"No servant is greater than his master. If they
persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they
obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours" (John
15.20ff).
 
Our Master speaks of our place...servants of his. We
bring honor to Jesus when we are servants to his
kingdom because of his will for us. When our Master
speaks, we listen, and obey. It is a quality that should
be governing our hearts. But this is not true for all
people.
 
There are many that do not submit to Christ, nor to
his teachings. They stand opposed, worse than that,
they are so against Jesus' kingdom and glory they
would gladly beat you down for associating with Jesus.
They might do this verbally, abusively speaking against
you, or what you are teaching them. They might react
violently, physically attacking you, or your home. These
people, if given the opportunity, would treat your
Master the same way they treat you. Jesus said this
would be true for those who followed him.
 
On the other hand, there are some who desire to hear
the word of your Master, and will so order their lives
in submission to him. They obey things you say
because they want to obey Jesus. So, keep teaching!
 
- Alex
Be praying for these things please…
 
1. We are in the process of bringing Doka here to
the US so he can report to churches, and seek
additional support from churches in our area. There
is a great deal of red tape to get through in order
to get a Nigerian out of his country, into our
country, and organized along his journey across
states while he is here. We are aiming for this to
happen around Dec-Jan, so please keep him in your
personal prayers, and your family prayers as well.
 
2. Please pray for our invitations that we have made
to specific school football programs. We do not
know who might need this the most. We may have a
player that needs to see Christian people to be
encouraging. There may be a cheerleader's mother
that is seeking a place to worship for her family.
There will be some person that may be here that is
not reconciled with God. We do not have to have 100
people here in order to be effective. We are
seeking those who might be needing to be drawn to
God in some way, so be prayerful that God would be
in this effort, and that the people who come would
be those that need God, and us.
 
Pray to a God who acts! - Alex
God is doing wonderful things among us!
 
I spoke with someone this past week that really
encouraged me. It is obvious that this person, who
does not desire to be named, has been making changes
and drawing closer to God because I can see it in their
behavior. This person is trying to become a clear
ambassador for the Lord, for the sake of his kingdom,
and for the sake of people's souls.
 
When I come across things like this, and see the
spiritual discoveries, and hear the personal
experiences, I find myself deeply encouraged.
Shouldn't all of us have moments, like this, that we
share about our lives with others about what God is
doing? Missionaries often use Acts 14.27 in showing
the biblical need for a report to be given to the church
about what God did during the mission. Shouldn't my
life sound like a constant "report"? Shouldn't I be
finding people to tell what God has done, and is doing,
in my life, to bring me more into obedience to his will?
 
If you will ask around, and listen close, you will hear
loads of people here that have such examples and
experiences. God is working among us to the praise of
his glory!
 
- Alex
As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay
there in Ephesus so that you may command certain
men not to teach false doctrine any longer, nor to
devote themselves to myths and endless
genealogies. These promote controversies rather
than God's work---which is by faith (I Tim 1.3-4).
 
Our main purpose is to do the work of God (Eph
2.10). Paul makes that same point here. One of the
things that hinders the work of God is the spirit
of falsehood. Teaching things they ought not, men
make a practice of deception. They lead people
astray. They teach things of demons, and not of
God.
 
Such men are condemned by God. They are to be
resisted. Paul explains that these teachings only
produce fighting and contention. They make people
uncomfortable. The untrue things they teach will
lead people away from the word of God and the
heart of Jesus.
 
The work of God must be done. God is counting on
us to do his work. If we drag ourselves down, or
allow ourselves to be swayed from God, then his
work goes undone. Stay in the truth, and you will
be able to do the work of God.
 
- Alex

An Extended Welcome...

As we begin our work with this congregation, I am reminded of three things that Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica in 2 Thessalonians 3:

1) "Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored..."

In verse 1 of chapter 3, Paul delivers a wonderful exhortation to his extended church family. Our family prays every day for the members at Rogersville and for those who may come in contact with us throughout the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. We pray that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored in our lives and that those principles we have learned will allow us to be a good example to all we may deal with each day.

2) "May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ."

In verse 5, Paul expounds on the above idea by explaining that it is the outward showing of the love of God that will direct our hearts in the proper pathway and it is our steadfastness in Christ that allows us to live a more abundant life than we could ever hope or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). We pray that the love of God is seen in our lives and that it may encourage you to a stronger steadfastness in Christ.

3) "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way."

Finally, in verse 16 of this final chapter, Paul expresses something that I wish for all of you and for those who live in our sphere of influence. I pray that God blesses you with peace. It seems so simple, yet it is the one thing that our world consistently is striving for but never seems to gain. Peace only comes from one source and that is the Father above.

I hope these words are encouraging to you and I pray that you may use them to encourage others to receive the welcome that is extended from us here at Rogersville.

Scott