This short series will be examining Emmanuel. God. With. Us.
Week one will begin with God, looking at Isaiah 7. I hope you join us as we center in Christ this season.
Yes, I’m a little late in previewing tomorrow (at Crestview), but there is plenty happening…
I’m preaching on A Psalm for Thanksgiving – Psalm 100. This is the only Psalm in the Bible with this title and it’s glorious in showing a pathway to being grateful to God.
Our children will keep practicing for their Christmas program on 12/10 (practices are at 9 AM).
At 6 PM, we’ll gather back together for our Annual Church Wide Thanksgiving Dinner. This meal is always a highlight and joy. Plus, we’ll be collecting a Thanksgiving Offering (Goal of $2500) to help a need Vivek has, get some resources sent with Luke, and help Open Door with their mobile unit. Here’s a video helping you understand Open Door’s “going mobile” vision:
I hope you’re able to join us for this amazing day.
This coming Sunday, Lord willing, we will continue our series looking at the Solas. Specifically, on Sunday, we’ll dig into Scripture alone. So, to whet your appetite, I’ll lean on Jared Wilson and how he defined it in his book The Pastor’s Justification:
Sola scriptura does not mean that the Bible is the only authority over a Christian. In a variety of ways the Christian must be submissive to civil governments, to church leadership, and even to fellow Christians. In addition, a Christian can look to church traditions and creeds and overseers as authorities over his life and doctrine. But sola scriptura means that all these other authorities are subject to the supreme authority of God’s Word. The Bible may not be the only authority in our lives, but it is the only infallible authority, and therefore it is the supreme authority, over any pope or pastor. Because the Bible is the only infallible authority over our lives, it is pastoral malpractice to treat it as a supporting document for our own good ideas. Our words ought to stand under Scripture, not vice versa. When we come to the biblical text, it is meant to shape us; we are not to shape it. We are the ones to be malleable, not the Bible.
Wilson, Jared C.. The Pastor’s Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry (p. 120). Crossway. Kindle Edition.
I really appreciate these words of explanation. And, I hope you are helped this coming Sunday and we dig in to see how Scripture alone points to true salvation.
This past Sunday, we started a series on the Solas (a Latin word meaning alone) of the Reformation. Why? Well, October 31 marks the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s opening a debate about the nature of salvation by posting 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Solas speak to the protest that was being mustered toward the establishment.
Faith alone – we’re not made right with God by works but a righteousness we receive through faith
Grace alone – God’s grace is the decisive factor, not our merit
Christ alone – He’s the one Mediator between God and man
Scripture alone – God’s Word, not tradition, holds the message the makes us right with God
to the Glory of God alone – the all emcompassing focus of our lives
At Crestview, our aim isn’t to venerate church history or the figures found therein, as helpful as they were. We’re attempting in this series to test these truths in the Bible. Does this way of relating to God prove true? I hope this series helps you.
This coming Sunday will be my last sermon in the 2017 Galatians series at Crestview Bible Church. On April 23, we began this journey in Galatians 1:1 and this coming Sunday, 22 sermons later, we’ll explore Galatians 6:17-18. We’ve been hit with a category 5 Gospel bomb in this book. And, I’m hoping the effect of it upon our lives is long-reaching. I look forward to seeing you at Crestview this Sunday.
Hopefully, tomorrow at Crestview, when we gather for Sun AM Worship (at 10:15), we’ll be learning the song Lamb of God. If you get some time, give this a listen, so you can be familiar with it:
You came from heaven’s throne
Acquainted with our sorrow
To trade the debt we owe
Your suff’ring for our freedom
The Lamb of God in my place
Your blood poured out my sin erased
It was my death You died I am raised to life
Hallelujah the Lamb of God
My name upon Your heart
My shame upon Your shoulders
The pow’r of sin undone
The cross for my salvation
There is no greater love
There is no greater love
The Savior lifted up
There is no greater love
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What a great thought for Friday! This coming Sunday, we’ll be looking at Galatians 6:11-16 with the brilliant focus we see in Galatians 6:14 – “Far be it from me to boast, except in the Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.” Today, what’s your boast? Where do you put your confidence?
May it ever and always be the case that you boast in Jesus.
I’m amazed at how often we (as the church) forget to be about the most basic of things. We’ve been given clear work to do until the Lord returns. Well, this upcoming season will be encouraging to Crestview as Luke will be teaching the book of Acts. This course is subtitled, “The Certainty of the Church’s Commission.” Luke will use his expertise and wisdom to help connect us back to God’s heart for us as a people. Plan to join us, starting this Sunday, September 10, at 9AM.
This coming Sunday we’ll be digging into Galatians 5:1-6, exploring the freedom we have in Jesus. We will also be wrapping up a year of Tide Travelers in the children’s Sunday School opening time. Each month, we do a lesson related to God’s global vision to help instill His heart in our children. I discussed this on a webinar I did with Sixteen:Fifteen last year. So, plan to join us this coming Sunday.