North Carolina Newspapers is powered by Chronam.
A Call to Love
Lesson Scripture: Romans 12:1-2; 13:8-10
By the end of this lesson, we wiU
?See what God has said about love and its application
?Know that we must understand how to love others
?Accept that we must love those around us correcdy
from God's viewpoint, not society's
Background: We are still in Corinth, A.D. 57, and
Paul is dealing with the intellectuals of the Church of
Rome in the area of Jewish law. He has to placate the
cerebral nature of the Roman citizen to channel mindful
interactions that result in fulfilling the law, Jewish law as
well as governmental. Even Jesus was asked about the
law, and His immediate answer was loving: love for God,
for self and for neighbors.. Just as Jesus did, Paul goes
from theory to practice or idea to task.
Lesson: Paul says to the church, because I know you
now understand the sacrifice that Jesus has made on the
cross and the benefits you enjoy as a result, you need to
see that there is now a reasonable service for you. A serv
ice of sacrifice, not blood because it's shed already, but
living, living your day-to-day life unto God (vs.l). In
Verse 2, Paul instructs not to have thoughts, emotions or
behavior shaped by the moral standards of society, but to
surrender completely to the will of God and be trans
formed or changed daily by enlightenment of God's will
for your life and spiritual maturity leading to His "perfect
will" and spiritual productivity characterized by humility.
Paul addresses the question of how the law may be ful
filled in a life devoted to Jesus. He plainly states that if
you are truly living for Christ, there is no reason to, or
even desire to break the law or buck the governing author
ities. Paul says that believers should pay debts in a timely
fashion, thereby maintaining a good reputation. Do not
commit the obvious sins of adultery, murder, theft or cov
eting (vs. 9). These we know and recognize. Any others
will be taken care of by loving your neighbor as yourself.
Because love does not harm, it then inherently fulfills the
law. This is by the way an obligation we all have as
Christians and we can spend our entire lives satisfying it.
We then have a debt of love to all people (vs. 10). "When
we make every effort to treat others with the sensitivity
and compassion of Jesus, we do what is prescribed in the
law, for love is the essence of the law" (David C. Cook,
Bible Lesson Commentary 2015-16). True love for God
does not desire harm to others.
Living virtuously is prescribed in Verses 11-14: With
love as a motivator, believers are to be consistently com
passionate and kind to others because the day of salvation
is ever nearer (vs. 11). Simply stated, no one knows the
day or hour of the Son's return except the Father (see
Marie 13:32) so, believers are urged to keep their minds on
things of Christ and purify themselves from even the
thought of doing evil deeds (vs. 13-14). "Through the
power of the Spirit, believers may live for the Creator and
act in ways that are virtuous" (David C. Cook).
For Your Consideration: How has the Spirit trans
formed your preferences and priorities? What is your
motivation for living responsibly?
Life's Application: It should not be difficult to tell
the difference between Christians and non-Christians. We
should not blend in so easily. Ideally, we should be trans
formed people who serve Jesus and show compassion and
kindness to others. As Christians we should live in a car
ing and empathetic way, and strive to live peacefully with
everyone. Showing love is a great start.
Kid Zone at
SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE
On Aug. 20, Fellowship Church, 2800 E. Sprague St.,
led by Pastor Tony Jones, held its first Family Fest.
"The purpose of Family Fest was to engage families in
and around the greater Winston-Salem area, to give back
to the community, and to empower them with vital infor
mation," said Pastor Tony.
The event was attended by over 400 people and
included free food, health and dental screenings, school
supplies giveaway, free haircuts, and an educational sym
posium which was led by teachers, guidance counselors
and administrators from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth
County School System.
In addition, there was a financial adviser present who
spoke on preparation for college tuition through savings
The crowning moment of the event was the opening of
Fellowship Church's new state-of-the art
children's facility. Kid Zone. Kid Zone was a major
renovation of Fellowship Church that started
in February 2016 and involved a total overhaul and
upgrade of all systems and technology to specifically min
? See KM Zone on B6
Photo by Timothy Ramstv
The children of Calvary Hill Church of Greater Deliverance were treated to a cookout along with back-to
I school supplies Saturday, Aug. 20.
Church passes out school
items as part of convention
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
With the start of the school year right
around the corner, purchasing school sup
plies are at the top of the list for many par
ents and students. To help with that. Calvary
Hill Church of Greater Deliverance held a
cookout with a school supply giveaway on
Saturday, Aug. 20.
The giveaway and cookout were part of
the 28th annual church convention, which
took place last week. During the convention
there were a number of activities for the
church, such as the opening ceremony, a
guest preacher and a banquet that took place
The giveaway was sponsored by mem
bers of the church along with Walmart and
Target who donated gift cards to the church,
according to youth ministiy co-chairman
Dennis Jeter in.
There were a multitude of activities and
giveaways during the cookout, including a
bookbag giveaway, bingo and a Winston
Salem Fire Department fire engine for the
children to see. The Fire Department was
from Engine 9 on Ogbum Avenue.
The children, who ranged from elemen
tary school to college age, were very grate
ful for the supplies they received.
"I think it's a good thing for the church
to provide supplies for the children," said
Micah Perry, a student at the Living Arts
Institute in Winston-Salem.
Kiwanna Williams, also a student at the
Living Arts Institute, said, "Calvary Hill
See Items on B6
w r ? ? i ? i i ??
Pastor Claude C. Turner
.... " : v. ' f.. ' - --V- ? '? ?? )?
Prayer Breakfast and Human
Rights Worship Celebration
The Human Rights Celebration
Prayer Breakfast will be on
Saturday, Aug. 27, at Home
Moravian Church in Old Salem in
the Fellowship Hall. The speaker
will be Sergeant Charles Sayers of
the Forsyth County Sheriffs Dept.
The focus will be domestic vio
lence. Breakfast begins at 9 a.m.
with the service following. The cost
of breakfast is $10. Contact Mallie
Graham at 336-924-9409 to make a
Back to School Fair
Miracle Temple Deliverance
Church, 2930 Prescott Drive, will
have a Back to School Fair on Aug.
27 from 3-7 p.m. 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.
Semi-annual Sock Sale
Goler Memorial A.M?. Zion
Church, 630 N. Patterson Ave., will
hold its semi-annual Sock Sale on
Saturday, Aug. 27, from 8 ajn. to 1
pm. All socks aire $1 a pair -
Dickies, Dockers, Saucony,
Nautica. Sponsored by Goler
Memorial Parent Body Missionary
Society. Proceeds to help with char
itable work in the community. For
more information, call 336-529
2928 or email
gphifer@roy cetoo .com.
St. James AJMJE. Church, 1501
N. Patterson Ave. at the comer of
15th St. (across from the U.S. Post
Office), will hold its annual
Community Day on Saturday, Aug.
27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Health
Care worker^ will be on site, along
with a flash mob choir. TTie SJ
Boutique Community Clothes
Closet will be open. For more infor
mation, contact Valerie McCorkle at
336-997-1261 or Myma Williams at
336-923-5881. All are welcome!
The Reverend Dr. Steven L. Lyons
1 "1111 I H I
is the pastor.
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 the campus
of Winston Salem State University
on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7 pm. 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
and Matrimony Mime! Tickets are
$10 in advance and $15 at the door.
Text gc3play to 40591 to reserve
advance tickets. On Sunday morn
ing at 10 a.m? Bishop Greg
Hargrave of Gospel Tabernacle
United Holy Church of Burlington
will be the guest preacher. On
Sunday afternoon at 4 pm.. Bishop
Stephen Williams of Goodwill
Baptist' Church from Arcadia will
preach. The legacy of the church
founders, the late Pastor P. A.
Samuels and Apostle Gloria
Samuels and eight amazing years as
a ministry, will be celebrated. For
more information, contact the
church office at 336-577-3420. The
church address is 3733 Ogburn
Ave .Website: www.greatcommis
sioncommuni tychurch Qom.
Rising Ebenezer Baptist Church.
900 Free St. in the Happy Hills
Garden community, invites past
members, family members, the
community and friends to join in
fellowship on Sunday, Aug. 28,
beginning with Sunday school at
9:45 a.m., 11 morning worship, and
from 2-8 p.m. park activities at
Triad Park, 9652 W. Market St.,
Kernersville. Everyone is invited.
For more information, call 336-918
The Forsyth County Missionary
Union will celebrate its 106th
anniversary On Sunday, Aug. 28, at
First Baptist Church, 700 Highland
Ave. Andrea Bush is president of the
First Baptist Union. For more infor
mation call: 336-817-8424.
Annual Homecoming Service
The Unitarian Universalist
Fellowship of Winston-Salem, 4055
Robinhood Road, will have its
annual homecoming service at
10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, wel
coming new members and a minis
terial intern. There will be an old
fashioned potluck afterward. At the
9 ajn. Forum, Andres and Michele
Vergara of Four Branches Chinese
Medicine will discuss herbal heal
ing, acupuncture and Chinese nutri
Union Baptist Church, 1200 N.
Trade St., will hold "Champions
With DisAbilities" on Sunday, Aug.
28, at 8:30 ajn. and 11 am. This
special service is designed to bring
awareness and inclusion for persons
with all disabilities, as well as to
support disability professionals and
caregivers. Minister Robert "Justin"
Vannoy will be the guest speaker at
the 8:30 a.m. worship service and
Pastor Barry S. Washington will he
the guest preacher at the 11 am.
worship service. For more informa
tion or to set-up a display, please
call the church office, 336-724
9305. Bishop Sir Walter Mack Jr. is
pastor and teacher.
19th Anniversary of the Male
New Birth Worship Center
(NBWC), 1033 Newbirth Dr., East
. ' Sec Ret Cat. on Bft