Notes from Sunday – 07/31/11

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  • Saturday morning, I taught a seminar at our church on “How to Study the Bible for Yourself.” It was well attended. And it was great to see the enthusiasm of the members about study the word of God. In typical H.B. fashion, we did not complete half of the twenty pages of notes I prepared. So we will plan a follow session for sometime soon.

    My family returned home from Los Angeles Saturday afternoon. Yes! The suicide watch is over. Thanks for your prayers.

    We had a great day of worship at Shiloh yesterday.

    Our Men’s Chorus led the music in both services. It was great to have our men leading in worship.

    Our Bible Study Fellowship group meets did not meet yesterday. During our BSF hour, we have a mass baptism service.

    I actually got in the water, for the first time in at least 15 years. Or more.

    We baptized more than 40 new members.

    It was my great privilege to baptize my two oldest children – H.B. & Natalie. I praise the Lord that my children have made a profession of faith in Christ. And it was a speechless privilege to baptize them this morning.

    I could not help but think today about the day my father baptized me, when I was six years old. I remember my baptism and am grateful to God for saving me.

    Shout out to Pastor Mike Rodgers for his assistance during the baptisms. I am not sure I would have been able to do it alone.

    As always, I am grateful for the guests who were with us in worship. There was a special group that joined us from Savannah. I am glad they chose to worship with us and pray they were blessed.

    I continued a brief, three-part series on 1 Peter 1:3-9 that I am called, “Real Hope for Difficult Times.”

    I preached from 1 Peter 1:6-7: “The Truth About Your Trials.”

    I sought to make five points about the trials of life we face as Christians:

    1. The proper response to your trials (1:6a)
    2. The limited duration of your trials (1:6b)
    3. The spiritual necessity of your trials (1:6c)
    4. The painful reality of your trials (1:6d)
    5. The intended results of your trials (1:7)

    It is not often that I attempt to a five-point outline, for obvious reasons. I have enough trouble as it is preaching a three-point outline in a reasonable amount of time.

    I am preaching this series out of my pastoral desire to say something encouraging to my congregation. I pray that these messages have been comforting and encouraging so far.

    Next week’s sermon: “The Believer’s View of the Unseen Christ” (1 Peter 1:8-9).

    Praise God for those who were saved and added to the church in our services today.

    Slow afternoon. Really slow afternoon. No complaints. Needed the rest.

    Breaking News: Football is back!


    H.B. Charles Jr.

    Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida.