Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Thursday, June 29, 2017
 
 
Staying Connected
 
 
 
 
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2016.08.28
 
 
August 28 – September 3
 
 
 
Scripture Passage: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”   II Corinthians 11:3
 
Dear Friends,
 
     Do you remember a simple time when your greatest concern was who you were going to play with when you got home from school? Can you remember when a quarter would buy you a soft drink and a candy bar? Do you remember being in the “card class” in Sunday School and having a card with a picture on it to look at while the lesson was being taught? That was about as high tech as it got back then. Music was simple and preaching was simple. There were no slides and screens, and sound systems in churches were in their infancy. There were four big events that took place in the church every year and nothing else – Revival, Vacation Bible School, Homecoming, and the Christmas play.  Everything else was as regular as clockwork. I do not wish to return to church like it was in my childhood, but I sometimes do miss the simplicity of it all. 
 
     What is the simplicity that is in Christ that the Apostle Paul was talking about? Are there certain things that are cut and dried and non-debatable? Are there things that people try to complicate that are not complicated at all? It is those things that I find my greatest comfort and stability in. The world is constantly changing around us and it is good to know there are some things that can never change. Jesus Christ IS the only begotten Son of God and was with God the Father from before the very beginning. The Holy Spirit was present then and is still present today in Heaven and on earth. I do not have to explain it, I just have to believe it. Jesus came to die for sinners of whom I am the chief. Since Jesus was the fulfillment and completion of God’s eternal plan for the redemption of mankind, there is no other way to Heaven outside a personal relationship with Him. PERIOD! There is a real, tangible place called Heaven, and there is a real, literal place called Hell. Heaven is for the redeemed, Hell is for the unbeliever. PERIOD! Since God is Sovereign, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient, there are things that only He knows and the things that are part of his greater plan, I am going to leave the “figuring it out” up to Him and just do what He tells me to do.  That takes a lot of pressure off of me. Finally, Jesus is coming back soon. I look every day for His return with great anticipation. I have studied all the eschatological views concerning His coming and have formulated a biblical based opinion, but I am not going to lose one night’s sleep worrying about it. My future is secure in Christ. There are people a lot smarter than me that can’t agree on these things and He never intended for them to be a divisive doctrine to be argued over. The simple fact is that He is coming again, and we had better be ready.   PERIOD!
 
    So do not try to complicate things. Never cease to pray and study, for God has a way of revealing himself through deep personal time spent with Him. Love Him and talk to Him as one friend would talk to another.  Enjoy the Lord and enjoy church. Church is a place that we meet with the Lord and other believers. People that have things in common have a lot to talk about and a lot to do. When there is joy involved, it is never a drudgery and going to church is a pleasure rather than something we must do. There are certain things you are never going to be able to do anything about. Turn those things over to the ONE who can and just do your part – whatever that may be. When life is closing in on you and everything seems to be so complicated, just hum this little tune I learned as a child. “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” It seems to put everything back in to perspective.
 
In Christ,
 
Pastor Johnny