What can we expect to gain from the study of 3000 year old hymns? Psalms 120-134 are beautifully inspired by the Holy Spirit and will motivate the 21st century Christian on a similar adventure of worshiping God. Each week, throughout the summer, we will join the ancient pilgrims on their journey as we engage in our long discipleship in the same direction.
"There is nothing more important than knowing God . . . But we live in an age in which the knowledge of God is rare. Many speak glibly about their belief in some god or other. But most would not even claim to know the true God, the God of the Bible . . . A large percentage of people today would say that they believe in God, but they rarely give Him a thought, and they routinely make their decisions as if He didn't exist . . . Out message to the world must emphasize that God is real and that He will not be trifled with . . . Theology helps us to formulate that message, applying the blblical teaching about God to us and to our time." --- John Frame
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- Romans 6:1-23 (KJV)
Scripture memorization is believed by many to be essential to the life of the Christian but it should be viewed by everyone in that manner. At PBC, we see this as a worthy objective and Romans chapter six has been selected for 2016. This is one of the great chapters in the Bible that will assist us in giving due diligence to the struggles experienced as we endeavor to walk worthy of the Lord in this fallen world. As we enrich our spiritual lives with Scripture, we will find that the goodness and grace of God will increase our vocabulary in a manner that speaks often and well of Him. The congregation that knows Jesus Christ in this way is ready to make Him known.
During our VBS men’s meetings, we were blessed to be able to watch an excellent series by R.C. Sproul on “The Holiness of God” and it reminded me of a song by the contemporary Christian group Addison Road called “What Do I Know of Holy?” I can certainly relate to some of the lyrics which state:
I made You promises a thousand times
I tried to hear from Heaven but I talked the whole time
I think I made You too small
I never feared You at all, no
If You touched my face would I know You?
Looked into my eyes, could I behold You?
I guess I thought that I had figured You out
I knew all the stories and I learned to talk about
How You were might to save
Those were only empty words on a page
Then I caught a glimpse of who You might be
The slightest hint of You brought me down to my knees
What do I know? What do I know of Holy?
From the beginning, God created us to reflect His glory and to have fellowship with Him. He has stated numerous times throughout the Bible, “Be holy for I am holy” (Lev. 11:44-45; 19:2; 20:7; 1 Pe. 1:15-16). J. A. Motyer points out, “God’s ‘name’ is qualified by the adjective ‘holy’ in the Old Testament more often than by all other qualifiers put together.” Alexander MacLaren takes it further when he explains, “Holiness is God's stamp upon a man, His 'mark,' by which He says -This man belongs to Me.”
But how can all of creation tremble and be in awe of His majesty and power, yet respond in reverence to His every command? How can this thrice holy, this One who holds holiness as His superlative attribute, the One who seraphim fear to look upon, though they are ministers around His throne, how can He invite sinners into His presence? If we understand the fear and dread of the all-consuming fire of God’s holiness, we realize the virtually insurmountable odds of receiving grace and mercy in our lives. It's so easy for us to lose sight of the holiness of God and forget that He owes us nothing but judgment for sin. “The greater truth of holiness has to do with how it communicates God’s complete ‘otherness.’ God is set apart from everything else in all creation. God is infinitely above and beyond us. As the Psalmists put it, God is lifted up above all He has made. There is no one like God; an infinite chasm exists between God and everything else. It is this absolute otherness – this supreme and transcendent majesty – which merits our honor, reverence, and worship . . . For many Christians, this is the truth about God’s holiness. Thus, God’s holiness only provokes fear. Yet it is God’s holiness – his radical otherness – that is the reason His love is so far above ours, and thus, worthy of our love.” (theocentric.com)
Until we understand His standard of absolute holiness, we cannot fully appreciate that He chooses to pour out His grace and mercy upon us. When we take these things for granted - as if we have a right to His grace through anything but the absolute holiness and atoning sacrifice of Christ - our cavalier attitudes are cosmic treason against His holiness. God’s nature is holiness, but His desire toward us is to have compassion. How can this seemingly dualistic approach to having sinners meet the demands of holiness and enter into His presence exist when “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23)? The only reasonable answer is: “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Mt. 19:26; Mk. 10:27). God must do Himself what we can never do. He must come and be perfect for us, because we cannot. He must pay the price for us, because we have nothing to offer. He must redeem us, because we are enslaved to the wages of sin. And so He has.
A parent understands what it means to desire the presence of their children, no matter how helpless they may be. Similarly, Jesus looked upon the people and had compassion upon them because they were “like sheep without a shepherd” (Mt. 9:36; Mk. 6:34). He proclaimed the heart of God when he reiterated, “I desire mercy” (Hos. 6:6; Mt. 9:12-13).
1 Peter 1:18-21 reminds us, “knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”
What do I know of holy? Very little. But, I know the One who is holy, who desires to have an “Abba, Father” relationship with us (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6) because of the perfect, holy sacrifice of Jesus, our Redeemer, and that makes all the difference. Do you know Him?
- Assistant Pastor Darbyshire
Jeremiah and Cassie Kinney, Church planters, Remedy City Church, Muncie, Indiana.
Pray that they can make kingdom impact in Muncie, IN. Learn more about the Kinney's ministry at www.remedycitychurch.org.
Coming This Fall
A 90 minute class meeting one night a week for 8 weeks. In this eight-session video study, you will descover why Mere Christianity is one of the most read and beloved Christian books of all time. But, 70 years after it was first delivered on radio, what relevance does it have for our world today?
Registration required. Contact the Church office.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
PBC Fellowship Hall
Snacks and beverages will be available.
The office will be CLOSED for Labor Day
One of the pastors will be available in the event of an emergency
Have a blessed weekend
“The Insanity of God”, a LifeWay film
While serving as missionaries in Africa, Nik and Ruth Ripken faced the death of their son and potentially their faith. Their journey, chronicled by Nik in The Insanity of God (B&H Publishing Group), is now being turned into a film by the same name.
Released in partnership with the International Mission Board, the movie will be the first theatrical release from LifeWay Films when it opens in 400 theaters across the United States on August 30 as a one-night event.
The Insanity of God movie follows the Ripkens as they go on a mission to interview individuals and “discover what God has been doing in the toughest parts of the world, retelling the stories of persecuted Christians in Africa, communist Russia, Asia and the Middle East,” says Trey Reynolds, manager of LifeWay Films. “They discover the church not only survives under persecution, but it thrives.”
Local showing: Governor's Square Stadium 12, Tallahassee; Carmike 12, Dothan
Attention All Ladies
War Room Movie Night
Sunday, August 28, 2016
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Come and celebrate our one year anniversary of the viewing of this great movie on prayer and mentoring. Transportation will be available if night driving is a concern for you. Light finger foods will be provided.
Fellowship - Worship - Stewardship
Check the weekly bulletin for times and locations
All Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult
Providence Baptist Church is excited to announce that the Blue Springs Enrichment Homeschool Co-op will be meeting at the Church each Monday for the upcoming school year.
Blue Springs Enrichment is a homeschool and parent led enrichment program that offers a variety of courses such as French, Speech, Cursive Writing, Geography, Physics & Chemistry, and Earth & Space Science. There are 53 students currently registered for the first two semesters.
The goal is to provide educational experiences that are an extension of the home setting and create an opportunity for families to fellowship and support each other in the Lord.
The mission of Blue Springs Enrichment is to serve Christ by providing academic enrichment that encourages our children to maximize their God-given talents and potential.
Youth Camp 2016
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The passion week cantata.
Pictures from the Widows' Luncheon
WOM Meeting with Vicky Duelz from A Women's Pregnancy Center of Marianna
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Ministry Opportunities Available Now
- Chipola Family Ministry Center (flexible hours).
- Host a 9 week Home Bible Study (teaching not required).
- Accompany the pastor to Jackson Correctional Institution in Malone or Apalachee Correctional Institution in Sneads for a 1-day seminar (male only).
- Steam clean all padded fellowship hall chairs.
- Facilitate a 7 week "Big Read" class next Spring (training provided).
- Participate in a monthly nursing home visitation ministry.
- Visit www.samaritanspurse.org or The Voice of the Martyrs at www.persecution.com to see the unique ways your family can help others throughout the world.
If you are interested in learning how to become involved in prison ministry, please let Pastor Kleiser or Pastor Darbyshire know. We will meet soon to discuss training requirements and future opportunities for a team ministry that could conduct occasional seminars, worship services, and Bible classes. Those unwilling or unable to enter the facility could participate as Bible study graders, prayer team members, and/or pen pals. Please pray how you can be involved with this front line missionary outreach to "the least of these". (Matthew 25:36-40)
Is God calling you to be a foster parent?
There are hundreds of children in need of foster homes in Florida. Are you ready to show God's love to these children? Florida Baptist Children's Homes have an opportunity for you! Start by joining us for orientation. Class times and locations can be found on the Church bulletin board. For more information, contact the Church office or Mackenzie.Hadley@FBCHomes.org to register.
You can impact whole families and communities simply through the gifts of chickens, goats, clean water, and sewing machines. Find out how at www.samaritanspurse.org.
Chipola Ministry Center
Remember to continue bringing your food for the Ministry Center. PBC is responsible for canned corn but any other food is appreciated.
John 7:11 (ESV)
The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, "Where is he?"
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