After enjoying three weeks with six of my eight grandchildren, I am thankful to be back with my church family and I have certainly missed writing what our little church here has studied and heard in the gospel. There is nothing greater to share than the good news of Jesus Christ and His plan of salvation.
Our Sunday school began with the reading of Psalms 107. Our lesson came from Ist Peter the 5th chapter. This is closing out Ist Peter with reminding the church and new converts to cast all their cares to God. He further instructs and encourages Christian followers how to behave as spiritual leaders. In verse 2 it says, “Feed the flock of God which is among you taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly. Not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind. Pastors and elders should be willing not forced to feed the flock with the gospel truth. They should not do it for any kind of profit, but do it willingly because they believe the gospel of Jesus Christ and cheerfully serve the church of God. We are to all be kind to one another and humbled for God resists the proud and giveth grace to the humble. Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walkth about seeking whom he may devour. We are to resist the devil and remain steadfast in our faith. When the chief shepherd appears we will receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. Let us be steadfast, casting all our cares to God because we alone cannot accomplish the works for Christ. Not only will we be blessed with being a part of a new soul accepting Christ as their Savior, but a crown of righteousness and glory will be ours in due time.
Remember the church at this time was being persecuted under Nero’s rule. Nero was noted throughout history to be mean and cruel. How would we stand today in the face of cruel and inhumane treatment? These folks at this time was under constant threat. Surely we can remain strong in Jesus Christ and spread the good news today because time is drawing short before Christ’s return according to prophecy. There may come a time very soon that we might face some hardships and persecutions for our continued faith in Jesus and His word. My prayer is we will be strengthened even more, for no matter what men may do to us physically, God still sits on the throne and may He use the false reasons to persecute His children to His glory and perhaps more souls will accept His son as their Savior before eternity comes.
We entered into our worship with congregational singing. Specials were given with Susie Sisco and David Williams singing while both played piano. Brother Ronnie Thomas sang while his wife accompanied him at the piano.
Our time to hear God’s word through preaching came from St. Matthew chapter 4. This is when Satan came to Jesus to tempt Him after Jesus had ended a 40 day fast. First Satan hit Him where He was the weakest. Jesus was hungry and Satan was trying his best to cause Jesus to obey him by commanding stones to be bread. There is no doubt Jesus could of done it, but He returned scripture to Satan with “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” At the beginning Satan opens his statement with, “if thou be the Son of God.” Satan knew who He was and he didn’t stop there. He took Jesus up to the pinnacle of the temple and again opens with, “If thou be the Son of God, throw yourself down from here for it is written the angels by the Fathers charge will catch you lest at any time you dash your foot against a stone.” Jesus again returns with the Holy word, “It is written, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Strike two to Satan, but he didn’t stop there. While Jesus is in a weakened state he takes Jesus to a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their riches. He says, “Jesus, all these things I will give thee if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” This made three times Satan tried to take control of God’s only son and three times he failed. He tells Satan, “for it is written thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thou serve.” Finally Satan leaves Him and the angels came and ministered to Jesus. Jesus then begins His ministry after hearing John was cast into prison. He is going to Galilee and He goes into the land of Zebulun and Naphtali so the prophecy of Isaiah would be fulfilled. Galilee is Gentiles and brings us into the hope of salvation so beautifully written it says, “the people which sat in darkness saw great light and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death, light is sprung up.” These people are you and me. Praise god we now can have a way to God that before was not considered. Jews looked down on the Gentiles. They refused the Messiah and some today are still looking for Him to come. By spirit of adoption, we now can become the children of God through the precious blood of Jesus.
Jesus calls four fishermen that wer two sets of brothers. Simon Peter and his brother, Andrew, James the son of Zebedee and his brother, John. Peter and Andrew were casting the nets into the water to catch some fish for this is what they did. James and John were mending their nets. Jesus told them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” The Bible makes no mention of any waiting around or tossing the idea around. When Jesus calls you to do a work, nothing must stand in the way. All things He does is for a purpose and His preaching in the synagogues was the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom. He went out to heal all manners of sickness and disease. Word got out that this man Jesus was healing and He became famous all throughout Syria. People were bringing sick ones with different disease and torments, those that were possessed with devils, those that were lunatics, and those that had palsy. Jesus didn’t turn them away, He healed them. Whatever need we have today, the answer is Jesus. Praise His Holy Name!
Our hearts go out to the Armour family in the passing of Melverine. May God bless you with His sweet comfort. She will be greatly missed, always smiling and cheerful. Our loss of her is heaven’s gain, but I know your hearts are breaking and we are praying for you in this time of sorrow.
May God bless you all and if you are a Christian, start fishing for men, women, boys and girls who need Jesus in the heart. Have a good week and don’t forget our monthly singing will be at Breedon on Friday night, August 8th. Bring food and the desire to have a good time of song and praise to our king. The music begins at 7:00 p.m. All are welcomed.