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The First Church of Jesus Christ

From the Bishop
Volume 2, Issue 12 December 2013

Inside this issue:

FCJC Wants You! Christmas Musings Seven Principles of Church Growth Silent Night, Holy Night We Believe Organizational Information

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Praise the Lord Everyone, Here we are with the last issue of 2013. Thanksgiving is past and I pray that everyone had a beautiful time during this holiday time. It is good to give thanks for what God has blessed us with, but we should give thanks every day for his blessings. Thank Him for His mercy. Now Christmas is coming on and we must not lose track of the reason for the season. Jesus was not born on December 25th, but it is good to set aside a day

to worship the birth of perous new year in our Lord and Savior, 2014.. God still loves Jesus Christ. People are running to and fro to buy gifts for each other that most will discard within 3 months. During this season, how about giving a gift to Him. All He wants is your whole heart. Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God. You are the Light of the World We are always wanting God to give us someHis children. thing. How about givLove you-all ing yourself to Him. I Bishop Bogue wish every one a blessed holiday season and a happy and pros-

Standing On the Shoulders of Giants

Remember them that had the
rule over you, men that spake unto you the word of God; and considering the issue of their life, imitate their faith Heb 13:7 Bishop H.E. Honea was a man of deep, abiding faith in God and love for people. He went home to be with the Lord on June 10, 2009 leaving behind an impressive legacy of life and ministry. Born Oct. 30, 1939. He was saved and called to preach in April 1953, filled with the Holy Ghost in 1955 and baptized in Name of Jesus Christ in 1958. He preached in 32 states, 3 foreign countries and pastored in 4 states. Ordained Bishop in 1965, Bishop Honea ordained 120 ministers and 32 surrendered to preach under his ministry. Bishop Honea pastored the Tullahoma Church for 46 years and founded the First Church of Jesus Christ Organization in 1965, and the Banner of Love in 1966. He will be remembered as a tenderhearted, loving and forgiving man of faith whose life passion was the Kingdom of God. We do well to follow his example.

Bishop H.E. Honea 1939-2009

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The FCJC is seeking ministers and aspiring ministers. Churches are autonomous and ministers are self-supporting. We are a pioneering effort seeking to expand into all States and we need your help in recruiting others to the cause of Christ. We believe and practice Acts 2:38, 2:4; John 3:5; and Deuteronomy 6:4. Hundreds of thousands await the sound of True Gospel Preachers, bringing the message of True Biblical Salvation. This rich and beautiful harvest field is ready for the hands of the reapers. Revival lies within the bosom of men of God such as your-self who are awakened by the Macedonian cry. Perhaps God has been dealing with your heart to accept the challenge of NOW evangelism and ministry. Contact Elder Harold Moon for an application and information.

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Christmas Musings
Christmas Gift Suggestions
To your enemy, forgiveness To an opponent, tolerance To a friend, your heart To a customer, service To all, charity

Let Every Day Be Christmas

Christmas is forever. Not for just one day, for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.

Remember too the Christchild, grew up to be a man; to hide Him in a cradle, is not our dear Lords plan. So keep the Christmas spirit, share it with others far and near, from week to week and month to month, throughout the entire year. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!

The good you do for others To every child, a good exam- is good you do yourself. ple Peace on Earth, good will to men, kind thoughts and To yourself, respect words of cheer, are things we should use often and not just once a year.

Seven Principles of Church Growth

Preaching and Teaching the Word 1. We get what we preach! For example: In one 600 plus member Church in Austin, TX , over 90% of regular attendees age 10 and older have the Holy Ghost. We need positive, encouraging, faith building, visitor oriented preaching! While there is always a time for serious discussion of serious issue, those times should be set aside for special occasions involving primarily the Saints. Fire and Brimstone preaching 3. will simply not have the growth results we seek. We need the systematic teaching of doctrine. To affect desired and sustained growth we need saints that are well versed and grounded in the fundamentals of our faith. This will enable them to stand up against the onslaught of false teachings they face each day. We need the systematic teaching of the Christian Lifestyle. Holiness never goes out of style. It is never old-fashioned to preach the basics of the Christian lifestyle. Never before in our history has the need for doctrine and holiness been more crucial and vital to our growth and development as an organization. It is my genuine desire that this ongoing series will inspire and encourage you and serve as a platform from which to launch your Church to a whole new phase of growth Continued Next Month



We desire not only to see believers live victoriously, but to help them become rooted and grounded enough in Gods Word to reach out and teach others these same principles

Silent Night, Holy Night

We hustle and bustle from before Thanksgiving till after the New Year. We get so busy with family and friends, shopping and cooking, giving and receiving. We get smack dab wore out. How much more meaningful our Christmas would be if we deliberately planned some quiet time alone with Jesus. The Bible often exhorts us to invest time alone in Prayer. Mt 6:6 tells us to go into our room and shut the door and pray to our Father who is in the secret place and our Father who sees in secret will reward us openly. Notice how the Lord met the Christmas characters alone in that secret place. Zacharias was alone in the temple when Gabriel appeared to him at the altar. Mary was alone when the same angel appeared to her. Joseph was alone when the Angel of the Lord spoke to him in a dream. What a wonderful reward. JESUS Before you know it, Christmas will be gone. One of the most important times of the year! Our celebration of Jesus our Savior. Let us spend a night or two in that secret place, all alone. Let Him renew your springs that will never dry up. Let this be your Christmas gift to Jesus. The reward will be a fresh start and a renewed heart where all is calm and all is bright. Silent Night, Oh Holy Night. -Shelia Yates

We believe:


In the One True and Living God who has manifested himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Dt 6:4; Mt 28:19, Jn8:24) The Bible alone is the inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God, our only guide to faith and conduct. (II Tim 3:16; II Pe 1:20-21) Created in the image and likeness of God, man was given authority and dominion over all creation. Through Adams transgressio n, sin and death entered into the world, man's righteousness was lost and his authority and dominion was handed over to the devil. (Ge1:26-28; Ro 5:12; Lk 4:5-6) Because of his great love for us, God took upon himself the form of man and came to our aid. Thus, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God-truly God, truly man-was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of a virgin, was crucified, died and was buried. (Jn 3:16; Is 7:14; Jn 1:1-3; Jn 8:29; Acts 2:36; I Co 15:3,4) This same Jesus defeated Satan and all the powers of darkness, taking from them the keys of death and hell, and overcoming death itself, resurrected from the grave. No longer the only begotten Son, He arose the First-born from the dead, the First-born of a New Creation and First--born of many brethren. (Rev 1:5,18; Col 1:15-18 ) Jesus ascended into heaven, giving gifts to men. Now seated at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for us all, He has sent forth his Spirit to indwell and empower believers. (Mk 16:19; Eph 4:8-11; Acts 2:33; Jn 16:7) As the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life. You must be born again of water and the Spirit, receiving Him as Lord and Savior, in order to see the Kingdom of God. The righteousness, authority and dominion, lost by Adam in the Garden of Eden, is now restored In Christ. (Jn 3:5; Acts 2:38; I Tim 6:15; Jn 14:6; Jn 3:3; II Co 5:17,21) Water baptism is by immersion in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, in obedience to the direct command of the Word of God. In this ordinance, we are identified with our Lord in his death, burial and resurrection. (Mk 16:15,16; Acts 2:38; 8:12; 10:48; 19:5; 22:16) His promise to baptize believers with the Holy Ghost and fire. According to the scriptures and the experience of history, this is accompanied with the evidence of signs and wonders including speaking with other tongues, boldness to witness and ability to declare His Word in the demonstration of the Spirit and power. (Mt 3:11; Acts 1:4,5,8; Acts 2:4,38; Acts 4:31, I Co 2:4) All of the gifts of the spirit are functional in the church today, available to all believers. (I Co 12:1-12) In sanctification through the Word of God by the Holy Ghost, personal holiness and purity of heart and life. (Jn 15:3; I Th 4:3-4; I Pe 1:15) The substitutionary atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ paid not only for the salvation of our spirits but also for the healing of our bodies. Thus, divine healing, through faith in the Name of Jesus, is included in our redemption. Believers will lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. (Is 53:4-5; I Pe 2:24: Mt 8:17; Mark 16:15) In the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the dead, the eternal joy of the saved and the eternal punishment of the lost. (I Th 4:14-18; Acts 1:9-11; Mt 25:31-46;) As believers we have been given a universal commission to go into the entire world and preach the Gospel making disciples of all nations. (Mk 16:15-20; Mt 28:18-20; Lk 24:47-49; Acts 1:8) God has set in his church, the five-fold ministry gifts of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers, for the purpose of equipping of the saints. These anointed believers in turn carry out the work of ministry, thus building up the Body of Christ. (Eph 4:1016)

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Organizational Officers
National Chairman Bishop Charles Bogue 175 Nemoe Road Plainville, GA 30733 706-383-8271 E-mail Assistant Chairman Bishop James C. Taylor 1100 Lincoln Street Tullahoma, TN 37388 901-378-0171 Secretary and Treasurer Elder Harold Moon 274 Carter Blake Road Tullahoma, TN 37388 931-247-5559 Executive Board

(Additional information can be found in our handbook Articles of Faith and Bylaws)

Bishop John Campbell Orange Hill District Darliston P.O. Westmoreland, Jamiaca, W.I. Evangelists Available Chris and Jessica Bogue 615-594-7445 Devin England 870-834-4369 Sara Lemonds Sanders 770-789-5945 Randall Guy 912-399-2318 Editors Larry and Shelia Yates 740-237-4548

Bishop Charles Bogue Bishop Edward Burchett Bishop Donald Hash Bishop James C. Taylor Elder Harold Moon Elder Chris Bogue Home and Foreign missions Director Elder Harold Moon National Youth Directors Chris and Jessica Bogue 615-594-7445 Foreign Ministers Bishop Clifford McIntosh Misty Gardens PO Box 9405 Nassau, Bahamas 242-361-7694