For a number years, God has been growing a passion in my heart to see the body of Christ know, understand and discern His Word correctly. It can be very easy to miss the heart of some texts and allow convincing voices in your life to teach you something incorrect concerning Scripture. Here is a great example of how a Prosperity Preacher might teach a text, versus how the Word of God teaches it. Context is key!
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: https://youtu.be/IIELqrb9-tE
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.
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.
This week Stephen talks about the following:
- Team Night date correction. November 9 at 6:30 pm
- Make sure you look at your bulletin this Sunday
- New Series is starting November 5. God Redeems
- This Sunday is the last Sunday of our Money series. Read Acts 4 & 5, the story of Ananias & Sapphira.
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.
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:
- George and Ida Mae’s going away party after service on Sunday
- We are in week number 2 of our new series on Money. Stephen will be preaching out of the story of Achan this Sunday.
Stephen talks to us this week about:
- The Elder & Deacon installation coming up on Sunday
- The Church’s new phone number (716) 791-7576
- This week’s passage, Ephesians 5:15-20
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:
- Service starts at 10 am
- Bring a lawn chair. We will provide chairs, but just in case there are not enough, bring one of your own.
- Call Dawn Monroe (716-870-8937) before Sunday to make sure you know what to do with the dish you are bringing.
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:
- Family Reunion, joint service on Sunday (with fellowship time at afterward)
- New Elder and Head Deacon installation
- Church clean out
- Baptisms and church picnic
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:
- Annual meeting after service this Sunday
- Free Flea Market on Sunday
- Baptisms and Family Picnic
This week Stephen is preaching out of Ephesians 4:25-19 and looking at how diving into faith in Jesus means giving up on any type of fear or greed of a deceitful mind. Make sure you are read up before Sunday and your heart is ready to receive the Word.
Stephen also covered the following in the video… watch for more info
- New and improved coffee time on Sunday mornings
- We’re donating our old Hymnals to a church in need
- August 6: Annual Church Meeting
- August 20: Baptisms and Family Picnic
Ian will be preaching out of Ephesians 4:17-24 this week and he will be spending time on the difference between being and doing. and why we so often get it switch the wrong way. Get your hearts ready to receive and be taught.
Stephen also talks about the following:
- Zac’s Mission and Worship Night: July 23 at 7 pm
- Church cleanup: From now to the end of August we will have cleaned out and donated some of the old stuff that we’ve had sitting in the church for several years. We will be making announcements on Sunday mornings letting everyone know what are in the boxes. If there is anything that you would like to grab out of them, please do. This week’s items are CHOIR/MUSIC BOOKS.
- Church Annual Meeting: August 6 after service
- A Family Reunion: August 13 Jame and Brandi’s church will be joining us for service at our location. They will lead in worship and we will be preaching.
- Church Picnic and Baptisms: August 20 we will meet at Tuscarora State Park for our outdoor baptism service and annual church family picnic. Please contact Dawn Monroe to help with the luncheon.
Stephen will be preaching out of Ephesians 4:11-16 this week and he will be spending time on the WHY of our church vision. Why we believe God is calling us to become a church of Community Groups. It’s a great Sunday to decide to be at church.
Stephen also talks about the following:
- Zac’s Mission and Worship Night, July 23 at 7 pm
- Church Annual Meeting: August 6 after service
- Church cleanup: From now to the end of August we will have cleaning out and donating some of the old stuff that we’ve had sitting in the church for several years. We will be making announcements on Sunday mornings letting everyone know what are in the boxes. If there is anything that you would like to grab out of them, please do.
This week we’re looking at Ephesians 4:7-10 and how Jesus, with all authority (after descending and ascending), gives gifts to his church so that they can walk in a manner worthy of their calling. Spend some time in the text below. Read it, meditate on it and allow it to minister to you.
1) I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2) with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3) eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4) There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5) one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6) one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7) But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8) Therefore it says,
“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”
9) (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10) He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Stephen also covers the follow:
- Zac’s Mission and Worship Night on July 23 at 7pm
- Ryan and Chelsea’s going away party on July 14 at 5pm
- Stained Glass and Painting
- How a Prosperity Preacher abuses a text
- When they come knocking.
- Saint Patrick wasn’t Irish
- Get ready for MyCircle
- The Celebrity Pastor from a small church perspective
- How far will you go to save your soul?
- One-on-One with Jerry Gillis on The Church of Western New York
- Pictures from January 27, 2019
- Don’t Weaponize Your Wound