Our Be­lief De­ter­mines Where We Spend Eter­nity

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH - By Kitty Collingsworth

As we gath­ered to wor­ship Sun­day morn­ing at Mill Creek Bap­tist Church, we were greeted by Jerry Aber­crom­bie, who opened our ser­vice with prayer. Becky John­son and Melissa Costa were cel­e­brat­ing birth­days, and spe­cial prayers were re­quested for the Straw fam­ily, the Lyle Coberly fam­ily, the Luther Rea­gan fam­ily, the Tony Veer­giver fam­ily, Mil­dred Sharp, Dot’s sis­ter, all the hun­ters and Skip.

Thanks were shared to all of those who helped with the Com­mu­nity Thanks­giv­ing Din­ner on Satur­day night. Spe­cial thanks to Don Brack­ney Jr. and Car­rie Edens. We had a won­der­ful crowd.

In honor of Vet­er­ans Day, Linda Aber­crom­bie shared an ar­ti­cle about the sac­ri­fices of vet­er­ans and all of the free­doms that we en­joy be­cause of their sac­ri­fice. Free­dom has a cost, and we ap­pre­ci­ate their ser­vice. Scrip­ture was from Philip­pi­ans 1:3 “I thank my God upon ev­ery re­mem­brance of you.” Thanks to our vet­er­ans at Mill Creek: Jimmy Easter, Wayne John­son, Tom Sharp and Skip McKenna.

Tyrel Lett asked God’s bless­ing upon the of­fer­ing, and he and Rick Lett served as ush­ers. Vet­er­ans Day hymns in­cluded “The Bat­tle Hymn of the Repub­lic.” We were also blessed with spe­cial mu­sic from Jerry Aber­crom­bie who sang, “Thanks to Cal­vary” and a duet from Karen Gard­ner and Becky John­son, “The Light­house.”

Our pas­tor, Brother Mark Hall, brought us God’s mes­sage of “A Tough Day” with scrip­ture from 2 Pe­ter 2, “Then the Lord knows how to de­liver the godly out of temp­ta­tions and to re­serve the un­just un­der pun­ish­ment for the day of judg­ment.” Brother Mark told us that ev­ery­one has a tough day or more than one, but the tough­est one is yet to come, de­pend­ing on where you stand with Je­sus. Brother Mark re­ferred to scrip­ture from 2 Pe­ter 3:2-7 and from Matthew 12:36, when Je­sus says, “But I say to you that for ev­ery idle word men may speak, they will give ac­count of it in the day of judg­ment.” He­brews 9:27 says, “And as it is ap­pointed for men to die once, but af­ter this the judg­ment.” Brother Mark told us that be­liev­ers will be judged and un­be­liev­ers will be judged but they will not be judged to­gether. He asked, “Will we be judged by grace or works? The an­swer is yes. Sal­va­tion is not by grace and works. Sal­va­tion is by grace only. We are not saved by works.”

Scrip­ture ref­er­ences were Ec­cle­si­astes 12:4, Reve­la­tion 20:13, 1 Pe­ter 1:17 and Matthew 16:27. Brother Mark ex­plained that there is be­lief and then there is be­hav­ior. “Our be­lief de­ter­mines where we will spend eter­nity. Our be­hav­ior de­ter­mines how we spend eter­nity. In Heaven, you are re­warded for your works, but where you go de­pends on your be­lief. There will be two judg­ments: 1) judg­ment of Christ; 2) judg­ment of the great white throne. Ev­ery­one will be judged. Our be­hav­ior mat­ters. Your be­lief should al­ter your be­hav­ior. We are not saved by works, but our works will be judged. We will be re­warded and judged by our works. Grace will get you into Heaven, but be­hav­ior will be judged and then re­wards will be given. That is the be­liev­ers’ judg­ment.” Scrip­ture ref­er­ence was 2 Corinthi­ans 5:1-10, Ro­mans 14:10 and 1 Corinthi­ans 3:1016.

Brother Mark told us that the un­be­liev­ers’ judg­ment is the great white throne judg­ment. Rev­e­la­tions 20:11 says, “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.” Brother Mark told us that there is only one Book of Life and if you are saved your name is in it. “Be­liev­ers store up trea­sures in heaven, not on earth. Our good works, deeds and the be­hav­ior we ex­hibit as be­liev­ers will be re­warded in Heaven; or are we stor­ing up wrath in hell? Ro­mans 2:5-9 tells of God’s right­eous judg­ment. There will be a judg­ment day and a sal­va­tion day. We have all kinds of days, but to­day is sal­va­tion day if you need it. Don’t put it off un­til judg­ment day. It is too late then. Sal­va­tion de­ter­mines the rest of your days. It de­ter­mines your eter­nity.”

Our hymn of in­vi­ta­tion was “Lord, I’m Com­ing Home.” Rick Lett gave the bene­dic­tion. There was a sur­prise birth­day party held for Becky John­son af­ter the ser­vice, hosted by her fam­ily in the fel­low­ship hall.

Ev­ery­one is in­vited and wel­come to wor­ship at Mill Creek Bap­tist Church on Sun­day morn­ings at 11 a.m. Sun­day school be­gins at 10 a.m. Mill Creek Bap­tist Church is lo­cated 3½ miles east of Noel, just off High­way 90 on up­per Mill Creek Road.

“And as it is ap­pointed for men to die once, but af­ter this the judg­ment.” Brother Mark told us that be­liev­ers will be judged and un­be­liev­ers will be judged but they will not be judged to­gether. He asked, “Will we be judged by grace or works? The an­swer is yes. Sal­va­tion is not by grace and works. Sal­va­tion is by grace only. We are not saved by works.”

He­brews 9:27

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