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Instructions from Jude

Instructions from Jude

Toward the end of Jude’s short letter we find a section that is packed with a lot of great advice that we may miss if we speed our way through it.  

Jude 17-23, “But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.  They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.”  It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.  But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.  And have mercy on those who doubt, save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.”   Continue reading “Instructions from Jude”

Sacramental Union

4-1-2018

Todd Smith | Faith Bible Church, OPC
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Take Courage and Have Hope

4-1-2018

Todd Smith | Faith Bible Church, OPC
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04-01-2018

FBC Bulletin 040118

I want to remind you…

I want to remind you…

1 Corinthians 15:1-11, “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.  For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.  Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.  Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.  Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.  For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain.  On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.  Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.”

As Paul reminds his readers of the Gospel, (the Good News about the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ), we reflect and remember again this week what God has done for His people.  Each Lord’s Day is a reminder that Christ has risen from the dead.  Each Lord’s Supper is a visible picture for us to remember our Lord’s death until He comes again.

Even those outside of the visible church cannot help but pause in December and in the spring because Jesus came.  Many may not realize why, or even acknowledge who it is they should be worshipping.  But because Jesus came, the world is a different place.  We have hope.  We have forgiveness in Christ.  May we encourage others and take advantage of the fact that those around us realize something significant happened in the past.  May God give us the opportunity to invite a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor to worship with us this upcoming Lord’s Day.  And let us not do it merely because the word Easter is on a calendar date, but let’s invite him the next week and the week after as well.

A Visible Identity

3-25-2018

Todd Smith | Faith Bible Church, OPC
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The Lord’s Mercy

3-25-2018

Todd Smith | Faith Bible Church, OPC
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03-25-2018

FBC Bulletin 032518 a

God of the Storm

God of the Storm

Matthew 8:23-27, “And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.  And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.  And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.”  And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?”  Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.  And the men marveled saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” Continue reading “God of the Storm”

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