Pastor's Paragraph, 12/5/2017

Dear Church Family,
The angels could not hold back there praise any longer. The night had long been anticipated and all of creation and time had been moving toward this point. There was never a moment of doubt within the heavenly realm as to whether this day would come. As the events unfolded across the rock laden land in the quietness of the night, the angels were released to proclaim the message to the unsuspecting world. In the dead of night, the angels burst through the embedded darkness disrupting the silence and the weary watch of the shepherds. Gripped with fear the shepherds in hearing the words of the angels find themselves astonished and amazed. The shepherds intrigue drives from the field to go and see for themselves if the angels have spoken an unconceivable truth. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those whom he is pleased.” The greatest feat and God’s moment of greatest exaltation has arrived in the form of a baby named Jesus.
Sunday the sermon series, “All in the Family”, continues with a second part look at 1 Corinthians 14:1-25. Paul has demonstrated that the abuse and misuse of tongues does not edify the church and becomes a self-centered expression which detracts from the Gospel. Tongues has been used to share the Gospel with the aid of an interpreter and benefit the whole church. However, without any interpreter tongues is meaningless gibberish which can disrupt the opportunity for the Gospel to be heard. Tongues may offer a personal enrichment, but mature believers willingly sacrifice their preference for the benefit of the unbeliever and the proclamation of the Gospel.
We have been challenged to “speak the language” of those we are engaging with the Gospel. We are now being challenged to give up a personal preference, something we might enjoy, so others can hear the Gospel. Mature believers live a life marked by sacrifice for the edification of others. Mature believers even do things they personally may not like because it helps another. Are we marked in such a way? Can we truly say we can find joy in others worshiping in ways we may struggle to do so? Christ was marked in such a way. Christ put aside his personal desires. What about you?
FBCBC is where the “impossible” is a living reality every day and Christ is who we seek to exalt. Invite someone to be a part of what God is doing at FBCBC.

Your Pastor,

Douglas Shows
1 Corinthians 14:19

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