God Is Working ALL Things For Our Good!

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.”

 

Christians cite this verse a lot during difficult times, but are these circumstances really “bad”?  The answer, according to Romans 8:28 has to be “no” when we consider that God is working out ALL things for our good.  So then, how do we process the seemingly bad things that inevitably come into our lives?  Let me tell you that the fault lies not with the circumstance, nor with the God of the circumstance (may it never be!), but rather with our definition of good and bad.

To understand this, we first need to understand the definition of “good” and “bad”.  When we define something as “good”, we are always defining it in terms of its conformity to a particular standard.  For example, when I say that this meal tastes good, I am comparing the taste of the food to how it conforms to the particular tastes of my tongue.  If my taste buds find it pleasing, then the food is “good”.  If the food is not pleasing to my tongue, then the food tastes bad.  Similarly, in the sporting world, we often judge whether an athlete is good or bad depending on his or her performance to a particular score or objective.

In the realm of everyday life we tend to define the quality of our circumstances by how they conform to OUR standards.  Does this make me happy?  If it does, then we consider the circumstance to be good.  If it does not make us happy, then it is bad.  The problem is that the standard we are using to define our happiness is different than the standard for which we were created to find our happiness – God Himself.  We look to relationships, health, money, control, looks, comfort, and a million other things to make us happy when God is saying, “Be like my Son to be happy”.

One such example in my own life would be the motorcycle crash I was involved in a few months ago.  If the goal (god) of my life was comfort or good health, then this circumstance would undoubtedly be “bad” since the crash neither resulted in my comfort nor my good health.  But if (since) God is causing all things, including my motorcycle accident, to conform me into the image of His Son, then the accident must be considered a “good” thing.

Do you begin to see that what is really on trial during a difficult circumstance is not the circumstance itself, but rather our hearts?  You see, my judgment that a circumstance is bad is really a judgment that my heart was looking to the wrong thing for happiness to begin with.  And it then becomes my responsibility to turn from (repent) of whatever idol was ruling my heart and return to God (Christlikeness) as my true Ruler.

So next time you are tempted to think that you are suffering from a “bad” circumstance, make sure that the standard that measures the quality of your circumstances is where it needs to be.  When our focus is where it ought to be (on becoming more like Jesus Christ), then we will experience joy even in the most difficult of circumstances, just as the Apostle Paul testified in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Damien Frank – CBC Deacon


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Do This In Remembrance Of Me!

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It is our tradition as it is in many evangelical churches to observe the Table of the Lord on the first Sunday of each month.  That’s not because someone mandated we do so, but because it’s our choice to start each new month with a fresh reminder of the cross and all it represents.

Why do we observe communion?  Because Jesus said we must!  We must never forget the cost and the sacrifice He endured for our redemption.  As often as we partake, we are to make sure we remember Him!

What does it mean to remember Him?  In the original language it means more than just remember. It means…to go back in one’s mind…and try to recapture as much of the reality and significance of an event or experience as one possibly can. We know we can’t fully do that because we weren’t there, but in remembering we are to try and place ourselves at the foot of Calvary some 2000 years ago.  Try in your imagination to envision what it would have been like to look up and see Jesus Christ the Son of God hanging there!  That vision would and should leave you horrified.  His bloodied body so traumatized.  You couldn’t even tell He was a man Isaiah says.  Imagine yourself there for a moment.  Imagine this suffering that He took on your behalf.  Imagine what He went through as He cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

Why should I imagine that?  Why should I visit that?  It is painful. It is hard. But Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of Me.”  Through the elements we use to partake in His table, He says, “I want you to remember again and again and again and again how you came into this relationship with the Father and don’t forget it!” The Father says, “Come back to Calvary and look at the suffering of My Son. Look at the sacrifice. Look at the torture. And remember all that He had to go through because of your sin.”  And it is the Holy Spirit who also never wants us to forget that it is through Jesus’ sacrifice we have eternal life and through nothing and no one else!  

Wherever you partake of communion this weekend I hope and pray these are the thoughts that would help you truly remember Him!  

Soli Deo Gloria,

Pastor Jacob Denys

 



Celebrating The Resurrection

When it comes to Easter let’s be clear.  It’s not about Bunnies, Egg, Chocolate Candy or Jellybeans…even though I know we love to engage with these things and especially consume them.  But Easter really is about Jesus and His Resurrection from the dead!  This is the most amazing reality of our Christian faith!  That He is RISEN!

As such, if we commit our lives to God through Him, then we can have the assurance that since He lives…we will live too!  Death may come (and it is appointed unto man once to die and then the judgment) but death will not be a tragic end for us!  The Resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone of the gospel and of our future hope for life after death!   Someone has said, “Everything we are, have, and hope to be is dependent on the reality of Christ’s resurrection.”

It is my sincere hope that as you spend time with your family this weekend, the cross and the resurrection of Jesus would be the centerpiece of your gathering and celebration!

If you are looking for a place to worship for Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, then please consider visiting us.  CBC’s Good Friday service is THIS Friday night at 7pm.  Resurrection Sunday service is at 10am!

 

On Behalf of Our Risen Lord,

Pastor Jacob Denys



COME CELEBRATE PASSION WEEK!

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We are quickly approaching Easter week and we want to share with you upcoming services. Invite your family and friends to once again marvel at the great sacrifice of the Lord Jesus and the amazing victory of His glorious Resurrection! Click on the graphic for details!



WELCOME TO CALVARY BIBLE CHURCH

condemnationMarch 2nd @ 10am

Kick Off Service for CBC in Fremont!

Communion will be served at this 10 am service!

 Pastor Jacob will begin the exposition of Romans chapter 8

 

 

20140209_133953Calvary Bible Church is a fellowship of believers coming together to declare the glory of the Lord and celebrate Jesus as King.

Our prayer is that you would be blessed and strengthened by the power of Jesus Christ and that you will life a live of abundance in fellowship, joy and liberty. 

We study the Word, practice what we learn and in the process grow together. We equip you to fulfill the Great Commission of the spread of the gospel to all nations.