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The Church, Oh Yes Christian You Need The Church!

THE PASTOR’s PEN January 27, 2019
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Dear Church Family and Friends,

I have been enjoying preaching on the Church That Jesus Is Building throughout the month of January. It is my prayer that we allow Jesus through the Holy Spirit to develop us into the church He wants us to be. It saddens me as I look around not only our church but churches throughout our association, our state and even our convention and I see declining attendance and a lack of faithful support for the ministries of the church.

It happens to be one of the more popular traps along the journey of faith—the idea that somewhere along the path of righteousness we somehow outgrow our need for the church. Perhaps you’ve met someone who was too busy for the church. Maybe you’ve encouraged someone who thought they were too important for the church. What was once the central aspect of their life has now turned into an occasional hobby. We all need a healthy reminder from time to time that we need the church in all seasons and successes of life.

We Need the Church for Worship—Not Entertainment or Performance

When the early church is pictured in the early pages of Acts (Acts 2:42-47), we see the picture of a worshipping church. Centered around the Word of God, the people responded to God in a life that reverberated with the rhythm of worship. You don’t see people searching for their type of music. You don’t see people using the church for a performance outlet to satisfy their narcissistic appetite to be seen, heard and to perform. You see a people who are gathered to worship the sovereign God who spoke the universe into existence from nothing and rescued them through the blood of Christ. Oftentimes in my experience of church life and ministry I’ve found that less is more. More focus on God and less pragmatism is always a much healthier diet for a church.

We Need the Church for Spiritual Development

In the first letter to the church at Thessalonica, Paul explains the calling of the church to live holy and God-exalting lives (1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:12) and to hold one another accountable. Certainly, it must be said that spiritual development in the church also requires a people who are committed to church discipline (see Matthew 18). The Word of God points out that God’s will is never for the Christian to develop spiritually in a vacuum or on a lonely island. Through the community of a local church, God’s people exercise their spiritual giftedness together and it results in spiritual development. Everyone in the church matters! The church is not a building, it’s a people who are called out for God’s glory. It’s impossible to be a part of God’s church without immersing yourself into a local body of Christ followers.

We Need the Church for Christ-Centered Friendship

As we read through Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, we see the need for companionship along the journey of faith. We are not intended to hike our way to the Celestial City alone. Christ has graciously given us fellow pilgrims, and it would be a soul damaging decision to attempt life without Christ-centered friendship. This is true for all members of the church—including the pastors who lead the church. Christian friendship enables us to seek advice, receive accountability, stay grounded in the faith, and spur one another onward to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24-25). If the people in your church don’t know you, you’re not really a member of the church.

We Need the Church for Biblical Leadership

The self-guided tour of Christianity doesn’t exist. It’s not an option for the true believer. God has sovereignly designed His church with leaders who are called to faithfully shepherd the church (see 1 Peter 5:1-11). Just as it would be utterly foolish for the inexperienced data analyst to leave his cubicle in New York and set out on a self-guided summit of Mount Everest, so it is with those who think they can navigate through this harsh and fallen world without submitting to their pastors. In a day where YouTube and Google serve up whatever recipe or how-to video we can imagine, we must be reminded that God has not called Google or YouTube to serve as your pastors.

We Need the Church for Missions

As Christ was leaving the sod of this earth, He provided some extremely important words to His followers. He said: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:18-20).
The Great Commission is not a great suggestion. It’s a command given to us by Christ, but we must likewise remember that it cannot be accomplished alone. Even a lone ranger Christian (which is an oxymoron) cannot accomplish the Great Commission by merely utilizing para-church organizations. If a single Christian is to engage properly in the Great Commission, it must be through the context of a local, tangible, New Testament church.
The church is not an option for some Christians, it’s a mandate for all Christians. To be a Christian involves participation in the local church. Charles Spurgeon once remarked, “Nobody can do as much damage to the church of God as the man who is within its walls, but not within its life.” As we pass through various seasons of life, we must avoid the arrogant and self-dependent ideology of spiritual autonomy. It doesn’t end well. We all need the church. Your friends and family need the church.

Leaving the church because your life is not what it should be should never be the choice nor the option for a true believer. We need to bring our lives in line with God’s Word and be part of His church and the local body of believers.

Over the next few week, Pastor Rick will be bringing a series of messages based on the January 2019 Bible Study: Letters To The Seven Churches; Revelation 1-3 You don’t want to miss a single message.

You can get your copy of the study guide for the cost of $7.99. Just pay sister Donna Trent and let me know and I will pick up your book.

You can also find a companion Study on Right Now Media entitled Seven Letters To Seven Churches by Michael Fletcher.

https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/256364

What do we do when the seas of culture become stormy? Sixty years after Jesus’ resurrection, the young Church feared it would founder in the rising waves: idol worship, false teachers, immorality, persecution, and more. In the midst of the storm, Jesus speaks through the pen of the apostle John, with urgent and practical words-words that remain full of application for us today. This seven-session small group study takes us on a voyage into the Book of Revelation, and the Seven Letters to Seven Churches.

I hope this series of messages will continue our focus on Being The Church Christ wants us to Be for His Glory! Why not commit to attending and supporting your church more faithfully and invite a friend.

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I hope you are participating this year. You will have fun, and learn a lot of interesting things about the Bible. The reward this year will be a $100 gift card from Lifeway Stores again.
To qualify for the prize, you must write the question, give the correct answer and provide the scripture reference which supports your answer.

13. Who were the “sons of thunder”?
14. By what other name is Passover known?
15. Who was referred to as a skilled player on the harp?
16. Whose description included the fact that he ate locusts and honey?

Until next week, Love and prayers,
Pastor Rick Signature
Church Phone: 423-272-7676
Church Email: hcbcoffice@bellsouth.com
Email: rev_rick_7@hotmail.com
Let us know if you have questions or if you made a decision for Christ.

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The Church, The Body of Christ! & How To Kill It?

THE PASTOR’s PEN January 20, 2019
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Dear Church Family and Friends,
The Holy Spirit inspired the scriptural writers to use many different images, metaphors, and figures of speech to communicate divine truths to readers’ hearts and minds. One of the most variegated figures of speech used to describe the nature and function of the church is the body of Christ. In this figure of speech, the inspired writer is declaring that the church is a living organism in which Jesus Christ lives and through which he continues his ministry.

Look at Romans 12:4-5 (KJV) 4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. And 1 Corinthians 12:27 (KJV) 27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

The church of the New Testament is not a building made of brick, steel, stone, wood, or glass. We have already determined that in last few weeks of our sermon series on The Church Jesus Is Building. The church of the New Testament is not a place or a street address. By using the figure “the body of Christ,” the inspired writer declared that the church is more than an organization made up of people. It is a living organism that was brought into existence by Jesus Christ, and it continues to be such because of the power of his purpose.

In Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians, he declared that God “has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fulness of him who fills all in all” (Eph. 1:22—23 RSV). It is comforting and challenging to recognize that Christ as the head of the church relates himself to and acts in a variety of ways toward the church.

I. Christ is Lord of the church.
Christ exercises lordship and authority over the church (Eph. 5:23). Some churches have a democratic form of church government. Because of this, some think of the church as a democracy. It is not. We would be closer to the Scriptures if we thought of the church as a Christocracy in which Christ rules and his will is followed.

II. Christ loves the church.
Christ loves the church and gives himself for it (Eph. 5:25). Christ not only loved the church and gave himself for it by dying on the cross, but he continues to love the church and gives himself to it and for it day by day.

III. Christ cleanses the church.
Christ sanctifies and washes the church so that it may become glorious and holy (Eph. 5:26). Christ continually works to bring about the full dedication of his people to the purposes of God so we can display the beauty of holiness in our lives and in the ministries we render.

IV. Christ nourishes the church.
Christ nourishes and cherishes the church (Eph. 5:29). Our Lord did all that he could to build up and nourish the infant church made up first of the apostles and later increased to more than three thousand on the day of Pentecost. He continues this ministry of nourishing and cherishing his body, which is in reality the people of God.

V. Christ and the church are inseparable.
Christ as the head of the church is incomplete and unproductive without the body. I say this reverently and without any desire at all to take away from the importance of the head. This image, the body of Christ, shows the absolute necessity of the body functioning if the work of the head of the church is to proceed according to the divine plan. The poet has put it appropriately:

Christ has no hands but our hands
To do His work today;
He has no feet but out feet
To lead men in His way;
He has no tongue but our tongue
To tell men how He died; He has no help but our help
To bring them to His side.  Annie Johnson Flint

The good news of God ‘s Word is that the Christ who came to communicate God’s love has conquered death and the grave and, as the living Lord, wants to come and take up residency in your heart. To let Jesus come into your life is to experience the forgiveness of sin. It is to receive the gift of new life that God has for you. You can become a part of the body of Christ.

I know we want to be part of the church Jesus is building! I know we want our church to grow! But we must also realize that we can intentionally and even unintentionally be par of what is killing the church. In a brief article I read this week I found ways we may be killing the church we love, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Here is the article.
Church Members, Here Are 10 Ways to KILL Your Church By Tejado Hanchell

I have the awesome privilege of serving a church that has been around for over 80 years. In those 80 years, the church has only had four senior pastors. While our congregation has had its share of struggles over the years, we are pleased that we have survived!
Considering the staggering statistics on church mortality in America, we are grateful to God for still standing strong. Some researchers suggest that between 3,500-4,500 churches close their doors (or die) each year. That means that in the time since our congregation was founded over 80 years ago, over 300,000 churches have died!

I suspect that most church “deaths” occur for a few simple (and oftentimes avoidable) reasons.

Recently, one of the senior members of our congregation—who has been there for all 80 plus years—handed me a church newsletter that was written in 1959. As I delicately flipped through the tattered pages of this precious document, one article in the newsletter pricked my attention. The title, which I have borrowed for this blog post, was simply “10 Ways to Kill a Church.”

The thing that interested me the most is how this list of “church killers” written in 1959 looks so much like the usual suspects in many church deaths today.

Here is my slightly paraphrased version of the 1959 list of “10 Ways to Kill a Church”:

1. Don’t come.
One of the biggest church killers is waning attendance. Many people simply can’t find the time to spend an hour or two in the Lord’s house. We find excuse after excuse as to why we can’t come to church.

I wonder what our lives would look like if God only showed up at our house as often as we showed up at His. The Bible is clear about the importance of assembling or coming together (Hebrews 10:25).

I believe in the importance of going to church, which is why I do a weekly Twitter hashtag called #Go2Church. If we don’t go to church, we just might be playing a part in killing the church.

2. If you do come, make sure it’s late.
So many of today’s worshipers (and apparently those of 1959) have a lackadaisical attitude toward worship. We have an “I’ll get there when I get there” attitude when it comes to church attendance.

I wonder, however, if we showed up to our job the way we show up to our church…how many of us would still be employed?

We say that God is an “on time” God, but can He say the same about us? A lack of punctuality when it comes to worship is a microcosm of our overall view of God. It says that whatever else we are doing is more important, and God can just wait until we get there. This type of attitude is a major church killer.

3. Only show up when the weather is good.
Ever been to church in a driving rainstorm? Neither have most of the other people in your church! Some people only go to church when the sun is out and there are no clouds in the sky.

We have produced a culture of “fair-weather” Christians, who only attend church when everything is going right in their lives. The moment a storm hits their life, they get mad at God, the pastor and the church.

There are some people who you can tell exactly what’s going on in their lives based upon their church attendance. When things are great and they have a little money in their pockets, they’re on the front row singing “Amazing Grace,” but as soon as they get laid off or deal with some sort of difficulty, they’re ready to “curse God and die” (Job 2:9). The only thing that dies with that kind of attitude is the church.

4. Find fault with everything (and/or everyone).
Most homicide investigations begin by researching those who had something negative to say about the victim. Similarly, when a church dies, you can be sure that the fault finders are prime suspects. These are the folks who sit “in the seat of the scornful” (Psalm 1:1).

Fault finders can always SPOT a problem, but they never SOLVE a problem. They are definitely church killers.

5. Never accept a leadership role or responsibility.
Many people have a “renters” mentality when it comes to church; they take no ownership.

When you rent an apartment, if something breaks, you call the landlord to fix it. Since you don’t own it, you have no obligation to fix it. There are too many people renting pews (and some pulpits).

It’s far easier to criticize than to mobilize. As Seth Godin says, “No one has ever built a statue to a critic.” If we want to make a difference, we have to accept the responsibility to lead—whether formally or informally.

Leadership is not about position; it’s about productivity. A congregation full of followers is on life support and is getting ready to die.

6. Get mad if you’re not appointed to a leadership position.
So many people in church are focused on titles. They want to be directors, deacons and dignitaries, and when they are not appointed to a position, they begin to stir up trouble.
This is a manifestation of deep-seated pride, and pride is one of the most dangerous killers of all.

7. Never give your opinion in a meeting…wait until AFTER the meeting.
A surefire sign of a church that is on its deathbed is one that has major “meetings-after-the-meeting.” You know, where no one voices their honest opinion or offers useful insight during the official meeting, but are quick to huddle in a corner or the church parking lot after the meeting to harp on how “it ought to be done.”

There are chalk lines all over church parking lots outlining exactly where the murder took place.

8. Do nothing more than absolutely necessary.
Show up, go home, but don’t be an active, engaged member of the church.
It’s hard to reach “the least of these” when we’re only doing the least we can do.
The sad reality, however, is that most people who only want to do the least, love to criticize those who are doing the most! They howl about how the church is being run by a clique, when they never offered or took initiative to get any work done.

They just stand on the sideline and watch the church die. At the very least, they are an accessory to the murder.

9. Hold back on your giving to the Lord.
It takes money to do ministry—especially to do mercy ministry for the underserved in our communities. Tim Keller says that “mercy ministry is expensive.” When we hold back on our giving to the Lord and His work, we are limiting the work that can be done through the local church.

Additionally, since there are operational costs associated with a church or ministry, a lack of giving can lead to the church being foreclosed, laying off staff and other adverse results.

Some people say, “Well, all the church wants is money.” The same can be said of Walmart, yet they keep taking their money there! While I do not discount that there have been those who have abused and misused the church for financial gain, there are thousands of churches serving in their communities who are dying because of a lack of finances. When we stop giving, we are killing those churches…and the countless lives they touch each day.

10. Don’t reach out to the unchurched.
The primary purpose of the church is to introduce people to Jesus. The people in the pews must take ownership of that responsibility and become “minichurches” that reach out to the unchurched every day of the week and bring them to the house of the Lord to be discipled.

Churches need regular and consistent “transfusions.” When new people are brought into the church, they bring new life and vibrancy. They ensure that the church doesn’t get stuck in the old way of doing things. They bring fresh perspective, and they help keep the church alive. Don’t kill your church! Go and bring in some new people today.

WOW! That is some powerful and thought provoking stuff! Let’s decide together right now to be part of the solution, working to be part of the Church Jesus Is Building and not part of those who are killing the church.

Bible Quest

BibleQuest

I hope you will participate this year. You will have fun, and learn a lot of interesting things about the Bible. The reward this year will be a $100 gift card from Lifeway Stores again.

To qualify for the prize, you must write the question, give the correct answer and provide the scripture reference which supports your answer.

9. Who held discarded coats while Stephen was being stoned?
10. What were the Bereans famous for?
11. Who was the thirteenth apostle?
12. What name did the following people have in common: son of Alphaeus, brother of the apostle Judas (not Iscariot), brother of Jesus?

Until next week, Love and prayers,
Pastor Rick Signature
Church Phone: 423-272-7676
Church Email: hcbcoffice@bellsouth.com
Email: rev_rick_7@hotmail.com
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PRAYER: God’s Agenda For A New Year!

THE PASTOR’s PEN January 13, 2019
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Dear Church Family and Friends,

Read this with me. 2 Timothy 1:5-7 (KJV) 5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. 6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

In this the last epistle of Paul, you read about a young, discouraged man who desperately needed his mentor to impart wise counsel. In the context of a valley of discouragement, the Lord uses the apostle Paul to speak into young Timothy words of affirmation and principle—words that endure throughout generations. The entire book is laced with power phrases that remind us that God is at work to do something new in our lives. It would be a good book for us to read and “Think About” as we enter 2019.

Most often the work God chooses to do is preceded by months, if not years or decades of preparation. There were people who went before us who had a vision burning in their hearts for a great new work of God.

One example is Joel, a young church planter in Montreal. According to many missiologists, Montreal is the most unreached city in North America. Masses walked out of organized religion and vacated church buildings after the Catholic church priesthood scandal. However, while it is still embryonic, there seems to be a movement of God among evangelicals in the city.

Church planters are quick to point to prayer as the reason young adults are moving toward God once again. “We stand on the shoulders of others who have gone before us,” Joel said. “My dad was one of those who prayed and fasted for a movement of God. When I was a small child, I watched him kneel beside his bed and cry out to God. I asked him why he didn’t go someplace more comfortable.” His dad’s answer was that when Joel was older, he would understand why he knelt and prayed. “It was not until after I was twenty-three that I understood spiritual warfare is hard work,” Joel said.

While church planters are working in darkness and brokenness, they are finding a spiritual hunger exists with people in Montreal, and truth is satisfaction to the craving soul. On their knees, the people who have for decades called on the Lord find new strength to persevere and claim a city for Christ.

The Place to Start Is Prayer

It may take decades to see results, but the most important strategy for reaching lost people and impacting a culture must begin with bended knees and humbled hearts calling out to the Lord who desires to transform lives. Oh that God would bend our knees for the lost of Henardtown, Hawkins County, our state and the world.

When we are discouraged and our faith seems weak, the place to begin is prayer and especially intercession for lost people. Remember, it is the will of God that people be redeemed: “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).

The Passionate Pursuit Is Prayer

What is God most passionate about? While He certainly loves His bride, His passion is for those who are lost. He knows their destination. Unless there is a remnant of faithful people who care about lost people like He does, there is no hope. Do we pursue what He loves or what we love the most?

We have discovered just about every method to persuade people to come to our churches, and yet they do not come. Could it be there is a vast difference between what God values most and what many American churches are doing? While He is focused on the lost, are we are too heavily vested in programs and ministries that simply gratify ourselves?

“But lost people are different than we are,” you might say. True. They are probably about as different as we were to the generation before us. Styles change. The truth of the transforming gospel does not. That’s why to reach people with different values, different languages, different worldviews, different skin colors, different ages, we must humble our lives and yield our selfish flesh to the Lord Jesus. Instead of looking for a silver bullet to help our church’s organizational processes, let us stay humbled before Him in prayer until God’s love for lost people floods our hearts and renews our minds (Rom. 12:1–2).

The Penetrating Strategy Is Prayer

There are lost people in every city of our state, every town, every village, every neighborhood, every apartment complex, and every institution. With each government guideline or court ruling, it seems that our capacity to openly share the gospel is evaporating and eroding. We must recapture the most important element in God’s strategy for pushing back the darkness and bringing light to the lost. That strategic, rudimentary process is intercessory prayer. Can you imagine the impact of two believers calling out for months to God for one person who needs to receive Christ?

These are the most urgent days in human history. Such days require extraordinary measures like interrupted to-do lists, death to our insecurities or fears, and broken heartedness over the spiritual condition of a coworker, a neighbor, a fellow student, or a relative. The God who makes all things new has an agenda. It is prayer! He is working in the lives of believers all over the globe to bring His people to a renewed urgency for prayer and intercession for the lost. He has made this year as an opportunity for you to join Him. Our association is planning a prayer conference this spring to help us make prayer a priority. We are also looking to an Evangelism Rally on March 10th with David Greene at First Baptist Church in Rogersville. Let’s begin now to join God’s agenda and pray!

BibleQuest

Bible Quest
I hope you will participate this year. You will have fun, and learn a lot of interesting things about the Bible. The reward this year will be a $100 gift card from Lifeway Stores again.

To qualify for the prize, you must write the question, give the correct answer and provide the scripture reference which supports your answer.

5. Upon what mountain did Elijah defeat the prophets of Baal?
6. What Patriarch went out not knowing where he went?
7. When God told Jonah to go to Nineveh, to what city did Jonah try to flee?
8. What was Abraham’s point of origin?

Until next week, Love and prayers,
Pastor Rick Signature
Church Phone: 423-272-7676
Church Email: hcbcoffice@bellsouth.com
Email: rev_rick_7@hotmail.com
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Welcome to 2019 Ye Saints of God!

THE PASTOR’s PEN January 06, 2019
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Dear Church Family and Friends,

Welcome to 2019! Someone said when we were on the eve of 2019 that God is giving to us a black book of 365 pages. Each day we write our story on a page. Well, you have written 5 days of your story this year so far. How are you doing?

Whether or not you were born and raised in Hong Kong or are just a visitor, there are times we all feel like we’re somewhere we don’t really belong. As the song says, “This world is not my home; I’m just a-passing through.” Our lives here are certainly important, but they pale in comparison to our ultimate, amazing, fantastic home above.

Because of this fact, I have a prayer for myself and you. Father God, I admit the politics and ways of this world often frustrate me. Some days it seems we’re at a standstill; others that we’re going headlong in the wrong direction. Help me to be patient with the ‘here and now’ while I look forward to the day when I reach ‘home’ with you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

I want to challenge us to be Saints of God in 2019. What is a saint? Some may think of saints only as those who have been declared to be saints by the Roman Catholic Church for some outstanding accomplishment or virtuous lifestyle. They have been deceased for centuries and are recognized on church calendars. Others may think of saints as pious but not very nice people. Still others use the word saint as a loose term of respect applied to a particularly good person. When you read Paul’s letter to the Philippians, you know that Paul had still another meaning. Saint is the translation of a word that means “holy,” to be separated from sin and set apart to God. So saints are not people who are dead so much as they are people who are different. The first-century Christians were different because they were committed to Christ. The Philippian letter was written to people Paul called saints. They were the Christians in the church.

As saints, Christians are called to be something. There is a distinction between being and doing. Many of us are very willing to be doing— doing good deeds, doing programs and activities, doing ministry. But we are soon made aware that before we can do for Christ, we must be. To Nicodemus, the Jewish ruler who visited Jesus at night, the Savior said, “Ye must be born again” (John 3: 7). Christianity is more than an ethic to follow, a philosophy by which to live, or a theology to believe. It is a person to follow. We are to follow Jesus Christ and give our lives to him in faith. By following Jesus, we can understand what kind of person we ought to be. He is always our guide and example. Great Christians have always taken Jesus as a pattern. The selfless Francis of Assisi prayed that he might be as selfless as Christ; Brother Lawrence, performing the lowliest tasks in the monastery kitchen, prayed that he might be as humble as Christ; David Livingstone, in the perils of darkest Africa, prayed that he might be as adventurous as Christ.

As saints, Christians are called to be something different. Many differences exist between Christians and non-Christians. One obvious distinction is the commitment of their lives. Christians have made a commitment in faith to Jesus Christ. Their lives are centered in him. Therefore, they have a distinctive lifestyle. In Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, he proclaimed to his followers, those who were people of the kingdom, what kind of character they should have if they followed him. The lives of saints are marked by grace, peace, strength of character and purpose, and love. Remember, the word saint comes from the root for “holy,” which means separate. Christians are to be distinct from the world.

As saints, Christians are called to be something different for a purpose. Saints of God are not different just for the sake of being different. Different does not have to mean odd. Christians are to exemplify the life of Christ and thus point others to him. William Barclay told of a little girl who went with her mother to church one day. She asked her mother about the figures in the stained-glass windows. Her mother replied that they were saints. Then later in the week she visited an older woman with her mother. As they left the house, the mother said, “You have seen a saint today.” Trying to put the two together, she finally said, “Oh, I know what a saint is. A saint is someone who lets the light shine through.”

You, too, can be a saint by following Christ in this new year of 2019.

Bible Quest

BibleQuest

Well, It has been requested, almost demanded, that we do Bible Quest again in 2019. I hope more of you will participate this year. You will have fun, and learn a lot of interesting things about the Bible. The reward this year will be a $100 gift card from Lifeway Stores again.
To qualify for the prize, you must write the question, give the correct answer and provide the scripture reference which supports your answer. So, lets get started!
Fill In The Blank:
1. In the beginning _______ created the heaven and the earth.
2. The Lord said to Zechariah about the partially rebuilt temple. “Who has despised the day of _______ things?”
Multiple Choice:
3. About whom did Jesus say, “You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God?” a. Peter; b. Judas; c. John the Baptist. .
4. Who did Jesus say would sit on His right and left hands in His kingdom? (a) James and John; (b) His mother and brothers; or (c) those for whom the Father prepares those places.
Until next week, Love and prayers,
Pastor Rick Signature
Church Phone: 423-272-7676
Church Email: hcbcoffice@bellsouth.com
Email: rev_rick_7@hotmail.com
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