July 30, 2000
Volume 10, Number 31

The Blood of Christ

John said that "Jesus Christ...loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood..." (Rev. 1:5). Why did our salvation require the shedding of Christ's blood? Why did God not devise some other less graphic way to deliver us from sin? Perhaps this second question contains its own answer.

Anytime blood is shed it is a serious matter. God wants us to know how horrible sin is and what it costs to nullify its spiritual effects.

In the context of speaking about animal sacrifices under the first covenant, the Hebrew writer stated that "without the shedding of blood there is no remission" (Heb. 9:22). Sin causes death. It caused the physical death of all mankind when Adam and eve were separated from the tree of life (Gen. 3:17-24). But more dramatically, sin causes spiritual death (Ezek. 18:20; Rom. 6:23). Spiritual death is separation from the source of spiritual life--God.

So what purpose does the blood of Christ serve? Physical death is the loss of that which is most important to us, physical life. Men and women the world over go to great lengths to preserve and protect life. Moses revealed that "the life of the flesh is in the blood..." (Lev. 17:11). When blood is shed death occurs. Physical death is symbolical of spiritual death. Physical life is symbolical of spiritual life. Mankind (as each man sins) was hopelessly lost and spiritually dead. How could humanity ever be redeemed?

Man was spiritually dead, but the same sins that caused his spiritual demise disqualified him from sacrificially making atonement for his sins. God, being holy, could not accept a sacrifice that was less than perfect. Mankind was truly in a terrible predicament! But God, whose wisdom is far greater than man's (1 Cor. 1:25), devised a plan. The physical life-blood of a sinless man would become the spiritual life-blood of sinful man. But where would God find this sinless sacrifice? Amazing grace! The answer was to be found within God Himself. The Son of God came "in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross" (Phil. 2:7,8). Now we know what Paul meant when he said that God was both "Just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus" (Rom. 3: 26).

How does one appropriate the blood of Christ? Jesus said, as He instituted the Lord's Supper, "For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins..." (Acts 2:38). Baptism into Christ (Gal. 3: 26,27) brings the penitent believer into contact with the saving blood of Christ. His blood was shed at His death. Thus, Paul told the Christians at Rome that they were "baptized into His death" (Rom. 6:3). To argue that a person could be saved without baptism is equivalent to saying that the same person could be saved without the blood of Christ. No wonder Jesus said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16:16). Why not appropriate the blood of Christ to your soul?

Brian K. Giselbach

"Ghana Campaign 2000"

July 18 - August 6

Ted will working with the churches of Christ in Ashaiman this week.

The work was started in Ashaiman back in 1982. There are now have 4 congregations in the city and hundreds of members.

Ted and the brethren will be conducting a week-long campaign to reach out into this community.

Please remember the campaign in your prayers.

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:

Betty Dougan - Robin Vowell - Cathy Jenson - Naomi Morton - Iva Turner

Everette Riggenbach - Leslie Johnson - Henrietta VanNatter

Bill & Jeanne Sherman - Virginia Law - Viola Morinier - Ersel Riggenbach



Building Program: Note: Today is a 5th Sunday. All of our contribution over our budget will be placed into our building fund. - click here.

Guest Speaker : Jackie Stearsman from the Orange church of Christ. Jackie is no stranger to the work here in Venice. Be sure to extend a warm welcome to Jackie and Joyce this morning
Sunday Adult Bible Class: "A Visual Study of the Missionary Journeys of Paul" (10:00 am)
Song Service : Tonight
Fellowship Meal : Next Sunday

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

Sundayís Lessons:

"TBA " ()

"Song Service" ()

It Takes Courage

It takes courage to smile when the world is dark,
And the sun just refuses to shine,
When youíve lost your way and your heart is sad,
And the path is an upward climb.

It takes courage to hope when your hope is gone,
And nothing just seems to be right,
Today just an echo of yesterdays gone,
With naught but the darkness of night.

It takes courage to dream when your mind Is adrift,
And weariness enters your soul ...
When you long for contentment and peace in your heart,
But canít seem to conquer your goal.

It takes courage to smile, it takes courage to hope,
A courage when all else is gone,
When clouds overshadow the sun in your sky
- It takes courage to smile and go on.

Garnett Ann Schultz

When you put your cares in God's hand,

He puts His peace in your heart.

Service Opportunities

Time of Services


Wayne Vowell



Walt Thompson

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Delbert Leavens

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


Larry Jenson



Jackie Stearsman

Ladies Bible Class:

Will resume in the Fall

Closing Prayer:

James Bowman


Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Jim Dougan


Delbert Leavens

Our Record - Last Week


Song Service

Closing Prayer:

Clarence Riggenbach



Kerry Keathley
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Jim Treece
Jim Dougan
Weekly Average (yr):

Larry Jenson

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