We are excited to announce that we are beginning a 12 week study on June 2, 2015. Time will be 6:30-8:00 PM. We are encouraging those who have families to work through the books together for family worship, or individually if they prefer. We welcome anyone who would like to participate with us. We just need you to contact us, so that we can be sure we have a book for you. We have included the video trailer below, and there is a contact form below that if you would like to participate with us.
below We wanted to announce to everyone some exciting news. Little Red River Bible Church is moving from our current rented building in Pangburn to an existing church building located at 2674 Wilburn Road, Heber Springs. This building is 2 miles past Wilburn on Highway 110 coming from Pangburn and about 5 miles out 110 from Heber Springs. If you know where the Swans can be found down Hayes road, the building is directly across 110 from Hayes Road.
We have enjoyed our current building since our first service February 16, 2014. We like the location, have found our funds growing with no financial issues, and the thought of moving had not crossed our minds. We have been enjoying our time together, expositing the Scripture book by book, with our whole focus being upon feeding or nourishing the church with the God ordained means of expositing the scripture. We have been blessed.
During the year, we came into contact with the members of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church. They have met in the building on Wilburn Road for almost 30 years. Over the course of the last 3 or 4 months they have been having their morning service and then meeting with us for the afternoon service. In this short amount of time we have grown to love them and they us. It has been a wonderful time for both small groups of believers.
After lengthy consideration, the members of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church have decided to join Little Red River Bible Church. The Little Red River Bible Church leadership, distinctives, doctrinal statement, and church covenant have been embraced by the members of SGBC, and they have initiated the process of joining LRRBC under our leadership.
In coming together, we had our first Sunday morning service Sunday, January 4. We will continue meeting at the Pangburn building on Sunday mornings at 10:30 through the month of January and will have our first service in the new LRRBC building February 1 at 10:30 AM. We are doing some refresh work inside the building and should be mostly completed by February 1. Either way we will be meeting there on that date. The building and land is being transferred to Little Red River Bible Church and the funds for the updates have been provided in advance.
God is amazing. We unashamedly believe in and worship the Sovereign God who is the creator of the universe. He spoke all that we see and all that has ever been into existence. We may plan and try to work out what we should do next, but he makes all things come together. “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9, ESV) We did not ever consider the possibility of changing locations within one year, but now we find ourselves with new members that we love, a building with no debt, and room to grow with 5 acres of land. We can now sit about 60 or more with some creativity, have a fellowship hall, and 3 bathrooms. Another blessing with the location is that it is only 9 miles from Pangburn and only 5 miles outside Heber Springs. We praise the Lord for the way He has worked this out and are looking forward to moving forward.
You should expect to see the sign changed in the next few weeks. If you have considered joining us sometime, come visit us the next two weeks in Pangburn or come see us February 1st at 2674 Wilburn Road, Heber Springs, AR.
I have included a slideshow below with a few pictures of some of the work done in the fellowship hall.
As we look at the “missions” landscape within the evangelical church, we can see a broad definition being used as we look at outreach around the world. We call anything “missions” that takes us out of our own local environment and that is aimed at meeting the needs of people worse off than ourselves.
We have organizations that focus on medical needs. We have others that seek to provide clean water for people groups in Africa. We have many who put their efforts into feeding the poor both here at home and abroad. Still others seek to build orphanages to house the growing number of children needing a home and family.
I suppose that all of these things have their place. They all seek to show compassion and to meet the needs of those in the midst of physical suffering. I fear though, that we have lost sight of what missions should really be. I fear that we have replaced the spiritual with the physical; the eternal with the temporal; the heavenly with the earthly.
As I have had the opportunity to be involved with short-term missions over the last several years, I have been forced to reevaluate my own philosophy of missions. It all became clear to me several years ago while on one of these trips. Here is my story:
As I stepped off of the airplane in Kathmandu, Nepal, the reality of what I was going be experiencing became very real very quickly. The air was filled with the stench of burning human flesh and hair. The air was filled with smoke from the cremation fires that were burning. You had to step over human waste in the streets and there were open sewers along the streets. People who had been disfigured by terrible diseases begged on the streets. The water was undrinkable and the food had to be cooked “well”.
When I first arrived, the excitement of being in a new place and meeting new people caused me to not consider too much all that was around me or to consider the ministry implications. By the time my seven week trip was over, my mission philosophy had been set in stone.
We were conducting a short-term pastor training school. For six weeks, men from the United States came over and taught these men so that they might be better prepared for the ministry. At the end of this time, I was left alone with the locals to go to visit the places where churches were to be planted. Each day we would travel to a village where these men would be ministering. On the last day, the decision was made that the last village to be visited was too far and the terrain was too rough for us to get there in a timely fashion. Instead, we decided to visit this pastor’s home village.
We drove to spot along the river. You could look across the river and in the distance you could make out the thatched and tin roofs of the houses in the village two miles away. It was the dry season so we were able to wade across the river and work our way to the village. As we got closer, I began to notice a change. There were beautiful crops growing in the dry river bed. Men were hard at work in the fields. There was no more garbage or human waste in the streets. The air was clear and there were no more cremation fires.
We were invited to sit in the shade on the porch of one of the houses. You could see that the dirt roads were clean. The houses were kept very well even with their dirt floors. There was a completely different feeling about this village.
Not trying to be too mystical, as I sat on the porch and the clean breeze from the river blew across my face, it was as though the Spirit of God was in that place. It was like we had stepped out of the darkness and had stepped into the light. It made me want to weep.
The explanation came when one of the locals shared with me the history of the village. He told how the founders of this village had come to settle there after being persecuted and driven from their land for being Christians in a Hindu land. This had taken place two generations before. It had made such a difference.
At that moment it dawned on me. The Gospel had made all the difference.
Now I do not believe for a moment that everyone in that little society was a true believer. But, I do believe that the Gospel had made such an impact that every area of that society was influenced by it.
My conclusion is this;
If you want the people to have clean water, preach the Gospel.
If you want the people to have more food, preach Gospel.
If you want the people to develop medical care, preach the Gospel.
If you want to have clean streets preach the Gospel.
If you want to stop the spread of AIDS, preach the Gospel.
If you want to stop abortion, preach the Gospel.
If you want to curb the spread of the homosexual agenda, preach the Gospel.
And the list could go on.
You may ask how I can come to this conclusion. It is because believers believe in doing all things well and unto the Lord. Believers believe in working with their hand and providing for their families. Believers believe in the sanctity of human life. Believers believe in sexual purity before marriage and fidelity in marriage. Believers believe homosexuality is a sin. Believers believe that Christ is the only way.
When the Gospel is preached and hearts are changed, it affects every aspect of the society.
If our projects do not have the Gospel as its purpose and motivation, it should not be called missions.
Should these other things be left undone? That question I cannot answer. But one thing I do know…..
”And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Mt.28