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East main informer, 8 25-20

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East main informer, 8 25-20

  1. 1. 4 Vol. 45 August 25, 2020 Number 34 DOES GOD MEAN WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT EVANGELISM? Barry Kennedy Of course, the quick answer is “yes.” God always says what He means and means what He says. People have passed down from generation to generation the phrase “Honesty is the best policy.” Solomon listed lying as two of seven things which the Lord hates (Prov. 6:16-19). If lying is something that the Lord hates, then it stands to reason, that lying is something that the Lord would never be guilty of committing. All one has to do is to survey the evidence of God’s prophetic accuracy to see that God is serious about truth. Moses wrote, “God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?” (Num. 23:19). The apostle Paul emphatically said that God cannot lie (Tit. 1:2). The Hebrew writer said “it was impossible for God to lie” (Heb. 6:18). Over and over again the Biblical record stands true, God is the God of truth. Therefore, if God is truth, when He speaks His words must be truth (Jn 17:17). To answer the challenge “Does God Mean What He Says About Evangelism?” consider these two questions: “Does God have anything to say about evangelism?” and “Does God want man to be saved?” First, “Does God have anything to say about evangelism?” Jesus left His disciples with what many have labeled, “the great commission.” This is recorded in Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15-16. Just prior to the Lord’s return to Heaven, He left His followers their “marching orders.” Jesus, with the authority of Heaven and earth (Matt. 28:18) commanded His apostles to go and teach or preach the gospel (Matt. 28:19, Mk. 16:15). The gospel is the “good news” that Jesus, the Messiah, died for man’s sin, was buried, and rose again according to the scriptures (1 Cor. 15:1-5). This message is all about salvation. In fact, that should be the purpose for evangelism. When Jesus commanded His disciples to go preach, He gave them the message (the gospel), he gave them the audience (the world), and He gave them the consolation, (I am with you alway). Some say that Jesus only gave this commission to His apostles. The problem with this view is seen in the wording of Matthew’s account where he wrote, “teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:20). Again, God says what He means and means what He says. Jesus commanded the apostles to go, teach all nations, baptize, and teach them to observe all that they were commanded. Clearly, they were commanded to teach, or in other words evangelize. Therefore, it stands to reason that those who are taught must also teach. Teaching plays a pivotal role in the salvation of man (Jn. 6:45). What can one truly know about sin, salvation, or God Himself, without revelation? God’s word is that revelation. “Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ” (Eph. 3:4). The question is “How will we as individuals listen to what God has said about evangelism?” Second, “Does God want man to be saved?” Before one can answer this question, he must deal with whether or not he believes people are lost. Jesus gave man insight into how God sees the world and it is vastly different from man’s prospective. Jesus made it clear that people are following one of two different gates or ways (Matt. 7:13-14). One gate leads to destruction and there are many who are choosing that path, but the other gate leads to life. Sadly, few enter in the latter way. Could it be that many are not becoming the few because we as individuals are failing to want the same things God wants? The scriptures teach that God wants “all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4). Peter in unison with the apostle Paul wrote, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). Often the words longsuffering are viewed as God’s patience with the sinners, offering them space to repent, but could it be that God is patiently waiting for us to take up the mantle of evangelism, helping those who are doomed to perish have the hope we claim for ourselves? --article continued on page 3-- 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. ible Classes Don’t forget that several of our Bible classes are streamed each week online. [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. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to William Harris in the loss of his aunt, Rose Owens, on Aug. 15 after an extended illness. Funeral services will be held on Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. at Holland Harris in Tupelo. PTP365 The elders have purchased a congregational subscription for Polishing the Pulpit. For a year, anyone in the congregation can access hundreds of speakers’ lessons on various topics. Simply go to PTP365, click to sign up, click the tab that says MEMBER OF A CONGREGATION THAT IS SIGNED UP, choose the 2nd East Main Church of Christ (the one in Tupelo, MS), then they will send an email to the church office computer for you to be approved. It is a wonderful study tool! Thank You Notes Dear East Main Family, Thank you all so much for the love shown to me after the passing of my sweet sister, Anne. I am so thankful for all the cards, thoughts, and prayers from each of you and they helped cheer my heart during a very sad time. I love you all and look forward to being able to see you all again. Sandra Simmons & family ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear brethren, After what has been a long past several months dealing with how and even if we would be able to have camp, I want to take a moment to thank you! The East Main congregation has been such a blessing to us here at Maywood for many years and in many ways. I am so thankful for your financial support but even more than that I am thankful for the confidence that you have shown in Maywood Christian Camp by allowing both your youth and staff an opportunity to spend part of their time with us. Obviously, this has been a tough year financially, but I am happy to report that we have weathered the storm well, thanks to so many generous people and congregations just like you. Again, thank you so much for all that you do for the Kingdom and all that you do for Maywood Christian Camp. In His service, Jeff Goff Maywood Christian Camp ASAP – Always Say a Prayer Ever wonder about the abbreviation ASAP? It brings to mind hurry and stress—“Get this done as soon as possible.” Let us give it a new meaning. There is work to do, deadlines to meet. You have no time to spare, but as you hurry and scurry—ASAP (Always Say A Prayer). In the midst of family chaos, quality time is rare. Do your best; let God do the rest—ASAP (Always Say A Prayer). It may seem like your worries are more than you can bear. Slow down and take a breather—ASAP (Always Say A Prayer). God knows how stressful life is; He wants to ease our care. He will respond to all our needs—ASAP (Always Say A Prayer). —Author Unknown “Praying always with all prayer and supplication”(Ephesians 6:18). --via House to House: Heart to Heart John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Quantico, VA Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea Ty Nichols stationed in Germany September 2020 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 Felicia Stanford Hosea 1-3 2 Hosea 4 3 Hosea 5-6 4 Hosea 7-8 5 Hosea 9-10 6 Hosea 11-12 7 Remi Kate Kingsley Hosea 13-14 8 Robert Kingsley Joel 9 Haden Bland Amos 1-2 10 Amos 3-5 11 Bryce Roby Evelyn Thompson Amos 6-7 12 Amos 8-9 13 Katherine Mansel Baby “Boy” Shower Obadiah 14 Jonah 1-2 15 Jonah 3-4 16 Micah 1-2 17 Lauren Long Anna Claire McMillen Micah 3-5 18 Micah 6-7 19 Nahum 20 Andy Baldwyn Barry & Berta Kennedy Habakkuk 21 Zephaniah 22 Maggie Simineau Haggai 23 Derik Rushing Zechariah 1-2 24 Tate Malone Zechariah 3-4 25 Zechariah 5-6 26 Betty Beard Billie McNutt Zechariah 7-8 27 Zechariah 9-11 28 Zechariah 12-14 29 Joyce Burney Keisha Gholston Malachi 1-2 30 Malachi 3-4 Gospel Meeting with David Lipe
  3. 3. --article continued from page 1— Yes, clearly God has something to say about evangelism, and He certainly wants man to be saved. No one can study the cross and all the events surrounding the great sacrifice Jesus made for all of mankind and not see His desire is evident (Jn. 3:16; Rom. 5:8; Heb. 2:9). The challenge for today’s Christian is not “Does God mean what He says about evangelism?” or any other subject. The challenge is for Christians to ask themselves, “Did I mean it when I said that I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God?” Do we still mean it today? Our answer is clear when we consider our own involvement in evangelism. Jesus said, “Go” (Matt. 28:19-20). We must be ready to say, “Here am I send me.” Daily Bible Reading August 26....................................................Ezekiel 40-43 August 27....................................................Ezekiel 44-48 August 28.........................................................Daniel 1-3 August 29.........................................................Daniel 4-6 August 30.........................................................Daniel 7-9 August 31.....................................................Daniel 10-12 September 1 ......................................................Hosea 1-3 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Adaline Bates (Aug. 26), Easton DuBois (Aug. 27), Connie Kingsley (Aug. 27), J. J. Reed (Aug. 27), Felicia Stanford (Sept. 1). Anniversaries: Terry & Sherry Kingsley (Aug. 31). Our Sick Susan Reed is home with the COVID-19. Sydney McMickin, Scotty & Wanda Bishop’s granddaughter, underwent surgery Tues. Barbara Bishop continues in room 4420 at NMMC. Wilma Underwood, Hunter & Haley’s grandmother, is on hospice at NMMC. Gail Geno is home having problems with diabetes. Natalie Mansel will undergo surgery Thursday in Birmingham. Steve Higginbotham, a gospel preacher in the Knoxville area, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. On-Going Illnesses Pete Barber, 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, Brian Carver Nursing Homes Evelyn Willis, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Veona Harris, Bob & Clara McClure EMYG News Today, I want to pick your minds a little. Something happens (even at an early age) when you perceive that others are better than you. What is your emotion? Probably some form of insecurity. We don’t talk much about insecurity, but from the youngest to the oldest, we all can become victims to ourselves in the aspect of insecurity. Teenage years are difficult because you and others are exploring new things about life, learning social skills, trying to make friends, and simply just trying to not stick out like a sore thumb. During these years, what makes or breaks a person is learning how to combat your insecurity. Insecurity is generally displayed one of two ways. The first is, a person trying to “over- comepensate” for something they think is lacking in their life. For example, if a person doesn’t have friends, most likely, they will learn to be bullies because they themselves were bullied. Another area of trying to “overcompensate” will be constantly having to talk about yourself/bragging about yourself. If you know someone like that, odds are, they’re trying to lift themselves to your standards or even higher than you because they feel threatened by you. A person that displays these characteristics and more, are likely struggling with insecurity. So, pinpoint what things/people/environments make you insecure. The second is, a person might seclude themselves out of fear because they perceive that they won’t have anything in common with a person or a group. We tend to view these folks as the “outcast.” Most of the time, the “outcast” choose to “kick themselves to the curb” because they’re afraid someone else will. Both are harmful for a person’s mental and behavioral health. I would even argue it is harmful for one’s spiritual health. So, from this moment on, how do we combat the lies of Satan saying you’re not enough? First off, we need to figure out where our true confidence as people comes from? Is it in your ability to shoot a three-point shot? To hit a home run? To have the nicest things? To be popular? Someone once said, “Confidence isn’t walking into a room thinking you’re better than everyone, it’s walking in not having to compare yourselves to others.” Our true confidence should come from Christ and our relationship with Him. Knowing that being with Him, we are enough. When we know that we are enough with Christ, we can stop comparing ourselves to others because they are not the standard for righteous living. The Hebrews writer says, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Learning to compare yourself to someone worthy of being compared to (like Jesus), is far more beneficial than your peers who are also trying to find a standard for living. If you are a New Testament Christian, you can have the confidence knowing that you are God’s and He is yours. Don’t you want that today? Stop living in insecurity and be secure knowing that if you follow Christ, you will have no greater privilege than to be His. Have a great week!
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020 a.m. Announcements................................Michael Wilson Bible Reading...........................................Will Davis Opening Prayer .............................Alex Blackwelder Lord’s Supper Rommie Dilworth Lead Singing........................................ Kent Nichols Closing Prayer..................................... Dale Dulaney Ushers .................. Harold Roby & Roger Sanderson 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, 8-19-20 ................................................... N/A Sunday 1st Worship, 8-23-20 ........................................ 32 Sunday Bible Class.................................................... N/A Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................. 135* Contribution (budget $7,900) .............................. $12,287 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Mark Your Calendars! 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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