To supplement the book table that we have during our Sunday Services, we now have an online bookstore filled with book recommended by our pastor.
There are still books and categories to be added, but it is working and enough content is out there for you to check out.
So checkout the online bookstore.
We are beginning our new prayer meeting this Sunday [June 10, 2012] at 1:15-1:55pm for those who want to pray. I feel very impelled to invite out every one to pray that we my know God better and more intimately and be more aquainted with the spiritual blessings that we already have in Christ. God bless. (Ephesians 1:15-23)
– Pastor Jay
Our meeting will now be held in the same room we have Sunday Seminary.
This past Friday (May 18, 2012) Pastor Jay announced that it would be our last Friday night service. Listen to the announcement he gave and what we have planned (Wednesday Men’s Discipleship starting June 13, 2011) for the future (the audio messes up for a couple seconds but is fine after that):
Here is a collection of the sermons and an article by Pastor Jay on the fourth commandment that he mentioned yesterday [April 29, 2012]:
- The Abiding of the 10 Commandments:
- The 4th Commandment, Sabbath, Lord’s Day:
In conjunction with the sermon he preached Sunday, “How the Resurrection Effects Us Now” [Romans 6:1-7, 11] Pastor Jay writes:
The doctrine of union with Christ from Romans 6:1-14 is a glorious truth no doubt. Our union with Christ has liberated us from the enslaving power of sin in our lives. This was just one of the many benefits that Christ has merited for us in his atoning work. But even though we have this wonderful blessing, remaining sin continues to be present in the members of our body. Remember what Paul says even as a mature Christian man.
For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.
For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.
But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good.
So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.
For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.
For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.
But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.
I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.
For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man,
but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.
Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?
– Romans 7:14–24
Here Paul is sharing his struggle with indwelling sin as a mature Christian. He wants to do good but he engaged in an ongoing struggling with his sin (Rom. 7:21). But how does this fit with the glorious truth of Romans 6 that we are dead to sin and alive to God? The answer is found in the fact that both of these things are true and a present reality for the Christian.
Although we are dead to the mastery of sin, we still will find the presence of sin in our lives. We will never arrive at a state of sinless perfection and as long as we are in these mortal bodies we will never keep God’s word perfectly. But thanks be to God that we are trusting in one who did keep the Law perfectly on our behalf and who did die as a propitiation for all of our sins. We are saved by grace and not by works of the law. But although we are resting in the finished work of Christ for our salvation it is time for us to get to the hard work of mortification of our sin. We will always have to fight off our remaining sin until the day of our death.
for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
– Romans 8:13–14
Paul says again,
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
– 2 Corinthians 7:1
So this is the tension for the Christian who has union with Christ but is not glorified yet. We wait for the glorious day when we will be given glorified redeemed bodies, but until then the war goes on. So take heed Christian friend, if you find yourself in a struggle and a battle with indwelling sin, be of good courage, it is the normal Christian life.
Past resources on this subject:
2011 has been a tremendous year for our church. We have seen several people added to our number, we have seen others move on. Through both trial and heartache I believe we have grown. There is something about the lessons of time and experience in life that cannot be produced or manufactured. Only through God’s refining process of sanctifying us as a church both as individuals and as a congregation have we come to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Looking back at the year in review we have remained faithful to the exposition of God’s word, we have not veered off the narrow way, God has kept us. As elders we have seen incredible growth in the life of the church as it pertains to the unity of our church and personal growth in marriages, families, and ministries. God has also taken us abroad this year with trips to Joplin, Mexico, and Romania. We continue supporting missions in Chile, some of us prayerfully support David Johnson in China, and Jon Speed in Syracuse. Our evangelism remains steady, our prayer meeting has been maintained by a faithful few who come together every Sunday morning to lift up the people, preaching, and purity of SJCC.
God has been the ever-constant Provider for our church’s needs so that we have never gone without. The Lord has placed us in Haltom City for His own good and sovereign pleasure. God has also blessed us with closing out our study through Systematic Theology in Sunday Seminary. The women of our church continue to gather and encourage, pray, and challenge one another for the good of our church and the glory of God. We have had several baptisms which had coincided with membership.
The reality of a new year presents many wonderful opportunities to avoid the sins and mistakes of the last year. It also presents many obstacles, hindrances, and weights which can keep us from running the race with endurance. The vision for a new year as a church should involved great zeal to illustrate God’s glory through evangelism, one another ministry, preaching, teaching, and making disciples. Fathers have a great opportunity this year to develop new and fresh vision for their children. Mothers have a great opportunity to go deep with Christ in the home as they love their children, serve their husbands, and build up their households. Singles have the great challenges of purity, perseverance, and passion for their vocations. Every member of SJCC can do more for the glory of Chris than they did last year, take time, review the year, ask yourself the hard questions of how you can be more effective for Christ, serve his people more selflessly, and glorify God in this dark world. Our prayer for SJCC is for faithfulness in God’s work, peace in God’s church, and love for God’s people. Happy New Year,
Soli Deo Gloria,
Pastor Emilio Ramos
I wanted to start by thanking everybody for their sacrificial giving without which we could not continue this work. I know that times are tough but we do appreciate your sacrifice in giving. God says your labor in the Lord is not in vain and God will honor those who honor him (1 Sam 2:30). For those who gave to this work with their time, spiritual gifts and contributed financially, I am particularly grateful and I want to sincerely thank you. Without God using you in this way, we would not have a church nor any kind of ministry because of the simple reason that you all are the church of God.
“For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.” – 1 Corinthians 3:9 (NKJV)
One of the things about being a pastor is that we are dependent on the giving of God’s people. This is a blessing for the church to be able to support their pastors, but it can also be tremendously humbling at times and I do want to thank you for supporting both my family and Emilio’s family.
I also want to thank you all for attending the church and committing with us in church membership. I know that there are a host of other churches that you could choose from and we live in the age of the consumer. So often churches will give people what they want rather then what they need. But we desire to be faithful to the Word of God. I know that some of the things that we do here and preach here would not be popular in the popular evangelical movement but we want to obey scripture and not people’s fancies. So thank you for supporting a work that is biblical and seeks to obey all of the Bible (Acts 20:27).
I want to thank you for standing with our church in the hard times and in the good times. As one writer said, “It was the best of times and it was the worst of times.” So thank you for you for supporting your elders through the tough times as well as the good times. I look forward to what the Lord will do in this coming year.
Lastly, we have a slogan at our church that says, “Reformed and always reforming.” We must press on to see what the Lord has for us and we must always become more and more willing to conform to his Word as he teaches and leads our church. We do not want to become too comfortable in our Christianity but always seek a relentless persuit of our Triune God and the truth of His Word.
God bless you for laboring with us in the faith that was once and for all given to the saints. “Be steadfast, immovable always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Cor 15:58).
Pastor Jay Jesuroga