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Faith In Action

“But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?  Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?  You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.  And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?  For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead” (James 2:18-26).


A balance of faith and works is necessary in living the Christian life and being pleasing to God.  Too often, individuals lose their balance and fall into extremes, some fall into a works only or a faith only mentality.

Hebrews chapter eleven illustrates the proper balance and connection of faith and works/obedience.


Abel: “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice…” (Hebrews 11:4)

Enoch: “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death…” (Hebrews 11:5)

Noah: “By faith Noah…moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house…” (Hebrews 11:7)

Abraham: By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out…By faith he sojourned in the land of promise…By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac…” (Hebrews 11:8, 9, 17)

     Sarah: “By faith Sarah  herself also received strength to conceive seed…” (Hebrews 11:11)

     Moses: “By faith Moses when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer…” (Hebrews 11:23-28)

     Israelites:  “By faith they passed through the Red Sea…By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days” (Hebrews 11:29, 30)

     Rahab: “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace” (Hebrews 11:31)


If salvation is by faith only, then why did Peter command the Jews who believed Jesus was Christ, to ““Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38)?

If salvation is by faith only, then why did Jesus command His apostles to preach: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16)?


Steve Miller


 Family Events


Food Drive

Help us make our 5000 lb. goal! We are currently at 1227 lbs. of food in the pantry. Items that we are in need of for the food drive are as follows: Corn, Sweet Peas, Mixed Vegetables, Dry Beans, Pineapples, Peaches, Pears, Apple Sauce, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes, Pasta Sauce, Broth, Rice, Potatoes, Oatmeal, Soup, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Fruit Cocktail, Chili, Green Beans, Carrots, Ravioli. See William Ireland with any questions.

New Horizons Senior Bible Study

The New Horizons Bible Study is here at the building Wednesday’s at 12:00 pm. Anyone is welcome to attend. See Keith Franklin with questions.

“The Pearl” Service

We conduct a service each Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm at The Pearl of Fort Mill memory care facility next door.

Video for Brett and Nancy

You are invited to record a brief video message for the Pharr’s.  A video camera is set up in the Women’s Connection Room for 30 minutes following each service for video recording of well wishes.

Save The Date Brett & Nancy Pharr Potluck

We will have a potluck luncheon honoring Brett & Nancy Pharr Sunday, November 3rd following morning services. We are thankful for the years of service they have dedicated to GHR.

3rd Annual Veterans Day Breakfast

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Veterans Day Breakfast! We’re excited that Congressman Norman will be participating again this year. The sign-up rosters are on the bulletin board, for both veterans and volunteers. Volunteer Meeting Sunday 10/27 at 5pm; set-up event (dinner provided); Friday 11/08 at 5pm. Veterans Day Breakfast; Saturday 11/09 from 8:30—10:00 am. (All events at the building).

No More Haiti Collections/ Nancy Pharr

Wednesday Evening Fellowship Dinner 

We will have our next Wednesday evening fellowship dinner on October 30th from 6:00 to 6:50 pm.  Please join us for a meal and fellowship followed by our midweek Bible study at 7:00.  Friends and family are encouraged to attend.

Indian Land Service

The Indian land group will meet tonight at 6:00 pm at the Indian Land recreation center 8286; Charlotte Hwy. Tim Mastenbrook will be speaking.

Phone Tree/ One Call Now Program

If you wish to receive church updates via email and phone calls, please submit your updated emails or phone number to the office. We have no way of knowing you have changed phone numbers or email addresses unless you notify us!

Lads 2 Leaders Today

All are invited October 20th at 4:30 pm (downstairs in the church building) to watch our Lads to Leaders participants present their songs, speeches, and scriptures. Please join us in encouraging our youth!

Men’s Golf Weekend

The 2019 Men’s Golf weekend will be held October 18—20 near Franklin, NC.  Contact Alan Jopson at 704.236.3376.

Trunk Or Treat

Join us for the annual Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 27th after evening services.  Warm your soup or make some sandwiches for a warm and yummy dinner.  Enjoy a showing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”.  We will need many people to create trunks!  Prizes awarded for the best trunk…will it be you? Great ideas for trunks can be found on Pinterest or by making a theme from your favorite movie or book!


Area Events


See the bulletin board for event details

10.19-20 Family Seminar/ Seneca/ Andy Brewster

11.15-17 Youth Rally/Boiling Springs/Joe Wells

11.2 Ladies Day/ Boiling Springs/  Emily Hatfield


Youth Events

Sword Swallowers

Sword Swallowers class for 4th – 6th graders during evening services.

Girls Middle/ High School Bible Study

There will be a Middle / High School Girls Bible Study will be here at the building on Sundays, at 5pm.  Evalie Janes & Elizabeth Bramlet  will have a lesson on faith October 20th, and Ellie Powell on happiness October 27th. Please come join us, any questions, see Haley Cox.

Friday Night Lights

November 1st Catawba Ridge vs Ardrey Kell at 7:30 pm at CRHS. Tailgating begins at 6:00 pm General parking is free, tickets are $7.00per person. Sam Dickerson who has been attending here will be playing.



* Les Cole, Doris Leggitt  & Shirley Jeffers are all recovering from back surgeries.

* Gil Lawrence had some scar tissue removed this past week.

* Joe Manning continues his radiation treatments.

* Harold Weston is having difficulty with one of his hips and is affecting his ability to walk. Please pray also for Sharon as she cares for him.

* Continue to pray for both Dave & Cris Newell.

* Susan Nunn’s parents continue to recover from their motorcycle accident.

* The mothers’ of Barb Arbaugh, Rodney Grant, April Greene, Shontrell Overton,  Jim Passmore, Len Patterson, Ron Shepherd, Mark Walker, Chloe Walker, and Margaret Wallace are all dealing with various health issues.

* The fathers’ of  Dave Beels, Jerry Brooks, Greg Gross, and Derrick Williamson are dealing with various health issues.

* PJ Inness’ sister-in –law, Kathy Stevens is more than half way through her treatments.

* Barry & Sandra Murray’s  granddaughter, Julia, has developed a heart condition and will have to have an EKG every Wednesday.

* Ed McClellan’s cousin, Peter Butler has an untreatable form of dementia.

* Charles Taylor’s co-worker, Helene Ward’s cancer has spread to her bones.

* Mark & PJ Inness’ neighbor  update* Linden’s  latest scan show that another tumor has developed. They are traveling to Duke in hope of another opinion, but are feeling discouraged.

* Mark & Chloe Walker’s close friend, Dan Martin passed away, prayers for his wife Elaine and family.

* Tim Mastenbrook reports: Madam Beljour continues to recover from her recent heart surgery.

* Remember our shut-ins: Gloria Girard, Ruby Lett, and Lois Viera.


Sermons & Classes

Preaching Today:


Robert Hatfield

“They Went to see the Tomb”

Reading: Matthew 28: 1-2


Robert Hatfield

“The Church of the Bible”



Fall Quarter Classes (September 1)

Sunday Adult Auditorium:

Robert Hatfield

“Philippians ”



Fall Quarter Classes (September 4)

Wednesday Adult Auditorium:

Mark Inness, Steve Miller,

Jim Passmore, Gilbert Shelton

Peter, From Disciple to Apostle

     Wednesday Adult Downstairs

Ladies Only Class

“Fragrance of Faith”

(various teachers)