Greetings from The Springs! If you live in Rutledge, you probably received a knock on your door inviting you to the Community Vacation Bible School from June 10-14. The kickoff event is this Saturday, June 9 at 6 p.m. in Rutledge City Park. Don’t miss it!
Greetings from The Springs! Wow! Summer has started with a bang. USBC Youth Week is here. Scheduled activities include a day at the Fisher’s ranch horseback riding and a mid-week trip to the beach. Friday concludes the week with practice for Youth Day, which is Sunday, June 17. Coinciding with this is the Community Dare Rutledge Vacation Bible School from June 10-14. Now who said summer was boring!
There is a change in our schedule for our Pastor’s 15th Anniversary. The date is still Sunday, June 24 however there will be one service that day instead of two. We will celebrate our pastor during the normal morning worship time starting at 10 a.m. Dinner will be served following the program.
We had a full day on Sunday, June 10. Before I tell you about the message, it was great seeing Mother Dorothy Taylor and Mother Lois Johnson at church. They both have been gone for a bit but we were truly happy to see them.
Pastor Robert L. Terrell, Jr. continued the series on receiving the Holy Ghost on Sunday. The focus for this week was hearing in the Spirit. Also, note that the message is geared towards the mature church.
Last week, Pastor Terrell spoke on seeing and entering into the Kingdom based on the text from St. John 3: 3-6. This week centered on verse 8. “The wind blows where it wishes, and you heard the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” When you hear in the Spirit, the ear that you hear the Holy Ghost is in the middle of your heart. It is not really an audible sound but you hear within. Just as Nicodemus in this passage came with an open mind when speaking to Jesus, we must do the same.
Seeing and hearing in the Spirit help us to be able to enter into the Kingdom of God. So what is this Kingdom? Paul describes it in Romans 14:17. “For the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” This righteousness means that you are walking with God hand in hand. You are allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart. He never leaves us although at times we leave Him.
As we walk with God while serving Christ, we will be acceptable to Him and pleasing to men. Most people that you know will like you. Side note. If you are walking with God and everyone is against you, you should check yourself.
Moreover, in the Kingdom of God you, “Pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.” You build up your brother. The things that you are able to do are not to flex but to build up the church.
Again, this message is for the mature church. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2: 6, 8-11 that babes in Christ would not understand. You must be mature in your faith. If you are immature in your faith, you will draw a worldly perspective. This hinders your stance or viewpoint. Until you are baptized into the Holy Ghost, you cannot see or hear the things of the Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, both physical and spiritual. That problem, that new house, that contract, that new job, that person you are dealing with…you do not make a move until you hear in the Spirit. The Holy Ghost searches all things. None of us can know the mind of God but we can ask Him for guidance in any area that we are dealing.
This enlightening series will continue in a few weeks. Remember that Youth Day is Sunday, June 17 and our speaker will be Minister Gary Marneze Walker. Pastor’s Anniversary is the following Sunday, June 24.
On Sunday afternoon, Minister Toni Terrell brought the Word for the Mt. Perry Missionary Baptist Church Annual Women’s Day Program. Her text came from 2 Kings 4; 8-37 and was titled, “Lord, Help Me to Help Myself.”
This passage describes the Shunammite woman and her son. It begins with this woman serving Elisha, as he would pass by giving him food to eat. She and her husband ended up preparing a place for the man of God to stay when he travelled their way. Elisha wanted to do something special for this woman but she did not ask for anything and stated, “I dwell among my own people.” Yet, secretly she had a desire in her heart for a child. She did not speak of it but held this inside.
Although her husband was old, Elisha prophesied that she would have a son within a year and this happened. Sadly, the child died but this woman held on to her faith and believed what was promised to her. Instead of complaining about his death or talking to people about it, she decided to go back to the place of her blessing. She went to Elisha and reminded him of her request not to be deceived about having a child. This man of God went to her son, laid upon him and the child revived after sneezing seven times.
Elisha spoke life to her womb, to her husband and to her child. This woman was prayerful and trusted that God worked through this man. She kept her faith that it would be done. The woman in this passage is an example fitting the occasion for the day. She had faith and only involved the necessary people to correct her problem. She did not go to all her friends or complain about her situation. She went to the man of God.
We had two powerful sermons on Sunday. One focused on a woman’s faith in God and the other on hearing in the Holy Ghost. We can use both of them as we seek a closer walk with God and desire to be born of the Spirit. Glory Be To God!