Hanging on by a silver thread


Life has taught me that leaders are held in place by other peoples trust or fear. When a leader is in place by trust they know the position is hanging by a silver thread. There are a thousand reasons that thread can be broken and the leader will be gone. That is why every leader should constantly look for their successor.

Sometimes the fear of failure can paralyze a person in leadership. For others, myself included, the realization that failure is a possibility is a cause to be more determined. The thought of losing position, status, or employment doesn’t scare godly leaders. Truth is it energizes them to take bold steps when it is in God’s will.

Looking at the foreseeable challenges ahead is a cause for much prayer. Seeing just a glimpse, as if through a fog, of what God wants to do in the community I serve in breaks my heart for the lack of leaders willing to step out in faith. Maybe the changes that need to be made will cause the church I serve at to dismiss me as Pastor. But just maybe it will help usher in a spiritual revival, and that possibility is worth taking the risk!

Someday, maybe by calling or coffin, it will be time for me to be replaced as a leader. Until then I’ll let God lead and try to enjoy the ride and trust that He will make all things work out for His glory!

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Romans 7:1-13


 

The Law’s Relation to Sin – Romans 7:1-13

Sigourney First Baptist Church

October 13, 2019

 

I.    Dead to the Law, Married to Christ

 

Paul refers to law over seventy times in Romans, with various meanings.

  1. The Law God gave to Moses, which condemns (Romans 3:19).The Torah, or Pentateuch, including the Ten Commandments.
  2. The law in general. Usage may include any code of law, but Paul probably refers to the Mosaic Law.
  3. The Old Testament as a whole. Law refers to quotes from the Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and Isaiah in Romans 3:10-19.
  4. A principle. For example, the “law of gravity”, or a controlling power.
  5. Inner law of conscience.
  6. Rules made and enforced by government.

 

 

II.  Sin is the enemy within us.

 

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Tough week…


Okay, I’ll admit that a tough week for me doesn’t compare to many other people. But what can I say? I’m a classic American  whiner. 

So this last week started with being informed work will be mandatory overtime for all of October. How dare they?! After all we are in the lowest unemployment rate in fifty years. How could they possibly expect to find enough employees to get the work done. Hey another reason the Prez should be impeached… 

That overtime meant having to reschedule a Dentist appointment. I mean, seriously, do you know how hard it is to get a preferred Dentist appointment?!

Then on Wednesday it struck me that my wife has to be out of town for business again next week. Yes, it sucks that we are a two job working family. Actually three, but the Pastor job doesn’t count. 

Thursday I got a call that a long time friend passed away. No laughing matter about that. I will grieve for however long it takes. 

Friday was a pre-planned day off. I used eight hours of paid time off to spend sixteen hours cleaning and preparing for a party at the house. It was an outdoor party that included using the garage. 

Saturday it rained most of the day. The rain did stop in plenty of time for the party. But due to the weather only half the people showed up we were expecting.

So now you know how horrible life is for a modern man living in a great economy. Thank God I don’t actually have to live by faith! I mean, what would that look like?
Rev. Burt Schwab

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Psalm 1


If you have followed this site for any length of time you know I have preached from Psalm 1 before. However, this message is new to First Baptist Church of Sigourney, Iowa. Plus it wouldn’t matter to me if I just preached this message a month ago. When the Holy Spirit places a message on my heart it is best to be obedient. He knows what work is to be done in each persons heart.

Below is a copy of sermon note handouts. Preachers/Teachers are free to use this message. Give it your own “flavor” and preach ’em happy!

Planted by the river

Psalm 1

  • Bible reading is like planting seeds in your heart and mind.
  • Bible study is like the rain that causes the seeds to grow.

I. Finding delight in the law of the Lord.

Matthew 5:17, Galatians 3:24

The Law, which is the written word of God, points to our savior Jesus Christ.

John 1:1

Jesus is the living word of God.

John 14:26

The Holy Spirit is the teacher of God’s word.

II. Rooted in the Word of God

        a.

b.

Challenge:

Commit to a Bible reading plan. As you go through your day think about a verse or passage that you read.

  • What does this verse/passage mean?
  • How does this apply to me?
  • Why should I behave differently because this verse or passage?
  • Who can I encourage others with this verse/passage?

BIG IDEA

Being rooted in the word of God and walking in its counsel will make you prosperous in your purpose as a Christian.

A challenge for Preachers;

If the congregation studied the Bible the way you do, would they grow spiritually? If the congregation studied the Bible the way you want them to, would you have to improve your preaching?

Rev. Burt Schwab

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One with Christ


Sermon based on Romans 6:1-14. First Baptist Church of Sigourney, Iowa. September 29, 2019.

CLOSING CHALLENGE

  • Guide your eyes. May they always behold the glory of the Lord.
  • Monitor your hearing. Let your ears be tuned to hear His voice.
  • Control your tastes. Feed always on the manna above.
  • Watch your touch. Lay hold of the riches of God’s grace.
  • Train your smell. Crave only what is true and will enrich the soul.

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Romans 5:12-21


This is a sermon preached at Sigourney First Baptist Church on September 22, 2019.

Next week will be focusing on baptism. Stay tuned!

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Pushing FREE book!


I feel like some weird “pusher” of books. Giving out free samples and hoping it generates sales later. Now you know my strategy… or lack of one.

Available only on Amazon. Kindle version is FREE until September 20, 2019. So hurry! Supplies are unlimited!

Sorry, but there is a no return policy on the free books…

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Life’s Mountain Trails


God’s truths, found in scripture, often have more than one possible life application. This is the case for Romans 5:1-5.

This message takes a look at life struggles as compared to mountain trails.

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Devoted Christians


 

 

The service on Sept 8, 2019 was in honor of Dorothy Jacobs. A long time member of First Baptist Church in Sigourney, Iowa. Dorothy passed away at the age of 97.

This message is about four attributes of devoted Christians found in Acts 2:42-47.

I. Devoted to Prayer.

II. Devoted to the Word of God.

III. Devoted to Corporate Worship.

IV. Devoted to Fellowship

Let’s be a church devoted to the leading of the Holy Spirit!

 

MEMORY VERSES A-Z

A. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. – Joshua 24:15
B. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. – Acts 16:31
C. Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
Ephesians 6:1
D. Do everything without complaining or arguing. Philippians 2:14
E. Encourage one another and build each other up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
F. Fear not for I am with you. – Isaiah 43:5
G. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever. Chronicles 20:21
H. Hate evil, love good, maintain justice. – Amos 5:15
I. I am the way, the truth, and the life. – John 14:6
J. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever Hebrews 13:8
K. Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Psalms 34:13
L. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16
M. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord. – Psalms 98:4
N. Nothing is impossible with God. – Luke 1:37
O. O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good. – Psalm 118:1
P. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. – John 14:27
Q. Quench not the spirit. – 1 Thess. 5:19
R. Rejoice in the Lord always again I say rejoice. – Philippians 4:4
S. Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. – Matthew 6:33
T. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. – Prov. 3:5
U. Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it. Proverbs 16:22 (NASB)
V. Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. John 6:47
W. We love because he first loved us. – 1 John 4:19
X. eXamine yourselves to see whether you are in faith. 2 Corinthians 13:5
Y. You are the light of the world. – Matthew 5:14
Z. Zeal for your house will consume me. – John 2:17

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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GUILTY VERDICT


When a defendant is charged in a case they are given the definition of the charges and the law(s) pertaining to them.

The literal meanings of the Hebrew and Greek words variously translated as “sin”, “sinner”, etc. disclose the true nature of sin in its manifestations.

Sin is

  • Transgression, an overstepping of the law, the divine boundary between good and evil. (Ps. 51:1; Romans 2:23);
  • Iniquity, an act inherently wrong, whether expressly forbidden or not. (Rom. 1:21-23);
  • Error, a departure from right (Rom. 1:18; 1John 3:4);
  • Missing the mark, a failure to meet the divine standard (Romans 3:23);
  • Trespass, the intrusion of self-will into the sphere of divine authority (Eph. 2:1);
  • Lawlessness, or spiritual anarchy (1 Tim. 1:9); and
  • Unbelief, or an insult to the divine veracity (John 16:9).

Sin

  • Originated with Satan (Is. 14:12-14);
  • Entered the world through Adam (Rom.5:12);
  • Was, and is, universal, Christ alone excepted (Rom. 3:23; 1 Peter 2:22)
  • Incurs the penalties of spiritual and physical death (Gen 2:17; 3:19; Ezek. 18:4,20; Rom. 6:23); and
  • Has no remedy but in the sacrificial death of Christ (Acts 4:12; Heb. 9:26) made available by faith (Acts 13:38-39)

Sin may be summarized as threefold:

(1) an act, the violation of, or lack of obedience to, the revealed will of God;

(2) a state, absence of righteousness; and

(3) a nature, enmity toward God.

 

 

A question to ponder;

Why is the modern church characterized by being lukewarm and showing indifference to sin?

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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