Thank you for your prayers and support!
Pictured here are the five people we baptized this September. The adults completed a discipleship program, and each one, including the children, gave a testimony. What a blessing to hear them share what Christ has done in their lives! We are so very thankful! Please continue to pray for our new believers and for God to give us increased opportunities to share the gospel!
We had a lovely fellowship dinner after our baptism service. We are so thankful for the wonderful people God has sent to our church! Thanks for praying!!
Here are pictures from our Fantastic Fridays ministry. The kids had a blast making and painting pinatas for the upcoming Harvest Party. Our October 24 Harvest Party will be a combination Fantastic Friday and fellowship, so everyone will be there. We are very excited about this! Please pray for us as we continue through the fall. There will be two every month until Christmas. Please pray as we schedule the second semester and other church events soon. Please continue to pray as we invite people to church services and to events like this. Thank you for praying!!
Our ladies took a trip to Worcester, MA for the Iron Sharpens Iron Women’s Conference. We also enjoyed a lovely walk at Roger Williams Park! We had a wonderful time of fellowship, worship, laughing, relaxing, and learning together! There were eleven of us in all. God is good!
Bill and Christy recently traveled to North Carolina for the Southeastern Free Will Baptist College Missions Conference. It was so great to fellowship with the students there. We also enjoyed fellowship with missionaries to Brazil David & Annette Aycock! Special thanks to the students of Southeastern for their cards of encouragement and gifts. Special thanks to the college for inviting us to come and for their hospitality! Special thanks also to Charity FWB Church in Wendell and Pastor Terry Hardison, Haven FWB Church in Raleigh and Pastor Jim Summerson, and Mt. Olive FWB Church in Mt. Olive and Pastor Jonathan Miller for having us to present our ministry. Thank you for your hospitality, fellowship, prayers, and support!
We were delighted to attend Brian & Megan Miller’s wedding and to spend time with the Miller & Welch family!
We were having so much fun at the church campout at Burlingame State Park, that Christy forgot to take pictures. Here are a couple of snapshots of fun at the lake there. We had a wonderful time of fellowship and prayer around the campfire, made lots of s’mores, and had a great time together! Thanks for praying!!
Special thanks to the following churches for having us to present our ministry. We so enjoyed your fellowship and hospitality. Thank you for your generosity to this mission!
180 FWB Church and Pastor Chad Kivette
Bethlehem FWB Church and Pastor Randy Corn
Ashland City, TN
First FWB Church and Pastor Joel Franks
Special thanks to the WNAC for your generosity through the Provisions Closet!! What a wonderful blessing!
Please pray as we kick off Fantastic Fridays on September 19! Thank you so much for your faithful prayers and continued support!
Warren Benson was a wonderful Christian man and faithful member of Beacon Church. He went home to be with the Lord last month. We will miss him tremendously!
“The Indwelling Holy Spirit”
Excerpts from a sermon by Pastor Bill Reynolds
Delivered at Beacon Church Sunday, September 7, 2014
Audio at www.BeaconFreeWillBaptist.com/Sermons
I John 3:24, NKJV Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
According to this verse, all who are trusting Jesus Christ as their Savior have the Holy Spirit indwelling them. Those who follow the Lord have His Spirit abiding in them. The Apostle John is confident of the fact that his audience has this wonderful blessing. He reminds these people of this blessing because they are in desperate need of the Holy Spirit’s discernment in their lives. They are being inundated by false teachers and are in the midst of spiritual battle. The spiritual battle against false doctrine still rages today. This “testing” can be thoroughly accomplished because we have the Holy Spirit indwelling us.
What I would like us to see from this passage today is that the Holy Spirit will equip every follower of Jesus with the ability to recognize false teachers and to stick to the truth. Let’s take a look at this passage and see how the Holy Spirit will help us in our battle against false teachers.
1 John 4:1-3 NKJV – 1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
Because we have the Holy Spirit indwelling us, we can discern whether someone is a false teacher.
John has just finished talking about the need for us to love one another. However, love must never be used to overlook false doctrine. Now notice we are commanded not to believe every spirit. Just because somebody looks and sounds like a good teacher doesn’t mean he is a good teacher. Therefore, John gives a test to try these teachers to see if they are from God or the Anti-Christ. This test is focused on what a person teaches about the person and work of Jesus Christ.
I have studied many false teachers, and I can tell you that if you look closely enough, the false teachers always have a distorted view of the person or work of Jesus Christ. Some are more obvious than others. Some will come out and say things that attack Jesus’ deity or humanity. Some, however, are more subtle, simply not talking much about Jesus at all in order to avoid recognizing Who He really is. Jesus should be the center of our testimony! His incarnation, sinless life, death, burial, and resurrection are central to any Bible-believing church’s message. What I want you to know is that the Holy Spirit will help you recognized these false teachers. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you recognize false teachers. Remember “many false prophets have gone out into the world,” so we must rely on the Holy Spirit to help us recognize them.
1 John 4:4 NKJV – 4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Because we have the Holy Spirit indwelling us, we can overcome the wiles of the devil.
Now we are given three reasons why those who have the Holy Spirit indwelling them will have victory in the battle against the devil and his false teachers. The first reason is because the believer in Jesus is from God. We are His children, and He will protect us by His Spirit. Secondly, we have already experienced victory because of our trust in Jesus. And thirdly, the reason I would like to emphasize right now, is that the Holy Spirit is indwelling you. The Holy Spirit of God is greater than all the forces of the devil. We can be confident of our victory over the devil and all his false teachers because God’s Spirit is within us. We may not be able to control the forces of evil around us, but we can be confident that it will never exceed the power within us.
Romans 8:37-39 NKJV – 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you overcome the wiles of the devil.
1 John 4:5-6 NKJV – 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
Because we have the Holy Spirit indwelling us, we are bound together in the truth.
Now because these false teachers are from the world, they are going to teach what the world wants to hear. This is why you can’t gauge a teacher by the size of his congregation. If someone can’t embrace the truth of God’s Word, he is of the world. If someone has the Holy Spirit indwelling him, he will accept God’s Word as truth.
Because the voice of the Holy Spirit speaks to the followers of Jesus to confirm the truth of the Bible. Look at these verses:
John 10:3-4, 16, 27-28 NKJV – 3 “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 “And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. … 16 “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd. … 27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
It is the confirming voice of the Holy Spirit that keeps us together. When someone says something to me like “I am not sure I believe everything I read in the Bible is true,” a “red flag” goes up in my mind that says, “This person may not know Jesus Christ.”
What about you?
When you read the Bible, are you convinced it is the truth, or do you greet it with skepticism? If you greet it with skepticism, ask the Lord to reveal whether you truly know Him. If you don’t, then accept Jesus and the truth of the Bible into your life.
Let’s remember that, as believers, we have the Holy Spirit indwelling us. And because the Holy Spirit is indwelling us, we can discern whether someone is a false teacher; we can overcome the wiles of the devil; and we can be bound together by the truth.
Vacation Bible School was great this year! We were so thankful for the fun week we had with these precious children! You can see a video of Pastor Bill being “slimed” by clicking here.
We are so thankful for all the volunteers in our church who took time to help us with VBS. It was also nice to have Matt Gedeon come back for a couple of weeks during his college break to help us! We are very blessed!
A couple from East Valley Free Will Baptist Church in Mesa, AZ came to visit us!
It was so nice to see many of you in Texas at the NAFWB Convention. What a blessing to be able to connect again! It was great to see veteran missionary to Brasil, Bobby Poole, there! We especially enjoyed the WNAC Missionary Mingle. Thank you so much to all of you who worked so hard to make the convention such an encouragement!
Summer fun in the great outdoors! The top four photos are pictures from our July picnic at Tuckertown Park. We grilled, ate, went for canoe and kayak rides, and had a great time. Midway and down are pictures from our August fellowship in a member’s backyard. We took the kids for rides on four-wheelers, grilled, shucked & enjoyed fresh corn, and had a wonderful time!
For us and our church to continue to grow in our relationship with the Lord and in His knowledge. (Ephesians 3:14-21)
That the Lord would help us financially as we pay down our debt of $780,000.00.
That our church finances would increase.
As we plan fall activities and ministries:
Fantastic Fridays–our Bible memory/Bible lesson/fun time/skills building outreach to children.
Church Camping Trip
Annual Harvest Party
Thank you so much for your faithful prayers and continued support!
FANTASTIC FRIDAY CAMPOUT!!! The kids were so excited about the campout. Thank you for praying! They had a great time! We had a hot dog roast, made s’mores, and had a campfire devotion. The kids received their patches for scripture memory, rocket launching, and camping, as well. Please pray as we plan to start again this fall.
Thank you for your prayers and support!
It was nice to have Mike & Karen Edwards from Welch College for a visit. John Buschmann and Ed, Rhonda, & Monica Verra, with Monica’s friend Ashley, from Good News FWB Church in Chesterfield, VA, came to visit. It was so good to see them! We were so thankful to have most of our family at Michaela’s graduation.
It was a lovely ceremony, and we had a beautiful day.
We had a great time at our May cookout at Wilson Park. The ladies grilled hamburgers & hotdogs, and the dads went through the line first at our Father’s Day cookout after church.
Please pray for us as we plan our VBS July 14-18. Thank you so much!!