Monday, April 14, 2014

Robert L. Sumner at Grace Baptist, Brazoria, TX

Robert L. Sumner; The Biblical Evangelist

Dr. Robert L. Sumner will be preaching at:

Grace Baptist Church of Wild Peach
5050 CR 353, Brazoria, TX 77422

Host Pastor - Mark Brumbelow
979/798-0305

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
at 7pm

R. L. Sumner is an evangelist, author of over 30 books, and editor of The Biblical Evangelist. He was formerly associate editor of the Sword of the Lord with Dr. John R. Rice. At the time, the Sword of the Lord had a circulation of over 400,000. Copies of the Biblical Evangelist, and books by Dr. Sumner will be available.

A copy of The Biblical Evangelist will be given to each family. It is filled with sermons, Bible studies, and sermon illustrations. You can subscribe to it for free. It was one of Adrian Rogers favorite publications and Adrian ordered hundreds of Sumner‘s pamphlets for his church. Dr. Sumner is independent Baptist, but he is not anti-Southern Baptist. A number of Southern Baptist Leaders subscribe to his paper.

He is 90 years old and still going strong! Dr. Sumner has been preaching in California, and is stopping in Texas on his way back home to Lynchburg, Virginia.

For those in the Houston, Brazoria, TX area, this is a great opportunity to hear and meet one of the most influential conservative Christian leaders of the 20th and 21st centuries. I will be there. I hope you will too.

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Books by Robert L. Sumner:

Bible Translations

Biblical Evangelism in Action

Fights I Didn’t Start, And Some I Did: Round 1 (Foreword by Ergun Caner)

Fights I Didn’t Start, And Some I Did: Round 2 (Foreword by Bailey Smith)

Fundamentalist Foibles!

Hell Is No Joke

Commentary on Hebrews (recommended by Adrian Rogers, Warren Wiersbe, Charles U. Wagner, Elmer Towns)

Commentary on Ephesians (recommended by Hyman Appelman, Baptist Bible Tribune)

Commentary on James (Foreword by Paige Patterson)

An Examination of TULIP: The Five Points of Calvinism

Jesus Christ is God

Biblical Essays by a Historic Evangelical Fundamentalist (Foreword by Jerry Vines)

And many more.

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, April 14, AD 2014.

Other Articles (Labels) in lower right margin.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How To Keep Your Pastor

One of the heartbreaking things church members go through is losing a pastor they love. The church may not even notice the Pulpit Committee (Pastor Search Committee) that quietly shows up one Sunday. They may not notice the pastor missed a Sunday or two to preach “in view of a call” at another church. They may not know the pastor wanted to move; they thought everything was fine. And the pastor has good reason to keep things quiet until another church has called him as pastor. So often the first information the church has that their pastor is leaving is when he stands in the pulpit and formally announces his resignation. 

How do you keep a pastor? 
To the deacons and laymen out there who want to keep their pastor, these are a few things that might help. And these are things your pastor will probably never mention.

1. A cost of living adjustment for your pastor each year. Not really a raise in salary, just keeping up his salary with inflation. Over several years, a set salary seriously declines. And like you, the pastor has to support his family and pay his bills. Give him some pride and ability to do so.

2. Consider a real, live, honest to goodness raise in his salary. After all he’s doing a good job, is experienced, and you want to keep him.

3. Take him aside and tell him what a good job he’s doing. Better yet, tell it in front of the church.

4. Get the church to add to his monthly retirement contributions to GuideStone. If you don’t know about Guidestone Financial Services of the SBC, check with a fellow pastor or your Baptist Association’s Director of Missions. If he is not contributing to his GuideStone Retirement, have the church begin doing so for him.

5. Check with the pastor and his wife about things needing improved in the parsonage. Provide the money, but if they prefer, let them take care of it. After all, as long as they are there, it’s their house. Give them some privacy. You wouldn’t want someone else running things in in your house.

6. Make sure the pastor and his family are free to take a couple of days off each week. Make sure the church knows and supports this.

7. Seriously pray for your pastor. He has burdens and stress you will never know.

8. Bring others with you to church.

9. Be present, with a good attitude, at every church service; Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, or whatever schedule your church has. A good crowd is encouraging and helps him preach better.

10. Allow the pastor the funds to buy at least one new book each month.

11. Support his plans to reach more people for Christ.

12. Faithfully give your tithes and offerings to your church.

Make things so good for your pastor he’d be crazy to go anywhere else.

But know that sometimes under the best of circumstances, God will lead your pastor elsewhere. If so, use the above to encourage your next pastor.

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, April 1, AD 2014.

Articles:
How to Get a Life When Ministry Drains it Out of You
Church Buildings - Dos and Don'ts #1
Earth Day
The Girl Who Saved His Ministry
Wit And Wisdom Of My Dad
More Articles in lower right margin. 

 
 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

What the Bible Teaches About Baptism


“Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” -Matthew 28:19

“Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection. -Romans 6:3-5; also Colossians 2:12; Matthew 3:13-17; John 3:23; Acts 8:38.

What is the first commandment for a new believer?
To be baptized.

Why do Baptists practice Believer’s Baptism by Immersion?
First, why believers?
Only believers were baptized in the New Testament. You have to be old enough to understand and voluntarily trust in Jesus, therefore infants are not baptized. Faith comes first, then baptism.
Second, why immersion?
The NT Greek word for baptize (baptizo) means to immerse, dip, or plunge. In NT times they practiced immersion.
Immersion presents the true picture of baptism. It is a symbol of a death, burial, and resurrection. When you bury someone, you don’t sprinkle a little dirt on their head, you cover them up.

What are the three things baptism represents?
1. Jesus died for my sins, was buried, and rose again.
2. Death to your old life of sin and a new life in Christ.
3. Baptism is also a picture of the final resurrection. When a Christian dies, his body is buried and his soul, spirit goes to Heaven (2 Corinthians 5:8). But when Jesus comes again, the departed saints will come with Him and their physical bodies will be resurrected (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15).

Is baptism a part of salvation?
No, faith alone in Christ alone is what saves us. Baptism is a good work, but we are not saved by good works (Ephesians 2:8-9).

If a person trusts Jesus as their Lord and Savior, but dies before they are baptized, will they go to Heaven?
Yes. The thief on the cross believed in Jesus but died before having a chance to be baptized (Luke 23:39-43). Jesus assured, “this day you will be with Me in paradise.“ But if it is possible, we are to obey the biblical command and be baptized.

Is baptism really important?
Yes. The Bible commands it and Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist to set an example for us. Jesus walked about 60 miles from Galilee to the southern part of the Jordan River to be baptized. Would you be willing to walk 60 miles to be baptized?

Why is baptism practiced in a public place in front of others?
Baptism is a personal testimony that you have accepted Jesus as your Savior and you want the church and the world to know. Your baptism says you believe Jesus died for you and rose again; that you have died to your old life of sin and have a new life in Christ; and that you believe in the resurrection at the Return of Christ. It is a way of taking a public stand for Christ.

Will a person baptized in another way go to Heaven?
What determines if we go to Heaven is whether we have personally received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, not our mode or kind of baptism. But we should seek to be true to the Scripture and the commands of our Lord.

Who can baptize?
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances (special commands given by the Lord for the church to follow) of the church, so the local church has the authority to baptize.

“Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead.” -Baptist Faith & Message, 2000; doctrinal statement of the Southern Baptist Convention.

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, March 23, AD 2014.

Other Articles:
The Roman Road of Salvation
 
Dr. Robert Wring on Baptists and Elder Rule Why I Support the Baptist Association, Part 1
Basic Baptist Doctrines / Beliefs
Baptists and Eternal Security, or Once Saved Always Saved; Part 1 of 3
Cooperative Program Not Intended to Send Money to International Missions
Random Advice to Pastors, Part 1
Other articles in lower right margin. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Observe Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Sunday

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Sunday (aka Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention Sunday) is the third week of each March. This year March 16, 2014. Of course you can observe this day on another Sunday if it better fits your schedule. 

Thoughts on observing this special day:

1. Preach a sermon on Christians and Alcohol. Many church members have never heard a sermon against drug abuse. They need to.

2. Emphasize this day in Sunday School (SS). This can be done in the SS department or class or both. A brief testimony can be presented, or facts and figures can be presented.

3. Pass out a leaflet on this subject in Sunday School or church.

4. Have a note in the church bulletin or a bulletin insert.

5. If not a sermon, have preventing drug abuse as a point in the sermon.

6. This special day gives you a great excuse to speak to this issue.

7. When a concern is not dealt with in church, often people will conclude the issue must not be important and they can do as they please. If a family member or friend gets addicted, they may wonder why the church never warned about addiction and abuse.

8. Have someone give a testimony concerning drug abuse prevention.

9. Have a speaker on this issue from ACAP, etc.

10. Present a ministry that deals with drug abuse such as ACAP. On this day some churches receive an offering for such ministries.

11. Place good books on the dangers of drug abuse in your church library and community libraries. Books like: Ancient Wine and the Bible by Brumbelow; Alcohol Today by Lumpkins; Wine, the Biblical Imperative: Total Abstinence by Teachout; Oinos: A Discussion of the Bible Wine Question by Fields; The Bible and Its Wines by Ewing…


Sources of information for Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Sunday:

1. Print the 2006 SBC Resolution On Alcohol Use In America on a half sheet of paper and use it as a Sunday bulletin insert or handout.

2. Get resources from the American Council on Alcohol Abuse (ACAP). 

3. The book, Ancient Wine and the Bible: The Case for Abstinence is filled with resource material and illustrations that can be used for bulletins, flyers, sermons, or Bible Studies.

4. There are a number of resources at this site. You are welcome to reprint the articles: Ancient Wine Production and the Bible; Biblical Principles Condemn Alcohol; etc, and use them as a handout. Check the lower right hand column under Labels/Articles. There is no charge, just give credit to gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com.

5. Handout index card copies of the Church Covenant, available from LifeWay. It contains a statement against alcohol and drug use.

The bottom line is, please observe this day. Don’t leave your church thinking that drug abuse doesn’t really matter to the pastor.

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, March 4, AD 2014. 


Deuteronomy 14:26 - Does it Commend Alcohol?

Why Marijuana Should Remain Illegal



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Judges 9:13 and Alcohol


But the vine said to them, ‘Should I cease my new wine, which cheers both God and men, and go to sway over trees?’ -Judges 9:13

Judges 9:13 is often brought up with the contention that it shows God is pleased with alcohol, that alcohol is intended by God to cheer the heart of God and man.

A closer look reveals a number of problems with this view.

1. In the Bible, as much as some wish and assume, wine is not synonymous with alcohol. Sometimes wine refers to an alcoholic drink, sometimes it does not. In Bible times they had no word for “alcohol,” so they described it by its effects. For example, Proverbs 23:29-35 (Significantly, after describing this kind of alcoholic wine, it then says not to even look at it!).

Judges 9:13 is talking about wine, it is not necessarily talking about alcohol.

2. The word for wine used in this verse is the Hebrew word tirosh. Tirosh usually means new wine, just pressed wine, unfermented wine, nonalcoholic wine.

Some even contend tirosh always meant unfermented wine. Two Jewish Encyclopedias take this position. For example, The Jewish Encyclopedia states,

“‘Tirosh’ includes all kinds of sweet juices and must, and does not include fermented wine (Tosef., Ned. iv. 3).”

By the way, this also shows the ancient Jews knew much more than they are often given credit about making and preserving all kinds of nonalcoholic drinks.

3. Notice in this verse the vine says, “My wine.”

What kind of wine does a vine possess? Wine in the grapes, the pure blood of the grape, unfermented wine, nonalcoholic wine, or grape juice.

This is reminiscent of Isaiah 65:8, another clear biblical reference to nonalcoholic wine.

As the new wine is found in the cluster. -Isaiah 65:8 (Notice the English translations that use the word “wine” for this obviously nonalcoholic grape cluster.)

4. “which cheers both God and men.” A number of Christian social drinkers have claimed this has to be alcohol, since it “cheers” both God and man. Some have actually claimed this shows even God enjoys getting a little tipsy.

There are several problems with this view.

1. God condemns drunkenness and it is unlikely He is saying it’s alright to get a little drunk. As Jerry Vines has said, “Moderate drinking is moderate intoxication.” God would not violate His own commandments.

There are now government TV commercials warning, “Buzzed driving is drunk driving.”

2. Isn’t it possible to have a drug-free cheerfulness? My heart has often been glad (cheered), without drugs being involved.

3. The harvest, and the huge amount of work that went into saving the harvest, when completed gave great cause to be cheerful, to rejoice.

4. They craved sweet things, and a good glass of sweet wine would bring joy. They had no cane sugar; their only sources of sweetness were from fruit and honey. I’ve had Pinot Noir unfermented wine; it cheers my heart every time.

5. It is sacrilegious to present God as getting even a little drunk.

6. If God ever did get a little drunk, can you imagine the trouble we would be in?

Rather than commending alcohol, Judges 9:13 does just the opposite. It shows a great example of one of the many Bible verses that speak of nonalcoholic wine.

(More on this issue in Ancient Wine and the Bible.)

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, February 18, AD 2014.

Ancient Wine Production and the Bible
Deuteronomy 14:26 - Does it Commend Alcohol?
More Articles in lower right margin. 

 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentines Day - The Bible on Love

But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. -1 John 3:17-18 NKJV

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. -1 John 4:9

1. Different kinds of love in the Greek language
Eros - erotic / sensual kind of love

Phileo - friendship kind of love

Agape - highest form of love

2. Another way of distinguishing love
1. I love you if…

2. I love you because…

3. I love you period.

3. Love is spelled COMMITMENT.
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. -John 15:13

4. True love between a married couple allows no one or no thing to come between them.
Your spouse is the most important person in the world to you. 

More important than parents, relatives, friends. More important than your children. Doesn’t mean neglect children, but love your spouse. Most important thing a man can do for his kids is to love their mother. See what Jesus said about marriage - Mark 10:6-9.

5. We are to love God will all our hearts, and our neighbor as ourselves. Matthew 22:37-39; John 13:34; Philippians 1:9

More info at: FocusOnTheFamily.com

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, February 12, AD 2014.

More Articles in lower right margin. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Obituary - Pastor Frank Biles

Dr. Franklin McCoy Biles was born August 24, 1940 in Fort Pierce, Florida, to John Lindsey and Mattie Lou Jordan Biles. He passed away January 29, 2014. 

He served in the US Army National Guard, US Navy, and USAF Reserve Chaplain, LT. COL. for a total of 36 years. Dr. Biles received his Bachelor of Science from University of Houston in 1968, Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1971 and Doctorate in Ministry from Biola Talbot Seminary in 1988. He was a pastor for 49 years, serving 9 churches in Texas and retired after serving 20 years at Eastside Baptist Church in Baytown.

Dr. Biles is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sandra Kay Schmidt Biles (Sandy); his sons and daughters-in-law: Daniel Franklin and Mandy Morrison Biles of Corpus Christi, TX, Andrew (Andy) Coy and Kathryn McLean Biles of Channelview, TX, and Stephen Paul and Jamie Chitwood Biles of Victoria, TX; eight grandchildren, Christopher Biles, Britny Biles, Tyler Biles, Bethany Biles, Jonathan (JD) Biles, Jacob Biles, Benjamin Biles and Grant Biles; three brothers, John L Biles, James E Biles and R Tommy Biles and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Betsy Hamilton.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Samaritan's Purse in Frank's name at PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or www.samaritanspurse.org and go to tab “Support.”

Frank Biles’ funeral service was at Navarre Funeral Home, Baytown, TX on February 4, 2014 led by Pastor Bill Yowell. Burial at Houston National V. A. Cemetery, 10410 Veteran’s Memorial Dr., Houston TX. Among the songs sung at the funeral were God Hath Not Promised, At The Cross, and Victory In Jesus. A number of preachers attended the service.

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, February 10, AD 2014.

Other Articles in lower right margin.