Pursuing Godliness

    Today Fairview Baptist Church honors Pastor Scallions and Miss Paulette for their 44 years of  faithfulness to the Lord and Fairview Baptist Church. We are thankful for these years of service and dedication to doing God's work. 

    We were also blessed with a message from Dr. Charles Walker on pursuing Godliness. We can take a Godly approach to everything in life. The gift of salvation and eternal life isn't something we have to work for. But, to have a heart and mind like God, we must work on our prayer life and Bible studies. If we want to know the mind of God, we must give time to it and grow in the Lord. God wants us to know all we can about Him, so lets exercise our Godliness.

"But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come." (1 Timothy 4:7-8)

 

Building The Walls

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    Over the month of August we were so blessed with all the guest speakers and guests visiting Fairview Baptist Church. Different preachers have different ways of getting the message out, but the message is always the same! We give God the praise and glory for the lives that were changed. We are also glad to be back to regular Sunday school services as well as Children's Church and Children's Sunday school. 

    For the 44th time, Pastor Scallions spoke of building the walls. God has done so much wonderful work over this time. The greatest lesson any individual has to learn in life is walking daily with the will of God. Life is made up of individual steps and each step can be altered by the Lord. We all have opportunities in the little things and life is a combination of a mass of these little things. Once we lay brick upon brick, we can look back and see the walls that have been built and are still being built. 

   There is still a need for Godly people, Godly churches and missions. Around the world, Satan wants to destroy the things we hold dear.  Prayer is also something each of us must consider in our own lives. Sin in the lives and heart's of God's people can put a stop to the building of the walls. The problem with a lot of us, we've become so comfortable, we don't want anything to shake us from our nests. But our own matter of Christ has to be done personally. The tasks that God has for us must be a personal tasks. Where God guides, He always provides. God will meet the need and work in each situation.

    There is a time in a leaders life when we pass that leadership to others. It's a combined effort and everyone has a part. We all have a responsibility to give the gospel to the world. Some don't want their lives disrupted to put the work forth for God. But it doesn't happen on it's own, it takes a group effort.  We shouldn't get caught up in things of this world that won't matter, but the work towards eternity.  Opposition will come, but the Christian life is building and battling. It doesn't matter if it's a family or a home, all the forces of Satan will come against us. But when we are doing the work of Christ, we are doing some of the greatest work in the world.  Don't look for excuses to get out of the work for God, just do the work of God. Let's stay at the tasks and build the walls.  

"Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work."  Nehemiah 2:18

 

 

Teen Night

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    Tonight at Fairview, we were blessed to hear testimonies from a few of our teens, as well as a message from guest speaker, Pastor Stacy Dassow. Whether it be of salvation or what God is doing in their lives, it's so wonderful to watch our youth learn and grow in their faith! 

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" Mathew 28:19

Re-Digging Wells

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    Pastor Kerley of Cornerstone Baptist Church ended Heritage Month at Fairview. It's has been a blessed month listening to four different messages, from four different Pastors, all about the same God and gospel truth. 

    We all must learn to Trust God on our own. It has to be on our own, to work out salvation and faith, and it has to be real in our lives. We get to the point where we must start to re-dig the wells, the same as Issac. If we re-dig the wells of faith, the Bible, prayer, service and separation the same God that blessed Issac will certainly bless us! 

"And the Lord appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake." Genesis 26:24

Are you Drinking of Bethlehem's Water?

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    It's been a wonderful blessing hearing the same gospel of the Bible from four different men who have dedicated their lives to serving the Lord. Fairview is wrapping up heritage month this week with Pastor Michael Kerley. Pastor Kerley founded Cornerstone Baptist Church in Crossville, TN in 1988. The church ministries include a Bible institute, bus ministry, youth program and a Bible workshop that binds, packs and ships Bibles, Cornerstone also supports approximately 70 missionaries. 

    The message of David in II Samuel tells us that we must not be discouraged, God is still in control. When the mighty men brought David the water, he didn't drink the water, but poured it out as a sacrifice to the Lord, David realized the sacrifice and what it cost to get it. Today, our freedoms, faith and future are easy to drink. But, are we pouring the water back out to the next generation? 

"And he said, Be it far from me, O Lord, that I should do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it." II Samuel 23:17

God Changes Lives

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    This evening's service from Pastor Austin Gardner was such a blessing.  How wonderful it is to hear stories of just how God is working all over the world and in the lives of Christians. But how many people are there in the world who have never heard the truth about God? Who don't know who Jesus Christ is and the price He paid for our sins? Our sovereign God is the God of heaven. God changes lives not only at home, but all over the world. So lets use this week as an opportunity to spread the gospel! 

"Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame." I Corinthians 15:34

We finish up Heritage Month next Sunday, August 27, at Fairview with Pastor Mike Kerley of Cornerstone Baptist Church

The Love of Jesus

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    It's the third week of Heritage month at Fairview Baptist Church. This morning we welcome Austin Gardner, the founding pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA. Pastor Gardner is also a veteran missionary to the country of Peru, South America for over 20 years. The Lord blessed his ministry and allowed him to train pastors and leaders in the ministry that have started 80 plus churches all over the world. He has started multiple schools for ministry including the Peru Bible College and the Our Generation Training Center. 

    We were so blessed with a pastor who is serving the Lord by training missionary families. The whole world deserves to know God's love, that Jesus saved us and to go to heaven. To the world, the idea of God is someone who is angry and hard to please. But the truth is, God cares and loves us and wants the world to be saved. God loves the whole world and sent His son, Jesus Christ to pay the sin debt of every man, woman, boy and girl. He is so good, but the world doesn't know about it. How can we do more to get the gospel to a world that needs Jesus? 

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" Mathew 28:19

Obedience

    Pastor Chuck Herrell continued the evening service with a message of obedience. When God calls us to do something, be obedient to His will. Just because we are in the world doesn't mean we are to be of the world. We are to be different. Our time here is so short so let's not waste a minute that we could be serving and honoring Him! 

Join us next week, August 20th, as we welcome Dr. Austin Gardner of Vision Baptist Church.

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:2

Practice of the Gospel

    It's the second week of Heritage Month and today Fairview Baptist Church welcomed Pastor Chuck Herrell. Pastor Herrell has been preaching for 41 years. He pastored the Mamre Baptist Church in Ohio for 13 years and he has served as pastor of Chilhowie Baptist Church in Chilhowie, Virginia since 1994. Pastor Herrell and his wife, Linda, have one daughter , Angie, and one son, Fairview's own Assistant Pastor, Bro. Matt Herrell. 

    What a blessing it was today to hear a message of practicing the Gospel. Our beliefs are followed by our actions and the behavior of our lives ought to come from the Bible. The Holy Spirit must have complete control of our lives and is the key to Christian living. God doesn't want us to put on a show for others to see how holy we are, but just believe the gospel. Let our Christian life not only show who we are, but what we are! 

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." Romans 12:1

WWJD

    We certainly enjoyed the message from Dr. Michael Allison this evening. What a blessed day to honor God and His heritage.

    We often ask ourselves, "how are we going to know what would Jesus do?" The Bible says,  "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.". If we want to know what Jesus would really do, all we need is to open the Bible and find out. Because whatever He did back then, He would do the exact same thing today. 

Fairview Baptist Church will continue heritage month August 13 as we welcome guest speaker Pastor Chuck Herrell from Chilhowie Baptist Church.

If I'd Only Known...

    It's August and the beginning of heritage month at Fairview! Each Sunday during the month we will be having guest speakers who are serving the Lord and honoring His heritage.

    This Sunday morning we were blessed to hear Dr. Michael Allison. Dr. Allison was born in Sturgis, Michigan and married his wife, Janet, shortly after high school. He was saved in October of 1971 while working his afternoon shift at radio station WAOP in Otsego, MI. He was called to preach in 1974 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tennessee Temple College in 1976. He also holds a a Masters Degree in Religious Education and a Doctor of Ministry from Bethany Theological Seminary and an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Fairhaven Baptist College. He has been pastor of Madison Baptist Church since 1989. 

    Dr. Allison spoke today on how the wisdom of man always falls short of the wisdom of God.  What a difference in man and God. Man sees death on a  cross while God sees the blood flowing to give us life! Let's not refuse and reject the wisdom of God. Lets not looks back and say "If I'd only known!"  

"Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory." I Corinthians' 2:8

 

A Landmark

    Over the course of the summer, Camp Fairview has seen over 500 area youth! Many life choices were made and 17 souls were save. God has indeed blessed this ministry. We were blessed with a video/slideshow at this evening service. While on topic of today's youth, Pastor Matt gave us a message on why today we all too often hear the phrase "a generation gone" Why is that? Have we removed the ancient landmarks? Children are always watching us for leadership. So always keep in mind, what we do in moderation, they will do in excess.  

"Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set." (Proverbs 22:28)

    As summer comes to an end, Fairview Baptist Church will be focusing on building our pulpits and will be hearing special messages from guest Pastors each week during the month of August. Please join us for Heritage Month! 

August, 6 : Dr. Mike Allison / Madison Baptist Church

August, 13 : Pastor Chuck Herrell / Chilhowee Baptist Church

August, 20 : Dr. Austin Gardner / Vision Baptist Church

August, 27 : Pastor Mike Kerley / Cornerstone Baptist Church

Fellowship

    From I John, the Bible tells us "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life." is a true testimony of the living and resurrected Christ. In the beginning, Jesus was here. His disciples walked, observed and did not just know Jesus, but experienced Him.

    There is a hard truth that occurs when we are saved. The truth that our old sinful nature is not eradicated. We do still have the old nature of the flesh, but when we are saved, we also take on a new nature of Christ. We will continue to have a war going on inside. Every person that is called a "good christian" will be warring with the spirit and still have trouble with the flesh. Even though we are Gods children and are saved by grace, we have this warfare going on.

    So how can we stress the assurance of our salvation? When we are in fellowship with God, we KNOW that we are saved. Men will always be sinners, but that debt was paid for all by Jesus. We can know that we have eternal life and not base this truth on emotions. The only way we are saved is because the Bible says we are! We serve a God who can not lie. God loves us when we are unlovable. He is faithful to forgive us when we confess our sins. 

    Know that when God saves us, He wants to fellowship with us. How can a God who created everything out of nothing leave us comfortless? When you think about your life, are you simply tipping your hat or are you serving the Lord? Do you only seek His help when you are in trouble and your back is against the wall? Don't save your fellowship for when things aren't going well. There is a holy fellowship in confession to God and not man. When we confess our sins to God, He is faithful to forgive us.

    Be thankful that God is so faithful. We are going to have problems in our walks of life, but when we have a daily cleansing, we can have forgiveness. Confess all your sins, for there can be no forgiveness without this confession. Our God is faithful and just, and knows things that are going on in our lives that we would be so embarrassed of just the thought of anyone else knowing. But God does know. God always knows our exact thought. But we can't walk in the darkness and have fellowship with the one who is the light. Confess your sins to the Lord. How long has is been since you had fellowship and felt clean? 

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." I John 1:9

All Things

    All of us, young, old, single or married are giving our lives to something. What is it you have given your life to? We all have desires, things we think about and even dwell on. What's the first thing that comes to your mind? Are we giving everything we have to gain something we want? If we are going to be successful in our lives with God and our Christian lives, we must have self discipline in every area of our lives. We must commit to what God wants every day. 

    There is a reality of life that we must consider. All things were created by God and for God. He created all of us for a purpose. When we consider life, we must be living for Christ and that we may serve and bring glory to Him. It doesn't matter what or who we have in this world, Christ must be preeminent and be first. Christ, who has given us life, must be our number one priority! 

    We sometimes may wonder what is the reason we have to make all things about Him. The reasons are simple. The only reason we are alive is because of God. He is the only reason we are alive, and for that reason, we desire to lift Him up, know who Christ is and what He does. Think of every reward or trophy you have received. Just know, no matter what triumph you have, it is nothing when measured up against Christ. 

    God knows us better than anyone and He knows that we all want to be rewarded and have something to strive for. But lets not strive for temporal things here in this world. A fine house, new car and big boat will be lost in the history of life. After everyone forgets, we will be back to where we started and work for something else that doesn't matter.

    Our eternal reward will be our crown of life! In heaven, our rewards and crowns will never fade away.  So what are we striving for? Are we giving our lives to Christ? No matter where we are going and what we are doing, let's always put Christ first. Consider in everything we do and give the glory and preeminence to Him. Get a hold of God and let go of the other areas in our lives. What have you given your life to? 

"And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible." I Cor. 9:25

A Revival

    What a blessed day to worship the Lord with guest Pastor, Dr. David Dickerson from Peachtree Baptist Church. Dr Dickerson and his church family have been coming to Camp Fairview for more than 40 years.  We certainly enjoyed his preaching ministry today! 

    Isn't it amazing what God can do with everyone when we are committed by Jesus and controlled by the Holy Spirit? With the word of God we can also be controlled by the scriptures. When this happens, it can change everything and a revival in our hearts can begin. 

    The word revival is often misunderstood in our day. "Re"- simply means again, while "vive"- means alive. When we bring honor and glory to Jesus in our homes, we can be brought back to God and have revival. If we start this revival in our homes, it will lead to a revival in our nation. God is able to rebuild our hearts and there is no problem that is bigger than our God. 

    We are all sinners and the wages of sin is death. Thank God for sending His son, Jesus Christ, to take upon flesh to die and pay our sin debt. Jesus came and paid for our sins and with his resurrection we are justified. Jesus paid the blood and paid it all for our justification. So let's begin this revival and saturate our lives and church with His Holy Spirit! 

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;" Acts 3:19

 

The Unknown God

    Many can say that they know God, but do we really? The world will often take Jesus and put him on a shelf with many other gods. We can be involved in church and many other activities but not really know God. If we aren't careful we will become a nation of Christians who do not know God. We can have a knowledge of God and still not know who He is. Do you realize that the devil has an intellectual knowledge of God and even knew Jesus? Yes we may know God, but only in our minds. 

    God is the one who created everything. Things didn't evolve, God created them. He created all and we must realize we are responsible to Him. We are serving a God that created us. God is also all powerful and we are the benefactors of the power of God. We think we know so much by the things we think we've created, but we've only done these things by God's grace. We simply don't know just how powerful God is. There is no comparison to what we can do by what God does achieve. With His power and wisdom, He can wipe everything off the face of this world. We think we are breathing on our own, but our very breath is controlled by God. In Him we move and have being. 

    God didn't just create and sustain everything, He determines everything. God is sovereign and there in no one telling Him what to do. Our God is also a God of mercy. When we are in the darkness, do we feel after Him and find Him?  We have the opportunity to make a decision and the opportunity to receive the truth. Some may mock or delay the decision and think everything is just going to be okay in life. But one day God is going to judge us. We must not hesitate in His will. 

    To not make a decision is to make a decision. We have no idea how the gospel is going to impact the lives of people. The unknown God is very knowable. He is seeking you out even if you are not seeking Him.  Only through Christ and the resurrection can we really know God. Through Jesus Christ our lives can be forever changed, our sins forgiven and all things are new! 

"For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you." Acts 17:23

Enduring Trials

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    Fairview Baptist Church welcomed Dr. Dave Douglass and music by Grace and Truth from Hyles-Anderson college this evening. What a blessed evening hearing Grace and Truth sing to worship the Lord. We are thankful for their visit and Dr. Douglas'  message of enduring and the consequences of sin.

    What a selfish thing to purposefully sin without thinking of the consequences in our lives and the lives of others.  We must consider the consequences and always consider God's goodness and love. We must trust God that He is infinitely wise and that He is in control!  Consider God's goodness and don't cave in to internal temptations. To endure temptations we must consider the consequences, consider His goodness and finally, consider the divine nature that lives within. The Holy Spirit of our infinite God lives within all of us right now. Be patient during the trials, pray during the trials and don't waste trials. Learn something and gain wisdom from them.

You can find more information about Hyles-Anderson college and Grace and Truth at www.hylesanderson.edu.

"Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. James 1:12"

Service at Camp Fairview

    Fairview Baptist Church gathered at Camp Fairview this evening. Following the service we also had a summer cookout. What a blessing the message, food and fellowship was!

    Fairview Baptist Church will be having our bible school 7/5-7 (10:00a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) at Camp Fairview. This will be a wonderful opportunity for children to get to know the Lord!! Don't miss it!! Click the link below for more information about Camp Fairview.

https://www.campfairview.org

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22.6 

One Nation Under God

    We live in such a wonderful country! A country that has a heritage of Christian values with a Constitution of bi-laws with scriptural truths. A country with strength and solidarity based on Christian faith. Yes, most certainly, God has had His blessings on this country. But have we turned in to a nation that has forgotten God? 

    The strength of our nation begins at home with our strength in God through our homes, family and children. Things are so different than they were just a few years ago and with the liberalism going on in our country, we seem to be moving away from the truth of God. The devil is a very patient being and what he can't accomplish in one generation, he will try in the next. 

    It's very progressive how Satan moves in. Satan can creep in and make religion based on good works and deny Christ and the blood sacrifice He made for us. Satan can make people believe they can have their own ways and think being a good person will surely get them to heaven. But lets not deny Christ or let false truths infiltrate our lives. Today we need to take a stand, and stand for the word of God. 

'Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core." Jude 1:11

God is Looking

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    What are we looking for in today's world? What is our hearts desire? Is it a love, kindness or happiness? We can all think of  things that we may be looking for and never find them. We may even not be looking for God, but God is always looking for us! 

    We can sometimes feel we don't have any joy or happiness in our lives, but God is still looking. God doesn't see us, our sins or all our problems we think we have. When God is looking on us, He only sees the sacrifice that Jesus made to pay for our sins. We don't deserve it, but what Christ did on the cross gave us God's mercy, forgiveness, grace and love. When we come to know Christ as our personal Savior, it fixes our place in eternity. We begin to have a relationship with God and we are the children of the King. 

    God is looking and sees us. He is ready to forgive us when we fall before Him and ask for His mercy and forgiveness. He is ready to pour out His blessings. There will never be a day where we will look back and say we wished we hadn't. God is looking and wants you to come to Him! 

"I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance." Luke 15:7