Hickory Grove

 Baptist Church





And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, " Here am I! Send me."                        Isaiah 6:8


Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, even so I am sending you."      John 20:21



8065 Yager Drive

Moscow, TN 38057


Rev. Bobby Williams



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You are
my God;
I will
exalt you;
I will
Your name,
for you
have done wonderful
formed of
and sure.

Isaiah 25:1  ESV

What Shall This Man Do???

Revelation 2:1 Write this to Ephesus, to the Angel of the church. The One with Seven Stars in his right-fist grip, striding through the golden seven-lights’ circle, speaks:

2-3 “I see what you’ve done, your hard, hard work, your refusal to quit. I know you can’t stomach evil, that you weed out apostolic pretenders. I know your persistence, your courage in my cause, that you never wear out.

4-5 “But you walked away from your first love—why? What’s going on with you, anyway? Do you have any idea how far you’ve fallen? A Lucifer fall!
“Turn back! Recover your dear early love. No time to waste, for I’m well on my way to removing your light from the golden circle.

6 “You do have this to your credit: You hate the Nicolaitan business. I hate it, too.
7 “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I’m about to call each conqueror to dinner. I’m spreading a banquet of Tree-of-Life fruit, a supper plucked from God’s orchard.” (The Message)

Good morning,

Watchman Nee, in his book What Shall This Man Do?, suggests that the ministries of John, Peter, and Paul can be distinguished by, and are characterized by, the tasks that each of these men were performing when God called them.

Let's think about that...

Peter, for instance, was called as a fisherman...
We are told in the gospels that the moment of his call occurred when the Lord found him casting a net into the sea.
That work of fishing for men is characteristic of the apostle Peter.
He is always beginning things, initiating new programs.

The apostle Paul, however, was committed a different task.
When Paul was called, he was a tentmaker.
He built things.
This was the ministry committed to the apostle Paul.
He not only lays the foundation...
He builds upon it.
He even calls himself, by the grace given to him, a skilled, master builder.

But John is different from both of these.
When John was called, he was found mending his nets.
John is a mender.
His written ministry comes in after the church has been in existence for several decades and at a time when apostasy has begun to creep in.
There was need of a voice to call people back to the original foundations...

John calls us back to truth. 

When we begin to drift...
When some false concept creeps into our thinking or into our actions...
It is John who is ordained of the Lord to call us back...
To mend the nets...
To set things straight.

John, Peter, and Paul all had different ministries.
It was Peter's task to talk about the kingdom of God...
Paul about the church of God...
But John is concerned with the family of God.

As Ray Stedman points out...
These are all the same thing...
But they are viewed from three different angles.

It is into the intimacy of the family circle that the apostle John takes us.
For instance, the John's first letter, 1 John, can be described as introducing us to life with the Father...
The intimacy of the family circle of God.

Now here's my point...
Thanksgiving is now just a few days away.
As you prepare for it...
Don't just plan to meet with your family...
Take time to meet with the family of God.

If you've drifted away from truth...
If you need mending...
If you find yourself listening more to the world than your Savior...
If you need to be gently and lovingly set straight...
Turn back to God and to His family.
If you know you're not where God wants to you be in life...
If you've walked away from your first love...
Ask yourself...

What shall this man do?

The answer...
Turn back! Recover your dear early love. No time to waste, for I’m well on my way to removing your light from the golden circle.

Till He Comes, Bro. Bobby


This week at Hickory Grove Baptist Church…

Sunday Morning…

9:30 AM Men’s Prayer Meeting.  
9:55 AM Special Prayer. At this time, we invite anyone who has a special need and would like for us to pray for them to join us.
10:00 AM Sunday school…
Come and join us! We have classes for every age!
Our Adult class will continue the study this Sunday entitled: Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit—Lesson 17: Thinking as Paul Thought
11:00 AM Morning Worship Service…
Opening Scripture: 1 John 1:23-34 
Message: It's REAL! 
1 John 1:1-4
5:30 PM Evening Services
Empowering Ikds
Evening Worship and Bible Study--Getting Back on Track (Genesis 14)
This Week’s Focus Verses…1 John 5:13 

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.

Looking ahead…
Due to the Thanksgiving holidays, we will not have Wednesday Evening services this week. However, please keep these important mid-week prayer and Bible study opportunities at HGBC in your prayers
Mission Kids
Soul Fire Youth Group
Pastor’s Bible Study and Prayer

Next Sunday we will have our monthly potluck fellowship meal immediately following morning worship. Make plans to come! And let’s reach out and invite our friends and those in our community.
Have a great day. I hope to see you all this Sunday.


I know of nothing which I would choose to have as the subject of my ambition for life than to be kept faithful to my God till death, still to be a soul winner, still to be a true herald of the cross, and testify the name of Jesus to the last hour… .”  Charles Spurgeon



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