Bulletin / Prayer List 4-10-16

Prayer List
Charles Counts’ sisters; Debbie Kluge and Wanda Peterson are having health problems.

Jerry and Betty Harris, James and Florene Griffin, Nell Hall, Don Hickerson, Andy LeDane, Lester and Billie Phillips, Mary Jean Turner, Michael Aramanda, Jack and Diane Arnold, Betty Clark, Doris James, Dan LeDane, Gary Hickerson, Beryl Miller, Dean and Della Price, and Terry Turner.

Serving in the military:    Travis Counts    Faith Balzen
             Cody Blomstedt    Dakota Smitherman

Let us pray for our country and government leaders and those who are in harms way, military and civilian personnel.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much…

Our Spring Meeting was a success and very informative. If you were not able to attend you missed some great lessons. The lessons were recorded and put on our web site. If you want a CD let Robert Embry know.

The next Teacher’s Meeting is today April 10th at 5:00pm. All teachers are invited and encouraged to attend.

Pantry Item Canned Pineapple

April 17th Prayers Morning: Butch Balzen – Jack Cawthon
Evening: Don Harrington – Kerry King
Scriptures: Greg Counts
By Jeremy Hulsey
The Gospel of Jesus Christ and the church of our Lord go hand in hand. One cannot be saved without the gospel and one cannot be saved outside the church of Christ (Rom. 1:16; Eph. 5:23; I Cor. 15:24). If there were no Gospel, then the church could not exist likewise, if there were no such thing as the Lord’s church, then the gospel could not exist. One is dependent upon the other. Why?

For one to gain entrance into the church of Christ he/she must obey the gospel (hear – Acts 15:7; believe – Mk. 16:16’ repent of sins – Acts 17:30; confess faith in Christ – Acts 8:37; be baptized for remission of sins – Acts 2:38; 22:16).

Without obeying the gospel man is lost and shall be eternally damned (II Thess. 1:7-9). Who then would underestimate the great need of the gospel of Jesus Christ?

But let us not forget that the same actions by which we obey the gospel are the SAME ACTS BY WHICH JESUS ADDS THE SAVED TO HIS CHURCH. When does Jesus add one to His church?

When one obeys the gospel (Acts 2:36-47). The church is the body, the called out ones, those saved from their past sins, living in submission to Him (I Pet. 2:9; Acts 20:28). There is no salvation outside of Christ. To be in Christ is to be in His body the church (II Tim. 2:10; Gal. 3:27; I Cor. 12:13; Eph. 1:22-23). One does not pick and choose or join the church of his/her choice, for Jesus adds all those who have obeyed the gospel to His blood purchased institution.

In light of the previous information we can conclude the following:
  1. All (in the Christian dispensation) must obey the Gospel to be saved.

  2. By obedience to the Gospel, Jesus adds the obedient to His church, the kingdom (Jn. 3:3-5; Mt. 16:18-19).

  3. The same acts of obedience to God’s will saves the person from their past sins, are the same actions by which Jesus adds the obedient to the church (Acts 2:36-74; I Cor. 12:13; Col. 1:18.)
  1. Therefore, if a person must obey the Gospel to be saved and the same acts by which one is saved he/she is added to the Lord’s body then one MUST be a member of the church of Christ to be saved.
I will praise thee with my whole heart, before the gods will sing praise unto thee (Psalm 138:1).”