The Beacon October 2019

Michaela and Eric were able to come up for a visit. It was wonderful to have them with us! We had a surprise visit from Hemant and Becky Patel! It is always a blessing to have missionaries come through! We had a great time of fellowship! Pictured below is a group of pastors from Missouri with whom I was able to fellowship and share about our ministry. It was such a blessing to get together with fellow pastors and encourage one another. Special thanks to Pastor Rick Dement and First FWBC in O’Fallon, MO and Pastor Rick Chapman and Grace Pointe FWBC in Hannibal, MO for having me to present our ministry. Thank you for your hospitality and generosity. We are so thankful! Our three Sunday School classes are also pictured here. Primary below right, Elementary upper right, and Teen/Adult, two down to the left. We are thankful for these small group Bible studies each week. Pictured on this page are volunteer kids helping with the lawn mowing, weed-whacking, weed-pulling and tidying up inside at the church. Also pictured are some candids from a Wednesday night fellowship dinner and youth hangout. Thank you for your continued prayers!

The Mission North America Offering is Sunday, November 24, 2019. Please consider promoting this special offering that supplies much needed funds to train, equip, enable, encourage, and fortify Church Planters across the continent. We’re so grateful for Free Will Baptist North American Ministries, and we hope your church can be a part of this nationwide offering this fall! 

Thank you for your faithful prayers and continued support! If you would like to make a donation to our account, please mark your gift “Bill Reynolds, RI” and mail to North American Ministries, PO Box 5002, Antioch, TN, 37011-5002, or you can donate online. Thank you! Thank you for your financial support of our ministry. We need support for our monthly salary and donations to help pay off the church loan. Words can’t express how grateful we are for your continued support of this work and for your faithful prayers and words of encouragement!

Ladies’ Bible Study 9.9.19

We had a lovely meal and lively Bible study together:

All quotes are from Jeffrey A. Crabtree, The Randall House Bible Commentary: Matthew.

Matthew 11:1-15

When Jesus told John’s disciples to tell John about His ministry, He was really saying He was fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecies about the Messiah:

Isaiah 29:18

Isaiah 35:5-6

Isaiah 26:19

Isaiah 61:1-2

He was saying that the Kingdom had arrived.

The healing and preaching ministry of Jesus was what the Messiah was going to do. Jesus was providing proof of His Messiahship.

“We are blessed when we accept the present realities of the kingdom, even when these realities are not what we expect.”

Jesus said in Matthew 11:10 that john was the fulfillment of Malachi 3:1. See Exodus 23:20. “John was Malachi’s messenger, Jesus was Malachi’s Lord (Malachi 4:5).”

John dressed like Elijah (Matthew 3:4, 2 Kings 1:8).

He wore the clerical robe of the Old Testament prophet (Zechariah 13:4).

 

Matthew 11:12 “The kingdom is forcefully advancing; violent people plunder it.” (Matthew 16:18)

John was the end of the Law and Prophets Era and the beginning of the Messianic Era.

He fulfilled Malachi 4:5, (Luke 1:17, Matthew 17:12)

Similarities between John the Baptist and Elijah:

Both

  • Wore prophet’s clothing (2 Kings 1:8)
  • Preached with passion (1 Kings 18:18-21)
  • Stood against sin (I Kings 21:17-24)
  • Had Divine anointing (1 Kings 18:21, 24)
  • Were men of prayer and fasting (1 Kings 18:36, 1 Kings 19:8)
  • Were persecuted by wicked rulers and their wives (1 Kings 18:10, 19:2-3)

Jesus calls us to a decision in Matthew 11:15.

Matthew 11:16-24

“Isaiah had prophesied that this portion of the nation would be favored with great spiritual light in Isaiah 9:1-7. Jesus was that Light (Isaiah 42:6, John 8:12), but the people refused His message and the many signs that were intended to validate Him as the Light.”

Jesus was saying “Shame on you,” to the cities that had the witness of both John and Jesus in person. “The greatest sin is willful rejection of Jesus.”

Matthew 11:25-27

After rebuking the cities for their rejection of Him, He begins to pray openly to the Father. Although normally “wise and prudent” would be a compliment, in this case Jesus is talking about self-righteous pride. When He speaks about babes, He is referring to the humility one must have to embrace faith, repentance, and become part of the Kingdom.

Matthew 11:28-30

Now He extends an open invitation to all who are weary, meaning “weary from work,” and those who are heavily laden, meaning “carrying or bearing a load.

Jesus employs a farm example in His invitation:

A yoke was a working instrument that two oxen would wear. Usually a new ox was paired with an experienced ox. The bigger ox helped the newer ox by leading and by bearing the biggest part of the load.

Here Jesus offers us rest for our souls by shouldering the burden with us and leading us, if we take His yoke. We don’t have to worry about the results. We just have to walk beside Him and follow His lead. It is a working relationship, so although we are resting in our souls, we are still at work with Him. He offers us peace.

See Jeremiah 6:16.

See Psalm 1:1-6.

The Beacon September 2019

It was nice to have Hannah back for one week before she had to leave for her last year at Welch. She did an internship at Timothy Hill Christian Camp in Huntington, MA. Marcus Jimmeye, her boyfriend, came up for a visit, as well.

We celebrated our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary on August 20!! We are thankful for God’s faithfulness to us through the years! 🙂

Sarah went down with Hannah and spent a week with Eric and Michaela hanging out and touring Nashville.

Our picnic at the park was rerouted to the church when we realized they had fenced off our chosen picnic area. We still had yummy food and a great time!

Our church now has three current Welch College students: Matthew Gedeon, Hannah, and now Anna Gedeon. Hannah and Anna get to be roommates this year, and they are super excited about it! 🙂 How much studying happens, well,  . . .

The Mission North America Offering is Sunday, November 24, 2019. Please consider promoting this special offering that supplies much needed funds to train, equip, enable, encourage, and fortify Church Planters across the continent. We’re so grateful for Free Will Baptist North American Ministries, and we hope your church can be a part of this nationwide offering this fall! 

Thank you for your faithful prayers and continued support! If you would like to make a donation to our account, please mark your gift “Bill Reynolds, RI” and mail to North American Ministries, PO Box 5002, Antioch, TN, 37011-5002, or you can donate online. Thank you!

Thank you for your financial support of our ministry. We need support for our monthly salary and donations to help pay off the church loan.

Words can’t express how grateful we are for your continued support of this work and for your faithful prayers and words of encouragement!