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As we approach the Lord's Day and our corporate worship meeting, let's prepare our hearts. We will be hearing from Jim Bonney a brief presentation on Sola Gratia (Grace Alone), the doctrine that explains that salvation is of the Lord and not by works. This was one of the 5 "solas" of the Reformation, along with Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), Sola Fide (Faith Alone), Solus Christus (Christ Alone), and Soli Deo Gloria (To the Glory of God Alone). Taken together, these slogans that emerged from the 16th Century Protestant Reformation announce the doctrinal reality that Our final authority for faith and practice, Scripture Alone, tells us that salvation is by Grace Alone through Faith Alone in Christ Alone, to the Glory of God Alone! Each of these "solas" represented a doctrinal clash with the Roman Catholic Church. By reading Scripture, the Reformers understood the message of salvation, and called for a return to the Bible. The 5 Solas represent the doctrinal heritage of the Reformation, and I rejoice in that heritage of Truth!
The sermon text is scheduled to be Romans 12:1-2. This represents the application of the doctrinal truths revealed in Romans 1 - 11. Romans 12 - 16 include instruction on how we ought to live in light of the Gospel. As you prepare to worship the Lord with brothers and sisters this coming Sunday, Read over Romans 11:32- 12:2. Note the word "therefore" in Romans 12:1. This attaches the call for obedience to the rich doctrinal truth that Paul had been explaining. Ask yourself if you are purposefully offering your body as a living sacrifice to God. Are you living for His glory or your comfort and well-being? Are you using your body for service to the Lord that is holy and acceptable to Him? Have you ever thought about what the last phrase in Rom 12:2 means . . . "that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect?" Let's prepare for our worship together by considering how our pursuit of transformation through the renewing of our minds rather than conformity to the world results in the experience of accepting as proven the will of God? In other words, obedience will continually confirm God's will for His creation--which Paul had described in Romans 1 - 11! Putting the doctrinal truth of Romans into practice will result in discernment and confirmation of the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God! Praise the Lord!
Sword School questions this week will be 77-79.
Soli Deo Gloria!


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!
I am excited about one more sermon from the "doctrinal" section of Romans. Lord willing, this Sunday I plan to preach from Romans 11:32, which is the summary of the theology of Paul's letter to the Romans. The truth in that statement contains the general framework for a systematic theology that is faithful to the Truth of God's Revelation in the Bible. 
In preparation, look back over the main points of Romans 1 - 11. Consider the theme verses of the book, Romans 1:16-17. Review the flow of thought throughout the chapters leading to Romans 11:32, and consider the following themes: the universality of human sinfulness, justification by faith with Abraham as an example, substitutionary atonement, death in Adam and life in Christ, dead to sin and alive to God, the law and human sinfulness, the life-giving Spirit of God, security and future glory, Gentile pagan heritage and Israel's informed unbelief as consistent with the redemptive plan of God, and God's sovereignty in redeeming a people for Himself! Rejoice that the doctrinal culmination of Romans 1 - 11 is that God might have mercy on all!
We plan to observe the Lord's Supper. Examine yourself in light of God's grace in Christ. Are you living for His glory? Are you living in such a way that unbelieving Israel (or any unbelievers) would be provoked to jealousy by your life? Are your harboring grudges or are you struggling to love any of your brothers and sisters in Christ? Let's all be relentless as we prepare to obey the Lord's command to remember His sacrifice in the observation of the Supper. 
Sword School questions this week are 74-76.
Soli Deo Gloria!

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I praise the Lord for fellowship with His people! This past Labor Day Weekend was a wonderful time of fellowship, both in our worship meeting together and at the picnic on Sunday afternoon. Thank you to everyone who participated. It is clear to me that we need to have events like this more often.

I also rejoice over the beginning of a couple of classes this past Lord's Day. The adults/youth began the Fundamentals of the Faith, and the children got started on Generations of Grace. I am asking all of our adults/youth to go through the Fundamentals class, as this was one of the first studies that we went through when we got to St. George in 2011. So, most of us haven't been through this awesome study on basic Christian doctrine. The first few lessons will be focused on God's special revelation of Truth, the Bible. Michael Klos is leading the class. The Generations of Grace class is led by Hope Waldrop and Jennee Klos. Let's pray for these teachers as they serve for God's glory and our blessing. Last week was introductory, so even if you weren't there, please come this coming Sunday! We are asking for $10 per book for the Fundamentals of the Faith class, but please don't let this be a hindrance.
We are back to handing out DRBC/TrueLife.org cards! This is a great tool for inviting folks to DRBC, and in some cases, can lead to Gospel conversations. The back of each card points folks to TrueLife.org where they can see videos addressing common questions about Christianity. So, let's put the cards in the hands of people who need to hear the Truth of the Gospel! 
This coming Lord's Day, we plan to observe the Lord's Supper, praising God for the salvation accomplished for His people in the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus. The Supper is a powerful testimony to the Gospel, and our obedience in observing it is a tangible connection to brothers and sisters through the centuries going back to the Lord's command, "Do this in remembrance of Me" (Luke 22:19). It is appropriate as we prepare to observe the Lord's Supper together that we examine our hearts, seeking to identify anything that would dishonor the Lord. This includes relationships with others, especially brothers and sisters in Christ. Let's make sure that there is nothing that hinders our worship of the Lord through the Lord's Supper, asking the Lord to bring conviction on us for anything that we need to do to have unhindered fellowship with Him and with one another. 
Please pray for my family as we will be traveling to visit family for a few days. We plan to leave Sunday after the worship service and to return near the end of the next week. David Bernstein will be preaching on September 20, so please pray for him as he prepares to serve in this way.
I hope to see everyone involved in small groups and in men's/women's groups. For small group info, email Rodger Tracy atrodger.tracy@nwi.net or David Bernstein at ChosenbyGodinChrist@gmail.com. David has info regarding men's groups as well. For questions about the Ladies' Group, email Hope Waldrop at mikeandhope94@gmail.com or Marcy Klos at marcy@klos.com
DRBC Offering Report
September 6 Receipts    $4223.00
Weekly Undesignated Receipts needed for 2015 Budget:               $1748.94
Monthly Undesignated Receipts needed for 2015 DRBC Budget:  $7875.74
Soli Deo Gloria!
What a privilege it is each week to experience a taste of eternity as we gather in fellowship to celebrate and worship and reverence our great God! It is a step toward the culmination of that very thing that our Lord instructed us to pray, "Our Father, Who is in Heaven, Hallowed by Your Name!"
This coming Lord's Day I look forward to preaching from the verses that are the climactic conclusion of Paul's flow of thought in Romans 9 - 11 in which He makes the claim that, even in light of Israel's unbelief, the Word of God has not failed. In other words, God is doing what He as always purposed to do. The Gentile pagan heritage is no obstacle to God in redeeming Gentiles for Himself. The unbelief of the majority of ethnic Israel is no obstacle to God in redeeming all Israel for Himself. God's glory is the goal of all of this . . . any other goal would essentially be idolatry!
In order to prepare for thinking deeply about what God is telling us in Romans 11:26-32, consider the importance of the phrase, "as it is written." Paul is claiming correspondence between his explanation of the mystery of Israel's unbelief/Gentile salvation/Israel's salvation and the God-inspired prophetic Scripture. He cites Isaiah 59:20-21 with a likely allusion to Isaiah 27:9 and Jeremiah 31:31-40. He certainly references the New Covenant in his citation of OT Scripture, and it thus behooves us to look to what has been written about the New Covenant in the OT. That is Paul's point in his entire flow of logic in Romans 9 - 11: that what is happening has already been purposed by God and has already been proclaimed by God's prophets! So it is in keeping with the pattern of this section of Romans, even the entire book of Romans (and for that matter, Paul's ministry pattern in general) to consult the Law, Prophets, and Writings (OT) to see what God has said. Also, read Acts 3:19-21 and note that Peter, speaking to the "men of Israel" also claimed that what was happening was perfectly in accord with what has been written in the OT. So, in preparation, read New Covenant passages from the OT (some of these passages do not contain the word covenant, but they clearly contain New Covenant promises when compared with Jeremiah 31:31-40): Deut 30:1-6; Ezekiel 11:14-21; 36; 37; Jer 32:36-44; 33:1-26. What are the details? What does God say He is going to do? What does it mean for Paul to claim that God will save all Israel, "as it is written?"
At the end of the passage, verse 32 at least gives a partial yet essential answer to the question of evil! Why did God create angels/people that He knew would rebel against Him? "For God has consigned all to disobedience, that He may have mercy on all (all here cannot possibly mean every individual, but instead means both Jews and Gentiles)" (Romans 11:32). "That He may have mercy on all!" Everything in the history of Israel and the Gentile nations has been for the purpose "that He may have mercy on all!" 
As we prepare for worship and fellowship, let us make sure that our hearts are clear toward the Lord and toward one another. If you need to go to a brother or sister to get something cleared up, do so for the glory of God. It is a tremendous victory for us as God's people when that happens. I can say with a clear conscience that I love God and I love all of you. I make mistakes, but that doesn't change the fact that I love God and I love all of you! Let's love God and one another! Since this is God's will, that means that we are the only obstacles that would prevent this from happening. May the Lord draw us irresistibly into love for Him and one another! Soli Deo Gloria!
Sword School this week is over questions 72 and 73.
Soli Deo Gloria!

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We have big plans for this coming Lord's Day! Classes beginning and our Labor Day weekend BBQ--great opportunities for fellowship around the Truth of God's Word.
The Fundamentals of the Faith class will start this coming Sunday, Sept 6 at 9:15 am. We have books for the study, and are asking for $10 from each student for the cost of the book. But please don't let that stop you from taking the class! Michael Klos is leading this study of basic Bible doctrine, and Collin Day and I will be substitutes. This first meeting will be an Introduction to the study, and then the next week will start on the first lesson in the book. I encourage all adults and youth to go through this study.
This coming Sunday, we will have TrueLife.org cards for you. These cards have DRBC info on one side, and TrueLife.org in the other side. They are great for using as invitation cards to DRBC, and the website has lots of videos that answer common questions that often arise from non-Christians regarding Christianity. We have used these before, and I think they will once again help us as we strive to boldly make the gospel clear!
For the younger kids, we will offer classes using the Generations of Grace curriculum. Hope Waldrop and Jennee Klos will be leading.
The DRBC Labor Day weekend celebration will be on Sunday at 4:30 pm at Highland Park in Washington. Information for this event can be found by clicking here. I look forward to this time of fellowship at the park.
For the youth, the Connect 180 fellowship will be at 6:30 pm at the Narrows. So, you can get in on the fun at the park, and then head over for further fellowship at the Narrows Church!
DRBC Offering Report (thank you, Amanda Taylor!):
August 30
Designated:  60 (tshirts), 20 (books)
Undesignated: 1899.16
Total: 1979.16
Total Designated in August:      290.00
Total Undesignated in August: 9498.91
Total: 9788.91
Weekly Undesignated Receipts needed for 2015 Budget:               $1748.94
Monthly Undesignated Receipts needed for 2015 DRBC Budget:  $7875.74
Soli Deo Gloria!
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!
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!