If you do not attend church on a regular basis you’ve probably wondered what church has to offer. There are so many things in this world to enjoy, and cutting your weekend short for church just doesn’t seem right. You may even wonder about friends who get home early on Saturday night in order to get up and go to church on Sunday.
What is it about Christianity that would cause someone to want to give up part of their weekend and spend time with a bunch of people singing and listening to a preacher. Personally, I think that is a fair question. When you look at the church from the outside it appears to be nothing but rules to keep you from having fun. So, what is it that makes church so special that people would give their time, money, and their very life to their faith family?
Tomorrow at Living Oaks Baptist Church as we look at Acts 8.4-25 we will see some of the reasons people choose Christianity over their former life. I hope you will join us at 10:45 a.m. as we gather together to encourage one another in fellowship, worship, and study.
I have heard a lot of people complain about the arrogance of Christians in thinking that Jesus is the only way to heaven. In His article “Living Like Jesus Is the Only Way” Dr. Thomas Schreiner, professor of New Testament interpretation and associate dean for Scripture and interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, shares a few insightful truths in regard to this matter.
I would ask you to take time to pray before reading Dr. Schreiner’s article. If Christians would share the gospel as instructed people would be more acceptable of the true gospel of Jesus Christ.
This article by Dr. Dean Shriver, Pastor of Intermountain Baptist Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, was writing with pastors in mind; however, I think it is something for every church member to keep in mind. Each one of his points can be applied to each individual church member.
I have never had much of a green thumb, so planting a garden has never been at the top of my list. As you can guess, my knowledge of horticulture is very limited; however, I am well aware that when you sow a certain type of seed, that is what you can expect to reap. If you plant lettuce, you’re not going to get cucumbers, and if you plant carrots, you’re not going to get peas.
It is just common sense that you will reap what you sow.
This same truth applies to that which we plant within our hearts. In Galatians 6.7-8 the Bible says, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” Whenever we place our faith in Jesus, He sends His Spirit to lead and guide us into a new life. If fact, the Bible says that we are a new creation in Jesus.
This Sunday, we will be examining the First Fruits of Salvation as found in Acts 3.1-11. This will be a wonderful study of some of the fruit that will sprout up within those who commit their lives to Jesus. After the morning service, we will have our annual Thanksgiving meal. This is always a wonderful time for our church family and special guests to sit down together. I hope you will honor us with your presence Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. for our worship service and then stay for our Thanksgiving meal.