Chattooga County Church News . . .

Dr. Brad Harrub To Speak At Pleasant Grove

Pleasant Grove church of Christ will have a guest speaker, Dr. Brad Harrub, Sept. 27-29.
Dr. Harrub will speak on “the Truth About Origins.”
He will present Biblical and scientific evidence proving man’s true origin and look at man’s future.
The seminar is free
The public is invited.

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Christmas Play Kickoff Party At Calvary Baptist

The Christmas Play Kick-Off Party at Calvary Baptist Church is open to the community for ages 4-teens. This year’s production, “The Plane Truth About Christmas,” is a fast-paced musical that will be fun for all.
Come to Calvary Baptist at 5:45 p.m. Sunday to learn more about how to be a part.
There are roles or production jobs for everyone who wants one.
Call 770-235-6538 if you have any questions.

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Countywide Fifth Sunday Singing Set

The next countywide 5th Sunday night sing will be held at Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Gore on Sept. 29 beginning at 5 p.m.
If you would like to sing, call Gail at 706-857-0103 to get your name on the list.
All churches are invited to bring their choirs and special singers to this event. Come expecting a blessing and fantastic barbecue to eat. Plates will be for eating there or take out.
The public is invited, mark your calendars now.

 

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Evangelist Johnny Feagan To Speak At Trion Church

God’s Dwelling Place will have Evangelist Johnny Feagan as the guest speaker at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Sept. 29.
He will bring the message and Liz Haley will be the special guest singer.
For details, contact God’s Dwelling Place, 1076 Mountain View Road, Trion, at 423-785-6838.
Pastor Barry and Pastor Iris Padgett invite the pubic to come worship with them.

 

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Perennial Plans Fifth Sunday Night Singing

Perennial Springs Baptist Church has scheduled its 5th Sunday night singing at 6 p.m. Sept. 29.
Amber Maxey will be the featured singer.
A light meal will be served afterwards for all in the fellowship hall.
Pastor Tom Russell invites the public.

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Steve Peppers New Pastor  At Midway Baptist Church

Midway Baptist Church in Summerville has named Steve Peppers as pastor.
He accepted the leadership position effective Aug. 25.
Peppers has been preaching for 15 years in supply, or fill-in, roles for various churches, having taught school in Chattooga County for 33 years.
Steve is married to Sandra Bearden Peppers. They have three children and seven grandchildren.
Midway Baptist Church is located at 194 Ellen Street, Summerville.
The public is invited to join in Sunday school weekly on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m.

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By TOMMY O’KELLEY
Minister, Subligna Road
Church Of Christ

THE BELIEF IN
JOHN 3
In the third chapter of John, there is a discussion going on between John the Baptist and some of his disciples (those who had been baptized by John). In verse 26 notice the statement, which is in questioning, “And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizes, and all men come to him.” In verse 28 John reminds those to whom he is speaking of his words “I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him,” and in verse 30 stated that he (Christ) must increase and that he (John) must decrease.”

The final verse of this chapter concludes and clarifies what John wanted his disciples to understand. There are two statements in this verse both regarding belief. Both statements are essential when it comes to having eternal life.

The first statement is “He that believeth ON the Son hath everlasting life.” This statement certainly compliments the Lord’s words in verse 16 that one must believe the deity of Christ, that he is the only begotten son of God. The purpose of Christ was to come to this earth to seek and save the lost. Luke 19:10. It’s this belief on Him that will lead to one’s obedience so they should not perish.

Now the second statement of verse 36 of John chapter 3, as already stated, is just as essential to one’s salvation as the first. In the same breath and sentence John states, “He that believeth NOT the Son shall not see life; but, the wrath of God abideth on him.” One might say well they are the same but there is a difference in wording and in meaning.

The first statement is belief in deity and the second is believing the words which He spoke, His commands and teachings. Belief is absolutely necessary to salvation; this is called faith. This faith is a belief in God, Christ, Heaven and Hell. In Hebrews 11: 6, we read that without faith it’s impossible to please Him. Again, this faith is both of deity and the words of Christ.

Now, let me ask you a question, “Do you believe?” Or is your faith a dead faith as the body without the spirit is dead? If you answer yes, you believe, then have you done as Christ stated in Mark 16, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but, he that believeth not shall be damned.” In this passage we see belief with action, one is belief in Christ as God’s son and the other belief is our action of obedience. One must believe on Christ and one must believe Christ. If you have not been baptized for the remission of your sins, then do you truly believe?
Until next week, this is the Scriptural Truth. Tommy O’Kelley, Minister, Subligna Road church of Christ, 706-638-1129 or 423-413-5319, email tmdok4@windstream.net.

 

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