We at the Tulare Missionary Baptist Church appreciate your interest in our church. We realize that our nation is literally awash with churches and other places of worship. We are a friendly group of Christians. However, friendliness alone should not be the criteria used to decide to visit a church. The members of this church seek to honor and serve the Lord Jesus Christ through understanding and obedience to His holy Word. If you are seeking an understanding of the Word of God so that you might better serve Him, you have come to the right place!
We would be delighted should you come to worship the Lord together with us. Again, thank you for stopping by!
We have been studying the life of Elijah for seven weeks. We have thrilled as we have watched the courage of this ordinary man who simply trusted the Lord to care for him.
We have watched as the Lord lovingly prepared Elijah for each new challenge. We have seen what the Lord can do with just one man who is willing to respond affirmatively to the call of God.
We saw Elijah stand before wicked king Ahab and relay God's message. Then we watched as the Lord put Elijah through His special faith-building school. We marveled as he challenged the 850 prophets of BA'AL and mocked their impotent efforts awaken their false god. Then Elijah rebuilt the altar and simply prayed a brief prayer asking God to demonstrate His power to His idolatrous people.
Truly, Elijah was a wonderful example of what God can do with just one man, any man who is willing to simply stand for Him. Today we will examine the unique ending of the physical life of this great man. His departure from physical life was as astounding as his life had been; yet, through it all, God was vividly on display. As Elisha watched, God translated Elijah to heaven in a chariot of fire. Thus Elijah joined Enoch as the only two men to experience such an exit from this life. Elijah will not be soon forgotten as we see "The Value of a Godly Man!"
At the end of his third and last formal missionary journey, Paul found himself in the Greek city of Corinth. Though a large city, Corinth was small and insignificant compared to Rome. Paul had longed to go to Rome and to preach the Gospel in the Church there, however his plans never materialized.
He had heard of the tremendous number of Christians there and he decided to write a letter to these believers. Since he did not know them personally, Paul set forth a basic theological letter designed to make sure these believers knew the basics. Therefore, he set forth to teach the plan of salvation of the eternal spirit of man. In addition to eternal salvation, Paul was careful to discuss the importance of believers "saving their lives."
Obviously, eternal salvation of the spirit is simply a matter of receiving the grace of God through faith; however, the believer still has a life to save. He can either waste his life pursuing things and having "fun", or he can "save" his life by following the will of God for his life.
With these thoughts in mind, Paul set forth a powerful theological letter to these strangers in order that they might have confidence and "save" their lives. As we study this letter together, we will be strengthened and encouraged to live out the joy of a truly Christian life.
Sunday's Bulletin Message
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This New Testament assembly exists for the sole purpose of giving glory to the Lord Jesus Christ through obedience to His Word, the Bible. Obviously, one cannot demonstrate obedience to something about which he or she knows nothing, or very little. Therefore, the purpose of this assembly of scripturally baptized believers is dedicated commitment to learn and then live out the principles of the Word of God in our daily lives.
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