NEW! Office Closure - Thursday, Nov. 26th & Friday, Nov. 27th in observance of Thanksgiving
IN EFFECT! We are conducting Sunday morning worship service (only) at 10:15 a.m. until further notice due to COVID-19. All are welcome!
NEW! Food Pantry is open from 9 -11 a.m., food donation items are: Canned Meats & Mac n’ Cheese. The clothing pantry is still closed until further notice because of COVID-19.
NEW! Wednesday night Adult, & Teen/Young Adult classes have started and are at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
NEW! Dr. Rick Janelle will be hosting “Facebook Live” events on Wednesday evenings beginning at 7 p.m. on our Facebook Page. He will be sharing new topics each Wednesday.
IN EFFECT! Weekly Video - Daniel and others in the Lord’s church will be sharing weekly videos on the Ginosko Studios Facebook Page which began on August 10th! Please take a moment to check them out when you can.
The church and its mission
The church exists “in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Ephesians 3:10-11). It is a sacred institution that no community social club can match (Acts 20:28).
Some reading this may think, “We live in the 21st Century. The church must meet the needs of modern society.” Our society has civic and social organizations which meet the physical needs of our community. What this day and time woefully lacks is an emphasis on the soul of man, his moral duty, and his eternal welfare. The church must meet the need of mankind today — the very greatest need of all — instruction in how to serve God and keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).
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Giving & Benevolence
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Lords Supper & communion
Defending & Evangelizing
From the Elders: We miss everyone assembling together to encourage one another ( Heb. 10:25 )! The COVID pandemic has caused many in society to fear the unknown. We pray that neglecting the assembly of the saints will not lead to a desertion of the faith. Starting, August 2, 2020, we will no longer alternate Worship attendance based on last names.
We will return to everyone permitted to attending during every Sunday Morning Worship service at 10:15 am. Face coverings are encouraged when social distancing of 6-feet cannot be maintained. The alternate means of serving communion is still in effect. Sunday evenings, Wednesday evenings, and classes will be phased in at a future date.
Edifying, exhorting, and encouraging are essential purposes of the assembly. We look forward to strengthening each other in our faith by being together. We also realize that a few are at higher risk than others, so if you do not feel comfortable attending, please continue to watch the Sunday live stream service at 10:15 am which can be viewed via this link: Click Here
Contributions can still be mailed to the office, dropped off at the office, given on Sunday morning via a plate set out on the table in the Auditorium entrance, or via the church website using the ‘Contribute’ link both at the bottom footer and navigation of each page or by Clicking Here
Worship Times have changed due to COVID-19:
Sunday 9:15 am: Bible Study (CLOSED DUE TO COVID)
Sunday 10:15 am: Worship (OPEN)
Sunday 6:00 pm: Worship (CLOSED DUE TO COVID)
Wednesday 6:30 om: Bible Study (CLOSED DUE TO COVID)
Belief and Faithfulness
A. The New Oxford American Dictionary defines belief as to trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something. As Christians, our belief is based on the evidence (Heb. 11:1), not wishful thinking. In matters of faith, belief is more than the mere mental recognition of the existence of God. However, as Christians, we indeed believe in the existence of God. Incidentally, there is a stark contrast as it pertains to belief in God versus believing God. Belief in God expresses the sentiments that God exists, whereas to believe God, is to take God at His word (i.e. Biblical faith). The Bible reveals that “Abram believed the LORD, and He counted it to him as righteousness (Gen. 15:6 ESV). This is to say that Abram obeyed God. In fact, if Abram had not believed God, it would have been considered, “staggering at the promise of God” (Rom. 4:20 KJV). Another example is found in Numbers. Moses was instructed by God to speak to the rock, from which the Israelites were to receive water (Numb. 20:7-8). Unfortunately, “Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod, he smote the rock twice” (Numb. 20:11 KJV). In verse 12 we read that God equated Moses’ disobedience with disbelief. Belief is essential for salvation (John 8:24; Mark 16:15-16). Thus, to believe God is to trust and obey Him (i.e. Mark 16:15-16).
B. Faithfulness is defined as fidelity, continued loyalty, and support – trustworthy. God is faithful; that is, He is trustworthy and reliable (1 Cor. 1:9). Moses, in instructing the Israelites, said, “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations” (Deut. 7:9 KJV). As Christians, we seek opportunities to tell all those who will hear of God’s faithfulness. The Psalmist wrote, “I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations” (Psa. 89:1 KJV). However, we are to be faithful as God is faithful. God preserves the faithful (Psa. 31:23). As faithful people of God, we strive to do all that God commands us (i.e. 1 Sam. 2:35). Jesus reveals that faithfulness is required to enter into heaven (Matt. 25:21). Thus, as faithfulness is a characteristic of God, so it must be the characteristic of every Christian.
Attendance & Assembly
A. Attendance (προσέχω prosechō) occurs about twenty times in the New Testament with the meanings “beware,” “give heed to,” or “give attention to.” Paul instructed Timothy to give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine (1 Tim. 4:13 KJV). The context indicates that particular care is advised in the public reading of Scripture. This was instructed by Timothy and of Christians today. We are to apply ourselves to the knowledge of scripture, especially in a public setting. “Therefore, we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip” (Heb. 2:1 KJV). It is a moral obligation to pay close attention to God’s word. This requires a diligent study on behalf of the child of God (i.e. 2 Tim. 2:15).
B. Assembly is defined as the action of gathering together as a group for a common purpose. The idea is a physical gathering. An example of this is found in Leviticus, “And Moses did as the LORD commanded him, and the assembly was gathered together unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation” (8:4 KJV). This physical gathering together was practiced by the first-century church: “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers’ ‘ (Acts 2:42 KJV). We assemble together on the first day of the week for many reasons as authorized by God. For example, we assemble together to partake of the Lord’s supper and preaching: “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight” (Acts 20:7 KJV). We come together for singing: “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Eph. 5:19 KJV). We come together to pray (i.e. Acts 2:42). We also come together to give, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come” (1 Cor. 16:2 KJV). Thus, as Christians, we are to physically come together to worship the God of heaven upon every first day of the week.
Prayer & Supplication
A. Prayer means to seek, ask, or entreat. Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matt. 7:7 KJV). The Bible reveals that prayer is a request or supplication addressed by men to God on behalf of themselves or others. Prayer is our open line of communication with God through Jesus (i.e. 1 Tim. 2:2-5). Prayer is personal (Matt. 6:5-7). There are various positions mentioned in scripture in which one can pray. We read of a prayer position in 1 Kings, “And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven” (8:4 KJV). Another example of a position of prayer is found in Matthew, “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matt. 26:39 KJV). There are examples of audible prayers (Matt. 26:26- 28) and none audible prayers (1 Sam. 1:10-13). As Christians, we are to pray to the Father often (i.e. 1 The. 5:17).
Repentance & Forgiveness
A. Thayer defines repentance as a change of mind. However, the Bible takes it a step further. Repentance is a change of mind followed by a change of action. Jesus gave the perfect example of repentance: “But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went” (Matt. 21:28-29 KJV). There must be an outward manifestation of repentance, such as a change of action (Matt. 3:8). God commands all people to repent (Acts 17:30-31). Repentance is necessary to obtain salvation (Luke 13:5). Thus, repentance is not simply changing your mind about sin, but it is getting rid of your sinful lifestyle altogether.
B. The New Oxford American Dictionary defines forgiveness as the action or process of forgiving or being forgiven. Synonyms for this word are pardon and remission – both of which are commonly used in place of each other and forgiveness. The apostle Peter said this would be the result of those who obeyed Christ: “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38 KJV). As Christians, we are commanded to forgive. We read the following in the book of Matthew: “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matt. 6:14-15 KJV). However, only Jesus can forgive the sin that is repented of (i.e. Matt. 9:2). Thus, as people of God, we should be willing to forgive others (Matt. 18:21-22) as the Father is willing to forgive us (i.e. Matt. 6:12).
Worshipping & Praising
A. Worshipping is defined as showing reverence and adoration for a deity. In the Old Testament, the word worship means to “bow down one’s head, prostrate one’s self.” For example, “And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped” (Exo. 4:31 KJV). In the New Testament, the word worship means to “kiss the hands toward.” The New Testament Word Study Dictionary gives a wonderful description of this idea: “The ancient oriental (especially Persian) mode of salutation between persons of equal ranks was to kiss each other on the lips; when the difference of rank was slight, they kissed each other on the cheek; when one was much inferior, he fell upon his knees and touched his forehead to the ground or prostrated himself, throwing kisses at the same time toward the superior. It is this latter mode of salutation that Gr. writers express by proskunéō.” The Bible reveals that the object of our worship is God (John 4:24). Thus, we cannot worship God in any way we desire to (i.e. Gen. 4:1-8), but only as God has instructed us to worship Him. There are specific acts of worship in the New Testament which we are authorized to do. For example, preaching (Acts 20:7; 2 Tim. 4:2), singing (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16), praying (Acts 2:42; 1 The. 5:17), Lord’s supper (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:22-29), and offering (1 Cor. 16:1-2; 2 Cor. 9:5-15). Thus, as Christians, we worship or praise (synonym for worship) God with the proper attitude and in the way which God has authorized for us to worship Him in His word.
Giving & Benevolence
A. Giving as an adjective is defined as providing love or other emotional support; caring. As a verb it is defined as to freely transfer the possession of (something) to (someone); hand over to. Giving was embedded in the actions of the first-century church. For example, “Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, and laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need” (Acts 4:34-35 KJV). As did the first-century church, Christians today are to give with a cheerful heart and in a benevolent way (i.e. 2 Cor. 9:6-9). We are to give to help those who are less fortunate than us. Jesus said that we are not to do our alms in a boastful way but to glorify God (Matt. 6:1-4 KJV). The word alms mean anything given gratuitously to relieve the poor, as money, food, or clothing; a gift of charity. As a congregation, we mostly give in the form of money (1 Cor. 16:1-2), which is used to pay the preacher (i.e. 1 Cor. 9:14; 1 Tim. 5:17-18), missionaries, take care of the needy, to keep everything within the building running smoothly, etc. However, giving is not just limited to money. As Christians we are to be benevolent; that is, well-meaning and kind, to all people, whether that be spending time with them, giving them of our physical possessions, teaching them the gospel, etc. Why? To be pleasing in the sight of God and help save the souls of the lost.
Baptized & Born Again
A. Baptism is a burial; that is, an immersion (Col. 2:12). An example is found in Acts with Philip and the Eunuch, “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing” (Acts 8:36-39 KJV). Baptism is an avenue by which God uses to save us (1 Pet. 3:21). In baptism, we reenact the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:1-4). Thus, the following happens in baptism: 1). When immersed into water a death and burial take place; that is, I have died to my old self and he is now buried. 2). A resurrection happens; that is, the new me who has been saved by the blood of Christ rises to walk in newness of life. Through baptism, we simultaneously become Christian and are added to the church of the Bible (Acts 2:41,47). Henceforth, we are born again (John 3:1-7) in that we are new creatures in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).