Rejoice in What We May Become

Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)

Charles Spurgeon was a British Baptist preacher who lived during the 19th century. It’s estimated that during his life he preached to around 10 million people and was a prolific writer.

Consider these words from Pastor Spurgeon, which are taken from one of his sermons.

I think I can say to every one of you—If you are already saved, then the work is only half done until you are active in bringing others to Christ.

You are as yet only half formed into the image of your Lord. You have not attained to the full development of the Christ-like life in you unless you have begun in some feeble way to tell to others of the grace of God: and I trust that you will find no rest to the sole of your foot until you have been the means of leading many to that blessed Savior who is your confidence and your hope.

His word is — “Follow me,” — not merely that you may be saved, nor even that you may be sanctified; but, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Be following Christ with that intent and aim; and fear that you are not perfectly following him, unless in some degree he is making use of you to be fishers of men.

This Sunday join us at BCBC for fellowship  at 10:30 am and stay for worship at 11:00 am.

Wake up to the Importance of the Lord’s Message in Sunday School

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4)

Some people might think that church membership alone is sufficient to save their souls. But realize this fact. Salvation requires knowledge of God, as well as obedience to him.

And Sunday School is the place to gain that knowledge. It’s the tool that guides a systematic study of the Gospel and ushers knowledge and joyful obedience to God by every father, mother, and child.

We have started new Sunday School lessons. Select the one that interest you. Each will be insightful and fulfilling.

  • The Meaning of Marriage based on the best selling book by Timothy and Kathy Keller and Spence Shelton.
  • Romans based on the Max Lucado Life Lessons.
  • Fundamentals of the Faith: 13 lessons by John MacArthur to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
  • Bible Studies for Life: targeted to senior adults and based on Unvarnished Truth by Blake Gideon and Unstoppable Gospel by Gregg Matte.

It all happens in BCBC Sunday School… Bent Creek Baptist Church Sunday School.

After Sunday School? Please linger a while for coffee, cake, fellowship, and the BCBC worship service at 11 am.

Come, Lord Jesus

 Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. (Revelation 22:12-13)

In Revelation 21 and 22 we learn that the Lord will return for us. He may come any day, or he may wait 10,000 years. What we can rely on however, is that he will keep his promise.

The Bible teaches that those who believe in Jesus will not be condemned for their sin (Romans 5:8-9 and 8:1, and, John 5:24).

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! (Romans 5: 8-9)

The Bible also speaks of “rewards” given to “everyone according to what they have done” (Romans 2:6 and14:12, 2 Corinthians 5:10, 1 Corinthians 3:12-15, and Matthew 16:27). Click here and here for more articles on this topic.

For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body. (2 Corinthians 5:10)

There are several things to remember in our Christian walk while waiting for Jesus to return.

For Growing Christians

  • Growth is about the direction you are headed, not just the distance you’ve traveled.

For non-Growing Christians

  • Ask the Holy Spirit to arouse a renewed appetite for God.

For non-Christians

  • Know well that Jesus is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

For Everyone

  • And let those who hear say, “Come!” Whoever is thirty, let him come, and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. (Rev. 22:17)

Live your life in the grace of God, and cling to the Christ who died on the cross and rose victoriously.

Pastor Sam and the congregation of Bent Creek Baptist Church invite you to join us each Sunday at 11 am in the worship sanctuary. Come early, and join us for Sunday School at 9:30 am.