A Biblical Worldview (part 2)

I my last post we considered one of the two possible worldviews we might hold to.  This first outlook on life takes the position that God is not at work in our circumstances. Life is nothing more than a series of random events. When it comes down to it, this view of life renders life meaningless Another way of looking at life is quite the opposite. This view declares that life is purposeful - that God works in the circumstances of life whether they be good or whether they be seemingly bad.  We find this view in Romans 8:28: "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose."  Life isn't capricious. Life isn't meaningless. Quite the opposite in fact. Life is purposeful. God is at work. Stuff just doesn't happen.  God is at work in your circumstances for your good and His glory. This is the worldview of the Christian. This is the perspective that we must choose. And we see that it was Paul's perspective. He [Read more...]

A Biblical Worldview

Our worldview - our understanding of how life works and why it works that way - will determine the way you respond to life situations.  There are two choices concerning life that we can make. These are two perspectives on life or two worldviews. The first says that life is arbitrary - stuff just happens. In other words, life is random, capricious, where nothing has any overarching purpose. We don't know why these things happen. Sometimes it just doesn't make a lot of sense. Solomon reflected this view of life in the opening of the book of Ecclesiastes. "Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity" (Ecc. 1:2).   This is one view of life - that life is meaningless. This view of life does not include room for the activity of God. Indeed, there are many today who do not believe that God plays any role in our lives in any practical way. Peter wrote about these scoffers in 2 Peter 3:4:  "They will say, where is the promise of his coming? For since the [Read more...]

Worship in Revelation

We have just completed an eighteen month study in the book of Revelation on Sunday nights.  One thing that stood out in my mind as I was teaching through this great book is the emphasis on worship.  Worship is a dominant theme from beginning to end.  The concept of worship gets confused in our disagreements over worship styles and preferences in the church today.  Revelation cuts through all that.  In Revelation we are confronted with the truth that it's not so much about how we are conducting our worship but who are we worshiping. Worship provides the main conflict of the book of Revelation, the contrast between those who worship God and those who worship the beast. God will not tolerate false worship, so the story revolves around the theme and is punctuated often by scenes of true worship.  Every stage of God's victory through chapters 7-19 is accompanied by worship in heaven. God is a jealous God.  His rightful desire and expectation is that His bride is genuinely and [Read more...]

With privilege comes responsibility

Jesus gives a timeless principle in Luke 12:48, "For unto whosoever much is given, of him shall much be required."  We find this principle at work in the history of the nation Israel.  In Isaiah 5, God laments over His people as He rehearses His tender care over His vineyard (Israel.) God chose the best location, cultivated the land, planted it with the choicest vine, protected it, and prepared a winepress in expectation of a good harvest.  Instead of the harvest He expected (obedience, thanksgiving, love, worship, service), He found foul-smelling wild grapes (disobedience, rebellion, idolatry). God then announces the punishment that would come upon the nation.  He will take away their hedge of protection.  The country will be invaded and laid waste.  All of this looks forward to the oncoming captivity. God's expectations were based upon the privileges He had granted His people.  He had done all that was necessary to prepare Israel to bring forth fruit.  Yet Israel refused to [Read more...]

Pastor’s Notes – Welcome!

Welcome to our website!  Riley Creek Baptist Church strives to be a family of believers that is committed to responding to the Word of God by exalting the Lord, by equipping one another, and by evangelizing the world.  We believe in the importance of preaching God's Word for the purpose of impacting lives for heart and life change.  In this Pastor's Notes section of our website it is my desire to speak to your heart through God's Word.  This may include some additional thoughts that have come out of my preparation for a sermon or perhaps something a bit more random, but I trust I might be an encouragement to you.  I hope you will check back in here periodically as time goes on.  And if you are new to the Bluffton area or just visiting, it would be a blessing to have you visit our church services.  We know if you come to visit, God would have something special for you out of His Word.  If we can be a help to you in anyway here at Riley Creek, please do not hesitate to call. [Read more...]