Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
222 East Epler, Indianapolis IN 46227
February 9th, 2014
What Did You Say?
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
Tomorrow I will be preaching a funeral. Funerals are normally considered to be unpleasant occasions. It is not easy to say good bye to those we love.
Some funerals, however, are easier than others. I preached the funeral for a man who was dear to me, Brother Alvin Cafee. He was in his eighties. He was a faithful member of the church. He had been preaching for over fifty years. We had many discussions not only about his salvation but about the Lord in general. There was no doubt that he had traded this life of sorrow and pain for one that was filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
Certainly his family was still going to miss him. Sure there was some crying and I did some of it. But it was a lot easier knowing that Brother Alvin had gone on to a better place.
By contrast tomorrow’s funeral is for a man whose state with the Lord was at best uncertain. Many people had talked to him about his soul. Some claimed to have seen a change in his life. But he left no certain testimony.
This does not leave us without any hope because salvation is a work of the heart but it is much easier when someone has told us they have been saved, who can name a time and a place. This leaves us with a good hope.
That hope is even better when it is not just the words that speak to us but the life itself. Please do not make us guess where you are spending eternity. If the Lord has saved you, tell it! Tell it with your words and your life.
The Preachers From Ghana-The church will be taking up a special offering Sunday morning February 23rd to help cover the cost for bringing Brother Samuel over from Ghana. If you would like to contribute but know you cannot be here that day please give your offering to Brother Hainey.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study has been cancelled for February. Lord willing we will resume in March.
Vacation Bible School– Our first meeting for VBS was a success. We have a direction and tentative schedule. We will be needing lots of help! If you are interested you can see me after church or any time it is convenient.
February 16th at 9 am-We will be having doughnuts before Sunday school, please join us
February 16th at 6:00 pm-The Third Sunday night singing will be at Outreach
February 20th at 6:30-Prayerbelles will be meeting here at church
February 25th at 8:30-Breakfast with Bethel at Bob Evans
February 26th at 5:30-The next VBS meeting