Judgment House 2017 - FAQ's



October 20-22 & October 27-29

Fridays 6:00-10:15pm
Saturdays 4:00- 10:15pm
Sundays 4:00- 9:15pm

Christmas is a time of celebration, but this year some folks are lacking in Christmas spirit. Alice, Betty, and Clyde are three very broken people who are in dire need of Christ’s love and mercy. Alice struggles with the pain of losing her father to cancer. Becky is guilty of self-righteousness. Clyde cannot fathom the idea of God’s grace covering his multitude of sins. Will they acknowledge their brokenness and allow Jesus, the ultimate Savior, to heal them before a fatal Christmas day accident?  Groups are filling up fast! Reserve your time slot today by calling our office at 972-262-5656.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Judgement House?
Judgement House is a walk-through drama that presents the gospel as well as the consequences of a person's choice to accept or reject salvation through Jesus Christ. Groups walk from scene to scene, building to building, throughout our campus until they reach the final scene and their tour is complete.

How long does it take?  
Groups of approximately 30 people leave every 15 minutes with our tour guides. It takes about one hour to walk through the entire drama. 

Do I need a reservation?
We encourage groups large and small to make a reservation by calling the church office.  Reservations are currently being made from opening each night till 7:30 pm. Individuals as well as groups can make a reservation by calling 972-262-5656 at any time. 

Will I have to wait long?
We make every effort to take each group through quickly to avoid long wait times.  However, there can be wait times as much as 1-2 hours.  This is one reason we highly recommend making an advance reservation.  The best time to come for a shorter wait is early each evening on the first weekend of Judgement House 2017 (October 20-22).

What is the cost of admission?
The cost this year is $7.00 per person.  This can be paid by cash, church check or credit/debit card when you come to Judgement House.   However, we will not turn anyone away if they truly cannot afford this.  Calvary Baptist Church spends between $6,000 and $10,000 each year to do Judgement House.  Expenses include the fees for the script, feeding the over 200 volunteers who work each night, set designs, advertising, permit fees, printing and mail outs, and rental of equipment used during the two weekends for the safety of our guests.

We have a reservation but more are coming, is that a problem?
We're thrilled you have a larger than anticipated group, please call our church office at 972-262-5656 as soon as possible to update your reservation!  Extra attendees will be handled as walk-ins and will have to wait until there is a place available in a group for them to go through.  For example, if you reserve a group for 30 but 60 come, 30 of them will be handled as walk-ins and may have to wait.

Is the production wheel-chair accessible?
Yes!  There are provisions made for wheel chairs to enter every scene except the hell scene which is down stairs.  For the safety of the participants there is a video of the scene provided upstairs.  We even provide wheelchairs for use by older guests or people who have difficulty walking long distances.

Can I bring my child(ren)?
We do not recommend Judgement House for children under 10 years old due to the intense nature of some of the scenes.  However, it is up to the parents.  If you feel your child is mature enough for each scene you may take them in.  For our two intense scenes one of our team will stand outside with your child until you have returned.  However, we do not have these volunteers available for your child during every scene.  Please arrange care for younger children so you can have a better and more meaningful experience during your tour.   There is no childcare provided for the public during Judgment House.

Is Judgement House just a way to scare people into being saved?
Judgement House is not intended to "scare" anyone into making a decision.  It is intended to make you think about your eternity.  In this year's script you will see three characters, each making decisions as they are faced with different circumstances.  When they reach their final destination you will see the result of those decisions.  At the last room our pastor will sit down with each group and talk about the characters and ask the group to consider how what they have seen applies to their individual life.  We hope that you will make the decision to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, but that must be your personal decision.

What if it rains?
Our security team is very careful and concerned about the safety of our guests.  If there is any lightning the tours will stop, but if it is only rain tours will continue.

Is there a rain out weekend?
Yes, should there be a reason we cannot have Judgement House, we do have an alternate plan to continue one more weekend, but that is not likely due to the number of people involved and the large amount of our campus used for these two weekends.  Barring a major development Judgement House 2017 - "Broken" will be held October 20-22 and 27-29, 2017 and once it is over it will not be done again here at Calvary Baptist for two more years, putting our next production in 2019.

How do I get involved?
Judgement House productions require all hands on deck so we need your help! Construction is every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7 - 10pm.  You can call the office at 972-262-5656 or contact our coordinators to find out how you can help in any of these additional areas:
         Cast Childcare - Kim Hochstetler
         Cast Refreshments - Teresa Dixon
         Cast -Ron Adams
         Concessions - Dan Bickle
         Construction - Terry and David Green
         Encouragers - Pastor Brian Loveless
         Prayer Team - Marsha Adams
         Registration - Karen Snead
         Security -  Mike Snead
         Tour Guides -  Ashley Contreras

You can also PRAY! PRAY! PRAY!  Pray for those building sets, acting in the scenes, working in registration, concessions and food preparation, security, childcare and the many other places our people are working.  Pray for good weather and for traveling mercies as groups go through Judgement House.  Pray for strength, endurance and the power of the Holy Spirit as we work each night.  Pray for those who come to understand and make the decision God wants them to make.  Pray for God's will to be done in each life that is touched by Judgement House 2017.

You can also visit our website at http://calvarygp.net/judgement-house.html



The Scarlet Thread - Pt. 3 Joseph

The Scarlet Thread
Pt. 3 Joseph

Mankind is capable of doing incredible things. From antiquing, remodeling, refinishing, to repurposing there is this desire in us to redeem used, worn out things. We have an ability to envision value and purpose in things that seem like trash.

We get this from our Creator. Remember, we’ve been made in God’s image. So if we love to redeem things, I think that means God loves to redeem things. And when we talk about the spiritual part of you I think this especially makes sense.

The Bible says that before a person puts their trust in Jesus, they are considered spiritually dead. The Holy Spirit is not living in them, giving them life. But even after a person puts their trust in Jesus, the Bible says every good thing we try to do is the equivalent to a heap of dirty laundry. Very dirty laundry.

Now, I don’t want to bum anybody out prematurely, so allow me to give you some good news. God is powerful enough to give grace despite our sinfulness. That’s important to remember. Keep that in mind.

The Scarlet Thread is the story behind the stories of the Bible. It’s the Gospel and it runs through every chapter of the Bible. The goal of this blog series is to give you a jump start on reading the Bible in a new, Gospel-oriented way. So we’re just getting a few of the more familiar Bible stories and finding the Scarlet Thread running through them.

So far we’ve looked at the story of Creation in Genesis 1. We’ve looked at the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3. And now I’d like to look at the story of Joseph in Genesis 37-41. As you read through this, I’m going to point at the sins of the characters in this story, and show how God is powerful enough to give grace despite their sinfulness.

1.   Joseph Sinned (Genesis 37:1-8)
He was no perfect saint. He sinned frequently. He was selfish, lustful, bitter, and proud. I know this because Joseph was a male human-being. He had his own issues. You can almost hear some pride hiding behind his words when he shares a prophecy with his brothers saying they will bow down to him. Joseph was a sinner. But God still poured out grace. God chose Joseph to rule a country despite his sinfulness, just as He has chosen to save us when we didn’t deserve it. This choosing was not because we were worthy of it but because God is generous. A Scarlet Thread of the Gospel.

2.   His Brothers Sinned (Genesis 37:18-24)
His brothers sinned long before they plotted against him. They had committed murder in their hearts already by their hate, and then they planned on killing him. That’s messed up! But God still poured out grace. Reuben, the oldest brother, saves Joseph from the murderous plot of his brothers by providing an alternative to death: throw him in a pit. Nice, Reuben.

Now, the name “Reuben” means “behold, a son” which symbolized another Son that would also deliver His people from death. A Scarlet Thread of the Gospel.
On a side note: Reuben would later sleep with his father’s concubine. A obvious no-no! This guy was a shadow of the Gospel, but only a shadow. A two-dimensional image of the real thing.

So the brothers throw him in a pit, don’t know what to do with him, and decide to sell him into slavery. My brothers bullied me, but they never achieved the bully status of selling me into slavery.

3.   The Slavers Sinned Genesis 37:36
The slavers sinned by committing a crime against the image of God. All people are made in God’s image and are inherently valuable. Slavery, the owning of another human being, is deeply wrong. But God still poured out grace. He led the slavers to sell Joseph to a wealthy officer of Pharaoh. As far as slavery goes, this was an alright gig. He excelled in his service so much that Potiphar made him head of the household.

God never wants us to remain enslaved to our own sins and addictions. The Gospel is what frees us from that spiritual slavery. A Scarlet Thread of the Gospel.

4.   Potiphar’s Wife Sinned (Genesis 39:11-15; 20-21)
Potiphar’s wife sinned by committing adultery in her heart and lying as well. Joseph didn’t deserve this. He was just a handsome guy minding his own business and yet because of one scandalous lie he was immediately thrown into prison. But God still poured out grace. Joseph eventually rose through the ranks of prisoners and earned favor in the sight of the guards.

God often times takes us through dark paths. He doesn’t promise us an escape from the difficulties, but He promises we will persevere. A Gospel Thread.

5.   Pharaoh Sinned (Genesis 41:7-8; 14; 37-40)
Pharaoh went searching for answers and put his trust in things other than God. He ruled with cruelty and with no regard for God or the people made in His image (like Joseph, the slave/prisoner.) But God still poured out grace. Joseph was brought in to interpret Pharoah’s dream and was given the opportunity to save millions of people from an unexpected famine.

This all happened as a foreshadow to how God has chosen to save us from an unexpected demise. The Scarlet Thread.

6.   His Brothers Sinned Again Genesis 42:1-2; 13
Years later, his brothers wind up in Egypt, looking for food. When Joseph approaches them in disguise, they lied directly to his face about him being dead. Really they had been lying about his death all along. Can you imagine what a miserable life you’d live, carrying that kind of a secret with you?

But God still poured out grace. Joseph put them through a test, eventually revealed his identity, forgave his brothers, and then brought them all to live with him in security and comfort.

Likewise, God will forgive our sins when we come to Him. He will provide a place in Heaven for us to live with Him in security and comfort. A Scarlet Thread.

The Scarlet thread of Joseph’s story, and your story, is this: Nobody has ever earned God’s grace. It has only ever been given despite our sinfulness. Everybody has disqualified themselves from a place at His table, and yet, in His marvelous grace He invites us to live with Him forever.

Where Is God in a Mass Shooting? by Russell Moore

In light recent tragedies, it seems like we have more questions than answers. We are hurting, we are angry, and we are confused. In this article, Russel Moore explains God’s presence in the midst of suffering. I hope this encourages you like it did me!

In Christ,
Brandon H.

Where Is God in a Mass Shooting? 

by Russell Moore

A few hours ago I was on the phone with a friend in Las Vegas. He and his neighbors had just lived through, and will be living through for some time, the trauma of seeing in their own city the worst mass shooting in modern American history. I reflected after that conversation what my friend, a strong Christian and a respected leader, would say when asked by those around him, “Where was God in all of this?” He will have a word for his community, but for many Christians, when disaster or great evil strikes, this is a hard question to answer. Maybe that’s you.

The first thing we must do in the aftermath of this sort of horror is to make sure that we do not take the name of God in vain. After a natural disaster or an act of terror, one will always find someone, often claiming the mantle of Christianity, opining about how this moment was God’s judgment on an individual or a city or a nation for some specified sin. Jesus told us specifically not to do this, after his disciples asked whether a man’s blindness was the result of his or his parents’ sin. Jesus said no to both (Jn. 9:1-12). Those self-appointed prophets who would blame the victims for what befalls them are just that, self-appointed. We should listen to Jesus and to his apostles, not to them. Those killed in a terror attack or in a tsunami or in an epidemic are not more sinful than all of the rest of us.

We live in a fallen world, where awful, incomprehensible things happen. When an obvious and egregious injustice such as this one is done, we should stand where God does and see this as real evil, not as an illusion of evil. This means that our response to such should not be some sort of Stoic resignation but instead a lament with those around us who are hurting.

Christians sometimes suppose that our non-Christian friends and neighbors want to hear a detailed explanation, to justify God in light of such horror. The Bible doesn’t give us easy answers. The Word of God instead speaks of the “mystery of iniquity” (2 Thess. 2:7). When tragedy fell upon Job, an ancient follower of God, and asked why such happened to him, God did not fully answer him. God instead spoke of his own power and his own presence. That’s exactly what we should do.

We do not know why God does not intervene and stop some tragedies when he does stop others. What we do know, though, is that God stands against evil and violence. We know that God is present for those who are hurting. And we know that God will ultimately call all evil to a halt, in the ushering in of his kingdom. We know that God is, in the words of the hymn, both “merciful and mighty.”

When my wife and I were going through a difficult time, years ago, a friend stopped by, a respected theologian who spoke often and well of God’s sovereign providence. I expected him to speak to us of how God was working in this tragedy we were facing. He didn’t. He cried with us. He sat with us. He prayed with us. And as he left, he turned and said, “Russell, I don’t know why God permitted this to happen to you, but I know this: Jesus loves you, and Jesus is alive and present right now in your life.” I’ve never forgotten those words.

Our neighbors do not need us to provide easy answers to what is, this side of the eschaton, unexplainable. What they need, though, is a reminder for us that life is not the meaningless chaos it seems to be. There is a loving Presence at work in the universe. They need for us to weep and hurt with them, as Jesus did at the grave of his friend. In short, they need us to be a people of the cross, a people whose God is not distant and blank but a God who instead loved the world enough to send his Son to bear in his own body the full measure of the curse of evil. In the cross, we see evil and horror. We also see that God is there. And in the empty tomb, we see that death does not get the last word.

Copyright ©2017 Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. All Rights Reserved. Find the original article at http://www.russellmoore.com/2017/10/02/god-mass-shooting/

Waking Up by Trina Hall

Trina Hall has been attending Calvary Baptist Church since 2012 and resides in Grand Prairie, TX with her husband. Trina can often be found helping out local missions organizations and advocating for miscarriage and infant loss awareness in the Grand Prairie area. 

Waking Up

On July 27, 2007 I faced a tragedy that not only changed my life, but also many others lives;  like a ripple in a pond. My daughter and my grandson were in a major car accident on a country highway. My grandson was killed and my daughter was severely injured, suffering eight broken bones and undergoing nine surgeries.  Ultimately she lost both of her legs and spent three weeks in a coma.  That moment in time shocked me to my core and grief filled my life. When my daughter finally woke up, I was there to tell her that her son was gone.  Instead of crying or screaming like I expected, she was reserved.  I asked if she heard me and her reply was, “Yes I know Dale is gone.”  I asked her how she knew and she told us she had seen Dale with Jesus.

I was completely shocked. Until then, I had spent my time seeking God in the wrong direction. I had a nature-based belief system, but in that moment my whole life changed.   God brought my family, and me, to the realization that there was heaven and God was in charge!   I felt like I had woken up.  God has a plan, and even though we may not know it, we have to seek Him for guidance daily.  We cannot control our lives the way we think we can; we need His path, His word, and to seek His face.

My husband and I re-dedicated our lives back to God.  I asked God to remove this pain and replace it with something that would bring glory to Him.  In the weeks that followed, I prayed hard seeking what God wanted me to do. Then one day I knew. I asked my husband for a sewing machine. He thought I was crazy since I have never sewn before, but he bought it for me anyway.  I had no idea how to work it but God gave me a gift to sit and learn that machine so I could use it for His work.  I felt like God wanted me to start making children’s clothes and send them to missionaries across the world.  I started making clothes for children in Papua New Guinea and Haiti.  The smile of those children and love that God was sharing was the gift that God has given me.

From there I also started making angel gowns and blankets for those that have lost tiny babies. I donate them to the hospitals each year.  God has also given to me a gift to make jewelry help the missionaries with things they need.  Along with a portion of the proceeds, I send medical items, baby bottles and clothing, as well as formula to regions of the jungle where mothers are too ill to care for their children or have died in childbirth.

I thank God for changing my life to help others and share His love to those who needs him in their lives.  God wants all of us to be the ones to share His word and His love to everyone in this world. All Glory goes to God for giving me the gifts he has given to share His love.  The motto in my heart is verse Matthew 25:40 which says “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ ”


May The Peoples Praise You

Psalm 67:1-7

1 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.
2 That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.
3 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. 5Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
6 Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.
7 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

We introduced a song couple weeks ago called “May the Peoples Praise You” written by Keith and Kristyn Getty, Staurt Townend, Ed Csh, and David Zimmer. I have learned to appreciate songs that have been written by multiple writers. The depth of Biblically based lyrical content combined with a singe-able and beautifully written melody shows that the song has been labored over, prayed over, and written from the perspective of multiple different sources. This song comes directly from Psalm 67 and gives the call to proclaim the name of the Lord because we have “been called out of darkest night”. (Romans 3:23) The purpose of our redemption is to make Christ known! What a challenge to make praise the name of the Lord and work towards making His name known throughout all the earth!

Here is a link to the song so you can continue to listen to it! I am looking forward to singing this song with you again on Sunday!

 

Keith & Kristyn Getty - May The Peoples Praise You (Live)


September 2017 Guatemala Report

[BRIAN LOVELESS]
We are about two weeks off of, we just got back from, a trip to Guatemala where we took 13 of our members down to see the work that our church is doing there in Central America. It was a fantastic trip and for those of you who don’t know, we partnered with Manna worldwide to go into that incredibly poor, depressed area and start feeding centers and orphanages, medical clinics, and churches. We don’t think these two things are separate; blessing people physically and blessing them spiritually. We started in a place called El Arado, Guatemala. Saw a great church built, that church is thriving! Hundreds of people coming every week, people getting saved every week, kids being fed every week, the whole climate of the thing is changing.
Our most recent project, we’re continuing to support El Arado, but we found a church in a place called San Lucas where they had built the first story of a new building, started the second story, and ran out of funds. Basically you had a church with 100+ coming, with kids getting fed and all that going well, but you had a second story that every time it would rain, it would gather water on that roof, seep into the building, mold issues, all of that. So our church said, all of you who designate money on a weekly basis said “we can’t let that happen, we got to do something.” Our church determined to help build that second story and that was a lot of the focus on our trip to Guatemala this time.

This morning I wanted you to hear from a couple of them. First of all, Josh Moody come on up and tell us a little bit about your experience on this trip.

[JOSH MOODY]
So Brandon told us to come up with a couple of things that had impacted us on the trip.  First of all was just the beauty of God’s creation.  Being able to see a different place and just good old flat Texas, right?  The gorgeous green mountains, volcanos actively going off, being able to visit the coast where they have a volcanic sand beach which looks like west Texas blacktop but still feels like regular sand.  That was totally incredible but the thing that impacted me the most was seeing the most beautiful characteristic of the Gospel at work: that was hope in hopeless situations. We went to the dump, we pulled in and as soon as you opened that door you are hit with the foulest odor. Some of the most intense, depressing scenes that you could see going on; the look of hopelessness in some of the faces that you see as you walk those couple of blocks into where we got to go to a feeding center that was there in the dump. Really hits you right in the gut.

As we made a couple of house visits we watched a couple of beautiful ladies who were living there in the dump raising their families without father figures for their kids absolutely break down into tears. To see that hopelessness leave their eyes and the hope of the gospel, as we shared it with them, and they accepted Christ as their Savior there in those homes, really just all of the sudden all those smells, all of those sights, all of those sounds meant nothing. It was no longer a hopeless cause. What we would normally see as something where they’ve got no chance, it’s completely hopeless, we would write it off, normally our human element would say those people don’t have a chance but they do have a chance when they have the gospel of Jesus Christ. And what you are doing by giving, what you are doing by helping to send us to go, and you going yourself (some of you have gone before us, this was my first time, definitely won’t be my last) you are making a lasting impact for the kingdom of God by giving every week, by sending others. We’re doing a great thing down there and you can see pictures, you can see videos all day long but nothing replaces the experience of going and having your senses touched. By smelling the smells, seeing the sights, physically touching the people getting to play with the kids there in the orphanage. It will totally, radically change your life and how you view what the gospel can mean not only in your life but in the lives of others who need to know him. And that’s what impacted me.

[BRIAN LOVELESS]
Thank you Josh. As Jaye comes and Jaye’s going to say a word here in just a minute, but I wanted to tell you for Josh this was a real moment because the last mission trip Josh took a number of years ago to South America, Ecuador, he had a blood clot on one of those flights that came within just an inch of taking his life. And so to go on another mission trip, to go down there, I know had to be incredibly daunting for him but he felt moved by God to do it and got on that plane and went. And I thank the Lord we saw such great stuff from Josh during that week and by the way we both rode horses to the top of an active volcano (Josh says they’re not horses anymore) one was named Glue Stick and the other was named hammock and they had some real struggles getting us to the top of that mountain but they made it.

[JAYE BRIGGS]
Well I’ve never been good at telling the short version of any story so I wrote it down to keep me on track. This trip was an eye opening blessing and made a profound impact on my heart. I was not prepared for the contrast of emotions and experiences. There was beauty and brokenness, happiness and hopelessness, resilience and restoration, and gratitude and grace. Nor was I prepared for the magnitude of the need both physically and spiritually. According the CIA Fact Book more than half of the total population lives in poverty or extreme poverty, and nearly half of the children under the age of five are chronically malnourished, which is one of the highest rates in the world. Despite this the children at the feeding centers and the orphanage are some of the sweetest children you will ever meet. Spiritually, I’ve never experienced a more palatable need for the gospel of Jesus Christ. This was especially magnified at the dump. I sensed a real spiritual battle to disrupt the witnessing from distracting teenagers, loud music, to the real feeling of an elephant standing on my chest. But the highlight of my trip was meeting Viviana Grande the young lady who’s made such an impact on my daughter as well as many of you. She’s such a sweet girl who’s returning to others what she received. The delicious cake she made for us and her detailed retelling of the first time she met those from Calvary Baptist melted my heart. Calvin said faith alone saves but a faith that saves is never alone. And I end with these two verses that were brought to life by this trip, James 2:15-16 “If a brother or a sister is poorly clothed and lacking food for the day and one of you should say to them “Go in peace; keep warm, eat well”, but does not give them what is necessary for the body, what does that benefit?”

[BRIAN LOVELESS]
Amen, give Jaye a big hand if you would. Watch this.
 

August 2017 Guatemala Trip Footage begins at 9:36

Thank you to our worship pastor Brandon who put together that entire video but he also coordinated this trip and did a magnificent job. We had two go with us this time, two students from our youth ministry, that I was very excited about them going. I was just in awe and I’ll tell you why in a minute, I want them to come up; Jenny Conway and Tevyn Cook.

[TEVYN COOK]
So as most of you know this was my first mission trip that I ever went on, my very first time out of the country alone, without my mom. So as you can imagine I was kind of nervous and so was she. Honestly, I never knew what to expect, but I knew that God was going to work through me; but I didn’t know how well, or how hard, he was going to work in me. I went through a major change on that trip. I learned just how fortunate I was, and how selfish I was. I had no option but to humble myself. I just couldn’t handle it at one point and I almost lost it. For anybody that hasn’t been on a mission trip, I 100% suggest that you try one especially with our church. You’ll be so encouraged, so comfortable, and you’ll love it to death. It’ll change you for the better.

[JENNIFER CONWAY]
Well, like Tevyn said this was also my first mission trip and for those of you who don’t know I was born and raised in Brazil, and I lived 15 years of my life there.  I wasn’t really expecting anything because I lived my entire life in a third world country.  was just like “Its going to be the same thing.” I was expecting the same emotions and the same feeling that I had whenever I helped out in Brazil. Then I got there and I was like “this is different because I’m not here just to give someone food or to help someone out. I’m here because I am giving them something a lot more than temporary. This is going to be forever in their lives” and it ws just an amazing experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better group to go with. I just loved every second I was there. I know you guys already heard a lot about the dump, but once you get there you feel all kinds of emotions. You feel scared because you don’t know what’s coming next, you don’t know what’s behind those doors, you don’t know what they want to do. You feel mad and you feel angry because people are there and they don’t have anything. They live in the trash, they feel like trash, so that’s what they’re told; that they are trash.  You just feel angry that you have so much and they have so little, but at the same time you feel so thankful because you know God allowed me to be here today and give them a better gift than just food for a week. He gave me the option to be here and show them how good He is. That’s what this whole trip was about and I’m just really thankful to be there. For all of you guys who support Guatemala just keep doing it because it’s an amazing place!

[BRIAN LOVELESS]
Thank y’all very much. Adam Brewter is going to come talk to us. I tell ya with those two we really never saw them on that trip as teenagers, because they were just part of the team.Tthey worked like everybody else, gave the gospel like everybody else, and it was a real privilege to have them. Another gentlemen here who’s pretty new to Calvary and great to have on this trip, Adam Brewter.

[ADAM BRUDER]
Thank you. I kinda didn’t think I’d be here. Not because I don’t particularly enjoy public speaking but similar to Josh Moody, last summer I went on a trip and became pretty ill afterwards. So even before the trip I felt the Lord really working through Josh and Brandon, and just the convicting word from them to get out of the boat on behalf of the gospel. I felt the need to respond and kind of wasn’t sure what to expect. Why was the Lord working? Why was he putting this pressure on me to go down? I’ve kind of discovered I’m a tactile learner, I’m a visual... I have to go see it, feel it and getting out in that dump just where the smell is kind of like you are in the garbage truck, there’s this dust blowing in the wind that is getting all over you, and even beyond that the way the children were kind of treating one another. I mean little boys here in America kind of fight with one another, they kind of pick on one another, kind of tease one another, but these kids were hitting one another just out of violence; out of anger. I mean the atmosphere there was something totally different than I had ever experienced.  They’re just throwing rocks at one another; just the violence.

The lord kind of brought a couple of scriptures to mind Isiah 64:6 All of us have become unclean ; all of our righteous acts are like filthy rags. Thinking of that it’s like “here I am trying to do this righteous act and it’s really just filthiness before god.” It’s kind of that same environment we were in, its kind of the feeling that came to mind.  When we turn to the new testament we see something a little different Romans 3:21-22 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in[a] Jesus Christ to all who believe. That was really challenging because here in America we have so much. We’re all clean here in this building, we’ve all showered within the last 24 hours probably, and you go down there and you see the physical filthiness, but to realize that we’re all just sinners; it’s only Christ Jesus that makes a difference!  To really see that in action down there, with some people accepting Christ, was a beautiful thing. It’s a beautiful country made some beautiful friendships!

[BRIAN LOVELESS]

I want to ask our ushers to come down this morning A little different service today than our normal worship hours but I wanted you to get to hear from this team. If you’ve not been on one of these trips yet and your physically able to go... maybe you’ve got some trepidation about it like some of these folks did... but I would encourage you take that step of faith. It will change your life and for those of you, who can’t go, man alive, we can pray, we can sponsor, we can give on a weekly basis.

The Scarlet Thread - Pt. 2 Adam and Eve

The Scarlet Thread
Pt. 2 Adam and Eve

The Scarlet Thread is the story behind the stories of the Bible. It is the Gospel and it is present in each chapter of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. In this blog series, we’re doing a very brief survey of this truth. We’re picking out some of the big stories and finding the main points of the Gospel.

Last month we explained that God made everything and it’s all for His glory. He rules. That’s the first point of the Gospel, and it’s absolutely necessary that you understand it.

This month we’re going to explain the next part of the Gospel; how mankind ruins everything by making it about our glory. We call this sin, and the story of Adam and Eve illustrates this point very clearly.

Here’s how it goes: God makes man from dirt. God puts His breath in him. Literally, God put His Spirit in him, and that’s what separated Adam from the other animals. Mankind was the crown of all creation, placed in the most beautiful scenery of Eden. Of course, Adam is lonely, and so God finishes His creation by giving Adam a partner from His side (to indicate equality.)

The story of the Gospel begins with God introducing mankind to His universe. And then says, “Here, you take care of this planet.” It’s here that Adam and Eve lived in the gorgeous world, with a loving and caring marriage, surrounded by peaceful animals. Life was extremely good for Adam and Eve. It’s peaceful and nice. We all would love to live in Eden.

This was life as it should have been. But the best thing above everything else was this; they had a perfect relationship with God. They had nothing to hide. They were never angry at what God did. They submitted completely to His will. And they enjoyed complete honesty and openness. As a result of this perfection, God physically walked with them.

After creating this perfect world, God handed it over to Adam and Eve and said, “It’s now your great privilege to take care of this beautiful world.” What’s crazy is that God knew what was going to happen. And yet, in His love He did not withhold this wonderful gift. So after He gave it, mankind ruined it.

Now, many people think the original sin was disobedience. And while it’s obvious that they did disobey, I believe that was only a secondary sin. The original sin behind the disobedience was idolatry. The worship of themselves. We call this pride.

Genesis 3:1-7 tells us exactly what happened. If this isn’t the oldest trick in the book then I don’t know what is. Satan, the serpent, tells them that if they eat the fruit then their eyes will be opened and they will be like God. And of course they wanted to be God. Truthfully, that very sin is what’s been passed down to us. We ALL want to be God.

Within all of us is a need to control. Like Adam and Eve, we want to be God. And we’re devastated when our plans and expectations aren’t met. As a result of our idolizing ourselves, the relationship was broken with God. The world was broken and now sin runs far deeper than we realize.

This is some pretty stark truth. The reality of this is dark, uncomfortable, and often times feels hopeless. So, in one word, let me tell you some good news: “protoevengelium”. This is what theologians call the verse, Genesis 3:15. This is when God is delivering the consequences to Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, and he promises a Savior. He says there will be a Savior who will fix what’s been broken, reconcile the sinful world to God, and kill the serpent while also suffering a minor blow Himself.

The Scarlet Thread in this story is pretty clear. God made the world perfect, He gave the world to mankind, Adam and Eve had a perfect relationship with Him, but mankind ruined the perfect world and wrecked the perfect relationship with God. So God promised a Savior while telling mankind that we are not the hero.

The sin inside all of us wants control. We still want to be God. The Gospel is the correction of this stubbornness. Here’s the action point for us all: Surrender your pursuit of control. Let go of your pride. Accept the promised Savior. Submit to His will.

The Scarlet Thread is the story behind the stories of the Bible. It is the Gospel and it is present in each chapter of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. In this blog series, we’re doing a very brief survey of this truth. We’re picking out some of the big stories and finding the main points of the Gospel.

Last month we explained that God made everything and it’s all for His glory. He rules. That’s the first point of the Gospel, and it’s absolutely necessary that you understand it.

This month we’re going to explain the next part of the Gospel; how mankind ruins everything by making it about our glory. We call this sin, and the story of Adam and Eve illustrates this point very clearly.

Here’s how it goes: God makes man from dirt. God puts His breath in him. Literally, God put His Spirit in him, and that’s what separated Adam from the other animals. Mankind was the crown of all creation, placed in the most beautiful scenery of Eden. Of course, Adam is lonely, and so God finishes His creation by giving Adam a partner from His side (to indicate equality.)

The story of the Gospel begins with God introducing mankind to His universe. And then says, “Here, you take care of this planet.” It’s here that Adam and Eve lived in the gorgeous world, with a loving and caring marriage, surrounded by peaceful animals. Life was extremely good for Adam and Eve. It’s peaceful and nice. We all would love to live in Eden.

This was life as it should have been. But the best thing above everything else was this; they had a perfect relationship with God. They had nothing to hide. They were never angry at what God did. They submitted completely to His will. And they enjoyed complete honesty and openness. As a result of this perfection, God physically walked with them.

After creating this perfect world, God handed it over to Adam and Eve and said, “It’s now your great privilege to take care of this beautiful world.” What’s crazy is that God knew what was going to happen. And yet, in His love He did not withhold this wonderful gift. So after He gave it, mankind ruined it.

Now, many people think the original sin was disobedience. And while it’s obvious that they did disobey, I believe that was only a secondary sin. The original sin behind the disobedience was idolatry. The worship of themselves. We call this pride.

Genesis 3:1-7 tells us exactly what happened. If this isn’t the oldest trick in the book then I don’t know what is. Satan, the serpent, tells them that if they eat the fruit then their eyes will be opened and they will be like God. And of course they wanted to be God. Truthfully, that very sin is what’s been passed down to us. We ALL want to be God.

Within all of us is a need to control. Like Adam and Eve, we want to be God. And we’re devastated when our plans and expectations aren’t met. As a result of our idolizing ourselves, the relationship was broken with God. The world was broken and now sin runs far deeper than we realize.

This is some pretty stark truth. The reality of this is dark, uncomfortable, and often times feels hopeless. So, in one word, let me tell you some good news: “protoevengelium”. This is what theologians call the verse, Genesis 3:15. This is when God is delivering the consequences to Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, and he promises a Savior. He says there will be a Savior who will fix what’s been broken, reconcile the sinful world to God, and kill the serpent while also suffering a minor blow Himself.

The Scarlet Thread in this story is pretty clear. God made the world perfect, He gave the world to mankind, Adam and Eve had a perfect relationship with Him, but mankind ruined the perfect world and wrecked the perfect relationship with God. So God promised a Savior while telling mankind that we are not the hero.

The sin inside all of us wants control. We still want to be God. The Gospel is the correction of this stubbornness. Here’s the action point for us all: Surrender your pursuit of control. Let go of your pride. Accept the promised Savior. Submit to His will.