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Sunday
Bible Class - 9:30 AM
A.M. Worship - 10:30 AM
P.M. Worship- 1:00 PM

Wednesday
    Ladies Bible Class - 9:30 AM
    Bible Class - 7:00 PM

Elders
Danny Jameson
Melton Kennedy
James Tisdale

Deacons
Ricky Barnett
James Dieterich

Ray Habiger

Minister
Bob Martin

Secretary
Jenny Martin

Tuesday School
Jenny Martin

Mission Work
Chris & Christy Hill
PHA - Ukraine

Daniel Kwofie
Beahu, Central Ghana

Prison Ministry
Middleton Unit
Abilene, Texas
    216 W. Elm Street  - P.O. Box 998  Coleman, Texas 76834
    "People Who Care About People"
              Do We Really Believe What He Said?

          When does every nation begin next door?

    There are few of us who cannot quote what we call "The Great Commission."
    Most, if not all, would claim it to be both appropriate to our life's direction and
    true in fact. The difficulty appears to arise from our failure to realize the
    seriousness of its impact and importance. Notice again what is involved.

    And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to
    Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,
    baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
    teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you
    always, even to the end of the age."(Matthew 28:18-20 NASB)

    In these verses, all authority directly passed from God Himself to His Son. With
    this authority, the Son commands his followers to make disciples of all
    nations. The method for accomplishing this, the follow up necessary to
    complete the task, and the promise of His continuing presence are also given
    by our resurrected Lord.
    Break it down! What is God's part in this undertaking?

    As the Scriptures tell us, salvation comes by grace through faith, made possible
    by the atoning blood of Jesus. God, speaking through Jesus, both commands
    and promises. He commands us to go with the message of salvation to the lost
    everywhere and promises that He will be with us throughout the effort as long
    there is time.

    What is our responsibility?

    We are to go, to invite, to assist, to baptize and to mature disciples. That is not
    difficult to understand is it? The difficulty is our direct response! For some
    reason, we find it relatively easy to give assent and lip service to the Lord's
    final earthly command, but very hard to actually perform our responsibility.


                          Do we clearly understand
                      the seriousness of the matter?



    Do we clearly understand the seriousness of the matter?

    The world is full of men and women who are not just "going to be lost" at the
    final judgment; they are lost now! The child of God has the only knowledge
    which can give hope to each lost soul.

    What do we think our Father feels when we refuse to share that saving grace?

    All around us souls are perishing and we have the answer. We may feel
    unqualified to carry on an in-depth study, and perhaps many of us are, but
    anyone can invite a friend or neighbor to church. Dr. Tom Rainer, in his recent
    book The Unchurched Next Door, asserts that in an extensive survey across a
    broad spectrum of the unchurched, eighty-two percent responded that they
    were "somewhat likely" to attend church if they were invited. There goes our
    excuse about them being disinterested.

    Are we a Christian?

    Do we know someone who is not?

    What are we going to do about it?

    "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations ..."
    And we can begin with our unchurched neighbor next door.

    Bill Sherrill  
    Elm Street Church of Christ