Sermon Recap: INSPIRED AND INFALLIBLE based on Isaiah 40:6-8; 55:10-11; Hebrews 1:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:16-17

We all experience disappointment and failure. I know I was greatly disappointed by the weather forecast this past weekend. They called for several inches of snow, only to wake up to barely a dusting on the grass! All of us experience letdowns, but there is only one thing that will never let us down–God’s Word.

Amos spoke of a day of a famine for the hearing of the Word of the LORD (Amos 8:11-12). We live in a day and time when people have a “form of godliness, but deny its power” (2 Tim 3:5). We also live in a day spoken of by Paul, when people will not listen to sound doctrine, but instead gather around themselves teachers that will speak what their itching ears want to hear, turning aside from the truth of the Word and embracing of myths (2 Tim 4:3-4). From the very beginning, Satan has strived to keep the Word of God out of the hands of humanity or cause humanity to question it. Why? Because the enemy knows the true power of the Word! Without the Word being central in the life of a believer, any individual becomes a sitting duck, and our spiritual growth will be stunted. Why does the enemy attack so hard?

  1. The Word of God is inspired (2 Tim 3:16-17; Heb 1:1-2). First, all scripture is God-breathed (2 Tim 3:16), meaning God’s Spirit is injected into every written Word. The very breath that spoke everything into existence at creation also put everything together in the Bible! That means the Word carries the very authority of God. When we speak and declare the Word, we unlock God’s power and authority in every situation! Anyone who preaches a narrative that is counter to the Word of God is going against God himself! And anyone who tries to change the Word of God is no different than the serpent in the Garden! Second, God is the source of revelation (Heb 1:1). Everything about the Word points to Him. Anything that claims to be the Word but is inconsistent with God’s nature and character is false; that is why all should “test the Spirit” using God’s Word to see if it is truly from God (1 John 4:1). Third, the Son is the Word revealed today (Heb 1:2). If we look to Jesus, the Living Word, we see the truth that is meant to set humanity free. To follow Jesus is to embrace the very words of God and defeat the enemy once and for all. Satan does not want humanity to live in truth or in freedom!
  1. The Word of God is infallible (Isa 40:6-8; 55:10-11). First, God’s Word stands forever (Isa 40:8). The word stand in Hebrew means to be anchored, remain secure, and unmoving. the image is the anchor of a ship deep in the rock bed in the sea. No matter how strong the wind or waves are, the ship will not depart. The same is true with the Word: no matter what storm comes in life, or what humanity might say, or what curveball the enemy might throw at us, the Word of God will never ever change! Second, God’s Word is nourishment for the soul (Isa 55:10). Just as rain and snow provide nourishment for the ground, the same is true with the Word. All of us have a hole that only God and his Word can fill. We can spend our whole lives searching, but we will only find what we need to live and thrive in the Word. Third, God’s Word never fails (Isa 55:11). It has a 100% success rate and is fully guaranteed! Therefore, whatever promises are in the Word of God we can fully collect and claim! The enemy does not want us to hold on to the unfailing promises!

So what can we do with the inspired and infallible Word? We should stand on the Word and allow it to be our anchor, building our whole lives on its pages. We should feast on the Word, having a steady diet of Scripture, for whatever we feed grows, and whatever we starve dies. We should turn to the Word to grow in our understanding of God. Do not just rely on what others say, for there are many who speak falsely or misrepresent the Word. And allow the Word to equip you to live for God. If we are not growing in our faith, the first place to check is our diet!

Questions for Reflection

1) How frequently do you read and study the Word outside of church?

2) How can the Word of God’s authority make a difference in your life?

3) In what area of life are you having difficulty standing? How can the Word of God help?

4) What promise of the Bible is your favorite?

5) Do you examine everything you hear by the Word?

Upcoming Service

Next Sunday is the second Sunday of Lent. Pastor Ryan will continue the study of Scripture with the sermon titled, “Authoritative Rule of Faith and Conduct,” based on Psalm 1:1-3; 119:11; 119:105; Hebrews 4:12; and 2 Timothy 3:16-17. What is the true power of the Bible? How can it guide our living? Come visit or tune in Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for February 20 – 26

February 20: 1 Samuel 2:1-10 What does this passage teach us about God?

February 21: 1 Samuel 2:27-36 What does this passage teach us about God?

February 22: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 What does this passage teach us about God?

February 23: 1 Samuel 5:1-12 What does this passage teach us about God?

February 24: 1 Samuel 8:4-22 What does this passage teach us about God?

February 25: 1 Samuel 15:17-35 What does this passage teach us about God?

February 26: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Wednesday, February 21–Ministry Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Sunday, February 25–Worship Team Meeting @ 12 pm

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, March 3–First Sunday Breakfast & Offering

Sunday, March 24–Love Feast

Sunday, March 31–Easter Sunrise Service @ 7 am; Breakfast to follow

Sunday, March 31–Easter Sunday

YEAR-LONG SERIES

We live in a day and time when our beliefs are challenged. Can we articulate what we believe? For the entirety of 2024, we will be going through a series called the “Foundations of Our Faith.” Each Sunday, we will explore a different key belief or concept that is foundational to Christianity. Each concept will come straight from the Bible. Our first topic will be exploring who God is according to the Bible.

I encourage you through this year to allow these messages to strengthen your faith! The apostle Peter wrote, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Pet 3:15). And Paul wrote, “Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season” (2 Tim 4:2). Our world needs hope. May we, as we deepen our faith together, not only grow in the depth of our knowledge of Jesus but also share that hope in a world that needs it!

Announcements:

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

If you are a newer attendee at Beaver Creek, please call the office with your birthday or leave a note in the offering plate. We don’t want to miss anyone.

Social Media

Beaver Creek has updated its social media page. Please follow and share so many people can see what is happening at Beaver Creek! You can find the pages as follows:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beavercreekchurchva/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCreekChurchVA/

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are in need of both worship leaders and children’s storytellers. Contact Alice Over, Phyllis Simmons (worship leading), or Joscelin Cooper (children’s story) if you want to serve.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH & NURSERY

Children’s Church WILL  meet this Sunday, February 25.

LENT Challenge

Every year during the season of Lent, which starts on Wednesday, Christians around the globe give something up until Easter as a sign of humility and self-sacrifice. For many, the sacrifice is food. This year for Lent, I challenge all of us to give up something for the next forty days. What activity, other than our jobs, prevents us from spending more time with God? Whatever it may be, I challenge you to sacrifice it and use that time to spend time with God instead.

BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP INQUIRY

Are you interested in following the Lord’s example in baptism? Would you like to become a member of the church? If so, please respond to Pastor Ryan or reach out to the church office. We would like to have a baptism/new member ceremony on Pentecost Sunday, and Pastor Ryan would like to have a baptism/new member class in advance of that day. As of this email, there are four possible baptismal candidates and six membership transfers! If you would like to participate, please reach out!

I have also had a few questions:

1) Is there a class? There will be a six-week class right before baptism & membership Sunday (time and location TBD). The class is for all baptismal candidates, as well as membership transfers and reaffirmations. The purpose of the class is simply to make sure that your faith in God is clear and that you know what you are declaring by membership and baptism.

2) What if I was baptized as a child? Can I be baptized again? The choice is yours. Some choose to become baptized again to publicly declare their faith in Jesus, now that they are older and know what they are doing! But the choice is yours!

3) What if I don’t have membership in another church, but I was already baptized? Do I need to become baptized again for membership? No, you do not. If you were already baptized at another church and want to become a member at Beaver Creek, but do not have membership at another church, we can do what is called a reaffirmation of faith. You would publicly take the same vows that new members and baptismal candidates would make.

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for six to eight volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School and church hours. There will be a signup sheet in the back. If you would be willing to volunteer to allow our families to participate in worship, please inform one of the members of the Christian Education team (Theresa Eckard, Scott McAvoy, Becky Whitmore), or sign up on the signup sheet!

Sight & Sound Interest

The Fidelis class is looking at sponsoring a church-wide trip to Sight & Sound in 2024. We should have more information in the coming weeks about a trip. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office and let them know!

Four Ways to Give! 

1) Mail your tithe to the church office

2) Drop it by the church office on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, 9 am – 1 pm

3) Our online giving platform: https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving

4) Place in the offering plate on Sunday!

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Louise Shirkey & Carolyn Wine

Keep Evy Kaye’s friend Mary Beth in your prayers as she is wrestling with cancer.

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Joe Berry (health)

Terri Burkholder (health)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tim Howdyshell (health)

Christy Lazer (health)

Ruth Luce (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Meeta McNett (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Norlen Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (house)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–February 20, 2024