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Jesus’ truth sets us free, not drags us down

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What a wonderful fall-like Sunday at Peachtree Baptist Church.

The sanctuary flower arrangement was presented to glorify God Ann Browder in loving memory of her husband, Bobby Browder Sr.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Jerry Hobgood welcomed the Sunday School gathering and led the song, “To God Be The Glory.”

He then read, “Live A Full Life,” by Anne Graham Lotz, from “Fixing My Eyes On Jesus.”

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10.

In this verse we find, “How fully will you live out your life? To live life as Jesus created it involves developing a personal relationship with Him. It involves talking with Him in prayer. It involves listening to Him as you read God’s Word…and then applying what God says to your life.”

BIBLE STUDY

I led the Median Sunday school class Bible study. This lesson is the sixth and last in this series, “Simplicity: Finding Contentment in a Busy Life.” This week’s installment was “Uncomplicated relationship: Let God’s love drive how you relate to others,” from 1 Thessalonians 4:3-12.

“We have no statistical evidence to prove this, but some of our most enjoyable relationships just may be those we had as small children. No drama. No demands on each other. We were just kids simply playing and enjoying ourselves.

“In these verses we find Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians giving insights into the relationships God intended us to have with one another. Paul was specific about sexual immorality. How to control our bodies. He said, ‘God had placed boundaries on our relationships.’”

Special music: Jane May and David Griffin preformed a duet. The Peachtree Adult Sanctuary Choir sang the special music, “No Tears In Heaven.”

Verse of the month: Proverbs 29:25.

SERMON NOTES

“The Christian Life Isn’t A Drag,” from 1 John 5:1-3.

“The Apostle John loved the Lord, he loved the church, he loved his children in the faith and wanted the church to love one another. He also wanted to remove all doubts from the hearts and minds of these early believers and ours.

“There are truths he wants us to know: To be certain, to be sure of and that some truths were learned by experience.

“The first truth that John wanted to lock down is what it means to be a Christian and, truth be told, we all ask the same questions, but the frustration of our world ultimately comes from lacking the answers: Who are we and to whom do we belong?

“ John the Apostle didn’t want any doubt or apprehension over who we are and to whom we belong. So he launches into what we’ll call our family kinship.

“In our family kinship, John was saying that the person who persists in believing that Jesus is the Christ is revealing that they have been born of God.

“You’ll never be able to come to terms with who you are until you take by faith who Jesus is.

“ In our family fellowship, if you love God, you’ll love His children. If you have fellowship with the Father, you’ll want to have fellowship with the Father’s family.

“Jesus said, ‘They will know that you are My disciples by your love for one another.’ — John 13:35.

“A true church doesn’t open its doors to only one social strata; a church doesn’t focus on just one age group; a church doesn’t pursue only one social demographic: a church doesn’t accept only one race or ethnic background.

“That isn’t a church, that’s an embarrassment to the grace of God! The gospel of God’s grace produces harmony in midst of diversity.

“ In our family stewardship, notice what John says we’re to do with the commandments of God, those applicable to the New Testament believer. He writes we are to observe them, to practice them. That loving God is evidenced by the way we keep His commandments. It has the connotation of keeping watch over; carefully guarding them as a precious treasure.

“Christianity? What a drag. The truth is exactly the opposite. There is no heavier burden than a guilty conscience. There’s no greater misery than being ruled by the tyrant of sin.

“Jesus Christ promised that His truth would set us free. (John 8:32). Not drag us down.

“The Christian life isn’t a drag. His demands become our ready delight because of our kinship with the Father and our fellowship with the family.

“Do you have a lot of hard work to do now that the Spirit has made you a member of the family? Certainly, but not in order to become a son or a daughter. You were made that by grace through faith in Christ.”

CHURCH BUSINESS

• Wednesday, Oct. 9 — Women’s evening book study, 7 p.m. Participants are reading Max Lucado’s “He Chose the Nails.” All women are invited to attend morning or evening book study sessions and are responsible for their own books. For more information, call me at 252-478-2846.

• Sunday, Oct. 13 — Lord’s Supper, 11 a.m.

• Thursday, Oct. 17 — Men’s Ministry dinner and devotional, 6:30 p.m. All men are invited.

• Sunday, Oct. 27 — High-attendance Sunday school, worship service and baby dedication, 11 a.m. All are invited. A soup and salad lunch will be served at noon.

• Through Wednesday, Oct. 30 — Peachtree will be collecting for the Appalachian Backpack Ministry. Members, collect your backpacks and your supply lists at the church.

COMMUNITY NEWS

• The Peachtree deacons’ meeting was held Oct. 1. Deacons elected their officers.

• The Peachtree church conference and annual meeting was held Sunday. The budget was presented and approved.

• It has been a nice week in the community. Everyone was out enjoying the Spring Hope National Pumpkin Festival. A group from Peachtree Baptist enjoyed The Embers Friday night and the parade Saturday.

• The Claral Bunn family reunion was held Saturday. Family and friends enjoyed a barbecue pig pickin’ with all the trimmings.

• A group from church enjoyed a lunch in Wake Forest after church Sunday.

OTHER CHURCHES, GROUPS

• Monday, Oct. 14 — Stoney Hill men’s dinner, 7 p.m. All men are invited.

• Friday, Oct. 18 — Sandy Cross United Methodist Church men’s barbecue chicken fundraiser, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Coopers Ruritan Club. Plates will be $7 each.

Nash County Ruritan clubs will hold the following barbecue fundraisers. Diners can eat in or take out. Plates are $8 each. Sales will continue until food runs out, so supporters are urged to come early.

• 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.

IN LOVING MEMORY

The entire Peachtree Baptist Church family expresses heartfelt, deep sympathy to the family and friends of:

• Charles Hathaway, 90, who passed away on Sept. 30. Charles was born in Spring Hope on May 17, 1929.

PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS

• To all those sick and in need.

• Please don’t forget to visit the people in the nursing homes in your area.

• Birthday blessings to Joan Eason and Linwood May (Oct. 1), Kathy Farmer and Bill Wood (Oct. 2), Lindsey Matthews (Oct. 4), Ann Cannon (Oct. 15), E. Ray Eason (Oct. 19) Dianne Bunn (Oct. 20), Brent Bunn (Oct. 21), JoAnn Blankenship (Oct. 22), Fran Bunn (Oct. 24), Karen Macquin, Brenda Shepherd and Brody Edwards (Oct. 26) and Mary Hazel Mink (Oct. 31).

If you have news, please call or email me. It can’t printed if I don’t know about it. I do prefer an email. My email address is mfpbun@aol.com. My phone number is 252-478-2846. You may leave a message.

Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.

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