January 28, 2001
Volume 11, Number 04

Do You Know God?

Do you ever listen to the "Obits" on the radio or read the "Obituary Column" in the newspaper. As I get older, I admit I listen with more and more fascination. As you might expect, I am thrilled each time my name is missing! But, if you really pay attention to the "Obituary" reports, it will surprised to find that only a few people that leave this life made no reference to a religious affiliation. Yet, we know that not very often did they make such a profession while they lived. It is no little shock to us to find that the most corrupt and crooked claimed some affinity for God. But, regardless of these reports -- how many people really departed this life really knowing God?

In II Thessalonians 1:7-9, Paul declared important information about Jesus’ Second Coming. When Jesus returns, He will exercise great power. While persecutors may possess power over us now, their power will certainly be no match for Jesus when He comes with His Mighty Angels -- rewarding all according to their deeds (Matthew 16:27).

There were two classes of people that will be punished upon His return. They are: 1) those who know not God 2) those that do not obey the gospel. Now we know that all are lost without the gospel (II Corinthians 4:3,4). But, just for a moment, let’s consider what it means to really know God.

God has revealed Himself through creation (Hebrews 11:3), human history (Deuteronomy 6:20-25), nature (Psalm 19), special revelation (Hebrews 1:1,2), His care (Acts 14:17), and man’s conscience (Romans 1:18-19,32). Mankind can come to know God. God expressed the desire that men come to know Him (Colossians 1:10; John 17:3-4).

This understanding and knowledge of God has been revealed through Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son (John 1:18; 14:7-8). People say: "I go to church!" Does that mean they know God? "I have been baptized!" Does that imply that they know God? "I have a warm, tingly, feeling inside!" Does that signify that they know God. "I have a had a moving, religious experience!" Does this assure them that they know God?

Think back with me for a moment to our original point –the introduction related to "Obituaries." How can the majority of the people in the world claim to have intimacy with the Lord -- claim to be His faithful children and yet Jesus Himself said that "Few" would find life (Matthew 7:13-14; Luke 13:24). The point is: Just saying "We know God!" does not prove we know Him. How does one come to know God?
Knowing God includes having accurate information about Him (II Timothy 3:15). Knowing God includes having intimacy with God through the Son (John 17:20-21). Knowing God includes having interest and concern for His kingdom (Matthew 21:28ff). Knowing God includes inception into His Kingdom (John 3:3,5; Colossians 1:13). Knowing God includes taking the initiative for His cause into the world. Knowing God includes keeping His commandments (I John 2:3).

Do you want to know the great and high crime of our age. It is not that the stores are being robbed blind or that men stay up at night wondering how to fleece their neighbors. The great criminal act of our age is that God has revealed Himself to men through His gospel, but men will not come to know Him.

David Costello

My concern is not whether God is on our side;
my great concern is to be on God’s side,
for God is always right.

A. Lincoln

We commend our young people for taking up the challenge to read through their Bibles in the year of 2001. Why not join them? There are Bible reading schedules on the table in the foyer. This week’s Bible readings are:

Sunday, 28th: Luke 20:1-16, Genesis 37, Psalm 28
Monday, 29th: Luke 21, Genesis 38, Psalm 29
Tuesday, 30th: Luke 22:1-38, Genesis 39, Psalm 30
Wednesday, 31st: Luke 22:39-71, Genesis 40, Psalm 31
Thursday, 1st: Luke 23:1-25, Genesis 41, Psalm 32
Friday, 2nd: Luke 23:26-56, Genesis 42, Psalm 33
Saturday, 3rd: Luke 24:1-12, Genesis 43, Psalm 34

Sunday Bible Study
“Attitudes Need in Congregational Work”
(Colossians 1:9-10).

The world has many religions; it has but one gospel.


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.

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New Directory: We are working on the new directory which will include family photos. If you like you can bring in one of your own photos to be scanned (these will be returned) or you can arrange to have Ted take your photo with a digital camera.

Song Service : Next Sunday evenign.

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapters 37. (6:30 PM)

Ladies Day: February 3, 2000. Guest speaker: Rhonda Thompson. theme: Pressing Toward the Mark. To see flyer ... Click here. Note: All ladies who plan on attending should sign the sheet in the foyer so that we can have an accurate lunch count.

Ladies Day at Pinellas Park: Feb. 28th. Guest speaker: Laurel Sewell. See flyer in the foyer.

Sunday’s Lessons:

The Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-5)

Song Service . ()

Service Opportunities

Time of Services


Wayne Vowell



Walt Thompson

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Carl Rigney

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


Jim Treece



Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

11:00 am.

Closing Prayer:

James Bowman


Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Dale Schwaartz


Jim Treece

Our Record - Last Week


Song Service

Closing Prayer:

Clarence Riggenbach



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Kerry Keathley
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Don Douglas
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