December 12

I hope you were present Sunday morning when two of our shepherds, Phil Stapp and Tom Vance, shared a message from our elders. If you would like a CD of these messages call the church office, or you can check our church web site. They focused on Revelation 2-3, Jesus’ letters to the seven churches. A few significant questions were given to challenge all of us.

Which of these churches and letters would most apply here at South Fork?

If Jesus were writing a letter to the church at South Fork today, what would He say?

If Jesus were writing a letter to you today, what would He say?

In calling our church to renew our commitment to grow in our relationships with God and with each other, our shepherds are calling on us to give them our input as we consider the spiritual strengths and weaknesses of our SF church family.

Sunday mornings Dec. 12th and 19th a couple elders will meet with each of our four adult Bible classes as well as our youth class. In addition, those who teach classes and are unable to be in attendance during those sessions will have the opportunity to meet with a couple of the elders this Sunday evening, Dec. 12th. And if anyone would like to meet with the elders individually they will plan those meetings to take place between now and the end of January.

The elders shared Sunday that these sessions will not be times of debate but will allow the shepherds to gather information as we go forward and mature in our faith as individuals and as a church. They said that this will be a chance for you to offer suggestions and to be heard.

Let me express my strong desire that you take our shepherds up on this invitation! So many times people share something with a friend, or even with a minister, but not with the ones whom God’s Word calls the overseers of the church. It is important that they hear sincere thoughts from each person who has something to share, and vital that they hear from all groups. I repeat their call for each of us to pray earnestly and fervently for this process, and for our South Fork church family, that each one of us, starting with self, will become more like Christ Jesus.

Bill Allen

Dr. Bill Allen preached at South Fork from 2005 to 2015. He received a Bachelors degree in Bible from Oklahoma Christian in 1978, a Masters in Bible from Abilene Christian (ACU) in 1988, and a Doctor of Ministry from ACU in 1992. He now preaches at the West Erwin Church of Christ in Tyler, Texas.

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