Lock Haven Scripture Press
William "Bill" Chisholm, Director
St. Cloud Missionary Baptist Church
14246 Boggy Creek Road, Orlando, FL 32824
Scripture Printing Ministry of the
Lock Haven Baptist Church
(407) 857-0461 Shop (407) 240-2167 FAX
"…Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest." John 4:35
God has given us a burden to print His Holy Word that salvation, free to all through the Lord Jesus Christ, may be made known to ALL peoples. It is estimated that one half the world's population (nearly three (3) billion souls) have never heard the name of the Lord Jesus Christ! Printing the Scriptures in the nine (9) languages now produced in our shop we can reach over one hundred countries with the gospel. We have the opportunity!
Won't you join us in this task of laboring-together to tell a lost world about the living Savior? Join us in sowing the "…good seed…" of the Word of God so that we may rejoice together in the harvest!
To be obedient to the commands or our Lord Jesus Christ and to foster His desire that all should hear the good news of the gospel. We believe that we are saved by grace through faith and that faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Because saving faith can only be realized from a person's encounter with the Word of God, we are publishing and distributing world-wide the precious Word of God! This publishing is done in the confines and under the authority of the local church, God's agency in this present dispensation of grace. Distribution is through other local churches and their missionaries.
To share God's Word and assist in establishing indigenous New Testament churches around the world is our plan. Further it is to place God's Word into every nation for the obedience of faith (Romans 16:26), so that ALL people may have the opportunity to hear the Gospel and be saved (Romans 10:17). By publishing fifty "trade languages", this placement of Scripture into ALL nations can be accomplished.
Our prayer is that all who name the name of the Lord Jesus Christ will understand the famine for God's Word (Amos 8:11) and make a commitment to stand with us as fellow laborers for Christ in producing and sharing the Word of God through Lock Haven Scripture Press.
God is concerned about the whole world receiving His Word! Jesus commands us to go into all the world!
"... go into all the world ..."
- 50% of the world has never even seen one verse of Scripture!
Join us in prayer and financial support as we sow the good seed of God's Word in the field of His world....and together we will rejoice in the harvest of souls,
- 75 % of the world does not have a Bible!
- 94% of all Christian workers minister to 6% of the world's population
- 94% of all the contributions are used to reach that same 6%
Lock Haven Scripture Press
Why A Local Church Ministry?
We trust the following article, reprinted by permission of Accent B/P Publications, will facilitate your understanding of the absolute necessity of the scripture printing ministry being an extension of a local New Testament church.
Like democracy and the free enterprise system, the local church has come under rather severe attack in recent years. For some time now we have been told that the church has failed in a number of important areas. These cries continue to be heard today from various quarters. Usually the ones pointing out the failures of the church suggest that God has raised up and continues to raise up other organizations to accomplish the tasks left undone by the local church. All kinds of different ministries are being presented to the Christian public as replacements for the church. Though not blatantly billed as substitutes for the local church, the way these organizations are presented and financed gives that impression.
Campus ministries, specialized children and youth ministries, radio and television ministries, literature distribution ministries, schools, mission boards, evangelistic efforts, and many other similar ministries have come to be called para-church organizations. If I hear it correctly, we are being told that the work originally assigned to the local church is now being done by one or another or even several of such para-church organizations.
Where does the local New Testament church fit into this situation?
I doubt that any serious-minded child of God, who knows the Biblical task assigned to the church and the church's record of accomplishing that task, would deny that indeed the church has failed. Some of us have serious questions, though, about the solutions offered by the para-church enthusiasts to correct those failures.
Neither would we deny the reality of the good work carried on by many of these organizations or question the sincerity of those involved in them. There is every reason to believe that in our changing world there is a need for such organizations. What we do question is the lack of real relationship between these para-church ministries and the local church.
Those of us who are committed to the local church as God's means of doing His work in the world believe it is still what Paul told Timothy it is, "the pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15). This definition of the local church is still true despite all of the church's failures.
Paul gave specific instructions to Timothy concerning how the local assembly should function. These directions related especially to the leadership (1 Timothy 3:1-14). Paul gave the instructions so that if he could not come to see Timothy soon, for whatever reason, then Timothy, and I take it the leaders also discussed in the first part of the chapter, would know how to behave themselves in the church and conduct its affairs. Very clearly the church referred to in the letter to Timothy is the local church. Since elders, or pastors and deacons, serve in the local church, Paul is referring to the local assembly of believers. Not the building in which the church meets, but the local assembly of blood-bought believers is here called "the house of God, which is the church of the living God; the pillar and ground of the truth. " (I Timothy 3: 15)
Interestingly, and by no means coincidentally, twice in the same chapter Paul refers to "house." In verse 5 he says that a man qualified to be an elder must be able to care for his own house. If he can't, then he is not qualified to take care of the church of God. What dignity that parallel to the church brings to the Christian home. Ability to conduct the affairs of the home is one of the qualifications for a man who conducts the business of God in the church, or house, of God.
Then again in verse 12, in connection with deacons we read, "Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well." This reference lends further dignity to the home and family--a dignity needed in our day just as much as, if not more than, it was in Paul's day.
The same apostle also spoke of the local church as a dwelling place of God the Spirit. Writing to the church in Corinth, he referred to the local assembly as "the temple of God" (I Corinthians 3:16). In I Corinthians 6:19 he calls the believer's body "the temple of God," "the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit," but in 3:16 he is talking about the church. Mysteriously and sovereignly the local assembly of believers is a "temple," "the dwelling place. of God." The local church was very important, therefore, to God. Paul designated it "the house of God," "the church of the living God."
In I Timothy 3:15 Paul describes the church as the "pillar and ground of the truth." That gives great eminence to the church. It is the bulwark of the truth. This is God's intent for it. The truth here means the inerrant written truth of God as well as the incarnate living truth of God. The church is the custodian of the truth. Its primary role is to propagate the truth and pass it on. The church's role is, therefore, to support the truth; to defend it and disseminate it.
The local church is the foundation, or ground, of the truth because it is the base from which the truth is declared and by which the truth is declared. It is the "pillar" because it supports the written Word of God as well as the living Word of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. And, of course, what one believes about the living Word will be reflected in what he believes about the written Word. Conversely, what one believes about the written Word of God will be reflected in what he believes about the living Word of God.
In the Greek there is no definite article before the words "pillar and ground" and therefore, while the local assembly is in view, there may be room for other organizations which promote, defend, and propagate the truth to share in the church's responsible position. There were no para-church organizations in Paul's day, but there were no Sunday Schools then either. Because something is not referred to in Scripture does not mean it is unscriptural.
However, every para-church organization, if it would be true to the New Testament, must in fact be an arm of the local church. If it is not, it does not adhere to the New Testament pattern. In the New Testament the local church is God's vehicle, His instrument, for getting His work done. Even though para-church ministries abound today, I believe Paul would still be led of the Spirit of God to write to us, as he did to Timothy, that the local assembly is in fact "the pillar and ground of the truth," that God's work is to be done through the local church and by means of the local church, and that every other existing organization ought to be an arm of the local church.
I am not opposed to para-church organizations Our culture and the times in which we live seem to call for them. But I am opposed to any para-church organization that proposes to replace the local church. The local church is still God's agency for doing His business.
Any para-church ministry not vitally related to the church is out of step with the New Testament. (More is required to be related to the church than to be on its budget.) If para-church ministries are not arms of the church and servants of the church, they will sap the strength from the local assembly. In the end they will do more harm than good to the local church. God help us to take advantage of these ministries, but to do so in a Biblical way. God help those who sponsor these organizations to find their roots and their leadership in the local church. The local church is said to be "the house of God," "the pillar and ground of truth." Para-church ministries are not.
The primary task of the church is, in my opinion, twofold. It is to communicate the truth in Holy Scripture and to contend earnestly for it-not just to proclaim it, but to defend it. That's the word from Jude: "Contend earnestly for the faith" (Jude 3). Jude was not talking, of course, about an individual's faith. He was talking about a body of truth, which needs to be declared and defended against all opposition.
As believers, our commitment must first be to Christ, the Head of the church. However, when we are committed to Him, we will also be committed to the institution which He loves. I am not suggesting that the church does not need a revival, but I am suggesting that the church of the living God, "the pillar and ground of the truth," will never be replaced as God's principle instrument to do His work in the world.
Looking back across the last one hundred years, we should thank God for a number of para-church-organizations that were willing to stand up for our Lord Jesus Christ in a time when the local church was lax and indifferent. Through their efforts the life giving message of the Gospel was spread to many areas of the world and the cause of Christ was advanced.
However, in the final analysis, the scriptural responsibility of fulfilling the "great commission" must rest firmly upon the shoulders of the local church for it is the church that is God's agency in the present dispensation of grace. The Apostle Paul wrote in I Corinthians 15:34, "Awake to righteousness and sin not, for some have not the knowledge of God, I speak this to your shame." Today we should thank God that many local churches are emerging from a time of slumber and accepting their divine obligation to 'preach the Gospel to every creature, " from their "Jerusalem" to the regions beyond. Such are the churches in the Lord's ministry of scripture printing & distribution.