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September 10, 2009 Volume 2 – Issue 35

A Word from our Family Pastor:

The Unpleasant Guest

Have you ever accepted a dinner invitation that you knew would not be pleasant? Jesus did. He

politely accepted an invitation to dinner from a Pharisee only to be accused of being unclean because

he neglected to wash his hands before dinner (Luke 11:37-38)! Jesus, however, handled this impolite

Pharisee quite differently from what we might expect. Instead of taking offense at the Pharisee or

politely brushing off the Pharisees remark, Jesus launches full bore into a lesson on true spirituality.

Politeness is a prized virtue of our day. We want people to be polite to us and we teach our children to

be polite to others whether they see eye to eye with them or not. I suppose there is something noble

about being polite but Jesus often times was not very polite. When this Pharisee took offense at Jesus’

neglect to wash his hands, Jesus’ response was to tell the Pharisee—“inside you are full of greed and

wickedness” (Luke 11:39). This is the sort of conversation that would end the dinner party in most

American homes!

So was Jesus being a jerk? Didn’t Jesus know that if he wanted to win this Pharisee to the Lord, that

he needed to befriend him first and politely eat dinner with him without too much controversy? Didn’t

Jesus know that this conversation would go better if he got to know the Pharisee a little before pointing

out his sin?

Jesus was no jerk. He just sounds like one because of our own misplaced values. You see Jesus

responded to the Pharisee so pointedly because Jesus valued truth over manners. If Jesus sounds like a

jerk to us, then perhaps what we value needs to be examined.

The flesh is not our friend. It does not have good intentions for us—sin and the devil have one hope in

mind for us—to destroy us and deceive us (John 10:10; Heb. 3:13), to ignore this reality is not polite,

to ignore this reality is foolishness. Jesus valued truth over our human understanding of politeness.

He could have eaten with this Pharisee in relative peace—they could have talked about the weather,

the economy, and their favorite hobbies and never broached any sensitive topics. Jesus, however,

loved people too much to merely talk about such safe things. Jesus is interested in the heart. Jesus

always talked with people about heart issues, even if it was unpleasant. Why? Because he counted

obedience to God more precious than the fleeting pleasures of sin.

This is clear in Jesus’ interaction with this Pharisee in Luke 11 as he says to the Pharisee and his house,

“You fools! Did not he who made the outside [of the cup] make the inside also? But give as alms

those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you.” Jesus sees the foolishness of

overlooking this Pharisee’s sad spiritual estate. Jesus isn’t into the business of keeping up appearances

and pretending like things are ok. The Pharisees, however, were skilled at keeping up appearances.

That is why Jesus’ words here are so piercing—he is saying you are worried about the outside of the

cup but God doesn’t care about the outside. What needs to be changed is not behavior or appearance

but the condition of your heart!

Jesus loved people too much to simply overlook their sin. Jesus loved people so much that he spoke

frankly and openly about sin. Certainly there is a place for manners in gospel ministry (1 Peter 3:15),

but do you love people enough to be honest with them about sin (Heb. 3:12-13)? Certainly we need to

be careful and take the log out of our eye, but do you love your brothers and sisters in Christ enough to

lovingly help them take the speck out of theirs (Mat. 7:5)? Do you work to keep up appearances or are

you longing for spiritual transformation of the heart? One way to test yourself is to honestly answer

these questions—do I live so as to please men or to please God? Do I love the truth enough to speak it

even when it hurts? Join me in praying that we would be men and women who value truth over

appearance.

Announcements:

Family Meeting – This Sunday night is our Family Meeting. Please bring food AND drinks to

everyone to enjoy. We will be giving nominations for deacons and Titus 2 women’s ministry. We

will also vote on church clerk.

Community Groups - New Community Groups start Sunday, September 20. Sign up for the next

set of community groups on the back table in the church.

Ladies Bible Study - The study is Hoping for Something Better by Nancy Guthrie. Lisa Spence

will lead the morning group on Wednesdays at 8:45am. The night group will be led by Wanda

Parker at 6:30pm on Monday nights at her house starting September 14. Book cost is $10.19. Make

check payable to New Covenant.

Ladies True Woman Conference – March 25 – 27 in Chattanooga. Speaking will be Nancy LeighDeMoss, Mary Kassian, Dannah Gresh, and others. Worship leaders are Keith and Kristyn Getty.

Registration is open. The price is $129 plus hotel accommodations. Let Lisa Spence or Amy

Williams know if you are interested. Here’s a link: http://www.truewoman.com/?id=760

Track Ministry – If you would like to help with the Track Ministry, please see Ron Champion.

Student Announcements:

Meeting – This Sunday we will be having a youth parent meeting this Sunday, September 13, after

the morning service. Lunch will be provided. Drew highly encourages parents to come.

Prayer Requests:

Pray for Gloria Childress’ brother, James Pierce, who is in kidney failure.

Pray for Penny Roney, Steve Hellums’ sister. She has a tumor on her pituitary gland.

Pray for Kim Hellums’ mother, who suffered some burns while canning. She is in a great deal of

pain.

Pray for Jeff and Suzanne Davis as Suzanne is pregnant and considered high risk and is having

some major health issues.

Pray for Denise Bledsoe’s mother, Shirley McLendon, who is in congestive heart failure. Please

pray for Denise as she is trying to help her mother as much as possible.

Pray for Ruth Thompson, Wanda Parker’s mother. Pray for her husband, Dalton, as he cares for

her.

Pray for those with cancer: Linda Duran.

M.U.D. Ministries:

The Hixon Family will be traveling to FBC New Brocton this weekend. There is an Outdoor

Extravaganza on Saturday and a All-Family Revival Sunday through Wednesday. Please pray for God

to save souls and draw His children closer to Him and to each other. Pray for the Hixon’s as they

travel.

Anyone interested in going to Nicaragua with M.U.D. Ministries in February, please contact Eric

directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 256-431-4429. Deposits of $500 are coming due soon. You also

need to get a form emailed to you for this trip.

Volunteers for this week:

1’s and 2’s – See Regina

3’s and 4’s – See Regina

Food - Denise Bledsoe - Salty

Rory Colvin - Sweet

Last Sunday Stats – August 23, 2009:

Attendance: Worship Service - 48

Offering: General – $5,499.80

Missions – $2,250.00

New Covenant Baptist Church – www.DiscoverNewCovenant.com

104 W. Alabama Avenue, Suite A - Albertville, AL 35950

Sunday:

9:30am - Statement of Faith Class

10:30am - Worship Service

6:00pm – Community Groups

Wednesday:

6:00pm – Children’s Activities

6:00pm – Student Activities

6:15pm – Adult Bible Study

Pastor – Brad Williams Family Pastor – Drew Dixon

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 3, 2009 Volume 2 – Issue 34

A Word from our Pastor:

Kings and Ambassadors

I have been doing a little thinking today about the great privilege we have as the children of God. Each

one of us who has been reconciled to God by faith in Jesus Christ has been wonderfully blest with

titles and benefits that would be hardly believable if we were to receive them from worldly powers in

the here and now.

We are called children of God, which is a greater privilege than being the son of any earthly king, for

the Lord himself is the potentate of all the world and the universe besides. Anyone with a bit of

knowledge about monarchial societies knows that any relation to the king would constitute nobility, we

are, indeed, princes and princesses of the earth by virtue of our relation to Christ the King. We are joint

heirs, in fact, for it has pleased the Great King, our Father, to give us His own kingdom.

We have been granted another wonderful title from God as well. We are called "Ambassadors for

Christ." An ambassador is a dignitary sent to a foreign country to act on behalf of a particular nation's

ruler. The job of the ambassador is to rely the policies of his home nation to the country he is assigned

to, and to speak on behalf of the leadership. In our case, we are ambassadors for the King of the

Universe. He has chosen us to represent Himself and His policies to the rest of the world.

Some of us earn our money by being bankers, or engineers, or machinists, or accountants, and etc. But

the truth is that our real identity is that of an ambassador for Christ. Wherever it is that the King has

sent us, we are to represent Him there to that people and to make His policies known to them. Here is

the charge that the King has given us as His ambassadors, "We are ambassadors for Christ, God

making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God" (2 Cor. 5:20).

The policy of the King is that He will have peace with anyone who will make peace with Him. He is

not seeking revenge. He is not seeking war. In fact, He is calling on all people everywhere to repent

and believe in Jesus. Anyone who does this will be forgiven all transgressions and will be made an heir

with Christ over all things.

We have the most wonderful jobs in the world. We have the privilege of inviting people to become

heirs of a kingdom that will never end. We are ambassadors whose job it is to tell people that the King

wishes to adopt them as sons and daughters. Even though people have been in rebellion against His

kingdom, if they will lay down their arms and come over to the side of the King, He will forgive them

and adopt them as His own.

Are you being a good ambassador for the King where He has placed you? Do you rejoice to know that

you are a son or daughter of the Ruler of all things? I hope that you are, and I hope that you do. Tell

someone the good news about Jesus today. The Lord wishes for His house to be full of grateful

children.

Announcements:

Sunday Night Services – Community Groups are over for this cycle. This Sunday night will be our

off week and there will be no services that Sunday night. Our Family meeting is scheduled for

September 13. Sign up for the next set of community groups on the back table in the church.

Ladies Bible Study will resume in September. The study is Hoping for Something Better by Nancy

Guthrie. Lisa Spence will lead the morning group on Wednesdays at 8:45am. The night group will

be led by Wanda Parker at 6:30pm on Monday nights at her house starting September 14.

Ladies True Woman Conference – March 25 – 27 in Chattanooga. Speaking will be Nancy LeighDeMoss, Mary Kassian, Dannah Gresh, and others. Worship leaders are Keith and Kristyn Getty.

Registration is open. The price is $129 plus hotel accommodations. Let Lisa Spence or Amy

Williams know if you are interested. Here’s a link: http://www.truewoman.com/?id=760

Ladies Fellowship – Tuesday, September 8 at 6pm. The theme is Italian, so bring Italian food.

Track Ministry – If you would like to help with the Track Ministry, please see Ron Champion.

Prayer Requests:

Pray for Gloria Childress’ brother, James Pierce, who is in kidney failure.

Pray for Penny Roney, Steve Hellums’ sister. She has a tumor on her pituitary gland.

Pray for Kim Hellums’ mother, who suffered some burns while canning. She is in a great deal of

pain.

Pray for Jeff and Suzanne Davis as Suzanne is pregnant and considered high risk and is having

some major health issues.

Pray for Denise Bledsoe’s mother, Shirley McLendon, who is in congestive heart failure. Please

pray for Denise as she is trying to help her mother as much as possible.

Pray for Ruth Thompson, Wanda Parker’s mother. Pray for her husband, Dalton, as he cares for

her.

Pray for those with cancer: Linda Duran.

M.U.D. Ministries:

Pray for Eric Hixon as he is preaching at New Covenant this Sunday.

Volunteers for this week:

1’s and 2’s – Robert and Ellen Sims

3’s and 4’s – Matt Colvin and Haley Coy

Food - see Denise Bledsoe

Birthdays –September 6 - 12:

Thursday, September 10 – Jake Ham

Saturday, September 12 – Carter Spence, Randy Spence

Last Sunday Stats – August 23, 2009:

Attendance: Worship Service - 60

Offering: Budget - $ 1,425.00

New Covenant Baptist Church – www.DiscoverNewCovenant.com

104 W. Alabama Avenue, Suite A - Albertville, AL 35950

Sunday:

9:30am - Statement of Faith Class

10:30am - Worship Service

6:00pm – Community Groups

Wednesday:

6:00pm – Children’s Activities

6:00pm – Student Activities

6:15pm – Adult Bible Study

Pastor – Brad Williams Family Pastor – Drew Dixon

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) 660 0330