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Sunday
Worship Service at the Gladstone church 8:30 AM
Worship Service at the Biggsville church 9:45 AM
Worship Service at the Oquawka church 11:00 AM
Thursday
Bible Study @ Biggsville 6:30 PM
 
Welcome to the United Methodist Churches of Henderson County Illinois!

Pastor Howard Ross and the congregations of the Biggsville, Gladstone and Oquawka United Methodist Churches invite you to one of our churches this Sunday!

The United Methodist Church has many doors through which people share in serving God and others. Whether you visit in person or via the internet, we hope you discover something here to encourage you in your spiritual journey.

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Biggsville United Methodist Church
203 S. Church Street
Biggsville, IL 61418

Worship service at 9:45am
Children's church during the worship service
Communion is served on the First Sunday of the Month.

 


Gladstone United Methodist Church
Walnut & Liberty Streets
Gladstone, IL

Worship service at 8:30am
Children's church during the worship service
Communion is served on the First Sunday of the Month.

 


Oquawka United Methodist Church
304 N Third Street
Oquawka, IL 61469

Worship service at 11:00am

Children's Sunday School during the worship service.
Communion is served on the First Sunday of the Month.

 


 


 Job 28:5 (KJV)
[As for] the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.
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Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you? Don’t these things happen among you just as they happened with Abraham? He believed God, and that act of belief was turned into a life that was right with God.

Is it not obvious to you that persons who put their trust in Christ (not persons who put their trust in the law!) are like Abraham: children of faith? It was all laid out beforehand in Scripture that God would set things right with non-Jews by faith. Scripture anticipated this in the promise to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed in you.”

So those now who live by faith are blessed along with Abraham, who lived by faith—this is no new doctrine! And that means that anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God, is doomed to failure. Scripture backs this up: “Utterly cursed is every person who fails to carry out every detail written in the Book of the law.”

The obvious impossibility of carrying out such a moral program should make it plain that no one can sustain a relationship with God that way. The person who lives in right relationship with God does it by embracing what God arranges for him. Doing things for God is the opposite of entering into what God does for you. Habakkuk had it right: “The person who believes God, is set right by God—and that’s the real life.” Rule-keeping does not naturally evolve into living by faith, but only perpetuates itself in more and more rule-keeping, a fact observed in Scripture: “The one who does these things [rule-keeping] continues to live by them.”

Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself. Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse. And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, his Spirit, in and with us by believing—just the way Abraham received it.

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So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

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 Job 28:5 (KJV)
[As for] the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.
Click here to read more!






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