Faith Bible Church

Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 10:45 am

Prelude                                                                                                                Conor McNab & Lois Toews

Welcome/Announcements                                                                                                Pastor Jim Barber

Hymn #523                                                                                                Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Solo – Wonderful, Merciful Savior                                                                                               Lois Toews

Hymn #10                                                                                                                           O Worship the King

Responsive Reading #631 – Obedience                                                                                     Paul Conrad

Offertory Hymn #250                                                                                                          Come, Holy Spirit
Please remain seated until the final verse when children age 3 to grade 6 are dismissed to Sunday School and infants to age 3 to supervised nursery.

Pastoral Prayer:                                                                                              Union Gospel Mission (UGM)

Duet – Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus                                                                Lois Toews and Jim Barber

Scripture Reading – 1 Samuel 15

Sermon – Impressive Worship                                                                                         Pastor Jim Barber

Hymn #381                                                                                                     Open My Eyes, That I May See

A LARGE PRINT version of this bulletin is available along with enlarged copies of the hymns. Ask an usher for a copy.

Faith Bible Church – Proclaiming Salvation By Grace Alone,
Through Faith Alone, In Christ Alone, On the Authority of Scripture Alone, For the Glory of God Alone.

Vacation Bible School Report 2017

This past week was a busy one at FBC! Overall we were very pleased with how VBS went and very grateful for the Lord’s grace to finish this week well. All of the time and tireless effort put into this outreach proved to be fruitful. The children that came were immersed in teaching from the Word of God and shown genuine love every single morning.

Each day we had between 9-13 kids, and one day we even had a couple of neighborhood teenagers join us for the day. From that number, 8 were from our community and 5 of them do not regularly attend a church. Some come from terribly difficult home situations as well, so the opportunity to invest in them for an entire week was an even greater blessing. Each one thoroughly enjoyed themselves and these are some of the remarks I received throughout the week:

“I can’t wait to tell my mom what I learned and show her this craft!”

With a big grin, “you mean, I can come here every Sunday??”

“I wish we could have VBS every week!”

Every time I asked one of the children what they learned that morning, they were quick and eager to provide a response. From the choice of music, to the lesson, to the craft and snack, the main point was driven into their hearts and minds over and over again. Here is a brief summary of what they learned each day:

Day 1: “Book of books”
*Selected verses and 2 Timothy 3:16
*The Bible is unique and greater than any book that’s ever been written.

Day 2: “Incredible Impact”
*Acts 9:1-22 and Psalm 119:105
*The Bible’s message has had an incredible impact on the earth and on each one of our lives.

Day 3: “Bedrock Base”
*Matthew 7:24-29
*The Bible is the bedrock foundation to build our lives on.

Day 4: “Letter of Love”
*The Bible has a thrilling theme running throughout its pages – God’s love and care for us
*Romans 5:8

Day 5: “Exciting to Explore”
*Luke 10:38-42 and Psalm 119:162
*The Bible is exciting to explore. Let’s learn it, love it, and live it! It’s a great treasure!

It was encouraging to see the prayer sign-up sheet nearly full of names by the time VBS began, with some slots even having 2 people committed to pray! Undoubtedly there were countless others who uplifted this outreach in prayer. To each of you who prayed for VBS: THANK YOU!! Without the power of Christ through prayer, none of this would have worked out the way it did and all our labour would have been in vain.

Even though this event has come to an end, our job is far from over. It is important for us to keep praying for these children and their families. If you would like to pray specifically for any of these kids, here are the first names of ones that came: Thomas, John, Julia, Leah, Waylon, Jazmin, Jordyn, Dallas, Dale, Jacob, Sage, Mirah, D.J., Angelo, Kayden, and Jalyn. As we are uplifting these kids in prayer, may we not forget to pray for the children from our own congregation who were unable to join us this week as well.

In addition to all of this, it was wonderful to watch the selfless, humble, diligent servanthood presented by each volunteer that came this week to fill the various roles. I cannot say THANK YOU enough for your tireless service!

May God be glorified through all that took place this week and may the fruit of our labour become evident in time.

Next Sunday Morning

In Next Sunday morning’s service the first reading will be Psalm 108. Pastor Jim will preach from 1 Samuel 16 “The One Who Wasn’t Invited”.

Welcome!

Are you brand new or recently new to Faith Bible Church? A very special welcome to you. Just visiting Winnipeg? How delighted we are you have come to worship with us. Newly moved to Winnipeg or searching for a church home? We hope you will feel right at home and settle in with us. The Lord has placed us here to be a light in the darkness. We would be glad to have you share in holding forth the word of God, the Lamb of God that the lost might know peace with God and the peace of God.

“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity.”
2 Peter 3:18

Announcements

July 30                           Evening Service (6:00 pm)
August 6                         The Lord’s Supper
August 20                       Pre-Service Hymn Sing
August 20                       Grant Fawcett – A.M. Pulpit Guest
August 27                       Walter Selke – A.M. Pulpit Guest
August 27                        Evening Service (6:00 pm)

Pastor Jim’s Shelf July 23, 2017

Last Sunday morning in the Kids Korner I talked about missionary to China Jonathan Goforth (1859-1936). Goforth was raised on a southern Ontario farm and then, as a Presbyterian, attended Knox College in Toronto. My remarks came from reading, several years ago, Janet & Geoff Benge’s excellent book Jonathan Goforth: An Open Door in China (YWAM Publishing, 2001). This book is a part of the Benge’s very considerable “Christian Heroes: Then and Now” series of books for readers aged 10+.

This past week, in the disorganization of my files, I came across a copy of Goforth’s own book By My Spirit. I greatly enjoyed reading Goforth describe how the Holy Spirit, following the harrowing days of the Boxer Rebellion, was stirring in revival fire. Goforth had served in China for about 13 years and had observed far less impact for Christ than he had thought right. Reports of the Welsh revival of 1904 and 1905 and then Goforth’s own observation of revival in Korea in 1907 were strong encouragement to seek God’s open hand of blessing upon China. The Manchurian revival of 1908 is what Goforth describes in By My Spirit.

Even if you pass by all of the other pages, the concluding chapter “Indispensable Factors in Revival” is certainly more than worth the trouble of seeking out this book. Goforth holds forth three factors: Prayer – “The history of revival shows plainly that all movements of the Spirit have started in prayer,” the Bible – “we can entertain no hope of a mighty, globe encircling Holy Spirit revival without there being first a back-to-the-Bible movement” and the exaltation of Christ – “the call to revival must be a call to exalt Jesus Christ in our hearts as King of kings and Lord of lords.”

In the Faith Bible Church library we have labeled a shelf “Pastor Jim’s Shelf.” My copy of By My Spirit has been put there should you wish to read more for yourself. Other books for which I hope to write brief reviews in weeks ahead will also appear on that same shelf.

Faith Bible Church of Winnipeg

600 Minto St., Winnipeg, MB, R3G 2R1
Office (204) 333-2486 – Pastor Jim’s email jacrba@shaw.ca
www.faithbiblechurch.ca

 

 

Faith Bible Church

Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 10:45 am

Prelude                                                                                                                                       Sharie Bollman

Welcome/Announcements                                                                                                      John Hopcraft

Hymn #516                                                                                                                  He’s Everything To Me

Solo – Jesus Is Precious                                                                                                       Lynne Hoeppner

Hymn #277                                                                                                     The Church’s One Foundation

Scripture Reading – 1 Peter 2:13-25                                                                                      Bonnie Hooley

Offertory Hymn #349                                                                                                              Trust and Obey
Please remain seated until the final verse when children age 3 to grade 6 are dismissed to Sunday School and infants to age 3 to supervised nursery.

Pastoral Prayer:                                                                                                Living Bible Explorers (LBE)

Solo – I’ll Never Be Lonely                                                                                                   Lynne Hoeppner

Scripture Reading – 1 Samuel 13

Sermon – Nervous in the Service Pastor                                                                                     Jim Barber

Hymn #441                                                                                                                     Take Time to Be Holy

Benediction – Romans 16:25, 27

A LARGE PRINT version of this bulletin is available along with enlarged copies of the hymns. Ask an usher for a copy.

Faith Bible Church – Proclaiming Salvation By Grace Alone,
Through Faith Alone, In Christ Alone, On the Authority of Scripture Alone, For the Glory of God Alone.

Announcements

July 17-21                     Vacation Bible School (9:30 am-12:00 noon)
July 30                          Evening Service (6:00 pm)
August 20                     Pre-Service Hymn Sing
August 20                     Grant Fawcett – A.M. Pulpit Guest
August 27                     Walter Selke – A.M. Pulpit Guest
August 27                      Evening Service (6:00 pm)

Vacation Bible School 2017

Operation Arctic VBS begins tomorrow!!! Details: July 17-21, 9:30am-12:00pm, ages 5-12, here at 600 Minto Street. Contact Andrea at 204-333-2486 or office@faithbiblechurch.ca for any inquiries.

Calling All Prayer-Warriors

For this week of VBS (July 17-21) we have created a type of prayer sign-up sheet. It is divided into 15 minute slots starting at 9:15am and going until about 12:00pm and each slot has a brief description of what will be going on during that time at VBS. Our goal is to have every moment of VBS bathed in prayer. “… I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men…This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1,3-4). If you would like to commit to pray for 15 mintues each morning, please consider signing up on the sheet found in the entryway.

July FBC Elder Meeting Report

From the FBC Elders meeting of this past Tuesday:
1. June General Fund offerings totalled $20,275 with General expenditures for June being $17,721. Jan. 1 to June 30 General Fund offerings totalled $122,443 with General expenditures for this period being $106,090.
2. June Building Fund offerings totalled $2,365. Jan. 1 to June 30 Building Fund offerings totaled $9,953. $45,808 has been spent on building renovations so far this year.
3. FBC Bank accounts (combined General & Building Funds) at Jan. 1/17 – $149,625. Same accounts at June 30/17 – $124,476.
4. In addition to fall and winter program planning the following projects are in progress: windows are being refurbished, lines have been ordered for the parking lot and the front yard sign will be raised slightly to make room for an illuminated sign board with interchangeable lettering.
5. June Sunday a.m. attendance average 113. January to June Sunday p.m. attendance average 42.

Pastor’s Pen

Last Sunday I reprinted an article which Iisted questions I use to prepare for a funeral service. After originally writing that article it occurred to me I had made a large assumption certainly not shared by all. “Why have a funeral service?” Good question. The frugal person sees money spent which could be used for other purposes. The self-conscious person fears acquaintances might mention what they would rather have forgotten. The humble person doesn’t want to have inflated accolades heaped on them as is sometimes the case. The self-deprecating person fears no one will show up!

The sociologist would answer something along the following lines – “The funeral and the ceremony that accompanies it are indeed very important. For those who are left behind, a funeral provides a place for family and friends to gather for support and to reminisce; an opportunity to celebrate the life and accomplishments of a loved one; a chance to say goodbye; and the focal point from which the healing process can begin. The funeral identifies that a person’s life has been lived, not that a death has occurred.” But for the Christian something of immense importance is missed in such a reply.

One of the most striking shifts I have personally observed over my 30 years of pastoral ministry is the change in funeral services. Historically, the focus of Christian burial has been to acknowledge and proclaim what God has done – and to give Him glory. My estimation is that even Christian funerals have become almost entirely “anthropocentric” (man centered) rather than “theocentric” (God centered). I have keenly sensed a tug of war in the midst of many funerals. I, or another pastor, seeking to focus on the Lord and His word all while the push of the man centered agenda is never far away.

At the very least, a Christian Funeral:

1. Declares “the LORD gave and the LORD has taken away, blessed be the name of the LORD.” God is clearly acknowledged in all that is sung and spoken to be the giver of life, the One to whom we are accountable and to whom all praise is due in every life situation.

2. Reminds all that “it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.” Though you may not have been on time for a single event all your days, we each have an appointment we will certainly keep on time.

3. Directs the hearts of believers to our confident hope of sin forgiven, life everlasting and Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary which has brought this about. “By Grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” And believers are shown that we can be of good cheer even though in this world we have many trials. Jesus promised to never leave us or forsake us. And He has declared “I have overcome the world.”

4. Confronts (hopefully in a charitable manner) the lost that they are dead in their trespasses and sins even as they imagine themselves to be healthy, fully alive with many years yet to enjoy.

So should anything be mentioned of the person in the box? Sure! No problem there. But let the goodness, the beauty and the work of the Divine Master be preeminent rather than the earthy life of the Master’s servant, now deceased. As people leave a funeral service let their hearts be filled not with “what a great guy he was” but rather “Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable.”

In John 12:11 it was said of Lazarus after Jesus had raised him from death “on account of him many of the Jews were going away and were believing in Jesus.” What a tribute! In life or in death ever pointing people to Jesus.

Next Sunday Morning

In Next Sunday morning’s service the first reading will be #631 “Obedience” from the hymnal. Pastor Jim will preach from 1 Samuel 15 “Impressive Worship”.

Welcome!

Are you brand new or recently new to Faith Bible Church? A very special welcome to you. Just visiting Winnipeg? How delighted we are you have come to worship with us. Newly moved to Winnipeg or searching for a church home? We hope you will feel right at home and settle in with us. The Lord has placed us here to be a light in the darkness. We would be glad to have you share in holding forth the word of God, the Lamb of God that the lost might know peace with God and the peace of God.

“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity.”  2 Peter 3:18

Faith Bible Church of Winnipeg

600 Minto St., Winnipeg, MB, R3G 2R1
Office (204) 333-2486 – Pastor Jim’s email jacrba@shaw.ca
www.faithbiblechurch.ca