FBC Family Cinema
Softball Team Update
Beth Moore Conference
June Book Group Intro
From The Pastor
FBC Family Cinema
Join us for FBC Summer Family Cinema on June 29, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Bring your chairs and blankets. The movie will be Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. This is a FREE event and includes popcorn and lemonade.
Men’s Softball Team
Thank you for supporting the men’s softball team this season! It’s been a fun year. We have just a few games left:
June 7 – Irmo Middle School 2 – 8:00 p.m.
June 14 – Double header (time and place to be announced)
June 21 – Playoffs begin
Look for more details in the church bulletin on the remainder of the season. We hope you will come out and cheer us on!
Beth Moore Conference
Beth Moore will be coming to the N. Charleston Coliseum on Friday, August 24th and Saturday, August 25th. Fellowship Bible Church Women’s Ministry is planning to attend. The ticket and hotel information is explained below:
Seating at N. Charleston Coliseum is open, meaning that it is on a first come, first serve basis. The tickets for this event are $65.00 per person and can be ordered on-line at the link below:
A block of 30 rooms has been reserved at the Wingate by Windham at Charleston Southern University. We have 24 queen rooms which have two queen size beds in each room and 6 king rooms with one king size bed in each room. It is important that you make your room reservation no later than July 24th as any unreserved rooms will be released back to the hotel. The room rate is $92.00 per night plus tax. The queen suites can hold up to four women.
When making your reservation, use the following steps:
1. Call the hotel: (843) 553-4444
2. Mention that you would like one of the rooms reserved in the Fellowship Bible Church block.
3. Give them your credit card information
4. Mark your calendar and pack your bags
5. See ya’ in Charleston!
The reservation has been made for two nights. If you would like to stay one night, please indicate that to the Wingate when you call to make your reservation. We hope you will join us!
What I Hope You Will Enjoy about Our June Book Group-1000 Gifts
by Lael Arrington
I was talking with a friend today about contentment. She told me that she was content in some areas of her life, but in other areas she was not. She said she was having long talks with God about it. I could so relate. I remember being in that exact, same place. I am older and further into recovery. And my recent experience with Ann Voskamp’s book, 1000 Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are has further rearranged my ideas about contentment. It’s made me wonder…is God’s idea of contentment the idea of being content in every “area” of our lives? Or is it perhaps a richer, deeper experience and feeling of contentment that is not “area” specific, but rather seems located in a different place entirely?
“I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content…I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need” (Eph 4:11-12). I used to read those verses and think, “Good for you, Paul. I wish.” Contentment and I have a troubled history. Many reasons: chronic illness, physical limitations, a propensity to live in the future (I think I will be content when I get married…and then…I will be content when I have a baby…get settled in our home…reach this career milestone…accomplish this ministry vision…get all the circumstances and significant people in my life to line up in neat little rows…it never ends). There is always a new challenge, a new goal. We future oriented people especially live with chronic holy frustration. We can just SEE how good things could be if our children did this or our husbands did that or work or ministry looked like the picture in our head. This is why Ann’s close-to-the-heart chronicle of her journey into contentment, and my processing it with her, has felt like discovering Paul’s missing, long-sought-after secret.
Ann describes herself as a “woman who speaks one language, the language of the fall—discontentment and self-condemnation, the critical eye and the never satisfied.” Her childhood story of loss and betrayal breaks your heart. Beside her mountain of daily responsibilities, how can I possibly complain about my little molehill? Ann took a dare to list 1000 gifts in her everyday experience. In the midst of mountains of dirty laundry, piles of dirty dishes, squabbles among six children, and her husband’s concern over the viability of their farm in today’s economy, Ann begins to train her eyes to see God’s gifts. She even picks up a camera to illustrate her daily lists. (You can read her notes and see her pictures at her blog)
Three things stand out to me as I think about Ann’s book: (to read the rest on Lael’s blog click here)
A Word On Homosexuality
by Jack Arrington
Can any other single word create as much stir as the mention of that one word?
President Obama’s recent endorsement of same sex marriage has added fuel to the fire.
So the question comes to us: how should we, who are Christ-followers, respond to this issue?
The answer: with grace and with truth. With respectful dialogue allowing others the freedom of their convictions as we express the right to vote our own convictions. We should also understand this isn’t a sound bite issue.
Emotional rants, name calling, carrying signs which say, “God hates homosexuals,” …these actions, in my opinion, do not help anyone. If you saw the viral video of the North Carolina pastor’s solution to the homosexual problem (put lesbians and gays in separate fenced areas and they will just die out), I hope you were grieved and understand that such actions push the undecided people away and make it less likely that they will listen to anything we have to say.
I am convinced that God in the Bible condemns homosexual (same sex) sexual practices1 and thereby also condemns same sex marriage. It would be impossible to respond to every possible argument against my position so I’ll only speak to a few.
Some would take the Old Testament passages from Leviticus (18:22; 20:13) condemning homosexual practice and claim that if we cite them against homosexuality then we also must cite and obey the passages in Leviticus which forbid making clothes using two different kinds of material (19:19) and that we must not eat shrimp or lobster (11:9).
And they would be right, in part. But we are no longer under the Law given by Moses. We are not expected to keep the commands found in Leviticus because we are under the New Covenant (Testament), not the Old. We are to learn from the Old. However, one wonders whether God would call something an abomination in the Old Testament and turn around to say it was fine in the New Testament. Indeed, he does not. Both in Romans 1:27 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, homosexuality is seen as sexual perversion and a sin which is condemned.
Homosexual advocates who give any credence to the Bible whatsoever usually make one of two responses. First, some will say that what is being condemned is promiscuous homosexuality and not faithful monogamous homosexuality. But, there is nothing whatsoever in the context to justify such a claim. The condemnation is not on unfaithful homosexual lovers, but on the lusting after and engaging in sex with a same sex partner.
Secondly, some will look at the list of sins condemned in 1 Corinthians and try to diminish the seriousness of the homosexuality because it is in a list with greed, drunkenness, and slander. Actually such a list should show us how seriously God views greed, drunkenness, and slander, not dismiss homosexuality as minor.
Sin, any sin—my sin, your sin—condemns us before a holy God. But the good news of the Gospel is that in Jesus Christ we find abundant love and forgiveness for the repentant sinner. Homosexuality is not an unforgiveable sin. Christ died for all, homosexuals along with sinful heterosexuals.
Others would look at marriages in the Bible—especially the polygamous marriages and multiple concubines of major biblical figures and claim that we cannot take the Bible literally or seriously on the subject of marriage (subtly implying our innate set of values are superior to the Bible). Yet, Jesus could and did say in Matthew 19:4-5, “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?” And that’s why in speaking of the qualifications of elders and deacons the man was expected to be “the husband of one wife” (1 Timothy 3:2, 12). The Bible has recorded the reality of life; but, the ideal has always been one man and one woman united in marriage for life. The heterosexual marriage track record IS abysmal. But one wrong does not justify another wrong.
The many who do not accept the authority of the Bible tell us we must not legislate our biblically based morality in a pluralistic society in which no religion is to be established. However, we all vote our world-view. We all have a sense of right and wrong based on that world-view. It cannot be otherwise. And we will vote according to what we believe is right and wrong. We can and should engage in dialogue and debate seeking to influence—even change—one another’s convictions. And after all the debate, when the polls open, we should vote our convictions.
There’s another recent argument placed in the mix. I wasn’t sure where to include it in this blurb so I’ll put it here at the end. What about recent claims that homosexuality might be genetic? Would God be fair in condemning a person for acting the way he or she was born?
There are two responses here—one for the Bible believing and one for secular reasoning. First from a purely secular perspective try Googling “genetic predisposition to….” When I did my browser automatically offered: genetic predisposition to addiction, alcoholism, cancer, diabetes, obesity, violence….all these in addition to homosexuality. Genetic predisposition to pedophilia didn’t automatically come up. But if you Google it you’ll find at least 300,000 results according to my search.
Here’s my point. Genetic predisposition isn’t a sufficient basis for determining right and wrong.
For those who accept the biblical account of the fall and the corruption of human nature we should know that doing what comes naturally, following the desires of our flesh, is not a good thing. Just because something feels right, doesn’t make it right.
For these and other reasons I cannot support legalizing gay marriage. Nor can I vote for anyone who advocates it given any other choice.
1 For the purposes of brevity, I’m simply using the term homosexual to refer to both gay and lesbian.