Church News for Thursday, Feb. 6By Staff Reports Published 1:00pm Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Calvary Independent Baptist Church
We want to thank everyone for attending services this weekend. We are especially thankful to Christ for the work he has been doing at Calvary in 2014. We are excited about seeing souls saved this year and also seeing Christ add new members to Calvary this year. We certainly serve an awesome God and are careful to give him the praise for what he has done and continues to do.
Sunday morning’s service included a message from John 15 titled “Reaching Greater Potential to Serve God.” We have the potential to produce much fruit, we have the potential to produce meaningful relationships and we have the potential for major purpose. We draw these applications from John 15. Paul says the things he writes unto us are the commandments of God. We plainly see that when we rightly divide the word of God. Paul reiterates the commandment to love one another in Romans 13:8; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:2; and 1 Thessalonians 3:12, 4:9, and to represent Christ as though God did beseech the lost through us according to 2 Corinthians 5:18-20. If we as Christians fail to have love for one another, we have failed in what we have been commanded to do. If we fail to reach the lost with the gospel of Christ, we have failed in what we have been ordained to do.
Sunday night’s services included a message from Romans 12 and other passages about learning from history yet being prepared for today and the future. Bro. Kevin Shaw preached on the way we react to the situations we face every day. Especially in bad or stressful times, we are to be committed unto Christ and remember that we represent him in all our ways.
We hope that you are committed unto Christ and faithfully serving him in a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. If not and you have the opportunity, we would love for you to come visit with us this Sunday at Calvary.
Bethany Baptist Church
Morning services began with the hymn “It Is Well With My Soul,” led by Lori. Due to the illness of several of our church members, we omitted Sunday school and began the message with Bro. Aubry. His message, based on the opening hymn, was from Isaiah 26:3: “Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind stayed on thee: because he trusted in thee.”
Different parts of life:
1) Sin: One obligation for pastors of New Testament churches is to preach about sin. We need to be convicted of our sin: for those who are lost, for salvation; for those who are saved, to draw closer to God and better serve him. The biggest problem in our world today is sin (the failure to obey and please God). The word sin is an archery term, meaning to miss the mark. Ezekiel 18:20 states, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Isaiah 59:2 says, “But your iniquities (sins) have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you that he will not hear.”
2) Provisions of Christ: The love of God sent Christ to die for the sins of the world. Jesus paid for our sin on the cross; therefore, we need to put our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. God is not pleased when saved people sin. To know what sin is, we need to study our Bibles (1 John 1:8-10, Psalm 32:1-11). Confess our sin so we can get forgiveness from our sins.
3) Peace of the soul: Romans 5:1 says that to be justified (declared right with Christ, be saved) will give us peace. Our text was the basis for the hymn, written by a saved man, Horatio G. Safford, in 1873 after the loss of his two daughters in a shipwreck. Because of his salvation and promise of eternal life after death, he could find peace. Everything will not be perfect in life after salvation, but through trust in Jesus Christ, we can have peace, even through life’s trials.
4) Promises of the future: We have the promise of eternal life with Jesus Christ after salvation (John 14:1-3, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Following a prayer by Bro. Aubry and a hymn, “God Be With You,” we were dismissed in prayer.
Due to the sickness of our members, we cancelled evening services. We are praying all will be feeling better by Wednesday night.
Our prayer list includes the sick and injured members of our church, Larry Miller, Bro. Aubry, Shirley and Elwyn.