Union Springs News
By T. Adrienne Terrell
Greetings from The Springs. I know. There is a burning question that you want to ask me. Where has Minister Derrick Worrell been lately? All over the place!
In the month of June he preached first and third Sundays at New Enon Baptist Church. On the second Sunday he gave words of encouragement at Barrow’s Grove Baptist Church for their Youth Day Program. To wrap up his tour on fourth Sunday he delivered the message at Flat Rock Baptist Church in Siloam. Whew! That was a whirlwind. However keep a lookout since he may be in your neck of the woods soon!
Last Wednesday we had a cookout and fellowship meeting. There was a good turnout despite the rainy weather. Yet somehow between the raindrops we had a great evening of food and sharing.
The previous Wednesday Night Bible Study was on the Art of the Covenant. As I told you a couple articles before the church presented Pastor Terrell with a replica of the Art of the Covenant and he wanted us to understand the true meaning of this item.
This sacred chest is also known as the Ark of the testimony, the Ark of the Lord and the Ark of God. It was sacred to the Israelites (Hebrews) because it represented the presence of God. Also, the box contained items that reminded them of God’s provisions.
The lid on the Ark of the Testimony is called the Mercy Seat and it was made of pure gold. It was the place of atonement where once a year the high priest would sprinkle the blood of a goat. The gold Mercy Seat symbolized God’s holy rule on His throne.
In addition the contents of the chest were very important. The 10 Commandments were kept in there and they represented the order of God. Aaron’s rod, which budded and the golden pot of manna both served as a reminder of the Lord’s provisions. Pastor Terrell wrapped up the lesson saying there is no better place to be than in the presence of God in the midst of His provisions.
Last Saturday the seniors had a fantastic time on their outing up to Tanger Outlets in Commerce. Their next trip will be a visit to Savannah in a few months. When we announce it don’t forget to sign up early.
The Springs’ fifth Sunday message was given by Minister Marneze Walker and in his sermon he answered the question, “Are You an Owner of Your Faith or a Renter?” To get more understanding on this topic we looked at Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I but Christ liveth in me: and the life, which I now live in the flesh I live by faith of the Son of God who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Now owners in the Kingdom of God are Christians that used to be renters. They persuade renters that this is the right lifestyle, and they try their best to be hearers and doers of the Word. They take responsibility, want to be valued and know that it is all about God getting the glory and not themselves.
As owners we need to be aware of these three points. Regardless of your condition God still came for one purpose and that is to save your soul. Next, sweep around your own front door before you try to sweep around mine. Finally make sure that you are in the right neighborhood (church).
In this passage the apostle Paul was reflecting on his own conversion. To really own your faith the old man must die. It is no longer about you but it is Christ living in you. You don’t become an owner of your faith by accident.
We must live on purpose. You are to be a total owner of your faith. Everything about you is to be like Christ. Minister Walker summed up the message by saying we need to worship, lead and love like Christ. With a sermon like this, why would you ever consider missing church? Right? Great job, Marneze!
Hopefully next week I will have an update for you on Ms. Aris Hubbard. She along with her parents Johnny and Kathy Hubbard are in Orlando, Florida to attend a track meet. She is competing in several events and as Pastor T stated on Sunday, regardless of the outcome she is already a winner. The Springs’ family is very proud of her and when you see her tell her a job well done!
Talking about track is enough to make you feel tired, almost. Speaking of being weary have you ever been driving home from a long trip and you get so sleepy and tired that you think you may not make it home? Yet, when you get home somehow you get energized”. According to Pastor Terrell that tired feeling is a spirit of fatigue sent by the enemy.
In Sunday’s message we went to St. Luke 5: 1-8 and saw how Peter had tried over and over unsuccessfully to catch fish. Even after Jesus instructed Peter to throw out his nets he still doubted that he would be able to catch fish. Peter did finally throw out one net not fully believing that he could pull up any fish. Can you imagine what he would have caught if he had cast out all of his nets instead of just one?
Now there was a difference in Peter casting out one net instead of all his nets as Jesus told him to do. Pastor Terrell has often stated that one verse or even one word from God can change our life. Would you believe one letter could change everything! It can! In verse four Jesus told Peter to, “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.” Jesus said “nets” meaning more than one net was to be thrown into the water. However in verse five we see that Peter only let down one single net. We must be obedient to God at all times.
To tie this all together consider this. Not being obedient to God keeps us from our blessings. Suppose you wake up on a Sunday morning with the sprit of fatigue upon you and you decide to miss church. What if that was the day that your blessings were hovering over the church searching for you but you were not there to receive them? We all get tired, yet we still must be aware that the enemy will do all he can to derail us, even making us feel that we can’t go on.
It didn’t take Rev. Terrell long to get his point across to us. Remember, when you are at the point of giving up, that is the time when Jesus is about to release your blessings. Don’t ever, ever,ever doubt the power of God! Glory Be To God!