September 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

September 2017

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Sowing and Reaping in the Lord’s Harvest Fields

We Must Sow if We Intend to Reap

By Dr. Tim Rabon

Pastor, Beacon Baptist Church

As a young man, I was touched by the truths of Psalm 126:5, 6, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” These verses moved me to be active in the harvest fields of the Lord.

I have sung, for most of my life, the song, “Bringing in the Sheaves.”  I want to be a part of the harvest of the Lord.  Everyone wants to be a part of the bringing in, but there are some necessities before the harvest.

There is a price to be paid in the preparation of prayer, weeping, and sowing the seed.  We must shed some tears over lost souls, lost sons, lost neighbors, lost daughters, lost friends, and lost family.  Our Lord Jesus shed His blood.  Surely we can shed some tears.  We may see so little of the harvest because there is so little watering of our tears.

There must also be the sowing of the seed.  The seed is God’s Word.  There is life and power in the seed.  We must sow and spread it.  We must share the gospel wherever we go in our daily lives.  We must broadcast the truth.

As we go, weep, and sow, we will reap.  Not everyone will be saved, but some will be saved.  Not everyone will listen, but some will listen.  Not everyone will believe, but some will believe.

I want to encourage you to participate weekly, in the soulwinning efforts of your church and take the opportunities you encounter throughout the daily routine of your life.  Let’s do our part in God’s harvest!

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Parson to Person

One of the great blessings of being part of a local church that is reaching people with the gospel is the combined efforts that result in fruit.  One plants, one waters, and God gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6).  It is, of course, a joy to be part of any of those stages, knowing that all make a difference.

And yet, there is a correlating danger to this blessing, that we would get caught up in being part of a group that is seeing fruit, without investing personal effort or caring to see personal fruit.

It’s exciting to be part of what others are doing, but I believe God is pleased when we pray with old time preacher and missionary, John Hyde, “God, give me souls, else I die!”  It glorifies God when we bear fruit that remains (John 15:8, 16).

So, do participate in our church’s outreach and any evangelistic Sundays, knowing that every person who serves in any way has part in the resulting fruit.  Go calling in your neighborhood, help out on all church visitation Saturday, and attend every service where we might have visitors.

But also ask the Lord to let you see personal fruit.  Determine that you do not only want to be part of a group, but that you want to personally share the gospel with the lost.

Do you desire a personal harvest of souls this fall? That desire is a great place to start.  From there, believe the Holy Spirit is witnessing, share the gospel faithfully, and steward every contact that God gives you.

The fall is a great season for many activities, but above all else, ask the Lord to let it be a season for you of a personal harvest.

Like most churches, this summer we have experienced a summer slump, but it is time for a fall harvest.  When I was in Bible college I did a report on a man named Paul Rader.  Paul Rader used to tell the story of a great wheat harvest in Australia that rotted in the fields during World War I.  Because so many men had responded to the call of the military, nobody was left to gather in the grain harvest.  It was a case of “reap or rot” as Rader pointed out.  Though the harvest in our little part of Toledo may seem to be slim, many places on this globe are ready to reap.

God’s commands to evangelize in Matthew 28:19, 20, Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8, etc. are all to be carried out immediately.  Though spoken almost two thousand years ago, today’s disciples are to be busy about the Father’s business (Luke 2:49).  Paul was right when he exhorted, “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” (Romans 13:11).

I anticipate every fall season as the fullest harvest time of the year for reaching souls.  The fall is when our church has our annual Anniversary Sunday.  All in all, it’s a fruitfully busy time of ministry  if we are prepared for it.

We can’t predict how great the harvest will be come fall, but we can be ready to receive what God gives.  We don’t want to leave ready fruit in the field.

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

James Milton [J. M.] Carroll. D. D.

Early Texas Baptist Preacher and Historian

Baptist Biography, 1920

It is the judgment of his co-laborers in the field of educational and religious work, that the name of James Milton Carroll, D. D., should occupy an exalted place among those of the men to whom the great Southwest is indebted for the wonderful strides which have carried this section rapidly to the forefront within the past several decades. Beginning his career without means or educational advantages, he has prosecuted his labors with such earnestness and with so great a degree of success that his record equals that of any worker in the ranks of the Baptist denomination.

Mr. Carroll was born January 8, 1852, at Monticello, Drew county, Arkansas, and is a son of Benajah and Mary Eliza (Mallard) Carroll. His father was of Irish descent, and was related to Charles Carroll, of Maryland, the last surviving member of the signers of the Declaration of American Independence. He was married in North Carolina to Mary Eliza Mallard, a French Huguenot, and there were two children born in that State. Subsequently they moved to Carroll county, Mississippi, where eight children were born, and two children were born in Arkansas, their next home. Eventually, the family moved to Burleson county, Texas, and there, near Caldwell, both parents died. Of their twelve children only one is living: James Milton.

James Milton Carroll accompanied his parents to Texas in the Fall of 1858, being six years of age. Owing to disturbed conditions which accompanied the outbreak of the Civil War, he received few educational advantages, his schooling being confined to instruction in the very small country and village schools of that period. The property of the family consisted principally of slaves, who were freed during the war between the North and South, and Mr. Carroll’s father died when he was but ten years of age, and his mother when he was sixteen, and he was thus thrown upon his own resources when at a tender age. He was married before reaching his nineteenth birthday, his wife, Miss Sudie E. Womble, not being quite sixteen, and they settled down to farming on rented land. They were thus engaged when Mr. Carroll felt a call to the ministry, and was licensed to preach by the old Liberty church, in Burleson county, located about eight miles from Caldwell. He soon realized the need of an education, and although he could then, possibly, not have entered the seventh grade of a public school of to-day, he decided to go to Baylor University. He and his wife reached Independence, Texas, in January, 1873, and both went to school, Mr. Carroll to Baylor University, and his wife to Baylor College, which institutions at that time were located near each other in Independence. He remained there for five years, completing in that period the whole course up to a Master of Arts degree, and took what would now be called a double course each year, having never less than six and most of the time, eight studies, carrying that many at all times while there. His faculty for learning was marvelous, and he won all the medals given by Baylor University. He had what might be termed an iron constitution, and although he reached Baylor University with but forty dollars, he was able, through his capacity for hard labor, to pay his way through his college course, except about $250.00. A remarkable thing was that during his entire period there he recited all of his lessons, with the exception of a very few, under one teacher, Dr. William Carey Crane, probably at that time the best educated man in Texas. Under Dr. Crane he took courses in the sciences and mathematics, Latin, Greek and Hebrew, and the various other courses such as are given in the college of today.

At his graduation Dr. Carroll became pastor at Anderson, Grimes county, Texas, in addition to which he was pastor of the church at Oakland, and so continued for two years. During that period he became Corresponding Secretary of the Sunday School Convention of Texas, and from that time forward was in some way connected with denominational interests in addition to his regular church work. From Anderson he went as a missionary pastor to Corpus Christi, Texas, where he remained for very nearly three years, and subsequently spent something less than five years at Lampasas, Texas, as pastor. It was here that he probably did his best pastoral work. He still has a warm place in the hearts of the older members of that church.

Dr. Carroll then became interested in the cause of prohibition and with his customary zeal threw himself heart and soul into the prohibition State campaign, although it was necessary for him to resign his church. At the close of that campaign, in 1887, he became pastor for thirteen months at Taylor, Texas, having gone to that place with the understanding that he was to remain but a short time to try to make the church self-sustaining. This accomplished, he became agent of Foreign Mission work for Texas, and remained in that position until about 1892, when he was given the position of Corresponding Secretary for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, together with the foreign mission work, a position he held for three years, but resigned on account of his wife’s ill health. Later he became agent of Baylor Female College, which at that time was more than $140,000 in debt, and after reducing that debt more than $40,000, he became Corresponding Secretary of the Texas Baptist Education Commission, which organization was the result of his suggestions. All the Baptist schools in the State at that time, with one exception, were correlated, and the Commission undertook to raise $200,000 for the purpose of liquidating all of their indebtedness and putting them on a sound basis. Mr. Carroll became first Corresponding Secretary, which position he held until he finally induced his brother. B. H. Carroll, to join him in the work, he giving to his brother the first place, while he took the second for himself. The $200,000 was raised, and the Baptist schools of Texas were thus relieved from debt. Immediately following this achievement, Mr. Carroll was elected pastor of the First church at Waco, this being his only pastorate since Taylor. At the end of nine months he resigned at the earnest solicitation of the board of trustees of Baylor University and of the Baptist Education Commission, to begin work for the endowment of Baylor University.

Eventually, Mr. Carroll decided to give up all work of that kind, with the intention of devoting several years to the writing of a Texas Baptist History, for which he had been gathering material for thirty years, but by the time he had gotten under headway in this work, the call came for him to accept some work in Southwest Texas, in the building of a school for that section of the State. So five years were given to the planning and building of San Marcos Baptist Academy, probably the greatest single achievement of his career. During the period of Mr. Carroll’s denominational work he raised for missions and education something like $800,000.

In 1911 Dr. Carroll was elected as president of a university to be built at Shawnee, Oklahoma, and moved to that city and began the work, but soon found conditions there not ready for an enterprise of that magnitude, as continued droughts had paralyzed conditions in that State, and it was thought wise to discontinue the enterprise for the time being. The school, however, was opened without any buildings belonging to it, and enrolled over two hundred students the first year. Dr. Carroll was not willing to carry on the work without buildings, and hence returned to Texas. In 1913 he became president-elect of Howard Payne College, where he has just commenced his work. He is a man of studious and scholarly habits, with great executive ability and organizing power. In whatever community he has found himself he has attracted to him a wide circle of friends, and few if any preachers in the Lone Star State are better known or more highly esteemed. Politically he is a Democrat, with progressive proclivities, being, in fact, progressive in all things.

He and his wife have had three children, of whom two died while in infancy, the other being a daughter of twenty years. In addition they adopted a four-year-old son, who is now a man with his own family, living in Houston, Texas, J. J. Carroll, connected with the W. T. Carter Lumber Company.

It would not be right to close this sketch without adding this just tribute to Dr. Carroll’s wife. Though she was never very strong physically, she has ever had a strong faith and marvelous courage, a never-give-up spirit and an unfailing ambition. These dominant elements of her character have always been, from their marriage even to this hour, of untold help to her husband. During her husband’s hard struggling college days, and the days of his early ministry, and many times since, she uncomplainingly endured many trying hardships and always added her bit, not only to the homekeeping, but to the toils, also, of earning their living. The world has never known her real worth.

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Bearing Precious Seed

Why Personal Soulwinning Is Important

By Dr. Don Sisk

In 1954, on Thanksgiving evening, I made my calling to preach known to the Black Oak Baptist Church in Gary, Indiana.  I knew I was saved. I knew Heaven was my eternal home.  And I knew I had a desire to tell others about Christ. I remember saying to Derwood Humble the person who prayed with me at the altar that night “I know that God has called me to preach, but I don’t know how I can do it.”

He answered, “Don, how did you get saved?”

I said, “By the grace of God.”

His reply was simple yet profound, “If you ever preach, it will be by the grace of God.”  That was great advice in 1954, and it is great advice in 2017.

Our church was very evangelistic.  We had people saved regularly.  We had great evangelistic meetings.  However, I never heard the word soulwinning.

In November of 1955, Virginia and I moved back to our hometown of Nortonville, Kentucky with plans to enter Bethel Baptist College in Hopkinsville. Before the winter semester started, I had been called to pastor two part-time churches.

The Johnson Island Baptist Church had preaching on each second and fourth Sunday.  The Silent Run Baptist Church had preaching on the first and third Sunday.  I was pastoring two rural churches, but I had never heard the word soulwinning.

In April of 1956, we had a spring revival at the Silent Run Baptist Church.  David Brown was the evangelist.  On Tuesday afternoon Brother Brown and I went visiting people to invite them to the revival.  (That was what I thought the purpose of visiting was, but God had a different plan.)  We visited a home where the mother and daughter were members of our church, but the husband and son had not been saved.  As Brother Brown began talking with Ruby Jackson, he was not inviting him to church.  He asked him if he was saved.  Ruby replied he was not.  Brother Brown then asked if he would like to be saved.  Mr. Jackson replied he would.

David Brown said to Mr. Jackson, “Ruby, let me take my Bible and show you how you can know you are saved and going to Heaven.”

In my mind I thought that somewhere in the conversation he would tell Ruby Jackson to attend church that evening where he could be saved.  I had never heard of anyone being saved anywhere other than at the church altar.

Brother Brown used the “Roman’s Road” (which I had never heard of) to lead Ruby and his son Bobby to the Lord.  That day I caught soulwinning.  Brother Brown did not teach me, I caught it from him.

A few weeks after the meeting, I was at church one Saturday studying my Sunday sermon.  God brought to mind a lady that attended Sunday school every week with her daughter but never stayed for preaching.  She was in my wife’s Sunday school class.  Many of the ladies were burdened for Mrs. Edmondson.  I began going over the verses in my mind that Brother Brown had used in Mr. Jackson’s home.

I thought, “I am going to Mrs. Edmondson’s house to show her how to be saved.”

I can even now remember with fear and trembling getting into my car and driving down that country road to her house.  When I arrived, I immediately began thinking it was probably not a good time.

However, I stepped out of my car and headed for the front door.  I knocked, then waited.  When she came to the door, I noticed she had been crying.  Through her tears she said to me, “Brother Don, I am so glad to see you.  I have been listening to Pastor Utley preaching on the radio.  I need to be saved.”

She and her daughter came out of the house and sat on a porch swing.  I sat in a chair near the swing.  I opened my Bible and went through the plan of salvation and both of them bowed their heads and trusted Jesus as their Saviour.

I have never gotten over the wonderful joy of showing people how they can know that they are saved and going to Heaven.  I pastored churches in Kentucky for eight years and had the glorious privilege of leading people to the Lord on a regular basis.

In 1963, I became the associate pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in Harvey, Illinois.  My primary job was outreach.  I was able to see a great number of people saved through my personal soulwinning ministry and had the joy of taking others with me.  I watched as person after person in our membership caught soulwinning.

In 1965, Virginia, Renee, Tim, and I went to Japan as missionaries.  Contrary to what some missionaries had told us, soulwinning worked even in Japan.  We saw many people come to know the Lord.

We had a Shinto priest and his family accept Christ.  One night we were able to give the plan of salvation to a seventy-six year old man and see him bow his head to ask Jesus to be his Saviour.

In 1974, I became the Far East Director of Baptist International Missions, Inc.  When I was home on visitation night at Highland Park Baptist Church, I always went soulwinning.  In every church where I preached mission conferences I would go soulwinning with the pastor or other members of the church.  In restaurants, motels, buses, airplanes, and many other places I have had countless hundreds of opportunities to take the Bible and show people how to be saved.

After I became the President of BIMI, pastors would often say to me, “Dr. Sisk, you are a busy man.  You do not need to come out soulwinning.”

My reply was always, “I am never too busy to go soulwinning.”

After my resignation from BIMI, Virginia and I moved to Lancaster, California.  In the thirteen years we have served at West Coast Baptist College, I have had the great joy of going soulwinning, sometimes several times a week.

Soulwinning works in any geographical location, in any culture, with all ages, and all classes of people.  I am and will be eternally grateful for the day I saw David Brown take a Bible and show Ruby Jackson how he could know that he was saved and going to Heaven.

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy” (Psalm 126:5).  With a burdened heart, I have sowed the precious Word of God in thousands of places, and I rejoice that God has used it to bring many to Him.

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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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