Pastor’s Notes – Bulletin for March 8

Dr J. C. Joiner 2March 8, 2015

NTBC Theme for 2015

Keep Faith Pristine In Twenty Fifteen”

‘Keep Faith Pristine in Twenty Fifteen’ is based on 2 Timothy 4:7I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.  

To keep the faith” is to claim the promises in God’s Word and apply them to my particular problems. “To keep the faith” is confidence in God’s faithfulness to me in an uncertain world, on an uncharted course, through an unknown future.

Reformers Unanimous

Ten Principles

The following principles were developed by Steven Curington from the Bible to help those struggling with sin to have victory, especially over stubborn habits. Meditating on these principles and verses from the Scriptures can help all of us overcome sin in our lives. Many of our students each have a favorite principle that has helped them overcome a stubborn habit. Note that pride, apathy, anger, some forms of depression and a bitter spirit, etc. may also be stubborn habits. Please read through these principles. Maybe one of them will help you be an overcomer.

  1. If God’s against it, so am I! Gal 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
  2. Every sin has its origin in our hearts. Prov 4:23 reads, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
  3. It is easier to keep the heart clean than to clean it after it has been defiled. Prov 22:3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. Prov 6:27-28  Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?  Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
  4. We cannot fight a fleshly appetite by indulging in it. Ecclesiastes 5:10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.
  5. Small compromises lead to great disasters. (Otherwise known as little sins lead to big sins) Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
  6. Those who do not love the Lord will not help us serve the Lord John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
  7. Our sinful habits do hurt those who follow us. Romans 14:7 says…For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
  8. It is not possible to fight a fleshly temptation with fleshly weapons. II Corinthians 10:3-5 says…For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every though to the obedience of Christ. I John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
  9. We lose our freedom to choose when we give in to temptation. Our consequences are inevitable and incalculable and up to God. Proverbs 20:17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.  9:17-18 indicates that …Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.  But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell. Prov. 5:21 says…For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
  10. God balances guilt with blame. Accept the blame for your actions and god will remove the guilt. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

REFORMERS UNANIMOUS

Meets Friday nights from 7 – 9:30 PM

Sundays at 9:30 AM

Today’s bulletin emphasizes a program that has been a great blessing to our church. RU has been a ministry of New Testament Baptist Church since 2006. RU is dedicated to winning the lost to Christ and helping Christians grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through its curriculum, teaching, small groups, service, etc.

Besides the ten principles, another major study that RU does is that of the fruits of the Spirit. Many businesses and government agencies today spend a lot of time and money investing in their people to develop their Interpersonal Communication Skills (IPC). God has giving us through the Holy Spirit and through the Word of God skills that will better help us communicate with God and others. These are the fruits of the Spirit. It is important that we put time and effort into letting God develop these fruits in our lives.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 Coming Events:

  • March 21 at noon – Memorial service for Joshua Sawtelle
  • March 29 – Anniversary Sunday – 56 Years
  • March 29 at 6:00 PM – Fifth Sunday Fellowship (Potluck)
    • This potluck will be part of our 56th Anniversary celebration. We would like for all of our church family to be present for this. The church will be providing the refreshments and desserts.
  • Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 PM – The Lord’s Supper (No Wed. PM Service)
  • April 5 – Easter Sunday
  • April 10th and 11th – Ladies’ Retreat in Phoenix
  • April 16th, 17th, and 18th – Men’s Advance in Fort Thomas
  • May 31 – Dr. Lou Baldwin: Crossroads Baptist Church (Virginia); Conference on Evangelizing Black America (COEBA)
  • June 1-2 – AIBF Church Planters Conference; Dr. Lou Baldwin
  • June 15-19 – Senior Camp / July 6-10 – Junior Camp

TONIGHT AT 6:00 pm

Be here tonight at 6 PM to hear the Word of God preached.

The children are practicing for a drama called Colby’s Missing Memory.


Gospel Tracts

We have an assortment of Gospel tracts in the foyers. Please pick up some to distribute this week. We have a nice ‘Thank You’ tract to leave with your tip when you are eating in a restaurant.

 

NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH

FOR 56 YEARS …

                                PREACHING the BIBLE

                                                … the WHOLE BIBLE

                                                                … and NOTHING but the BIBLE!

 

NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH

2855 N. Craycroft Rd. Tucson, AZ  85712

Church Office Phone: 327-5938

Dr. J. C. Joiner, Pastor

Pastor@ntbctucson.org

Rev. Carroll Frankland, Assoc. Pastor

Carroll@ntbctucson.org

Jamie Frankland, Children / Activities Coordinator

Jacque Joiner, Ladies Ministries

Ron Cox, Reformers Unanimous (Ph. 248-5216)

Ron@ntbctucson.org

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Sunday Services at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, & 6 PM

Wednesday Services at 7 PM

(AWANA & Youth Ministries at 6:30 PM)

Ladies Bible Study: Thursdays at 10 AM

Reformer Unanimous: Fridays at 7 PM

Visitation: Saturdays at 9:30 AM

After each service, audio is available

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