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ABOUT US

AN HISTORICAL SKETCH OF

FIRST MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

In the early 1860's, Rev. A. Vardaman, along with other residents of the area, organized the Missionary Baptist Church of Handsboro, MS.  The group began worshiping together in log cabin near Bayou Benard.  Baptisms were held in the bayou.  Prior to Rev. Vardaman’s death, a small frame building was erected.

 

After the founding pastor’s death the church was blessed with many great leaders.  Among the great men who have led this church are: Rev. Madison Allen; Rev. Fryerson, whose theme was, “One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism”; Rev. Al Howard; Rev. E. B. Young, who served as pastor two separate times; Rev. Willard; Rev. Magee; Rev. McPherson, known as “Black Billy Sunday”; Rev. William Carter; Dr. E. L. Fox; Rev. Larry T. Holmes; and our present leader, Rev. S. V. Adolph, Jr.

In 1877, the church moved to its current site.  The land was donated by Mr. Cruthirds, with the stipulation that these grounds be used for worship services forever.  The original building was remodeled and enlarged to accommodate the congregation’s growth.  The first building was damaged by a storm and repaired, before being destroyed by fire.  The next building on this site was erected under the leadership of Rev. Willie Carter.  That building was also destroyed by fire in 1959.

Erected under the leadership of Dr. E. L. Fox, our current edifice was entered on the 3rd Sunday of November, in 1962.  It was heavily damaged by hurricane Camille, in 1969.  Shortly after the repairs were completed from hurricane Camille, with a contribution made by Rev. Irby Jules, the kitchen, fellowship hall, classrooms, and additional restrooms were added.  Other esthetic changes took place over years and additional land was purchased, including the Handsboro Trailer Court, purchased in 1991.

In 1998 our church completed an expansion and renovation project that  included, a new balcony, classroom space, vestibule, and restrooms, along with a facelift to our sanctuary that included, new carpet, furnishings, and windows.  The most recent project was the addition of a 10,000 square-foot annex. The facility houses offices, classrooms, kitchen, restrooms, and a fellowship hall.  While we understand that the church is more than a building, we pray that our outward improvements are a demonstration of our inward development.

YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFT LESSON 5

 

THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE GIFT OF WISDOM

IN THIS LESSON WE WILL BEGIN OUR STUDY OF THE SPEAKING GIFTS BY

EXAMINING THE GIFTS OF KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM. THESE TWO GIFTS HAVE

BEEN CALLED TWIN GIFTS BECAUSE THEY OFTEN APPEAR TOGETHER IN THE

SAME INDIVIDUAL.

1 CORINTHIANS 12: 8

1. THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE

MEANING OF THE GIFT

 THE GREEK WORD TRANSLATED KNOWLEDGE (GNOSIS) IS THE WORD

FROM WHICH WE GET OUR ENGLISH WORDS GNOSTIC AND GNOSTICISM.

IT MEANS “TO KNOW,” RECOGNIZE, OR UNDERSTAND.”

 THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE RELATES TO A SPECIFIC KIND OF KNOWLEDGE.

IT MAY BE DEFINED AS THE GOD-GIVEN ABILITY TO DISCOVER BIBLICAL

TRUTH, SUMMARIZE, AND EXPLAIN IT. THIS GIFT IS CLOSELY RELATED TO

THE GIFT OF TEACHING, BUT IT IS CLEARLY LISTED IN THE NEW

TESTAMENT AS A SEPARATE GIFT. KNOWLEDGE IS THE GIFT OF

UNDERSTANDING THE WORD OF GOD; TEACHING HAS TO DO WITH THE

GIFT OF SHARING THAT KNOWLEDGE.

 BEFORE THE COMPLETION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT IT WAS APPARENTLY

A REVELATIONAL GIFT. IN OTHER WORDS, GOD GAVE DIVINE REVELATION

CONCERNING HIS WILL AND WAY FOR MAN. THE PRINCIPLES FOR

OBTAINING SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE ARE EXPRESSED IN PROVERBS 2: 1-5.

 THIS GIFT IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF HOW ALL SPIRITUAL GIFTS MUST BE

DEVELOPED THROUGH STUDY, RESEARCH, AND PATIENCE.

MODELS OF THE GIFT

ACTS 19: 8-10

THE ULTIMATE MODEL OF THIS GIFT AND ALL THE GIFTS IS THE LORD JESUS

CHRIST.

LUKE 2: 46-47

 

MANIFESTATIONS OF THE GIFT

 PERSONS WITH THIS GIFT LOVE TO RESEARCH, INVESTIGATE, AND STUDY

THE BIBLE. THEY ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH A SHALLOW KNOWLEDGE OF

THE WORD OF GOD AND WILL SPEND HOURS SEARCHING AND

DISCOVERING DEEP BIBLICAL TRUTHS. THIS GIFT IS FOUND IN SCHOLARS,

BIBLE TRANSLATORS, AND OTHER BELIEVERS WHO HAVE AN UNUSUAL

KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S WORD.

1 CORINTHIANS 2: 11-14

MENACE OF THE GIFT

POSSESSORS OF THIS GIFT DO HAVE POTENTIAL DRAWBACKS IN THE CHURCH.

MANY TIMES THEY ARE SELECTED TO TEACH IN SUNDAY SCHOOL BUT ARE SO

DEEP INTO THE WORD OF GOD THEIR TEACHING IS DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND

OR BORING TO OTHER BELIEVERS. ALSO, PERSONS WITH THIS GIFT ARE OFTEN

WEAK ON APPLICATION, BEING MORE INTERESTED IN STUDYING THE BIBLE

THAN SHARING IT. PERSONS WITH THIS GIFT ARE USUALLY VERY SERIOUS AND

FIND INTELLECTUAL APPROACH.

MODERN EXAMPLES OF THE GIFT

SOME MODERN EXAMPLES OF THE GIFT WOULD INCLUDE THOSE WHO WRITE

COMMENTARIES ON THE BIBLE, TEACH IN SEMINARIES, AND TRANSLATE THE

BIBLE. ALSO INCLUDED ARE THOSE IN THE LOCAL CHURCH WHO CAN BE

COUNTED ON TO GIVE A GOOD INTERPRETATION OF CERTAIN BIBLE PASSAGES

AND USUALLY HAVE LARGE BIBLICAL LIBRARIES BECAUSE THEY LOVE SEARCHING

THE SCRIPTURES TO FIND DEEP SPIRITUAL TRUTHS.

COLOSSIANS 1: 9

2 PETER 3: 18

2. THE GIFT OF WISDOM

 THOUGH THE GIFTS OF KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM ARE “COUSINS,” THEY

DO DIFFER GREATLY. KNOWLEDGE IS THE ABILITY TO ACCUMULATE AND

UNDERSTAND INFORMATION. WISDOM BUILDS UPON THAT GOD-GIVEN

ABILITY.

 

MEANING OF THE GIFT

 THE GREEK WORD TRANSLATED WISDOM (SOPHIAS) IN 1 CORINTHIANS

12: 8 BASICALLY MEANS “INSIGHT INTO THE TRUE NATURE OF THINGS.”

 ”KNOWLEDGE IS THE ABILITY TO ACCUMULATE AND ASSIMILATE FACTS

AND INFORMATION, WHILE WISDOM IS THE ABILITY TO USE AND APPLY

THAT KNOWLEDGE.”

 THE GIFT OF WISDOM CAN BE DEFINED AS “THE GOD-GIVEN ABILITY TO

APPLY SPIRITUAL TRUTH AND BIBLICAL KNOWLEDGE TO EVERYDAY LIFE.”

JAMES 1: 5-6

MODELS OF THE GIFT

ACTS 6: 8-10

ULTIMATE MODEL OF THIS GIFT IS THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

LUKE 2: 40 & 52

MANIFESTATIONS OF THE GIFT

 PERSONS WITH THIS GIFT HAVE THE GOD-GIVEN ABILITY TO APPLY ALL

THE FACTS OF A PROBLEM AND COME UP WITH A SOLUTION. THE PERSON

WHO MANIFESTED THE GIFT OF WISDOM MORE THAN ANYONE EXCEPT

THE LORD JESUS WAS SOLOMON.

1 KINGS 3: 16-28

A PERSON WITH THE GIFT OF WISDOM IS GOOD AT APPLYING BIBLICAL TRUTHS

AND CAN CHOOSE THE BEST PERSONS FOR POSITIONS.

MENACE OF THE GIFT

 PERSONS WITH THE GIFT OF WISDOM TEND TO BECOME AGGRAVATED AT

OTHERS WHO, BECAUSE OF A LACK OF WISDOM, MAKE BAD DECISIONS

AND DO THINGS THAT CAN CREATE PROBLEMS. ALSO, BECAUSE OF THEIR

KEEN ABILITY TO SEE A PROBLEM BEFORE IT MATERIALIZES AND TO

IMMEDIATELY RECOGNIZE A BAD DECISION, THEY MAY GIVE ADVICE THAT

OFFENDS SOME PEOPLE.

 

MODERN EXAMPLES OF THE GIFT

 THE PERSON WITH THE GIFT OF WISDOM HAS THE ABILITY TO ELIMINATE

CONFUSION, DISAGREEMENT, AND ENVY.

JAMES 3: 17

CLOSING

THE CHURCH APPOINTED SEVEN MEN TO TAKE CARE IN THE EARLY CHURCH

PROBLEM.

ACTS 6: 1-3

HOW CAN YOU KNOW IF YOUR WISDOM IS FROM GOD OR THE DEVIL, BASED ON JAMES 3: 15-18?

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