The lesson for the Adult Sunday school class was “The Abiding Life” from I John 2:28, “And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He shall appear, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.” Bob Thompson, Sr. is the teacher of that class. He said, “Death will change your body, but not your character…now is the time to become a Christian….sinners will have eternal existence, but Christians will have everlasting life.”
Jesse Paxton sang the special song in the Sunday morning worship service. Pastor Bob Thompson, Jr. preached from I Corinthians 6:9-11, “The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God..Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God…such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” What makes a person unrighteous? Wontoness of sexuality, worship of creature, wrecking of marriage, wrenching of nature, working of sodomy, wresting of property, wanting to excess, woefulness of drunkenness, whiplashing of tongues, and weilding of power. God’s word is still true. The Bible is more important than what I think, what I feel, or what anyone says. Neither culture or circumstances can change the truth.
Our regular Fith Sunday Singspiration began at 6:00 p.m. It was under the direction of Brian Haynes who read Psalm 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance.” Happy 238th Birthday, America!
Jesse Paxton led two patriotic congregational songs. Six people sang solos: Sheena Mahan, Pete Johnson, Bob Thompson, Sr., Barbara Uhles, Pastor Bob, and Linda Ferguson. There was also a duet by Dana Fourman and Cheryl Paxton. Organists were Linda Murray and Pastor Bob. Pianists were Barbara Uhles, Cheryl Paxton and Linda Ferguson. Edith Johnson and Jeanette Cardon read poems. There were also three original poems written and read by John Venezia, Linda Murray and James Cox. Alex Fourman operated the sound system.
The Singspiration was followed by Food and Fellowship in the dining hall. We welcomed three visitors: Chelsie, Steve and Will.
In the Wednesday evening prayer meeting, Pastor Bob Thompson, Jr. led a study of Zechariah. The theological significance of this Old Testament book: (1). To avoid God’s wrath, one must repent. (2). One day God will judge the nations and bring the righteous nations to join with Israel. (3). God’s work will be done through His Spirit. (4). Fasting is useless if it is not to God; fasting should lead to righteous living. (5), Although the Good Shepherd is rejected, He will be the King of Kings one day.