Union Springs News: Shalom

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By T. Adrienne Terrell, Columnist

Greetings from The Springs! Here are the upcoming events for March.

• March-In Commemoration – March 15th at 10 a.m.

• Women’s Day – March 22nd at 10 a.m. • Holy Week – March 29th – April 5th The focus of last Wednesday’s Bible Study was on the spiritual gift, “Interpretation of Tongues.”

This is a vocal gift that is the supernatural ability to translate into the native tongue that which is uttered in other tongues or languages not known by the one who interprets by the Spirit.

In other words, the person that interprets the tongue does not know the language but the Spirit reveals what is being spoken.

Pastor Terrell said that the problem people have with interpreting tongues is that they get focused on trying to understand the language.

That is not the point. The objective is to realize is that the Holy Spirit will let you know what is being said in the Spirit.

In the second half of the class, Pastor Terrell discussed the Apostolic Ministry which is sometimes called the five-Fold Ministry.

The Apostolic Order is when all the gifts are working together in the church. This being said, Jesus is the chief cornerstone of the apostles and prophets.

The foundation of the church is the Apostolic Order because everything builds from this. This series on the Apostolic Order will continue in a couple weeks.

In the meantime, you can review the following scriptures: Romans 1:1-5; Ephesians 2: 8-22; Ephesians 3 (Entire chapter); Ephesians 4: 1-16 and Galatians 2: 8, 9.

Since this Wednesday leads up to second Sunday, we will have prayer and testimony for the mid-week service starting at 7:30 pm. On Sunday, March 1 USBC had five candidates for baptism.

Along with this part of the program, Pastor Terrell had a powerful mini-sermon titled, “The Death, the Burial and the Resurrection.”

He stated that we are saved by the confession of our faith and in the baptism, we parallel Jesus when He went to the cross.

Because of one sin, we are due death but Jesus took our place on that Roman cross. Jesus gave up His life for our sins.

In the liquid grave, we take the sin nature down and rise up in the newness of life. It doesn’t mean that we will not sin but we will not have the desire to do so.

I believe that this was the catalyst for what happened later in the morning with the fastest growing segment of the The Springs which is the young men’s group.

On Sunday the young men didn’t wait until the invitation was given to come up before the church to make a decision for Christ. In the middle of Pastor Terrell’s sermon they started coming up, one after the other, filling the front.

The key to the message on Sunday was peace. This is a state of calmness and the absence of conflict, yet there is a better peace –Shalom. Shalom is more than just the peace of the world. It is God’s peace which you can have even in the midst of conflict.

It will take care of everything that you are going through. To explain this further, Pastor Terrell led us to St. John 14: 27 where Jesus knew that He was about to leave and pay our sin debt in full.

He was going to the Roman cross but the disciples could not understand. He told them, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Jesus knew that His peace was different from that of the world. It is the peace of God. Only Jesus can give you peace in the middle of any problem or circumstance that you are facing. Better yet, you don’t have to earn God’s peace, either.

All that you have to do is receive it. The world will give it to you today and take it back tomorrow. So, no matter what is going on in your life today, Shalom! Glory Be To God!

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