On our Pastor’s mind (12-21-14)

Our World Missions Offering…

Jesus commands His followers to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. We all share this responsibility. Yet, as followers of Christ, how do we do this? Physically, you and I cannot be everywhere. However, through our faithful tithes and offerings, we are able.

Below is a description of where our World Mission dollars go:

Lottie Moon

Your Lottie Moon Christmas Offering portion supports approximately 5,000 Southern Baptist missionaries serving around the world. The Cooperative Program provides about 30% of the needs of the International Mission Board. The Lottie Moon C.O. provides about 54% of the budget needed to support missionaries in the field. Investment income and designated gifts for hunger and disaster relief provide the balance.

Annie Armstrong

The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering supports the work of the North American Mission Board in the United States, its territories and Canada. Primarily, these dollars go to support NAMB missionaries as they start new churches. Another portion go to revitalizing declining churches.

Golden

The Golden Offering help us do our missions work across the State of Tennessee. It helps with the work of Appalachian Regional (East TN), Cumberland Regional (Middle TN), and Mississippi River Ministries, among many other things.

Pioneer Missions

This particular portion of our World Missions Offering goes to an area of our country where the spread of the Gospel is considered pioneer work. For the last several years, this money has been given to do work in the state of Iowa.

Note: As you give this Sunday and throughout the next year, I hope you remember that the responsibility to proclaim the Gospel belongs to each of us. So our prayers and our gifts are invaluable.

Word Mission March

March

Mission Trip Opportunities

As you plan your summer,

calendar …we want to encourage you to consider going on one of the following mission trips.

Mission Lab to New Orleans – June 14 to 20

We need adults to go on this trip with our high school and college students. The work will be between construction and soup kitchen work. See Bro. Keith for more details.

Iowa Missions to Stuart – July 19 to 25

A team will go to help Scott and Anita Hill with their work in Stuart, Iowa. Teams will have free lodging. See Susan P. for more details.

Family Mission Trip to Cincinnati – July 25 to 31

This mission experience is for the entire family. We will partner with Beaver Dam Baptist Church on this trip. Families will drive up and stay together at a church. During the week, we will be involved in leading a Backyard Bible Study/VBS. The minimum costs will include each family’s travel and plus the meals served at the church. See Luckey for more details.

Ladies Bible Studies

2 Different Studies at 2 Different Times

In the New Year, City View will offer two different Bible Studies:

  1. One study will be on Monday from 10 a.m. to noon beginning January 5 and running through March 16.
  2. The other study will continue to be on Thursday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. running from February 5 until March 19.

If you are interested or have questions, please contact Joan C.

On our Pastor’s mind (12-14-14)

Cooperative Program…

The Cooperative Program is the strategic way Southern Baptists financially support missions and ministries in the state, across the nation, and around the world. The CP also partners with the special seasonal offerings to make a greater impact on reaching the unsaved.

How it makes a difference

As Southern Baptists, we have approximately 7,500 missionaries serving in the world:

  • Nearly 5,000 are international missionaries sharing Christ with 901 people groups. These missionaries see over 250,000 people baptized each year.
  • Over 2,500 are missionaries in North America starting over 1,000 new churches in the USA and Canada each year.
  • Another small portion of our CP giving goes to support our seminaries and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. (The ERLC, among other things, lobbies Washington on behalf of Southern Baptist.)
  • In Tennessee, our state missionary staff, including college campus ministers, is making Christ known. Their aim is to help TN churches annually reach, baptize and set 50,000 new believers on the road to discipleship, to help revitalize 500 TN churches, and to plant or engage 1,000 new churches all by 2024.
  • Other ministries designed to strengthen local TN churches and made possible through our CP giving include: Vacation Bible School leader training, summer camps for children and youth (like IMPACT camp), volunteer missions, disaster relief, church leadership seminars, and more.

For the record, our Cooperative Program giving helps us do the work of the Great Commission.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you… (Matthew 28:19-20, NKJV)

Keep your eyes on the cross this Christmas

Cross and Ornament

December Events

  • Church Christmas Caroling – Wednesday, December 10 at 6 p.m.
  • Christmas Cantata – Sunday, December 14 at 6 p.m.
  • Church Christmas Dinner – Wednesday, December 17 at 6 p.m.
  • Parent’s Night Out – Friday, December 19 from 6 to 10 p.m. Tell your friends!
  • Clairfield Mission Trip – Saturday, December 20 from 7 a.m. to noon
  • World Missions March for Jesus – Sunday, December 21
  • Christmas Eve Service — Wednesday, Dec 24 at 5 p.m.
  • Church In-House Singing – Sunday, December 28

On our Pastor’s mind (12-7-14)

What if…?

Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. (Matthew 1:19, NKJV)

Can you hear the people talking? “How embarrassing!” “What was Mary thinking? She went out, got pregnant, and completely ruined her reputation.”

According to the Law, Joseph could have had her stoned for unfaithfulness. In modern times, Joseph could have recommended that Mary have an abortion. But, Joseph was merciful. Instead of seeking the justice due him, he had in mind to just end the marriage.

So what if he did?

What if Joseph broken off his betrothal and “put her away secretly?” What about after “the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream” (1:20), what if he still decided to put her away? What would Mary have done? Where would the Baby Jesus have been born?

If you think about it, you know that God sovereignly orchestrates everything, including all prophecy. So, nothing about the arrival of Jesus at Christmas was left to chance. Joseph believed God and responded in obedience.

Point:

Now relate this to yourself: Do you trust God? Are you obedient to Jesus?

God’s Word tells us,

For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ (Romans 10:13)

Do you believe God’s Word?

I am sure you do. But notice that Paul goes on to ask: (1) How can the “whoever” call on Him if they have not believed in Him; (2) and how can they believe in Him if they have not heard about Him; and (3) who is going to tell them about the Lord Jesus? (Rom 10:14)

Oh, and remember our commission:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them…and teaching them.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Question:

So, do you really believe God and are you being obedient to Christ Jesus?

Celebrate Christmas with Easter in mind!

manger and cross

From our Pastor’s mind (11-30-14)

Missions…anyone?

missions

Families…Young Couples…Singles…Youth,

before you get your December all planned out, I want to invite you to consider joining us on mission to Clairfield. Each year we give a Saturday morning just before Christmas to minister to an impoverished community, distributing gifts and food. The date this year is December 20.

On December 20, we meet up with our partnering churches for breakfast at the Shoney’s in Caryville, TN, just off I-75 at 7 a.m. (If you need transportation help, let Lorene or Luckey know.) After breakfast, we caravan to Clairfield Elementary School and begin unloading and setting up. One large team unloads the Second Harvest food truck and sets out the food in the hallway. Another team works to arrange the collected Angel Tree Christmas gifts for distribution. When everything is ready, we have a brief evangelistic message or two in the school gym with the community. Then after prayer, we begin letting the community come through the food line and the gift line.

Please consider coming to help. This may be the highlight of your Christmas Season as you serve on mission with Christ Jesus. Your presence and help will be invaluable.

Remember: Clairfield Mission Event, December 20, meeting at 7 a.m. in Caryville (at the Shoney’s). We usually leave to come home around 12:30 or 1:00 p.m.