In preparation for our Easter service, we will have a church-wide work day on Saturday, April 19th at 9 am. All major ministries have been assigned areas of responsiblity so see your ministry leader to see how you can help. If you are new to the church or don’t know where to help, please see Brother Russ Prock (461-5561 Ext 115 or email email@example.com).
Easter outreach will continue Monday (4/14) – Wednesday (4-16) evenings at 6:30. We’ll meet in the lower parking lot where we’ll board buses and head out to community to invite our neighbors to our Easter Cantata. Please see Pastor Scott Northcutt for questions or more information.
Also, Ladies Soul-winning will meet on Tuesday (4/15) morning at 9:30 in the room 321. Child care is provided for infant through sixth grade. Please see Mrs. Carrie Frost for questions or more information.
Lastly, we’ll finish up our Easter outreach on Saturday (4/19). We’ll meet in the lower parking lot at 9:30.
Please join us on Saturday, April 12 as we begin our Easter Outreach. We’ll meet at 9:30 in the lower parking lot where we will board buses and head into our community to invite our neighbors to our Easter Cantata. For questions or more information, contact Pastor Scott Northcutt (461-5561 Ext 137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
It has been our attempt in the past few weeks to turn our attention to the Gospels and the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. We have tried to emphasis different aspects of His ministry. Next week we will see Jesus on the Cross and the following week (Easter Sunday) we will see the Resurrected Savior. However today, we will see Jesus give to us 5 great promises as He proceeds to the Cross. These great promises are found in one chapter. This chapter is very popular especially the first few verses. The fact of the matter is, many of us have memorized the opening verses of this chapter but have often ignored the remaining verses. Please turn your attention to the great chapter found in John 14.
In these five promises we are equipped for our journey and service here as we wait for the coming of our Lord and Savior. One should read and reread this wonderful and powerful chapter that insures us of His daily support for us. Jesus said, “I will never leave you not forsake you.”
1. THE PROMISE OF AN APPOINTED PLACE… VERSES 1-3… In these three verses the Holy Spirit gives to us three thoughts: Their burden hearts in verse one; the beautiful home in verse two and the blessed hope in verse three. One will go from trouble to triumph in these verses for the first of the five promises.
2. THE PROMISE OF THE ADEQUATE PATH…VERSES 4-12…As you follow along you will notice that these verses will be divided into two emphases: The Way in verses 4-6 and The Works in verses 9-12. Of course the verses found here are very, very familiar to most of us. Thomas asks one of the most repeated questions found in religious circles, “How can we know the way?” The answer comes with both a provision and a prohibition. God not only provides the way for us but he also directs us in the works for him. (See also Eph. 2:8-10). In verse 9 the Father is directing the works, in verse 10, 11 Jesus is doing the works and in verse 12 the disciples are duplicating the works.
3. THE PROMISE OF ANSWERED PRAYER…VERSES 13-15…Please take note that we are given the method of prayer, both the motive and motivation of prayer and the maintenance of prayer. Someone has said that Jesus is our example in prayer, the Devil is our enemy in prayer but the Bible is our exhortation in prayer.
4. THE PROMISE OF THE ADVOCATE’S PRESENCE…VERSES 16-18…Of course the Scriptures teaches us that the Holy Spirit is our Advocate. Not only do we have in these verses the promise of the Holy Spirit coming to continue the work of our Savior but in the chapter of John’s Gospel number 16 we have extended teaching regarding His coming presence to guide us. God the Holy Spirit has come to indwell us; to instruct us and to empower us.
5. THE PROMISE OF ABIDING PEACE…VERSES 27-31…This passage begins with the same thought that is given to us at the very beginning of this great chapter with the thought of “Peace”. The Book of Colossians 3:15 gives to us a verse that is paramount in our Christian walk. He states, “Let the peace of God rule in your heart…” The word “rule” is the thought of our word “Referee”. The bottom line in our walk with God is to allow the peace of God to referee every situation that arises in our walk with Him. God wants us to have peace and He has provided the ways and means for us from salvation to Second Coming. Don’t miss the promises provided for us.
I trust that this series of studies has helped to turn your thoughts and study to the four Gospel and the days leading up to the death and resurrection of our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. I keep reminding you that 27 of the 89 chapters of the four Gospels are related to the last week of our Savior. Therefore, we must realize that the Holy Spirit is emphasizing for us these thoughts of God’s plan and purpose for the coming of Christ.
If one will read only 3 chapters per day for the next 30 days which will be in the time area of Easter this year, one will have read the four Gospels. The average length of a chapter is @ 25 verses and it will take @ 5 minutes to read a chapter. Simple Math tells us that our reading equals about 15-20 minutes. Perhaps if one would get a partner to join with one another then this would help with accountability and also some form of question and answer after reading. In reading from the Gospels one will see the Savior from birth to death and resurrection and then to the ascension. “Sirs, we would see Jesus.”
Today we shall take a look not at the physical death of Jesus on the cross so much as we would look at the “significance of His death”. That He died is an historical fact; but there are many “views”, “ideas”, “interpretations” and ‘theories”, as to why He died.
• He did not die a suicide’s death—Look up Isaiah 53:8.
• He did not die of old age, accident or disease—Look up John 10:18
• He did not die as a political hero—Look up Luke 24:21.
• He did not die simply as an example—Look up John 15:13.
• He did not die simply as a martyr—Look up Acts 7:54-60.
• He did not die simply to show God’s love—Look up Romans 5:8.
• He did not die because He was a criminal—Look up Luke 23:4.
Another question that often arises regarding the death of Christ is simply who killed Christ or who crucified Christ? Some would say that it was the Roman soldiers, some would indicated that it was the Roman government, while others contend that it was the Jewish religious leaders of the day, even some will say it was the ruler Pilate. However, how many times have we heard it from our pulpits this statement: “it was our sins that nailed Him to the cross”? Let us not forget the statement by our Savior in which He says, “No man takes it from me, I lay down my life.”
The Lord Jesus came into the world to die. The death of Christ was not “Plan B” in God’s scheme of things. I love the verse in Hebrews 9:26, “…but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” Don’t forget Revelation 13:8, “…of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
As the sinless One, there was no cause of death in Him. He voluntarily laid down His life for us because it was the will of His Father that He should do so and because He loved us so much. Can you say, “It is enough that Jesus died, and that He died for me?”
If you have just recently started visiting Lighthouse Baptist Church within the past month and have questions concerning our church or church ministries, please plan on joining us following the morning service on March 30 in room 203. This is great opportunity where you will have a chance to meet our Pastoral staff and ministry leaders and ask questions about the various ministries at the church. For questions or more information, please contact Pastor Chris Chaney (461-5561 Ext 122 or email email@example.com)
Monday, March 24th will be a teacher prep day for the 4th quarter, so there will be school for the Lighthouse Christian Academy.
It has been our attempt for the last few weeks to direct our thinking to the study of the life of Christ as we approach the time we recognize the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior. Paul said in the Book of Romans, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of the gospel…” First Corinthians 15:1-4 defines the gospel for us, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
We have spoken of the fact that the four Gospels are composed of only 89 chapters for us to see and feel the biography of the Savior. However, Psalm 40:7, “Then said I, Lo I come in the volume of the book it is written of me” relates to us the fact that the entire Scriptures reveal Him to us. Before someone states that this is an Old Testament verse, please look at Hebrews 10:7 where we have a direct quotes from this Psalms. And yes, remember also that the Book of Hebrews is the book that tells us that Christ has fulfilled the Old Testament types and the key word is better. Christ is better than and we are given the major thoughts of the Old Testament. Now in the New Testament we are brought up to date. The Book of Hebrews beginning with Chapter one without a doubt ties together the truths of the Old Testament with the revelation in the New Testament. Yes, the volume of the Book is written of Him.
I am always amazed at a couple of verses near the conclusion of John’s Gospel. Let us look at these two verses, John 20:30, “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.” Now let us look at the closing verse of John’s Gospel chapter 21:25, “…I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.” John is saying to us that Jesus did many more things worthy of recording but they are not written for us.
However, Matthew writes in chapter 11:29, “…learn of me…” This is our challenge as we study the Scriptures that we are to learn of Christ Jesus our Lord. In our study and consideration of Jesus in these days and times there are at least four things that should move us:
• We need to see what Jesus saw…In Matthew 9:36, “But when he saw the multitudes…” Many times in the gospels and the Book of Acts we have recorded the word “multitude”. As has been stated the work of God is all about people. When we read of Jesus we will immediately see the people around Him.
• We need to feel what Jesus felt…”…moved with compassion…” Too many times we fail to allow the determining factor in our service to be “moved with compassion”. Jude said, “Some have compassion making a difference…”
• We need to pray what Jesus prayed…”Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will end forth labourers into his harvest.” The need is great…the laborers are few.”
• We need to do what Jesus did, “…and Jesus went about all the cities and villages…teaching…preaching the gospel…”
Please pray for Pastor Fisher as he travels to Australia and speaks for:
•Pastor Tom Gonderman at the Southland Baptist Church in Seven Hills, AU on Wednesday, March 12th @ 1:00am PDT.
•Pastor Bill Zaydean at the Faith Baptist Church in Regents Park, AU on Friday, March 14th @ 1:00am PDT.
•Pastor Nathan Lloyd at the Good Shepard Baptist Church in Brisbane, AU:
•Sat., 15th @ 4:00pm PDT
•Sunday, 16th @ 4:00pm PDT
•Monday, 17th @ 4:00pm PDT
•Tuesday, 18th @ 4:00pm PDT
•Wednesday, 19th @ 2:00am PDT
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