5-5-13. Good morning everyone. After a return of winter for awhile the sunshine is a welcomed presence this morning. One of my questions for next week will be where is the verse that talks of change of seasons in the latter days. I don’t think anyone that studies the Bible much would argue that we are for sure in the last days.
Sunday school opened with the reading of Psalms 124. Opening prayer was given by Sister Sue Thomas. Our lesson came from II Corinthians the 8th chapter. Paul is complimenting the church of Macedonia, which were Phillipi, Thessalonica, Berea and other churches in the region of Macedonia. These churches were poor and yet gave so much to care for Paul’s ministry and those who were poor. We discussed how Corinth was a major trading port so they had more. Paul is encouraging them to “abound in everything in faith, utterance, knowledge in all diligence and in their love to the ministers but see that ye abound in this grace also” in verse 7. He discusses with the Corinthians that before the churches of Macedonia gave of the money and charitable gifts, they gave themselves to the Lord (verse 5.) It won’t be recognized by God if we give much and are charitable if we haven’t first given ourselves to Him. He explains further in verse 8 saying, “I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others and to prove their sincerity of your love.” Jesus was rich and yet came to us as a poor man so that we may be rich. Paul goes on to say that he does not mean that other men be at ease and them burdened but while they had an abundance give some to those who are in need. Paul is also cautioning ministers that they should not just depend on the giving of others to support them lest they would be blamed for dishonesty. He is asking them to receive Titus and care for him during his ministry as well.
Our services changed to congregational and special singing. How sweet the Holy Spirit that dwelt amongst us and thank you Jesus that this comforter is still here and souls are still being called to salvation. Two of our youth class accepted Jesus and four have asked to be baptized. Praise you God and Jesus our Savior.
The sermon was taken from Romans chapter 12. We as Christians are to present ourselves and our bodies as a living sacrifice holy and and acceptable to God. We are all separate members, bu yet one member of the church of Christ. Each member is not given the same office or duty. Just as the different body parts perform their unique function, each of us that have been called to salvation has a job to do to glorify our God and heavenly Father. We don’t think that we are any more important or higher than the other members because our calling is different. We all work equally together to glorify God and His Holy Son and to be a witness to the lost souls thus pointing them to the only Savior, Jesus Christ. If something is done to us, we are to leave it to God for He says, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” The word further states, “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed Him; if he thirst give him drink for in so doing thou shalt reap coals of fire on his head. Be not oversome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Please God help us to do this even when wrongful words are said of us and hurtful deeds come our way from those who don’t know you. In Jesus Holy Name Amen and Amen.
Today at 2 p.m. we will be having an ordination service to ordain Brother Roy Hampton as a minister of the gospel. He has been serving as a minister to the New Hope Freewill Baptist Church in Ava. In helping with this service are borthers Keith Lafferty, Joe (Cub) Lafferty, Lee Hampton and Jerry Loveland. Congregational singing while the ordination counsel met. When they returned, several questions of the counsel and the congregation were given to Brother Roy and his wife, Carolyn. The counsel met again and more singing was done. When the counsel returned Brother Jerry Loveland preached the charge from II Timothy chapter 4. Paul is given Timothy a charge to preach the gospel in season and out of season for the time is coming that people will not endure sound doctrine. We are here today and questions to Brother Roy that in ordination past did not have to be asked. We didn’t think of anything such as voting on whether to have same sex marriages, but that day is now here. Paul knows his time is drawing to an end, but the preaching of the saving grace of God must continue. In the commentary of the Bible I read along with states, “The second epistle Paul wrote unto Timotheus, ordained the first bishop of the church of the Ephesians. It was written from Rome when Paul was brought to new the second time. In verse seven Paul says, “I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Hence forth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord the righteous judge shall give me at that day and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” There is no place to give up or quit even though Satan throws a lot of poison darts our way. Pray for and encourage one another and finally we’ll be home where no sorrow, separates or pain will be. The service concluded with singing and the shaking of hands with this newly ordained minster and wife. The closing prayer was given by Brother Ronnie Thomas.
Next Sunday on May 12th there will be a baptizing and dinner on the ground here at Breedon. On the 19th of May we will have the communion and footwashing service. All are welcomed to attend. First though, I want to remind everyone of our Second Friday Night Singing which is May 10th.
Everyone have a good and blessed week.