Pastor’s Notes – Bulletin for August 6

Dr. J. C. Joiner

Dr. J. C. Joiner

August 6, 2017

Legalism? or True Holiness?

A legalist is the term frequently used by moderates and progressives to describe a separatist Baptist who is zealous for pure Bible doctrines and desire to maintain holy standards of living in this perverse generation. The popular “free-thinking” attitude of neo-evangelicals was expressed at a “Christian” rock concert called Greenbelt ‘83: “We don’t believe in a fundamentalist approach. We don’t set ground rules. Our teaching is non-directive. We want people to make their own choices.”  One who believes in rules and direction and the teaching of doctrine is called a Pharisee. Thus, “Pharisee” and “legalist” have been the unscriptural mind-set labels given to genuine Bible believers.

A correction is appropriate. The Pharisee’s error was not his love for the truth and his zeal for Bible righteousness. The Pharisee did not love the truth; he loved his tradition [Matt. 15:1-9].  If the Pharisee had loved the truth, he would have loved Jesus Christ [John 8:47]. The Pharisee did not love Bible righteousness; he loved his self-righteousness [Luke 18:9-14]. The Pharisee did not have a zeal for God; he had a zeal for his own false religion [Matt. 23:15]. 

To call a fundamental Bible believer who is saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, who loves the Word of God, who wants to obey the Lord in his daily walk, a “Pharisee,” or a ‘legalist” is evil and untrue slander!

Biblical grace teaches men to “deny ungodliness and worldly lusts.”

Contrast this culture’s hatred of biblical absolutes and separation with what the Bible declares is “true holiness.”  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee [Titus 2:11-15]. After all, our Lord linked “love” with rules keeping … If ye love me, keep my commandments [John 14:15].

Grace does not grant liberty or license to do as we please in fleshly pursuits. Biblical grace teaches men to “deny ungodliness and worldly lusts.” Any definition of grace which does not produce separation from moral license and does not insist on the obligation to faithful service, is unscriptural.

AWANA Leadership meeting

Saturday August 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

First AWANA Club meeting – Wednesday, August 23 6:30 – 8:00 PM

The Cool Class

Wednesdays at 6:30 PM – Preschool thru 6th Grade

Taught and supervised by the Couples for Christ Class

Each Wednesday evening until AWANA starts.

Coming Events:

Wednesdays at 7:00 PM – Regular Mid-Week Service

Saturdays at 9:30 AM Visitation

Saturday, August 26 at 7:00 AM – Men’s Prayer Breakfast

Thursday, August 31 at 6:00 PM – Teachers and Workers Banquet

Tuesday, September 19 at 11:30 AM – Senior (55+) Potluck Luncheon

October 8-11 – Ron Comfort Evangelistic Campaign

December 7 at 6:00 PM – Christmas Banquet (Dave McCracken)

GOOD USED CLOTHING

Dawn Davis and Helen Vosburgh are collecting clothing of all sizes for all ages. The clothing should be clean and in good shape. Distribution will probably be on a Saturday in August or September. Everyone will be welcome to participate.

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Note: We haven’t received enough children’s clothing. We especially would like to see much more good clothing for children of all ages.

RU Recovery Program

RU Meets Fridays at 7 PM / Sundays at 9:30 AM – Everyone is welcome. We especially need a van driver for Friday nights.

RU has a great curriculum for the study of the fruit of the Spirit and fruits of righteousness: An RU Definition from our curriculum: Sincerity is freedom from deceit and duplicity; transparently living Christ’. — Come join us!

FOOD BANK

After each service, we make available to families in need of a bag of non-perishable groceries (limited to one bag per month). To help us keep our pantry stocked we welcome you to bring in non-perishable items. We do not need any vegetables at this time. We are short on peanut butter and canned meats such as tuna, chicken, Vienna sausage, spam, etc. Please bring your items to the front foyer and let an usher know. Richard and Judy Sabin oversee this ministry.

Please look at the expiration dates. We cannot give out expired food items.

New Testament Baptist Church

FOR 58 YEARS … PREACHING the BIBLE

                                    … the WHOLE BIBLE

                                                    … and NOTHING but the BIBLE!

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, RU (Ph. 248-5216)

Ron@ntbctucson.org

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

Wednesday Services at 7 PM

(VBS & Youth Ministries at 6:45 PM)

RU: Fridays at 7 PM

Visitation: Saturdays at 9:30 AM

After each service, audio is available on our web site:

www.ntbctucson.com

 

 

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