ALAS! AND DID MY SAVIOR BLEED?

Alas! and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For a worm such as I?

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Thy body slain, sweet Jesus, Thine*
And bathed in its own blood*
While the firm mark of wrath divine,
His Soul in anguish stood.

Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died,
For man the creature*s sin.

Thus might I hide my blushing face
While His dear cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt my eyes to tears.

But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give my self away
‘Tis all that I can do.

Random Quotes

Afflictions are light when compared with what we really deserve. They are light when compared with the sufferings of the Lord Jesus. But perhaps their real lightness is best seen by comparing them with the weight of glory which is awaiting us. A W Pink
Indeed, in conversion, a man must make a decision. We shy away from that term because in modern jargon a “decision” has come to be identified with an outward expression, such as raising the hand or going forward to the front. While such external acts have nothing to do with forgiveness of sins, the heart must make a decision to be saved. Walter J. Chantry
If I see aright, the cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament. It is, rather, a new bright ornament upon the bosom of a self-assured and carnal Christianity. The old cross slew men, the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it. A.W. Tozer
I heard of a man who said to the preacher, “I want to sing in your choir.” The preacher replied, “But you don’t belong here. Where do you have your membership?” He said, “I don’t belong to any local church. I belong to the invisible church.” The pastor said, “Then I suggest that you join the invisible choir.” Vance Havner
No amount of scholastic attainment, of able and profound exposition of brilliant and stirring eloquence can atone for the absence of a deep impassioned sympathetic love for human souls. David Brainerd
The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle. The reason why others succeed is because they have gained their victory on their knees long before the battle came. Anticipate your battles; fight them on your knees before temptation comes, and you will always have victory. R.A. Torrey
No one statement wrested from its context is a sufficient warrant for actions that plainly controvert other commands. How excellent a thing it would be if the whole Church of Christ had learned that no law of life may be based upon an isolated text. Every false teacher who has divided the Church, has had, “it is written” on which to hang his doctrine. G. Campbell Morgan
Many of us are hunting mice – while lions devour the land. Leonard Ravenhill

 

 

The Bible Is Vanishing!

Fewer and fewer Bibbles are brought to church, and many of the people that bring them don’t use them after arival.

 

It would be foolish to try and make bread without flour or concrete without sand. When an essential ingredient is left out, we create a completely different product. It is equally true of the Church. If the Word of God is absent in the House of God what will that produce? I’ll give a short list of possible answers.

 

#1 Weak Christians; Believers will be very immature and easily deceived with very little fruit showing.

 
#2 Fake Christians; These are people who have no true faith in Christ, but have become members or maybe even leaders of the church.

 
#3 The identity of the Church is lost; There will be no difference between the Church or any other civic group. An absence of true holiness.

 
#4 God is mocked; When those who claim his name fail to walk in his statutes they give the rest of the world reason to doubt and discredit God.

 
Many do not realize that the Bible is largely absent in pulpits across our country today. On a typical Sunday morning stories and jokes are told, videos with a “message” are shown, musical performances are applauded and the Bible is used only as an occasional reference or to add spiritual credibility. Many churches spend more time preparing decorations, sound checks, advertising and entertaining than they do expounding, exhorting and applying the Holy Scriptures.

 
However, the symptoms of the Bible’s absence are undeniable. Most church attendees can not defend their faith and have only a shallow understanding of their salvation. Churches are filled with worldly people, ideas and methods. The members are not even identifiable as being a part of God’s flock.

 
Our only hope for this trend to change is found in a rich, steady diet of God’s Word. The missing ingredient is also the cure. The responsibility start with pastors. They must strive to prepare a Bible filled message every time they stand to speak. Fathers must lead their family to attend a Church where the Bible is faithfully taught.

 
Will you pray with us for God to raise up more Bible teaching churches? We should not just pray and then sit idly by and wait for this to happen. Join and support a Bible preaching church with your attendance, tithes, prayers and encourage others to do the same.

Membership Minimums

I want to begin a three part series on Church Membership. These are the notes from our Wednesday night Bible study here at Lee Creek Baptist Church. These messages were preached Jan 18-Feb 1 2012 and can be heard on our website. The need for this teaching is great among Southern Baptist especially, because many churches have a membership that is often four to five time as large as the attendance. Some as high as ten fold the attendance. The issue begins with who is allowed to join a church. Often times our membership is out of control because the people we have put on our roles never intended to stay in the church. They had a religious experience and when it wore off they left, never to be seen again. Many were never truly converted. So what do we do?

 

In order to properly teach on this subject we must establish what the Bible requires of a member of a New Testament Church. So we will begin with five minimums for acceptance in to the church’s role. These are the minimums, not maximums. We should expect to see some spiritual growth in love, knowledge and service after they join and continue under biblical teaching. So what does the Bible say is required of us to join the church?

 

Believe This may seem obvious to some of you but many people have joined their church as a baby, when a priest baptized them. John 1:12-13 tells us the “power to become the sons of God” only belongs to them who “believe on his name.” That is, the ones who have saving faith in Jesus Christ. They make up the “Church” that Jesus said He would build in Matthew 16:18. People who have not been regenerated and indwelt by the Holy Spirit can not function in the church. Simply put, they follow a different leader and their heart longs for worldly thing and not spiritual things. When a church is is full of lost members it can not fulfill the office God intended it to hold. “Ye must be born again” is still the step in church membership.

 

Baptism Only the believer is a proper candidate for baptism (Acts 2:41). No babies where ever baptized in the New Testament. When an entire household was baptized in the Bible you have to make the assumption that they were a young family with babies every time in order to believe that. Acts 8:36-39 give us the story of Phillip and the Ethiopian eunuch who, after he had heard the Word, wanted to be baptized. Phillip said “If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.” Notice how they both went down into the water and both came up out of it. This was not a sprinkling. The only baptism that is acceptable before God is done by immersion, by a fellow believer, upon their profession of faith. This is the first act of obedience that every Christian should want to take. If a person can’t follow Christ this far, they are not a candidate for membership.

 

Agree Doctrinally   Acts 2:42 tells us the early church “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine.” Pastors are commanded to teach sound doctrine: I Tim 4:13, 16. We live in a day when there is a different kind of church on every corner. All of these verious beliefs have sprang up over differing doctrinal views. Odds are, there is a group that already preaches the Bible “your way.” The church and her pastor are commanded to gaurd these doctrines I Tim 1:3. In Romans 16:16-18 Paul instructs the church to “mark them that cause divisions and offences contrary to doctrine… and avoid them”. Often times this treatment could be avoided if the church and the prospect were honest on the front end. If the doctrine of the church can not be accepted, membership is not an option.

 

 Attend The Services  Heb 10:24-25 are pretty cut and dried. Verse 24 tells us “to provoke unto love and good works.” How can you help others in this task if you don’t want to be with them? Church requires Christians, and the Christian requires church. v25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together” To not go to church is to disobey a direct command from holy Scripture. We have every right to take a vacation, work an extra day or stay home sick when necessary. Even if we are to old and feeble to attend church, that is understandable. But, If someone is “forsaking” the church and has no plans of returning, they are out of fellowship. Let us be reminded that true Christians can not stay in this condition. I John 2:19-20 is clear “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us…” The believer may from time to time become disgruntled with the church or it’s leadership, but he can not stay that way. v20 “..ye have the Holy One..” The Holy Spirit comes and corrects our heart. The Great Shepherd takes care of His sheep. If there are no plans of staying, there should be no plans of membership.

 

Accept The Leadership God appoints the leaders in the church. In the Bible they are called Pastors, Elders or Bishops. What ever you call them the Bible is clear, God has put them there to “under shepherd” His flock. Many passages of Scripture support this. For example Heb 13:7, 17 show the responsibility of both the pastor and the pew. The pastor is to lead, and he must give an account, of both of himself and those whom he pastors. In I Pet 5:1-4 Peter tells how true pastors are to conduct themselves. We have the criteria for a qualified pastor in I Tim 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. Pastors meeting those standards are to be prayed for, not opposed to. If a person can not accept the God given leadership in the church, they have no business seeking membership there.

 

May God be glorified in His Churches!

A Timeless Message


First of all, Christ needs no new inventions to glorify Him. “We have invented a new line of things,” says one. Have you? “We have discovered something very wonderful.” I daresay you have, but Christ, “the same yesterday, and today, and for ever” (Heb. 13:8 ) needs none of your inventions, discoveries, or additions to His truth. A plain Christ is forever the loveliest Christ. Dress Him up, and you have defamed Him. Bring Him out just as He is, the Christ of God, nothing else but Christ, unless you bring in His Cross, for “we preach Christ crucified” (1 Cor. 1:23); indeed, you cannot have Christ without the Cross; but preach Christ crucified, and you have given him all the glory that He desires. The Holy Spirit does not reveal in these last times any fresh laws or any novel doctrines or any new evolutions. He simply brings to mind the things that Christ Himself spoke. He brings Christ’s own things to us, and in that way glorifies Him.

– C. H. Spurgeon, Spurgeon on the Holy Spirit, p. 60-61