February 2017

The Trumpet

The Trumpet is a monthly paper offered to the good folks of Faith Bible Baptist, Toledo Ohio, and is the work of the pastor.  He assembles the articles and edits them as a ministry to his church.  We offer it to those who read our Web Site but in a different format than is presented to the Church.  The purpose, is simple, to generate spiritual thought, and to encourage spiritual discussion within the body.  Where credit can be given, it is, but there is no claim of originality.  Further, the Trumpet is an avenue of current and future events scheduled for The Faith Bible Baptist Church of Toledo.

May the Lord bless you as you read this months issue of The Trumpet.

Pastor Tim Goodman

February 2017

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The Three R’s of Revival 

By G. Laurie

Text:  Revelation 2:1-7

Before we can ever talk about revival in the church, every Christian must ask themselves, Am I personally revived?  Am I living as a committed, on-fire follower of Jesus Christ?

Ask yourself that question right now.  If your answer is that you are not a committed, on-fire follower of Jesus Christ, you exist as part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Listen to what Jesus said to the church of Ephesus in the book of Revelation. He says,

“I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Revelation 2:2-5)

Jesus gave the church of Ephesus the three R’s of revival: remember, repent, and repeat.

“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen,” and then He says. “Repent.”  In other words, turn away from your sins.  And finally repeat, “Do the first works.”  Get back and serve God like you once did.

Remember, repent, and repeat.  Put the three R’s of revival into practice, because we need to be revived before God.

“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, repent and do the first works …” — Revelation 2:5

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Parson to Person

I love to hear the old-time stories of revival.  Years ago in northern Wisconsin, a song leader told me how his family used to attend the Methodist camp meetings every night for weeks at a time.  One day as a fifteen year-old boy, the song leader looked across the field and saw a neighbor kneeling down in the furrow behind a team of horses.  He and his dad walked over to see what was wrong and heard their neighbor praying the sinner’s prayer.  He was a proud, hardened old farmer, but the conviction of the preached Word broke him.

Revival is more than simply having a special guest preacher and a few extra nights of meetings.  True revival is a work of the Holy Spirit.  That is why Habakkuk prayed, “… O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years …” (Habakkuk 3:2).

Revival will come when we recognize our need.  Do you ever get discontent with your spiritual progress?  Do you ever hunger for something more from God, or sense conviction from the Holy Spirit that things are not what they should be or could be?  As long as you and I are content to keep the status quo spiritually—as long as we think we are doing fine—revival will not come.

Denial of our true condition is a major obstacle to revival.  Real revival will not come until we reach the place where we cannot and will not ignore the truth of our spiritual condition.  The simple fact is: if we never take time to let God speak to our hearts, and show us our need, we will never experience revival.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)

Revival will come when we confess our sin.  Revival is held back when God’s people refuse to get right with Him.  How can the Spirit of God freely work when our hearts are pre-occupied with other things?  David understood this and sought the Lord’s cleansing and restoration in Psalm 51:10-13: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”

I am constantly amazed at God’s grace in my life.  He truly is patient and longsuffering with me and is always, always, ready to hear my cries for mercy and forgiveness—when I repent and confess my sin to Him.

“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” (Isaiah 57:15)

Did you notice?  God will revive the spirit of the humble and the heart of the contrite ones.  We often quote 1 John 1:9 which says: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  But we often forget the verse begins with the word if and that is the great pivoting point.  No confession—no forgiveness and no reviving of the heart.

The importance of confession is seen in 2 Chronicles 7:14 as well: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Will revival come?  Yes, I believe it will, but only to those who are of humble hearts and willing to confess and forsake their sin.

Revival will come when we ask for it.  When we are confronted with our sin, the devil tries to keep us from moving toward God.  He tries to hinder us even after we have fully and honestly confessed our sin and received God’s forgiveness.  Remember the words of David? “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”  David understood that a clean heart needs the joy of God once again.

Jeremiah 29 has one of my favorite passages of encouragement.  It reveals God’s message to Israel at a time when they were going to be chastened for their sin. God extends to His people—including you and me—an offer of His presence and renewed Spirit:

We need revival, and I believe God is ready to send it when He hears our prayers lifted up to Him and sees our seeking hearts.  Paul wrote to the believers at Philippi, “That I may know Him.”  That should be our cry and heartbeat.

God invites you and me to see what He can do in us, through us, and for us.

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3

Revival will come when we are in the place of revival.  “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25).  The quickest way for us to not to have revival is to not be here every night of our revival.  Won’t you plan to attend every service of our Winter Revival

As I close now let me say again I thank the Lord for His bringing Linda and I here to the Faith Bible Baptist Church.  Linda and I love you and pray for you daily.

Pastor Tim Goodman

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Baptist We Should Know

David Brainerd

(1718-1747) Missionary to the American Indians

David Brainerd, missionary, was born at Haddam, Connecticut, April 20, 1718. His father, Hezekiah, was one of His Majesty’s counsel for the colony, and his maternal grandfather was the son of Rev. Peter Hobart, first minister of the gospel at Hingham, England, who came to New England during the persecution of the Puritans, and settled at Hingham, Massachusetts.  David was left an orphan at fourteen years of age, was always thoughtful beyond his years and inclined to morbid conscientiousness.  When he was seven or eight years old, his religious experiences were marked, but did not continue.  Six years afterward they returned upon him with great power, resulting as he believed in his conversion to God.  At the age of twenty he was again the subject of especial religious impression, and his new baptism stirred his soul to its inmost depths.  He preserved the record of these experiences in detail, in his account of his early life and conversion.

In September, 1739, he entered the freshman class at Yale College, “but,” as he says, “with some reluctancy, fearing lest I should not be able to lead a life of strict religion, in the midst of so many temptations.”  The “Great Religious Awakening” (1739-45) however, which arose and spread over the country visited New Haven, and Brainerd found himself deeply interested in it.  His standing as a scholar was good, but other college experiences of his have actually had more regard paid to them than did that fact.  The college authorities set themselves in opposition to the “revival movement,” so-called, and forbade the students to attend upon the services connected with it.  Several religious young men, however, associated themselves together for mutual conversation and assistance in spiritual things, and it was in the company of two or three friends in the college hall, that Brainerd was heard about this time to say, in answer to an inquiry concerning one of the college tutors, “he has no more grace than this chair.”  This was repeated to the college rector, Rev. Dr. Thomas Clap, and as Brainerd, while he confessed the impropriety of his language, declined to make a public confession and to humble himself before the whole college for what he had said only in private conversation, and as he had gone once to the separate meeting in New Haven, when forbidden by the Rector, the young culprit forthwith found himself expelled from the college.  His personal feeling under the indignity, as witnessed by his diary, seems to have been of the most praise worthy character, and his bearing under what was a trial so severe that he apparently never recovered from it, was that of a Christian gentleman.  But nothing availed with the college dignitaries, who refused him readmission and rejected his prayer to be allowed to graduate with his classmates, although urged to grant it by a council of Congregational ministers.  Brainerd’s biographers have attributed much of the dejected and semi-morbid frame of mind that characterized portions of his subsequent career to the absolutely indefensible and discreditable action of the college governors.

Being resolute to take up the Christian ministry, he was licensed to preach by the Danbury (Conn.) association of Congregational ministers, on July 20, 1742, and in November the same year he was asked by the American correspondents of the Scottish Society for Propagating Christian Knowledge, to visit New York and confer with them concerning entry upon missionary labor among the Indians of North America.  This arrangement was perfected and Brainerd began his work with the Stockbridge (Mass.) Indians, at a place named Kaunameek, twenty miles from the village of Stockbridge, April 1, 1743.  Here he labored for a year.  On November 3, 1744, in a letter addressed to the correspondents who had employed him, he gives ample account of his labor among the Indian people and of the reasons which induced him, after conference with the correspondents, to turn over the work among them to Rev. Mr. Sergeant, of Stockbridge, into whose bounds they agreed to remove, while he (Brainerd) should transfer his labors to the Delaware Indians.

He now received urgent invitations to settle in the ministry at Millington, Connecticut, and at Easthampton, Long Island.  But both these overtures were declined and he proceeded to the forks of the Delaware river near the present site of Easton, Pennsylvania, having been ordained by the Presbytery of Newark, June 11, 1744.  He appears to have labored diligently at this station for a year during which period he paid two visits to Indians of the Susquehanna, but without the eminent and signal success which subsequently attended his exertions in his third field of labor.  Much of his work was apostolic pioneering.

His health began to fail, and his mind acquired the habit of contemplating death as a relief from his trials of body and soul.  But he says: “God scarce ever lets these thoughts be attended with terror and melancholy: they are attended frequently with great joy.”

In June, 1745, he began the labors among Indians at Crossweeksung, New Jersey, near the present town of Freehold in that state, which have gone far to make his name immortal among missionary workers.  They continued for a year and consisted of faithful and earnest preaching among scattered Indian families, who from the first rejoiced at his advent among them, with the most pronounced and satisfactory results.  Brainerd’s record of these efforts and the impression from them is minute and attests a religious work which for genuineness and power has not often been surpassed.  In less than a year, it is asserted, he had baptized seventy-seven persons, of whom thirty-eight were adults, and the lives of most of these people were permanently reformed.

But under these exertions, and the journeys by which they were attended, Brainerd’s health broke down, and the end came during a trip to New England undertaken by the direction of his physicians who were conscious that consumption had fastened itself upon his system.  He reached Northampton, Massachusetts, in July, 1747, and was kindly cared for at the house of Rev. Jonathan Edwards, to whose daughter, Jerusha, he was betrothed.  Being still advised to open air exercise, he next visited Boston, Massachusetts, but sank still lower in health while there.  Reviving sufficiently to reach Dr. Edwards’s house once more, he remained there until the end.  Brainerd had some means of his own, derived from his father, and these were freely consecrated to the great work of his life, a portion of them being spent in the education of a young man for the Christian ministry.  His “Life,” compiled from his diary, was written by Rev. Jonathan Edwards (1749), and a second edition was edited by Sereno Edwards Dwight at New Haven, Connecticut, in 1822. A third edition was edited by Rev. J. M. Sherwood at New York, 1884.  John Wesley also published an abridgement of Brainerd’s Life, in England. (See also Sparks’s “American Biography,” and Sprague’s “Annals of the American Pulpit.”) He died October 9, 1747.

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Work Still Works

Lessons from the Ox

By John Evertson

Senior Pastor, West Valley Baptist Church

The last time we were in Costco, my wife and I noticed our ten-year-old daughter standing right in front of a large screen trying to read what it said, and it was at that moment we put “make an appointment at the eye doctor” on our to-do list for her.  Sure enough, we found that our little girl was in need of glasses.

The day the eyeglasses came in, my daughter, Joy, put them on, and with a huge smile on her face said, “Mom!  This is the most beautiful day of my life!  We’ve got to get the boys some of these.”

As soon as Joy put on glasses, her view changed drastically!  Much like her excitement about her new perspective on life, I would like to challenge you to look through the eyes of Solomon to get his perspective on the valuable lessons he writes about in Proverbs 14:4: “Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.”

Solomon is notorious for weighing options and comparing disadvantages with advantages.  Here, he shows some valuable lessons we can learn from an ox.

When You Get Rid of Your Ox—You Gain

Have you ever had to care for an animal—more specifically one that was unkempt—had flies swarming around it, and was smelly? According to this principle, if you choose not to care for the ox, your life is easier. You have no animal to clean up after, no extra work, no time devoted to its care, no hassle! I kind of wish we could stop there and say, “This principle sounds good to me.”

Although we may gain some extra time and unwanted messes, if we choose a life without the element of an ox, we lose more than we gain.

When You Get Rid of Your Ox—You Lose

The strength of the ox produces much, and without the ox altogether, you lose the greatest part of this principle—the harvest. That’s a big loss!

Just as an ox produces a harvest through strength, so a man produces results through his labor. Work still works! Further down in Proverbs 14, Solomon says, “In all labour there is profit.” Engaging in ministry, serving people, and reaching the lost for Christ all require hard work, but they all produce a harvest for Christ.

Many people today focus on the perks of having a clean stable, and they choose to take the easy way out. If we did this we may find it easier not to have a Christian school, a discipleship program, or a bus ministry. They’re too much of a hassle to manage and grow. However, this is why Solomon weighs the options, and clearly teaches that we get more out of life when we choose to work.

The more the oxen work, the more they bring forth a harvest. And the more we labor for Christ, the more harvest we will reap for His name’s sake. Our culture’s perspective tends to view service and work as a bother, but may we keep Solomon’s perspective and choose to look through the eyeglasses of his wisdom. We ought to live every day with the mindset that if Christ came back today, we would want Him to find us laboring for Him.

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Faith Bible Baptist Church

By Profession of Faith and Baptism

If you will receive Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour and follow Him in baptism by immersion, we welcome you into our fellowship.

By Letter

As a Baptist whose church membership is elsewhere, if God directs you here we will be pleased to welcome you into our church family.  We will happily take care of appropriate details for transferring your membership.

By Baptism

If you know in your heart that you have been saved and want to become a member of Faith Bible Baptist Church, we invite you to join us by baptism.  This gives testimony of your salvation and your obedience to His direction.

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In the event church membership records are not available for a transfer of membership, or if you were once a Baptist church member, we will accept you upon your statement of faith.

You may express your desire to fulfill any of the above by presenting yourself during the invitation at the close of each worship service.  Of course, any decision assumes your commitment to being faithful in prayer, church attendance, tithing and participation in our Lord’s work at Faith Bible Baptist Church.

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