FBC E-Blast - August 29, 2016
FBC E-Blast

August 29, 2016

Abusing God's Patience - Romans 2

Have you ever ignored the press of conviction upon your heart? Maybe you rationalized your wrongdoing with the thought that if God were really upset, He'd put a stop to things by disciplining you. Psalm 50:21 reminds us that the silence of heaven does not mean approval. Remaining in sin is an abuse of the Lord's patience.

When God seems slow to react, we might hope He's overlooking our transgressions - we'd like to continue in sin because the momentary pleasure is more appealing than obedience. But thankfully, the Father knows our weaknesses, our innate carnality, and the state of our spiritual growth, and He therefore measures His response. Motivated by love and a desire to gently restore His children to righteousness, God refrains from doling out immediate punishment. Instead, He waits for the Holy Spirit's proddings to impact the believer's heart. The weight of conviction is actually an invitation to turn from wrongdoing and return to godliness.

However, we're a stubborn people. There are times when we persist in sin because the sentence against an evil deed isn't executed quickly (Ecclesiastes 8:11). In this dangerous situation, it's possible to immerse ourselves in sin and harden our hearts against the Lord. Then the Holy Spirit's call to repentance falls on spiritual ears rapidly going deaf.

As we learn and understand more about God and His ways, we are increasingly responsible to live righteously. The Lord is not slow; He's patient. Do not abuse His patience with callous disregard for His statutes. Repent and be holy in the sight of the Lord.

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      This five-week series studies what it's like to live a Christ-focused life in a selfie-centered world. Topics include finding compassion, authenticity, relationships, contentment, and rest among all the pressures and distractions of social media. We will start this series on September 25, 2016.

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Upcoming Events

September 4, 2016 - Carry-in Fellowship Dinner

September 9, 2016 - Men's BBQ at 6 PM at the Southview Park and Pavilion. Cost is $5 per person.

September 10, 2016 - Trustee Meeting at 8 AM at the church

September 11, 2016 - Deacon Meeting at 8 AM at the church

September 12, 2016 - Ladies Small Group at 7 PM at Stephanie Robinson's house

September 22, 2016 - Men's Small Group at 7 PM at the church. Please read chapters 14-16.

September 25, 2016 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

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