Happy Monday, beautiful friends! I don't about you guys, but it was a whirlwind week for me. I've had two major assignments due within a week of each other and I've been working like a madwoman trying to get them completed. It's been a struggle but even through it all, I can see God's faithfulness and His grace. While I've been single-mindedly focused on my assignments, He's still been working things out. I put Him on the back-burner. I put my school work before my relationship with Him.
I've repented. And I am working to keep Him first, even when I'm drowning in assignments.
And He still loves me. He doesn't take back the nails. He doesn't come off of the cross. He doesn't say, "You know what? You're too much work. I'm outta here." THAT, my friends, is grace.
Last week, we looked at God's desire for us and our sin. Our conclusion was that God, through the death of His Son on the cross, did not give us freedom to sin but rather freedom from sin.
This week is going to be a little bit different. I'm attaching a link to sermon by Dr. Stephen Davey, pastor at Colonial Baptist Church here in NC. I've listened to many of his teaching series and this man preaches the Word of God and doesn't sugar coat anything. We need more preachers like that. This coming year at Bible Study Fellowship we will be going through Romans and my family has been listening to his study in preparation. (More on BSF later.)
Click here to either download the manuscript or listen to the sermon. I would encourage you to listen to the sermon and just hear him preach. Reading it is also SO good so whichever one you would prefer! I'll go ahead and warn you that it will automatically play the sermon and there's music right at the beginning but from there you can also download the transcript. If you want to listen to more of his sermons, click here!
In the sermon, you will hear/read the story of how David showed grace to one of Jonathan's sons after his death. There's song by John Mark McMillan written about that experience. It's on of my favorite JMM songs so I'm putting the video below.
Bible Study Fellowship is a non-denominational Bible study where men, women, and children around the world gather to study God's word. In the United States, we follow the school calendar and we study whole books of the Bible. One of the coolest things about BSF is that everyone around the world is studying the same book of the Bible, answering the same questions, and reading the same notes. I spent nine years in the children's program and this year will be my first year back after 5 years (there wasn't a BSF near me in college and I got plugged in to other ministries on campus) and I'll be in the adult program! We'll be going through the book of Romans and it is going to be SO GOOD! If you would like more information on BSF, click here. You can also find a BSF near you. It is free of charge.
And let me tell you, I would not be where I am today in my walk with the Lord without BSF. BSF taught me how to read and understand God's word. It taught me how to pray for myself and pray for others. It taught me how to see God in every aspect of my life and not put Him in a box. It's an amazing ministry and I pray you will get plugged in!