Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
222 East Epler, Indianapolis IN 46227
January 19th, 2014
In A World That Is Dark
You do not have to look very far or hard to see that this world we live in is going farther and farther from the standards The Bible describes this type of world as evil.
You may feel, as I often do, that there is little or nothing that you can do to stem the tide of wickedness. That is exactly how the devil wants us to feel. It is exactly how many of the spies who were sent to scout the promised land felt when they came back reporting the land was filled with giants.
While there is no doubt that the battle before us is a hard one we must remember that God proved he could take a small shepherd boy and kill the greatest giant. He did it once and he can do it again.
So what do we do ? We start by remembering where our strength comes from. It comes from God. He has an appointed a place where we can gather this strength. That place is his church.
Compare what is happening in our churches with what is happening in our country. The churches have lower attendance today than when most of you were young. The churches have less influence over their members. Fewer people are saved. There are fewer people who testify. People chose the back seats rather than the front.
While this decline has been taking place in our churches our country and our children have gotten progressively more evil. It is no coincidence. Where the influence of God is absent wickedness prevails.
If we would stop this decline it will start at his church. You want to know what you can do to help slay this wickedness in our country? The first thing you can do is make sure you are at church at every opportunity. It will take more than just showing up of course but that is a good first step.
The Preachers From Ghana-Several of the churches in the Association will be taking up a collection to help our African brothers attend the Minister’s School. If you are interested in helping support this worthy cause please make contributions to Brother Larry Hainey.
Vacation Bible School– Our first meeting for VBS will be January 29th at 5:30.
Bible Reading and devotionals for 2014-The Bible reading program will be available at http://www.bethelmissionarybaptistchurch.wordpress.com. There will also be some paper copies available after service. I will also be making an effort to post daily devotionals to give you some encouragement and something to think about during the week.
Regarding the church directory-The church directory is nearly complete. Please see me so we can verify your information. If you have not had your picture taken for the directory please get one taken. If you prefer to submit a picture please email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have already had a picture taken and would like to replace it with a different one you can email that to me as well.
January 18th at 6:00-Third Sunday night singing at Freedom.
January 28th at 8:30-Breakfast with Bethel at Bob Evans
January 29th at 5:30– Vacation Bible School Meeting
January 30th at 7:00-Prayerbelles will be meeting here at the church.