Gospel of Christ Fellowship

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


September 2016

September 30, 2016

Do you not say, “There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”(John 4:35-38)

God has left a witness in the earth. He has sent a multitude of prophets to testify of the grace that would come in the new covenant. He sent His own Son who came preaching “the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Jesus sent apostles and more to preach the gospel into every creature. And now a multitude which no man can number has participated and entered into this ministry of reconciliation. So, take this good word and beseech any hearers to be reconciled to God. Today is the day of salvation and the day of harvest is coming. 

Revelation 14:15-16 

And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.

September 27, 2016

Romans 6:5 reads, 

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection

The new birth is preceded by a death. Specifically, men are “buried with Christ” in hope of being joined with Him in His resurrection. In this death the body of sin is done away with and the new man is created in the believer. The new man is one of righteousness and true holiness (Eph 4:24). This is the start of eternal life for the believer. He now has life from heaven housed in a vile body. This experience is expressed by the Holy Spirit in these words: “treasure” in an “earthen vessel” (2 Cor 4:7).

The result? The person will never be the same. He is now living the rest of his life in the body not for himself but for the one who died for him and rose again (2 Cor 5:17). He is living unto God. And this is only appropriate because he has been joined to the Lord. 

What glory the new birth brings! So, mount up with wings, child of God, and live righteously in this present age. You are a new creature and it is natural for the new creature to live like Jesus. 

“For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Rom 6:10-11)

September 23, 2016

“Behold, I come quickly” (Revelation 22:12)

What precious words from our Savior. He will not tarry. He has not left us here abandoned. He will come for us. Perseverance is possible because Jesus is coming quickly. Hope is an anchor because Jesus is coming quickly. Temptations are throne off in view of Jesus coming quickly.

Jesus is coming soon; as soon as He is sent. And when He comes He will not be sojourning here for 33 years! He will not be subject again to His enemies schemes. For, He is not coming to deal with sin but to receive us to Himself for the fullness of salvation. He will not be subject to world again like He was when the He was born in a manger. He will slay all His enemies in the brightness of His coming. He will come with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not obey the gospel of God and to be glorified in His saints. And we shall be caught up with Him to meet the Lord in the air. From that point on we shall always be with the Lord. Even for ever and ever!

brother Pat Woods

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2016, September 21

​Lamentations 3:22

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

Jeremiah did not write this because he was “looking at the bright side” of things. His people, Judah were overthrown by Babylon, their city and temple were destroyed and they were in captivity for 70 years. But he recognized the reality: the fact that they were still alive was owing to the tender mercies of God. 
Likewise, we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The fact that we have not been consumed in fire is a display of mercy as well. It is good for us to consider that the longsuffering of the Lord is salvation. We have been given space to repent. God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked but rather desires that every man repent and come to the knowledge of the truth. 
We can allow the memory of our sin humble us so that we cry out to God – it is then that He shows His great compassion. 

Jeremiah continues, “The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him”(Lam 3:24).

Amen, Jeremiah!
– Brother Pat Woods

2016, September 18

​”Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”  Romans 10:4

“If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”Romans 10:9&10

Our hearts control what comes out of our mouths.  So when God gives us a new heart, it’s obvious what others will hear when they are in our company.

From the heart the mouth speaks. 

It’s impossible for a believer to think of the cross without knowing the sacrifice Christ made on our behalf.  How blessed we are.

– Sister Kasey Stokes

2016, September 15

​” For we are His workmanship,  created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” Ephesians 2:10

” If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour,  sanctified,  and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21

We were created for good works. What good works were we created for? We were created for God’s good works! A work can only be a good work if it is something that God is working.  We were created to participate in God’s workings.  It is not up to us to establish our own good works, but it is right for us to join in on what God is working. How do we go about doing this? Well, we become joined to Him through Christ Jesus. Then and only then are we able to participate in the true good works of God. God can and will do great things in and through submissive people. We are called to be vessels which God can use for good works. This means we must empty ourselves of all pride and reliance upon our own desires, strengths, and abilities. We are only the vessel. Let us empty our vessel of ourselves so that God may fill us with Himself. Then and only then will we be vessels prepared for God’s good works.
– Sister Hillary Boyd

2016, September 14

​What a wonderful prophecy about why the Lord would come.

Isa 61:3 “To console those who mourn in Zion,To give them beauty for ashes,The oil of joy for mourning,The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;That they may be called trees of righteousness,The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

– Sister Brandi Woods

2016, September 13

​”Could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mt 26:40-41)

Jesus said these words while in Gethsemane’s garden. In a time of extreme testing He warned the disciples of the inability of the flesh to stay alert for even an hour.  The disciples failed to stay awake three times. They did not have, within themselves, the power to stay alert and pray. 
We must never underestimate the infirmity of the flesh. Also, we must be careful not to cater to the flesh to make it easier on the flesh to the neglect of the spirit. 
When Paul came to Troas (Acts 20) to preach the disciples forced willingly subdued their own flesh in order to feed their spirit’s through Paul’s ministration. Because he had to leave the next day, he prolonged his message until midnight. No doubt both he and they were waging war against the weariness of the flesh but they knew it was worth it. Eutychus, a young man, was overcome by sleep and fell out of the third story window and died. No one accused Paul, saying “why did you preach so long” but rather they went down and healed him…and Paul continued on preaching until dawn! That is a demonstration of having preference for spiritual things; seeking those things which are above (Col 3:1-2); and making no provision for the flesh (Rom 13:14). It is regrettably common for man to seek ways to make it easy or convenient for their flesh and this often is to the neglect of spiritual things. Furthermore, it is common for man to extend himself in worldly affairs – making sacrifices of money, time, etc. These things are revealing of the heart. 
Let the people of God heed the word of the Savior, “the spirit indeed is willing, the flesh is weak” and let us seek grace to walk after the spirit and not fulfill the lists of the flesh.
– Brother Pat Woods

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