July 29, 2001
Volume 11, Number 30

Things You Should Know About Christ and His Church

You should know that the New Testament speaks of -

one family of God (Ephesians 3:15)
one kingdom of Christ (Colossians 1:13-14)
one bride of Christ (Romans 7:1-7)
one body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:4)
one church of Christ (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 4:4)

You should know that the early church had no human government but was guided by -

the word of God, the gospel (2 Corinthians 11:1-4; Galatians 1:6-10; 1 Thessalonians 2:13;2 Peter 1:3-4; 2 Timothy 3:14-17)
elders (also referred to as bishops, overseers, pastors, shepherds, presbyters); their work is to oversee and feed the flock (Acts 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4)
deacons (1 Timothy 3:8-13)
evangelists (preachers); they are to teach and preach God's word (1 & 2 Timothy)

You should know that to become part of the church, you must -

believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God (John 8:24; Acts 4:12; 16:31; Hebrews 11:6)
repent of your sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30)
confess the deity of Christ (Matthew 10:32-33; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 8:37-38)
be baptized (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38; 10:48; 22:16; Colossians 2:11ff; Galatians 3:24ff; 1 Peter 3:21)
walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-7)

You should know that your obedience to God is -

the only acceptable response to God's grace (Matthew 7:24-27--one must hear and do)
necessary for your salvation (John 14:15; Hebrews 5:8-9)
the opposite is also true: disobedience will cause you to be lost (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9)

You should know that baptism requires -

water (Acts 8:36; 10:47; John 3:23)
going to water (Acts 8:36; Matthew 3:5-6)
a burial (Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12)
a planting (Romans 6:5)
a washing (Acts 22:16; Ephesians 5:26; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 10:22)
a birth (John 3:5; 1 Peter 1:22-25)
a raising out of the water (Romans 6:1-4; Colossians 2:12)
a coming out of the water (Acts 8:39)

You should know that by baptism -

your sins are washed away (Acts 22:16)
you are saved from sins (1 Peter 3:20-21)
you have remission of sins (Acts 2:38)
you get into Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:27)
you get into the church (Acts 2:37-47)
you put on Christ (Galatians 3:27)
you walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 3:1)
you obey Christ (John 14:15; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 10:48; Hebrews 5:8-9)

You should know that the faithful church -

worships in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24)
meets on the first day of the week (Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2)
worships with a cappella singing (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16)
prays (Acts 2:42; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
edifies one another (Ephesians 4:16)
takes the Lord's supper on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7; Hebrews 10:24-26; 1 Corinthians 11:20-31; 16:1-2)
gives as they have prospered (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5; 9:7)

You should know that this church -

exists today in your community
is not a denomination, just Christ's church
still follows the pattern of the New Testament
is free from the dictates of human authority

You can be a part of the church that belongs to Jesus Christ. You can be just a Christian -

nothing more or less!

We encourage you to search the Scriptures with an honest, loving and obedient heart. Remember Jesus' words, "If you love me, keep My commandments" (John 14:15).

Jesus Himself was the perfect example of submitting to the will of the Heavenly Father: "...though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him" (Hebrews 5:8-9).

He suffered for you because He loves you - will you follow Him?

Gary Summers

Song Service
Tonight at 6:00 pm

Come help us praise God in song.

Fellowship Meal
Next Sunday

We will have our regular monthly fellowship following our morning services next week.
Invite a friend to worship with you and then stay and enjoy this meal with us.

Church Directory

Coming Soon!

For Our Youth

Bible Bowl 2001
September 8, 2001
Pinellas Park Church of Christ
6045 Park Boulevard
Pinellas Park, FL 33780

Annual Bible Reading Program

This week’s Bible readings are:

Sunday, 29th: ... 1 Corinthians 14:26-40, 2 Kings 9, Jonah 4
Monday, 30th: ... 1 Corinthians 15:1-34, 2 Kings 10, Micah 1
Tuesday, 31st: ... 1 Corinthians 15:35-58, 2 Kings 11, Micah 2
Wednesday, 1st: ... 2 Corinthians 1:1-2:4, 2 Kings 12-13, Micah 3
Thursday, 2nd: ... 2 Corinthians 2:5-3:18, 2 Kings 14, Micah 4:1-5:1
Friday, 3rd: ... 2 Corinthians 4:1-5:10, 2 Kings 15-16, Micah 5:2-15
Saturday, 4th: ... 2 Corinthians 5:11-6:13, 2 Kings 17, Micah 6

Brotherly love is still the distinguishing badge of every true Christian.

Matthew Henry

Akwaaba ... Paul & Matilda
July 29, 2001

Lord willing, with this issue Paul & Matilda Addo would have overcome their visa problems and arrived safely in the States with Ted yesterday.

Ted & Renee first met Paul & Matilda in the early 1980’s when the work first started in Ashaiman (a suburb of Tema). Paul & Matilda were among the first 8 founding members of the church in Ashaiman.

Since that time the two families have become very close and worked together not only in Ashaiman but in almost every aspect of the work throughout Ghana.

Paul is currently anchoring our live radio program and overseeing the construction of the Ashaiman Christian Center (K-8).

We know you will enjoy getting to know the Addo’s and hearing about the work from them.


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.

Jane Bowman - Bill Sherman & Jeanne - Leslie Johnson

Viola Morinier - Virginia Law - Naomi Morton - Lurl Card

Mary Kaupilla


Sunday’s Lessons:

"TBA" (2 Timothy 4:2-8)
"Song Service" ()

Service Opportunities


Time of Services


 Wayne Vowell




 Walt Thompson


Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services



11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Wayne Vowell  

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


Delbert Leavens




 Ted Wheeler


Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Closing Prayer:

Paul Addo


Evening Services



Opening Prayer:

Jim Treece



Delbert Leavens


Our Record - Last Week


Song Service  

Closing Prayer:

Carl Rigney



Kerry Keathley
  Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Jim Dougan
Larry Jenson

Carl Rigney

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