Marshfield church of Christ
610 S. Marshall P O Box 458, Marshfield Mo 65706
(417) 468-4161

Bible Class
9:30 AM
10:30 AM / 6:00 PM

Bible Study
7:00 PM

Ladies Class
9:30 AM
1st Tues. of Month 
7:00 P.M.

Radio & TV Programs
KTXR 101.3 FM
Lifeline 7:15 a.m. 
Channel 10
Search 7:00 a.m.
Living Word 7:30 a.m.
Channel 33
Know Your Bible 
10:30 a.m.

Eddie Watkins, Evangelist
Office       468-4164
Cell           773-0464
Home       943-4083

Jan 01 17

Can We Understand the Bible Alike?
By Jon Mitchell

The title is an understandable question, especially in light of the religious division and 
confusion that exists in Christendom today. Of the counted minimum of two thousand different sects and faiths which proclaim to be Christian, all have great regard for the Bible and claim to follow it. However, common sense suggests that such is not the case when all proclaim to follow the Bible and yet believe and practice different ideas and doctrines. Jesus knew that we could understand his Word in the same way and follow it with complete unity (John 17:20-23). So did Paul (Phil. 2:2). After Christianity started on the day of Pentecost after Christ’s death, the first converts “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching” (Acts 2:42) and “the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and soul” (Acts 4:32). Quite a contrast from today! The saints in Rome were instructed to be on the lookout for those who caused “divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine” they had learned, and avoid them (Rom. 16:17) How could they have obeyed that command without
being taught to agree upon the doctrine that they had been taught? When a congregation was divided, Paul by divine inspiration wrote them that there should be no divisions among them and commanded them to speak the same thing (1 Cor. 1:10). How could this divine order be carried out if people are unable to understand the Word of God alike?

The reasons there are divisions about what the Bible says are many. First, all of us and our judgments are not perfect. Either by failing to study diligently or by failing to practice proper, consistent interpretive principles, we misunderstand biblical teaching and divide over it. Secondly, some believe that the Holy Spirit directs us in our study of Scripture and leads us to the truth, but such an idea is proven incorrect time and time again when two men both claim that the Spirit guided them to different conclusions about the same biblical passage. Thirdly, efforts to accurately interpret the Bible are often hindered by an absence of complete, 100% open-minded objectivity. Some subconsciously try to avoid dealing with the guilt of their sin and so twist the Scriptures to suit their ungodly lifestyles, while others are too loyal to family, peers, or their own religion and habits and thus approach the Bible with a closed mind. 

When someone says that we can’t understand God’s will alike, that person has either never really engaged in a diligent, systematic study of the Bible or he is somehow seeking to justify a religious view or practice that is not according to the Bible. Therefore he attacks the Bible as being a book that no one can understand rather than admitting that he believes something that God does not teach. However, we all can understand Scripture alike. We just choose not to.


    News and Events and Announcements

    January’s fellowship meal will be on the
    15th followed by a budget presentation
    and a devotional. No Sunday
    night service.

    Fair Haven Children's Home Needs
    Dry Goods/Cooking
    Chocolate Syrup
    Microwave Popcorn
    Pam Spray
    Chili Powder
    Chocolate Chips
    Miracle Whip
    Taco Sauce
    Enchilada Sauce
    Gravy Mixes
    Canned Pineapple
    Green Olives
    Green Peas
    Canned Mandarin Oranges
    Black Olives
    Canned Peaches
    Canned Fruit Cocktail
    Canned Goods
    Canned Chicken
    Refried Beans
    Bar Soap
    Hair Conditioner
    Dishwashing Liquid
    Dishwashing Powder
    Liquid Fabric Softener
    Canned Juices
    Aluminum Foil
    Freezer Bags – Quart
    Freezer Bags – Gallon
    Plastic Wrap
    Storage Bags - Quart
    Storage Bags - Gallon
    Trash Bags - 33 Gallon
    Trash Bags - 13 Gal.

    Privileged to Serve
    Song Leader: Jerry Cruise 
    Lord’s Table: John Marshand (In charge), Alan Lamb, Trenton Kanengieter, JustinKanengieter
    Opening Prayer: Dennis Richardson
    Closing Prayer:Daniel Hyder
    Sermon : Eddie Watkins

    Worship Coordinator:
    David Doherty
    Announcements: Bob Lewis
    Cathy Thompson, Wanda

    Song Leader: Jerry Branstetter
    Lord’s Table: Robert Comer
    Opening Prayer:Steve Crews
    Closing Prayer:Terry McMasters
    Sermon: Eddie Watkins

    Devotional: Jeff Fishers
    Song Leader: Terry Cruise
    Prayer: Bob Lewis

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Special Prayer Request

Lee Hampton, uncle of Travis is having
health issues.
Allysa Richardson’s daughter (Nicole
Hampton’s friend.) is ill.
Tracy Cruise will see a neurosurgeon Jan.
Janet Penn, has breast cancer.
Bonnie Doherty is recovering at Webco.
Thelma, Suzi Doty’s Mother-in-law.
Larry Hicks, in nursing home in Ava. In pain,
Jim Chittendon, friend of Ron and Cathy
Thompson (member of the Lord’s church)
diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Robert Comer’s step-dad Ray is having problems
with his blood.
Karen Burney, undergoing gastric surgery.
Tim Warden, Janet Haffner’s brother has
contracted leukemia.
Daniel Henslee, Steve & Michelle’s son-inlaw
is having heart tests.
Beth Adams of the Strafford congregation.
Current treatment is working
Glen Ed Sinclair, uncle of Cathy Thompson
has been sent home with hospice care.
Wanda Jennings, friend of Norma has cancer.
Gaylen Bland has been diagnosed with kidney
Andy Novinger who is fighting Thyroid Cancer.
Magdalena Ospina — Terminally ill with

Remember the home bound

  •  Paul and Ernestine Sandoz
  •  Estelline Jones
  •  Ina Gillette (Colonial Springs in Buffalo)
  •  Pat Lamb (Marshfield Care Center)
  •  Judy Barrow (Webco East)
  •  Bonnie Doherty (Webco East)
  •  Zoe Lawless of Conway (Webco)
  •  Rosalie Rosenberger (Thad Layne’s sister) is in a nursing home in Jax, FL



    Statistics for Dec. 25, 2017
    AM Worship 95
    PM Worship 66
    Midweek 74
    Total Contribution $2270
    January Birthdays
    Donna Demshar 
    Jim Cruise 
    Hunter Nash 
    Jerry Cruise 
    John Nash 
    Terry Cruise 
    Ruth McMasters 
    Ian Thompson 
    Jason Whittington 
    Tonia Tillman 
    Patsy Layne 
    Taylor Page 
    January Anniversaries
    Bob & Kay Lewis