Mar 31, 2009
When a man steps into the pulpit more interested in telling stories than rightly dividing the Word of truth - he is not preaching the Word.
When a man seeks first to be funny behind the sacred desk rather than faithful with the text - he is not preaching the Word.
When a man claims to speak for God by claiming “a word of divine revelation from the Lord” apart from the already divine revelation of Scripture - he is deceived, and is not preaching the Word.
When a man designs his sermons to attract a target audience, appeal to the culture, and has as its primary goal a thirst to be relevent - he is not preaching the Word.
When a man forgets that he ministers for an Audience of One; and that the highest form of worship is to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord to the glory of God alone in the power of the Holy Spirit - he is not preaching the Word.
When a man uses his pulpit to try and change the world through politics, representing America as the new Israel, seeking to bring a societal morality through legislation, and honors the flag equally with the cross - he is not preaching the Word.
When a man fails to tremble at God’s Word privately before ever preaching it publicly - he is not preaching the Word.
And when a man treats the pages of holy writ with a casual, cavalier seeker-friendly, watered down, emergent, ecumenical irreverence - he is not preaching the Word.
Better for that man to become a game show host, than represent himself as a “servant of Christ and a steward of the mysteries God.” (1 Cor. 4:1)"
-Pastor John MacArthur-
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Mar 17, 2009
First, a few misconceptions about Patrick:
Patrick isn't really a Saint with a capital S, having never been officially canonized by Rome. And Patrick couldn't have driven the snakes out of Ireland because there were never any snakes there to begin with. He wasn't even the first evangelist to Ireland (Palladius had been sent in 431,about five years before Patrick went). Patrick isn't even Irish. He's from what's now Dumbarton, Scotland (just northwest of Glasgow).
Patrick was 16 years old in about the year 405, when he was captured in a raid and became a slave in what was still radically pagan Ireland. Far from home, he clung to the religion he had ignored as a teenager. Even though his grandfather had been a priest, and his father a town councilor, Patrick "knew not the true God." But forced to tend his master's sheep in Ireland, he spent his six years of bondage mainly in prayer. He escaped at the suggestion of a dream and returned home.
Patrick was in his mid-40s when he returned to Ireland.Palladius had not been very successful in his mission, and the returning former slave replaced him. Intimately familiar with the Irish clan system (his former master, Milchu, had been a chieftain), Patrick's strategy was to convert chiefs first, who would then convert their clans through their influence. Reportedly, Milchu was one of his earliest converts.
Though he was not solely responsible for converting the island, Patrick was quite successful. He made missionary journeys all over Ireland, and it soon became known as one of Europe's Christian centers. This, of course, was very important to fifth-century Christians, for whom Ireland was one of the "ends of the earth".
Patrick's Confesio, his only authentic literary remains, is great reading and available online at www.ccel.org/ccel/patrick/confession.i.html.
Article taken from http://www.christianitytoday.com/
Mar 16, 2009
Kevin & wife Beth
We are delighted and honored that Kevin has accepted the role of Elder and we're convinced he will serve this office to the highest honor of our Lord. Kevin and Beth and their children, Abby and Zach, are a vital part of our congregation and we're blessed to have them as members of Grace Bible Church.
If you missed yesterday's service, please take the time to listen to Pastor Bill's excellent message titled "Elderology 101" to glean more insight into the role and responsibility of an Elder as well as the role and responsilibity of those in the congregation. You can access this message by going to www.gracebiblesouthgate.org and once there, go to 'Listen To Recent Sermons'. This is a message that needs to be listened to often, taken to heart and then obeyed.
Thank you Kevin and Beth for your willingness to serve our church and
Mar 7, 2009
If perhaps you've not been to church in the past couple of weeks, we wanted to post these photos so you can see the beautiful changes that have been made to our Main Level Infant Nursery.
We wanted this room to reflect our desire to welcome babies and their parents
by giving it bright colors and a welcoming atmosphere.
We have gifted members in our congregation who gave of their time to
make the changes in this room happen.
Our sincere Thanks to everyone who helped make this re-decorating effort possible.
A special Thank You to Nancy, Lynn, Sandy, Jerry, Clyde, Don, Wayne and Duane for using the gifts and talents God has given you for the good of our church family and our visitors.
May we be known for our love of one another and our caring for each person who comes to Grace Bible Church. It is our desire to be all that we can be for the glory of God and for the good of His people.