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East main informer, 8 11-20

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East main informer, 8 11-20

  1. 1. 4 Vol. 45 August 11, 2020 Number 32 Introducing A Personal Evangelism Seminar Written by Rob L. Whitacre Are you ready for an evangelism boot camp? There was a time in our not so distant past when these type of seminars were being held all over our nation. Christians carried film strips (Jewell Miller) in the back of their trunks and went house to house teaching anyone who would listen to the Gospel of Christ. Now most of our training is inwardly focused and are geared towards keeping the saved, saved. Success is seen in how many sister congregations attend our events and rarely on how many non-Christians attend. A few years ago a brother called and invited us to come do this seminar. He said, “Brother Rob, we have not had an evangelism seminar in central Texas in over 20 years.” We are at a crisis stage for churches of Christ in America, but it is not too late. What is a personal evangelism seminar? It is an effort to train the saved to teach the lost. We will spend time equipping Christians with a soul winning strategy. We will relay stories of real people who are coming to know their Savior and provide you the simple principles used to get them into a Bible study and help them obey the Gospel. We will spend time with elders and preachers and help them develop a winning strategy for the local congregation. What can you do? First, please attend every session as each builds upon the other. Second, come ready to learn with Bible in hand, and ready to take notes. This is not just a lecture. It will be both principle and practice. Third, please be praying about souls to save. Since this focuses on training Christians how to reach the lost, it is not recommended that you invite your non-Christian friends and family. After being trained, you will have plenty of opportunity and a working method to reach them. This seminar is having a great affect upon congregations. Hundreds of souls have been saved in just the past year, and if we all work together, and follow the Great Evangelist (Jesus), many more souls will be saved. The Lord is depending upon you for this evangelistic effort to be successful. The Gospel is not a passive process. It is an active process that will work when we are willing to work it. Below is a schedule of topics. My family will be willing to answer any of your questions and materials will be available to help equip you with all the tools needed. --article continued page 2-- ELDERS Mike Childers..............397-6453 Dennis Hallmark .........255-5557 Mark Hitt.....................322-0917 Bobby Lindley.............260-9193 DEACONS Wade Bryan.................419-5552 William Harris.............416-8149 Ricky Lindsey .............255-8136 Jeff Mansel..................871-0357 Jimmy Spearman.........840-8957 Michael Wilson ...........891-0891 MINISTERS Barry Kennedy ... (931)787-7108 Alex Blackwelder (731)879-9196 SECRETARY Renee Childers Office...........................842-6116 Fax...............................842-7091 E-MAIL eastmaincoc38804@gmail.com WEB PAGE eastmaincoc.com SUNDAY SERVICES Worship....................... 9:00 a.m. Bible Classes............. 10:15 a.m. Worship..................... 11:15 a.m. Singing or Devotional Last Sunday of the Month MID-WEEK SERVICES Wednesday Classes .....7:00 p.m. 1606 East Main Street P. O. Box 1761 Tupelo, Mississippi 38802 “Thou shalt observe to do all that they inform thee” (Deut. 17:10)
  2. 2. --article continued from page 1— Friday 7:00 PM – Let's Get Motivated: This session will relay several personal accounts of conversions. It has worked and is still working. 8:00 PM – Let's Stay With The Message: This session focuses on the power of the Word. We must put the Bible back into Personal Bible studies! Saturday 9:00 AM – Let's Talk About the Manner: How do you get into a Bible Study? We will look at Jesus and how our Master Evangelist was able to develop such a large following. 10:00 AM -- Let's Not Argue About the Method: It’s time to introduce, "Back to the Bible" and demonstrate how to use it along with charts from my PE workbook. 11:00 AM – Let’s Apply The Model: In this session we discuss difficult situations and take your questions. How does this work in my world? 1:00 PM – Let’s Make the Application: Rob sits down with elders, preacher, and deacons to provide practical suggestions on how to implement this program, and train Christians at the congregation. 1:00 PM – Ten Ingredients for Evangelism: In this special lady’s session, Nicole will provide practical suggestions on how to apply what you have learned. This is based on her book, “Recipes for Evangelism” (ladies only). Every saint on this side of Heaven, must be concerned about every sinner on this side of Hell. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Personal Evangelism Seminar The elders have decided to go ahead and host the Personal Evangelism Seminar with Rob Whitacre Aug. 21-22, for those of the East Main congregation who feel safe attending. For those who do not feel safe attending in person, we will livestream each session on East Main’s Facebook page and upload it also on YouTube. Please note the schedule above. We hope that all the members of the congregation will take advantage of this opportunity to learn better how to share the gospel with others. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to James Simmons in the loss of his aunt, Jo Ann Newman, on Aug. 10 after a long battle with cancer. Visitation will be held on Aug. 11 from 5-8 p.m. at Pegues in Saltillo. Funeral services will be held on Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. also at Pegues in Saltillo. Bible Classes Don’t forget that several of our Bible classes are streamed each week. [Sunday adult class--Jeff Mansel (Facebook/YouTube); Wednesday adult class-- Barry Kennedy (Facebook/YouTube); College class (Sun. & Wed.)--Roger Sanderson/Tim Davis (Face-book); Young married class (Wed.)--Mark Hitt (Zoom); High school class (Wed.)--Alex Blackwelder (Zoom)]. We urge everyone while in these unprecedented times to take as many opportunities as possible to study God’s word in the privacy of your homes. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Quantico, VA Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea Ty Nichols stationed in Germany
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading August 12..........................................Jeremiah 40-45 August 13..........................................Jeremiah 46-49 August 14..........................................Jeremiah 50-52 August 15.............................................Lamentations August 16................................................ Ezekiel 1-6 August 17.............................................. Ezekiel 7-11 August 18............................................ Ezekiel 12-15 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Olivia Sanderson (Aug. 12), Sky Ray (Aug. 13), Sam Hood (Aug. 16), Hannah Bland (Aug. 17), Kade Gilliland (Aug. 18). Anniversaries: Perry & Linda Hand (Aug. 16). Our Sick Pete Barber continues home hospice. Barbara Bishop is undergoing therapy at NMMC following back surgery. Linda Hand continues to recuperate at home from hip surgery. Addi Millard is home from LeBonheur following surgery. Natalie Mansel will undergo surgery on Aug. 27 in Birmingham to correct TMJ issues. Leigh Bland has broken her ankle. Star Ray’s mother, Stella Pittman, continues to be in a lot of pain. Brian Carver, a former member here at East Main, had another tumor removed and is undergoing radiation. Prayers have been requested for Jimmy Dudula, Eddie Simmons’ co-worker’s father-in-law, who is on a ventilator due to Covid-19. On-Going Illnesses Jean Mounce, Mary Lou Walden, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Jennie Cox, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, Mary Jordan, James Goddard, Bill Goff, Leroy Brown, Jadon Parish, Jerry Smith, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Homer Smith, Jill Rice, Shirley Roberts, Merlene Johnson, Thomas Lloyd Nursing Homes Evelyn Willis, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Veona Harris, Bob & Clara McClure (Missy Nichols’ parents) Questions and Answers: Did God "Create" or "Make" the World? by Eric Lyons, M.Min. Q: Did God “create” or “make” the world? A: Oftentimes, those who advocate the view that the Earth is billions of years old suggest that God initially “created” the Earth (Genesis 1:1) and then later “made” (i.e., re-created) it in six days. As awkward as this sounds to those who take a more straightforward (and accurate) approach to reading Scripture, these old-Earth advocates make a distinction between the Hebrew words bara (to create) and asah (to make or fashion). They claim that bara and asah always must mean two different things in relation to God’s creative acts. Not long ago, I heard a gentleman on the radio teaching that Exodus 20:11 does not mean that God created the Universe and everything in it in six days, but instead means that He “re-created” or “fashioned” the Universe in six days after originally creating it billions of years earlier. This man based his whole argument on the “fact” that “to make” does not mean “to create.” What is the truth of the matter? After surveying the creation account, one finds that no distinction is made between God’s creating (bara) and His making (asah). These words are used fifteen times in the first two chapters of Genesis in reference to God’s work. Genesis 1:21 states that God “created” (bara) the sea creatures and birds. Then in 1:25 we read where God “made” the animals of the Earth. Are we to believe that God created the birds and fish from nothing and then “refashioned” the land animals from materials he had made billions of years earlier? Preposterous! In Genesis 1:26-27 we read that God made (asah) man in His image. Yet, the very next verse says that He created (bara) him in His image. How can one assert (logically) that in these two verses “make” and “create” refer to completely different creations? Furthermore, the “explanatory notes” God has given us throughout the Old Testament concerning the events recorded in Genesis 1 reveal that the words “create” (bara) and “make/made” (asah) are used interchangeably in reference to the creation of the Universe and everything in it. When we read Exodus 20:11, Psalm 148:1-5, Nehemiah 9:6, and Genesis 1- 2, the only logical conclusion we can draw is that “to create” and “to make” refer to the same event. Copyright © 2002 Apologetics Press, Inc. All rights reserved. www.apologeticspress.org
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020 a.m. Announcements..........................................Mark Hitt Bible Reading.............................................Ian Willis Opening Prayer ...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Lord’s Supper Roger Sanderson Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Closing Prayer......................................... Larry Long Ushers ...............Andy Baldwyn & Clinton Kingsley Contact the church office (842-6116) if unable to serve. Bible Classes (streamed each week) Adult class................Jeff Mansel (Facebook/YouTube) Adult class.......... Barry Kennedy (Facebook/YouTube) College class.....Roger Sanderson/Tim Davis (Facebook) Young married class............................ Mark Hitt (Zoom) High School class ................... Alex Blackwelder (Zoom) The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 8-5-20 ..................................................... N/A Sunday 1st Worship, 8-9-20 .......................................... 36 Sunday Bible Class.................................................... N/A Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................. 140* Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $8,814 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Mark Your Calendars! Personal Evangelism Workshop – August 21st-22nd Gospel Meeting – September 13th-16th Fall Family Retreat – November 13th-14th Services will be livestreamed this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. if you do not feel safe attending the service in person.

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