Isn't it wonderful to live in the reality of the Glory of God! The knowledge that our Creator (Who is far beyond and above us in His essence) is present with us as the Source, Sustainer, and End of all things is the greatest possible encouragement! Every circumstance we face is under His control and is a tool of God for bringing about His plan--which is His glory and our good (Rom 8:28-29)! Praise the Lord! Let's live out the reality of this wonderful Truth with joy!
This coming Lord's day, our Fundamentals of the Faith
class, led by Michael Klos, will be from lesson 2 in the workbooks. So, by this coming Sunday at 9:15 am, let's have listened to the sermon associated with the lesson, "How to Study the Scripture" by John MacArthur. You can find the sermon audio and transcript at http://www.gty.org/fof
. I encourage everyone to go through this course over the basic doctrines of Christianity, including our youth, but preschool through 6th grade have a class called Generations of Grace available for them, led by Hope Waldrop, Jennee Klos, and Cindy Voorhis.
I encourage you to take advantage of the small groups and men's/women's groups that are meeting at DRBC. The men's group meeting on Tuesdays at 6:30 am is currently studying the topic, "How to Study the Bible." It has been a helpful study! There is another opportunity for men on Saturday mornings at 9 am at the building (but the group is not meeting this coming Saturday, Oct 3), covering church history, an informative study. On Saturday, October 17, there will be a men's breakfast at 9 am, after which Kenneth Priest from the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention will address the men concerning leadership.
The ladies also have multiple opportunities, with a Tuesday study called "Cookies on the Lower Shelf: Putting Bible Reading within Reach," led by Shirley Brown, 10 am to Noon, a study on the book of James on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month led by Marcy Klos at her home, and a Friday evening study (through November 16) on Faith at the building at 6:30 pm led by Aurora Bernstein.
Beginning last Sunday and over the next 4 Sundays, we plan to briefly cover each of the 5 Solas of the Reformation (sola is a Latin term that means only or alone--I think the plural would actually be solae in Latin). The last Sunday in October is Reformation Sunday, on which day it is appropriate to thank the Lord for the emphasis on the gospel that the Protestant Reformation brought about. The 5 Solas are 5 Latin phrases that summarize the doctrinal emphases of the Reformation. The Reformation was a response to the doctrinal emphases and practical outworking of these in the Roman Catholic Church. Each of these is meant to summarize the Word of God on the stated subject, as against what had become the norm in the Roman Catholic Church. The 5 Solas are . . .
Sola Scriptura -- Scripture alone is our authority for faith and practice.
Sola Gratia -- Salvation is by grace alone.
Sola Fide -- Salvation is through faith alone.
Solus Christus -- Salvation is in Christ alone as the object of saving faith.
Soli Deo Gloria -- All of this is to the Glory of God Alone!
This coming Lord's Day, we will hear a brief presentation from Jim Bonney on Sola Gratia. I look forward to hearing about the grace of God!
We have received close to 100 boxes of children's ministry supplies from many different Southern Baptist churches from 17 states (at last count) through the Christmas in August missions support program of the Girls in Action classes in these churches. Wow! Marcy Klos has provided leadership in getting these supplies sorted for use. Anyone interested in helping with the sorting and cataloging these gifts, please contact Hope or Marcy. I plan to spend some time even today getting the boxes from my house to the church building.
A great opportunity to invest in gospel ministry in Utah and Idaho is the York-Dillman State Missions Offering for the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention. DRBC has benefited from funds from this offering through assistance with ministry events. I encourage you to contribute to this offering. We will be taking it up through the end of October.
We have baby bottles on the table near the door of the church building that you can take and fill up with coins to benefit the Hope Pregnancy Care Center. I love ministries like this, because they represent action that can be taken in opposition to abortion. It is right to stand against abortion, but the appropriate complement to that is gospel based ministry to those who might consider abortion. This will culminate with the Steps for Hope event, October 22, 2015 at Tonaquint Park 600 West Dixie Drive, St. George from 5:00-7:15 p.m. The theme is Abundant Life.
Finally, we plan to have a meeting for those involved in or interested in serving as ushers/greeters. This meeting is scheduled for this coming Sunday, October 4, about 10 minutes after the service is over. Jim Bonney provides leadership for us in this area, so see him or me if you have questions.
Soli Deo Gloria!