The Navigator: 9.24.2020

THIS SUNDAY, 9/27

Preacher:  DL Lowrie

Lord’s Supper Online:  Sunday evening, Pastor Lowrie will be leading us, virtually, in the Lord’s Supper, as he did in April when we were not meeting due to COVID.  You will be able to access the video of him leading sometime Sunday afternoon or evening, and, as such, will be able to observe the Lord’s Supper at your convenience in your own home with family and/or friends.

 

THIS SUNDAY, let’s say thank you to Jordan Morales

As I mentioned a few weeks back, our Youth Pastor, Jordan Morales, resigned to take a teaching position at Southcrest Christian School here in Lubbock.  Her last Sunday is this coming Sunday, Sep. 27th.  Let’s say thank you  in between, and after, our morning worship services by bringing thank you notes and/or gift cards.  The reception will be in the Commons.

 

A Brief Biblical Principle from this Past Wed. Evening’s Time of Learning:

Following Jesus’ “Bloodiest Sermon”, he offers an invitation to appropriate his message to embrace him not merely as a good teacher or miracle worker, but as Messiah, Lord and Savior.  Far from the responses we’ve witnessed at a Billy Graham Crusade, John records:

“From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.” (John 6:66)

The Greek word for disciple literally means student or learner, and hundreds of these disciples hung out and around Jesus – but for all the wrong reasons.

These were false disciples.  They had no personal faith in Jesus.  They wanted sizzle, but not substance.  They wanted an A on the test without having to study.  German pastor/martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, sums up the attitude of a false disciple best in his book, The Cost of Discipleship (my copy is well-worn), where he describes what he calls Cheap Grace.

“Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church. Grace without cost!  The grace, we suppose, is that the account has been paid in advance; and, because it has been paid, everything can be had for nothing. Cheap grace means the justification of the sin without the justification of the sinner.  Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves.  Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, communion without confession.  It is grace without discipleship, grace without the Cross, grace without Jesus Christ.”

Apparently, there will be many false disciples on Judgment Day learning for the first time that their decision not to embrace Christ by faith was a death sentence for all eternity.  Jesus offers this haunting warning:

“On that day [of judgment] many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ – Matthew  7:22-23

Which disciple are you?

 

Our Children’s Pastor, Dana Kluzek, shared the following story this past week in Staff Meeting.  I asked her permission to share it here.  It will warm your heart and remind you all Jesus is doing in our midst:

This past Sunday we started a program in the Children’s Ministry called Bible Buddies.  The kids adopt a Bible Buddy (stuffed animal) that they will read their Bible to.  They also receive a book that contains 30 different age-specific Bible readings for them to read to their buddy and a place to journal about what they read.  Once they complete those readings, they can return the book for a prize and another book.  The purpose of this program is to get kids into the habit of reading their Bibles daily.  The kids were all very excited about this program, and couldn’t wait to adopt!  One of our kids was supposed to go to their grandparent’s house last weekend, and she refused to go until her mom assured her that she would pick up a Bible Buddy and study book for her.  We had another kid who was going to be out the Sunday of the adoptions, and she also came to me and wanted to be sure that she didn’t miss out on adopting a Bible Buddy.  I let her choose one and set it aside for her so that she would have the one she wanted.  On Sunday, all of our Buddies were adopted except for 6 and we ran out of the 1st-3rd Grade Bible Read-Along books.  We also provided each family with a book for the parent or guardian titled “5 Things To Pray for Your Kids.” 

 

 

And, speaking of our Children’s Ministry…

Fall Fest! Sort of…

Due to COVID (it seems like I’ve begun most of my statements with that phrase this year), we will not be hosting our traditional Fall Fest in late October.  However, Dana and her brilliant team will be putting together “Fall Fest Bags” for children.  These bags will contain resources for knowing Jesus, info about BHBC and, of course, candy.  Dana has let informed us to let folks know that we can begin collecting candy now.

 

IN DEFENSE of the CHRISTIAN FAITH: Human Consciousness

Dr. John Lennox is a renowned scientist from Oxford University, as well as a towering figure within the discipline of Christian Apologetics. Allow your faith to be strengthened as you listen to Dr. Lennox use human consciousness as a powerful defense for our faith.  The clip is under 4 minutes in length:

 

For a list of Search Team members, or to know the steps for communicating with the Team, please see click here and scroll down. Pray for them!

 

ENCOURAGEMENT

For Pastor Lowrie’s most recent sermon, click here.

For my lesson on the conclusion of John 6 this past Wed evening, click here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“We may be, in part, products of our past: but if the gospel is true, we do not need to be prisoners of it.” – Andy Bannister

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

SOUL FOOD: My Least Favorite Book in the Bible

Click here to see why.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick