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September Letter from the Pastor

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Dear Welsh Faith Family,

God is working in our midst and He is answering our prayers! Let me show you what I mean by detailing just a few of the prayers God has been answering for our faith family:

As of August 9th, I have officially been your pastor for two years. After being called by God to move here in May of 2009, I began to pray for our Welsh Baptist faith family in many ways and about many things. God gave me a vision for where our faith family needed to grow and move in order to become the faithful, missional community we are called to be for God’s glory and Jesus’ fame. It wasn’t long after arriving in Frostburg that I began to see God working in our midst to accomplish His vision of enlarging His kingdom and changing His church, our church.

As I began to regularly meet with the leaders of our faith family, we began to pray that God would change our hearts and lives to reflect the compassion that Jesus had for His disciples and His covenant people, the Israelites. We began to ask God to open doors to new ministry opportunities where we could engage people outside of our walls with our time, talents, money, and most importantly…with our lives.

Almost immediately, God opened a door for us to get involved in the disaster relief effort in Haiti after their devastating earthquake in January 2010. God has continued to direct us to stay involved in Haiti in the development of local communities in Port-au-Prince and eventually with Alex’s House, a local Christian orphanage that just came to be after the earthquake.

What a blessing Haiti has been for our faith family! The opportunities we have had to serve the lost and broken people and children of Haiti have changed not only the Haitian people, but they have changed our own people who have committed to seeing the gospel spread throughout this island nation. I want to thank those who have contributed financially, those who have contributed their prayers, and those who have contributed their time and energy to go to Haiti. You have been a part of God answering our prayers!

Our leadership did not stop praying for ministry opportunities when God placed Haiti on our hearts. We knew we needed to have an international mission presence, but that we could not stop there. We continued to ask God to open up a local ministry opportunity for our faith family here in our own back yard. At times, we would see a glimmer of hope when an opportunity would present itself, but time and time again, each opportunity seemed to vanish as quickly as it had appeared. We did not lose heart. As you recall a few months ago, we began praying that God would send us the broken and hurting of our community so that we might show them the love and mercy of Jesus. And He has done just that!

It wasn’t until just over a month ago that God revealed His plan for our involvement in a local ministry to the broken and hurting of our area. God brought a young couple to our faith family who have a connection to a temporary halfway house that provides lodging, addictions substance abuse assessment and evaluation, as well as therapy for people trying to escape the strong grip that drugs and/or alcohol have on their lives. God has given us an opportunity to supply needed items to these people who are trying to get back on their feet with almost no one there to help them. Even more than the monetary things we can do for them, we are also able to spend time with them and encourage them with the gospel of Jesus Christ which is the only true means to finding freedom. What a ministry! What a blessing for us to be able to love on and encourage these folks with the mercy and compassion of Jesus!

Lastly, ever since Carol and I sensed God’s strong call for us to come and join our Welsh faith family, we have also been praying that God would allow us to participate in His bringing people to faith, and then baptizing and discipling those new believers to help them become missionaries in our community and around the world.

God first began to answer our prayers by growing our presence on the campus of Frostburg State University where we regularly worship with over 30 students every Thursday night during the school year. We have seen these students sharing the gospel with their friends. We’ve seen these students begin to meet daily for at least an hour to pray for the world and our church. We’ve seen these students grow in their faith and begin to be missionaries on campus, in our community, back home during the summer and during holidays, and even around the world when God gives them opportunities.

God has also begun to answer our prayers in a new way for us here at Welsh. Next Sunday, September 4th, we will be celebrating the spiritual births of several people within our faith family. For the first time in several years, we will be baptizing new believers during our Sunday morning worship gathering. What an exciting time!

We are seeing only the beginning tastes of a revival God is starting in our midst! I pray you will do your part in our responsibility to this community, to our faith family, and mostly to our God. Will you join us in celebrating new life in Christ through Baptism on September 4th? Will you covenant to pray for these new believers? I know you will.

Will you also begin to do whatever it takes to seek out opportunities to minster to those around you in your daily lives at home, at work, and wherever you go? Our church is more than a club for Christians. We are a missional body of servants who long for God to be glorified, Jesus to be made famous, and people’s lives to be changed by the powerful gospel of Jesus Christ! Let’s start doing what we were made to do! Let’s pray for God to open our eyes to what He is doing in our midst and let’s jump into the work He is doing with both feet and see how God spends our lives for His glory!

Your fellow worker in the faith,
Pastor Thomas

August Letter from the Pastor

Monday, August 1st, 2011

What do we think we are doing?

It’s simple really. When it comes down to it, what we do (and don’t do) is the only real signifier of what we believe (and don’t believe).

Obviously we can lie to ourselves if we want, and most of us do at least some of the time, but the truth of the matter is that I will act on whatever I really believe. The converse is also true, if I’m not living out what I say I believe, then I’m not really believing it. Let’s take a minute to explore this truth with a little hypothetical situation.

If I say that I care for the safety of my children, then I will actually do things to ensure their safety. I will secure the house and make it child-proof. I will buy safety equipment for them to travel in during car rides such as car seats and then buckle them in making sure they are secure. If I truly want them to be safe, I will take the time to explain the dangers of their choices and reason with them why they should do or not do certain things as they grow up.

Basically, if I really believe there are potential safety issues for my children, then I will do everything I can within my power to ensure their safety and teach them how to be safe when I am not around. If I don’t do anything to protect them and teach them, then I must not really care about their safety as much as I say I do, right?

I’m sure all of you can understand and relate to this example. I have no doubt that you understand these truths and even agree with the premise that we act upon what we truly believe.

So why is it that we say we believe certain truths about God, yet we don’t act on what we say believe? I’m not even talking about the small stuff. I’m talking about the essentials of our faith like worship, discipleship, evangelism, prayer, fellowship, etc.

If we say we believe our entire lives should be about worshiping God, then why aren’t they? If we say we believe Matthew 28:18-20 and that we should be making disciples, then why aren’t we? If we say we believe God wants us to share our faith, then why aren’t we telling others about Him? If we say we believe in the power of prayer, then why aren’t we committing more of our time and energy to praying? Why aren’t we confessing our sins to one another and praying for one another…about more than just health issues? If we say we believe the church is to be a faith family who truly fellowships, then why do we only gather on Sundays or once a quarter over lunch? If we say we believe in forgiveness, then why do we choose to hold on to the past and not forgive our brothers and sisters in Christ?

We like to say we are followers of Jesus and we like to say we love God, but we don’t usually live out what we say we believe. And, if we don’t act on what we say we believe, then maybe we don’t really believe it after all.

Look, I’m not saying we have to do “this and that” to make sure we are really Christians. I’m saying that if we truly are followers of Christ, then we’ll look like it. Our actions and words don’t earn us God’s favor. Jesus’ work on the cross already did that for us. But if we truly believe what we say we believe, then we’ll start living it out.

What would it look like if we actually starting living out what we say we believe? How would that change our families? How would that change our workplaces? How would that change our faith family? How would that change our community? Think of all the possibilities and think of all the joy we would have in knowing we are doing everything we can to make much of God and to enjoy Him completely.

You brother and fellow sojourner in Christ,
Pastor Thomas

June Newsletter Article from the Pastor

Monday, May 30th, 2011

the MISSION

June Letter from the Pastor

For the last 22 months, our faith family has been endeavoring to restructure and realign ourselves with the mission of Jesus. Our orders are to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you” (The Great Commission).

Now that we have restructured our leadership team and reorganized our church to more closely resemble the New Testament church of the Bible, it is finally time for each of us to begin carrying out the mission of Jesus here in Frostburg, the surrounding areas, and throughout the world.

Some of you have already been doing this, working as forward scouts who go out and gather information and do short-term work in the field while the rest of the church prepares to launch the larger campaign. Well, the time has come for us to suit up and begin the incursion. As we line up in formation and begin to move forward into the community, here are a few brief reminders of the only way the mission will be successful:

1. Everyone must participate. Jesus has commanded ALL of us to go and make disciples. Notice, the authoritative word in the above sentence is “commanded.” He has ordered all of us to go and make disciples and this is what we must do. In fact, whether or not we follow this order is actually a sign of whether or not we are a part of his army, the church. If we do not follow his orders, then we are not obeying our commander and we are evidently not a part of His army, the church. We might go to a church and do churchy things, but if we are not doing as our commander has ordered, then we are not his followers. It’s that simple.

2. Everyone must make disciples. I know we like to think that this is why we pay the pastor, but the truth of the matter is that Jesus has commanded ALL of us to go and make disciples. For many of us, making disciples can be as scary as getting into the water for the first time when we are learning to swim. In fact, it can be downright terrifying. The great thing is…Jesus isn’t just pushing us out of the boat into water that is over our head. He has actually given us a life-preserver and an instructor who is the Holy Spirit, and he is ALWAYS with us. We never have to worry about drowning or messing up. If we simply obey his command to make disciples, all we have to do is reach out to those around us and tell them about what Jesus has done for us. Then each week, we can simply share with them what we are learning from the Bible and what we learned on Sunday with our faith family. It really is that simple, but we ALL have to do it.

3. We must make disciples who make disciples. We’ve seen first hand what happens when people stop making disciples. The church stagnates and begins to shrink and become inwardly focused. We’ve seen it in our own church and we see it happening in the churches in our community (at least 4 churches have closed their doors for good in Allegany County this year). Someone in your life helped you come to know and trust Jesus. Then they helped you further by teaching you how to obey the commands of Jesus, especially the Great Commission (see above), and now it is your turn to do the same. The great commission starts with us going and making disciples and it ends with us teaching the new disciples to obey Jesus’ commands of going and making disciples. It is a continual, reproducible action that we must begin doing now.

We say we love God and we want to see God glorified. If this is true, then this is how we do it, and it starts right here where we live, work, and play. It starts here and it starts now. Will you join us?

Your fellow disciple-maker,
Thomas

The Gospel According to Mark pt. 17 (“Lord of the Storm” – Mark 4:35-41)

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

For our latest sermon series, we have been walking through the Gospel according to Mark. This week’s sermon is from Mark 4:35-41 and is entitled “Lord of the Storm.” Here are the sermon notes with a link for the sermon at the bottom:

I. Jesus is Lord of our storms.
A. God allows storms in our lives.
B. God is sovereign over the storms.

II. Jesus is Lord of our fears.
A. Fear reveals what we value most.
B. Fear reveals the object of our faith.

III. Jesus is Lord of the ultimate storm.
A. Jesus did not abandon us in the ultimate storm.
B. Jesus will not abandon us in the smaller storms.
C. Jesus will return and still all storms for eternity.

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May Newsletter Article from the Pastor

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Dear Faith Family,

I’m a man filled with hate. I hate the sins that seem to be unshakeable in my life. I hate that I seem to always do the things that I don’t want to do. And I don’t seem to do the things I really want to do. I hate that I am unable to be the husband I want to be for my wife. I hate that I am unable to be the pastor that I want to be for my faith family. And I hate that I can never really be the lover of my God and Savior that I know I need to be.

It seems to come so easy for some people, but it isn’t easy for me. Maybe you know the frustration I feel. Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult to live a life of worship if that’s what we were created to live? Do you ever get so frustrated with your sin that you want to scream and curse yourself for your continual failures? I do. It seems the more I try to live right for God, the more I fall on my face in utter failure and despair.

Recently, God’s been working within me to show me a few things that I hope will be as helpful to you as they have been to me.

I’ve come to understand that the temptations we face and the sins we struggle with are not simply a judgment from God. Of course sometimes we do receive the punishment we are due for going against our creator, but that is not the only reason we face temptations in our lives.

Our Father loves us. And because He loves us, he sometimes allows us to be tempted for a purpose. The Bible is clear that He is not the one tempting us, but He does allow us to be tempted.  He doesn’t allow temptation just to test us to see if we will love Him more or to see if we will be able to overcome sin by our own will power.

I believe one of the main reasons He allows us to be tempted is to drive us into His loving arms. You see we will never be strong enough in our own power to avoid the temptations and sins that we face every day. God does command us to be holy, but we are unable to work hard enough to beat the sin that so easily entangles us.

When we are tempted, it is God’s desire that we would humble ourselves and fall at His feet asking Him to deliver us from the temptation to sin against Him. He isn’t looking for us to try and defeat sin in our own power. He wants us to realize our dependence on Him and ask Him, our Father, to deliver us from our sin and even from ourselves. He wants us to tap into the power of the gospel by depending on Him, not ourselves.

The Christian life isn’t about us striving harder to be better people. It’s about us realizing we can’t will ourselves into perfection. It’s about us realizing we were not created to live under our own power, but we were created to embrace the One who holds all power over sin. We were created to be loved by God in order that we might then love Him back because of what He has done for us in Christ Jesus, His Son. When we love God and wholly depend on Him for deliverance from our sinfulness, we are finally living life the way it was originally intended. It’s not about us working harder to win the war. It’s about us depending on God and resting in the love He has shown us by winning the war for us through Jesus going to the cross in our place.

So the next time you are tempted to sin, don’t rely on your own strength. We aren’t strong enough…and that’s ok. God is strong enough and He simply wants to love us and deliver us as any good Father wants to do for His children…so let Him. Don’t try to take it all on yourselves. Instead, turn toward God and fall into His embrace, allowing Him to love you and deliver you. For this is why He has created us…to show us the love of a perfect Father.

Your fellow failure,
Thomas

Letter from the Pastor – April 2011

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Dear Faith Family,

As I sit in my office, preparing to leave for a leadership meeting in Port au Prince, Haiti, I cannot escape the haunting reminder that even while I am planning a long-term strategy to reach people with the gospel in Haiti, there are thousands of people in our own community of Frostburg who are hopeless apart from faith in Jesus. This is the truth we walk in and live in every day. As we go about our lives, day in and day out, we are surrounded with people who are unaware of the imminent danger which is upon them because they do not believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

As I walk the halls and pass by conversations each Sunday morning, time and time again I hear people talking about how we need to reach our own community. I hear people talking about how we need to do something to see our church grow and our attendance numbers increase.

All of these conversations are good ones, but sometimes we get to a point where talk is just cheap. The truth of the matter is, we don’t need any new ideas for how to reach our community with the gospel. We don’t need to come up with some elaborate scheme or event in order to finally draw people into our church. We’ve already been given a plan and it’s a simple one.

Colossians 3:1-4, 12-17 (ESV)
[1] If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. [2] Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. [3] For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. [4] When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

[12] Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, [13] bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. [14] And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. [15] And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. [16] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. [17] And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

If we would simply realize that we have been purchased by God with Jesus’ blood…for our redemption and for His glory, I believe everything would begin to make sense. We can no longer allow the temporary things of this earth to distract us from seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, the eternal things. Just as Jesus’ life was only about doing the Father’s work, so are our lives to be like His.

If we would begin to live like Jesus, in His compassion and humility, caring for one another, allowing His Word to dwell in us richly, worshiping in song and thankfulness, we would begin to see people being drawn to our faith family. We don’t have to come up with big event ideas or new marketing schemes. We just need to start living like the Christ followers we say we are, always worshiping in Spirit and in Truth.

Let’s stop selfishly living for ourselves, wasting our lives on things that will not last; and let’s start pouring out our lives for the things that will last forever – God’s glory, Jesus’ fame, and the salvation of the lost and hopeless people that surround us every day. Will we begin to truly love the people around us, not just with lip-service, but with gospel deeds and gospel words of deliverance? I hope we will. Their lives depend on it.

Your fellow sower of the seed,
Thomas

Letter from the Pastor – March 2011

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Dear Faith Family,

“We need to reach the local people of Frostburg.”

This is a recurring statement that I hear often when I am in or around conversations about our faith family and the desires we all have to see growth. For years I’ve been trying to discern and implement strategies and methods of evangelism and discipleship in order to make a dent in the kingdom of God. We, as church leaders, always hope that these methods and strategies will result in converts and an increased number of people attending our weekly services.

I’ve seen “new and improved” evangelism fads and “better than before” discipleship strategies come and go without much of a difference in results. In fact, it’s been quite frustrating to say the least. It seems as though we as the western church have bought into the idea that “if we sell it, they will come.”

We’ve become expert marketers and career consumers. It’s like we are looking for the one saving strategy that will finally drive unbelievers into our church, convert them, disciple them, teach them about tithing, and convince them why they need to serve on a ministry team; all while we sit in the pews like the judges on “American Idol” quietly giving high scores for the things we enjoy or arrogantly spreading our dissenting opinions on the things we don’t care for, possibly even berating those doing the work.

After years of revolutions on this merry-go-round there’s an emerging cry emanating from deep within my heart: “This isn’t what the New Testament church looked like! How have we gotten so far off track? What will it take, Lord?!”

The truth is…it will take what it has always taken. Even though times have changed and the world has changed…the key to “church growth” is the same as it always has been. We must recover the gospel of grace and learn to live in the moment with God.

We are in a great need for spiritual revival. I don’t mean just meetings that talk about change and services at night throughout the week. I’m talking bout real, spiritual revival where our people and the people in our community come to know and understand the gospel of grace. This is the type of revival we see described in church history any time there was an awaking or renewal that swept across neighborhoods and nations. Tim Keller describes what happens when revival really breaks out:

“When revival breaks out through a recovery of the gospel, three things happen: 1) nominal church members realize they’d never been converted; 2) sleepy, lethargic Christians are energized and renewed; 3) outsider non-Christians are attracted into the beautiful worship, community and lives of the converted and renewed church members. That’s how it works. We need it.”

So the question is not how can we cause our church to grow, but how can we recover the gospel of grace that leads to revival? Here are a few key things that must happen: The gospel is key. We must have a deep grasp on the gospel and strive to understand the many facets of how it applies to all of life. This happens through studying the Word (privately and corporately), living in and working out the gospel in community (we are not meant to go this alone, so being a committed member of a small group is essential), and living in the moment with God daily.

When we begin to see and understand the depth, beauty, and overwhelming nature of the gospel of grace, everything will begin to change for us individually and as a faith family. When we truly see God’s grace lavished on us in Christ instead of the condemnation we deserve, our hearts will be broken over our sinfulness. When we see the people around us through the eyes of God, we will begin to have the compassion for them that Jesus has and do anything and everything we can to save them. And when we finally realize what it means to have God within us (i.e. His Spirit living within us, continually communing with us), we will finally begin to walk in constant communion with Him and reorient everything in our lives around our daily walk with Him.

We need spiritual revival. We need to be broken over our sin so that we can live in freedom for God’s glory. I hope you will join me in yearning for this, in praying for this, in living for this. Let’s not waste our lives on things that will not last. As a humble man once said, “Only one life, ‘twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last. And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be, if the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.”

Your brother in Christ,
Thomas

September Newsletter Article from the Pastor

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Dear Welsh Faith Family,

Is it just me or does it seem to you like time is continually speeding up? When I was younger, days seemed like they never ended. Weeks felt like months and months felt like years. At this point in my life, days feel way to short. Weeks fly by at mach one and months seem to disappear before I realize they were even here. Is it just me, or do you feel the same way?

I know you feel the same. Everyone I talk to expresses their surprise at how fast the days go by…how there are never enough hours in the day. And you know what I’ve come to realize? There are NOT enough hours in the day. We all have a limited amount of time to accomplish a limited number of goals. This realization necessitates that we carefully and intentionally prioritize our lives so that we accomplish the most important goals to make sure we don’t one day look back and realize we wasted our lives on things that do not really matter.

Let’s put things in perspective. Let’s say we will all live to the ripe old age of 100. In comparison to one million years, 100 years is only about as long as the blinking of an eye. When we look at how long 100 years is in relation to eternity, we begin to realize 100 years is really no time at all.

This begs the question: What goals are worthy of my time and resources while I am alive for such a short period of time? It seems that the goals that would have to take priority are the goals that will last for much longer than my short life on this earth. Don’t you think we should try our hardest to accomplish the most important and the most impacting goals possible in order to make our lives as meaningful as possible? If you call yourself a Christian (i.e. a Christ-follower), then you can’t ignore the fact that Jesus said our lives are to be about God’s glory, not about us. We were created to love God back in a way that makes Him as famous and well-known as possible. After all, it’s about God, not us.

When we begin to put things into perspective, it’s easy to see that most of us spend a great deal of time focusing on things that don’t mean very much in the long run. Does it really matter if we drive the biggest and best cars, when we could settle for less and give more money to those in need? Does it really matter if I please everyone around me when the only person I’m created to please is God? If we began to reassess everything we do and don’t do in this life according to Scripture and according to what God has called us to do in this short life, would we still put so much time and effort into the things that seem to take up all our time now? I don’t think we would.

Once we realize that the only things that really matter are the souls of those around us and God being glorified, it seems that our priorities shift to reflect this truth. What do you fill your days with during this short life you have on this earth? Are you allowing yourself to be consumed with things that really aren’t going to matter in the long run? Or are you constantly seeking to re-prioritize your life to make sure that everything you spend your life doing is going to have an eternal impact? This is what Jesus commands us to do. In Philippians 3:17-21, Paul says it better than I ever could:

“Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”

Don’t set your minds on earthly things for the short time we are here on this earth. It doesn’t matter the style of music we play. It doesn’t matter what color the walls are where we worship together. It doesn’t matter if the order of service isn’t exactly like I want it to be. It doesn’t matter who leads the singing or who gives the announcements. It doesn’t matter what stuff we use or don’t use for decorations.

There are only two things that really matter when it comes to our faith family: 1.) Are we doing everything we can to make much of God and to make Jesus’ name great in our community? 2.) Are we doing everything we can to take the saving gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost in our community and around the world so that they can join us in worshipping the one, true God of the Bible?

Once John the Baptist realized the overwhelming task at hand, to glorify God and win the lost for Jesus’ sake, he put things into perspective for us. He says it plainly and concisely in John 3:30, “Jesus must increase, but I must decrease.” What would happen if we started to see things so clearly, if we realized we need to decrease in importance and Jesus needs to increase in importance in our lives?

I’ll tell you what would happen. We would quit bickering over things that don’t matter. We’d stop complaining about all the things that are exactly the way we’d like them to be. We’d re-prioritize and we’d start impacting the world by sharing the gospel of Jesus with the lost in our town and around the world. We’d start seeing lives changed through the power of the Spirit of God, by the grace of God, because of the Son of God. It would change our lives, our community, and our world, all for God’s glory. I pray this is what we become as a faith family here at Welsh. Let’s make this our utmost goal.

Your brother in Christ,
Thomas

HEROES: Noah and the Ark

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Our newest sermon series is entitled HEROES. Throughout this series, we will revisit the stories we grew up learning in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, but we will look at them with fresh eyes and for maybe the first time we will see and understand how they fit into the grand narrative of Scripture. We’re finally going to understand how these stories relate to us today and how they all point us to the One True Hero. This week, we are looking in Genesis 6:9-9:17 to revisit the spectacular story of Noah and the Ark. Here are some notes to help you follow along.

God’s Eternal Plan:
“And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.” Leviticus 26:12

God makes new beginnings to continue his good kingdom on earth.

1. The final outcome of human sin is God’s judgment and death.
A. The Flood
B. Israel in the Desert
C. Israel in Exile
D. Jesus on Calvary

2. God has made a covenant with his people. (Genesis 9:8-11)
A. Noah and the Flood
B. Israel in Moab
C. Israel in Exile (Isaiah 54:9-10)
D. Jesus on Calvary (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

3. Through Jesus, God makes a completely new start with his people.
A. He gives us clean hearts.
B. He gives us hope of a new creation.

4. God remembers us, his remnant. (Genesis 8:1)

5. God is making for us a new beginning to continue his good kingdom on earth.

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THE GOSPEL – Our Message for the Mission Pt. 2: Man

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Our Mission is to glorify God through lives changed by the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This mission has many facets, but the foundation of the mission is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the rock upon which His church is built, the cornerstone of our knowledge of God and our faith in God. The Great Commission found in the last few verses of Matthew 28 was Jesus’ mission for His church. The way we are to accomplish this mission is to proclaim the truth about Jesus to all the nations, making disciples of them, baptizing them, and teaching them all that Jesus has commanded of us. This message is what we are studying in this four week series, THE GOSPEL. This week we are talking about part two: Man (the creation of mankind, the Fall, and sin).

THE GOSPEL
The Message of the Mission Part 2: Man

1. In the Beginning, Adam Sinned (Gen 3)

A. They rejected God’s authority over them.
B. They declared their independence from God.

2. We Are Sinners by Nature, Not because We Sin

A. We are born children of wrath. (Eph 2:1-3)
B. The inevitable result of our sinful nature is death. (Rom 5:12)

3. We Are Totally Depraved

A. No one deserves God’s love. (Rom 3:9-12)
B. Everyone misses the mark. (Rom 3:23)
C. Our best deeds are filthy to God. (Isa 64:6a)

4. God’s Judgment Is Active (Isaiah 59:1-2; Rev 19:15)

A. Your sinfulness has separated you from God. (Isa 59:1-2)
B. God’s wrath will be forever poured out on sinners. (Rev 19:15)

5. The Unrepentant Inherit Hell

A. Hell is worse than we can understand. (Matt 10:28)
B. Hell is real…it’s hot and it hurts. (Mark 9:43, 48)
C. Only those who repent will be saved. (Luke 13:3, 5)

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