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May 11, 2018, 9:27 AM

Angry Believers, the Story of Jonah


Church Family,

I’m guilty. I need to share the gospel more often. There are many reasons that we don’t share the gospel as freely as we should. Yet, there is no other message as powerful and true as the gospel, that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day.

Jonah 3:1-2 Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.”

What is so confusing about the story of Jonah is the reaction of Jonah when the people repent.

Jonah 4:1-4 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. 2And he prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. 3Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” 4And the LORD said, “Do you do well to be angry?”

God has blessed our city with a great revival recently, but not everyone was happy about it. Sadly, I didn’t hear one lost person complain, but I did hear several believers. The saving of a soul is no small feat.

I mean look at the temper tantrum Jonah throws:

V2 “is this not what I said”…… “this is why”  (His arrogance is so great that he attempts to justify his disobedience with the claim to knows better than God).

Do you celebrate the gospel, share the gospel, or allow your future telling skills to hold the gospel back? Does your church?

V3 Take my life from me! Oh, that we would rather give our life to advance the gospel rather than ask God to spare us from the joy of the change that comes with the gospel.

Are you a reluctant follower of Christ? Does your wisdom begin with the worst that could happen or with what God could do through your faithfulness?  I often ask whether I am more afraid of losing people or losing God? Count the cost, start by realizing that God’s presence(which Jonah is fleeing from ch1) is the 1 thing you can’t afford to lose. Are you leaving the 99 for the 1 or are you happy with the 99 and willing to let the 1 go to Hell?

Reminders:

  1. Sunday is Mother’s Day!
  2. Sunday we are dedicating 7 children. This will be at the very beginning of the 11am service.
  3. Graduates please sign up for the June 3rd graduate service by this Sunday.
  4. May 20th we will begin prayer walking a nearby neighborhood at 5:30pm

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




May 9, 2018, 7:16 AM

They Deserve Hell, not the Gospel


Church Family,

Jonah 1:1-3 Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” 3But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the LORD

What is the story of Jonah about? God has called one of his people, who was created to go and tell about Him, to go and tell the enemy about God. What is the issue with Jonah?

He believes the Ninevites are unworthy of the Gospel or is it deeper? Does it have anything to do with the Ninevites? Isn’t it a matter of his view of God and not the people? I mean at what point are the Ninevites worthy of the gospel or unworthy? The truth is that our reluctance to obey God and share the gospel has little to nothing to do with the people we are unwilling to share with. It has to do with his/our view of God as being unworthy of being shared, unable to save, or causing shame to Jonah’s reputation.

What is your response to the call that God has placed on your life? Do you like Jonah, consider it to be optional?

Can I encourage you with this verse as well, Romans 11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

God does not remove His calling on your life. If He has saved you, then He has gifted you to help accomplish the calling He has on your life. I’ve never read of or met a believer whose calling was to not share the gospel.

If you are still unwilling to follow God’s call, please study this passage. See how it causes damage to the lives of those around him, but don’t forget to see the God of grace who pursued Jonah.

Reminders:

  1. Prayer Meeting Tonight at 7pm.
  2. Mother’s Day Celebration this Sunday. We have 7 babies signed up to be dedicated, Praise the Lord!

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




May 7, 2018, 10:36 AM

When God Removed His Word


Church Family,

Praise God for His Mighty Hand of Salvation! Yesterday we had 2 more souls testify to the saving power of Jesus. Oh, that God would allow every service to have someone come to a saving knowledge of Jesus.

Today I have a confession. In my flesh I have a message that I would love to write to the church and hope that God would bring it to fruition. Even worse, after reading in the Book of Amos, I find that God is saying the same message that I wanted to write on. So, what do you do? In this case, I realize that my heart is deceitfully wicked about all things. My heart’s message can not produce spiritual fruit. Only the word of God can do that. Had God put that message there I would have shared in a heartbeat, but my desires put it there.

Amos 3:7-8 “For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets. 8The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken; who can but prophesy?”

You see the key to being a disciple is hearing, listening(obeying), and sharing what God has said. Not what you desire. The danger to only hearing what you desire and not what God is saying is that it brings judgement on us.

Amos 8:11-12 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. 12They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it.

Notice this, it’s not that there is a lack of God’s word, but a lack of hearing the word. The judgement: God will make His word hard to find.

Reminders:

  1. Visitation tonight at 5:30 we are eating spaghetti, at 6:15 we are going out or staying in to write cards. How can your Sunday school class use visitation as a tool to REACH, TEACH, and MINISTER to others?
  2. Tuesday at 10:30 the Seniors are leaving to go eat at Ella’s. Bring your Horry Electric Card we will stop by the meeting on the way home to get our discount.
  3. Tuesday at 4:45 the Baptist Women are meeting at the church, then going to the Horry county parking lot, and lastly they are going to eat at the surfside pier. Please call Gayle for more details
  4. Last call for Baby Dedication sign-up. We have 6 signed up so far.
  5. Sunday we are celebrating Mother’s Day. Please come and join us.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




May 4, 2018, 8:31 AM

The Spirit Promised


Church Family,

Joel 2:28-29 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. 29Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit.

It is hard for me to comprehend being a believer and not having the Spirit. In the Old Testament, we see the Holy Spirit, but all believers were not filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus refers to the Spirit as the Helper and Comforter. John 16 tell us the Spirit will convict us of Sin, Righteousness, and Judgement.

The Spirit convicts us of our sin. In spite of what most teach, drinking, drugs, sex, etc. doesn’t send us to Hell. People go to Hell because they do not believe in Jesus (John 3:18) Only the Spirit can prove this to those who don’t believe.

The Spirit convicts us of righteousness. We have no righteousness apart from Jesus. Christ, who is seated at the right hand of the Father, is our righteousness. He is the way to be forgiven of our sin and to have access to the Father.

The Spirit convicts us of judgement. Now that you believe and only trust in what Jesus did to save you. You need to rightly judge that the things of this world are fading away. That only things done in Christ are eternal.

Reminders:

  1. Tonight and Tomorrow night are the last nights of revival. Be sure to attend if possible. Take someone that doesn’t believe with you.
  2. Today our Ladies are going to Women of Joy. Please pray for them.
  3. This Sunday we will have a Gideon Speaker. We will take up an offering for Gideon’s International.
  4. Sign-up for the Baby Dedication and Graduate Sunday is available on the bulletin board.
  5. Visitation this Monday. Food at 5:30 and going out at 6:15.
  6. Senior Adults are going to Ella’s and then to the Horry Electric meeting Tuesday. Meet at the church at 10:30.
  7. Baptist Women’s meeting Tuesday night. Meet at the church at 4:45pm, go from there to the county building parking lot, and then leave to go to Esther Chresoulis’ house in Surfside. Call Gayle for details, 843-902-4196

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




May 2, 2018, 9:52 AM

How to Stop Revival


Church Family,

Hosea 14:1-4 Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity. 2 Take with you words and return to the LORD; say to him, “Take away all iniquity; accept what is good, and we will pay with bulls
the vows of our lips. 3Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride on horses;
and we will say no more, ‘Our God,’ to the work of our hands. In you the orphan finds mercy.” 4 I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them.

APOSTASY - the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief.

The revival winds are blowing strong within our city. Another 114 were saved last night alone bringing the total to 1196. I want to encourage you to bring any and everyone to worship at revival this week. At the heart of revival is when a people realizes they have stumbled because of their sins. They in turn bring their words to God. No longer do they live a religious life, but rather by Faith they call out to God with their words for God to saved them.

I’ve been asked how would this revival ever end? The answer is worth repeating. This revival will stop when “believers” who have renounced their faith in exchange for religion begin to flood the revival and quench the Spirit.

Have you ever accepted your sin? The sins of others? Do you make decisions based on what pleases God or what pleases the people around you? Have you renounced your faith without realizing it?

Let me confess, there are things that I want to criticize about the revival. I would do things differently at times, but that may also be because God didn’t gift me the way He has gifted the leaders of this revival. So, I have a choice, I can quench the Spirit and complain about what I don’t like, OR I can rejoice at what God is doing?

My choice is to rejoice at what God is doing. To see that it is God at work and not the ways of man. Apostasy at its core is when ‘believers’ trust in the way things are done(v3) and not in God’s power. Are we known more for our ways or for seeking God? Do we rejoice at what God is doing in the lives of others?

Reminders:

  1. Prayer meeting tonight for those who aren’t going to the revival.
  2. Women of Joy Conference this weekend. Please be in prayer for these ladies.
  3. Sign-up for Baby Dedication and Graduate Service on the bulletin board.
  4. Gideon Service Sunday morning. We will take up an offering.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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