Dear TPBC CHurch faGood morning Church! I pray you are all well and looking forward to when we can be together in worship again. I want to encourage you to read God’s word and pray daily, remember we are the church, reach, teach, and minister as often as you can! If you have a survey to return please contact Charles Deck, myself, or Carol to have them picked up.

           I wanted to share this weeks message with those who do not have online access, if you do have computer and online access I ask that you go to tpbconline.org, or youtube and search Pastor Chris Woodie and share the messages that are there, feel free to copy this message and share as often as you like.
            We are in the book of Luke chapter 1 verses 1-4 for this message,we find from careful study of scripture that Luke is a physician, a gentile,  and a friend and traveling companion of the Apostle Paul, we get this information from the books of Acts, Colossians, Philemon, and 2 Timothy.
Luke was not an Apostle, nor was he an eyewitness of Jesus’ ministry as far as we can tell. 
 

Luke 1:1-4 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Dedication to Theophilus

Many have undertaken to compile a narrative about the events that have been fulfilled[a] among us, just as the original eyewitnesses and servants of the word handed them down to us. It also seemed good to me, since I have carefully investigated everything from the very first, to write to you in an orderly sequence, most honorable Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things about which you have been instructed.[b]

— Luke is writting to a friend Theophilus, Luke explains that he has done extensive research before presenting the Gospel, we must remember that chapter and verse were not a part of the early writings so this book, all 24 chapters were one long letter! evidently Luke wanted to encourage, and strengthen the faith of his friend. Luke also wrote the book of Acts, early in Acts Luke appears to be writting from a witness standpoint, but eventually writes about himself being involved, so it is possible Luke was saved by the witness of the early church. 
2 things we can take from luke.
1. Research, Luke interviewed and listened to many eyewitnesses, we should search the scriptures and research for ourselves to make sure we are theologically sound when we proclaim the gospel, also to include, like Luke, the complete Gospel and not cherry pick the good parts, now do not give an hour long sermon to everyone you witness to, but be prepared to answer questions.
2.Encourage others. through writing, texting, phone call, or social media  be an encourager! In our Who’s your one campaign, you were tasked with praying for and encouraging someone, do not give up, if they rebuke Christ, pray until God lays someone else on your heart.
 
If Luke can risk persecution, prison and death for the Gospel, surely we can put forth a little effort to encourage someone.
remember, when you are out in the world you are in the mission field, share a sermon, invite someone to watch service with you, and as we move into the near future, hopefully meeting together soon, invite someone to Church with you!
I Pray for God’s protection over all of you, I love and miss you all and cannot wait until we are together in worship again!
In the love of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior,  Pastor Chris
 
Pastor Chris Woodie