February 3 - 9, 2017
Nothing Will Now Be Impossible for Them
I've been thinking a lot lately about the incredible advances I have seen in just my own lifetime. When I was a boy, as many of you can remember, we did not have personal computers, cell phones, or even telephones that worked without a cord. I remember when we did not even have a remote control for a TV. We didn't go without a remote control or cell phone because we couldn't afford them, we went without them because they didn't exist.
Lately, I have been reading about the exponential advance of technology and how we are in the middle of a boom of technological discovery that has no end in sight. The more technology we invent, the easier it is to invent more technology, and so things are changing at a frantic pace. We don't realize it because we are in the middle of it. Some predict that we will have computers that are as smart, or smarter, than human beings within the next two decades.
I watched a video yesterday about the launch of the Falcon 9 and how they safely brought the stage one booster back to Earth so it could be re-used. The math and engineering involved to pull off this feat is incredible. To put it in terms we can understand, they said it was the equivalent of launching a pencil over the Empire State Building, in a wind storm, and landing it eraser down in a shoe box on the other side. And they did it. I could not believe my eyes. They put a payload into orbit and landed the booster for reuse. Amazing!
What does all of this have to do with the church and the gospel? I keep thinking of Genesis 11:6 and the Tower of Babel. There, the Lord said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them" (Genesis 11:6). We often read this and walk away with the idea that this passage is meant to explain where diverse languages come from, but that isn't the point. God says something far more amazing than that, "Nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them". That means we can put people on the moon. It means we can colonize Mars. It means that we can shoot pencils over the Empire State Building and land them in shoe boxes.
This passages, and our advancement, teaches me two things. One, God did not confound our ability to work together because He doesn't want us to advance. He did it because our advances are often self-destructive. He was trying to help us, not hurt us. When we advance without the Kingdom of God in mind, we build monuments to our own glory and not His, and that hurts us. So God confounded the languages to preserve us.
But secondly, it tells me that often our ambitions are too small. As Christians, we see this monumental task of evangelizing the nations and we think, "They will kill us. They will persecute us. And no one will listen." Especially in the Middle East. But maybe we are wrong about that. Maybe we need to be creative and think of ways to get the gospel to them where they can hear about and embrace Christ. Maybe our ambitions for the Kingdom of God are too small.
We are truly fearfully and wonderfully made. We are image-bearers of the living God. Let us harness all that creativity and all that hope with our Father has given us, and let us never doubt that we can do the things God has called us to do. We can evangelize Albertville. We can change Marsahll County. We can do it. We just have to figure out how.
Yours in Christ,
- Check out the welcome table for upcoming events and sign ups.
- Every other chair in the sanctuary is now stocked with visitor cards, offering envelopes, and pens. Kids are welcome to draw on those, if need be, but if they do please don't leave those cards in the chairs. Take them with you or throw them away. Thanks.
- Children's Ministry Needs:
- 1 extra teacher on Wednesday nights
- 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation.
- 1 nursery worker for Wednesday nights starting in January
- Anyone interested in being on Sunday night rotation (1 year term)
Please call, text, or see Regina if you are interested.
- We are now collecting canned goods for the kids to give away as an outreach during the month of January. Please place your canned food items in the box next to the welcome table.
- Please continue to fill up the baby bottles for Real Life Pregnancy Center and return them to the basket on the welcome table.
- Youth Super Bowl Party, Sunday, Feb. 5th at the Parnell's house from 5-10 pm or until a winner "rises up." Food and drinks will be served. No regular community groups that night. Your group may have a Super Bowl Party too.
- Ladies Fellowship, Thursday, Feb. 9th at 6 pm. Location: The Church. Bring side dishes or dessert. Meat entree provided.
- Parents' Valentine's Date Night, Friday, Feb. 10th from 6 to 9:30 pm. Parents, drop off your kids at the church for dinner, games, and a movie and you go and enjoy a date night together! Hosted by NCBC Student Ministry.
- On Sunday, Feb. 12th, Chris and Dana Holloway will be visiting us. They will give a presentation of their on-going ministry in Ghana and Chris will preach.
February 5 - Super Bowl Parties
February 9 - Ladies Fellowship
February 10 - Parents' Valentine's Date Night
February 12 - Chris and Dana Holloway visiting
- Pray for all the benevolence cases we work with on a weekly basis. Most of them are unchurched. Pray the gospel takes root and praise God for all the provision we have to be able to do this ministry.
Sunday Morning Childcare:
Bed Babies through 2's - Denise Bledsoe, Robert Sims, Kathy Coy
3 through 4 year olds - Rory Colvin and Sam Merilien
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New Covenant Baptist Church – www.DiscoverNewCovenant.com
912 E. Main Street, P.O. Box 131- Albertville, AL 35950
Pastor – Brad Williams
Family Pastor -- David Porch
Our mission and passion at New Covenant Baptist Church is to glorify God by becoming a community that fosters the love of God with all of the heart, soul, mind and strength, and by learning to love one another as Christ Jesus has loved us.The answer to every heart's need and the satisfaction of all our longing is found in Jesus Christ our Lord, who is Himself the very image of Almighty God. We exist to adore Him, and to spread the knowledge of His greatness to the ends of the earth.