by Don Petty

This past weekend, Aug. 8-10, the Lewisville church hosted a successful workshop on Sound Doctrine and Practice.

Nine excellent speakers delivered fundamental sound-doctrine lectures on a variety of topics addressing the needs of every Christian in the brotherhood.

Friday night over 300 attendees heard Jeff Jenkins kick off the workshop with an extremely sound and powerful talk on the topic, “Submitting to the Absolute Authority of God.” A hymn written and arranged by Lewisville Christians was sung during that hour. Some 24 hymns were written this year by the group to be sung in the assemblies during the workshop.

All day Saturday men continued to deliver inspiring and informational lectures with original hymns of praise to God being sung.

Ralph Gilmore, Dennis Jones, Ed Wharton, Eddie Cloer, Harold Taylor and Howard Norton brought to the 300-plus in attendance more scriptural lessons as only these men of God could do it.

Attendees were treated to a complimentary plate lunch at noon. While they were eating there a demonstration of the Mission Learning Center focused on the culture of Brazil, where Lewisville-supported missionary, Randy Warzecha, preaches, carrying out the Lord’s work.

On Sunday Willie Franklin brought the focus of some 750 plus in attendance onto the Great Commission to carry the message to the whole world in a lecture titled, “Making Him Known to All Nations.” Only Willie preaches like Willie! The ones in the class clung to his words.

Then in worship Gordon Hogan, Harding University Missionary-in-Residence, preached during our Sunday worship hour. His talk was, “Actively Preparing to Meet God in Judgment.”

After the worship was over the attendees continued to look at the exhibits throughout the halls of the church building, where they found many books and materials for learning, teaching and carrying out the Lord’s work. Displays were offered by bookstores, universities, DVDs of works by mission-minded men and a complimentary table of free materials for learning more about the Kingdom.

Choate Publications in Winona, Miss., brought 580 ‘complimentary’ copies of a pamphlet I had just written to be handed out at this workshop we called “The Day the Sun Went Out (Forever).” Some 400 or so were picked up, and one lady ordered from Choate 200 more!

Later in the week a lady called me and asked if she could get seven to send to inmates with whom she had been corresponding all over Texas through the World Bible School correspondence course program.

The Lewisville Sound Doctrine and Practice Workshop – 2008 was unique in the several ways mentioned above, and many requests for “another one” came to us from our own Lewisville brethren and quite a few from those attending from other churches.

We are thankful to all our guests who came from as far away as Minnesota and from several other states, New Mexico, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, but we are proud they came to Lewisville, Tex., to share in a terrific spiritual feast.