Complete In Christ

The New Year has begun. Our theme this year at First Baptist is “Complete in Christ.” This comes on the heels of a year long focus on prayer. Jesus made the promise several times in John 14-16 that he would hear and answer our prayers. Specifically he said:

John 15:7 (KJV)
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

In short the promise what we ask He will do. There is no Biblical foundation for accepting a life of unanswered prayer. Jesus is the very door way in to the throne of heaven. If we are content to live with our prayers unanswered, we send the message that Christ is unable. How sad. The Saviour we desire to introduce to the world is undermined by the testimony of our prayer life. Rather than content myself with some ambiguous yes/no/maybe/later I should seek to “abide in Christ” and therefore I am assured of the answer of my request (1John 5:14,15).

Our God is able to answer. The foundation of this truth is that we are Complete in Christ.

W.E. Widdis

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Prayer – A Privilege, A Command, A Promise

Our focus this year in our church is the topic of prayer. Prayer is something that we talk about, say we believe in, and affirm that we should be diligent about doing it. But honestly, we all are amazed or indignant about the answers to prayer recorded for men like George Mueller. Why is that?

I have been teaching on various texts about prayer at the midweek prayer and bible study. Recently I was teaching on Philippians 4:6.

Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Rather than giving our limited mental resources to our burdens, needs, circumstances, and “concerns” we are to ask God.

So, what’s my request?

What’s yours?

Published in: on June 28, 2012 at 8:25 PM  Leave a Comment  

Revival with Dr. Flanders

Psalm 85:6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

Last month we had a week of revival meetings with Dr. Rick Flanders. They were a real blessing to me as well as to our church. Of course there were the usual evening meetings. There were 4 individuals saved through out the week and many other decisions. Two of those that came to Christ were during the meetings, one Wednesday evening and the other Thursday evening. One of our teenagers was burdened for her friend that evening and after the service chatted with him through Facebook and he trusted Christ. Thursday afternoon we had a “Gospel luncheon outreach” at a local business. The owner allowed us to have a brief service with his employees and the foreman got saved. On Friday afternoon I hosted a Pastor’s luncheon at Perkin’s restaurant in Billings. The purpose of the luncheon was to encourage area IFB pastor’s in the are of revival.

As you can no doubt tell, the week was very helpful and spiritually productive. Perhaps the most moving other than the sound preaching was the revival prayer meetings that were held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening after the service. Those that could stay did, with no pressure to pray or stay. We definitely seemed to come to a unity with each other as we sought the Lord’s will and favour for the meetings.

Mat 18:19-20 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. (20) For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

In His Service,

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