The question of when we will be gathering together again has been the subject of much prayer and discussion by our church’s leadership. We are asking God for wisdom as we attempt to follow the guidelines of New York State and New York City regarding the timing for reopening our church campus. At the same time, we are making plans and putting protocols in place to ensure your safety and well-being when we are able to meet again. Stay tuned for updates as more information becomes available.  

In the meantime, we hope that you will continue to join us for Tuesday Prayer Onlinebeginning at 7pm; Sunday Worship Online, beginning at 9am; and weekday Devotions Onlinebeginning at 10am. We also invite you to check the Churchwide Announcements on our home page to learn about additional online events for each member of your family.

God’s Promises

Saturday, October 12, 2019

“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises….” (2 Peter 1:4 NIV)

The Bible has thousands of promises for the believer.  This is wonderful, but guess what?  The promises themselves don’t work… Only GOD works! Let’s give this some thought.  Someone may make a promise to you, but you’re not sure if they will follow through; yet someone else may give you their word, and you set store by what that person has said.  Why?  Because you have complete trust in one, but perhaps not in the other.  So when we say that we have faith in God’s promises, we are saying that we have faith in a person—in God himself!  In fact, to separate God from his Word is to make the Bible—or his promises—akin to magic.  And some do just that, leaving their dusty Bibles open perhaps to some Psalm as a sort of talisman, hoping the act will ward off evil spirits or result in good luck for the home.  The enemy of our souls does not mind when we do this with the Scriptures or when, by rote, we quote something from a Bible promise book.  Why?  Because it’s an exercise in futility!

When we say that we believe in the inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible, and in the promises contained therein, we have to know that we are trusting in the one who gave us the Bible and those promises.  This is where the devil attacks us:  He attacks our faith that God himself will answer our prayers according to his promises, because without this faith, we would just be throwing up prayers and hoping they will work.  Let’s not engage in this useless activity.  Let’s believe that “[God] is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.”  Then let’s seek him with all of our heart, and let’s believe HIM for every single promise he has given us in his Word!

Read 2 Peter 1:3-15.

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