December 3, 2000
Volume 10, Number 49

Enthusiasm for Christ

A Chinese convert once said: "We want men with red-hot hearts to tell us of the love of Christ." This man was talking about enthusiasm. If anything separates the active Christian from the indifferent Christian, it must be enthusiasm. Charles Schwab has said: "A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm." What is true of business in this regard is also true of the church? Enthusiasm for Christ is the great need of the hour!

Webster says that "enthusiasm" is an "eager and intense interest; an ardent zeal or fervor." By definition one can obviously see the great value of enthusiasm in the service of Christ. In Isaiah 2:3, we see that enthusiasm was prophesied to be one of the characteristics of those in the church: "And many people shall go and say: Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths..." The prophet said the day was coming when God's kingdom would be established. He said that people all over the world would be filled with enthusiasm to learn about the Lord and to walk in his ways. Today, that glorious kingdom has been established. But what about the enthusiasm? Can it be said that we are enthusiastic for Christ?

In order for enthusiasm to be of value it must have the proper motivation and guidance. Motivation is important. Something has to stir us to have the eager and intense interest in serving Christ. Once upon a time, there was a frog who fell into a very deep pothole on a very busy street. His friends tried to pull him out, but each time they tried they failed. Finally, the situation was hopeless. His friends gave up and left him to his fate. But the next day they saw the frog jumping around just fine. His friends begged him to tell them how he managed to escape the pothole. The frog responded, "Well, there I was. I couldn't jump out; but then a truck came along and I had to." Now that is what you call motivation. In much the same way, Jesus demands great things of his people. He does not want us to be motivated out of a sense of fear or duty, but out of love and gratitude directed toward him. What motivates you to serve Christ?

And then, enthusiasm needs proper guidance. It is possible for our enthusiasm to be excessive and unreasonable. Paul, in speaking of the Jews, said: "I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge" (Romans 10:2). The zeal of some Jews was actually working against the Lord. They had enthusiasm, but it was not properly guided. Someone has well said that "religious zeal without knowledge is like speed to a man in the dark." Enthusiasm without proper guidance can be a very dangerous thing.

Faith provides the motivation and the guidance for the right kind of enthusiasm. Our enthusiasm for Christ must be grounded and settled in the knowledge of God's Word. Saul of Tarsus is an excellent example of the wrong kind of enthusiasm turning into the right kind of enthusiasm through faith in Christ (Gal. 1:13,14).

We need this wonderful spirit of enthusiasm in the church. Not a bubbling, showy, emotional enthusiasm. That kind cannot last. But there is such a thing as a sustained and rational enthusiasm. This kind lives in truth. We need this enthusiasm in all areas: in our worship, in our family situations, in our daily relationships, in our evangelistic work, and in our benevolence!

Realize that enthusiasm is a choice! Isn't Christ worthy of your zeal and interest? He is indeed! MAKE THAT CHOICE! Decide To Be Enthusiastic In The Service Of Christ!

Brian K. Giselbach

New Sunday Bible Study

In general, attitudes are extremely important. Proper attitudes are needed if we are to enjoy our proper relationship to the local congregation. This morning Ted will begin teaching a short study entitled “Attitudes Need in Congregational Work”. (Colossians 1:9-10).


I hope that I never grow too old
To care, and love and dream;
I hope I never grow too bold
To seek my own esteem.

I hope I never grow to cold
Some tearful eyes to dry.
I hope I never grow too sold
On me, Myself and I.

Dave Waddle

You can hurt a good relationship by neglecting it ...
mot unlike your relationship with Jesus Christ.

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.

Remember in Prayers:

Carl Rigney - Miriam Small - Leo & Dorothy Lednik - Mary Kaupila

Cathy Jenson - Robin Vowell - Naomi Morton - Virginia Law

Richard Treece - Leslie Johnson - Buddy Morgan - Erin Guin

Bill & Jeanne Sherman - Viola Morinier - Lillian Comiskey

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Building Program: This past week we received our plans from the architect. We also have our permit from the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The engineers have applied for our permit to hook up to city water and we should be in a position to apply for our building permit and begin getting bids on the work.
Click here for a preview of some of the work that is being done.

Sunday Adult Bible Class: "Attitudes Needed in Congregational Work" (10:00 am)

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapters 31-32. (6:30 PM)

College Care Package: Anyone wishing to contribute something to the care package for Geoff Lund please see the list of needed items on the bulletin board.
Men's Prayer Breakfast: Saturday, December 16th. at 8:00 am. The elders will be preparing breakfast.
Ladies Day: February 3, 2000. Guest speaker will be Rhonda Thompson from Montgomery, Alabama.

Sunday’s Lessons:

Cafeteria-Style Religion (James 2:10-11)

Three Means of Measuring a Man (1 Samuel 16:6-7)

Fellowship Meal: This Sunday ... December 3, 2000

Service Opportunities

Time of Services


Wayne Vowell



Walt Thompson

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Clarence Riggenbach

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


Dick Navarre



Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

11:00 am.

Closing Prayer:

James Bowman


Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Charlie White


Dick Navarre

Our Record - Last Week


Ted Wheeler

Closing Prayer:

David Coffman



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Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Jim Dougan
Larry Jenson
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David Coffman

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