THE SOUTH CAROLINA BAPTIST FELLOWSHIPBible Baptist Church
Pastor William M. Cole
March 1, 1999
The March meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Fellowship will be hosted by the Bible Baptist Church at 233 Harrison Bridge Rd, in Simpsonville, S.C. on March 1st at 2:30 PM. The speakers include Dave Price, Pastor of the Landmark Baptist Church of Easley; Randy Holloway, Pastor of the Bethel Bible Baptist Church of Greenwood, Russell Rice, Pastor of the Oakwood Baptist Church of Anderson; and Leon Porter, Pastor of the Oak Grove Baptist Church of Piedmont. A delicious supper of our famous smoked chicken will be served around 5:30 PM, with the evening service starting at 7:00. If anyone needs to leave after supper, they will certainly be welcome to, however, a 7:00 service is planned for those who wish to stay. There will be lots of good music and good fellowship. Pastor William M. Cole invites everyone to attend. For more information please call (864) 963-9152. Please note that the church has moved from the old location on South Street and is now located at 233 Harrison Bridge Rd.
For those traveling south on I-385, take exit 26. Turn right onto Harrison Bridge Rd. The church will be on the left about one half mile from the interstate.
For those traveling north on I-385, take exit 27. Turn right at the traffic light and proceed about one or two miles until you see the C.V.S. Pharmacy. Turn left onto Harrison Bridge Rd. The church will be on the right.
If you would like to host the Fellowship, please give Pastor Steve Mays, Secretary to the South Carolina Baptist Fellowship, a call at (864) 984-4277. The only months booked for the Fellowship in 1999 are: April at Trinity Baptist Church, Spartanburg, SC and October at Alpine Baptist Church, Columbia, SC.
The new officers for the South Carolina Baptist Fellowship for 1999 are: Moderator, Pastor William M. Cole, Bible Baptist Church in Simpsonville; Vice Moderator, Pastor Melvin Aiken, Tabernacle Baptist Church in Greenville; Secretary, Pastor Steve Mays, Faith Baptist Church in Laurens; New & Needy Church Fund, Pastor Stan Craig, Choice Hills Baptist Church in Greenville; Trumpet Editor, Dr. Ernest Lundy; Assistant Editor, Pastor Steve Mays; Trumpet Coordinator, Bro Raleigh Lindsay. SPECIAL THANKS for the service given by the out going officers.
To Honor Dr. WatersWhat Fellowship to Attend?
What fellowship meeting should we attend? In recent years new pastor’s groups have cropped up all over the state. The South Carolina Baptist Fellowship was one of the first, if not the first, to start. The date was set as the first Monday of every month and is something that is commonly known. The fellowship was formed as an instrument of blessing and encouragement.
The Baptist Bible Trumpet, as well, began to inform and encourage the Brethren. No one receives remuneration for their participation and all workers serve at their own expense. We have willingly announced other fellowship meetings in the paper and at our monthly meetings, and we will continue to do so. Our only request is that pastors make an effort to coordinate their dates to allow no conflict with the Carolina’s long standing first Monday.
We also realize that being Independent Baptist, we can’t make any demands, but as Christian gentlemen, we do appreciate your help.
May the Lord continue to bless this fellowship and this paper for His glory.
From Evangelist Ernest Lundy
WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED
More and more there are less and less joining in at the fellowship meetings. Pastors, at great expense, prepare for these meetings and their people lay out a feast to be consumed at the close of the afternoon services. What a shame it is when only a few show up to support each other. The very ones who have complained are also guilty of non-support. My feelings on this matter is that we think only OUR programs are important, therefore, letting our brother down when he extends his hand to have the fellowship in his church. Recently a dear brother complained that we don’t preach enough of the area preachers. This could be true, but some men come to the fellowship year in and year out, not necessarily to preach, but to be in the presence of like-minded brethren working in the same field. It does us all good to take the time to attend. Unless you're in meetings, or ill, or burying the dead, why not make this date a regular one on your calendar? Your presence will bring you strength and bless the pastor and people in whose church you attend. Paul said to the brethren in Philippi, “If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” (Philippians 2:1-4).
Even though I’m in evangelism and away some of the fellowship dates, it really does my heart good when I get back for some fellowship with the brethren. In the midst of turmoil and difficulty, preachers, of all people, understand the struggles of ministry each of us go through. We tend to build up and encourage one another to “keep on keeping on”. Never give up in the service of our dear Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Hear Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor of the “Sword of the Lord” at Bible Baptist Church 233 Harrison Bridge Rd in Simpsonville, S.C. on April 11-13. Sunday services begin at 11:00 am and 6:00 pm. Monday and Tuesday services begin at 7:30 pm. Pastor William M. Cole invites everyone to attend. For information call (864) 963-9152.
The pilgrims’ center of Bethany lies on the E. slope of the Mount of Olives, 4km. E. of Jerusalem on the road to Jericho. According to the New Testament, Bethany is the place where Lazarus, the brother of Martha and Mary , lived. This is the Lazarus whom Jesus raised from the dead, and he is not to be confused with the so called Poor Lazarus who, in the parable of the rich man, is a beggar lying outside the door and hoping to satisfy his hunger with the crumbs falling from the rich man’s table. The Arabic name El Azariya is a corruption of the Greek name Lazareion, which was the name of a Christian settlement recorded as having existed in the 4C AD in the area of the village of Bethany. The Hebrew name Bet-Ani means “house of the poor man” or “house of Ananiah”.
HISTORY: Bethany is identical with the Old Testament settlement of Ananiah (“house of Ananiah” = Bet Ananiah = Bethany), where Jews from the tribe of Benjamin settled after returning from exile in Babylon (Nehemiah 11:32). Archaeological excavations have shown that the place was inhabited even in Persian times (excavation site above the churches on the slope). Jesus often visited this place because his friends Lazarus, Martha and Mary lived here (Jesus and the Apostles are mentioned in Matthew 21:17 and Mark 11:11 as spending the night in Bethany). Before his entry into Jerusalem, and before being betrayed by Judas, Jesus was a guest at the house of Simon the leper in Bethany, where a woman anointed his feet (Matthew 26:6; Mark 14:3; John 12:1-8. Eusebios of Caesarea, the Greek church historian, reported in the 4C that there was a tomb reputed to be that of Lazarus, which was revered in Bethany. Jerome, the Latin Doctor of the Church, stated in 390 that there was a church above this tomb. The Crusaders built a church and a monastery on the site of the house of Martha and Mary. In the 16C the Muslims built a mosque on the ruins of these buildings and barred the Christians from gaining access to the tomb of Lazarus. But in 1613 the custos of the Holy Land obtained permission to build a second entrance to the tomb. This entrance is the one used today to enter the tomb from which Lazarus was raised.
32ND ANNUAL BIBLE TRUMPET TOUR
The Spring tour will leave on the 22nd of March, 1999 from Charlotte, NC. Then from Charlotte, NC to Amsterdam, Holland, where we will have a day of touring with lunch in Amsterdam, after which we return to the airport for our last leg of the flight to Tel Aviv, Israel. Our first and last nights will be spent on the Mediterranean Sea, 2 nights in Tiberias, 4 nights in Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives, overlooking the Kidron Valley and the Eastern Gate of the Walled City. The price is only $1995.00 plus tax and tips.
The Fall Tour will leave on the 2nd of November 1999 from Charlotte, NC.; From Charlotte, NC, to Amsterdam, Holland, where we will have a day of touring with lunch in Amsterdam; Return to the airport for our flight to Tel Aviv, Israel. Our first and last nights will be spent on the Mediterranean Sea, 2 nights in Tiberias, I night in Petra, Jordan, 3 nights in Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives. Cost of this tour is $2095.00 plus tax and tips.
Our bonds of fellowship and friendship will be deepened on either or both of these trips, we are sure, and we look forward to sharing this exciting opportunity with you.
Call or write to Bro. Raleigh Lindsay at address below for more information and color brochure. We also have a fifteen-minute slide presentation of the trip available. Hoping to see you there!!!!!
HOLY LAND TOURS FOR 1999
A trip to the Holy Land will make the BIBLE COME ALIVE!!
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