Afterthought?

So often, events that take place in the church can be an afterthought. A baptism, a new member joining, coming to services can just be another thing that happens around Faith Baptist Church. While we might not understand the ramifications of significant events in the life of our body due to indifference, familiarity, or plain apathy — we must recall that every faith-based decision, every planned activity, and every service element has a purpose. There can be a great temptation to simply “do church.” This week, during the Sunday Evening service, we have the opportunity to once again participate in the Lord’s Table.


No doubt Paul would be somewhat harsh in his warning to those who would partake “unworthily” in the church when participating in the Lord’s Table.


He writes:

“Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.” 1 Corinthians 11:27-32


Paul warns that if you come to the Lord’s Supper in a cavalier, callous, or careless way that does not discern the seriousness of what happened on the cross, you may, if you are a believer, lose your life, not because of wrath, but as an act of God’s discipline. The Lord’s Table is a call to remember and it is not supposed to be overly complicated. Many attempt to drum up some emotional response when participating. Our mental action with the Lord’s Supper is foundationally remembering. Not imagining. Not dreaming. Not just listening. Not going into neutral. It is a conscious directing of the mind back into history to Jesus and what we know about him from the Bible. The Lord’s Supper roots us, time after time, in the realities of history. Bread and Cup. Body and blood. Execution and death. So why do we participate in the Lord’s Table?


As believers we are commanded to actively remember Christ’s sacrificial death that paid the full penalty for the forgiveness of our sins. It’s not a complicated action, but it is a necessary action. Church, let’s not go through the motions this Sunday Evening. Consider Christ. Consider your spiritual state before Christ. Consider his sacrifice. Remember. Be Thankful. Praise Him.


Pastor Jordan

The Standard of Maturity

I am a huge fan of red meat! Steak is one of the greatest gifts that God ever gave to us humans in the form of a cow. I also love ribs, pork, bacon, hamburgers, hotdogs, brats, whatever the meat, I’m sure I will love it. It is one of the key staples of my doubt. However, regardless of where you fall on the topic of meat, whether you eat it or you don’t, you can understand that meat is usually a tougher food. You don’t feed a newborn a 15oz porterhouse and call it a day. Why? Because they don’t have the ability to chew up the meat or even digest that meat right away. You would think I was insane for thinking that is what I could feed a newborn. And you would be one hundred percent correct in that assumption.


The Bible uses this same illustration to talk about the truth of God’s Word in a very convicting passage in the book of Hebrews. The Bible states the following in Hebrews 5:11-14:


Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”


This is an incredible passage of Scripture that challenges the mindset of the Christians that the writer of Hebrews was addressing. He is drawing their attention to the fact of their spiritual immaturity. He is dealing with some doctrinal theology at the beginning of chapter five, but he comes to the point of realizing that he cannot continue forward because of their lack of maturity in Christ. So what are some takeaways from these verses to evaluate where we are in our spiritual maturity?


  1. These people’s dull hearing had stopped the writer to be able to effectively continue to share God’s truth with them. (v.11)


This idea of being “dull of hearing” is not referring to a physical inability to hear, but rather a spiritual inability to hear and understand. They could hear with their ears, but they were not listening with their hearts. Growing up, I ran into this problem a lot with my mom whenever she would ask me to take out the trash during a sports game I was watching. I would hear her voice asking me to take out the trash, but I would not listen to my mom asking me to take out the trash.


God desires for the truth of His Word to enter into our lives and begin to guide, shape, and mold us into His image but often we do not have that same desire, so we close up our ears to His Word. This is a sign of spiritual immaturity. It should be a rebuke to us if we are unable to dig deep into Scripture with understanding. I fear often we stay surface level with our Christianity largely because we do not have the heart to dig.


2. An immature Believer is unable to teach others around him the truth of God’s Word.

(v.12)


In verse 12, Scripture addresses the inability of the believers to teach those around them, focusing on the fact that they were still needing to be taught again the basics of Christianity. We are all called to be teachers of the Word to each other. We have discussed this at length in our previous Sunday school series. This is one of the roles of the believer: discipleship. Yet the spiritual immaturity of these believers made them unable to do that. Are you able to share the truth about God’s Word with those around you?



This is a sign of Biblical maturity. I understand that a new Christian may not be able to answer the finer points of theology, but that is not who the writer was addressing here. He was addressing people who had been followers of Christ for a long time which would lead him to address their need to be taught. The spiritually mature believer is one who can continually share Biblical truth with those around them.


3. An immature believer is forced to stay on the surface level instead of being able to chew the deep meat of God’s Word. (vs.13-14)


This is where the rubber meets the road. The immature believer cannot chew (understand) the meat of God’s Word. The writer here uses the illustration of a baby, his need for milk and his inability to handle meat. This is a foundational principle and how all of us start in our Christian life, pastor or layman. When we are newly saved, of course we can only handle the milk (basics) of the Word. But as you grow in your relationship with Christ, the ability to deepen your faith and tackle deeper topics should occur. It is not normal for a believer to stay at needing milk his entire life. You would be very concerned if your baby grew to a toddler, then to a child, then to a teen, and then adult without ever eating solid food and only drinking milk. If that is the case physically, why do we allow it to happen in our lives spiritually? Church, continue to mature in your walk with God so that you can chew the meat and exercise spiritual discernment, Don't stay tied to the milk bottle.


-Pastor Derek

Stress-Free Living

As summer comes to an end, and the school year pressures and responsibilities begin to rise — many in our church body begin to succumb to the temptation of stress and anxiety. But not only do our high-school and college students face this inevitable time of stress and pressure…It is an amazing and ironic truth that while ours is perhaps the most affluent, indulged, and comfortable society ever, it is also the most stressed out, worried, and anxiety-ridden one.

The best the world can hope for in superficially dealing with anxiety is to manage it and mask its impact. The Lord Jesus Christ, however, offers a radically different solution to anxiety—He promises to eliminate it. One author succinctly put it: “worry shifts the focus of attention from the all-sufficient power of Christ to your human insufficiency and insecurity.

Ultimately, worry stems from two thought patterns: ignorance and unbelief and the key to victory is pinpointing which source your anxiety is coming from. In Luke 12:22 Jesus said “unto his disciples…Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. School projects may loom, your job situation may look like doom, however, the gospel gives no room for you to live stressed and anxious. For the remainder of the passage, Jesus gives six truths about God that if misunderstood will produce worry.

1) Worry Fails to Understand Eternal Priorities (vs 22-23)
Take no thought…the life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.”

2) Worry Fails to Understand God’s Provision (vs 24)
“Consider the ravens: God feeds them, are you much better than the fowls”

3) Worry Fails to Understand God’s Ultimate Control (vs 25-26)
“Can you add one cubit to your stature?”

4) Worry Fails to Understand God’s Divine Love (vs 27-29)
“Consider the lilies how they grow. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?”

5) Worry Fails to Understand God’s Divine Care (vs 30-31)
“your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.”

6) Worry Fails to Understand God’s Eternal Provision (vs 32-34)
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

Worry is like a rocking chair; it will give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere. Church, life comes from God and the fullness of life from Jesus Christ. Jesus offers his followers the radical elimination of all anxiety and worry. Our insufficiency and insecurity cannot match the sovereign love and care that comes from the Good Shepherd. You can live confidently in His tender care for you!

Pastor Jordan