March 1, 2015
48th Annual Stark County Youth Meeting
March 20th-21st, 2015
4 SIGNS OF A SPIRITUALLY SICK CHURCH
(Brother Jack Wilkie wrote an article with this title for Focus Press. I want to share some excerpts from the article. Brethren, these thoughts are worthy of our consideration)
“Culture” has become a popular buzz word in the business world over the last few years. Successful organizations realize that they have to create a culture of productivity, accountability and growth if they want to sustain their success. This means they have to all be on the same page. They need to recognize what makes them successful and everyone buy into it.
As the church, we need to look at our culture and realize that we have been plagued with a sickness. That disease is the idea of “doing as little as possible and still make it to heaven.” There are 4 symptoms to look for to see if this congregation is afflicted by it.
ATTENDANCE IS NOT IMPORTANT! A congregation can’t be healthy if it’s considered no big deal when its members skip worship. When sports, school, hobbies, or any other activities are considered perfectly normal and acceptable reasons for not being present with the body on Sundays, it’s a sign of a church that is a convenience in the lives of its members rather than a priority. It says that we think worship is exactly where we need to be…as long as we don’t have something better to do. Col. 3:16 and Eph. 5:18-19 aren’t just about singing-they remind us how important it is for Christians to be together and encourage each other.
PRAYERS FOCUS ONLY ON THE PHYSICAL! It is important to pray for the sick, the injured, the traveling and such, but if that’s all we focus on in our prayers and our requests, it shows just how earthly-focused we have become. Though Paul mentioned the physical need for himself and his fellow workers, his prayers showed his true priorities. Paul prayed that his brethren would be filled with the knowledge of God, that they would know the love of Christ and that He would live in their hearts through faith, and that they would walk worthy of their calling. We need to make sure our prayers are not lacking in focus on our spiritual growth, opportunities to reach the Lost, and our relationship with God.
CONVERSATIONS DON’T INCLUDE SPIRITUAL MATTERS! It is no wonder that evangelism is so difficult for many Christians when we cannot bring up spiritual matters with our brethren.
Just imagine a conversation with Paul or Peter that did not include the work of the church or some point about Jesus. Likewise we need to make it our goal to make it just as unlikely that we won’t discuss such important matters with our brethren. Do our conversations run along the lines of sports, weather, politics, current events, or is there continued discussion on the topics brought up by the sermon or Bible class? Do we bring up the Bible, prayer requests, or words of encouragement, or do you we remain on a shallow level in most of our interactions? If we want to grow spiritually, the Bible must be a big part of our conversations.
FELLOWSHIP ENDS WHEN THE DOORS CLOSE! Usually, our interactions with the brethren are at the church building. There are different reasons for this with distance a big one. We are scattered out over a large area. There was a time when Christians spent a lot of time together. Today people are busy and occupied with many different things. Even with all this, a church that is not involved in each other’s lives won’t ever be able to connect with each other beyond shallow, superficial interests.
Hopefully we can all truthfully claim that we want to be active workers in thriving congregations. While there is always work to do, the good news is that it’s not all that difficult. We just need to commit ourselves to God and to each other. Consider your prayers and the things you are saying. Pay attention to how much you bring God into your conversations. Spend more time around your Christian family.
FAMILY NEWS AND NOTES:
Church Family: Gene Cattrell is in ICU at Mercy Medical Center. Dayton Burfield is at Aultman Hospital. Neil Silvus is at Aultman/Woodlawn. Also, keep Jim Ladson, Chuck Camarata, Nelda Anderson, Pam Mallery and Roberta Shine in your prayers.
Friends & Family: Shirley Brannan (friend of Georgia Gadd): arm amputated; Marolyn Lauer (wife of Walter Lauer): at Mercy Medical Center; Donna Thompson; Keith Butler (hospice care); Galen Thompson; Gene Buxton. Remember our Shut-In members, those in the Armed Forces, our Brethren in Kenya and the Leadership of the Lord’s church here at Northwest.
Thank You: I would like to thank everyone for your prayers and cards. I am doing fine after my heart surgery. I will be able to drive in a couple of weeks. God has blessed me. Thank you again for your prayers and cards. Sincerely, Anna Wright
Golden Agers: Tuesday, March 03rd: NO MEETING.
CTS: Christian Training School begins TOMORROW evening at 7:00 PM. Register now! There are 10 classes to choose from.
Correction: On your monthly March calendar, on March 6, the name of the couple celebrating their anniversary should be Howard and Wanda Koon. Sorry for the error!
Happy Birthday: We would like to wish Hildreth Mayberry a very happy 90th birthday TODAY. Congratulations on reaching this milestone!
Spring Forward: Daylight savings time begins next Sunday, March 8th. Remember to turn your clocks ahead 1 hour this Saturday, March 7th.
Please keep Keith Kull in your prayers while he is away in Africa.
Ladies Sewing: The ladies will be sewing each Monday from 10:00 AM – noon.
Current Bible Class Offerings
1. “Luke” – Lance / Auditorium
2. “Acts” – Bill / Room #14
3. “Attitudes Of Gratitude” – (Ladies’ Class) – Nancy Brown / Library
4. “Muscle And A Shovel” – Keith Kull MP Room (Center)
5. “Welcome To The Northwest Congregation – E.C. Bradley / Room #9
1. “Perspectives On Prayer” – Lance / Auditorium
2. “Galatians” – Bill / Room #14
3. “Minor Prophets” – (Men’s Class) – E.C. Bradley / Room #9
4. Ladies’ Class – Shirley Wyatt / Room #7
Classes are provided for children of all ages.
March 14th: Kids For Christ Conference
Grades K – 6th
Hermitage, PA (signup deadline: March 8th)
March 20th & 21st: Stark Co. Youth Meeting
Grades 6th and up
At Northwest church (signup on teen board)
April 25th: Jr Youth Rally
Grades 3rd – 6th
Vienna, WV – details coming soon
Youth Meeting: Area congregations will be donating specific items for this year’s “Youth Meeting”. The list of items for Northwest is posted on the bulletin board. Please sign your name next to the items that you are willing to provide. Please see Patrick Shepler if you can help with set-up, serving, and clean-up.
Ladies’ Retreat: “March Madness”-Take Your Best Shot! We are a week away from our 2015 Northwest Ladies’ Retreat at The Inn at Amish Door in Wilmot. We will begin at 8:00 PM, Friday, March 6th. Check-in time is at 3:00 PM, so feel free to go early and have dinner at the Amish Door Restaurant. For anyone coming Saturday morning, we will begin at 9:00 AM. Be ready to put some “sunshine in your soul” as we grow our friendships and grow closer to the Lord. Please make your final payment to Kathy Lindenberger by March 7th. See Kathy for any questions or concerns (cell: 330.280.2409).
QUESTIONS PEOPLE ASK
If baptism is necessary for the remission of sins, why did Paul say in 1 Cor. 1:17 that “Christ did not send him to baptize but preach the gospel?”
As always when studying the Bible, we must look at the context in which this statement was made. Beginning with verse 10 Paul begins to upbraid the church at Corinth for the division that was present among them. Paul names four groups all wearing a different man’s name. Some were following Paul, some Peter, some Apollos and some Christ. He then asks a series of rhetorical questions “Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?” (1:13). (NO) He then goes on to say, “I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name” (vs 14-15). In verse 16 he says that he also baptized the household of Stephanas. (There is no way of telling how many were baptized in this household)
Paul is saying that Christ did not send him to just immerse people in water, but to preach the gospel and the result of people believing and obeying the gospel is baptism. At no place in these verses does Paul say that baptism is not necessary for the remission of sins. There is no evidence to say that there were Christians in the church at Corinth who had not been baptized. When Paul saw the divided condition of the church and that some were wearing the name of “Paul” he did not want to make matters worse by personally baptizing others and have them wear his name because he had personally baptized them. There were others to do the baptizing. This same pattern was used by our Lord during His personal ministry on earth. Following His baptism by John the Baptist, Jesus began to call for people to repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matt. 4:17). He also called for people to be baptized just as John did. In John 4:1-3 we read, “Therefore when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee.” Jesus did the teaching and His disciples did the baptizing.
If Paul did not believe and teach that baptism was necessary for the remission of sins, why did he baptize all those people there in Corinth? Why would he write in Romans 6:3-4, “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
The Lord had sent Paul to preach the gospel, not just baptize people. But to preach the gospel is to preach that baptism is for the remission of sins. To those who hear and believe the gospel, baptism is no problem. -B.C.
A.M. -“Simplicity...In Christ”- (II Corinthians 11:1-3)- LANCE
P.M. – “The Church Made Perfect” - (Revelation 22:12-17) - LANCE
Those reading for lessons during the worship service are asked to use the “New King James Version”, as it corresponds to the pew Bibles and the projections on the screen.
PRIVILEGED TO SERVE
** If you are unable to serve in the scheduled capacity, let Art Hopkins know. **
March 01, 2015 A.M. P.M.
Opening Prayer Elder Elder
Song Leader Leo Howard Mark Daverio
Communion / Offering John R. Oberlin John Oberlin
Prayer Bill Craddock Kevin Johnson
Reading Devin Watson Jerry Boney
Text II Corinthians 11:1-3 Revelation 22:12-17
Dismissal Howard Koon Ned Taggart
1. Virgil Anderson 5. Bill Dimit 1. Denver Moore 3. Rick Blackburn
2. James Spencer 6. Ken Gessel 2. Leonard Miller 4. James Dreussi
3. Jim Spencer 7. Matt Logan
4. Don Higgins 8. John Logan
March 08, 2015 A.M. P.M.
Opening Prayer Elder Elder
Song Leader Stephen Lindenberger Stephen Lindenberger
Communion / Offering Keith Hill Dick Dimit
Prayer Jim Jacobs Jim Ladson
Reading Frank Kruger, III Chip Angus
Text John 10:7-11 James 4:13-16
Dismissal Bill Dimit Ron Franks
1. Eugene Fox 5. James Blackwell 1. Bob Stotler 3. Bryan Reed
2. Doug Clouse 6. Cliff Schofield 2. John Simone 4. Ray Brown
3. Darin Nicholls 7. Patrick Shepler
4. Terry Pyles 8. David Witter
For The Record (02/22/15)
AM Bible Study………...N/A
Wed. B.S. (02/25/15)…......70