greybeta: (Jesus Saves)
This Sunday I drove to church by myself as Stevo's cell phone went kaput. I forgot exactly where First Baptist Church is downtown so I parked near the First Presbyterian Church and meandered my way towards FBC. Kind of refreshing to take the long walk, actually.

Live in the Word
“The fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law" -Galatians 5:22-23

The first Scripture that Da Noise and I memorized was one that we learned a long, long time ago in Sunday School. The verse basically says the things you see that should bear fruit in a disciple of Christ. That is to say, you don't obtain love, joy, peace, etc. in order to become a disciple. Nope, it is because you are a disciple that you possess those things.

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body." -1 Corinthians 6:19-20

The second Scripture that Da Noise and I memorized involves one that is often used in the Southern Baptist Church to decry drinking, drugs, tattoos, and other such defilement of one's body. At least that's how it's often interpreted.

Pray In Faith
The useful thing about a prayer blog is the fact that you can use tags. I've kept a prayer journal before and it can get tedious to keep track of which prayers have been answered. Not with a blog. Now you just keep a "prayer list" tag, an "answer" tag, a "praise" tag, and so on and you've got all your ducks lined up in a row. I know the Prayer Warrior thinks it's amazing!

Fellowship with Believers
The Fort Smith BCM invited me out to go get some ice cream and bowling with them. Not wanting to feel alone, I called up Stevo and he agreed to go with me. The beautiful thing about joining a new group is that no one quite knows who you are. They weren't ready for my Fred-Flinstones style twinkletoes bowling. They laughed at first, but before long they realized I was actually doing better than them!

Stevo helped add to our mystique by bowling 40 points better than his previous high, as he managed to get a 208! Hehehe, it helped that I won a Sleepy Dwarf in the claw machine, too. Random talents do come in handy every once in awhile.

Review of Sunday’s Service
Deuteronomy 6:5 says "Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength."

This is going to sound cliche, but I believe the message was speaking to me this week. The pastor was talking about how you should either serve the good Lord with zeal or not serve him at all. After all, ten percent of the church does nintey percent of the work.

I realized that if the good Lord is going to allow me to teach history, I might as well serve with him the best I can. Right now, I'm not able to serve to the full extent of my boundless capacity. But one day I will, I see that.

Today I am agnostic. The good Lord tells me that I will be able to say with complete confidence that I am a Christian one day.

Who am I to argue?
greybeta: (Jesus Saves)
Yesterday, on a whim, I visited the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at my local university. They had their weekly lunch, which costs a quarter. And stepping into the BCM building reminded me why I felt at home there. I grew up drinking the waters of the Baptist church, and I actually like the taste of that water.

There’s no way the people from the Tulsa BCM are going to let me lose my religion so easily. So I’ve come to them to see if they can teach me anything new. But before that, I need to regain what I lost. And for that, I have enlisted the help of my three closest friends from my BSU days (there was a name change from Baptist Student Union to Baptist Collegiate Ministry). These are the ones that I completed the MasterLife Bible study with in four consecutive semesters.

Live in the Word
“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." –John 8:31-32

Memorizing Scripture is an easy task for me. However, actually studying and living in the Word is a different matter. For this job, I have challenged Da Noise to help me out. A pastor’s son is the perfect companion to have on a spiritual quest to understand the Bible better.

Pray In Faith
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” –John 15:7

Praying has been more of a morning/evening ritual to me, more of a “Hey, God, this is what is going in my life” rather than spiritual supplication. The man I call the Prayer Warrior has agreed to aid me in understanding the true power of prayer through a prayer blog.

Fellowship with Believers
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." –John 13:34-35

Fellowship is by far the most fun aspect of religion. The personable Z3-obsessed Stevo, who happens to be from my hometown, has agreed to take me to church and hang out with other believers. Something about having positive influences rub off on me.

Review of Sunday’s Service
It may seem sacrilegious to do a review of a church service, but that’s the type of person who I am. To prevent myself from falling asleep, I have decided to take notes on the service.

As far as the songs go, First Baptist Church is similar to the church that I grew up in in that they are both part of the Southern Baptist Convention. This means they use the same hymnal, so it’s really all familiar no matter where you go.

“Lord, I Lift Your Name On High” is one of my all-time favorite hymns. The choir also performed an excellent rendition of "Midnight Cry".

The message itself started off as always, with current events. The Virginia Tech incident was proof of evil existing in this world. This was balanced out by the victory against partial abortion (I had to use all my willpower to refrain from clapping along with the congregration). It almost felt like a State of the Union address with that thunderous applause.

The content of the message came from John 13. This is the chapter of the Last Supper, where Jesus washes his disciples’ feet. Now, everyone knows that this is Jesus showing love for his disciples, taking the position of servant.

The pastor explained the cultural context of this passage. In those days, one cleaned up one’s self before dinner by taking a bath. But, by the time you walked to where you were eating dinner, your feet (protected only by sandals) would become dirty again. There would be a servant who would wash your feet.

But at the Last Supper, there was no such servant. None of the disciples took it upon themselves to take up that position. They felt like they were above that. So, much to their shock, their Master washed their feet before them, even against their protests.

If Jesus Christ, your Lord and Savior, did that, then why can’t you do a little more service in your own life?

July 2009

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