Recently I received a question about church attendance and what the Bible says about it. After thinking it through I gave my answer. As most of you know I was not raised in church. Actually I started going to church regularly after becoming a Christian. So at the age of 16 I started taking church attendance seriously. As I recall no one sat me down and said,” Now that you are a Christian you need to go to church.” Something much more significant happened! I had a compelling desire to go to church. Instinctively, my heart gravitated to the things of God. My spirit craved the atmosphere and company of my church friends and family. I can say it this way. I love to attend church; I love to be with God’s people. I see other believers as my spiritual family. I need my spiritual siblings! Regular church attendance adds energy to my relationship with Jesus. I see the church as the living body of Christ in this world that is hostile to God. The Scriptures tell us that “Jesus loved the church and gave Himself for it.” When I say I love the church I mean that I love the people that make up the church. The church is not a building. The church is people… that church is my family! When you say, “I love Jesus,” you are saying “I love His church… His people, the family of God.”
Hebrews 10:23-25 encourages God’s people, Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
This Sunday we will have The Lord’s Supper during our morning worship hour at 11:00 AM. Your participation is essential since Jesus gave us His heart on the matter. Jesus said, “… This do in remembrance of Me.” Maybe you have a Christian friend that has not been to church in a while. Invite them to join you and ask the Lord to tender their hearts for Jesus’ sake! You will be glad you invited them and they will appreciate the fact that you cared about their spiritual condition.
Thank you for your love and care! Cheryl and I deeply appreciate everything you do for us. I am so thankful that the Lord brought us together for this time and for our city of Greenville.
Psalm 34:3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together.
For decades now I have watched people try to manufacture peace in their lives. Initially, I watched my parents try everything from hard work to partying only to find out that those things did not produce peace! Through my high school years it was everything from boyfriends and girlfriends to cars! Again, there was no peace to be found! Last Sunday’s message reminded me of my own quest to find peace in this world of ours. I saw the most important relationship of my youth fall apart. My parents divorced! I saw their hard work and money evaporate as though they not exist! None of these things brought peace! As a teenager I knew peace of heart existed but I did not know where to find it or how to obtain it! Then I heard the Gospel and the Lord saved me. He forgave all of my sins and filled my heart with His peace! It began with peace with God which ultimately flooded my heart with the peace of God! I know this appears simple but I prefer to call it profound! If you want peace in this life you must turn to Christ! You must repent of your sins and by faith receive Him into your life for the forgiveness of your sins! Then and only then will you be overwhelmed with a peace that only the Lord can give you! Paul calls it “peace that surpasseth all human understanding!” Jesus said it this way in John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. Jesus added these powerful words in John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
Our 2018 HOMECOMING guests are Scott and Jerilynn Hanna and their family! They are excited about coming back to Grace Church. The date is Sunday, October 7. Mark your calendars… we are going to have a great time together! The Lord continues to bless His church. I thank the Lord for you and look forward to seeing you soon! Have a great day!
Early yesterday (Thursday 7-8am) a friend of mine came in Dunkin Donuts to get his morning coffee. I said, “It’s great seeing you again!” Nino’s response was classic. He said, “It’s great seeing you too. I’d rather be seen than viewed!” His words have been pinging around in my mind since he said them! Life is special! It is from God and it is a gift. Life is also significant in that it is our one opportunity to know the Lord and to live for Him. It is also true that we only have one life to offer the Lord for His glory. If we are not careful we can sink into the routine of daily life and forget how important life truly is. Recently, Nikki Walker sang a song with this theme: “You can have all this world, but give me Jesus.” In James 4:14 this question is asked, “For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” Remember this! The Lord gave you this life! As you live it today, make much of Jesus! He is worthy!
1 Corinthians 10:31 (KJV)
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
As you know we will have the Lord’s Supper on Sunday morning. The Lord’s Supper is a time for every member of Grace Church to remember the Lord’s death until He returns. Being a Gospel centered church, we must be constantly returning to ponder the great meaning of the Lord’s death for our sins. Without His death we have no forgiveness for our sins and no way to enter the presence of the Lord. At the cross the great weight of our sins was placed upon Jesus! Let us never wander from this powerful truth. Galatians 3:13 reminds us of what Jesus did for us on the cursed tree, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.”
This has been a tremendous summer at Grace Church. I give thanks every Sunday when I see our crowds. You have been so faithful!!! The truth is we have actually increased in attendance over the past ten weeks. Praise the Lord! Our VBS was a blast (Thank you Kelly Shelby & Company), and our children and teen camps (Thank you Chuck and Judy Barber & Company) have been an awesome encouragement to our young people and their families! Let’s close out this summer with a strong finish. Be faithful in your attendance, your giving and your daily walk with the Lord!
Sunday’s message is entitled, “The Goodness of God.” It is a very uplifting and encouraging word from God! How does the goodness of God apply to our daily lives? Sunday we tell you how God’s goodness impacts us every day! See you in Sunday School at 9:45 am. God bless you! Cheryl and I love you and enjoy serving Jesus with you!