Bulletin for Sunday 11/14/2010
With Robert Prater
The Book of Acts has been called “The Acts of the Apostles.” This title was not given by the author Luke and is less than appropriate, for the book speaks of only a few of the apostles and their ministries--Peter, John, James (only in that Herod killed him) and Paul. None of the other apostles are mentioned. So a more accurate title would be “Some acts of some apostles"—only that’s not very exciting. In reality this book is about “The Acts of Jesus Christ through His church by the power of the Holy Spirit.” That’s really what it’s all about.
Note that Luke wrote in Acts 1:1 that in his gospel he had written about all that Jesus “began” to do and to teach. We know that the Gospel of Luke contains the story of Jesus from his birth until His ascension into heaven. It is the story of what Jesus did and said while He was on the earth. But notice again what Luke says about the story he wrote—"all that Jesus began both to do and to teach.”
The word “began” implies that there is still more to be reported about what Jesus was then continuing to do and to teach through His chosen apostles. We might summarize this by saying: the gospel of Luke tells us what Jesus began to do when he was on the earth; the book of Acts tells us what Jesus continues to do from heaven through His church on earth.
The truth of the matter is that even though Jesus ascended back to heaven, He was (is) still working and acting through His people. In Matthew 28:19 Jesus told His apostles to "go and teach and make disciples of all nations." Yet, the disciples would not have to do this work all by themselves because He said, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
Now this is where we come in. Nearly 2000 years have come and gone since Christ walked on planet earth. Yet His work continues to this day through His people who make up His church. What He started long ago, we continue by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God. And in sharing the gospel message with others, we are not doing it alone. As the church we must never forget that Jesus Christ has promised that he will still be with us even to the end of the age.
Yes indeed, Jesus Christ is working and acting today! But to do His work, He needs willing hands and mouths and tongues and feet and minds because today He works through people, just like He worked through Peter, Stephen, Philip and Paul. Every single Christian needs to allow the living Lord to work through them. (cf. Phil. 2:13; Heb. 13:21)
Have you ever heard someone talk about the 29th Chapter of Acts? That’s clever because Acts contains only 28 chapters. Yet it’s very interesting how the last chapter of Acts ends with Paul in house arrest in Rome, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 28:17-31) What happened after the 28th chapter of Acts?
The fact is that the story doesn’t end at the end of the Book of Acts. It’s fitting that the book of Acts should end with evangelism because in reality you and I are writing the 29th chapter of this book every single day. In reality we are living the 29th Chapter of Acts. Friends, let’s all imitate the New Testament church and join them in continuing the story of sharing the good news of Jesus to a lost world!
-- Robert -- email@example.com
We are so pleased to have Carl & Jewel Wills wishing to fellowship with us. They have recently moved to 1627 N. Pennsylvania, telephone number is 273-5004. Carl has been attending several months with his sister, Ann Perry. Jewel will be attending as soon as her health improves.
This coming Sunday morning we’ll be blessed in having a special guest preacher as Johnie Fredman will be preaching for us. Robert Prater will be away preaching that morning on a Friends Day for the Church of Christ in Wagoner, OK. Johnie is former campus minister of the East Central State University campus ministry in Ada, and now member at the Highland congregation in Tecumseh.
We will be supporting the Mabel Bassett Holiday Sack project again this year with personal supplies for inmates. A tote is located in the foyer along with a sample package. Below is a list of acceptable donations:
Shampoo – 15-18 oz. CLEAR Plastic bottles
Conditioner – 15-18 oz. CLEAR Plastic bottles
Toothpaste – Large family size
Toothbrush – Adult size med. or soft bristle
Kleenex – Small pocket book size
Body Wash – 12-16 oz. CLEAR Plastic bottles
Lotion – 6-8 oz. Plastic Tube Small opening
Greeting Cards – Total of 8 cards – all occasion
The tote will be picked up on November 16th.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Josh, Leah and Dalton Lyons have moved to 1 Dawson Lane, Shawnee, OK 74804. Their phone number remains the same. Please make this correction in your membership directory.
Charles Wright remains in Solara, room 220.
MykahSheltonhas requested prayers for one year old Chelsea Coleman who is about to begin testing for leukemia.
Larry Smith is waiting to hear when he will begin chemotherapy for prostate cancer.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Fred Bowers, Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt) Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, Earl Finch, Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, Shawna Laffoon (Teresa Story’s daughter), Rita Luye (Jennifer Michener’s aunt), Nadine Magee, Vesta Mays, Aubrey McNutt, Carletta Moore, Thearlene Morris, Gene Norton, Scott Olivo (friend of Royce & Kathy Peerson), Rachel O’Neal, Maxwell Parker (infant nephew of Kacy Kinsey), Polly Reese, Alice Rice, Sue Riedel, Carl Robbins (Dena Nipper’s dad) Betty Rye, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Marlene Wadkins, Pat West, (sister of Ruby Holt), Emma White, Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose), Charles Wright. All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your interest and prayers.
Thanks to everyone who helped with the ‘Fall Teen Party’ a week ago. Thank you for bringing snacks, supplies and for your presence at the party. It was a wonderful success.
Dear Church family, We would like to thank you for all the care packages, cards, & letters sent to Ken over the past year. Also thank you so much for your love, support, thoughts and prayers. You all have made this deployment a much easier experience for the both of us. In Christian Love, Ken & Hillary Whittington
COMING YOUTH EVENTS
November 13, Saturday, Hayride @ the Stephens’ at 5 p.m. Hot dogs and buns will be provided. Bring lawn chairs. Check with Bob or Janet if there is something you would like to bring.
November 13, Annual “Warmth from the Heart” Coat Giveaway, 10 a.m. ‘til 2 p.m.
November 14, Search: “Get More from God’s Word”
November 21, Search: “Thanksgiving”
November 25 & 26, Church office closed
November 28, Search: “Jesus Arose”
January 2, Shawnee Area-Wide Worship, “Praise Him-2011”, @ Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, Sunday evening 5 p.m. Alan Martin, guest speaker
Hope to see you here Sunday!
LAST WEEKS RECORD
Bible School 145
Worship Service 246
Sunday Evening 120
Wednesday Evening 102
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Announcements: Bob Perry
Opening Prayer: Jim Walling
Song Director: Paul Harris
Scripture: Chad Beard
Sermon: Johnie Fredman
Closing Prayer: Scott Perry
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Frank Burton Bob Seikel
Kenton McGalliard Mitch Harmon
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Burl Vanlandingham Tracy Gettle
Gene Norton Michael Michener
Foyer: Gene & Dorothy Norton
Elevator: Michael & Jennifer Michener
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Tim McGalliard
Song Director: Paul Harris
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Clavin Norwood
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Gerald Smith Jim Pettyjohn
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Dale Beard
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297