Also sign up for the Pastor’s Prayer Fellowship that takes place at Peniel Bible Camp on Thursday: https://gcm.formstack.com/forms/arch_ministries_event_registration
Speaker: Dr. David R. Shumate
David Shumate lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the General Director of MGMI (formerly Mexican Gospel Mission). He holds a law degree from Harvard (1986) where he was attending when he and his wife, Linda, accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. He subsequently received the Master of Divinity (1993) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees (Old Testament Theology, 2001) from Bob Jones University Seminary. He taught in the School of Religion and the Seminary at Bob Jones for eight years (five years full time). David served as Associate Pastor under Dr. John Vaughn at Faith Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina for fifteen years. The Shumates are sent out from Faith Baptist Church, but are also associate members at the Mexican Evangelical Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona, a bilingual ministry with close ties to MGMI. Dr. Shumate has been involved for many years in providing theological training for national pastors, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The Lord has blessed the Shumates with six children, of whom three still remain at home.
Our schedule will begin on Thursday evening to accommodate any planning to attend the Ohio Pastor Prayer Day at Peniel Bible Camp to be held during the day on Thursday, Oct. 11. Peniel Bible Camp is just 9 miles north of Morrow Bible Church. There are a few area restaurants available for dinner on Thursday for those planning to stay through to the OBF conference.
THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018
7:00 PM Dr. Shumate
FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018
9:30 Business Meeting
11:00 Dr. Shumate
12:00 Lunch at Morrow Bible Church
1:00 Dr. Shumate
2:30 Dr. Shumate
3:30 Business Meeting
- Morrow Bible Church will provide lodging with church families. Contact Pastor Stephen Howard at (740) 501-3666 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make reservations.
- Camp cabins are also available at Peniel Bible Camp, just 9 miles from Morrow Bible Church. To make reservations contact Izaac VanderSchel at (740) 505-5621 or email@example.com.
- The Best Western is nearby at the I-71 & Rt. 95 interchange. Call (419) 768-2378 to make reservations. Several rooms have been reserved for the conference at a discount from the usual rate. Reservations must be made with the hotel by September 15 to receive the discount.
Morrow Bible Church is located 2.5 miles southwest of Sparta, Ohio. The church address is 423 County Road 204, Centerburg, Ohio 43011.
Gathering with followers of Christ refreshes weary souls and rekindles fervency for the gospel. The preaching and fellowship at the 2018 Spring OBF Conference certainly served those Scriptural goals. Captain Steve Brown (Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy, retired; Endorser/President, Associated Gospel Churches) preached four excellent messages on theme “Responding Right to Coercive Government.” Captain Brown demonstrated how Daniel and his colleagues provide an inspired pattern from Daniel 1-4. Pastor Dan Greenfield and the people of Orwell Bible Church extended exceptional hospitality and graciously provided excellent meals.
The following summarizes the content of the messages and notable matters from the business portion.
- The Ohio Bible Fellowship recognized its 50 years of existence. Letters of appreciation from Chris Seawright, Thomas Zartman, and Mark Perry were read. The OBF members passed a resolution that summarized the history, stated our position, and set our ongoing goals.
- Per recommendation of the OBF Executive Committee, churches will have the option to host conferences in a one or two-day format
- Elections were held for the 2018-19 OBF Executive Committee with the following results:
- President – Dan Greenfield
- Vice President – Tony Garren
- Treasurer – George Bailey
- Secretary – Stephen Howard
- Publicity Chairman – Nathaniel Pringle
Session Summaries: (Clilck here for audio)
Session 1 – Responding to Governmental Pressure to Conform to Paganism (Daniel 1)
o The advancement of paganism: Encroaching on the godly (1-2)
- God’s judgment – Judging His people for their sin
- God’s jurisdiction – God sovereignly controls the nations
o The aim of paganism: Assimilation (3-5)
- Coercive commands (3) – Not about freedom, demands endorsement
- Calculated commands (4-5) – Aims for best and brightest, accommodates basic needs, alters the identity
- Comprehensive commands (4-5) – Literature, language, names, food – Impossible to escape
o The answer to paganism
- Profound response of Daniel to government authority (7-16)
- Reflective (8)
- Resolute (8)
- Respectful (8)
- Resourceful (10-14)
- Replete with faith (9-16)
- Providential response of God
- Solved the crisis of the four
- Sharpened the court of the pagan government
o Who do you really work for?
o What lines have your drawn and are they Biblical or just personal preferences?
o What are you willing to die for?
o What creative alternatives can you offer that are Biblical and mission effective?
o Will you allow God to exalt you and more importantly Himself through the crisis?
Session 2 – Responding to Rash and Abusive Governmental Authority (Daniel 2)
o The arrogance of paganism
- Note its demand – tell me NOW (9-11)
- Note its decree – fury (12)
o The answer to arrogant paganism
- Prudent initiative (14-16)
- Prayerful intercession (17-18) – “Powerless Christians are usually prayerless Christians.”
- Praiseworthy identification
- God’s answer is evidenced (23)
- God’s authority is exalted (30, 47)
- God’s ambassadors are elevated (48f)
o Not all problems in the world have a happy ending
o But for God’s children all problems have a happy end
o The requirement is faithfulness to the One True King
o The next time a serious conflict emerges with someone in authority ask yourself, “Is God exalting Himself through me?” He is, so let Him! He will with or without your cooperation
Session 3 – Responding to Governmental Coerced Idolatry (Daniel 3)
o The coerced idolatry of a pagan government
- Government developed religion (1)
- State authenticity
- State amalgamation
- Government directed worship (4-5)
- Government defined punishment (6) – “Worship, or else…”
o The constant integrity of three men
- The unavoidable confrontation
- Spiteful indictment (8-12)
- Sovereign investigation (13-15)
- Sovereign irrationality (19f)
- The unexpected comeback
- A certain reply (16)
- A confident reply
- A confrontational reply
- A courteous reply
o The consummate identification of the One True Almighty God
- Exalted above kings
- Exalted in the kinetic
- Exalted in the exchange of wrath for praise
- Exalted in the elevation of Himself
- Exalted in the elevation of His servants
o God will be exalted in our lives by sending us to reach a pagan world, or by sending the pagan world to us
o We are wired to worship and only the true God is worthy of worship
o Government has no right to steal worship due to God
o God is to be worshipped even in our firm/respectful responses to pagan government
o God can and will take care of Himself and His people
o We are servants of the Most High God
o As Nebuchadnezzar, all creation will bow in submission – remain faithful!
Session 4 – Responding to/Advising a Proud Pagan King Who Learned His Lesson the Hard Way (Daniel 4)
o Daniel was used of God to inspire a pagan royal doxology (1-3)
o Daniel was used of God to interpret a pagan king’s dream (4-27)
- The fanciful machination (10-18)
- The failing magicians (7)
- The faithful messenger
- Lauded by the king (9)
- Loyal to the king (19)
- Loyal to the King of kings!
o Daniel was used of God to illuminate a pagan king’s darkness (34)
o Daniel was used of God to inspire a pardoned king’s second doxology (34-37)
o All authority should honor God
o All will someday. Some will along the way.
o WE are to be men and women of truth, tactful yet truthful advisors to those in authority over us
o We should be loyal truth givers to the authority God places over us – the gospel changes EVERYTHING
Four messages from the Word of God were brought by our speaker, Chaplain Steve Brown of the Associated Gospel Churches, addressing the theme, “Responding Right to Coercive Government” from the book of Daniel–
We also gave thanks to the Lord for the 50th anniversary of the OBF through this statement:
- Statement of the OBF on Its 50th Anniversary
- Statement of the OBF on Its 50th Anniversary BULLETIN FORMAT
The next conference will be at Morrow Bible Church, October 12-13.
Friday dinner and Saturday lunch are provided. Please help us plan by letting us know how many are coming with you!
Westerville Bible Church – January 12-13
Dear Ohio Bible Fellowship Members and Friends,
I would like to invite each of you to join us as we are encouraged and edified through the preaching of the Word and fellowship around our risen Savior, Jesus Christ. This is a great way to begin a new year of ministry and service for our King.
Westerville Bible Church will be hosting this year’s winter conference.
Steve Thomas has ministered God’s Word to us on past occasions and the Lord used his delivery of the Word to strengthen our souls. Pastor Thomas’ rigorous devotion to solid exposition combined with his pastor’s heart bring a solid blend of sound content and warm exhortation. The theme will center on the emphasis of the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15. Pastor Thomas will deliver four messages over the course of the conference (see reverse for times and titles).
Let me encourage you to plan to come and invest yourself in receiving the preached Word and investing in the lives of those around you. Often, it is easy to approach a conference with a “what’s in it for me” mindset. The best conferences usually turn out to be the ones we come prepared to serve one another out of our love for Christ. Prayerfully consider making this a priority for the start of 2018!
We look forward to seeing you there.
The Protestant Reformation was a movement of God whereby godly men earnestly contended for the central truths of the Christian faith against a corrupt gospel and its advocates. The name Protestant originates with German princes who met in 1529 protesting measures contrary to the Word of God. Their motto was “The Word of God abideth forever.” These Protestants believed that the church always has the duty “to protest against sin, error, corruption, tyranny, and every kind of iniquity” (Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, 7:692). They asserted that:
There is no sure preaching or doctrine but that which abides by the Word of God. According to God’s command no other doctrine should be preached. Each text of the holy and divine Scriptures should be elucidated and explained by other texts. This Holy Book is in all things necessary for the Christian; it shines clearly in its own light, and is found to enlighten the darkness. We are determined by God’s grace and aid to abide by God’s Word alone, the holy gospel contained in the biblical books of the Old and New Testaments. This Word alone should be preached, and nothing that is contrary to it. It is the only truth. It is the sure rule of all Christian doctrine and conduct. It can never fail or deceive us (Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, p. 889).
One Reformer, John Calvin, said “A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.”
Scripture details that Christ’s church must expose and oppose false teachers and their teaching because such corrupt believers’ minds (2 Cor 11:3–4). Those who oppose the true gospel do not please God and their efforts harm mankind by preventing the spread of the gospel and thus the salvation of sinners (1 Thess 2:15–16). In addition, they cause disputes rather than godly edification (1 Tim 1:4) and are given to disputing, arguing, envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, and useless wranglings (1 Tim 6:4–5). Their teaching increases ungodliness (2 Tim 2:16), spreads like a cancer (2 Tim 2:17), and overthrows others’ faith (2 Tim 2:18). They are insubordinate, idle talkers, and deceivers (Titus 1:10; 2 John 7) who teach for dishonest gain (Titus 1:11), being of this world and having the spirit of antichrist (1 John 4:3, 5).
Scripture says that biblical protesting involves marking and avoiding (Rom 16:17–18), identifying false teachers as Satan’s servants (2 Cor 11:13–15), rendering Scriptural condemnation (Gal 1:18–19), demonstrating how they are enemies of Christ (Phil 3:17–21), shunning them (2 Tim 2:16), and rebuking them sharply (Titus 1:13). Furthermore, Christian churches, ministries, and individuals must not yoke up but come out and be separate from them (2 Cor 6:14, 17; 2 John 11) and have no fellowship with them (Eph 5:11).
Our aim in protesting error must be first and foremost to glorify God by obeying His commands to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3) and “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Eph 5:11). By doing so we protect the church from error (Acts 20:28–30; Rom 16:17–18; 1 Cor 5), preserve the purity of the Christian faith (Jude 3–4), and seek the salvation of souls (1 Thess 2:15–16). Biblical protesting warns of false teachers’ fate so believers will avoid following them to that end (2 Cor 11:13–15; Gal 1:8–9; Phil 3:19). Biblical protesting is essential to persevering in Christ and the true faith (Col 2:8, 16–19).
We, the members and delegates of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, meeting in our fall conference October 20–21, 2017 at Eastside Community Bible Church, in Milford Ohio, wholeheartedly believe in and are committed to the proclamation and defense of the Christian faith. Our love for Christ and his gospel moves us to deplore how much of professed Protestantism has departed into apostasy, away from the faith once delivered to the saints. We lament that too many Christians, churches, and ministries disobey Scripture’s command to contend for the faith. Recognizing that Christ himself hates false teaching, we, his church, must hate it as well (Rev 2:14–16). We therefore commit ourselves to faithful gospel ministry that involves proclaiming the true gospel and earnestly contending for the faith, praying the Lord will help us to glorify him by obeying his commands and thereby accomplish his purposes.
Prayerfully consider spending time under the preaching of God’s Word and in fellowship with God’s people as the OBF gathers for its Spring Conference in Bucyrus, OH. The Bucyrus Bible Church will host the conference. Dr. Robert Shaw will be speaking to us on the them of “In the Pursuit of Purity.”
An event flyer can be found here.
Biblical and historical context remain essential to maintain warm, fervent, and doctrinally correct pastoral ministry. The Pastors’ Conference this coming June will serve to solidify pastoral orientation to Scriptural standards of ministry while examining lives of men God used in past ages to honor His Name. Along with the chapels and sessions, there will be ample time for fellowship, enjoying the camp activities, or just resting! Check out the session themes below and our speaker, Dr. Gerald Priest. Follow this link to register!
Chapel Sessions: “Standing in the Gap”
Monday afternoon: “Be the Man: Stand in the Gap”—the lives of Ezekiel and Daniel
Monday evening 2nd chapel: “Luther’s Courageous Stand for the Truth”
Tuesday evening 2nd chapel: “Christ our Mediator”—Christ stands in the gap of human inability
Morning Workshop Sessions: “Your Ministry as a Protestant Pastor (Modeling the ministries of the great Reformers)”—
Tuesday morning: Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli
Wednesday morning: John Calvin, and John Knox
Gerald (Jerry) Priest is formerly professor of historical theology at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. His Ph.D. in church history is from Bob Jones University. He has taught at Clearwater Christian College, Piedmont International University, and Bob Jones University. He has conducted classes for pastors in the U.S., the South Pacific, India, Tanzania, and Canada and has led church history tours and spoken at Bible conferences in both the United States and Europe. He served twenty-eight years as a chaplain in the United States Army National Guard, retiring as lieutenant-colonel. Dr. Priest has served as pastor and interim pastor of churches in North Carolina and Michigan. He has written articles for numerous publications and is author of The ABC Memory Verse Program and The Baptist Family Catechism. He has been happily married to Beverly for over fifty-one years. They have two children and six grandchildren, all actively involved in their local church.
The following resolution was passed by the members of the OBF on January 14, 2017:
On October 27, 1997 Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act became state law following a ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States in June 1997 that state bans on physician-assisted suicide were constitutional. The SCOTUS left the decision to state law. Since that time, 991 patients have died in Oregon by taking prescribed, life-ending drugs. Five additional states have legalized physician-assisted suicide: California, Colorado, Montana, Washington, and Vermont.[i]
Christianity Today reported in a December 6, 2016 article that two-thirds of the general populace believe physician-assisted suicide is morally acceptable, including over forty percent of professing evangelicals. Generationally, seventy-seven percent of those 18-24 agreed that, “When a person is facing a painful terminal disease, it is morally acceptable to ask for a physician’s aid in taking his or her own life” (LifeWay survey question).[ii]
Physician-assisted suicide differs from euthanasia by specifying parameters when a physician might prescribe lethal drugs. Also, euthanasia involves the actual administration of lethal agents while physician-assisted suicide involves providing the agents and necessary information for self-administration. The AMA Code of Medical Ethics, chapter 5, sections 7 and 8, states that both euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are “incompatible with the physician’s role as a healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks.”[iii] Physician-assisted suicide must not be confused with the choice to withdraw artificial life-sustaining systems. Instead, it is the provision of an outside, lethal agent with the intent of self-murder.
Many secular and religiously liberal groups argue against physician-assisted suicide on the basis that the physician becomes culpable for taking life. In some instances, these viewpoints will argue that suicide is a legitimate human right if another person does not facilitate the act. This argument ignores the ramifications of the sixth commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,” and allows man to arbitrarily shape morality. Scripture allows the taking of life for judicial equity in murder cases, war, and self-defense.
Physician-assisted suicide contradicts several Scriptural pylons. At its root, any immoral taking of life rejects God’s sovereignty as Creator. Because God gives life, God alone chooses how and when life ends (Hebrews 9:27). Moreover, enabling a man to unjustifiably end life undermines the doctrine of God’s providential control over all the affairs of men, including suffering. Physician-assisted suicide assumes that man knows what constitutes legitimate suffering and when that suffering is too much for another human being. This directly violates the full scope of the sixth command which “requires all lawful endeavors to preserve our own life and the life of others” (answer to question 74 of the Baptist Catechism of 1693). Proverbs 24:11-12 instructs wise people to rescue those heading to death and reminds the reader that God watches over the soul and will justly repay. Paul pleads with the Philippian jailer to refrain from taking his own life (Acts 16:28). Furthermore, God says “no one ever yet hated his own flesh” (Ephesians 5:29). As the image-bearer of God, God distinguished man from all other creatures and thereby decreed the sanctity of human life. God alone chooses when and how man dies (including aforementioned instances of just causes).
Therefore, we, the members and delegates of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, meeting in our Winter Conference on January 13-14, 2017, at Fayette Bible Church in Washington Court House, Ohio, express our whole-hearted acceptance of the biblical teaching regarding the sanctity of human life and thus reject physician-assisted suicide as unbiblical. We reject the assumption that man knows better than God when to end life and assert that God fulfills His purposes in times of intense suffering. We remain committed to ministering God’s truth to those suffering and desire to see them find eternal peace and comfort through faith in Jesus Christ. We will boldly proclaim the doctrines of Scripture upholding God’s authority over life and death.
[i] CNN article, “Physician-Assisted Suicide Fast Facts”: http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/26/us/physician-assisted-suicide-fast-facts/index.html
[ii] Christianity Today article: http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2016/december/opposition-to-assisted-suicide-dies-out-lifeway.html
[iii] AMA Code of Ethics, chapter 5: https://www.ama-assn.org/sites/default/files/media-browser/code-of-medical-ethics-chapter-5.pdf
Euthanasia.com – Excellent resource compiling numerous articles organized by a variety of groups (e.g., “Research,” “Physician articles,” etc.)