FBC E-Blast - June 17, 2019
FBC E-Blast

June 17, 2019

The Blessing of Inadequacy - II Corinthians 3

Paul never claimed he was capable of accomplishing all that God called him to do. He simply learned to look beyond his own inadequacy to the sufficiency of Christ. If we'll adopt the same practice, we, too, can discover the blessings hidden in our own experiences of inadequacy.

Our insufficiency drives us to God. When we realize a situation is bigger than we can handle, we're quick to open the Bible and diligently pray for guidance and power.

Inadequacy relieves us of the burden of self-effort and self-reliance. The Lord has us right where He wants us--at the end of our rope with nothing left to give.

Inability motivates reliance on divine power. We'll never be adequate until we draw from the Holy Spirit's inexhaustible strength. He does in and through us what God never intended that we do on our own.

By using weak, inadequate people, God demonstrates what great things He can do. He actually delights in choosing unlikely individuals to carry out His purposes. There's no limit to what He can do through someone willing to give Him full control.

Inadequacy challenges our faith. Paul says, "Our adequacy is from God" (v. 5). Those who focus on the reliability of this promise and step out in obedience will grow in faith.

Why go through all the fear, pressure, and frustration that accompany feelings of inadequacy when there's an alternative? Let the Lord make you adequate: rely upon Him and allow Christ to live in and through you. He will replace your anxiety with a quiet spirit of contentment.

Upcoming Sermon Series
      If there’s one thing that’s true about modern man, it’s that he loves technology. For every problem that comes along, there's a new machine, app, or medicine to fix it.
      But how has he done with spiritual problems - the kind software and chemicals can't reach? Have psychological counseling and man-centered techniques delivered on their promises to help people’s deep spiritual needs and personal problems?
      Thankfully, there is one resource that can and does deliver comfort, wisdom, and practical help every time: God's Word. Join us as we try to help you increase your confidence in God's Word. We'll learn how to trust the ability of God's Word to deal with even the most complex issues you face. Join us June 23 as we start our new series The Sufficiency of Scripture.

Last Week:
      Samson was a strong man with a weak will. The attitudes of strong men made weak are I want it, I deserve it, and I can handle it. The attitudes of weak men made strong are I want God, I deserve death, and I can't handle anything.
      Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Week:
      We will start our new series on The Sufficiency of Scripture.

Upcoming Events

June 19 - Special Speaker Tom Boehm Missionary to Italy at 7 PM.

June 23 - Collection for Helping Hands - We are assisting the Center United Presbyterian Church here in Midway as they endeavor to assist local families in the Fort Cherry School District. The school helps families with lower income to receive food on the weekends for the kids. This endeavor by the local churches is to help with meals for the children through the summer months. The First Baptist Church is responsible for the Ramen noodles and single serving macaroni and cheese. We need around 200 of these items. If you are able to help, they need to be at the church by June 23. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Pastor Robinson.

June 29 - Men & Boy's BBQ at Cross Creek Park in Avella at pavilion 2. We will be eating at 1 PM.

June 30 - Lord's Supper & Deacon's Fund Offering following AM Worship service

July 7 - Special Speaker Eric Shadle Missionary to Ethiopia
             Carry-in Fellowship Dinner

July 13 - Trustee's Meeting at 8 AM

July 14 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM

July 17 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM.

August 25 - Church Outside at 11 AM.

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    Midway, PA   15060
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