March 15, 2022 Weekly Newsletter
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THE PASTOR'S PEN
The following writing is a copy of the Pastor's notes from Sunday's message.
“Living Steadfast in Christ”
I Corinthians 15:58
As I have been reading and studying the Scriptures there is a word that has jumped out to me and kind of taken my attention. We find this word in our opening text. It is the word steadfast. The word “steadfast” means to be firm with consistency and steadiness.
Paul admonishes the church at Corinth to be steadfast and unmovable. In doing so we will always abound in the work of the Lord and we will know that our labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Paul understood that every Christian goes through seasons of doubting and fear. We all have times when we second guess ourselves, and even what we are doing for God. We begin to question whether God notices that we labor for Him. Therefore, Paul wrote these words of encouragement telling us to be firm in our faith with consistency and steadiness. Even while we walk through the valley of doubt, keep on plugging away. God wants to see us be steadfast even on our darkest days.
The Scriptures are full of examples of men who were steadfast even in the face of their darkest hours.
Few if any have ever had days as dark as Job, yet through his trials, God commended him, that he did not sin with his mouth and curse the Lord. He was steadfast!
Aaron stood in the tabernacle even while grieving the death of his sons who were slain by the Lord for offering strange fire. He was steadfast.
In Ziglag David lost all that he had and his men wanted to kill him, yet he encouraged himself in the Lord. He was steadfast!
Ezekiel continued preaching even while grieving the loss of his wife. He was steadfast
Even our Saviour serves as an example on His darkest day when He became sin for us and His body was broken for our transgressions He cried, “Father forgive them!” He was steadfast!
We need to be steadfast before God in our Christian life. We will not overcome the evil one if we are not steadfast. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” (I Peter 5:8)
Victory in the Christian life will not be one unless we are steadfast in our faith with the Lord Jesus Christ. As we have confidence in Him, may He also be able to have confidence in us that we will do the right thing and be steadfast and unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.
We are told that we need to beware, for there are those who would seek to lead us astray and keep us from being steadfast in the Lord. “Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.” (II Peter 3:17)
We, therefore, need to take steps to ensure that we remain steadfast before the Lord. We will do so by growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” (II Peter 3:18) We need to do everything possible to grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. When we learn more about Christ and His commands and we implement them in our life it will cause us to grow in Christ and help us be more steadfast in our faith.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were classes we could take to teach us and help us grow in the knowledge of Christ? There is an institution that God has ordained for this very purpose. “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:20) One of the three main purposes for the church is to teach more about the knowledge of Christ. Therefore, those seeking to grow in grace should attend the classes at their local Bible-teaching church. We have these classes no less than four times a week. Those most dedicated to being steadfast will attend multiple times a week, even all four times. This will strengthen our spiritual growth and help us be steadfast. There are three things we should do regularly if we desire to grow in grace.
Be faithful to the church services
Be faithful to read your Bible
Be faithful to memorize Scripture.
THIS WEEK'S SUMMARY
We had another great week at Lincoln Baptist Church with ten precious souls trusting Christ as their Saviour. Time Change Sunday is always a hindrance that detours people from coming to church, however, we still had a total attendance of 134 on Sunday morning. On Sunday evening we had a guest, Pastor Tim Zechman who came to share his vision in the STEM ministries that he oversees. STEM stands for "Small Town Evangelism and Missions". There is a need for the gospel to be taken to the small towns of our state, and we will be praying that God will use Bro Zechman to that end.
ATTENTION - IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR COFFEE WITH PASTOR
Coffee with Pastor was launched on March 22, 2020, as a method of encouragement in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic. We have continued broadcasting this series for almost exactly two years now. In that time we have produced and posted 222 videos to YouTube. We intend to continue producing meaningful videos that will be a blessing to our church folks. In an effort to do this we will be stepping back our broadcast production during the month of March in order to work on some of the background details for future episodes. We will be planning to relaunch weekly broadcasts again in April. Thank you for your patience as we continue working to improve our production.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR WEEKLY MEDIA OUTPUT
While the Devil tries to push his agenda through the world's media every day, we are trying to fight back as a church. We are trying to release new media content on a daily basis in an effort to keep Christian's minds on spiritual things seven days a week. We should give our minds to God and think about Him at some point every day! As a church, we are hoping to help our members be able to do so. Here are just a couple of the content matters we offer on a weekly basis.