We live in an age where the spiritual realm is dismissed completely so that an answer to every problem and every wrong is thought to be found in the psychological or political realm. Then there are those who go the opposite direction and see every problem as part of a spiritual battle and look for solutions like casting out the demon of fat so they can lose weight. We are using the book Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical and Balanced Perspective to give us some guidance as we think through what spiritual warfare involves. We also have a class for younger children.
Morning Worship – 10:15 a.m.
Sermons are expositional and with only occasional exceptions follow through a single book of the New Testament. At the present time we are nearing the end of a series on the book of Revelation. There are times in history when it seems that spiritual darkness is more pervasive than at other times. In such days the saints need a sobering word about what they face and a word of encouragement at the same time. Revelation provides both. If you have any interest in seeing or hearing what these are like, we keep a copy of the most recent sermons on this web site.
Evening Worship – 6:00 p.m.
Sermons are expositions of Old Testament books. We are in the middle of a study of the prophet Zechariah. In the latter chapters Zechariah takes us from God’s words about the exiles near future to one that extends all the way to our Lord’s return to establish his kingdom on earth.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study – 7:15 p.m.
An informal time where a variety of topics are considered. Currently we are looking at the responsibilities of a church member. Some see the whole concept of church membership as a thing of the past, others look at their responsibilities solely in terms of gifts God has given (and conclude they have none). If the church is to minister effectively then every member has something to contribute. We are using the promises of a church member from the 9 Marks website as a starting point for thinking biblically about this matter
“Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”” (Acts 2:36–37, ESV)
book in his hand
‘The book in his hand,’ teaches us that sinners discover their real state and character by reading and believing the Scriptures; that their first attention is often directed to the denunciations of the wrath to come contained in them, and that such persons cannot but continue to search the word of God, though their grief and alarm be increased by every perusal.
facing away from his own house
His ‘face turned from his own house’ represents the sinner convinced that it is absolutely necessary to subordinate all other concerns to the care of his immortal soul, and to renounce every thing which interferes with that grand object: this makes him lose his former relish for the pleasures of sin, and even for the most lawful temporal satisfactions, while he trembles at the thought of impending destruction (Heb. 11:24-27).
The allegory opens with a description of the principal character to which it relates. The view, which the author in his dream had of him, as ‘clothed in rags,’ implies that all men are sinners, in their dispositions, affections and conduct ; that their supposed virtues are radically defective, and worthless in the sight of God; that the pilgrim has discovered this in his own case, so that he perceives his own righteousnesses to be insufficient for justification, even as sordid rags would be unsuitable raiment for those who stand before kings.
Mr. Bunyan was confined, at, different times, about twelve years in Bedford jail, for exercising his ministry contrary to the statutes then in force. This was ‘the den, in which he slept and dreamed.’ Here he penned this instructive allegory, and many other useful works, which evince that he was neither soured nor disheartened by persecution. The Christian, who understands what usage he ought to expect in this evil world, comparing our present measure of religious liberty with the rigors of that age, will see abundant cause for gratitude; but they, who are disposed to complain, can never be at a loss for topics, while so much is amiss among all ranks and orders of men, and in the conduct of every individual.