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Preach the Gospel to Yourself (and 13 questions to diagnose your idolatries)

At our church this past Sunday, our pastor, Smedly Yates, preached on the importance of preaching the gospel to ourselves. He summarized the Gospel, briefly, as “the good news that God saves sinners.” And we who are believers in Jesus Christ must understand and delve deeply into how God feels about our sin (in general) and sins (in specific), what God has done about our sin (Jesus on the cross), and what the results are of what God has done for about sin (our justification, sanctification, and glorification). I highly recommend you check out this sermon—I have benefited greatly from Smedly’s Biblical breakdown of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how I am to preach it to myself in order to live in light of it’s amazing work and benefits in my life.

In light of the first part, how God feels about our sin, it’s important that we see our sin rightly—how God sees our sin. And the first step is to identify the sin our lives.

As a supplement to the above sermon I highly recommend these questions from Kenny Stokes’s sermon at Bethlehem Baptist Church as a very practical help in identifying the sin in our lives so that we can address our sin with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Check out the link below for the list of questions:

Click here to view the questions.

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Elder Blog

So our church (that the men of HR fellowship at) just recently began doing a blog which some of the elders have participated in. Just wanted to take a quick moment to make our readers aware if they were interested and provide the link!

Elder Blog at Grace Bible Church

Grace and Peace

Memoirs on a Year of Marriage

By Derek

Genesis 1:26-28

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

In the beginning of time God created man and woman, and He did so for the supreme purpose to display His image to all that would come through them within creation. The intimate affection, love, joy, peace, rest, fellowship, communion, and oneness within the Trinity (notice verse 26 “let Us make man in Our image) is the ultimate purpose of what the relationship between man and woman was designed for. Unfortunately, sin has tainted this reality, but regardless it is still the aim and purpose that has never change from its’ original design by our Creator.

This Sunday, January 24th, for my wife and me it will be our one year anniversary. I wanted to write this specifically as an encouragement for her and all that have helped us through this first year. It has been a very interesting ride and one that neither of us would have expected. God brought a trial in the form of an illness to me a few short months after we had wed which  left me basically incapacitated (to some extent) for many hours throughout each day. From March to December I was in bad shape, but since have become more functional and coherent. Two things that I can recall from the past year that have really lain on my heart:

  • Pam’s (my wife) Heart for Serving

My wife is a machine and absolutely incredible. I do not understand why God has chosen me for her, and how she possibly said yes when I asked, but I’m thankful that God told her to. Pam is a special woman that is disciplined and committed to what she has given her heart to. I noticed through our relationship she always wanted to improve in how she was as a girlfriend to me, and this has carried over into her desiring to want to be an excellent wife. Throughout the entire time she constantly took all of the responsibilities (especially on days when I was incoherent and unable to do much of anything) around the household upon herself while still working full time. Throughout all of this I do not recall bitterness or anger in the situation that she was in (fact being this was 2 months after marriage), and she also never neglected her own personal time with God’s word, prayer, and communion to take care of other things that needed to get done. The patience, diligence, perseverance, kindness, humility, love, and most of all servant heart was truly evidence of Jesus’ Spirit within her throughout all of this and the growth that took place has been unfathomable. As looked back I can only say praise God for Pamela Mei Lin Robinson, my wife, who without her I do not know how I would have made it through this season. I LOVE YOU! He placed her to serve in a physical way as I rely on Him which I’m tremendously thankful for.

  • Unity of My Local Church Body

Grace Bible Church of Tempe is where we have been attended for the past few years. It is more than just a building we go to on Sunday, but instead an organic living body consisting of followers of Jesus Christ that desire to honor Him as King, Lord, Savior, and their highest Treasure. Grace has helped shepherd Pam and myself throughout this past year. I was on medication after medication and some of which cause bizarre side effects and throughout all of this our elders, small group members, friends, and family were so diligent and steadfast in praying and just asking how we were doing. Everyone always asked if they could help serve by bring food or doing laundry, or any other manner possible. This was our first time ever witnessing how a local church body was supposed to function to honor God and serve His people first hand. Romans 8:28, “For we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those that love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” We have seen first hand how to serve, support, and pray for our local church and should duplicate that every chance we get! (Many others were diligent and supportive but our local church we were just able to observe physically, we appreciate and thank you all that have been so faithful and are still)

My words can not express the emotional roller-coaster that my heart and mind has been through for the past year while desiring to rest in the promises of who God is and trust in Him for who He declares He is. I know that I am far more fortunate than many and I have been reminded of that continuously. Praise be to God for His faithfulness and encouragement through Pam, my wife, His church, Grace Bible Church of Tempe, and countless others. The anguish and sorrow of the trial brought rejoicing in God’s goodness for all the comfort and rest in which He provided quickly and yet in His time. “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever.” AMEN (Jude 24-25)

Lecture of the Week; Dr. Scott Maxwell on Ephesians: The Mystery and Much, Much More!

This Week’s lecture is by Dr. Scott Maxwell. His topic is, “Ephesians: The Mystery and Much, Much More!” Click here to download.

Lecture of Week; Scott Maxwell on The Cost and Comfort in the Mystery (part 2)

This Week’s lecture is by Dr. Scott Maxwell. His topic is, “The Cost and Comfort in the Mystery (part 2).” Click here to download.

Lecture of the Week; Scott Maxwell on The Cost and Comfort in the Mystery (part 1)

This Week’s lecture is by Dr. Scott Maxwell. His topic is, “The Cost and Comfort in the Mystery (part 1).” Click here to download.

Lecture of the Week; Smedly Yates on How to Delight Yourself in Yahweh

This week’s lecture comes from my church. The lecturer is Smedly Yates and his topic is, “Delight Yourself in Yahweh.” Click here to download.

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