Church News for Thursday, July 25By Staff Reports Published 10:04am Thursday, August 8, 2013
Samaria Baptist Church
On this beautiful, hot summer day, our crowd was a little small due to vacations and sickness.
We enjoyed our worship and were truly blessed by Jeannie Mims singing, “What a day that will be.”
Our guest speaker today was John Jamison from Millbrook.
John and his wife Mandy attend Coosada Baptist Church, but John has been a part of Pentecostal worship most of his Christian life.
John brought a wonderful message today taken from Matthew 25 among other scriptures.
John’s message was titled, “What’s the big deal?”
This was the viewpoint of one who might not know what churches do.
For the non-believer, we are the church, the word and the spirit.
They may never hear a message other than the life they see you live.
So, what is the big deal about church?
It should be something that we shout from the rooftops and cannot wait to share with a lost and dying world.
If we do not represent our church outside the doors, then most of the world will never know our faith exists.
We are called to go into the world and take the gospel, but if we cannot share by the way we go about our day-to-day lives, then we are not fit for the mission.
So people who do not attend church often say they are as good if not better than the folks in that church down there.
They often gauge their understanding of what Jesus is about by the inept failings of “some” church members.
People who do not know Jesus must have the hand of Christians reach out to them.
They must be show the love of Christ by the body of Christ, which is all of us here.
Jesus uses us to reach a lost and dying world.
We must be his vessel that is willing to be about the Father’s business.
We have to be the standard of what Christ is. We have to love the lost, seek the sinners, and show the orphans love and compassion. We have three questions that help us gauge our value to Christ and how much we enjoy serving Him.
Is my church excited about Jesus?
Does my church show the love of Jesus to those who do not know Him? Am I excited about Jesus and the church, or is it just a duty or obligation that I attend each week?
How dreadful to have church members hear the words, “Depart from me ye who work iniquity into the fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
We are setting an example of some kind everywhere we go. Our impact on the lives of the lost will depend on how much we are willing to pay to serve Him.
What is enough? Be sure that people recognize you as one that belongs to Christ. Stand up and be known by your behavior that you are a child of the King.
It must be a big deal to you, if your life is to be a blessing to others. Let others see Jesus in you today.
Please continue to pray for our sick: Bro. Charles, Ray Hardee, Ronnie Lockhart, Tracy Mims, and Cathy Willis. Join us at Samaria next Sunday. Meet Jesus here.
Services started July 21 with Bro. Kenneth Moates leading the church in the following hymns, “I’ll Fly Away,” “Lift Me Up Above the Shadows,” “I’m In a New World,” and “I Never Shall Forget the Day.”
After Sunday school, Bro. Kenneth led the church in the hymn, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” and Sheri Moates sang “I Need You More Today.”
Bro. Don preached a wonderful message.
We need to come to the cross because that is where we can find victory.
Here are four things the cross can do for you: subtract you from hell, add you to heaven, divide you from the world and multiply your spiritual blessings.
During Sunday night’s service Bro. Roger Cleckler gave his testimony on how the Lord has touched and blessed him after going through brain surgery.
It was such a blessing to hear how the Lord has worked in his life and he was an inspiration for everyone that came.
Don’t forget our services are Sunday at 9:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Hope to see you there.