Blackjack Community Church began this August 16, 2015 Sunday service with prayer and congregational singing. We made a joyful noise unto the Lord and offered our praise and thanksgiving unto Him. All dismissed to the new Sunday School study entitled “Fundamentals For a New Believer.” Pastor Vic Murdy introduced and presented this study that focuses on our fundamental belief foundations. Why be saved? Isaiah 64:6 reads, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags: and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities like the wind have taken us away.” Romans 3:23 tells us that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. Since Adam and Eve sinned, all his seed were born in sin. God is a just God and loves us all with equality. His standard for each of us does not waiver. Adam, whom God created to fellowship with Him daily, was expelled from the Garden of Eden with Eve because of their sin. Jesus came to fulfill the law. The law presented the sacrifice of animal blood to temporarily cover their sins. The sacrifice was not a willing one and the sins of the people were rolled over for another year. Jesus was our willing sacrifice and the last sacrifice. His blood covers all sin, sickness and curse. It is complete. Since we are all born in sin, the cleansing of Jesus’s blood (provided for us by God our Father) is required for salvation. Without it we will die and go to hell forever. With the washing away of our sins by the blood of Jesus, our flesh will pass away but our spirit and soul live forever in heaven with God and all who have believed in Him and follow His commandments.
If we don’t know about God, will we still be judged?
We can look at the created things around us and understand a higher power brought for these wonders. Why do we need coats in the winter, but birds wear the same covering of feathers both winter and summer? Missionaries find people in idol worship, not understanding/knowing God of all creation. Although unlearned they are aware there is a power that created their surroundings. So we are all without excuse of not seeking and knowing the Creator.
Why serve this God? He is fair and faithful. He has no favorites and is impartial.
We are required to hear and do what He says. We are responsible to work out our own salvation. We must be careful of what we hear and see, being careful not to accept anything less of what God said is right and acceptable to Him. God’s desire is for all to repent and be saved. Everyone who receives Jesus as Lord and Saviour is a chosen one of God.
Next Sunday we will continue on the first chapter of this study. Pastor Murdy then preached from Joshua 1:1-3 and 7. God had promised Joshua all that He had promised Moses. He would have every place where his foot trod and no man would be able to stand before him if he would be strong and courageous and not let the Book of the Law depart from his mouth, meditating on it day and night. This is God’s blessings with conditions. Joshua saw victory at Jericho. He had the blessing and went against Ai, but lost. Why? God did not send him and Joshua did not inquire of God whether he should go against Ai or not. He did not pray, but did what he thought was right in his own eyes. All Israel was held accountable because they accepted Joshua’s authority and no one cared enough to tell Achan what he was doing was wrong or tell anyone else of the wrong doing. All were punished for the sin of one. How critical, indeed, are our choices when we realize our family, our church, our community can suffer because of our wrong doing. Achan took God’s first fruits from the battle of Jericho. It is not the amount or the value of what he took; he took what belongs to God. God desires to be involved in every aspect of our lives. He created us and cares about us. He desires to take care of us and will, if we inquire, ask and seek His guidance and provisions. God says He will never leave us nor forsake us; we turn from Him and it is on us to turn back to Him when we realize we have strayed. He is merciful and will continue to forgive us of our sins if we repent and turn from our wicked ways.
Next Sunday services will be at l0:00 a.m. and we welcome who would come and worship God with us. Please call 417-543-6362 with your prayer requests and questions.
Blackjack Community Church will participate in Kids Fest 2015, which will be held this Saturday, August 22, 2015 from l0:00 a.m. until l:00 p.m. in the Tri-County Park in Mountain Grove. Many area churches are involved in providing activities to all who come. All events are free.