Cool Springs PBC in Danville, GA was privileged to host our annual August meeting, which was powerfully blessed by God Almighty. We invited Elder James Isaacs from Magazine, AR and Elder Adam Green from Charleston, AR to be with us, and God certainly favored them with liberty and preaching grace throughout the services. On a natural level, God smiled down with some very unseasonably cool weather – which in middle Georgia in August is a mighty natural blessing indeed! The church feasted from God’s table and enjoyed His sweet fellowship, while also privileged to enjoy the sweet fellowship of many brothers and sisters from other church bodies that came to visit with us. We certainly appreciate and thank God for their presence and fellowship with us.
While I had intended to take some pictures of the meeting throughout, I got so sidetracked at the glory we experienced that we had to scramble just to get pictures of the preachers before they left. As her pastor, I believe that the church was refreshed and that many hearts were revived and renewed in their service to the Lord, including my own. As some said at the close of service on Sunday night, “I know it’s over, but I still hate to leave.” We are already in anticipation of our Fellowship Meeting next month, praying that the power and Spirit of that meeting would be akin to this one. Truly, He has been gracious to us. I have attached the schedule and order of services below.
Wednesday Night (July 30th)
Communion – The church began the meeting with a wonderful communion service, and we actually made history doing so. Elder Garry Hall, a beloved minister that was born and raised in this area, had never attended a Cool Springs communion in his over 40 years in the ministry. He was blessed to deliver the elements of the table in a very clear and edifying manner. After partaking of these elements, the church heard from one of her longstanding members, Elder Dan Bryant, who described the feet washing in very touching tones. We went on our way rejoicing and anticipating the rest of the meeting to come.
Thursday Night (July 31st)
Prayer: Elder Ric Stewart
Preaching: Elder Adam Green – “Lord I Believe, Help Thou Mine Unbelief” Brother Adam described the case of the man and his possessed son in Mark 9. Using this example, we were made to see that even today all of us can be believers and unbelievers at the same time.
Preaching: Elder James Isaacs – “Belief and Abiding in Him” Brother James picked up where Brother Adam left off describing how we strengthen our belief from I John 2. By abiding actively in Him, we shed the bondage of unbelief, while helping one another through labours of love.
Prayer: Brother Richard James
Friday Night (August 1st)
Prayer: Elder Wesley Watkins
Preaching: Elder Adam Green – “Gideon and Doing It God’s Way” Brother Adam clearly and ably described how God’s ways are the best ways though they often make no sense to our natural thinking. In this Old Testament example, we were made to see and understand how that gospel service today, though small and strange in the eyes of the world, is the only worthy way of pursuing as it is God’s declared path for us.
Preaching: Elder James Isaacs – “Raising Lazarus and the Stink of Death” Brother James began with the Lazarus example in John 11, but quickly moved into the practical applications of what his condition was immediately after being raised. Particularly, Brother James brought out the ruinous stench of the clothing that surrounded him, and he ably showed how that we are surrounded by our own filth (though alive in Christ), and need the help and fellowship of God’s saints to shed those putrid stains.
Prayer: Elder Stephen Dyar
Saturday Morning (August 2nd)
Prayer: Elder John Scott
Preaching: Elder Adam Green – “Unity and Its Benefits” Brother Adam began in Psalm 133, and showed that unity is not just a beautiful thing but also good for us. He then described many applications of how unity is “good” for us. Most importantly, unity in our lives is only possible by having unity in the Godhead, as God was completely united in Himself in His salvation of sinners. This unity is that which is most “good” for us.
Prayer: Elder Franklin Bryant
Saturday Night (August 2nd)
Prayer: Elder Michael Hataway
Preaching: Elder James Isaacs – “Service of God and Identity of the Church” Brother James delivered a pointed sermon on what the word “service” means as it pertains to the worship and adoration of God. In doing so, Brother James showed how our “service” identifies us in our standing as the pillar and ground of the truth.
Prayer: Elder Frank King
Sunday Morning (August 3rd)
Prayer: Brother Howard Heffington
Preaching: Elder Adam Green – “Grace of God and Its Teaching” Brother Adam began in Titus 2:11-14, and explained how that grace teaches us what to avoid and what to cling to. In so doing, he showed that many of the examples in Titus (both before and after his text) strengthen and identify the general tenets of grace’s teaching.
Preaching: Elder James Isaacs – “Us” Brother James described the people that grace has appeared to and taught, primarily through Paul’s teachings in Ephesians 1. The “us” was applied personally to us, so that the congregation felt included and touched by the message.
Prayer: Brother Mike Sheppard
Sunday Night (August 3rd)
Prayer: Lic. John Forehand
Preaching: Elder Philip Conley – “Blessed People in the Church” Brother Philip started in Revelation 1:3 and showed that people such as we are have been favored and blessed much more than most of the “us” of the family of God. Besides having such meetings as we had, we have been blessed to enjoy God’s word, hear it declared, and live after it.
Prayer: Lic. Win Kuck
Beloved, we rejoice in a Saviour’s blessings to us and have gone on our way rejoicing. For those that are interested in the sermons from the meeting, they will be posted to our website at: coolspringspbc.org