November 18, 2009 Volume 2 – Issue 45
A Word from our Family Pastor:
The Danger of Living on Sand Mountain21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my
Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast outdemons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?'23 And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you;
depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.' (Matthew 7:21-23)
Despite what you have heard, it is not easy to follow Christ in Albertville, AL. Sure, there are tons of
churches here and thousands of people who claim to be Christians and even attend church, but it is not
easy to follow Christ here. No doubt it would be difficult to live as a Christian in Salt Lake City where
the vast majority of people are Mormons or Seattle or Maine where the vast majority of people are
secular. However, I think we face a danger just as great and just as grievous as the false gospel of
Mormonism or secularism—we here in the Bible-belt face the false gospel of religion or
“churchianity” as some call it.
We are surrounded by churches, para-church ministries, Christian radio, prayer at football games,
revivals services, ministry conferences, Bible studies, and on and on. Living in such a churchsaturated
culture, there is a great danger to attach ourselves to these things such that our hope is in our
connection to a church, a connection to a Bible study, or a connection to any other religious activity weparticipate in rather than our connection to the Lord Jesus Christ by grace alone through faith alone.
The opportunities to plug into religion in Marshall County are bountiful, but how many are genuinely
plugging into a single-minded passionate pursuit of the Lord Jesus Christ? I don’t know the answer to
that, but I fear that many more are plugging into religion. It is this fear that drove me back to the
Bible-belt. I grew up in Amarillo, TX which is very much a part of the Bible belt and I lived there
until I went to seminary after graduating college. I lived in Louisville, KY, a city that in my estimationis not part of the Bible-belt. Living there was interesting and challenging. The last two years that I
lived there, I lived downtown near the University of Louisville—I could share many stories of how I
tried to preach the gospel to very secular-driven people on the campus of U of L and how difficult it
was and yet how much joy it brought me, but it seems the Lord has brought me back into the Bible-belt
and yet the challenges seem equally great.
I fear that much like these people that Jesus speaks of in Matthew 7:21-23, that many in Marshall
County will say on the day of the Lord, “did we not go to church and did we not pray at our football
games and before meals and did we not attend revivals and prayer breakfasts and did we not join a
church and attend on occasion and did we not go to Bible studies and give to missions?” and the Lord
will say, “depart from me I never knew you.” Let me be clear, the above list of activities are all good
things and I wouldn’t condemn anyone for participating in them, but anyone, including myself who
puts their hope in their connection to these things is in big trouble.
The connection that we must put our hope in is our connection to Christ who suffered “once for sins,
the righteous for the unrighteous that he might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). And this connection to
Christ inevitably and powerfully changes us. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has
passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). This is the community the Lord has
called our church to, not just a connection to religion but a relationship with Christ that transforms us
and invites us to a community that fosters real, biblical, Christ-like transformation.
New Covenant Baptist Church is the most wonderful church I have ever been a part of. I am
continually reminded of how blessed I am to work with the wonderful people here, but it is my prayer
for our church that we fight the temptation to put our hope in our good works, our church membership,
or our religious activities. It is my prayer that we would progressively grow into a community of
believers whose hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ where we are learning to be transparent about sin,
engaging in ministry in our workplaces, and fostering relationships that point people to Christ and not
religion. Will you pray with me?
Announcements:• Nursery – We need volunteers to keep nursery on Sunday night, January 3. See Regina if you
would like to volunteer.• Missions Money - We are tying to help people raise money to go to Nicaragua. If you want to help,
please place it on the Offering Basket and designate it to missions.• Christmas Cards – As a service project, the older girls will be making Christmas boxes for each
family in our church. They are asking that instead of mailing out Christmas cards this year, we
bring them to the church and the older girls will sort them. The money that is saved on stamps, they
are asking that you donate it to Missions. See Regina Gregg or Denise Bledsoe with questions.• Marriage Retreat – Go ahead and mark your calendars! We are planning a marriage retreat that will
be held at Shocco Springs on Feb. 26-27. Check-in will be that Friday at 4:00, and we will finish
up on Saturday at around 3-4pm. We will have dinner, breakfast, and lunch prepared for us there.
Our folks will be doing most of the teaching, but we hope to include some others from the
community. The cost is $155 if you register before the end of the year. Sign up online or at the
church.• Nancy Guthrie Conference – January 29-30 in Decatur. Cost $20 and includes snacks Friday night
and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.• 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.
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.
Youth Announcements:• Nacho Nacho Night: This Saturday, November 21 at our church building from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
We will be watching Nacho Libre on the projector and making/eating nachos. Adults are welcome
to join us as well. We will also play some rock band before if you would like to come a little early.
• Wednesday, December 2, Student Bible Study will be held at the Champion's House.
• Pray for the Seckel’s grandson, Ethan, who has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
• Pray for Gloria Childress’ brother, James Pierce, who is in kidney failure and not doing well.
• Pray for Penny Roney, Steve Hellums’ sister. She has a tumor on her pituitary gland.• 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
• Pray for those with cancer: Linda Duran.
Please begin praying for those who are going to Nicaragua in February. These include Jimmy Barnard,
Matt Colvin, Jennifer Dixon, Charlie Fields, Todd Gregg, Lisa Spence, and Amy Williams.
M.U.D. is raising money to buy land and build houses in Nicaragua to build houses for orphans. If you
Sunday, November 22 – Regular Sunday Night Services
Wednesday, November 25 – No Wednesday Night Events
Sunday, November 29 – No Sunday Night Service
Sunday, December 6 – Family Meeting
Sunday, December 13 – Children’s Christmas Musical
Sunday, December 20 – Regular Sunday Night Service
Wednesday, December 23 – No Wednesday Night Events
Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Service
Sunday, December 27 – No Sunday Night Service
Sunday, January 3 – Regular Sunday Night Service
Sunday, January 10 – 1 year Celebration Service
Volunteers for this week:
1’s and 2’s – Jim Parker/Gloria Childress
3’s and 4’s – Todd Gregg/Allison Pratt
Sunday Night: Jennifer DixonFood - Patty Knight – Salty
Amy Williams - Sweet
Last Sunday Stats – November 8, 2009:
Attendance: Worship Service - 65
Offering: General – 2,933.00
Birthdays: Nov. 22-28:
Tuesday, November 24 – Justin Quarles
Saturday, November 28 – Taylor Gregg
New Covenant Baptist Church – www.DiscoverNewCovenant.com
104 W. Alabama Avenue, Suite A - Albertville, AL 35950
9:30am – Sunday School
10:30am - Worship Service
6:00pm – Community Groups
6:00pm - Children’s Activities
6:00pm – Student Activities
6:00pm – 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.