Greetings from The Springs! October 23, 2022 marked USBC Pastors Appreciation Day.
As usual, it was a great occasion in which we honored our pastor and first lady. The speaker was again Rev. Emery Arnold of Mount Enon Baptist Church in Monroe, Georgia. He did an outstanding job as the guest revivalist for October.
His sermon for the occasion was titled “I Heard Him Through the Vine”. His main text for the morning came from John 15:1-7. In this familiar passage, Jesus says he is the vine. Reverend Arnold said that before we can go with Jesus, we must be connected to the vine. The church has a job to do and that is to bear good fruit.
Often people go from place to place and doctor to doctor, looking everywhere but “The Vine”. This is the answer they seek in life. “If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you will ask for what you desire and it will be given to you. »
Going back to verse one, Jesus told them he was the real deal. Jesus wants to have a relationship with us. Sometimes we don’t really want Jesus, just what he can do for us. However, Jesus desires to have a relationship with us. It’s more than just showing up to church on Sunday. He wants to be with us at work or wherever we may go. When people see us, they shouldn’t have to ask where Jesus is. They should always see it with us in everything we do.
Look at 2 Thessalonians 1:3. Paul was telling them that he had checked them out and they were doing the right thing. He could see the fruit they produced. The fruit shows everything. He does not lie. We will know the tree by the fruit it produces.
Reverend Arnold ended by saying that because of the fruit The Springs is bearing, God is preparing to do something in Morgan County. Continue to dwell in God. What a great way to end this revival series.
Pastor Glenn Hendrix and Reverend Ronald Pettis accompanied Reverend Arnold weekly to The Springs. Plus let me just say they roll like The Springs every time Pastor Terrell comes around to speak. He brought with him many members of his church and his family. Also, may I add that his wife Michelle is a wonderful woman. It was a pleasure to meet you all.
Now let’s talk about Bible study. We should never judge a person. We are called to be witnesses. Keep testifying no matter what. Along with our walk with Christ, we must show the fruit of repentance. In Matthew 16:13-28, Jesus tests the disciples on the worth of a soul. The key is that it’s in the present tense. Jesus is testing his disciples here and testing us now.
Peter and Jesus are the main characters here as Jesus establishes his church. If people confess Jesus Christ, we should praise them.
Later in this passage, Jesus shows the disciples that he should sometimes suffer. We will have to do the same.
Verses 24-26 reveal that this is not all for me. We will have to deny ourselves when we say we are confessing Jesus. Every day we must deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow Christ. Really, we have to do these things all day. Our reward will be in heaven.
Another point made in class is that there will be times when we need to reprimand those who don’t back down. Part of the role of the preacher is to rebuke us when we are wrong. Yet even with the rebuke, he must leave them with hope. Join us this week to learn more about this topic.
Let’s get back to the pastor’s assessment. As always, I like to show my appreciation to Pastor T in this article. It’s good to show someone your appreciation with gifts or to tell them how you feel. There’s nothing wrong with either one. Yet another way to show your appreciation to someone is to pray for them. The world may not see it, but God does. My prayer for Pastor T and Min. Toni is found in Numbers 6:24-26 and 2 Corinthians 9:8. May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; may the Lord lift up his face upon you and give you peace. God is able to cause all grace to abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. Amen.