February 22-28, 2013
A Word from our Family Pastor:
 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.  For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel.  For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.  The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,  that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.  Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (John 5:19-24 ESV)
As Brad has spent the last two Sunday mornings preaching on God’s sovereignty in election, I have not been able to help but think about the idea of human freedom. We as humans value freedom. We like the idea of living in a “free country” though we understand that nothing is truly free. We like the idea of free stuff—we want free breakfast at hotels and buy-one-get-one-free deals at stores. Further we like to think that we are free to do and live as we like.
No matter what your view of God and his sovereignty, none of us are as free as we would like to be. There are numerous forces that compel us to live certain ways and do certain things. Having children makes us consider being more careful with our finances, marriage compels us to consider how we spend our time, and the state of our health can even begin to dictate how we spend our leisure time.
Forces outside ourselves are constantly keeping us from being truly free. None of us live every day exactly how we want to live it and it is good that we don’t. If we stopped to think about what life would be like if we did, I think we would realize that such freedom would be an even worse kind of slavery than the demands of daily life that we submit to. If we always did exactly what we want to do we would become slave to our passions and the result is not pretty. For example, if we eat whatever we want we will destroy our bodies or if we sleep with whoever we want we will end up with emotional and physical scars.
I think part of the reason we are not as free as we would like to be is because God is protecting us. He lovingly constrains us so that we don’t destroy ourselves. This gives us a small window into true freedom. The Bible tells us that God made us for himself. So Jesus, as the one true man, exercises his freedom not by doing whatever he wants all the time, but by doing what the Father does. Why, though, do you think the Son isn’t bummed out by always only doing what the father does and always and only
obeying the Father? The answer is found in verse 20—“For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing.”
Jesus has found perfect acceptance, perfect love, and joy in the Father. This tells us something about where true freedom is found. It is not found in focusing on self but on giving it up. Letting go of self and living the way God designed us to live, namely, for His glory! That is where Jesus found joy and that is where you and I find joy. The “freer” we are the more enslaved we become. Giving ourselves over to God in light of the sacrifice of
Christ—that is true freedom!
We will be having a NCBC Pasta Bar for the Family Meeting Meal, Sunday night, March 3rd. Please check the back of the sanctuary for a sign-up sheet. We will have slots for a pasta dish (ie. spaghetti, lasagna, ravioli, macaroni & cheese, etc.), slots for a salad (green salad, Cesar salad, fruit salad, etc.), and slots for dessert and bread. Everyone should bring 2 drinks to help restock the drink supplies.
March 9th, Saturday is Neopolitan Napolean Night – the students will be eating ice cream and watching Napolean Dynamite at Drew’s house. Details to come.
A bridal shower for Ali Hyatt, bride elect of Jake Ham will be held at the church Sunday, March 17th from 2:00 – 3:30 P.M. There is a sign up sheet to help with this shower on the back table.
Next Nursing Home Ministry date is THIS Sunday February 24.
LADIES' BOOK CLUB: We will meet Saturday morning, March 2, 8:30 am, at the Food Basket to discuss this month's selection "When People are Big and God is Small". See Lisa Spence if you have any questions (
). Next month we will be reading "Unbroken" by Laura Hillebrand.
Women’s Community Bible Study meets Tuesdays at 10:00 A.M. at Grace Fellowship Church. They are studying The Lamb of God by Nancy Guthrie. All ladies are invited. A nursery is provided.
We are participating in the annual Real Life Crisis Pregnancy Center Baby Bottle Fundraiser. We have a basket of baby bottles at the back of the church, fill it up with loose change and bring it back by the end of this month. All proceeds go to help the Pregnancy Center’s ministry. Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:
February 24th – THIS SUNDAY - Last Day of this round of Community Groups and Nursing Home Ministry
The Family Meeting has been moved to Sunday Night, March 3. Please attend if at all possible; the Building Committee is going to go over the future plans for construction!
March 10 – Sunday evening service (preaching)
March 17 – Sunday evening service (preaching)
March 23 – Saturday – Children’s Easter Egg Hunt and Picnic at the Hellums
March 31 – Easter Sunday – No evening services April 7 – Community Groups Resume
Pray for Kristy Baldwin’s aunt, who is battling breast cancer.
Pray for Emri Legg, 6 week old daughter of a friend of Josh and Staci Bledsoe, was born with a mild form of spina bifada. Facing surgery and life-long trials.
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. Praise the Lord! She is home from the hospital. Continue to pray, she is still awaiting two more operations.
Also, remember the Parker’s this week as Jim’s uncle has recently passed away.
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.
If you are interested in supporting M.U.D. Ministries, please contact Eric Hixon at
Volunteers for this week:
Sunday Morning Childcare:
Bed Babies through 2’s – Sam & Misty Merilien, Randy Spence
3’s and 4’s – Amber Knight & Reagan Gregg
Sunday Morning Food:
Last Week’s Statistics:
Budget Receipts: $7,190.00
Budget Receipts YTD: $22,916.00
Budget Needs YTD: $27,589.08
Budget (Deficit)/Surplus ($4,673.08)
Building Fund this Week: $1,150.00
Building Fund YTD: $4,555.00 Building Fund Giving to Date: $179,676.75 Youth: $25.00 Attendance: 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.