you know? Romans 8:1. If you’re a believer you’re in a happy condition (no condemnation) and a happy position (in Christ Jesus).
Ephesians 2:8-10; Ephesians 1:5-6; Romans 8:38-39- No separation!
Ephesians 1:6-7- You are accepted in the Beloved!!!! (No “accept Jesus as your personal Savior. He’s the one that accepts us. You receive Him. He accepts you!)

2)Right relationship and fellowship with other believers in your congregation and in the Baptist faith
LOVE one another. Love is an action, not a feeling. For God so loved that He gave. It’s not optional! It’s commanded. Is it optional to murder? Is it optional to commit adultery? In the same way, it’s not optional to love your neighbor. They will know we are Christians by our love. (Matthew 5:23-24; Matthew 18) Make things right with fellow believers.

3)Right relationship with those who believe differently from us

4)Live your life to count for God each day. (Philippians 1:20) My body is mine by a relationship and God’s by ownership.

5)Finish your course! (2 Timothy 1:6; 1 Timothy 2:5)
Hebrews 12:1-2- The race that is set before us is a predestined, personal, unique race. As you run, look to Jesus!
Long to hear those words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

And we do it all for the glory of God!

The brighter the light shines at the source, the brighter the light shines out.

1 Corinthians 10:31- Whatever you do, do it to make God look good!

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