State Overseer

James R. Horne

P. O. Box 650

Bessemer, AL 35021

(423) 310-2702

The Church of God

International Headquarters

General Overseer

Stephen Smith

197 Tillie Road

Cleveland, TN 37312

(423) 339-8264

A Vision of the Church is Imperative in These Last Days

James R. Horne, State Overseer

“I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19).

Every member of The Church of God needs a divine revelation of the Church, which is Christ’s body. Revelation is more than a head knowledge of the scripture; it is a spiritual vision that God the Father imparts to us. “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my father which is in heaven” (Matt. 16:17). It was upon the rock of divine revelation and mutual understanding that Christ built His Church (v. 18). A revelation of the Church comes from God and it illuminates the doctrine. In this light, scriptures will literally open up and reveal the Church from cover to cover! It is my prayer that every member in Alabama will get a strong vision of The Church of God. Those who already have a vision, may it be increased and our love for this work become greater than ever before. We must preach the doctrine, preach the Church, sing about and teach the Church message. Our people should know what they are part of. It shouldn’t be that weeks and months pass by and our people not hear a meaty, doctrinal message or one on the last days’ message, Bible prophecy, Fields of the Wood, the One Fold, perfection, or the glorious Church of God.

When our people gain a strong vision of the Church, they'll desire more fervently to do what the Lord and the Church asks of them. When this is the case, our sacrifices for the Lord will become our joy. We won't ever be seeking to push the limits of what we can or cannot do because a vision keeps us safe in the middle of the road, within the boundaries of the multitude of counselors. A vision helps us realize that what the Assembly passes in theocratic order should be obeyed by all of us from a willing heart. A vision will keep us settled and safe, and with that we will not be swayed by others and their views because we will know where His presence and His truth are found. We will know where spiritual Jerusalem is! A strong vision will solidify our hearts that we have no need to "look for another" because we personally know and can see who is the Head, Jesus Christ. Are you settled in or restless today? This speaks much about your vision. A divine revelation will keep you on board and no person, nor spirit of deception, will be able to convince you otherwise about her. Brother Byers preached that "a vision of the Bride of Christ will not lead you out, it will lead you in. If you see her, the devil cannot convince you to leave her. If you see her, you will love her." Brother M. A. Tomlinson said, "We rejoice over the fact that Jesus established the Church, and we rejoice because John saw it in the perfected state, and if we have a bright vision of the Church, we can be confident about it at this present time, and we can labor to have a part in bringing the Church to the state of perfection outlined for it in the Bible." Oh God, give your people vision in these last days!

Upcoming Events

February 7, 2015 – District #2 Convention

State Revival Meetings

The General Overseer and his wife will be visiting the following churches.

At the conclusion of this tour—a continuation of last year’s visitation—

we will have had the privilege of having them in every local church in our state!

Geraldine (District Convention) — Saturday, February 7

West Lawrence — Sunday Morning, February 8

Russellville — Sunday Evening, February 8

Lebanon — Monday Evening, February 9

Goodwater — Tuesday Evening, February 10

Bayou La Batre — Wednesday Evening, February 11

February 21, 2015 – District #1 Convention

March 8-13 – Revival in Moulton; Evangelist Nathan Cox, FL

March 27-29, 2015 – Men’s Retreat at Poplar Point Campground, Rockford, AL