February 10-16, 2017
Broken People, Broken World
My intention in writing to you this week was to edify you or exhort you with something from the Word. With God's help I will still do that, but I confess my heart and mind are preoccupied with current, heavy matters. What follows to start with is, however, not one of those matters.
There are probably things about the week in and week out of pastoral ministry of which you are unaware. One of those strange things at our church is cleaning the ice maker. I won't bore you with details. Suffice it to say that our ice maker is clean but now, for reasons unknown to me, Brad, and the repairmen that just left, the ice maker is on the fritz. As of today (the 9th), no one knows why it's broken or how it got that way, but someone is going to have to probe deeply to figure it out if we ever want it to fulfill its purpose of making ice again.
That, by way of analogy, is one of the burdens of pastoral ministry. Broken people come into our office and our church almost on a daily basis. Now we could just throw them out like a dysfunctional ice maker, but if we care about them and about whether or not God is getting glory from their lives then our job must be to get to know them, speak truth into their brokenness and help them become whole again. This is just part of the Christian duty of making disciples, really--it's the work of the ministry of a Christian. How can we expect would-be disciples to obey all that the Lord has commanded us when they cannot even function properly? Indeed, many broken and sin-bound people struggle greatly to be obedient to the Lord and fail even if they want to be obedient. The guilt of failure just makes them even more broken and despondent. However, as I'm sure most of you know, others are fools; they will not listen to reason. They remain a leaky cistern no matter how much water you pour into them.
I've encountered both of those types of broken people this week. Monday morning my benevolence appointment came in. I asked her how she was doing. "Worst weekend of my life" was her response. She caught her husband of 16 years in an adulterous affair. I prayed with her and the church granted her a $50 grocery voucher to Foodland. The rest of the week consisted of meeting people with similar stories. One of our regulars called us for help because she had been robbed. They even stole the drapes and bed sheets! Probably drug addicts robbed her simply because of where she lives. She has no enemies that she knows of. We gave her some food too. We had some drug addicts come in and make appointments for grocery vouchers also, but none of of them have shown up for their appointments yet. That is the nature of addiction: you cannot even make a simple appointment to receive necessities because the problem is such a life-controlling sin. Another couple we helped are stranded in a camper van by the interstate because of their foolishness and the bridges that they have burned.
As we discussed the stupidity and resistance of a few of these people this week, Brad said to me, "The righteous person sees the folly of this, but the fool doesn't." So true. As Christians we should always try to help people, even to dig deep into their problems so that the light of the gospel can shine into those areas and fix them. But no matter how bright the light, the blind don't and won't see it. Or else the fool simply hides himself from it. "For everyone practicing darkness hates the light and does not come to the light lest his deeds be exposed."
It's worth it, though. Some people come out of their darkness and folly because a Christian loved them in truth. We don't know who will and who won't; we just must tell all.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."--John 3:16-21.
- 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.
- 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 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 - David Porch, Ellen Sims, Abby Gwaltney
3 through 4 year olds - Haley Coy & Gloria Childress
Last Week’s Statistics:
|Budget Receipts this Week:||$5,455.00|
|Budget Needs Weekly:||$4,097.88|
|Budget Receipts YTD:||$24,165.00|
|Budget Needs YTD:||$24,587.31|
|Building Fund this Week:||$365.00|
|Building Fund YTD:||$1,055.00|
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.