TBC Family, we hate to do this, but we now believe it is best to cancel tonight's Good Friday Service. This decision takes into account the weather, the many tornado warnings, the timing of these storms, the building we meet in, the trees down and road issues being reported, and the distance our people must travel. Please stay dry and safe! We can't wait to gather with you on Sunday AM to celebrate the Resurrection!
TBC Family, we are thrilled that the Coffey Ministries team will be back with us from March 24-27! It promises to be a wonderful week of Christ-centered, Bible-saturated preaching, music, and fellowship. You won't want to miss any of it, so make your plans to gather with us for all of the following opportunities...
SUNDAY, MARCH 24:
9:00am Prayer Time
9:30am Worship Service
11:00am Fellowship Time
11:30am Sunday School
5:30pm Teen Preservice
6:00pm Evening Service
MONDAY-TUESDAY, MARCH 25-26:
6:30pm Teen Preservice
7:00pm Evening Service
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27:
5:30pm Dinner on the Grounds
7:00pm Irish Concert (Please invite others)
It's that time of year again!
Daylight Savings Time begins this weekend. Don't forget to change your clocks. We SPRING FORWARD one hour this Saturday night (3/9). See you Sunday!
TBC Family, our God wrote a book! Read it. How else will you know Him? How else will you prepare to enjoy Him forever?
[Special thanks to a local pastor fiend who passed this link along.]
TBC Family, we must not think that what we do as a church is a small thing. Nothing could be further from the truth. Listen to this quote from John Stott and be reminded that "The church lies at the very center of the eternal purpose of God." What we do when we meet, worship, grow, fellowship, serve, evangelize, and make disciples together is engage in our small part of our great God's enormous plan for the ages. This is why we keep sounding the call to... Look to Christ, Learn the Word, and Live on Mission with us!
TBC Family, not everyone can go away to a conference, but we are thrilled for the opportunity to bring the conference to you! Don't forget to mark your calendars and make your plans to attend our Special Services with Aaron and Stephanie Coffey and their team. They will be with us March 24-27. You will not want to miss this opportunity to sit under the music and preaching ministry of these dear friends!
Last night’s Reformation Night service was both challenging and motivating! We spent some time reviewing the importance of the Protestant Reformation in church history, sang hymns from and about the Reformation, watched some video clips that reviewed the history, and spent some time in the Word wrestling with implications for us today.
If you missed it, here are some of the things that we reviewed and watched…
For those who wanted them, here are the statements Pastor Joe shared from Ephesians 6:10-20…
We must realize that the strength to stand in the day of opposition is not our own! (v.10)
We must ready ourselves long before the day of battle! (v.11)
We must remember that the fight is not with those who accuse and oppose us! (v.12)
We must recognize the equipment supplied to us by our Lord! (vs.13-18a)
We must request the grace of God to strengthen and embolden us in day of our distress! (vs.18b-19)
We must renounce all claim to order the steps of our lives and resign ourselves to wise and loving plan of our Lord! (v.20)
TBC family, here are a couple of helpful resources that will aid you in your meditation on truth throughout this Holy Week...
On the first Sunday night of our series, we had a great group come out for our first session in "The Bible & Contemporary Culture" series. Thank you for making the effort and for being a part of this special time of teaching/discussion. In the first session, we defined four key terms. Here are those terms & their definitions...
- The 66 books contained in the Old and New Testaments
- That have been understood, accepted, and trusted by faithful Christians throughout history to be
- The inspired, inerrant, authoritative, and sufficient Word of God
- By which He reveals Himself, His will, and His plan to man.
- The attitudes, values, goals, and practices of a people
- That inform and shape that people’s collective consciousness and conscience
- And that find their expression in every outlet and avenue of life within that people. (i.e.—art, intellectual achievements, politics, economics, relational interactions, etc.)
- That which is in accordance with objective fact or reality
- Regardless of one’s personal thoughts, feelings, or opinion about the matter
- And regardless of the collective thoughts, feelings, or opinions of a people.
- The intellectual (how one handles facts & data), philosophical (how one works through the "why" questions), and theological (what one believes about God) framework by which we view reality and make sense of the world.
On our second Sunday PM gathering, we had another great group out for session #2 of "The Bible & Contemporary Culture." Thanks again for making the effort and for being a part of this special time of teaching/discussion. In the first session, we defined four key terms. In this second session, we asked and answered two key questions from three main texts of Scripture. Here are those questions & the texts from which we answered them...
- QUESTION #1: When did this antagonism begin?
- As we worked our way through Genesis 1-3, we plainly saw that: This antagonism (between the secular and the biblical worldview) began in the Garden of Eden when Satan encouraged Eve to challenge the truthfulness of the words of God!
- QUESTION #2: What is the root issue?
- As we worked our way through Romans 1 & 2 Thessalonians 2, we saw that: The root issue here is exchanging the truth of god for a lie!
This past Sunday PM, we were very pleased to have another great group out for our third session of "The Bible & Contemporary Culture." Once again, thank you for choosing to be part of this special time of teaching/discussion. In the first session, we defined four key terms. In this second session, we asked and answered two key questions from three main texts of Scripture. In this final introductory session, we once again asked several key questions & turned to the Scriptures for answers...
- QUESTION #1: What is at stake?
- We spent significant time in Matthew 13 working our way through our Lord's parable (and explanation) of the sower and the soils. In this passage, we plainly saw that: At the end of the day, the stakes here are our very souls (and the souls of the those we know and love)!
- QUESTION #2: What are you prepared for?
- In light of the importance attached to the believer's relationship to the Word of God, we asked ourselves if we are willing to be called: Ignorant, immoral, and even insane for the sake of Christ!
- QUESTION #3: What is the reward (for faithful Christians)?
- Finally, we spent some time as we concluded reading through and wrestling with the truth in Hebrews 11:23-26. There we saw Moses' example of faithfulness that was rooted in and motivated by his "looking to the reward." In light of his example, we concluded that: We must look to the reward, choosing to “be mistreated” and suffer “the reproach of Christ” rather than turning our backs on our Lord and His truth when trouble comes! And, the reason for that commitment is this: Our Lord and the reward are worth it!
As we closed this session, we walked through a list of recommended resources for Bible study:
- Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What the Means for You and Me, by Kevin DeYoung
- Living by the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible, by Howard Hendricks
- The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story, by D.A. Carson
- The Message of the Old Testament, by Mark Dever
- The Message of the New Testament, by Mark Dever
- Beginning at Moses: A Guide to Finding Christ in the Old Testament, by Michael Barrett
- The Baker Illustrated Guide to Everyday Life in Bible Times, by John A. Beck
- Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth, by John MacArthur & Richard Mayhue
- The Bible Project (web-based resource)
Deliver me, O Lord my God, From self-deceiving pride,
From lusts that lure my heart to sin And cares that plague my mind.
Deliver me from anxious doubts That fill my days with grief
And trouble my unsettled soul With thoughts of unbelief.
I cry to you, O God of grace, Confessing all my sin.
Create in me a blameless heart; Restore my joy again!
Deliver me, O Lord my God, From making proud demands
That break the bond between the saints And shatter Your commands.
Deliver me from selfish fears That long for man’s esteem
And seek the fame of human praise As though it were supreme.
Deliver me, O Lord my God, From redirecting blame
To justify my wickedness That shames Your Holy name.
Deliver me that I might know Your merciful embrace
And testify to all the world The glories of Your grace!
I cry to you, O God of grace, Confessing all my sin.
In Christ, You faithfully forgive, And I rejoice again!
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Here are a few notes that address the doctrinal material behind the hymn and the flow of the text:
The Word of God boldly declares that God is a God who mercifully forgives sinners (Psalm 103:8-12), but the Bible is equally as clear that God’s mercy does not free sinners from their responsibility to confess and repent of their sins (1 John 1:9). Understanding that reality, “Deliver Me” is written as ‘A Hymn for Corporate Confession’. Verse 1 focuses on confession of sins of the heart (pride, self-deception, lust, anxiety, and unbelief). Verse 2 focuses on confession of relational sins (making demands, breaking bonds, and desiring fame/praise). Verse 3 focuses on confession of justification of sin (redirecting blame). The plea of the first chorus echoes the heart cry of David’s confession in Psalm 51: “Create in my a clean heart” (v.10) and “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (v.12). The second half of verse 3 and the final chorus both come together to close the hymn on the high note of God’s assurance of pardon to all who will humble themselves, confess, repent, and take refuge in the righteousness of Christ Jesus (Psalm 51:13; 1 John 1:9).