Fairview Baptist Church
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
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sunday morning message
 
bro. david began a new series entitled "the church we want to be."  over the next 2 months, he will look at the churches described in the opening chapters of revelation.  by looking at their relative strengths and weaknesses, and by considering what god thought of each of them, we hope to get a pretty good picture of what kind of church we should want to be.  but before we study each of these congregations, bro. david began with an introduction to Revelation.  preaching from revelation 1:4-7,  he showed how the apostle john introduced this important piece of scripture to his readers.  this introduction consists of three components that are essential to our understanding of the rest of the book.  These are:  
 
the destination of the book: john addresses his writing to seven churches located in modern day turkey.  there were far more than seven churches in that area, but he chose seven because it is a number of fullness and completion.  this was a way of showing that while the book was addressed to seven specific churches, it was actually meant for the entire church - for every congregation that claims to be part of the body of Christ.  thus, even though it is not addressed to us directly, we can confidently say it is destined for us, right here and now.  
 
the deity of the book: the second component of the introduction deals with the author of the book.  john may have written down the words, but he was not their true source or author.  that, as john points out clearly, was god himself.  john goes even farther, showing that all three persons of the trinity contributed to the book.  in this section, john pays special attention to the son of god.  he does this because the ultimate purpose of the book is to unveil, or reveal, the person and work of the lord jesus Christ.  in his first advent, he claimed to be god in the flesh.  his resurrection proves that he indeed was god, and that he remains so to this very day.  and soon, he will return to set up his eternal kingdom, as king of kings and lord of lords. 
 
the declaration of the book: the opening verses of the book conclude with an awesome declaration - a promise of the return of jesus Christ.  one day he will return in power and in glory.  when he does, the entire world will see it. there will be no denying it.  skeptics, agnostics, atheists, and all other non-believers will know, sadly, how wrong they have been all along.  they will wail and weep bitterly, because at that point, it will be too late for them.  but it is not too  late for you!  if you have never turned to Christ and asked him to be your savior, do so immediately! the bible tells us that all who call on the name of the lord will be saved!  
 
sunday evening message 
 
continuing his series on the mind of christ, bro. david discussed how we can find freedom in areas he referred to as "damaging." these are  things that have little or any helpful qualities, and often end up doing far more harm than good.  the areas he mentioned were: 
 
fears: while some fears can be helpful in that they protect us from harm, for the most part they cause us to miss out on opportunities and blessings.  as our parents reminded us, we are almost always afraid of something that does not exist (ghosts, monsters, etc) or we're afraid of something that is so unlikely to take place it is not worth our time or energy to worry about.  to this truth bro. david added the words we find in 1 john 4:18: perfect love casts out fear.  the perfect love of the heavenly father obliterates our fears and renders them meaningless.  to find freedom in this area, we must turn away from trusting ourselves for our security, and instead trust our lord and savior as the only source of all of our security. 
 
hurts/grudges: we don't realize how many hurts and grudges we carry with us from day to day.  we tend to hide them away and try to forget about them.  the problem is those grudges never go away.  instead, they eat away at us like a bacteria.  they continue to gnaw away, little by little, eventually producing resentment within us.  because this resentment leads to anger and bitterness, we must deal with it as soon as possible.  and the only way to deal with it is found in the words jesus shared in luke 17:3-4: if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times saying, "I repent," you must forgive him.  the only way to permanently and properly deal with hurts is to forgive them - and to do so immediately.  forgiveness set us free from the penalty for sin.  we must also let it set us free from the bondage of resentment. 
 
weaknesses: we don't like to think of those areas in which we're not good enough.  and satan will use those thoughts to drag us down, frustrate us and discourage us.  but when he does so, we can remember the words of paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10: god said to me, "my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."  therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me … for when I am weak, then I am strong.   god himself will take our weaknesses and use them in his service! what we see as weaknesses, god can, and will, use as strengths.  turn your weaknesses over  to the lord.  let him transform them from tools that satan uses against you, into tools he will use to advance his kingdom. 
 
 
  
worship service attendance
 
morning worship attendance: 110
evening worship attendance: 53