• Pastor Jonathan Painter

March 22, 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.


Our Secret Service

Matthew 6:1-4


Matthew chapters five, six, and seven contain the famed sermon on the mount that our Saviour preached to the multitudes. As he preaches to them here he is addressing how the people of God should go about performing their service to God.


There are three distinct areas that Jesus covers here concerning service that is performed to the Lord that should be kept private, and not boasted of. He warns us of boasting of our giving to the poor, our prayer life, and our times of fasting. All three of these are important before God in their own right when they are performed with the proper spirit.


The Scriptures teach us that God is Spirit, and therefore must be worshipped in spirit and truth. (John 4:24) If we will worship God in our spirit than we must worship Him for Who He is, not for the praise of man. “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:1)


Far too many Christians spend the majority of their time in spiritual service trying to impress their pastor or their brothers and sisters in Christ instead of doing their service solely for the Lord. This causes Christians to become disgruntled when they feel they are not getting the recognition they deserve.


As a pastor, I can discern when someone has a poor spirit in their service for the Lord when they begin to complain about the lack of recognition they are receiving. That serves as an immediate red flag to me that their service is for men, and not unto the Lord as it should be.


The message that God has for His people this morning can be summed up in this, “The

service that you perform as a Christian should be performed to God for God.”


As was previously mentioned, there are three specific things that Christ addressed concerning our service for God that we should endeavor to keep more privately without fanfare before men.

When We Give

“Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:2-4)

It pleases God when we give to the poor, However, we should not be promoting our own generosity when we do it. If we are applauded for our generosity before our fellow Christians then we will find that we have our reward. However, if I do it as unto the Lord, I will have my reward from Heaven.

When We Pray

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:5-6)

We should not seek to make a show of our prayer time before men. This is not to say that we should not pray before men, but we should pray without making it about being before men. We should not pray before others so that they think we are spiritual. However, we should pray privately before God and seek His face earnestly in prayer. This is the type of prayer He rewards.

When We Fast

“Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:16-18)

Fasting for prayer is also something that pleases the Lord when it is done with the proper spirit. However, if it is done before men and to please men it is done in vain and we have no reward from God for it.


We as Christians need to shift our focus away from doing our service to God to impress men, but rather to please our Heavenly Father. Such service that pleases Him requires that it be attempted in secret.

THIS WEEK'S SUMMARY

We had another tremendous weekend here at Lincoln Baptist Church. We had a total attendance on Sunday of 138 with 11 precious souls trusting Christ as their Saviour. One of these precious souls that trusted Christ this week was Hussain. Hussain is both deaf and dumb in that he cannot hear or speak. On Thursday evening he came to the church looking for help with a need. Miss Debbie was able to communicate with him in sign language and lead him to Christ without speaking a word, yet with the written Word of God and the singing of the hands. How precious a thing it is to see obstacles of communication overcome so that souls may be brought to Christ!


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.



Every Wednesday we share motivating and stirring sermons both from men of God in our day as well as men of God from the past.

 

Every Friday Pastor sends out an article on a family-related topic. This could be on marriage, child-rearing, relationships, or a whole host of other topics.hindrance



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