What Do You Do To Help In God’s House?
As we gathered to worship Sunday morning at Mill Creek Baptist Church, we were greeted by Doug Cory, who opened our morning service with prayer. David and Kitty Collingsworth were celebrating their anniversary and special prayers were requested for many including, Janet Chaney, Ray Adair, Silas, Polly Ritter, Louis Davis, Mertie Harmon, Shelley’s son and the Spears’ grandson. Special prayers were also given for the teachers, students, cooks, bus drivers and support staff as school begins this week. We pray for safety and a great year. Steve Mason shared a praise, and Wayne Johnson and the Hazelton’s expressed their thanks. It was good to have Wayne back with us.
Linda Abercrombie read Isaiah 66:1-2 and gave the devotional, “No Other God.” God has the authority over the world and us. He is the only one and sustains everything. God has no peer and brings order out of chaos.
Tyrel Lett asked God’s blessing upon the offertory, and he and Rick Lett collected the offering. Becky Johnson and Karen Gardner led the congregational hymns. We were blessed with special music from Jerry Abercrombie who sang, “Wedding Music.” The men joined together and sang “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder,” and the ladies of the congregation sang “In The Garden.”
The scripture for the last message in the sermon series on the relevance of the Old Testament and the “who’s who” of Israel’s kings was 2 Chronicles 34:13. Israel was on fire for God one minute and then backsliding the next. Sunday’s message was about Josiah who was only 8 years old when he took the throne and reigned righteously for 31 years. Brother Mark told us that Josiah was a ”boy among men, a real man. He beat the odds.”
Brother Mark read 2 Chronicles 33:21-25, that tells of Josiah’s father, his short reign and fall as a king. Brother Mark told us that, “At age 16, Josiah sought God. At 20, he cleaned house and got rid of the idols, and at age 26, he fixed up God’s house. God’s house gets a lot of criticism, but it is the best thing we have. God’s house and church are the same. What do you do to help in God’s house? We are the church and body of Christ. We are God’s children. God doesn’t want to hear people running down His children, just like we don’t want to hear people run down our children.”
2 Chronicles 34:8-13 talks about Hilkiah finding God’s book in God’s house. Brother Mark told us, “The Book of the Law was found and read. How can you really look at the word of the Lord without seeing yourself and others? Josiah is a story of a church and God’s word being revived. God always has a remedy when things get bad. Sin has a price. We have a generation coming up that doesn’t know God. It is time to get back into God’s house and hear His word and testimony. It is time that God’s people start acting like it. We need to take the trash out of the things in our life that we don’t need. It is time to clean up the junk in our life. That is what separates us from God. Josiah’s tender and humble heart helped him see God. He was a great king because of his tender heart.”
Brother Mark told us that our feelings and mind change when we care more about God. “Josiah was a great king because of his tender heart. That’s what happens when we get rid of the junk in our lives. Junk in our hearts gets hard to clean out. Have you humbled yourself with a tender heart like Josiah? Can you hear God through all the junk? How hard is it to find God without Jesus? Jesus makes it easy.” In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
In closing, Brother Mark asked, “Is there any junk you need to clean out to find your way to Him? Is there any junk that you don’t consider sin but is when it gets between you and God? We need to keep things in perspective.”
Our hymn of invitation was “Reach Out to Jesus.” Tom Sharp gave the benediction.
Mill Creek Baptist Church will celebrate its 114th year of worship with Homecoming on Sunday, Aug. 19. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m. Spring Street will sing during our song service, followed by God’s message from Brother Mark Hall. After the service, dinner will be served in the fellowship hall, followed by more praise music from Spring Street, a wonderful bluegrass gospel group. Everyone is invited to attend our worship and celebration.
Mill Creek Baptist Church is located three and one-half miles east of Noel, just off Highway 90. For information, call 417-475-7633 and leave a message.