The book of Revelation, you may remember, opens with the remarkable vision given to John of the exalted Christ walking in the midst of the lampstands, symbolic of His presence in the midst of His Church. And He commissioned the apostle John to write in a letter the things that he heard and saw and he is to send it to seven churches in Asia Minor. And just before these visions get underway, he is first of all given a series of seven messages, one for each of those churches. The seven messages were written to real congregations or groups of churches in each city. They are not merely symbolic of seven stages of the church's life or seven periods of the New Testament age. They are what they appear to be – seven messages for seven representative churches.  The pastor will begin a new 7 part series of messages on the seven letters to the seven churches. Together, let's explore what God thinks of PBC!

 

We are celebrating being able to give to the Maguire State Mission Offering this month.

Please see the video link below for more information on the impact this offering has on spreading the Gospel and affecting the lives of needy people.

http://flbaptist.org/msmo/

 

"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?

God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

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.

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

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.

For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

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.

 

The Sure Foundation for Spiritual Maturity

What does spiritual maturity look like? To speak of continual deliverance from sin (sanctification) is an accurate but incomplete answer. The Bible uses a metaphor from agriculture to provide a positive description of spiritual growth. We see from John 15 that the key to our spiritual growth is our personal union with Jesus. He is the One who supplies all of the life that we need in order to bear fruit. It is our connection with Jesus that makes His life available to us. This is why those who are not connected to Jesus are lifeless (John 15:6).
The New Testament uses many other metaphors to describe this union. We are:

  • Adopted - the Father has lavished on us His love by calling us His children (1 John 3:1).
  • Betrothed - Revelation 19:7-9 speaks of Christ's return as the day when He takes Christians to be His 'Bride.' Paul says he  betrothed us to Christ as our 'Husband,' that we might have a simplicity and purity of devotion to Him (2 Corinthians 112,3). Paul also speaks of Christ as our 'Husband' who gave Himself up for us and who is sanctifying us for the day of our 'wedding' (Ephesians 5:25-27).
This unbreakable union of love is a free gift that Jesus purchased through His death. It is permanently forged by God's Spirit the moment we entrust ourselves to Him. "In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it..." (Ephesians 1:13,14).  This union is two-fold: (1) verse 13 says that the Holy Spirit seals us in Christ. We are identified with Jesus so that what is His becomes legally ours. There are numerous New Testament passages explaining the spiritual wealth we have received because we are 'in Christ.' Paul uses this term in this sense 126 times in his letters. (2) verse 14 says that the Holy Spirit is given to us as God's pledge. This means that the Spirit indwells our spirits so that we may know Jesus personally.
This union is the sure foundation upon which all spiritual growth occurs. Our Wednesday night advanced Bible class will study this aspect of our spiritual growth throughout the month of September.
                                                                                                                -Pastor Kleiser            

 

Missionary Moment

Randel and Angi Harris, Church Planter Apprentices, Church of THE WAY, Burnsville, MN

Please pray with them for the development and growth of their care team to be able to minister to the needs of the community.  The population in the county they live in and minister to is 400,000.  Of that number, only 100,000 attend any kind of Church.  Please pray that God will use the Church of THE WAY to follow His vision.

 

If you are interested in participating, see Jodie Tyus in the sanctuary after the morning worship service or contact the Church office.

 

Begins Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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.

 

Switchfoot

with special guests Relient K

Thomasville Municipal Auditorium

Thursday, November 3, 2016

7:00 pm (EST)

Tickets: $26 and up

 

October 31, 2016

Sign up on the bulletin board to participate or see Jami Folsom.

 

Chipola Baptist Association Annual Meeting

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

5:00 pm

Eastside Baptist Church

Guest speaker: Dr. Tommy Green

Dinner will follow

 

Michael W. Smith

with special guest Bryan Watt

Thomasville Municipal Auditorium

Saturday, October 8, 2016

7:00 pm (EST)

$25.00 general admission

 

Annual Benefit Run/Walk

Citizens' Lodge, Marianna

Saturday, October 8, 2016

7:30 am Registration

8:00 am Run/Walk begins

Visit the website at www.awpcmarianna.com or reach them by e-mail at awpcmarianna@gmail.com to get forms, register to run/walk, or to sponsor a participant.

 

 

 

Take me out to the ballgame

Braves vs. Tigers

Friday, September 30, 2016

7:30 pm (Eastern Time)

Contact the Church office if you're interested in attending

 

See You At The Pole Promotion Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtAN7_pfdZw

 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

 

Fellowship - Worship - Stewardship

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sneads Park - 3:00 pm

All Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult

 

Book Review

I Am A Church Member

by: Thom Rainer

With acclaim from Church leaders like Matt Chandler, Franklin Graham, J.D. Greear, Johnny Hunt, James MacDonald, Dave Ramsey, and Priscilla Shirer, this little book delivers practical advice in Thom Rainer’s straight forward style.

After a brief introduction describing two types of Church members, he points out how to be a functioning, unifying, praying, and treasuring Church member.  He discusses how Church is not about my preferences and desires but God’s, how to lead our families to also be healthy Church members, and he compares the inwardly-focused Church to the outwardly-focused one.

This book is a great way to gain helpful insight in our service to God and others from one of the leading authors in Christian Church research.

 

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

For more pictures of this impactful event, go to www.facebook.com/pbcgrandridge.

 

The passion week cantata. 

 

Pictures from the Widows' Luncheon

 

 

WOM Meeting with Vicky Duelz from A Women's Pregnancy Center of Marianna

 

 

Are you receiving "The Provideo", our online newsletter?

If not, contact the Church office this week and give us your e-mail address so we may include you in our distributions.

 

Have an Announcement?

If you have something you would like included in the Sunday bulletin, please contact the Church office by Thursday prior to the service.  If you would like to include something in the monthly online newsletter, please contact the Church office by the 25th of the month.

 

If your child (or children) participate on any school team (athletic, drama, debate, brain bowl, etc.), please provide the pastor with a schedule of events.

 

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.

 Deuteronomy 30:20 (ESV)
loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them."
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