What Does the Bible Say?

November 17, 2010


What Does the Bible Say?

It is not uncommon today for an author or teacher to criticize a church for holding up a standard in Christian living. Some have suggested that a sure sign of “legalism” is when a ministry dares to mention a “list” by which one should live. But what if the Bible presents a list? What if God’s Word says we should or shouldn’t do something? Would it be okay—at a very minimum —to obey the Bible?

Listed below are Scriptures which help to form principles for genuine Christian living. Bible Baptist Church leaders are challenged to test our attitudes, actions, appearance, and associations by the following verses.

Our Personal Walk with Christ

Joshua 1:8

“8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Micah 6:8

“8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
Luke 18:1

“1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
Galatians 5:16

“16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
2 Timothy 2:15

“15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17

“17 Pray without ceasing.”

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Confident in Christ’s Sufferings

June 29, 2010


Text: Isaiah 53:3-7, 10-12
Title: Confident in Christ’s Suffering
Introduction: As the New Testament presents the Lord Jesus Christ as its theme, so Isaiah presents the Lord Jesus Christ as his theme. Isaiah has been called the 5th evangelist; the Book of Isaiah has been called the 5th Gospel. Christ’s virgin birth, His character, His life, His death, His resurrection, and His second coming are all presented in Isaiah with definiteness and clarity.

STYLE AND CONTENT:

The prophecy of Isaiah is strikingly similar to the entire Bible, which can be seen in the following comparison:

Also, there are some 66 direct quotations from Isaiah in the New Testament.

Bible

66 Books
39 Books in Old Testament
27 Books in New Testament

Book of Isaiah

66 Chapters
39 Chapters on LAW, the Government of God
27 Chapters on GRACE, Salvation of God

This chapter foretells the sufferings of the Messiah, the end for which he was to die, and the advantages resulting to mankind from that event.

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A Tribute to Fathers

June 22, 2010

Text: Hebrews 11:7
Title: “A Faithful Father”
Introduction:
A hard-working single dad named William Jackson Smart was the inspiration for the creation of Father’s Day. His wife died in 1898 while giving birth to their sixth child, and the Civil War veteran was left to raise the children alone in rural Washington.

In May 1909, Smart’s daughter, by then a married woman named Sonora Dodd, heard a sermon enumerating the virtues of motherhood. It was Mother’s Day, a new American holiday that had begun the previous year. Sonora decided to honor her dad’s dedication to his children by seeking to have a Father’s Day designated on the calendar. The day caught on, but it wasn’t permanently established as an annual holiday in the US until 1972.

We honor our godly fathers by obeying their instruction. And we should pray for all dads to recognize their God-given role of training in the home. —JDB

We’re thankful for good fathers, Lord,
They’re special gifts from You;
Help us to show we honor them
By what we say and do. —Sper

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All Church Camp 2010

June 1, 2010

Last week, I had the privilege of joining our All Church Camp at Mt. Carmel, Bansalan, Davao del Sur. The 5-day activity had  a theme of “Small things, they say, yet matters a lot with God” – emphasizing that what often times the world calls small or insignificant, when God or the Bible calls it a big matter, IT IS A BIG MATTER.

We had a great time of fellowship, Bible devotions, games, and of course, the preaching of God’s Word. Great gospel preachers from different parts of Mindanao gave us a fresh dose of God’s Word. We were encouraged, exhorted and “exhaled” by the different preachers. My pastor, Rev. Anselmo Ingay, gave the final message of the camp; he expounded on the life of David the shepherd boy and how God used him to defeat the giant.

Scripture memory was also encouraged during the camp as a t-shirt with the camp logo was promised to those who could memorize all 9 camp verses. It wasn’t easy but it sure was worth it, not only because of the prize, but because of the encouragement those verses will produce one’s heart.

Again, I’m looking forward to next year’s camp. I’m praying that many will be able to attend and God’s power will again be evident through life changing decisions and surrendered lives.


Leadership Requirements

August 21, 2009

Before someone becomes a worker at the Bible Baptist Church in Guerrero. He/she has to submit to the leadership requirements or standards laid down by our pastor and of course, the Word of God. Here is a sample form:

qualifications


Mission Trips to Lasang & Napisolan

August 19, 2009

I count it a great privilege joining my pastor on a mission trip last Thursday, August 13. Together with some men of the church, we visited the work of Bro. Armando Dusonan in Lasang, Bukidnon and Bro. Danilo Dao-an in Napisolan also in Bukidnon.

We conducted a preaching service in Lasang under their un-finished church building. The Lord blessed with 44 coming to trust Christ as Saviour. Those same people then followed the Lord in the waters of baptism. The Lord led my Pastor to immediately organize that work into a local church under the authority of its sending church, Bible Baptist Church in Napisolan. God truly worked in a marvelous way!

LASANG

LASANG

We then headed to Napisolan to have another service. 17 came to follow the Lord in Believers’ Baptism and were baptized at the river right below the church. Bro. Luke Pensader of Tibal-og and Bro. Armando Dusonan had the privilege of baptizing these new converts.

NAPISOLAN

I thank the Lord for the wonderful opportunity He has given in allowing me to go to these places. We have to see the urgency and need to pray for more laborers in the harvest field of our Lord. I’m praying that God would continue to supply the needs of these mission works and empower its Pastors to preach the whole counsel of God.


Just Being a Blessing

July 20, 2009

Great Opportunities

It is wonderful to serve the Lord. I thank Him for saving me and for calling me into His work. I just want to share what He has allowed me to do in various places in this month.

In Panabo
Image026Last July 9, 2009 I was privileged to be invited to the Bible Baptist Church – Panabo for their 2nd Annual Mission Conference. I enjoyed good time of visitation and fellowship with their pastor, my friend, Steve Ong. They had a theme of “Ye are Witnesses” from Acts 1:8. I preached that night from Acts 8 on the Ethiopian Eunuch. The Lord blessed in a special way and I give Him all the glory for that. I encourage you to be in prayer for the church, their pastor and his family as they labor for the Lord in that needy area.

In Malita
July 14-16, 2009

I enjoyed a wonderful opportunity being with the opening of the 3rd Year of the Bible Baptist Institute Opening in Malita. The school has been blessed with 18 graduating students! All of them excited and eager to serve the Lord. My pastor, Rev. Anselmo Ingay, preached a great message on Gideon and how he conquered the challenges by relying upon the Lord.

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The following day, I taught classes on the Articles of Faith, Song leading and Soul Winning. During the afternoon, all of us went out to the community and practiced what we have learned in the classroom. Joy can be seen on the faces of each one as they shared their soul winning experiences. I also thank the Lord for the great opportunity of preaching His Word that night. The altars were filled as Christians dedicated themselves to the Lord.

Please be in prayer for Bro. Joel Brasileno & family as they seek to labor for the Lord in Malita.

I give glory to God for all the things He has allowed me to do. It’s my desire to just be a blessing.

‘Til next time!

Bro. J