The Weekly Epistle 9/29/21

A man went to his therapist and said, “I keep giving in to the same sin and my conscience is troubling me.”  
 
“So, you want some help on how you can strengthen your willpower?” The therapist asked.  
 
“Well, no,” the man replied.  “I was hoping you could help weaken my conscience.”
 
It isn’t a good idea to have your conscience weakened.  Can it be trusted?  Should we adopt a Jiminy Cricket theology of conscience, “Always let your conscience be your guide”?  
 
What is the conscience?  Is it that voice in your head that tells you what is right and wrong?  Is it always a reliable instrument?  Here are some thoughts about conscience.
 
Our conscience must be informed by the Word of God.  It is possible for the conscience to be misinformed.  If we neglect the discipline of Scriptural intake, then we will not have the certainty that the “voice inside” is of God.  We may then find ourselves saying, “Did God really say,” (Genesis 3:1) when clearly it is something God has said.  Our conscience should always be informed by what God has said.
 
Our conscience can be suppressed by sin.  When we reject what God has said in His Word, we can over time fall into self-deception.  Paul speaks of this in his letter to Timothy when he says of false teachers, “Whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.”  As we ignore the spirit of conviction of sin we are in danger of shaping an untrustworthy conscience.
 
Keeping a good conscience is critical to a vibrant faith.  Timothy is encouraged to fight the good fight by, “holding on to faith and a good conscience (1 Timothy 1:19).  It is a good conscience that John MacArthur describes as, “a built-in warning system that signals us when something we have done is wrong.”  When our conscience is functioning as it should, we will not live in self-condemnation.  
 
Cultivate a good conscience by preaching the gospel to yourself daily.  Call on the Holy Spirit to convict you of sin and lead you to righteousness.  When your conscience convicts of sin, let that lead you to change your ways and confess that sin to God.  And remember that your union in Christ means that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).  As a forgiven child of God, that voice that reminds you of that sin is not your conscience speaking.  Don’t trust it.  Preach the gospel to yourself.  
 
Church, hold on to faith and a good conscience.  Spend time with people who help you develop a healthy conscience that is in tune to God’s voice.  Get connected by joining a community group. You can sign up this Sunday. 
 
Blessings to you, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

How To Listen To A Sermon
James 1:19-21

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

Discovery Class

The next Discovery Class will start this Sunday October 3rd at 9:00 downstairs in the fellowship hall.  This is a four week class to learn more about who we are as a church and is required for membership.  Classes will run from October 3rd through October 24th.

Community Group Fall Kickoff

The official launch of this year’s community group season will take place in October. Signups for new and existing groups will take place this Sunday and next.

Trajectory Basketball

Men’s basketball will be starting up Monday, October 18th in the gym.  Contact Justin Whitman at 603-477-2970 or jkwhitman119@gmail.com if interested in helping with this ministry.

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or treat will be held Sunday, October 31st in the gym parking lot.  Stayed tuned for further details.

The Weekly Epistle 9/15/21

Are you familiar with the story of four people who went to the same church?  Their names were, Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. 
 
Whenever there was a job to do in the church, Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. In the end, Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
 
That is meant to make you smile.  It also has a way of reminding us that when there is a job to do, we can easily assume that someone else will take care of it.  It shouldn’t surprise you that at EBC we have a need for volunteers.  In that way we are your typical church.  You have likely heard the phrase, “20% of the people are doing 80% of the work.”  That applies across the board to all churches regardless of its size. 
 
I am thankful for the 20% who serve here on a consistent basis.  I am encouraged by the times when people have jumped in to help.  For example, the ones who made the church picnic happen and others who spent some time on the church gardens.  
 
God has arranged the parts of this body for the building up of the church.  God has placed each person here for a reason.  When one part suffers, the whole body suffers.  Please consider how you can serve here at EBC.  Respond to the opportunities presented to everybody without assuming somebody else will do it.  
 
Did you know that we can only offer nursery in second service?  Did you know that all ages from preschool to 5thgrade meet together in one class?  Why?  We don’t have enough volunteers.  My vision for EBC was that we could offer EBC kids in both services.  Yet we struggle to staff one service.  
 
We need workers for the hospitality team which is a vital ministry of engaging newcomers on Sunday morning.  Are you planning on attending the breakfast and hospitality training at the church on Saturday, September 25?  
 
Monday night basketball will be starting soon and could use volunteers to give up one or two Mondays a month.  Being a basketball star isn’t required.  Being available to interact with guys from the community who need to see the love of Christ is needed.
 
There is a need for help with the tech side of things in worship each week.  There will be local outreach events coming up that will ask for your help.  Buildings and grounds require your help.  
You can contact the office or if you know the person in charge of the ministries needing help, then feel free to talk with them.  
 
We need you!  Not to fill a position, but to make a difference in the church and in the world. 
 
Blessings, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Wisdom For the Asking
James 1:5-12

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

Acoustic Jam Night:

The worship ministry is sponsoring an acoustic jam night for all players and lovers of acoustic-based music. If you play an acoustic instrument…any acoustic instrument…then we would love to have you attend. The event will be hosted at the home of Rob and Patsy Tacker on Friday, September 17. Please RSVP by emailing Pastor Dan at dan@ebclaconia.com

Truck Needed

A plan is in place to remove all the shrubs around the Admin Building and on the corner of the Worship Center at the corner of Washington St and Fairmont St. We need 
pickup truck willing to tow a dump trailer. We will do this Friday, Sept 24 into Sat, Sept 25. 
Email: buildings@ebclaconia.com or call Bill Wixson at: 603-524-8580. Or contact church office.

Hospitality Training

The hospitality team training will be in the Fellowship Hall on Saturday, September 25th from 8:30 – 10:00.  Breakfast will be served.

Discovery Class

The next Discovery Class will start Sunday October 3rd at 9:00 downstairs in the fellowship hall.  This is a four week class to learn more about who we are as a church and is required for membership.  Classes will run from October 3rd through October 24th.

Community Group Fall Kickoff

It’s that time of year again! Existing Community Groups resume this month. Please contact your Community Group leader for details concerning your group. If you’re looking to join a group, signups will be held the first two Sundays of October.

CASA Volunteers Needed

CASA is looking for volunteer advocates who make a life-changing difference for abused or neglected children. You can register online for a virtual info session on September 22 that will focus on the need for volunteers in the Lakes Region.  Register at www.casanh.org.