From the Pastor’s Desk: Guest Pastor Gilbert Moore My wife and I are slated to be on vacation for a few days starting around April 15th. I am to present a paper on April 17th at a conference at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia, entitled, “Evangelism and Ecclesiastical Politics: The Role of the Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship in Founding the Presbyterian Church in America.” And I am also to be the guest minister at the Orthodox Presbyterian Church congregation in Lynchburg, filling their pulpit during morning worship on the Lord’s Day. For the Sabbath School hour, I will be delivering a lecture, entitled “American Presbyterianism, Geology, and the Days of Creation.”

go While Penny and I are away, Pastor Gilbert Moore, a member of Northwest Georgia Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America, will be preaching for our church here on April 19th. I’ve known Gilbert for fifteen years, and I am sure that you will benefit from his ministry.

From the Pastor’s Desk: What is the Gospel? The term “gospel” means “good news”. And the best news of all is that salvation comes by the grace of God.

Man is a sinner. All of mankind fell into sin as a result of the rebellion of Adam in the Garden of Eden. And the Bible says that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). The death of which Scripture speaks is not only physical death — it also includes spiritual death (separation from God) and eternal death (the punishment of an eternity in hell).

But the “good news” is that the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — has provided a way of escape from the punishment of sin, death, and hell. Those who believe in what Jesus Christ, the Son of God, did at the cross as a sacrifice for sin, have their sins forgiven by God. Jesus Christ took the sins of His people upon Himself, so that those who believe in Him are not punished for their sins. This is good news, indeed.

There are many things about which the Bible speaks. But none is more important than the truth that sinful man can be reconciled with His Creator, and that this reconciliation takes place, not because of anything man can do, but solely because of the love of God.

If you’d like to know more about the gospel, please contact us. We love to talk about the good news, and would love to share it with you.

Pastor Frank J. Smith