Indore Baptist Church
“The Work of God” John 6:28-29 Sometimes, I believe that it helps our understanding to pause and consider this great truth: God is in control. It is His Will and Purpose that is being accomplished, despite the great efforts of Satan, his followers, and all of the world to oppose Him – still, God’s Will is done. As a God with a sovereign and indisputable purpose and power, it is no wonder that He does the Work that He has determined to do, undaunted by the powers of Hell and darkness. The Work of God proceeds onward, unwavering, unchanging! The greatest of miracles to me and to you, might be the blessed fact that God has incorporated you and I into the invincible Word of God, in saving our souls and changing our lives, and also as willing participants in the inevitable accomplishment of His Will and Purposes. What a glorious God and Saviour, Who has first loved us, then saved us, and then made us useful in the Work of God! What Work Should We Do? Our “Work for God” is made up of laboring not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life. So, as Children of God and Followers of Jesus Christ, our work that we should be doing pertains not to physical labors, but to spiritual labors. Our endeavors ought to be geared towards Heavenly aspirations, not mortal aspirations. Many times we think of the “Work of God” in our lives in an abstract or grand manner, and we don’t pause to consider what it is that we should be actually doing – what work ought we to be about – in our service unto the Lord. Well, quite simply, our work that we should be doing should be that work that the Spirit of God would lead us into. The characteristics of that work will be seen in our manifestation of the fruits which Paul mentioned to the Galatians – Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. John 6:26-27; 63; Gal. 5:22-26; Phil 2:12-13 Our Belief is the Result of the Work of God It is the Work of God to save the souls of men. It is our work to believe Him – and we cannot do even this, apart from the working of God. It is our work to trust in Him and to acknowledge Him as the Living Bread of God and as the One Who saves us – and this spiritual truth escapes us, even as it did the rich young ruler (at least it escaped him for the time), and many of the ones who were fed as a part of the Miracle of the Feeding of the Five Thousand. These spiritual truths are essential for salvation, but impossible for men to accomplish or under-stand on our own. Matt. 19:16; 20; Mk. 10:21; Jn. 6:65; 1:12-13; Mk. 10:24-27 To Love God is to Work for God In the end, our “doing” of the works of God consists primarily in “loving” the One Who has saved us. He loved us, and He saved us. He saved us, and we love Him. In the end, our “doing” of the works of God consists primarily in “loving” the One Who has saved us. He loved us, and He saved us. He saved us, and we love Him. I believe that we will find that those who pursue only mortal goals and who work only for the rewards of the flesh, will one day discover that their accomplishment and their victories are short-lived, and are only en-joyed in this life. However, those who follow Jesus Christ are in pursuit of higher and better goals, and their rewards are eternal, and their efforts are useful in the spiritual realm in the accomplishment of the Will and Purpose of God. Jn.6:29; 1Jn. 4:19; 3:23-24; Jn. 6:53-58 Indore Baptist Church – Bulletin 5-13-18

The Indore Baptist Church typically hosts a Bible Conference every summer. This year, our Conference is scheduled for June 22-24. Services are set for Friday evening at 7PM, and Saturday and Sunday at 9:30AM. A total of (10) preachers are expected to attend.

Our Bible Conferences are intended to be a blessing and encouragement to our Church, and to all of the visiting saints of God. We desire to see God exalted, first of all; and to see the saints of God edified; and, if the Lord is willing, to see the souls of the elect brought unto a Repentance and Faith in Jesus Christ.

Pray for us and our Bible Conference. Plan to attend, if you are able.

"What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops." (Matt 10:27)

BIBLE CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Here is a .pdf of our Bible Conference program for June 22-24, 2018.

1. "O preach my gospel," saith the Lord,
"Bid the whole earth my grace receive;
He shall be saved that trusts my word,
He shall be damned that won't believe.
2. "I'll make your great commission known,
And ye shall prove my gospel true,
By all the works that I have done,
By all the wonders ye shall do.
3. "Go heal the sick, go raise the dead,
Go cast out devils in my name;
Nor let my prophets be afraid,
Though Greeks reproach, and Jews blaspheme.
4. "Teach all the nations my commands,
I'm with you till the world shall end;
All power is trusted to my hands,
I can destroy, and I defend."
5. He spake, and light shone round his head
On a bright cloud to heav'n he rode;
They to the farthest nations spread
The grace of their ascended God.
Hymn #128
1. Had I the tongues of Greeks and Jews,
And nobler speech, that angels use,
If love be absent, I am found,
Like tinkling brass, an empty sound.
2. Were I inspired to preach and tell
All that is done in heav'n and hell;
Or could my faith the world remove,
Still I am nothing without love.
3. Should I distribute all my store
To feed the bowels of the poor,
Or give my body to the flame,
To gain a martyr's glorious name;
4. If love to God and love to men
Be absent, all my hopes are vain;
Nor tongues, nor gifts, nor fiery zeal,
The work of love can e'er fulfil.
Hymn #132
Isaac Watts. Hymns and Spiritual Songs. Book 1.

Friday
7:00 PM Devotional – Jim Blaney
7:20 PM Doug Newell
8:00 PM Jeff Short
Saturday
9:30 AM Song Service
9:45 AM Andy Proctor
10:15 AM Tom Ross
10:45 AM Intermission – Song Specials
11:15 AM Timothy Hille
11:45 AM David Green
12:15 PM Lunch
1:45 PM Devotional – Joshua Stepp
2:00 PM Benjamin Stepp
2:30 PM Clarence Grigsby
Sunday
9:30 AM Devotional – Ronnie Holley
9:50 AM Timothy Hille
10:20 AM Leroy Pack
10:50 AM Dan Stepp
11:30 AM Lunch
“For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2Cor 4:5-6)

Preachers may, from Ezekiel’s case,
Draw hope in this declining day,
A proof like this, of sovereign grace
Should chase our unbelief away.
When sent to preach to mould’ring bones,
Who could have thought he would succeed?
But well he knew, the LORD from stones
Could raise up Abram’s chosen seed.
Can these be made a num’rous host,
And such dry bones new life receive?
The prophet answered, “LORD thou knowst
They shall, if thou commandment give.”
Like him, around I cast my eye,
And O! what heaps of bones appear!
Like him, by JESUS sent, I’ll try,
For he can cause the dead to hear.
Hear, ye dry bones, the Savior’s word!
He, who when dying, gasped, “Forgive,”
That gracious, sinner–loving LORD,
Says, “Look to me, dry bones, and live.”
Thou heav’nly wind awake and blow,
In answer to the prayer of faith;
Now thine almighty influence show,
And fill dry bones with living breath.
O make them hear, and feel, and shake,
And, at thy call, obedient move; The bonds of death and Satan break,
And bone to bone unite in love.
John Newton
Olney Hymnal. Book II. Hymn #15.

“Fat and Flourishing” Psalm 92:1-15 I want to use our text passage to present to you a God Who will bless and prosper His people, in every age, in every place, and in every cir-cumstance. Certainly, it is true that this concept of “Fat and Flourish-ing” will not always (and maybe not even often) translate into long, healthy, and prosperous mortal lives for the people of God. But, it is certain, and I am positive, that the Lord’s people will always have ac-cess to an abundance of grace to persevere through every trial and difficulty of life; an immeasurable source of love to call upon, which will bring comfort and solace in every instance of sorrow and pain; and the never-failing and never-diminishing strength that comes from God, in order for God’s people to successfully and happily serve the Lord God Who has made us, saved us, and called us into His ministry and service in this world of men. Prosper in the Way of God The Lord God has set us in a way with which we were not formerly acquainted. Not only has He set us in the way of God, but He has abundantly prospered us in His way. His strength is ours, the wisdom and understanding that we stand in need of, is also ours, as we seek it in the Word of God and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. The end of the wicked is to be destroyed for eternity – no matter how prosperous they may be in this life! However, the righteous ones of God – especially as we have those in consideration who are the ones who are adorned with the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ – are likened unto trees, both for strength and resistance to the attacks of the world. Deut. 29:29; Ps. 10:2-9; 39:6; Col. 3:23-24; Prov. 12:28; 3Jn. 1:2; Ps. 92:7 Faithful in the House of God The Psalmist had a special love for the House of the Lord. David loved and adored the dwelling place of the Lord, and he loved to meet with God and His people in the place of worship. Indeed, as one of the children of Israel, the best and most glorious place to meet with God, and to worship God, and to render service unto God, was in the Tabernacle and then the Temple that was built in Jerusalem. I suppose that it is safe to say that, in the New Testament, the best way to serve the Lord is in the Church of Jesus Christ. It is a tremendous blessing and privilege to serve the Lord in the Church of Jesus Christ. This is a wonderful grace that is not afforded unto the world at large, and it seems that even many of those who are saved have not been recipients of such a blessing. Rom. 14:17-19; Col. 1:100; Jn. 15:1-8 Enjoying the Service of God Unto the End To be “Fat” isn’t what we always desire in our mortal bodies. And yet, throughout history, the well-off and the prosperous among men, are often distinguished by their substantial girth – they are often fat. So, we might not normally consider this a desirable adjective to append to a description of our person; and yet, this “Fat and Flourishing” is something to be desired in our spiritual person – not a sense of laziness, lethargy, or overindulgence; in fact, often times in the Scriptures the word “fat” is used in a derogatory way, as a description of those who are lazy or whose senses are dulled in regards to God, God’s Word, and God’s service. However, in some instances the word “fat” is used in a blessed way, as a description of one or some who are blessed by God, and who are favored by God. This is the case of our text passage. Here we find the adjective meant to be a sign of God’s blessings upon us, and a sign of our joy and pleasure in the service of the Lord God. Ps. 71:18; Rom. 6:22; Prov. 28:25 Indore Baptist Church – Bulletin 5-6-18

“Revival”
Hosea 6:1-3
Is a revival what is needed in our Churches today? Or, is a revival what is needed in our communities in which we live? What does it mean to have a revival service as a part of the public worship services of the Church of God? It seems that “Revivals” come and go – and still folks are not saved. It seems that “Revivals” come and go – and still the ones who claim to be saved, do not serve. It seems that “Revivals” come and go – and still the Churches of Jesus Christ dwindle in num-ber and in members. Today, I would like to consider some of the rea-sons why I think that it is appropriate for a Church – even a Church such as ours that believes in the Sovereignty of God in Salvation – to seek a Revival.
The Meaning of “Revival”
In the Holy Writ of God, we find that the word “Revival,” or a form of the word, appears 16 times in the King James Version. In order for us to get a little bit of the meaning of this word, I want to give you the definition as it appears in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary: an act or instance of reviving : the state of being revived: as a: renewed atten-tion to or interest in something b: a new presentation or publication of something old c (1): a period of renewed religious interest (2): an often highly emotional evangelistic meeting or series of meetings. Ever since the seventeenth century (and perhaps earlier) this word “Revival” has often carried with it a Religious connotation. Hab. 3:2

The Bible’s Meanings of Revival
1) Revive can be applied to those that were dead. Examples in Scrip-ture exist of dead bodies coming to life, or of souls being returned to the physical body. 2) Revive can be applied to those that are Physical-ly Weary, and in need of Strength. A human body must be renewed, from time to time, especially after undergoing great strain. In this case, it is only a return to a normal physical vitality. 3) Revive can indicate Spiritual Revival, in the case of those that are Distraught, Distressed, or just not where they should be in their Love and Service for God. As human beings, even those who desire to know and serve God, we grow weak, discouraged, and perhaps yield to despair. We can be re-vived in the spirit—and we need such revival! 4) We can even see in the word “Revive” a picture of the Salvation that first comes to those souls that are converted and turned unto God. 1Ki. 17:22; 2Ki. 13:21; Rom. 14:9; Judges 15:19; Hos. 14:7; Ge. 45:27; Ps. 85:6; 138:7; Isa. 57:15
A Scriptural Example of Revival
Ezra sought Revival in a Land, Israel, that was in desperate need of Revival. Perhaps we can say that our circumstances are not unlike Ez-ra’s. We, too, live in a land that is in desperate need of Revival. We, too, live in a land that once feared God, and once was known as a Peo-ple of God. And yet, now this land is full of sin. And you and I, too, just like Ezra can say, “…I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.” And yet, still, there is hope. Notice that Ezra mentions the word “Reviving” twice in his prayer. His desire for Israel was that there would come a reviving, and souls would be renewed, and a people would be zealous for God. we notice that Ezra speaks of Reviving. And, we notice that Ezra speaks of Grace. And we notice also that Ezra speaks of Mercy. I think that it is interesting that both Grace and Reviving appear in v. 8, and that both the words Mercy and Reviving appear in v. 9. The reason that this is an important observation is because I believe that we cannot have Re-viving (or Revival) without the Grace of God and the Mercy of God. Ezra 9:1-5

"Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." (Hos 6:1-3)

BULLETIN

Each Sunday our Church prints the weekly bulletin for that Lord's Day Service. The bulletin always contains an outline of the Sermon, with the Scripture references. This is posted as a blog post on the website.

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"A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth. O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy." (Hab 3:1-2)

"Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation." (Ps 85:6-7)

"And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage. For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem." (Ezra 9:8-9)

“Sufficient For the Work”
Exodus 36:4-7
It is amazing that the Children of Israel, a nation that we use so often to demonstrate the failures of man, was told in this instance that they had brought enough, and that they were “Sufficient for the Work.” There were certainly times in the history of the Nation of Israel that they seemed to be close to the Lord their God. And there were times and places where they seemed to be very faithful and obedient to the Lord. However, in reality, isn’t whole-hearted and complete and faith-ful service unto the Lord what we all should be striving for, all the time? And isn’t this whole-hearted service what God should expect of us? Ex. 24:3; 39:42-43; Live. 8:36; Num. 32:10-13; Ex. 33:11
Freely Offering Unto the Lord
The Children of Israel, at this point in their History, were willing to give Freely unto the Lord. In fact, they were willing to give Freely of all that they had, and they did not hold back – there was nothing that they held back in their service unto the Lord. These men and women offered freely. They did not desire a Return, nor did they desire Fame or Recognition. This should be our attitude as well. Having been given so much, and having been given it in such a Free manner, we, too, ought to be willing to Freely give unto the Lord and unto others. Ex. 36:3; Ezra 2:68; 2Cor. 8:7-15; Mt. 10:8; Hos. 14:4; 1Cor. 2:12

Diligently Offering Unto the Lord
The Freeness of the Offering of the Children of Israel, in this particular instance, was, perhaps, exceeded only by the Diligence that they showed in their Service and Giving unto the Lord. They not only gave Freely, but they were Consistent and Diligent in their Service. Whatev-er it was that Moses commanded them, they were Faithful to follow. An addiction to offering and giving in the service of the Lord is a won-derful and godly addiction. To help and support others; to give of who and what we are and of that which has been given unto us; this is a grace and a service that should be desired by each of us. The service unto the Lord – giving of ourselves, and giving of what we have been given – is not a random service, nor is it an optional service, nor is it an occasional service. Rather, consistency, joy, and dedication ought to be evident in our giving unto the Lord and His cause and His Church. Phil. 4:16; 1Cor. 16:14-16; 2Cor. 9:6-8
Success in Offering Unto the Lord
The Success of the Children of Israel, at least as far as this particular passage is concerned, is found in that they were Commanded to Cease in their Bringing unto the Lord. In fact, the very end of our text verses says, “…So the people were restrained from bringing. For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.” (Ex. 36:6-7.) In reality, this is what Successful Service to the Lord requires – that is, that we are to be Sufficient for all the Work. Surely, success in serving and offering of ourselves and ours unto the Lord, is something that is in and of the Lord God. We need the leader-ship of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We need the strength that comes from the Hand of God upon us. In these times, we can be certain of success. Instead of looking to our own designs, or depending upon our own abilities, we should submit to God and succeed in Him. It is God Who supplies all our need, and His riches that are delivered to us through and by Christ Jesus. We give of what He has first given unto us. We give because of a desire to serve and an inclination to partici-pate in the service of the Lord, which is felt in us and evident in our lives, because of the working of the Holy Spirit of God. Ex. 36:6-7; 36:2; Phil. 4:14-19; Eph. 3:20-21; 2Cor. 8:1-4

And all the wise men, that wrought all the work of the sanctuary, came every man from his work which they made; And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the LORD commanded to make. And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing. For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much. (Exod 36:4-7)

BULLETIN

Each Sunday our Church prints the weekly bulletin for that Lord's Day Service. The bulletin always contains an outline of the Sermon, with the Scripture references. This is posted as a blog post on the website.

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"According to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so the children of Israel made all the work. And Moses did look upon all the work, and, behold, they had done it as the LORD had commanded, even so had they done it: and Moses blessed them." (Exod 39:42-43)

"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God." (1Cor 2:12)

"But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:" (2Cor 9:6-8)

When you stop to think about it, this is indeed a Wonderful and Mar-velous thing which the Lord has said. Consider that this is the Son of God; and Consider that this Son of God is one Part of the Trinity; and Consider that Jesus Christ has been from Everlasting. And yet, here in our text verse He says plainly, “I can of mine own self do nothing…” Today, I want us to consider the unity and the perfectness of will that exists between the Son and the Father. I also want us to apply the statement that Jesus made, to each of us, as we labor and serve under the strength, authority, and purpose of our Lord and Saviour.
Ability
In order for us to come to grips, in some measure, with this Passage of Scripture that we are studying today, I think that we need to under-stand a very important fact. This Scripture that I am using for my text verse, and in particular this phrase at the beginning of the text verse, is not a Verse or a Phrase that in any way Limits or Reduces the Person of our Lord Jesus Christ. You see, when the Lord Jesus Christ says, “I can of mine own self do nothing…”, He is not Limiting Himself, or making Himself less Important. Rather, He is instead Identifying Him-self, and Allying Himself with the Father in Heaven. Do you see what I mean? This verse that we have as our text verse today, is one of the most important verses in the Gospels concerning the Deity and the Ability of our Lord Jesus Christ! We, as Christians, don’t work Apart from Christ, but in Conjunction with Him; the Lord Jesus, as the Sav-iour of men, did not (and does not) work Apart from the Father, but in Conjunction and Unity with Him. The Power and Ability that He had at His disposal was Omnipotent, because God the Father, and the Son in Unity with Him, was and is Omnipotent. Jn. 10:37-38; 5:17-20; Mt. 26:53; Phil. 4:13; Jn. 14:12-14; Mt. 21:21-22

Authority
Not only are these Words of the Lord Jesus spoken concerning His Ability, and how closely His Ability is entwined with that of the Fa-ther; but I believe that the Lord Jesus is also speaking concerning the Authority that He shares with the Father. We might say that the Lord is demonstrating to the Jews, that the Right or Authority that He had in His Possession, was the same Authority and Right that the Father might have in His Possession. All of the people, when they Saw and Heard the Lord Jesus Christ, were forced to marvel at the Authority which He so obviously possessed. The fact that Jesus Christ has All Power and All Authority gives Him ever Right to delegate that Au-thority in the way that He sees fit. In a very real way, this has a pro-found effect on you and on me. Mk. 1:21-22, 27; Mt. 21:23; Jn. 5:26-27; Mt. 28:18-20; Lk. 9:1-2; Mk. 13:32-34
Will
The Will or Desire of the Lord Jesus Christ, was a Will or Desire that He shared equally with His Father in Heaven. Not only did the Father give the Son the Ability to do what He did; and not only did the Fa-ther give the Son the Authority to do what He did; but, also, the Father gave (or we might rather say, Shared) the Will and Desire to the Son, so that the Will of the Father might be worked out on this Earth. This very Attitude that the Lord Jesus Christ manifested, should be the Attitude that we, as the Servants of Christ, should manifest. The Lord Jesus Christ told His disciples, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Jn. 5:30; Lk. 2:49; Jn. 4:34, 32; Mt. 26:39-42; Heb. 10:5-10; Jn. 18:37; Mt. 7:21; 12:50; Phil. 2:13

“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” (John 5:30)

Bulletin

Each Sunday our Church prints the weekly bulletin for that Lord's Day Service. The bulletin always contains an outline of the Sermon, with the Scripture references. This is posted as a blog post on the website.

Click here for the .pdf of this week's Church Bulletin.

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." (John 14:12-14)

"Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick." (Luke 9:1-2)

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." (Matt 7:21)

“A True Witness”
Amos 5:15
All around us can be broken down into two classifications: good and evil, righteous and wicked, light and dark, truth and lies. I think it is fair to apply such a reckoning to the way that men behave towards each other in mortal or physical matters, and the way in which men behave towards each other – and towards themselves – in spiritual matters. A True Witness will convey the truth in all things; a Deceitful Witness will obscure, cloud, or deny the truth. Which one are you? I hope this sermon will remind each of us that, in order for us to portray an honest, truthful, and godly witness in spiritual matters, we need to be careful to demonstrate honesty and integrity in our day to day lives. We can’t hope to properly relay the Truth of God unto others, if we have a habit of indulging in deceit! We can’t hope to portray a proper and righteous account of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, if our own lives are full of lies, dishonest means, or even perversions of the truth.
The Case for Honesty
I want to begin this sermon by making a plea for the honest behavior of men and women in our society. Too often lies and hypocrisy are the rule of the day. Our children are not taught to tell the truth. The examples that the adults leave them, will only influence the children in a negative way. In our society there is no adverse reaction to lies, or to the liars that speak the untruth. In our society there is no admiration for the honest ones, and for those who speak the truth. In our world it would be wonderful if each Christian who names the Name of Christ, would be known as a “true man,” or a “true woman” – a person who is acquainted with honesty, a person who conducts himself in an open and forthright fashion. Isa. 59:2-4; Heb. 13:18; Phil. 4:8; Eph. 4:25

Speak the Truth
Consider the great travesty that is being perpetrated across Christianity, wherein the truth is not proclaimed. Rather, the religious world – even Christianity – will proclaim words and works which exalt men and which are meant to obscure the wickedness of man behind a false vail of goodness or worldly morality. Christianity has a way of handling the Word of God in a deceitful fashion.Our desire should be to manifest the truth, not walk in craftiness. And yet, Christianity is full of persons who either deliberately or ignorantly will hand the Word of God deceitfully, and will, with crafty words, devise their own gospel and their own ideas of human worth and human abilities. Dishonesty and deceit from the world at large has intruded into, and overwhelmed Christianity. The motivation of the deceitful witness is always selfish, or worldly. The motivation of the true witness is always the good of others and the glory of God. 2Cor. 4:1-2; Eph. 4:13-15; Ps. 15:1-3; Zech. 8:16-17; Rom. 10:1; Jer. 9:3-6
Delivering Souls
The context of the proverb might lead us to believe that the “True Witness” is one who stands up in the judgment, tells the truth, and delivers justice – freedom to the innocent, and punishment to the wicked. What Christ did for us, was to deliver us from damnation, from the fear of death, into the love and the service of the Lord God Who has saved us. Jesus Christ is the ultimate “True Witness,” delivering the souls of men! This should also be the goal of those who proclaim and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ – not that we will save or deliver any soul based on our own efforts or abilities. But, rather, that we should point men to the One Who can certainly deliver them from death unto life. The Truth can set the sinner free. Heb. 2:14-15; Gal. 1:3-5; Jn. 8:31-32; Lk. 18:13; Eph. 1:12-14; Jer. 6:13-14; 1Tim. 3:15

“Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.” (Amos 5:15)

BULLETIN

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"But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity." (Isa 59:2-4)

"Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God." (2Cor 4:1-2)

"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." (Heb 2:14-15)

A Pattern for Survival in America
“A Pattern for Survival in America” Amos 5:15 In our text verse, we find some word of warning that the prophet Amos had for the Nation of Israel – a nation that was just about to be destroyed because of their wickedness. And yet, even at that late stage of their wickedness, and even though destruction at the hands of the Assyrians was imminent, there was a hope given unto Israel, if they would only follow through. Today, I want to consider the challenge that was delivered to Israel – the only hope for the return of the grace and mercy of the Lord before they were destroyed – and I want to ap-ply the challenge and the hope for mercy to our Nation, and to the people amongst whom we live. Maybe, as much as anything else, I on-ly want to remind you and I as Americans, that our best hope for sur-vival and for continued success and prosperity, is to ally ourselves with God and His Ways. I think it is far better for our morality and for the safety of our homes and families, if we are found to be contending for the principles which God has set forth in His Word, then it is for us to publicly and openly promote and contend for the principles of sin and lewdness which have led to the fall of many nations and societies who have not had the protection of God. A Godly Hatred for Evil Our text verse tells us that we, as a people, need to hate the evil. In or-der for us to do this, we must be led by the Word of God, which re-veals to us the unchanging and objective pattern of right and wrong, good and evil, righteous and unrighteous. As a Nation and as a people who desires the favor of God and the return of some sense of sanity and some level of brotherliness and even compassion as a people, we need to determine what is wrong and evil, according to the will and decrees of God, and show an utter distaste, a total revulsion, and a ho-ly hatred for sin. The God Who made us, the God Who worked to es-tablish our Nation, the God Who has preserved our Nation even until now – He is a God Who hates evil and loves righteousness. Ps. 9:8; Deut. 6:6-13; Isa. 1:21 A Love for the Good Further, our text verse tells us that we must love the good. In order for us to determine what is evil or good, we must consult the Scriptures. Man’s idea of good and evil is flexible, and changes with the genera-tions or with the place in which he or she lives. However, God’s deter-mination of good and evil is unchanging, and cannot be diverted or changed when faced with the passing of time or the change in loca-tion. In order for us, then, to show a love for the good, let us discover what is truly good and holy through a study and public display of the knowledge of the Word of God. When the good is revealed, let us show a love for it, instead of the deep disdain for good that is promi-nent in our society. It is better for all of us, as individuals, as families, and as a Nation, if we will love the good and hate the evil. We need to openly love the good, promote righteousness, and teach these precepts to our children . Jer. 22:3; Mic. 6:8; Matt. 19:16-22 Establish Righteous Judgment Finally, our text verse reminds us that we need to have a clear, un-changeable, and objective standard of right and wrong. These are the principles which must guide our justice and our judgments. Judgment and justice should be blind to the changing opinions and diminishing moralities of men. Instead, let’s choose to base our justice and judg-ment upon the unchanging and always perfect, Word of God. Let His Law and His Word govern our actions. Let His indiscriminate and yet Holy and Righteous Justice rule in our land and in our justice system. Indore Baptist Church – Bulletin 4-1-18
“Salvation—Love and Belief of the Truth” 2Thess. 2:8-12 Maybe you haven’t looked at this passage this way in the past; but, today, I would like to preach the necessity of the “Love and Belief of the Truth,” using this passage and these verses to teach this grand sub-ject from a negative perspective. If you have not received a love for the truth; and if you do not now love the truth that comes from God and Heaven; then, you cannot be saved! If you do not believe the truth – the truth of the Gospel, the truth and the unchanging reality of the Word of God; and, if you still find your pleasure in unrighteousness rather than the truth of God as your Saviour and God as your Lord and Master; then, you cannot be saved! Received Not the Love of the Truth It is, of course, our God, Creator, and Saviour, Who delivers our souls from sin and destruction. It is, of course, the favor and power of God that sets apart a people unto salvation, and love of the truth of God’s Word. And yet, inevitably, those who are saved must love the truth of the Gospel. It is not enough to be merely acquainted with the Gospel. It is not enough to even memorize vast portions of the written Word of God. Without the Word of God being imparted unto us, and without the genuine love that comes with an intimate relationship with the One Who is expounded and proclaimed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, you and I cannot be saved. 1Cor. 4:7; Rom. 5:1-6; Jn. 14:6; 2Thess. 3:5 Believed Not the Truth a certain confidence, trust, and belief in God and the Truth must be present in each of those who are saved. This is not a casual or superfi-cial belief or knowledge that God is the Creator and His Son, Jesus Christ is the Saviour of men. Nor is this a momentary or inconsistent sense of faith in God and His Word which proclaims that men are sin-ners who stand in need of a Saviour, and that Saviour is Jesus Christ. Instead, I am talking about an imparted faith – just as we noticed, in the first point, that love was imparted to us by God’s grace – a faith that is of a Heavenly origin, which cannot be taken away, and which can overcome in all matters and the affairs of men in this life. (Really, my sermon today is all about Love and Faith in God – both of which come from God and are delivered, in a saving way, to the elect of God.) Heb. 11:6; 2Thess. 3:2; Deut 32:20; Jn. 3:6-8; Rom. 12:1-3; Acts 3:16 Pleasure in Unrighteousness Finally, today, let’s make some practical applications of the thoughts and truths that we have considered. The love of God and truth is not found in natural man but is imparted by God. The faith to believe in God and the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, is also not naturally occurring in the sons of men. And yet, by God’s grace, the “Love and Belief of the Truth” is granted unto men and is essential unto salva-tion. When once this love and belief of the truth has been granted unto us, and when once we have been brought unto Jesus Christ as our Sav-iour, what then? Well, certainly a soul who loves and believes God and His Truth will want to obey and follow after that Truth! Our de-sires are not the same as they were. Therefore, our actions ought not be the same as they were. The world should be able to readily discern the change that has taken place in us. Our affections ought now to be set on things above, rather than on things below. Our goals, our aims, our intentions, our whole purpose in this life, should revolve around a pursuit of God, Jesus Christ, and the truth of the Word of God. 1Cor. 6:9-11; Mt. 12:30-33 Indore Baptist Church – Bulletin3-25-18
“The Matter, not the Manner” 1Cor. 1:17-24 The world of religion is full of hypocrites and the wisdom and worth of men. Christianity, itself, has become rife with the works and the glories of men! Christianity is rife with the desire to elevate man to the position of self-determination regarding the fate of a man’s soul! Christianity is rife with the “Manner” of religious trimmings and para-phernalia, while nearly totally absent of the “Matter” of the truth of the Gospel of Salvation – that Jesus Christ lived, bled, died on the cross, was buried, rose again, and is the only hope of salvation for any man. This is the only salvation for any man! The Hypocrites The Jews were hypocrites, claiming to know the Word of God, and claiming to follow and abide by the Law of God, and yet they rejected the One Who would fulfill that Law, and the One of Whom the proph-ets had spoken. They stumbled on the Rock, to their ruin. To the Jews, the ministry of Paul and the Gospel of Jesus Christ was only a stum-blingstone – an obstacle to their religion. I believe that the world of Christianity is much the same today. What passes for religion today, is full of hypocrites who lay claim to the truth, but do not practice or ob-serve its teachings. Christianity has devolved into something that sounds good, is pretty on the outside (sometimes), but is inwardly full of devils and confusion.  Mk. 7:6-13; Mt. 23:3, 29-33; Acts 13:48-51; Mt. 23:24-28; Acts 16:27-34 The Wise The Greeks among whom Paul preached, were caught up in the wis-dom of this world. They trusted in wisdom; they trusted in philoso-phy; they trusted in the eloquent words of men; they trusted in wise counselors who were successful in debates and disputes on the basis of their abilities with words and their knowledge of the wisdom of men. Does the state of affairs in Paul’s time seem comparable to ours? Does the reaction of the “wise” world in Paul’s time appear similar to ours? We live in a time wherein the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom seems to be all-consuming in the world at large, and even in the ranks of Christianity. Learning and wisdom are vastly more important than the simplicity that is in Jesus Christ. 1Cor. 2:1-5; 3:18-20; 2Cor. 1:12 The Plain Truth Let humility be the extent of our accoutrements as we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Our “Manner” of preaching and living out our salvation, should not obscure or diminish the “Matter” of the truth of God’s Word and the importance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us remove ourselves, as much as possible, from the glories of men. We will leave to others the hypocrisy and the worldly wisdom of religion – the earthly knowledge, the philosophies, the psychology, the works, the high esteem of the world. As we consider the Word of God and the dire needs of the sons of men, how can we best help? How ought we to proclaim and preach, if we desire to see a true change in men, and if we desire to see souls truly saved? Should a man’s salvation rest in the traditions of men – the works and deeds done under the guise of a religious salvation? Should a man’s eternity be the result of the pro-liferation of wisdom, the trust in false teachings, or the accumulated understandings and works of a man, a group of men, or even of an en-tire people? Should a man’s salvation rest in the wisdom of this world? Should a man’s salvation be the result of eloquence or philoso-phies of a man or men? No, let the simple truth suffice. The simplicity that is in Christ. Repent and Believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 1Thess. 1:5-10; Gal. 1:6-9; 1Cor. 15:1-4; Acts 4:12 Indore Baptist Church – Bulletin3-18-18
“Wresting the Scriptures” 2Pet. 3:15-16 There is a problem in Christianity today, as there has always been a problem in the past, of Christians and others Wresting the Scriptures unto their own destruction. Have you ever stopped to consider why there are so many religions today? Have you ever stopped to consider why there are so many doctrines that are obviously at odds with each other? The answer lies in the frailties and depravities of man. Man has a natural tendency to glorify himself and to act in opposition to God. Therefore, when man, with his own desires, enters into Christianity there will undoubtedly be Heresies, False Doctrines, Lies, and Hypocrisies. Removing From Context One of the ways that man Wrests the Scriptures is that he will take one Scripture (or perhaps more) and he will separate these Scriptures from the others, and he will devise a Doctrine, or sometimes an entire sys-tem of beliefs, based on this Solitary Scripture. I want us all to be re-minded, that there are no contradictions, imagined or otherwise, in the Content of the Holy Scriptures. Those that set up a belief or practice based on their own understanding of a certain Scripture, when that belief or practice is obviously contradicted by other Scriptures, have made a grievous error. 1Pet. 1:20-21; 2Tim. 3:15-16; Prov. 24:6; Mt. 5:17; Isa. 28:9-10 Struggling in Ignorance Another understanding that we can gather from our text verse: men and women will Wrest the Scriptures in that they will Struggle in Ig-norance. A new Christian may have some problem understanding some things in the Word of God. All Christians may have difficulties with some things that are of a deeper nature that are revealed to us in the Word of God. It is not acceptable that the vast majority of Chris-tians do not have an understanding of even the basic doctrine that is revealed to us in the Holy Word of God. Heb. 5:12-6:1; 1Cor. 3:1-3 Usurping in Pride Let me read to you part of the definition of the word “wrest:” To take by force; usurp. There seems to be a belief among men today, that we know more, and are more highly advanced than the men that have gone before us. I know that in the areas of Science and Technology we know more and are much more highly developed than were our an-cestors. But the same is not true in matters of Religion and Morality. Today, Religious men and women, and even those that claim to be Christians, will dispute the validity of assertions that are made in the Scriptures based on nothing more than their own feelings of superiori-ty. It has gotten to the point, that many supposedly Christian men and women, will deny the Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, just because that if they were to accept the Bible as it is written, they would either have to give up the name Christian, or they would have to swallow their foolish pride. Prov. 16:18; 2Tim. 3:1-2; Rom. 12:3 Twisting in Heresy Let me read to you another part of the definition of the word “wrest.” To change or twist the meaning of something; to alter something’s meaning. Throughout history men have tried to Twist the Words of God. Satan himself has success twisting the Word of God. This has forever been the method of men who hate God. They will take some part of His Word, or they will take some part of His Commandments to men, and they will twist those Words and seek to make what was and is Good, into something that can be used by wicked men. 2Pet. 2:1-2; Titus 1:11; 2:15; 3:10-11 Indore Baptist Church – Bulletin3-11-18

“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:" (2Cor 5:14)

“The Love of Christ Constraineth Us”
2Cor. 5:14
Love may be the most powerful and the most important emotion in the lives of men, especially as we consider the relationship that God has with man. Love might be the single most powerful force that this world and this universe has ever known. God’s love for us led to the Sacrifice of the Son of God on the behalf of each and every one of those who were/are ordained unto eternal life. Because of His love, mankind is preserved, and the souls of the elect are saved. Likewise, without man’s love for God, the world itself would be a scene of utter chaos. You think it’s bad now? Consider what the world can be without any love of God at all – without any proclamation of His Name and with-out any knowledge of His Word and Ways!
His Love Towards Us Constrains Us
First, I want us all to realize, that it is the Love of God, and the Love of His Son Jesus Christ, that has made our Salvation possible. This is a very Personal Salvation that the Lord has enacted on our behalf. Paul said that the Son of God “…loved me, and gave himself for me.” If it were not for the Love of Christ, we would still, each of us that are saved today, be headed down the Road to Hell. Why is it that you and I are now in the Narrow Way that leads unto Life, instead of in the Broad Way that leads unto Destruction? What is there in us, that would cause us to find that Strait Gate and to enter into it? Well, cer-tainly it is not any innate Goodness or Ability that we had. No, it is His Love that Constrained us from going down that Broad Road, and Directed (compelled) us to enter in at the Strait Gate. Gal. 2:20; Rom. 8:35-39; Mt. 7:13-14; Acts 9:1-6; 2Thess. 3:5; 1Jn. 3:16
Our Love Towards Christ Constrains Us to Serve Him
Secondly, I think that it is important to recognize that the Love that we have for Christ is Motivation for us to serve Him. When Paul says that the love of Christ constraineth us, he is truly saying that the Love that we have for Christ Constrains us to Obey Him, and to Serve Him. John speaks of that Love that we have for Him in 1Jn. 4:19. “We love him, because he first loved us.” When we Love someone, we generally de-sire to make that Love known. A Love that is unknown, cannot be ful-ly appreciated. So, in the case of our Saviour, and our Love for Him, we must express that Love. In fact, our Love for Him, Constrains (compels) us to Serve Him. A part of Webster’s definition for the word Constrain is, “to clasp tightly.” This is what we do. We Love our Sav-iour and Christ so much, that we Clasp Him to us, and we Do what it is that He would Desire us to do. 1Jn. 4:19; 2:5-6; 2Tim. 1:13; Eph. 3:17-21; 2:1-3; 5:2, 8-10
God’s Love for the Elect Constrains Us to Preach
Lastly today, I would like to point out, that the Love of Christ Con-strains us to Preach the Gospel. I am speaking of the Love that Christ has for all of His Elect. This Love that He has for the Elect Children of God, both the Saved and the yet Unsaved, Motivates (or Constrains) us to Preach the Gospel to all men and women. For who knows if one of those that we preach to, might be one that God loves? Therefore, the incredible potential of that Love (along with the dispensation of the Gospel that is given to us) Constrains us to Preach to the Unsaved, and to Teach the Saved. Necessity was laid upon Paul to Preach the Gos-pel. And the same is true of all the Churches of Jesus Christ, and to those Members in the Churches. This word necessity fits well with our definition of Constrain: To compel or force; to urge with irresistible power, or with a power sufficient to produce the effect. Mk. 16:15; 1Cor. 9:16-17; Deut. 10: 12-22

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“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” (1Cor 1:23-24)

“So Run that Ye May Obtain” 1Cor. 9:24-27 Do not forget, there is a Judge Who sees and knows all that we do in our running and fighting in the service of the Lord! There is a Judge. Jesus Christ will judge our service, and the manner in which we have obeyed Him, and followed Him while here in this life. There is a way to go, and a manner in which we should run. There has been an exam-ple set, and there are helps and grace along the way. If we will pursue after God, then God will be with us. The Race Course The race-course can be considered to be the life that we live as serv-ants of Jesus Christ. The world in which we labor. The responsibilities to serve in the Church, to share the Gospel, to teach the saints, to be an example to the world around us. In the Grecian Games, the runners would run in the stadium – we run before God, living out our lives, and working out our salvation in the Sight of God, before angels, and as examples and witnesses in the view of the men of this world. 2Tim. 4:7-8; Ps. 42:1-2 The Forerunner Jesus Christ is our forerunner, and we should seek to live (race and run) as He did. Anytime we are useful or successful in our service, we know that we are only honoring Him, because He was perfectly suc-cessful in the race that He ran. The Forerunner has gone before us, He has won the race before us, He has taken His prize and is set down at the Right Hand of God the Father. Now, we who are left behind, are, in essence, running to Him. We are heading towards the Place that Je-sus Christ now is. Heb. 6:20; Phil. 3:12-14; Ps. 84:7; Jas. 4:6; 1Cor. 15:10 The Contenders If we are to continue with the analogy of the human and mortal race and contests of men, as compared to our spiritual duties while living in this mortal realm; then, we must observe that Paul declared that those who ran in the mortal race did “run all.” To be consistent with the analogy, it should then be true that those in the spiritual race – the pursuit of God and His Will – should also “run all.” In other words, in Christianity, there should be no exceptions, all should run this race to-wards God and Heaven. Simply put, we should “run all.” Of course, as we consider the ones who run in this race, we must acknowledge that we will all (each of us) have a reward. In the human races and contests, there is only one winner; in the spiritual race of which each child of God is a part, there are many winners – many rewards, crowns, and blessings to be won. Here, in the service of God, all who run well will obtain. Lk. 8:13-14; Rom. 12:1-2; Song 1:4; 2Tim. 4:8 Resolve and Determination I want us to consider the attitude and the dedication of those who run in the human races. Remember they are temperate, they are deter-mined, they are zealous, they are extremely dedicated – at least these are evident in the winners of the races. I believe that this should be our attitude as well, as we run the race which is set before us. We should-n’t desire to begin well only; but, we should also desire to finish well. We shouldn’t be half-hearted in our approach and in our desires and in our efforts. But, we should be fully persuaded in our hearts and minds of the duties and privileges to serve and follow after Jesus Christ; and our lives should bear witness to our inner resolve and de-termination to “run well” the race that is set before us. Heb. 12:1-3; Lk. 9:62; 17:32 Indore Baptist Church – Bulletin2-25-18