YOURS FOR JESUS’ SAKE … A WORD FROM BROTHER TOM ….
What a great day we had Sunday – a precious new Brother in the Lord made his profession of faith. The altar was filled with church members praying for the lost. We dare not forget that winning the lost is our primary duty. Do not be swayed by “inward” thinking – it’s not about you and it’s not about us. It’s about Him and them. Proverbs 11:30, “And he who wins souls is wise.”
Let’s all make every effort to be present for worship this coming Sunday. The church is to gather for the worship of Almighty God on Sundays. When we do gather, we preach the Word. Preaching is central to our worship, our growth in grace, and our training in righteousness. It is to our great detriment that we ignore the truth we are taught from the Word.
Coming to church should never be seen as something we do to simply check off a block on a list of religious duties. We are admonished in Hebrews 10:25, “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Judgment (we preached on that last week) is coming. Therefore, it is all the more essential that we come together to “stir up love and good works” (v. 24).
This Sunday’s message is titled, “The Perils of Ignoring Preaching,” from 2 Chronicles 17 – 20. Our text is one verse, 18:4, “Also, Jehoshaphat said to the King of Israel, ‘Please inquire for the Word of the Lord today.'” You likely have heard multiplied hundreds of sermons. How many have you obeyed or followed to the glory of God?
On Wednesday, September 4, we started an important study on prayer. We will be using the book, “How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Life,” by Dr. Gregory Frizzell. Prayer is the key to turning around our church – please join me for this great study. The books are available for a suggested donation of $5. We will have the second lesson on September 18.
As I write this blog, I am in Kentucky working The Great Exchange ministry. Your prayers are greatly appreciated. Today at NKU we had 57 gospel conversations and 5 saved! Tomorrow (Tuesday) I will be at the University of Kentucky; Wednesday at the University of Louisville, and Thursday at Murray State University. Pray for souls to be saved.
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday with your Bibles in hand as we worship the Lord together.
Blessings, YFJS, Bro. Tom