January 12, 2003

Volume 13 - Number 02     

Doers of the Word

David Lipscomb
(Gospel Advocate, August 15, 1907)

"Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."
(James 1:22)

A man who imagines he is benefited by hearing the word when he does not do it deceives himself. A knowledge of the word of God adds guilt to the failure to do it. He that knows his Master's will and refuses to do it will be punished with many stripes. Believing in Christ without obeying him adds nothing to salvation. Obedience to Christ is faith put into practice. Faith is never regarded as fixed and helpful until it leads to obedience, until it controls the whole man. This obedience involves not only baptism and the Lord's supper, or obedience to the positive ordinances of the Lord, but it embraces obedience to the moral and spiritual precepts of the Scriptures.
One must love God with all the mind and soul and body.

- He must subdue and hold in proper restraint his own fleshly lusts, desires, and ambitions.
- He must be truthful, upright, honest, and at all times ready to do good to all the children of men.
- He must help the poor and needy, the widow and the orphan.
- He must seek to save the lost and to reproduce in his own life the life of Jesus, who gave his life as the example we should follow.

The apostle follows up this admonition with the warning that the forgetful hearer is not blessed in the hearing, but that man is blessed only in doing the things required in the word.

"He that looketh into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and so continueth, being not a hearer that forgetteth but a doer that worketh, this man shall be blessed in his doing."

The law of God is "the law of liberty," because it frees him who continues in it from the bondage of sin and the service of the evil one. The blessing it bestows is found in his doing the will of God. He then insists that true religion, or the obedience to the law of God, requires persons to control the tongue; that it violates no law of God, and that the practice of religion, pure and undefiled, is to so refrain from the sins and corruptions of this world as not to be spotted or tarnished by them, and to actively engage in helping the widow and orphan in their need. This shows the words to be done, the laws to be kept, whence the active discharge of the duties we owe both to God and our fellow men. Only in doing his word can his blessing be found.

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We will be meeting with Commonwealth Church Finance on Tuesday regarding the upcoming bond issue.

the Elders

It’s What You Do—Not When You Do It

Ted Williams, at age 42, slammed a home run in his last official time at bat.

Mickey Mantle, age 20, hit 23 home runs his first full year in the major leagues.

Golda Meir was 71 when she became Prime Minister of Israel.

William Pitt II was 24 when he became Prime minister of Great Britain.

George Bernard Shaw was 94 when one of his plays was first produced.

Mozart was just seven when his first composition was published.

Now how about this? Benjamin Franklin was a newspaper columnist at 16 and a framer of the United States Constitution when he was 81.

You’re never too young or too old if you’ve got talent. Let’s recognize that age has little to do with ability.

"God Wants You To Be Rich"
Proverbs 8:16-21
"Abraham's Doubts "
Genesis 15:1-21

Mark Your Calendars:

  • January 20-23rd: 28th Annual Lectureship at the Florida School of Preaching in Lakeland. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
  • April 12: Ladies Day at orange Street in Auburndale, FL. “Hats Off To Ladies.”
  • June 1-7: Weeki Wachee Bible Camp.
  • July 20-26: Central Florida Bible Camp.

You say, "If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied." You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.
Spurgeon You say, "If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied." You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.





Remember in Prayer


 Wayne Vowell


Charlie White
Dee Riggenbach
Walt Thompson
Dean Mayo
Alie Herrera
Melissa Keyso
Frank Small
Bill Sherman
Mike Weber
Art Stapleton
Edward N. Quansah



 Delbert Leavens


Morning Services


Bible Reading:

 Dick Navarre  


 David Coffman  


 Ted Wheeler


Closing Prayer:

 Ernest Bowker


Evening Services


Opening Prayer:

 Carl Rigney



 David Coffman



 Ted Wheeler  

Closing Prayer:

 Jim Treed

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