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As we approach the end of another year, I thought it would be good to revisit our 2017 theme once more. We will soon introduce our 2018 theme which will help set direction for the new year, but we do not want to forget this year’s. We want to add to it, build upon it, continue with it.

Please take a few minutes and read this previous post again and be reminded of our purpose. Read it prayerfully and ask God to help you to be involved in His harvest field. 

“Let’s Go” – Two simple words, but words that are intended to inspire, motivate, initiate, propagate evangelism, revival, and growth. Words that are Biblically inspired from passages like Matt. 28:19 – “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” and also Mark 16:15 – “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

“Let’s” – Let us. Together. Good things happen when we get together for a common cause. A Godly cause. Good things happen (God things happen) when the people have a mind to work. There’s power in unity.

“Go” – It’s His mandate to the church – It’s us sharing the good news of the gospel. (You don’t even have gospel without “GO.”) “To every creature” – That excludes no one. He would have all men to be saved. He’s not willing that any should perish. Social status is irrelevant. Skin tone is to be a non-issue. Age makes no difference. Everywhere to everybody with the gospel – the good news.

“Let’s go!” – These are words of action. Words that cause the scurrying of the feet, the heart beating, the blood pumping, the adrenalin flowing. Words that move one from their comfort zone. Words that move us from the padded (or non-padded) pew to the paved streets or dirt roads of Abingdon, Bristol (both Bristols), and beyond. It’s to the highways and hedges. There’s no sacred territory. If there’s a lost person, we want them. Hills, hollows, apartment complexes, trailer parks, and subdivisions.

Words that propel us to the knocking of doors, sending of text messages, and making phone calls. These two words should inspire us to peddle church tracts, church cards, and flyers of invitation. We will continue to utilize newspaper advertisement, the internet, and other mediums that could be used to propagate this life changing, soul-saving message.

These two words are to be the mantra; the buzzwords for our assembly in 2017. When we hear them or see them may they awaken us from slumber and motivate us to action. It sets the tone and tenor for The Apostolics of Abingdon. No longer status quo. No longer complacent or idle. Not with eternity in view. Not with the gospel in our hands to give. Not with the judgement looming.

We know too much. God’s been to good. His blessings are too abundant for us not to share. Hell is too hot and eternity is too long. We must act. We must accept His challenge; His charge. The night is far spent. The day is at hand. Let’s work while there’s time. Let’s reach the lost. Let’s do it today. Come on, Let’s go!

Sermons from Psalms

 

Psalms

Make plans to join us this Tuesday evening as we continue with our Sermons From Psalms study. We have been exploring the beauty of Psalms chapter 1 and we would love to have you with us as we intend to complete this chapter.

Tuesdays are a highlight in our week. The Bible Study nights at The Apostolics of Abingdon are both enlightening and encouraging. It’s a good way just to lighten your load and help you get a little relief from the challenges of life. It’s a time to step aside from the daily routines and get a “fresh breath of air.”  We relax and enjoy the company of others and most importantly, the presence of God. We pray together, laugh together, rejoice together, and sometimes even cry together. There’s nothing quite like it!

Why not give it a try this Tuesday evening? It could be the very thing you’re looking for to help you through some tough times that life presents us. It may just be a good opportunity to connect with others that have a desire to learn more about God and His Word. Bible Study begins at 7:30, but doors open at 7:00 for those who can come early to pray. We look forward to our time together with you!

Suffering Series Continues

Suffering (Man #2)If you’ve never had any problems…. No sickness, no relationship struggles, no financial distress, never faced any losses, then you are excused from Bible Study tonight. Actually, you probably should go ahead and come for two reasons; Number one, you will have problems in this life. The Scripture declares, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). Unless of course you were not born of a woman (If that’s the case, we have other issues to be concerned about and you should probably still come). The other reason is because if you say you’ve had no problems, you may have an honesty problem and the best place to get help with that would be in church.

The fact is, we all have troubles from time to time of various sorts. It really does rain on the just and the unjust alike. Peter wrote, “the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world” (1 Pet. 5:9b). We will have problems in or out of the church, but I’d rather have problems knowing the problem solver than to be without His help. Let me be a bit repetitious for those who have been attending this series. I don’t want to face any surgeries, but if I must face one, I’d rather face it knowing the Great Physician. I don’t want to go to court, but if I must, I’d rather go knowing the Great Judge of all the ages. If I have to face the storm, let me face it knowing the Peace-Speaker is on board.

Whether you are facing something currently or you just need to prepare for the storm to come, we invite you to join us this Tuesday evening at 7:30 as we continue our series. Doors open at 7:00 P.M. for those who can come early for pre-service prayer.

We are conveniently located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Skyland Coin and Jewelry and Economy Inn. As a matter of fact, if our parking lot is full, these kind neighbors encourage you to park in their paved lots. Come join us for a great evening!

 

The Cross

the-cross-1We have been pursuing a theme entitled, “The Cross” and this Sunday, “Lord willing”,  or “if the Lord tarries”, or “if the creek don’t rise” we will continue the sermon series (although I’m more concerned with the first than the latter because it doesn’t matter if the creek rises, if the Lord is willing, we will continue anyway).

Anyway, enough of the jargon (gibberish, balderdash, flummery), you will not want to miss this Sunday because it’s not going to be no mumbo jumbo. We’re not just gonna blather. We have a topic of the utmost importance. It is relevant. It is applicable to each of our lives. It is interesting. It is valuable. And we could go on and on. And we will tomorrow (well not on and on ((unless the Lord is willing):-).

Ok, enough of the chit chat for tonight for fear if I continue to go on I will talk you out of attending tomorrow and I certainly would not want to do that for this would not be a good representation of what you will hear tomorrow.

With all that said (which was entirely too much said), I hope to see you tomorrow (Sunday) at 2:00. We are located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Skyland Coin and Jewelry and Economy Inn (I hope you know where those places are. If not, put the address in your navigational system (GPS) and if you don’t have one of those, ask Siri). If our parking lot is full (we hope so), either of these businesses encourage you to park in their paved lots (aren’t they nice?).

Community Bible Study

Bible Study GroupExciting. Engaging. Enlightening. Those are just a few words that describe how we feel about the Community Bible Study taking place on Tuesdays at 7:30 P.M. We think you will enjoy being a part of a group of people from different walks of life coming together to learn more about the Bible.

You don’t have to wear our label to come. You don’t have to wear a particular style of clothes to come. You don’t have to drive a certain kind of car to come. You don’t have to live on a certain side of town to come.

You are welcome to attend this time of fellowship in the Word of God with us. You will find friendly, caring folks that simply have a hunger to know more about God and His Word. We want to reach out to our community and make it a better place. We want to get to know you and give you opportunity to meet others.

Please join us this Tuesday evening at 7:30 to study the Word of God together. You are welcome to come early to pray together. Doors will be open at 7:00. The Bible Study typically lasts about an hour so you could be on your way home by 8:30 P.M. That’s less time than we give to things of far less importance, and the advantages are worth far more than the time and effort we invest in coming.

The Community Bible Study will be held at 15540 Lee Highway in between Skyland Coin and Jewelry and Economy Inn. You are encouraged by these businesses to use either of their paved parking lots if our lot is full. You are also welcome to pull wherever you can find a place in our front lawn if you prefer a really close spot.

We are looking forward to seeing you. Call a friend and ask them to join you!

Tuesdays Are Exciting!

Excited Man With Cell Phone

 

Grab your phone and send a text or call someone and tell them tonight is Bible Study night and it’s gonna be a great time! We start at 7:30, but pre-service prayer begins at 7:00 P.M.

We are looking forward to seeing each of you and studying the Word of God together. Bring a pen and we will supply the paper.
It’s going to be a great way to end the day!

Given to Hospitality (Repost)

Shaking HandsI just wanted to share a brief recap of a Bible lesson from last year. Our text and title was taken from Romans 12:13; “Given to Hospitality”. In a world that is so cold, harsh, and unkind; certainly within the church people need to find warmth, love, and acceptance. Smith’s Bible Dictionary states that hospitality was regarded by most nations of the ancient world as one of the chief virtues.

We are blessed to live in an area where, for the most part, people are still very hospitable. Unfortunately it’s not that way everywhere. I noticed on a recent trip while riding on public transportation, mixing in large crowds, standing in line, or sitting beside strangers for extended periods of time that people can be quite unsociable and oft times just plain rude. How refreshing it was to finally sit beside an older gentleman and strike up a meaningful conversation and realize again that there are yet some friendly people in this world.

With that said, there’s a place where folks should be made to feel welcome, loved, and accepted, and that place is the church. Keep in mind, however, that the church is not merely confined to a building. The church is those who have experienced Bible salvation. They have been born again and found to be new creatures in Christ Jesus. This, by the way, is what causes us to be able to display true hospitality.

What is hospitality? A dictionary definition is this:
1. the friendly reception and treatment of guests or strangers.
2.the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way.
Some synonyms of the word are friendliness, generosity, reception, warmth, and cordiality.

Hospitality is an important characteristic that should be innate within the church. It was one of the qualifications for a bishop. He is to be a “lover of hospitality” (Titus 1:8). He is also to be “given to hospitality” (1Tim. 3:2). It was also a qualifying factor in whether a widow was to be eligible for assistance from the church in time of need. She needed to be a woman of hospitality (1 Tim. 5:10).

Hospitality is a trait that when received, you appreciate so therefore we should administer it to others. It is also something you recognize when you receive it as well as when you do not. A lot of negatives in an individual or a group of individuals can be overshadowed by the fact that they were nice, kind, and polite. May we always be “given to hospitality.”

The phrase “given to hospitality” would actually mean to pursue hospitality. Not only embracing those that offer, but seeking opportunities to exercise it. It’s to go out of one’s way to display it.

We want to examine our own selves and make certain that we are “given to hospitality.” In other words; that’s our inclination to be warm, kind, and friendly. On good days as well as on the not so good days.

We also want to extend an invitation to experience this warmth in such a cold world. Join us Sunday at 2:00 for Word and Worship. We are located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Economy Inn and Skyland Coin and Jewelry. Parking is available on the right side of the church and also in the parking lot of Skyland Coin and Jewelry. We look forward to seeing you!

Refresh

Refresh ButtonI know we are only a few days into the week, and only a couple into the work week, but sometimes you just feel like you need to hit the refresh button and start over. There’s nothing more refreshing, especially for your soul, than coming to Tuesday evening Bible Study and enjoying the Word of God together with friends new and old. That’s right, I said “enjoying” the Word of God. We don’t believe that this should be a boring, dreaded time, but something your soul can take delight in and be refreshed.

If this is your first time coming, you will find a group of folks that genuinely love God and love people. We are a young church so you won’t feel like a stranger. Many of us are still getting to know one another.

So come on out and join us as we open our Bibles and our hearts. It’s going to be a great evening and it will be even better with you there!

 

 

Welcome Home

Welcome Home (Mat & Newspaper)Welcome Home! It was our theme for 2015, but we are not discarding it for the new year. We will introduce our new theme soon, but we want “Welcome Home” to be in the heart of our assembly and whatever themes are to follow will merely be an addition to it.

At The Apostolics of Abingdon, we strive to make everyone feel welcome and assured that there is a place that they can fit; a place where they belong. We don’t want that to ever change. If you should come tonight (by the way we hope you do. It’s a wonderful way to spend a Tuesday evening), you will likely find folks from various walks of life, yet coming together for a common purpose. You will see people that are not necessarily “members” (some of them are members elsewhere), but they have a real desire for the Word of God and for a better relationship with Almighty God.

Wherever you are in life, we welcome you! It matters not your social status, your religious background (or lack thereof), the color of your skin, or the size of your bank account (or degree of debt), we welcome you!

Tonight would be a good night to come fellowship with us. Get to know us and allow us the same privilege with you. It’s gonna be a great evening! Bible Study begins at 7:30 P.M. If you should arrive early, we welcome you to unite in pre-service prayer. We look forward to spending an evening with you, and most importantly; us spending an evening with the Lord!

 

Need Help?

Inside Church PewsAre you struggling with the difficult situations and it seems there’s no way out? Are you needing some answers, but unable to find them on your own?

Everyone needs a little help on this journey of life. I’m glad to know where that help comes from. Regardless of your pre-conceived ideas, the answers to life’s dilemmas can be found in the church.

Why not give God a chance to speak to you through His Word? He is able to give you a “word in due season” (Prov. 15:23).

The Psalmist said “Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion” (Ps. 20:2). That’s right! The sanctuary is where you can find the help you need. Give it a try!

Your next opportunity will be Sunday at 2:00. We are located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Skyland Coin and Jewelry and Economy Inn. As a matter of fact, both of these neighbors are kind enough to let you park in their lots if our lot is full. We look forward to seeing you!