Calvary Chronicle

Calvary Independent Baptist Church

January 18, 2015

God's Church - The Pillar and Ground of the Truth


We thank you for visiting with us today. We are a church that is Baptist in doctrine, in other words we take what we believe from the Bible, and we try to teach and preach only what the Bible declares. If you would like to learn more about us please ask or look up our church web-site:

Prayer Requests: 

Brother Seth Stewart – Diabetes.

Sister Ethel Moore – Leg and knee problems.

Sister Willi Berg – Treatment for Cancer.

Brother Steve Kjeldgaard – Leukemia, Knee Surgery

Brother Bill Asmundson – Leukemia, Graves, AFIB.


Nursery Workers – Sisters Rosemary & Marah.

Music Next Week – Mixed Trio.

Family Camp – July 27-August 1st.

Next Men’s Prayer Meeting – February 1st.

Next Fellowship Sunday – February 15th.

Outside of the Lord life is a ... very treacherous ordeal. Proverbs teaches this when its author, Solomon, writes: “the way of transgressors is hard” (Prov. 13:15). Of course, the Christian life is hard too, but it is hard in another way, in a way that is at least bearable and purposeful. Christians can lay hold of the meaning and purpose and grace of suffering and truly believe that all things, even the evil ones, “work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). A life outside of Christ is both hard and frightening; a life in Christ has hard edges and dark valleys, but it is purposeful even when painful. – R. Butterfield

You can’t steer a parked car. If you want to turn your life around, you’ve got to get moving. – K. Smith


Sunday School – 10:00 a.m. – “Demons”

Morning Service – 11:00 a.m. – “Fools as well as Hypocrites”

Afternoon Service – 2:00 p.m. – “Ostentatious Profanity”

Wednesday Service – 7:00 p.m.

Memory Verse:

     This week: Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” (Galatians 3:13).

     Next week:Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8).

In 1845, Spence Cone ... pastor of the First Baptist Church of New York City, issued a letter to fellow Baptist preachers stating, "In my opinion, valid baptism could only be administered by a duly authorized minister.... the regular Baptist Churches of England and the United States' had long held the same sentiments .... "The First Baptist Church in this city, of which I am pastor, was founded in 1745, and as the Bible has not changed, she still adheres to her original confession of faith. The article on baptism closes thus: 'That nothing is a scriptural administration of baptism, but a total immersion of the subject in water in the name of the Holy Trinity, by a man duly authorized to administer gospel ordinances.' (Matthew 28: 19-20, Acts 2:40- 42). The action of this church for 100 years has been to reject as invalid baptism administered by an 'unimmersed administrator."' – T. Williamson

The Devil is no fool ... He is on his job. He has been practicing for six thousand years, and he has never had appendicitis, rheumatism or tonsillitis. If you get to playing tag with the Devil, he'll beat you every time.

Because conversion ... in Scripture and in my personal experience, is arduous and transformative, I fear the consequence of the easy believism that typifies modern evangelical culture. I live now in a neighborhood that often seems like the Disneyland of evangelical culture. I have neighbors who are members of one of the big churches in our community. Their church has a fast-food restaurant (so no one gets hungry), a well-known coffee chain (so no one gets sleepy or feels deprived of creature comforts), and a Moon bounce (so children will think that God just wants you to have fun). The church organizes a church-sponsored pool (i.e., gambling program) around the NCAA Final Four.

     When we compare what we do at church, what we learn in Bible study, and what we mean when we call ourselves followers of Christ, our vocabulary may be the same, but the meaning behind our vocabulary is vastly different. And when it comes down to how we parent our children, the differences are profound. Another church in our neighborhood is projecting a budget of 19 million dollars to build their Tabernacle, following this same model. These churches define themselves as purpose-driven and seeker-friendly. And their annual budgets, as missionary friends pointed out to me, could feed all the AIDS orphans in Africa for years. Just their Sunday morning doughnut budget would make a big dent in the problem of Third World poverty!

     The purpose-driven movement makes conversion a simple matter of saying the magic words, a mantra that makes Jesus the Mister Rogers of the conscience. In his popular book, The Purpose Driven Life, author Rick Warren represents conversion in these words: "Jesus, I believe in you and I receive you" (p. 59). There is a pit of false hope in placing our faith in our words rather than in God's compassion to receive sinners to himself. Warren falsely (and dangerously) assures us of our salvation. He writes: "If you sincerely meant that prayer, congratulations! Welcome to the family of God!" (p. 59). How do I judge my own sincerity? The saving grace of salvation is located in a holy and electing God, and a sacrificing, suffering, and obedient Savior. Stakes this high can never rest on my sincerity.

     When I read something like this, I do not recognize Jesus, the Holy Bible, my conversion or myself at all. Recently, on vacation in South Carolina, my husband and I went to a "community church." My conservative Reformed Presbyterian pastor and husband noted when we got back to the hotel room that we had just witnessed a service that contained a baptism without water, preaching without Scripture, conversation about disappointment and pithy observations about financial responsibility without prayer, the distribution of flowers and trinkets without grace, and a dismissal without a blessing. Everyone was smiling, though, when it came time to walk out the door. This church's conversion prayer was printed in the bulletin. It read like this: "Dear God, I'm so sorry for my mistakes. Thanks for salvation."

     These misrepresentations of the gospel are dangerous and misleading. Sin is not a mistake. A mistake is taking the wrong exit on the highway. A sin is treason against a Holy God. A mistake is a logical misstep. Sin lurks in our heart and grabs us by the throat to do its bidding. Remember what God said to Cain about his sin? It's true for us too. In the fourth chapter of Genesis, God warns Cain like this: "Sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him" (Gen. 4:7). In accepting misrepresentations of the gospel that render sin anything less than this, you will never learn of the fruit of repentance. The Apostle Paul defines his post-conversion life simply: in Christ I now do "works meet for repentance" (Acts 26:20). This idea that we repent and we serve is also reflected in the words of John the Baptist, who prepares the way of the Lord by warning the religious people of his day to "Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand!" (Matt. 3:2) and, after repenting, to "bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance" (Matt. 3:8). – R. Butterfield

You can’t be optimistic... with a misty optic. Get your eyes open; and when you do, you'll see that "there be more with us than with him" (II Chron, 32:7). – V. Havner

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