First Baptist Church of Sun Lakes - FaithStreet

Phone: (480) 895-1088

9535 E. Riggs Rd
Sun Lakes, AZ 85248

Dobson & Riggs Rd.

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August 2017



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Light Piercing the Darkness

There was a young ensign once who had made his first trip on a destroyer across the ocean. The young man had excellent training and abilities, so he was assigned the task of taking the destroyer out of the harbor and bringing it back to the United States.

This was his first opportunity of this kind, so he wanted to do everything right. So he barked out the orders, had the deck buzzing with action, and soon everything moved like a Swiss clock as the destroyer made its way out of the harbor.

In fact, they were on their way in record time when someone came to the young officer and said, “You have a message from the captain.” He thought this rather strange since it was a radio message. But he read it, and this is what the captain said: “Young man, you’ve done an excellent job. You’ve done it with great speed and with dispatch according to the book. But there is an unwritten rule that you’ve overlooked. The next time you leave harbor, make certain the Captain is on board.”

One might make what appears to be impressive progress. But it would be an unimaginable oversight to leave the captain back on shore!

In considering the Church of the Middle Ages, it can be said that the Captain had been left behind. The Church had wealth, prestige, and power (both religiously and politically); its ecclesiastical empire had expanded throughout Europe. But no longer was the Medieval church centered on Christ, obeying his Word, and spreading his gospel.

In fact, the opposite was taking place: The truth was being withheld from the people. Therefore, at some point in history, the church had ceased being the church.

However, in the goodness and providence of God, a monk by the name of Martin Luther saw the spiritual abuses of his day and began what, ultimately, became a mighty reformation. Thus, after centuries of darkness came the light of truth.
And now, 500 years later, we are the beneficiaries of that reformation!

It is my hope that you will join us on Wednesday evenings as we study the fascinating events that brought about the courageous stand of those who risked their lives to call the church back to Jesus Christ, its true Head, and to his living Word.

Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).

God forbid that we today should ever forget the Captain of our salvation – the Lord Jesus Christ himself.

In Him Alone,
Pastor Marc




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