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What Does Our Gospel Meeting Mean To You?
Our gospel meeting is here! To some, it seems that gospel meetings are nothing more than a traditional formality. It appears that some are willing to discard such efforts, to nail the coffin shut, because they believe gospel meetings serve no real purpose today. Perhaps it isn’t wise to do away with such special efforts so hastily. Could it possibly be that the lack of support by brethren for gospel meetings and other special ways of outreach says more about our misplaced priorities than we would like to admit? While not trying to put anybody on a "guilt-trip", that may be a question that’s worth pondering. What does our gospel meeting mean to you?
Does our gospel meeting mean an opportunity to grow in our Lord? We all should be concerned about growing "in the grace and knowledge" of Christ (2 Peter 3:18). We are too long for God and his word as a baby longs for milk (1 Peter 2:2). How many babies turn down the opportunity to eat? They eat a lot, and they eat often!
Does our gospel meeting mean an opportunity to get our batteries recharged? It’s easy for even the very best of Christians to become weary, drained, and exhausted. Gospel meetings can be like a breath of fresh air! By drawing closer to God, his word, and our brethren we can find new strength and zeal to "fight the good fight of faith" (1 Timothy 6:12, Psalm 85:6, Isaiah 40:28-31).
Does our gospel meeting mean a special opportunity to reach out to the community? Certainly we should always try to reach our community with the precious message of Jesus (cf. Acts 5:42), but gospel meetings are special in that the entire congregation works together in an organized, united effort to reach out to our community.
Does our gospel meeting mean an opportunity to examine and evaluate our lives? Honest self-reflection is a must for Christians (2 Corinthians 13:5). Gospel meetings provide an important occasion for all of us to look at ourselves in the light of God’s word (James 1:21- 27).
Does our gospel meeting mean an opportunity for fellowship? There is a wonderful spirit of sharing, companionship, and togetherness in being Christians (Romans 1:12). During gospel meetings, it’s wonderful to see brethren from neighboring congregations who attend and participate because they understand the preciousness of the relationship we share in Christ (1 John 1:7-9).
Does our gospel meeting mean an opportunity for getting into God’s book? We all may be sure that the speaker for our gospel meeting, will build up, challenge, stimulate, and even rebuke us as needed from God’s word. Few of us would turn down a good dinner invitation. Isn’t that exactly what a gospel meeting is? Our gospel meeting will be a wonderful time of worshiping God with our brothers and sisters. The Bible will be preached, and lives will be touched. When we think about what our gospel meeting means to us, it’s such an opportunity for us to show our love and support for the Lord and his church, it can’t be taken lightly! How about you?
By Mike Vestal, Getwell Church of Christ
Fishing Instructor Class
The Fishing Instructor Class at Broken Timber has been cancelled. If you desire, a class will be held in Athens, Ohio, you may check with Keith Jones for details.
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Guest Speaker: Kim Matthews
On June 3, we were blessed with Brother Kim Matthews. Kim was one of our Ministers years ago. Since then, Kim has preached at Griffithsville, W.Va. and serves as one of the Elders. We are always Blessed with Kim and we thank God for using him in a powerful way to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.
10 Advantages of Attending a Christian Youth Camp
1. It is not just another camp for young people. lt is a Christian camp directed by Christian people.
2. The purpose of a Christian youth camp is to develop young people PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY, SOCIALLY and SPIRITUALLY (Luke 2:52).
3. All of the Bible teachers, counselors, and staff are faithful members of the church.
4. The Bible will be taught by devoted Christian men and women. This will be the best study some have ever had in the Bible.
5. Wholesome recreation and entertainment are provided and encouraged.
6. Friendships will be make that will last for a lifetime.
7. Leadership talent is discovered and developed at camp.
8. Many of those who are not Christians will obey the gospel while there, or soon after they return home.
9. Sending children of non-members to the camp is a wonderful way to teach them the Bible. It will pay big dividends.
10. Many of the young people who are Christians will return home much more interested in the work of the church. This will inspire others, and many times the whole church.
Lift Up Your Eyes
World Bible School Director
Brady E. Smith
God’s youth led us in song, prayer, scripture, communion and sermon the morning of May 20th. There is a lot of talent and we thank God that the youth are willing and ready to share that gift with us. The youth did an excellent job and conducted an inspirational service. May God Bless you and may your walk with God always be strong. Keep your faith in God, Trust God in everything you do. Let your Christian light shine to the world and never forget your Christian family who loves you so much. Congratulations Seniors, you made it. Now go out into the world and let God be glorified.
The shepards were honored to present each graduating senior with a beautiful quilt from the quilting team. The seniors also received a Bible and a Christian music CD. These quilts are to remind each senior that they are special and always have the church to comfort them and keep them warm with love throught their Christian journey. The Bible is to feed them with Gods great and powerful Words and the music is to fill their hearts with the joy and excitement of living a Christian life. These gifts are from their church family at Woodsfield.
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Sunday Evening Bible Class
Starting May 6th, the family will conduct Sunday evening Bible class and devotion service in the same manner as Wednesday evening, with communion being served in the front of the building. The Sunday evening service will still be at 6pm.
"Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say "I have no delight in them." (Ecclesiastes 12:1)
- lt is not just a camp in nature, even though that is an attractive and wonderful part of camp. It is a camp directed by Christians where all personnel are faithfully involved in their congregations.
- The purpose of our camp is to help young people develop physically, mentally, socially and spiritually (Luke 2:52)
- All the Bible teachers, counselors, and staff are faithful members of the church.
- The Bible will be taught by devoted Christians each day. The campers will learn as much Bible during this week of camp, if not more, than they will in two or three months of Sunday School.
- Wholesome recreation and entertainment are provided and encouraged. We have fun.
- Friendships will be made that will last a lifetime. Leadership discovered and developed at camp. This is the first place many of our young people find themselves helping other young people develop.
- Many of those who are not Christians will obey the gospel while at camp or soon after they return home.
- Sending children of non-members to camp is a wonderful way to teach them the Bible. It can be an effective evangelistic tool.
- When young people are active involved in youth activities 93% of them will be faithful adult Christians. Only 19% of kids NOT involved in the church youth group grow up to be faithful.
- Many of the young people who are Christians will return home much more interested in the work and ministry of the church. This inspires others and makes our congregation a better place.