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Schedule of Services

SUNDAY

 Bible Study - 9:30am

 Morning Worship 10:30 am

Evening Worship 6:00 pm

WEDNESDAY

Bible Study 7:00 pm

 

Upcoming Sermons


July 24 Butch Sandoval, Missionary To Bolivia
July 31 Life, Hope And Truth: The Conversion Of Simon The Sorcerer

 

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES  July 18 – 24

20 – Annalee Miller 
21 – Fran Morgan

23 – Willie & Gladys Hardin


     I’m not naïve. I know it was meant as a put-down, but I’ll take it as a compliment. I was discussing a particular point of scripture with a lady who finally said, “All you do is keep going back to what it says.” It was her next remark that was chilling; “I know what it says too, but that’s not what I believe.”

     Years ago I was in the same place. My mind was closed to anything other than what I’d been taught, and I had no intention of changing my beliefs. But I started to recognize conflicts between my beliefs and what scripture said. I was a little troubled, but people I love and trust (notice the present tense… I still love and trust them) assured me that as I got older and studied more I’d eventually understand. It turned out that they were exactly right. But what I came to understand was not what they expected. I came to understand that God’s word is truth (John 17:17). And I came to trust that God is capable of expressing Himself in an understandable manner. And I started to embrace the idea that where there is a conflict between what He says and what others say, I must rely on Him. 

     The scriptures offer warnings that should probably trouble us more than they seem to. Jesus said to “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” (Matthew 7:15). Later Paul chimed in that “… Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14). Both statements are meant to heighten our awareness of the fact that some who seem to be teaching godliness are actually teaching error. The number of various teachings on so many points of scripture validates the warning. Hence the need to “search the scriptures” (John 5:39) becomes all the more relevant. 

     Understand that everyone who says something erroneous is not the spawn of the devil. Sometimes honest souls just get it wrong. Apollos was trying to call men to repentance but didn’t have all the facts (Acts 18). Sometimes we might confuse details. Other times we may lack the needed background information. On occasion our maturity allows us to see something we’ve missed before. But cases of honest error can be corrected by returning to God’s word. Kind correction is essential. As a side note, involvement in Bible classes is a valuable resource as the understanding of many can open our understanding.

     A genuine false teacher will avoid exposure to the word, and thus must be avoided and his error exposed, no matter how “nice” he may come off as being.

     It’s the mindset of “I’m not going to change my beliefs” that is scary. Scary to say and scary to hear. Scary because it reflects a mind closed to truth. I’ve changed my mind on various issues many times. And there are still a few points I bounce back and forth on. But I find part of the thrill of Bible study being the frequent discovery of things I’ve missed before. Truly the study of God’s word is refreshing to the soul.


~Tom Lynch 

 

This weeks Bible Reading:

 

July 18: 1 Kings 15-17 
July 19: 1 Kings 18-20 
July 20: 1 Kings 21-22
July 21: 2 Kings 1-3 
July 22: 2 Kings 4-5
July 23: 2 Kings 6-8
July 24: 2 Kings 9-11

 

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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