Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Metaphors are used throughout scripture to help us understand what God is like.  Comparing God to something else can also give us a better appreciation of what our relationship with Him is like.  Jesus, the prophets and the apostles all used metaphors in an attempt to better communicate these truths.  In preparation for this week’s sermon topic, let’s have a look at some of the metaphors for God which are found in the Bible.    

Here are a few sample questions you may want to ask yourself as you consider each of them:

What are some of the unique characteristics of each metaphor? 

In what ways does this metaphor reveal God’s character?  

How can I relate this to my own personal relationship with Him?


Saturday
God is a Great Physician
Psalm 103: 2-5,  Psalm 107:20-22


 

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Metaphors are used throughout scripture to help us understand what God is like.  Comparing God to something else can also give us a better appreciation of what our relationship with Him is like.  Jesus, the prophets and the apostles all used metaphors in an attempt to better communicate these truths.  In preparation for this week’s sermon topic, let’s have a look at some of the metaphors for God which are found in the Bible.    

Here are a few sample questions you may want to ask yourself as you consider each of them:

What are some of the unique characteristics of each metaphor? 

In what ways does this metaphor reveal God’s character?  

How can I relate this to my own personal relationship with Him?


God is a Fortress
Psalm 18:2, Psalm 91:2, Psalm 144:2

 

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Metaphors are used throughout scripture to help us understand what God is like.  Comparing God to something else can also give us a better appreciation of what our relationship with Him is like.  Jesus, the prophets and the apostles all used metaphors in an attempt to better communicate these truths.  In preparation for this week’s sermon topic, let’s have a look at some of the metaphors for God which are found in the Bible.    

Here are a few sample questions you may want to ask yourself as you consider each of them:

What are some of the unique characteristics of each metaphor? 

In what ways does this metaphor reveal God’s character?  

How can I relate this to my own personal relationship with Him?


Thursday
God is a Father

Matthew 6:26, Ephesians 1:3-6, 1 John 3:1 

 

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Metaphors are used throughout scripture to help us understand what God is like.  Comparing God to something else can also give us a better appreciation of what our relationship with Him is like.  Jesus, the prophets and the apostles all used metaphors in an attempt to better communicate these truths.  In preparation for this week’s sermon topic, let’s have a look at some of the metaphors for God which are found in the Bible.    

Here are a few sample questions you may want to ask yourself as you consider each of them:

What are some of the unique characteristics of each metaphor? 

In what ways does this metaphor reveal God’s character?  

How can I relate this to my own personal relationship with Him?

God is a Consuming Fire
Deuteronomy 4:23, 24 , Hebrews 12: 28, 29 

 

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Metaphors are used throughout scripture to help us understand what God is like.  Comparing God to something else can also give us a better appreciation of what our relationship with Him is like.  Jesus, the prophets and the apostles all used metaphors in an attempt to better communicate these truths.  In preparation for this week’s sermon topic, let’s have a look at some of the metaphors for God which are found in the Bible.    

Here are a few sample questions you may want to ask yourself as you consider each of them:

What are some of the unique characteristics of each metaphor? 

In what ways does this metaphor reveal God’s character?  

How can I relate this to my own personal relationship with Him?

God is a Rock
2 Samuel 22:47, Psalm 78:35, Isaiah 26:4

 

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Metaphors are used throughout scripture to help us understand what God is like.  Comparing God to something else can also give us a better appreciation of what our relationship with Him is like.  Jesus, the prophets and the apostles all used metaphors in an attempt to better communicate these truths.  In preparation for this week’s sermon topic, let’s have a look at some of the metaphors for God which are found in the Bible.    

Here are a few sample questions you may want to ask yourself as you consider each of them:

What are some of the unique characteristics of each metaphor? 

In what ways does this metaphor reveal God’s character?  

How can I relate this to my own personal relationship with Him?

God is a Shepherd  
Psalm 23:1-6, Psalm 100:3, Luke15:3-7

 

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Judges 16:25-30 - God works His power through us, even when we fall short
Samson, though he performed incredible feats of strength, did not always do what God was calling him to do.  In fact, it was due to his disobedience that Samson lost his mighty power.  In these last moments of Samson’s life, we see that God is not bound by our ability or even our obedience. Instead, we see that His power can work through us even when we fall short.  How are you allowing God to work using His power through you?  How can God be working in and through you, regardless of where you are at today?  Are there areas in your life where you are trying to circumvent God’s plan or limit His power?

 

Pastor Lucien and JBM

This morning Jephthe, Mitou, Dominick, and Abel Lucien are visiting us.  Jephthe is the President of Jerusalem Baptist Missions of Haiti.  Mitou is a devoted wife, mother, and administrator in JBM’s ministries. Dominick and Abel attend an English-speaking school in the northern city of Cap Haitian.

JBM is a group of about 120 churches spread throughout Haiti but located primarily in the Centre and Nord departments (states).  Many of the churches are in rural areas where the economic conditions are challenging.  They are Bible-based, Christ-centered, and evangelical in their ministry.  In addition to spiritual care, JBM is very concerned with the everyday hardships of their members.   

For six years GBC has been one of several United States churches partnering with JBM.  We have helped establish a permanent medical clinic in Pignon and financially support the doctor and nurse who work in it.  We have helped bring dlo (water) to several communities by drilling wells and most recently through the distribution of water filters, as potable water is a critical need in Haiti.  We have helped build ministry buildings, including the church and community center in Wangouman. We have helped bring Biblical teaching to the pastors, many of whom have little formal training, by sponsoring a leadership conference for the past five years.

As we look to the future, our plan is to continue our support of JBM.  In November, a team from GBC will travel to Haiti to build pews for the church in Wangouman, help with a two-day conference, and conduct a number of mobile medical clinics.  We are investigating ways that we might help support an orphanage in the village of Lacaste.

Take time this morning to welcome the Luciens and pray that God will “go ahead” of all our support of the JBM ministries.    

 

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Zephaniah 1:14-15 - God’s power is not in our timing
A quick recap of Israel’s history: slaves in Egypt, free nation, slaves to Babylon, free nation, slaves to Persia, free nation, slaves to Rome...  When the Jews thought of the Messiah who     was to come and “set them free” they were longing for a Warrior King to physically free them.  They lost sight of their much greater spiritual enslavement and because of that rejected Christ’s power to free them.  When things don’t go the way as expected, does it make you question God’s power?

 

Friday, August 11th, 2017

John 11:20-32- God’s power is beyond our limits
Martha and Mary did trust that Jesus was all powerful but to an extent.  “If you were only here…”  They trusted God could heal their sick brother, but once he died, that was it.  Do we put God in a box? What are the limitations that we place on God? Our resources? Physical boundaries? Our past?  How can we use Martha and Mary’s story to remind us that God’s power is much greater than our limits?

 

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

2 Corinthians 12:7-1 - God’s power works through our weaknesses
Paul’s pain was obvious. Whether the actual source of pain was physical or emotional is unknown but that does not change the fact that it was real to Paul.  From the reading, how can we gauge Paul’s response to God’s plan and use of His power. A true follower? Trusting? Unwavering? All of those come to mind.  Are there painful areas in your life that you can give over to God and His power?

 

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Genesis 17:15-19 - God’s power is not limited to our plans
In what way did Abraham limit or put into a “box” God’s power in his own (Abraham’s) mind? Abraham and Sarah tried previously to circumvent the issue through Hagar who bore Abraham a son named Ishmael. This caused conflict in Abraham’s family. If they had waited on God’s power to do the impossible instead of making their own plans, how might their lives have been different?

 

VBS and Missionary Kids

VBS and Missionary Kids

This past week GBC held its annual Vacation Bible School.  Each night an average of 200 children came to the Chapel to have fun and learn more about Jesus.  A favorite chorus spoke these truths:  “Sin messed everything up. . .But God really wants you and me to live with Him for eternity.”  Simple and powerful.

Why bother with VBS? The list of answers is long, but here are three great reasons:

1. VBS is a great opportunity for our kids to reinforce their understanding of Jesus.  For some it is the first time they really understand the personal sacrifice Jesus made for them--and they make a decision to become a Christ-follower.  Connecting truth with fun and fellowship is a powerful evangelistic tool.

2.  VBS is a great time for adults to put their faith into action.  From the kitchen staff making little pizza rollups to the Bible teachers telling stories by a camp lantern and an “almost real fireplace,” our adults work as a team with a missional focus.  It is an awesome experience. 

3.  VBS is a great way for our kids to encourage their friends to learn about Jesus. Each night just under 20% of the kids were from churches other than GBC.  More exciting--almost 15% of the kids identified no church affiliation.  And, many of those “newbies” were invited by our kids. VBS provides the opportunity for our children to be missionaries-in-action.  GBC’s youngest members--our best evangelists.  

Beneath the chaos, the laughter, the games, the singing, and all the “stuff,” VBS is serious business. Over 200 children hear a clear, compelling presentation of the Gospel story.   Let’s do our part by praying for these young hearts to sincerely embrace Jesus in a new, vibrant, and life-changing way.