Category: Media

Look at the Book: For God so loved the world

This video is from John Piper’s Desiring God website.

Soldiers take bullets for one another. Parents sacrifice daily for their kids. But who would die for their enemies? In this lab, John Piper reminds us that God did.

Some questions to ask as you read and study John 3:16:

  1. Do you believe God loves you? What makes you believe this on your best and worst days?
  2. According to John 3:16, in what way did God love the world? Do you feel loved by this day-to-day? Why or why not?
  3. What was the most refreshing reminder for you in this lab? Who can you share that with?

The first Advent Candle: Hope

On Sunday we lit our first Advent candle which represented Hope. Here is a little video from the Bible Project that explains that word in more detail.

In the Bible people who have hope are very different from optimists! In this video, we’ll explore how biblical hope looks to God’s character alone as a basis for trusting that the future will be better than the present.

More information on The Bible Project here

My Prayer for John Chau

In the wake of missionary John Chau’s death on November 17, 2018, at the hands of North Sentinel Islanders, my prayer is that God would do it again. Not the death of another man of course but the regeneration of another remote tribe in this world for the Glory of God. On November 20, 1839, missionary John Williams and James Harris arrived on the shore of the remote Erronmango Island with the conviction to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to this group of people, only to be attacked with clubs, killed and then eaten by the Islanders as part of a sacred ritual. Little did Williams and Harris know that some weeks before their arrival an Austrailian sandalwood trader had brutally murdered two boys from the tribe, forcing the tribe to resort to violence against any Westerners. However 20 years later this same tribe was visited by other Christian missionaries who were able to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with them successfully, and today the Erronmango Tribe continues to identify itself as a Christian nation.

See the BBC’s report on this story:

So my prayer today is that God would do it again; that He would use the death of John Chau to convict the hearts of the Sentinel Islanders, to ultimately show them the error of their way and bring them to the life-transforming news of Jesus Christ. My prayer is that five, ten, twenty or even forty years from now the Sentinal Islanders would also declare themselves a Christian nation. But, too, I pray that he would use the passion John Chau had for the glory of God, to stir new desires in believers all over this world to continue to go to the ends of the earth with the life-transforming grace of Jesus Christ. Only the message of Jesus can definitively transform hearts. Hours before John Chau died he wrote these words, “I hope this isn’t one of my last notes but if it is ‘to God be the Glory.'”

Ultimately we don’t know what God is doing here, but may our prayers be that he would do it again. God will you use one man’s death to transform a tribe, a nation, a world for your glory.

What is the book of Psalms all about?

The book of Psalms is the largest collection of poetry in the Bible. In this video, we’ll explore the design shape and central themes of this marvelous book, which was crafted to be read from beginning to end. The Psalms are an invitation to a literary temple where you can meet with God and hear the entire biblical storyline retold in poetic form.

Click here for more information on The Bible Project

The History of the ESV

Good morning church. I get the privilege to preach from the English Standard Version every single Sunday I stand before you to herald the Word of God. This is a beautifully made video about its history. If you are interested in knowing where it came from, take the ten minutes to watch. I’m praying that it stirs a reverence in your heart regarding God’s Word.

I Love you church,

Most Valuable Thing That This World Affords

Over twenty years ago, the idea was born for a new translation of the Bible. After many conversations and much prayer, fourteen members of the ESV Translation Oversight Committee began work on the English Standard Version—an essentially literal translation standing in the classic mainstream of English Bible translations over the past half-millennium. In the preface to the ESV, the Translation Oversight Committee writes:

In that [classic] stream, faithfulness to the text and vigorous pursuit of precision were combined with simplicity, beauty, and dignity of expression. Our goal has been to carry forward this legacy for this generation and generations to come.

In this short documentary, members of the ESV Translation Oversight Committee and Crossway’s leadership team reflect on the history of the English Standard Version—with deep reverence, gratitude, and ongoing wonder at what God has done and continues to do through the ESV.

Soli Deo Gloria!—To God alone be the glory!

Midweek – 11.17.17

Stephen reminds everyone of the Church Thanksgiving dinner this Sunday at 5 pm. If you still need to let Dawn Monroe know you are coming or are bringing a dish to pass, her phone number is (716) 870-8937. Please call her between now and then, before Sunday.

Midweek – 10.19.17

This week Stephen doesn’t have a tone of announcements other than to continue encouraging you to walk the journey of Biblical Stewardship and money with him. What does God say about how we manage His possessions? This week we are in Luke 19:1-10 with the story of Zacchaeus. Read it before you join us on Sunday. Can’t wait to see you all then.

Midweek 10.13.17 – WE’RE BACK!!

FBC Midweek is back! In the run-up to all the youth activities starting again, we just couldn’t put these videos out. Now that everything is up and running, we’re back into this routine.

Stephen covers the following:

  1. George and Ida Mae’s going away party after service on Sunday
  2. We are in week number 2 of our new series on Money. Stephen will be preaching out of the story of Achan this Sunday.

Midweek 9.1.17

Stephen talks to us this week about:

  1. The Elder & Deacon installation coming up on Sunday
  2. The Church’s new phone number (716) 791-7576
  3. This week’s passage, Ephesians 5:15-20

Midweek – 8.18.17

This week is outside service at Tuscarora State Park where we will be performing baptisms and enjoying our annual church picnic. We can’t wait to celebrate Jesus with you this Sunday. There are a couple of things to take note of:

  1. Service starts at 10 am
  2. Bring a lawn chair. We will provide chairs, but just in case there are not enough, bring one of your own.
  3. Call Dawn Monroe (716-870-8937) before Sunday to make sure you know what to do with the dish you are bringing.

Midweek – 8.12.17

Tomorrow Stephen will walk us through Ephesians 5:1-2 where Paul calls us to be imitators of God, as beloved children. This is a huge section of scripture as Paul continues to remind the church in Ephesus that it’s all about BEING before DOING.

In the video Stephen also covers the following:

  1. Family Reunion, joint service on Sunday (with fellowship time at afterward)
  2. New Elder and Head Deacon installation
  3. Church clean out
  4. Baptisms and church picnic

Midweek – 8.4.17

This week Ian is preaching out of Ephesians 4:30-32 and is going to be challenging up to put away this like slander, anger, and malice but instead be men and women of kindness and tenderheartedness. Make sure you read up before Sunday.

Coffee starts at 9:30 am and service at 10 am.

Stephen also covered the following:

  1. Annual meeting after service this Sunday
  2. Free Flea Market on Sunday
  3. Baptisms and Family Picnic