The 2017-2018 Independent Baptist Youth Rally season ended with a great evening of quizzing and preaching this past Friday. We would like to give a well deserved congratulations to all the youth who participated throughout the year! The junior team won plaques in all three categories and the end of the year overall points award. The youth team won two of three categories, and the end of the year overall points award. We are looking forward to another great rally season next year! Go Team!
I was watching a christian film a few weeks ago, and heard someone say, “An empty church is the devil’s delight.” This phrase has been stuck in my mind ever since. It seems as if going to church is a decision a lot of people make for themselves, when in fact we know what God’s will is. Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” I know some may point out that this doesn’t specifically say Sunday services, but I would ask the question, “What other time do you assemble together to provoke unto love and good works?” For a church, this is the designated time that they have chosen to assemble; usually Sunday morning, evening, and the midweek service. Consider, not only does it have an impact on you, if you’re not here, but also on the lives of others. If you’re not at church, you’re not able to encourage others. Not only personally, but by just being present. I’m often encouraged just by seeing someone else at church, even if I don’t personally greet them, because I know that they are receiving God’s word manifest through preaching, which has the power to transform their life (Titus 1:3, 1 Corinthians 1:21). It’s an encouragement to see the church house full! In addition to missing encouragement and edification, not attending also exhibits a thoughtless attitude for the things of God. What could possibly be more important than what God tells us to NOT forsake? Oftentimes when we’re tempted to stay away from church that is usually the time we need it most. May I ask what in your life will bring you more joy, comfort, encouragement, pleasure, or peace than time spent in the Lord’s house with your eternal family studying the precious Word of God? That almost sounds like heaven on earth! Psa 122:1 “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.”
If “an empty church is the devil’s delight,” come to church tomorrow, and let’s make the devil mad together!
Come ready for a “Youth Takeover!” Tonight at 7pm, the First Baptist Church of Lizton Indiana will host the last quizzing and awards rally of the 2017-2018 season. We are looking forward to an unusual night where the youth will be conducting the service, and the adults can participate in the quizzing! Awards will be handed out to each church for their group’s quizzing throughout the year, as well as individual achievement awards. Don’t miss out on the last youth rally this season, and a chance to see the adults quiz!
Bring your Nerf gun. Bring a snack. Most importantly, bring a friend to MRBC this evening from 6:30-8PM! This activity is for youth ages 10 and up, and of course, adults are always welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Bro. John G.
Psalms 122:1 “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.”
Jesus started the concept of Church over 2,000 years ago, and we are still following His example to this day! It has often been said that church is not the building, it is the people, and this is a correct statement! To add to this thought, church is not just a place to gather, it is a place that Jesus Christ meets with His people to encourage and edify in the paths of Righteousness for His names sake! In preparation for church tomorrow, spend some time in prayer asking God to prepare us, as we meet with Him tomorrow at 9:30am, 10:40am and 6:00pm.
Don’t forget! If you enrolled in the summer Creation elective at McGregor Road Bible Institute, the first class is this Saturday from noon-3pm.
If you have not yet enrolled for the Fall semester or would like more information about MRBI, please click here to visit the institute page or contact us directly.
This Friday evening, at 6:30pm, we will be showing the movie “Sheffey”. It is the true story of Robert Sheffey, a rowdy young man who followed his friends to a revival meeting and there found the Lord. A man of prayer, tireless service, and great compassion, this circuit riding preacher carries the gospel through the Appalachian Mountains. This activity is open to anyone, so bring a friend! You won’t want to miss this excellent testimony of what God can do through his humble servants!
The missions trip you’re on has taken a turn for the worst. You’ve been staying in a small jungle village for a few days now, and it’s just been overrun by a band of guerillas! Now you’re locked in a small shelter in the jungle, in the middle of nowhere! This Friday night, from 6:30-9:00pm, come prepared to escape the jungle @ MRBC. This activity is for youth ages 10 and up, and of course, adults are always welcome. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Bro. John G, or fill out the sign-up sheet in the church foyer.
See you there!
From the Baptist Bread devotion March 17:
1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Read more… “A way of Escape!”