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Jesus is the way, the truth and the life for all

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On Sunday, the Peachtree Baptist Church congregation, family and friends met to worship our Lord.

The sanctuary flower arrangement was presented to glorify God by Lynn and David Griffin in honor of their son, Josh Griffin, on the occasion of his birthday.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Jerry Hobgood welcomed the Sunday school gathering and led the song, “Down At The Cross.”

He then read, “God Knows You,” by Anne Graham Lotz, from “Fixing My Eyes On Jesus.” 

“What is unspoken in your life? Something you feel you are not able to share with anyone? Is it loneliness? Or isolation? That sense of not being connected? Or that longing for someone who would understand. Someone who would know how you are feeling without your having to say a word?

“We all long for someone like that at one time or another. Jesus is that person! He knows. Everything! The unspoken questions on your mind. The unexpressed feelings in your heart. He understands. When you feel lonely, isolated, disconnected…when you need your questions answered, turn to the One who is totally familiar with all your ways…and with you!”

BIBLE STUDY

I led the Median Sunday school class Bible study. This lesson is the sixth in a series of six in “Living a Godly Life in an Ungodly World.”

This finished the life of King Asa and the beginning of his son’s reign. Next week, we will start a new six session series, “Simplicity: Finding Contentment In A Busy Life.”

If you would like to join an active Sunday school class, come out and join us studying His holy Word.

Special music: Jane May played a piano solo, “To God Be The Glory.” Jerry Hobgood sang a solo, “When He Was On The Cross.”

Verse of the month: James 1:22

SERMON NOTES

“Jesus is the Only Truth,” from John 14:4-6

“‘I am the truth,’ Jesus says, ‘I am the way — that is, to the Father. I am the truth — that is, the truth about the Father.’

“In other words, if you want to know the truth about God, heaven, the hereafter, if you want to know the truth about God, study Jesus — He is the way to God. He is the truth of God and He is the very life of God.

“The exclusive representation of truth about God is Christ. Of the many reasons why Christ is indeed the truth, one would be that if you observed all the major religions of the world, their founders all lie in graves. Jesus’ grave is empty. Jesus is the only one who says, ‘You don’t have to do anything — apart from believe that I’ve done everything for you already.’

“Yet, what Jesus is saying is troubling — because it is dogmatic to our flexible world. Jesus Christ says, ‘I am it! I am the way to God, and I am the truth about God. Choose Me or choose to perish.’ However, since Christ said that the world would hate Him, we can be sure that when the world loves Him, it is because they have made Him into something He is not.

“‘I am the life, I am (not only the way, and the truth, but) the life.’ If you and I want to experience the fulfilled, God-intended life here on earth and, later, the thrilling dimension of eternal life in heaven, there is only one way. While other religions take bad men and try to make them better, only one is qualified to take dead men and make them alive.

“The divine verdict: If Jesus Christ is the way, you are lost unless you are following His direction. If Jesus Christ is the truth, you are deceived unless you are believing His message. If Jesus Christ is the life, you are hopeless unless you are receiving His gift.

“Jesus Christ is not one god among many — He is the only God. Jesus Christ is not one kernel of divine truth — He is the only truth. Jesus Christ is not one path to heaven among many — He is the only path. For He Himself declared, ‘I am the only way ... truth ... life; no one, not even one, comes to the Father, except through Me.’”

CHURCH BUSINESS

• Sunday, Aug. 25 through Sunday, Sept. 1 — Week of prayer for state missions.

• Saturday, Aug. 31 — Faith Christian Ministries Store responsibility, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Tuesday, Sept. 3 — Deacons’ meeting, 7 p.m.

• Wednesday, Sept. 4 — Wednesday activities resume.

• Sunday, Sept. 8 — Church conference, noon.

• Tuesday, Sept. 10 — Women’s book study, 10 a.m. Bring a sack lunch, WMU meeting to follow. Book for the Sept. 10 morning and Sept. 11 evening book study sessions is Max Lucado’s “He Chose the Nails.” For more information, call me at 252-478-2846.

• Wednesday, Sept. 11 — Church-wide fellowship salad dinner, 5:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, Sept. 11 — Women’s book study evening session, 7 p.m.

• Thursday, Sept. 19 — Men’s Ministry dinner and devotional, 6:30 p.m.

• Sunday, Sept. 22 — Homecoming service, 10:30 a.m.

• Tuesday, Sept. 24 — Church council meeting, 7 p.m.

COMMUNITY NEWS

• Melba Hobgood had a busy birthday week last week. Melba and seven of her friends were in Boone for a little shopping and in West Jefferson for a couple of rounds of golf. They had perfect sunny weather.

• Melba attended the memorial service for Sue Garrett in Clayton. Sue was her former neighbor. Our prayers are with Sue’s family.

• Jerry Hobgood took Melba out Friday for her birthday dinner.

• Melba met her sister Saturday at Crabtree Valley Mall for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory and shopping. Wow! What a week. Happy birthday, Mel.

• Bob Bunn’s and my granddaughter, Roseta Bunn, spent part of last week in Clayton with her friend Arianna Andrews and her family. They went to the Great Wolf Lodge for a mini-vacation as well.

• Vicki Suggs, friend of Marta and Gene Whitehouse, joined the Navy. Prayers to you, Vicki.

OTHER CHURCHES

• First Baptist Church Spring Hope and the Gibson Memorial Methodist and White Oak Methodist churches joined forces this past week to collect back-to-school items for the children at Spring Hope Elementary School.

• Friday, Sept. 6 — Duke Memorial Baptist Church and the Justice Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor their 20th annual Justice Community Antique Tractor Show at Duke Memorial Baptist Church. Continues Saturday, Sept. 7.

• Saturday, Sept. 7 — Flood’s Chapel men’s breakfast, 8 a.m.

• Monday, Sept. 9 — Stony Hill men’s dinner, 7 p.m.

• Saturday, Sept. 21 — First Baptist Church Spring Hope outdoor movie night, 8-9:30 p.m.

CHARITIES

Nash County Ruritan clubs will hold the following barbecue fundraisers. Diners can eat in or take out.

• Friday, Sept. 6 — Momeyer Ruritan, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Friday, Sept. 27 — Coopers Ruritan, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Friday, Oct. 11 — West Mount Ruritan, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Friday, Oct. 25 — Oak Level Ruritan, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS

• To all those sick and in need.

• Prayers to all the children starting school for the first time and those returning to school. Let the adventures begin.

• Prayers to all those teachers, bus drivers, aides and everyone watching over their precious charges.

• Prayers for Wayne Lamm, who is recovering from heart surgery.

• Birthday blessings to Mack Bunn (Aug. 29).

If you have news, please call or email me. I do prefer an email. My email address is mfpbun@aol.com. My phone number is 252-478-2846. You may leave a message.

“O Lord, You have searched me and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thought from afar.” — Psalm 139:1-2.

Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.

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