October 14 , 2001
Volume 11, Number 41

Has Man Outgrown the Gospel?

Time is changing. The new soon becomes old; the modem becomes ancient; the technological breakthrough becomes yesterday's news; the popular becomes lost in the latest; and the up-to-date is soon out-of-date.

Eternal truth never changes. It reads the same today as yesterday and as it will tomorrow. It is "once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). Those who would change it become "accursed" (Gal. 1:69) and find that it will meet them in judgment unchanged (Rev. 20:12).
Modem man feels he has outgrown the ancient gospel. He thinks an absolute standard is obsolete. Exaltation of self and sensuality replace the idea of sin and spiritual death. He ridicules blood and the need for forgiveness. He scoffs at the virgin birth, sinless life, sacrificial death, and miraculous resurrection of Christ. He regards these as myths of a bygone era.

Has Man Outgrown the Gospel?

Never! The only way man can outgrow the gospel is to conquer sin. He has not. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God" was true in Paul's day and is true today. Sin is still the transgression of the law of God (I John 3:4), which can include violating one's conscience (Rom. 14:23), omitting a duty (James 4:17), and lawlessness (I John 3:4).

Never! God, not man, determines what is sinful; sin will not change. Men may call sin by another name, but that will not alter what it really is. Forgiveness is still the most basic spiritual need that man has (Rom. 3:23; 6:23). The only way a person can be forgiven is through the gospel (Rom. 1:16).

Never! The gospel is the power to overcome temptation (Eph. 6:17), and man needs its power because temptation is still with us. Mankind has not conquered carnal desires. He still gives in to the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (I John 2:15-17). He cannot overcome without the power of the written word (Heb. 4:12).

Never! The devil is still "as a roaring lion" walking about "seeking whom he may devour" (I Pet. 5:8). Man is still in danger; therefore he needs the unchanged gospel, for it is God's great power to save. When humans can defeat Satan without the truth, then they will no longer need the truth. They cannot. No one is strong enough to conquer the Evil One without an "it is written" (Matt. 4:1-11).

Never! The soul of man needs food. If man could invent a substitute for "soul food," he would not need the gospel, but he has not. Peter stated that the soul feeds on the "sincere milk of the word" (I Pet. 2:2), and Paul wrote that he could progress to eat "strong meat" from the hand of God (Heb. 5:12-14). The gospel fills those who "hunger and thirst after righteousness" (Matt. 5:6).

Never! Man still needs a map to heaven. Men try to invent a roadway to heaven, but these maps will only get one lost. If we follow the road of "faith only" or the lane of "direct operation of the Holy Spirit" or the path of "once saved always saved," we are traveling a broad way that leads to destruction (Matt. 7:13-14). Only Christ and his gospel can lead one to heaven (John 14:6). "I must needs go home by the way of the cross; there's no other way but this."

Jesus plainly stated the conditions by which men can reach much needed salvation. A sinner must believe in Christ (Mark 16:16), decide to change his sinful life (repent) (Luke 13:5), confess the sweet name of Christ (Rom. 10:9-10), and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:4). We can choose to heed these scriptures or harass them, to read them or reject them, to respect them or ridicule them. Still, the same ancient gospel is the cure for all the spiritual ills of men! Why not obey today?

Allen Webster

Meetings

— Gospel Meeting —

The Church, the Bride of Christ
October 21-24, 2001
Pinecrest Church of Christ
Speaker: Brian Kenyon

— Men’s Retreat —

We Could Still Be In The Garden
November 9-10, 2001
Weeki Wachee Christian Camp

— Deacons —

Over the years, Jim Treece, has been a great help with the upkeep and maintenance of the building. And over the past few years Merlian Marshall has taken care of the mowing and the grounds.

The elders have asked Jim and Merlian if they would be willing to serve as deacons in these capacities. We would appreciate any comments that you have regarding these proposed appointments.

the Elders

 

Annual Bible Reading Program

This week’s Bible readings are:

Sunday, 14th: Revelation 14, Esther 5:1-6:13, Psalms 106
Monday, 15th: Revelation 15, Esther 6:14-8:17, Psalms 107:1-22
Tuesday, 16th: Revelation 16, Esther 9-10, Psalms 107:23-43
Wednesday, 17th: Revelation 17, Isaiah 1-2, Psalms 108
Thursday, 18th: Revelation 18, Isaiah 3-4, Psalms 109:1-19
Friday, 19th: Revelation 19, Isaiah 5-6, Psalms 109:20-31
Saturday, 20th: Revelation 20, Isaiah 7-8, Psalms 110

Often the test of courage is not to die but to live.
Alfieri

Directory Update

We are in the process of printing the new directory.

If you have not had your picture taken yet (or your retake) please see Ted after services Sunday for a photo op.

Robin Vowell - Fred Baker
Charlie White - Bill & Jeanne Sherman
Leslie Johnson - Viola Morinier - Virginia Law
Walt & Jeanette Thompson - Mary Kaupilla
Ernest Bowker - Naomi Morton

Sunday’s Lessons:

AM ... "Lessons From A Lame Man" (Acts 3 & 4)
PM ...
"Vengeance is Mine" (1 Samuel 24:1-22)

Service Opportunities

 

Time of Services

Announcements:

 Wayne Vowell

 

Sunday

Ushers:

 Walt Thompson

 

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services

 

Worship:

11:00 am

Bible Reading:

 Mike Weber  

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm

Songs:

 Larry Jenson  

Wednesday

Sermon:

 Ted Wheeler

 

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Closing Prayer:

 Carl Rigney

 

Evening Services

 

 

Opening Prayer:

 Clarence Riggenbach

     

Songs:

 Larry Jenson

 

Our Record - Last Week

Sermon:

 Ted Wheeler  

Closing Prayer:

 Glen Law

  Attendance:
85

Communion

  Contribution:
$ 1468.15
Delbert Leavens
  Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Jim Dougan
Kerry Keathley
   

Sean Keathley

   
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