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FBC E-Blast - November 9, 2015
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November 9, 2015

The Nature of Conviction - John 16

Jesus assured His disciples that it was to their advantage that He go away so that the Helper could come (John 16:7) - God sends Him to convict people of their sin. Since the Holy Spirit is unlimited by time or space, He can reach out to every individual on the planet. However, His work differs with regard to believers and unbelievers.


With regard to unbelievers, God's Spirit penetrates the heart and brings awareness of wrongdoing. He reveals that according to God's holy standard, they have sinned and stand condemned by their transgression. Unbelief is the greatest sin against God, so every prick of the heart is meant to point out their need for the Savior.


As for believers, the Holy Spirit deals with them on the basis of their relationship with Jesus Christ and convicts us of disobedience to Him. In other words, He makes us aware of specific sins and the Lord's attitude about them. But He also prompts us to be accountable before Christ for our wrongdoing by confessing it and repenting.


Convicting believers of sin is an important part of the Holy Spirit's job, but He is equally delighted to make them aware of the Lord's approval. God commends righteous living, obedient actions, and loving acts done in His name.


While conviction is often uncomfortable for unbelievers and believers alike, it's a beautiful demonstration of God's love. He desires to bring us into the center of His will and keep us there for our good and His glory. The Holy Spirit's work makes that possible, if we choose to follow His promptings.



Current Sermon Series
      Last year, as well as earlier this year we studied In The Beginning..., how this world began. We covered the topics of God, Creation, the fall of Satan, the fall of mankind, and the promise of redemption. We briefly covered the first 3 chapters of Genesis. Join us as we continue this series, as we cover the next few chapters in Genesis. Lord willing, we will look at Cain and Abel, Generations of Adam, Noah, and other topics.


Last Week:
      As we look at the well-known Noah's ark, there are lessons for us to learn. We saw the reason for the judgment, the rescue from it, the means of it, the promise in it, and the picture of one who escapes it.
      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 study in Genesis by looking at The Flood of Judgment




Upcoming Events


November 15 - Cantata Practice at the church at 5 PM


November 20-22 - Missions Conference. We will be having the families of the Hopkins to Peru and the Greens to Taiwan.


      November 20 - Service at 7 PM
      November 21 - International Carry-in Fellowship Dinner at 4:30 PM
                                Service at 6 PM
      November 22 - Services starting at 9:45 AM


November 22 - Operation Christmas Child - Shoeboxes are to be turned in on this day.


November 24 - Thanksgiving Service at 7 PM.


December 5 - Ladies' Ornament Exchange at the church.


December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM. We will be having the Christmas Cantata Hope Has Hands.



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