Monday, July 21, 2014

The Ultimate Aim of Worship

The aim of our gathering today is to encourage, edify, and equip one another in our faith in order to continue to be faithful, holy, and obedient. The ultimate aim of God and the reason for the existence of this universe is to display the greatness of the character of God. Just as everything that God designed, displayed, divulged, deployed, and does is to reveal His character to the universe, everything that we do today through our gathering, singing, praying, teaching, encouraging, edifying, and equipping is to put on display the, magnificent, majestic, and marvelous character of our thrice Holy God.

Gregg Metcalf,
North Kelso Baptist Church
Kelso, WA

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Test of Sonship (Part 3)

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SERMON            GM14-024

SERIES:              Christian Living in a World of Chaos & Contradiction

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM

SUBTITLE:        The Test of Sonship     (Part 3)

SCRIPTURE:     1 John 3:4-8

SUBJ:                  The problems of Sonship (Theme/Topic)

SUMMARY:       I propose to you that as Sons of God believers do not                                       practice sin since it is incompatible with their Sonship


SCHEME:           That Christians rely on God as they resist the temptation to consistently sin against God. (Objective)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

What Think Ye of Riches?

Riches are long in getting with much pains, hard in keeping with much care, quick in losing with more sorrow.

—Thomas Fuller

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Diary of a Pastor, Entry 2

(Page 1 – Entry 2)

Yesterday we gathered as a body in North Kelso. The aim of our gathering was to encourage, edify, and equip one another in our faith in order to continue faithful, holy, obedient, and active as we await our Lord’s return.

Though few in number we praised the name, nature, and works of God through singing, verbalization, and prayer. I can only trust that God was worshipped and honored by our offerings.

Our theme was “Sonship has its privileges.” We examined four of those infinite benefits or privileges of being the children of God:

·        As a Son, we are the children of God
·        As a Son, we shall be like God (Christ)
·        As a Son, we shall see God (Christ)
·        As a Son, we have a hope that purifies us

Ø Sonship designates believers as children of God
Ø Sonship develops believers in God’s likeness
Ø Sonship destines believers to see God
Ø Sonship demands believers to purify themselves

I can only trust God now and pray that the Holy Spirit will embed these truths in the hearts of God’s people for their comfort and encouragement.

“He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” (Psalms 126:6)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Test of Sonship (Part 2)

SERMON            GM14-023

SERIES:              Christian Living in a World of Chaos & Contradiction

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM

SUBTITLE:        The Test of Sonship      (Part 2)

SCRIPTURE:     1 John 3:1-3

SUBJ:                  Sonship has its privileges

SUMMARY:       As Sons of God believers are the recipients of beneficial privileges.

SCHEME:           That Christians revel in the privilege of being a child of God.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Walking With God in a Strength Not Our Own

We are to humble ourselves to this,—that we address ourselves to the performance of the greatest duties, being fully persuaded that we have no strength for the least. This is that which lies so cross to flesh and blood, that our souls must be humbled to it if ever we are brought to it; and yet without this there is no walking with God.  

There are great and mighty duties to be performed in our walking with God in a way of gospel obedience: there is cutting off right hands, plucking out right eyes; denying, yea, comparatively, hating father, mother, and all relations ; dying for Christ, laying down our lives for the brethren ; crucifying the flesh, cutting short all earthly desires, keeping the body in subjection, bearing the cross, self-denial,and the like;—which, when they come to be put in practice, will be found to be great and mighty duties.  

This is required in the law of grace,—that we undertake and go through with these all our days, with a full assurance and persuasion that we have not strength of ourselves, or in ourselves, to perform the least of them.

 “We are not sufficient of ourselves,” saith the apostle, 2 Cor. 3:5. We cannot think a good thought. Without Christ we can do nothing,John 15:5.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Reasons to Not Sin

Martyn Lloyd-Jones on why we should not sin as Christians:

 It caused the death of Jesus Christ, our savior 

2. It always breaks fellowship with God. 

3. It is utterly inconsistent with our profession of faith. 

4. It always leads to an evil conscience. 

5. It will lead to doubt and uncertainty of your relationship to God. 

6. It always leads ultimately to a sense of utter hopelessness.