August 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

August 2017

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The Role of Grace in Giving

Why We Give Is as Important as That We Give

By Dr. Paul Chappell

     You’ve read the testimony of the Macedonian Christians who gave sacrificially to the Apostle Paul:

     “Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.” (2 Corinthians 8:1-8)

     Why is this testimony so powerful?  Paul used it to encourage the Corinthian churches to be faithful in giving, and two millennia later, it motivates us today.  Why?

     The significance lies in their motive.  In God’s economy, the motive is as important as the gift.  In other words, why we give is as important as that we give.

Some People Give out of Guilt

     But not the Macedonian Christians.  They did not give because Paul pushed or coerced them into it.  In fact, they had to beg Paul to take their gift: “Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift” (2 Corinthians 8:4).

     God never intended giving to hinge on guilt.  He doesn’t want you to give because you have to give, but rather because you get to give.  When Christians give only so they will not feel guilty, they rob themselves of the joy of giving.

Some People Give out of Greed

     The Macedonian Christians did not give to get.  They did not give because they hoped God would reward them with increased finances.

     Some “health and wealth” teachers promise that if people give to their ministries, God will make these givers wealthy in return.  This is not only an unbiblical teaching; it promotes an unscriptural motive.

     God does load us with great blessings when we give.  Scripture is full of promises for givers.  God even gives these promises to encourage us to give.  In Malachi 3:10, He challenges us to give with the promise, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

When our basic motive for giving, however, is personal gain, we miss the bigger picture.  Giving is not a game in which we have to try to trick God into increasing our blessings.  In fact, not all of His blessings are financial.  We don’t give to get; we give because we trust God to take care of our needs.

The Macedonians Gave Because of God’s Grace

     In Paul’s account of the gift of these Macedonian Christians, he was careful to explain that biblical giving is the result of “the grace of God.” The liberality of these Christian givers was not of themselves, but of God’s grace bestowed on them.

     Spiritual givers are motivated by grace; they give in response to God’s work in their hearts.  Paul described grace in Philippians 2:13: For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”  Grace is the powerful work of God in a Christian’s heart to make him willing and able to do His will.  Nothing short of grace-giving is biblical giving.

     It was only through the grace of God that the churches of Macedonia gave so sacrificially out of their own deep poverty.  As 2 Corinthians 8:3 explains, God’s grace motivated these Christians to give beyond their power.”  In other words, they gave more than they could or, from a human perspective, should.

     Some Christians give below their ability; their gifts really cost them nothing. Some Christians give at their ability; they give what is available after they’ve budgeted other necessary expenditures.  But other Christians, like these in the Macedonian churches, give above their ability; they give sacrificially, voluntarily setting aside “necessities” in their generosity.

     The grace-giving of the Macedonian Christians was the result of their giving first themselves to the Lord: “… but first gave their own selves to the Lord” (2 Corinthians 8:5).  Their financial giving followed as the natural by-product of this personal commitment.

     These Christians left a legacy for us to follow.  Their example affirms the value of God’s work and challenge us to give liberally and to invest our whole hearts.

     God’s economy operates on grace.  When we consider the testimony of these first century believers (and many generations of others) who were poverty-stricken and often persecuted, their testimony challenges us to participate in grace-giving.

     Guilt-giving and greed-giving ultimately produce resentment.  But in grace-giving, you will find the joys of living on God’s economy.

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Parson to Person

     Like many preachers I view sermon series preaching with a suspicious glances.  And that begs the question, “Are sermon series really that important?”

     Some preachers, have found sermon series to be an important tool for both spiritual and numerical growth in the church.  There are four reasons for using sermon series:

  1. Sermon series function as mental reminders for your church.

     The whole reason for sermon series is so we could create in the minds of our church members a mental, relatable reminder of the message.  Essentially, a sermon series is the creation of a metaphor by which we can relate to the messages.

     Psychologists tell us that the key to moving information from short-term storage to long-term memory is, in fact, association.  The human brain has to know where to file new ideas and concepts.  With a sermon series, you are taking a number of abstract ideas and communicating them in a picture or phrase that everyone can understand.

  1. Sermon series allow you to go deeper into God’s Word.

     For pastors who don’t preach through sermon series, every standalone message can quickly become an exhaustive concordance on one particular topic.  Because of time constraints, Pastors have approximately 30-35 minutes to hit all of his points.  This often results in a wide, but shallow exploration of the subject.  By working through a sermon series, however, the messages have an opportunity to dig deeper.

  1. Sermon series help pastors be better prepared.

     Whenever I preach a standalone message, I find myself grappling with one big, unshakeable question each time, “What am I going to talk about this Sunday?”  Choosing a big idea and passage seems to be half the battle.

     Preachers have a greater chance of helping others understand God’s Word if they’ve taken time to chew on it themselves.  By knowing what you’re going to preach in advance, you’ll be better prepared to communicate God’s Word more effectively.

  1. Sermon series create momentum that can lead to growth.

     Over the years I’ve seen firsthand how a well-branded sermon series can produce momentum that, in turn, leads to numerical growth.  As one preacher put it a well branded, interesting sermon series can create momentum that will lead to more people visiting your church.

     With all that being said in the month of August I will be preaching a series entitled “The Grace of Giving.”  For the four Sundays of August we challenged by the Basis of Blessing, the Essentially of Giving, the Example of Giving, and the Ethics of Giving.  In preparation for this series I began in Malachi.  Malachi as you may know was the last of the prophets.  The times in which he lived-about four hundred years before Christ-were remarkably similar to our day and generation.  Right at the heart of his prophecy, however, this faithful preacher lays down the basis of blessing that applies to all time.  In Malachi’s day, the blessing was primarily material and physical; but in this church age God’s purpose for His people is also that of spiritual refreshment, a delight in the presence of the Lord.  Look, then, at these conditions and observe that if “the windows of heaven” are to be opened to us in fullness of blessing there must be a moral restoration, a material restitution, and miraculous realization.  If we want “the windows of heaven” to be opened upon our lives we must fulfill the conditions of repentance and obedience.  This is the only way of moral restoration a material restitution, and miraculous realization.

     The greatest insurance for the success of any preaching series is to recognize the hand of the Lord in every victory, small or great.  To Him be all the praise.  Because we are to do everything in our might to reach people, it is wise to seek methods and procedures that will cause it to be easier for us to build a stronger church for His greater glory.

     With that said and understood, let’s consider the human element in doing the Lord’s work.  The success of our preaching series is not in the message itself but the our faith in the God we serve.  No special program or activity is great outside of a massive amount of prayerful effort on the part of individuals.  So let’s pray that Lord blesses us in our efforts.  The purpose of this series is not to preach on tithing. The purpose is I’m preaching to individuals here, I’m preaching to you!

     May the Lord richly bless our great nation and may the Lord bless our church.  I am truly thankful that the Lord brought Linda and I here to FBBC, and I want to say again thank you for your faithfulness.  It truly is a blessing serving the Lord here at Faith Bible Baptist Church.  Linda and I pray for you daily.

Pastor Tim Goodman

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Baptist We Should Know

Thomas Armitage

Baptist Pastor, Historian, and Leader

The Baptist Encyclopedia

     Thomas Armitage was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1819. He is descended from the old and honored family of the Armitages of that section of Yorkshire, one of whom, Sir John Armitage, of Barnsley, was created a baronet by Charles I, in 1640. He lost his father a few years since, and his mother when five years old. She was the granddaughter of the Rev. Thomas Barrat, a Wesleyan Methodist minister. She had great faith in Jesus, and prayed often and confidently for the salvation of her oldest son, Thomas. At her death she gave him her Bible her chief treasure, which she received as a reward from her teacher in the Sunday school. Her last prayer for him was that he might be converted and become a good minister of the Saviour.

     The religious influence of his godly mother never forsook him. While listening to a sermon on the text, “Is it well with thee?” his sins and danger filled him with grief and alarm, and before he left the sanctuary his heart was filled with the love of Christ.

     In his sixteenth year he preached his first sermon. His text was, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The truth was blessed to the conversion of three persons. He declined pressing calls to enter the regular ministry of the English Methodist Church, but used his gifts as a local preacher for several years.

     Like many Englishmen he imbibed republican doctrines, and these brought him in 1838 to New York. He received deacon’s orders from Bishop Waugh, and those of an elder from Bishop Morris. He filled many important appointments in the M. E. Church in New York, and when he united with the Baptists he was pastor of the Washington Street church in Albany, one of its most important churches, where the Lord had given him a precious revival and eighty converts. At this period his influence in the M. E. Church was great, and its highest honors were before him. When he was first examined for Methodist ordination he expressed doubts about the church government of the Methodist body, and about sinless perfection, falling from grace, and their views of the ordinances; but he was the great-grandson of a Methodist minister, his mother was of that communion, and he himself had been a preacher in it for years, and his misgivings were regarded as of no moment. In 1839 S. Ilsley, which made him almost a Baptist, and what remained to be done to effect that end was accomplished by another baptism in Albany, administered by the Rev. Jabez Swan, of Connecticut. An extensive examination of the baptismal question confirmed his faith, and placed him without a misgiving upon the Baptist platform in everything. Dr. Welsh baptized him into the fellowship of the Pear Street church, Albany. Soon after a council was called to give him scriptural ordination. Dr. Welsh was moderator; Fred Humphrey, mayor of Albany, and Judge Ira Harris were among its members. A letter of honorable dismissal from the M. E. Church, bearing flattering testimony to his talents and usefulness, was read before the council, and after the usual examination he was set apart to the Christian ministry in the winter of 1848. He was requested to preach in the Norfolk Street church, New York, in the following June. The people were charmed with the stranger, and so was the sickly pastor, the Rev. George Benedict. He was called to succeed their honored minister, who said to Mr. Armitage, “If you refuse this call it will be the most painful act of your life.” Mr. Benedict never was in the earthly sanctuary again. Mr. Armitage accepted the invitation, in his twenty-ninth year, July 1, 1848. In 1853-54, 140 persons were baptized, and in 1857 152, while other years had great blessings.

     The first year of his ministry in Norfolk Street the meeting-house was burned, and another erected. Since that time the church reared a house for God in a more attractive part of the city, which they named the “Fifth Avenue Baptist church.” The property is worth at least $150,000, and it is free from debt. The membership of the church is over 700. In 1853, Mr. Armitage was made a Doctor of Divinity by Georgetown College, Ky. He was then in his thirty-fourth year.

     At a meeting held in New York, May, 1850, by friends of the Bible, Dr. Armitage offered resolutions which were adopted, and upon which the Bible Union was organized two weeks later, with Dr. S. H. Cone as its president, and W. H. Wyekoff, LL.D., as its secretary. In May, 1856, Dr. Armitage became the president of the society. In this extremely difficult position he earned the reputation of being on of the ablest presiding officers in our country. The Bible Union reached its greatest prosperity while he presided over its affairs.

     Dr. Armitage is a scholarly man, full of information, with a powerful intellect; one of the greatest preachers in the United States; regarded by many as the foremost man in the American pulpit. We do not wonder that he is so frequently invited to deliver sermons at ordinations, dedications, installations, missionary anniversaries, and to college students. As a great teacher in Israel, the people love to hear him, and their teachers are delighted with the themes and with the herald.

     Seventeen years ago a gentleman wrote of Dr. Armitage, “The expression of his face is one of mingled intelligence and kindness. As he converses it is with animation, and his eyes sparkle. His manners are easy, graceful, and cordial. He fascinates strangers and delights friends. He appears before you a polished gentleman, who wins his way to your esteem and affection by his exalted worth.” The description has been confirmed by time.

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The Central Figure of the Church

5 Aspects of Christ’s Ministry to the Church

By Kevan Bartlett

     The early “infancy period” of the church is fascinating to read about in the book of Acts.  In just a few years’ time, local churches of baptized believers were established in dozens of cities in the Mediterranean region.

     They had no steeples or stained glass, no buildings, no busses, no organized Sunday school, no media advertising, no youth groups, or kids clubs. No gospel tracts, no Bible-study books were available.  Their only written Bible was the Old Testament.

     In spite of their lack of many tools that churches use today, notice what happens in Acts 2:47: “Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”

     We see something magnificent for the cause of Christ.  The assembly of believers did not have all of the “stuff” we are accustomed to churches having.  But, what they did have was the power of God at work in their individual lives – through the indwelling Holy Spirit – channeled through their local church.

     Let’s consider the central figure of the church.

     “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts 2:38

     Peter’s message in Acts 2:14-36 articulates that Jesus Christ is the central figure, the primary thrust, the key Person of all that is happening.  Sadly, much of what is done in the name of religion, today, has little or nothing to do with Jesus Christ.

     Let us be clear: Jesus Christ must be the central figure of each local church.

  1. Jesus Is the Founder of the Church

    “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18b

     Jesus speaks of His identification with the church when He says, “My church.” He is not talking about just any group.  Rather, He is identifying with His assembly, His “called-out” ones.

     Jesus speaks of His relationship.  He says, “I will build.”  We are energized by His activity, by His power.  He is engaged with His people and He propels them to progress.

     Jesus is speaking of His victory, “And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  The church will victoriously endure-not because of those who are in the church.  It will victoriously endure because of He who founded it!

  1. Jesus Is the Foundation of the Church

     “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;” Ephesians 2.19-20

     The church is not only founded by Jesus Christ; it is founded upon Jesus Christ.  It is specifically on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ that the church is based.  Without Jesus’ work of redemption there would be no need for a church.

  1. Jesus Is the Framework of the Church

     “In whom all the building fitly framed together growth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:21-22

     Your life is a work in progress.  God is building you in Christ.  Our church is a work in progress.  God is building us together in Christ.  Just like the simple song says, “He’s Still Workin’ on Me.”  Our churches can sing “He’s Still Workin’ on Us.”

     Who we are is all about Jesus.  So, what we do should be all about Jesus.

     “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.” Titus 2:13-14

  1. Jesus Is the First Officer of the Church

     “Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,” Ephesians 1:20-22

     The Founder of the church is not dead.  He is not in a grave with a memorial monument to Him and to His vision.  We serve a living Saviour!  Our Founder is alive and still leading as, the Head of the church.

     “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” Colossians 1:17-18

     It may come as “news” to some people, but let it be clear: the Head of the church is not the membership.  The Head of the church is not the Deacon Board.  The Head of the church is not the Pastor.  The Head of the church is JESUS CHRIST!

     Any and all human leadership within the church is under submission to the authoritative Head – our Lord Jesus Christ!

     “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1

  1. Jesus Fashions the Church

     “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” – Romans 12:5

     A great pastor from a generation ago, Dr. Jack Hudson, used to say, “You make much of Jesus; He will make much of you.” If our Church will make much of Jesus, He will make much of our church.

     “That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” – 2 Thessalonians 1:12

     The disturbing trends we see in many churches today seem to indicate that they want to present themselves less and less like Jesus, but more and more like the world and the culture.  (The same world and culture that Jesus came to save people out of.) You can certainly draw a crowd by putting on a show and making people feel good about themselves.  But, that is not a New Testament church.

     The measurement of a church is not in its size, or its buildings, or its offerings.  The true measurement of a church is in its likeness to Christ.

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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.

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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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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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