From John 12-14:
“Peter had more confidence in his own loyalties to Jesus than he had in Jesus’ loyelty to him; Peter’s problem was that he trusted himself and his own abilities, rather than trusting Jesus and His ability.”
“The story of Peter is a reminder that Jesus is bigger than our failures; but also that Jesus will deal with and refine our failures.”
“The loyalty of Christ WILL NOT forsake you.”
“The main purpose of John 14-17 is Jesus’ opening statement, ‘Let not your hearts be troubled.’ This is primarily done by BELIEVING. Jesus then proceeds to explain WHY our hearts should not be troubled.”
1 – “The Father is not distant; He is here now. The Father and Son are present with us because the Spirit is here.”
2 – “The work of the kingdom continues.”
3 – “We will continue to have access to Jesus.”
“Jesus draws us near to the Father by the work of the Spirit.”
By the Spirit, Jesus gives us:
1 – Advocacy, not accusation
2 – Adoption, not abandonment
3 – Acceptance, not anxiety
“Our acceptance is based on His promises, not our actions.”
“The anxieties of our hearts are a good barometer of what we are trusting.”
“When your heart is struggling and divided, sin will tell you that you are alone. Jesus is telling the disciples and reminding us that we are not alone.”
“When you feel ill at ease and without peace, you need to recalibrate your inner compass, to reorient your heart’s dependence on Christ.”
From John 11:45-13:17
“When the world seeks to overthrow God’s plan, they always play right into it.”
“Judas couldn’t fool Jesus. And neither can you.”
“We, like Mary, should lose sight of ourselves by our high view of Jesus.”
“The heart of the Gospel is the overthrow of ME.”
“We won’t understand true glory until we see the glory of living to please God rather than men.”
“We don’t work FOR the favor of God; we work FROM the favor of God.”
Belief and unbelief often war within us, and frequently the struggle is because of our desire for autonomy – SELF RULE.
“God is obligated to save none. He is gracious to save many.”
“Despite all the signs that Jesus performed, many still would not believe; the ONLY thing that changes hearts is the work of the Spirit through the power of the cross and resurrection.”
“When you are struggling with your doubts and sins, run TO the cross, not away from it.”
“John, in his gospel, wants us to remember to keep first things first. And the first thing is BELIEF.”
March Madness is upon us! Check out our group at http://games.espn.go.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/2016/en/group?groupID=1165200
Group name: Men of Westminster
Invite your friends!! Fame and fortune for the winner!!!
A brief refresher of this month’s men’s breakfast, in case you missed it:
Chris Peterson spoke on the need to define manhood as part of setting goals for your family. The ideas grew out of a study several men did on the book “Raising a Modern Day Knight” by Robert Lewis. Copies of the book will be available for anyone interested in reading it. On to the good stuff…
Setting goals includes:
1 – A vision statement (i.e., the definition)
2 – Objectives to accomplish that vision
3 – Training to meet those objectives
The definition of manhood as it was proposed:
A REAL MAN LOVES GOD, ACTS WITH INTEGRITY, HONORS WOMEN, SERVES OTHERS, ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY, AND STANDS UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT.
As this relates to training our children, Chris spoke of four ways to effectively train:
1- Set a Godly example
2 – Teach spiritual truth
3 – Share stories (personal examples)
4 – Affirmation, attention, and discipline
We’ll be exploring these things more in depth at future men’s breakfasts, so please make plans to attend! They are at 8am on the second Saturday of each month.
From Ecclesiastes 8:1-13, “Life’s Not Fair”
vs 12-13: “In the end, it will not go well for the wicked.”
“Remember, God always has the long view in sight, and we must as well. God is sovereign, and He is good.”
“We have no salvation is there is no injustice. There has been no greater injustice – EVER – than Jesus’ death on our behalf.”
And from Ecclesiastes 6:1-6, 9:7-10, & I Timothy 6:6, “The Good Life of Contentment”
“Divine approval is the key to true contentment.”
“Busy, busy, busy always equals empty, empty, empty.”
“Contentment is the willingness, the readiness, to pursue God in the place He has put us.”
To learn contentment, you must:
Resist- the struggle for MORE
Rest- Not on your own merit but on the righteousness and work of another
Reset- Your attention onto God
From Ecclesiastes 5:10-20, “The Unhappy Business of Finance”
“If anything is worse than the addiction money brings, it is the emptiness it leaves.” – Derek Kidner
“It’s not about the money you have; it’s about how your heart interacts with it… Money is not a savior; it is only a servant in the kingdom of God… God has the solution to your money problem: He saves, He gives, and He takes care of His people… Our cravings always exceed our supply… Live with a generous heart, because you have a generous God.”
Men’s breakfast in November will be held at the Thomasson’s farm at 15000 OSR in Hearne. Breakfast will be served at 8:30, with pistol and skeet shooting to follow. Several of us will be camping there the night before (Friday, Nov 13th), and all are welcome to join us!
From Ecclesiastes 4:4-12, “Two are better than one”
“Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is only half a sorrow.”
“We were made, not to go it alone, but to go together in the honoring of Christ.”
“It is purposed relationship that works in a church.”
THIS SATURDAY, from 10am till 8pm, drop by and join the WPC Iron Chefs at the Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival in downtown Bryan! Admission is free, friends of Westminster will receive free food at our tent, and we will be showing the Aggie football game on site!! Feel free to swing by whenever you can, and of course, families are welcome.
Don’t forget to check out our shared calendar for upcoming events and book study time / locations at:
We are trying to import the calendar to this website to make it a one stop shop for men’s ministry updates, but currently having some technical difficulties. I’ll let you know when we figure it out.
Don’t forget men’s breakfast at the church each month on the second Saturday. In October, our own Bob Gustafson will be sharing with us!
From Ecclesiastes 2, “Not all fun and games”:
“What part does pleasure – the enjoyment of things and people – play in our lives? Solomon is showing us that Jesus needs to be at the center of our pleasure.”
“Good things, when they become god things, are bad things.”
“Living for yourself is NEVER enough.”
“God-given pleasure is everywhere; but you can’t make pleasure your god.”
August is here, which means it’s time to start back up with our SQoTW!
From “Keeping the Word”, Revelation 3:7-13 on August 2:
“Weakness” and “opposition” are good words to describe our spiritual lives, and these words marked the church in Philadelphia as well. Yet, we see that God was powerfully at work in that place. Vs 8: The “open door” refers to a ministry opportunity that God presents in the midst of their weakness and despite the opposition of those around them. Samuel’s anointing of David is an example of how God’s ways are not our ways; the outward appearance of a church, like Jesse’s sons, does not necessarily indicate the presence (or absence) of God with them.
What is unique about the church in Philadelphia? “You have kept my word.”
The pictures of Jesus at the beginning of each letter in Revelation remind are given to remind the churches (and us) that these commands are not things they need to do in order to gain acceptance, but things to do from the outflow of what they have already received. Their standing is already assured. Because of this, “In the midst of your weakness, and opposition, and trials, serve with joy and take heart.”
We will be restarting men’s breakfast, book studies, and sermon quotes of the week for this fall in August. The book for the fall study will be Psalms, and we will be examining 3 questions for each Psalm that we review:
-How do we understand this Psalm in relation to the writer and/or original audience?
-How do we understand this Psalm as it applies to me today?
-How does this Psalm apply to Jesus? Does it have a Messianic interpretation?
Also, to make things easier for you to organize and keep track of, we will stop using the calendar function on this page, and instead use a shared google calendar, which you can subscribe to and link directly to your own iCal, google calendar, outlook, etc. Here are the links to subscribe to the shared calendar: