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September 15-21, 2017

Hospitality is a Necessity

 

In Hebrews 13:2, we are told, "Do no neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." This happened to Abraham in Genesis when the three strangers he and Sarah prepared a meal for turned out to be angels from the Lord. Abraham's nephew, Lot, saved himself and his daughters by showing hospitality to those same angels when they came to Sodom. The families of the Old Testament were willing to open hearth and home in order to show kindness to strangers. 

In 1 Timothy 3:2, 1 Timothy 5:10, and in Titus 1:8, being hospitable is always listed as one of the qualifications for pastoral ministry. 1 Peter 4:9 commands us to "Show hospitality to one another without grumbling." Hospitality is not a side-issue in New Testament Christianity, it is woven in to who we are supposed to be. 

I am going to stop my short sermon on hospitality short by telling you all of a wonderful opportunity to practice it. Community groups! We need houses and homes on stand by to help us with community groups. Ideally, David and I would not have to go hunting for people to host community groups, people would be hunting us to volunteer their homes. So here is your chance, if you would like to make your home available to the members of the church for community group meetings on Sunday nights in the future, please let David and me know. 

A big thank you for all of those who have already been willing to open their homes to us for these meetings, and another big thanks to those who I know will volunteer to help us make sure these wonderful times of fellowship are able to continue.

Yours in Christ,

Bro. Brad

Announcements:

  • Children's Ministry:
    - We desperately need nursery volunteers for Wednesday nights. We currently have 4 classes on Wednesdays--Adults, Youth, Children, and ESL Bible storying--this means we need more than one person to play with and watch the little ones. Please help!
    - 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.
  • Family meeting Sunday night, September 17th. Please bring Italian-themed foods such as spaghetti, lasagna, pizza, pasta, salads, and desserts for a potluck meal Italian style. The church will provide the drinks.
  • The next Ladies Fellowship is September 25th at 6 pm at Lisa Spence's house.
  • Sign ups for Community Groups are on the welcome table.
Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:

September 17 - Family Meeting
September 20 - Student Home Meeting at the Badgetts
September 25 - Ladies Fellowship

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 - Amy Williams, Randy Spence, Kevin Parnell
3 through 4 year olds - Amber Knight, Matt Colvin

Last Week’s Statistics:
Budget Receipts this Week:
$7,262.00
Budget Needs Weekly:
$4,097.88
Budget Receipts YTD:
$151,961.00
Budget Needs YTD:
$151,621.73
Budget (Deficit)/Surplus
$339.27
Building Fund this Week:
$275.00
Building Fund YTD:
$7,645.00
Benevolence:
$25.00
Missions:
$100.00
Attendance:
86
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.

September 8-14, 2017

Famines and Earthquakes in Various Places

As I have watched the current events unfolding lately, especially the natural disasters that we have seen and will continue to see next week, I have meditated and stored these things up in my heart. Several natural disturbances have plagued the Western hemisphere of late. I'll just list you some headlines:

  • "Dozens of Wildfires in Western United States"--8/28--https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/2017/dozens-of-wildfires-in-western-united-states
  • "Hurricane Harvey Death Toll Hits 70"--9/3--http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Hurricane-Harvey-Death-Toll-Hits-70-442918503.html
  • "Just behind Irma, Jose is now a Category 4 hurricane"--9/8--http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/07/us/hurricane-irma-florida-latest/index.html
  • "Mexico's strongest earthquake in a century leaves dozens dead"--9/8--http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/08/americas/earthquake-hits-off-the-coast-of-southern-mexico/index.html
In light of all this, of course you always hear some pronouncing these occurrences as Divine Judgments. While that may indeed be the case, I think it is presumptuous to make such sure pronouncements. The truth is, we don't know for sure. On the other hand we cannot simply bury our heads in the sand and pretend like nothing is happening. If we truly believe in the sovereignty of God, we cannot dismiss the frequency of natural disasters such as these as mere coincidence or assert that God is not involved. To be sure, God has allowed these things to happen and He has not prevented them, though He has mercifully prevented great loss of life.

When we consider all these things, I think there are several truths we can discern from Scripture. In no particular order:
  1. These are opportunities for the Body of Christ to be salt and light in the earth. We need to come together not only as neighbors but especially as Christians at times like these to serve and love those who have been affected by these disasters. And as my friend Keelan Cook (who lives in Houston) exhorted, "While you are tearing out sheet rock don't forget that there are people who live here. Share the gospel with them." And that leads me to a second observation:
  2. Make the most of every opportunity you have. These disasters serve to remind us and everyone of what is really important in life. I saw one report of a Harvey victim who had lost everything. You know what this guy was worried most about? Finding his dad. When the news company offered the man a phone to call his dad, he was visibly shaken with eyes full of tears when he got his dad on the phone. The man said his goodbyes, hung up the phone, and wept. So don't tell me that you will be worried about getting those extra hours in at work or getting the kids to their events on time when "the flood" comes. When disaster hits, you won't care if the deadlines at work were met. You'll care about whether you last saw your parents on good terms or not. Real necessities get put into perspective at times like these. Don't put off until tomorrow what you know you need to do today.
  3. We all need to draw near to God and repent about some things. Jesus said, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all [other] Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all [other] men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish."--Luke 13:2-5. Now here Jesus was talking about unrepentance leading to destruction, not merely death, but the lesson remains the same for us: when unexpected suffering and death comes, it is a warning to all to repent and cling to Jesus. James, the brother of the Lord, likewise says to believers some things we do not like to hear or retain, but which are true nonetheless:
    "Where do wars and fights [come] from among you? Do [they] not [come] from your [desires for] pleasure that war in your members?
    You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.
    You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend [it] on your pleasures.
    Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
    Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, 'The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously'?
    But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: 'God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.'
    Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
    Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [you] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [you] double-minded.
    Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and [your] joy to gloom.
    Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up."
  4. We are not in control. Perhaps the subtlest form of idolatry in our culture today is the persistent insistence that we must not deviate from our set plans and our fixed schedules. God forbid someone show up at our house unannounced. We are TOO BUSY. This is a real and not just a perceived problem, but we don't like to admit it and we excuse ourselves with the notion that there's nothing we can do about it anyway. After all, these things just have to get done. Proverbs and various other Scriptures makes clear that to be diligent is wise. But it's another matter to be constantly preoccupied with trivial tasks that aren't ultimate. I'm a firm believer that in all things we can be faithful worshippers of God, whether we wash dishes or mow yards; we can be faithful to the Lord and give Him glory in all our daily tasks. But when we are just busy, not worshipful or mindful of doing everything for the glory of God, that is a snare and a weight that encumbers us as Christians. It is freeing to release control of our circumstances to the Lord of all. It is also right and expected. The royal summons to repent and believe the gospel is a command to follow the King and to submit to His dominion. It is not a suggestion or an invitation in the sense that we think of it. We are not free to accept or neglect the invitation without consequence. Natural disasters serve to remind us just Who IS in control of all things. And that truth is not only freeing but comforting. God has all this well in hand. He is working out history toward His desired end. Trust Him.
  5. Even if natural disasters are not explicit judgments of God, Scripture teaches that some clearly are and they all certainly serve to warn us of the final judgment to come. Thank the Father that Jesus is our Judge. He will condemn the wicked and He will vindicate the righteous--all who are in Him.
The God of all the earth will do right. We can take comfort in that and share that comfort with others who need it.

Be in prayer for all those who have suffered loss as a result of these disasters and let's be available to help in word and deed.

-David

Announcements:

  • Children's Ministry:
    - We desperately need nursery volunteers for Wednesday nights. We currently have 4 classes on Wednesdays--Adults, Youth, Children, and ESL Bible storying--this means we need more than one person to play with and watch the little ones. Please help!
    - 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.
  • Family meeting Sunday night, September 17th. Please bring Italian-themed foods such as spaghetti, lasagna, pizza, pasta, salads, and desserts for a potluck meal Italian style. The church will provide the drinks.
  • The next Ladies Fellowship is September 25th at 6 pm at Lisa Spence's house.
  • Sign ups for Community Groups are on the welcome table.
Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:

September 17 - Family Meeting
September 20 - Student Home Meeting at the Badgetts
September 25 - Ladies Fellowship

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 - Denise Bledsoe, Ellen Sims, Abby Gwaltney
3 through 4 year olds - Jimmy Barnard & Gloria Childress

Last Week’s Statistics:
Budget Receipts this Week: $3,483.00
Budget Needs Weekly: $4,097.88
Budget Receipts YTD: $144,699.00
Budget Needs YTD: $147,523.85
Budget (Deficit)/Surplus ($2,824.85)
Building Fund this Week: $240.00
Building Fund YTD: $7,370.00
Benevolence: $395.00
Attendance: 72
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