excerpt from “Past Mercies for Present Times” from 2 Timothy 4:16-22
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“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” -Romans 8:32
“During this time of year, it may be easy to forget that the bigger purpose behind Bethlehem was Calvary. But the purpose of the manger was realized in the horrors of the cross. The purpose of his birth was his death.
Or to put it more personally: Christmas is necessary because I am a sinner. The incarnation reminds us of our desperate condition before a holy God.”
[From “Disturbing Christmas,” a must-read article by CJ Mahaney.]
“We love because he first loved us.” -1 John 4:19
If we come to Christ God drew us, which none of us deserves. If we don’t, God did not draw us, which all of us deserve. –John Piper via Facebook
Sunday School | 1 John 4:1-6 | Bro. Roger Harden
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” -1 John 4:1
You have to know the Word of God to test the spirits. Know the Word to defend the Gospel.
Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” -1 Corinthians 2:7-8
*God’s wisdom is hidden for our glory. If it wasn’t hidden, His Son wouldn’t have been crucified and we wouldn’t have salvation.
*Ministry of the Spirit (vs. 10-16) // 1. Revelation: truth revealed (vs. 10-11) 2. Inspiration: truth recorded (vs. 12-13) 3. Illumination: truth understood (vs. 14-16)
Evening Worship | Leviticus 3:1-17 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in His flesh the dividing wall of hostility.” -Ephesians 2:14
Our peace is found in trusting in our High Priest, Jesus Christ, the majestic One who deeply loves us.
[Read the story about the missionary couple who was killed in the 1930s, John and Betty Stam.]
Sunday School | 1 John 2:15-28 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.“ -1 John 2:15
Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.
Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” -1 Corinthians 1:22-25
No man can change your sinful nature, but God can. It seems too simple, and even foolish to some, as the snake on a pole did in the Old Testament, but…Look and Live!
Evening Worship | Intro to Leviticus | Bro. Jason Estes
“Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.“ -Hebrews 9:22
[Unfortunately, I was not able to hear Bro. Jason’s sermon. I hope to listen to a recording of it eventually. Until then, ponder this quote from Kevin DeYoung.]
Leviticus reminds us over and over: “My name is _____________________. I am a sinner who needs a Savior. I deserve to die.”
“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe…” -Romans 3:21-22
“Faith is looking away from ourselves to another. Faith is total dependence on another. When faith stands in front of a mirror, the mirror becomes a window with the glory of Christ on the other side. Faith looks to Christ and enjoys him as the sum and judge of all that is true and good and right and beautiful and valuable and satisfying.”
LAST UPDATED SUNDAY, March 22
Monday, March 23
-Review your notes from yesterday’s messages!
Tuesday, March 24
6:45-8:00 a.m. -Men’s Morning Meditations: Where God’s Word and coffee perk you up!
Wednesday, March 25
7:00 p.m.– We will continue our “What We Believe” series. The kids will continue their study in the book of Mark!
Thursday, March 26
-Study your Sunday School Lesson (Nehemiah).
Friday, March 27
-Call a brother or sister in Christ to let them know you are praying for them!
-Have you collected any recycling items (including newspapers, cardboard, office paper, ink cartridges, cell phones, etc.) to donate to the Lexington Rescue Mission (to provide medical needs)?
Saturday, March 28
-Pray for the services tomorrow and prepare your heart for worship.
Sunday, March 29
10:00 a.m.– Sunday School (Nehemiah)
Devotion: Dueling Devotions=Sarah made a mistake and in her effort to get more people to sign-up, she double-booked this Sunday. It will be decided with a duel. Just kidding. It will be Wayne or Jason. We’ll keep you posted! 🙂
11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship (Colossians 2)
Ushers: Paul Johnson & Roger Harden
5:30 p.m.– Little Lifers Kids Choir (See Janna Riley)
6:00 p.m.– Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 30)
Missionary of the Month:
BFM General Fund
BFM Spring Conference: April 20-22 at Thompson Road Baptist Church (details forthcoming)
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