January 13, 2013
First priority in prayer- always the lost, our leaders, our military, and our church
-Addy Clark -Thelma Confer -Kathleen Gravens
-Louise Gammons -Louise Cook -Margaret Gray
-Dean Sewell -Greg Shy
- Informal family pictures for the church directory will be taken after service this morning. They will be “snap and go” photos, and four members have volunteered to take photographs. Hopefully, we can be finished in under thirty minutes.
- Please join us for Wednesday night services.
- Prayer Bells meeting at 6:30 on Thursday, January 17. Dinner will be served.
- Breakfast with Bethel will be on Tuesday, January 22 at the Bob Evans on 31 at 8:30 A.M.
- Please note: Until further notice if church is cancelled the information will only be available on WTHR Channel 13. Our contact information for all other stations was outdated. We will be working to update our contact information with the other stations. Until then, if you are in doubt about church please check on Channel 13 or call one of the deacons or the pastor.
We would like to wish everyone who has a November, December, or January birthday a very blessed and happy birthday.
Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
In Romans 8:14 God reminds us that he leads his children. To be led by the Spirit is one of the surest signs of God’s grace working in the heart of an individual.
In this passage of scripture the Spirit leads Philip to go speak to a complete stranger. Philip obeys and preaches Jesus to the man who then gets saved.
The man was from Ethiopia. He had come up to Jerusalem to worship. Evidently he had a form of Godliness but did not understand what it truly meant to be saved.
Philip therefore found himself in a very important situation. God was entrusting him with preaching the gospel to a lost sinner.
We cannot know if the man would have ever had another opportunity to hear the gospel. It is possible he would have died on the road home. Or he may have gotten busy with life and never made his way back up to Jerusalem again. Or there may have been many other opportunities for the man to hear the gospel. We will never know.
There are some things we can be sure of though. First, getting saved is the most important thing a person can do. Second it takes the gospel to get saved. Finally, life is uncertain.
Therefore Philip had a lot of responsibility on him. He was responsible for the welfare of a man’s soul. He was presented with an opportunity he could not pass up.
Was it coincidence that Philip just happened to be in the place where he could reach out to this stranger? Not at all. Before the Spirit led him to go down to the chariot He led him away from Jerusalem and down to Gaza, a desert place.
Do you ever wonder if we are missing this type of golden opportunity today? Is our comfort more important than following the Lord’s Spirit?
My prayer is that we let the Lord lead us wherever he needs us, even if it is a desert. Lost souls are more important than our comfort or prosperity.