Dear Church Members,
Revival has truly broken out in our church and our Bible Conference is only a few days away! God is doing an amazing work in our midst. Two and three weeks ago we had three professions of faith and seven join by letter. Sunday, we had twelve additions (while I was in the hospital) with two being baptized! Hallelujah! God has brought a harvest of four professions of faith and twenty-one additions to our church in the month of March. Praise the Lord! Our baptismal waters should be moving again this week, so to God be the glory, great things He has done! Our attendance in both services beginning Spring Break was 356. I really believe God is getting ready for our Spring Bible Conference and our new Sanctuary! His Holy Spirit and presence is so powerful and He is changing lives in a mighty way! My heart is so full of joy watching Him touch hearts during our song service and move in the lives of so many during our time of decisions. I already have an appointment with another sweet couple that told me that they want to talk to me about church membership. We have had decisions seven weeks in a row. Amazing! What an awesome God we serve!
Our Spring Bible Conference is just days away. I really hope and pray that you are as excited as I am about the line-up for our 10 Year Anniversary of our Revival. We have some of the best preachers I know ready to preach the Word of God to us. We also have our very own Bro. Steve Stewart, who I believe is one of the best Worship Leaders in the State of Arkansas, and our Praise Team leading music for our Revival. I pray with all my heart that this will be the best Bible Conference and Revival we have ever had at our church. My prayer for each and every-one of us is that we will do our best to be at every service next week. I also pray that we will be busy inviting our friends, family members, work associates and neighbors to our Revival. I promise you that our guest preachers will bring the Word in a powerful way and our music will be outstanding! Please keep bathing our Bible Conference in prayer and asking God for a mighty movement of His Holy Spirit. It is not too late to pick-up a packet of 25 brochures to give out in your neighborhood. They are at the back of the Sanctuary. We have truly done everything that we know to do to make our Revival a success, but sincere prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit are the true keys to Revival. Please pray daily for our 2017 Spring Bible Conference, April 2-5.
We are amazed at how well the construction of the new Sanctuary and Worship Center is going. The weather has been awesome, and Sunday night in our Body Life Meeting Ronnie shared with us that the project is right on time. They have begun to put the roof and sides on the building. They have asphalted the front parking lot and the one closest to the building in the back of the Family Life Center. We are picking out the chairs and the cross we will be using in the Sanctuary. Every day that we work, we see progress on the Sanctuary. Everywhere I go people are asking about the building or are very excited about what they see and hear is going on at Rye Hill Baptist Church.
We must continue to give God the glory for everything that he is doing and keep doing what He has told us to do in His Word. If you were not able to hear Sunday’s Sermon two weeks ago on “The Church” please prayerfully consider listening to us online via Facebook, You tube, or the Cloud. I shared what I believe are the six ministries that God has shown us in his Holy Word that a true New Testament Church should be doing. I also gave scripture reference for all six of these extremely important ministries in the local church. Here is the list: 1)Evangelism 2)Outreach 3)Discipleship 4)Missions 5)Pastoral Ministries 6)Fellowship. Someone asked me about Worship being on the list but Worship is a given since we do that every Sunday. It took us 13 years, but I thank God that we can truly call ourselves an Acts 2 New Testament Church for the Glory of God. The bottom line, in all of these, is to reach more people with the gospel of Jesus Christ and to grow God’s Church for His glory! I just want to think each and everyone of you for your faithfulness to God and your exceptional giving spirit. Every time we have a need, you strongly step up to the plate and give from your heart. I still believe that God is going to help us pay off our new Sanctuary way before our financing time schedule. It will be another wonderful testimony of the power and greatness of God. Thank you for your prayers and 100% support of all our ministries at Rye Hill Baptist Church. I absolutely love each and everyone of you and thank God for allowing me to pastor such a great people and church. One of my life verses is Luke 1:37 “For with God, nothing will be impossible”. May we believe this by faith in our hearts and may we also believe that the best is yet to come! May God bless each and everyone of you. We hope to see you this Sunday in God’s House, worshipping with God’s people and seeing Him move in a mighty way in our 2017 Bible Conference.