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Covid-19 Update: We are meeting for Sunday School at 10 AM and worship at 11:00. There are no evening services or other activities scheduled at this time. If you choose to join us there will be hand sanitizer and masks by the front door, please observe social distancing in the sanctuary. Sermons are also posted online. Be safe, stay well, and God bless.

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Confidence in God

Finishing up 1st John. We are in Jesus, he is in the Father, this is the true God and eternal life.

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A Word from Tony Chester

Following Doug Ledford’s retirement in May of this year, a search committee began the process of finding our next Director of Missions/Associational Missionary. Dr. Tony Chester officially started on September 15th after receiving a unanimous vote from all pastors and church representatives present at a called meeting of the Executive Committee. Here are a few words from Tony about his vision and plans for the future. Remember, he’s new and will need some time to settle in. Let’s continue in pray for our new Associational Missionary, our association of churches, and the communities in Gordon County we serve.

A Word From Tony Chester

Dear Fellow Servants,

I am delighted to be your new Associational Mission Strategist and look forward to building deep friendships as we serve the Lord together! I am convinced that ministry is about truth and relationships! We model that to the world in our own gospel-centered fellowship while asking God to enlarge our influence and impact for the Gospel.

Of course, we have just begun to get to know one another and I look forward to learning all I need to know to become effective as your Associational Mission Strategist. Please feel free to contact Ann at the office and schedule a “get acquainted” sit down. I would love that.

My approach to this role will come with a three-fold focus. First, I will work hard to build a partnership with each of our pastors. Most of my investment will be in praying for them, dreaming together about future ministry blessings, and being a trusted confidant to them in every season of ministry. My conviction is that most pastors are quite lonely in a public role and I want to invest in real fellowship with our guys in Gordon County.

Second, I will emphasize the “strategic” nature of ministry and join with our churches in understanding the past, present and potential future of each church. We all know that Gordon is burgeoning with new commercial construction and that signals more jobs, families, needs and opportunities for every Gordon Association church! Let us work together to claim the fruitfulness that the Lord will bring our way.

Also, I will work to increase awareness of our association in the region by building upon our wonderful community investments like Blewer Food Center and Good Samaritan Ministries to enlarge our impact and continue to be known as people who care!

I believe the Lord has wonderful things in store as we keep our focus on Jesus, our knees bent in prayer, our feet burst taking the gospel to all who will listen and hearts tender and open to broken lives we meet along the way.

May the name of Christ be magnified in all things!

Tony Chester

Associational Mission Strategist

Gordon Memorial Baptist Association

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Bulletin for Mobile

The church website gives us a reach greater than our small rural community in Plainville. More people listen to the sermon online that often attend on Sunday morning. I don’t know how many look at the bulletin online – if you’re not present on Sunday morning it surely doesn’t matter which hymns we sing – but I recently became aware of an issue. The bulletin page is optimized for laptop (or desktop computer) viewing but nothing lines up if viewed via mobile phone. I don’t know if anyone has been affected but we are going to try a work around. If you access our website with your phone and this page is of any benefit to you whatsoever, please let us know. Like this post, leave a comment, send me a short text, anything that lets us know you are out there.

If you view the bulletin page on your phone, all the information is there but nothing lines up. The bulletin should look like this:

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Overcome the World

We overcome the world through our faith, which is in Jesus the Christ, so it’s nothing we do but belief in what he has already done. The Father, Word and Spirit bear witness in heaven while the water, blood and Spirit bear witness on the earth.

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Test Your Spirit

Testing the spirits in the first half of 1 John 4 reveals if the spirit is from God or is the spirit of antichrist. The test of our spirit is this: if one abides in God then His Spirit abides in that person.

*Matthew 5:48 in the KJV reads: Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. When I tried to turn to that passage I was looking at chapter 4 for verse 48. My notes were right but I panicked when I thought they were wrong. Stay humble.

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Test the Spirits

Because of false prophets and teachers, we must not believe every spirit but test if they are of God. The test is this: do they teach Jesus Christ was the Son of God in the flesh? Jesus was more than a teacher and greater than a prophet. He was not just a good man but is God incarnate.

God is love according to this text but that truth must be understood in context. Otherwise that statement can be wrongly used to justify all types of sin. That’s a good example of discerning the Spirit of God from the spirit of antichrist.

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Love in Deed and Truth

This sermon was preached on September 4, 2022, at Unity Baptist as part of the First John series. The text is 1 John 3:10-24 and reminds us that love expressed not in words but in action.

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Children of God

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; 1 John 3:1

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You Should Know Better

The text is the second half of 1st John 2. The message is about not loving the world or the things in it but I never explained the sermon title. Many antichrists have come that revealed they were never of us. You should know better, by abiding in Christ and his teaching, than to fall for the lies of a false teacher.

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We Have an Advocate

We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, the propitiation for our sins.

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