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

 

Keep Moving

  Fairview welcomed Dr. Jim Alley this morning with his message to keep moving.  There is nothing more in the world that will energize and revolutionize any local church than reaching out to needy people around the world. Find a way to care for the hurting and reach out. Be as excited now as we were when we first got saved to spread the gospel of the Lord. Let get on our knees in prayer and ask God to stir our hearts to get out and share His wonderful word. People need to hear the truth and real love never lies to anyone.  Let's keep moving and share that wonderful message!

"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

Encouragement

Tonight's Wednesday night lesson was on how the people in the church know how to be encouraged. Certainly there are things that will sometimes get you down, but nothing is ever too big for God! When we put the Lord in the middle of it, we will always be encouraged.

Problems will never be just wished away. With prayer and an obedience to God, the outcome of any situation won't matter. God is always working in us and we need not to worry about the outcome or what's happening, but what's done in Christ. 

Rejection, loneliness, sense of fear or failure and when the excitement is over are most certainly things that will rob us of our encouragement. Also consequences of not being an encouragement can lead to a feeling of no way out, loose touch with realty and loose the purpose of life. If we are to this point, we must stop and realize the presence of the Lord in every thing. You can encourage yourself know the power and promises of the Lord!

"Now therefore, O Lord our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the Lord God, even thou only."  Kings 19:19

Blessings of Being a Christian

    We are so blessed in our daily lives. There could never be enough time or power to list all the ways God blesses us here on earth and with the things He can do in our lives. No matter where we are from, our finances or our capabilities, once we are saved, we all become the sons of God. 

What we have on earth is nothing compared to what we will have in Heaven. Our Heavenly Father shows us such tender mercy and gentleness, we should be glad that we don't get what we actually deserve.  For God sent his only Son to die for us.  Jesus' death was the only way for mankind to be saved. We would never be able to pay the debt to an eternal God: Jesus pad that debt. When we are saved, God's Holy Spirit lives in us. It doesn't mean we are sinless, but we sin less and less. As we walk through life, our spirit can get dirty and we need a daily cleansing. We will have a closeness with the Lord when we confess our daily sins.

Isn't it great to know the Lord? What blessing we receive when we work to be like Christ.

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." 1 John 3:2

People of The Church

There are practical ingredients of the local Church. We aren't a perfect people and all of us are just forgiven sinners. Time to time we may disappoint. But as we are just ordinary individuals, we are part of something extraordinary , the miracle of the Church.

It's so exciting when we have new members join the church and a blessing seeing the Church grow. Individuals are the church as well as part of the church.  After being saved, one of the most important decisions in our spiritual life is joining the Church. When joining the Church, we become a body of believers founded by the Lord Himself.

First, the Church are a common people. Also a gifted people. When God gives us a gift, it is always  sovereign. Do you know your gifts and are you using them? Thirdly we are a focused people that are not consumed with resources or moved by personalities. Finally, we are a united people. United in life and living our lives in Christ.  The Church, we are the body of Christ. 

"And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith." Acts 6:7

 

Local Church

On this chilly February morning we open our hearts and ears to the word of God at the Church. But we've already learned the church isn't just a building. Church the is the body of Christ. A body of born again and baptized believers. 

But do we realize what it really means to be part of the Church? Most of the time we can miss what church really is. The Church can let people really see what God can do. The church can help us to be complete in Christ, work in the ministry and work in the building up of the body of Christ. 

Church is the common denominator of all true believers. Next to salvation, having a home church is the second most important decision in a Christians life. It's a living thing in the age of grace and Satan wants us to believe it's just not important. The church wasn't made to be user friendly, to make the lost comfortable or a place where anybody can come and go without receiving God's correction. 

So to get to the basic purpose of the church, we need to realize that first, the church us a place to worship God in Christ and to glorify Him. People can look at the Church and see the wisdom of God. Secondly, the church is a place that God has given us to evangelize. A place here we can develop as Christians until we are complete in Christ, and then share Gods word with others. Always remember to be a part of the local church. We are participating in the greatest miracle of the ages, we are a part of God's Church!

"But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ." Ephesians 4:15

The Church

It's already February and we're starting our study this Wednesday night on the Church. When we say "church", we aren't talking about a building. The church is the body of Christ. As an introduction, Pastor made seven points tonight for us to keep in mind as we begin our studies:

1. Church is entrusted with a great commission

2. Church is to be the pavilion of worship and praise

3. Church is a place of the process of maturity of the saints.

4. Church is the clearing house of missionary activity

5. Church is a place of administration of the ordinance 

6. Church is the agency of the reception of tithes and offerings

7. Church is the guardian of the truths of scripture. 

We look forward to this wonderful topic of Church. Please join us as we continue building! 

"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:" Ephesians 4:13 

Live in This Present World

Our hearts are still stirred from the Family Conference with Pastor Shane Lewis from last week. As Fairview meets this cold January morning, Pastor Scallions gave the last message on Building the Family for the month. In February, we will continue the Building Year with a look at Building the Church. 

Nobody said we were ever going to live in a perfect world. In this world, we can either hide and stay away from it, simply endure it or when God gives us a trial we can enjoy it. Thank the Lord for it and what we may learn from it. In this environment, we need to realize where we are and what the grace of God teaches us. Its as we've almost been dropped in the "battle zone" of this world. The devil is out to destroy our homes and marriage. Satan surely does not want us to be saved and even when we are, he doesn't want us to live a Christian Life. The whole system of this world is against us.

We must realize the attraction of this world. The world's system will have lust's of the flesh as well as the eye, but we must not be somebody God doesn't want us to be. Take a stand for Christ and stand tall in this world that is so hostile to Christ. We aren't perfect people, but when Christ is in our hearts and we finally realize His plan, we can live soberly and righteous in this world! 

 

"Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;" Titus 3:12

Family Conference Day 4 : A Legacy

It's been a truly blessed day for Fairview Baptist Church. Demolition has begun on the old campus and we are so excited to see what God has in store for us! As the old buildings are coming down, Fairview is focused on the building! 

We're calling 2017 the building year and for the month of January we are learning how to help build our families.  Pastor Shane Lewis concluded the Family Conference speaking on a lasting memory. 

When it's all said and done, we'll all just be a memory. But what will we be remembered for?  Begin with the end in mind and keep your focus on the Lord. Integrity is the key, for when someone remembers your name, it will be spoken with honor. Let us leave a legacy of being forever faithful to our God.

"They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness." Psalms 145:7