On our Pastor’s mind (8-10-14)

Why Do We Teach Our Children about God?

Every year we spend a good sum of money to provide material, supplies, and VBS, for children and youth. We provide excellent Bible teaching and training Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings, and Wednesday evenings. Question: But do you know why?

I am sure most of you are thinking the same thing: because the Bible tells us to. Question: Does it though, and if so, then where?

Well you are right. The Bible does tell us to teach our children. Families have the responsibility to teach them at home, and the church has the responsibility to teach as well. Psalm 78:5-8 says:

He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.

The psalmist is speaking of God’s command in Deuteronomy 6 for parents to teach their children. We are to diligently teach every generation about God (v. 7) so that they will not

forget the works of God

and so they will

set their hope in God

We teach our children about God so that they might believe and teach their children about God.

So will you pray for the parents in our church as they teach their children and youth? Will you pray for the ministries our church offers for children, youth, and parents? Will you consider serving in Sunday School, TeamKID, Mission Friends, Children in Action, or in our youth ministry? Teaching our children is vital to the Kingdom of God.

Ladies Bible Study

Summer Bible Study

Will run until August 18 due to the recent power outage.

Fall Bible Study

Believing God

 

Will begin Thursday, September 11 (and run through Thursday, November 13).

Reserve your place for “Believing God” as soon as possible.

Register today. Email Joan C.

 

 

Note from Joan:

Good News! Among the wonderful Bible Studies we have offered here at City View Baptist Church is the Beth Moore Classic, “Believing God”. When we offered it 9 years ago, it was one of the most beloved of all our studies. Since then we have a very different group of people coming who have never had the opportunity to do this study…SO, hurrah! We’re doing it again!!

Please see the attached announcement and if by chance you get this email twice or thrice, just know that we especially want YOU to do this study with us! If you are one of those who did this study 9 years ago, even though it’s been upgraded, what are the chances that you’ll even remember the specifics? The old adage that says, “It’s always better the 2nd time around” works best when applied to Bible Study.

So, dear friends, check your calendars, reserve the dates, and register today with Joan C.

TeamKid Starts Back

TeamKid2014

Wednesday, August 13, 5:55 p.m. This is going to be a great year with our children and our teachers.

If you are interested in helping, please see Christa S.

Also, we are now accepting donations (like bubbles, toys, stuffed animals, art supplies, etc.) for the TeamKid store. These items need to be for age 2 through 5th grade.

On our Pastor’s mind (8-3-14)

Gearing Back Up

I know our children and youth hate to hear that the summer is almost over. In some ways that is sad; but in other ways it means getting ready for new adventures with God as we begin a new church year.

TeamKID is ready to kick-off

This Wednesday Night (August 6) from 5:55 to 7:15 p.m., our children are invited to a kick-off water party celebrating the end of summer and a transition back to TeamKID. Then Wednesday, August 13, TeamKID goes into full swing.

So TeamKID teacher, please meet with Christa in the choir room following the morning worship today (August 3) for a brief meeting with regard to the new year.

Wednesday Night Supper to start back

I am excited to report that our Wednesday night meals will begin on August 13 from 5 to 6 p.m. I can’t tell you what we’re going to have yet, but it will be delicious.

New Sunday School Year

It is almost time for to begin a new exciting year of Bible study. This is a great opportunity to invite a friend or family member to come and study the Bible with you. So keep praying and start inviting.

Teachers, I want to invite you to two important events:

  1. Please mark your calendars for our Sunday School workers meeting on Saturday, August 23, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. This is a very important meeting. Please make every effort to come.
  2. On Monday evening, August 25, there is a regional Sunday School training conference called EquippingU. It will be held at Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church from 6:30 to 9 p.m. There will be multiple conferences for every age group. You can go to www.equippingu.com to check out the different conferences ahead of time.

TeamKid

TeamKid Kick-off Water Party

Wear your bathing suit (or shorts) and bring a towel because its going to be a wet and fun time!!!! Starts at 5:55 p.m on Wednesday, August 6. Snack will be provided.

Starts Back

TeamKid will start back on Wednesday, August 13, from 5:55 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. All children Welcome!!!!

I’ve Been to the Mountaintop

During my time away, I was able to have a front row seat watching the Holy Spirit work throughout the weeks that I was gone. I was privileged enough to watch 41 young lives come to the Lord, several of which I was honored enough to pray with while our Lord saved them from their sins forever. For me, this summer of ministry was nothing less than a mountaintop experience. While I have reflected on this mountaintop imagery, I am reminded of the words of the late Martin Luther King, Jr. during his last speech in Memphis before his assassination:

I just want to do God’s will, and He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the Promised Land.

As I write this, I am reminded of how wonderful the mountaintop experiences are: how they renew and revive us. I’m reminded how refreshed and on fire that I feel after each and every experience and how I can’t wait to get back to doing God’s work. However, I am also reminded that the work of God happens in the valley. Every great mountaintop experience that occurred in the Bible had one thing in common, they had to come back down and get to work.

I have encouraged our students to come down to the valley, the valley of everyday life, and get to work. This work is often difficult because it is in a world that does not support their faith. The work of God takes all of us, the young and the not as young. It takes a group dedicated to supporting and working for the Kingdom of God. I thank you for your encouragement of our students, but if they are going to be successful, they need everybody coming along side of them to help and show them the way. Please visit the mountaintop and bask in God’s glory, but don’t forget to come back down and let’s get to work together.

In Christ Alone,
Keith

Cope with being Christians

Two of our graduating youth, Blakely G. and Dexter D., have come together to share their experiences to help upcoming 6th graders through 9th graders cope with being Christians when peer pressure may be against it. Youth Preview will begin right after morning service (July 27) and will end at 4:30 p.m. I urge you to be in prayer for these young people as they face the world.

On our Pastor’s mind (7-20-14)

Our Problem with Lostness

In the past 8 months, we have talked about lostness. I want us to see people as being lost and needing a Savior. Sometimes, however, I think we have a fundamental problem with the concept of lostness. We may be saved through faith in Christ Jesus, but do we fully comprehend the extent to which we were once lost ourselves?

Thinking back, many of us believe that we were, by and large, pretty good people who just needed a little cleaning up around the edges. That is the way we view our own family members – as though salvation simply means making sure we washed behind the ears. Ed Vitagliano says that we tend to think of our own lostness:

like a guy going to the barbershop wanting just a trim.

The problem is…

The Bible does not portray us that way. We were completely ruined, alienated from God, cut off from His life, stubborn sinners, idolaters, and enemies. That is the true picture of lostness. A wash and a trim will never fix lostness. Yes, we may make some surface corrections. We can even program ourselves to live by certain standards. But without the intervention of God, our core nature remains fallen, and we remain prisoners of sin and death. Without the intervention of God, the broken stay broken.

We, who are saved, were saved by God’s intervening grace through faith in Christ Jesus. We were ruined and helpless, and no good deeds or works on our part would change that.

Around us, we see those who commit despicable sin and determine that “yes, they are lost.” Yet, we make a mistake when we overlook the nice, moral, law-abiding citizens that live and work near us. We make a mistake when overlook our friends and family members as nice people. Sadly, there will be many “nice people” in hell because we overlooked them.

What to do:

Pray. Then purposefully invite one or two friends to read the Bible with you once a week at lunch, on a break, or in the evening. Read and let the Holy Spirit work.

On our Pastor’s mind (7-13-14)

Don’t Fret – Do Good

Around July and Independence Day, many of us think about our nation. We cannot help but to be alarmed by what we see. The economy and employment are in the tank. The morality of the people is in a free fall. We hear of all kinds of criminal behavior. We have a sense of insecurity locally from burglars and drug addicts and internationally from terrorist and the like. Many may wonder if our leaders are able to do anything about it or if they even care. We are alarmed and we fret.

What we want is for revival to come to our land. We want people to turn back to God. But we do not know how to make that happen. So we worry.

The Psalmist David had to remind himself and those who were around him to trust in the Lord. In Psalm 37:1-4 David wrote:

1 Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

David reminds us to trust in the Lord. That means do not fret – do not worry about things you cannot control. Paul wrote,

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7)

David said don’t fret, trust in the Lord, and then do good. While we are trusting God to do what we cannot do ourselves, we need to do good. We need to be about God’s work. We need to be about the work of making disciples, one person and two persons at a time. We need to do what God has put before us and feed on His faithfulness.