October 2017

The Trumpet

          The Trumpet is a monthly paper offered to the good folks of Faith Bible Baptist, Toledo Ohio, and is the work of the pastor.  He assembles the articles and edits them as a ministry to his church.  We offer it to those who read our Web Site but in a different format than is presented to the Church.  The purpose, is simple, to generate spiritual thought, and to encourage spiritual discussion within the body.  Where credit can be given, it is, but there is no claim of originality.  Further, the Trumpet is an avenue of current and future events scheduled for The Faith Bible Baptist Church of Toledo.

         May the Lord bless you as you read this months issue of The Trumpet.

Pastor Tim Goodman

October 2017

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7 Proven Methods to be an Effective “Soul Winner”

Jesus told His disciples, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19).  The implication is that if we are really following, we’ll be fishing -soul-winning.  Jesus’ last words were, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19).  The Christians in the New Testament went everywhere, preaching the Word (Acts 8:4).

How, then, can you and I be effective witnesses for Him?

  1. Ask God to give you an evangelistic burden for others.

Ask Him to help you see the world as He sees it, and to lay upon your heart a handful of people for whom you can earnestly pray.  Then pray over those names every day.  Keep a little prayer list, and pray for an opportunity of reaching these souls for Christ.  An old song says, Lord, lay some soul upon my heart and love that soul through me; / and may I humbly do my part to win that soul to Thee.

  1. Live a consistent Christian life before these people.

Jesus said, “You are the light of the world … Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).  We must live obedient lives of integrity and authentic faith.  We must love when others hate, and forgive when others harbor grudges.  We must remain trusting when others panic, and be honest when all around us are cooking the books.  Not that we’re going to be perfect-only Christ was sinless.  But we must have a growing, maturing Christian life that others recognize and respect.

  1. Build bridges to others.

When the Lord shows you those needing Christ, seek to build a relationship with them.  Remember how Jesus went to the home of Zacchaeus where many sinners had gathered?  While we must be careful not to place ourselves in an environment where we’ll be pulled down, we must be equally careful to cultivate friendships with those needing Christ.  Perhaps Christ has placed you in your particular school or workplace just to reach those whom no one else can reach.

  1. Learn the Gospel.

Memorize the following verses and practice saying them in a mirror or to another Christian until you’re comfortable sharing them with someone needing Christ: Romans 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; 10:9, 10, 13; 1 John 5:1, 13.

  1. Watch for openings to share a word for Christ.

Peter said: “Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15).

  1. If the right opportunity doesn’t come naturally, create one.

Sometimes we wait too long, looking for just the right time to invite someone to church or to share with them the message of the Gospel.  There often comes a point when we must prayerfully introduce the subject and do our best to impress someone with their need for Christ.

  1. Leave the results with God.

We’re responsible for sharing the Gospel, but only God can convert the soul. Having done your best let Him do the rest.  And if you ever feel you’ve botched the job, think of Edward Kimball.  He was determined to win his Sunday school class to Christ, including a teenager named Dwight Moody who tended to fall asleep on Sundays.  His heart pounding, Kimball entered the store where the young man worked. I put my hand on his shoulder, and as I leaned over I placed my foot upon a shoebox.  I asked him to come to Christ.  It didn’t seem to go well, and Kimball left thinking he had botched the job.  Moody, however, left the store that day a new person and eventually became the most prominent evangelist in America during his generation.

This article was excerpted from Turning Points, Dr. David Jeremiah

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Parson to Person

To my embarrassment I just realized I hadn’t published an October Trumpet and here it is now November.  I am including the issue for our on-line readers.

Some time ago I was told that October is Pastor Appreciation Month.  I’m not sure what-all the fellow who came up with Pastor Appreciation Month had in mind, but is truly humbling and gratifying.  It’s humbling in that church folks go out of their way to be a blessing to you.  And it’s gratifying in that you receive personal affirmation that what you do in service to your church is appreciated.  But all this got me thinking about what I appreciate about being a pastor.

Unfortunately, it’s not difficult to find people in ministry who poormouth the ministry.  But I am so grateful for God’s calling on my life to preach the gospel and that Linda and I have been able to serve the Lord and Faith Bible Baptist Church for over twenty-five years now.

Here are just a few of the reasons I love being a pastor:

  1. The privilege to preach the gospel – The gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16), and I get to stand and preach it every week – even multiple times each week.

  2. The joy of serving with God’s people – I get to invest in and labor alongside people who love God and are serving Him.

  3. The responsibility of equipping saints for the work of the ministry – As a pastor, I not only get to share the gospel personally, but I get to train others as well.  I not only get to serve the Lord, but I get to equip our church family to do the same.

  4. The excitement of seeing young Christians grow – From our early days in Toledo when Linda and I had new members to our home for fellowship and mentoring.  That would lead to a home discipleship lesson, I get to help build the faith and teach basic Bible doctrines to young Christians.  And, just for the record, basic doctrine never gets old!

  5. The ability to rejoice and grieve with God’s people – Over the years, we’ve had several funerals for multi-decade members of Faith Bible Baptist Church. Although I miss these loved ones greatly, I’m thankful I get to be in a place to seek to be a blessing to their families during these times.  Being a pastor gives many opportunities to “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep” (Romans 12:15).

  6. The blessing of studying and teaching the eternal principles of God’s Word – Every day, I have the incredible privilege of studying God’s Word and preparing to preach and teach it to a church family who is responsive to it.  I get a front row seat to seeing the eternal Word of God change and transform lives.

Yes, I love being a pastor.

Are there burdens?  Sure.  But are there blessings?  More than I can say.

It truly is a blessing serving the Lord here at Faith Bible Baptist Church.  Linda and I pray for you daily.

Pastor Tim Goodman

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Baptist We Should Know

Life of John T. Christian, D.D., LL.D.

By Ben M. Bogard, 1900

This is an article written in the 1900’s to introduce Dr. John Christian to the literary world.

John T. Christian was born, December 14, 1854, near Lexington, Ky. His family moved to Henry County, Ky., when he was six years old, and there he grew to manhood.

He professed faith in Christ and joined the Campbellsburg church at the age of sixteen, under the preaching of Elder J. H. Spencer, that remarkable man and great preacher, who was loved and honored by Kentucky Baptists for over thirty years.

The stalwart orthodoxy of John T. Christian may be partially accounted for by his coming under the influence, at the very beginning of his religious life, of such a man as J. H. Spencer. Spencer’s numerous protracted meetings were BAPTIST meetings. He shunned not to declare all of the counsel of God, and his converts nearly all joined the church and became useful Baptists.

Dr. Christian was educated at Bethel College, Russellville, Ky., and learned his theology, partially at least, under Dr. W. W. Gardner, than whom a safer, sounder Baptist has not lived in the South.

In June, 1876, he graduated from that college with the Bachelor’s Degree, and in 1880 the same institution conferred on him the degree of Master of Arts, and in 1888 the title of Doctor of Divinity.

All of these titles he richly deserves. Keachie College, La., in 1898, pronounced Dr. Christian a LL.D.

Not only have the colleges recognized his ability, but the whole Baptist denomination has been influenced by his ready and powerful pen, and by his skill as a debater. Nobody thinks of Dr. Christian as an ordinary man.

He was licensed to preach by the church at Campbellsburg, Ky., in July, 1876. He became pastor in Tupelo, Miss., beginning in 1877, and served that church two years. He was afterward pastor of Sardis Church, in the same State, and went from there to the First Baptist Church, Chattanooga, Tenn., beginning there March, 1883. Here he preached for three years, and then became Secretary of Missions for Mississippi. In 1893, beginning June 1, he accepted the care of the historic East Church, Louisville, Ky., where he has since preached with great acceptance.

Dr. Christian is a man sought after by the churches, and those who sit under his preaching become stronger Baptists and more aggressive soldiers of the cross.

As an author he has but few equals. His book, entitled, Immersion, The Act of Christian Baptism, has gone through twelve editions, and is without an equal in that class of, books. As a companion volume is his Close Communion, which has gone through six editions and still finds a ready sale. “Americanism or Romanism, Which?” is a vigorous attack on Romanism, which has had a wide circulation, and it clearly and forcibly shows the danger American institutions are in from that source. “Did They Dip?” is a discussion of the practice of English Baptists with regard to baptism prior to the year 1641. This is a valuab1e addition to Baptist history. Four Theories of Church Government, a neat pamphlet and an able discussion of the theories mentioned. Heathen and Infidel Testimonies to Jesus Christ, and Blood of Jesus, are well prepared pamphlets of wide circulation. His latest book is entitled “Baptist History Vindicated.” This is the most valuable history published in recent years. Facts, hitherto unknown, or imperfectly known, are brought to light in this able work. It has an “Appendix,” entitled, “Testimony of Living Scholars of the Church of England to Immersion.” This is a valuable book and should be studied by all who care to know the facts discussed.

No doubt many other books will be written by Dr. Christian during the many years which he shall probably yet live. He is only forty-five, and, if the Lord spares him for thirty or forty years of active service in the future, what may he not accomplish?

The greatest service Dr. Christian has ever rendered to the denomination was his able defense of the Baptists against the attacks of Dr. William H. Whitsitt. The theories and vagaries of Dr. Whitsitt were met, and that without mercy. In that great discussion, Dr. Christian displayed greater familiarity with the facts of history than any other man who took up his pen to write. He seemed to have already investigated every part of the subject, and the ease and strength manifested were a surprise to all. To read what he had to say was to be convinced that he had been thoroughly over the ground before the question was raised.

His able defense of the Baptists at this most trying time won for him a place in this book and entitled him to the appellation of a “pillar of orthodoxy.” His able article following this sketch, on “What Baptists have Done for the World” is worth the price of this volume.

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How Can I Become More Motivated for Soul Winning?

Being motivated for soul winning is a good thing, but we must define some terms first.  Soul winning is a metaphor for evangelism, or witnessing.  As such, this is a good thing to pursue.  The Bible calls us to evangelize.  Evangelism is at the heart of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).  Christians are called to be witnesses of their faith to a watching world (Acts 1:8).  In fact, the word martyr comes from the Greek word for “witness.”  Early Christians were often put to death for their “witness” to Christ. Clearly, these people were so motivated for winning souls that they gave their lives to that cause.

How can we be more motivated for soul winning?  The Bible teaches that all people are born in sin (Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1) and that we will all be judged for our sin by a holy God (Romans 6:23).  The Bible teaches that the only way to avoid this judgment is to repent of our sin and embrace Jesus Christ by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).  If someone we knew was dying and we had the cure for his disease, would that motivate us to share that knowledge with him?  The reality is that all people have a terminal, spiritual disease (sin), and, as Christians, we know the cure for that disease (Jesus).  This truth should be great motivation for us to bear witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Knowing that those who reject the “cure” for their spiritual disease will spend an eternity in hell should be sufficient motivation to urge them to consider the dire consequences of their decision.

If Christians are not motivated for evangelism, it could very well be because we aren’t hearing the gospel preached faithfully and fully in our churches.  In some parts of the world, churches have attempted to make the Christian message more marketable for modern sensibilities.  Preaching about sin, judgment, hell, and salvation through Jesus alone is not emphasized as much as messages about how Christianity can make our lives better improve our marriages, help us raise our kids, and assist us in eliminating bad habits.  The pragmatic has replaced the theological in many churches.  This brand of Christianity may appeal more to a postmodern world, but it fails to confront people with the truth of their sin and their need for salvation available in Jesus alone.  Souls are won not through promises of a better life in the here and now but through the power of the gospel as the only solution for our sin.

Here is where we must be careful.  Some Christians see soul winning as something that they do.  In other words, success or failure in evangelism is seen as largely due to the efforts of the evangelist.  This mindset has turned evangelism from a “witness” paradigm into a “persuasion” paradigm.  A witness is one who simply tells what they have seen, heard, and experienced.  Witnesses in a courtroom are bound to “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”  A witness doesn’t seek to persuade; he doesn’t seek to convince; all he seeks to do is be faithful to proclaim what he knows to be true and why he knows it to be true.

Persuasion takes on a very different form. In persuasion, one person is engaged in an effort to change the mind of another person to a particular point of view.  It’s not uncommon in persuasion to alter or re-package the message to make it more appealing to others.  In persuasion, the most important thing isn’t the truth of the message, but the individual’s response to that message.

If soul winning is a product of our own individual effort, instead a work of the Holy Spirit (2 Thessalonians 2:13), then evangelism becomes our persuasive effort.  The goal of soul winning becomes making sure we get someone to come to that moment of decision and accept Christ into his life.  One may ask, “What is the problem with that?”  If the goal of evangelism is getting people to that moment of choice, then there is every temptation to “do whatever it takes” to make that happen.  This mindset has led to the very thing that characterizes the various “church growth” movements, such as the seeker-sensitive movement or the emergent movement, that seek to make Christianity more relevant and appealing to a modern world.  On the surface, this sounds good and noble, but at what cost?  The Bible says that it is the gospel that has the power of salvation and we are not to be ashamed of it (Romans 1:16-17).  We need to avoid the persuasion paradigm and get back to a witness paradigm, one in which the truth of the gospel is faithfully proclaimed.

It all boils down to this: do we believe that God is truly sovereign, even over salvation?  If we do, then it is God who is the soul winner. It is the Holy Spirit who brings new birth. It is Jesus Christ who died to save the world.  Christians are called to be witnesses to the world by proclaiming this gospel of salvation.  The proclamation of the gospel is the means through which the Holy Spirit brings repentance and faith in the lives of individuals.  What can be more motivating for soul winning than to know that, through our faithful proclamation of the gospel, God is saving many people (Ephesians 1:4-5).

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How to Become a

Member of

Faith Bible Baptist Church

By Profession of Faith and Baptism

If you will receive Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour and follow Him in baptism by immersion, we welcome you into our fellowship.

By Letter

As a Baptist whose church membership is elsewhere, if God directs you here we will be pleased to welcome you into our church family.  We will happily take care of appropriate details for transferring your membership.

By Baptism

If you know in your heart that you have been saved and want to become a member of Faith Bible Baptist Church, we invite you to join us by baptism.  This gives testimony of your salvation and your obedience to His direction.

By Statement of Faith

In the event church membership records are not available for a transfer of membership, or if you were once a Baptist church member, we will accept you upon your statement of faith.

You may express your desire to fulfill any of the above by presenting yourself during the invitation at the close of each worship service.  Of course, any decision assumes your commitment to being faithful in prayer, church attendance, tithing and participation in our Lord’s work at Faith Bible Baptist Church.

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