The Navigator: 10.1.2020

THIS SUNDAY, 10/4

Preacher:  DL Lowrie

 

THIS SATURDAY, 10/3: Winterizing Cars & Annex Clean-up

After a brief meeting at 8am, our Deacon Body will be winterizing cars from 9am-Noon in our parking lot. Additionally, we will be cleaning out garages in our church-owned homes that perimeter our church.

 

Don’t ever forget these 6 fundamentals:

  1. You can’t give what you don’t have. Be faithful and disciplined in your own spiritual growth via daily devotional time involving biblical study and prayer – even if it’s just for a few minutes. Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) Additionally, if your “well is ever dry” and you need a break/sabbath, let your pastor know.
  2. Be a disciplined and responsible student of scripture.  And, know why you believe what you believe. Study context. Take time to think and work through hard passages. When you stop learning, you stop leading. Think deeply. One theologian wisely wrote in regard to studying a passage of scripture:  “If we can know the author, the audience, and the purpose the author had in mind, this goes a long way in understanding what God is saying to us in that passage.” (cf. 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Peter 3:15)
  3. Lead with love. Jesus said, “By this all will know if you follow me, if you love one another.” (John 13:35) Your class may not always remember what you taught them, but they will always remember how you treated them.
  4. Lead by example. Jesus said – and modeled – “The greatest among you shall be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11) Sheep are led, not driven.  Be on time to class.  Always show up prepared.  Our listeners can smell “winging it” a mile away.
  5. Approach teaching as seriously as God does. James wrote, “Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.” (James 3:1) Prepare well, and leave the results to God.
  6. Regularly share the gospel with your class for two reasons. (1) Never assume everyone who attends is a Christian, and (2) it will remind and equip your class to share their faith as well.

 

This Sunday, 10/4, in both worship services, our former pastor, Jerry Joplin, will be giving us a testimony as to how BHBC’s monetary investment in the furtherance of God’s Kingdom through the Lubbock Baptist Association is making a difference.

 

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

In chapter 7, as all Jews were preparing to attend the Festival of Shelters in Jerusalem, Jesus informed his brothers he was not going to Jerusalem with them.  They countered, quite strongly, that he should not only go with them, but also put his miracles on display for all to see.

John records:

So Jesus replied, “My time has not yet arrived, but you are ready at any opportunity!

What we see here is Jesus’ avoidance of the wrong time in God’s sovereign plan, and Jesus’ perfect obedience to the right time in God’s sovereign plan.

The scene hearkens back to John 2, where, at a wedding in Cana, Jesus’ mother appealed to him to help (miraculously) with the depleted wine.  Jesus replied to her,

“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

Mankind hurries about life often forgetting that God’s Timetable is not random.  Search the gospels and you will find that Jesus was never in a hurry, nor was he ever late.  God’s timing is always impeccable.

Jesus’ brothers were thinking in terms of mere human logic.  Jesus knew better.

Don’t rush God.  That’s never a good idea.  Wait for him.  His timing is always best.

 

THREE SWIVEL STOOLS AVAILABLE

Should you like to have a swivel stool to sit on while teaching simply let me know.  We have three that are available.  See pic below.

 

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

 

ENCOURAGEMENT

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

For Pastor Lowrie’s online leading in the Lord’s Supper, click here.

For my lesson on John 7:1-24 this past Wed evening, click here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

SOUL FOOD: Life Is Short, Don’t Miss It

Read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick