Anthropology Review

A couple weeks ago, we discussed Pillar #6 of Our Faith: Anthropology (The Study of Man). In that sermon, we discussed the following:

1) Man and Woman were created by God (Genesis 1 and 2).

2) Man and Woman were created by God in the image of God (Genesis 1:27).

3) Man and Woman were created by God, in the image of God, to be dependent on God for all their needs (Genesis 1:28ff). Check out the video below to see what happens when we forget this all important point:

A Most Difficult, Beautiful Topic: Marriage and Family

This past week I have had the privilege of being the special speaker at IRBC’s Family Camp 3. During the evenings, I have walked through the biblical model of marriage and family with the campers here. I entitled the mini-series, “A Most Difficult, Beautiful Topic”. If you are interested in listening to this intensely relevant series, please visit IRBC’s website at http://www.irbc.org/downloads-links/mp3-messag-es/.

Enjoy and God bless!

PFBC: Prayer List #5

prayer #5

The following list of prayer requests can be prayed for in your own “quiet time” with the Lord or in a small group setting (i.e. Growth Groups). Please keep the following requests in your prayers:

Justin Aubrecht – Pray for Justin’s family that God would pursue them in His grace and mercy and save their souls. Also, pray for Justin’s Friend (Custer Jr.) who is battling cancer and recovering from a recent stroke. Pray also for Custer’s salvation.

Micah Carroll – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Mary Case – Pray for Mary in regards to her eye sight and overall health.

Tonnie Crile – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Lenora Dunbar – Pray for Lenora and her overall health.

Tracy Fagen – Pray for Tracy who is struggling with hypothyroidism which results in her having no energy.

Rick Fields – Pray for Rick as he battles ongoing health problems.

Kay Gates – Please pray for Kay’s friend, Vonda Gooding, as she has just been diagnosed with leukemia and given 2 to 3 months to live. Pray that she comes to Christ before it’s too late.

Christine Hayes – Pray for Christine’s son, Tim, that he would find physical stability and peace with God.

Cassy Jaeger – Pray for Cassy’s son, Cason, as he recovers from shoulder surgery.

Bob Jones – Please pray for Bob as he continues to battle some health issues.

Marcy Juniper – Pray for Marcy’s son, JJ, as he serves in the military. Also, pray for Marcy’s dad who is currently in hospice.

Carla McCandless – Pray for Carla’s sister, Donna Cline, as she recovers from hip replacement surgery.

The Morgan Family – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Rhonda Reed – Pray for Rhonda’s mother, Jean Sampson, and her overall health.

Jan Rosien –  Please continue to pray for Jan’s great-granddaughter, Leah, who is battling health issues.

Arlena Tinnes – Pray for Arlena as she battles lung cancer.

Doug Tinnes – Pray for Doug’s friend, Ed, that he would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Linda Woodruff – Pray for Linda and her overall health.

Mike York – Pray for Mike’s son, Daniel, that he would find hope in God and peace with God.

The Zieser Family – Pray for Julie as she continues to walk the pathway of cancer…pray that God heals her body by means of chemotherapy. Also, pray for Wayne’s mother, Flora, who is declining in her health.

IRBC – Pray for all of our campers (and counselors) headed to Iowa Regular Baptist Camp this summer. Pray that God would grant to them safety, fun, and open/receptive hearts to the Gospel.

VBS – Pray for our upcoming Vacation Bible School. Pray for all of the young people who will attend and for our volunteers. Pray that God would grant changed hearts through the Gospel.

PFBC Leadership Team – Pray for your Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, and Deacons that God would grant to us wisdom, discernment, and vision as we move forward.

Our Church – Pray specifically for the marriages that are represented in our church. Pray that God would strengthen and protect these marriages from the Evil One.

Our Visitors – Pray for our many visitors that continue to come to PFBC. Pray that God would work in their hearts and lives. Pray that God would grow our church numerically and spiritually.

Our Missionaries – Pray for our many supported missionaries that God would grant to them success as they preach the Gospel of Grace. Pray specifically for the Kisarets, serving in Ukraine, that God would grant to them safety as they continue to spread the Gospel despite the civil war that is happening there.

Please Note: We will periodically update this prayer list. If you would like a prayer request to be added to this list, please let Pastor Dave or Pastor Jon know. Thank you!

The Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit

In last Sunday’s sermon, entitled “Pillar #4: Pneumatology – The Doctrine of God the Holy Spirit”, we were unable (due to time constraints), to delve into the topic of the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. So I promised to blog about this topic this very week. This blog post is in keeping with that promise.

The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit: What is it? And is it truly the unforgivable sin?

The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is found in Matthew 12:22-32. As you read this section of Scripture, you will notice that verse 31 is linked to verses 22-25a. It’s clear from the text that the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (aka. the unforgivable sin…see verse 32) happens when you attribute (either in word or thought) the work of God the Father, done by God the Son, to Satan, instead of to the Holy Spirit. Simply put:

Blasphemy: Work of God = Satan’s Power

Orthodoxy: Work of God = Spirit’s Power

Can this sin be committed today?! Answer: No! Why? Because Jesus (in the flesh) is no longer working the works of God the Father here on earth. This sin could only be committed while Jesus was on planet earth as the God-Man. Quite simply and plainly, the unforgivable sin today is rejection of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and dying in that state. Unbelief is the ultimate sin. Dying in unbelief is the unforgivable sin. Thus, the ultimate question is: Have you accepted Jesus as your own personal Lord and Savior?

#Pneumatology #DoctrineMatters

Highlights from Our Quarterly Business Meeting (7/5/15)

On Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 6:00 PM, we held our Quarterly Business Meeting of Prairie Flower Baptist Church. The following are some of the highlights from that meeting:

1) A reading of our church app/website stats was conducted. It was noted that our church app has been downloaded over 300 times since its launch last summer. Also, our weekly messages are listened to (on average) 45x a week.

2) The financial report was explained and accepted as written.

3) A review of our Child Protection Policy (formerly adopted in June 2013) was conducted. Our policy remains in effect for another two years. However, we (i.e. Pastors and Deacons) will consult with our insurance company over the possibility of making some administrative changes to our policy.

4)  PFBC Updates:

  • Pastor Jon – We are so grateful to God to have Pastor Jon Rocha on board with us at PFBC. He has already proven himself to be a man of both wisdom and insight. As a reminder, Pastor Jon has a threefold mission here at PFBC: 1) To shepherd, lead, and supervise the Youth Program of PFBC (this will include administrative oversight of the AWANA Program in the Fall/Spring), 2) To train and develop the lay leadership of PFBC (ex. he’ll be teaching in Growth Groups Training 101 in August and he’ll be developing a New Member’s Class to be launched sometime in 2016), and 3) To assist Pastor Dave in the performance of his pastoral duties (i.e. officiating communion/baptism, preaching on occasion, etc). Please be advised that Pastor Jon will be away at National Guard Drill from July 24-August 14 (i.e. 3 weeks). Please pray for your Citizen-Solider/Pastor-Protector during these weeks he’s away.
  • Current and Future Sermon Series – We are currently in our summer sermon series entitled “Doctrine: What Really Matters” and we will remain in this series through Sunday, August 30th. On that day (8/30), we will have a time of Q & A with Pastor Dave and Pastor Jon answering your questions in relation to doctrine. Don’t forget to submit your questions in the Doctrine Q&A Box.
  • IRBC – Pastor Dave will be speaking at IRBC’s Family Camp 3 this July 18-24. Please be in prayer for him as he prepares.
  • VBS – We’ll be hosting our third installment of High Power Soccer (here at PF) from Aug. 2-5. Will Luers is the Program Director for this event and he kindly asks that you volunteer to help in this year’s event (sign up is on the bulletin board in the church foyer). Also, be mindful that kicking off our VBS is a Community Family Fun Night on Saturday, August 1st (details are in your bulletin).
  • Growth Groups Training 101 – We will have a two-part Growth Groups Training session on Saturday, Aug. 15 and Saturday, Aug. 22 from 9 AM -12 PM. Pastor Dave and Pastor Jon will be teaching in these sessions. Please sign up on the sign-up sheet on the church bulletin board.
  • Answers in Genesis – Please be advised that we will be launching a new Sunday School Curriculum this fall. This curriculum is published by Answers in Genesis and is a synchronized discipleship program for the whole church. This will be a three year program that will take us from Genesis through Revelation as a church body.
  • Statement on SCOTUS and So-Called Same Sex Marriage – Believing that homosexuality is sin like any other sin (i.e. drunkenness, greed, pride, anger, porn, cheating, lying, adultery, fornication, prostitution, idolatry, murder, rape, causing dissension among the brethren, etc.) and believing that only God can define marriage (and He has in Gen. 2 and Matt. 19 as being between one man and one woman in a monogamous relationship), and in response to the Supreme Court of the United States of America’s decision to legalize so-called same sex marriage, we the Pastoral Staff of PFBC, have decided to approach these issues in our culture in a three-fold manner:
    1. Homiletically – We will address homosexuality and so-called same sex marriage naturally in our sermon series and not be reactionary. The SCOTUS decision neither shocks us nor surprises us. Their decision merely saddens us (as any celebration or institutionalization of sin would) and causes within us righteous anger that must be channeled naturally in our sermon series, not as a reaction.
    2. Pastorally – Our policy is to handle all situations regarding homosexuality and so-called same sex marriage in a spirit of grace and truth…truth in love. We firmly believe that to “love our neighbor as ourselves” is still our primary responsibility to our fellow man regardless of their sexual orientation. We welcome doubters, strugglers, and sinners of all kind while standing firm on our rejection of sin (no matter what kind of sin it might be). Anger, rage, and hate have no place in our hearts in regards to a homosexual and their struggle.
    3. Ecclesiastically – We, as a church, will (at some point in the future) have to address the issue of so-called same sex marriage in our constitution. Pastor Jon and I are already in the process of constitutional revisions in regards to this issue. We will continue to seek wise legal and pastoral advice as we weave through the minefield of constitutional changes.
    4. Final Comment – PFBC, the issue of so-called same sex marriage, and the institutionalization of it, should be approached seriously, not apocalyptically. The sky is not falling. God still reigns supreme over every government and ordinance of man. Our ultimate hope is found in Christ and in the fact that He is the immutable, sovereign God of the Universe. Our hope is not found in America’s revival, a certain political party in power, the 2016 Presidential election, new laws, etc. Our hope is found in Christ alone who reigns supreme.

Our meeting closed in prayer and we adjourned at about 7:20 PM.

The Supreme Court & So-Called Same Sex Marriage

A few thoughts (and resources) on the Supreme Court’s recent decision to legalize so-called same sex marriage:

1) God was not surprised by their ruling…we shouldn’t be either. Shock and surprise are inappropriate reactions for the believer who truly understands that our God is sovereign and in complete control over every government and ordinance of man (cf. Rom. 13:1-7). Only sadness (and righteous anger) over the institutionalization and celebration of sin should be the reactions of a true believer in regards to the Supreme Court’s ruling.

2) Grace and truth. Truth in love. It’s such a delicate balance as we communicate the truth and hope of the Gospel in a culture of supposed tolerance. Communicate the Gospel truthfully. Communicate the Gospel lovingly.

3) Remember…loving does not mean accepting and non-accepting does not mean hating. Don’t believe the cultural lie around you. For many of you, the Supreme Court’s decision will unveil the idol of your heart – approval. You crave it. You desire it. You want people to like you…to accept and approve of your thoughts, opinions, and beliefs. However, sometimes standing firm on the truth will make you unlikable and unapproved by your culture. Are you willing to be unpopular because of your stand on the truth?

4) If you’re a Christian, and you don’t know where you stand on the issue of homosexuality and so-called same sex-marriage (two separate issues), then do some research. The world knows where they stand…we definitely need to know. Whether we like it or not, to redefine marriage is to redefine the Gospel (Eph. 5). This issue has significant ramifications. Know where you stand and why you stand there.

5) The fight for biblical marriage is NOT the ultimate battleground…the Gospel of Jesus Christ is where the ultimate fight takes place. Again, to redefine marriage is to redefine the Gospel. In other words, according to Ephesians 5, the man in marriage symbolizes Christ and the woman in marriage symbolizes the Church. The man is to love his wife like Christ loved the Church. And the woman is to submit to her man like the Church submits to Christ. Jesus did not love Himself by means of dying for Himself as is showcased in a supposed marriage between a man and a man. Neither does the Church submit to itself as is portrayed in a woman and a woman in a supposed marriage. No, Jesus loved the Church so much that He died for the Church; and out of gratefulness for all that Jesus did, we (the Church) willingly and joyfully submit ourselves to Christ. Jesus’ relationship with the Church can only be portrayed in a monogamous, heterosexual marriage. So-called same sex marriage destroys this picture…it dismantles the picture of the Gospel. Thus, a Christian cannot accept so-called same sex marriage and expect to stand firm on the Gospel.

6) PFBC, the issue of so-called same sex marriage, and the institutionalization of it, should be approached seriously, not apocalyptically. The sky is not falling. God still reigns supreme over every government and ordinance of man. Our ultimate hope is found in Christ and in the fact that He is the immutable, sovereign God of the Universe. Our hope is not found in America’s revival, a certain political party in power, the 2016 Presidential election, new laws, etc. Our hope is found in Christ alone who reigns supreme.

For more help and insight on how to process homosexuality and so-called same sex marriage, see the blog and audio link below:

Why Homosexuality is Not Like Other Sins

D. A. Carson on SCOTUS and So-Called Same Sex Marriage