Verses from August 2020 through July 2021
Next month (November 1 - 6), First Baptist will be hosting Revival Meetings with Evangelist Eric Goetsch. Some, like Evangelist Goetsch, have been called of God to a ministry of Evangelism. However, ALL believers are commanded to "preach the gospel to every creature," as we saw in Mark 16:15, one of our memory verses last month. In order to "preach the gospel," we must be prepared. We must be ready. Our memory verses for October remind us of that. God has chosen to use believers to perform His work of Evangelism in this fallen world. Let's be ready for that task every day of our life!
1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the LORD God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Although our second verse for October can be applied in other situations as well, I believe it does speak to our readiness to follow the Lord's leading to witness to those to whom the Holy Spirit has led us.
Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the LORD, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
In early September of each year, we celebrate Labor Day with, oddly enough, a day off work! The Bible has a lot to say about work, our work ethic, and the purpose of work. I guess a quick summary of that would be “do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor 10:31), but that is not one of our verses for September. Our verses deal with the work that all believers are to do, witness, give the Gospel. That work is not limited to pastors and teachers. It is for all of us! As we approach Evangelistic meetings in November, let's memorize these verses and put them into practice in our daily lives!
Our first verse reminds us that there are souls out there in our own “circles”, that need to hear the Gospel, but true “laborers” are sadly few.
Matthew 9:37-38 -Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Our second verse is one of the versions of the Great Commission. This is the true “work” of all believers!
Mark 16:15 - And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
For the past 5 months, we have all been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. It has not gone away yet, and its impact is likely to last for some time. The month of August has also brought tragedy to those of us that are part of the First Baptist Church Family. In the face of tragedy and uncertainty, we should all remember that, if we have trusted Christ as our Savior, we are God's and nothing will ever pluck us from the hand of God. The verses for August reflect that truth.
Deuteronomy 31:6 - Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Isaiah 41:10 - Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.