We Need The Light To See

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH - By Kitty Collingsworth

As we gath­ered to wor­ship Sun­day morn­ing at Mill Creek Bap­tist Church, spe­cial prayers were re­quested for Skip, Gra­cie, Stephen Holly, the Burkholder fam­ily, Jim Brew­ster and Tate O’Brien. Doug Cory opened our ser­vice with prayer and wel­comed the con­gre­ga­tion. In an­nounce­ments, the busi­ness meet­ing will be held at 7 p.m. Sun­day, Oct. 7.

Janet Chaney shared the de­vo­tional, “Death,” a story ex­plain­ing our faith, what is on the other side of death and where our Mas­ter is wait­ing for us if we be­lieve in Je­sus Christ. She also shared a hu­mor­ous story, “The Tire.”

We joined voices in singing hymns of praise with Becky John­son at the pi­ano, and spe­cial mu­sic from Karen Gard­ner who sang, “Peace In The Val­ley.” Rick Lett and Tyrel Lett served as ush­ers and col­lected the of­fer­ing.

“The Dead­man’s Walk­ing” was the ti­tle of Brother Mark Hall’s mes­sage as he read Eph­e­sians 2:1-10. Brother Mark talked about be­ing saved by grace through faith. “If you have been saved, you were once dead in trans­gres­sions and sins — spir­i­tu­ally dead. Once saved, you are now alive in Christ.” Brother Mark asked, “The day you were saved, why didn’t God take you to Heaven with Him? Be­cause you are not saved by works, you are saved to work. You have your work plan laid out by Christ.” Eph­e­sians 2:10 says, “For we are His work­man­ship, cre­ated in Christ Je­sus for good works, which God pre­pared be­fore­hand that we should walk in them.” Brother Mark asked, “What is our work? To help lead oth­ers to Christ. How do we go about our work?”

Brother Mark read John 11:1-44 which tells the story of the death of Lazarus and Je­sus say­ing that He is the res­ur­rec­tion. Brother Mark told us that it is a spir­i­tual ac­count of be­ing dead in trans­gres­sions and sins and be­com­ing saved and alive in Christ. “The first thing that Lazarus’ sis­ters did was to send for Je­sus. We want our friends alive in Christ and our work is laid out for us. The first and most im­por­tant thing that we need to do to get started is to pray (to send for Je­sus). Noth­ing hap­pens with­out Je­sus. We can’t save them. Only Je­sus can do that, but the tim­ing is up to Him. We are on God’s time, not ours.” Brother Mark com­pared soul win­ning to fish­ers of men. “The key is to know when to set the hook and catch them. Je­sus knows the time. He sees peo­ple’s hearts. We keep cast­ing and throw­ing the bait, but Je­sus knows when to set the hook.”

The sec­ond thing we need to do when do­ing God’s work is to go when Je­sus says to. We came on call when we signed on to do God’s work. The third thing is don’t be scared. John 11:16 tells us that with Thomas there was no turn­ing back. He had that re­solve. The fourth thing we need to do when do­ing God’s work is be­lieve. Brother Mark told us that if it is go­ing to hap­pen, there are cer­tain things we have to be­lieve. In John 11: 25-26 Je­sus says, “I am the res­ur­rec­tion and the life. He who be­lieves in me, though he may die, he shall live. And who­ever lives and be­lieves in Me shall never die. Do you be­lieve this?” Brother Mark said, “If you are go­ing to see your friends saved, you need to be­lieve, too.” The fifth thing in do­ing God’s work is tears. Brother Mark told us that our tears move Je­sus and there are no tears shed that He doesn’t know about. “Don’t be ashamed of your tears. Even Je­sus wept as it tells us in John 11:35.”

The sixth thing we need to do to ac­com­plish God’s work is roll away the stone just as they did with Lazarus. Brother Mark told us we need to let in the light to see. “Je­sus is the light of the world and we can’t see the light if we don’t roll away the stones — the sin. When we lure peo­ple out of the tomb (the dark­ness), we have to lift them up to Je­sus. He is the only way. Je­sus calls them out of the tomb, we do not. We can pray, we can go, we can be scared, we can be­lieve and roll away the stone, but Je­sus has to call them out of the dark­ness into the light. When Je­sus calls them out in­stead of us, they hear us with their ears but they hear Je­sus with their heart. There is a dif­fer­ence be­tween heart knowl­edge and head knowl­edge. Je­sus called Lazarus out of the tomb. Je­sus com­manded him. Those who love Him lis­ten to His com­mand. Not all are go­ing to come out, but that is up to them. But we have to keep lift­ing up Je­sus.”

The last thing in do­ing God’s work is dis­ci­ple­ship. Lazarus was the dead man walk­ing. John 11:44 says, “And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Je­sus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.” Brother Mark said, “When you come out of the tomb, don’t drag the sin with you. Lose it and let it go. Lazarus just laid back on Je­sus. Je­sus has it. Give it to Him. Je­sus has over­come the world. This is the kind of re­la­tion­ship you can have when you come out of the tomb (the dark­ness) and walk with Je­sus. Are you in the tomb? Je­sus is out there call­ing out to you. Have you loos­ened and let it go? Give it to God and get out of the tomb.”

After our hymn of in­vi­ta­tion, we ob­served The Lord’s Sup­per. As Brother Mark read 1 Corinthi­ans 11:23-32, Mitchell Lett and Tyrel Lett served as ush­ers and passed the bread and cup as Tom Sharp asked God’s bless­ing upon it. We then wit­nessed the bap­tism of Mar­lene Gray. We wel­come her to our church fam­ily and ask God’s bless­ings upon her.

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.

There will be peace in the val­ley for me, some day.

There will be peace in the val­ley for me, oh Lord I pray. There’ll be no sad­ness, no sor­row,

No trou­ble, trou­ble I see.

There will be peace in the val­ley for me, for me. Peace In The Val­ley

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