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Sunday, July 12, 2015

We had another great day in the Lord’s house.  We had a good many kids ride the bus this morning and we had some visitors that drove in both the morning and evening services today. We are thankful for all those that were in God’s house today.

 

This morning for Sunday school we looked at Epaphroditus and how he was nigh unto death for the cause of Christ.  He was so involved in the Lord’s work and helping the Apostle Paul that he got sick and almost died from his sickness.  Epaphroditus was able to work for the Lord till he was nigh unto death because he died to his self.  He died to his self so that he could live for God.  He learned how to live that way from the Apostle Paul because he also died to his self so that he could live for God.  The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 9:27 that the Apostle Paul brought his body into subjection.  He died to his flesh daily.  The word subjection there carries with it the thought “to bind.”  So, if we are going to die to our self, we are going to have to bind our self up.  This has to be done on a daily basis.  Any day that we do not die to our self just puts us one day behind in putting our body into subjection.  Dying daily to our self is not an easy task, but it was that needs to be done if we are going to do anything for God.  Yes, we are going to fail and not die daily, but we just have to get back up the next day and try it again.  We can never give up dying to our self.  Are you dying to yourself?  Are you doing it daily?  Be an Epaphroditus and die daily.

 

This morning Pastor preached out of Revelation 5:1-14 on “Behold the Lamb of God.”  The Lamb of God was a warring Lamb.  He prevailed over death and Hell.  He has always won the war and has NEVER  lost a battle.  His warring record always has a winning record.  He was also a wounded Lamb vs. 8-10.  He was wounded for our transgressions (Isaiah 5:3-6).  The sad part about the Lamb being wounded is He was wounded for all of mankind, yet there are still people that are going to die and go to Hell.  He was wounded for the harlot in Augusta and the drunk under the bridge.  He was wounded because He decided to.  He did it because He loved us and didn’t want us to go to a devils Hell.  Thirdly, He is a worthy Lamb.  He’s worthy, but He’s not what the world wants to look at.  To us that are saved He is awesome and worthy.  If you looked at Him and saw Him for what He did for man, you would see Him in a different light and see Him as worthy.  He is worthy of our blessing and praise and honor and glory.  Lastly, He is a worshiped Lamb vs. 13-14.  If we see Him for Who He is, you’ll worship Him.  Jesus has become the spare tire in the trunk to many today or either the man upstairs.  They do not worship Him, and hope they do not ever need Him.  Too many times though we that are saved come to church sad because it’s been a long time since we saw Him for Who He really is.  It’s been a long time since we worshiped Him.  Some people live their lives and never worship God.  Behold the Lamb of God.

 

Tonight Pastor preached on “Cultivating the Need for Pre-eminence” out of 3 John 1-14.  Somewhere in his life he cultivated to wanting to be first.  He was not content or satisfied.  He cultivated being pre-eminent by becoming self-centered vs. 9a.  It was all about him.  Everything had to be done his way.  We hurt the church when we have the attitude of being first.  Also He was self-sufficient vs. 9b.  He didn’t John, the man of God.  He could figure everything out on his own.  He couldn’t learn from others because he knew everything.  He was the best at everything there was.  Our life is not about us, it’s about Him. Thirdly he was slick with his words vs. 10.  He spoke destructive words and discontented words.  When we have the attitude of pre-eminence we don’t care about our words and what we say.  We say hurtful words and we could care less who we hurt in the process.  We make statements that we don’t even know what we’re talking about.  We are good at running people away from church because of our words.  Lastly, you can stop cultivating the need for pre-eminence by silencing it with truth vs. 12.  There were faithful men that spoke the truth.  The truth will always prevail and will always win.  You have a choice to make.  Pre-eminence is what destroys the unity of the church.  What is your choice?  Do you want to have the pre-eminence in everything or do you want God to have the pre-eminence?  The choice is yours to make.

 

More pictures should be coming soon of Youth Conference 2015 and also Vacation Bible School 2015.  Keep checking back daily for more pictures.  Thank you.

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