Do You Have A Re­la­tion­ship With Je­sus Christ?

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH - By Kitty Collingsworth

It was a beau­ti­ful fall day as we gath­ered to wor­ship Sun­day morn­ing at Mill Creek Bap­tist Church. Doug Cory opened our ser­vice with prayer and greeted our vis­i­tors. Special prayers were re­quested for Stephen Holly, the Clyde Moss fam­ily, Calvin Reece, Carolyn, Vonda An­drews, Polly Rit­ter, Wayne John­son and Skip.

In an­nounce­ments, the busi­ness meet­ing will be held at 7 p.m. Sun­day, Oct. 7, and we will also ob­serve the Lord’s Sup­per.

“Prac­ti­cal Peace” was the de­vo­tional as Linda Aber­crom­bie read Psalm 23:2, “He makes me to lie down in green pas­tures; He leads me be­side the still wa­ters.” Linda shared ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties for help­ing re­lieve stress and ten­sion in our lives. We need to do some­thing ev­ery day that we en­joy and adopt a few stress-re­liev­ing habits to taste God’s rest by.

Con­gre­ga­tional hymns of praise in­cluded “Sun­light” and “Do Lord” led by Karen Gard­ner with Becky John­son at the piano. Tyrel Lett asked God’s bless­ing, and he and Rick Lett served as ush­ers and col­lected the of­fer­ing.

Isa­iah 41:10, which says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dis­mayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will up­hold you with My righ­teous right hand” was the scrip­ture for Brother Mark Hall’s mes­sage. “It’s Not Re­li­gion, It’s a Re­la­tion­ship,” Brother Mark told us. It is a wicked world and we need God’s pres­ence. “Got re­li­gion? What do you get with it? Do you have a re­la­tion­ship with Je­sus Christ?”

Brother Mark used the let­ters in “trust” to make the five points in what makes a re­la­tion­ship.

First is time. “Time is in­volved in any real re­la­tion­ship. You need time to get to know one an­other. You won’t get to know the Lord’s will if you don’t spend time with Him. If we want a closer re­la­tion­ship with God, we must spend more time with Him. As Chris­tians, if we are the bride of Christ, our time is Je­sus Christ’s time, too. If we don’t spend time with Him, is that a real re­la­tion­ship?”

Sec­ond, it takes re­solve to make a re­la­tion­ship. In 2 Tim­o­thy 1:12, Paul tells what true Chris­tian re­solve looks like. Brother Mark told us that Je­sus Christ has, is and al­ways will be faith­ful to us. Are we faith­ful to Him?”

The third thing that makes a re­la­tion­ship is un­der­stand­ing. Brother Mark told us, “No one is more un­der­stand­ing than Je­sus Christ. Be un­der­stand­ing in our re­la­tion­ships.” Brother Mark read 1 Peter 3:7 and said, “A great and peace­ful mar­riage or any re­la­tion­ship is based on un­der­stand­ing. Ev­ery­one doesn’t have to think like you do. We all need a lit­tle un­der­stand­ing. It goes both ways. We need to be ten­der­hearted, un­der­stand­ing and con­sid­er­ate.”

Fourth is sac­ri­fice. Brother Mark read John 15:13 and said, “If Je­sus sac­ri­ficed His life and God sac­ri­ficed His son, what are we will­ing to sac­ri­fice for Him? If there is any­one you are with­hold­ing your love from, you need to love them for Je­sus’ sake. Is that too much for you to sac­ri­fice? Good re­la­tion­ships are all about and re­quire sac­ri­fice. Sac­ri­fice strength­ens the re­la­tion­ship.”

• And lastly, Brother Mark told us that trust is the great­est thing in any re­la­tion­ship. He used a blind­fold to demon­strate how you trust some­one to lead you when you can­not see. “We all think we know what we have planned to do to­mor­row, but there is no cer­tainty of what to­mor­row will bring. Trust is the great­est thing in any re­la­tion­ship.” Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own un­der­stand­ing; in all your ways ac­knowl­edge Him, and He shall di­rect your paths.”

In clos­ing, Brother Mark told us that all of these things add up to what a re­la­tion­ship should re­ally look like: time, re­solve, un­der­stand­ing, sac­ri­fice and trust. “If you trust in the Lord, you will go with him and do what He wants you to do with­out ques­tion. Un­der­stand­ing the will of God takes sac­ri­fice with­out ask­ing what you are go­ing to do. Do you trust Him enough with­out ask­ing what or how long? Do you have that kind of re­la­tion­ship with the Lord? Do you trust Him to do His will? His time is your time. Are you will­ing to make that sac­ri­fice? It is not re­li­gion, it is a re­la­tion­ship. Do you have that kind of re­la­tion­ship? Have you started work­ing on it?”

“Trust and Obey” was our hymn of in­vi­ta­tion, and Tom Sharp gave the bene­dic­tion.

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to wor­ship at Mill Creek Bap­tist Church on Sun­day morn­ings at 11 a.m. Sun­day school be­gins at 10 a.m. and ev­ery­one is wel­come to at­tend.

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.

If you trust in the Lord, you will go with him and do what He wants you to do with­out ques­tion. Un­der­stand­ing the will of God takes sac­ri­fice with­out ask­ing what you are go­ing to do. Do you trust Him enough with­out ask­ing what or how long? Do you have that kind of re­la­tion­ship with the Lord? Do you trust Him to do His will? His time is your time. Are you will­ing to make that sac­ri­fice? It is not re­li­gion, it is a re­la­tion­ship. Do you have that kind of re­la­tion­ship? Have you

started work­ing on it?

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