PSBC Devotionals

Short devotionals will be published periodically and announced on Facebook. Join with us in conversation, questions, comments – we would love to hear from you!

Worship Music

 
Follow our Sunday Worship playlist on Spotify. We’ll be updating the list with any new songs we sing on Sundays as well as our old favorites. Come to worship on your own, or to learn the songs so that we can all raise our voices together in worship to God Almighty every Sunday morning. 
 

Sunday Worship


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Representing Jesus in a world of fear…

We are slowly getting out of our self-isolation now! As we go forward, we are going to see many different reactions to the move back out into the public world. As stores, businesses, and restaurants re-open, they must follow the guidelines set forth by the local government – and are also encouraged to keep practicing social distancing and wearing masks. Individuals all have different opinions on whether we should be  told to wear masks in public and many refuse to do so, while others will not go out anywhere without their masks on.

No matter what your opinion or mine may be, whether to continue wearing the mask and keep 6 feet apart, or not – our first priority above all is representing Jesus Christ while we are still in this world. So what does that have to do with whether we wear a mask or not?

Two passages came to mind as I was thinking about this. The first in Romans is explicit, telling us to obey our authorities.

Romans 13:1-2

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.

The second is about how we represent ourselves to others:

1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. 2 If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. 3 But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.

4 Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” 5 For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

7 However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8 Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. 9 But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? 11 And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. 12 Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

Paul was answering a specific question about food offered to idols in this passage. I believe, however, we should apply this to anything we do or say that could “make my brother stumble.”

Right now, we see so many people living in fear – Christians as well as non-Christians. If we are not wearing a mask, we may cause fear in those who believe we must wear masks. If we try to push our opinion that “masks are useless” or “masks are essential” on them, we’re not helping them at all, even if our opinion turns out to be correct. We are only driving a wedge between us and them, a wedge that may prevent us from ever helping or encouraging our fellow believer – or worse, a wedge that may prevent us from ever presenting the gospel to the non-believer. 

So let’s be willing to where a mask where it’s [required/expected/would be helpful], after all, it’s really not that hard. I honestly don’t know if a mask is really going to make that much difference in the long run, as far as protecting from COVID-19, but it may. What I know for sure is that extending grace and accommodating others, even if it means wearing a mask, may make the difference in how you can represent Jesus in this fear-driven world today.

I am praying for you all and love you so so much!

Kendra Irish (PSBC Administrative Assistant)


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John 14:27 Peace


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How to Worship as a Family at Home

Normally my week builds to Sunday morning with the church gathering together. I anticipate the time of greeting, catching up with people, teaching or learning in Christian Life Academy/Sunday School class, but mostly I love our corporate singing, praying, and the proclamation of God’s Word. These times are a gift from God. Far more than a duty, they are a joy for God’s people.

But…it’s been weeks, and it may be several more, before we can assemble together again.  But that does not mean that we cannot join together in worship. It just means we will have to do it differently.  Worshiping at home is different for most of us, but I’m convinced it is an opportunity for us to grow and develop stronger worship practices, whether we are in our homes or gathered together in one place. 

Here are a few things I believe will help you as you worship at home:

 

  1. Schedule a specific time and place. Our services are online (hopefully) by 10:30 am. There will be links sent by email, text, and found on our Facebook page, or you can go directly to our website psbcgreenville.org. It is easy to navigate. From the home page you will see a link “Full Worship Service Here.”
  2. Pray. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalms 118:1). Prayer is a vital part of worship. Talk with one another about the things you want to pray for, share the congregational care email, pray for people you miss seeing on Sundays, etc. I encourage you to let every family member pray aloud.  Remember to begin with praise and end with thanksgiving.
  3. Sing. Sing to God, sing praises to his name (Psalms 68:4a). On the PSBC website you will see links to several songs you can sing along with, or sing other worship songs.
  4. Give. Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce (Proverbs 3:9). Giving is an act of worship. You can give online, text, or place your offering in an envelope to be mailed or dropped off. Being intentional in giving during worship time connects the offering with the recipient in our hearts.
  5. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalms 119:105) Worship centers on the Word of God. Reading along with the scripture passages, taking notes, filling in the blanks on the published outlines (which are also on the website), all will help keep you sensitive to the speaking of the Holy Spirit through God’s Word.
  6. I do not turn aside from your statutes, for you have taught me (Psalms 119:102). Reflect and talk about the services, asking God to make clear what He would have you learn, stop doing or start doing.  Go through the application questions in the listening guide and prepare to discuss them with your home group.

 

There are many things that you can do with your family to make this Easter Sunday memorable. Here are just a few ideas:

  1. Dress for church. Ok, I know it has been nice to worship in slippers, quarantine hair, and a fuzzy blanket, but dressing up can serve to add significance to the time spent in worship.
  2. Read aloud the Gospel account of the resurrection: (Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20)
  3. Make your own resurrection eggs: https://lifeyourway.net/diy-ressurection-eggs-easter-story-book-printables/
  4. Make your own stained-glass window: From a friend’s FB page 
 

This Easter, even though we are separated, we are together. Scripture says His Spirit still binds us, still lives in us. It is my prayer that this Easter will be one to remember – not because you didn’t get to go to church – but because in your worship you experienced the presence of the resurrected and living Jesus Christ!

Would you take a picture of your family in worship this week? We would love to share those pictures as a way to keep everyone encouraged and connected! Please email those photos to info@psbcgreenville.org.  (Sending in a photo is granting approval for PSBC to publish it).
 
Thank You!
Marty
 

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Trust in an All Powerful God

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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