Category: Weekly Encouragement

Every week, the ministers here at the South Green church of Christ write brief articles for the congregation's weekly bulletin. The following is a copy of those articles, which have been adapted to this digital environment. Brief and to the point, these articles are designed to inspire, encourage, and challenge all. We hope and trust you will find them useful.

“I am…”

Could we join with Paul and echo the sentiments of Romans 1:14-16? “I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and the foolish.” (Rom. 1:14) Paul was given direct orders to go to Gentiles and Jews (and even kings!) and tell them what they must do to be forgiven …

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Are we encouraging future Deacons?

Aubrey Johnson conducted a Leadership workshop last year for our congregation. Part of the workshop looked at the Hallmarks of An Effective Deacon. Globally, the Lord’s church is in need of Deacons who are effective. Aubrey reminds us Effective Deacons: 1.  Build Teams (Eccl. 4:9-12). Deacons are servant leaders. Deacons embrace the idea of TEAM. …

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The Lord’s Church Is Not A Denomination

We are free to choose our career path, to choose where we live, & to choose who we vote for during elections. When it comes to worship, our commitment to spiritual matters, & the religion we practice, Scripture is the guide, not our choices! Society tends to say, “one group is as good as another.” …

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Are we preparing future Elders?

Scripture directs the church and Elders shepherd the flock. We recently touched on the preparation of future Preachers. Like the Preacher shortage, the church seems to have an Elder shortage. Before we can prepare men for this role, we must understand the qualifications of an Elder. We will begin with Titus 1:5-9 (Paul writes to …

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Our Need of Encouragement

We are at a time in world history where we are more “connected” than ever before (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.). Due to the advances of technology, we are able to do things that previous generations could not even imagine. Ironically, our ability to connect digitally has not solved our pressing problems such as isolation and …

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Are We Preparing Future Preachers? (3)

I would like to share a portion of an essay I received recently regarding someone who wants to attend “Preaching School.” As part of the application process to attend this particular school, potential candidates have to write an essay based on the prompt, “Why I want to preach.” The first sentence in this young man’s …

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Are We Preparing Future Preachers (#2)

Continuing with last week’s focus of looking at filling the need for future preachers, we need to prepare, talk with, and encourage young men who have the skill set for “preaching” to consider Preaching the Gospel. According to The Jenkins Institute’s website, Dale & Jeff post approximately 4,000 to 5,000 Preaching job openings per year! …

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Are we preparing future Preachers?

Statistics vary on how many congregations are looking for Preachers. We know for certain the demand to fill pulpits across the brotherhood is greater than the supply! Our young men are being told to become engineers, welders, doctors, lawyers, diesel mechanics, and the list goes on. How many of our young men are being talked …

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Help Wanted

We all have went straight to the HELP WANTED column of the classified section of the newspaper. When I needed a second or third job, I would spend a dollar in hopes of finding employment in the Sunday edition. Most of the time, we can find work if we are seeking. This is especially true …

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Could You Use Some Good News Today?

Watching the violence & pain our society continues to endure the last few days, I’m reminded of the song “A Little Good News” which Anne Murray began singing in 1983. The song describes how “the news” can only report the bad things going on because that’s all we see around us. The song sends the …

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