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We study the Bible, practice what we learn, and, in the process, grow together. 
 
 
 
 

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Sunday
Preaching/Teaching Service – 11:00 AM
Sunday School – 3:00 PM
 
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Bible Study – 3:00 PM
 

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Missions History: Charles Forman

 

If there is one verse that could sum up the life of missionary Charles Forman, it is this verse.

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13)

Born to prosperous Kentucky landowners in 1821, Forman became one of the most influential Presbyterian missionaries in Pakistan and the founder of Forman Christian College. And, through his faithful work, countless Pakistani lives were impacted for Christ.  

Let’s take a closer look at the life and ministry of Charles William Forman.

 

Early Life

Although he did not grow up in a Christian home, Charles accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour as a young adult. He was publicly baptized at the age of 20 and then spent seven years studying to be a pastor. Charles had a desire to reach the African American slaves with the gospel. However, during his college studies, he met the son of missionaries to Sri Lanka. “On reflection he realized that, while there were many who could preach to the lost souls in America, there were exceedingly few who would preach to them in a country like India. So he, quite logically, volunteered to the Presbyterian mission board to go to India,” wrote his namesake and grandson, Charles W. Forman.

 

New Horizons

On July 7, 1847, Charles was ordained as a Presbyterian minister and set sail for India. For the first 3 1/2 years, he served with John and Elizabeth Newton. In January 1850, they founded a mission school, and, within a year, the school had 59 students. Charles taught at the school, particularly classes about Christianity, and continued to preach often. On July 5, 1855, he married 19-year-old Margaret Newton, the daughter of his fellow missionaries. They went on to have a family of seven children. 
 

As the school grew and branch schools were established, Charles gradually moved into a supervisory role. However, he was disappointed that not many of his students became believers. During the winter months, he travelled to preach in villages. During the later years of his ministry, he saw much fruit as great crowds of villagers accepted Christ for themselves. In 1878, his wife Margaret died after a lengthy illness. However, in 1882, he married Georgina Lockhart, and they had three children together.

 

Founding a College

During the American Civil War years, he recognized the growing need for college education in order for his students to find good jobs. In 1864, Charles added a college branch to the school. Sadly, it had to be closed in 1869 because of the death of a principal teacher. But, in 1886, the college was re-opened. Forman named it “Lahore Mission College” and gave it the motto, “By love serve one another.” At our church in Sydney Mines, we want to serve one another by love, too. The College’s name was later changed to “Forman Christian College” after his death.
 

This college had a monumental impact on Pakistani society. According to the Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions,1 Charles, “built up a fine corps of Indian teachers and the college produced leaders of Punjab society in business, government, and the professions.” The current college website states, “Among the graduates of the college are two Presidents of Pakistan, a Prime Minister of India, the first Chief Justice of Pakistan, a number of Governors and Chief Ministers of the Punjab and other provinces, an Attorney General of Pakistan… numerous Ambassadors to other nations…numerous Generals and Admirals and an equally impressive list of leaders in the fields of education, law, medicine, arts and entertainment.”2 More importantly, the college taught its students to serve others, irrespective of their background, ethnicity, or religion.

 

Faithful to the End

Except for a few visits to the United States, Charles served in Pakistan until the end of his life. He was beloved by the local people and lovingly nicknamed “Baba Forman” (Grandfather Forman). In Christianity and the Nation, Robert E. Speer wrote, “It will be long before Lahoris forget the sweet and benign face of the great American missionary.”3 And five of his ten children became Presbyterian missionaries in India. Today, the Christian college he founded is a chartered university with a well-deserved reputation for excellence, innovation, and service to the greater community.
 

Charles faithfully served in India for over 45 years, and his life exemplifies this verse, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9) At our church in Sydney Mines, we want to be faithful in well doing, just as Charles Forman did.

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Will you serve others as Charles Forman did? Join the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church on Sundays at 11:00 am. 

For more information, call 902-304-4707 or email northside1178@gmail.com 

  1. Anderson, Gerald H. (1999) Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions. Grand Rapid, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing 
  2. Forman Christian College, About – Forman Christian College, Retrieved from http://www.fccollege.edu.pk/about/ on June 18, 2018.
  3. Speer, Robert E. (1910) Christianity and the Nation. New York : Fleming H. Revell Co.  


His Grace Is Sufficient: The Testimony of Joni Eareckson Tada

 

“The weaker I am, the harder I must lean on God’s grace; the harder I lean on him, the stronger I discover him to be, and the bolder my testimony to his grace.” 

The lady who wrote these words bears testimony to them with her life. Since 1967, she has been a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down. Yet, through her suffering, she drew closer to God and learned how to lean on His grace. God has used her to minister to people of all ages and walks of life, and today she is “an international advocate for people with disabilities.” 

Here is the incredible testimony of Joni Eareckson Tada.

One fateful day in the summer of 1967, an active teenager named Joni went swimming with her friends. That day, she dove into a lake that was too shallow and broke her neck. Instantly, she was paralyzed from the neck down. Joni found herself lying in a hospital bed, unable to sit or stand or even brush her teeth. She struggled with despair and depression, even asking friends to help her commit suicide. Joni grappled with the question,
 

“Why did God allow this in my life?”

After two years of recovery and rehabilitation, Joni still had no answers to her question. But God brought a friend named Steve Estes into her life. Steve had a working knowledge of the Bible and a heart of compassion. When Joni asked Steve why God had allowed her accident, he explained that he didn’t have all the answers. But he pointed her to the cross of Jesus Christ. He asked, “Joni, whose will do you think the cross was?” She answered that it was God’s will, of course. Everyone knew that. But he reminded her that Jesus’ death had been planned by the devil, by Judas Iscariot, and by Roman soldiers. Then he read Acts 4:28 to her. 

“For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.” (Acts 4:27-28)

The cross of Christ was no mistake.

Both God and Satan were at work to make it happen. Satan wanted to thwart God’s plans, deceive God’s people, and crucify God’s Son. But God had a purpose. Through the pain and suffering of the cross, Jesus would pay for the sins of all mankind. Now, He offers forgiveness and eternal life to anyone who will believe on Him. (Contact us at our church in Sydney Mines to learn more.)

In one interview, Joni shared, “It didn’t take long for me to understand the parallel between what happened at the cross of Christ and my own disability. I began to see that in the accident in which I became paralyzed, Heaven and Hell were participating in the exact same event, but for different reasons.” Satan wanted to destroy her faith, and God wanted to make her more like Christ. She wrote, “God used this injury to develop in me patience and endurance and tolerance and self-control and steadfastness and sensitivity and love and joy. Those things didn’t matter much when I was on my feet but, boy, they began to matter after I began living life in a wheelchair.” 

Joni also began to look forward to heaven in a way she had never done before. “In other words this wheelchair help me see that the good things in this life aren’t the best things. There are better things yet to come. The good things in this life are only omens and foreshadowing of more glorious, grand, great things to burst on the scene when we walk into the other side of eternity,” she said. At our church in Sydney Mines, we are looking forward to what God has in store for us in Heaven!

As Joni grew closer to God, He began to open doors for her to help others. During rehab, Joni learned to paint and began creating beautiful artwork. In 1982, she began a daily radio broadcast called “Joni and Friends” to share encouragement with her listeners. Since her accident, she has written over 50 books. In 1982, she married Ken Tada, and, together, they serve in the Joni and Friends Ministry. This non-profit organization provides wheelchairs and Bibles for people in developing countries, sponsors family retreats, hosts radio and television programs, and trains Christians to serve people with disabilities. 

Through her life, Joni shows us what it means to depend on God’s grace. No matter what you are facing right now, God has grace for you, too. In 2 Corinthians 12:9, He tells us, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…” If you have believed on the Lord Jesus as your Saviour, you can, “come boldly unto the throne of grace…[to] obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16) His grace is sufficient for you!

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Have you experienced God’s grace in your own life? Join the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church on Sundays at 11:00 am. 

For more information, call 902-304-4707 or email northside1178@gmail.com 



Yesterday, Today, Forever—He Is Faithful

 
Throughout life, few things remain the same. Children grow up. Friends move away. The sands of culture shift rapidly under our feet. Yet, in every circumstance of life, we have a God who never changes. At our church in Sydney Mines, we are so thankful for His faithfulness. Moses reminded the Israelites in Deuteronomy 7:9, 

“Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;” 

Here are 3 truths that help us understand God’s faithfulness.

 

1) God’s attributes are connected, not isolated.

God has many attributes, or character qualities. For example, God has the attributes of mercyomniscience, and love. Often, we think of God’s attributes as separate from each other. For example, God is both merciful (not giving us the punishment we deserve) and just (requiring payment for sin). We assume that God has to choose either mercy or justice, and that He cannot choose both at the same time. 

However, this is not the case. All of God’s attributes work together in perfect harmony. If God had to choose between conflicting attributes, He would be unstable and unreliable. Although people are like that, God is not. A. W. Tozer explains in his classic work The Knowledge of the Holy, “…all His words and acts must be and remain faithful. Men become unfaithful out of desire, fear, weakness, loss of interest, or because of some strong influence from without. Obviously, none of these forces can affect God in any way.” Because of this, God is, and always will be, faithful.

 

2) God is always true to Himself.

His actions are always based on His attributes. Because God is truth, He will never lie. Because God is just, He must punish sin. Because God is omniscient, or all-knowing, He will never need to learn anything. Because God is love, He gave His only Son

In addition, God will always keep His promises. Here are just a few of the promises He has given to those who chooses to turn from sin and believe on Christ:

-He will forgive our sins. (Micah 7:19)

-He will provide for all our needs. (Philippians 4:13)

-He will give us grace in our weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

-He will give us wisdom when we ask. (James 1:5)

-He will provide a way to escape from temptation. (Romans 10:13)

Because He is faithful, we can believe His promises and act upon them. 

 

3) God is always the same—unchangeable and faithful.

Because His attributes are inseparably connected, and He is always true to those attributes, God is faithful. He’s faithful on warm and sunny days and on rain-soaked days. He’s faithful even when the ground quakes under our feet. Nahum 1:7 shouts the glorious truth, “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.”

At our church in Sydney Mines, we trust God. We know that, even when we don’t understand His plan yet, He is working all things together for good in our lives. Yesterday, today, forever—He is faithful. 

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How have you seen God’s faithfulness in your own life? Join the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church on Sundays at 11:00 am. 

For more information, call 902-304-4707 or email northside1178@gmail.com 




 
 
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