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August 18-24, 2017

There is no such Thing as Cyber Space, Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that there is no such thing as cyber space. That is, there is no dimension of reality where you can go in the computer world that doesn't affect real people. I am writing about this a second time because recent events demonstrate how very real the world of social media and the internet is. 

I preached about the wickedness of white supremacy last Sunday in response to the Nazi/white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. That mess isn't over yet. The white supremacists did not cease to exist when they left that beleaguered city.

How did they organize? How did these fringe people find each other and coordinate to meet in Charlottesville in the first place? They met on the internet. They read each others blog and newsletters. They chatted on Facebook and Twitter. They assumed that the people they were chatting with were real, and that through social media, they could exert influence. ISIS recruits on the internet as well.

I'm not writing this to scare you off of the internet. I'm writing this to tell you it is a tool, neither good or evil. It is a tool that can be wielded by terrorists, or it is a tool than can be wielded by servants of Christ. I am convinced, now more than ever, that we must bring salt and light to others through these mediums. 

I'm not exactly sure what that will look like for each of us. Perhaps start by being conscious of what you post, but especially, be conscious of how you respond to the posts of others. Bear the fruits of the Spirit in all your online conversations. Be kind and loving and compassionate and long-suffering and slow to anger. There are people out there, and even in this community, who definitely need it. 

I have been active online in the past couple of weeks. Ethan and I got a lot of laughs out of his trombone performance. People appreciated it. I also got a lot of response writing against white supremacy. I think some people learned some things. I feel like this is the least I can do, and I believe strongly that these things actually do make a difference in people's lives. 

So pray for me, and pray for our church. Pray that we will use whatever means the Lord gives us to shed gospel light into the darkness that surrounds us. Pray that eyes will be opened to the truth and beauty of the gospel, and that justice will prevail in our country.

Yours in Christ,

Bro. Brad

Announcements:

  • Children's Ministry:
    - Back to school time means we return to our regular Wednesday night classes for kids. Classes start back August 9th at 6:30. Teachers and nursery workers should be here by 6:15.
    - 1 more person is needed for the nursery rotation during Sunday Service
    - 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation.
    - Anyone interested in being on Sunday night rotation (8 weeks a year). Please call, text, or see Regina if you are interested.
  • Sunday School teachers will rotate on the 13th of this month.
  • Sign ups for Community Groups are on the welcome table.
Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:

September 17 - Family Meeting

Praise/Prayer Requests:
  • Please continue to pray for and support the Champion Family as we grieve the loss of our brother, Ron.
  • Pray for Gloria's husband, Perry Childress. He is not a Christian. Please pray for the Lord to save Him.
  • 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 - Cindy Ham, Misty Merilien, Steve Hellums
3 through 4 year olds - Haley Coy, Taylor Gwaltney

Last Week’s Statistics:
Budget Receipts this Week:
$2,625.00
Budget Needs Weekly:
$4,097.88
Budget Receipts YTD:
$134,156.00
Budget Needs YTD:
$135,230.19
Budget (Deficit)/Surplus
($1,074.19)
Building Fund this Week:
$140.00
Building Fund YTD:
$6,880.00
Benevolence:
$25.00
Missions:
$50.00
Attendance:
95
912 E. Main Street, P.O. Box 131- Albertville, AL 35950
256-849-2454
Pastor – Brad Williams    
Family Pastor -- David Porch
Sunday:
9:30am – Sunday School
10:30am - Worship Service
6:00pm – Community Groups
Wednesday:
6:30pm - Children/Student Activities
6:30pm – Adult Bible Study
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.

August 11-17, 2017

Made for Each Other

There's no doubt that because of sin, interpersonal relationships are the wellspring of so much evil and suffering in the world. Or rather the failure of interpersonal relationships. People are the problem in this world. And yet God's design is not for us all to just cloister ourselves into little monastic huddles. Despite the fact that many of the early Christian monks (called the Desert Fathers) secluded themselves in the desert, and because they were, for the most part, men and women of God, the Lord orchestrated it that people inevitably followed them out into the desert to learn from these godly men and women. This is because God made us for community; for fellowship. That God saw that Adam being alone was not good is not necessarily a marriage mandate, but rather an affirmation of the reality that God's own unity in plurality should therefore be manifest and extended also in the human being who was made in God's likeness. Thus, the creation of Man was not fully good in God's sight until he fully reflected this aspect of God-likeness--community. Community is an eternal reality. We are saved for it. It seems that Christians often miss this aspect of salvation. Our relationships ought to be made right in Christ. For we are not simply saved from sin, death, and hell. We are saved for certain things too. One of those things is fellowship. We are saved into the family of God, His church. That's why I don't understand how a true Christian can downplay the importance of church membership or at least regular church attendance. Those who excuse themselves from corporate worship together by saying "I can have church by myself under a tree," (as I heard someone say just this week) have a gross misunderstanding of God's purposes for the world and for individuals.

We are all different. God did not make any one of us exactly the same as another. So that makes fellowship and team work a challenge, but that is what God has saved us into--a fellowship; a family. If we will be forbearing towards one another and seek to gain mutual understanding of one another, then, by the aid and unifying power of the Holy Spirit, we shall, indeed, experience true family and fellowship together. Might as well get used to it. We will be together forever in Christ!

seeking what leads to unity and mutual edification of the Body of Christ,

David

Announcements:

  • Children's Ministry:
    - Back to school time means we return to our regular Wednesday night classes for kids. Classes start back August 9th at 6:30. Teachers and nursery workers should be here by 6:15.
    - 1 more person is needed for the nursery rotation during Sunday Service
    - 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation.
    - Anyone interested in being on Sunday night rotation (8 weeks a year). Please call, text, or see Regina if you are interested.
  • Sunday School teachers will rotate on the 13th of this month.
  • The Ladies Fellowship is hosting a Baby Shower for Leigh Ellen Styke at the church on August 14 at 6:30 pm. Gift ideas: diapers of all sizes, baby wipes, gift cards, etc.
  • Sign ups for Community Groups are on the welcome table.
Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:


August 13 - Sunday School Teachers rotate
August 16 - Student Home Meeting at the Meriliens'

Praise/Prayer Requests:
  • Please continue to pray for and support the Champion Family as we grieve the loss of our brother, Ron.
  • Pray for Gloria's husband, Perry Childress. His health has been declining and he is not a Christian. Please pray for the Lord to save Him.
  • 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 & Matt Colvin

Last Week’s Statistics:
912 E. Main Street, P.O. Box 131- Albertville, AL 35950
256-849-2454
Pastor – Brad Williams    
Family Pastor -- David Porch
Sunday:
9:30am – Sunday School
10:30am - Worship Service
6:00pm – Community Groups
Wednesday:
6:30pm - Children/Student Activities
6:30pm – Adult Bible Study
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.


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.

 

Contact the church office :  (256) 849 2454