Saviour of All Fellowship
January 2006

Dear Friends in Faith,
     Greetings to you all in this new year, being sent with the recognition that we all still need that grace and peace which is from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
     We appreciate those who have written or sent e-mails to let us know their wishes regarding receiving our newsletters.
     It is a great blessing and privilege, both yours and ours, to believe that God is the living God, Who is the Saviour of all mankind, and Who is especially our Saviour, and to rely on His as such.
     We cannot rely on ourselves, but this does not mean that we are doing nothing in relying on God. It is not a thing that comes easy to human beings–this relying on God. When Paul wrote the words of 1 Timothy 4:9,10, he was addressing a particular individual, Timothy, who was especially involved in the work of teaching a message that could not be proved by sight, and which seemed opposed by circumstances. He wanted Timothy to foster (literally, “nourish”) others with the words of faith (1 Tim.4:6) and become a model for the believers, in word, in behavior, in love and in purity (1 Tim.4:12). All of this centered around the evangel that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Tim.1:15), and that He did so in giving Himself a correspondent Ransom for all (2:6).
     We are not all teachers, but we need to exercise ourselves daily in that “devoutness” (1 Tim.4:8) which “meditates” (verse 15) on what God has said to us concerning Himself as the one God and His Son as the one Mediator of God and mankind (1 Tim.2:5).
     In relying on God we are relying on what He has said to us in His Word. We cannot prove that Christ Jesus carried out the work He came into the world to do. It certainly does not look like He did. Sinners are all about us, and each one of us is one of them. And death is operating in us. We cannot prove that God is actually what the words “Saviour of all mankind and especially of believers” say He is. But, as believers, let us be fostered by this faithful and welcome message, nourished by this very healthful, spiritual food, which God has spoken to us through His chosen apostle. Someday all that God has said will be evident in full realization, but in the meantime, as believers, we are being blessed by the spiritual blessings of faith and expectation and love which He grants us in His grace.
     “God is commending this love of His to us, seeing that, while we are still sinners, Christ died for our sakes” (Rom.5:8).
     “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and . . . He was entombed, and . . . He has been roused the third day” (1 Cor.15:3,4). “For even as, in Adam, all are dying, thus also, in Christ, shall all be vivified” (1 Cor.15:22).

     The Kentucky Bible Conference is scheduled for February 24-26 in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Most of the sessions will be devoted to a panel discussion of Paul’s epistles to the Romans, Corinthians and Galatians. For further information phone: 859-858-3652.

Yours in God’s grace and peace,
Dean Hough and Tony Nungesser

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