April 26-May 2, 2013
A Word from our Family Pastor:
How Do You Go to Church?
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
I was talking to my mother on the phone this week and she told me that when I was a little boy and would go to Sunday School, she would ask me afterward “what did you learn about in Sunday School?” She said my answer was almost always the same, “God and Jesus.” That is cute and kind of funny to hear from a little boy but I sometimes wonder if our response to Sunday morning’s sermon isn’t similar. Going to church on Sunday morning can often become ritual—that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, there are many things that we do ritually that are incredibly important and valuable like eating dinner with our families, praying together, or even brushing our teeth. When things in our lives become ritualistic, however, there is a temptation to misappropriate their worth.
We will, if we are not thoughtful and prayerful about how we approach our time together on Sunday mornings, act just like I did as a young boy. We will go through the motions of learning about God and Jesus rather than seeing such endeavors as critical to our spiritual health.
When James speaks of being quick to hear and slow to speak, he isn’t just talking about how we talk to one another. He is actually speaking of our relationship to God through Christ. This can be seen in the preceding verse which speaks of how God has caused us to be born again through Christ, “the word of truth.” In other words James is talking about how we receive the gospel, more than he is talking about how we should communicate with one another, though I do think the command to be slow to speak and quick to listen can be applied interpersonally. James is telling us when the Word, the gospel, is proclaimed that we need to be slow to speak up against it. That tells us something about ourselves—it tells us that we are prideful and generally consider the Word as something that other people need to hear more than we do. Thus James tells us—don’t think its for someone else—you dear Christian, receive the Word with meekness. This implanted Word is able save your soul—it is a grave matter of spiritual livelihood!
So what does this have to say about how we go to church? It tells us that when we go to church and hear the Word of God rightly preached, that Word is not meant for someone else. When you come on Sunday morning and hear God’s Word preached and taught—the message of Scripture has power to save you and I don’t mean in just a final salvation sense. The Word has power to save you now. The Word has present power to change your perspective and your attitude about life—it has the power to change your heart, the power to change you.
So my encouragement to you this week is to consider how you go to church. Are you prepared to receive the Word with meekness? Have you prayed asking God to help you see that the message of the gospel is for you and has power to change you? On a more practical level, do you come to church rested and ready to actively listen to the Word of God as brother Brad preaches it? When you leave the service on Sunday mornings, do you speak about the sermon with your family? Do you talk to your friends and family about how you might make steps to apply it to your life? Do you study further on your own to make sure you understand God’s Word and how to apply it to your daily life?
Brothers and Sisters, let us not merely attend church and hear a sermon—let us consider how we might receive the Word with meekness. It is able to save our souls!
- Children’s Ministry Meeting Sunday May 5th at 5:00 at the church. We will discuss finalizing plans for this Summer’s Art Camp (July 14th – 17th).
- The next book club selection is Jane Eyre which we will plan to discuss in June. Gina Smith has some hardcover copies available for purchase if you are interested. Contanct Lisa Spence for more information.(
- There will be a Bridal Shower for Abby Hellums THIS Sunday, April 28th from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. in the gardens of the Hellum’s home: 1204 Mathis Mill Rd. (in the case of rain, the shower will be moved inside the Hellum’s home). If you have signed up to bring food for the shower, please have your food at the Hellums' home no later than 1:30 PM on Sunday. All food will be transferred onto silver serving platters for the tea.
- The next Ladies’ Fellowship will meet May 7th at 6:00 P.M. at Amy Williams’ house.
- May 1st the Students will be meeting at the Hellums house for our Wednesday night Bible study.
- Student Summer Retreat will be Monday July 22nd through Thursday July 25th in Pigeon Forge. We have reserved a cabin and will be going to Dollywood and the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Cost will be $150 and will cover lodging, most food, and ticket to Dollywood. There are some scholarships available for students needing financial help to go. Don’t hesitate to ask.
Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:
- May 12th – New Sunday School classes begin
- May 26th – Last meeting for this round of community groups
- June 2nd – Family Meeting
- June 5th – Wednesday Night – First Wednesday for Students going into the 7th Grade
- June 9th – Sunday evening service
- June 16th – Sunday evening service
- June 23rd – No Sunday evening services or activities
- June 30th – New set of Community Groups begin
- July 14th – 17th – Children’s Art Camp
- July 22nd – 25th – Student Retreat to Pigeon Forge
· Pray for Regina Gregg and her family as her father Leroy Malone continues to recover from his stroke. They all have a long road ahead, and they will need much wisdom and patience as they go through this together.
· Pray for Misty Merilien and her baby as the pregnancy continues.
· Pray for Kristy Baldwin’s aunt, who is battling breast cancer.
· Pray for Ray Dixon, Drew’s father, he has prostate cancer. Pray God would strengthen him and point others to Christ through this trial.
· Please continue to pray for Jim Parker’s niece, Neci.
· Pray for Ruth Thompson, Wanda Parker’s mother, who is in the beginning stages of congestive heart failure. Pray for her husband, Dalton, as he cares for her. Pray for Wanda and Jim as they are helping care for both of them as well.
Volunteers for this week:
Sunday Morning Childcare:
Bed Babies through 2’s – Kathy Coy, Leigh Ellen, and Steve Hellums
3’s and 4’s – Regina and Taylor Gregg
Sunday Morning Food:
Last Week’s Statistics:
Budget Receipts: $3,445.00
Budget Receipts YTD: $53,797.00
Budget Needs YTD: $63,060.74
Budget (Deficit)/Surplus ($9,263.74)
Building Fund this Week: $420.00
Building Fund YTD: $10,745.00
Building Fund Giving to Date: $185,866.75
New Covenant Baptist Church – www.DiscoverNewCovenant.com
104 W. Alabama Avenue, Suite A - Albertville, AL 35950
Pastor – Brad Williams Family Pastor – Drew Dixon
9:30am – Sunday School
10:30am - Worship Service
6:00pm – Community Groups
11:30am – Men’s Bible Study
6:00pm - Children/Student Activities
6:00pm – 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.