Brothers and sisters,
Happy Monday to all! It was great to be with all of you yesterday to worship our Lord, who is always good to us and greater than we can imagine. From John 12, we thought about Jesus’ coming glorification through His crucifixion in our place and His resurrection to never die again. By His crucifixion, Jesus was the seed that fell to the ground and died for us. That seed of Jesus’ crucifixion bears the fruit of eternal life for men, women, boys, and girls from every tribe, language, people, and nation who will receive and follow Him. We learned Jesus calls us to find real life by dying to ourselves, following Him, and living for the glory of God. Just as Jesus died in our place, so we die to ourselves and live for Him. We seek for the mission of our lives to be bringing glory to God just as this was the mission of Jesus’ life. Real life is not found inwardly by looking inside ourselves, but outwardly by dying to ourselves and finding life in living for Jesus.
I want to thank Jason Donaldson for preaching when I was gone last week. If you missed last week, you should look on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3rJ-oFvSS-9W-iWf6Wcvnw) and listen to Jason’s insightful message from God’s Word.
Put Sunday, August 29, on your calendar. We will be having a church-wide fellowship on that day. It is likely we will be having another Sunday evening picnic at 6:00 PM. Details will come later.
Remember to keep praying continually for each other.
Love being your pastor,
Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church