September 24, 2017
No Apology For Being A Baptist
Baptist people have been the most principled people in all of history. We are Baptists without apology and are gratified that our heritage has made an incredible impact on this world and particularly on our nation for the cause of Christ.
Down through the centuries Baptists, have stood firm for the free exercise of a person’s will and against oppression (religious or political). The English historian, Skeats, wrote, “It is the singular and distinguished honor of the Baptists to have repudiated from their earliest history all coercive power of the consciences and actions of men with reference to religion. They were the proto-evangelists of the voluntary principle.” The Methodist historian, John Clark Ridpath, wrote: “I should not readily admit that there was a Baptist Church as far back as 100 A.D., although without a doubt there were Baptist Churches then, as all Christians were then Baptists.”
In colonial America Baptists were intensely independent. In 1768 five Baptist men were arrested, and in the words of the Spotsylvania County, Virginia prosecutor: “They cannot meet a man upon the road, but they must ram a text of Scripture down his throat.” (More Baptists like them are needed in 2017) They were held in the Fredericksburg jail forty-three days for their offense of preaching without a license.
However, the Virginia Baptists impacted Thomas Jefferson and his writings about independence and the formatting of the Constitution. Jefferson was familiar with a Baptist Church near his Monticello home and used their beliefs and practices as a model for individual freedom. From Belcher’s Religious Denominations of the United States (page 184): “Jefferson said that he considered Baptist Church government the only form of pure democracy which existed in the world, and had concluded that it would be the best plan of government for the American colonies. This was eight or ten years before the American Revolution.”
Sadly, in these last days, many professing to be Baptist lack strong Bible convictions and are not separatists. Tragically others have gone so far as to remove the name “Baptist” from their churches (and well they should). As separatist, New Testament Baptists, we thank the Lord for America’s freedoms as we reflect on the impressive history of our Baptist forefathers.
Today, Sept. 24, Noon to 1:00 PM – All-Single-Ladies (45+) Lunch
Wednesdays at 6:30 PM – AWANA and Youth Meetings
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM – Regular Mid-Week Service
Saturdays at 9:30 AM – Visitation
Thursday, October 5, 9:30 AM – 11 AM – Ladies Weekly Bible Study
October 8-11 – Ron Comfort Revival
Thursday, Nov. 2, 6:00 PM – Harvester’s Dinner
Sunday, Nov. 12, Noon to 2:00 PM – Children’s Fall Festival
December 7 at 6:00 PM – Christmas Banquet (Dave McCracken)
In these “last days” … A SPIRITUAL URGENCY!
Sunday: 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 6:00 PM
Monday through Wednesday: 7:00 PM
What we can be doing right now:
- Take spiritual inventory of myself, confess sin, and make needed changes in my life.
- Make a list of neighbors, coworkers, friends, and relatives I can be praying for to come to the revival.
- Revival flyers will be distributed and given to those prayed for and invited. We have extra flyers at the back table.
On Saturday, October 7 from 10:00 AM to Noon we will be canvassing the area around the church with flyers to invite our neighbors to the Revival. We will have lunch at the Church at 12:15 PM for those who participate.
RU Recovery Meets Fridays at 7 PM / Sundays at 9:30 AM – Everyone is welcome. We especially need a van driver for Friday nights.
RU has a great curriculum for the study of the fruit of the Spirit and fruits of righteousness: An RU Definition from our curriculum: Temperance means Spirit-controlled in all of life’s pleasures. — Come join us!
RECOVERY DELIVERS ON EVERYTHING ADDICTION PROMISED!
After each service, we make available to families in need of a bag of non-perishable groceries (limited to one bag per month). To help us keep our pantry stocked we welcome you to bring in non-perishable items. We do not need any vegetables at this time. We are short on peanut butter and canned meats such as tuna, chicken, Vienna sausage, spam, etc. Please bring your items to the front foyer and let an usher know. Richard and Judy Sabin oversee this ministry.
Please look at the expiration dates. We cannot give out expired food items.
FOR 58 YEARS … PREACHING the BIBLE
… the WHOLE BIBLE
… and NOTHING but the BIBLE!
2855 N. Craycroft Rd. Tucson, AZ 85712
Church Office Phone: 327-5938
Dr. J. C. Joiner, Pastor
Rev. Carroll Frankland, Assoc. Pastor
Jamie Frankland, Children / Activities Coordinator
Jacque Joiner, Ladies Ministries
Ron Cox, RU (Ph. 248-5216)
Sunday Services at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, & 6 PM
Wednesday Services at 7 PM
(VBS & Youth Ministries at 6:45 PM)
RU: Fridays at 7 PM
Visitation: Saturdays at 9:30 AM
After each service, audio is available on our web site: