Pastor's Weekly Newsletter (2.7.23)
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"And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the LORD, and also with men." - I Samuel 2:26
I praise the Lord for His goodness to us this last weekend. During Saturday visitation I met a Somalian man who told me he was in Lincoln for the first time ever. He said he was thinking about moving to our city. I witnessed to him, and he said that he believed in Jesus, but not as the Saviour, he said that Jesus was a prophet. He was a follower of Islam. I asked him if he believed the words Jesus said were true since he believed Jesus was a prophet. He said yes he did. I told him that Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." The man did not trust Jesus as his Saviour, but I pray that he will think about what Jesus said and turn to Christ for salvation. Saturday afternoon I met a man named Marvin, across the street from our old church building. Marvin trusted Christ as his Saviour! Praise the Lord!
This past Sunday we made a few changes in our adult Sunday School class. The most notable of which was that we have begun serving coffee and pastries each week before and after Sunday School. My hope is that it will be a special treat for the adults coming to Sunday School as well as a means for more fellowship before and after Sunday School. Some of the other minor changes made include my teaching Sunday School from the main floor in stead of the platform, and we are no longer broadcasting the Sunday School hour over Youtube. In doing this it allows us to simplify our Sunday School time to some degree.
I have a verse I would like to share, "For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." (Romans 10:11) As we walk through this week are we truly unashamed of Jesus Christ? Peter stood by the sinners fire outside the judgement hall and was ashamed of Jesus when asked if he was one of Christ's disciples. He denied his affiliation with the Saviour and walked away ashamed of himself for his denial. Even so, dear believer, we too must be careful not to be ashamed of our Saviour. It is not a bad thing to be identified as a Christian. Are we not followers of Christ? Therefore let us wear with honor the badges of identity that would put us in close association with the Saviour. May this thought stay with us as we carry on about our business this week and beyond. I will look forward to seeing everyone at church on Wednesday evening. I am praying for each of you that God would be with you this week. Have a great day!
Pastor Jonathan Painter
Lincoln Baptist Church