Greetings to all visitors to the Salem Chapel United Methodist Church Web Site. My name is Walt Pearson and I consider it a privilege to share with you teachings which I learned from God's Word by the Power of the Holy Spirit.
I would first like to commend Andy Matanic for his efforts in publishing this web Home Page. I have a great amount of respect for talented people like Andy who have the skills necessary to produce something like this. I, myself cannot.
My intent is to share teachings that I received in my many years of study of God's Word. At the end of each teaching session you will find Web Links to some of my favorite teaching ministries.
Over the years God has connected me to some really fine teachers that He used to help me understand His Word. God says in his Word: It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
( Ephesians 4:11-13 NIV translation)
Notice in those verses that God says to prepare His people for works of service. That my friend is one of God's purposes in creating His Church. We should not be just members of a church to meet our own needs, though that is important. We should allow God to mature us by our regular exposure to good biblical preaching/teaching so we can become "Usable Vessels".
Much of what I will share with you on these web pages came to me through numerous ministries. But one thing I always do is check-out everything to ensure it is accurate and from God's Word, the bible. Scripture says: Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1 NIV)
What this says to me, is follow-along when a preacher or teacher is communicating doctrine or teachings from the bible. Many have been led astray from The Truth because they did not "Try or test" by checking for themselves from the Word of God. Check this writer, me, out as well.
For purposes of brevity, I will conclude this article at this point as my introduction to our further teachings from God's Word. Our next subject will cover what is Faith and how do we attain greater Faith.
In addition to the producing of these teaching articles, I am willing to make my best attempt at fielding questions you might have regarding the bible and related matters. You can send them to me at this church web site: firstname.lastname@example.org
Before I close let me invite you to our church for worship, fellowship and bible study. I am currently conducting two bible study classes covering an OVERVIEW of all sixty-six books of the bible. These two classes are at the church.
The first is at the conclusion of the Sunday Worship following the half-hour of fellowship time where we serve coffee and treats. It begins at approximately 10:30 AM and lasts for about one hour. The second class is also at the church beginning at 7:00 PM covering the exact same materials as the morning class. Anyone can come to either class at anytime and just plug-in at whatever point we are covering at the time. Handouts of the material covered are given to all attendees for personal study reference.
I look forward to our study time together whether here on the web or in person at the church. Again let me remind you I have posted at the bottom of this article "My Favorite (Teaching) Web sites if you are interested in further sound Biblical Teaching.