Bulletin January 27th, 2013

  Bethel Missionary Baptist Church

Pastor Chris Jones- (317-502-0761)

222 East Epler Avenue


Prayer List:

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               -Shirley Keen

-Anita Gray

Coming Events:.

  • Please join us for Wednesday night services.
  • The next Prayer Bells meeting will be Thursday, January 31 at 6:30.
  • There will be a BENEFIT BRUNCH on Saturday, February 9 at 11:00 A.M. for Greg Shy.  All proceeds will help pay for his transplant rejection medication.
  • There will be a Indy Youth Weekend meeting at Bethel on February 16 at 10:00 A.M.
    • Breakfast with Bethel will be on Tuesday, February 26 at the Bob Evans on 31 at 8:30 A.M.
    • Please note: if church is cancelled the information will only be available on WISH Channel 8 and WTHR Channel 13.

We would like to wish everyone who has a December, January, or February birthday a very blessed and happy birthday.


Amazing Faith

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

Jas 2:18 KJV


Those who have been saved by God’s grace know it is amazing. We may not understand the complete depths of it but we understand the relief that comes with salvation.

Salvation is not the end of God’s grace though. It is only the beginning. God has plans for your life. He wants to bless you. He also wants to bless others through you.

So why do some people waste their lives while others get the most out of it? It comes down to faith. God tells us in James that it is useless to talk about how much you believe God if you are not doing what God tells you to do. He says your faith is dead. It is not doing you any good. It’s not doing anyone around any good. It’s not giving God any glory. If we are not living by faith we are wasting our lives.

So what is faith? The simple definition of faith is believing God. If God says something, take him at his word. Taking him at his word is more than just saying you believe. It is letting his word be our guide for our lives. It is doing what he tells us to do.

Which brings up an important question, can God be trusted? He tells us that he cannot lie and that should be enough. But he has also proven that he will keep his word time and time again and sometimes in the most unlikely of circumstances. Face it, he has made some off the wall statements like strike the rock and water will come out. But when Moses did what he was told the water came out. He has never failed to keep his word. So why should it surprise us when he does what he says he will do?

If a human were to say the things God has said and then prove himself that would be amazing. But I expect the unexpected from God. I expect him to keep his words. That is his character. So that is not amazing faith. It should not surprise us.

One thing that is amazing about faith is that when we as God children do what he tells us to do and then he does what he says he will do we are surprised. It is as if we doubted God. We would never question his desire to do what he has said he would do. But we might question his ability. We question his ability because we do not know how. We do not need to know how. We need to know who.  If God said it, he meant it and he will do it.

One other thing that is amazing about faith is when we see a person who actually lives by it. So many of us spend our lives trying to figure out everything for ourselves that it really surprises us to see someone who is letting go and letting God.

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