“FOYV”

Greetings in Christ!
I hope you have been enjoying the sermon series, “PMGF” and that you have found them helpful. The theme is stewardship, with the encouragement to help us look at our lives from different perspectives to see how we can improve our service to Christ and relationship to our fellow believer.

Reminder:
Once again, the sermon series titled “PMGF.”
The first sermon was titled “PMGF”. It is the title of the sermon series and the first sermon of a total of 11 sermons.
“PMGF” helps me understand how important it is to “Put My God First.”

Here’s what we have preached thus far:
The first sermon title was also the title for our sermon series:
“PMGF”, which means “Putting My God First”
This sermon was followed with these sermon titles and topics:
“GGTP” – Giving God the Preeminence.
“LLTL” – Love like the LORD.
“OTHS” – Obey the Holy Spirit.
“RMGP” – Realizing My God-given Potential
“ISGH” – Improve Spiritual Growth Habits

Keep in mind, that the first letter of each sermon title also will spell out an acrostic when we are finished with the sermon series. I hope you have been with us from the beginning. Five more sermons to come, and then the Big Acrostic Reveal!

Can you already make out what the final Acrostic is? Take a guess or two and get back to me.

This coming Sunday, February 25, the sermon title is “FOYV”

Do you know what “FOYV” stands for?
Let me hear from you as to your guesses, I would like to share them with the church, your name will remain anonymous.

I hope to see you in services this week at Immanuel Baptist Church.

Remember, this Sunday evening is the AWANA Grand Prix. This will be held during the 6:00 PM service over in the Activity Building.

Pastor Taylor

Four Basic Habits for the Christian Life

Habit #1: Reading the Bible
The Bible is inspired by God and authoritative for our lives. But we need to understand the Bible for ourselves, so that requires the basic habit of Bible study and reading.

Habit #2: Praying
The Christian life is more than a religion, it is a relationship with a personal God. Just like any relationship, communication is essential. That is what the habit of prayer is all about. We need to pray daily.

Habit #3: Giving
The Christian life is not only about what we can get. The most mature Christians are givers. We can give our time, our talent, and our treasure.

Habit #4: Mentoring
Jesus called every disciple to make disciples. Mentoring (disciple-making) as a Christian is as easy as helping someone discover the truth of God’s Word and inviting them to live it out in their everyday lives.
 

Coming Sunday…ISGH

“ISGH” is the sermon title for this coming Sunday, February 18, 2018, at the 10:30 AM service.

Here’s a reminder of the new sermon series titled “PMGF.”

The first sermon was titled “PMGF”. It is the title of the sermon series and the first sermon of a total of 11 sermons.

“PMGF” helps me understand how important it is to “Put My God First.”

So far, we have preached 5 sermons into the series, “PMGF”, Putting My God First.

Here’s what we have preached thus far:

The first sermon title was also the title for our sermon series:

“PMGF”, which means “Putting My God First”

This sermon was followed with these sermon titles and topics:

“GGTP”, Giving God the Preeminence.

“LLTL”, Love like the LORD.

“OTHS”, Obey the Holy Spirit.

Realizing My God-given Potential

This coming Sunday, the sermon title is “ISGH” 

Keep in mind, that the first letter of each sermon title also will spell out an acrostic when we are finished with the sermon series. I hope you have been with us from the beginning. Six more sermons to come, and then the Big Acrostic Reveal!

Do you know what “ISGH” stands for? Make a couple of guesses and let me know what you come up with. I may read your suggestions to our congregation.

Remember, there is no substitute for being at the services in person, we miss your fellowship. Please attend faithfully and take full advantage of the beautiful church of Jesus Christ, Immanuel Baptist Church, (Hebrews 10:25).

Make a commitment to give your whole life to Jesus and learn to be a faithful steward of the blessings God has bestowed upon you, (1 Corinthians 4:1-2.

I hope to see you in services this week at Immanuel Baptist Church.

Pastor Taylor

How Can We Love Like Jesus Commands?

When a lawyer asked Jesus which commandment was the greatest, He said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all you heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind,” and “the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:37, 39). What an overwhelming assignment!

In our own strength, none of us can live up to this obligation, but the Lord has provided a way for Christians to do the impossible. The indwelling Holy Spirit works to produce His fruit in us, and first on the list is love (Galatians 5:22). In fact, the other eight qualities are really just descriptions of its expression.

Whenever we demonstrate kindness, patience, or gentleness, we see the Lord’s love at work through us, especially when the other person has been unkind and doesn’t deserve such pleasant treatment. This fruit is not produced by trying harder to muster good will toward someone who is irritating or hard to get along with. Instead, think of the process more like sap running through a branch on a grape-vine. The branch doesn’t make grapes; the sap does. In the same way, the Spirit flows through us, producing God’s love in us, so that we can pass it on to Him and others.

Agape love is the reason we are able to care for someone who mistreats us—it’s God’s doing, not ours. Even the adoration we offer the Lord is not something that we can produce in our own heart apart from His assistance. Though the command to love is enormous,God’s grace makes it possible.

Taken from “Impossible Love Made Possible” by In Touch Ministries.

“RMGP” is Coming!

 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

10:30 AM service.

Thanks everyone for tuning in and watching. We are now 4 sermons into the series, “PMGF”, Putting My God First.

Remember, the first letter of each sermon title also will spell out an acrostic when we are finished.

We have thus far preached on the following sermons:

“GGTP” Giving God the Preeminence.

“LLTL” Love like the LORD.

“OTHS”, Obey the Holy Spirit.

I hope you have been with us from the beginning.

Seven more sermons to come, and then the Big Acrostic Reveal!

This coming Sunday, the sermon title is “RMGP”

Keep guessing.

I hope to see you in services this week at Immanuel Baptist Church.

Pastor Taylor

Quiet Time With God

What is a“Quiet Time”?

A “Quiet Time” is a daily personal appointment with God, during which we get away from distractions and meet with God through prayer and Bible study. Through these disciplines God talks to us and we talk to God.

Why is Connecting Daily with God through a Quiet Time so Important?

It reminds us that we belong to God.
Jesus said, “I choose you!” (John 15:16)
It creates room for God in our busy lives.
“Be still and know that I the LORD, and wait patiently for him.”
(Psalm 37:7)
It builds our relationship with God through regular communication.
“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God
and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)
It helps give direction to our lives as followers of Jesus Christ.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
(Psalm 119: 105)
It enables to live deep and fulfilling lives.
My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:27-28)
I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)

What are some Practical Steps to do a Quiet Time?

Set some time aside during a day, or every day. Start with about 15 minutes and you work up to 30 minutes and more for each day.
Pick a place that you want to go to be alone:
It doesn’t matter where you go (a lake, bedroom, roof, park, etc.). The important thing is that you get rid of all distractions. Get away from people, phones, the internet, computers, anything that would detour your thoughts from God.

Get your Materials Together
A Bible 
A notebook and pen
A songbook, favorite worship tape/CDs & player
A reading plan 

Follow a Simple Plan
Relax, Be Quiet before God – ask God to settle your mind and heart and then to become present with you! It is difficult to set aside all the voices in our lives that compete for our attention. Here are some practical activities to help you.
Bring a pad of paper, and ask God to quickly bring to mind the important tasks that need to be accomplished that day. Write them down and set the pad of paper aside. This practice will allow you to release these concerns knowing that you will return to them later.
Turn your mind toward God. Think about who he is, what he has done, and your relationship with him. This intentional focusing on God begins your quiet time.
Worship-
Praise – for who God is.
Thanksgiving – for what God has done.
Adoration – express to God your love for Him
Listen and/or sing a worship song or two to God.
Bible – Read a section (eg. 6-12 verses), asking God to speak to you through the Word.
Read slowly, repeatedly, aloud, asking yourself the following questions:
For what specifically can I offer praise to God (Father/Jesus/the Holy Spirit)?
What do I see about what God has done for which I can thank Him?
Is there any example for me to follow?
Is there any command for me to obey?
Is there any sin or error for me to forsake?
Is there any promise for me to claim?
Write down in your notebook anything you observe and learn from God in the passage.
Pray – Talk to God
About anything you’ve just read in the Bible.
About your requests for others (family, loved ones, Christian friends, non-Christian friends, family and colleagues, our church, government, missions).
About what you need (confession and forgiveness of sin, Christlikeness, daily filling of His Holy Spirit, work, finances, family, relationships, witness).
These are just some guidelines, and not a strict formula you have to follow to get something out of your quiet times. You can start with this model and move on to tweak it to mold into a model that is the most beneficial for you.

LLTL: Sunday, January 28th, 2018

What is PMGF?
What is GGTP?

What’s coming up for this Sunday?

Two weeks ago, we began a new sermon series at Immanuel Baptist Church, “PMGF”.

“PMGF” is a title for a sermon, as well as for this sermon series.

Our church family had some fun trying to figure out what the letters stood for and some of their guesses were read in the service. “PMGF” means, “Putting My God First.”
This has to do with a person’s personal choice to make God first in their life. Our text was taken from Proverbs 3: 5-6

This past Sunday, we learned how important it was to GGTP.
Once again, we had some clever guesses. What does it mean?
“GGTP” means, “Giving God the Preeminence.” Our text was taken from Colossians 1:12-18

Keep in mind, there will be a total of ten sermons, (nine more to go), each sermon has a title made of letters.
When we finish the sermon series, the first letter of each sermon title will also spell out an acrostic. The acrostic is also very important and will tie in with the overall theme.

This can be fun, educational and a nice project for the entire family. Get on board!

 LLTL is this weeks sermon title. Can you guess what that means? Let us know your guesses!

Plan on being with us, this Sunday at 10:30 AM to hear the sermon first hand!

Discover what GGTP is all about Sunday, January 20th

This past Sunday, January 14, we learned all about PMGF.

We had several people that tried to guess what the letters stood for, here are a few examples:
Pass Me Good Food
People Make Good Friends
Pain Meds Gaining Favor
Primary Members Giving Faithfully

PMGF stands for Putting My God First.

This mean that I personally must always, in all situations Put My God First!
Our text was taken from Proverbs 3:5-6.
(5) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
(6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

This next week, as we think about Putting My God First, we want to learn what
GGTP is all about.

Maybe you would like to meditate on these letters and see if you can figure out what they stand for. What passage of Scripture would help us to formulate these letters?

Post your guesses, or email me.

I hope to see you Sunday for our second message about PMGF.

GGTP… Hmmm… What could it mean?

How have you dealt with PMGF?

This Sunday, and over the next several Sundays, ​Pastor L.C. Taylor will be ​​handling the major issue of PMGF.

Down through the years this has become a major problem in the world, but sadly it is the same for so many Christians!

This Sunday, hopefully, we will bring some clarity to the PMGF​ topic.​

Everyone needs to know about this. If this issue was dealt with, then it would solve the world’s problems. If Christians would deal with this issue, then the world would be more willing to deal with theirs.

How have you dealt with PMGF?

What am I talking about?

What is PMGF?

This Sunday, we might be the only church in the entire stat​e of NC that deals with this. I hope not, but you never know. Anyway, you should come and make sure that you have the PMFG issue handled.

Where? Immanuel Baptist Church of Clemmons
When?  January 14th at 10:30 AM

Let Your Light Shine in 2018

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:18 KJV

When we faithfully follow the Word of God, we walk in the light. The more we walk with God, the brighter our path shines and the greater our life reflects His glory and grace.

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. Isaiah 9:2 KJV

Jesus is the great light that has been seen by the people who walked in the dark. We were all once in the dark. When we truly SEE – and believe in – Jesus, we are supernaturally translated into the Kingdom of His light.

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV

The government is on Jesus’ shoulders. We are His body – the government is on OUR shoulders. In other words, Jesus is King over all the earth and His will is what will prevail. Our responsibility is to carry the leadership of our nation. We must pray; we must lead; we must set a godly example and not be afraid to speak the full counsel of God inside the church and outside the church and even to leaders, presidents and kings!

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 2 Corinthians 4:3-7 KJV

Because men are blinded by the devil, they have not yet seen or received this glorious Gospel, but for those of us who believe, this light has shined in our hearts. In Genesis, God said, “Let there be Light” and light came forth out of the darkness without sun or moon or stars! This same great light has shined IN our hearts and this light must shine OUT of us as well – the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

We have this great treasure, of this powerful, glorious light, in earthen vessels. God doesn’t need a perfect, golden vessel to shine through – He can shine even through earthen vessels – if the earthen vessels allow the light to shine. When people see that God is doing His work even through an earthen vessel – He gets all the glory. Your earthen vessel can take no credit for what God does through you. On the other hand, don’t ever allow your earthen vessel to limit you to small thinking, believing and doing. Because HE lives in you, you have His unlimited power and ability available through you. Just let Him shine!

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. Isaiah 60:1 KJV

YOU must rise and shine! God is waiting on YOU! The light is in you – stand up and shine!

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16 KJV

You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world! There is nothing worse than salt that has lost its potency – it’s still salt, but good for nothing. Salt stings an open wound, but it is a perfect preserving agent. The world may be offended by the Gospel, but it is the salty Christians who are holding back the tide of the wicked one. Stay salty! Your good works glorify your Father in heaven!

You can’t hide a light on a hill. God has raised you up and it’s too late to hide – so stand up and shine! You can’t hide a light in the darkness. The darker the place, the brighter your light shines – even if it’s a small light – it can be seen a long way off. Don’t hide your light under a jug – let it do its job and shine brightly on whatever “candlestick” or “lampstand” that God has placed you on. Don’t be ashamed of the Gospel – this Gospel saved your life – boldly shine it to those who walk in darkness.

That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world. Philippians 2:15 KJV

Live godly, so that your light can brightly shine in the midst of this perverse generation!

And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. Revelation 21:23

Our future is a future lived in the glorious light of the Lamb of God. Because we have this great hope, we continue to allow God to use us and we work to see HIS plans and purposes fulfilled and not our own. Thank God that we walk in the light and we shine the light and His power and glory are manifested through us in order to touch and change the world!