Let’s Look Into & Study God’s Word Together!

We are glad to look forward to a meeting this coming week and want to invite you to join us as we gather together to look into God’s word together to grow and be built up!
We look to being guided in a series of lessons from evangelist Larry Rouse who works with the University Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama. We look to meet from Thursday, March 1st to Saturday, March 3rd, each night at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday we will meet at 9:30 a.m for bible study, 10:30 a.m. for worship, and again at 5:00 p.m.
The topics to be discussed are as follows by day:

  • Thursday – The Resurrection of Christ — Hoax or History
  • Friday – Why I Left the Baptist Church
  • Saturday – Restoring the Place of the Apostles
  • Sunday:
    • 9:30 – Is Anger Your Master
    • 10:30 – Mercy, Justice and a Place of Refuge
    • 5:00 – How to Raise a Heartache

Please gather with us as we look to grow and further understand God’s word and be encouraged. Won’t you come be with us?
Hoboken church March 2018 Gospel Meeting

Lifting Voices In Song

We are looking forward to gathering together and joining our voices and hearts in the singing of songs, hymns, and spiritual songs in efforts to encourage one another and to glorify and praise our great God.  We would like to invite those in the area to come join with us in making melody in our hearts to the Lord.

We will be meeting in Hoboken on February 24th, 2018 at 4:00 p.m, singing from the ‘Hymns for Worship’ book.  See the attachment below for more details.

Annual Congregational Singing

Join Us In Our Study of God’s Word

We have set aside time again to gather in a series of studies from God’s word, and are looking forward to having our brother Stefan Richardson come be with us to preach these lessons and encourage us from October 22 through 25.  Won’t you come be with us in studying and hearing the Word of God preached, to be refreshed and renewed with the truth from God’s word?

Hoboken Church of Christ Fall Gospel Meeting

 

Abraham – The Friend of God

Written by Carol Sutton

Three times in the scriptures Abraham is spoken of as God’s friend.  In Isaiah 41:8 God said “…Abraham my friend.”  In his prayer to God, Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, said, “…Abraham thy friend forever” (II Chronicles 21:7).  Centuries later in speaking of Abraham, James said, “…and he was called the Friend of God” (James 2:23).

Abraham’s faith in God was the key factor in his being called the friend of God. When Abram was called to leave his country and kinsmen and go into a land that God would show him, he obeyed!  Although Abraham did not know where he was going, he knew with Whom he was going.  He had faith in the God of heaven and of earth.  (See Genesis 12:1-3; Hebrews 11:8)  By faith he “sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country” because he was looking for “a city which hat foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”  Hebrews 11:8-10 tells us that “by faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed;  and he went out, not knowing whither he went.  By faith, he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”  God tried (tested) Abram’s faith when He told him (Abraham) to “take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” Abram rose up early in the morning and proceeded to obey God’s instructions.  (See Genesis 22: 1-19).  We learn from Hebrews 11:7 that “by faith, Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac…”  (NOTE: God “tempted” Abraham in the same sense that he “tried” him.  But God did not tempt Abraham in the same sense of “enticing him to do evil.”  According to James 1:13-15 God does not “tempt” man in that sense.)

Paul said, “for what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” (Romans 4:3).  James said, “was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?  Seest thou how faith wrought with works, and by works was faith made perfect?”  (See James 2:21-22).  He was called “the friend of God.”

Abraham was truly a “friend of God.”  This is evidenced by his obedient faith!  Do you have that kind of faith? (from The Instructor, Vol. 20, Number 10, October, 1983).

Hear Preaching from the Word of God!

You are invited to join us as we gather for encouragement from God’s word!  We will be hearing a series of lessons from evangelist John Gibson from the Jones Road church meeting in Athens, Alabama.  Our meeting times will be from Thursday, March 16th to Saturday, March 18th, each night at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday we will meet at 9:30 a.m for bible study, 10:30 a.m. for worship, and again at 5:00 p.m.

We hope you will come study God’s word with us!

March meeting invitation with the Hoboken church of Christ

Open Your Eyes, That You May See

By Kevin Strickland

The ones described by the Lord as being told “depart from me, ye that practice lawlessness,” just didn’t know what for (Matthew 7:21-24).  They were so confused at what the Lord would say to them that they asked, “have we not prophesied in your name? and in thy name cast out many devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?” (verse 22).  They had been apparently busy with doing many things they thought would please God, they thought they would get seen.  But they did not see what the Lord wanted, and were so told to depart.  Their inability to see was due to spiritual blindness.   Note the time when Balaam had been instructed not to go, but was protected by his donkey from not passing as the donkey saw the angel of God in the way, he had been spiritually blind (Numbers 22:21-31).  Likewise, when Saul saved the best of the cattle, and also, did not kill Agag as Samuel instructed of the Lord, this too was spiritual blindness (I Samuel 15:6-29).

Often, we too, can be like these that were spiritually blind, knowing the will of God, but not doing it with our eyes, or seeing clearly ( II Peter 1:9)  Peter offers a remedy for this to his readers in II Peter 1:5-8, when he begins in verse one, explaining to give “all diligence, add to your faith…”  Several things can help us to see more clearly so that we do not become blind, but we must be willing to have the faith that is required.  James describes very well in chapter 1:22-25 what happens when our faith doesn’t grow, and we don’t fully do what God has instructed in His word.  We must be a doer of the word, and not a hearer only.  For a hearer only is likened in verse 23 and 24 as one who  beholding his natural face in a glass: “for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.”

God’s word doesn’t call men to perform great miracles as those who will be rejected by the Lord on the last day will find out.  The word of God is sure, as Balaam found out.  God’s word is not just nice to hear, but is important and the consequences are potentially destructive, as Saul found out.  The writer of the book of Psalms puts it very clear in 93:5  when he commits of God’s word that “Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever.”  The Lord Jesus also prayed for this in John 17:7 when He asked the Father to sanctify His own by truth, “Your word is truth.”  Not one of them are useless nor to be overlooked.  Let’s have a heart to fully accept the total of God’s word (Psalm 119:160) and obey Him in everything He tells us.