Posts by Sherry Harris

Sunday, March 29, 2020, Sermon Video


Click on link to hear sermon:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7MTBkwcAsM

 

Click on link to hear Colton’s mission report:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg7RAA2N9fw&t=5s

 

Thoughts from Geno, worship leader at FBC:

“Greetings everyone!

Like all of you, I’ve not had the opportunity to meet together with the church family, and for me that means not a lot of singing together. Have you felt the absence of singing in your life without church meetings lately? Have you been uplifted by your favorite Christian song on the radio lately? (Praise God for those other mediums that are still active).

The need for worship in our lives has only increased with the added isolation we’re all experiencing. I’ll be putting together some thoughts and songs for you in coming weeks, but for now I’ve found some good resources that will get your worship started. 

Here’s a link to a song devotional that applies to these times. You can listen to the song, read through the related Scripture, and check out the devo that goes with it:

https://www.weareworship.com/us/blog/peace-be-still-song-devotional/

Here’s a song and some thoughts that take us deeper into worship during the Lent season:

https://www.weareworship.com/us/blog/lent-devotional-in-christ-alone/

And here’s a website that was just created to allow people all over the world to have an opportunity to worship together during these difficult times! Check it out if you’d like:

https://www.singinthestorm.com/

The following is our sermon for the week from Pastor Gene, God bless!”

 

“Love, and do good” from Hebrews 10:23-25

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

These three verses tell us three things that describe us, if we are truly obeying God’s word.

Let us pray:  Dear Lord, You gave Your life for us.  Help us to live for You today.  You didn’t waver, when You set out to accomplish the Father’s will, but stayed the course.  You were faithful, even when friends turned away from You in Your hour of pain.  You thought of us, instead of sheltering Yourself.  You gave up the splendors of heaven to walk this earth as a humble servant.  Help us to keep our eyes on You, and stay on task, especially as we see signs of Your soon return!  Amen.

When I came to Faith Bible Church to candidate as a pastor, I was invited into the board room.  It was called an interview.  Around the table sat the members of the pastoral search committee.  I had already talked with this group of men by telephone.  Now I sat with them face-to-face.  There were many questions for me to answer.  I prayed that I would give the kind of answers that God would be pleased with – answers that reflected the truth of the Bible, and what I believed to be good and right.

One thing I try to do is be honest.

Someone looked at me and asked, “Will you live according to the Bible, and uphold our church’s constitution… even if others don’t?”

I thought for a moment.  That’s a big commitment.

“Of course,” I responded.  “Even if it’s unpopular, I plan to let God’s word be a lamp to my feet.  I hope I can be a good example of following Jesus – one that others can depend on.”

Our Scripture passage begins with “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering…”

What is your hope?  What do you hope to do this year?  What is your goal for the immediate future?  Perhaps you have several goals in mind.  Write them down.  If you knew that you only had a few weeks or months to live, what would you hope to accomplish before you left this world?

When I was being interviewed, I didn’t know how long I might last here.  I didn’t even know if the search committee would call me to Faith Bible Church or not.  One thing I did know:  I wanted to hold to my confession, whatever it was!  I wanted to give an answer that I could live up to, when the committee asked if I would commit to living according to the Bible and the constitution.  I didn’t want to waver when I gave my word.

You are a person that stands on your word.

Can God say that about you?

When you go to the grocery store and swipe your credit card, often you are also required to “sign” your name.  Have you ever read the fine print when asked to sign with your signature?

That signature means that you promise to pay in full the amount agreed upon to the payee.  They’ve got your word on it – in writing!

God wants us to hold fast to our word.  God wants us to place our hope in Christ – the One that we confess as Lord.  God expects us to be men and women that are faithful to Christ.  God expects us to imitate Jesus, without wavering!  God wants us to love each other fervently!

Are you holding fast to the confession of your hope without wavering?

You are a person that models love and stimulates others to do good.

Is that how God would describe you?

Joshua and his men modeled love when they fought the battle of Jericho.  They even stimulated some of the enemy to stop doing wrong, and start doing good!

When Rahab, who was not a Jew, spoke to the two spies that Joshua sent into Jericho, she said, “Deal kindly with my father’s household, since I have dealt kindly with you, and give me a pledge of truth.”

So the men said to her, “It shall come about when the Lord gives us the land that we will deal kindly and faithfully with you.”  All the rest of the people of Jericho would perish (Joshua 6:21-25).

The men gave her a scarlet cord to tie in her window as a sign of their promise to rescue Rahab and all of her family.  The Israelites kept their word, and her family was saved.  Rahab’s family became followers of the one true God.  Did you know that Rahab was the great-great-grandmother of King David, and that she is listed in the genealogy of Jesus? (Matthew 1:5)

Are you a person that loves others and stimulates them to do good?

You are a faithful attender, and an active member of your church.

Is that how Jesus sees you?

I remember Vern Larson.  He was my Sunday school teacher when I was in Junior High.  He was an elderly gentleman – probably in his late 70’s.  Vern was always at church.  If the doors were open, he would be there unless he was sick.  I don’t remember him ever speaking from the pulpit.  He didn’t command large audiences.  He smiled at me often, and spoke to me as if he was really interested in my life.  He encouraged me to study the Bible, and to put my faith into practice.  He was a constant and positive influence in my life, well into my college years.

I wonder how many people he must have encouraged to follow the Lord over the span of his life? 

You don’t have to be in the spotlight to be influential – to model godly character, and to be an example of healthy habits for others.

Are you eager to meet together as family, and to encourage others even more as you see the day of the Lord drawing near?

What is a church?  It is a place of refuge for those who lack shelter – a sanctuary in the midst of a dark and dangerous world.

What is God’s word?  It is a lamp for those without light.  It is the truth that guides us safely heavenward.  The Bible is our basic instructions before leaving earth.

Who are you?  You are a bridge for those with rivers to cross.  You are a guide for those who have lost their way.  You are a protector of souls, and a servant of the Lord.  Perhaps God has placed you here for just such a time as this!

May God bless you as you love and do good,

Pastor Gene

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