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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!

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!

 

 

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!

Welcome Home

cropped-welcome-home-this-is-your-church.jpgWelcome Home! That’s been our theme for 2015. We want folks to feel at home with us. We want folks to find a home with us.

The word “home” has been defined as “any place of residence or refuge.” The phrase “at home” means “in a situation familiar to one; at ease.” To me, home is a place where you are comfortable. It’s a place where you can just be yourself and also allow those who share that space the same privilege. It is a place where love is given and love is received. Home is a place where others can come in and feel that “homey” atmosphere.

Experience has taught me that home doesn’t have to be fancy to be home. Home doesn’t have to be in the nicest of subdivisions to be home. It doesn’t have to have fine furniture to be home. It pertains more to the environment than the edifice. It’s the feeling; the comfort. Home is a place where you know you belong.

As a new church, we want others to recognize there is a place where you can feel like you belong. We are just real people who have real challenges, but we serve a real God with real answers.

If you are looking for a place to call home or simply would like to visit with us, we welcome you to join us at your earliest convenience. Sunday Word and Worship is at 2:00 P.M. and Tuesday Bible Study begins at 7:30 P.M.

The church is conveniently located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Economy Inn and Skyland Coin and Jewelry. Please click on the “What To Expect” tab or “Contact Us” to answer further questions.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Taking Notes

Bible, Pen, & PaperThis could actually be a Part II of an earlier post entitled “The Art Of Listening”. The article was concerning how to be an “active listener.” This is adapted from the same information, but it is concerning taking notes. I think that it is worth reading and making application. Consider with me:
Why take notes during a sermon or lesson?

  1. The spoken language is 90% forgotten within a week,   but you will retain about 50% of what you write down.
  2. Taking notes during a sermon provides a written record for review.
  3. It forces you to listen carefully and to pay attention. It forces you to become an “active listener.”
  4. It requires organization, which involves active effort on your part.
  5. Taking notes aids in understanding because you must condense and rephrase what is being said.
  6. 1 Peter 4:11 says to people who teach “let him speak as the oracles of God” This being true, to do anything less than listen with a whole heart is missing the very words of God for us on a given day. There is no such thing as an “ordinary sermon” if the speaker is a man of God.
  7. Taking notes during a sermon or lesson will help you grow as a follower of Christ.

~Taken from Family Christian Press, Sermon & Lesson Organizer

The Grass Is Greener Here

Grass Is Greener (Cow)Ok, so for a moment I felt like Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. In the notable children’s book, from the moment Alexander wakes up things do not seem to go his way. As he gets up, he realizes that the chewing gum that was in his mouth the night before had ended up in his hair. He then tripped on a skateboard and dropped his sweater in a sink while the water was running. At breakfast his brothers got really cool prizes out of the cereal boxes and all he got was cereal.

On the way to school he did not get a window seat. once at school, his teacher did not like his project, kids make fun of him and he did not get any dessert in his lunch! Things continue to get worse throughout the day and once at home he is served lima beans for dinner. He despises lima beans!

Well, enough about Alexander. You want to hear about my day? I didn’t think so, so here goes. I woke up (that was the toughest part about the day so far) and the sweatshirt (yes sweatshirt – we are trying to keep it simple around my house to give the Mrs. a break until the new little guy gets here) that was purchased for me as a gift last Christmas and was too large is now nearly too small. I was going to take some things to the car (which would be one of three trips) and the garage door would not open. It’s pouring the rain and all of the umbrellas are in the cars (who needs them in the house when you have a garage right? – just agree!) I will have to go the LONG way around since I can’t go through the garage. As I make my first trip to the car, I notice that my foot feels really wet. I go back in and check it out and my shoe is split all the way across and soaking in all the water. I change socks and shoes and keep telling my wife how I am running late (I really cannot stand to run late) as if she has anything to do with it (Well, not this time!).

Anyway, I get to work and see that folks are pulling in and are going to need me to unlock the door to let them in out of the rain (it used to bother me even more when I was not the first one there – not as much now – you just have to do the best you can and not stress EVERYTHING) Anyway, (enough of the parenthesis already!) I go the other way around the building to try to beat them and slam the breaks on to stop and my coffee (the first and only cup I have for the day – I usually bring some with me, but I didn’t have time today!) dumps out into the console (good thing I love the smell of coffee).

I attempt to get the mess cleaned up with the napkins I can scramble up (always ask for extra napkins ((and Starbucks has great napkins)). Meanwhile people are looking at me because I am the one that is suppose to be already there with doors unlocked, lights on, heat on, etc. So! I get out of my car (and this is where I had to make some right choices) and for a moment (a brief moment) I felt the influence of an uncle or the “old man” (the one dead in trespasses and sins) or the evil one or something whisper to me. You know what I did? I ignored the voice, old man, and influence. I gently closed the door, did my little smile and wave, ( I think I may have did the little sigh & head shake too) unlocked the door and went to work.

I choose to have a good day. I choose not to make everyone else’s day miserable because of a couple of mishaps. I choose to laugh about it (laughter is cheap medicine). I choose to give God glory. This is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Alexander wanted to move to Australia to escape his problems. The deal is there are problems in Australia (and California, Florida, Canada (now if you knew my Canadian friends – you’d think that’s not true, but they’ve somehow learned a valuable lesson and they focus on the good stuff) too. It rains there too. Their garage doors mess up. Their shoes wear out. They get cereal without prizes occasionally. You get the point.

Some always think the grass is greener on the other side. It could be and it could be because they water it. If you want a better marriage – water it. If you want your job to be better – water it. If you want a relationship to improve – invest in it.

My day is already better after I stopped to breathe, say a prayer, and make some choices. I’m not gonna waste this day with negativity. I’m gonna enjoy it. I won’t get this day ever again. I’m gonna help someone else. I’m gonna water the grass here cause I sure don’t want to move to Australia. I’m gonna work on a plan to lose weight cause I sure like this sweatshirt!