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FBC E-Blast - October 1, 2018
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October 1, 2018

Accountability Is Scriptural - James 5

There are plenty of biblical directives about making ourselves accountable to one another. But for many, the idea of revealing personal information seems restrictive or even an invasion of privacy. Such confession seems a hindrance to the pursuit of pleasure, prosperity, and prestige. Most people prefer to keep to themselves and not involve others in their business.

The Bible, however, makes it clear that Christians are to support each other in this regard: "Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed" (James 5:16).

Accountability in the body of Christ is a biblical principle. Church members take direction from their pastor (Hebrews 13:17). Paul tells us to be subject one to another (Ephesians 5:21). Yet he was answerable to the church (Acts 14:27), just as Timothy was subordinate to him (I Timothy 4:13-16). The apostles were certainly under the authority of Jesus (Luke 10), even as Jesus was subject to the Father (John 8:28-29). Of course, the Bible tells us that the whole church is obedient to the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:24). Regardless of one's position, everybody is accountable to somebody. And this holds true for the entire family of faith - from the congregation to the ministers to Jesus Himself, who served God the Father.

People avoid accountability for various reasons, including pride, ignorance, fear, and self-reliance. This is a dangerous approach to life. Our Enemy knows our weaknesses and how to exploit them. But we can prevail with the support of friends. There is strength in the body of Christ.

Current Sermon Series
      The book of Titus is full of rules. But the motivation for these rules is not legalism. It is the incarnation of the Son of God for redemption. Christianity is not merely rules to be followed but, instead, joy to be found.

Last Week:
      We laid the back ground work for the book of Titus. Then we looked at God's Promised Plan and how it involves participation, provides grace, and how it produces peace.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Week:
      We will continue our series of Titus by looking at Shepherding Like Jesus.

Upcoming Events

October 2 - Dartball at our church at 7:15 PM

October 5-6 - Ark Encounter Trip For more information, see Pastor or Greg Rudman

October 7 - Carry-in Fellowship Dinner following AM Worship service

October 13 - Trustee Meeting at 8 AM.

October 14 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM

October 17 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM

October 28 - Lord Supper & Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship service

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