July 2, 2000
Volume 10, Number 27

Paul's "I am" passages

Read Romans 1:14-16 to find three very interesting declarations from the Apostle Paul: "I am debtor ... I am ready ... I am not ashamed." Paul teaches the importance of taking Christianity very personally. Notice the following:

"I am debtor" (v. 14).

Paul was debtor to the Greeks, barbarians, wise and unwise. Christians are indebted to good Christian parents (Psalms 127:3-5), Christian teachers (Acts 18:24-28; Romans 15:25-27), pioneer preachers (2 Timothy 4:1-5), Christ (2 Corinthians 9:15), and His Church (Ephesians 3:20-21).

"I am ready" (v. 15).

Paul was ready to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Christians must be ready to answer (1 Peter 3:15), live (2 Peter 1:3-14), die (2 Timothy 4:6-8), meet Christ in the judgment (Matthew 24:44; 2 Corinthians 5:10), defend the gospel (Philippians 1:17; Acts 22:1), correct (2 Corinthians 10:6), receive instructions (Acts 17:11-12), and be ready unto every good work (Titus 3:1)

"I am not ashamed" (v. 16).

Paul was not ashamed of the message from God, nor was he ashamed to proclaim it. Christians must not be ashamed: of the basics of the gospel (1 Corinthians 1:17-21; Ephesians 4:1-6; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4), to suffer for Christ (1 Peter 4:16), that it is the only gospel (Galatians 1:8-9), of the wisdom of the gospel (Luke 14:11), of the conditions of the gospel (John 8:21-23), or of the plan of salvation (Romans 10:17; Mark 16:16; Acts 17:30; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 2:38).

Mark Posey

"Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So"

The Psalmist wrote "Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, - whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy" (Ps. 107:2). To keep this text in its context we should point out that the "redeemed" under consideration in this passage are Israel, the special people of God under the law of Moses.

However, in the New Testament we learn that the church of Christ is the spiritual Israel of God, His "redeemed" people (Ga. 1:2; 6:15-16; 1 Pe. 1:18-19; Ac. 20:28; Ep. 5:25). The people of God have the God given responsibility of speaking out for truth and to oppose error. Unfortunately there are numerous children of God who are vocal when it comes to sports, politics, etc., but who become strangely silent when it comes to the need to speak up for truth. Since we are limited by time and space we call attention to a few of these things.

The Existence of God and the Deity of Christ

The evidence is both adequate and convincing that God exists, and these proofs abound in internal and external evidences. Even nature has evidence that God exists (Ps. 19: 1; He. 3:4; Ac. 14:14-17; Ro. 1:20). Fortunately God has left us an inspired record, a perfect will that we must follow (2 Ti. 3:16-17; 2 Pe. 1:3). God's word is able to save the soul (James 1:21), and by it some day we will be judged (Jo. 12:48). God has magnified His word above His name (Ps. 138:2).

The Essentiality of Membership in the Church of Christ

Many religious people believe that one does not have to be a member of the Lord's church to be saved. However, the church is necessary for salvation. The redeemed of the Lord became members by obeying the conditions of pardon set out in the NT. One has to hear the word and obey it (He. 11:6; Ac. 15:7-9; Ro. 10: 1 7); repent of all sin (Lk. 13:3; Ac. 17:30); confess that Christ is the Son of God (Mt. 10:32,33; Ro. 10:10; Ac. 8:37); and be baptized into Christ (Ga. 3:27), for the remissions of sins (Ac. 2:38), and enter the body of Christ, the church (1 Co. 12:13). This process is how one contacts the blood of Christ making him a Christian (Ro. 6:3-4).

True Worship

For worship to be acceptable it must be addressed to God the Father, and it must be done with the right spirit (attitude). It must also be done according to truth as recorded in the New Testament (Jo. 4:24; 17:17; 8:32). What Jesus set out in John 4:24 as requirements for worship rules out the use of mechanical instruments of music in worship.

Christian Living

The Lord expects us so to live that all may see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven (Mt. 5:16). Christians must hate sin and live above the lusts of the world (I Jo. 2:15-17; Ja. 4:4). We must practice pure religion (Ja. 1:27). We must preach the truth and stand for it (Phil. 1:15-20). We must live in such a manner as to advance the cause of Christ and let Christ be seen in us. In fact, as God's people we must ever remember to "let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy" (Psa. 107:2).

Garland Elkins

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

Bible Bowl 2000 - September 9, 2000

Bible Bowl study cards will passed out Sunday, July 2

Remember in Prayers:

Cathy Jenson - Francis Leavens - Mary Jane Collier - Naomi Morton

Arlene Carnahan - Leslie Johnson - Henrietta VanNatter

Bill & Jeanne Sherman - Virginia Law - Viola Morinier

News:

 

Building Program: If you havenít already done soóbe sure to check the bulletin board in the foyer to see the preliminary drawings from the engineers and the architect.. We will be adding 85 paved parking places and also are looking at making some architectural changes to the building. These would include closing in and widening the front porch to form a new entry into the building and building a covered driveway onto the front of the building. - click here.

Fellowship Meal Sunday
Sunday Adult Bible Class: "A Visual Study of the Missionary Journeys of Paul" (10:00 am)

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapter 15. (6:30 pm)

Sundayís Lessons:

"Lessons Learned from the Conversion of Paul" (Acts 22:6-16)

"The Good Samaritan" (Luke 10:25-37)


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Ted Wheeler

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Ushers:

Walt Thompson

Bible Study:

10:00 am

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Worship:

11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Kerry Keathley

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm

Songs:

Larry Jenson

Monday

Sermon:

Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

Will resume in the Fall

Closing Prayer:

Frank Small

Wednesday

Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Carl Rigney

Songs:

Larry Jenson

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Ted Wheeler

Closing Prayer:

Jim Treece

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