Below is our archive of public news and announcements:
New Lost River Survey
We assemble multiple times each week to worship God, to receive His blessings and to encourage each other in the Lord (1 Corinthians chapters 11-14; Hebrews 10:24-25). Some of the things we do when we come together are fixed in scripture, and we are not at liberty to change. There are other matters we are at liberty to do as we believe best serves the general purposes of the assembly. While the elders are determined to continue to maintain the elements of the assembly that God regulates, we are also willing to arrange the things we are at liberty to alter so that the spiritual needs of the church are best served.
In order to help us get a better grasp on how the church might best be edified, we are conducting this survey. We earnestly desire your input and encourage everyone’s prayerful participation. To do the survey on line please click here. The final day to submit your survey will be Wednesday Dec. 14th.
Life's Toughest Challenges
When writing to the Corinthian church, the apostle Paul responded to questions the church had submitted to him. The gospels also record Jesus response to numerous questions people asked Him. What better way to minister to people’s needs than to ask, “What’s on your mind?”
The Lost River leadership recently asked the church to tell us about their toughest challenges in life. We took the 177 answers we received and grouped them into twelve categories. We narrowed that down to five of the most frequently mentioned categories and Lawrence Kelley is preaching lessons on them this Fall.
The topics to be addressed in this series are:
Maintaining my Priorities, Sexually Integrity, Managing My Money, Keeping my Tongue and God’s Silence.
We are grateful to everyone who participated in the survey and pray that God will use this series of lessons to glorify Himself and to bless all of us.
Gospel Meeting With Phil Robertson
We are excited about our gospel meeting with Phil Robertson the week of Oct 23-27. Phil comes to us from Gainsville Florida. Phil is married and has two children. This will be his first time with us at Lost River. The schedule and topics for the meeting are as follows:
10:00am - Jesus and a Samaritan Leper
3:00pm - What God Says About Dating
11:45am - The Prodigal Son I
7:00pm - Our God is Awesome
11:45am - The Prodigal Son II
7:00pm - "A King and a Cripple"
11:45am - The Prodigal Son III
7:00pm - Choosing Success over Swift Satisfaction
11:45am - A Hospital for Sinners or Hotel for Saints
7:00pm - Living a Spiritually Balanced Life
College Age Lectures
We are blessed to have a strong group of college students with us again this Fall at Lost River. Several of our College aged young men will be leading the services and giving the lessons on Saturday the 15th at 6:30pm and on Sunday the 17th at 5:00pm. Everyone is invited to attend!
Announcing New Sermon Series For The Fall
Life can be really tough at times. In fact, apart from the grace of God and the encouragement He provides through His people and His word, we would never make it.
This Fall, we will have a sermon series on the theme of "Life's Toughest Challenges." We invite everyone who attends Lost River to help decide what specific challenges will be addressed in the series. All you have to do is click on the link below and answer the one question survey. We will take the most commonly mentioned challenges and present lessons on what God's word has to say about them. Your answer will be anonymous.
Here is the link to the survey:
Thanks for your participation!
One of God’s purposes for the church is to break down dividing walls and form one new humanity (Eph 2:14-22). The new race that God has established in our world is not marked by color, gender, or age, but by faith. The new race of humanity that God is forming is simply the Christian race. However, it is easy for us to forget this and form cliques and sects. One of our goals as a church is to overcome division everywhere it tries to intrude itself. One of the places this can happen is between College students and the permanent members of the congregation. So, as the annual influx of new students begins, we offer a double exhortation.
To the students: Work hard to break out of your circle of fellow students. Get to know the families in the church; look for opportunities to serve them, as well as to be served by them. This will not come naturally. It’s the easiest and most comfortable thing in the world for students to keep company only with students. Don’t let that happen. You will benefit greatly from the stability and accountability that relationships with established families provide.
And to the families: Welcome students into your lives and homes, look for opportunities to serve them and show them hospitality. Don’t let them stay in their comfortable circle of fellow students. Break out of your circle, and break into theirs. You will benefit greatly from their freshness and enthusiasm.
Having recently appointed additional elders to help shepherd the flock at Lost River, we are not engaged in the process of appointing more deacons. The names of several good men have been submitted and will soon be announced to the church for consideration. The elders ask for everyone to be in prayer that God would be glorified in this process, and that men would be appointed who will be earnest in helping the work of the Lord to move forward at Lost River.
The New Testament tells us that each church is to have its own leaders. The scriptures use three terms to describe the same office: elders, overseers, and shepherds all refer to the same group of men. These men are to provide the spiritual leadership and oversight for the local church. We were blessed on Sunday the 17th of April to appoint four men to join the six who were already serving. The new men are Don Dew, Scott Gary, Lawrence Kelley and Ken Marshall. We believe that the addition of these good men will be a great help to the work of the Lord at this place and we ask for everyone’s prayers in their behalf as they undertake to shepherd the flock of God at Lost River (1Peter 5:2).
Good Things Are Happening!
Visitor's Day was a great success. In spite of having many of our members away for Spring break we still had a great turnout. Many of our members brought friends and many more extended invitations. We really appreciate the effort and the love that your actions reveal.
We are nearing the home stretch, in our effort to install additional elders here at Lost River. The names of five good men were submitted to the church Sunday. If all goes well, these men will be ordained on Sunday April 17th. Please continue to pray that this process will go well, and that God will be glorified.
Bring A Friend
While visitors are always welcome guests here at Lost River, we occasionally provide a special opportunity for members to bring friends. On Sunday morning April 3rd we will have such a service. The theme of the service will be “Finding Purpose In Life.” We hope that everyone will make the effort to bring a friend with them.
E-Team Training To Begin Soon
We will begin training the first couple of evangelism teams Sunday night March 27th. We are very excited about the number of people expressing an interest. It will take some time to get everyone into a group, so be patient as we go through the processes. We want to keep the training sessions small, so as to maximize their effect. The downside is that some will have to wait a few months to get placed into a group. In the meantime keep doing what you can to spread the good news. For an explanation of how the evangelism teams will work, listen here.
Ongoing and Upcoming Events
As we move toward Spring, there are several things blossoming into full bloom here at Lost River. We are in the process of seeking additional men to serve the congregation as elders. If you are a member at Lost River and would like to see someone serve in this capacity, please talk to them first. If they are willing to serve, you may submit their name on the forms that are provided in the church foyer. You will also find a detailed explanation of the process we are following for this appointment process in the foyer.
We are also working to form evangelism teams that will combine diverse skills to assist each other in the work of spreading the gospel. In order to participate you need to fill out a self-evaluation form. These forms must be placed in the baskets located in the foyer by Sunday evening March 13th.
Finally, we are designating Sunday Morning April 3rd as “Bring a Friend Day.” We’ve done this in the past, but it has been a few years. It is simply a day we ask everyone to make a special effort to bring a friend with you to the worship service. More details to come.
Something To Do
As I write this update it’s snowing outside (again). After promising an early Spring, It’s becoming clear that the groundhog is either incompetent or a liar. So, what can we do with our extra indoor time on cold winter days and long winter evenings? Here are a few suggestions:
- Invite a neighbor over for desert and get to know them better.
- Have a Bible study with your family.
- Download a sermon.
- Have some college students over for dinner.
- Read a faith building book.
- Talk with your spouse about ways your family can reach someone with the gospel.
Any of these will leave you feeling better than just watching tv all evening. So commit to something positive and follow through. You will be glad you did.
Spreading the Good News with Berry Kercheville
Spreading the gospel is a key function of the church. As Christians who have experienced the saving grace of God's love, sharing it with others is a top priority. The problem is that we often feel unprepared to share the Lord with those who do not yet know Him. This weekend (January 28-30) the Lost River Church will be hosting Berry Kercheville from Brentwood Tennessee. Berry will combine scripture and experience to teach and encourage us to be better ambassadors for Christ. We encourage all to attend. The schedule for the weekend is as follows:
Saturday 2:00pm, 6:00pm
Sunday 9:00am, 10:00am, 5:00pm
We look forward to seeing you there!
Happy New Year
We are up and running in 2011. The Lord has blessed us as we begin this new year with a spirit of optimism. Our emphasis for the year is "Spreading the Good News." As Christians we have received the news of God's victory over sin and death, which He accomplished in the death, burial and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. Our mission is to make that message known to as many as we can. We want to proclaim this gospel to those who have not yet come to realize the greatness of this message, the value of their souls and the glory of our God.
During the first few months of this year our emphasis will be directed toward ourselves. We want to lay a solid foundation for the work we will be doing the rest of the year. That foundation will have four pillars. The first pillar is prayer. Salvation is God's work and no efforts we put forth will produce any fruit apart from God's blessing, so we want to begin the year by asking God to open doors for the message and unlock hearts to receive it. The second pillar is building enthusiasm on our part. We need to see the importance of reaching the lost with the gospel before we will be motivated to do it. The third pillar is training, so we will work toward equipping each member to do their part in spreading the gospel this year. The fourth pillar is thanksgiving. We will not be effective in telling others about what Jesus can do in their lives, unless we are overflowing with gratitude for what He has done in our own.
If you are a member here at Lost River, remember to pray for open doors. Also, pray for the ability to bring the message through those doors. Rejoice in the salvation Christ has brought to you. If you are a visitor on our website and you don't know Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Then please take the time to visit the pages on this site that discuss how and why a person becomes a Christian, or visit us here at the church building as soon as possible.
The 2010th year of our Lord is coming to an end. Our theme for the year has been the home and family. Several endeavors were undertaken to strengthen the faith and affections of our families here at Lost River and we trust that God has blessed these efforts to His glory. Lawrence’s sermon series on the home concluded last Sunday and all six of those lessons are available on the sermons page. As we look toward the coming year, please keep seeking to Honor God through your family.
Our theme for 2011 will be, “Spreading the Good News.” We want to emphasize reaching out to our friends and families with the gospel. Over the first few months of the year our special focus will be on equipping and training the congregation to share the good news. We will have articles, exhortations and sermons teaching us how to teach others. Also, Berry Kercheville will be back with us for the weekend of Jan 28-30 to encourage us on this theme.
Keep Durell in your prayers as he prepares to take the good news abroad in early January. Also keep Tabitha Wagoner in your thoughts as she will be a part of Durell’s group on this trip.
Consider using some of your down time during the holidays to send a letter or email to one of the men we support in other places. A summary of these men and their work can be found by clicking here.