Sermon Recap: AUTHORITATIVE RULE OF FAITH AND CONDUCT based on Psalm 1:1-3, 119:11, 105; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Last Sunday, we explored what it means to say the Word of God is inspired and infallible. The Bible is the authoritative Word of God that never fails. We all have access to the Word; unfortunately, too many who call themselves Christians all around the world leave it on the shelf. According to a recent Barna study, only 11% who regularly attend church and identify as Christians in a survey reported reading the Bible more than once a week! In addition, the average respondent only had committed three verses to memory: John 3:16, Genesis 1:1, and John 11:35 (Jesus wept).

The Bible tells us that God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Pet 1:3). Everything we need to live a prosperous and successful spiritual life is contained in the Word. The enemy does not want us accessing it because when we do, we will find freedom, and the deception plaguing our land will be exposed. How can the Bible benefit us? Here are just a few ways:

  1. To light our path (Psalm 119:105). When we cannot see the way to go, God’s Word is our light, showing us the way of God and exposing darkness.
  1. To teach us the right way (2 Tim 3:16). The Bible is good for doctrine, or that which is steady, anchored truth. The Bible is clear on God’s stand on various positions and topics.
  1. To train us in the ways of righteousness (2 Tim 3:16). We can know not just what is God’s position (doctrine), but how to live. The Bible can serve as our guide for healthy living.
  1. To keep us from falling into sin (Psalm 119:11). The more we spend time in God’s Word and learn God’s Word, the more we give the Holy Spirit to combat the enemy in seasons of temptation.
  1. To reveal unhealthy influences (Psalm 1:1). Not everyone we surround ourselves with is healthy. Those who are healthy will live by the Word; those who are not will try to refute it, ignore it, or dismiss it.
  1. To correct us when we go astray (2 Tim 3:16). The Word serves as an alignment adjustment, pointing out where we need adjustment to get back on track with our walk with God.
  1. To rebuke our wrong attitudes and beliefs (2 Tim 3:16). When we have a hard heart, the Word is sometimes a sledgehammer of conviction, revealing our impure thoughts and motives.
  1. To discern what is right and wrong (Heb 4:12). The Word cuts through anything and can test the authenticity, as well as the motives and spirituality. If we run everything we do through the filter of the Word first, we wouldn’t be in so much trouble!
  1. To utilize as our weapon in the battle (Heb 4:12). Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the forces of darkness. The Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit, used to cut through all lies and reveal God’s truth. When we regularly handle the Word, we have something to stop Satan’s destruction!

How can we grow in the Word and access these things? We do so by taking time to meditate on the Word (Psalm 1:2), reading it regularly, and keeping it in the forefront of our minds. We do so by memorization (Psalm 119:11), putting it deep in our hearts so we have that weapon available to keep us from sin in seasons of temptation. We do so also by living by its guidance (Psalm 1:3). The one who lives according to the Word is like a tree planted by the water that bears fruit. It is a life filled with blessings. What will we do with the Word?

Questions for Reflection

1) How much time do you spend with the Word weekly?

2) How many verses have you committed to memory? Which one is your favorite?

3) What promise of God do you cling to the most?

4) Why is it hard for us to receive corrections or rebuke?

5) How well do you live by the Word’s guidance? How can you improve over the next month?

Upcoming Service

Next Sunday is the third Sunday of Lent. Pastor Ryan will begin a focused study on Jesus with the sermon titled, “Son of God,” based on Matthew 14:22-33, 27:54, and Romans 5:10. Why is the divinity of Christ foundational for belief? How should it impact our lives? Come visit or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for February 27 – March 4

February 28: 1 Samuel 17:41-51 What does this passage teach us about God?

February 29: 2 Samuel 6:1-15 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 1: 2 Samuel 7:1-16 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 2: 2 Samuel 12:1-25 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 3: 2 Samuel 22:2-16 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 4: 2 Samuel 22:17-30 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Sunday, March 3–First Sunday Breakfast @ 9:15 am

Sunday, March 3–First Sunday offering–Bridgewater & Stokesville Food Pantry

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, March 16–Progressive Hearts

Saturday, March 23–Youth Easter Eggs

Sunday, March 24–Love Feast

Date TBD–Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 30–Men’s Fellowship @ Thomas House, 7:15 am

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

Sunday, March 31–Easter Sunday

VERSE OF THE MONTH!

Every month we will feature a verse. The goal is for the entire church to learn this verse for the month so we grow in our memorized Bible knowledge. The verse of the month of March is Hebrews 4:16:

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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 NOT meet this Sunday, March 3. It will resume Sunday, March 10.

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 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)

Denny Miller (recovery)

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 27, 2024