March 10-16, 2017
Making Disciple-making Disciples
Sorry about the slightly convoluted title. Let me unpack what I mean by this.
When I first moved off to seminary in May of 2010, I hit the ground running with a job on campus as a painter. My crew leader, Gerald Griffin, had finished his bachelors and was about to graduate with his masters from SEBTS after nearly 10 years of studies and service. I worked with Gerald 5 days a week for 6 months until he graduated and moved off to other ventures. Gerald was a mentor to me. He taught me all the proficiencies about the job so that, one day, I could take over for him as crew leader, which I did. This is important because it is illustrative. But I'll come back to that momentarily.
As a new student I was curious about what classes I should take and even what my major should be. There was no better person to ask than a 10-year veteran like Gerald. He quickly urged me to take every class that I could with Drs. Cole, McKenzie, and McKinion. For, he said, "Don't take classes. Take professors." He was right. This led me down the path to many answered prayers concerning questions I had about the Bible and, ultimately, directed me into my chosen major: the Master of Arts in Old Testament. The point is, mentors or disciple leaders have a lasting impact on those whom they disciple.
I took Dr. McKinion for Hermeneutics (interpretation of the Bible) my first semester at Southeastern at Gerald's behest. Dr. McKinion rocked my world and intensely bothered me and many other students for about the first 3 weeks of class until I finally realized that he was unquestionably correct. In his first lecture, the PowerPoint slide read: "'Training Disciple-Making Leaders' OR 'why you may not like this class.' Lessons may appear to insult your intelligence, knowledge, spirituality. We are not here to simply learn a set of skills, augment knowledge, or be given an impressive set of facts. Seminary trains you to lead others in a mission. One is not a Christian merely because he participates in the death and resurrection of Jesus. A Christian is one who is these things within the community of believers and spreads it to others...The goal of THIS class is to make me THINK like a disciple-making leader; I (Dr. McKinion) don’t care what you can do. In Hermeneutics, this means learning to read the bible and discover its meaning and significance."--(emphasis mine). These may seem like harsh words, but they were effective.
Did you know that there are approximately 2 billion people on the earth that have never heard of Jesus? Let's say we start where Jesus left His disciples, with about 120 in number. Let's say we sent out 120 fervent followers of Jesus to share the gospel with one person every hour for 10 hours a day, 365 days a year, for the next 100 years. A daunting task! After 100 years they would only be able to share the gospel with 43 million people. That doesn't even scratch the surface of reaching 2 billion. So is the Great Commission then impossible? No. Jesus didn't command us to merely share the gospel when He gave us the Great Commission, He commanded us to make disciples of all nations as we go. If we did what Jesus did--making disciples who made disciples--120 people could make 8 billion disciples in 33 years! If each of the 120 disciples made a new disciple once a year and then each disciple continued to do that year after year the nations would be reached (I got these statistics from A Better Way by Dale Losch). That is the best way to grow the church. And, by way of example, that was Gerald's approach to me (remember Gerald?) He walked with me each day and taught me everything he could, and by doing that he essentially made me his "disciple." And I was able to make others after that, who now are making other "disciples," both in the vocational sense and the spiritual sense.
This approach works in the work place, and that's why I mention it. I think you get the point. I'll leave you with this quote that I thought was interesting and challenging. This was a quote made in the chapel of Dallas Seminary some 30 years ago: "Many of you say that you are willing to go, but you're planning to stay. Maybe more of you should be planning to go, and willing to stay."
hoping to continue being a disciple-making disciple,
- Important Announcement: Daylight savings time begins this Sunday, March 12th. So be sure set your clocks forward. Since the time changes next week, the elders decided to change our Wednesday night meeting times. Youth will meet at 6:15 and Adults will meet at 6:30. This will give people some extra time to get to church after work and other activities.
- Check out the welcome table for upcoming events and sign ups.
- On Sunday, March 12th from 3:30 to 7:30, come out to the church for an afternoon of games and fellowship! Bring your favorite board games or card games to play. Also, enjoy the new 3-in-one combo pool, air hockey, and ping pong table in the youth room!
That same evening, Snead State Bevill Center is hosting "Explosion 2017," from 6 to 9 pm, featuring Building 429, Josh Wilson, and special guest, Chris August. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. To buy tickets call 800-965-9324, online at itickets.com, or available at Real Life Pregnancy Centers.
- Children's Ministry Needs:
- 1 extra teacher on Wednesday nights
- 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation.
- Anyone interested in being on Sunday night rotation (1 year term)
Please call, text, or see Regina if you are interested.
- Student Events: This Friday night at 7:30 the students are invited to the Porch's house to hang out and play some games. Try to eat beforehand. Snacks provided.
Student Home Meeting will be Wednesday, March 15th at the Parnell's house. Meet at the Parnell's at 6 pm. Food and drinks will be provided.
During the week of Spring Break, March 20-21, we are headed to the "Ark Encounter" exhibit in Kentucky (see student ministry team leaders, Rory, Haley, or David for details).
- Secret Church will be held here at the church on April 21st from 6:30 pm until midnight. Books are $8. There is a sign up sheet on the Welcome Table. You do not want to miss this if you can make it! There will not be childcare provided.
March 12 - Church Game Day and Explosion 2017
March 15 - Student Home Meeting
March 20-21 - Spring Break student trip
April 21 - Secret Church Simulcast
- Please continue to pray for and support the Champion Family as we grieve the loss of our brother, Ron.
- 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
Last Week’s Statistics:
|Budget Receipts this Week:||$7,985.00|
|Budget Needs Weekly:||$4,097.88|
|Budget Receipts YTD:||$42,816.00|
|Budget Needs YTD:||$40,978.85|
|Building Fund this Week:||$940.00|
|Building Fund YTD:||$2,360.00|
A donation to the building fund was given by the Colvins in loving memory of Ron Champion.
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.