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August 5, 2016, 2:31 PM

Come Up Here

Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.

Revelation 4:1

 

We made it through the seven churches and now we will begin our way through the rest of Revelation. My prayer is that we do not go so slow that it drags out too long and loses people’s attention, but we don’t want to go so fast that we miss out on what God’s word is showing us and teaching us.

How important is worship to you? How important is worship to God? How much time do you spend in “worshiping God”?

There are a couple of things I think we should take notice of as we get into chapter four and then on into the rest of the book. Verse one says John saw “an open door” and he heard a voice saying “come up here”. We have been on earth looking at the churches but from the end of the last verse of chapter three to the first verse in chapter four we will go to heaven.

The rapture of the church takes place, according to many, between the transition from talking about the churches in chapter three to the vision in heaven which starts in chapter four. You will notice though that THE WAY is through “The Open Door” and that door we know is Jesus. I think it should also be said that it is because we are “Called” by “His voice” to come. I still believe in hearing God’s voice. Some may have ignored His voice for so long that they may not recognize it but I believe God like the old hymn says “softly and tenderly” He is calling us home!

The emphasis of Chapter four is God on His throne in Heaven and the worship that is taking place. Heaven is going to be about worship. That is why I wanted to start by getting you to thinking about what you believe about worship today. God create us for worship. God desires that we be worshiping Him today and for sure when we get to heaven we will be worshiping Him. I think it is sad when people have a low priority of worship and think that worship is just something that will be a part of heaven but doesn’t have to be a part of today.

I have said it before and I will say it again, I don’t think that a person who can’t or won’t worship God today will get to be in heaven worshiping Him. I don’t even understand why a person that doesn’t want to worship God today even would think that they would want to worship God then.

When you have a relationship with God I believe there is a desire to worship our God, our Savior the one who died for us and in our place and lives for us so that we can have life, hope, comfort and His peace. When we as people truly realize how much God loves us it seems to me that we should make Him and worshiping Him our number one priority and not slap last place on God because we believe we are saved and going to heaven therefore we can wait till we get to heaven to worship.

That is just not right and a bad theology! I pray that you will join me this coming Sunday as we continue in the Book of Revelation. This week’s text will be Revelation 4:1-11 and this week’s message will be “Come up here”.

 

Things happening soon!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH AT 4PM we will have a special called business meeting to discuss and decide whether or not to allow private school Sovereign Grace to use our facility.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH AT 6pm we will host the first Super Summer Service with our Sister churches! We are hosting so if you have a PBC shirt wear it so our guests will know who we are. We are going to have a special program with information and testimony about the Operation Christmas Child shoe box ministry. We will have boxes available to take to begin the filling process. We will also be treated in music by the Anderson family (Mike, Karen and Austin). Our meal this time is being prepared by our Kitchen ministry. All you have to do is show up and enjoy a great evening in fellowship! A note of manner, we need to let all of our guests get into line for the meal first, thanks.

Citizen

Response to

Active

Shooter

Events

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 8TH AT 10AM @ North Park Baptist Church

CRASE is an informational program developed and presented by the Abilene Police Department. This is a one-hour presentation designed to equip citizens with the knowledge they need to help them stay safe in the event of an active-shooter situation in a church, business, or other public places. There is no charge for this program.

If you are volunteering to help us with our security and you have time next Monday to attend this meeting, please do.

 

PRAYER NEEDS: June Dozier and family (death of Dale Dozier), Paula Davis (Hendrick Hospital), Jim Terry and family (death of his mother), Mark Childers father Ken (possible cancer), Joe Polk (April’s husband), Super Summer Sunday Services

 

Thanks for all your prayers, see you Sunday!

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith


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