J. Ben Simpson, pastor
West Main BC
On Monday, November 4, I shared in an Altar Call Report how even before our “official” revival began, the Lord had already saved three people in our preparation for revival. I then commented that we believed these three were just the tip of the iceberg. Indeed, that’s exactly what they were.
During our week of revival, consisting of seven services, we saw the Lord save 14 people and call two other Christians to a renewed walk with Jesus. Including those that were saved leading up to revival, altogether we have seen 17 saved, and we believe there will be more to come in the weeks following our revival.
We baptized one on Sunday, November 3. On Thursday night, November 7, during our revival, we baptized two more of them and plan to baptize three more Sunday, November 10. I can’t wait until all 17 publicly profess their faith in Christ through baptism. Praise the Lord for His grace.
by Ronnie Rogers, pastor
Having led churches to practice church discipline for almost 30 years now, I do not see that the need is any less today than in years past.
Church discipline can be understood as the biblical attitude and actions of the local church that enable her to preserve her submission to the head of the church in holiness, fellowship, testimony, mission and doctrinal purity, with the purpose of maintaining a conducive atmosphere for following Christ and experiencing His presence and power. Church discipline includes the following purposes: redemption, correction, protection, purification and justice. On a practical level, I would further distinguish between non-formal and formal discipline. Non-formal includes all aspects of the biblical teaching and practical application of church discipline up to public involvement of the full church body in either seeking repentance of the sinning brother or sister or removal from fellowship.
by Dr. David L. Allen
Dean of the School of Theology
Professor of Preaching
Director of the Center for Expository Preaching
George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Hebrews 6:4–6 is the crux interpretum of 5:11–6:8, and really for the entire book. Critical for our interpretation and preaching of the passage is the question of just how vv. 4-6 connect to the previous paragraph 6:1-3. Semantically, the clause “Let us press on to maturity” in v. 1 is the focal point of vv. 1-3. Verse 4 begins a new sub-paragraph with a subordinating conjunction translated “for.” This conjunction indicates that vv. 4-6 will function as the grounds or reason for the statement in v. 3 “if God wills,” or perhaps even the grounds for the entire paragraph 6:1-3. Heb. 6:4-6 explains the reason why those who “fall away” cannot be renewed to repentance, namely, because God will not permit it. The final sub-paragraph is vv. 7-8, also introduced by the same subordinating conjunction as v 4. Here the author presents an illustration to explain further his intended meaning.
by Dr. Franklin L. Kirksey, pastor
FBC, Spanish Fort, Ala.
This is the final message in this three part series of messages titled, “World Evangelism 101.” We titled the first message in this series, “Wherever He Leads,” the second, “Whatever It Takes,” and now the third, “Whoever May Come.”
Three remarkable conversions in the Book of Acts represent three ethnological divisions found in Genesis 10. For example, the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch Acts 8, a descendant of Ham; the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, Acts 9, a descendant of Shem; and the conversion of the Roman centurion, Cornelius, Acts 10, a descendant of Japheth.
Les Puryear, pastor
Bethany Baptist Church
Gulf, N. Car.
During our June VBS, we gathered all attendees into the sanctuary, and I presented the gospel wherein I explained how Jesus takes our sin away.
This was demonstrated by marking my clean white shirt with a magic marker to demonstrate how sin stains our soul. I then had a person representing Jesus come in and he exchanged my sin-stained shirt with a new, clean shirt.
Fifteen children received Christ that day. All glory be to God.