GREAT THINGS GOING ON IN LOYAL CHURCHES OF CHRIST
Pursuant to last week’s column in which I enumerated some things “I’m Glad I Know . . .,” over the next two weeks I plan to call attention to some of the many good things that are being done by individual Christians and by loyal, faithful congregations of Christ, people committed to the New Testament order of things.
These churches have not been infected with the virus of compromise and liberalism such as I referenced in my “News & Views” of July 22, 2014. These many good works are being done without regional, national, and international organization, structure, and administration (each church of Christ is autonomous and stands complete of itself), but simply by Christians acting in fellowship with each other and congregations carrying out the mission God gave to His people.
The church in Jacksonville, Alabama, uses mass mailing to send out a six-times-a-year publication called “House to House & Heart to Heart.” Congregations in various parts of the country utilize their own customized version of this publication and send it to selected zip codes in their respective areas. Every issue of the publication addresses an important Bible theme and clearly sets forth the gospel plan of salvation. It is eminently scriptural in all of its content. According to Allen Webster, minister of the Jacksonville church and editor of “HH/HH,” 2,860,390 copies of the current issue are being mailed. It is being used by 1,130 congregations in forty-seven states and Washington, D. C., as well as in Australia, the Bahamas, and Dominica.
“Polishing the Pulpit” is also a program conducted by the Jacksonville, Alabama, church and is held each year in August in Sevierville, Tennessee. It is a gathering of Christians from all across the country for preaching, teaching, worship, and fellowship. Last year’s program drew 3,100 people from thirty-seven states. The goal for this year is 3,500 attendees. The 2014 program will feature 189 speakers addressing over 650 separate topics. There will be thirteen concurrent sessions, with tracks for elders, deacons, preachers, teachers, women, and teens. Only sound, faithful speakers who hold to the inspiration and authority of the Scriptures and who believe in the distinctiveness of Christ’s church are used on this program.
Gospel Broadcasting Network is a satellite network broadcasting the gospel of Christ twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. It is under the oversight of the church of Christ in Southaven, Mississippi, a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee. The goal of the program is to reach as many as possible of the earth’s six billion plus souls with the pure, unadulterated gospel of Christ. Specific objectives include:
- establishing in viewers of all ages a strong belief in the existence of God through a heavy concentration of Christian evidences,
- establishing in viewers the conviction that God has revealed Himself and His will to man through the Bible and that the Bible can be understood, and
- encouraging the proper response to God’s word, obedience to the plan of salvation as set forth in the New Testament and adherence to the New Testament pattern of worship, work, and Christian living.
Again, only biblically sound preachers and teachers are used on this program.
“In Search of the Lord’s Way” is a national television program under the oversight of the Lord’s church in Edmond, Oklahoma. Begun in 1980 by faithful preacher and former missionary to Australia, Mack Lyon, the program is now conducted each week by Phil Sanders, a most able and effective minister of the gospel. There are 210 television markets in America. “In Search of the Lord’s Way” appears on WGN America which is seen in all 210 markets by dish and cable and where 80 million households can see the program. Additionally, SEARCH is on 150 local cable systems and 52 radio stations. It adds a new cable system about once a month. The program is seen in Canada, the Caribbean Islands, Micronesia, and American Samoa. By shortwave it goes to New Zealand.
Each month 70,000 copies of the SEARCH Light newsletter are sent out, and more than 6,000 requests for information per program are answered by internet and by mail. Transcripts of sermons, booklets, CDs, DVDs, and study sheets are sent to listeners requesting them. The program also offers e-books on several topics. People from Caribou, Maine to Miami, Florida to Honolulu, Hawaii and all points in between have requested these materials. The messages are always clear and biblical, and the program never solicits money from the listeners.
Next week we will look at some other great things that are going on among those committed to the restoration and practice of New Testament Christianity in the present age.
August 6: Green Hill Church of Christ, Mount Juliet, TN
August 13-17: Greenway Church of Christ, Greenway, AR
August 5, 2014