Wednesday, January 18, 2017

We Wait in Hope for the Lord Psalm 33:12-22

(Sermon preached on 1-15-2017)

I. There is a Blessing for the People of God

II. The Lord Looks Down Upon His People

III. He Discerns Their Actions

A. The King is Not Saved by His Army
B. The Warrior is Not Rescued by His Strength
C. The Horse is a False Hope for Victory

IV. The Eye of The Lord is Upon Them

V. We Wait in Hope for the Lord
A. We wait
B. He Helps
C. We rejoice
D. Because We Trust

VI. The Blessing of His Faithful Love

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Guatemala - Parramos update related to the Construction Project

A significant part of the mission trip last May was to explore opportunities for Calvary to develop a partnership with a Church in Guatemala. We visited and discussed the possibilities with Pastor Samuel at Iglesia Bautista Nazareth, a church located in Parramos, Guatemala.  They shared with us an immediate need related to the Christian School in their church. There was great concern about keeping their accreditation which was due a review in the next few weeks.  If the construction of an upper classroom addition was not complete, the church school could lose its state accreditation.

Calvary and Lascassas Baptist together raised the funds to provide the resources for the completion of the addition. While on a mission trip to Guatemala in November where Jan taught at the Women's Conference and I taught an Introduction to Biblical Hebrew at the Seminary, we were able to visit Nazareth Baptist Church again and view the completed project.

On our most recent trip we discussed with Pastor Samuel further needs which include the construction of additional restroom facilities on the ground floor, as well as the possibility of scholarship programs for students and sponsorship of a school lunch program. We'll provide more information on these opportunities as things shape up.

The pictures below will give you a short summary of the school and the work completed.

The Nazareth Baptist Church in Parramos

Children in existing classroom
The block walls of the incomplete addition with rubble from construction.
Note there is only a partial ceiling.

The outer walkway looking into the construction area.
The completed walkway with door on left.
Completed classroom in second floor addition!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

1 John Series: Illuminated 1 John 5:6-12 The Testimony

1 John 5:6-12 The Testimony
preached 11-13-16

I. The Testimony of Jesus vs 6

II. The Testimony of the Spirit  vss 6-7

III. The Testimony of the Father  vs 9

IV. The Testimony of the Believer vss 10-13

A. We have been given eternal life vs 11
B. The one who believes has life vs 12

C. You will know you have life vs 13

Monday, November 7, 2016

1 John Series: Illuminated 1 John 4:7-19 Perfect Love

1 John 4:7-19
Perfect Love Casts Out Fear!

I. Love Presented

A. Love is From God ... and God is Love vss 7-9

B. Love is revealed (vs9)

C. Love Consists in this vs 10

II.  Love Proven  (and Perfected) vs 12

A. God's love in us vs 12

B. God's love assures us

- through the Holy Spirit vs 13
- through the testifying vs 14
- through the confession vs 15

III. Love Perfected

A.  There is no fear in love vs 18

B.   Perfect love drives out Fear vs 18

C.  Love is greater than punishment vs 17-18

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

1 John Series: Illuminated 1 John 4:1-6, 5:1-5

Illuminated  10-31-16
1 John 4:1-6, 5:1-5
Greater is the One in Us

I. Test the Spirits 4:1

A. Societal Relativism of Truth
B. Deception of Immorality
C. The Work of the Anti-Christ

II. The Test of the Spirit of God 4:2-3

A. Confession of Jesus as the Christ 4:2, 5:1
B. Acknowledgement of His Nature 4:2
C. Lack of Confession verifies the spirit is not from God  4:3

III. Greater is Christ in You - Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world

A.  You are born of God, and thus Greater 4:4, 5:1
B. You obey God and thus are have Victory 5:4-5
C.  Because we are in Christ: (let's put this in a personal and practical perspective)

1. The grace of God is greater than your guilt
2. The love is God is greater than your shame
3. The comfort of God is greater than your sorrow
4. The strength of God is greater than your weakness
5. The hope of God is greater than your despair
6. The plan of God is greater than your agenda
7.  The power of God is greater than your adversity
8. The provision of God is greater than your need
9. The deliverance of God is greater than your temptation

1 John Series: Illuminated 1 John 3:10-20 Living a Different Kind of Love

Illuminated 1 John 3:10-20
Living a Different Kind of Love

I.  Love's Message

A. Love One Another - 3:11
B. The Lack of Love is Equated With Evil - 3:12
C. Love of our Christian Family is the Fruit of Salvation - 3:14
D. The Lack of Love is Equated with Death - 3:15-16

II. Love's Messenger  3:16-17

III. Love's Method

A. We Sacrifice - 3:16
B. We Serve - 3:17
C. We Speak - 3:18
D. We Act - 3:18

IV. Love's Confidence

A. Confidence of His Truth in Us When We Love - 3:19
B. Confidence in His Love, it is Greater Than Our Hearts -  3:20

C. Confidence in His Full Knowledge of Us - 3:20

A Unique Look at 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

The following is a paraphrase of the “love” verses based on the question of “what if one paraphrased love as a negative rather than a positive?”  This gives a unique and startling perspective on love and highlights the positive attributes of the kind of love that God has for us and gives to us.

First, the text from the NIV:

1 Cor 13: 4-8  4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails . . .  (NIV)

A Paraphrase of the Negative Concept:

What if ... Love is short fused, impatient, hurried and rude; it is irritable and often annoyed by others.  It is jealous and resentful, arrogant, prideful and bragging, puffs up and shows off.  It is impolite and discourteous, even disrespectful; and selfish, imposing, demanding.  Flashes with rage, sets off easily; holds grudges, and is bitter; keeps track of mistakes, and uses them as leverage.  Love appreciates inequity and watches gleefully any wrong doing; squashes the truth, hides the truth, doesn’t listen to truth.  Love preserves self, takes advantage of others, doubts others, suspects others, disbelieves others; love renounces, quits, resigns, falls short, lets down, disappoints, dissatisfies.  Love always fails.

A Paraphrase of the Positive Concept:
Love is not short fused, impatient, hurried or rude; it is not irritable and never annoyed by others.  It is not jealous, resentful, arrogant, prideful and bragging; nor does it puff up and show off.  It is polite and courteous, even respectful, and self sacrificing; never imposing or demanding.  Love doesn’t flash with rage, doesn’t set off easily; holds no grudges, and refuses to be bitter; doesn’t track mistakes to use as leverage.  Love appreciates equity and cannot take part in any wrong doing; it cannot squash the truth or hide the truth, and always listens and speaks truth.  Love is not self preserving, takes no advantage of others, doesn’t doubt others, nor suspects and disbelieves others; love will not renounce, quit, resign, fall short, let down, disappoint, or dissatisfy.  Love always triumphs and never fails.

 (written by Mark W. Gregory)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

1 John Series: Illuminated 1 John 2:28-3:10

1 John 2:28-3:10
Being Children of God

I. The Claim as Children
A. Bold and not ashamed vs 2:28
B. Doing what is right vs 2:29
C. Called children by His great love vs 3:1

II. The Calling as Children
A. The world doesn't know us vs 3:1
B. We are called be like Him vs 3:2
C. We are to be pure vs 3:3

III. The Commission as Children
A. Living beyond the grasp of sin vss 4-6
B. Living for righteousness vs 7
C. Living for the Son vss 8-10