March 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

March 2017

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A Heart for Missions

Missions Conferences Stir Churches to Do More for the Lord 

By Dr. Kevin Folger

Pastor, Cleveland Baptist Church

The Missions Conference is a powerful and monumental time on our church’s calendar.  Why is the World Missions Conference always such a powerful meeting?

Missions Is the Church’s Responsibility

When Jesus left this world He commissioned His church to go into “all the world” with the gospel message.  This is more than just the message of salvation; it is also administering baptism and then training or discipling new converts.  If we are going to be successful in doing what Christ gave us to do, churches must be planted in order to carry out the three directives given by the Lord.

There is something special about new churches being birthed.  It is much like birthing physical babies.  There is great joy when children and grandchildren are born.  By partnering with missionaries, we are helping them birth churches, and we have great joy from that element of our spiritual life.  It is what Christ has put us here to do!

Missionaries Are Some of the Finest Christians You Will Ever Meet

All Christians should be willing to live in complete and total obedience to Christ.  Missionaries, by their very response to God’s call, are following Christ wherever He wants them to go.  For some, it means leaving behind their home, family, and the American way of life.  It means being thrust into a new culture and learning a new language.  It may mean getting out of their comfort zone and meeting new people.  It means loving and caring for those that Christ loves.

When we see the sacrifices these missionaries are willing to make, it should cause us to want to have a part in what they are doing.

We Set Aside This Time to Focus on What Is Dearest to the Heart of God

It has been said, “God had one Son and that Son was a missionary.”  It was Jesus that said “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”  When we focus on what God focuses on, we get a special blessing from the Lord.

Hearing from and interacting with these great servants of the Lord stirs our hearts because God is stirring their hearts.

We Make a Financial Investment

It means making decisions and choices about our resources above a tithe in order to help missionaries get to and stay on the field.  They are willing to go to the far corners of the world, but it takes people being faithful in their financial support to keep them on the field.  It takes people praying that God will protect, provide, and encourage these missionaries.  This kind of focus endears us to what the Christian life is all about.

I trust that as you read this God will stir your heart to be faithful to your promise of finances but also to pray for the missionary family of your church.  For more than forty years, I have participated in giving to Faith Promise Missions.  It has been one of the joys in my life to watch God do great things by faith in my heart.  I trust that you, too, will know that same joy by being involved in giving to the missions’ program of your local church.

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Parson to Person

Well I’m getting this to you a little late and in truth I don’t even have a bad excuse.  Actually I had the March Trumpet done almost a month ago, but I just forgot to pull it up.  And when I tried to use what I had written a month ago Linda said I couldn’t use it.  Something about, it “not relating to this month.”  So here I am righting my article of the “Parson to Person” portion of the March Trumpet.

Linda and I celebrated our of our 24 year anniversary with a Baptist Handshake.  That was both fun and humbling.  Thank you so much for your generosity.

I am currently waiting on Linda to get home from the Ladies Meeting at the Parkview Baptist Church in Livonia.  I trust they had a good time.

We have scheduled a Missions Conference with Missionary Doug Hammett on the 24th thru the 26th.  On Friday and Saturday our services will be at 7pm and the services on Sunday will be on our regular Sunday schedule.  I am so pleased to have Bro Hammett with us. I truly believe he is one of the premier church planters and soul winners on the mission field today.

In April some of us are planning on attending the 1st annual, Gateway Baptist Camp Meeting on the 3rd thru the 6th, at the Arnold Baptist Tabernacle, in Arnold Missouri.  This is the Camp Meeting being moderated by Evangelist Steve Hart.  For several years Linda and I and a number of our church members traveled first to Jerseyville, Illinois and then to Century, Florida.  Now there is the Gateway Baptist Camp Meeting in Arnold Missouri.  I was trying to think of a way to convey the importance of the Old Fashioned Camp Meeting.  Let me say I believe the yearly camp meeting is one of the most far­sighted and important programs of early church pattern.  It is humanly impossible to measure the tremendous benefits that Baptist people derive from these yearly convocations.  It is likewise impossible to fully measure the strength that the church as a whole receives from these annual gatherings.

It is an interesting observation that the camp meeting of a half century ago was the spiritual bulwark to many denominations.  Little by little the spirit of modernism has overtaken the rank and file of present day church, so that today the camp meeting may be looked upon as something only for hicks and hillbillies.

Among the many that attend camp meetings there are those who come burdened.  Some have home problems.  Still others come burdened with the guilt of sin and evil habits.  Such an array of men and women present the boldest challenge to God’s servants.  Wise efforts must be put forth so that all may receive proper attention and spiritual uplift.  I want you to pray about availing yourself to this greatly needed ministry.

Well I am going to close now but I want to say thanks again for serving the Lord with me and Linda here at Faith Bible Baptist Church.  Linda and I pray for you daily.  Also I have a Pastor and Wife Retreat in Shipshewana, Indiana in April and in May there is an IFB Meeting in Benton, Arkansas so we ask you to pray for us as we travel this summer.

Pastor Tim Goodman

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Baptist We Should Know

Elder Daniel Clark

Pastors in early southern Ohio

By Doug Kutilek

Elder Daniel Clark was a native of Pennsylvania, and licensed to preach in the Whitely Church, but at what time I do not know.  He moved to Columbia in 1790, the spring after the constitution of the First Church, and not long after Elder John Smith was called to the pastorate.  The latter being detained in Pennsylvania, settling his affairs for a year after his call.  Elder Clark was invited to preach to the church until Elder Smith reached Columbia.  This he did; and so acceptably, that after Elder Smith took charge of the church in 1791, Elder Clark was retained as assistant pastor for several years.  In September, 1792, as before noticed, Elder Clark was ordained at Columbia, Rev. Dr. John Gano assisting Elder Smith on the occasion.  This was the first ordination of a minister in all the Northwestern Territory.  After remaining at Columbia until after the peace, and such time as he could safely settle on a farm in the interior, in 1797, Elder Clark removed to a little tract of land purchased by him, about four miles northeast of Lebanon, as now known, then, a perfect wilderness all around him.  The Clear Creek Church, seven miles north of Lebanon was constituted about that time, and for a short period, at first, was under the care of Elder James Sutton; but soon after Elder Clark took charge of this church and organized a branch of it at Turtle Creek, now Lebanon.  He continued to preach at these places alternately, until 1803, when the Turtle Creek branch was constituted into an independent church and then, to the latter as long as he was able to preach.  About 1820, then upward of seventy-five years of age, and living some five miles from the place of worship, his strength was not sufficient for the discharge of all the duties of pastor, and the church called Elder Wilson Thompson, then preaching at Pleasant Run Church, near the north of Hamilton County, as assistant pastor at Lebanon.  Elder Clark preached occasionally for several years after, sitting, as I remember, during the delivery of his last sermons.  He gradually declined until 1834, when he fell asleep in Jesus, in the ninetieth year of his age.

Elder Clark possessed little human learning.  As a pulpit orator, though not particularly attractive, he was always acceptable as a preacher.  His sermons were plain expositions of Scripture, illustrated and confirmed by frequent and ready quotations from the Bible.  With this book, and with this alone, excepting, perhaps, “Pilgrim’s Progress,” Elder Clark was familiar.  His excellence consisted in showing, in a way that made every one feel, man’s total depravity by nature and his inability himself to remedy his condition.  In doing this he did not refer so much to out-breaking wickedness in men’s lives, but seemed to penetrate the very secrets of the heart and expose that pride, selfishness, and irreconciliation to God which belong to all by nature, in so clear a manner as to make his hearers oftentimes see themselves as they never had before.  Having thus convinced of sin and guilt, he had prepared the way to exhibit Christ as his only hope.  In his deportment Elder Clark was grave and dignified; and his very countenance indicated uncommon solemnity. In his society one could not but be impressed with the conviction that the momentous concerns of eternity were ever in his thoughts.  He seldom indulged in levity, and though social in his disposition, and fond of good society, he generally gave to the conversation, on these occasions, a religious or moral bearing.  His life, conduct, and uniform deportment in the varied scenes of his history, commanded the respect and confidence of all, whether they regarded religion or not; and I recollect to have heard a man of the world wholly, who had known Elder Clark even from early manhood, declare “that he was the only real honest man he had ever known; who could be seduced by no temptation however strong,” and then gave incidents in his life which he considered full proof of his position.  His long pastoral charge at Lebanon, though marked by few, if any, revivals, was attended with regular additions; and in thirty years of his charge here there were very few cases, comparatively, of discipline.

Elder Clark left a widow who survived him and died at an age over ninety, and a family of children.  No one of them, the sons at least, seem to have inherited his mantle, unless it be a grandson, Elder Lewis Osborn, for some years past of Mt. Sterling, Illinois, who was licensed to preach in the Lebanon Church about 1838, and has long since been ordained, and preached in various places as an acceptable minister.

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Missionary Spirit That Needs To Be Revived

By David Cloud,

Way of Life Literature

Note:  William Cooper and David Barrett, of China Inland Mission, were martyred during the Boxer Rebellion in China, July, 1900.

The following article is reprinted from The Fundamentalist Digest, Nov.-Dec. 1997 (Don Jasmin, editor)

In reading a copy of the Baptist Magazine (London, 1820), the writer read correspondence indicating that around the years 1819-1820 there was a group of 100 seminary students at the Andover Seminary in Andover, Massachusetts, who met regularly for the sole purpose of collecting material “concerning missions” to “enable each member to determine whether it is his duty to become a missionary.”

These students prepared dissertations on missions regarding various foreign countries from the materials collected and then read them to the entire group.  The Andover Seminary library was also seeking periodicals and books dealing with missions to add to its collection so that the above-mentioned students would have larger resources from which to draw, as they pondered God’s will for their lives.

Could a group of 100 students be found in any fundamental Baptist seminary in the USA today who have banded themselves together solely for seeking God’s will concerning missionary service?  Christian writers termed that era “the Age of Missions.”  That pioneer missionary spirit needs to be revived in our fundamental Baptist circles today.  [No Baptist seminary existed at that time; Andover was an orthodox Congregational seminary where the Baptists in America sent most of their students until the founding of the Newton Theological Institute later in the 1820’s-editor]

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God Will Not Play Second Fiddle to Anything

God Must Have First Place in Our Lives

By Dr. Bud Calvert

Let me make it very clear at the beginning of this article: the Ten Commandments were not given to provide man with righteousness, happiness, holiness, or blessedness (salvation).  A righteous standing before God has always been by faith, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ without the works of the Law.

God makes a declarative statement at the onset of the Ten Commandments when He says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me,” (Exodus 20:3).  Please consider with me the importance of this first commandment.

The Demands of God

The very first page of the Bible says: “In the beginning, God.”  He is the One who created us, put us here on earth, and gave us our minds, ears, legs, voice, toes, and reasoning power.  He is the One who enables us to enjoy life to its fullest and to have purpose in life.  He is the One who created the whole world for us to oversee and enjoy.  Everything you see in what is often called “nature” is the result of His creativity and handiwork.

Once I realize what God has done for me, I want to give my love and loyalty to Him.  He is a jealous God and wants our praise, glory, and obedience.

“Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD He is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.”—Deuteronomy 4:39

“Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God”—Isaiah 44:6

God demands from each of us love (and this is shown by our obedience to His commands), fear (Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God—Deuteronomy 6:13), and service.

We should make it our desire to find out all we can about this wonderful, holy, and all powerful God.

The Deviations from God

Just how do we deviate from this command to have “no other gods before” Him?  After all, I don’t see any little idols being carried around and worshipped.  Most of you reading this probably have no little idols sitting on your T V or elsewhere in your house.  After all, we are not pagans!  To trust in anything at all more than God, is to make it a god.  To exalt anything above God is to dethrone Him and lift up an idol in your heart.  However, there are two main idols that are carried by Christians every day:

Possessions

This idol is bowed down to at an early age and followed all the way into adulthood.  Which would you rather have on your running shoes, a plus mark, a question mark, or a checkmark?  There are people who would kill if necessary to have name-brand shoes.

Your idol may be worshipped in the form of a car, house, an educational degree, clothing, hockey sticks (notice I didn’t say anything about golf clubs so I wouldn’t offend anyone!), furniture, computers and a million other possessions that can win over our hearts (Luke 12:15).

It has been said that if you want to find out what is really important to you, all you have to do is simply look at your checkbook.  What would you see?  Realizing Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also,” my wife and I decided years ago, to make sure that our treasure would be to the Lord each month.  Think of what could be done for missions if everyone gave a tithe to church planting worldwide, as they do to the general fund.

Pleasure

For many, living is getting away where “we can really enjoy life.”  That is okay every now and then, but when that becomes your consuming desire or regular habit, it’s terrible.  I can’t imagine what it would be like to be gone from church a lot, knowing I am not causing any inconvenience to anyone.  My greatest joy as a pastor was always preaching in my own pulpit.  Every church member needs to be so involved in the ministry that on those rare occasions when you are gone over a weekend, a hole would be left (if you did not get a substitute which I know you would!).

Many people live for the beach, mountains, sports, recreation, and entertainment.  While none of these things are wrong when taken in moderation, they can all become a god when they are more important than our service to God through our church.

Leslie Flynn wrote, “Some people live solely for a good time, pursuing an endless round of fun.  Self-gratification is their deity.  The god of pleasure thrives when material prosperity rises and moral standards decay.  Sensuality and self-indulgence run rampant in our day.”  The Bible even points out that if we overeat and overindulge with our appetite, we make a god out of our belly, “…whose god is their belly…” (Philippians 3:19).

In the words of William Cowper:

The dearest idol I have known,

Whate’er that idol be,

Now will I tear it from its throne,

And worship only Thee.

The first commandment leaves no doubt concerning the position God wants in our lives.  He demands our first allegiance.  He will not play second fiddle.  He commands, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”  Let us give Him His rightful place in our lives!

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Building a Strong Friendship

by Dr. Paul Chappell

“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.”  (Ephesians 4:22-25)

True friends don’t lie to each other, but have confidence between them.

Over the years, many people have sought to describe what a friend is, and the definition of one is different to everyone.  But one thing most people agree upon is the fact that friends should be open and honest with each other.

(Let me inject a personal note here.  I tell folks all the time: “A real friend will tell you when your breath stinks!”)

Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus laid out plainly for the new Christians God’s feelings toward lying: “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.”  While lying and deceit among neighbors and friends was the common Roman way, Paul encourages the Ephesians to be honest in their dealings with others.

When interacting with others, even your friends, are you always honest?  Scripture plainly warns against lying: “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds” (Colossians 3:9).  “He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit” (Proverbs 12:17).

Someone once said, “Elevate dependability and eliminate doubt.”  Can your friends trust you?  Sometimes, people can even lie to their friends.  But how can you trust a friend who lies to you?  Don’t fall into the trap of lying to your friends, even in small areas.  Elevate your dependability.

Proverbs 25:19 advises, “Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.”  Your friends need to be able to trust you to help them in times of need-to prove you’re a real friend.  True friends don’t lie to each other, but have confidence between them.

Are you a trustworthy friend?  When you give your word to keep a secret, do you?  If you promise to help your friend, do you come through for them?  Don’t be known as someone who is untrustworthy, but make honesty and dependability a priority in your friendship.

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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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