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This coming Lord's Day, we are scheduled to finish the first passage of Romans 11, looking especially at verses 2-10. It is important to keep in mind that ultimately, the question in our passage related to Israel's current unbelief, is most important because of the implications on the character of God. If God has foreknown Israel (and He has--Rom 11:2; Amos 3:2), and they (the vast majority of them) have rejected the Messiah, how do we reconcile that with God's sovereignty, particularly related to our security? In Romans 9-11, Paul is explaining how Israel's current unbelief is not inconsistent with God's purposes in His creation. If Israel's unbelief were to prove permanent, then there would indeed by an irreconcilable problem, because God has promised in the Abrahamic, Davidic, and New Covenants that He would save Israel.
 
To help remember the big picture of Paul's flow of thought/logic in Romans 9-11, I am including the 7 main arguments here as summarized by James Montgomery Boice in his commentary on Romans, pages 1288-9. He was the long-time pastor at 10th Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA.:
God's historical purpose toward the Jewish nation has not failed, because . . . 
1. All whom God has elected to salvation are or will be saved (Rom 9:6-24).
2. God had previously revealed that not all Israel would be saved and that some Gentiles would be (9:25-29).
3. The failure of the Jews to believe was their own fault, not God's (9:30-10:21).
4. Some Jews (Paul himself was an example) have believed and have been saved (11:1).
5. It has always been the case that even in the worst of times, a remnant has been saved (11:2-10).
6. The salvation of the Gentiles, which is now occurring, is meant to arouse Israel to envy and thus be the means of saving some of them (11:11-24).
7. In the end all Israel will be saved, and thus God will fulfill His promises to Israel nationally (11:25-32).
 
It may help to read again some New Covenant passages from the OT books: Deut 30:5-6; Jer 31:31-40; 32:26-44; Ez 36:22-38; and also Hosea 3:4-5, and Zechariah 8:20-23; 14:1-21.
 
Israel cannot continue in unbelief, because God has chosen them for salvation and to be a witness to the world of His glory! According to Rom 11, that is still future, but also certain!
 
Sword School this week will be over questions 67, 68, and 69.
 
Soli Deo Gloria!

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Isn't it a blessing to know that our salvation is secure, amidst all of the cultural upheaval that is occurring around us! Preaching through the book of Romans is proving to be a powerful encouragement to me, and I hope to all of the DRBC congregation as well! I look forward to this coming Lord's Day and Romans 11:2-10.
 
We have scheduled a business meeting this coming Sunday at the end of the service. However, depending on the member prospects' work schedule, they may not be with us this coming Sunday. If that's the case, we can postpone that business, and the rest can be handled via email or at the next meeting. 
 
Please be in prayer as we work with sister churches in the CCBA, particularly FSBC, St. George, in reaching other communities that have no gospel witness. We have the opportunity to help in establishing a Bible study in the Dammeron Valley community. Collin Day is set to lead the study, and we need to pray that the Lord will send workers into the harvest (Luke 10:2). May we be workers for the harvest!
 
I encourage all of our congregation to sign up for and go through the Fundamentals of the Faith Bible study which will begin meeting on Sundays at 9:15 very soon. We need you to sign up so we know how many books to order. The books are $10 and change, but we are asking each person to give $5 for the book if possible, with DRBC paying for the rest. We budgeted $300 this year for Bible study materials, so if we each pay $5 (or $10 would be great!), that would help avoid depleting this budget line for the year. So, please sign the list on the table by the door if you are able to go through this study on fundamental Christian doctrine. Michael Klos is scheduled to teach the course, and I will serve as his assistant/substitute, along with Collin Day.
 
Remember the September 4 movie night, 7 pm at the Pineview Stadium 10 theaters. The movie will be War Room and is about prayer. FSBC St. George has invited us to participate. We will have the entire theater booked for participating churches. The cost is $10. I plan to go, but have not seen the movie. Let's be sure to watch it and evaluate the message by the standard of God's Word.
 
Please be in prayer for our youth musicians, as they will be involved in a Youth Rally on September 19. Tami Walker is providing leadership for them as they prepare. May the Lord be glorified.
 
DRBC Offering Report 
DRBC Receipts for August 2, 2015:   $2,834.25
 
Weekly Undesignated Receipts needed for 2015 Budget:               $1748.94
Monthly Undesignated Receipts needed for 2015 DRBC Budget:  $7875.74
 
Soli Deo Gloria

As we move into the weekend, let's remember to pray for the Sullivan family as the Memorial Service for John's mother, Carol, is scheduled for Saturday, August 1 at 11 am. May the Lord grant grace and comfort to this family.

The sermon text is scheduled to be Romans 11:1-10, in which Paul points to the remnant of believing Israel according to God's grace. Consider how every believer is an exhibit or trophy of God's grace. Consider the status of Israel as "His people" (Rom 11:1) and how that is possible only by the grace of God. Consider the impossibility of Israel (even Israel with all of their advantages) or anyone earning salvation and status as the people of God since only "the elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened" (Rom 11:7). Consider God's electing grace as the only possible rescue from being hardened through sin and the judgment of God. Consider the breathtaking consistency of the redemptive plan of God from the creation of Adam and Eve until now as Paul quotes from the Old Testament books. The gospel of grace has been the only possible salvation for sinners since the fall of Man in the Garden of Eden! Thank God for His grace!
 
Sword School questions this week are 65-66 and cover the 10th Commandment.
 
May the Lord be glorified as we plan to meet together for worship!

Soli Deo Gloria!

It is great to know that "Our God is in the heavens; He does all that He pleases" (Psalm 115:3)! He directs everything toward His purposes, which include the ultimate good of His people. Praise the Lord!
 
Remember to be praying for the Sullivan family in the loss of John's mother, Carol. There is a memorial service for her this Saturday at 11 am at the DRBC building. We want to love on and support this family. What a blessing to know that we serve the God of all comfort (2 Cor 1:3).
 
On August 9, we will have a brief DRBC business meeting starting about 10 minutes after the worship service. This will give us the opportunity to introduce some membership candidates as well as to inform you of childcare and wedding/facilities use policies in light of the recent Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex "marriage." Of course, DRBC is committed to the standard of marriage as revealed in the Bible. 
 
The Connect 180 Youth Fellowship will meet this Sunday at 6:30 pm at First Southern Baptist Church of Hurricane. This is a great opportunity for our youth to have fellowship around the truth of the gospel.
 
Sword School this week is over questions 65 and 66.
 
DRBC Finance Report (compiled by Amanda Taylor--thank you, Amanda!):
 
Receipts in July
July 5
Designated: 1400 (FBC Keller, TX) 
Undesignated: 2781.73
Total: 4181.73

July 12
Designated: 0
Undesignated: 1201.00
Total: 1201.00

July 19
Designated: 0
Undesignated: 1469.00
Total: 1469.00
 
July 26
Designated: 0
Undesignated: 1445.77
Total: 1445.77
 
Total Designated:  1400 

Total Undesignated: 2781.73 + 1201 + 1469 + 1445.77 = 6897.50
 
Total: 8297.50
 
7% of Undesignated to UISBC :6897.50 x .07 = 482.83
 
 

4% of Undesignated to Color Country: 6897.50  x .04 =  275.90
 
Monthly Undesignated Receipts needed for 2015 DRBC Budget:  $7875.74
 
The Lord has been faithful to provide everything needed for the establishment of DRBC. Let us be faithful in our giving so that ministry that glorifies God and blesses His people will continue until the Lord Jesus comes back!

Soli Deo Gloria!

As we move toward the weekend and the Lord's Day, let us set our hearts and minds on the glory of God in each moment so that our corporate worship meeting is a celebration of the greatness and grace of God, especially in light of the gospel and the Great Commission. Also, let us thank God for fellowship with brothers and sisters, as we express our love for the D'Anella family at the fellowship after the service. It is bittersweet, as they move away, but their friendship and fellowship is a blessing, and for that, we thank God.
 
The passage from God's Word for Sunday's sermon is scheduled to be Romans 10:14-21. In preparation, read back over Romans 9 and through chapter 10 (and even through chapter 11). Worship God for His Sovereignty and His Grace in salvation. Relentlessly affirm that no works, religious ceremonies, or ethical behavior can ever be sufficient to be counted righteous by God--except the perfect righteousness displayed in the Person and Work of our Savior, the Lord Jesus! Note how often the words related to preaching, hearing, and believing a message (the gospel; the good news) occur. Since no fallen, sinful human can be achieve righteousness according to God's standard, our message to the world is not, "Behave!" Because the Lord Jesus is perfect in righteousness and has objectively accomplished and demonstrated the righteousness of God, both in His serving as our perfect substitutionary sacrifice and propitiation that satisfies God's righteous wrath against our sin (Rom 3:21-26), and in His perfect fulfillment of the Law (Matt 5:17), our message is about His Person and Work! We tell people about Jesus, because He alone is the Way of Salvation. He alone has paid the penalty for sin, and He alone has accomplished the righteousness that is applied to God's people, making them fit for glory!
 
This passage describes what missions and evangelism looks like. It is the proclamation of a message: the gospel. Let us devote ourselves to making the gospel clear!
 
The context of Romans 9 - 11 makes it absolutely clear that no one will be moral and religious enough to earn God's favor. If unbelieving Israel with all of their advantages, described as having a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge, has not obtained the righteousness of God, there is no one who will. Therefore, let us preach the gospel. We are not all pastors, but we all should be preachers of the gospel. Let us send. Let us trust that God is calling His people according to His purpose of Election and Grace! Praise the Lord!
 
Soli Deo Gloria!