March 24-30, 2017
Where the Spirit of the Lord Is
Nothing can stop the Holy Spirit of God. Jesus said He's like the wind: He just goes wherever He wants to. I'm afraid some people make the mistake of thinking that the Holy Spirit is only active in church settings where there is intimate worship occurring. While that must certainly be the case if true worship is to happen (John 4:24), the Holy Spirit is not restrained to our obedience or by our disobedience. He does not need us. He cannot be contained. He could sweep right into a bar full of drunkards and bring about strong conviction of sin and judgment to the point that those men and women would experience revival! Normally, He does this by means of a believing vessel, but He by no means has to operate in any particular way except according to His own character and nature.
Sometimes when I survey the religious climate of America today, I get depressed. I wonder why the Holy Spirit doesn't sweep in and change our hearts and revive our churches. I wonder why another great, and much needed, revival tarries. But, make no mistake. The Holy Spirit will and is building the church of Christ, according to His own wisdom and love.
I am continually encouraged to read reports about the growing church in the most unexpected places. But that is just what we would expect the Holy Spirit to be doing. He can't be stopped!
A hundred years ago, there were few to no Christians that could be found in China, the largest, most highly populated country in the world. Today, Christians number in the tens of millions. Some estimate between 87 million to 100 million. This growth occurred despite intense government restriction and persecution. That's almost 1/3rd the population of the United States, but it is only about 8% of China's population. So much of China is still unreached, but the Holy Spirit is at work in the church there.
Also, Muslims are coming to Christ in unprecedented numbers in the Middle East. Places like Iraq, Iran, and Syria are the last places you would expect Christians to be thriving, but according to persecution watchdog Open Doors, it is happening. According to a Gospel Coalition report, "more Iranians have become Christians in the last 20 years than in the previous 13 centuries put together since Islam came to Iran." And "the church in Iran has become the fastest growing in the world." This is happening in Afghanistan as well. These are places where you will be killed if you convert to Christianity from Islam. But the Holy Spirit can't be stopped and can't be killed!
I have prayed for years that Islam would become a stench in the nostrils of the world and that Muslims would come to Christ by the millions and billions. This is happening even in secularized Europe. Once dead and withered churches are now being filled with former Muslim immigrants who have now come to Christ or converted to Christianity. While it's true that some have converted just to adjust, they are at least going to churches. This is an opportunity for evangelicals in Europe to reach the nations within their own borders like never before! Immigrants from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan who never before could go to church freely are now doing just that.
We have that opportunity right here too. Even in Albertville. You just have to know where to look. Sun Trace apartments, for instance, is full of internationals--Guatemalans, Mexicans, Haitians, and Ethiopians. If you want to reach the nations, you don't have to go far. You have the Holy Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Free in the power of the Holy Spirit to do His will,
- Check out the welcome table for upcoming events and sign ups.
- 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.
- There will be a meeting after church on Wednesday night, March 29th, for all children's ministry workers and teachers. We will discuss some upcoming events and this year's theme for Art camp.
- Secret Church will be held here at the church on April 21st from 5:30 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 26 - Community Groups start back
March 29 - Children's Ministry meeting
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 - Amy Williams, Randy Spence, Kevin Parnell
3 through 4 year olds - Amber Knight and Matt Colvin
Last Week’s Statistics:
|Budget Receipts this Week:||$3,950.00|
|Budget Needs Weekly:||$4,097.88|
|Budget Receipts YTD:||$49,761.00|
|Budget Needs YTD:||$49,174.62|
|Building Fund this Week:||$0.00|
|Building Fund YTD:||$2,460.00|
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.