Dr. Kai Soltau preached the sermon “I Did It My Own Way” on Sunday, 18 October 2009. His message was the conclusion of Evangelical Baptist Church’s 2009 Fall Festival. His text was Judges 17:1–6.
There was a man of the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah. 2 And he said to his mother, “The 1,100 pieces of silver that were taken from you, about which you uttered a curse, and also spoke it in my ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it.” And his mother said, “Blessed be my son by the Lord.” 3 And he restored the 1,100 pieces of silver to his mother. And his mother said, “I dedicate the silver to the Lord from my hand for my son, to make a carved image and a metal image. Now therefore I will restore it to you.” 4 So when he restored the money to his mother, his mother took 200 pieces of silver and gave it to the silversmith, who made it into a carved image and a metal image. And it was in the house of Micah. 5 And the man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and household gods, and ordainedone of his sons, who became his priest. 6 In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
This past Thursday through Sunday, Evangelical Baptist Church held its annual fall festival. For four days, we met to hear teaching from the Word of God, and also to enjoy the fellowship of the church.
The special speaker this year was Dr. Kai Soltau, of Vienna, Austria. Dr. Soltau spoke on the Old Testament and its relationship to the believer’s life in Christ. In the first few sessions, he explained how the book of Deuteronomy is the foundation of the Old Testament. Deuteronomy expounds the main themes of God’s dealing with people: God has given His law, but people are unable to obey it. But Deuteronomy also promises that God will give His people a circumcised heart, so that they will be able to obey Him (Deuteronomy 32:10), and that God will provoke His people to jealousy through a people who are “No-People” (Deuteronomy 32:21). These promises have both been fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ in the New Testament. The promise of the circumcised heart has been fulfilled in the regeneration of believers and their union with Christ; the promise of “No-People” has been fulfilled by bringing the church into the New Covenant. Dr. Soltau concluded his teaching on these themes with a sermon that he preached on Sunday morning from the book of Judges. [Audio recordings of the sessions and of Dr. Soltau's sermon will be available soon on EBC's sermon page.]
After each of the sessions, the people of EBC and visitors enjoyed fellowshiping together. Events included marshmallow roasting, s’more assembly (and eating), hot-cider drinking, and dinner together on Sunday afternoon. Sunday concluded with games for children—such as a donut-eating contest, a pumpkin-wrangling game, and an apple-bobbing challenge. And of course, the children weren’t the only ones to have fun: our pastor, his wife, and our distinguished speaker also took their turn bobbing for apples.
Pastor Colin Landry preached this sermon on Sunday, 11 October 2009. His text was Philippians 3:1–10.
Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.
2 Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law,blameless. 7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.
On Sunday morning, 4 October 2009, a guest speaker preached on the subject of outreach and evangelism, especially to Muslims. His text was 2 Peter 1:12–13.
12 Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this body,to stir you up by way of reminder.