FBCP September 2015 Newsletter
Thoughts from Pastor Sam
What Kind of Messiah Were You Expecting?
Expectations are a part of life and they are what feed hope. The problem is many times our expectations are set by our desires, which are in turn controlled by our nature as humans, which is flawed. I’m not saying that God created us with flaws but that He created us with the capacity to be flawed by choice. Our nature has become flawed by our choice to disobey God. This being said, our expectations are limited to this flawed nature. James puts it like this:
1 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. James 4:1-3 (NKJV)
Our expectation of a relationship with God and of a Messiah is also flawed because of our human nature. When He says he desires a relationship with us, we have expectation of what we can get out of it due to our selfish nature. When He talks about saving us, we have the expectation of a pain free existence or at least less suffering. When He talks about ruling in righteousness, we apply our measure of righteousness (which is seriously lacking). When He talks about His kingdom, we imagine a government where our individual rights are protected and “bad people” get what’s coming to them while we receive mercy and freedom. We expect a leader to correct all wrongs (exceept for those we have done) and make everything right (as long as it doesn’t inconvenience or affect us in a negative way).
So what is the correct expectation of the Messiah. When He says He desires a relationship with us this means that He wants to share Himself with us and fellowship or “hang out” with us. For this to happen we need to be righteous which means we need a change in our nature. This was accomplished by the death of the Messiah(Jesus Christ) on the cross and his nature of righteousness being applied to us.
This also covers the Idea of the Messiah saving us. What did he come to save us from? Primarily He came to save us from ourselves. The Messiah first and foremost came to replace our flawed nature with His incorruptible one. This was His coup d'état over sin, death and the accuser(Satan). A side benefit is that we inherit (in God’s perfect time) an incorruptible body with that incorruptible nature. There is also the life of faith where we learn to trust him for salvation in all aspects of our existence, while we are still in this corruptible flesh, with him in the spirit(death) and resurrection in a new glorified body. In all ways he is our Savior.
The Messiah saves us individually and also collectively. As a church we are brought to a place of unity and holiness and we learn to love each other as He(Christ) has loved us and given himself for us.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. Eph 5:25-27 (NKJV)
The Church is not just the body of Christ(Messiah) but also the bride of Christ(Messiah). Jesus is sanctifying His bride or in-other-words setting apart His bride as holy with the washing of water by the word. This is a process that takes time and it takes surrender on the part of the body of Christ. It is a process that requires the bride to be of one heart and mind to be purified and holy and to be in unity. What is the purpose of this process? It is so that the church or the Bride of Christ can be presented to Him a without spot or blemish. It is for is honor and glory. The earth and all creation is also waiting for this moment because when this happens all things will be restored:
19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Romans 8:19-21 (NKJV)
The Messiah will also fulfill all the promises to the chosen people of God, the descendants of Jacob or Israel. Today represented by the Jewish people most of which are not yet believers in Jesus. While Jesus has fulfilled some of the Biblical prophecies concerning the Messiah there are some important ones that still need to be fulfilled. The Messiah will reign on the throne of David in Jerusalem.
6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Isaiah 9:6-7 (NKJV)
Whatever kind of Messiah we are expecting it should be based on God’s expectation not man’s and remember everything God has promised will be fulfilled but it will happen in His time and in His way not ours.
Glen and Rita Chapman - Glen asks for prayer as he was unexpectedly asked to be the Chaplin of the General Assembly of the Baptist Church in the Congo as they meet in Kinshasa. He was hoping to stay in the background but finds himself in the center of the action, needing to provide spiritual orientation as well as keeping order and maintaining a neutral role. Decisions reached will affect the next five years! Keep Glen in your prayers!
Rita has returned safely from the conservation conference in Tanzania. She was able to return via South Africa where she received her annual radiology check, and was found to be in good health!
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - The Collins continue to travel a great deal in the course of their ministry. Dee made a safe and successful trip to Istanbul for interpreter conferences. There is now an opportunity for a partnership with Deaf Bible Society, which has shown "a great desire to partner with us to see WordSign reach its goals." They have traveled to New Mexico along with their Australian team to meet with Deaf Bible Society to discuss a partnership. This will impact their potential move to Romania, since Deaf Bible Society is U.S. based! Continue to pray for their direction and provisions for their needs!
On a side note, Pari has now entered her teen years!
Ed and Miriam Noyes - Keep Ed and Miriam in your prayers in their work in Rural Health and Literacy!
Russell and Sharla Wiesner and family- Russell and Sharla along with their two youngest children are back in Malaysia, living in the Mont Kiara district of Kuala Lumpur, a newer district full of high-rise buildings. The Upward Learning center there has doubled in enrollment since January 2015! Pray for them as they look for opportunities to meet people in natural and intentional situations. They teach ESL (English as a Second Language) at their community center, and
"A group has asked us to help them recruit teachers for ESL classes in China. We have 6 teachers so far and we need 10 more for a five month English program in Guilin, China. This position comes with a salary, housing, work visa and transportation. Teaching starts in early October 2015. 'There may be an opportunity to sign on for a year or two longer if desired. Interested parties should contact Andrew at:
+60 12 390 1878 "
Mike Robinson, Missions Director
You are invited!
Come join us for our Fall Fundraiser Dinner
Friday Night, September 25
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Women’s Ministry Meeting: Tuesday, September 1 at 5:30 PM in the Prayer Room. We will be making plans for the coming year. Any woman interested in helping is invited to join us. We need your input!
Women’s Bible Study begins Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 9:30 AM in the Prayer Room. We are studying “12 Extraordinary Women” by John MacArthur. You can order the book on Amazon, or Juanita will order for you. Cost is $6.00.
Ladies Lunch Bunch & More, Saturday September 26. Watch the church bulletin for more information.
Sign Language Class
Pam Wrobel and Clinton Koons are teaching a class in signing songs for the worship service. Class time is 6:30 – 7:30 pm Thursday evenings in the Prayer Room off the sanctuary. Anyone wishing to learn sign language is welcome. The class will focus on learning signs that can be used in interpreting music for worship.
Discovery Weekend Invitation! Oct 15-17
Discovery Weekend Invitation! Oct 15-17
In this issue:
Sept 6 Potluck
Potluck Next Sunday
Following the morning worship service join us in the FLC. Please bring a hot dish, salad, or dessert. Someone will be in the kitchen after 9 AM to receive your dish. Join us for a great time of fellowship and enjoying a meal together!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
3 Scott Cranston
4 Marie Wangenheim
12 Gavin Smith
12 Savana Jones
13 Jack Silberstein
22 William Jones
27 Maryann Eiland
7 Lena McMillen
8 Connor Smith
14 Tirzah Walker
16 Dennis Rowe
18 Talia Walker
19 Barbara deJong
20 Carol Gullickson
Sept 20 Paul & Robin Tygart
(Corrected date! 40 Years) Oct 6 - Tom & Karen Caldie
Oct 20 - Sam & Heather Walker
Oct 21 - John & Rhonda Webb