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Pastor of Grace Bible Fellowship, Gunter Texas Teach the Word. Love people. Pray for the Spirit to move. I am not ashamed of the gospel... Romans 1:16 I'm just a common man who is true to his beliefs. -John Wooden Twitter: @RoyLayman

Raising our view of God…TONIGHT

The struggle behind so many of our struggles, or the thing that is compounding the pain we’re going through, is a low view/understanding of God.

AW Tozer said: “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

He’s right! He also said: “Without doubt, the mightiest thought the mind can entertain is the thought of God, and the weightest word in any language is its word for God.”

There are so many ways to raise our view of God, but here a few simple ways to elevate your view of God TONIGHT:

1. Recite/write out your own story of how God brought you to faith in Christ

2. Read Psalm 115 out loud and write down a responsive prayer to God

3. Check out the names of God and their meanings assembled by Tony Evans here: https://tonyevans.org/praying-and-pronouncing-the-names-of-god/

4. Pray out loud, and thank God for every way He has provided for you.

5. Confess your sins. Use Psalm 51 to get you started, then Psalm 32 afterwards.

6. Rewrite Colossians 1:15-20 in your own words

7. Look at one of the beauties of creation that stirs your heart like a sunset, stars, or maybe a family picture, or a child sleeping peacefully. The read Psalm 8 and/or 139.

#LookUp

The Work of Christ

“All this world’s religions are based on human achievement. Biblical Christianity alone recognizes divine accomplishment—the work of Christ on humankind’s behalf—as the sole basis of salvation. Christ’s death on the cross paid the price of our sin (1 Cor. 15: 3), and His resurrection revealed that He had conquered death (v. 20). Salvation is not a merit system in which people can earn favor with God. No one could ever do enough good works to gain acceptance by God (Rom. 3: 10–18). Even the law of Moses did not make people righteous; it was given to show how sinful and disobedient we really are (v. 20)…God through His grace imputes to believers the righteousness of Christ (vv. 21–24). On that basis alone they can stand before Him.” -John MacArthur, The Gospel According To Jesus

A joyful purpose…

For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21
I feel like I have only begun to scratch the surface of the powerful implications of Paul’s example given to us in this verse! Paul’s singular purpose was God’s glory in Christ Jesus! For Paul, LIVING meant making Jesus Christ known, and that was his JOY. But also, DYING for Christ’s sake, would mean being in the Lord’s presence where there is fullness of JOY for all eternity. If we follow Paul’s example, and let his purpose become ours, then wether we live, or die, we have an unshakable JOY-FILLED outlook on life. 
At the end of the service yesterday, I challenged each of you to write out your personal testimony in the back of your Bible. I didn’t give much help on how to do that, so I wanted to share a helpful post on the subject. Click below for some tips on ‘How To Share Your Story.’ 
Also, here are some pictures from yesterday’s message that might bring to mind some of the teaching. 

I hope and pray that you all have a Christ-centered, God-glorifying week!

Blessings,
Roy

His Glory, Our Joy

Hey Church family! 

Last Sunday we began a new series ‘Philippians, His Glory, Our Joy.’ I hope and pray you left our worship time encouraged to live for God’s glory in Christ Jesus and experience the true JOY that comes with that. Many of us found this first message in Philippians to be an occasion to repent of our joylessness and trying to find joy in the wrong things. As we said yesterday, JOY IS THE FLAG THAT FLIES ON THE CASTLE OF THE HEART WHEN THE KING IS IN RESIDENCE THERE. 

Tomorrow we’ll be looking at Philippians 1:12-26. Please be encouraged to read ahead and note any observations you may have. Maybe the most notable verse in this passage is Philippians 1:21 where Paul says,  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. What a powerful statement!!! We’ll definitely take a close look at that on Sunday!

Also, check out this blogpost that goes right along with our current series on JOY: 

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/why-are-so-many-christians-unhappy

Grace and peace,

Roy

Map…

What’s up church? Sorry to nerd out on y’all like this 😅, but I thought this might interest some of you. As most of y’all know we are staring a series in Philippians this Sunday. If you haven’t seen it before, this little map can help you to better understand where the city of Philippi is located, and also where it is in proximity to some other cities/areas found in the Bible. The bottom right corner is Nazareth, Samaria, Judea, Jerusalem — you recognize those from Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and the beginning of Acts. Then you can see names/locations for Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Corinthians, 1&2 Thessalonians, Romans. That’s just the tip of the iceberg of references to Bible places. Anyway, I thought this might help bring Philippians and some of the Bible to life for some of us. Most Bibles have maps in the back, but we seldom make use them, but they’re there to teach and remind us that the events of the Bible happened in REAL places and time.

Ok, I’m done geeking out. Blessings, roy.

New Sermon Series!

Hey church family! Yesterday we wrapped up our ‘Better Together’ series. Next week, we’ll start a new sermon series ‘His Glory, Our Joy’ going verse by verse through the book of Philippians.

Philippians has been referred to as “The epistle of joy” and called “the most joyful book in the Bible” as we find the words joy and rejoicing repeated multiple times throughout its 4 chapters.  

In a world that asks, almost exclusively, what circumstances will make me happy? In our study of Philippians, we want to ask and answer a deeper question, how can I have JOY, in spite of my circumstances?

If you’d like, read through Philippians ahead of time, and maybe highlight or circle all the times you see joy and rejoice.

Love you guys and can’t wait to start this series as we journey toward greater joy in Christ together!

Blessings, 

roy 

(Btw my sweet and talented daughter Trinity made the cool sermon graphic for us 🙂)

Be Killing Sin…

The quote in the pic is from a book I read years ago, ‘The Mortification of Sin’ by John Owen. It had a profound impact on me to say the least. So much so that I named one of my best friends after the author, my dog, Owen. Not even kidding 😂 I could go on and on about the author of the book, but the reality is the book was great because it was biblical and Christ-centered.

This past Sunday’s sermon was on the subject of SIN from Numbers 11:4-20. We talked about the dangers of giving in to sin and how sin wants to enslave us. Sin can be a trap where, like the Israelites in the book of Numbers, we end up ROMANTICIZING and CRAVING sin, then BUILDING A TOLERANCE for it, then falling into DENIAL of it, then falling into a horrible CYCLE where we indulge in sin more and more as a way to try and ease the pain that was actually caused by sin. This is what it looks like to be ENSLAVED by sin.

Often we mistakenly think of sin in terms of few sensational “really bad” actions to avoid. But sin is so much more pervasive than that! Of course, sin is found in our actions but it’s also a power that is at work in all of us. It wants to destroy us, and must be resisted and fought against, every day.

Yesterday we defined sin as: “Craving something more than you crave God. The essence of sin is living for something other than God.” H/T Tim Keller

So our battle against sin isnt just about changing behavior, its about changing our affections and attitudes. About changing our CRAVINGS. It’s about TASTING and SEEING that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8).

The best place to get perspective on sin, is of course, the Word of God. Here are a few passages of Scripture to encourage and better equip us to, by the Spirit, struggle against sin.

Romans 6:11-14

Romans 8:12-15

Colossians 3:5-17

Hebrews 12:3-17

Matthew 5:17-48

Romans 13:13-14

If you are interested in reading The Mortificaiton of Sin by John Owen. You can get it at the link below. Kindle version is just .99 cents and paperback is $7.50.

https://www.amazon.com/Mortification-Sin-John-Owen/dp/1798901196

Love y’all. And more importantly, Jesus loves you, more than you know!

Grace and peace,

Roy