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I am increasingly convinced of the importance of preparing ourselves for worship before we meet together on the Lord's Day. This preparation can make a huge difference in the fruit of the Sunday meeting. Parents, you are teaching your children about the significance of worship and of gathering with fellow believers. And I did mean that as it reads: "you are teaching your children." This is especially true if we have given no thought to preparation for the worship meeting. I must confess that my responsibilities as the primary preacher at our meetings can tempt me to overlook the most crucial flock that I serve: my own home.
 
With that in mind, I want to provide in this email a some thoughts to help you prepare for our next corporate worship meeting. First, a quote from Richard Baxter, 17th century English Puritan churchman, from his work, Christian Directory, in the section titled, "Directions for Profitably Hearing the Word Preached," 1. III. and 3. VI. :
 
"Come not to hear with careless heart, as if you were to hear a matter that little concerned you, but come with a sense of the unspeakable weight, necessity, and consequence of the holy Word which you are to hear; and when you understand how much you are concerned in it, it will greatly help your understanding of every particular truth . . . Make it our work with diligence to apply the Word as you are hearing it . . . Cast not all upon the minister, as those that will go no further than they are carried as by force . . . You have work to do as well as the preacher, and should all the time by as busy as he . . .you must open your mouths, and digest it, and digest it, for another cannot digest it for you . . . therefore be all the while at work, and abhor an idle heart in hearing, as well as an idle minister." *I don't endorse every theological position of Baxter, but this is helpful!
 
 
Let us anticipate instruction from the Lord when we gather to hear His Word proclaimed on the Lord's Day. Parents, let's take the responsibility to anticipate the divine appointment of meeting with the saints to worship the Great I Am. Let us not treat it as another appointment to be kept among many. Let us not lead our children that way, the way that devalues the Way of Salvation. Talk about Sunday on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday! Especially as the Lord's Day draws near. 
 
Consider Ecclesiastes 5:1-2: "1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. 2 Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few."
We don't have to go to a location such as the temple in Jerusalem to enter God's presence, because by God's grace we are the temple (1 Cor 3:16). However, as we assemble for worship, we do well to heed this warning. Let us draw near to listen!
 
With preparing to listen to the Word of God in mind, I want to give you the sermon text for this coming Lord's Day. Read it. Meditate on it. And prepare yourself for the supernatural event of the people of God hearing the Word of God preached by a man of God by the power of God for the glory of God!
 
This coming Lord's Day (and the next one as well), I plan to preach from Romans 8:1-17 on the topic of the Means of a Spirit-Controlled Life in Christ. Lord-willing, next Sunday I plan to preach from the same text on the Marks of a Spirit-Controlled Life in Christ. This distinction will help us to see the grace of God in our righteous standing before God in Christ, and in our practical growth in sanctification as we glorify God in our lives in the practical pursuit of and growth in holiness.
 
As you prepare for Sunday then, look at Romans 8:1-17 to discover all that God has done for you in the process of saving her. Note that Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are involved. Note the particular role of the Holy Spirit in applying the work of the Son and the will of the Father to the believer such that the believer's life is characterized by obedient submission to God. Note that God has condemned sin in the flesh rather than His people in the flesh (praise God!). Note that the purpose of God as expressed in 8:4 connects to Paul's claim that the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel (1:17).
 
Let's prayerfully prepare to meet God in corporate worship this coming Lord's Day!

DRBCers and Friends,

I hope you all enjoyed winter yesterday! I praise the Lord for the beauty of the snow, and, being from Mississippi where you don't get used to driving in it, I praise the Lord for the safety of its absence! Our family enjoyed it, for sure.
 
Thanks to Jimmy D'Anella, Phil and Tami Walker, and John Sullivan for taking DRBC youth up to the Winter Wakening Ski Weekend. Praise the Lord for the safety He provided! No emergency room trips=a good ski trip, at least on one very important level!
 
And thanks to Michael and Marcy Klos for helping us get some tables and chairs that came available due to a private school closing. The Lord is providing resources for the present and the future! Thank you, Kerry Johnson, for helping me put one of the little tables together.
 
Also, thanks to Leslie Ann Anderson and Hope Waldrop, as they met together this past week and worked on organizing the sound system cables. It looks a lot better! Thanks.
 
Thanks to Jay Taylor for work at the building, and thanks to . . . there is no way I can mention everyone who needs to be thanked. Several of you have helped by cleaning the building and various other areas of service. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
 
And most of all . . . Thank you, Lord, for sending such wonderful brothers and sisters to DRBC!
 
I am excited to see the Lord gathering us each week to celebrate Him and the Truth of His Word! What an encouragement to worship the Lord with His people who want to know Him more and to hear from Him through the Bible. May the Lord work in us so that we are "doers of the Word and not hearers only" (James 1:22). I rejoice that I see that happening in our congregation!
 
Tomorrow is a big day. First, we have a great outreach opportunity that Zach Wilson has worked to set up for us. We have the opportunity to distribute some gospel DVDs on/adjacent to the DSU campus called "The Biggest Question." These DVDs contain a clear gospel presentation. We need to distribute them, and also to take some video/photos of our distribution to send into Wretched Radio, the group that has provided the DVDs. If you can help us with this, be at the DRBC building tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb 25) morning at 10:30 am. We will organize to give them out at that time. It shouldn't take more than an hour or two. May the Lord be glorified as we give out these gospel DVDs!
 
Also tomorrow, Feb 25, we will have a church wide potluck fellowship dinner at the DRBC building starting at 6:30 pm. I look forward to gathering with my church family (and enjoying some good food, too)!
 
On February 27, Marcy Klos will host a Ladies Fellowship at her home beginning at 7 pm. Info cards are available on the front table at the building.
 
February 28 is the Hope Pregnancy Care Center Banquet at the Dixie Center. There is info on the table by the door at the building. Contact Cindy Voorhis for more info.
 
Sunday evening, March 1, DRBC will host the Connect 180 Youth Fellowship at 6:30 pm. This is an interchurch activity involving DRBC, First Southern Baptist Church St. George, The Narrows Church, and First Southern Baptist Church of Hurricane. Pray that this event will point young people to the grace and purity of the gospel. If you would like to contribute some snacks for this meeting, bring them on Sunday morning, or you can bring them by on Sunday evening around 6:15 pm.
 
Jimmy and Julie D'Anella are organizing a team from DRBC to walk in the Relay for Life event April 24-25 at DSU's Hansen Stadium. This event raises support for the fight against cancer. Also, we have the opportunity to lead in the luminaria ceremony, giving us an opportunity to choose songs, singers, prayers, and pray-ers that are gospel-focused. Contact Jimmy and Julie for more info.
 
In the coming weeks, we will have some meetings during the hour before our Sunday worship service. On March 15, we will offer the Membership class at 9:15 AM, with plans to go over the DRBC Statement of Faith. If you are interested in becoming a member of DRBC, please plan to attend this session. As always, everyone is welcome, including current members!
 
On March 22, we will have another meeting for parents/youth/children. This meeting will have 3 purposes: (1) To provide instruction for family worship; (2) To discuss plans for a Baby/Child Dedication Sunday (very exciting!). A Baby/Child Dedication involves a commitment on the part of the parents to bring up the child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord AND a commitment on the part of the congregation to make sure that DRBC is a resource for Christian parenting; and (3) To discuss further plans for DRBC ministry/activity to supplement the parents efforts to instruct their children. 
 
On April 5, we will celebrate both Resurrection Sunday and the DRBC 2nd Anniversary! The actual anniversary date is March 31, but we actually constituted as a church on Resurrection Day, 2013, so close enough. Since we started on a Resurrection Sunday, it is awesome when the calendar lines up so that it is appropriate to celebrate our anniversary on the same. Stay tuned for more info on details of our celebration. Praise the Lord!
 
On April 12 at 9:15 am, we have scheduled the 2nd session of the Membership class to cover our Constitution/By-laws. Everyone interested in becoming a member should mark this date. Of course, everyone is welcome to attend, even if you are already a member! It helps me to remind myself of how we have agreed to make decisions together.
 
If you aren't in one of our small groups . . . get in one! Contact David and Aurora Bernstein for information regarding the groups, or you can contact the leaders of the other groups directly: Michael Klos and Joe Howson; and Rodger Tracy and Jay Taylor.
 
I have been greatly blessed by participating in the men's group that meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 am at the building. It's true that I've not been particularly "blessed" by the alarm going off so early on Tuesday mornings, but I've always been edified and challenged by being at the meeting! Hope also informs me that the Ladies's group meetings have been very helpful as well. This group meets at 10:30 am on Tuesdays at the building. Plug in and be challenged and blessed! Thank you David and Aurora for your leadership in these respective groups!
 
If you are interested in ministry at the Dixie Area Detention Center, you need to fill out the background check form (available at DRBC) and contact me. We have opportunities on Thursdays and Sundays for this ministry.
 
Let's remember to pray for one another! Let's serve one another in our worship meetings by keeping our children under supervision, being mindful of sometimes limited seating, and making sure everyone is greeted and welcomed in the name of Christ. I thank my Lord for a church family that loves the Lord, His Word, His Work, and His Church!
 
Soli Deo Gloria! 
 
In Christ,
Michael W. Waldrop

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Recently, I was reading about an ecumenical group here in the city that includes LDS, Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant Christians. Certainly, everyone who lives in the St. George area should be good neighbors to each other, as we have much in common due to proximity.

What struck me about the article however, were a couple of quotes by those involved in this ecumenical group. One retired American Baptist pastor related that during his time as a pastor in St. George (1961 to 1991 according to the article I read in The Spectrum--not sure what the date was as it was cut out and given to me), "I could go in and worship at any church and feel at home." 

The other quote was by a Jewish lady who participates in the ecumenical group. About this group, she said, "We're not interested in who believes in what but what we can do as a group for our community. That's the focus." Was that the focus of the Lord Jesus during His public ministry? Was that the focus of the Apostles as they were imprisoned, beaten, and most of them martyred for their refusal to stop preaching the gospel of God's grace in Christ Jesus?

At DRBC, we are very interested in who believes in what, precisely because we want the best for everyone in our community! What we believe is directly related to our eternal destination: in glory with God forever or the lake of fire/. Here are a few verses from God's Word that demonstrate that the Lord is interested in who believes in what, and that knowing, trusting, believing God is what ultimately matters . . .

 

And he [Abraham] believed the LORD, and he [the LORD] counted it to him as righteousness (Genesis 15:6 ESV).

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God (John 3:18 ESV).

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him (John 3:36).

God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth (John 4:24).

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ (Romans 10:14-17 ESV).

 

These verses are clear that the message of the gospel ("the word of Christ") must be explained so that people can understand. Since the church has been given the Great Commission to "make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them . . . and teaching them . . .," it matters what people believe. It is not the duty of the church to simply vaguely serve the community, apart from any concern of what people believe! Our primary concern is that people have a saving relationship with God by grace through faith in Christ (His perfect righteousness, death, burial, and resurrection as our substitute).

One other verse that really places the importance of faith versus the works of the law in priority for us . . .

 

For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law (Romans 3:28).

 

The desire of DRBC is that sinners (that's everybody) be declared just (righteous) by God. The Bible throughout teaches that this happens through faith, not good work in a church or family or workplace or community. DRBC is primarily interested in who believes in what for the glory of God and the salvation of sinners! 

Soli Deo Gloria!

 

 

 

 

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David Bernstein sent me (and some others) this list of "one anothers" in Scripture, and I thought it would be great to post here. Thanks, David!

 

Here is a partial list of the "one anothers" and "each others" in scripture.

Jesus sums up all the law into two commands: Love God and love others. To Love is to fulfill the whole law. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Gal. 5:14) 

The following  passages help us to understand how much emphasis the Scriptures place on our obligation as Christians to love and care for one another.

 

Leviticus 19:11   "Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another." 

John 13:14          Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. [meaning to humbly serve one another] 

John 13:34          "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 

John 13:35          By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." 

Romans 12:10    Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

 Romans 12:16    Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 

Romans 13:8      Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Romans 14:13    Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way. 

Romans 15:7      Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. 

Romans 15:14    I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.

1 Cor. 1:10          I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. 

Galatians 5:13    You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. 

Ephesians 4:2     Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 

Ephesians 4:32   Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 

Ephesians 5:19   Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs 

Ephesians 5:21   Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 

Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 

1 Thess. 5:11      Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 

Hebrews 3:13     But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. 

Hebrews 10:24   And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 

Hebrews 10:25   Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-- and all the more as you see the Day approaching. 

James 4:11          Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 

1 Peter 3:8          Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 

1 Peter 4:9          Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 

1 Peter 5:5          Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another , because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. 

1 John 1:7            But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1 John 3:11         This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 

1 John 3:23         And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 

1 John 4:7            Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 

1 John 4:11         Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 

1 John 4:12         No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 

1 Peter 4:8          Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 

James 5:16          Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. 

James 5:9            Don't grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! 

Hebrews 13:1     Keep on loving each other as brothers. 2 Thessalonians 1:3 We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing. 

1 Thess. 5:15      Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. 

1 Thess. 4:9         Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 

Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 

Colossians 3:9    Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices. 

Galatians 5:26    Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. 

Galatians 6:2      Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 

Galatians 5:15    If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. 

Ephesians 4:16   From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. 

Philippians 2:3-5  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.

 

Again, thanks to David for sending this list!

In Christ,

Michael W. Waldrop

The week of Sunday, January 11 will bring the beginning of a new ministry at DRBC: small groups. I am very excited about how the Lord is going to work in our lives as we live life together! This is something that has been on my heart, well, really since soon after we started thinking about who we should be and what we should do in this new church plant.

When we first started meeting back in August 2011, our entire congregation was basically a small group! There was an intimacy that is not possible in a large group corporate worship service. Since we've grown to more than triple our membership since March of 2013--and I certainly praise the Lord for the growth--the corporate meetings can no longer provide the kind of personal, relational challenge and encouragement that each of us need.

This morning, David Bernstein, one of our small group leaders, sent me a link to a blog article that states very well the reason and the need for small group ministry. I hope that you will take the time to read this article--especially if you are not sure about small groups and the changes that we are making. Here is the link to this excellent article . . . http://www.benreed.net/the-why-before-the-what/ . Soli Deo Gloria!