How To Prepare For This Sunday, 07/15/2018

You can prepare for Sunday’s sermon by reading Colossians 3:18. For the remainder of our time in Colossians I hope to show you that if we’re confident in Christ we’ll view relationships differently. This Sunday we’ll start with the way wives relate to their husbands. This is (for some) a notoriously frustrating passage, so please come praying for me and for God to speak to you through His Word.

 

 

 

Here’s a few specific ways to prepare for Sunday:

1) Pray and ask God to work in you for His glory.

2) Read and meditate on Colossians 3:18, our text for Sunday’s sermon.

3) Below are the songs we’ll be singing on Sunday. Click on the links to learn any you don’t know so you’re prepared to sing.

Worthy Is Your Name

All I Have is Christ

Above All

Great Are You Lord

How Firm a Foundation

I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!!!

–Pastor Hopson

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10 Applications to Suffering from Pastor Michael Boutot

Facing Struggles: I Want to Fly Like an Eagle

Pastor Michael R. Boutot

 

10 APPLICATIONS

 

1. We are never told Christianity was the EASY way out; in fact, we are promised TRIALS and TRIBULATIONS.

 

2. While God can heal anyone and anything, God does not necessarily want everyone healed.

 

3. God may be trying to teach us something through our suffering.

 

4. God may allow suffering, but there are times He orchestrates suffering.

 

5. It is important that we learn to be content in and through our suffering.

 

6. We can be a tremendous witness and testimony by how we handle our suffering.  

 

7. Suffering can often be a method used by God to humble us.

 

8. God desires to be magnified and glorified in and through our suffering.

 

9. We can handle our burdens ALONE…with others….or sharing a YOKE  with Christ.

 

10. Sharing Jesus’ yoke is the best way to find real REST and PEACE.

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How To Prepare for Sunday, 07/08/2018

You can begin to prepare for Sunday’s sermon by reading Matthew 11:28-30. My father, Michael, will be preaching about a biblical response to suffering. We’ll return to Colossians on July 15, but this will be a fantastic opportunity for us to learn how to respond to suffering in our lives.

Here’s a few specific ways to prepare for Sunday:

1) Pray and ask God to work in you for His glory.

2) Read and meditate on Matthew 11:28-30, our text for Sunday’s sermon.

3) Below are the songs we’ll be singing on Sunday. Click on the links to learn any you don’t know so you’re prepared to sing.

Ancient of Days

I Give You My Heart

All Glory Be to Christ

Blessed Assurance

I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!!!

–Pastor Hopson

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How to Prepare for Sunday, 7/1/18

 

It’s good to be back with you from a family getaway in the Southeastern New York state. We are returning refreshed and excited about what God is doing at PBC!

You can prepare for Sunday’s sermon by reading 1 Corinthians 11:17-34. We’re taking a break from Colossians this Sunday to study what Scripture says about the Lord’s Supper. I hope to show you that Communion is a meal that matters, and our desire is to take the Lord’s Supper the Lord’s way. Click here for more information on how to prepare for Sunday’s service.

 

Here’s a few specific ways to prepare for Sunday:

1) Pray and ask God to work in you for His glory.

2) Read and meditate on 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, our text for Sunday’s sermon. You can also read 1 Corinthians 10:14-22, another passage that will be discussed during the sermon.

3) Prepare your heart to celebrate the Lord’s Supper with us. Click the link if you’d like to learn the answers to some FAQs about the Lord’s Supper at PBC.

4) Below are the songs we’ll be singing on Sunday. Click on the links to learn any you don’t know so you’re prepared to sing.

Your Name

Christ Is Enough

It Is Well

Behold Our God

Come As You Are

Great Greater Than Our Sin

I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!!!

–Pastor Hopson

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FAQs About the Lord’s Supper at PBC

What is the Lord’s Supper?

The Lord’s Supper is a church’s symbolic meal of bread and cup that unites the church, renews the believer, and proclaims the gospel.

 The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic meal. The bread represents the body of Jesus given for His people (Luke 22:19) and the cup represents the blood of Jesus shed on the cross (Luke 22:20).

The Lord’s Supper is the church’s meal (1 Cor. 10:17; 11:17, 18, 20, 33-34). It is not a private meal among Christian friends, but the church’s public celebration of Christ and His crucifixion.

The Lord’s Supper unites the church (1 Cor. 10:16-17). During communion we celebrate Jesus’ body and blood that makes us family.

The Lord’s Supper strengthens the believer, reminding us of the joys of redemption (1 Cor. 11:23-26) and adoption (1 Cor. 10:16-17).

The Lord’s Supper proclaims the gospel to the world (1 Cor. 11:26). By taking communion, we proclaim the sinless life and substitutionary death of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 11:23-26).

 

Who Should Celebrate the Lord’s Supper?

All are welcome to attend our worship services, but not everyone is invited to receive the Lord’s Supper. This is a meal reserved for (1) Christians who (2) have made their faith public through believer’s baptism and (3) are in good standing with a local church.

Why just Christians? In communion, the believer recommits his or her life to follow Jesus. It makes little sense to receive a symbol of Jesus’ body and blood if you haven’t yet received Jesus by faith.

Why just baptized Christians? Because believer’s baptism is the initial symbol of commitment to Christ (Col. 2:11-12) and communion is the ongoing symbol of commitment to Christ (Luke 22:14-20). In baptism the believer initially professes his faith in Jesus, in communion he continually professes his faith in Jesus. 

Why just baptized Christians in good standing? Local churches must sometimes enact loving, restorative discipline on members persisting in unrepentant sin (Matt. 18:15-17; 1 Cor. 5:1-13; Titus 3:10-11). The final step of discipline isn’t refusing entry into church services, but removing the unrepentant sinner from church membership and refusing to celebrate communion with him or her until he or she repents and is restored (1 Cor. 5:12).

 

What if I Don’t Meet the Criteria?

First, we want to thank you for worshiping with us. We know it may feel awkward being one of the few who doesn’t receive the bread and cup, but please know we love you just as you are.

If you’re not a believer in Jesus, we hope you’ll repent of your sins and put your faith in Him. We hope you’ll do it right now, right where you are (Rom. 10:11-13).

If you’re a believer who hasn’t been baptized, we hope you’ll let us know so we can talk with you about baptism (Acts 2:37-41).

If you’re not in good standing with PBC or another local church, we hope God uses this time to restore you to Himself and His people.

If any of these are true of you, we still invite you to come forward during our communion meal for prayer. Just let one of our leaders know why you’re not receiving communion and we’ll pray with you and (with God’s help) begin the process of preparing you to celebrate communion with us in the future.

How Do We Celebrate the Lord’s Supper at PBC?

  • Please remain seated until an usher dismisses your row to come forward down the center aisle to receive communion.

 

  • While you wait, we encourage you to quietly prepare your heart by examining yourself (1 Cor. 11:27-28) and confessing any known sin to Jesus (1 John 1:9) and others (Matt. 5:23-26).

 

  • When you come forward to one of our communion tables, a pastor or deacon will pray over you then serve you the bread. You’ll eat the bread at the table, then bring your cup back with you to your seat. Please return to your seat via the side aisles.

 

  • Once everyone has been served, we’ll stand and take the cup together as a church family.
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How To Prepare For This Sunday, 06/24/2018

 

Although our family won’t be with you this Sunday, our brother Eddie Francis will be present to teach us God’s Word in a sermon entitled The Christ in You. You can prepare for Sunday’s sermon by reading Philippians 2:1-8

 

Here’s a few specific ways to prepare for Sunday:

1) Pray and ask God to work in you for His glory.

2) Read and meditate on Philippians 2:1-8, our text for Sunday’s sermon.

3) Below are the songs we’ll be singing on Sunday. Click on the links to learn any you don’t know so you’re prepared to sing.

Hear Our Praises

Defender (Call Upon the Name of the Lord)

Hallelujah for the Cross

How Great Is Our God

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

 

Have a blessed Sunday! – Pastor Hopson

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How To Prepare For This Sunday, 06/17/2018

You can begin preparing for Sunday’s sermon by reading Colossians 3:15-17. Last week we learned that if we truly treasure Christ we’ll put on the holiness that draws us near to Him. This Sunday, Paul will shift again in his letter from some specific results of confidence in Christ, to the spheres where those results where be evident. In the remainder of his letter we’ll see that following Jesus should affect our life in the local church, at home, with outsiders, and beyond. This Sunday we’ll discover that if we’re confident in Christ we’ll do church differently.

 

 

Here’s a few specific ways to prepare for Sunday:

1) Pray and ask God to work in you for His glory.

2) Read and meditate on Colossians 3:15-17, our text for Sunday’s sermon.

3) Below are the songs we’ll be singing on Sunday. Click on the links to learn any you don’t know so you’re prepared to sing.

Hosanna (Praise is Rising)

O Mighty Cross

Your Grace is Enough

Our Heart

O Worship the King

See you Sunday!

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How To Prepare For This Sunday, 06/10/2018

You can prepare for Sunday’s sermon by reading Colossians 3:12-14. Last week we learned that if we truly treasure Christ we’ll put to death any sin that draws us away from Him. This Sunday we’ll see the other side of this truth: if we treasure Christ we’ll put on the holiness that draws you near to Him.

 

 

 

 

Here’s a few specific ways to prepare for Sunday:

1) Pray and ask God to work in you for His glory.

2) Read and meditate on Colossians 3:12-14, our text for Sunday’s sermon.

3) Below are the songs we’ll be singing on Sunday. Click on the links to learn any you don’t know so you’re prepared to sing.

God Is My Rock

Jesus Messiah

All Who Are Thirsty

For The Cause

O God Our Help In Ages Past

See you Sunday!

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How To Prepare For This Sunday, 06/03/2018

 

You can prepare for Sunday’s sermon by reading Colossians 3:5-11. Last week we learned that the greatest weapon in the battle against sin is a heart that treasures Christ. This Sunday we’ll learn that if we truly treasure Christ we’ll put to death any sin that draws us away from Him.

 

 

 

 

Here’s a few specific ways to prepare for Sunday:

1) Pray and ask God to work in you for His glory.

2) Read and meditate on Colossians 3:5-11, our text for Sunday’s sermon.

3) This Sunday we’ll be observing communion together. Please take some time this weekend to begin preparing your hearts to celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection together. Here’s an article that may help you as you prepare.

4) Below are the songs we’ll be singing on Sunday. Click on the links to learn any you don’t know so you’re prepared to sing.

Come Now is the Time To Worship

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)

He Will Hold Me Fast

Blessed Be Your Name

Take My Life and Let it Be

See you Sunday!

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How To Prepare For This Sunday, 05/27/2018

 

Prepare for this Sunday’s sermon by reading Colossians 3:1-4Last week we saw that if we’re confident in Christ we won’t battle our sin with worthless weapons. We learned that the errors of legalism, mysticism, and asceticism are powerless in the ongoing battle against sin. In our text this Sunday, we’ll learn that the most valuable weapon in the battle against sin is a heart that treasures Christ.

 

 

Here’s a few specific ways to prepare for Sunday:

1) Pray and ask God to work in you for His glory.

2) Read and meditate on Colossians 3:1-4, our text for Sunday’s sermon.

3) Below are the songs we’ll be singing on Sunday. Click on the links to learn any you don’t know so you’re prepared to sing.

O God Our Help in Ages Past

The Lord is Gracious and Compassionate

All I Have is Christ

What A Beautiful Name

In Christ Alone

See you Sunday!

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