Minister Tom Lynch

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Clarksville TN 37042

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SUNDAY

 Bible Study - 9:30am

 Morning Worship 10:30 am

Evening Worship 6:00 pm

WEDNESDAY

Bible Study 7:00 pm

 

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June 28 Building Itself 
July 5 I Gotta Be Free!
July 12 He Shall Do As You Do 
July 19 Tim Hickerson, Guest Speaker

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June 22 - 28


24 – Ethel Ezell
27 – Irene Caraway

23 – Ernest & Jackie Blackwell

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http://www.clipart4christians.com/images/c4c011.jpgI have come to enjoy talking football with Mark Womack, and he recently shared an article with me updating the efforts of Tim Tebow to make it in the NFL. Tebow was an outstanding college quarterback at Florida, sandwiching the 2007 Heisman Trophy between national championships in 2006 and 2008. But despite a winning record (better than many current starters) he has had trouble remaining on an NFL roster. The common criticisms leveled against him are that even though he wins his technique is faulty, and his professed faith in God is a distraction that most organizations would rather not deal with. 

The article reminded readers of the 2008 championship game when Tebow wore eye-black (makeup under the eyes to reduce glare) that had “John 3:16” written on it. Not the verse, but simply the reference. This is where the report really became interesting; Google reported that there were 94 million searches that day to find out what John 3:16 said. 

The state of Tebow’s career took a back seat in my mind to the sad spiritual state of our country. I know as well as any that the ideas of “one nation under God” and “in God we trust” are fading. But I was stunned to realize that many people didn’t know such a basic passage of scripture.

I remember learning John 3:16 as a child who did not go to church that often. Some of you will recall the guy in the rainbow wig who seemed able to get tickets to every major sporting event on television. The wig drew attention to him, and when the cameras focused on him he held up a sign that simply said, “John 3:16”. I was young or dumb enough to not even recognize it as a Bible reference. I remember asking my mother about it, and how she was able to immediately quote the verse without looking it up. I may not have known much, but I knew enough to be impressed with my mother! Today as I consider the 94 million, three ideas come to me.  

 

-Would the church know what John 3:16 says? It is obvious that collectively we do not know the Bible as we once did. Is it possible that we would have to go to Google for even the most elementary passages and ideas? We are responsible for being “ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). Are we ready?

-Are we getting the word out? We can’t expect nonbelievers to recognize their dependance on God’s word. It is our responsibility to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19), which includes educating them on the word of God. 

-How many would have to go to Google to learn what John 3:16 says today? Would it still be 94 million? Would it be more? Could it be less? We see all around us that respect for God’s word is fading. Perhaps currently the most obvious case is homosexuality. If you respect God’s word on it you’ll be ridiculed. The world actually expects the religious community to change our minds and teaching. Even some religious people are expressing the opinion that we need to change our teaching. A world that doesn’t know John 3:16 isn’t likely to know Romans 1:26-27 and similar passages on homosexuality or other passages related to issues of morality.

God said through the prophet, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6). Through Paul He said “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). There is a correlation between your knowledge of the word and your faith. We must be deliberately committing God’s word to memory.

~Tom Lynch



 


This weeks Bible Reading:

June 22: Judges 13-15 June 25: Ruth
June 23: Judges 16-18 June 26: 1 Samuel 1-3
June 24: Judges 19-21 June 27: 1 Samuel 4-8
June 28: 1 Samuel 9-12

 

God’s Part

 

·    His great love for man (John 3:16)

·    He gave His Son, Jesus, as the Savior (Luke 19:10)

·    He sent the Holy Spirit as a guide (John 16:13)

·    He gave the gospel as His unto salvation (Romans 1:16)

·    He provided atonement by the blood of Christ (Romans 5:9)

 

Man’s Part

 

·   Hear the Gospel. (Romans 10:17; John 8:32)

·   Believe the Gospel (Hebrews 11:6; John 20:31)

·   Repent of past sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30)

·   Confess faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 10:10; Matthew 10:32)

·   Be Baptized (Galatians 3:27; Mark 16:16;

        Acts 2:38)

·   Be faithful unto death (Revelations 2:10)

 


 

God has done His part;

Won’t you do yours?


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