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Newsletters

Newsletters

August 13, 2009 Volume 2 – Issue 31

A Word from our Family Pastor: Drew Dixon

Training in Godliness

I have always been a runner. In fact there are few things that are more natural to me than running.

However, no matter how natural of a runner I am, I have discovered how much of a difference training

makes. Last March when our church ran the Hospice of Marshall County 5K, I had not been running

since before I came to Albertville. I got up and ran a rather disappointing race in comparison to what I

have done before.

Recently Jennifer and I have taken up running more regularly. We have been holding each other

accountable and running 4-5x a week. A couple weeks ago, we signed up for a 5K in Huntsville at

which I improved my time from the Hospice 5K by almost 2 minutes. Jennifer recently improved her

5K time by a minute and a half. That is a big improvement! What was the difference?

The difference was training. Consistent training coupled with accountability resulted in tremendous

improvement. What if we applied the same idea to our walk with Christ? Surely we all want to grow

in our relationship with Christ? Surely we all want to be less hindered by sin and more conformed to

the image of Christ? Why not train? Why not invite some accountability?

Certainly, I don’t want to give the idea that our spiritual growth is completely up to us. Just as we are

saved by grace through faith, we ought to seek to grow by grace through faith—meaning we should

never boast in our spiritual discipline or growth because all spiritual growth is God’s grace at work in

our lives--so if we boast, we must boast in the cross (Gal. 3:1-3; 6:14). However, if you are like me,

boasting in your spiritual discipline is not as much of a struggle as being disciplined is.

Before you discredit my running analogy, consider that Paul used such an analogy in his epistles (1

Cor. 9:24-27; Gal. 2:2; Phil. 2:16; Heb. 12:1—evidence of why I think Paul wrote Hebrews!). Here is

my favorite:

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that

you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishablewreath, but we an imperishable.

26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I

discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be

disqualified. (1 Cor. 9)

Apparently Paul sees discipline as essential to the Christian life. Just as a runner will not see

noticeable improvement apart from disciplined training, it seems that growth for the Christian and even

the Christian’s participation in ministry are directly tied to discipline. How are you training yourself

for the purpose of godliness? This is a
command, “train yourself for godliness; for while bodily

training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and

also for the life to come” (1 Tim. 4:7-8).

Our salvation did not come cheap, it cost Jesus his life.* Why would we expect to be able to live the

Christian life cheaply? Jesus calls each of us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him.

Paul gives us a good example when he says, “I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after

preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” The phrase, I “keep [my body] under control,”

could be translated “I make my body my slave.” This is the talk of a disciplined man who sees the

supreme value of Christ and the passing riches of this world. This is the talk of someone who

desperately wants to know Christ and grow to be more like Him.

How are you disciplining yourself for the purpose of godliness? How are you inviting accountability

into your life in order to walk more closely with Christ? It is “appointed for man to die once, and after

that comes judgment” (Heb. 9:27) and in that day of judgment, none of us will wish we would have

spent more time watching TV, surfing the internet, or playing video games.

Our salvation is a free gift from God, but it did not come cheap. Those who receive salvation will not

live cheaply. Discipleship requires taking up your cross. Discipleship requires discipline.

Your brother in Christ,

Drew

*I must admit that Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s
The Cost of Discipleship was influential in the writing of this

article, I commend the book to you. Bonhoeffer was a man understood that discipleship is filled with

joy but it is not cheap—it is costly. He lived what he preached. Bonhoeffer was a pastor in Germany

during WWII who spoke out openly against Hitler and the Nazi’s and was eventually hanged by them

in April 1945.

Announcements:

Ladies Fellowship – Our monthly Ladies fellowship is TONIGHT! The theme is Mexican so bring

Mexican food. The food, fun and fellowship will start at 6pm at the Plaza.

Men’s Rafting trip – The men are taking a rafting trip on Saturday, August 22. See Matt Colvin if

you want to go.

Community Groups – This Sunday night is the last night of this session of Community Groups.

The next two weeks (August 23 and 30) we will have regular Sunday night services. The next week,

Labor Day will be our off week and there will be no services that Sunday night. Our Family

meeting is scheduled for September 13. If you would like to volunteer your home for the next set

of Community groups, please let us know.

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

Church Softball – Come cheer for the Men’s Softball team. Monday night, August 17 at 6pm and

8pm and Tuesday night, August 18 at 9pm.

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

Youth Announcements:

The youth will be going to the Don't Waste Your Life Concert in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, August

29. The concert features Lecrae, Tedashi, Trip Lee, Flame, and more. The concert starts at 7:00

P.M., but we will leave Albertville around 1:00 P.M. in order to eat dinner in Atlanta before the

concert. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door, let Drew know ASAP if you want to go so

he can order you a ticket in advance and save some $.

Drew would like to resume having Student night in the home of a family of our church on the first

Wednesday of every month. Please let him know if you would be interested in hosting a student

Bible study one Wednesday night. He would like to begin with the first Wednesday in September

which is the 2nd. Let him know which first Wednesday you would be available to host a Student

Bible study.

Wednesday, August 26, we would like to invite all of our 7th graders to join us for Student

Night. Drew will be in Nicaragua next week, so we will welcome the 7th graders to the Student

Ministry Wednesday, August 26. We will have cake and ice cream to celebrate!

Prayer Requests:

Pray for Charlie Nash Foley. He is the 5 month old son of a coworker of Ron Champion. He has a

heart defect that is being repaired this next week in Boston. The baby will have a 7 hour surgery in

which he is on a heart bypass machine. He will remain on the machine for several months for

recovery.

Pray for Regina Gregg’s family: her Dad, Leeroy Malone who is recovering from lap band surgery.

Pray for her nephew, Hunter Pointer, who is 14 dealing with many health issues. 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:

Please pray for Brad, Drew and Eric as they leave for Nicaragua on Saturday, August 15. Pray for safe

travel and that they will be able to minster to pastors and preach the gospel. They will return on

Saturday, August 22.

Volunteers for this week, August 16:

1’s and 2’s – Jim Parker/Gloria Childress

3’s and 4’s – Jason and Allison Pratt

Food – Lisa Spence – sweet

Allison Pratt – salty

Birthdays – August 16-22:

Friday, August 21 – Ron Champion

Saturday, August 22 – Haley Coy

Last Sunday Stats – August 9, 2009:

Attendance: Worship Service - 83

Offering: Budget - $ 6,200.00

Youth - $ 60.00

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.

 

August 5, 2009 Volume 2 – Issue 30

A Word from our Pastor: Brad Williams

An Invitation to Dinner

I believe that most of us, if not all of us, can remember what it was like as a child to get called to

dinner. I know that I can. These last few days of summer break remind me of those days of backyard

baseball, bicycle riding, and generally trying to cram in whatever fun was to be had before the dreaded

return of school. But no matter how much fun I was having in the yard, with my friends, watching TV,

or playing video games, I had to drop it when I heard the call to supper…and I had to drop it

immediately.

In those days, believe it or not, there were no cell phones. When my mother wanted me in the house,

she stepped out the front door and yelled, “Braaaaaaaad….it’s supper time!” I was expected, regardless

of my current condition, to immediately make a dash for the house. No excuses. Apparently, nothing in

the world was more important than a hot supper. The other kids understood this unbreakable law as

well, no explanation necessary. When momma calls, you come running.

I was reminded of that inviolable law today as I read from Luke’s gospel in the 14
th chapter. There,

Jesus talks about a great feast that a certain man had prepared for others. He had sent the invitations in

advance to prepare people for that wonderful day, but when the time arrived, none of those who were

invited were willing to come. They all had one excuse or another, one said that he had just married a

new wife, another said that he had a new field to tend to, and still another claimed he had some new

oxen to see about. They did not come to supper when called.

Jesus told this parable in order to warn us about missing the blessing of the kingdom of heaven. God,

according to His riches in grace, has extended to us an invitation to join Him in His glorious kingdom.

Unfortunately, many will miss out on the heavenly banquet because of worldly concerns. Oh how

easily the world distracts us! Surely a new wife, a new field, a new tool, a new job, or things such as

these are worthy excuses to miss out on the kingdom or from doing our duty. But no, when God calls,

no excuse will do. Indeed, any excuse offered will only offend the host.

When I was a boy and my mother called, I ran home. I feared the displeasure of my mother, and I

knew that no excuse at all would satisfy her if I lolly gagged around. She did not care if I was in the

middle of pick-up game of baseball, she did not care if we were riding bikes, she did not care if we

were climbing trees or kicking ant hills. When she called, I was to come home, and if I didn’t, I would

suffer the consequences. How much more then should we come running when the Lord God calls us to

join Him in the kingdom?

Some will surely miss out on the pleasures of heaven because of worldly things, just as those in the

parable did. I wonder, though, if many of us aren’t missing out on the blessings of the kingdom right

now because of worldly entertainments? If only we would all live as if our first job and greatest

allegiance and biggest love were the will of God and the glory of His kingdom. If only we, as little

children, would heed the call of our heavenly Father to join Him in bringing His glory into this world

through gracious ministries. Are you listening for the call of God in your life? Has He asked you to

join Him in making preparations for a heavenly banquet? We have the unique privilege, as Christians,

to invite others to be guests at our Father’s table. Call them home. Join with the Father and call His

children home.

“Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and

lame.’ And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ And

the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that

my house may be filled” (Lk. 14:21-23).

Announcements:

Men’s Rafting trip – The men are taking a rafting trip on Saturday, August 22. A $15 deposit is due

THIS Sunday. See Matt Colvin if you want to go.

Ladies Fellowship – Our monthly Ladies fellowship is moved from Tuesday night, August 11 to

THURSDAY night, August 13. The theme is Mexican so bring Mexican food. The food, fun and

fellowship will start at 6pm at the Plaza.

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

Church Softball – Come cheer for the Men’s Softball team. Monday night, August 10 at 7pm and

8pm and Tuesday night, August 11 at 7pm.

Mission Giving – Brad and Drew are going to Nicaragua August 15-22. Please pray for them and

for their trip. Please prayerfully consider how much you can give to help them go. Any money over

their cost will go into a missions fund to help others in our church go on future mission trips.

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

Prayer Requests:

Drew Dixon’s grandfather passed away on Monday. Please pray for Drew and Jennifer as they are

traveling to Oklahoma on Wednesday. The funeral is on Thursday. Please pray for Drew’s family

during this time.

Pray for Charlie Nash Foley. He is the 5 month old son of a coworker of Ron Champion. He has a

heart defect that is being repaired this next week in Boston. The baby will have a 7 hour surgery in

which he is on a heart bypass machine. He will remain on the machine for several months for

recovery.

Pray for Regina Gregg’s family: her Dad, Leeroy Malone who is recovering from lap band surgery.

Pray for her nephew, Hunter Pointer, who is 14 dealing with many health issues. 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:

Please pray for Eric Hixon. He will be traveling to and preaching at the following places this week:

Wednesday Evening -- FBC Medina, TN

Saturday Night -- Men's Conference, Chula, GA

Sunday Morning & Evening -- All-Family Revival, Macedonia Baptist, Chula, GA

Volunteers for this week:

1’s and 2’s – Robert and Ellen Sims

3’s and 4’s – Steve Hellums and Todd Gregg

Food – Rory Colvin – sweet

Leslie Godwin - salty

Sunday Stats – August 2, 2009:

Attendance: Worship Service - 77

Offering : B udget - $4,140.00

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