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Welcome to the Groveland Church of Christ.

In this section, you will find announcements of upcoming congregation events and fellowship activities as well as articles of spiritual interest and encouragement.

Gods plan for saving man

  • God’s Grace – Ephesians 2:8
  • Christ’s Blood – Romans 5:9
  • The Gospel – Romans 1:16
  • Sinners Faith – Acts 16:31
  • Sinner’s Repentance – Luke 13:3
  • Sinner’s Confession – Romans 10:10
  • Believers Baptism – I Peter 3:21
  • Christian’s Work – James 2:24
  • Christian’s Hope – Romans 8:24
  • Christian’s Endurance – Revelations 2:10

What Are You Doing In The New Year?

Bill Brandstatter

Now that 2022 is here, we are looking at “new” items. The Bible uses the word new'” in a number of very important ways.

A New Name — Isa. 62:2 indicates that God’s people would be called by “a new name which the mouth of the Lord shall name.” This new name obviously is not Jew since that was an old namne. Rather the new name is Christian (Acts 11:26). Isaiah also says God’s servants would be called by “another name.” So no longer is the Old Testament name authorized. Spiritual Israel today is the church (Gal. 6:16).

A New Covenant – God gave us a new covenant. The Hebrews ption writer indicates that in using the word “new” to describe his covenant, the first covenant (Old Testament) was ready to vanish away. (Heb. 8:13). We are, therefore, not subject to the Old Testament and its ordinances since they were nailed to the cross (Col. 2:14).

A New Birth — Jesus spoke in John 3:3, 5 of the “new birth.” This new birth is a spiritual one, not a physical birth. This new birth is required for a person to be identified with Christ. Jesus mentions two elements of the new birth, spirit and water. Many commentators agree the *water here includes the water of baptism.

A New Way — The old way to God included a priest who made sacrifices once a year for the people. (Heb. 9:7) Now individuals can approach the Father directly in prayer. (Matt. 6:9) Christianity, therefore, is a new way of approaching God as compared to the old way of Judaism.

With all the new events that are taking place this year, don’t forget the old ways of God. Remember to read and study the Bible, attend worship services, and obey God as the Bible directs.

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BY FAITH ALONE

Rob Albright

A few years back, I entered a men’s baking contest. It
was all desserts. I found a recipe that I liked so I started
putting all the ingredients together. I also took into
account how long I was to cook. It was all spelled out
in the recipe. I thought I made a good cake – at least
some people could eat it.

In the matter of salvation there are different
ingredients. The Bible teaches us we are saved “by
grace, through faith” (Eph. 2:8); by “works” (James
2:24; by “calling on the name of the Lord” (Rom. 10:13;
Acts 22:16); by “obedience” (Heb.5:8-9) by “baptism”
(Mk. 16:16) by “belief” (Acts 16:31); and other things
as well.

Here is my point: Just as the ingredients of the recipe
must be combined to make a cake, so must the
ingredients of salvation be combined. You do not have
salvation by faith alone. Just like you cannot take just
one ingredient and claim to make a cake, you cannot
just pick one ingredient and have salvation. The
ingredients must be combined to get the desired results.
You cannot produce a cake on flour alone and you
cannot have salvation by faith alone.

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TRUST AND OBEY

By Joe Slater

In the final analysis, “Trust And Obey” has been the
requirement of God from the Garden of Eden until now.
For Adam and Eve, it was “be fruitful and multiply and fill
the earth” (Genesis 1:28). Eat all the vegetables and fruit
you want with the single exception of the fruit of one
particular tree. Trust and obey.

During the Patriarchal Age God expressed His will to
individuals directly. He told Cain and Abel to offer
sacrifice. He directed Noah to build the ark. Abraham was
to leave Ur of the Chaldees and go to the place God showed
him. He commissioned Moses to lead the Hebrew slaves
out of Egypt. Trust and obey.

God gave Moses His law on Mt. Sinai. It contained
numerous statues and ordinances for the His chosen
people, Israel, to obey carefully. “You shall not add to the
word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may
keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I
command you” (Deuteronomy 4:2). Trust and obey.

Neither Adam and Eve nor any of their descendants
trusted and obeyed flawlessly. God knew they wouldn’t. In
His mercy He planned from eternity to send Jesus to offer
His own body and blood to save sinners. “Believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). “If
you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and
believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the
dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). “Repent, and let
every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for
the remission of sins” (Acts2:38). Trust and obey.
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be
happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.”

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CONFESSION AND CONSISTENCY

By Joe Slater

By confessing Jesus as Lord, we obligate obey Him. “Lord” isn’t just a respectful title. It refers to a master, one who has the right to decide and control.Jesus asked this piercing question: “Why do you call me Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say?”(Luke 6:46). Calling Jesus Lord’ acknowledges that He has the right to decide what we ought to do and to control our behavior. He has done so through his ourselves to inspired word, the Bible.

Do we recognize our own inconsistency when we call Him Lord, yet neglect to do what the Scriptures teach?An old cliché says, “Talk is cheap.” Truly, we can pay lip service to nearly anything. “You shouldn’t litter!” (Then I throw trash out of my car window.) “I love my family!” (Then I speak harshly, sarcastically , and rudely to them.)Confessing Christ as Lord certainly is a good thing!In fact, it’s essential to salvation (Romans 10:9-10). ButJesus demands more than mere lip service. “Noteveryone who says to Me, Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of MyFather in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).

Moreover, we don’t get to pick and choose what parts of His will to obey.Those converted to Christ are to “obey all things thatIhave commanded you” (28:20).A servant who refuses to obey his master shouldn’t expect that master to be pleased with him. Do youexpect Jesus to be pleased with you?

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God Can Cause Change To Come

Bill Brandstatter

Sometimes it seems as those things are rather chaotic in this world. In the days of a Babylonian king, Daniel wrote, “The Most-High rules in the kingdom of men.” (Dan. 4:17) God rules in a spiritual way and with spiritual laws. His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). If people will obey God and live faithfully for Him, change will come to our nation and the world.

In 2 Chron. 7:14, we read, “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked says, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (NKJV) The first part of this scripture refers to God’s people. God’s people today are Christians. God’s people once was the nation of Israel (Deut. 26:18). Now God’s people are Christians (1 Pet, 2:9).

Next, we must humble ourselves. Too many today are proud and puffed up. Too many times we look for man for all the answers of life. God can do things no one else can. James states, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6) That is why we should pray and seek His face. Prayer accomplishes a great deal. (James 5:16)

Then, we need to turn from wicked ways and be forgiven of our sins. All men everywhere are commanded to repent according to Acts 17:30. Forgiveness comes through the blood of Christ (Matt. 26:28). We get into His blood by being baptized (Matt. 26:28; Acts 2:38). Once a person does this, God promises “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) If we are Christians, we have the assurance that God hears our prayers (1 Jn. 5:14). Let us be intercessors for our government and all men (1 Tim. 2:1-4). The world needs saving. Let us be God’s instruments in helping to do that. God is still in charge. He is the final judge. We are His people and ones who should carry the gospel message to the world. (Acts 8:4) The gospel is powerful and it can save (Rom. 1:16). Let us be ones spreading the gospel message. God will provide the increase (1 Cor. 3:6).

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I’M GOING TO QUIT EATING

Edd Sterchi

Yes, you read that right -I have decided to stop eating. I just don’t feel like doing it anymore. Sometimes, I’mjust not in the mood. And, it takes up too much of my time -I have to do it every day. It’s also very demanding. Besides, I will never be able to eat everything. I will never understand everything about that which I am eating. I just don’t see the benefit. Furthermore, it’s very possible this concept of eating is outdated. I just don’t think I really need to eat- I can get by without it!

While those may seem absurd, those arguments are the very same reasons that people give for not feeding their souls (i.e. studying their Bibles). Just as without physical food, our bodies would eventually die, so without spiritual food, our souls will starve to death. As God noted in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Just as we set aside regular times to eat, doesn’t it make sense to set aside regular times to consume God’s word? “HOW sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth !” (Psalm 119:103).

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CHRIST WANTS US!

Edd Sterchi

In Philippians 4, we see three things that Christ wants of us:

* Christ wants us to be what we ought to be. Phil. 4:11, Not
that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state
I am, to be content.” Jesus wants us to be content and satisfied
with life. And as long as we have Him in our lives, we need
nothing else. In Him we can and should be content.

* Christ wants us to do what we ought to do. Phil. 4:13, “I can
do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” We can do
anything that is within God’s will for our life. There are many
things we ought to do that involve praising Him and promoting
His cause. In Him we should have the motivation to love and
serve Him.

* Christ wants us to have what we ought to have. Phil. 4:19,
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches
in glory by Christ Jesus.” If we be what we ought to be and do
what we ought to do, then Christ will make sure that we have
what we ought to have. If we fully trust Him, He will save us and
sustain us. What more do we need? Whatever it is, Christ will be
sure to provide that also.

Christ wants us to be what we ought to be, to do what we ought
to do, and to have what we ought to have. Christ wants us. Does
He have you – all of you?

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EVERY LITTER BIT HURTS

Joe Slater

Keep America Beautiful!” So exxhorted a public service ad several decades ago (I’m reverting to my childhood again). Along with it came another slogan: “Every litter bit hurts.” I presume that was in contrast to the more positive cliché, “Every little bit helps.” Yes, every litter bit really does hurt. Our oceans are full of plastic, and work crews pick up trash along the highways. Is it really that difficult to stash the trash until we can dispose of it properly? Evidently so, at least in the minds of some careless souls. But this article really isn’t about tossing fast food containers out of your car window. Instead, let’s think of sin as litter. We tend to minimize sin unless it’s an outrageous act like murder or adultery. Just as a litter bug might rationalize, “it’s only a scrap of paper,” we shrug off the one vulgar word, the single neglected duty, the solitary bad habit nobody else knows about. As long as we avoid “the big stuff, ” we let the rest slide. But every one of those “litter bits” hurts us. They numb the conscience, making us less and less sensitive to sin. They diminish our appreciation for the holiness of God, in whose image we are made. I’m all for “Keeping America Beautiful.” But I’m more concerned about keeping our souls beautiful. In both cases, “every litter bit hurts!”

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