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  1. 1. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 46 September 21, 2021 Number 36 BAPTISM DOESN’T DO ANY GOOD Allen Webster You’ve heard it. And discussed it. Perhaps even argued about it until you ran out of words and patience. But, you know, they may be on to something. Baptism does not do any good—in some cases. For centuries, unbelievers and denominationalists have argued against the necessity and efficacy of baptism. Many see it as a useless ritual or a superstitious relic from a dark past. Others divorce it from any saving power. Of course, baptism is a part of the Great Commission. It is explicitly stated in the accounts of Matthew (28:19) and Mark (16:16), and implicit in Luke’s account (24:46-37; cf. Acts 2:38). One cannot read the Great Commission or the conversion accounts in Acts and come to any other conclusion. When Peter preached the first Gospel sermon in Acts 2, he preached the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (2:22-35). In response to the preaching of the Gospel, the audience asked, “What shall we do?” (2:37). What was Peter’s response? Let’s first note what it wasn’t. Peter did not say to them: “Accept Jesus as your personal savior” . . . “Ask Jesus to come into your heart” . . . “Pray the sinner’s prayer” . . . “You can’t do anything because that would be earning salvation” ... “You obviously believe what I have preached, and thus you are now saved based solely upon faith alone.” On the other hand, some seem to see baptism as a “cure all.” To them, baptism is a magic action through which one passes which immunizes him against any danger of future spiritual disease. The truth lies somewhere in between. Baptism does not do any good if it is not preceded by correct understanding. “And many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized” (Acts 18:8b). Scriptural baptism requires that one hear and understand that Jesus, the Son of God, died for all (John 3:16; 8:24) and that all sinners must obey Him in order to be saved (Hebrews 5:8-9). It is possible to be immersed without understanding the reasons for it. For instance, many babies are “baptized,” but do not have a correct understanding, so their “baptism” does no good. Baptism does not do any good if it is not preceded by proper faith. “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16). One must believe that Jesus is Divine before his baptism is scriptural. Further, one must believe that he is lost without baptism for it to be scriptural (cf. 1 Peter 3:21). If a person does not believe he needs to be baptized and --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 class..................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 2— will be lost if he is not baptized, then his faith in God’s plan is lacking. In the Bible, only sinners are told to be baptized (Acts 2:36-38; 22:16), and one who is baptized just to please parents, spouses, in- laws, or friends has not been scripturally baptized. Baptism does not do any good if it is not preceded by true repentance. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). A person who is unwilling to change his lifestyle (repent) might as well not be baptized, because it would not do him any good. If one does not intend to quit drinking, cursing, smoking, committing adultery, or lying, why be baptized? It just makes a mockery of a sacred practice. Baptism does not do any good if it is not preceded by a biblical confession. “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water, what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (Acts 8:36-37). Most religious people in our world do not make this confession at their baptism. Many say something like, “I believe that God for Christ's sake has forgiven my sins.” Where is this found in the Bible? It is not! God said that He forgives sins at baptism (Acts 22:16), not before. If one does not make a scriptural confession prior to baptism, he has not been scripturally baptized. Baptism does not do any good if it is not an immersion. “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death . . .” (Romans 6:4). Many advocate that one can be baptized by sprinkling, pouring, OR immersion. The Bible does not give such options but calls bap-tism a “burial” (Colossians 2:12) and shows that it requires going down into the water (Acts 8:38). The word baptism literally means “to dip, plunge, or submerge.” If one was not immersed, then his “baptism” did not do any good. Baptism does not do any good if it is not followed by faithful Christian living. “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:41-42). Occasionally, a person is baptized and never darkens the building’s door again. Some come for a time but then fall away. Others may continue to attend services, but their lives mirror the world instead of the image of Christ (cf. Romans 12:1-2). In each of these cases, baptism did not really do any good because ultimately (without repentance) they will be lost. There is a record of some who were baptized incorrectly in God’s book (Acts 19:1-6). They were told to be baptized again—correctly. Why not do so if you need to? Eternity awaits your decision. Baptism will do you good! Ladies’ Day The Forest Hill congregation in Memphis is hosting a ladies’ day this Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. with Melissa Cain speaking on the topic “Draw Me Nearer.” RSVP to office@foresthillcofc.org. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Ken Pearson in the loss of his aunt, June Pearson Franks, on Sept. 17. She was also a cousin to at least 25 members here at East Main. Funeral services will be held Sept. 22 in Kosciusko. Barry Kennedy’s niece, Taylor Ely, lost her newborn son shortly after giving birth on Saturday in AL. Our condolences to Tammy Minor and Stephanie Baldwyn in the loss of their cousin, Pat Stone, on Sept. 17. Funeral services were held Sept. 20 in Fulton. Maggie Minor’s good friend, Lindsey Cockrell, lost her father, Christopher, on Sept. 16 from post covid pneumonia. Bridal Shower A bridal shower will be held in honor of Logan Lyle, bride elect of Reed Mallard, on Sunday, Oct. 3 “come & go” from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Logan & Reed are registered at Belk, Reed’s, and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Thank You Note Dear church family, Thank you for your concern while I was recovering from surgery. I appreciate the texts, cards and offers of food. Most of all thank you for your prayers. In Christian love, Kathryn McKee
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading September 22 .................................................Haggai September 23 ...................................... Zechariah 1-2 September 24 ...................................... Zechariah 3-4 September 25 ...................................... Zechariah 5-6 September 26 ...................................... Zechariah 7-8 September 27 .................................... Zechariah 9-11 September 28 .................................. Zechariah 12-14 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Maggie Simineau (Sept. 22), Derik Rushing (Sept. 23), Tate Malone (Sept. 24), Betty Beard (Sept. 26), Billie McNutt (Sept. 26). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick James Simmons hopes to come home from The Meadows Friday. Gail Geno fell Friday and broke her shoulder. She’s home in a great deal of pain. Twinette Wallace is suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia and is awaiting her appointment with the neurologist Nov. 2. She is also dealing with a twisted colon. Christine Wilson is home recovering from sinus surgery. Maggie Simineau continues at home with a broken arm. Barry Kennedy’s dad, Larry, has been having problems with A-fib. Willie Topp’s brother-in-law, Willie Bob Gates, continues in NMMC with Covid, but he is off the ventilator for now. Scarlett Wyatt, a young girl at the Crossville congregation, has scarlet fever and her family has requested our prayers. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, James Goddard, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Steve Higginbotham, Shauna McMickin, Stella Pittman, April & Olivia Pounders Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure, Brenda Dawson EMYG News Hello family, I hope you’re doing well and having a good week. Last Sunday was so much fun at the Davis’ house. Thank you Davis’ again for hosting. This Wednesday, we will have another Brain Freeze and Friday, we will have another T.G.I.F. so please plan on attending those. At the Davis’ Sunday, Will spoke on friendships and he did really well. In keeping with that thought, I have found the ABC’s of having a Friendship that I’d like to share in hopes of bringing you some encouragement. Remember, God loves you and so do I. Alex
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 a.m. Announcements................................Michael Wilson Bible Reading........................................Aaron Willis Opening Prayer .................................... Greg Hughes Lord’s Supper Eddie Simmons Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer................................... Terry Kingsley Ushers ........................Larry Bates & Mark Gilliland Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer .........................................Tim Davis Closing Prayer.....................................Jake Kennedy Lead Singing.................................Alex Blackwelder Wednesday, September 29, 2021 Opening Prayer ................................. Stuart Childers Lead Singing...............................Bobby Joe Lindley The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact the Ricky Lindsey (255-8136) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 9-15-21 .................................................... 191 Sunday 1st Worship, 9-19-21 .................................... 148* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 162 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 112 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $8,554 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter

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