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Lesson Scripture: Romans 11:11-24
By the end of this lesson, we will
?See how God has handled the people of promise
?Understand that God blesses people of faith and dis
ciplines those who should believe but do not
?Understand that we must become people of consis
tent and living faith to be in the place of blessing
Background: We are still in Corinth, AX). 57 and Paul
refers to the fact that the religious elite chose to remain
disobedient, while Gentiles are repenting in significant
numbers and becoming a part of God's kingdom,
Romans(9:30 - 10:21). There is still, however, the
covenant with Israel that God will not break: God's salva
tion. Promises are kept, in large part because of the rem
nant of Israel and the inclusion of the rest of the world.
Lesson: Dealing now it seems with Gentiles who may
be a little arrogant, Paul has to point out to them that they
are a part of God's salvation plan largely because of the
trespasses of Israel. And that their (the Gentiles - church
of Rome) faith in the Messiah has made some Jews jeal
ous, which to Paul is a good thing (Rom. 11:11). Yes, the
world has been spiritually enriched by the Gentile's inclu
sion by their faith in Jesus. But consider the blessings of a
chosen Israel's return and trust in the Saviour (Rom
In verses 13-16 Paul speaks to the non-Jewish audi
ence pointing out the fact that he was called to the
Gentiles and he takes great satisfaction in boasting of this
very appointment to his Jewish friends to make them jeal
ous and perhaps turn to Jesus (Rom 11:14). Paul reminds
them again in (vs.15) that the gentiles are privy to. God's
reconciling mercy in great part by ethnic Israel's refusal to
accept the Messiah. Continuing, Paul states that even in
this, God will remain true to His covenant promises,
which include spiritual future for His chosen people. Paul
uses branch and root analogies and Old Testament refer
ences to make his point (see. 9:5; 11: 28).
Paul continues his root and branches analogy to advise
the predominantly Gentile Christian church to be more
reverent, not arrogant (vs.17-21). He dispels the notipn of
the Gentiles that God no longer cares about ethnic Israel.
Note that Paul refers to the "broken branches" as a tempo
ral condition and the root is maintained and feeds the
"wild olive shoot" (vs. 17). Simply put, the Gentiles were
indebted to the Jews, not the other way around (vs. 18; see
John 4:22). Humility is the word of the day. Again Paul
uses the old testament to make his points referencing
Abraham (see 4:11-12 and Gen 12:1-3). Paul warns the
Gentiles that bragging is the same sin that resulted in
Israel's being set aside. If God does that to His chosen,
what will He do to the grafted branch (vs.21)?
God's kindness should be appreciated and Paul urges
such in vss. 22-24. The Gentiles are admonished to regard
both God's kingdom and His sternness. His kindness at
the moment is toward repentant Gentiles and His stern
ness is toward ethnic Israel.
God can not only graft new branches, but can restore
previously cut branches. Pause and consider your station.
Grafting is what is done to a tree to improve its quality or
enhance its value. If the grafted branch fails in either area,
it risks being cut off again. God desires all mankind to
become a part of His family and has planned how He will
achieve the goal which includes "all Israel": (vs. 26). Yes,
read beyond this lesson to get the whole picture, not just a
For Your Consideration: Why should believers
appreciate how God has spiritually blessed them? How
have you been spiritually nourished from the root of God's
people? Why the olive tree?
Life's Application: God offers His grace freely,
regardless of who we are in terms of our ethnicity, culture
or social status. Isn't it good to know that God's redemp
tive plan to bring ethnic Israel back together has the addi
tion of that number that couldn't be numbered? Now we
can sing as did our forefathers ... "glad to be in the num
ber, one more time."
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
The True Vine Churches of Deliverance International
(TVCOD) held its Founder's Day Luncheon to celebrate
establishmentarian Apostle Dr. Sylvester Davis Johnson,
senior pastor of The Macedonia Worship Center.
The TVCOD is a systemic network of jurisdictional
churches in covenant fellowship.
Johnson is the presiding prelate/chief of the TVCOD
and served until August 2015 as the jurisdictional presid
ing prelate of the Greater Memorial Ecclesiastical
Jurisdiction of TVCOD. Johnson is also an international
See Honors on B6
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Photo by Timothy Ramsey
The Rev. Dr. John Mendez, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, blesses the college students with a feather
that was blessed by 500 Native American nations.
college students off
with special service
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
Stepping onto a college campus
for the first time or returning to your
dorm after a summer off is an excit
ing time for many college students.
To send the students in their congre
gation back to school, Emmanuel
Baptist Church held its College Send
off service Sunday, Aug. 14.
Those in attendance were encour
aged to wear their college parapher
nalia to honor their institutions of
higher learning. The young people
were incorporated into the service by
leading Scripture readings arid morn
ing prayer. A dance routine by sisters
Erica and Maya Alexander was also
included in the service.
Following the service, the Rev.
Dr. John Mendez blessed all of the
college students with a feather that
had been blessed by Native
Sylvia Squire, coordinator of the
send-off service, was very pleased
with the turnout and excited for the
youth going off to school.
"I am just happy with the partici
pation of the youth and the support of
our church family for events like this
and the support we give our college
students," Squire said.
The Rev. Jonathan Tennial, a
graduate of the Divinity School at
Wake Forest University, delivered the
sermon during the send-off service.
Tennial started his training for the
ministry as an intern minister at
See Students on B6
Guest pastor the Rev.
preaches to the youth,
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Today, Aug. 18-19
Triad Ministries Church of God
in Christs Tent Revival is continuing
today, Thursday, Aug. 18 - Friday,
Aug. 19 at 7 pjn. nightly. Services
will take place at 4894 McCracken
Road, Kemersville (across from
Skate World). For more informa
tion, contact Pastor Eric Greaux at
Today, Aug. 18-19
First Waughtown Baptist
Church, 838 Moravia St. will con
tinue the celebration of its 116th
Homecoming Service and Annual
Revival, which began last Friday.
The final revival services will be
held at 7 pm. nightly today, Aug.
18, through Aug. 19, with the fol
lowing guest ministers and their
congregations: Thursday, Overseer
Michael Ellerbe, New Beginnings
Full Gospel Ministries, High Point;
Friday (Youth Night), Elder Justin
Spencer Marshall, Christ Cathedral
Church of Deliverance. Winston
Salem. Pastor Dennis W. Bishop is
senior pastor. The community is
invited to attend.
Today, Aug. 18-19
New Hope AM?..Zion Church,
7000 Shallowford Rd., Lewisville,
will continue its Annual Revival
xjoday, Aug. 18, through Aug. 19.
Guest ministers are: today.
Thursday, Aug. 18, the Rev. Jimmy
C. Griffin, Union Chapel A M?
Zion Church, Lexington; Friday.
Aug. 19, the Rev. J. Ruth Davis,
Shiloh A.M.E. Zion Church,
Statesville. Nightly service will
begin at 7 p.m. For more informa
tion, call New Hope A.M.E. Zion
Church at 336-945-9083 or 336
Today, Aug. 18-21
28th Anniial Convention
Join Calvary Hill Church of
Greater Deliverance, Inc., 4951
Manning St., Aug. 18-21 for
evening services at 7 pan. for our
28th Annual Convention, "Reaping
the Harvest." Thursday, Aug. 18.
minister will be Elder Jerome
Furr of Roanoke, Va.; Aug. 20,
Saturday, 12 noon - 5 p.m.. Annual
Cookout and Back-to-School Give
a-way; Aug. 21, Sunday 11a.m.
Worship Service. For more informa
tion, visit www.calvarywsnc.org.
Today, Aug. 18-21
Annual General Assembly
Born Again Free Church, 741
Moravia St., where the pastor &
overseer is Bishop Barbara G.
Adams, will continue its annual
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Thursday, Aug. 18,
Aug. 21. Morning
services are held at
11 a an. and consist of
Bible classes taught
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Adams Barbara Adams and
senters. Evening service begins at
7:15 pm. with prayer followed by
Praise & Worship service. The
word of God will be preached each
night, featuring the Bom Again Free
Church Ministers Board. For more
information visit boraagain
74th Church Anniversary
United Progressive Baptist
Church, 1122 Quincy Caldwell
Circle, will be celebrating the 74th
Church Anniversary on Aug. 21 at 3
p.m. The Rev. Jimmy Montgomery
will be the guest preacher. The Com
munity is invited. For more infor
mation contact Rev. Pamela
Goodine at 336-986-0251.
Deaconess Board Anniversary
On Aug. 21 at 4 p.m. the
' Deaconess Board of St. Mark, 1100
Manly St., will be celebrating its
anniversary. The special guest will
be Pastor John Cornelius and mem
bers of Zion Baptist Church of
Mount Airy. The public is invited.
The pastor and teacher is the Rev.
Dr. James Fulwood.
Ninth Pastoral Anniversary
Fresh Fire Worship Center Inc.,
1538 Waughtown St., will be cele
brating Senior Pastor Phillip O.
McCloud's ninth Pastoral
Anniversary during the month of
August. The community is invited.
Guest speakers will be: Sunday,
Aug. 21; 4 p.m., Pastor Essie
McCirllough, New Direction
Movement Cathedral; Wednesday,
Aug. 24,7 pm., Pastor John Bailey
II, One Word Fellowship Worship
Center, Sunday, Aug. 28, 4 pjn..
Pastor Dennis Bishop, First
Waughtown Baptist Church. For
more information, visit www.fresh
fireworship.org or call 336-833
Back to School Fair
Miracle Temple Deliverance
Church, 2930 Prescott Drive, will
have a Back to School Fair on Aug.
27 from 3-7 pm. Free school sup
plies, food, games, bounce houses,
haircuts and more will be provid
ed. Funnel cakes, etc., and baked
goods will also be available for a
small fee. For more information,
ancech 1 @ gmail.com.
First Baptist Church, the oldest
African-American Baptist Church
in Winston-Salem, will be observing
its 137th annual Homecoming on
Aug. 27 and 28. This year's home
coming theme is "Celebrating
Successes ... Moving Toward the
Future." The church picnic will be
held Aug. 27 from 12 noon until 3
p.m. on the church lawn. Morning
worship service is Aug. 28 at 10
am. Our guest speaker will be Dr.
Founder's Day Weekend
Great Commission Community
Church presents our Founder's Day
Weekend Celebration "Beyond
Expectations" Aug. 27-28. The orig
inal gospel musical drama "Follow
Me: The Gospel of Jesus Christ"
will have its world premier at KR
Williams Auditorium on die campus
of Winston Salem State University
on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. The
musical is a tribute to the late Pastor
P. A Samuels. The program also fea
tures special guests Tamika
Peterson, Few Chosen and Stereo