Church News for Thursday, Feb. 13

Published 2:38 pm Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Calvary Independent Baptist Church

We want to thank everyone for attending services this weekend.

Sunday morning services included a message from John 16 titled “When He Comes, He Will Reprove.” The Holy Spirit of God has come and does reprove the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. The greatest danger that a Christian faces today is not death but apostasy, the sin of unbelief. To the lost it seals their condemnation; to the saved it can keep them from being the person God created them to be and prevent them from receiving what God has intended them to have. Without righteousness, we cannot enter heaven, yet there is none righteous. We have to have someone else’s righteousness.

Christ died for our sins, and when he takes away our blame, he gives us his righteousness in its place. He took away our sin and imputes righteousness to our account. Without the righteousness of God, we stand condemned and one day will face the reality of a second death. Without Christ we are without hope. What about you? Do you have the Holy Ghost of God reproving you of sin, righteousness and judgment?

Sunday night’s services included a message from Romans 8, Ephesians 1 and several other passages about positional sanctification and practical sanctification. We looked at our standing “in Christ” in contrast to our “walk” with Christ in us. We have many promises in the word of God because we are in Christ. Our standing position guarantees us that we have been predestinated to be conformed to the image of Christ. God determined before the world ever began that in Christ we are predestinated, not predestinated to get into Christ, but rather predestinated because we are in Christ (Ephesians 1:13-14). It is plain in telling us that we get into Christ and into these promises because we heard the gospel, believed the gospel and trusted in Christ. When we believe on and trust in Christ according to 1 Corinthians 12:13. The Holy Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ. In this body we have these promises according to that adoption process.

The adoption of our body—when one day our body has been redeemed and transformed into that glorified body—is indeed a promise we should all be looking forward to. Do you have hope in the promises of God today?

We want to invite you to be a part of our services this Sunday.

Bethany Baptist Church

Services opened with, “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing” and a devotion titled “Follow His Steps” from 1 Peter 2:21-24.

The term “Christian” is used often in the world today. One can be saved and not be a Christian. In order to be called a Christian, we should be following the examples of Christ. Although we will never be perfect like he was, that should be our goal. Follow the examples of Christ, not those of man. After a prayer and Sunday school, we began our worship service by singing “When I See the Blood,” “Trust, Try and Prove Me,” “Forward Through the Ages” and “The Light of the World,” followed by Bro. Aubry’s message.

“Meek not Weak” was the sermon title. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5).

A meek person is gentle, with power under control. They are capable of anger, and it is ok to be angry at the things that oppose the Word of God. Even Jesus was angered at the sin of man in Matthew 21:12-13. When Jesus was accused of blasphemy and crucified, he did not become angry, but prayed, “Father forgive them.” Jesus had power under control.

How do we develop meekness? First we must realize that meekness is a part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Then we can go to Psalm 37:1-11 to learn how to obtain meekness.

Services closed with a prayer, the hymn “Come Thou Fount” and a dismissal prayer.

Evening services began by singing “Just Over in the Gloryland,” followed by our monthly business meeting.

Bro. Aubry’s message from John 17 was titled “The Lord’s Prayer.” As Jesus found it necessary to pray, saved people should make time to pray and talk to God.

No one can be saved without the conviction of the Holy Spirit. We must believe in the Trinity in order to be saved. There is only one God, but three persons in the Godhead: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

As saved people, we should not live as the world lives, but be separated from the world’s way of living. God loves all humanity, saved or lost. He created all and loves sinners, but hates the sin. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his own begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

After a prayer the song “Almost Persuaded,” we were dismissed in prayer.

Our prayer list includes our church, Bro. Aubry, Shirley, Elwyn and Grace, Jackie, Billie, cancer patients, Larry Miller, Jeanette, J.C., missionaries, Journey Mission in Calera and many more.