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Sermon on Depression - Lighthouse Baptist Church: San Diego, California. I have had the privilege of hearing Pastor Doug Fisher preach on numerous occasions at The Summit at Solid Rock Baptist Church in Berlin, NJ. There has been many messages that he preached that has helped me as a pastor and issues that we were dealing with in our church.
It seems to be common problem where I am that Sunday morning is the biggest service by numbers, but no matter what your actual numbers are, Sunday evening is about half or less than Sunday morning, and Prayer meeting (Wednesday night for us) is about half again - so only about 25% of the morning service.
How can we (biblically of course) find a way to help people see the importance of the other services?
I struggle to understand it personally, because pretty much from the day I got saved I was in every service I could be. It just seemed to be what I should do, but that is apparently not "normal".......
(How surprising is that? I am not normal!!!!! 😂 )
This is from a discussion that came up in our church. We all have had to search for a church at one point in our life. Whether it is going on vacation and looking for a church, or simply just moving to a new location, we mostly had to do research and find a church that is of like faith.
I know the first thing we do in this age is go on the internet and look and maybe shoot an email to them, but sometimes church websites are so vague that you don't know the beliefs or style of the worship service, but my question for you is when you first walk into a church for the first time, what are some of the first things you look for?
For me the first thing I do is look and see if they have Bible pews, and if they do, I check to see what version they are. Not a fully telling sign, but its a start.
Let's start an encouraging thread as it seems that the negative many times is "louder" than the positive in our churches. What is your favorite thing about your local church, what do you love about it?
It is not hard to find the Bible repeatedly warning us about, “self deception”; And our flesh is so deceitful and desperately wicked, that we can and are often self deceived, even when we are “trying to do right”. It happens all the time. Our only hope for deliverance from self deception is Hebrews 4:12.
Well one of the chief ways that this happens with IFB’s, is in the are of “standards”. I once asked a missionary to define “legalism” for me. His response was, “A legalist is someone who has more standards than I do.” His answer demonstrates just how dangerous standards can be.
Some of you, may not know the kinds of DANGERS, I am talking about. But here is a big one. “When a Christian starts lifting up standards, to guide his behavior, he stops listening to the Holy Spirit!” In reality, the LORD wants us to be “led by the Spirit”, every waking moment of the day. But when we start following standards(our own or someone elses), than we allow those STANDARDS, to overrule the Spirit’s leadership.
It is also a waste of time, to try and nail someone down to using strictly “Biblical standards”; Because “all standards” are man-made, because they are all based upon our present interpretation of what the Bible says. This is true, unless you want to call those things that we are dogmatic about, “standards”. Things like "the infallibility of God’s Word", should not be called a “standard”, because man’s opinion, has NOTHING to do with it.
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