The Truth Shall Make You Free

    Happy Memorial Day weekend from the Fairview Baptist Church. This morning we honor our members who have served in the military. The freedom to worship our Lord Jesus is one we hold dear. God bless America! 

    Truth. All truths are found in the Bible. When the world is in a state of change and lost in the wilderness, we can hold on to only the truth found in God's word. The Bible is a revelation. We can search the world for truth, but we will never find it. Don't look to the world to find the definition of truth. Love, beauty, success, happiness or even finances can not be defined by the worlds view.  When we are searching for the truth on any topic at any time, the Bible is where we need to search. 

    We have received the truth. The fact that we can all hold a bible in our hands today, we can let that trust dictate and dominate our lives. The bible is the only truth in the universe. As Christians, we are also guardians of the truth. We must not get so far away from the genuine truth that is God's word. We must also be responsible for the truth we have in our hands. 

    So that leads to the most important truth of all. We're all going to live some place forever. Where? The truth of the Bible tells us there are only two places to spend eternity, heaven or hell. But when we are saved and Christ is in our hearts, the truth is, we will spend eternity with Him. 

    Our God is a powerful God and one day, judgement is coming. We are all sinners and none of us can rise to God's standards, but through Christ Jesus, we are redeemed. Christ died for our sins and payed the eternal debt that man couldn't pay. But one day those who are saved will be called together to meet Him. To spend eternity with our Lord Jesus Christ forever and ever. And that is the truth. 

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32

Welcome Home

    Today marks the first day back at the Fairview Baptist Church building. It was such a blessing to have members of the community to join us as we share our appreciation to those who came together after the tornado to clean up. Some would say it was such a tragedy, but as we learned over the past six months, the building is not the church. The church is the body of saved, born again, baptized believers. Although our time in the warehouse was special, we are grateful to be back in our auditorium. The same Spirit that was flowing through the warehouse, is the same Spirit surrounding us in our church building. God has been wonderful to Fairview Baptist Church and we are so grateful God knew He could let a tornado damage our buildings, but not His church! 

    There is so much majesty in Christ.  All is His and He is preeminent of all that is. Christ does His work and we are alleviated by God from our sins. Christ changes us. One day He will present us perfect to God. So lets not just represent Christ, but always let others see Christ in us. 

"And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence." Col 1:18

Jesus Is Our Captain

    Tonight is our last service in our temporary location since the tornado. What a blessing it has been to be able to meet, only 3 days after the tornado in our warehouse. It is a bittersweet moment for Fairview as we move out of the warehouse God provided during this trial.  We've learned so much over these past six months and the power of what the Lord can do in our lives and our church! 

    We are having our "back to the auditorium" service on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 11:00 am with an open house beginning at 10:30 am. Immediately following the service, we will meet on the hill for the Fairview Christian Academy ground breaking ceremony. It will be a service we will remember for the rest of our lives. Come be a part of God's miracle!!

Complete in Christ

    Happy Mother's Day! What a blessed morning to come together to honor our mothers and to worship our Lord. 

    As the hymn say "Complete in Thee", how complete are we in Christ? Today we are so incomplete in ourselves and if we aren't careful, it can lead to a pretty bad slope in our lives. As believers, are we living our Christian lives on our own, or are we finding our strength in the Lord? When Jesus Christ lives in us, that is our hope and glory and we don't have anything to be afraid of.

    We can receive so much strength in the Lord if we can give our lives to Christ. We always have all of Him but does He have all of us? As believers we need to understand that we need to also mature. When the Spirit of God is in complete control of our lives, we don't have to just wander in the wilderness. So often we let the thoughts and standards of the world in our lives, but we must see, hear and understand His word so we are able to discern between good and evil. Stay in God's presence and not encased in things that will hold us down and drag us back.

    Lets take the time to evaluate our lives based on the scriptures. Learn to understand the ineffectiveness of ourselves and the effectiveness of God. We are by no means perfect. We are also not made perfect by what we do. Yes, we must attend church, read our bibles, pray and also give. But doing works will not make us perfect, complete or mature. When we live our lives for Christ, that's when we can be complete. Only in Christ are we made whole. So let Jesus put His arms around us and let the Holy Spirit guide our hearts.  Let our hands be empty so that Christ can fill them!

"Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God," Hebrews 6:1

For Such A Time as This

    Thank you to everyone for prayers for Fairview Baptist Church. In only two weeks, we will be back in our building that was damaged by the tornado. We are certainly excited to be back in our building the Lord has blessed us with. During the past six months we have learned so much. We know that the Church isn't just a building, but Gods people that come together to worship Him. We've also learned about God's perfect time. Gods timing is always planned, always has a reason and how we can redeem our time.

    When we are faced with any situation, we must have faith in God's timing. God's timing is always planned perfectly, even though our situations may not be so perfect. We can look at any situation in our lives with what's occurred and maybe wish God hadn't put us through it. But God's timing is perfect, planned and also purposeful. Consider why God has brought you to this place and how you can do His work or where you can be used. 

    It's so easy to waste our time. If we consider the reality of time, it happens to us all and is limited. We want to live like we have tomorrow, another year and even forever. But tomorrow is never promised and we must take advantage of the time we've been given and what God wants us to do. 

    If we consider the reasoning of time, we see that every minute is slipping away and we will never get it back. We must decide what to do with the little time we have and not simply "sleepwalk" through life, sticking with our same daily routines. Time is passing, so walk honestly in His light. Invest our passing days for Him. Who can we help and encourage today? 

    Finally, time is so precious and we should want to redeem every moment of every day for Christ, it's so easy to waste and not use our time. We want to look forward to what we are going to do in the future, but what about today? Redeem our time in God's will right now, don't wait and think about what you are "going to do."  There is nothing in yesterday or tomorrow , but what we do have, is right now. God can turn around any situation and use it for His glory, for such a time as this! 

 

"For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14

Men's Prayers Breakfast

    Fairview Baptist Church had a Men's Prayer Breakfast this morning at Camp Fairview. Following the breakfast, we moved the pews back into our church building. God blessed us with perfect moving weather. Thank everyone for all the prayers and help. So much progress has been made to get ready for the first service in our building since the tornado. Our first service will be on May 21, 2017. Come and join us to worship the Lord!! 

Run toward God

    What a wonderful and warm day we gather to worship the Lord. We woke up this morning with intentions on coming together to praise Him. But do you ever find yourself running away from God and His plans for you? The story of Jonah and the whale is a familiar one where we see one of God's men trying to do what he wanted, and not what God had in store for him. But in this story, God used just one man in such a great way to minister to a whole nation. This just goes to show that God can use us in ways we can't think of. 

    We all have our circles of influence and God wants to use our Christian influence to turn lives to Him. God makes much of preaching, but also a proclamation of Him. We have so much more in our hands now than Jonah ever did. We can take our bibles and scriptures everywhere to proclaim God's word. We can share the simple truth that God loves us and Jesus died for us. As Christians we have to also get right with God ourselves and have a burden in our hearts to put ourselves at God's disposal. We can get on board and fully commit to what God wants. 

    So let's put ourselves at God's disposal and don't remove God from the equation. God sometimes will send a storm, but we can be better for it. We can get comfortable and do what we want and when God wants us, we go in the other direction. Realize when God is speaking, there is no other way than His. There can be so much joy and pleasure knowing we are where God wants us to be, so let's not run in the opposite direction! 

"Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee." Jonah 3:2

 

 

Yesterday, Today and Forever

    This wonderful, rainy Sunday the Lord blessed us with, is such a joy. Can you remember last year when we were praying for the rain? What about yesterday, did the rain change any of your weekend plans? As Christians, one thing that remains the same is Jesus Christ our Savior. Jesus Christ is forever and we serve a Savior that is the same yesterday, today and forever. 

    When you think of yesterday, do you have a time of reflection on your blessings or a time of disaster? Yesterday can be made up of things we want to forget and things we can't take back. We may want to go back yesterday and do things over to make them better and have the chance to do more. But Jesus lives today! We can't do anything about the yesterday. Our Jesus is the same today as He was yesterday and today, we can do something. Jesus can give us a strength and victory over our sin today. If we are able to understand His abilities and commit to our fellowship with Him, our today can be different. 

    Then there is forever. Forever has no beginning and no end. Forever has no start and no stop. What about our forever in eternity? Even when we are saved, eternity can seem scary. But how scary would forever be if Jesus wasn't there? An eternity in hell where there is no hope. Not even the relief of death, forever in darkness. 

    But thank God for sending His son Jesus who died for our sins. The forever for a believer in Heaven where we will walk streets of gold, fellowship with our Lord Jesus where He is the only light. We can't do anything about the past, but we can find forgiveness in Jesus. Jesus is our present abiding saviour and we will all have a home in eternity before us. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever!  

"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." Hebrews 13:8

He is Risen!

    He has risen indeed! What a wonderful day to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As Christians we can celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, not only on Easter Sunday, but every day. We can rejoice in the fact that He lives!

    Throughout the scriptures there are so many proofs that Jesus rose from the tomb. Books written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John specifically states that Jesus has risen. Proof from the angels when Mary saw and spoke to Jesus. There is proof in the doctrine of judgment from Jesus where every knee shall bow and every mouth confess. 

    If we visited the tombs in the pyramids of Egypt, Westminster, Mt Vernon and even Arlington cemetery, the bodies of pharaohs and other leaders would be found. But our Lord Jesus is not in a tomb. The rock was rolled away and that tomb is empty. We have all been saved in different ways, but it's all by the same gospel. On this day, whatever the world may say, we know, Jesus has Risen! 

"Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them. I ascend unto my Father, and your Father, and to my God, and your God."     John 20:17

    Fairview Baptist Church's Children's Ministry celebrated Jesus's resurrection during their morning service and followed by an Easter egg hunt. Click here for more pictures.

"Gift for Jesus" Bibles for Papua New Guinea

    Imagine being able to put a bible in the hands of every school child in the country. Well that's exactly what Baptist International Missions, Inc. is doing for Papua New Guinea. As progress continues on our damaged sanctuary, for the past six weeks Fairview Baptist Church has been collecting special offerings for BIMI and tonight we were able to present Mr. Alan Brooks with our donation. What a blessing it was to hear about this cause and know that we are helping spread God's word to others. God is always working here at home and around the world! 

For more information on Baptist International Missions, Inc and bibles for Papua New Guinea, please visit https://www.bimi.org/home.php

"And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem." Ezra 1:4

Changes

    What happens when we trust Jesus as our personal Savior? Of course it changes everything. The difference Jesus makes in our lives is miraculous. The Gospel of Christ has a transforming power, an imputation and an appeal to Christian principals.

    There is a transforming power in the gospel of grace. It isn't as simple doing good works and having to do your best. These things are good, but nothing can save you but the blood of Jesus Christ. There is so much power in the gospel, lives can be in shambles until Christ is put first. Looking back on our lives, where would we be without the grace of God? 

   Imputation means that God gives to us what we do not deserve. We've done so many wrongs and sin, but when the Lord Jesus went to the cross, he paid for our past, present and futures sins. All of our sins have been placed on Christ and God was satisfied that Jesus paid it all. 

    Finally, when we've trusted Jesus as our personal Savior, we want to appeal to Christian principals. Our feelings and what we believe will come from the scriptures. We will have a concern for others and we will love what Jesus loves. We think of our church and the spiritual needs of all the people around us. If we go through life and live it for ourselves, we will certainly be a miserable people.

   Oh yes, when we trust Christ as our personal Savior, we will see many changes in our lives. We become profitable to God in our salvation. Jesus will make all the difference in the world. He has a way to touch our lives with His sweet and tender Holy Spirit. What a difference only Jesus can make! 

"Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus." Philemon 1:5-6

Convenient and Comfortable

    What a beautiful April morning the Lord has blessed us with. This month, Fairview Baptist Church is focusing on building the Sunday School.

    So often we say "its so hard" when we think about having to wake up on a Sunday morning and get ready for Sunday School. But is it hard to wake up early when we are heading to our favorite sporting event or amusement park? 

    We need to focus on getting past the thought "it's too hard". The things in today's society are always looking for the easy way out. We want to make things easier to do and understand. This can even lead to changing the format of our worship service and as far as changing the format of the Bible. But we must consider what God wants us to do. We mustn't want to make things easy when we serve and modernize or compromise Gods word. 

    What God wants is not always going to be easy or convenient. Some time we may need to make a difficult decision in our life either for ourselves or our family. We don't have to consider what will be the easiest,  most convenient or what every one else is doing. Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn't make it right. The world wants us to follow our hearts, but we must be careful, the heart can be deceitful and we must always follow the heart of God. 

    Its our responsibility to pass down the teaching of God, and what better way to start than with Sunday School? We must stay focused on what God desires and its not Gods desire for us to take the easy way out. Its going to take work and sacrifice. The decisions we make will affect generation after generation after generation. What we do in moderation, our Children will do in excess! 

"And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, then they will be thy servants for ever." I Kings 12:7 

Worship

    What a beautiful spring morning to wake up and come to Fairview Baptist Church to worship the Lord. To worship is an amazing thing, almost too big for us. But when was the last time we've been lifted up to Him in worship. Sure we look forward to Sunday worship, but what about Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday? 

    With God's greatness of wisdom and holiness in nature, no one of this universe but God should be worshiped. Nothing can be taken away or concealed from God. God knows all about us although we try hard to put a face on and walk about like no one knows, but God does know. God knows our thoughts even before we do. God knows our prayers even before we say them. Our merciful, gracious, kind and powerful God can put His finger on even those things that are wicked. 

    So when we talk about building ourselves up, of course we want to worship our God. We pray, read our bibles, even sing. So lets be overwhelmed in worship in the spirit and truth of God. Lets not get too busy, for we can never lift ourselves up. How long has is been since you worshiped?

"O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it." Pslams 139 1-6

 

Dessert Fellowship

Fairview Baptist Church gathered this evening and enjoyed music from the hand bell and our new teenage choir. God has blessed our hearts and filled our bellies with home made desserts!!

By His Grace

    God's greatest gift is the gift of salvation. Thinking back, do you remember the day you knew you needed to be saved and receive Jesus Christ as personal Saviour? On that day of salvation, you were saved eternally. Not by works, but only by God's grace are we saved.  If our salvation was provided any other way, when Jesus died on the cross, it would have been in vain.  For God's grace is eternal, free and sovereign.

    If we aren't eternally saved, by what works, how much or done what are we saved? There is no measure of sin for the Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." When you were saved, God wrapped you up and has you in His hands.  Also, how would you put a price on salvation? What was it worth? Finally, through God's sovereign grace, you will never be turned away. God's grace always shines bright against the darkness of men's unworthiness!

"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." Galatians 2:16

 

Jesus is coming back

    Do you realize that for as many times as the Bible speaks of the first coming of Christ, it mentions eight times as more, the second coming? For God's word to put such so much importance on the second coming of Christ, how much do we anticipate the second coming? 

    The signs are all around us that the second coming may happen sooner rather than later. First, Israel is in the homeland. These are Gods people and in His land, Also, the rise of satanism and the occult, the homosexual movement, the degrading and redefining the the home are just a few of the numerous signs of the coming drawing near. God gave us His only son to die on the cross and there is no middle ground, Jesus, the person, is coming back. 

    There are also so many different purposes of the return, Jesus is going to bring the rewards for the Saints and complete the salvation Jesus will receive the glory that is His, bring light to the things of darkness, judge the world, destroy death just to name a few. Its exciting for Christians to anticipate Jesus reigning and ruling over the world. 

    So what does all this mean for us? We must be prepared and assured in Jesus' second coming. We ought to love His coming, Look for His coming and not just fold our hands, but occupy and be busy while we are waiting, Are you ready for His coming? Praying for the day? Jesus is coming back, and it could be today! 

"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:" I Thessalonians 4:16

How Is Your Prayer Life?

  The first steps in building ourselves, is spending time in prayer. We need to learn the urgency of praying. If we are going to pray, we must also learn how to pray correctly It will enable us as believers to be built up. We also need to pray consistently. We go about our daily lives and get so busy with other things, but if we want to grow, we have to also be consistent in our prayers. Set aside that special time to be with the Lord, make a prayer list of those special needs and people you want to pray for. Praying continually, contritely and courageously can lead us to that special relationship with the Lord to where He is never far from our thoughts.

"Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not." James 4:2

 

Keep Growing

   During the month of March we are hearing the message of building ourselves. We want to start with building ourselves in the most holy faith.  No matter where we are in our Christian walk, there will always be room to grow and improve. We mustn't stop and simply be satisfied when God wants us to increase and grow. 

 When  the world is pushing against us, we must take a stand and have new ammunition to withstand the wiles of the devil.  In order to prepare to build, we must first start with the matter of prayer. Praying always goes with building a closer relationship with God. God wants use to start at the beginning, and that is prayer. 

It's also a matter of position. Be careful to guard your life and know that God never changes. Growing is a matter of perspective. We must wake up every day thinking and looking for the Lord to return. Finally, it's a matter of passion. We will always study and grow in any area we are passionate about. When we grow in our Christian walk, we will have a faith so strong, we will be able to answer, not only lives problems, but have the answers to help people who are lost that they will be saved. So lets all stand firm and have our roots planted in faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

"Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." Jude 1:21

 

Building Yourself

   It's March 1, 2017 and spring is in the air. As Fairview continues the theme of The building Year, during the month of March we turn our focus on Building Yourself.  There will be several different messages and opportunities to hear the topic of Building yourself during the month. 

There are 5 basic ingredients to build yourself as a Christian. Be growing, guided, grateful, gracious and guarded. Always have a plan of action when studying the world of God and also in your prayer life. When reading your bible, simply make a plan of the book you want to study or other useful ways to help yourself learn. Being faithful in your church attendance, giving tithes and offerings as well as witnessing, are some of the other ways to grow.

"But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost."   Jude 1:20