From Acorns to Oak Trees

September 23, 2016

Good Morning Church,

“Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may His name be renowned in Israel”[1] and throughout all the earth through your life today! What a blessing it is to be a child of the King, and what confidence we have amidst chaos knowing that no matter what we may face today, God is there working in, through, and over all things for His ultimate glory and your final good.[2] I pray you will find rest even in these times of unrest in our country from the undeniable fact that our heavenly Father is your sovereign protector and sufficient provider.[3] Never forget that if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you are held personally, intimately, and securely in the hand of your Savior while at the same time being covered by the gentle, powerful, and providential hand of Almighty God![4] Nothing can, and no one ever will be able to, separate us from the never-ending love of our Lord,[5] and this truth stands firm no matter how fierce the storms of life may get.[6]

How thankful I am for the solid leadership of our elders last Sunday and for their compassionate, consistent, and clear commitment to shepherding you in and according to the Scriptures.[7] What joy it is for me to be a part of this leadership team as I seek to encourage, equip, and edify these men as we seek to lead you in the ways of the Lord. Paul Milbourne and I had a wonderful time worshipping last Sunday at Hope Bible Church, and we are excited for our growing partnership with this faithful body of believers. One of the immediate blessings of fellowshipping together with this like-minded church is the opportunity to attend and enjoy the upcoming “Holiness” conference. I am confident this will be a wonderful time for all who participate as we take one Saturday (October 22nd) and come together to encourage one another in our primary pursuit of God given purity! What a blessing it will be to sit and worship, fellowship, pray, sing, read, and hear from God’s Word in order to strengthen each other as we seek to strive after holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.[8] If you have any questions about attending this event, which is open to our whole church, you can speak to me personally, or you can visit this website where you can find out all the details including cost, times, location, and conference schedule. I look forward to spending this time together with many of you as we seek to grow together in the grace and knowledge of our Lord![9]

From Acorns to Oak Trees

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Our study in Colossians has lead us to see how the Lordship of Jesus Christ guides, directs, and totally impacts everything including the home of believers.[10] Thus, when you submit your life to Christ as Lord at salvation,[11] it radically transforms your life,[12] including your relationships.[13] Therefore, when Christ is Lord of the home, it will reveal a wife’s submission and husband’s love.[14] Yet, the divine impact of living life in light of who Christ is and what Christ has done will not only guard and guide the marriage, but it also impacts the critical relationship between children and parents.[15] So this week we will be considering how the Lordship of Jesus Christ reveals a child’s obedience and directs the parental guidance and discipline of the home. What is the true meaning of obedience in the life of a child, and what is the ultimate motivating factor behind this all-encompassing command? What does it mean to provoke or exasperate your children, and how do parents practically guard against this disastrous reality? What is God’s ultimate purpose for children, and what is God doing in the life of a parent and a home when He blesses them with children?

Well, we will grapple with all of these crucial questions on Sunday, which flow directly from our text this week (Col 3:20-21), as we consider the awesome task of seeing little acorns become mighty oak trees. I look forward to seeing you and worshipping with you this coming Lord’s day as we lift our voices and our very lives to our great God who is Lord of all that ever was, all that is, and all that will ever be![16] May His name be praised this day and every day through all that you do!

A Fellow Slave of the King,

Pastor Matt

 

 

 

[1] Ruth 4:14

[2] Rom 8:28

[3] Isa 41:10

[4] John 10:29

[5] Rom 8:37-39

[6] Lam 3:21-24

[7] Acts 20:32; 2 Tim 3:14-17

[8] Heb 12:14

[9] 2 Pet 3:18

[10] Col 3:1-4:1

[11] Rom 10:9-10

[12] 2 Cor 5:14-17

[13] Eph 5:22-6:4

[14] Col 3:18-19

[15] Col 3:20-21

[16] Rev 22:13

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