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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!
I was encouraged by our meetings on this past Lord's Day. Collin Day's ministry of the Word from 1 Corinthians 8 was a timely message for us. And what a blessing to welcome as DRBC members Collin and Kallie Day and Cindy Voorhis! God's provision for us financially as reflected in the brief finance report was also a reason for encouragement. I pray that our Lord will continue to work in our hearts, knitting us together in fellowship around the Truth of the Gospel. May everything that we do be done out of love for God and love for our neighbors!
 
We are still working for a start date for the Fundamentals of the Faith study during the 9:15 am hour on Sunday mornings. We will have a sign up for the class this coming Sunday so we will know how many books to order. I encourage all of our adults and youth to sign up and go through the class. Michael Klos will be leading the class, and I will be his substitute/assistant.
 
On September 4, we have been invited to attend a "Christian Movie Night" for a private showing of "War Room," a movie from a Christian perspective about prayer. The movie will be shown at the Pineview Stadium 10 located at 2376 Red Cliffs Dr, St George, UT 84790, beginning at 7 pm. First Southern Baptist Church, St. George has arranged for this opportunity. The movie is rated PG, and there are some people that appear in the movie who hold to views that I disagree with, so be aware that just because this is a "Christian" movie doesn't mean we can just take it in without discernment and I am not officially endorsing the movie. Yet, it is an opportunity to consider prayer, and I plan to take my family. The cost is $10 each. You can pay the night of the event, but let me know if you plan to attend by August 20.
 
DRBC Offering Report
Receipts on July 19, 2015  ..............................................  $1469.50
Weekly Undesignated Receipts needed for 2015 Budget ......  $1748.94
 
Sword School for July 26, 2015 will be over questions 63 and 64.
 
Soli Deo Gloria!
This week, our sermon text will focus on Christ as the end of the Law for righteousness. In preparation, read Romans 10:4-13. Note that Paul argues that the Messiah, Jesus, has always been the way of salvation. He cites Moses from Deuteronomy 30:12,13. In order to understand Paul's quotation in Rom 10:6, read all of Deuteronomy 30. Ask yourself which of the commands is the most fundamental in this passage. Does God promise to do anything that will bring about Israel's obedience? How does that fit with the idea of God's election of sinners to salvation, a major theme of Romans 9 - 11?
 
If we are to go back to Moses and find God's plan of salvation there, what are the implications for how Jews and Gentiles can be saved? Is there a different kind of salvation for each group? Or is it the same? What promises do you celebrate in Rom 10:9-13?
 
As noted in the previous post, this week we plan to celebrate the Lord's Supper. So, contemplate Christ as the end of the Law for righteousness. Do you see how his death represents the end of the Law as a substitute for His people, sinners who deserve the wrath of God? Do you see how His death completes the sentence of God's justice? Do you see how His perfect life completes and fulfills the perfect Law of God? Celebrate the fact that God declares every born again believer to be righteous on the basis of Christ's righteousness. He truly is "the end of the Law for righteousness to everyone who believes" (Romans 10:4)! We will partake of this Supper as a people, a congregation, a body of redeemed sinners who are transformed into an assembly who exist for God's glory! Therefore, consider how we ought to treat one another. Consider how we ought to think of each other, and speak to each other. Is there anything in your attitude/words/behavior that goes against God's purpose for His people? Are you pursuing obedience to God for His glory?
 
Sword Schoolers, this week's questions are numbers 59-60. You can find the questions here.
 
I look forward to the fellowship of our worship together! Soli Deo Gloria!

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This coming Lord's Day, we plan to observe the Lord's Supper together. This is in obedience to the Lord's command that we remember Him in this way. This week, let's be especially mindful of the perfect righteousness and the perfect sacrifice of our Lord Jesus. He took the wrath that was rightly due to us sinners, and we are credited with His righteousness (2 Cor 5:21)! Let's not only focus on God's reconciliation of sinners to Himself in the gospel events of our Lord's death, burial, and resurrection, but let us also focus on the reconciliation that we have with all who have been reconciled by God to Himself. That means that we must evaluate our fellowship with God and with each other. If any of us have something in our attitudes or our actions toward God or one another that is sinful, we need to make that right by the grace of God. I look forward to demonstrating the unity of the Body of Christ. Soli Deo Gloria!
 
Also this coming Lord's Day, at 9:15 am, we will have a membership class for those interested in becoming DRBC members. We plan to cover the DRBC Statement of Faith. I am attaching the DRBC Constitution/By-laws to this email. This document contains the Statement of Faith within the first several pages.
 
Related to this is the business meeting that we have schedule for July 19 at 2 pm. At this meeting, our congregation will vote on membership prospects, hear a financial report, and also my report regarding the Eldership Affirmation process that we went through in April and May. I have come to some very definite conclusions that are apparent and need to be addressed. That is why it is important to have the DRBC members present. So, please try to be present at the meeting if you are a DRBC member. What I need to present is--I believe--crucial as we move forward.
 
We also have the opportunity to hear Collin Day preach at DRBC on July 19! Be praying for Collin and Kallie as they continue to settle in here. And let's be praying for Collin as he prepares to serve us in the ministry of the Word.
 
Stay tuned for more info regarding the start of Sunday morning Bible study classes. Our first study will be for both adults and youth. We plan to go through the Fundamentals of the Faith, a course over basic Christian doctrine. Michael Klos and I will be leading this study. I am asking that all of us plan to go through this study together. This will serve as our introductory doctrine study for DRBC member prospects in the future. The core group for DRBC during the early days went through this study. May the Lord be glorified!
 
Remember, our small groups are the venue in which we pursue more intimate fellowship, accountability, prayer, and application of the Word of God. If you haven't joined one of our groups, please do so! This is an excellent way in which we can "shepherd" one another in the faith.For more info, email the leaders . . . David BernsteinChosenbyGodinChrist@gmail.com , Rodger Tracy Rodger.Tracy@nwi.net, Michael Klos Michael@Klos.com.
We have a wonderful topic from God's Word this coming Lord's Day: good news! The gospel! Our scheduled sermon text is Romans 9:30 - 10:4. Read this passage in preparation. Read and rejoice that our relationship to God is not determined by how well we follow the perfect Law of God, for none of us would be saved if that were the case. Rejoice that Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness, and therefore, sinners are justified by faith in His Person and His Work!
 
Remember that it is most helpful to read each of our separate passages in the context of the immediate context, Romans 9 - 11, and also within the context of Romans and in the context of New Covenant salvation! So, as we work through Romans 9 - 11, it is helpful to read this whole section multiple times. Remember the theme of this passage is to deal with the question: "What about unbelieving Israel?" And remember that the theme of Romans is stated in chapter 1 verses 16-17.
 
So, as you read and consider our text for Sunday, consider the vast difference in pursuing God's righteousness by faith vs pursuing a law of righteousness as if it were based on works. What are the implications for the nature of God and the nature of man if God's righteousness is within the realm of that which can be accomplished by human effort? Consider how the Lord Jesus is at the center of these implications, on the one hand a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, and on the other hand, the One Whose believers and followers are told that they will not be put to shame (Rom 9:33; Isaiah 28:16).
 
Also, consider how essential it is that our doctrine is True according to the Word of God. Romans 10:1-3 clearly indicates that sincerity and zeal are not substitutes for Truth. Salvation depends on loving and trusting the True God of the Bible and His plan for salvation in His Messiah, not the product of human speculation and innovation. So, very moral, ethical, religious people will be cast into the lake of fire unless they are declared righteous by the True God of the Bible based on their faith and trust in the True Messiah of the Bible, the Lord Jesus. This is the plight of the religious leaders of Israel that Paul personally knew well and that he prays for according to our passage. If good works would save anyone, then it would be them. Good works cannot save; only Christ. Thus, Paul's prayer.
 
Sword School this week will be over questions 57 - 58. 
 
I look forward to our worship meeting!
 
Soli Deo Gloria!

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It is comforting to know that God is sovereign! Last week's ruling by the US Supreme Court to recognize same sex "marriage" as a constitutional right may seem like a defeat. And it is in the sense that it tempts sinners (all of us) to think that right and wrong, good and evil can be defined and redefined as we please to suit our own desires and pleasures. In other words, occasions and standards like the SCOTUS decision on marriage tempt sinners to think that we are autonomous. We are not. We are God's creatures living in God's universe, subject to God. And when societies set themselves up against God and His Rule, it poses exactly zero threat to reality. How does God respond to rebellious nations? Psalm 2:4, 5--"He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in His wrath, and terrify them in His fury . . . ." Psalm 115:3 says, "Our God is in the heavens; He does all that He pleases."
Romans 9:22-24 indicates the reality that the rebellion of the clay (unredeemed, fallen humanity) against the Potter (God) is in service to the Potter's purposes, namely, "to show His wrath and to make known His power" (Rom 9:22). So, let's not feel sorry for ourselves in light of the SCOTUS ruling. Let us fear the God of all creation, the One Who is able to "destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matthew 10:28). And let us rejoice in God's grace, because of which He has acted "to make known the riches of His glory for vessels of mercy, which He has prepared beforehand for glory" (Rom 9:23)! And let us be bold to make the gospel (good news) clear, because the gospel is the only rescue from the wrath of God.
 
Next week is the CCBA Family Camp, July 7-10 at Camp Lutherwood. We have several DRBCers who will be attending. I am scheduled to preach there next Wednesday evening. Please pray for fellowship and discipleship around the Truth of God's Word, and that God would grant safety to all.
 
We will have a membership class on July 12 at 9:15 am. Anyone interested in membership at DRBC is encouraged to attend. This session will focus on the DRBC Statement of Faith.
 
On July 19 at 2 pm, there is a DRBC business meeting scheduled. At this meeting, we plan to have a finance report, a vote on member prospects, and my report regarding my review of the Eldership process. I encourage all DRBC members to be there if possible.
 
DRBC T-shirts are available for $10 each. They are available at the church building.
 
I encourage all DRBCers to participate in a small group. The small group ministry is our format for intimate fellowship, accountability, prayer, and serious application of God's Word. For more info, email the leaders . . . David BernsteinChosenbyGodinChrist@gmail.com , Rodger Tracy Rodger.Tracy@nwi.net, Michael Klos Michael@Klos.com.
 

DRBC Offering Report (Soli Deo Gloria!):

 
June 28, 2015 Undesignated Receipts: $2763.73
Weekly Undesignated Receipts needed for 2015 Budget  $1748.94
Total Undesignated Receipts for June:  2566 + 4136 + 879 + 2763.73 = $10,344.73
Monthly Undesignated Receipts needed for 2015 Budget: $7578.74
 
Remember to pray for one another!

 

As we move into the weekend, let's begin to think about the incredible opportunity we have to gather for the specific purpose of giving praise to God! Our corporate worship meetings are indeed opportunities for service to the Lord as we sing, pray, enjoy fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ, read/hear God's Word, and hear the voice of the Head of the Church as His Word is preached and explained! Just because we are blessed with this opportunity on a regular basis doesn't mean that it is not a monumental event with cosmic implications! Every Lord's Day, redeemed people around the world meet for the glory of God. That's powerful. So let's not approach the Lord's Day casually or as if it is routine and mundane. Let's approach the Lord's Day with specific preparation and enthusiasm!
 
At DRBC, the sermon text is scheduled to be Romans 9:19-29 (but including verse 18 in the reading as a reminder of the immediate context). To prepare, first of all, read the passage! I've been encouraging us to be reading and thinking about Romans 9 in the context of chapters 9 - 11 as a unit, and all of this within the flow of thought that has accumulated in the first 8 chapters.
 
In Rom 9:19-29, we are confronted with the mystery of God's Sovereignty and Human Responsibility. Most every believer I know and every theologian I've heard or read have agreed that the topic of the salvation of sinners involves some deep things that could be classified as mystery. Paul has made the case for God's right to elect sinners for salvation (i.e. that salvation is by grace) throughout all that precedes our passage in Romans, but particularly in verses 6-18 as he discusses the dilemma of the security of salvation while Israel is mostly in unbelief.
 
As you read vv 19-29, note the question of verse 19. Note the presupposed truths behind the question: that God indeed finds fault with sinners in unbelief, and that God is sovereign in accomplishing what He wills. Note the answer to the question of verse 19 that is found in v 20: "who are you, O man to answer back to God." God is presented in His relationship to His creatures as a potter with complete authority and ability to mold the clay as He wills. Do you agree that He has that right? 
 
Read the passages in Isaiah 29:15-16; 64:8-9 and Jeremiah 18:1-6 to see the background for Paul's illustration. Ask yourself the question that runs from Rom 9:22-24. Are you okay with the truth of what is indicated there? Does God indeed have the right to do what He wills with His creatures?
 
Does He have the right to create a people for Himself? Paul quotes Hosea 2:23, 1:10, and Isaiah 10:22-23 and 1:9 which are passages about God's activity in creating a people for Himself--Israel, or more specifically redeemed, believing Israel with whom He has included believing Gentiles. It is helpful to read these passages including the context of those passages.
 
All of these illustrations and quotations are provided by the Holy Spirit through the human authorship of Paul. What is your response to God's right to be God?  Do you rejoice in bowing before His sovereignty, or are you concerned for the rights of the creatures? Let us yield to, indeed rejoice in, God's right to rule, and let us be grateful that God is good and is gracious to save sinners who deserve only His wrath!
 
Soli Deo Gloria!

 

Praise the Lord for the instruction of His Word! What a challenge for Fathers to see the high responsibility given to them by God for the spiritual care of the family. Fellow Fathers, let us commit ourselves to bringing up our children "in the discipline and instruction of the Lord" (Eph 6:4).
 
I can't help but think of the meeting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC Wednesday evening of last week. I don't know the theology of that church, but I am certainly able to identify an evil, murderous act. May the Lord grant mercy and grace and peace to that community. May He redeem and rescue through the gospel. And may He grant strength for DRBC and every true church to continue to engage in the work to which we've been called, knowing that the possibility exists that simply showing up at a Wednesday evening church meeting could cost us our lives. We can continue, precisely because we know that nothing happens outside of the perfect plan and purpose of the One "Who works all things according to the counsel of His will" (Eph 1:11). 
 
The Color Country Baptist Association Family Camp is schedule for July 7-10 at Camp Lutherwood near the intersection of Highways 89 and 14, east of Cedar City. There are two ways to participate in the event: 1. The "In-tents" experience--bring your own tent; and 2. Recreational Vehicle. This camp features the two ends of the camping spectrum, but that's just the way it is! The fee is only $12 and this covers meals from Tuesday Dinner through Friday breakfast (maybe lunch, but I can't confirm that right now). If you are planning to stay in a tent, just pay your $12 to DRBC and register at the online registration page: CCBA Family Camp Registration. If you want to take an RV, you will need to contact Camp Lutherwood at the number provided at the above link. The hook-up fee for RVs is $25 per night. You must register at the linked page either way. Registration deadline is June 30.
 
On June 28, DRBC will host the Connect 180 Youth Fellowship meeting at 6:30 pm. If you would like to help us with snacks for the event, please bring some chips, cookies, fruit, or drinks to the church building on Sunday June 28. Pray for Collin Day as he will be speaking that evening, Lord willing. And pray for Tami Walker and the DRBC youth as they will be playing worship music.
 
DRBC T-shirts are available for $10 each. They are available at the church building.
 
 
DRBC Offering Report:
 
June 21  Receipts   $879.00
Weekly Undesignated Receipts needed for 2015 Budget  $1748.94
 
Remember to pray for one another. Soli Deo Gloria!
This Sunday is Father's Day, and the role of fathers in God's plan is crucial. In fact, it is so important that I believe it necessary that we take another break from Romans and look at a passage that points to the ministry of fatherhood: 1 Chronicles 28:2-20; 29:16-19. I encourage you to read chapter 28 and 29 for the context of King David's words and actions toward his son, Solomon, which is that he is charging him to follow through and build God's Temple.
 
As you read this passage from God's Holy Word, consider what David is doing in 1 Chron. 28:9-10; and in 29:19. Fathers, does anything happen in your relationship with your children that looks like this? Most of the folks at DRBC are not biological fathers, but everyone of us needs to promote God's plan for fatherhood, particularly since God's Word tells us that a congregation is like a family! Paul told Timothy to relate to all the people in the church as family members (1 Timothy 5:1-2). That means that all the men of DRBC should have an attitude of acting like fathers in relating to younger folks in the church. Not to be obeyed like a father with a small child, but as one who instructs and prays and is giving an example of following the Lord Jesus. We should honor fathers who are doing the things we see David doing in our passage, both in the congregation generally, and especially fathers in their homes. Do you see any correlation between what King David exemplified in our passage and the qualifications for leadership in the local church (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1)?
 
May the Lord grant us all an eagerness to be together for His praise and glory, and to hear instruction from His Word!
 
Soli Deo Gloria!
God is good! Zack, Whitley, and Matthew Wilson are safely home from the hospital. What a blessing to rejoice with Zack, Whitley, Brian, and Suzie in welcoming this little gift from God into our fellowship! We will be planning for a Baby/Child dedication Sunday soon when we pray and agree to each do our part so that DRBC is a congregation in which God is praised, Christ is exalted, the gospel is made clear, and we each receive fellowship, with its mutual accountability and care. More details to come.
 
Let's remember to pray for one another, as several among us are facing challenges. Our small groups have details for intercessory prayer.  Email the leaders . . . David Bernstein ChosenbyGodinChrist@gmail.com, Rodger Tracy Rodger.Tracy@nwi.net, Michael Klos Michael@Klos.com . 
 
Next Wednesday, June 24, at 6:30 pm, we will have a churchwide fellowship. I hope that everyone can come. There will be a sign-up sheet at the church on Sunday so we don't all bring the same thing. We will read some Scripture and pray and generally enjoy fellowship.
 
The Color Country Baptist Association Family Camp is schedule for July 7-10 at Camp Lutherwood near the intersection of Highways 89 and 14, east of Cedar City. There are two ways to participate in the event: 1. The "In-tents" experience--bring your own tent; and 2. Recreational Vehicle. This camp features the two ends of the camping spectrum, but that's just the way it is! The fee is only $12 and this covers meals from Tuesday Dinner through Friday breakfast (maybe lunch, but I can't confirm that right now). If you are planning to stay in a tent, just pay your $12 to DRBC and register at the online registration page: CCBA Family Camp Registration. If you want to take an RV, you will need to contact Camp Lutherwood at the number provided at the above link. The hook-up fee for RVs is $25 per night. You must register at the linked page either way. Registration deadline is June 30.
 
Collin and Kallie Day are here! They were married in Arkansas on Saturday, and arrived in St. George on Sunday evening. Then, Kallie started to work at Dixie Regional Medical Center on Monday. Now that's a weekend! Collin officially begins on July 1 as the CCBA Pastoral Ministry/Church Planting Intern. Let's make the Days welcome!
 
On June 28, DRBC will host the Connect 180 Youth Fellowship meeting at 6:30 pm. If you would like to help us with snacks for the event, please bring some chips, cookies, fruit, or drinks to the church building on Sunday June 28. Pray for Collin Day as he will be speaking that evening, Lord willing.
 
Also, thanks to JP Solstad for attending the SBC Annual Meeting in Columbus, OH this week as a messenger from DRBC. Welcome home, JP!
 
DRBC Offering Report:
 
June 14  Receipts   $4146.00
Weekly Undesignated Receipts needed for 2015 Budget  $1748.94
 
Soli Deo Gloria!

 

As we approach corporate worship on the Lord's Day, let us have hearts and minds set on the Lord. I saw a quote from the missionary Hudson Taylor that points us in the right direction, both for daily Bible reading and prayer, and as we prepare for corporate worship: "Don't have your concert first, and then tune your instruments; begin the day with the Word of God and Prayer."
 
Let us, then, begin to tune our instruments for our corporate concert of worship and praise for our God! Let every household be dedicated to give glory to God in all things, especially the worship service of the local church!
 
Brother Scott Miller is scheduled to preach at DRBC on Sunday morning. Let us pray for him as he prepares to minister the Word to us. And let us prepare to hear the Word of the Lord from Psalm 8, as he has indicated that he feels lead to preach on the glory of Christ from this Messianic Psalm. So, let us read it in our households, meditate on it, and see how this Psalm speaks of man, generally, and of the Son of Man, specifically! Let us glory in the display of God's infinite wisdom and power in telling us about the Messiah 1000 years before the Incarnation! Soli Deo Gloria!
 
Also, we are not through with Romans! So, let's continue to be thinking about Romans 9 - 11 and the amazing reality that Israel's unbelief (nor anyone else's) threatens the plan of God. On the contrary, man's rebellion is consistent with God's plan of redemption. Be thinking of the last verse in this section of Scripture, the one we have up on the wall at DRBC: 
 
"For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen."
 
Amen!
 
Soli Deo Gloria!
One of the demonstrations of the truth of God's Sovereignty is how He has providentially reminded Hope and me that He is in control, even as we face some very specific challenges. We certainly did not schedule Hope's knee/back trouble to coincide with our study of Romans 9 as we go through that rich Epistle! The reality of God's Sovereignty in salvation and in all things has provided much comfort through this (and every) challenge! Soli Deo Gloria!
 
On behalf of Hope and our family, I want to express our gratitude to the Lord for the kindnesses He has provided to us through our DRBC family. We praise the Lord for the many ways we have been blessed through our congregation. DRBCers, you are a blessing to us!
 
What a wonderful blessing to see the growth of DRBC in terms of numbers! With the addition of 9 new members last Sunday, we now have 64 members. We praise the Lord as we welcome Joey and Erica DeAngelo, Paul Kinslow, JP and Sue Solstad, Zach and Jessica Thomas, and Al Westra and Shirley Brown! Welcome!
 
This coming Lord's Day, I look forward to the teaching of Brother Scott Miller. He has been with us before, and I appreciate his work in the Word. I had originally planned to be away for the SBC annual meeting, but now am planning to be at DRBC. Welcome, Scott and family!
 
Speaking of the SBC annual meeting, DRBC will have a messenger there: Brother JP Solstad will be traveling to Columbus, OH for the event, Lord willing. Let's pray for him as travels, and let's pray that the Lord will grant wisdom and discernment to the messengers as they assemble to make decisions for the direction of the denomination. May the Lord lead every SBC church (and every true church that belongs to Him) to glorify Him! 
 
Here is a note from Will Rhoden regarding upcoming music plans . . .
"If you are interested in participating in the music worship leading of DRBC please contact Will. We are looking for people to possibly do a rotation with the current team. To be on the team, a person needs to be a believer in the Gospel, preferably a member of DRBC (although not required to be--any non-member musician would have to be approved by the Elders), in agreement with the DRBC Statement of Faith, musically talented, and flexible. Practices are typically before service at 9:45. You can talk to Will on Sunday or just e-mail him at wrhoden2010@gmail.com."
 
We are planning a church-wide potluck fellowship on Wednesday evening, June 24. Stay tuned for more details, but we will plan to start at 6:30 pm that evening.
 
The CCBA Family Camp is scheduled for July 7-10 at Camp Lutherwood. For details, go to http://www.ccbasbc.org/familycamp/index.html . You will need to register online, and pay the $12 per camper fee to DRBC. Please note the registration deadline of June 30, 2015. This is tent camping (your own tent), or RV hook-up (your own RV! with a $25 per night additional fee). If you put your registration fee into the offering at DRBC, you must note on the envelope or your check that it is for the Family Camp fee.
 
The details for our new childcare safety/ministry plan are nearing completion. We will have a sign-up soon for those interested in serving in this ministry. Our desire is for as many of us as is possible to be in the worship meeting together. However, families with infants and young children often need assistance. If you have small children (age 5 and under) as does our family, we encourage you to be involved in this ministry. Those who serve in this volunteer ministry will be required to be members of DRBC and to have a background check. Other ways you can help would include contributions to crafts/supplies. We plan to have a "craft cabinet" in the back room as we begin to collect supplies such as cotton balls, pipe cleaners, glue, construction paper, etc.
 
I encourage you to be involved in our small group ministry. This is the place where intimate fellowship around the Word, accountability, and intercessory prayer happens in the context of DRBC. Fellowship in a congregation ranges from one on one all the way to the corporate worship meeting. The small groups are in the middle, and provide dynamics not available at either of these extremes. For more info, email the leaders . . . David BernsteinChosenbyGodinChrist@gmail.com , Rodger Tracy Rodger.Tracy@nwi.net, Michael Klos Michael@Klos.com.

Soli Deo Gloria!

As we move into the weekend, let us joyfully anticipate corporate worship of our great God! Our sermon text will be Romans 9:14-18. We will worship God for His sovereignty as expressed in these verses. Remember that it is helpful to read Romans 9 - 11 to best follow the flow of thought. Note especially the claims made in Romans 9:11 and 16. What does salvation depend on? God and His purpose of election! He is infinitely just and wise and powerful. Every human that God has created is held accountable to obey God. Every human (except the Lord Jesus) has rebelled against God and deserves His Holy Wrath/Justice. God's love expressed in grace and mercy means that He is redeeming a people for Himself, for His glory! 
 
The following passages are helpful for understanding God's unconditional election of a people for His own glory, as He has mercy on whom He will have mercy and He hardens whom He will harden (concerning Israel's "partial hardening" see Rom 11:11, 25-26) . . . 
 
Gen 1:1
Deut 7:6-8
Deut 9:4-6
Joshua 11:18-20
Isaiah 45:4
Matt 11:21,27
John 6:37; 8:45-47; 10:26-27; 15:16
Acts 13:48
Eph 1:3-11
1 Thess 1:4-5
2 Thess 2:13-14
2 Tim 1:9
1 John 4:19
Rev 13:8; 17:8
 
Sword School questions are numbers 48-49.
 
Concerning our DRBC Business Meeting at 2 pm this Sunday, remember that as we vote on members, we are looking to make sure that the prospective members have a credible profession that "Jesus is Lord," and that they understand the gospel and are trusting in Christ alone for salvation; that they understand who we are as a church and are happy to submit to the mutual accountability within DRBC. Those to be presented at the meeting have been through the DRBC Statement of Faith and the polity of DRBC as expressed in our Constitution/By-Laws. It is excited to see the Lord grow His church! May the Lord grant us unity for His glory.
 
Soli Deo Gloria!

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I praise the Lord for the Truth of God's Sovereignty! Romans 9 declares God's right to do as He pleases with His creation. And that's good news! The reason that it is so good is that God is so good! When God does what He pleases, that means there is no injustice, no unfairness, no evil, no absence of the best in what God does. What God does is always consistent with God's nature, so God's actions are always perfect! Even as we live in a sin-fallen world as fallen sinners, God's actions toward us always reflect perfect righteousness, whether in form of perfect justice to unbelievers or perfect grace (based on the perfect atonement and the perfect righteousness of Christ) toward believers! Soli Deo Gloria!
 
Concerning our congregational vote last Lord's Day, I plan to review the entire process, including all of my actions, decisions, and words that led to such a split vote. I feel the weight of the accountability that I have before the Lord for my leadership as Pastor-Teacher at DRBC, and I ask that you pray for me as I examine myself. Please pray that the Lord will guide all of us into unity according to His will. We can trust Him to do that! We are not sovereign, but He is!
 
This coming Lord's Day, I look forward to our worship together at 10:30 am. At 2 pm we will have a DRBC Business meeting at which we will hear a finance report, affirm messengers to the SBC meeting in Columbus, OH on June 16-17, and vote on member prospects. May the Lord lead us as we conduct His business. Our responsibility is not to act on our preferences, but to follow His leading so that His will is accomplished in His church. May the Lord's will be done!
 
There is a Connect 180 Youth Fellowship meeting this coming Sunday evening at 6:30 pm at FSBC, Hurricane. All of the youth are invited for Bible study and fellowship.
 
On June 14, I plan to be away for the SBC meeting. I have asked Scott Miller, formerly of FBC Cedar City, to preach at DRBC that Sunday. This trip will be dependent on how Hope is doing with her knees/back. Please continue to pray for her. And please be in prayer also that the Southern Baptist Convention would, as a fellowship of gospel churches, remain true to the Lord and His Word, and that Brother Scott would be granted wisdom and discernment as he ministers to the DRBC family on that Sunday.
 
DRBC Offering on May 31, 2015                               $1,954.62  
Need Weekly Undesig. to meet 2015 Budget              $1,748.94
 
Let us pray for one another. May the Lord grant us boldness to make the gospel clear!
 
Soli Deo Gloria!
What a great assurance we find in the doctrine of the Sovereignty of God! How encouraging it is for me to know that my salvation is the result of God's willing and working, and not dependent on the quality of my own efforts to will and to work (Phil 2:12-13)!
 
As we approach the Lord's Day, let us remember the important decision that we will be making together about the possibility of adding to the leadership of DRBC. Let's make sure that we are clean before the Lord through confession and repentance of sin. Let's pursue His glory through killing sin in the flesh, that is, by crowding out the wrong things in our hearts and minds by pursuing the right things (Rom 6:12-14; 7:12-13). This is an appropriate time for prayer and fasting as we seek the will of the Lord.
 
We plan to continue in Romans 9. I suggest that as we move through Romans 9 - 11, you not only read the verses we are about to consider in the sermon, but all of these three chapters, to get the truth explained here firmly lodged in your heart and mind. The reality of God's Sovereignty and exactly what that means used to be a very difficult doctrine for me. It has helped me to get right into the truth! To see what God is saying through Paul in this passage. To deal with the meaning of the words, submitting my preferences to His Truth! And so, the doctrine of the Sovereignty of God as revealed in Romans 9 - 11 moved out of the shadows of my ignorance all the way to become a banner of strength in my life! What was once a matter of ignorance for me, and then troubled me greatly, has become a sweet source of confidence and encouragement to me! My prayer is that all of us will see the Truth of God's Sovereignty as a source of security, to be celebrated! 
 
Start with the claim that Paul makes in Romans 9:6, "But it is not as though the Word of God has failed." He is referring to the unbelief of ethnic Israel. He is making an enormous claim here! He is saying that Israel's (or anyone's) unbelief is not a threat to the plan of God! He is saying that their unbelief is a part of God's plan! God is Sovereign!
 
Focus on Paul's argument as he gives examples from the life of Abraham and Sarah (Gen 21:12; 18:10, 14; 17:21), and Isaac and Rebekah/Jacob and Esau (Gen 25:23). Consider the implications of God's declaration, "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated" (read Malachi 1:1-5 and consider what God says He will do to Esau's descendants, Edom). Consider what Paul means when he says that this was declared before they were born in order that God's purpose of election might continue (Rom 9:11). And ask yourself if there is any rebellion in your heart toward God's Sovereign right to do as he pleases with His creatures. One book written about the subject is titled, The Potter's Freedom, from Paul's argument in Romans 9:19-24. Does your heart rejoice or rebel at the idea of the Potter's Freedom? May the Lord grant us grace to rejoice in His Rule over every aspect and detail of His creation!
 
Soli Deo Gloria!

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We have come to a an important moment in the life of DRBC! This coming Lord's Day, we will make a decision together, namely whether to affirm the call of David Bernstein to serve as an Elder at DRBC. Our Constitution calls for DRBC to be led by a plurality of Elders, according to the pattern in Scripture which identifies the service of multiple Elders in single church (see Acts 20:17; Titus 1:5; James 5:14).
 
The DRBC Constitution also places the responsibility for the final decision with the congregation in 4 areas: membership, leadership, the budget/financial indebtedness, and church discipline. This coming Lord's Day, the DRBC congregation will make a decision together regarding the call of David to Eldership at DRBC. I am attaching our Constitution, the list of church distinctives from our study of the Pastoral Epistles in 2011-12, and the letter of recommendation for David from the Pastors of CCBA churches who assisted us with an Ordination Council to examine David.
 
Let us all pray for the Lord's will to be done, asking the Lord to guide us to unity. I ask all of the Friends of DRBC to please petition our Lord for the same. Praise the Lord! May all of this bring glory and honor to God alone!
 
On June 7, we have scheduled a DRBC Membership meeting at 2 pm for a finance report, affirming messengers to the SBC meeting June 16-17 in Columbus, OH, and for voting on prospective members! What a blessing to see the Lord granting growth! As DRBC grows, we have an increasing number of gospel witnesses to our community. May the Lord grant boldness that we might make the gospel clear (Eph 6:20; Col 4:4)!
 
On June 14, I plan to be away for the SBC meeting. I have asked Scott Miller, formerly of FBC Cedar City, to preach at DRBC that Sunday. Please be in prayer, both that the Southern Baptist Convention would, as a fellowship of gospel churches, remain true to the Lord and His Word, and that Brother Scott would be granted wisdom and discernment as he ministers to the DRBC family on that Sunday.
 
Please continue to pray as we attempt to set up a solid plan for Sunday morning children and youth ministry, as well as adult studies. There are important safety, leadership, curriculum, and logistics issues at play. May the Lord help us to get a good plan in place that will edify His people at DRBC. Remember, concerning children/youth, the church cannot possibly take the place of the home as the primary location for instruction in the Word of God (Deuteronomy 6:7). But DRBC can be a rich resource for instruction and fellowship around the Truth. Rodger and Lynn Tracy, Jay and Amanda Taylor, Hope Waldrop, and David Bernstein have been working on this. May the Lord grant wisdom!
 
I want to strongly encourage you to be active in one of our small groups. Our small groups are where we have fellowship, accountability, and prayer on a more intimate level than is possible when the entire congregation is assembled. It is my conviction that the Lord is pleased with this kind of close-up fellowship in living the Christian life together. The dynamics at the small groups are different than that of the corporate worship meeting, a Sunday School class, a Bible study, or even fellowship between two believers. I write this after a wonderful, challenging, edifying meeting of the Wednesday evening "Encouragers" small group last night. David Bernstein does a wonderful job leading this group. The fellowship with the other group members, particularly the prayer time, was a great blessing. I've experienced the same thing when I have visited the other groups! Brothers and sisters, I don't want you to miss out on this kind of fellowship! So, please consider getting plugged in to one of our groups: Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm at the DRBC building, every other Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the Rodger Tracy home (meeting next on June 2), and every other Thursday at 6:30 pm at the Michael Klos home (meeting next on May 28--tonight!). Email the leaders . . . David Bernstein ChosenbyGodinChrist@gmail.com , Rodger TracyRodger.Tracy@nwi.net, Michael Klos Michael@Klos.com .
 
Offering Report:
Undesignated Offering on May 24, 2015           $1379.25  
Need Weekly Undesig. to meet 2015 Budget    $1748.94
 
May 2015 Undesignated Receipts through May 24      $7938.95
Needed Monthly Undesig. to meet 2015 Budget         $7578.74
 
Praise the Lord! May the Lord continue to bless us, and lead us into His plans for DRBC in the future!
 
Let us pray for one another. Some of us in the DRBC family are experiencing difficult challenges. And there are wonderful experiences going on as well. Let us "Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep" (Rom 12:15). Let us love one another (John 13:34).
 
Soli Deo Gloria!

This coming weekend is Memorial Day weekend. As our nation remembers those who died in service to our country, let us remember how important it is to make the gospel clear to everyone, since every human is accountable to Him who claims, "I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades" (Revelation 17b-18). It is right that we remember those who died in service of our well-being. It is essential that we worship and obey our King Jesus, who is the Sovereign Lord Who decides who lives and who dies. It is crucial that we remember that the Lord Jesus has conquered death, hell, and the grave! 

As we continue our journey through Romans in the Sunday Morning sermons, let us learn the lessons given to us in Romans 9 - 11. The first 8 verses of chapter 9 give us structure to understand the topic in these three chapters: Paul's Heart (vv 1-3); Israel's Status (4-5, 6b-8); and God's Sovereignty (6a). In preparation for this coming Sunday, reread the post below for preparing for May 17. But especially review the following passages in which the covenants and promises that belong to Israel are found . . . 

Genesis 12:1-3

Deuteronomy 30:5-6

Jeremiah 31:31-40

Jeremiah 32:37-41

Jeremiah 33:4-8

Ezekiel 11:17-20

Ezekiel 36:24-36

There are many, many other passages in which God makes promises to Israel, but in these that are listed, note exactly what He says He will do.

Note the entire list of what Paul says belongs to the Israelites in Rom 9:4-5.

And certainly note the identification of Christ the Messiah as God over all, blessed forever at the end of verse 5! Jesus is Lord!

I look forward to worship with my brothers and sisters at DRBC this coming Lord's Day!

Soli Deo Gloria!

 

 

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"It is not as though the Word of God has failed" (Rom 9:6)! Praise the Lord! Everything He has promised to do, He will do! Let us take great comfort in that, no matter how trying our circumstances.
 
Just some reminders . . . 
 
May 31 is the day scheduled for the Congregational Vote on regarding David Bernstein as an Elder at DRBC. I encourage all of us to be praying over this as we consider the question of God's Call on David. It is my conviction, after months of prayer, research, and conversations with David, that God is pleased for David to serve us in this particular way. But, I do not consider myself infallible! I would never encourage anyone to violate his/her conscience merely to agree with or support me. So, may we all prayerfully seek the Lord's will. The question we are seeking to answer together is, "What is the Lord's will concerning the matter of David's service as an elder?" May the Lord help us to answer that question accurately!
 
June 7 is the date for our next business meeting. We will have a finance report, affirm messengers to the SBC meeting in Columbus, OH on June 14-17 (Hope and I are available), and vote on potential new members. I plan to announce the time of that meeting by this coming Lord's Day.
 
Sword School this week will cover questions 44 and 45. Here is the link . . .  
 
Please be in prayer for children and youth ministry at DRBC, as well as future Sunday morning Bible study. We do plan to resume the Bible study classes soon. We are working to get the proper childcare policy in place, both for the service time, and for the Bible study time. This includes how DRBC can encourage and supplement Deuteronomy 6:4-7 in our households. Let's ask the Lord to guide us into ministry to all of our households (whether there are 1 or 11 in the home), families, youth, children, senior adults, young adults, middle age adults . . . and everybody else! Remember, our small groups are our primary effort toward this. I encourage everyone to be involved in a small group. But we want to use the hour before our service on Sunday morning well, including Bible study to minister to everyone. May the Lord's will be done.
 
Offering Report:
May 17 Undesignated Receipts   $2214.39
 
Weekly Undesignated Receipts needed for 2015 Budget  $1748.94
 
 
 
Total Undesignated Receipts May 2015 (May 3, 10, 17) $6569.70
 
Monthly Undesignated Receipts needed for 2015 Budget  $7578.74
 
 
Soli Deo Gloria!