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FBC E-Blast - August 29, 2011

 

First Baptist Church of Midway

August 29, 2011

Spiritual Treasure
II Corinthians 4:7

 

In II Corinthians 4:7, Paul tells us, But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

If you look at this chapter, Paul helps us understand that this treasure is ministry, the gospel, the Word of God, and the light and the glory of God, God's presence. Paul wants us to understand that God has placed in us an incredible spiritual treasure... a treasure residing in these earthen vessels... our bodies. The treasure is in you and me!

But that treasure needs to be poured out.

I can't help but think that Paul was thinking of two particular earthen vessels that were used in his day. One was the vessel of mercy and the other the vessel of honor.

One place you would find the vessel of honor was around the home. People would use the water to wash their feet after traveling the dusty roads before they would enter your house, or they would use the water to quench their thirst. Like the vessel of honor, we are to wash the feet of our family, to humbly serve them and to help quench their thirst for more of God.

The vessel of mercy looked identical to the vessel of honor, but it was located in public places like the town square, so that any traveler coming through that arid land would be guaranteed to find a fresh drink of water. It was placed where the needs were. We need to take mercy where mercy is needed most - out onto the highways of humanity.

You are an earthen vessel filled with His spiritual treasure, so start pouring it out - in your home and out where the people are.

By Bayless Conley

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For Your Information

LAST SUNDAY
      With school now in session, we have been looking into our series Faithwork. Since it is the beginning of school, and the beginning of homework, we're talk about some practical lessons on putting our faith to the test. Over the next few weeks we are going to delve into the topics of Prayer 101, Scripture Memorization 101, Meditation 101, Fasting 101 and Service 101. We will learn the necessity of each, as well as the how-to of them. If you have missed them, please visit iTunes for previous messages.
      Yesterday, we continued our series with Meditation 101 which is so much more than the eastern act of 'crossed-legged clearing your mind of everything.' In all actuality the biblical view of meditation is a filling of the mind with God's Word. We looked at Psalm 1 and saw that the blessed person is someone who delights in the Word of God, as well as meditates in it day and night. We cannot truly meditate day and night on His Word, unless we put into practice the previous message of Scripture Memorization 101. This message is on (or soon will be) our website just under the calendar as well as on iTunes. Next Sunday we will look into the biblical reason behind and encouragement of Fasting 101. We hope to see you there with us!

 

UP COMING EVENTS
      September 4 - Carry In Dinner following AM Service, No PM Service
      September 11 - Special Community 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Service at the Midway Fire Hall at 11 AM. No
            Sunday School or PM Service.

     Visit us at www.fbcmidway.com for more information about our church. Our website has much to offer.

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First Baptist Church
210 Front Street | PO Box 545 | Midway | Pennsylvania 15060

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