Hello Everyone! I wanted to mention what the preaching and teaching schedule is for our Sunday Afternoon and Wednesday Night Services.
During our Wednesday Night Bible Study Time, we have begun a series of lessons teaching on the subject "Dangerous Doctrines." The Bible warns us of false teachers who introduce "damnable heresies"(2 Peter 2:1) and "doctrines of devils" (1 Timothy 4:1). In our Wednesday Bible Study Hour we are going to examine a number of false teachings that are prevalent in churches today. The word of God tells us to "earnestly contend for the faith" (Jude 3) and we want to inform and equip Christians so that they can "fight the good fight of faith" (1 Timothy 6:12).
In our Sunday Afternoon Services we are preaching alternately through two books of the Bible. The church is going verse-by-verse through the Old Testament book of GENESIS and the New Testament book of LUKE.
- The book of Genesis is the book of "beginnings" that tells us the origin of the earth, of the human race, of sin, of civilization, of human government, of the nations, and so many more things that are relevant to us today and will be until God creates the new heavens and the new earth.
- The book of Luke is the Gospel of the Son of Man. Each chapter contains some interesting parable or event or account that is full of spiritual truth and practical application and shows the compassion and humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ. Many of the stories people are familiar with and hear sermons preached about them, but we are preaching through the entire book and attempting to glean as much from each chapter, passage and verse that we can.
We hope that you will consider visiting with us if do not regularly attend at another Bible-believing, Gospel-preaching church.
REMEMBER WHEN… churches actually preached the Bible?
AT Solid Rock Baptist Church WE STILL DO!
I have always referred to our church as a Bible-believing church, one that holds to the King James Version of the Holy Scriptures. But more than just that, we are a Gospel PREACHING and Bible TEACHING church. And we don’t just proclaim the cover of the Book, but we preach the content of the Book. We don’t just talk about the Bible, but we actually use the Book as our textbook for doctrine and daily life.
Currently this is what our church is doing when it comes to Bible teaching and preaching in our services.
SUNDAY SCHOOL classes:
· Mrs. Martin is teaching the pre-K children. She is going through basic Bible stories to familiarize them with the simple stories of the Bible.
· Bro. Randy Brou recently started teaching the adult class. He is going through the Pauline Epistles, and has just begun a verse-by-verse study of the book of Romans.
· The Pastor (Bro. Martin) began a Teenage Sunday School class this month. He is leading the young people in a study of “Nine Steps to Christian Maturity,” using the Chick Publications book “The Next Step.”
SUNDAY MORNING services:
· We are singing the old time hymns from out of the church songbook, led by our song leader and accompanied by our church pianist. We occasionally have someone sing a "special" usually aided by the piano or a guitar.
· The Pastor is preaching whatever Bible-based sermon he feels led by the Lord to bring before the people in the worship hour for that day. (Bro. Randy conducts a "Junior Church" for the little ones during this time 3 times per month.)
· The invitation time at the end of the service gives those in attendance the opportunity to come to an old fashioned altar. It is a time to present the lost with the chance to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, and for those with burdens to come and pray for their needs and the needs of others.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON services: After the morning services, we break for a church luncheon held in the fellowship hall. We partake of a light lunch, some Christian conversation, and then start up our second service at 1:30 PM. We sing a few songs, and then the Pastor preaches a short message before we dismiss. We usually finish the afternoon service no later than 2:15 PM.
The Pastor has been preaching through the Old Testament book of Genesis and this week he will be in the last part of chapter 8, dealing with the faith of Noah and how it applies to us today.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT PRAYER MEETING services:
· We meet at 7 PM on Wednesday nights for our Prayer Meeting and Bible Study and are usually done between 8:00 or 8:15 PM. We understand that people are busy, and have work and school and children to tend to, so we don’t keep people late (although some of our folks have been known to stay after the services just to fellowship).
· The first half hour is dedicated to prayer. We open with a couple of congregational songs, and then we take up prayer requests, which we then take time to pray for as a church.
· The second half hour is dedicated to Bible study. The Pastor is preaching through the New Testament book of Luke. We have just begun chapter 10 in this great book of the Bible.
SATURDAY MORNING OUTREACH: Those interested in evangelism and church growth meet at 9 AM on Saturday mornings. We basically canvass the surrounding neighborhoods and distribute Gospel literature and Church brochures. We speak to those we can, and leave tracts and invitations on their doors.
If you are interested in being part of a Bible-believing, Gospel preaching church, please consider trying out Solid Rock Baptist Church.
MEN'S BIBLE STUDY FELLOWSHIP: Spring 2013
We just recently finished a 12 week Men's Bible Study here at the church. We met once a week on an "off" church night to study "The Abundant Life" Discipleship Course. It is an excellent book written by Ray Baughman back in 1959 and published by Moody Press. The book covers 12 important areas of Christian discipleship. Each chapter ends with questions and additional information with plenty of Scripture references. It is the best little book I know of for instructing new Christians and discipling older Christians who need to grow and for instructing Christians in how to disciple others. The book deals with the simple, practical, daily Christian life.
There is so much information in each chapter that we were not able to cover everything in a chapter in one night. What we did was have each man read the chapter and answer the questions at the end (on his own 'recognizance' ;), and then when we met, I highlighted the chapter and had handouts based upon that chapter. It worked out well, and everyone said it was helpful and held their interest. We started at about 7:15 and finished about 8:30, and no one was "in a hurry" to be done.
If you go through this book, you will grow spiritually, and it will give you the tools necessary to disciple someone else, which is what we are all supposed to be doing. In addition to our church's men, we had regulars from several churches in the area. The average attendance was 6 or 7 each week for the duration of the 12 weeks' Bible study. (We opened the Bible study up to any man who would come, and encouraged each to invite others, whether saved or lost. Several visitors did come. )
The purpose of the Bible study was to strengthen our men, and to use it as an outreach to get other men in who, though they might not come to a church service, might come to an informal Bible study where we sit around a table with an open Bible, and where questions are welcome. I think it went well, and there is interest in having another Men's Bible Study Fellowship in the future.
Lord willing, I would like to have a 12 week Bible study each Spring and Fall. Please pray for us in this matter, that God's will be done, and God's' men be edified, and lost men saved.
-- Pastor Martin
FATHER'S DAY at SOLID ROCK BAPTIST CHURCH
The Church had a great day yesterday as we celebrated Father's Day at the Father's House. What better thing could Christians do on Father's Day than to honor their "heavenly Father" by going to church to worship Him? Amen.
We also honored our earthly fathers. Each of the fathers present received a little book called the "Bible Prophecy Handbook" published by Barbour Books. It is a great little book that I found this week. The book is set up to read just a short article (about 1 to 2 pages) for 90 days. It covers a different topic of prophecy each day, and at the end of 90 days the reader can be an amateur prophetic scholar!
The pastor preached from Genesis 18:19, where God said that He knew Abraham and his character, and that he would lead his family in the ways of God. What a great text for Father's Day. The title of the message was, "Old Fashioned Advice for an Old Fashioned Christian Home." If dads would heed the advice, America would change in one Sunday. The altars of America's churches really should be full of men seeking God's blessing on them and their families and their churches and communities. What a difference it would make if AmericaN dads would not be indifferent to their spiritual needs. God help each of us to be godly fathers in an ungodly time and place. I pray that Christians would get a burden to lead their families and live their personal lives in light of the fact that God knows us inside and out, and is looking for us to step up our games, and be what He wants us to be and knows we can, by His grace.
After services, we had some great Memphis B-B-Q with all the fixins, followed by an afternoon of volleyball on the church grounds. All had a good time.
“Doing What You Like and Enjoying What You Love”
What do you love? Who do you love? The Bible and Jesus Christ are clear that our greatest love is to be reserved for our Creator and Redeemer, and that we are to love Jehovah-God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength. A Bible reference is not even needed to prove that point to most people in the world. (But here they are anyhow – Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Matt. 22:37; Mark 12:30)
Do you love God? Do you love the “things of God”?
Yesterday, I worked an all-night shift, then came home and went to bed. Six and a half hours later I woke up, tired, and with a combination migraine/sinus headache. That was about 4:15 in the afternoon. I had joined a local sports league recently, and was scheduled to play a singles tennis match at 6:30 that evening. So I had less than two hours, really, to get ready to head for the courts and meet my opponent. But I had this pounding headache. Well, I ate something light to see if that would help, and it didn’t really. So I took a sinus pill with a “D” in it to try and relieve the pressure. Then I decided to help alleviate the migraine part, too, so I took two Excedrin migraine tablets. It was then I remembered also that my right elbow would have bursitis flare-ups when I played sometimes, and it would hurt so bad that I couldn’t hit the ball very well, or sometimes even at all, when it did that – so to hopefully avoid that, I took two Aleve pills. As the time approached to go the courts, my head still hurt some. But I thought to myself: just go on, you know you want to, and give the medicine time to start working, and who knows, you may feel up to playing and do alright, even if it just works a little bit. So I changed my clothes, grabbed my gear, got in the car, and went to meet my tennis buddy for that week’s match.
(BTW, tennis is not an expensive sport, and it is better for your health than that lame golf game that most preachers play at. For tennis, most courts are public and free, and all you need are a pair of good shoes [$35 to $50] and a racket [for the serious player, about $120 to $150]. The only thing you have to put out for each week is a can of balls [$2.18 at Wal-Mart]. It is much cheaper than golf, and you can get a better workout in less time. Golf takes at least 3 hours, not counting the before and after formalities; for tennis – no formalities, just warm up for 10 minutes, play for 60 to 90 minutes, and you are done.)
Now, why did I go through all this, when I could have called and cancelled and rescheduled this weekly routine? Because I need the exercise, because tennis is fun, and most of all – because I LOVE it. I love the courts, the rackets, the feel of the racket making contact with the ball, the sound of the ball coming off the racket, the challenge of getting that first serve in, the rush of a clean cross court winner low over the center of the net, and of course, popping open the new can of balls, hearing the air hiss as the pressure is released, and the smell of those fresh new tennis balls. Oh what joy, oh, what delight! Tennis bliss at its best.
I like the game of tennis and I’ll watch it on TV. I really like watching it in person, if I have the time and get the chance – but I LOVE to play the game itself. That is why I went through the trouble described above: because I LOVE the game of tennis with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.
Now, what is that you love that much? There is bound to be something in your life that you enjoy, and you are motivated to do whatever you can to participate in it. There are things and activities and people that you love, and you love to engage in them and be around them.
Now here is the point of all this. If you LOVE the Lord God Almighty as you should (and we are commanded to do so) then you will make every effort to worship and serve Him with all your ability. You won’t find reasons or make up excuses to “get out of” worshiping the Lord. Instead, you will do your dead-level best to overcome the obstacles to Christian worship and service so that you can participate. That means that you will read your Bible, you will do some praying, and you will definitely attend a Bible-teaching, Gospel-preaching church where God is honored and Jesus Christ is exalted – all on a regular, consistent basis. A little sniffle, a slight headache, a stiff joint or two, aren't going to stop you – not if you can help it, BECAUSE you LOVE the LORD.
I have learned that people do what they like to do, and that they enjoy what they love. Do you love God? Do you enjoy worshiping Him? Do you like serving the Lord? Do you desire to be around others of like mind and faith? Do you want to please your Savior? Do you love the “things of God?” If you don’t, I’ll tell you from the Bible what your problem is: you don’t LOVE God, because you love the world too much (Matthew 6:24.) The solution is to “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).
The apostle John said in his epistle in 1 John 2:15 – “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” What he meant is that if your heart is full of love for the world, your heart won’t have room to love God. It doesn’t mean that you are not saved, or not a child of God. It simply means that you don’t love your heavenly Father as you should, because the world has gotten hold of your affections. If that is your case, you need to repent and return to your first love – the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Rev. 2:5). You need to start loving God again. And the way you do that is to quit spending so much time with the world, and start spending time with Him – by reading His word regularly, by talking to Him in prayer every day, and by hanging around His house (church).
One wise preacher gave good advice when he said: “Now that you are saved, be sure to stay in the Bible, stay in prayer, stay in church, and stay in love with God.”
I hope that you will resolve to love the Lord and enjoy the things of God.
The Preaching Moment
-Copied and slightly edited from The Disciple Maker
Isaiah 48:14, 16 – “All ye, assemble yourselves, and hear… Come ye near unto me, hear ye this...”
God has ordained the local church for what we might call the preaching moment. The preaching moment involves the culmination of all of a week's events and trials of life into one moment's time where the congregation will be confronted, encouraged, challenged, and strengthened by the preaching of the Word of God.
I have come to believe that God has prepared something special for every person in a local church at every preaching moment. If the preacher lives a Spirit-filled life during the week, God will bring forth a special miracle that touches every life in a local church during the preaching moment.
However, Satan's minions do not want the miracle of that preaching moment to take place. Some people will be kept away from the service. Others will not hear because of distractions within the church service. Many others will not hear because their attention is elsewhere. May God help us to escape the apathy that results in the unheard sermon.
If it were not for the "dispensation of grace" (God's supernatural enabling through the ministry of His Spirit) operating through the preacher's life through the week, the preaching moment does not occur the way God intends. If it were not for the "dispensation of grace" (God's supernatural enabling through the ministry of His Spirit) operating through the lives of individual believers throughout the week, the preaching moment does not occur the way God intends.
It is through this supernatural spiritual dynamic that God makes "known" (Ephesians 3:3) to the preacher what it is that the believer is to be brought to "understand” concerning the “knowledge in the mystery of Christ" (Ephesians 3:4).
If believers do not understand this supernatural spiritual dynamic in which they are to be involved, they will fail to take the gravity of the preaching moment seriously. They will fail to understand the warfare waged against them as mentioned to us in Ephesians 6:10-18. They will fail to understand the critical importance in praying for their preacher in the way he prays for them during the week (Ephesians 6:19-20).
Again, may God preserve our congregation’s preaching moments and save us all from unheard sermons.
Romans 10:17 – “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
MAJOR MILESTONE: 20 Years As Pastor of Solid Rock Baptist Church
This past Sunday I celebrated my 20th Year Anniversary as Pastor of Solid Rock Baptist Church. It is hard to believe that it has been that long, and then again, it seems like such short time. I thank God for His goodness towards me and my family and the church over these many years.
We have seen souls saved and baptized; Christians taught in the Word and growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ; couples married and Christian homes established; foreign missionaries supported; revival meetings with some of God’s best evangelists.
There have been many souls come through our doors over the years, and we thank God for each person we have had the opportunity to minister to.
I want to thank the Lord for the family he has blessed me with – especially for my faithful wife of 30 plus years who has stood by my side in the good times and the bad times.
I appreciate every faithful church member who has prayed for me and offered a timely word of encouragement; who has invited, made visits, and supported the ministry here.
One of our men reminded us that Church is a “team effort,” and I count it a great privilege for the people of God to entrust me with the honor of being the “team leader” as the Pastor of our congregation here at Solid Rock Baptist. Praise the Lord for His mercy and grace.
Bro. David Martin
Every year people make their New Year's Resolutions. As the Pastor of Solid Rock Baptist Church, I decided to post mine for all to see.
The Pastor’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2013
1. I resolve to read a portion of Scripture each and every day.
2. I resolve to spend time in prayer each and every day.
3. I resolve to witness for Christ in some form or fashion every week.
4. I resolve to faithfully attend church services every Sunday and every Wednesday night this year.
5. I resolve to regularly support the church with my financial giving as the Lord prospers me.
6. I resolve to love the brethren and minister to the flock of God to the best of my ability.
7. I resolve to study my Bible and prepare and preach the Word of God faithfully every week.
Some of you aren't preachers, but simply common Christians who want to do right. Each of you can resolve to join me in resolutions 1 through 5. What a tremendous difference it would make in your personal life, family life, business life, church life, community life, and national life - if we all determined in our hearts to be resolved to live for Jesus Christ this year and worship and serve Him in our respective local churches.
Signed, the Preacher.
SEEKING GOD EARLY in 2013
Psalm 63:1, 2 - "O GOD, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and they glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary."
When it comes to seeking God early, I believe that means we should seek God early in our day, to meet with Him, and get to know Him better. I also believe it can mean that a person should seek God early in age - in other words, the sooner in life you begin to seek God, the better. At this time of year, I believe we could say that people should begin to seek God early in the New Year, and should start no later than tomorrow, Jan. 1, 2013, to find the Lord.
People should seek God early in the matter of their CONVERSION. Have you been converted? Have you come to God as a little child (Matt. 18:3), humbly, forsaking your sin and your unbelief and your pride, and believed the word of God and received the gift of eternal life that God offers to those who come to Christ? I hope that you have, but if you have not done so, yet, what are you waiting for? SEEK GOD EARLY, as soon as possible, for your conversion and be saved today.
People should seek God early in the matter of their CONSECRATION. Are you a consecrated Christian? Have you relinquished your personal rights and given your life over to God? Have you presented your body a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1-2) to the One who bought you with His blood and saved you by His grace? Have you surrendered yourself to God? The Bible tells it is only our "reasonable service," and the Lord deserves our dedication. As a child of God, you should not have to be shamed into serving God out of a sense of guilt and mere obligation. But you should be a consecrated believer and a dedicated servant of the Lord out of a sense of gratitude (because of the "mercies of God" - Rom. 12:1), a sense of duty, and a sense of devotion. If Jesus died for us, the least we can do is to live for Him. SEEK GOD EARLY, as soon as possible, for your consecration, and dedicate your life to living for Christ.
People should seek God early in the matter of their COMMUNION. By this I don't mean the taking of the Lord's Supper every week as some traditions do. I am referring that deeper fellowship with God through personal Bible reading and Bible study, and private prayer. Fellowship is getting along with God, but communion is something more - it is getting alone with God at times during the week, without distraction, so that you can seriously focus on God speaking to you through His Word, and you meditating on the Scriptures, and spending quality time in prayer with your heavenly Father. Jesus set the example for us in Mark 1:35. He sought out communion with the Father early, often, and alone. SEEK GOD EARLY, as soon as possible, for your communion with God, and don't let the world crowd God out of your schedule. Start your day with God.
You cannot go wrong if you SEEK GOD EARLY. But you must "seek the Lord while He may be found." (Isaiah 55:6-7) Don't put off the Lord. And you must seek him "diligently" (Heb 11:6).
David said he would seek God early because He was HIS God. Is the God of the Bible YOUR God? If so, seek Him early, and make it a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and a lifetime habit.
Hope to see you at church the FIRST SUNDAY of 2013 as we at Solid Rock Baptist Church choose to seek the Lord in our daily lives and weekly worship.
God bless all of you.
I ask this question because it is with mixed feelings that I commemorate our nation's birthday this year (2012).
I love America. It is the best country on earth. And as Ronald Reagan put, America is the "last best hope on earth." If America goes under, the hope of the world and the promise of freedom goes with it because America has been God's instrument of blessing during its brief history.
My grandfather served in WW2, my father-in-law served in the Army, my father served in the Army, and in the Navy during Vietnam. I served in the Air Force. I know and work with many veterans who served and fought for this nation, as well as current military members who are serving now. I wish the best for America and her people, and pray for her revival.
Unfortunately, this great country is being transformed before our very eyes for the worse. It is being 'fundamentally transformed' just like our current President said he would do when he ran for office and was elected in 2008 - he kept his campaign pledge, for sure.
What the socialists and sodomites have been working so persistently for over the the past several decades has come to fruition this year. I doubt that it will be long before the US Supreme Court legalizes so-called 'gay marriage.' which is in the eyes God is an abomination. Our military has now endorsed and embraced the "gay" soldier, sailor (no more jokes about the Navy anymore), airman and marine (of all the branches!). Rev. Wright said that America's "chickens had come home to roost." I say that America's "goose is now cooked."
Illegal immigration is weakening our nation's security and sucking the life out of our economy, and it seems our leaders don't have the resolve to stop it or even curb it. The state of Arizona has been told that it cannot protect its borders, even though according to authorities Mexican drug cartels are literally occupying parts of the United States along the Arizona border. If we cannot put troops on the border to prevent illegals from invading our country (see, the Posse Comitatus Law), can't we at least send troops to push the drug cartels back across the border?
Islam is still being pawned off and accepted by much of America as "just another religion", no better or worse or dangerous than Christianity. It is still being called a "religion of peace." We tell the world that we are not at war with Islam, but as one person said, "Maybe we aren't at war with them, but they are at war with us."
The so-called "Arab Spring" has produced more militant Islamic states that are threats to the free, christian world; particularly Libya and Egypt. We have fought for 10 years to protect ourselves from the Islamic threat and liberated Iraq, only to have the whole effort undermined in Afghanistan, and by the new "democracies" of the Arab Spring, not to mention the crazy Iranians, backing Syria, and backed by the Russians. And our government officials have congratulated these new totalitarian, anti-Western, anti-Christian, anti-Israel regimes! What insanity (or is it actually fear?)! Armageddon, here we come - the pieces are being placed in position on the game board as we speak.
Atheism is on the rise, or at least, it is becoming more militant and vocal. Their literature is becoming more pervasive in our local bookstores, and infecting the minds of our young people. It is no longer wack jobs like the hate-filled Communist "Mad" Murray O'Hair (who, by the way, single-handedly got prayer and Bible reading out of the public schools of America FOREVER 50 years ago). but the likes of Hitchens, Dawkins, Maher, Jillette, and others whom the media and the public takes to and listens to.
And the Church in America? The Christians in America? As one preacher put it, there are only 3 outcomes for us - Ruin or Revival -- Rapture. I vote for the Rapture! But we'd better pray and work for Revival, or Ruin is in store before the Rapture.
May we this 4th of July take inventory of our Christianity and make the needed adjustments for our nation, our churches, our communities and our families.
God help us. God have mercy on us.
Will God Bless the U.S.A.?
“We shall be a city on a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world.” ( John Winthrop, to the newly arrived pilgrims aboard the ship Arabella; Massachusetts, 1630)
2 Chronicles 7:13-15
“If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 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. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.”
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.” (Psalm 33:12)