Greetings from The Springs! An exciting day is coming this week. Ms. Pat Dye is hosting “Women’s Missions Day” at Union Springs Baptist Church on Saturday, October 8 at 1:30 p.m. This is an informal gathering but we will have several exemplary women that have been on the mission field, guiding numerous people to Christ. They will share their specific insight on being a woman operating in local and foreign missions. This is a community event and we are planning to see many of our neighbors in attendance.
In case you don’t know, Ms. Pat has spent a large portion of her life as a missionary and she is not finished yet. She has travelled all over of the world as an ambassador for Jesus Christ and many of us at USBC have learned more about the people she serves. Although The Springs has supported foreign missions for many years before we were honored to meet Ms. Pat, it has been a blessing to have more first-hand knowledge of the missionary life.
The Springs Food Pantry will be open on Wednesday October 5 beginning at 7:15 p.m. and remain open for the duration of Prayer and Testimony that evening. It will reopen the following Sunday, October 9 following morning worship. On both days, members of USBC will be available to assist you with food items.
The topic for last Wednesday Night Bible Study was “Hard Work and Determination.” Minister Toni Terrell led most of the class and she began with this point. The first thing we should seek is God and not our ambitions or our own will. Even if you have to work on the Sabbath, you can pray and ask God to release you so that you can serve Him on that day. We cannot neglect the Lord.
Moreover, work as to the Lord and not man (Colossians 3: 22, 23). Do your best as unto God and obey those in authority over you.
When we work, in whatever we do, we must do it with all our might. Do the very best that you can. Read Ecclesiastes 9:10 to help you with this. Minister Terrell urged us not to be lazy. Doing just enough to get by is not acceptable.
Taking pride in what we do goes hand in hand with working with all of our might. In 2 Thessalonians 3: 7-12, Paul is saying that he is an example to them. He was not trying to be a burden to them. Verse eight-“Nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you.”
Verse 10 is just as important with our work, too. We cannot put ourselves in a position where we don’t have an income because we refuse a certain kind of work or simply chose not to work.
Now, there is a flip side to work, too. Don’t overdo it. Even our employers should not over work us either.
As reminder, Prayer and Testimony Night is this Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Let me fill you on something new regarding Bible Study nights in October. After this week, The Springs may be in your neighborhood on Wednesday nights! Keep your ears open for details.
The sermon for Sunday, October 2, 2016 dealt with the familiar story about David and Goliath, however the Lord, again, gave Pastor Robert L. Terrell a different take on it. We know that David had the Lord on his side and he defeated the giant, yet there is another message here.
If you turn to 1 Samuel, Chapter 17, you see where David triumphs over Goliath. The point that Pastor Terrell brought out was all that David went through was for him to be a witness for the Lord. It was all for the earth to know that there is a God in Israel.
In verse 45, we see that the Lord was on Israel’s side but they were still losing the battle. The Philistines were coming out every day challenging God’s people. They had a giant that was ruthless in making havoc with God’s folk. They were losing until David came and praised the Lord. The rest of them were running from the giant but David told them they were fighting the wrong way. The battle was not theirs but the Lord’s! “
Then David said the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. However, I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all the assembly shall, know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give you into our hands.’”
Pastor Terrell said not to get your spear or your rod but put a praise on your situation. Many times, we fight our battles the wrong way. No matter what you are going through, don’t get upset…praise the Lord! Whatever your battle is, pray and praise God! Realize that it is not your fight. Let somebody handle it that can actually do something about it!
Another key point in this passage is that David kept his assignment. Starting in verse 34, he said, “But David said to Saul, ‘Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion of a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it.”
David received his anointing at an early age, but he served his father until it was time for him to step out. For our practical use, the word is this. Keep your assignment.
Pastor Terrell ended his sermon with this. David kept his assignment and witnessed to Saul. He said that he had dealt with something similar to fighting this Philistine giant in the past. He could not have slain the lion and the bear as a young boy without the anointing of God. The Lord is more than a conqueror! You and God are bigger than any situation that you have! Glory Be To God!