Bible Baptist Church
St. Charles Missouri
Stand in the Gap Until...
The country preacher Vance Havner was fond of saying that we are living in the ‘great until’! What did he mean? Listen to the scriptures...
“Years of time have come and gone since I first heard it told, How Jesus would come again someday. If back then it seemed so real then I just can’t help but feel how much closer His coming is today.” Lift up your head, your redemption draweth nigh.
The bible teaching on the second coming is very important, and it does raise a lot of interest when the subject is brought up. But our Lord did not mean for His return to be a mere matter for curiosity or debate.
In Acts chapter 1, as Jesus prepared to leave His disciples forty days after the resurrection, He explained the task before them. They were to be His witnesses to the ‘uttermost part of the earth.’ Then to their utter amazement He began to rise into the air. Up and up He rose; until the clouds obscured Him from view.
Understandably, the followers of Christ were transfixed. Long after He disappeared from view they stood looking up into the now empty sky. They were only brought back to earth by the question of two ‘visitors’ (angels). “Ye men of Galilee why stand you gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him go!”
The promise of Jesus return is both a great comfort and a great incentive to the church while we carry out the great commission that our Lord gave to us.
During the summer months I am undertaking the task of presenting messages on some of the prominent events that are prophesied in relationship to our Lord’s sure return. Subjects such as the Rapture, the Judgment Seat of Christ, the Anti-Christ, the Tribulation Period, and the Great White Throne are amazing future events, but they are, more importantly, relevant to the child of God struggling to live out their faith in these last days.
I hope you will plan to join us during the morning worship hour this summer to be encouraged and challenged by hope of His coming!
We will also be beginning two other new studies this summer.
On Sunday evenings we will travel along with the apostle Paul on his missionary journeys. Everywhere he went Paul shared the gospel and in many places planted baby churches. As we follow him into new frontiers with the good news we will definitely be ‘walking in the footsteps of grace’!
Then on Wednesday night we are going to look at some of those ‘strange’ words found in the Bible that God uses to expound on our salvation. What do words like ‘justification’, ‘propitiation’, ‘mediation’, and ‘sanctification’ mean anyway? And do they really matter? Of course I believe that the answer is yes and I invite you along to discover their significance with us!
Summer is a time of vacations, campouts, picnics and ball games! You are no doubt going to be very busy, but let me encourage you to seek first the Kingdom of God. We will be expecting you at Bible Baptist Church. You will find a warm welcome and some new friends here!
Pastor Steve Parks