First Baptist Church, Cobden IL
Saturday, August 17, 2019
200 South Walker St. Cobden, IL 62920


Dear Church Family,


               What an awesome week of VBS this year!  The whole focus of the       Christian story was spelled out in five clear and fluid lessons.  In fact, the material did an excellent job of presenting the Gospel in the context of the whole Christian worldview.  It was truly great.

               The week began with the creation story.  Our learners listened closely as our team unpacked Genesis 1 and all the profound realities found there, from the Triune nature of the omnipotent Creator who made all things, according to their kind, by divine command out of nothing.  Finally, on day one, we hammered home the glorious reality that their     children and ours were wonderfully made in the image of God.

               Second, we were reminded of when, where and how all things went wrong.  How did the perfection of God’s creation and the crown of that creation, men made in His image, suffer ruin?  This lesson laid out the fall of humanity in Genesis 3 and then laid out the theological tenets of the presence of evil in our environment and even in our own hearts.  It closed with the hope of the Good News that while we are rebels and in Jesus’ own words, ‘evil’, there is hope for reconciliation for the truly repentant.

               Tuesday night, we were reminded that even though humanity’s first parents, Adam and Eve, violated God’s law and plunged their posterity and all creation into ruin, God in that same chapter of Genesis 3 promised hope.  Satan and ultimately deaths head would be crushed and defeated by Eve’s human seed.  We traced that promise all through the Old Testament and learned that it was the faith of the Old Testament saints in promise of the coming deliverer (Messiah) that honored God and justified them in His presence.

               Wednesday night, we saw the Old Testament promises fulfilled in the incarnation (coming in the flesh) of God’s only begotten Son, Jesus.  We saw His dual nature (truly God and truly Man) and His ultimate mission to conquer death and sin by paying in full its wages and eternal consequence.  We rejoiced as we encouraged our children that through trust in Christ finished work , we are set free from the power of sin and fear of death.  We learned that through faith in Christ, we are brought into and kept eternally by the new  covenant of Christ victory over sin. 

               Finally, on Thursday night we were reminded of the Angel’s words in Acts 1:11, at the ascension of Jesus after His 11 appearances over 40 days, when they said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven?  This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you have seen Him going into heaven.” We know the world mocks this and all the other realities the Bible affirms,      however, we do not grow weary for we know our faith is steady and sure while grounded in the Person and work of our Savior and Lord, Who , alone makes sense out of this world.

Pastor Ed