You can have high gospel impact!

We are studying through the little New Testament book of Titus together in our morning Lord’s Day gatherings at Calvary.  It’s all about Learning & Living.  A couple of weeks ago, we learned that common people in lowly positions doing menial tasks can have high gospel impact (Titus 2:9-10).  Five qualities for maximizing your gospel impact are:

  • Submissiveness to authority – “obedient”
  • Motivation to please – “well pleasing in all things”
  • Not being disagreeable – “not answering back”
  • Not taking what isn’t yours – “not pilfering”
  • Being completely trustworthy – “showing all good fidelity”

“That they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things” means that even slaves can make the gospel attractive to people who observe their attitudes and performance.  Are you a common person in a lowly position doing menial tasks?  How is your gospel impact?  Do you make the gospel more or less attractive to people?

Listen to the message here.

Reasons for our Special Easter Schedule

Last week someone asked me why we only have a morning service on Easter Sunday and no evening service. You may be interested in my reply, shown below.

For the past few years, we have had our main Easter outreach on Easter Sunday morning because that is when most non-church people are likely to come.  Sometimes we have done a cantata type of program, and other times we have had a normal service with extra music and a gospel message.  We do not have an evening service so that people (including musicians, technology crew, ushers, nursery workers, and pastors) can enjoy the afternoon with family without the pressure of having to return and do a program.  It frees up the day for people, and many have expressed appreciation for that.  With our new facility we now have adequate seating, so we do not have to have multiple morning services, and can accommodate all of our people and many visitors in one great service.

Good Intentions

This blog served its purpose during a time of teaching and transition in our church.  Now I intend to make it a means of communicating ongoing observations, comments, and ideas with our church family as well as anyone else who cares to read.

I often feel amazement that God has placed me in the role of shepherding a church like Calvary Baptist of Simpsonville.  I identify with this description of David that I read this morning in Psalm 78:70-72.  The last sentence is my aspiration and prayer.

He also chose David His servant,
And took him from the sheepfolds;
From following the ewes that had young He brought him,
To shepherd Jacob His people,
And Israel His inheritance.
So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart,
And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

The New King James Version. 1982 (Ps 78:70–72). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.