Be Holy

Todd Malone

Reading through the Pentateuch drove home how important holiness is to God. I take sin far too lightly. Having said that, there are certain sins that seem so deeply rooted in my life, getting beyond them seems impossible. I know I’m supposed to trust the Lord and I know I’m supposed to work hard, but the sins persist. What am I to do?

Working through Leviticus reminded me that there is a process for dealing with entrenched sin. It starts with the desire to be holy. We will not overcome sin if we don’t want to be holy. There are some sins that are hard to get rid of because we cling to them – usually because they meet an emotional need.  For example, for some people, insisting on getting their own way can reach sinful levels. This might be due to a fear of being out of control. Gaining victory over that sin, like every sin, involves getting at the fears or desires underneath. That is a slow, painful process. We need to want to enter that process if we are going to overcome the sin.

Once we are willing to overcome the sin, we must be willing to pay the cultural price. There might be people who misunderstand or even become angry as we move away from a sin. Seek the Lord’s strength to endure.

Then we need to receive what the Lord is doing in us. The Lord’s work in us can be uncomfortable or off-putting. He can use convicting words in Scripture or correction from a fellow believer. The Lord is changing us, growing us. He is making us holy. But it is not always a comfortable process.

The Lord’s work in our lives will include making us more and more aware of the depth of our sin. This is often where people abandon the pursuit of holiness. We don’t want our ugliness pointed out. But the response we are called to is to repent and believe. Repent: admit the ugliness of our sin to the Lord, ask for His strength to stop clinging to the sin. Believe: Trust that the Lord has forgiven you, trust that the way of holiness is the path to an abundant life.

Finally, we are to be like the Lord. That means looking at Jesus – what He valued, how He thought, how He related to others, and what He did – and seek to be like that. Again, this requires the Holy Spirit’s work in your life. So replacing the sins we repented of with the righteousness of Jesus starts with prayer.

This is not a magic formula or a checklist. It is a helpful process to address sin. I think about it as a way of actively depending on the Holy Spirit. Sin is deeply entrenched in us. It will not be completely removed this side of heaven. Some sins will be especially difficult to remove. But this gives me a practical way of joining the Holy Spirit’s work in my life.

 

What’s Coming this Summer?

New Series: Define the Relationship

We will start a new series in the middle of June called Define the Relationship. One of the greatest blessings God gives us is one another – the people of FBC. We will take the summer months to work through the pictures and practices the Lord has given us to strengthen and encourage us in our walk with the Lord.

The Kids are Coming, The Kids are Coming

Once again we will be joined by many of our elementary-school-aged children during the service. We will do some fun stuff in the service to help them engage with us.

Two Words to Parents: It’s Okay!!! Don’t stress when your child gets squirmy. Everyone understands. It’s part of your children learning how to worship. We all went through it as kids and as parents.

Three Words to Everyone Else: Be An Example. I recently read through 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. I was reminded of the vital role that older believers play in teaching and being an example for younger believers. Don’t just get frustrated if a child near you is distracting. Be a model of how to engage in corporate worship.

Ministry Spotlight

FBCers – Let’s Get Involved! We Have a Place for Everyone!

OUTREACH MINISTRY & FAITH PROMISE OF LONGVIEW

This month we want to highlight the Outreach Ministry at FBC, and specifically our Ministry Partner, Family Promise of Longview (Formerly Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network). Family Promise offers help and hope to families experiencing hardship and homelessness due to unexpected crisis.

Family Promise provides shelter and meals through its network of 11 congregations, one of which is Fellowship Bible Church.  Family Promise also provides case management services at its day center at 700 N. Edith St. to teach families life skills such as looking for a job, obtaining social services through other agencies and saving money to cover first month’s rent on their own.

Our own Doris Ramaly is the Executive Director of this organization. Patti Coleman is the organizer for Fellowship Bible Church’s part in this ministry.

We get the privilege of participating in this ministry about 6 times a year, when Family Promise guests are housed in the Adult Education Center for a week. It takes a lot of volunteers to provide transportation, meals, and hosts for the week that our guests are with us. Families are encouraged to participate together! It is a great way to teach service and compassion to our children as they serve beside you in loving and making these folks feel “at home” while they are with us.

Our next week of housing Family Promise guests is coming up June 2-9. If you would like to find out how you can be part of this practical way to help those with needs in our community, contact Patti Coleman at pattipcoleman@gmail.com. She would LOVE to share with you the simple ways we can share the love of Christ with our community.

 

KIDS’ MINISTRY

H2O Night: Summer Kick OFF

June 5 | 3:00 – 5:00pm and 6:00 – 8:00pm | Outside the TreeHouse

We want to help your kids kick off to a great summer. We will have 2 inflated water counce houses, along with other wet outdoor fun! All 1st – 3rd graders are invitged to come from 3:00-5:00pm. All 4th – 6th graders are invited to come from 6:00 – 8:00pm. This will be outside by the TreeHouse. 

 Preschool Playscape Playtime

 June 10 and July 15 – Preschool (Ages 3-K) can play indoors from 10:00am – 11:00am (older siblings are welcome to play on outdoor playground but need adult supervision. Indoor need adult supervision as well – we encourage you to buddy up with another family. Then 1st – 6th grade can play indoors from 11:00am – 12:00pm (same rules apply for this time slot as well). This is a great way to invite people from the community! Make sure you bring your socks!

YOUTH CHOIR — BEGINS JUNE 8

Calling all 3rd grade kids who love music! We are starting a Youth Choir to learn music but most importantly to reach out into our community with song. Jean Fletcher and Abigail Akin will be training kids in worship. We will meet on Saturdays from 10:00am – 11:00am June 8 and 22, and July 6 and 20. Our first outreach will be in August. This choir plans to continue through the year. Sign up in the TreeHouse at the Welcome Desk. For more information, contact Jean Fletcher at jeanf@longviewfbc.com

1st – 6th Graders Join us for Worship this Summer!

We are excited that all the 1st – 6th graders will be joining their parents and the rest of the church family in Worship this summer. This will be a great time to model worship to the younger generation. They will be in services June 2nd – July 31st.

June 2 – August 4

We want to encourage the 1st – 6th graders to HOLD ON! to the Bible and what they have been learning. To not “take off” in the summer from being in God’s word. Our challenge has 2 options: either read through Corinthians 1 & 2, OR memorize 1 Corinthians 13. We will have a log to track their progress that their parents will sign off on. To celebrate, all kids who finish the challenge will get to go to the Tyler Rock Climbing gym on August 8th. 

Check out more events on the Fellowship Calendar