Good morning, my dear friends at Gospel Light Bible Baptist Church. My heart is heavy with the burdens that you and I bare. Pastor Giardino has often said that we are under attack from the demons of this world and we all know why. GLBBC is growing, people are awaking to God’s calling, and wonderful things are happening. That God is working in our lives and in our church makes us enemies to those who disbelieve and to all unrighteousness.
The summations of our Sunday morning services will be brief ; just a few highlights will be touched on. I implore you to spend time listening to these Spirit-filled messages on our sermons page of the web site: Sermons
Part 1: Scott Saxton continued his message on soul winning.
The outline for brother Scott’s sermon was presented in this blog post: Soul Winning. The teaching was based on 1 Thess 2:4-9 The passage in verse 8, “we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us”, was especially moving because it does reflect the Saxton’s ministry. They have indeed imparted there own souls, giving up so much of their past lives to serve the Lord. Lost people should be dear to us and “we must be willing to be inconvenienced”, brother Scott said. Scott and Lorraine had sold or given away almost all their possessions, including the tools Scott used for his own livelihood, all household furniture, and many dear and memorable items; all was surrendered for the Lord’s calling to minister to the lost. A lesson to be learned is that material things may hinder you from serving the Lord. As far as saving souls, which is the glory of God, there is no time to lose; one never knows when the last day on earth is for any man.
It was noteworthy that, although brother Scott did not mention it directly, he did describe the soul-convicting methods used in the “Way of the Master” series, which includes bringing the law of the Old Testament into witnessing conversations. Once again, brother Scott implored us to memorize passages in the bible so that “God will have something to work with” when you witness to others.
Bother Scott reminded us that “it is not what goes into a man’s mouth that defiles him, it is what comes out.” What a man says is a reflection of his heart. Do we use our tongues to glorify God? Further, he strongly urged us to be a “praying church”, to have prayer meetings, to depend on God in all things with prayer.
Pastor Giardino stepped into the baptismal waters to baptize two members of our congregation. Justin James and Mark Taylor were baptized in fulfillment to the scriptures as children of Christ. Both had been discipled by Pastor G. Justin’s parents were present.
Michael Giardino’s promotional video for Camp Li-Lo-Li was shown on the screen. John Lawton of the Niagara Falls Baptist Examiner posted an online article advertising this weekend’s 4-day excursion. Maps to the camp are available.
Part 2: Pastor Giardino concluded his 3-part message on Stewardship
“Will a Man Rob God” has been the theme of Pastor Giardino’s messages about tithing. Leading off his sermon, pastor read from three verses from Proverbs: 8:19, 23:5, and 30:7-9. All reveal the temporal nature of money and riches and pastor suggested that “every American needs to read these messages.”
With the screen still up, a 3 ½ minute video was played featuring, self-professed, self-made millionaire Stewie Jacobs. This comical satire was aimed at the topic of tithing (or not), with Stewie selling his book, “Tithing Tricks, Volume 1”. He claimed, “all you see behind me came from not tithing.”
Pastor then read a story about a bank robber who, while pointing a gun at the woman teller, handed her a note demanding cash. He teller read the note, became very angry, and proceeded to pummel the robber with the cash drawer. The robber turned and fled and was later captured. When asked why she ignored the gun and acted as she did, the teller explained that the note contained a very bad word; nothing else mattered to the woman. Likewise, pastor explained, when it comes to money, people behave as though nothing else matters, ignoring more important concerns in life.
Unlike the “protection” one gets from the extortion from the mob, Pastor Giardino said that God wants to protect us, provide a hedge around us (Job1:10); through exhortion, pastor asks us to live by the principles of the bible. Blessing come as we give back to God that which he has given to us.
Pastor’s sermon included 7 points; please listen to the sermon online for details.
Fated Facts – There is something worse than greed; it is envy for what others have. “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing”. 1 Tim 6:3-4
Fabulous Fold – “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Tim 6:6
Failed Faith – “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1 Tim 6:10
Fantastic Faith – “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 1 Tim 6:12
Flagrant Faith – “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;” 1 Tim 6:17
Financing Faith’s Fund – “That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” 1 Tim 6:18-19