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A Word from Mike…
In this article, we launch into some principles about the nature of the Bible and how to study it for ourselves.
I am operating from the assumption that there is one true God, and that He has spoken in ways so that people can know Him. An initial question might be: “How has God spoken?” One thing that we as evangelicals believe is that God has purposely revealed Himself. He has revealed Himself in what is called Natural Revelation—meaning that God generally reveals Himself in creation. We don’t learn many specifics about Him through nature, but we do see His creative design and can acknowledge that He exists.
Thus, God reveals Himself, in this way, through His works.
The second way that God specifically reveals Himself is through what is called Special Revelation—God speaks through scripture. In this way, God reveals Himself through His words. Scripture has sometimes been described as propositional. This means that God spoke with purpose and He spoke on purpose. Or, He intended to communicate certain things for people to know. It is here that we find revelation or explanation about Himself, His workings in nature, His creative work, and His covenantal redemptive plan.
The Bible, then, is more than a storybook. According to 2 Tim. 3:16, it is inspired (literally God-breathed), and it is “profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, training in righteousness” so that people can be equipped in knowledge for living and ministry that God desires. Inspiration assures that God, while working through human authors, placed in scripture exactly what He wanted to say, and it can be completely trusted in regard to its accuracy.
Next time, we will begin considering the use of language in regard to scriptures and how we approach them in interpretation. By way of preview, Paul suggests in 2 Tim. 2:15 that there is a right and wrong way to handle God’s Word. Are you handling it the right way?
I hope these short articles will prove to be of value in your pursuit of God.
Director / A.M., Harmony Baptist Association
Need a special worship time on Sunday evening October 30? Check out this page for Immanuel Baptist Church:Click Here
check out this article from our State Convention about the upcoming ballot issues. See this page: http://www.harmonybaptistassociation.org/page/ballot_issues_update
This year's SAW YOU AT THE POLE RALLY will be held at Watson Chapel Baptist Church on Wednesday, September 28th from 6:30 to 8:00. Guest speaker will be Josh Dutton, Pastor of East Side Baptist Church. This is an event for junior high and high school students, as well as youth pastors and youth adult leaders. For more information contact Garrett Fox, Youth Minister at Watson Chapel Baptist Church, at 870-879-1370.
A Ministry Class led by Associational Missionary Mike Manning will meet on Monday night's at 6:30 p.m. at the HBA office. Leslie Manning will be leading a study and support group for women that will meet at the same time and place. The Pastors and Ladies Class is canceled for the September 26.
The Pastor's Conference at OBU is shown under INFO CENTER. Please notice the dates and cost to register. This year it will be the book of Malachi. To see the announcement, just click on the "info Center" in blue.
Several new events have been posted onthe Info Center of this web site. Please check them out to see if you are interested and how to attend.
Today we updated the copy of Bro. Bobby Lamb's weekly report for September 18, 2016. Bro Bobby generates this report weekly and sends to various people. We wanted to add the page so more people could see what's going on in the Harmony Baptist Association. Check it out on the INFO CENTER page of this website today.
Check out the new EXECUTIVE BOARD webpage under Teams and Committees, to see photos of the Executive Board meeting on September 13 at Watson Chapel Baptist Church.
A new page has been added under "Teams & Committees" for Global Awareness. The name was changed from Missions Awareness. See the report and watch for updated information. Look at the photos and see if you can find yourself.
The next Global Awareness Meeting will be held on Monday, October 10, at HUMPHREY BAPTIST CHURCH, 408 N. Division St, Humphrey, AR at 6:30 p.m.
Please pray for the following pastorless churches:
Claud Road Baptist Church
Fellowship Bible Church
Humphrey Baptist Church
Linwood Baptist Church, Moscow
Northside (Interim: Matthew Watson)
River Road Baptist Church
Whispering Pines Cowboy Church
Harmony Baptist Association Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, October 17th, at Pine Bluff First Baptist Church. Members of your church choir, praise team, or individuals are invited to be part of the Associational Choir and Praise Team for this Annual Meeting. Bryan Bolton, FBC of Pine Bluff, and Mike Manning, HBA Missionary, will serve as the directors. For more information call the Association office at 870-534-1021 or Bryan Bolton at 870-534-4741.
The Grief and Comfort Community, a bereavement support ministry, will begin the Fall session on Tuesday, September 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p..m. It meets at the Harmony Baptist Association Office, 2001 South Cherry St., and is facilitated by Brenda Doucey and Lisa Grigg. If yu would like to participate, please call Linda at (870) 534-1021.