Sunday Night Reflections (11.7.10)

What a marvelous day we had at Boone’s Creek Baptist Church!  But it did have it’s challenges.  The warmth of the gospel triumphed over the lack of heat in the building! 🙂

  • Tom Rawlins shared a testimony of how his brother who had issues with his heart, lungs, with dehydration, etc.  He went in for surgery on Friday to have a quadruple bypass and two valve replacements.  With the condition of his lungs, they were concerned if he would make it through the surgery.  The surgeons went in AND FOUND NOTHING!  God healed him!!  There is no other explanation, given the five-week adventure they had!  While we Southern Baptists may not talk about healing the way other denominations stress it, but that doesn’t mean we believe it any less!  The power of God that He gives in the power of prayer is awesome to behold!
  • We looked at the subject of courage from our “Gospel-Gripped Character” series from 2 Corinthians 4-5.  We took a short detour into Joshua 1:1-9.
  • It takes courage to be a Christian! I have heard over and over that Christianity is simply a crutch, an escape for those who cannot handle reality or reason—so we run over and dock in the harbor of ‘faith.’ In a world that hates Christ and His ways, it takes courage to love Him. In a world where it’s OK to indulge in the full measure of sin, it takes courage to restrain for the sake of Christ. When money is low, it takes courage for Christians to continue to give to the Lord’s cause even when the world (or even churches) say it’s OK to abstain from that measure of obedience. It takes courage to keep short accounts with those around you, so nothing hinders that sweet communion with others.
  • When Moses sent the 12 to spy out the land promised for them (see Numbers 13), their response shows that not all church committees are led by the Lord.  At an 83% vote (10-2) they said that taking the land couldn’t be done.  In the next chapter, their report caused the people of Israel to panic!  Joshua and Caleb did not rely on a committee’s conclusions, but on the commands of God to take the land—and it would happen.  “If the Lord delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with mile and honey.  Only do not rebel against the LORD.  And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us.  Their protection is removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them” (Numbers 14:9).  The people were ready to stone them! 
  • “Success” is an interesting word. When we think of “success,” we think of having arrived as far as money, power, fame, etc. Merriam-Webster defines success as: “favorable or desired outcome; also : the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence.”  God defines it differently.
  • In this case, the Hebrew word sakal means to act prudently or wisely. This is true success—that the purpose for which God created us. 
  • A.W. Tozer: “God’s people are supposed to grow. As long as there is growth, there is an air of unpredictability. Certainly we cannot predict exactly, but in many churches you just about can. Everybody knows just what will happen, and this has become our deadliest enemy. We blame the devil, the "last days" and anything else we can think of, but the greatest enemy is not outside of us. It is within – it is an attitude of accepting things as they are. We believe that what was must always determine what will be, and as a result we are not growing in expectation.”
  • Our future purpose is found in present obedience.

Don’t Forget…

  • Operation Christmas Child 100 Box Challenge!  We collect next Sunday, November 14th!  Let’s bury the platform at our church with boxes for these children!
  • Thanksgiving Fellowship on Tuesday, November 23rd at 6:00 p.m.  $3.50 for individuals, $10.00 for families.  Would love to see you!  Be sure to sign up at the church or at our Boone’s Creek Baptist Church website. 
  • Next Sunday, we will continue our Gospel-Gripped Character series on how those with character are teachable!  Too many Christians believe they know it all!  We learn so we can teach others!  We’ll be from 2 Corinthians 5:11-13.  Pray over this passage for Sunday morning and come to our Sunday Night EQUIP (Engaged in a Question for a Unified Investment in People) where we learn how to put Sunday morning’s passage into action! 
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