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Pastor's Notes

     Greetings and grace to you in the wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The Lord has blessed this summer in many various ways; youth camp, VBS, We Are the Church studies, open doors and your faithful attendance have all encouraged me in the Lord.  We have new prospect families and many that need follow up visits.  A.C.T.S. Ministry meets @ 6:00pm every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month to make connections with people the Lord has brought to ERBC.  You can be used of the Lord to witness for Christ, encourage someone in the Lord and help connect them to ERBC.  Come Allow Christ to Speak through you!

     The 50th Year of Ministry Celebration Team is very active and doing a great job.  The celebration is scheduled for September 24.  Dr. Steve Linginfelter will be our guest preacher.  You might be asked to help plan, get things together or serve in some capacity in the next few weeks.  Please have a willing spirit to help make this day special.  Be watching for a special edition newsletter!

     August brings many opportunities.  Our students will return to their school’s mission field as school restarts.  Please be in prayer for the students, teachers, administrators and support staff of our schools.  We Are the Church study will meet the first two Sunday nights of August as it concludes on Aug. 13.  The Good Shepherd Ministries Family Reunion Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19, @ 6:30pm. Please let us know you plan to attend at the welcome center display.  The whistle blows for the AWANA Kickoff on Sunday, Aug. 20, @ 5:30pm; this is a church wide evening event.  AWANA Clubs and Discipleship Training classes will restart on August 27 @ 5:30pm.  August will also be the start of a new Sunday morning sermon series entitled, “The Musts of the Church,” beginning Aug. 6, as we look into the Lord Jesus’ letters to the seven churches of Revelation.  This pastor is excited about what the Lord is doing and planning for August, and hopes you are too.

     What is the Lord’s primary purpose for leaving you on this earth?  What is the primary purpose for the Lord having ERBC at 19470 Elkton Road for fifty years?  God declares, “Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” (Isa. 43:7)  Truly we exist to bring glory to God.  The Westminster Shorter Catechism begins with “Question 1: What is the chief end of man? Answer: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.”  Certainly we can glorify God in everything we do as we honor and obey Him (1 Cor. 10:31), but what is the primary way we glorify God?  Is it not to win others to Christ that others could be called by His name, being a new creature in Christ to the glory of God!  When Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to His disciples in Acts 1:8, the primary function of the Holy Spirit was not said to be that of a Comforter or an Assurer, but the Enabler to witness for Christ where ever the soles of their feet traveled.  My thoughts go to Paul and his testimony unto King Agrippa in Acts 26:16-19 – “But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;  Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,  To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.  Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:”.  You might not be called to travel from home as a missionary, but God has called you to minister and witness to all people in His name.  To open their eyes, turning them from darkness to the light of the Lord Jesus Christ; to be a vessel that the power of God could work through to tell others of the amazing grace of God that can free them from the power of Satan, and how they can be forgiven of all their sins by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Who loves them and gave His life for them.  Yes, that they can be called by God’s name and be a member of the family of God, having heaven for an eternal home!  Certainly Paul never claimed to perfect, but he did testify without dispute that he had obeyed God’s purpose for him.  In so doing much glory had been brought to God not only by Paul’s obedience, but through the many souls won to Christ.  You and I do not need a heavenly vision, because we have the Word of God!  It is the Word of God that reveals the primary purpose for us today, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matt. 28:19-20)  Are you saying “Amen,” (so let it be) to this purpose?  Are you being obedient to God’s Word regarding intentionally witnessing for the Lord Jesus Christ? 

 

By His grace,

Toney





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