What does a new Christian needs to know?
The title is the question that many people ask today. There are some basic truths which any Christian needs to know. The fact concerning an eternal God may head the list. Then the question is why would one become a Christians if they did not know the eternal God. The fact that Jesus is the only Son of God.
One must also believe that Jesus was crucified, buried and arose on the third day. Baptism into Christ is a reenactment of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. (Romans 6:3-4). One must know there is much more to being baptized than just go down into and coming up out of the water! It is a command of God, but it is God’s plan for one to come into contact with the blood of Jesus which he shed on the cross for our sins. Everyone should know this before baptism. This subject is good to review on different occasions throughout our life. This is the time that one enters into the covenant relationship with God. God promises when one obeys the gospel that He will forgive them of all past sins. A new Christian is promising God to be faithful to Him in all that He commands as long as one lives here on the earth. When one’s earthly life is finished he will still be with God.
A new Christian needs to know that becoming a Christian will not keep Satan from tempting you. Satan is real. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8. A new Christian needs to be aware of the temptations which one faces. When Jesus was baptized the Spirit led Him up into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan. He withstood the temptations and He will help you to overcome them also. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” . 1 Corinthians 10:13. A new Christian needs to know that all Christians struggle with temptations. All of us must remember that God is there to help! God commands Christians who sin to confess their sins and ask His forgiveness. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.
New Christians need to know that God has a way which He commands us to worship and serve Him! They need to understand that it isn’t right to vary from God’s plan. In a Christian’s everyday service you must serve God and not man. You must not do something just to be seen of men. Everything must be done for God’s glory and not our own. “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” Philippians 2:3. Christians must worship to please God. We are not to do something just because we like it or it makes us feel good. Jesus said, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:24.
New Christians need to know God commands us to sing (not sing and play), pray, teach the word, partake of the Lord’s Supper (the unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine), and give as we have prospered. The Christians in the first century met on Sunday to partake of the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7) and to give (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). They met on any day for teaching, singing and praying. New Christians need to know these things so they will obey God.
New Christians need to know that God wants our assemblies to be decently and in order. Confusion comes from Satan and not from God. When several are talking during a prayer it is impossible to know what is prayed. “Let all things be done decently and in order.” 1 Corinthians 14:40.
Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Marilyn Dodge, Flo Lombardo, Richard (Cleo Crofford's son), Liam Gregory (Anna Gregory's great grandson), Ruby Goodrum, Claude and Billie Lowe, Clella Whiteside, Isabella Sandlin, Dana Tessons of Dexter (daughter of Shirley White Tessons).
Debby North had gallbladder surgery Thursday and is home recovering. Please Debby in your prayers for a speedy recovery.
Isabella Sandlin had another MRI done on Tuesday, her head is still increasing in size but the doctor said the MRI looked good. She will go back in 8 weeks for another MRI. Please keep Bella and family in your daily prayers.
Aaron Sandlin had corporal tunnel surgery on Friday. Please keep Aaron in your prayers for a speedy recovery.
DEALING WITH CANCER: Nadine Barton, Gary Kenser (son of Bill Kenser), Mary Ault, 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), Geraldine Brackley (cousin of Jamie Harty), Jason Rose (friend of Robin Davis and April Sandlin).
CONFINED TO HOME: Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber.
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in Rivermist; Alvoy Richardson, Nadine Barton, Terry Butler, Ruby Dunn are in Westwood Hills, Leoma Owens in Mark Twain.
Thank You note:
To our brothers & sisters in Christ!
Thank you so much for your prayers, kind words, cards, expressions of sympathy, & your presence at the visitation for my brother Fred.
The emotional support provided by you during the sickness & death of Fred was a great comfort.
Tom & Donis Carter, & The Carter Family
Thank You note:
Thanks to everyone that prayed for my brother, James Kisner, he passed away Friday night, also thank you for your prayers for me and Beverly. She is doing much better. Thanks again. In Christian Love, Jean Reitenbach
The congregation sent a memorial gift on behalf of James Kisner, Jean Reitenbach's brother, to the Children's Homes. Our prayers are with Jean and the family.
Lou Roach is a great grandmother - Colton Riley Haynes - 7lbs 4oz - Born on September 23.
Next Children's Home Food/Supply pick-up will be November 28. Items needed this quarter are: spaghetti noodles, chili mixes, large freezer bags, microwave popcorn, kidney beans, and ranch style beans.
Hayride @ David & Geneva Magill's - October 15. All are invited.
Youth Activity: Pumpkin Hollow
Arnold Mo - Sept 10
West Plains Mo - September 17
BYC Retreat - October 21-22
Fisk Church of Christ - September 18-20
Dudley Church of Christ - Sept 21-23
Desoto Church of Christ - September 11-14
Flat River Church of Christ - Sept 23-24.
Lectureship- Arnold Mo - Sept 15-17
Who Is This Person?
Answers for last week's riddle:
#1 - Kathy Taylor
#2 - Loretta Tompkins
Person 1 -
I was born in Poplar Bluff.
I like to play video games.
I have 2 brothers and 1 sister.
I have 3 given names.
I love my Grandma!
I am a young man.
Person 2 -
I was born in Piggott AR.
I grew up in Qulin.
I like to fish and hunt.
I retired from the railroad.
I have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
I am a man.
There are two days in every week about which we should never worry or fear.
One of these days is yesterday with its mistakes and faults and its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. We can not bring it back.
The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow with its burdens and disappointments.
This leaves only one day -- today. Any man can fight the battles of just one day.
It's not the problems of just one day that push us over the edge. It's when we add to today's problems all the remorse of the past and all the dread of what tomorrow may bring - that we become overwhelmed. Jesus said, "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." Matthew 6:34b
Some of the best advice we can ever receive is to live one day at a time.
Bill Dillon -- via The Weekly Bulletin, Sept 2007.
The Lord Knows
Many times when we think about the Lord knowing our minds we think about the evil that people do. We must understand the Lord knows our needs, our plans, our heartaches, and even the thoughts of our hearts.
Always include the Lord in every aspect of your life. He loves you even more than you love yourself. He knows you.
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
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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.
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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