Our Faith

November 19, 2014

Minister’s Message

Pastor Robert D. Combs Sr., Hanging Rock Church of the Brethren

Pastor Robert D. Combs Sr., Hanging Rock Church of the Brethren


Welcome to the family of God. You now have been born again. We are excited because we know that God has good things ahead for you.

You may ask yourself, “What have I gotten myself in to? What’s next?” Jesus said, “No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” –John 3:3

What this really means is that you have opened your heart to the spirit of God, and he lives within you. You have surrendered the control of your life to him. The life of a Christian is the most exciting life a person can ever experience.

There are 5 steps that are important to help you grow in the knowledge of Christ.

Step 1: Accept Christ in your life. Matthew 11:28-30 states, “Come to me and I will give you rest.” You have done that by accepting Christ. You have probably already started experiencing the rest and peace Jesus promised. Now you need to start each day on the right foot. Come to him in a quiet time of prayer or Bible reading, getting to know him better.

Step 2: Give him control over your life. Jesus wants to steer you in the right direction. Let him take charge of your life.

Step 3: Learn God’s word. After you have come to Jesus and willingly turn control over to him by faith, let him teach you. The Bible tells us that growth happens as a result of knowledge. 2 Peter 1:3 states, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life.”

Step 4: Be baptized. Water baptism is an outward sign of an inward change or commitment. It is a public confession and is a symbol of washing your old sinful nature out. John 3:5 says, “Unless one is born of the water and the spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Step 5: Share the Good News with others. It is commanded by Jesus for all who know him to go forth and tell others about him and his kingdom while we witness to our families, next door or across the country. We are to fulfill God’s command. As the people of God, we need to tell them it is more than just good advice, it’s good news, and we can rejoice in his saving grace and mercy. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and teach them to obey his command and surely I am with you always — to the very end of the age.” –Matthew 28:19-20

Congratulations — you are a Christian. “Praise God for by grace you have been saved through faith and this is not from yourself, it is a gift of God — and not by works so that no one can boast.” –Ephesians 2:8-9


Church Notes Week of  11-19-14

A call to prayer for Hampshire County
The community is invited to gather with other Christians, pastors and intercessors to pray for revival in our county. Our churches, families and individuals are in need of a mighty move of God. This will only come by prevailing prayer, unified prayer, to be held Saturday, Nov. 22, at Fox’s Hollow Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Traveling west of Romney 3 miles on Route 50, turn right onto Fox’s Hollow Road, bear right and go 1/10 mile. The church is located on the right. Every Tuesday at 6 p.m., prayer is offered up for Hampshire County at Zoar Baptist Church, 4 miles south on Ford Hill Road, Augusta. All pastors, churches are invited to join this weekly time of interceding for our county, churches, families and lost souls.

Grief Share held on Wednesdays
Romney Assembly of God will host Grief Share on Wednesdays now through Dec. 3 from 6:45-8 p.m. Margaret Kesner will be the teacher and will lead the sessions on living with grief, the journey of grief, the effects of grief and God’s prescription for it. Come join this group of friendly, caring people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. For more info., visit griefshare.org.

Christ Community Church holding senior luncheon
Christ Community Church, Augusta, will hold a senior luncheon on Friday, Nov. 21, at 11:30 a.m. Come join in for a good meal and fellowship.

Augusta Community Thanksgiving service Nov. 25
The Augusta Community Thanksgiving service will be at the Augusta Church of Christ Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 7:30 p.m. The theme is “In All Things Give Thanks.” Pastors will be participating along with special music by the community choir. There will be a procession of flags to honor veterans. Please bring items for the local food pantry. The offering will go to the ministerial fund for emergency needs. Everyone welcome.

Fifth Sunday evening service Nov. 30
There will be a special evening service at Christ Community Church Sunday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. The service will include an evening of praise and worship, fellowship, testimonies and a word from a local pastor. Everyone welcome including groups from other church.


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