Fairview Baptist Church
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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sunday morning message
 
the first eleven verses of luke 5 relate the way in which jesus called some of his first disciples.  the call was unusual, to say the least.  these men had just come in from a night of fishing on the sea of galilee.  the expedition had been unsuccessful.  they came back with absolutely nothing.  but then jesus told them to go back out into the water, and cast their nets again.  reluctantly, they did as jesus instructed.  this time, when they pulled in their nets, there were so many fish that their boat began to sink!  they called in a second boat and began filling it with fish, and it, too, nearly sank!  the arrival of the lord jesus Christ transformed a forgettable night on the water into "a fishing trip to remember."  this memorable trip contains some very helpful elements for us today. in order for us to be the church god wants us to be, we must do the following:   
 
1) consider the vessel: this was a humble, non-descript fishing boat.  but when the lord jesus christ arrived, it became a place of instruction.  our savior preached the word of god from that very boat.  in that way, the little boat was like the church.  the church is also a place of instruction.  church is not a social club.  it is a place of learning about god, and understanding how we can apply what we learn to our daily lives.  the boat was also a place of irritation.  the fishermen were tired, angry, and frustrated.  they did not want to hear a lesson about god at that moment.  they just wanted to go home.  sadly, many churches today are filled with frustrated, sad, unmotivated souls.  this is because something is missing.  what is it that is missing?  fish!!!  or in the case of our churches today, salvations!!!  if we want to turn our churches into places of excitement, worship, and motivation, we need to win the lost to Christ.  how we do that is addressed in the next point.   
2) consider the voyage: when bro. david said "voyage," he was not referring to the initial, failed mission. he was speaking instead of the trip jesus instructed the fishermen to take after returning home empty handed.  his command to return to the water tells us there was nothing wrong with the boat. their failure to catch fish had nothing to do with the vessel.  in the same way, our failure to win souls for Christ has nothing to do with the church itself.  we may like to assign blame, but the problem actually lies with us.  luke tells us that the disciples caught more fish than ever before by simply being ... obedient.  my friends, if we want to win the lost and see people come to know Christ as their savior, the most important thing we can do is be obedient to the lord's call. we can read books, watch videos, go to conferences, etc, but we will see the best results when we are obedient.  the early church saw 3,000 people saved on the same day, simply through the preaching of the word of god.  we need to go and tell, just like those first Christians did!  that is what we are called to do!
 
3) consider the victory: after these fishermen saw what jesus did, they fell down and worshipped him.  their reaction was based on the victory they saw in that moment.  jesus responded to their act by essentially saying, "if you think that was something, you haven't seen anything yet! come with me and see what the power of god can do in the lives of people!"  luke tells us that  these men immediately dropped everything and followed Christ.  my friends, we must do the same!  if we have followed him for salvation, why is it we don't follow him in every other aspect of life?  if we surrender fully to him, we will see overwhelming victories as we seek to advance god's kingdom here on earth!
 
so what is holding us back from full and complete obedience?  for most of us, it involves being in our "comfort zone."  these first disciples were fishing too close to shore.  when they followed the lord's command and went into deeper water, they could not believe the results!  we, too, must get into the deeper water.  this week, let's identify those "comfort zones" that hold us back.  give them to the lord, and ask him to help you obey him completely.   
 
sunday evening message 
 
continuing his series on the holy spirit, bro. david looked at  the topic of the indwelling of the holy spirit.  this is a topic that has created some debate over the years.  all seem to agree that the indwelling of the holy spirit is a fact.  the holy spirit of god indwells every Christian.  but this is where a lot of the agreement ends.  there is much differing opinion about the nature of the spirit's indwelling.  what is this indwelling? how does it work? what effect does that have on the life of the Christian?  to answer these questions, bro. david began by clarifying one point: 
 
Is the spirit's indwelling literal or metaphorical: some say that the indwelling of the spirit is just a metaphor.  the bible is living and active, and when scripture references the spirit's indwelling, it is simply using that phrase as a metaphor for the word of god working in and through us.  others see the indwelling as literal, in the sense that the holy spirit personally resides in the body of every believer.  bro. david said he takes the literal view, and pointed to 1 Corinthians 6:19 for proof.  the verse reads: do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy spirit within you, whom you have from god?  bro. david highlighted two aspects of this verse to back up his view:
 
     * the use of the preposition "In"/"within" - paul tells us the spirit is inside of us.  how much more clear can it be?  the holy spirit literally lives within our bodies!
 
     *  THE USE OF THE WORD "TEMPLE" - PAUL SAYS WE ARE THE SPIRIT'S "TEMPLE." THE TEMPLE WAS THE LITERAL DWELLING PLACE OF GOD AMONGST HIS PEOPLE.  IF YOU WANTED TO FIND THE SPIRIT OF GOD, YOU HAD TO GO INTO THE TEMPLE.  NOW, THE DWELLING PLACE OF GOD HAS MOVED, FROM THE PHYSICAL BUILDING IN JERUSALEM, TO OUR PHYSICAL BODIES.   THE BODY IS NOW THE LITERAL DWELLING PLACE OF THE SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD!  THIS PERSONAL, LITERAL INDWELLING HAS SEVERAL BENEFITS FOR US.  
 
     1) THE SPIRIT STRENGTHENS US: EVEN IN OUR WEAKEST MOMENTS, WE HAVE DIRECT ACCESS TO THE STRENGTH OF ALMIGHTY GOD.
 
     2) THE SPIRIT ALLOWS US TO BEAR GOOD FRUIT
 
     3) THE SPIRIT lEADS US
 
     4) THE SPIRIT SEALS US: IN BIBLE TIMES, A SEAL SERVED 2 PURPOSES.  IT SHOWED THAT AN ITEM WAS GENUINE.  WHEN WE ARE SEALED BY THE SPIRIT, WE ARE WHO WE SAY WE ARE - WE ARE CHILDREN OF THE LIVING GOD.  THE SEAL ALSO SERVED AS A FORM OF PROTECTION.  JUST LIKE THE SEAL ON A MEDICINE BOTTLE TELLS US THE PILLS INSIDE HAVE NOT BEEN TAMPERED WITH, THE SEAL OF THE SPIRIT PROTECTS US FROM SATAN AND HIS DEMONS. THEY CAN NEVER TAMPER WITH A CHILD OF GOD!
 
     5) THE SPIRIT IS OUR GUARANTEE: THE SPIRT'S INDWELLING IS A TYPE OF DOWN PAYMENT.  BECAUSE GOD LIVES IN US, WE KNOW FOR SURE THAT ONE DAY, WE WILL GO TO LIVE WITH HIM ... FOREVER!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!
 
 
  
worship service attendance
 
morning worship attendance: 115
evening worship attendance: 79