April 23, 2000
Volume 10, Number 17

The Way of Escape

The apostle Paul warned of the very real danger of falling from grace (1 Corinthians 10:12), as did Israelites in the wilderness. In verse 13, he wrote, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as man can bear [as is common to man, KJV]: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation make also the way of escape, that ye may be able to endure it." No temptation is irresistible, nor is any person's temptation unique to himself. Hebrews 11 is abundant evidence of persons successfully enduring the temptations and trials that are "common to man" (Hebrews 12:1-2). There is a way to escape any and all temptations, provided by a gracious God. The Devil cannot overwhelm us; we cannot say "the Devil made me do it."

WHERE IS THE WAY OF ESCAPE?

he way of escape is in Jesus Christ; "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). In Him is the way of righteousness. All of us can enter and walk the highway of holiness (Isaiah 35:8). Primitive Christianity, the divine pattern and cause of Christ, is called "the Way," which Saul persecuted "unto the death" (Acts 22:4); he soon would be permitted by grace to enter "the Way" (Acts 22:16).

FROM WHAT CAN WE ESCAPE?

Through God's grace (Titus 2:11-14), Paul stated, we can escape temptation brings immediate separation (Isaiah 59:1-2), and, ultimately, eternal separation from God the second death (James 1:13-15; Revelation 20:11-15; Romans 6:23). But, thanks be to God that we can be delivered from every evil work and transgression (2 Timothy 4:18). God has provided a way of escape from the defilement of sin, the pollutions of the world (2 Peter 2:20, 22), as well as from error and those defiled thereby (2:18). And, how great is the escape from "the judgment of hell" (Matthew 23:33)!

BY WHAT MEANS CAN WE ESCAPE?

For one to escape, he must have knowledge; "... they have escaped...through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 2:20; cf. Romans 10:13-17; Titus 2:11-12). But, mere knowledge is not enough; one must obey Christ. "See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not when they refused him that warned them on earth, much more shall not we escape who turn away from him that warneth from heaven" (Hebrews 12:25). We must obey the gospel and continue to seek the means of escape. We must use the means provided by the Lord through His Word (1 Corinthians 10:13; Acts 20:32). And, we must watch and pray: "But watch ye at every season, making supplication, that ye may prevail to escape all these things that shall come to pass and to stand before the Son of man" (Luke 21:36; cf. 1 Corinthians 16:13).

WHY WILL MANY NOT ESCAPE?

Very regrettably, most will not seek to escape but will refuse the Christ (Hebrews 12:25; cf. Luke 6:46; Matthew 7:21-23; John 6:66). Sadly, countless precious souls "neglect so great a salvation" (Hebrews 2:1-3). They will not come to the feast (Luke 14:15-24). Others are hypocrites, and thus will not escape eternal punishment for sin (Matthew 23:33). Still others are deceived (2 Peter 2:18; cf.) Dear friend, will you seek the way of escape graciously provided by a loving God? The abundant entrance into the eternal mansions awaits those who thus escape sin and its consequences.

Curtis Cates

Elder Selection Process

The names of Delbert Leavens, Wayne Vowell and Ted Wheeler have been put before the congregation as men willing to serve as elders. If any of our members have a scriptural reason that would prevent one of these men from serving it is asked that you submit your objection in writing by April 23rd. to Jim Dougan, Clarence Riggenbach or Jim Treece.

If there are no scriptural reasons submitted; then we will move forward with the appointment of elders on May 7th.

A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Youth - News & Notes

Weeki Wachee Bible Camp - June 11-17, 2000

Bible Bowl 2000 - September 9, 2000

How to Remove Self-defeating Habits

Remember in Prayers:

Mary Jane Collier's, brother-in-law - Addie Richardson - Bill Sherman

Cathy Jenson - Virginia Law - Viola Morinier

News:

 

Ladies Class: To resume in the Fall.

5th Sunday Contribution: We will have a 5th Sunday contribution next Sunday ó with everything over our budget given on that day going toward our building program. Note: The engineering for the project is nearing completion and the architect is working on some preliminary sketches.
Sunday Adult Bible Class: "Inspiration of the Bible" (10:00 am)

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapter 11. (6:30 pm)

Sundayís Lessons:

"The Death, Burial & Resurrection" (Matthew 12:38-40)

"Is Jesus Your Lord?" (2 Corinthians 4:5)


The measure of a manís character is not what gets from his ancestors,
but what he leaves his descendants.

(Cf. Proverbs 13:22)

 

Service Opportunities

Time of Services

Announcements:

Wayne Vowell

Sunday

Ushers:

Press Phillips

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services

Worship:

11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Kerry Keathley

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm

Songs:

Delbert Leavens

Monday

Sermon:

Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

Will resume in the Fall

Closing Prayer:

James Bowman

Wednesday

Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Jim Dougan

Songs:

Delbert Leavens

Our Record - Last Week

Sermon:

Ted Wheeler

Closing Prayer:

Clarence Riggenbach

Attendance:
63

Communion

Contribution:
$ 1518.00
Larry Jenson
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Jim Dougan
Jim Treece
Weekly Average (yr):
$ 1821.58

Wayne Vowell

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