Bulletin / Prayer List 12-10-17

Prayer List
Charles Counts skin condition is improving but he is having blood pressure problems.
Kathy Hill is in TMC and is scheduled to be moved to Medical City.
Gary Counts is recovering from surgery.
Frank Rhoden is scheduled to have surgery Dec. 15th.
Andy LeDane is scheduled to have surgery Dec. 21st.
Hudson Hill, is recovering from surgery.
Alma Long, Joyce Rhoden sister-in-law fell and hurt her shoulder.

Eddie and Tabitha Griffin, Florene and Jimmy Griffin, Jerry and Betty Harris, Billie Phillips, Billie Bradford, Betty Clark, Carl Hall, Jim Hallman, Eddie Hickerson, Gary Hickerson, Dorothy Hodges, Ron Hunter, Bobbi King, Audrey McKin, Beryl Miller, Corey Miller, Kylie Painter, Ryan Patti, Della Price, Eddie Rollins, and Jerry Stice.

Serving in the military: 
Faith Balzen, 
Cody Blomstedt, 
Travis Counts, 
Tyler Davies, 
Josh Van Deren, and 
Dakota Smitherman all are in the U.S... 
Chris Johnson has been deployed to Kuwait.

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 Prayers and sympathy goes out to Don and Pat Harrington and family in the loss of Don’s Uncle.

The Men’s Business Meeting is today after evening services. All men are invited and encouraged to attend.

Pantry Item: Paper Towels

December 17: Prayers: Morning: Robert Embry – Greg Counts
Evening: Don Harrington – Kerry King
Scriptures: Robert Courtney
Does 1 Corinthians 3:14, 15 Teach Once Saved, Always Saved?

Some people have misused 1 Corinthians 3:15 to allege the "once-saved, always saved" doctrine of Calvinism. 1 Corinthians 3:14,15 states: "If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire."
In 1 Corinthians 1-4, Paul had been dealing with the issue of divisions in the church at Corinth. The congregation had been divided into various factions such as the group of Apollos, the group of Cephas, the group of Paul, and the group of Christ (1 Corinthians 1:12). Paul was appalled by this division because brethren should be striving to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:1-6).
Paul helped start the congregation at Corinth (Acts 18:1-8; 1 Corinthians 3:10). He was building it on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:10,11). He himself was only a minister (1 Corinthians 3:6-8).
In the remote context of 1 Corinthians Paul states that his work was to make disciples of the Lord. Paul is not talking about a person's personal deeds, but the converts he is able to bring to the Lord. Paul uses the same word "work" in 1 Corinthians 9:1.
Some converts are going to be built with flimsy materials such as hay and straw because they will mature in Christ and sadly retreat back into the world and fall away. Some converts are built with more durable materials such as silver and gold. The "loss" to which Paul is referring is the toil of winning souls to Jesus. Those who have studied the Bible with people know how much dedication, time, and effort is involved in helping that person to render faith and obedience to the gospel. It is a tragedy when that person after a period of time turns away from the faith.
"If anyone's work (converts) which he has built on endures, he will receive a reward (enjoying eternal life with those whom he has converted). If anyone's work (converts) is burned (impenitent converts who ultimately spend eternity in hell and the soul-winner's loss of effort, John 17:12; 2 Peter 2:20-22, he will suffer loss (the soul-winner's loss of effort, Galatians 4:11); but he (the soul winner) himself will be saved, yet so as through fire."
(From Gospel of Christ)

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body for we are all partakers of that one bread.” (1 Corinthians 10:15-17)