What does the Bible say?
Any religious subject must be considered in light of what the Bible says. The Bible is inspired by God. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,” 2 Timothy 3:16. Just consider this verse alone.
Any doctrine we desire to teach and practice must come from the scripture for it “is profitable for doctrine.” There are many doctrines of men. For some reason people have decided on different doctrines throughout the centuries such as: once saved always saved, divine selection, infant baptism, worship with instruments of music, observing the Lord’s Supper on special occasions, etc.
The doctrine of salvation by calling upon the name of the Lord with the exclusion of all other commands. Salvation is granted by calling upon the name of the Lord. “For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." Romans 10:13. This isn’t the only verse in the Bible. We must rightly divide the scriptures. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15. To take any verse to exclusion of others is sinful. One command, and every command is important, by itself will not save. Jesus said, "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Matthew 7:21 (NKJV).
On one is saved by grace alone. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,” Ephesians 2:8. Notice this verse includes “through faith”. It doesn’t matter how many commands you obey, you are still saved by grace. But not grace alone. Hebrews11:6’“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” If one depends on grace, but doesn’t have faith one will be lost!
All the commands that God has given in the New Testament for His followers to obey must be obeyed! You cannot teach one is saved by baptism alone. Mark 16:16 “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” There are other verses which teach baptism, but this one verse teaches baptism. It doesn’t teach baptism alone! Belief and baptism will equal salvation. Faith and Baptism isn’t the only commands to be obeyed to become a Christian. Grace isn’t a command but without grace faith, baptism and all other commands will not bring salvation!
Can one be saved without being baptized? When the apostles were preaching the first gospel sermon after Jesus ascended into heaven the people were told to be baptized. “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:37-38. You know these people believed the gospel because they were cut to the heart. They were instructed to “repent and be baptized. Notice this baptism was for the “remission of sins”.
Sin must be forgiven for one to have salvation. This verse teaches that repentance and baptism brings that forgiveness. Do these verses exclude all the other commands, certainly not! I have assumed that when I wrote about grace that you understood this is given to mankind because Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Jesus said, “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:28. All the scripture is from God. “for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:21. Obey all of the Lord’s word!
Leoma Owens, Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Bob and Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, David Barton, Marilyn Dodge, Flo Lombardo, Mary Ault, Richard (Cleo Crofford's son), Liam Gregory (Anna Gregory's great grandson), Ruby Goodrum, Kassidi Lands (Kathy Harty's great niece), Claude Lowe, Clella Whiteside, LouEllen Goin
Grace Windler (Friend of Patsy Myers) Patsy would like us to keep her in our prayers.
Please remember Linda Alexander in your prayers. Her husband Cotton Alexander is in the nursing home. She also has family members with severe health issues. Linda needs our encouragement.
Bill Thornberry is at Senior Lifestyle, Delta Medical Center in Sikeston under Hospice Care.
Halie Havok Age 20 (Dennis & Kathy Harty's Grandaughter) is to go to Doctor at Cape. They think she has Thyroid Cancer. Keep her in your prayers.
Ruth Chilcutt is having heath issues. Please remember her in your prayers.
DEALING WITH CANCER: Gary Kenser (son of Bill Kenser), Tom Huff, Harold Shaw, Renee Henfling (Mary Spradling's sister), Helena Gardner, Sharon Davis (friend of Joane Kelly), Jackie Kassing (Friend of Joane Kelly), Debbie King (Jamie Harty's niece's mother-in-law), Scott King (Joyce Schunk's son), Tiffany Ledbetter (friend of Belinda Pullum, Tammy Howell, (Nellie Wagner's daughter), Geraldine Brackley (cousin of Jamie Harty)
Della Garris (Friend of Joyce Sandlin)
CONFINED TO HOME: Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in Rivermist; Alvoy Richardson, Terry Butler, & Ruby Dunn are in Westwood Hills, and Bill Thornberry in Senior Lifestyle @ Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.
We need the Names of our Graduating Seniors for 2016. Please submit pictures and information to the office.
Correction to the Monthly Servers List:
Baptismal Clothing: John & Wilma Arnold
Ushers: Bob Taylor, Bobby Tompkins
Lock-up the building: Mark North
Prepare Communion: Robert & Kathy Knowles
Church Of Christ in Fisk is having their Gospel Meeting May 1st-4th. Each evening they will begin at 7p.m.
Vacation Bible School ~ July 11-13, 2016
This will be an exciting time as it always is! We will have classes for all ages. And as it gets closer, we will be asking for volunteers to teach. Vernon will be volunteering you so prepare to say "YES I will be glad to help!"
I really appreciate all the enthusiasm that this time generates in our minds. It is wonderful to see fellow Christians and friends every evening! Lets all work together and make this the GREATEST VBS that we can make it be!
~ Love, Vernon
The next Children's Home food/supply pick-up will be May 16, 2016. Items needed this quarter are: Brown Sugar, Brownie Mix, Butter-Flavored Shortening, Canned Chicken, Cheddar Cheese Soup, and Vienna Sausage.
Thank you for all the help you gave for the India Mission Trip in January. We are sending this letter to all the contributors for the work. Some of you give monthly and some give occasionally. Each of you are important for the work.
We reported last newsletter the trip to India was successful. There 141 baptisms, others were taught who did not respond and many Christians were encouraged. There is not any way to measure the good which was accomplished.
I will give you are summary of the expenses for the year. Our report starts with April 2015 and ends with March 2016. Thanks to everyone we were able to help a lot. Beginning balance - $3,661.09 ending balance – 12,818.64. Total spent $71,654.70. There are mischievous expenses not given such as tips, etc...
Monthly Support $2850.00 X 12= $34,200
Hotels, food, water Etc. (20 Days) $3950.00
Airline tickets and other travel expenses $8,550.76
Car rental and drivers including their meals $1,689.00
Gospel Meeting expenses $4,600.00
Help on Prayer Sheds $800.00
Bibles 850 @ $3.00 each = $2550.00 Bible and hymn books are given to congregations not sold!
Hymn Books 10,000 copies $5850.00
Van Insurance per year $600.00
Extra for Orphans $1,700 new clothes, medical help, etc.
Preacher assistants extra $2,900.00. Some for sickness/death in families.
Funds to finish a church building $3,000 another worker help with this, but did not furnish enough to finish. They have been trying for years to finish the building.
Transferring money Bank charges $165
We send the money from our bank to Vijay’s bank. The bank charges $55.00 for each transfer and after the first three times Wayne paid for this himself.
Vijay and many more Indian Christians express their thanks as we do also. You make it possible for this work to continue.
Next Sunday, May 8th, will be celebrated by Americans as Mothers Day! I hope you have fond memories of your mothers, but of coarse i know, some do not. If you have children, I hope that you are choosing to make fond memories for them to carry with them throughout life.
Our Church Food Pantry is in need of the following:
Rice, Dry beans, Sugar, Cooking Oil, Instant Potatoes, Flour, Jello, Cake Mix, & Milk (Powder, canned or condensed)
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Read also Matthew 7:24-27
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Read also Mark 16:15-16, James 2:24, John 12:42
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Read also Acts 17:30, Luke 13:3
Acts 8:36-37 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 you believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Read also Matthew 10:32-33
Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Read also Acts 2:38 and Romans 6:3-4
2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Read also Revelation 2:10
Bible Study ….……..... 9:00 a.m.
Morning Worship...….10:00 a.m.
Evening Worship ......... 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study...7:00 p.m.
Tuesday Bible Study ......10:00 a.m.
Westwood Hills Nursing Home Service
Wednesday .............. 10:00 a.m.
Tom Carter ………....…........……. 785-7455
Charles Lancaster …....…….......... 785-8748
Mark North .................................. 686-2230
Ralph Nelson ....................... cell # 776-4655
home # 785-7773
Lorenzo Sandlin ….....….........…. 785-4118
Stacey Ward ………...….........……718-8198
Vernon Curry ......................cell# 714-8240
Highland Drive Church of Christ
1601 Highland Drive
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901