Asleep in the light…

The words to this song have been tugging on my heart lately.  This song, Asleep in the Light, was written by Keith Green.  On July 28, 1982, Keith and his two children were killed in a plane crash.   Thought I’d share his words here…

Asleep in the Light –

Do you see, do you see
All the people sinking down
Don’t you care, don’t you care
Are you gonna let them drown

How can you be so numb
Not to care if they come
You close your eyes
And pretend the job’s done

“Oh bless me Lord, bless me Lord”
You know it’s all I ever hear
No one aches, no one hurts
No one even sheds one tear

But He cries, He weeps, He bleeds
And He cares for your needs
And you just lay back
And keep soaking it in,
Oh, can’t you see it’s such a sin?

Cause He brings people to your door,
And you turn them away
As you smile and say,
“God bless you, be at peace”
And all heaven just weeps
Cause Jesus came to your door
You’ve left him out on the streets

Open up open up
And give yourself away
You see the need, you hear the cries
So how can you delay

God’s calling and you’re the one
But like Jonah you run
He’s told you to speak
But you keep holding it in,
Oh can’t you see it’s such a sin?

The world is sleeping in the dark
That the church just can’t fight
Cause it’s asleep in the light
How can you be so dead
When you’ve been so well fed
Jesus rose from the grave
And you, you can’t even get out of bed

Oh, Jesus rose from the dead
Come on, get out of your bed

How can you be so numb
Not to care if they come
You close your eyes
And pretend the job’s done
You close your eyes
And pretend the job’s done

Don’t close your eyes
Don’t pretend the jobs done
Come away, come away, come away with Me my love,
Come away, from this mess, come away with Me, my love.

May we not be sponges soaking up the truth, but rather truth-filled vessels ready and willing to be broken and spilled out for the Master’s use.

To hear the song, you can click on this link

http://s0.ilike.com/play#Keith+Green:Asleep+In+The+Light:1277702:s34604255.9648655.4903331.0.2.40%2Cstd_bedf4d8f76fb4efe980dabddc7566c3e

Calendar items…

Here is a list of upcoming activities at DPBC…

1.  (Youth)  Riverpark Fun and Cookout – September 18

2.  Communion will be held during the AM service – September 19

3.  Annual family meeting will be held during the PM service – September 19

4.  Annual church picnic will be held immediately following the AM service (no PM service) – September 26

Looking forward to a great fall here at Duncan Park Baptist church!

Good works…

At the end of my sermon “Sometimes it’s dangerous to ‘think’ like a Christian,” I quickly listed out nine (9) biblical examples of “good works.”  I thought these were helpful in determining if our faith produces the “good” works that James argues should be present in the life of a true believer.  These are offered in hopes that you will evaluate your own “good works” against the biblical examples listed below.

1.  Our works should cause others to look towards God and not man (Matthew 5:16) – Whether it be in the local church or out in the world, our motivation for service and ministry should always be to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ and His kingdom.  Serving and ministering for any other reason cannot be considered a good work, and when tried by fire will produce wood, hay and straw (1 Cor. 3:12-15)

2.  We perform these works as if we were doing them for Christ Himself (Matthew 25:35) – Man views areas of service and ministry differently than God view them.  Some are exciting opportunities, whereas others are, how shall we say…necessary.  Some ministry tasks are visible to others, while others may never be seen by anyone.  Regardless of the significance of a task, whenever it is done for Christ it will produce gold, silver and precious stones on the day of judgment.   

3.  These works may sometimes involve a willing sacrifice (Mark 14:6) – Mary was willing to sacrifice approximately 300 days worth of her wages whenever she spilled the ointment over Christ’s feet.  Anyone can give, but it takes a life truly changed by the work of the Holy Spirit to enjoy offering such a sacrifice.

4.  These works would resemble the works we’ve seen from Old Testament saints and Jesus Himself (John 8:39) – When reading the Old Testament stories, look at how these saints interacted with other people.  Do our works of service and ministry resemble what we’ve read?  Does our response resemble Jesus’ response to those He encountered?

5.  These works are accomplished through God’s grace and the abilities He has given to us.  (2 Cor. 9:8) – Service can be done in one of two ways, either in man’s strength or by the strength of God.  We will depend upon one or the other in order to perform our task.  The works that will stand will be those accomplished through the strength of the Holy Spirit.

6.  Our works have been chosen beforehand, so we accomplish them from the position of obedience (Eph. 2:10) – We perform these works through daily submission and obedience to the will of God.  He will bring about opportunities for us to perform good works, and therefore it is unnecessary for us to go looking for these opportunities.  We should serve right where we are through obedience to Him and His word. 

7.  These works strengthen our faith in Christ (2 Thess. 2:17) – The result of these works will be an increased faith in the ability of Christ to use you in His kingdom work. 

8.  These works are visible (1 Timothy 5:25) – God desires us to be salt and light in a dark world, and not to be hid under a bushel.  Certainly there will be good works that only God will see, but a life that has truly been changed by the Gospel cannot help but be noticed by others. 

9.  These works are consistent (Titus 2:7) – Our lives should reveal a pattern of good works, not just a one time event.  Our life should demonstrate that we’ve been truly changed; therefore every aspect of our life should reveal this change.  We should be known for our good works because they reveal what we have become, a new creature in Christ.

I hope this list in helpful to you in identifying the difference between “works” and “good works.”  Take time to evaluate your specific areas of ministry.  Are you serving Christ the right way and for the right reason?