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    God's Chosen People, Lesson 4 - Bro. John Marshall

    A note from the pastor: Before you begin reading this next installment of brother John's study on the People and nation of Israel, I want to express my gratitude to Mr. Marshall for his hard work and dedication to writing such a wonderful study of God's Chosen People. I hope this Bible study is a blessing to everyone who reads it! Starting...now!


    If God keeps His promises, and He does, then there will always be at least a remnant of the Jewish People in this world. His covenants with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David are secure, eternal — unshakable, unchangeable, irrevocable. Jeremiah 31: 35-37 says it very well, "Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, which directeth the sea when the waves thereof roar; the Lord of hosts his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me forever. Thus saith the Lord; if heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord. "


    Let us begin!


    Our journey commences with the origin of the earth and humanity, as recorded in the first chapter of Genesis:


    In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis l: l)

    And God said, Let there be light. (v 3) the first day.


    And God called the firmament Heaven. (v 8) the second day.


    And God called the dry land Earth ... and the waters He called Seas... And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb-yielding seed, and the fruit tree... (V 10-11) the third day..


    The sun, moon, and stars. (vv. 14-19) the fourth day.


    Birds and fish. (vv. 20-23) the fifth day.


    And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness . (vv. 24-31) the sixth day.


    And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. (Genesis 1:28).


    Note that man was created on the sixth day, the last day of creation, the last object of creation, after everything else was ready.

    Now, let us fast forward approximately 1948 years, past Noah, and the great flood, to a location in Mesopotamia, called Ur of the Chaldea, where we are introduced to a man called Abram.


    Beginning in Genesis 11:10, we find listed the generation following Noah's son, Shem, culminating with the first mention of Abram, in verse 26.


    Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father 's house, unto a land that I shall shew thee: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt he a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed (Genesis 12: l3)


    When Abram was 99 years old, an age when he and his wife, Sarai, were well past the child-bearing age, the Lord appeared unto him and promised that he would be the father of a nation that would be as the sand of the seashore, and as the starry host of heaven. Abram believed God and it was counted unto him as righteousness. The Lord made a covenant with Abram that he would be the father of many nations, and God also promised to give to Abram and his seed after him all the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession (Genesis 17). Abram's son, Isaac, was the forefather of the Israelites, the Hebrews, the Jews, the seed that would be the object of the covenant. Abram's son, Ishmael, was the forefather of what today we call the Arabs.

    Nowhere does the Bible tell us why God chose Abram: the implication is that God chooses whom He wishes, and He owes no accounting to anyone for His choices. He chose the Israelites, the Hebrews, the Jews, to be a "special" people unto Him; a "unique' people. Israel was to be an example to other peoples, a light to the nations, an example for all other nations and peoples to imitate. Israel was to be the fulfillment of Genesis 3:15: I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. This was the first prophecy of a coming Messiah, who was to come through the Jews. Abram, whose name was later changed by God to Abraham, was a Jew, the first Jew, although the term "Jew" did not come about until the tribe of Judah, one of the twelve sons of Jacob (Israel). The logical conclusion, then, considering Genesis 12:3, is: Bless the Jews, you will be blessed; curse the Jews, you will be cursed! And through the ages, this has proven to be true: the nations and peoples that have oppressed the Jewish People have come to grief, and the nations and peoples that have aided and supported the Jewish People have been blessed!


    The promises God made to Abraham were quite specific and unambiguous: sealed by an unconditional and everlasting covenant. This covenant has not been abrogated or superseded by the New Covenant (the New Testament). Romans 9 - 11 teaches that even though Israel is in temporary unbelief, that unbelief will come to an end one day, and God will fulfill all those blessings to Israel and then through Israel will bless the entire world. This will result in the fulfillment of the Abrahamic promises. The implementation of the next phase of His plan will deal Israel's temporary unbelief, which will lead to their national conversion.


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      God's Chosen People Lesson 3 by John Marshall

      Although I firmly believe that the present-day return of Jews to Israel is a partial fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, it must be noted that most of these Jews are still in a “state of unbelief'” they have not yet recognized nor accepted Jesus Christ as their Messiah. Thankfully, there are many organizations now operating in Israel, that are composed of followers of Yeshua (Jesus), and Jewish evangelization is today being carried on in the Holy Land. Some of the returning Jews are believers and are demonstrating through their lifestyle and interaction with their neighbors that Christians can and do love Israel and the Jewish People. Perhaps by this means the apostle Paul's statement in Romans 11:11 will come to pass: "I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fail? God forbid hut rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.”


      My hope and my prayer for Israel and the Jewish People is found in II Chronicles 7:14 "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”


      The main points I will be addressing in this series of studies will be first, today, an introduction. Subsequent studies will include a (1) brief history of the Jewish People; (2) Biblical proof of the Jews as God's Chosen People and “Eretz Yisrael” as their Homeland; (3) instances of Jewish persecution and dispersion; (4) Replacement Theology and anti-Semitism; (5) the threat today to Israel, Christians, and the United States; (6) Biblical prophecies regarding the return and regathering of the Jewish People; and (7) the importance of the Jews in end-time prophecy. I will also point out some reasons why I strongly believe that we are now living in the opening stages of end-time prophecy. Time will not permit me to go into all the detail that these points encompass, so most of the studies will be of a brief nature.  


      (Pastor’s note – perhaps you are wondering why brother John Marshall would have such strong feelings toward the Jewish people? If you have read this far, please continue, because he is about to explain this very reason!)


      I met a Jew one day! And my life has not been the same since. This Jew I met was not Jesus - I met Him way back in 1957, at the Port Mission, in Baltimore, MD!


      I met Ivan Hoffman somewhere between 2006 and 2009 at, of all the strange places to meet a Jew, at Shining Light Baptist Church, right here in Greensboro, NC!


      Ivan was a Jewish Christian. Some people might refer to him as a 'Messianic Jew", but Ivan preferred to call himself a "Completed Jew." I do not recall the exact circumstances about how we came to meet, but meet we did, and Ivan became my closest and dearest earthly friend, and knowing him changed my life completely. You see, Ivan was a sort of missionary to his people, the Jews, and he awakened in me something I never knew existed - a love for Israel and the Jewish people! Through Ivan, my attention was first directed to the task of presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Jewish people. Unfortunately, Ivan departed this world in July of 2017, leaving a huge void in my life. (I say "unfortunately" referring to me, as he is in a much better place now, with his Lord!) Since Ivan's death, and due to my increasing age and physical disabilities, I am no longer able to get out and about to meet and establish the necessary relationships with the Jewish community, so I will leave Jewish Evangelism to younger, better educated, and more physically capable hands. My focus now lies in presenting Biblical reasons why people, especially Christians, ought to stand with Israel and the Jewish People. (Pastor’s note – I second brother John’s opinion of brother Ivan Hoffman. Ivan and his dear wife Susan came to Grace Baptist Church sometime around 2016 and Joined shortly thereafter. I had the privilege of, not only being Ivan’s pastor, but his friend as well.)


      I am solidly behind Israel and Zionism! I am pro-Israel and pro-Zionism! However, I do not, for one second believe that Israel, or the Jewish people, or Zionism, is perfect or without flaw. Every nation, every people, every organization has its own peculiarities, its own "gray" areas, makes its own mistakes. None of these can be completely without error, nor can you or me. I AM NOT anti-Arab, nor am I anti-Muslim. I AM anti-terrorist! I AM anti-whomever or -whatever is trying to eradicate the Jewish people and the State of Israel. I am firmly opposed to anti-Semitism in whatever form it may appear, and from whatever source it may arise. That includes today's modern so-called "Christianity"; popular television preachers that stray from Biblical principles; Replacement Theology; the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment Movement; seminaries that have left the traditional Biblical foundations; and Christian pulpits that have become platforms for diatribes against the Jewish People; and I am opposed to the radical Islamic "fundamentalists" that openly proclaim war against God's Chosen People. This does not necessarily mean any specific nation or religion (unless targeting Israel): it means any organization(s) or individual(s) within the nations surrounding Israel (and around the world) that are hell-bent on destroying God's Chosen People. The very fact that they are God's Chosen People, and that the Land of Israel is the land God promised to give them, means that any assault or plot against them is doomed to ultimate failure! 


      In the meantime, there have been, there are, and there will be, tragically, many innocent victims; much collateral damage; extensive destruction of property and devastation of the land in the Middle East.


      Having said all that, I will take a moment to point out that The Islamic Threat Is Real! 9/11/2001: Terrorists fly planes into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and a location in Pennsylvania! "In the Qur'an, Allah commands his followers to perpetuate the religion by killing or subjugating all non-Muslims everywhere: 'Fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem [of war] (surah 9:5). Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers [in fight], smite at their necks; at length, when ye have thoroughly subjugated them, bind a bond firmly [on them] (surah 47:4). Truly Allah loves those who fight in His Cause in battle array, as if they were a solid cemented structure (surah 61:4).' No Muslim who defines himself as a believer would ever doubt that the Qur'an is the exact written representation of the words of Allah" (quoted from "For the Love of Zion ", by Elwood McQuaid, The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, c2007)


      Yes, the Islamic threat is real, and growing more so every day. You read in your newspaper and watch on your television news programs, almost daily, that there has been another incident of slaughter in a synagogue, multiple rockets fired into Israel, terrorist suicide bombs set off in Israel, France, England, and elsewhere, taking the lives of innocent men, women, and children. We in America sit back in complacency and read and watch these things happening around us and think "That's terrible! Those poor people!" And we change channels, or move on to the sports page, and go about our daily routine as though everything is "normal," and that these acts of terrorism and hatred are half a world away, and do not affect us.


      WRONG!


      It is true that most of these atrocities are targeting the Jewish People, but it is equally true that, in many places, Christians are also being persecuted, murdered, tortured, driven from their homes, and discriminated against, as well. The hatred, animosity, terror, torture, and murder directed against the Jewish People is simply BECAUSE THEY ARE JEWS! The persecution against Christians is BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT MUSLIMS! The Islamic belief is that anyone that is not Islamic is an "infidel,' and does not deserve to live, and must be annihilated. The Islamic objective is a world-wide caliphate, under Sharia law, with no Jews, no Christians,

      no one that is not Islamic. Islam is supreme in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the whole of North Africa to the Atlantic Ocean. So, Israel, the home of slightly more than 6.7 million Jews, is surrounded by enemies, and the Islamic states, numbering over 248 million in the Middle East and North Africa, have also set their sights on Europe and America! (the total Islamic world population is more than 1.6 billion!)


      I will not verbally assault any generalized group, individual, nation or religion. I will not point my finger and state, "This is wrong!" or "That is wrong!" or "Only this is right!" unless I have unshakable proof to back up my position. I will not criticize Arabs, in general, or Muslims, in general, or Atheists, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, or Seventh-Day Adventists, or any other religion or nationality just because we disagree on some issues. It is not my place to criticize anyone else's beliefs or stands; judgment is in God's hands alone, and everyone must eventually answer to Him. I will, however, take a strong stand against the Islamic extremist groups that are attempting to subvert the entire world. I will, gently and prayerfully, try to proclaim and explain, to the best of my ability, my Christian beliefs. If your views are different than mine, so be it: you have the God-given right to disagree with me, and to believe in and espouse whatever creed or dogma you choose to accept - so long as it does not infringe upon the rights of others to do the same! Make no mistake, when the Jewish People and the Land of Israel and the Jewish religion have been decimated and exterminated, Europe and America are next in line!


      BUT THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN!


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          God's Chosen People Lesson 2

          What is a Zionist?

          By Brother John Marshall

          A Zionist is one who accepts, believes in, and supports, Zionism. Zionism is the national revival movement of the Jewish people. It holds that the Jews have the right to self-determination in their own national home, which is Eretz-. Yisrael — the Land of Israel and to develop their national cultures Zionism today, in its simplest form, is the affirmation and support for the Democratic State of Israel as the Homeland of the Jewish people. ".4 return to Zion by the Jewish people and the setting up of a Jewish state are absolute preconditions for the final redemption- " (Rabbi Meir Kahane; The Jewish Press, 1975)

          "Those who set their face against God’s Chosen People Will never win the day. Anti-Semitism represents a struggle that surpasses mere human boundaries. God has designed marvelous future for the heirs of Abraham. No Satanically driven strategy Will stop the nation short of achieving all that the Lord has promised. The preservation of the Jew is a center pole in God's perfect plan for the future.” (Elwood McQuaid, The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry)

          There are some anti-Semites, even in America, whose sole aim in life is to link the Jewish people to every vice or vicious enterprise in existence. At its root, Zionism simply means "A commitment to the inherent right of the Jewish People to have an internationally recognized homeland in the Middle East - Eretz Yisrael." If you accept the concept of a Biblically endorsed Jewish right to the land, you are a Zionist! And that is nothing to be ashamed of!

          Genesis 12:7 (KJV), “And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.” (emphasis added).

          “Land rights for Israel are, from a Biblical viewpoint, non-negotiable. Whether the Jewish People are in or out of the land is irrelevant: Eretz Israel belongs to the Jewish People. " (Elwood McQuaid) And further, Mr. McQuaid states: "Jewish people as individuals, and, are to be recognized for who they are

          God's Chosen People - and for what they contribute to the general well-being of the peoples of the earth. For Christians, the Biblical mandated View of the Jew is one of appreciation, support and willingness to be true friends. If God regards those who defame and persecute Abraham's heirs as worthy of being cursed, we have a binding obligation to combat anti-Semitism wherever it is manifested.” Jews and Evangelicals are obligated to present a united front. (see Jeremiah 30:5-9 [the last attempt at holocaust against the Jewish nation] See also Isaiah 59:20; Zachariah 13:9; 14:3; 8:2-23; 14:6).


          "Christian Zionism is a religious belief among many Gentiles of the Christian faith that the return of the Jews to the Holy Land and the restoration of a physical Israel is in accordance with Biblical prophecy. Furthermore, Christian Zionism is motivated by a Biblically based religious conviction that the Jewish People are still God's Chosen People and are entitled to possess the land of Israel for all time!

          This belief is based on a specific interpretation of Scripture." (David W. Schmidt) Christian Zionists generally believe Israel's return to their Promised Land is fulfilling dozens of Bible prophecies from the Old Testament. We believe this is an indication that God is setting the stage for the events that will take place during the future seven-year period commonly called the Tribulation. For that time period to take place, Israel must be a nation again and in control of Jerusalem. Since 1967, this has been the case concerning Israel.

          Christian Zionism, properly defined, incorporates the following key elements:

          J.) A clear, Biblical distinction between Israel and the Church.

          2.)       The any-moment pre-tribulation Rapture of the Church.

          3.)       The return of the Jews to the land.

          4.)       The rebuilding of the Temple.

          5.)    The rise of the Antichrist.

           6.)     A seven-year period known as the Great Tribulation.

           7.)     The national salvation of the Jews.

           8.)      The return of Christ to Jerusalem.

           9.)      The thousand-year reign of Christ on earth


          God covenantally endowed the nation of Israel with the land in perpetuity, so that, ultimately, it will be populated by those Hebrews who have authentically believed in Jesus as their Messiah.

          My sole objective in assembling these messages is, hopefully, to arouse in you a genuine love and burden for God's Chosen People, which is our Biblical mandate.

          If at times I seem to be repeating myself, I offer no apologies! I cannot but stress the absolute importance of the Jews in relation to the unfolding of God's eternal program for the entire human race. So, if I seem to be saying the same things over and over, please bear with me!

          Most of my Scripture references will be taken from the beloved King James Version of the Bible. When a segment of the KJV is particularly difficult, I may use a different version of Scripture, in which case I will so indicate. I have had well-meaning Christian brothers caution me against using any version other than the King James Version, but I believe that most of the current translations are equally as reliable. The greatest theologians, expositors, preachers and teachers of our day — including Billy Graham, Charles Stanley, David Jeremiah, and others often cite other versions of the Bible. If they are good enough for the "great ones," they are good enough for me! I personally own several different versions of Scripture, including two versions of the Jewish Tanakh, and have found much to gain by comparing various versions. I was raised on the King James Version, and for years it was the only Bible around. It wasn't until around 1989 that I learned of and began using other versions. I have read the Bible through in the King James Version, the English Standard Version, and the Holman Christian Standard Bible, and portions of it in several other versions. I realize that the King James Version, with its archaic 17th century English, is, at times, a difficult read. For ease of reading and clarity of understanding, I would recommend using the English Standard Version, the Holman Christian Standard Bible, or the New Living Translation, especially when reading the book of Revelation!


          I would like to give credit for the sources of much of the material I will be discussing with you. Most notable among these resources is the help I received from Jehovah God! Other sources include: The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry (especially the writings of Elwood McQuaid); the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem; Lamb and Lion Ministries; Jewish Awareness Ministries; Zola Levitt Ministries; and Christians United for Israel, to name a few. I have also found the internet to be an invaluable source of material.



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            God's Chosen People Lesson 2

            What is a Zionist?

            By Brother John Marshall

            A Zionist is one who accepts, believes in, and supports, Zionism. Zionism is the national revival movement of the Jewish people. It holds that the Jews have the right to self-determination in their own national home, which is Eretz-. Yisrael — the Land of Israel and to develop their national cultures Zionism today, in its simplest form, is the affirmation and support for the Democratic State of Israel as the Homeland of the Jewish people. ".4 return to Zion by the Jewish people and the setting up of a Jewish state are absolute preconditions for the final redemption- " (Rabbi Meir Kahane; The Jewish Press, 1975)

            "Those who set their face against God’s Chosen People Will never win the day. Anti-Semitism represents a struggle that surpasses mere human boundaries. God has designed marvelous future for the heirs of Abraham. No Satanically driven strategy Will stop the nation short of achieving all that the Lord has promised. The preservation of the Jew is a center pole in God's perfect plan for the future.” (Elwood McQuaid, The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry)

            There are some anti-Semites, even in America, whose sole aim in life is to link the Jewish people to every vice or vicious enterprise in existence. At its root, Zionism simply means "A commitment to the inherent right of the Jewish People to have an internationally recognized homeland in the Middle East - Eretz Yisrael." If you accept the concept of a Biblically endorsed Jewish right to the land, you are a Zionist! And that is nothing to be ashamed of!

            Genesis 12:7 (KJV), “And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.” (emphasis added).

            “Land rights for Israel are, from a Biblical viewpoint, non-negotiable. Whether the Jewish People are in or out of the land is irrelevant: Eretz Israel belongs to the Jewish People. " (Elwood McQuaid) And further, Mr. McQuaid states: "Jewish people as individuals, and, are to be recognized for who they are

            God's Chosen People - and for what they contribute to the general well-being of the peoples of the earth. For Christians, the Biblical mandated View of the Jew is one of appreciation, support and willingness to be true friends. If God regards those who defame and persecute Abraham's heirs as worthy of being cursed, we have a binding obligation to combat anti-Semitism wherever it is manifested.” Jews and Evangelicals are obligated to present a united front. (see Jeremiah 30:5-9 [the last attempt at holocaust against the Jewish nation] See also Isaiah 59:20; Zachariah 13:9; 14:3; 8:2-23; 14:6).


            "Christian Zionism is a religious belief among many Gentiles of the Christian faith that the return of the Jews to the Holy Land and the restoration of a physical Israel is in accordance with Biblical prophecy. Furthermore, Christian Zionism is motivated by a Biblically based religious conviction that the Jewish People are still God's Chosen People and are entitled to possess the land of Israel for all time!

            This belief is based on a specific interpretation of Scripture." (David W. Schmidt) Christian Zionists generally believe Israel's return to their Promised Land is fulfilling dozens of Bible prophecies from the Old Testament. We believe this is an indication that God is setting the stage for the events that will take place during the future seven-year period commonly called the Tribulation. For that time period to take place, Israel must be a nation again and in control of Jerusalem. Since 1967, this has been the case concerning Israel.

            Christian Zionism, properly defined, incorporates the following key elements:

            J.) A clear, Biblical distinction between Israel and the Church.

            2.)       The any-moment pre-tribulation Rapture of the Church.

            3.)       The return of the Jews to the land.

            4.)       The rebuilding of the Temple.

            5.)    The rise of the Antichrist.

             6.)     A seven-year period known as the Great Tribulation.

             7.)     The national salvation of the Jews.

             8.)      The return of Christ to Jerusalem.

             9.)      The thousand-year reign of Christ on earth


            God covenantally endowed the nation of Israel with the land in perpetuity, so that, ultimately, it will be populated by those Hebrews who have authentically believed in Jesus as their Messiah.

            My sole objective in assembling these messages is, hopefully, to arouse in you a genuine love and burden for God's Chosen People, which is our Biblical mandate.

            If at times I seem to be repeating myself, I offer no apologies! I cannot but stress the absolute importance of the Jews in relation to the unfolding of God's eternal program for the entire human race. So, if I seem to be saying the same things over and over, please bear with me!

            Most of my Scripture references will be taken from the beloved King James Version of the Bible. When a segment of the KJV is particularly difficult, I may use a different version of Scripture, in which case I will so indicate. I have had well-meaning Christian brothers caution me against using any version other than the King James Version, but I believe that most of the current translations are equally as reliable. The greatest theologians, expositors, preachers and teachers of our day — including Billy Graham, Charles Stanley, David Jeremiah, and others often cite other versions of the Bible. If they are good enough for the "great ones," they are good enough for me! I personally own several different versions of Scripture, including two versions of the Jewish Tanakh, and have found much to gain by comparing various versions. I was raised on the King James Version, and for years it was the only Bible around. It wasn't until around 1989 that I learned of and began using other versions. I have read the Bible through in the King James Version, the English Standard Version, and the Holman Christian Standard Bible, and portions of it in several other versions. I realize that the King James Version, with its archaic 17th century English, is, at times, a difficult read. For ease of reading and clarity of understanding, I would recommend using the English Standard Version, the Holman Christian Standard Bible, or the New Living Translation, especially when reading the book of Revelation!


            I would like to give credit for the sources of much of the material I will be discussing with you. Most notable among these resources is the help I received from Jehovah God! Other sources include: The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry (especially the writings of Elwood McQuaid); the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem; Lamb and Lion Ministries; Jewish Awareness Ministries; Zola Levitt Ministries; and Christians United for Israel, to name a few. I have also found the internet to be an invaluable source of material.



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              Reopening Date Set for June 7th

              I am pleased to be announcing that our church will be reopening on June 7th! 


              Given the news of the governor’s restrictions on church/worship services being overturned as well as the president’s recent declaration concerning places of worship to be essential, we did not feel it wise to rush right in without a plan. Here is what you will need to know about attending services once we open back up:



              Before you ever arrive:

              1.      Rest assured that our building has been thoroughly cleaned – doorknobs, light switches, the backs of pews etc. have undergone a disinfecting treatment.

              2.      Hand sanitizer has been made readily available in the foyer, as well in each pew that will be in use

              3.      The church will be closed immediately after service and no one will be allowed back in without contacting me first. The only exception being our cleaning crew. This is to ensure that the building is as clean as possible.


              Here are some changes to be aware of when you arrive:

              1.      There will be no Sunday School for a while – we felt that it was too risky to be in that close of contact in such a small space.

              2.      There will be only service onsite per week, that being the Sunday morning service. Again, this is to cut down on the amount of cleaning that will have to be done to ensure the safety of everyone.

              3.      Service will be like our Drive-in service.

              a.      Beginning at 10:15 with special music (no choir currently)

              b.      Preaching will begin at 10:30

              4.      We will be utilizing our front door as the only entrance and exit to the building for service (in case of emergency any exit will work)

              5.      We are asking that there be no fellowship inside the church building at all.

              a.      Feel free to congregate in small groups outside, but be mindful of social distancing

              b.      Anyone congregating inside the building, unless on official business, will be asked to move outside.

              c.      There will be no coffee and doughnuts for a while

              d.      There will be no handshaking time for a while

              6.      Seating will be limited - There technically doesn’t have to be a limit due to the governor’s recent restrictions being removed, but we thought it best to take the following actions:

              a.      Every other pew will be taped off and seating WILL NOT BE ALLOWED.

              b.      You may only sit closely on a pew with family members (that means people who live in the same house as you)

              c.      If you share a pew with another person there must be at least 6 feet between you

              d.      In the event of “overflow” we are considering some options going forward and I will make you aware of those options as the need arises.

              7.      Certain parts of the building will be “off limits”:

              a.      There will be no access to the Sunday school classrooms

              b.      The fellowship hall will be off limits as well as the two restrooms in it

              c.      The Church library is closed

              d.      The Sunday School office is closed to any non-approved persons

              8.      The restrooms will be opened, with the exception to the two in the fellowship hall. Here’s what we’re asking:

              a.      Only two people in the restroom at a time

              b.      Men may form a line down the hallway toward the fellowship hall

              c.      Ladies you may form a line down toward the Sunday school wing

              d.      Please be aware that people are waiting

              9.      We’re not mandating you wear a mask to worship with us, but if you feel more comfortable wearing one, we are asking you to furnish your own mask.  

              10.  Here is the most important thing on this entire list: If you do not feel well, please, stay home. We are not set up to take temperatures at the door and we do not plan to attempt to. I am asking you, not only as your pastor, but as your friend with asthma, that if you do not feel well, please do not come. We understand, and God understands. 


              If you have specific questions you may email me directly at preachertodd1@gmail.com. Please be in prayer as we move toward reopening! May God bless you all!


              In Christ,

              Todd Nance, pastor,

              Grace Baptist Church


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                  Sunday, June 7th  •  10:00–11:30 am (EDT)