Friday, May 6, 2011

Upcoming speakers

Calvin Fritchey from Bible Truth Chapel in Miami will be visiting and sharing the Sunday message on May 29. This is Memorial Day weekend. Calvin has been a faithful supporter of the work in Key West for 27 years. Calvin's heart for the Lord and love for God's people, coupled with a passion to reach lost souls with the Gospel message will make for a great weekend at the chapel.

Tim Stafford will join us June 5 from Boulevard Bible Chapel in Hollywood, FL. Tim and his wife have been laboring in their local church for years. Lord willing, they will be heading overseas to full time missionary work. Come meet Tim and hear what the Lord has impressed upon his heart to share with the saints in Key West.

Mark Cowperthwaite will continue his series on 1 Peter May 8th ,15th ,and 22nd, in the will of the Lord. The previous messages are available, along with all our recent Sunday messages, at 

Kids club- new location, more activities...Join us!!

Kids club is moving to Bernstein Park on Stock Island. Join us from 3-4:30pm this and every Saturday as we reach our community with the Gospel. Plenty of room for your family to join in, help out, and be part of our community outreach. Please join us, and keep us in prayer!

Saturday, May 7- Schedule

"Minute to win it" style games to include "Face the cookie"(check the link if you don't know what this is) songs, snacks, prizes, and the story of God creating the world. Come learn the days of creation with Sara's famous motions! We have revamped the kids club and changed our location to reach more kids where they live. 

Christian families- join us! Bring your friends, especially those who don't know the Lord or get out to church. I know it can be busy raising children, but this time of fellowship and learning together is a testimony to the community of unity in Christ

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Jesse Gentile- "Doing things God's way"

Here is the audio message from the Gospel Chapel this past Sunday. Our visiting teacher, Jesse Gentile, discusses why we ought to live our lives, run our local church, and seek in all things to please God by following His example of worship and service.

For God's glory,
Mark Cowperthwaite for the saints in Key West.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ministry by Jesse Gentile April 30-May 2

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,

We are pleased to announce that we will be having a special weekend of Bible teaching and meetings at Key West Gospel Chapel April 30-May 2 with Jesse Gentile.

Jesse Gentile is a gifted Bible teacher from Carrollwood Bible Chapel ( in Tampa, Florida. Jesse works with Assembly Care Ministries and Team Workers Abroad, along with teaching and working with youth in his home assembly. We are excited to have Jesse come to encourage and challenge the Christians here in Key West in the preaching and teaching of God's Word. We hope you can join us for some or all of the events while Jesse is with us. 

Tentative itinerary April 29-May2,2011 (includes our regular weekly schedule for those visiting) 

Saturday 9am Men's prayer meeting followed by Bible study
Saturday 6pm Ministry of God's Word- Jesse Gentile  (Q and A to follow as time permits)

Sunday 930am Lord's Supper
Sunday 11am Ministry- Jesse Gentile
Sunday 1230pm Fellowship Dinner 
Sunday 3pm Ladies Bible Study 
Sunday 5pm- Ministry- Jesse Gentile

Monday 7pm- Ministry (Q and A to follow as time permits)

Family Bible School is cancelled for this weekend

All meetings will be held at:
Key West Gospel Chapel
720 Southard Street 
Key West, FL 33040

Please contact Mark Cowperthwaite for more information
Phone: (305)-767-3888

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Gospel literature in Spanish and much more

Greetings in the name of the  Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us and rose again to life everlasting!

We are excited to now have the Gospel tract written by Justin Humes now available in Spanish! I was equally excited when a brother joyfully took a handful of the English and Spanish tracts, along with a handful of our sunset postcards. This brother has asked how he could have the same Gospel literature in Spanish for his church body to pass out. What a blessing it is to know that God's Word and the Gospel message are going forth from this tiny little chapel on the tip end of the continental United States.

Brother Andre Walker came this past week and shared from God's Word concerning his family's continuing work of evangelism and Bible teaching. A message regarding the church at Sardis from Revelation was the text, and the challenge was to never allow our local church to become dead. This fate of the church at Sardis seemed to be correlated with their lack of persecution. Now one may say it is not persecution that keeps a church alive, but I would agree that a church with no persecution whatsoever must prayerfully consider if the reason for that lack is that they are not standing firmly for Christ. Peter warns us that all who desire to live godly lives in Christ Jesus WILL suffer persecution. None of us desire such things, but we do recognize that in order for revival to come to Key West, we must recognize our weaknesses and failures, to turn and give our lives afresh and completely for the glory of Him who loved us and washed us from sin. Unto Him be the glory forever, Amen!

We were blessed this past week to have a need for more hymn books. I was especially pleased when I opened the box of "Worship and Remembrance" hymnals to find the invoice was already paid on our account. We thank the Lord for the faithful work of Christians everywhere who make these resources available and especially to our humble little flock in Key West. We thank the Lord for providing in all things, as He is faithful to do at all times. What a wonderful, gracious, and providential God we serve!

We have had a few visitors this past month at the chapel, and it has been a blessing to see faithful attendance by a few families to the Family Bible School and other meetings. Still, the most important meeting of the church, in my opinion, is that of the Lord's Supper. Concerning this meeting, I want to share a quote from David Dunlap's book "His Dying Request" from H.A. Ironside. Ironside saw the great solemn yet joyous purpose of this meeting, as Christians gather together led by the Holy Spirit, to remember the Lord Jesus Christ in what was truly His dying request. Below is an excerpt:

Christ the Central Focus of The Lord’s Supper
“Why is there no previously-arranged program as to the order of service, the hymns to be sung, prayers to be offered, and the words of heart-felt worship? Is not time wasted in silence which might be used in teaching the Scriptures?” It is important, first of all, to understand that we do not come together to pray, nor yet to preach, nor to sing or listen to teaching, nor to enjoy Christian fellowship. We come together to meet the Lord Himself, to be solely occupied with Him, to offer Him the worship of our hearts, and to remember what He passed through for us. Let me put it this way: Suppose that on a given Lord’s Day morning it were known definitely that our Savior, in person, would be present in our church building. How do you think real Christians would act on such an occasion? Would we not enter the room with a deep sense of awe pervading our spirits? Surely there would be no lightness of behavior, no frivolity, no worldly jesting as we came together. Nor would we be coming to listen to one preaching or teaching the Word of God. Our one desire would be to see Him, to fix our adoring eyes upon His blessed Face; if we spoke at all, it would be to tell something of His sufferings for us, and the gratitude and worship that would fill our hearts as we recalled the agony He endured on the cross. At such a time one can well understand how all might join in a burst of melody, singing together some hymn of praise, in which His holy person, His past sufferings, and His present glory were celebrated! But surely anything like mere fleshly formalism would be altogether out of place. If one spoke audibly, it would be simply to praise His Name, or to bring to the mind of saints some portion of the Word that would give a better understanding and apprehension of His Person or work. No one would dare to push Christ aside, and take His place as the teacher of others, unless requested by the Lord.
What a challenge this is! Never should it be said that our worship is merely a tradition or formalistic religion. We must come to the Lord's table, humbled and broken, yet renewed in life and light because of what Christ has done. Even so, come Lord Jesus! We are waiting for you, may we all be about your business when you come. 
Mark Cowperthwaite for the saints in Key West

Monday, February 21, 2011

Google has found the Gospel Chapel

A friend called the other day to let us know something rather funny. It seems that if you go to and search "gospel literature" you will see that out of about 300,000 results, the Key West Gospel Chapel blog (the site you are on) has the #3 and #5 spots. If you don't want to bother, just check out the picture below for the results. Guess we had better keep talking about sharing the Gospel and the literature we use, as the world is watching. Not sure if being on Google's top results is a good things though....


Friday, February 18, 2011

Another venue for sharing!

Here at the Gospel Chapel, we have many venues to share the Gospel, from jail ministry to discipleship to door to door Gospel outreach, God has opened the doors for many opportunities to proclaim His name and be a unifying force in the body of Christ. None of this is possible in the flesh, but only as we humbly submit ourselves to the influence of the Holy Spirit, who will guide us into all truth. 

One of the new ideas (borrowed from a few friends) is a monthly newsletter. This newsletter will introduce ministries of the church body in Key West, offering encouragement and fellowship, and keep folks informed of what is going on around here. We will have a listing of upcoming events and speakers for our Sunday services, along with much more. Thank you for your interest in the work of the Lord in Key West at the chapel. It is such a blessing to see the Lord at work, to God be the glory for the things He has done!

From our first monthly newsletter:

Our first newsletter
This is our first monthly newsletter from the Key West
Gospel Chapel. In an effort to keep our friends and neighbors up to
date with what is going on here at the Gospel Chapel, we would
like to offer these monthly updates and information.
You will find that there is a lot going on not just on
Sundays at the chapel, but throughout the week we find
encouragement and challenge as we study God's Word together and
reach out to our community with the message of eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Our ladies Bible study will hold its first meeting February
27th at 3:00pm and will meet every Sunday, Lord willing. The goal
of this time is fellowship and encouragement from God's Word in
the specific realm of Christian womanhood. While this time is
designed to best help Christian women, those interested in learning
more about the message of the Bible and Christianity are welcome
to come and learn with us.
Sara Cowperthwaite will be hosting this time, but all are
encouraged to share from their experience and knowledge of God's
Word and the special place of women in God's plan. We hope you
can join us as we seek to grow more in Christ together.

The men of the Gospel Chapel have recently started a
weekly Bible study on Friday mornings at 10:00am. This study
time is open to discussion from God's Word of the pressing needs
of Christian men. While this time is designed for Christian men,
those interested in learning more about the message of the Bible
and Christianity are welcome to come and learn with us. It is our
desire to help and encourage, and challenge one another to be the
men God wants us to be. Join us as we grow together. Mark
Cowperthwaite will be leading group discussions.
There is also an open prayer meeting on Saturday mornings
at 8:00am. This time is focused on praying for the churches of Key
West and the Gospel outreach in our city. We believe that setting
aside time each week to focus our hearts, united in prayer, is
crucial to the effectiveness of the Lord's work.

Download the newsletter

Paper copies of the chapel newsletter are available at the chapel, and will be distributed in our door to door Gospel outreach also. We thank the Lord for any chance we get to proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ and edify all those who are called by His name.

Mark on behalf of the Christians of the Gospel Chapel