While sin is something people do, it is also a power in one’s life that takes over, controls and eventually brings ruin.
People who are living a life of flagrant sin usually consider themselves free – free from the restraint of rules. In a sense this is true – a life of sin is a life free from God’s rules, at least for the time being. But there is something else that is not usually considered: a life of sin is a life in bondage to sin. Jesus once said, “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant [slave] of sin.” (John 8:34 See also Romans 6:16; 2 Peter 2:19)
Although we see this clearly in the various addictions such as alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography, etc., we are not so quick to recognize it in our own life. But just try breaking the hold of your favorite sin and you will feel its power. Sin, all sin, gets a grip; sinks in its teeth; and takes control. And once sin gets a hold on a person, it is not easily pried loose.
The good news is that the power of sin can be broken. In becoming a Christian we bury our old life of sin in the waters of baptism and are raised to a new life of freedom in Christ. (See Romans 6:4, 17-18)
Some look forward to gospel meetings and attend every service. Others seem not to care and make little effort to attend. Perhaps the difference is a failure to appreciate the benefits of attending and why we should try to attend every service of our meeting.
- To SUPPORT the GREATEST and MOST IMPORTANT
MESSAGE ever given
The Word is living and powerful (Hebrews 4:12) and able to produce faith (Romans 10:17)
The gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16)
Jesus wants all to hear the message (Mark 16:15-16)
Isn’t God’s Word worthy of our support?
- To RECEIVE a great message
To exhort one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24-25) and revive those who have lost their first love (Rev. 2:4-5)
Aren’t we all in need of edification and uplifting?
- To DEMONSTRATE our PRIORITIES
The kingdom of God comes first (Matthew 6:33)
We are concerned for the lost and have compassion for them (Matthew 9:35-38)
We support and want to encourage our brethren (Rom. 15:1-2)
What could take higher priority than the message and will of our gracious and mighty Lord?
Our presence shows that we desire to receive the great message Jesus has to offer. What does our absence show? We hope to see you there!
Phillip is included in the list of disciples in Matthew, Mark, and Luke but other than that they tell us nothing about him. It is in the Gospel of John that are given the few scant details we know about this obscure apostle. We first meet Phillip in John 1:43-44: “The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Phillip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Phillip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? Phillip saith unto him, Come and see.” (John 1:43-46)
“Come and see.” A simple invitation but it turned Nathanael’s life around. After meeting Jesus and seeing for himself, he confessed Jesus in these words: “Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.” (John 1:49) It all started with a simple invitation, “Come and see.”
You never know what an invitation can do. Invite a friend or a stranger to our upcoming Gospel Meeting. In so doing, you may turn someone’s life around.
Mark your calendars for our upcoming Gospel Meeting beginning Sunday April 28 through Wednesday May 1. Our speaker for this year is
Ken Forest. Plan to be at every service and also
invite as many others as you can.
Pray for the success of this meeting. Pray that we may all be edified and that the lost will be reached with the gospel. Pray for Ken also. Paul in his letter to the church at Ephesus asked that prayer be made for that utterance might be given unto him, that he might open his mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel (Ephesians 6:19). Certainly we should do the same for Ken.
Never underestimate the power of a simple
invitation. Souls have been won for Christ because someone offered a simple invitation. So invite as many people as you can.