June 6-8 at 7:30 nightly
Wednesday night – Pastor Stacey Shiflett
Thursday night – Dr. Tommy Wensil
Friday night – Bro. Jeff Ledbetter
Following the Friday night service, we will be having a great time of fellowship with home-made ice cream and the young people will enjoy a time of volleyball.
First of all, I want to thank the Lord for His great mercy and His goodness. He has been far better to us than we deserve, and I praise Him for all He has done. Secondly, I apologize for getting this letter out this close to the Campmeeting dates. I trust that my negligence hasn’t caused anyone any inconvenience.
After much prayer and discussion, our church and I have decided to forego hosting a Campmeeting in June. Instead of having Campmeeting, we will be having evening services on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night. We currently have six HVAC units that need to be replaced, along with some other structural and maintenance issues. We have already begun raising the money and making the repairs to our facilities, and God is blessing our efforts to be wise stewards of His money. We felt that it would be wise for us to get our buildings in order and focus on the immediate needs of our ministry rather than divert any funds to hosting a meeting. Please join in prayer with us as we endeavor to follow God’s direction.
Dr. Tommy Wensil from Kannapolis, North Carolina will be preaching for us on Thursday night, June 6th. Then on Friday night, June 7th, Brother Jeff Ledbetter will be preaching. Following the service on Friday night, we will have a time of fellowship with home-made ice cream and volleyball for the young people. We invite you to be with us on these nights if you can and enjoy the good preaching of these men of God. If you need a place to stay, we can help you reserve a motel room at our meeting discounted rate or you can stay in our dorms free of charge if you desire.
Lastly, we hope to see you and your children ages 4-12 for the best Junior Camp we’ve ever had. The theme is GOLDRUSH and we will be enjoying some great preaching and teaching on valuing those things that are eternal and reap everlasting rewards. We’ve got some great preachers lined up and the activities, skits, singing, food and games will be a real treat. Please visit our website or give us a call for your registration packet and all the information.
Thank you for being a friend to this ministry and for holding us up in prayer. We appreciate you and your efforts to serve our precious Lord. We value your friendship and your prayers.
Serving the Lord with Gladness,
Pastor Stacey Shiflett
By Pastor Shiflett
It is no secret - Pleasant View Baptist Church is different! We discovered that when you are in step with God, you will find yourself many times out of step with everyone else. Just as a salmon will swim against the current to accomplish it’s desires, we find ourself more often than not swimming against the current of modern trends and culture. Here are a few of the ways that Pleasant View Baptist Church is DIFFERENT!
Unlike many of the churches in the Upstate, Pleasant View does NOT embrace the Calvinistic beliefs that Jesus only died for some people and that He predestined others to Hell. We believe that God’s will for every man, woman, boy and girl is to hear the gospel and to be saved. We boldly preach against the doctrines of Calvinism and we believe in personal soul winning and evangelism of “every creature” – no matter their color, creed or culture. We also believe that once they accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, that they should be baptized, join the church and grow in grace. At Pleasant View you will find a variety of nationalities and races of blood-bought believers, worshipping and growing together in Christ.
The church services at Pleasant View are different in a lot of ways. We do our best to follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit and it is common to hear people stand in the service and give personal testimonies of God’s goodness in their life. Our singing is heartfelt and filled with old fashioned praise and worship – not the modern kind with generic choruses and Charismatic flavor. We use the hymn book in our congregational singing and our special music features soloist, trio’s, family groups and choir arrangements – not dance teams, drama teams and contemporary, worldly music. At the conclusion of the service, we always have an altar call for people to respond to the message. Sometimes, people will go to the altar during the song service if God is speaking to their heart. Different? Sure! But we believe that when God speaks, we should respond. We do not practice or promote the Charismatic “sign gifts” in our services. We are NOT a “seeker-sensitive” church. It is not our desire to customize our church to the variety of styles or customs of our visitors. This isn’t Baskin Robbins! What you see is what you get. And what you get is what we’ve been doing for 78 years, to God be the glory.
As the Pastor, I do my best to mind the leadership of the Holy Spirit and bring a message from the Scripture that will change lives. When I am preaching, I am not interested in winning friends and being popular, but in delivering “what thus saith the Lord.” The preaching is always from the Authorized King James – not some modern revision of God’s Word. We do not endorse, use, promote or accept any English translation other than the Old King James. The Bible says that in the last days, people will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears. I’m not a “teacher”. I’m a preacher that is “apt to teach, and I definitely do not cater to those with “itching ears!” The preaching is mostly expository and is passionate, pointed and plain – so plain that we do not need a children’s church. We enjoy having the children in church with us, sitting under the sound preaching of God’s man and experiencing the Spirit of God moving in their hearts through the singing, worship and preaching. We see boys and girls saved on a regular basis – faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Different? Yes!
It is my desire and the desire of our church to see souls saved, marriages strengthened, children raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and for every one to be in the perfect will of God. Pleasant View still believes in walking in the “Old Paths” – unpopular in our day and age, but still God’s will for the church. We are not concerned about having a large youth group that sings in the choir on Sunday and lives in immorality and sin throughout the week. We are more interested in teaching them holiness, godliness and the Spirit-filled life. Teaching them to keep themselves pure and marrying in the will of God is a huge priority to us. We still believe that there are some parents out there that want their children to walk with God instead of the tattooed, body-piercing, dancing, fornicating, brain-washed teenagers of today. I have five children of my own. Keeping them out of the clutches of society and the devil is important to my wife and me. Having a clean, separated, God-fearing church is vital to raising godly children.
Is It Possible?
Is it possible to build a ministry in 2013 without caving in to the demands of the emergent church and the world? Of course! Jesus said, “Upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” The Bible says, “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.” We believe that if God is going to bless a church, it must operate under His demands and His requirements, not the whims and wishes of unbelievers and carnal believers. We may never be large, but with God’s help we will continue to be different.1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
We have just completed a brand new preaching CD set on Christ In The Tabernacle, a 12 message series preached by Pastor Shiflett. This series shows the many types of Christ found in the Old Testament Tabernacle and deals with each piece of furniture within the Tabernacle. The Series ends with three messages on the Ark of the Covenant and is guaranteed to feed your soul. This CD set is available in two formats – regular or get all 12 messages on one CD in MP3 format. Order yours today! Shipping is included in the price.
MP3 format – $10
12 Individual CD’s – $30
God’s Prototype of a Man was one of Pastor Shiflett’s most challenging messages directed to the men and boys in the church. Pastor Shiflett shows from the Scripture what God desired for men when He created Adam, the first man. He brings out five powerful characteristics of the first man that should be in the life of every man. This message could change your life! This CD is only $3.
Teaching Our Children The Fear of the Lord
This series emphasizes the importance of teaching our children the importance of godly fear and how it is demonstrated in our lives.
Dr. Paul Chappell has said, “Sunday School is the church organized to fulfill the purpose of the church.” The purpose of the local church is to go, win, baptize, and disciple believers in Jesus Christ. While many churches have increasingly neglected the importance of the Sunday School ministry, it is time for God’s people to renew their faithful commitment to this all important ministry of the local church. It is through the Sunday School ministry that we can fulfill what Christ has commanded us to do.
Here are seven reasons why every Christian should attend Sunday School…
1. Sunday School establishes total involvement in the local church.
Hebrews 10:25, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much more, as ye see the day approaching.”
2. Sunday School embodies the practice of the Great Commission.
Matthew 28:19-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”
3. Sunday School encourages through small group fellowship and activity.
Acts 2:42, 46, “And they continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayer…And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.”
4. Sunday School embraces what Christ began with His disciples.
Matthew 10:1a, “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples…”
Acts 5:20-21, “Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life. And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught.”
Acts 5:42, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.”
5. Sunday School equips the believer for ministry and discipleship.
2 Timothy 2:2, “And the things that thou has heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
6. Sunday School enhances our ability to honor the Lord’s Day.
Exodus 20:8, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.”
7. Sunday School expresses our love for Christ ad His church.
Ephesians 5:25-27, “…as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
May God help us to commit the Sunday School ministry of our church!
Mark your calendar! We will be singing this coming Friday night, September 30th at 7:00 PM at Georgetown Baptist Church in Leicester NC where Dr. Larry Brown from Iowa will be preaching. Pastor Lee Davis invited us to bring a crowd and sing during the serivce, so if you are in the youth choir or adult choir, we will be combining the two choirs so be there!
Also, mark your calendar for the Intercessor Ministries National Prayer Conference at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. Services will be morning and night, October 3-6th. The Moderator will be Dr. Benny Beckum and Pastor Shiflett will be preaching Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning, Lord willing. Do your best to be there and let God challenge your heart in the area of prayer.
Across our nation, there is an army of tens of thousands of faithful, godly servants who quietly serve our Savior in the bus ministry. They are on the front lines in the spiritual battle for the souls of the next generation. They are the green berets, the special forces of God’s army, getting their hands dirty, giving of their time and money to make a difference in a little boy or little girl for whom no one else seems to care.
I have had the privilege to be involved in the bus ministry in some capacity for more than twenty years now. There are not many folks that I respect more than those who go out, week after week, in the relative obscurity of an old, second-hand school bus or church van, to reach those whom Jesus would reach if He were walking in our shoes today.
Several years ago, at our annual Pastors’ & Workers’ Conference, Dr. Bobby Roberson was preaching. He has been pastor of the Gospel Light Baptist Church in Walkertown, North Carolina, for more than fifty years. Every week, their church brings in thousands of people by way of the bus ministry. As he was preaching, he read a poem entitled Through the Eyes of the Bus Worker, and it touched my heart. I would like to share it with you here:
Some see a fight, a push and a shove,
I see a desperate cry for love.
Some see a brat, he acts so bad,
I see a boy who’s never met his dad.
Some see the messes and the trouble they give,
I see the poverty in the place where they live.
Some see a teenager who won’t dress right,
I see a girl who has to protect herself at night.
Some see a smart mouth, disrespectful and loud,
I see a kid made fun of by a crowd.
Some see a woman who comes just to use,
I see a lady by a drunken husband abused.
Some see a drug addict withered and worn,
I see a soul the Lord wants reborn.
Some see the dirt, the filth and the rot,
I see a kid who without Jesus doesn’t have a shot.
Some see a crook whom you don’t trust much,
I see a man who needs the Lord’s touch.
Some see a bunch of heathen who holler and yell,
I see kids with parents in jail.
Some see a teenager who gives a lot of flack,
I see a boy whose whole family is on crack.
Broken homes, broken lives, those without hope,
They need compassion and God’s grace to cope.
For every little girl who lies awake hungry at night,
Lord, help me to keep in the fight.
For every scared boy who sees his mommy get hit,
Lord, help me to be faithful and never to quit.
For every mommy who needs a new start,
Lord, help me to show her how to ask You into her heart.
For every man on whom sin has its hold,
Lord, help me to make sure the “Old Story” is told.
The Lord to me His mercy has shown,
Lord, help me to reach out so others may make Heaven their home.
May others judge gently when these folks they see—
If not for God’s grace, that’s where all of us would be.
by Crystal Buchanan, Shining Light Baptist Church, Morganton, NC
Through what type of eyes will you and I see people during this new year of 2011? May we be consumed with compassion as we serve our Savior in this outreach!
God bless you as you serve the King of kings, doing the greatest business in all the world!
~ Copied from BusMinistryWorks.com
It was such a joy this morning to be able to have Dr. Charles Keen and his dear wife with us in the morning service. Dr. Keen is the founder of Bearing Precious Seed and also
We thank the Lord for sending us a new family today! The Simmons Family joined this morning after visiting for several weeks. They heard about our church through the website, and then received an Operation Saturation packet on their door. We welcome Brother Anthony, Sister Stacey, and Brandi and Cameron!
We also welcome Brother Tony and Sister Barbary Every to our church. They just recently joined after visiting for several months. We thank God for sending them our way!
Last Sunday, August 1st, we began praying and fasting as a church. We all took the same prayer list and have had someone from the church praying through that list every day since last Sunday. Does it work? Well…. Last Sunday, we saw a soul saved. Wednesday night, the boy that got saved Sunday brought his best friend. He got saved after the message on “Crossroads”. This morning, God began to move during the song service, and people began to go to the altar. I felt impressed to give a brief salvation invitation while God was dealing with hearts. Moments later, people began to move, and a lady, a teenage girl and three bus kids were born again. God also called Brother Anthony James to preach after several months of intensive dealing and he announced it this morning. We were also able to see 4 baptized this morning in the new baptismal pool and several are planning to be baptized tonight. Does prayer and fasting work?? You tell me!!
Looking forward to the 5 PM Soulwinning class. I’ve got a feeling we’re going to need it. With all the visitors and lost people that God is bringing in, we’d better prepare our fields for rain! Eccl. 11:4 “He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.” In other words, quit watching the weather report and get the seed in the ground!!