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Easter Service on April 16th at 10:45

Posted on Apr 08 , 2017 in Blog & Upcoming Events

Come hear special music from both adult and children’s choirs, Scripture readings, congregational singing, and a message about the Lord Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection!

 

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Quieting a Noisy Soul

Posted on Dec 26 , 2016 in Blog & Our Ministries & Upcoming Events

Sounds of guilt, anxiety, anger, despair, addictions, and even entertainment can generate overwhelming noise in our souls. The quiet rest and joy promised by the Lord Jesus can seem illusive, and almost impossible. Yet His words still beckon to us:

“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” ~ Matthew 11:28

No human problem of the soul is too complicated and no personal agony is too overwhelming for our great God.

The Quieting a Noisy Soul program provides the road map out of the turmoil for the struggling believer. At the same time its Biblical truths will bring added joy and peace to the soul of any believer seeking greater intimacy with the Lord Jesus.

Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 for Quieting a Noisy Soul beginning January 8, 2017.

 

Bible Baptist Church

4431 Middle Settlement Rd.

New Hartford, NY 13413

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Christmas Services

Posted on Dec 15 , 2016 in Blog & Upcoming Events

Christmas Services are scheduled for Sunday, December 18th and Sunday, December 25th at 10:45. Come join us for special music, congregational singing of Christmas carols, Scripture readings, and a message from God’s Word.

 

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It’s still all about the Gospel

Posted on Jun 27 , 2015 in Blog

As we shared in last Sunday’s message the issue the church is confronted with today is found in Romans 1:16-23…

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith”.

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Thus Christians (those who have repented of their sin, turned to Christ shed blood alone for forgiveness of their sin, and are living out a progressively growing holy life) are not ashamed of the Gospel and call what God calls sin, sin. Thus yesterday’s Supreme Court decision changes NOTHING from a Biblical perspective.

We believe that God is sovereignly in control because He is the Creator of all (Col 1:15-20):

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Thus whatever God is accomplishing at this point and time in history, is simply another step towards accomplishing His ultimate goal of preparing an eternal home for all who truly repent and turn to Christ alone for salvation.

We are not the first people to wonder what God is trying to do. If you read the OT prophets they could not always understand God’s purposes. Just read the book of Habakkuk. In fact many Christians today sound just like Habbakuk sounded in 1:2-4

2 O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you Violence! and you will not save? 3 Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. 4 So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.

Yet God’s answer is awesome and humbling:

5 Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.

Let us not weep over the fact that man calls sin good and good sin. Rather let us pray and declare the Gospel unashamedly, as that is the only thing that will change the hardened heart of a sinner.

Let’s be reminded that even if the Supreme Court had upheld marriage as one man one woman, mankind would still have a sin problem. Thus let me repeat, the only way to change man’s sin problem is through the Gospel:

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith”.

Now from the standpoint of our Republic, we are doomed based on two rulings this past week:

1. The ruling by Chief Justice Roberts which he wrote concerning the ACA. Basically he said it doesn’t matter what the legislature wrote, this is what it means. This ruling erodes whatever was left of the check and balances between the Legislature-Judiciary-Executive branches.

To quote Humpty Dumpty from Alice in Wonderland: "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master—that’s all." Basically now no matter what Laws the Legislature passes, if the Executive or Judicial Branches think it means something else, so be it.

Don’t think it can happen…

2. On Friday Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion on marriage. Basically ignoring the plain meaning of the 10th Amendment: "powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. This amendment became the constitutional foundation for those who wish to promote the rights and powers of the states vis-à-vis the federal government”.

BUT for the Christian our God given mandate has not changed: 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith”. It’s still all about the Gospel.

Let me end with this:

The teaching of Bible Baptist Church is based on the Scriptures. Our interpretation of the Scripture is based on the following:

  1. Normal – understanding the words of Scripture in their common usage unless otherwise indicated by the context.
  2. Literal – understanding the meaning of Scripture in its ordinary sense unless the context requires a figurative interpretation.
  3. Grammatical – using the recognized rules of grammar to interpret the text.
  4. Historical – understanding the words of Scripture in the context of the times in which they were written.
  5. Systematic – categorizing and comparing the teaching of the Scriptures with the whole of Scripture in view.

RESOURCES:

http://www.tms.edu/preachersandpreaching/a-biblical-response-to-homosexuality/

http://thecripplegate.com/anchoring-in-gods-word-thoughts-on-the-supreme-courts-same-sex-marriage-ruling/

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/so-called-same-sex-marriage?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=FeedPress&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dg-articles+%28Desiring+God%29

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/06/26/why-the-church-should-neither-cave-nor-panic-about-the-decision-on-gay-marriage/?tid=sm_tw

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Strategic Hospitality

Posted on Mar 07 , 2015 in Blog

As I’ve shared over the last couple of months we need to seriously consider the way we do “evangelism”.  Now before I go one more sentence, let me say that evangelism is NOT a gift. Rather it is a command to all believers.

As I think about Matthew 28:19-20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always , even to the end of the age." The words “go therefore” carry some richer meaning than our English can easily convey. The idea is actually “in your going”, “in your normal/ordinary course of life”.

Here’s a big take-away for me, rather than a big old canned program. Christ is saying as you live your life and go about your daily routine of life talk with people about their need of Christ. Use the opportunities that are right before you to LISTEN to the conversation(s) going on around you.

Here’s another thought, this long winter is soon coming to a close. When that happens people are going to be going out. They’ll get in their yards and do yard work. And yes the weather will eventually allow people to cook-out and be out ready to talk. How about using “Strategic hospitality” as way to both reach people for Christ, but also as a means to edify those in the local church.

Now go ahead and read the following articles (but come back)…

www.desiringgod.org/sermons/strategic-hospitality

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/hospitality-and-the-great-commission

http://gentlereformation.com/2015/03/02/love-brothers-love-strangers/

Now you might ask why stress hospitality?

1. There’s just something disarming about siting around a table of food.

2. There’s just something relaxing about sitting in the backyard and talking over a glass of ice tea.

3. It’s just as important to prepare the ground for the gospel as it is to share the gospel.

Let me sum up with this quote: “Do not make your friend a project. Just show love to the person and enjoy your time with him. Think of questions you can ask him about his life. Find out their interests and enjoy learning about the person. If your heart motivation is to love him and to learn about him, then the Jesus who did eat with tax-collectors and sinners will shine through you.  Remember, He’ll open doors and do the converting all in due time!”

So are ready to take the step of strategic hospitality?

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Winter Schedule

Posted on Jan 08 , 2015 in Blog

With the cold and snow of winter we change up our Sunday schedule:

For the months of Jan-March we do not have an evening service.

 

1st and 3rd Sunday of Jan, Feb, March:

Normal morning schedule, carry-in dinner, followed by prayer meeting

 

2nd Sunday of Jan, Feb, March:

Normal morning schedule, for dinner church families are encouraged to invite another family over for dinner

 

4th and 5th Sunday of Jan, Feb, March:

Normal morning schedule, the rest of the day is for your family to restore its batteries

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Looking back and looking forward…2014 and beyond

Posted on Dec 29 , 2014 in Blog

The end of 2014 and a reflection on it:
2014 for Jana and I can be summed up with James 4:14b  "You are just
a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away…".  But rather than dwell on what it’s been like (loss, miserable, gut-wrenching, hurt, sorrowful…).  I want to sum up what our 2015 and beyond should look like:  We need to invest in people, for that is what will last for eternity. 

Our own spiritual well-being.  "Love God with every ounce of our being"  and "love your neighbor as yourself".  Perhaps we’re not good at relationship building because we have failed to build the most important relationship, our relationship with God.

Our kids.  No matter how old or young they may be invest time, prayer, energy, in helping them develop as eternal beings with their creator God.

Our spouse, take care to nurture the bride/groom of your youth.  Desire to grow old together.  Desire to grow in the Lord together.

Our parents. Honor them. If you mom is a widow, follow 1 Tim 5 and care for her needs.  Not every husband had the ability to store up for the future.

Church family.  Whether it was our biological or blood-bought family we had no choice in who our "family was".  We do have a choice in how that relationship develops, grows and blossoms for eternity.

Unsaved.  Build purposeful relationships that allow us and fellow believers to cultivate the Gospel in their lives. Though they shouldn’t be your best friend, they should know that you care for them as a person who has an eternal soul that will spend eternity somewhere.  

Therefore though it is wise to plan for our future on earth, in the days God has left for you on this earth Invest in things that matter for eternity…PEOPLE.

PH

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What is biblical evangelism?

Posted on Oct 10 , 2014 in Blog

If we have a proper understanding of what Biblical conversion is (see http://bbcnhny.org/2014/10/10/true-conversion/), we will be able to better understand what biblical evangelism is:

Acts 26:19-20 "So, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision, but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.

Acts 20:21 “solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

As Pastor Dever puts it:

[True conversion]… “Is not reciting a creed. It’s not saying a prayer. It’s not a conversation. It’s not becoming a Westerner. It’s not reaching a certain age, attending a class, or passing through some other rite of adulthood. It’s not a journey, everyone strewn along the path at different points. Rather, conversion is turning with our whole lives from self-justification to Christ’s justification, from self rule to God’s rule, from idol worship to God worship.” (Acts 11:18; Eph 2:8)

Let me make a suggestion that we have made evangelism “busy work” rather than simply a part of our every day life.

A healthy philosophy of evangelism hinges on the idea that evangelism is not only a program. A church does not transform a community through activates and events. In fact, church sponsored programs generally do not produce results. Instead of converts, they produce administrative tasks, and add an additional burden on the pastor of trying to get people to attend. One of the biggest mistakes pastors make in the area of evangelism is trying to measure their church’s faithfulness to the great commission by the number of (or attendance at) outreach events. This makes evangelism a guilt-laden endeavor, and also unnecessarily weds it to programs which in all likelihood don’t produce converts anyway.

A healthy church is marked by a love for evangelism. The congregation is faithful to reach the lost, to share the gospel with strangers, co-workers, neighbors, and friends. How sad would it be if people thought that evangelism was what their church did on Wednesday nights (or whatever other slot a program fits in), rather than what they are privileged to do, Monday though Saturday!

…For laypeople: realize that evangelism is the task God has given you. Deliberately develop relationships with those around you for the purpose of giving the gospel. Be bold in sharing your faith. If you are fearful, evangelism gives you the opportunity to trust God for courage. If you are timid, evangelism gives you an opportunity to trust God for confidence. Christians are slaves to Christ, soldiers in his service, and sons of God. Our master, our general, and our Father has given us our orders: to reach the lost with the hope of the Gospel. As Christians, we love what God loves, and God loves the lost. As we become more and more sanctified, we become more and more like Christ. And this growth causes us to grow in our love for those who are still God’s enemies.

A healthy church impacts their community because their members love their neighbors. This love results in us reaching out to the lost, presenting the Gospel to them, and seeing some of them saved. As we do this, our churches grow, and our evangelism results in changed lives.

To read the rest of the article go here http://thecripplegate.com/evangelism-as-a-practice-not-a-program-2/#more-14869

Over the course of the last 6-9 months we have suggested some ways to improve our evangelism in our prayer times on Sunday and Wednesday evenings:

  1. When you arise in the morning start praying that God would give you opportunities to share the Gospel.
  2. Look for opportunities wherever you are (grocery store, hardware store, playground, soccer/baseball field…) to share the Gospel.
  3. This means you have to have your ears and eyes open to see/hear the moment
  4. It means you may have to slow down (I’m talking to me here) and instead of getting a “task done” we do the task looking for a ‘God moment’
  5. Seek opportunities to share the Gospel during normal conversations.
  6. To be sensitive to the God moments in your life
  7. Pray that our friends, co-workers, neighbors will be receptive to the Gospel.

Which are simply five different ways of being purposeful in making our mindset each and every day, “today I’m going to be evangelistic”.

In other words sharing the Gospel is not isolated to:

    1. Only those who have the “gift of evangelism”

         a. By the way there’s no gift it’s a command for ALL believers

             i. Matt 28:19-21

            ii. Acts 1:8

    2. Pastors, elders, deacons…but all believers are to share the Gospel

         a. http://www.9marks.org/journal/must-every-christian-evangelize

         b. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

         c. Colossians 4:5-6

Along with the obvious of fear and being timid as reasons we struggle with sharing the Gospel there is also the issue of not clearly understanding what the Gospel is:

  1. God is our Holy Creator and righteous Judge-Gen 2:7, 16-17; 18:25; Rev 20:11-13
  2. We have all sinned against Him Gen 3:1-7; Rom 3:23; Eph 2:1-3
  3. He has sent Christ to die the death that we deserved for our sins Jn 1:14; Rom 3:21-26; 5:6-8; Eph 2:4-6
  4. Christ death and resurrection is the only way to be reconciled to the one true God. Rom 10:9-10
  5. We must respond to this good news by repenting of our sins and believing in the gospel if we would be forgiven by God, reconciled to Him and saved from the wrath to come Matt 3:2; 4:17; Mk 1:15; Lu 3:7-9; Jn 20:31; Acts 26:20
  6. We must persevere in a lifestyle of repentance and belief displaying an increasingly loving and holy lifestyle that proves we are His disciples: Jn 15:8; 1 Thess 3:12-13; James 2:14-26; 1 Jn 2:3; 3:14; 4:8 ..

A good challenge to take up is getting to the point of being able to go through these six points in sixty seconds. Not that that is the way you will share the Gospel, but so that you have the Gospel so clear in your mind that you are comfortable in sharing the Gospel to those whose path you cross.

As individuals we also struggle with sharing the Gospel because, “…many Christians wind up squandering opportunities to move a conversation with a friend toward deeper things because they simply don’t know how to make that move without being too abrupt, tactless, or cheesy.”

Listen you bring up a “hot topic” and your friend will have no problem stating their opinion (football, baseball, weather, health insurance, the economy)….the KEY is listening for the opportunity to turn THAT conversation towards the Gospel http://thecripplegate.com/starting-gospel-conversations/ .

What we Christians need to realize is that “…most people come to faith through the influence of family members, small-group Bible studies, or a conversation with a friend after a church service: Christians intentionally talking about the gospel.

Evangelism is not doing everything we can to get a person to make a decision. Nor is it just a matter of giving our testimony. Rather evangelism is US speaking the words of the Gospel and allowing God to do the work of regeneration. It’s engaging in purposeful conversations, sensing opportunities to converse with family, friends, co-workers, or fellow students in talking about the Gospel. Remember the point of sharing the Gospel isn’t to save them (that’s God’s part) but putting the Gospel in their minds so the Holy Spirit now has something to work with in His convicting work.

Let me give a personal illustration. During my second bout with cancer I was confronted with some very limited (OK, 2 options, an experimental drug or accepting death). My response to both doctors in the room that day was simply this: “Though I’m ready to die and go to be with my Savior, Jesus Christ. I enjoy living and being with my family. Let’s try the experimental drug.” Well the eyes of the one doctor got as big as saucers. Well three weeks later I came with the Ken Ham track “Why there is death and suffering”. God provided the opportunity I was looking for, a one-on-one conversation. I opened up with Doc, last time I was in and I described my faith your eyes got as big as saucers. His response, “Yes, I’ve never seen anyone with that strong of faith.” Well that produced the opening to share a bit of the Gospel and leave the tract with him. Unbeknownst to me at the time was that Doctor was being reassigned and I saw him only one more time when he stuck his head in the door to say “Hi”.

So, when was the last time you:

· Took the time to intentionally draw a conversation to the Gospel?

· Took the time to deliberately start a relationship to share the Gospel?

· Awoke in the morning asking God to give you an opportunity to share the Gospel?

Mark Stiles writes, “The fact is, most people come to faith through the influence of family members, small-group Bible studies, or a conversation with a friend after a church service: Christians intentionally talking about the gospel.” (His complete article is here http://www.9marks.org/blog/problem-evangelistic-programs ).

My challenge would be this: develop a love for the lost and then spend time intentionally talking with people you know and come in contact with about the Gospel. Present it clearly, considerately, urgently, and leave the results with God, who is the only one that can regenerate the lost soul of man.

 

PH

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True Conversion

Posted on Oct 10 , 2014 in Blog

What true biblical conversion?

Many of us have probably heard the following terms we may have even used them. Todd Friel has compiled a list of 13 such phrases. As he says they may contain a nugget of truth, but they are not the Gospel:

1. Make Jesus your Lord and Savior. We cannot make Jesus our Lord and Savior, He is our Lord and Savior. We are living in rebellion to Him and He commands us to repent and trust Him.

2. Ask Jesus into your heart. Does Jesus come into our hearts? Yes He does. The question is, “How does He get in there?” It is not by simply asking Him in; it is by repentance and faith.

3. Just believe in Jesus. The demons believe and they tremble. We must repent and trust.

4. You have a God-shaped hole in your heart and only Jesus can fill it. We have far more than a hole that needs to be filled so we can feel complete; we have a wretched, deceitful, sinful heart that needs cleansing. Repentance and faith applies the blood of the lamb for that cleansing.

5. Accept Jesus. Whoa. We need to accept Jesus? This is entirely backward. We need Jesus to accept us–and He will, if we repent and trust.

6. Make a decision for Jesus. Decisional regeneration puts man in the driver’s seat of salvation. When we repent and trust, Jesus decides to save us. That puts Him in the driver’s seat…where He demands.

7. It is easy to believe. While the formula of repentance and faith sounds simple, a complete surrendering of self in repentance is anything but easy. It’s hard.

8. God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. The only promises for the convert are trials, temptation and persecution. If that is how you define a wonderful life, fine. Otherwise we must command all men everywhere to repent and trust.

9. Come to Jesus just as you are. We should come to Jesus just as the sinners we are, but He also expects a broken heart and contrite spirit demonstrated in repentance and faith.

10. Come to Jesus and you will receive forgiveness of sins and ________________ (fill in the blank with money, health, a healed marriage). Jesus didn’t promise healed marriages; in fact He promised broken homes because we would divide when one member repents and trusts.

11. Come to Jesus and experience love, joy, peace. Do we get the fruit of the Spirit upon conversion? Yes. But if we come seeking the gifts and not the giver, we will receive neither. Instead, we must repent and trust.

12. Jesus is the missing piece. Um, no, the God of the universe is not the missing piece, He demands that He is the center of our lives when we repent and trust.

13. Jesus is better than fame and fortune. That is an understatement, and frankly, it is insulting. Saying Jesus is better than money is like saying that a steak dinner is better than eating a dung hill. He defies comparison and we trivialize the Son of God. Instead, we should be pleading with all men everywhere to repent and trust.

I thought that the following quote from the late Dr. D. James Kennedy sums up the problem with the above 13 phrases:

The vast majority of people who are members of churches in America today are not Christians. I say that without the slightest contradiction. I base it on empirical evidence of twenty-four years of examining thousands of people.”

Now I will readily admit that only God Himself knows our heart. Yet, down through the ages both the Bible and Baptistic Confession of Faiths have stated what true Biblical conversion is.

Acts 26:19-20 "So, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision, but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.

Acts 20:21 “solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

(cf., Matt 13:1-23…note that it is only the fourth seed which bears fruit and is counted worthy of repentance)

Listen to the New Hampshire Confession of faith of 1833:

We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and relying on Him alone as the only and all sufficient Savior.”

Over the last several years we have shared this from the pen of Pastor Mark Dever:

  1. God is our Holy Creator and righteous Judge-Gen 2:7, 16-17; 18:25; Rev 20:11-13
  2. We have all sinned against Him Gen 3:1-7; Rom 3:23; Eph 2:1-3
  3. He has sent Christ to die the death that we deserved for our sins Jn 1:14; Rom 3:21-26; 5:6-8; Eph 2:4-6
  4. Christ death and resurrection is the only way to be reconciled to the one true God. Rom 10:9-10
  5. We must respond to this good news by repenting of our sins and believing in the gospel if we would be forgiven by God, reconciled to Him and saved from the wrath to come Matt 3:2; 4:17; Mk 1:15; Lu 3:7-9; Jn 20:31; Acts 26:20
  6. We must persevere in a lifestyle of repentance and belief displaying an increasingly loving and holy lifestyle that proves we are His disciples: Jn 15:8; 1 Thess 3:12-13; James 2:14-26; 1 Jn 2:3; 3:14; 4:8

As Pastor Dever puts it:

[True conversion]… “Is not reciting a creed. It’s not saying a prayer. It’s not a conversation. It’s not becoming a Westerner. It’s not reaching a certain age, attending a class, or passing through some other rite of adulthood. It’s not a journey, everyone strewn along the path at different points. Rather, conversion is turning with our whole lives from self-justification to Christ’s justification, from self rule to God’s rule, from idol worship to God worship.” (Acts 11:18; Eph 2:8)

So how do we make sure our church rolls have people who have “repented-turned to Christ-are doing works worthy of repentance”?

Let me suggest

1. Not rushing admittance to membership, but seeing evidence of “fruit worthy of repentance”

2. Requiring a testimony during the membership class.

3. Requiring a prospective candidate to give their testimony to the church family before being voted on.

4. They must be able to explain the “6-points of the Gospel” (hey they just repented and turned to Christ)

5. Members on the church role should be able to clearly state the six points of the Gospel in 60 seconds (if you don’t know how can you share it)

 

For further reading:

1. Evangelism by J. Mack Stiles, XI Marks

2. Real Change: Conversion By Bobby Jamieson, XI Marks

3. Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever, XI Marks

4. http://www.9marks.org/journal/biblical-theology-guardian-and-guide-church

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The worship service is about God

Posted on Jul 03 , 2014 in Blog

Over the last several years I have stopped preaching “patriotic messages”.  Now I still enjoy living in the best country in the world, and I try to fulfill Romans 13:1-7 the best that I can.  But I’m now persuaded that the Sunday morning worship service needs to be about worshipping the God of Heaven.  Let me give you in bulleted form some of those reasons:

  • The worship service is about who God is and what He has done for us.
  • No where in scripture are we asked to worship the country we live in. (ex: Daniel and Nehemiah)
  • Only Christ saves, not our country or political persuasion
  • Frankly the older the USA becomes there is less and less to ask God’s blessing upon.
  • We are to pray for our national leaders spiritual status, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, even doing so in our services.
  • In our community there are roughly 8+ national groups represented, they need to now it’s the Gospel and not a country that saves

Thus when I enter the pulpit this Sunday, as the 4th of July weekend winds down, the message will be out of 1 Timothy 3.  Why? Because that’s where we are in our current Sunday Morning study.

Have a Happy 4th, but on Sunday be sure to worship the God of Heaven.

 

PH