What About Habitual Sin?

The Lord gave us a good day this past Sunday. I preached a message to the believer on our struggle with sin. God in His providence took His Word and did His work in the heart of three unbelievers who were saved this Sunday. Praise the Lord!

What about habitual sin? You know it to be true in your own life, that there are certain sins that easily capture and entangle you. That word beset literally means entangle or surround. Now, there are some sins that aren’t our besetting sins, they don’t easily entangle us. But there are others if we are honest with ourselves, there are sins that we find ourselves committing. We then confess them to God only to find ourselves before God again. “Lord, I did it again.” They might be called habitual sins. We looked at a very practical message and asked ourselves two simple questions.

temptation.jpg1) Why do we struggle with habitual sin?

a. Because sin is attractive
b. Because sin is agile
c. Because sin is available

2) How do we defeat habitual sin?

a. Realization
b. Repentance
c. Resolve
d. Resistance
e. Reliance

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A Child’s Ten Commandments to Parents

  1. My hands are small; please don’t expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball. My legs are short; please slow down so that I can keep up with you.
  2. My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; please let me explore safely: don’t restrict me unnecessarily.
  3. Housework will always be there. I’m only little for such a short time–please take this time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.
  4. My feelings are tender; please be sensitive to my needs; don’t nag me all day long. (You wouldn’t want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness.) Treat me as you would like to be treated.
  5. I am a special gift from God; please treasure me as God intended you to do, holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and disciplining me in a loving manner.
  6. I need your encouragement, but not your praise, to grow. Please go easy on the criticism; remember, you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.
  7. Please give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail; so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I’ll be prepared to make the kind of decisions life requires of me.
  8. Please don’t do things over for me. Somehow that makes me feel that my efforts didn’t quite measure up to your expectations. I know it’s hard, but please don’t try to compare me with my brother or my sister.
  9. Please don’t be afraid to leave for the weekend together. Kids need vacations from parents, just as parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it’s a great way to show us kids that your marriage is very special.
  10. Please take me to Sunday school and church regularly, setting a good example for me to follow. I enjoy learning more about God.

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Sunday School

Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know that…

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Vince Lombardi, former football coach in the National Football League whose team won the Super Bowl, began each season by holding a football up before his veterans and announced, “This is a football!” Then he would point to the yard markers on the field to explain how they would hike the ball, block the opponent, and then run and pass the ball over the goal line for a touchdown. Winning football began when a team mastered the basics. A winning Sunday school begins when everyone on the Sunday school team masters the basics. The Great Commission tells us to reach the lost, teach them God’s Word, win them to Jesus and mature them in the faith. This is the formula for a growing Sunday school.

Because our society is changing, some have suggested the age of the Sunday school is past. However, the future of Sunday school is bright, and I believe God will continue to use the Sunday school as the teaching arm of the church. However, the Sunday school must adapt its teaching techniques to continue its influence. The Sunday school must not change its purpose to be relevant, but it must go “back to the basics.” That way it stays eternal.

The Sunday school is not an agency separate or apart from the church, but is perhaps the best-structured agency in the church for carrying out the teaching ministry of Christ most effectively. This is expressed in four terms: the reaching, teaching, winning, caring arm of the church.

Just as the New Testament church was built on teaching and preaching, (Acts 5:42) so the modern biblical church must be built on Bible study in Sunday school and exhortation in the preaching service. Sunday school is still functionally defined as reaching people, so you can teach them, to win them to Christ, then care for them spiritually. This four-fold nature of Sunday school is perhaps best expressed in an Old Testament verse which has often been used in the historic Sunday school conventions to express the nature of Sunday school: “Gather the people together, men and women and little ones, and the stranger who is within your gates, that they may hear and that they may learn to fear the LORD your God and carefully observe all the words of this law” (Deut. 31:12). This verse reflects the four distinct areas of Sunday school ministry.

Sunday School Is the Reaching Arm of the Church

Sunday school is the arm that reaches all ages for Christ. Reaching is defined as making contact with a person and motivating him to give an honest hearing to the gospel. Reaching is basically pre-evangelism; for it gets people to listen to the gospel. In our text, it is expressed in the word “gather.” Note those who are gathered: 1) fathers, 2) mothers, 3) little ones or children, and 4) the stranger. Most church members have someone within their sphere of influence who is a stranger to the church who could be gathered into the church.

Sunday School Is the Teaching Arm of the Church

Teaching is guiding the learning activities that meet human needs. The first step of teaching is expressed in the words, “that they may hear.” The ultimate goal of teaching is “that they may learn.”

Sunday School Is the Winning Arm of the Church

Sunday school is also the arm of the church that wins people to Christ. Winning is defined as communicating the gospel in an understandable manner and motivating a person to respond to Christ. The Old Testament expression “fear the Lord” means bringing a person to reverential trust. It was a concept of salvation. Today we might describe “fear the Lord” as a person receiving Christ, or trusting the Lord for salvation.

Sunday School Is the Caring Arm of the Church

Finally, Sunday school is the arm of the church that gives spiritual care to all members. One of the objectives of every Sunday school is to spiritually care for all, so everyone will “carefully observe all the words of this law.” Some call this “nurturing,” others call it “maturing.”

This four-fold definition of Sunday school is like a mosaic when applied to individual churches. Just as it takes all the pieces of tile to make up a mosaic picture, so it takes all four aspects of the definition to describe a beautiful Sunday school.

But some focus on one section of the tile and lose the whole picture. This happens when some have a strong reaching dynamic, with an abundance of visitors, thanks to a dominant busing outreach, but the perspectives of teaching or caring are minimized. Others are strong teaching Sunday schools with a deep commitment to Bible mastery but no outreach. Still others are committed to soul-winning, measuring success by how many they have won to Christ or prepared for church membership, but they don’t have a passion to oversee students so that they grow in Christ. Finally, some Sunday schools do a great job of caring for their students but ignore the other three objectives.

As important as each function is, don’t forget to build a balanced Sunday school. The healthy Sunday school will perform all four ministries equally, i.e., reaching, teaching, winning, and caring for students.

From What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know,
Copyright 2002, Regal Books, Ventura, CA 93003
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Super Bowl XLI (41)

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Click on the links above to go to to ESPN’s Superbowl Preview

I was excited to see this year’s Super Bowl matchup. I’ve been a fan of the Bear’s since 1986 when they won the Super Bowl with Clemson’s William “Refrigerator” Perry. I’ve also liked the Colts since 1989 when I married a girl from Indiana. I’ve been a fan of Peyton Manning since his days at Tennessee. This should be fun. I’m thinking to myself, “Who do I want to see win?” Either way, I’ll be happy.

My father-in-law on the other hand is the eternal pessimist. He told Joanna earlier today that if Indianapolis played Chicago in the Super Bowl that he likes both teams and he would be a loser either way. Joanna couldn’t stop laughing when he said that. What a difference in perspective.

Are You Jesus?

A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago . They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night’s dinner. In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly missed boarding.

ALL BUT ONE !!! He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings, and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned.

He told his buddies to go on without him, wavedgood-bye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor.

He was glad he did. The 16 year old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her, no one stopping and no one to care for her plight.

The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket.

When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, “Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did. Are you okay?” She nodded through her tears. He continued on with, “I hope we didn’t spoil your day too badly.”

As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, “Mister….” He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes. She continued, “Are you Jesus?”

He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul: “Are you Jesus?” Do people mistake you for Jesus? If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk, and act as He would. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to church. It’s actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.

I Saw a Sermon

The following account is told by Rudi Risher: “It happened in Munich, Germany. I got out of my warm bed, looked through the window covered with ‘ice ferns’ at the new deep snow. I debated whether I should go to the worship service or stay at home and read the Bible. I would have to walk half a block in the cold to catch the bus. Finally I decided to go, but only because I had to lead the singing. “While I was riding the bus, I looked through the window and recognized two people trying hard to make their path through the deep snow. Mr. Trollman was a man in his eighties, who had lost his eyesight. His only guidance was his 78 year old wife, who was lame in one foot. Because they could not afford to ride the bus, they walked three miles every Sunday to church. They were driven by their love for the Lord. “I was not able to do anything but blush, ashamed of myself. I thought of the duty which had motivated me–of the weak faith and love I had shown. Without their knowledge and without a word, this old couple had taught me that love for God is the true motive for attending worship services.”

Update on Tyler Eason

tyler.jpgMost of you at Tabernacle Baptist Church know Tyler Eason, whether it is from his lead roll in our Christmas Cantata or playing in our church orchestra or maybe you have seen him working at Chic-fil-A. Tyler is an outstanding young man and shows tremendous potential for the Lord. A couple of weeks ago we received tragic news concerning Tyler and his family. Early Sunday morning following Christmas their house caught fire and everything was destroyed. Fortunately they were not home. The fire started somewhere in the kitchen. They still aren’t sure of the exact cause. The Red Cross was on the sceneimmediately with assistance for the family. They did have insurance, but you can imagine the initial financial burden they are feeling at this time. They have a place they are staying temporarily. Joanna and I spent that afternoon at his house. My heart goes out to Tyler and his family. They need our prayers. They also need our financial gifts of love. I’m sure many of you are burdened like I am for the family. If you are interested in helping Tyler and his family please send a check to Tabernacle Baptist Church, 910 Tarboro St. W, Wilson, NC 27893. Be sure to designate the check for Tyler. We have already collected over $3,000 at church and about $800 at Wilson Christian Academy. Tyler has used the money to settle his school bill and to help with his mission trip to Ecuador in March. See January’s Newsletter for more information. I hope we all will do something to help out this fine young man.