Please allow me to take a few minutes of your valuable time to share with you the purposes of the Bible Baptist Ministry that sends out the Weekly SERMON.
The Book of II Timothy is the Apostle Paul’s farewell address to His son in the faith, Timothy. In II Timothy 2:1-2 we read, "Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also." Please note the expression in verse 2, "…able to teach others also." Notice in this verse the Bible talks about Paul, Timothy, faithful men, and others. Paul taught Timothy; Timothy was to teach faithful men; faithful men were to teach others. Training others is the Bible method of reproducing. Psalms 78:1-8 teaches us that one generation is to teach another generation so that the next generation "might set their hope in God."
What has happened in the ministry and in Christian homes is that people have ceased to teach the next generation what God has taught them in His word. They have left the instruction to people who do not walk with God and who have found a worldly way to try to do God’s work. This is their fault because God in His wisdom has told them exactly how to teach others including the next generation.
As I look back over my life, I realize that I have received a great heritage. I am grateful to God for it. In II Timothy 3:14-15, we read, "But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of; knowing of whom thou hast learned them. And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." People have invested their lives in me. Among them have been my parents, Sunday school teachers, youth leaders, college professors, pastors, and friends. Now as I look forward, I want to invest my life in teaching and training others.
For years, 43 of those years in the ministry, I have had the privilege of reading and studying the Word of God, and preaching and teaching the Word of God. Over the years, I have been challenged by circumstances, pastors, and missionaries to pass along in writing what I have preached and taught to others. With that challenge in mind thus began the Bible Baptist Ministry with its two-fold purpose.
Purpose ONE, The Weekly SERMON: Starting with 10 e-mails in September 2003, the Weekly SERMON currently has a potential readership of approximately 1500 people through 1050 e-mail addresses. It is sent to at least 820 missionaries, college students, military personnel, pastors, evangelists, and former members of the churches where I have had the privilege of serving. I want to be a help to believers, and at the same time extend God’s message to others. Besides individual topical messages, the Bible Baptist Ministry has completed the following series of messages: "New Testament Book of James,” “Christ’s Seven Words of Calvary," "How to Treat One Another in the Family of God,” “Satan’s Fellowship with God,”the “Names of God.” the “Old Testament Book of Joshua,” the “New Testament Book of Philippians,” the “Ten Commandants,” “Romans Chapter 8,”and a just completed series on the “Masters Men – Who Changed the World.”
Purpose TWO, Sunday School Lesson Manuals: All the Weekly SERMON messages as well as other series of messages are being reformatted into Sunday School Lesson Manuals. Each manual will contain thirteen to sixteen lessons, along with student outlines and power point suggestions. These lessons can be used for personal Bible study, preaching, teaching group Bible studies or adult Sunday School Classes. All these Sunday School Lesson Manuals will be available on CD and in printed form. Two volumes, “Growing in Grace” and “Names of God,” are in the final proof-reading and editing stage. The third and fourth volumes, “The Book of Joshua and the “Masters Men – Who Changed the World” are currently being assembled.
In order to fulfill the purposes of Bible Baptist Ministry, it is necessary to raise appropriate funds. As we are still in the first third of 2009, let me ask you to please pray about making a gift to the Bible Baptist Ministry which faithfully sends out the Weekly SERMON. Wait! Before you run off to unsubscribe from the list thinking, “You told me the Weekly SERMON was free!!!” Let me reassure you. The Weekly SERMON will always remain free! However it does cost to run this ministry, and instead of peppering the mailings with frequent requests, we do so just several times a year in order to make our needs known. We are thankful for those who have responded by letting us know of the blessing received from the letter and Weekly SERMON. We are also grateful to those friends who, from time to time, have given gifts large and small over the years to support this ministry. Thank you, again.
In order to meet our current obligations, we need to raise $3600.00 besides what comes in monthly. Now, after you have given of your tithe to your church, and taken care of your pastor, perhaps you could help us with either a one-time offering or an on-going gift on a monthly basis. Simply give as the Holy Spirit guides you to give. For financial accountability, we are handling all funds under the Green Street Baptist Chapel of Edwardsville, PA (Mailing address: Bible Baptist Ministry, 48 Alexie Rd., Hanover Township 18706. Checks made out to Green Street Baptist Chapel with a memo to Bible Baptist Ministry will be tax deductible for you and placed into the account for this ministry.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and to pray for us: [ 2Th 3.1 ] . THANK YOU for any possible support you may be able to extend at this time to this ministry. May the Lord richly bless you.
In His Amazing Grace,
PS: In order to access the Weekly SERMON, please click the link to Weekly Sermon Library, where you will be able to choose: Plain Text (TXT), Microsoft Word document (DOC), Rich Text (RTF), Web Page (HTML) or PDF (Portable Document Format), any of the format(s) you desire. After you decide on the appropriate format(s) you may then print a copy of the Weekly SERMON, save it to a file on your computer, or download it and save it to a disk for future use. Your use of this material is meant to be flexible.