Category : Spiritual Development

Panel Discussion: Practical Wisdom for Christian Living

A panel discussion on the topic of “Practical Wisdom for Christian Living”. Pastor Tony leads a discussion with Christian psychiatrists, Doctors Brian Briscoe and Alphonso Nichols, and Christian psychologists, Doctors Kevin Chapman and Eric Johnson. They are discussing practical, yet serious issues concerning Christian living and the Christian family in our day. 11/09/2014 PM

Wednesday Night Prayer/Bible Study MOVES TO SUNDAY EVENING

Wednesday Night
Prayer/Bible Study

MOVES TO SUNDAY EVENING

• Starting April 7th we will have the Church Prayer and Bible Study in the Sanctuary on

Sunday Evenings 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

• Call the Church Office by Wednesday if you need child care.
• Exegetical verse by verse study through the Bible.
• Starting in 1st Corinthians in April.

In this study the Apostle Paul teaches Christians how to live for Christ in a pagan culture filled with evil. Come and join us as we seek to grow together.

Life University Classes

Come join us Sunday night, November 11 at 5:30pm!
We will be having

LIFE University*

with three (3) different classes. The classes will be:

(l) The Will of God– Rick Davidson will be leading this class. Have you ever asked or heard questions like, “How can I find what God wants me to do?”, “Who is it that God intends for me to marry?”, “What kind of business does God want me to be in?”, “What line of work should I follow?”, “Where should I live?” And then, “How will I know when God is speaking to me?” “How much do my circumstances enter into the picture?” And, “How much am I to be led by what happens to me?” These are usual questions that arise from the subject, “The WiIl of God.”  Join us as we explore this topic together.

(2) God in the ordinary – Cam Potts will be leading this class.  “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  This is a common Bible verse that most Christians know and quote, but do we really live this out?  We are to do all things to the glory of God because that is the very reason we were created, but we tend to think of this just in relation to a couple days each week when we do “Christian” things.

(3) Missions – Tony Rose will be leading this class. Being a missionary is not something you do, it is something you are.  We have confused ourselves concerning missions and missionaries.  Once we defined a missionary as one who goes to a foreign country to do the work of the gospel we developed a special class of Christian that frees some of us from doing the work of missions. Yes, it is a missionary that travels to a foreign land to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.  But, that is not the total definition of a missionary.  Every Christian is a missionary.  Every one of us has the privilege and responsibility to live the gospel and share the gospel.  Being a missionary is not determined by where you live but by how you live.

Developing a heart for missions is the first step to becoming a “missionary”.  Come join us in LIFE University and learn to see the world and your world in a new light.

*LIFE University classes are held on the second Sunday of every month from 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Life University Classes

Come join us Sunday night, October 14 at 5:30pm!
We will be having

LIFE University*

with two (2) different classes. The classes will be:

(l) The Will of God– Rick Davidson will be leading this class. Have you ever asked or heard questions like, “How can I find what God wants me to do?”, “Who is it that God intends for me to marry?”, “What kind of business does God want me to be in?”, “What line of work should I follow?”, “Where should I live?” And then, “How will I know when God is speaking to me?” “How much do my circumstances enter into the picture?” And, “How much am I to be led by what happens to me?” These are usual questions that arise from the subject, “The WiIl of God.”  Join us as we explore this topic together.

(2) God in the ordinary – Cam Potts will be leading this class.  “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  This is a common Bible verse that most Christians know and quote, but do we really live this out?  We are to do all things to the glory of God because that is the very reason we were created, but we tend to think of this just in relation to a couple days each week when we do “Christian” things.

This class will explore how ordinary, everyday activities can and should be done to the glory of God.  We will cover topics like sleep, food, sports, humor, and many others.”

*LIFE University classes are held on the second Sunday of every month from 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Life University Classes

Come join us Sunday night, September 9 at 5:30pm!
We will be having

LIFE University*

with three (3) different classes. The classes will be:

(l) The Will of God– Rick Davidson will be leading this class. Have you ever asked or heard questions like, “How can I find what God wants me to do?”, “Who is it that God intends for me to marry?”, “What kind of business does God want me to be in?”, “What line of work should I follow?”, “Where should I live?” And then, “How will I know when God is speaking to me?” “How much do my circumstances enter into the picture?” And, “How much am I to be led by what happens to me?” These are usual questions that arise from the subject, “The WiIl of God.”  Join us as we explore this topic together.

(2) God in the ordinary – Cam Potts will be leading this class.  “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  This is a common Bible verse that most Christians know and quote, but do we really live this out?  We are to do all things to the glory of God because that is the very reason we were created, but we tend to think of this just in relation to a couple days each week when we do “Christian” things.

This class will explore how ordinary, everyday activities can and should be done to the glory of God.  We will cover topics like sleep, food, sports, humor, and many others.”

(3) The Problem of Evil Jim LeMaster will lead this class which is the last of our three-part apologetics series at Life University. This time we will discuss one of the most common but profound questions about Christianity:

If God is perfectly good and all-powerful, how can He allow the evil and suffering we see in our world? Given so much evil and suffering, is God really trustworthy or does He even exist? We will dig into some answers to these questions that trouble so many.

*LIFE University classes are held on the second Sunday of every month from 5:30 – 6:30 pm

LIFE University Classes

Come join us Sunday night, August 12 at 5:30pm!
We will be having

LIFE University*

with three (3) different classes. The classes will be:

 

(l) Why be a Baptist? – Greg Wills will be leading this class.  Greg will examine the ways that Baptists differ from other Christians, and the Biblical and historical reasons for those differences.  We will look at some of the heroic events and painful controversies that have shaped Baptists.

We will also investigate the reasons for the existence of the Southern Baptist Convention.  At each step, we will confront what the Bible teaches concerning our own beliefs and practices, and so seek conformity to the pattern of Christ.

(2) God in the ordinary – Cam Potts will be leading this class.  “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  This is a common Bible verse that most Christians know and quote, but do we really live this out?  We are to do all things to the glory of God because that is the very reason we were created, but we tend to think of this just in relation to a couple days each week when we do “Christian” things.

This class will explore how ordinary, everyday activities can and should be done to the glory of God.  We will cover topics like sleep, food, sports, humor, and many others.”

(3) EvolutionJim LeMaster & Mark Peterson will lead this class in

Apologetics – Having a Confident Faith

Are you confident that what you trust in is trustworthy? Do you remain confident despite pointed questions by non-believers? Can you discuss confidently the Christian perspective when others ask you about Evolution?

Confidence in what we believe in light of questions and objections and confidence in telling others why biblical Christianity is trustworthy is important for the Christian faith. Join Jim LeMaster and Mark Peterson for a study on Evolution on August 12.

*LIFE University classes are held on the second Sunday of every month from 5:30 – 6:30 pm

LIFE University Classes

Come join us this Sunday night at 5:30pm!
We will be having

LIFE University*

with four (4) different classes. The classes will be:

 

(l) Why be a Baptist? – Greg Wills will be leading this class.  Greg will examine the ways that Baptists differ from other Christians, and the Biblical and historical reasons for those differences.  We will look at some of the heroic events and painful controversies that have shaped Baptists.

We will also investigate the reasons for the existence of the Southern Baptist Convention.  At each step, we will confront what the Bible teaches concerning our own beliefs and practices, and so seek conformity to the pattern of Christ.

(2) God in the ordinary – Cam Potts will be leading this class.  “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  This is a common Bible verse that most Christians know and quote, but do we really live this out?  We are to do all things to the glory of God because that is the very reason we were created, but we tend to think of this just in relation to a couple days each week when we do “Christian” things.

This class will explore how ordinary, everyday activities can and should be done to the glory of God.  We will cover topics like sleep, food, sports, humor, and many others.”

(3) Mormonism – Jim LeMaster & Mark Peterson will lead this class in Apologetics

(4) Hymnology and writing songs about God – with Ben Brainard. Would you like to learn more about worship, the theology behind it, it’s purpose and some of it’s history? Understanding what goes into the songs we sing, the doctrine in them and what it takes to write a psalm, hymn or praise song. Expect to sing while you are here!

*LIFE University classes are held on the second Sunday of every month from 5:30 – 6:30 pm

LIFE University Classes

Come join us this Sunday night at 5:30pm!   We will be having

LIFE University*

with three (3) different classes. The classes will be:

(l) Why Be A Baptist? Greg Wills will be leading this class.  Greg will examine the ways that Baptists differ from other Christians, and the Biblical and historical reasons for those differences.  We will look at some of the heroic events and painful controversies that have shaped Baptists.

We will also investigate the reasons for the existence of the Southern Baptist Convention.  At each step, we will confront what the Bible teaches concerning our own beliefs and practices, and so seek conformity to the pattern of Christ.

(2) God in the OrdinaryCam Potts will be leading this class.  “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  This is a common Bible verse that most Christians know and quote, but do we really live this out?  We are to do all things to the glory of God because that is the very reason we were created, but we tend to think of this just in relation to a couple days each week when we do “Christian” things.

This class will explore how ordinary, everyday activities can and should be done to the glory of God.  We will cover topics like sleep, food, sports, humor, and many others.”

(3) Soul Care – Pastor Tony will lead this class.  We are going to take a practical look into the inner workings of the human soul.  The teaching and our discussion will be based on the Sunday morning sermons.  

“I hope you can join me, we will have an enjoyable, and I pray, helpful time together.” – Tony Rose

*LIFE University classes are held on the second Sunday of every month from 5:30 – 6:30 pm

A Healthy Church Member is Genuinely Converted – Part Two

Deacons, last time I gave you the first key to defining genuine conversion, namely that we understand that in our unconverted state we are helpless to help ourselves, and we are killing ourselves with our sin. A person will not seek help unless they know that they need, and they won’t seek the right help unless they have a proper diagnosis of their ailment. A person will not seek to be raised from the dead if they do not understand that they are dead in their sins.

The second key to understanding the nature of genuine conversion, is tied directly to the first. If a person is to be genuinely converted something radical must occur in their life. Anaybwile states, “Conversion is the radical turn from an enslaved life of pursuing sin to a free life of pursuing and worshiping God.” We must be turned around. Our affections for sin must be killed and replaced with life changing affections for God. Without this life changing, radical turn, one cannot be genuinely converted.

What we must understand is that we do not turn on our own. We do not change our affections. We are turned, our affections are set right, when God takes up residence in our soul. Romans 8:9-11 tells us that genuine conversion involves the Holy Spirit dwelling in our hearts as a sign of our righteousness in Christ. In other words, genuine conversion involves our be changed from unrighteous objects of wrath to righteous objects of peace. And, as a result of this change the Holy Spirit takes over where the flesh once ruled and gives us life in place of death.

Why is this important? Why make this distinction? Because each of us must gradually come to a fuller understanding the rich mercy of God and its involvement in making us like Christ so that we do not ever exchange the gospel of Jesus Christ for the gospel of works and law.

Next time I will give some tips for us to follow in our efforts to discern the genuineness of our conversion.

Blessings, Mark

Part One

The basis for these writings on being a Healthy Church member are from Anyabwile, Thabiti M.What is a Healthy Church Member?. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books, 2008.

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A Healthy Church Member is Genuinely Converted – Part One

Deacons, this past Sunday we discussed the fourth mark of a healthy church member from Thabiti Anyabwile’s book “What is a Healthy Church Member” I made the comment that a person cannot be a church member unless that person is a genuinely converted person.

Now, that statement is true and not true at the same time. It is not true in the sense that a person can be on the rolls of a church as a member and not be converted. However, this is a falsity. This un-converted member is not a member of the body of Christ and therefore, is no true member of the Church. As a result of his or her nominal affiliation with the church, this person is living with an assurance of salvation and life when in reality he is dead and completely unaware of it. This is a very unhealthy state for any person, worse perhaps than that of the un-churched person who holds no such false confidence.

For this reason it is vitally important that we understand what true conversion is and how to examine ourselves with the help of other believers to make certain that we are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).

Anyabwile defines conversion as “the radical turn from an enslaved life of pursuing sin to a free life of pursuing and worshiping God” (pg 49). In that definition he uncovers the truth of Ephesians 2:1-3, namely that in our unconverted state we are dead in our trespasses and sins and therefore, objects of God’s condemnation. Romans 8 describes us of having set our minds on the flesh, which is death.

The first key to defining genuine conversion is that we understand that in our unconverted state we are helpless to help ourselves (we are dead, after all) and that through our current affections and way of life we are killing ourselves. No true conversion is occasioned in us outside of an understanding on at least a basic level of this fact. To be converted I must understand that I am hopelessly lost and helpless to recover from that state.

Next time I will write about what must then happen in order for us to be genuinely converted. In the mean time finish reading Ephesians 2 and Romans 8 to begin to see the complete picture of genuine conversion and spend some time in personal reflection on the book of 1 John.

Blessings, Mark

The basis for these writings on being a Healthy Church member are from Anyabwile, Thabiti M.What is a Healthy Church Member?. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books, 2008.

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