WHY BEING TOGETHER AS A CHURCH IS IMPORTANT
By Pastor Mike Andrews
Poem: AS THE TWIG IS BENT
A little girl with golden curls, her happy face aglow, Said, "It's time for Bible class. Please, Daddy, won't you go? They teach us there of Jesus' love, and how He died for all,And how He wants to save the ones who listen to His call." "Oh no", said Daddy, "not today. I've worked hard all week, And I must have one day of rest. I'm going to the creek. For there I can relax and rest, and fishing's fine they say. So run along, don't bother me. We'll worship God some day." Later on, when years have passed and Dad's life is almost through, He finds the time to worship God, but what does daughter do? She says, "Oh, Daddy, not today. I stayed up 'most all night, And I've just got to have some sleep. Besides, I look a fright." Then Daddy lifts a trembling hand to brush away his tears, And hears that childhood voice again, distinctly through the years, As a little girl with golden curls, her happy face aglow, Said, "It's time for Bible class. Please, Daddy, won't you go?"
1. BEING TOGETHER HELPS US TO BE A STRONGER PILLAR OF THE TRUTH. “These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” 1 Tim 3:14-15
2. BEING TOGETHER HELPS TO BE ACTIVE AND BUILDS THE BODY UNDER HIS GRACE. “but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” Eph 4:15-16
3. BEING TOGETHER BUILDS STRENGTH BY HOLDING FAST TO THE HOPE AND NOT FALLING AWAY. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Heb 10:23-25
4. BEING TOGETHER GIVES US THE ABILITY TO HELP COMFORT AND EDIFY ONE ANOTHER. “Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.” 1 Thess 5:11
5. BEING TOGETHER STRENGTHENS THE ELDERS TO PROPERLY FULFILL THEIR GOD GIVEN CALL. “Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.” Heb 13:17
Remember CBC Family! We do this as we do life together because we await this Great King to return in spectacular fashion, as He did when He left before the church was established. We are ordinary people coming together to fellowship, sing, break bread around the Lord’s Table, and hear God’s Word preached by their pastor/shepherd. Ordinary people coming together under the Gospel, without hesitation or reservations, to proclaim His excellent greatness. This is why we gather together as the saints of old did. We gather because of our Lord and King who gloriously saved us from the Father’s wrath. And nothing should ever get in the way of that. We are called to be love contributors, not just love consumers. We need each other’s love, because Christ has made us one body. We are ordinary people doing what we love to do as a local body of believers; worshipping our Great God & King together.
To God be the glory! SDG
By Alistair Begg
Philippians 2:5-8 is a beautiful statement concerning Christ’s humanity, deity, ministry, and humiliation. Having mapped the humility of the incarnate Son of God all the way to His death on a cross, where does your mind go next? Naturally, we think of the resurrection. But Paul does not. He takes us to Christ’s exaltation.
There is, Paul says, a logical connection between Jesus’ humiliation and His exaltation: “Therefore God has highly exalted him” (v 9, emphasis added). What is this exaltation? It is that the Father has given His Son the throne and ordered this world so that one day “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (v 10-11).
But why is His exaltation fitting? Scripture gives us several answers. First, Christ’s exaltation is fitting because it fulfills Old Testament prophecy and demonstrates that God keeps His word. The worldwide recognition of Jesus as Lord will occur because God promised it would. Six hundred years before Jesus arrived on the stage of human history, Isaiah recorded these words from God: “Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted” (Isaiah 52:13). And so Christ came to bear the pain and sin of the world, fulfilling the role of Suffering Servant, lifted up on a cross and then raised to be exalted on His throne. As Paul wrote elsewhere, “All the promises of God find their Yes in him” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Second, Christ’s exaltation is fitting because He is God. The Bible teaches us that the Son is one with the Father. On account of His divinity, exaltation is a necessity; there is nowhere else for God to sit! No other seat is suitable for the Son except at His Father’s right hand.
Finally, Christ’s exaltation is fitting because He is the dear Son of His Father. God the Father watched the Son obediently go to the cross to fulfill the covenant of redemption and heard Him cry out in pain, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). The Father knew that the Son underwent that agony out of love for the Father and love for His people. The Father would not leave His perfect Son in that dire condition. How could the Father’s love do anything other than exalt the Son from His lowly state?
Christ’s humiliation for us and exaltation above us are surely enough to bring us to the point where we bow in joyful submission to Him. They show us that there is one who has the status to demand our obedience and the character to deserve our adoration. They remind us that the best thing about heaven will be the most glorious person in heaven:
I will not gaze at glory, but on my King of grace;Not at the crown He giveth, but on His piercèd hand;The Lamb is all the glory of Immanuel’s land.
Our ultimate desire at Calvary Baptist Church is first and foremost to bring glory and praise to the Sovereign LORD [Father, Son, & Holy Spirit] and to raise up mature believers so that we can fulfill the Great Commission. We will seek to achieve this by following the guidelines that God has put in place for prayer, worship, communion, Christian fellowship, Bible Study, and most of all the expository teaching of God’s Word. We desire to provide the proper teaching of God’s Word so that fellow believers can grow together and edify one another with love and compassion.
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