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!
Pray for the people affected by the recent Hurricanes.
Any donations will be given to our Association's disaster relief fund.
"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.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ
While many refer to it as the Book of Revelations, John begins his prologue with, “The revelation of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:1). This is the purpose of Pastor Kleiser’s upcoming series covering Revelation chapters 2 and 3, to reveal Christ and His message to the Churches, past, present, and future.
In my early days as a believer, I had a friend who was in a Roman Catholic seminary studying to become a Franciscan monk. In one of his classes, the instructor rips the Book of Revelation out of the Bible and says, “We won’t need this.” I would heartily disagree with that statement because, any time we may get to know Jesus, His Word, and His plan for salvation better, we definitely need it! “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
The Book of Revelation is considered both apocalyptic (revealing, unveiling, disclosing) and prophetic (foretelling, forthtelling) literature. In it, we are given a glimpse of the spiritual battle taking place behind the scene and God’s overall conclusion for His plan of salvation. While many intertestamental and gnostic authors preferred to remain anonymous and attribute their writings to well-known Old and New Testament figures, John writes using his own name as the narration is revealed to him.
There are many strong opinions concerning the dates and times these things will take place and whether Christ will return literally or figuratively. There are for instance: Premillennial - The belief that Christ will return prior to a thousand year reign on earth. This belief is divided into two categories depending on whether one believes Christ will return for the saints prior to or after the tribulation period. Postmillennial - The belief that Christ will remain in heaven during the thousand years while the condition of the world improves and He returns briefly after this period. Amillennial (associated with idealism) - The belief that these events are allegorical in nature and there will not be a millennial time period prior to the consummation of history as we know it. Pre-tribulation, Mid-tribulation, Pre-wrath, and Post-tribulation - Believe that there will be a rapture (snatching away) of all or part of the saints prior to, during, or after the tribulation period. Preterism - Believe these things already occurred in the early Church. Some believe that all events were fulfilled prior to A.D. 70, while others believe that there will be future events as well near the culmination of history. Allegory - Believe these things are symbolic of the struggles of the Church in the face of persecution leading up to the new heaven and earth.
Another concept that believers have strong opinions about is Rapture Theology. Most of the debate is centered on when Christ will return for His Church. However, we need not look at this as only a single event but several ongoing rapture events throughout history, culminating at the end of the age. For example: Enoch (Gen. 5:24; Heb. 11:5); Moses (Deut. 34:5-6; Jude 1:9); Elijah (2 Ki. 2:11); Old Testament saints (Mt. 27:51-53); Jesus (1 Pe. 1:20-21); Paul (2 Cor. 12:2-4); John (Rev. 4:1); Christian believers (1 Cor. 15:51-53; 1 Thess. 4:13-18); Tribulation saints (Rev. 7:9-14); 144,000 Jewish believers (Rev. 7:4; 14:1,3b); and the two witnesses (Rev. 11:12).
Whatever your perspective on the Book of Revelation - which will grow during this series - the one thing we can agree on is that Jesus wins in the end. It is our prayer that we are all on the winning team.
- Asst. Pastor Darbyshire
Steven and Alesia Fowler, Church Planting Catalyst, Central Montana, and Montana Native American Catalyst, Townsend, MT
Pray for the development of six Sending Churches and for more workers in the field.
Every Sunday at 4:00 pm
If you are interested in participating, see Matt Fredryk or contact the Church office.
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.
Persecuted Church Sunday
November 20, 2016
During the morning Worship Service. We will also celebrate communion during this service.
Annual Fundraising Auction
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Lighthouse Children's Ministry
Lots of great items for a great cause, high quality Amish made furniture and food, free breakfast, chicken dinners available, everything will be sold.
Contact Asst. Pastor Darbyshire for details.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Don't forget to vote in this very crucial election!
Sunday, November 6, 2016
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Christians around the world are facing persecution in unprecedented numbers. To get a better understanding of the extreme cases of persecution Christians in other countries are currently facing, click on the link from the Open Doors World Watch List (https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/) .
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Daylight Saving Time ends
Don't forget to set your clocks back 1 hour.
with special guests Relient K
Thomasville Municipal Auditorium
Thursday, November 3, 2016
7:00 pm (EST)
Tickets: $26 and up
October 31, 2016
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sign up on the bulletin board to participate or see Jami Folsom.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
A section of the roof is in need of repair and other smaller work opportunities are available.
Contact Matt Allen for more details and to participate.
Chipola Baptist Association Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Eastside Baptist Church
Guest speaker: Dr. Tommy Green
Dinner will follow
Fellowship - Worship - Stewardship
Check the bulletin for dates and times
All Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult
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
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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.
Genesis 24:8 (ESV)
But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there."
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