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FBC E-Blast - September 9, 2013
FBC E-Blast

September 9, 2013

 

FBC E-Blast

Weekly Newsletter of First Baptist Church of Midway

Current Sermon Series

  There's the side of you everyone else sees, and then there's the real you. Tired of keeping up the facade? Join us for Masquerade.

Last Sunday:

    So many of us have an inaccurate view of ourselves because we can't see ourselves as others see us. We wear the mask so long we start to believe a lie about us is really true. That is Self-Deception.
  Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our website, just under the calendar, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Sunday:

      We continue our series Masquerade by looking into Hiding Your Sin.

Contact Us:

    210 Front Street
    Midway, PA 15060
    www.fbcmidway.com

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The Source of Our Strength

Titus 3

 

The Christian life is just that - a life, not a lifestyle. Sadly, a lot of churches preach Christianity as a list of dos and don'ts. Then faith looks like a formula: Jesus' saving grace plus doing good things minus doing bad things = righteousness. Most of us have enough problems without worrying about whether we're following the extra-biblical rules of one church.

 

A man-made formula for righteousness runs counter to scriptural teaching. In fact, Jesus condemned the Pharisees for such heavy-handed religion (Matthew 23:1-4). He, on the other hand, offered liberty through grace. Neither keeping God's Law by self-effort nor adhering to extra rules makes a person free. Legalistic believers are in bondage and growing ever weaker.

 

When a person accepts the saving grace of Jesus, he or she receives a new life (Rom. 6:4). This is not an uptight lifestyle of doing good works. A believer is a changed person - same body but a transformed mind and heart. Christ lives through you. His Holy Spirit flows into your spirit as sap runs in a grapevine. It's like getting a spiritual blood transfusion! Strength pumps into places where weakness once prevailed. Why rely upon your frail self when the courage and power to follow God's will is available through Christ?

 

I know what it feels like to burn out from trying to do good in my own strength. My desire for you is that you'll surrender to the Lord. Depend upon Him to change you from the inside out, and trust that He will. Jesus is your life. He will never get tired of transforming you.

 

Obstacles are one way that God strengthens faith. When you are confused and cannot see how He could work out your situation, do not walk away in defeat and miss His blessing. He wants to teach you His way of obedience, trust, and courage. Believe Him; He always keeps His promises.

 
Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.
 
 

Upcoming Events:

September 10 - G.R.O.W. meeting at 7 PM.

 

September 17 - Trustee meeting at 7 PM.

 

September 15 - We will be having our annual Church Outside starting at 11 AM at the Caldwell home, at their pavilion behind their home. It will be followed by a picnic. There will be no services at the church.

 

September 28 - Men's Prayer Breakfast at 8 AM.

 

September 29 - Lord's Supper & Deacon's Fund Offering following AM Service.