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June 9-15, 2017

Mission Work is Not All Fun

I have a confession to make, I kind of dread going on mission trips. Wednesday, I will get to the airport in Atlanta at about 9am our time. From there, I will fly to Newark, from Newark to Portugal, and from Portugal I will fly to Accra. When I get to Accra, I will get in a car and ride 8 more hours to where Chris and Dana Holloway minister to the Akyode people. After 8 days, we will drive the 8 hours back to Accra where I will get on an 8 hour flight to Uganda. When I land in Uganda, I will take another 8 hour ride to Gulu where the Moody's minister the gospel. Six days later, we will make the 8 hour trip again to Entebbe where I will get on plane that will, eventually, get me to Atlanta where I will ride for 2 hours or so before I can get home. All of this will happen, if God wills.

It is a lot of work. The travel is tiring. Jet lag is miserable. There is always a good chance of getting a "bug" of some kind in international travel. I'll have to take malaria meds every day. Mission work is an exhausting endeavor. I will be away from my wife and children for 20 days.There is a reason that we call this "the work of the ministry." It is work. The more you do it, the more you will see the work involved in making it happen.

Just yesterday, my daughter asked me why I have to go to "Africa". She will miss me, and I will miss her. I told her that I work for Jesus, and Jesus wants me to go. There are children, like her, who are growing up all over the world who have never heard about Jesus. They don't know about salvation. They don't know about forgiveness of sins. My job is to go and tell them, and I told her that one day, it will be her job too. Plus, it will be a joy to see our friends there, and I hope that I will be able to encourage them in their mission for the Lord there.

Yes, there will hopefully be much joy in the labor of this trip. I will enjoy spending time with my friends and partnering with them for the sake of our Savior. Missions is work, to be sure. But our Lord Jesus is the best boss to work for, and His people are the best people. It is worth the investment. 

My prayer now is that many of you will join me in this labor. My prayer is that we will begin to work like this in our own town and neighborhoods. It's not easy, I know that. But nothing worth doing is ever very easy. Will you join us on mission with Christ?

Yours in Christ,

Bro. Brad

Announcements:

  • Children's Ministry Needs:
    - 4 volunteers on rotation to supervise the kids on Wednesday nights during the summer. There will be no children's classes on Wednesday nights during the summer, just playground and/or a movie. A sign up sheet is on the welcome table for volunteers.
    - 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 an Art Camp meeting this Sunday Morning after the service.
  • Sunday School teacher rotation is June 18. If you are rotating on please get with the teacher that is rotating off to see where to begin in the curriculum.
  • Check out the welcome table for upcoming events and sign ups.
  • Ladies Fellowship is June 15th at 6 pm at Cindy Ham's house.
Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:

June 9-10 - Young Men's Retreat
June 11 - Church-wide game night
June 15 - Trip to The Factory in Gadsden, 3-4 pm (leave from church at 2:30. Tickets are $13)
June 20 - Matinee at Boaz 9 to see "Cars 3"
June 21 - Student Home Meeting at the Parnells
June 27 - Picnic at Civitan Park, 11 am to 1 pm (bring your favorite bagged lunch and sports balls)
July 2 - Church Picnic at Noccalula Falls
July 11 - Six Flags Day (Will need chaperones to attend. Tickets $47.99. Leaving church at 8 am)
July 16-19 - Art Camp. Theme is "Survival: Out pray, out last, outreach." Focus of the lessons will be on Spiritual Disciplines.
July 23-27 - Summer Mission Project with Breakaway Ministries in Gadsden. Register by May 31st with $50 deposit.

Praise/Prayer Requests:
  • 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 - Cindy Ham, Misty Merilien,Steve Hellums
3 through 4 year olds - Marsha Garrison, Taylor Gwaltney

Last Week’s Statistics:
Budget Receipts this Week: $6,455.00
Budget Needs Weekly: $4,097.88
Budget Receipts YTD: $95,302.50
Budget Needs YTD: $94,251.35
Budget (Deficit)/Surplus $1,051.15
Building Fund this Week: $200.00
Building Fund YTD: $4,020.00
Benevolence: $337.00
Missions: $100.00
Children: $75.00
Attendance: 88
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.

June 2-8, 2017

Christ the Lord over All Powers

Can you imagine living in an America where every city has its own idol cult and people constantly walk around afraid that they will somehow insult or neglect some spirit lurking around the corner? Let's say you want to travel to Albertville from Guntersville. In order get to the top of Sand Mountain you must pass through the gate of "the god of Sand Mountain." At the gate there is a shrine to the god where you must give an offering or sacrifice to the god of Sand Mountain lest you offend him and upon entering his territory, be cursed by him. Imagine this is life in America. This is what life was like in the ancient world before the Word of God came incarnate. There seemed to be a god or spirit to please or displease in every activity. This is how demons dominated and captivated mankind for centuries. Indeed, this is still true today in many parts of the world where Christ's kingdom is small or not represented.

The "god," Brukun, of the Akyode in Ghana subjugates its people in a way similar to what I described above. As Brad will soon discover when Chris Holloway takes him up the mountain to Shaire--the hub of the Brukun cult--the Akyode regard Brukun as a real power which they fear. You might expect this sort of backwards superstition to still permeate the hearts of uneducated peoples in a "third-world," developing country, but such idol worship is not relegated to the uneducated. At the front gate of one of the largest universities in Thailand, Khon Kaen University (ranked among the top 5), there is a shrine dedicated to the "spirit" of KKU. Don't misunderstand. We are not talking about "school spirit" like we are used to stirring up at a pep rally. We aren't talking about "War Eagle!" or "Roll Tide!" chants, how ever religious that may be. I mean the locals of Khon Kaen actually believe in a real entity which blesses and oversees the students at KKU. Wherever Christ is not named, worship and religion are still prevalent. Where Christ is not Lord, idols and demons still captivate the people of this world. And this is true even among atheist societies, though they would not like to admit it. Either we will bow before the proper throne of the Highest Potentate, or we will attempt to dethrone Christ and replace Him with someone or something else. For an atheist, that may mean putting herself on the throne. Or the cosmos in general. Or matter (stuff). But make no mistake, worship is happening in that life. It is just in us; we were made for it.

Now imagine living at an amazing time in history when idols were being overthrown and demons were finally losing their power. Saint Athanasius lived at such a time in history, recently after the advent of Christ. Athanasius watched with joy the kingdom of Christ spread through the ancient world and conquer it. He wrote in On the Incarnation, "And what is wonderful is that coming as a human being to death, He [Jesus] has destroyed the grandiloquence of the wise concerning idols. For whose death ever cast out demons? Or of whose death were the demons ever so afraid as that of Christ? For where the name of the Savior is named, there every demon is expelled." Athanasius took it as blatant evidence that Jesus was the divine Word of God seeing how many Gentiles gave up their idolatry and how the power of Christ was shown to put demons to flight. What's more, he says, "The demons, knowing their weakness, because of this formerly set human beings at war with each other, lest if they ceased from mutual strife, they should turn to battle against the demons. Indeed, those who become disciples of Christ, instead of fighting against each other, stand arrayed against the demons by their lives and deeds of virtue, putting them to flight and mocking their prince, the devil, so that, in their youth they are temperate, in temptations they endure, in toils they persevere, when insulted they forbear, and deprivations they disregard, and, what is most wonderful is that they scorn even death and become martyrs for Christ."

We are still able to take it for granted in the Western world today that idols are futile and demons are powerless because of the spread of Christianity through the Roman Empire. We may even be tempted to live like demons don't even exist at all. Or we may be tempted to justify our contemporary "idols" since they can't be seriously compared to the idols of pagans. But such things do still exist. We are still fortunate in our culture to know the relative calm of Christ's reign, for now. But there are still places in the world that need to witness a revolution of the kingdom of God advancing to expose idols as worthless and demons as powerless in the presence of Christ and His Church. That's why Jesus has delegated authority to us as Kingdom representatives to go and make disciples of all nations.

Going,

David

Announcements:

  • Children's Ministry Needs:
    - 4 volunteers on rotation to supervise the kids on Wednesday nights during the summer. There will be no children's classes on Wednesday nights during the summer, just playground and/or a movie. A sign up sheet is on the welcome table for volunteers.
    - 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.
  • Check out the welcome table for upcoming events and sign ups.
  • June 3rd Dragon Boat Races in support of Habitat for Humanity. Come out and support the NCBC team!
  • Family Meeting, Sunday, June 4th at 6 pm. Please bring your favorite dish or dessert to share. Drinks will be provided by the church.
  • Ladies Fellowship is June 15th at 6 pm at Cindy Ham's house.
Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:

June 3 - Dragon Boat Race
June 4 - Family Meeting Sunday Night
June 8 - Pool Party at the Knights house, 1-3 pm
June 9-10 - Young Men's Retreat
June 11 - Church-wide game night
June 15 - Trip to The Factory in Gadsden, 3-4 pm (leave from church at 2:30. Tickets are $13)
June 20 - Matinee at Boaz 9 to see "Cars 3"
June 21 - Student Home Meeting at the Parnells
June 27 - Picnic at Civitan Park, 11 am to 1 pm (bring your favorite bagged lunch and sports balls)
July 2 - Church Picnic at Noccalula Falls
July 11 - Six Flags Day (Will need chaperones to attend. Tickets $47.99. Leaving church at 8 am)
July 16-19 - Art Camp. Theme is "Survival: Out pray, out last, outreach." Focus of the lessons will be on Spiritual Disciplines.
July 23-27 - Summer Mission Project with Breakaway Ministries in Gadsden. Register by May 31st with $50 deposit.

Praise/Prayer Requests:
  • 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, Kevin Parnell, Randy Spence
3 through 4 year olds - Amber Knight & Matt Colvin

Last Week’s Statistics:
Budget Receipts this Week: $2,641.00
Budget Needs Weekly: $4,097.88
Budget Receipts YTD: $88,847.50
Budget Needs YTD: $90,153.46
Budget (Deficit)/Surplus ($1,305.96)
Building Fund this Week: $40.00
Building Fund YTD: $3,820.00
Attendance: 70

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