ELMIRA BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor- Scott Dean
6111 California Pacific Road
P. O. Box 160
Elmira, Ca. 95625
9:45AM- SUNDAY SCHOOL (ALL AGES)
11AM- MORNING WORSHIP & JUNIOR CHURCH
6PM- EVENING WORSHIP
Our Food Fellowship Sunday is the 4th Sunday of each month.
11AM - Worship
12:30PM - Food Fellowship
1:30PM - Prayer & Praise
(no 6PM Service on these
4th Sundays only)
SMALL GROUP STUDIES
7PM - BIBLE STUDY &
"Prayer: motivation, methods and models"
(meets in the Sanctuary)
7PM - Mailbox Club
(children ages 4-12)
LADIES' BIBLE STUDY
is on Winter break.
New Study to start in the
9:30AM- Gospel Outreach
Nursery provided for
all Services and Meetings
A Message from Pastor Dean
Welcome to Elmira Baptist Church. We are a group of believers who are developing our love for God, our love for each other and our love for people. We invite you to join us for music that exalts God, preaching that easily applies to life and fellowship that makes you feel a part of the family.
Our theme for 2019 is "Jesus, name above all names" based on Philippians 2:9-10, "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow." Join us in exalting Christ. Whether you are new to the neighborhood or new the the Christian life we welcome you to grow with us.
“If the Son therefore shall make you free,
be free indeed.” John
The Garden of Eden
It was in the Garden of Eden that God first extended the grace of religious freedom. God gave Adam and Eve the full freedom to believe, trust and obey Him or, to doubt Him. What some call the God-given and God-blessed "freedom of the human will," is God's gracious extension of religious freedom to every person in every time and place.
The Bible records that in exercising their religious liberty, Adam and Eve sinned. That first fall has led to all kinds of evil, but God was more interested in our freedom than in conformity to His will. That's an amazing reality. God loves us enough to let us " have our own head," as an equestrian might say. No bit in our mouths, no oppressive yoke; in fact, in Christ, the yoke of God is easy and the burden light. So, real freedom begins in the Garden and the freedom is then restored on Golgotha. In between is the realty of slavery to sin that cannot be escaped. God, by grace, gives His people the Law as a counselor, tutor and guide, but ultimately there is no effective or lasting righteousness achieved. Atonement was only possible through One perfectly submitted in perfect sacrifice. And only God could do that. So He did.
Freedom is not free and never has been
The all-sufficient atoning sacrifice of Christ for freedom from sin and liberty from the Law is what Paul is talking about in Galatians 5. For liberty we have been liberated; for freedom we have been set free. Nothing need be added to Christ for salvation: no deeds, no circumcision, nothing but Christ. To add anything of our works to Christ is to put ourselves again under the unbearable yoke of slavery to the Law - and ultimately slavery to sin.
Freedom, within bounds
Current examples of using freedom for license abound as our culture has devolved into moral relativity. We are not accurately described as "one nation under God" as too many pledge their allegiance to identities apart from God. To our peril we have disconnected the independence as a people from our dependence upon God. Everyone does what is right in his own eyes. We have forgotten that to be liberated from the tyranny of sin also means we joyfully submit to the full authority of the Lord who died that we might live. The yoke of Christ is real - not burdensome, but real. He is our King and Lord, and He has very real expectations for our lives. That is the nature of discipleship: a person set truly free by Christ and freely enslaved to Christ. So we are called, so let us live.
2019- I Am Resolved
Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God's help, I do humbly entreat Him, by His grace, to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to His will, for Christ's sake.
I will remember to read over the Resolutions once a week:
1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to the glory of God.
2. Resolved, to do whatever I think to be my duty, and most for the good and advantage of mankind in
3. Resolved, never to lose one moment of time, but to improve it in the most profitable way I possibly
4. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.
5. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.
6. Resolved, never to do anything out of revenge.
7. Resolved, never to speak evil of anyone.
8. Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly, and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly
perceive, myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.
9. Resolved, to ask myself, at the end of every day, week, month and year, wherein I could possible, in
any respect, have done better.
10.Resolved, let there be something of benevolence in all I speak.