Minister Tom Lynch

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Study Corner

Answer to last week’s question:

 

Do not curse the king because “a bird in flight may tell the matter” (Ecclesiastes 10:20).

 

This week’s study begins at Ecclesiastes 11:3.

 

How can you tell where a tree fell?

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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

 



April 21:            2 Sam 12-13; Luke 16

April 22:            2 Sam 14-15; Luke 17:1-19

April 23:            2 Sam 16-18: Luke 17:20-37

April 24:            2 Sam 19-20; Luke 18:1-23

April 25:            2 Sam 21-22; Luke 18:24-43

April 26:            2 Sam 23-24; Luke 19:1-27

April 27:            1 Kings 1-2; Luke 19:28-48


Always Moving Forward

As many of you are aware, my favorite sport has become rodeo. Bull riding in particular. When I decided to learn more about it I went to a training school, and I remember the first thing we were taught; a bucking bull is always moving forward. Even when he is in a spin he is still moving forward. God made him to never back up and never stand still.

 

The Lord designed the church the same way. If the church is standing still, and certainly if it’s backing up, the only possible explanation is that something is terribly wrong. The church should always be moving forward.

 

Jesus commissioned His church to go “and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19). That is an amazing challenge. Had it been presented by anyone else it would have been impossible. But with God’s blessings, God’s people had indeed taken the challenge to heart and made great strides. No doubt by recognizing that little word, “go”. Jesus expected them to move forward. But there have been times when the church elected to stand still and as a result backed up. Church growth studies suggest it is happening now.

 

To move forward requires forward thinking. We might call it vision. Consider some key characteristics of churches with vision.

 

A Church With Vision Has A Biblical Base. This is foremost. Paul said that Christians stand by the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-3). Anything that is not based on the gospel cannot be called the church.

 

A Church With Vision Is Change Oriented. The word “change” can trouble us because it might suggest moving away from our biblical base. But the simple fact is that while no matter of doctrine can be changed, the approach Christians employ must change frequently. Paul said, “I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22). He was changing regularly! But notice too that the apostle was doing so to win more people to the gospel. The biblical base remained unchanged.

 

A Church With Vision Is People Oriented. It should go without saying. But when you really pay attention to a church that lacks vision you’ll notice that people become incidental. The programs and facilities tend to matter more. The same things are done the same ways because that’s how they’ve always been done. Nothing is ever altered to meet the needs of people. Rather people are expected to change to meet the needs of the program.

 

A Church With Vision Is Christ Centered. A church growth researcher, Dr. Paul Chappell, suggests, “Biblical vision is all about lifting up Christ and bringing glory to His name. It is not about elevating personal influence or competing for the attention of others.”

 

Dr. Chappell further states “the greatest enemies of biblical vision are self-focus and apathy. After all, if we are not willing to develop and take steps toward a Christ-honoring vision, we are too in love with the comfort of the status quo.”

                      

Christ asks us to share His vision; to “lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” (John 4:35). May His vision be our vision!

~Tom Lynch

 

 

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KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS

The New Testament Plan Of Salvation


Hear and believe the gospel (Acts 4:4; Romans 1:16)
Repent of past sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30-31)
Confess Christ to be the Son of God (Romans 10:10)
Be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38)
Continue faithfully until death (2 Peter 1:1-11).


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