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Gospel of Christ Fellowship

It is our purpose here, and in all of our gatherings, that Christ Jesus be the primary consideration.

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July 2016

2016, July 26

Ephesians 1:5-6
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

It is Gods will, His purpose and desire, to bring men into fellowship with Himself that He might bless them with unsearchable riches. In salvation, He makes it righteous for Him to do this upon men who were once defiled. He washed away their sins and them makes His abide in them. In the words of our text He justifies men by faith in order to “accept” them, “adopt” them, and join them unto Himself. Fellowship with Deity! What a work.
– Brother Pat Woods

2016, July 14

Acts 5:38-42
“And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God. And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.”

    Sometimes we may be tempted to ask why, as God’s people, must we live in such a time as this? This world seems to be in perilous times. There is hatred and wickedness everywhere. People are being attacked based on race, religion, even their choice of occupation. There are people who threaten our safety and peace daily. We may be tempted to wonder why we must suffer through these trying times. But, consider the apostles here in Acts 5. They were called before the council for preaching Jesus. They were beaten and punished. After which, they did not ask, “why us?”, instead, they rejoiced!! They were thankful that God had considered them worthy to face affliction for His name! This world needs to know Jesus, He is the only hope. You are a believer in Jesus! You are a believer in the only hope this world has! You are the one God has chosen to preach Jesus to the world at this time. God has considered you worthy to bear the name of Christ, REJOICE! Press on, preach Jesus boldly and with confidence. When faced with affliction, remember that if it is of God it will not be overthrown. “It is a privilege that God has called you to be a christian at this time, in the midst of this wickedness.” – Bro. Tim Smith
– Sister Hillary Boyd

2016, July 12

Nehemiah 6:1-3
Now it happened when Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall, and that there were no breaks left in it (though at that time I had not hung the doors in the gates), that Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together among the villages in the plain of Ono.” But they thought to do me harm.
So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?”

Progress, even great and profound progress is not exempt from adversity. In fact, it is often met with opposition. Sanballat, Tobiah and Gershem are illustrative of organized and even dignified flesh. It will persecute the Spirit in an effort to thwart spiritual progress. Our response to this must be like that of Nehemiah: we will not come down from doing the work of God in order have a meeting discussing the efforts of the flesh.  The work of reconciliation is a great work; a great ministry. Do not come down from it.
-Brother Pat Woods

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