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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Cancellation Notice: Worship service at Wayside Gospel Chapel for October 21st, 2018

Cancellation Notice

The worship service at Wayside Gospel Chapel for Sunday, October 21st, 2018 has been cancelled. The decision to do this was made since several of our families are away. Services will resume on Sunday, October 28th, 2018.

John T. “Jack” Jeffery
Pastor, Wayside Gospel Chapel
Greentown, PA

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Cancellation Notice: Worship service at Wayside Gospel Chapel for today


Cancellation Notice

The worship service at Wayside Gospel Chapel for today has been cancelled. The decision to do this was made since several of our families are away on vacation or visiting relatives. Services will resume on Sunday, 16 SEP 2018.

John T. “Jack” Jeffery
Pastor, Wayside Gospel Chapel
Greentown, PA

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Vacation Bible School

Join us for Vacation Bible School!

Venue:
Wayside Gospel Chapel
intersection of PA-390 & Roemerville Road
Greentown, PA 18426

Dates and Times:
Monday through Wednesday
August 6th,7th and 8th 
from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Event Information:
Songs, games, Bible time, and crafts!
Lunch will be served.
For ages 4-12. 
Parents and siblings welcome, and encouraged to come.

Registration and Questions:
To register or if you have any questions email us at waysidegospelchapel at gmail dot com

Friday, June 8, 2018

Announcement: No service at Wayside Gospel Chapel on Sunday 10 JUN 2018

Announcement

There will not be a worship service at Wayside Gospel Chapel in Greentown, PA on Sunday 10 JUN 2017. We are gathering with Faith Baptist Fellowship Church in Lake Ariel, PA for our annual Missions Conference with our dear friends Noah and Adelaide Quarshie from Ghana. 

Signs have been posted on the front door of the building, and on the church sign on the corner of the property to make this known to any visitors. Lord willing, we will resume Sunday services at Wayside Gospel Chapel on 17 JUN 2018.

Venue: Faith Baptist Fellowship Church
1397 Easton Turnpike, Lake Ariel, PA 18436
Web site: http://faithbaptistfellowshipch.com/

Monday, May 14, 2018

Pastor's Sermon Notes: Philippians (series), Part 20: "The Singular Task" (Phil. 3:4-14), Part 3 (3:11-14)


Sermon Series: Philippians, Part 20
The Singular Task
Philippians 3:4-14, Part 3 (3:11-14)


[Audio file on Internet Archive at https://archive.org/details/Philippians34-14Part3]

11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Introduction:

How do we think about ourselves, and our present condition?

How do we view the past, the present, and the future?

How does the past and the future affect how we live for Christ now?

Outline:

I. The Carnal Confidence Challenge (3:4)
II. The Apostle Paul’s Curriculum Vitae (3:5-6)
III. The Eternal Balance Sheet (3:7-8d)
IV. The Two Main Motivations (3:8e-10)
V. The Ongoing Singular Task (3:11-14)

V. The Ongoing Singular Task (3:11-14)

1. The Reason for the Race to Resurrection (3:11-12)
2. Forging Forward with a Future Focus (3:13-14)

1. The Reason for the Race to Resurrection (3:11-12)

11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12 Not as though I had already attained,
either were already perfect:
but I follow after,
if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

1) The Hope of Glory (3:11)
2) The Denial of Perfection (3:12a-b)
3) The Perseverance after the Master (3:12c-d)

1) The Hope of Glory (3:11)

If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

Paul, that is a might big “if”! What do you mean “if”?

What about positional sanctification?

What don’t you have now, that you are “following after” for?

The word Paul uses here for “resurrection” is a hapaxlegomena.

1 Cor. 15:23 — But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

Rev. 20:5-6 — 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Acts 26:7 — Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews. (cp. 26:6-8)

2) The Denial of Perfection (3:12a-b)

12 Not as though I had already attained,
either were already perfect:

There is very clear teaching to be found in these verse that the error of perfectionism is exposed by.

This negative statement with two related elements speaks volumes about Paul’s motivation for what is to follow. The work of Christ in His people is never finished in this life. We can never understand ourselves at having arrived this side of the resurrection. We are not in glory yet. There is more, much more to follow.

3) The Perseverance after the Master (3:12c-d)

but I follow after,
if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

This gives us the why for what Paul does  in a general all-embracing sense. The next two verses will flesh this out even more.

(1) but I follow after

There is a translation issue here that obscures the fact that this verb translated “I follow after” here is exactly the same as the one in the beginning of verse 14, there translated “I press.” The KJV is not the only translation that renders them differently Both the HCSB, and the NIV do so as with “I make every effort” for the first on here in verse 12, and “I pursue” for the second in verse 14. This identification or linkage is significant in the context, as the next verse will make clear.

(2) if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus

1 Tim. 6:12 — Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

1 Tim. 6:19 — Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

2. Forging Forward with a Future Focus (3:13-14)

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:
but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind,
and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

1) Facing the Present Personal Fact (3:13a)
2) Focusing the Posture Forward to the Future  (3:13b-d)
3) Following the Prize to the Finish (3:14)

1) Facing the Present Personal Fact (3:13a)

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:

Spiritual self-examination — I am not there yet, we are not there yet, nor will we be until raptured, or resurrected, and glorified.

2) Focusing the Posture Forward to the Future  (3:13b-d)

but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind,
and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

(1) but this one thing I do

Italicized words in 2nd clause, and other translations attempting to make grammatical sense of this anacoluthon. Almost all modern translations render it as “but one thing I do…” This limits the italicized words by eliminating the demonstrative pronoun supplied before “one thing” while retaining the 1st person singular subject and verb supplied after these words. It is interesting to consider the implications of the absence of punctuation and italicized words in the original manuscripts: “Brethren I count not myself to have apprehended but one thing forgetting…”

What is the one thing he does? That comes in the next verse! It also was introduced in the previous verse!

(2) forgetting those things which are behind,
and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

What does he have in mind in “those things which are behind” which he is “forgetting”?

The two participial clauses contain descriptions of how this one thing is to be done, or requirements for the doing of it.

Is it always and ever wrong to remember the past?
No, not all. Scripture often calls us to remember.

Is. 51:1 — Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.

Lk. 9:62 — And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Eph. 2:11 — Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

Heb. 6:1 — Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Rev. 2:5 — Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

However, “Remember Lot’s wife!” (Lk. 17:32; read 22-37)

3) Following the Prize to the Finish (3:14)

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

(1) I press toward the mark

Remember that this is the same word found earlier in verse 12 where it is often translated differently, as “I follow after.”

(2) for the prize

What about all the modern translations bailing out on the KJV’s “win” at the end of verse 8?
What will they do with the “prize” in verse 14? And, they all translate this word as “prize”! (NKJV, NASB, ESV, HCSB, NIV, NLT, YLT, etc.)
How is the sense of “winning Christ as a prize” to be ruled out in this context in order to argue against a translation of “win” versus “gain”?

1 Cor. 9:24-25 — 24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

(3) of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus

Rom. 11:29 — For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Rom. 8:28 — And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

2 Tim. 1:9 — Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

Conclusion:

“To know Jesus is the shortest descripton of true grace; to know him better is the surest mark of growth in grace; to know him perfectly is eternal life.”
— John Newton (1725–1807); cited in Tony Reinke, Newton on the Christian Life: To Live is Christ, Theologians on the Christian Life, eds. Stephen J. Nichols, and Justin Taylor (Wheaton: Crossway, 2015), pg. 18; from John Newton, The Works of John Newton, 6 vols. (London, 1824; 1985 reprint ed. by Banner of Truth, Edinburgh), 2:213.

[Sermon preached 7 MAY 2017 by Pastor John T. “Jack” Jeffery at Wayside Gospel Chapel, Greentown, PA.]

Hymn Suggestions:

He Lives (I Serve a Risen Savior)

Here, O My Lord, I See Thee

Moment by Moment

My Hope is Built on Nothing Less (AKA: The Solid Rock)

I am His, and He is Mine

When We All Get to Heaven

I’m Pressing on the Upward Way (AKA: Higher Ground)

Gadsby 562, 655, 951 

Complete Outline:

[Sermons preached 23, 30 APR, and 7 MAY 2017 by Pastor John T. “Jack” Jeffery at Wayside Gospel Chapel, Greentown, PA.]

I. The Carnal Confidence Challenge (3:4)

1. The Wrong Basis for Confidence
2. The Thrown Gauntlet for Competition

II. The Apostle Paul’s Curriculum Vitae (3:5-6)

1. His Lineage
2. His Life

III. The Eternal Balance Sheet (3:7-8d)

1. This is a Lose-Win Proposition
2. This is a Shocking Estimation

IV. The Two Main Motivations (3:8e-10)

1.  The Gain of Christ (3:8e-9)

1) The Reality of the Gain of Christ (3:8e-9a)
2) The Righteousness of the Gain of Christ (3:9b-e)

2. The Knowledge of Christ (3:10)

1) The Reality of the Knowledge of Christ (3:10a)
2) The Essence of the Knowledge of Christ (3:10b-d)

V. The Ongoing Singular Task (3:11-14)

1. The Reason for the Race to Resurrection (3:11-12)

1) The Hope of Glory (3:11)
2) The Denial of Perfection (3:12a-b)
3) The Perseverance after the Master (3:12c-d)

2. Forging Forward with a Future Focus (3:13-14)

1) Facing the Present Personal Fact (3:13a)
2) Focusing the Posture Forward to the Future  (3:13b-d)
3) Following the Prize to the Finish (3:14)

Saturday, May 12, 2018

2018 Weekend Bible Conference with David Morris at Faith Baptist Fellowship Church

Faith Baptist Fellowship Church (Lake Ariel, PA) and Wayside Gospel Chapel (Greentown, PA) are hosting the 16th Annual Weekend Bible Conference Saturday, May 19th, and Sunday, May 20th, 2018.

All conference sessions this year will be at Faith Baptist Fellowship Church, 1397 Easton Turnpike, Lake Ariel, PA 18436. Faith Baptist Fellowship Church's website is at http://faithbaptistfellowshipch.com/. The church building may be located on Google Maps at Faith Baptist Fellowship Church.

The first two sessions of the conference are scheduled for Saturday evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. with a coffee and dessert time between the sessions.

The closing session of the Conference will be the Sunday morning worship service beginning at 10:00 a.m. Our conference preacher, David Morris, will also be teaching Sunday School which begins at 9:00 a.m. 

David B. Morris will once again be expounding the Scriptures at our annual Weekend Bible Conference. David is no stranger to us as this is his 15th visit as our featured Bible Conference preacher.



David studied Classics and Linguistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, following his conversion in 1973. After nearly twenty years of pastoral ministry, he entered an itinerant ministry of evangelism and conference speaking. David and his Terri have six children, and celebrate their 37th wedding anniversary this year.

David has ministered in the past at:
1) the John Bunyan Conference (New Ringgold, and Lewisburg, PA);
2) the International Baptist Conference (Toronto, Canada);
3) the Sovereign Grace Bible Conference founded by Elder D. J. Ward, Main Street Baptist Church (Lexington, KY); and at, 
4) the Center for Pioneer Church Planting of To Every Tribe Ministries (Los Fresnos, TX).

Many of his sermons (currently 44) are available on Sermon Audio at David Morris [accessed 9 MAY 2017].

Don't miss this opportunity to gather together with Faith Baptist Fellowship Church and Wayside Gospel Chapel as we are ministered to by this gifted preacher and teacher of God's Word! Please contact Pastor Jeffery if you need further information at waysidegospelchapel (at) yahoo (dot) com. 


Sunday worship services at Wayside Gospel Chapel will resume, Lord willing, on May 27th, 2018.

Announcement: No service at Wayside Gospel Chapel on Sunday 20 MAY 2018

Announcement

There will not be a worship service at Wayside Gospel Chapel in Greentown, PA on Sunday 20 MAY 2017. We are gathering with Faith Baptist Fellowship Church in Lake Ariel, PA for our annual Weekend Bible Conference with our dear brother David Morris. 

Signs will be posted on the front door of the building, and on the church sign on the corner of the property to make this known to any visitors. Lord willing, we will resume Sunday services at Wayside Gospel Chapel on 27 MAY 2018.

Venue: Faith Baptist Fellowship Church
1397 Easton Turnpike, Lake Ariel, PA 18436
Web site: http://faithbaptistfellowshipch.com/