Current Assembly Times
Our worship and Bible study times have changed during the pandemic. Our current times are as follows.
Sunday Morning Classes 10:00-10:45
Sunday Morning Worship 10:45-11:45
Wednesday Night Bible Study 7:00-8:00
We are assembling directly to our Bible classes on Sunday mornings at 10:00 and on Wednesday nights at 7:00. We meet inside if the temperature will be below 45° and outside if it will be 45° or higher and the weather permits it. Our outside assemblies will be in front of the building on Sunday mornings and on the east lot on Wednesday nights if outside.
The current distress, like most all distressing times, has lead to various questions about what churches should do and what Scripture allows churches to do. Some have met virtually at times. Others have met in smaller groups asking all whose last names start with a certain group of letters to attend at certain times. Others have met outside. And various discussions have followed about how we understand the Bible. What causes us to read the same passages and conclude different things? We take a short look at that in a sermon titled "Understanding Truth." We invite you to listen.
Wednesday Night Studies
We are studying through 1 Timothy on Wednesday nights. We meet at 7:00 p.m. each Wednesday. If you live nearby, we would enjoy having you join us. We also invite you to listen to our short studies in 1 Timothy each Wednesday night. The lessons are about twenty to thirty minutes. The latest ones are available on our home page, and the others are available on our sermons page. They are marked simply 1 Timothy Study.
When Jesus told Peter to cast his nets in the deep water after Peter had fished all night without success, he did not see the need. Even so, Peter said, "Nevertheless, at Thy word I will." God's word will guide us through life to eternal life if we will allow it to. But we must always have the attitude that Peter had and say by our actions and choices, "At Thy word I will." We invite you to listen to a short sermon about God's word that emphasizes this need in our life. It is titled God's Word and is available on our sermons page and for a time on our home page.
For We All Stumble
The Bible teaches us that all have sinned and that all stumble. We will fail along the way, and sometimes our failures will involve sin. Satan wants to defeat us, and the times when we have failed are times of vulnerability. How do we deal with failure? We invite you to listen to a short sermon on that topic titled, For We All Sin. It is available on our sermon page and will be linked on our home page for a while too.
2 Corinthians 13:5: "Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified." The apostle planned to travel to Corinth a third time. He was planning to deal with those who were walking disorderly. Each accusation would be validated at the mouth of two or three witnesses. But he writes to them before he goes there again and calls on them to examine themselves. We should all be able to test ourselves to see if we are genuinely faith or if we are disqualifying ourselves by our behavior, what the older translations call reprobate or one who is not approved or does not stand the test. We invite you to listen to a short sermon about this topic on our sermons page titled, "Self-Examination." It will also be available on our home page for a time.
The Good Confession
1 Timothy 6:12: "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses." Such was Paul's charge to Timothy. We invite you to listen to a short sermon titled, The Good Confession. We look briefly at two commanded confessions: our confession of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and the confession of our sins to God and to one another. Both are a part of fighting the good fight against Satan and his influence in the world.
Paul's Letter to Titus, a Wed Night Study
We're posting a short Wednesday night study for those who may not be able to join us in our Bible study tonight. We are picking up in our study of Titus. This is a short twenty minute or so study that stops prior to finishing the letter. It will be posted only briefly for members here who cannot join us in person.
I Will Never Forsake You
God promises not to forsake His children. The writer of Hebrews wrote, "For he hath said, 'I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee'" (Heb. 13:5). Even so, bad things happen to good people. Faith does not protect us from sickness, loneliness, or death. Job was called "perfect and upright, one who feared God, and eschewed evil" (Job 1:1), but God permitted Satan to test his faith in God. Job lost his wealth, servants, and children in short order. Yet in what must have been the depths of dispair, he said, "Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD" (Job 1:21). The apostle Paul suffered often in his work, a truth he details a bit in 2 Corinthians 11:23-29, but he took pleasure in his infirmities seeing that in weakness he was strong. How are we to understand that God is with us and does not forsake us? We invite you to listen to a short sermon about that question: I Will Never Forsake You.
Wednesday Study: Creatures of Habits
We are in so many ways creatures of habits, but what are the habits God wants us to develop in our lives? We invite you to a short study of that question and five habits God wants us to develop. It is our Wednesday study this week.
They Shall Become One
Genesis 2:24: "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." God set forth His design for marriage early in Scripture. It dates back to the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. God created woman to be a companion to man, because it was not good for man to be alone. The world has deviated from that design time and time again. Mankind has practiced sexual immorality from early in mankind's history. We invite you to listen to a short sermon titled, They Shall Become One. It is a brief look at the sanctity of marriage and the dangers of worldly lusts.
The Future of the Church
The future of the Lord's church is secure in the care of God, but what can we do to strengthen the local church and help the spread of the gospel in the world? We invite you to listen to the last sermon in Neil Gilbert's series of lesson with us titled, The Future of the Church.
Are We Putting The Lord First?
Are we putting the Lord first, or are we allowing other things take the place He should hold in our lives? Neil Gilbert takes a look at this question in his sermon titled, Are We Putting The Lord First? We invite you to listen.
Contentment Parts 1 and 2
Neil Gilbert began a series of sermons today that will continue Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. We will meet each night on the lot east of the building at 81 Elgin Hills Drive in Rogersville, Alabama and invite you to join us if you are able. The first and second lessons are posted to our website for those who might want to listen online. Both lessons focus on contentment. We invite you to listen and hope you might join us for our series of studies.
What Shall I Do?
A lawyer came to Jesus in Luke 10 asking, insincerely the Bible tells us, what he should do for eternal life. Jesus answered with a question. He asked him what the law said and how did he read it? The lawyer understood what he read, and he answered wisely. He said the law called for one to love God with heart, soul, strength, and mind and to love one's neighbor as himself. Jesus approved his answer, but the lawyer asked further, "Who is my neighbor?" We invite you to reason with us from Scripture. Listen to a short sermon titled, What Shall I Do? It is currently available on our home page and will continue to be available on our sermons page.