Our Meeting House

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For decades, the church of Christ in Guy originally met in a cozy building on the corner of Pinnacle Springs Rd and Hwy 25. Like the town of Guy, we were small but with a big heart. Our church family was faithful and blessed by God ; in the mid-2000’s work began on a new building for us to meet and worship in.

 

 

 

DSCN1420Today we worship in a beautiful building at the corner of Hwy 25 and the Win Meadow Lake estates. Our auditorium holds a little over 200 people but usually on Sundays it’s only about half-full. We have grown tremendously in the past few years, however, nearly tripling our attendance. We welcome families and new members of all ages and each plays a part in bringing worship to God and growing in the faith.

 

 

 Our Elders and Deacon

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The New Testament speaks of Christians gathering together and being led by qualified men who shepherd them and help them on the road to Heaven. They have various designations that describe the office. They are called elders (Titus 1:5), bishops (Philippians 1:1), pastors (Ephesians 4:11). But whatever the Biblical title they go by, they serve in a qualified office:

 

 

If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers (Titus 1:6-9).

The role of an elder is to shepherd the flock of Christians at their location (Acts 20:28). At Guy we are currently led by three able men. Sonny Wiedower, Clark Hooten and David Stephens have over a hundred years of combined Christianity between them and have been great assets to our growth, not only spiritually but also in number.

gregOur elders are served in their work by a deacon, Greg Hooten, in accordance with the qualifications given by the Apostle Paul:

Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;  Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 1:3-13).

 

Our Preacher

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Matthew Martin began his work in Guy on Sunday, January 1, 2012. He was raised in St. Vincent, Arkansas (9 miles North of Morrilton on Hwy 95) and graduated from Wonderview High School in 2002. He is a 2005 Graduate of the Memphis School of Preaching and has preached and held Gospel Meetings in various states in the midwest and southeast. From 2005-2007 he served the Forest Hill congregation (home of MSOP) as her Associate Preacher, before returning to Arkansas to work as the Pulpit Preacher for the Higden congregation. After four years in Higden he began working in Guy. He works alongside Lauren his wife, and their two sons Jack and Caleb (and Zoe the dog!).

My goal as a preacher is simple: Show the Bible to be a book easily understood and necessary to obey. We study the Book verse-by-verse, taking care to keep the text in its context. We teach the Truth here at Guy: The Bible is the inspired Word of God, must be rightly divided (2 Timothy 2:15) in order to be properly understood, and has one meaning. One God authored one Book with one meaning. It’s up to us to use the brains God has given us to read and study and then obey the B-I-B-L-E. If we would all obey the Bible as the Bible says, there would be no disunity among believers.
Our sermons are simple, yet unafraid to dig into the text and know what it’s saying. Our sermons don’t mince words, but are laced with the love of Christ.If your preacher seems to hem and haw around the Bible, and you want preaching and teaching that will give you the Book, the whole Book and nothing but the Book, come visit us!

 

Busy Busy Busy

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Our classes are always bustling with young people. Every Sunday morning and Wednesday night they learn from people passionate about touching the minds of the next generation. God is taught and the children have fun learning about Him. What more could you ask?

In addition, every summer we host a Vacation Bible School for children of all ages. The kids sing, watch skits, eat snacks and most of all, they learn about the loving Father in Heaven.

 

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Each year we also host a special Ladies Day. Christian women and friends from all around sing pray and study together, enjoying a meal together and the blessing of good fellowship.

Also at the end of August is our special Homecoming Sunday where we welcome hundreds of friends and family visitors who worship with us. Every year we set an attendance goal and hope to break it on Homecoming Sunday. So far we have. In 2012 our goal was to welcome 100 people (we had 166). In 2013 our goal was 150 (we had 200). This year–2014–our goal is to overflow the house with 250 people. Can we do it? With your help! Join us on August 24th for Homecoming!

 

We have so much going on, but more than anything else we care about souls. We’re praying for you and on behalf of our elders, deacon, preacher and every Christian who calls our church family “home,” we invite you to come study with us, come teach us and let us teach you so that together we can have the kind of unity our Lord We desires (John 17:21). Come visit us!