For our missionaries. Remember to pray for them.
As base a thing as money often is, yet it can be transmuted into everlasting treasure. It can be converted into food for the hungry and clothing for the poor. It can keep a missionary actively winning lost men to the light of the gospel and thus transmute itself into heavenly values. Any temporal possession can be turned into everlasting wealth. Whatever is given to Christ is immediately touched with immortality.
— A.W. Tozer
Easter Sunday was and is always special.
So I want to thank everyone who had a part in Sunday School and worship. Thank you for praying, preparing, and inviting family and friends. Thank you for being a part of making the day special in honor of Christ and for being here. We praise God that Jesus is risen and that He saves.
A glimpse…a vision
Take a moment to think about Sunday. We had lots of folks here for worship. (In the number section, you will see that we had 118 for Sunday School and 218 for worship.) I believe we all could get excited about having those kind of numbers in worship every week.
Now consider this: On average, we are currently running around 110 in Sunday School each week. Suppose each of us committed to the vision of reaching one person this next year. Can you imagine? By next year, we would double; we would have 220 people. It would take each person helping to connect one other person to a loving Bible study class, to God’s Word, and to His Church. It would mean praying, inviting, sharing, encouraging, and equipping.
Help from the TBC
By God’s design, the Tennessee Baptist Convention (TBC) is right now launching a challenge to all TN Baptists, called: CONNECT>1. The challenge encourages each of us to reach one new person for the Kingdom each year. Note: The challenge is for each of us to…
3 – Pray for three lost friends every day
1 – Learn a Gospel presentation
5 – Invite five people to attend your Bible study class
1 – Share the Gospel at least one time
It is pretty simple, right? And to help us, the TBC is offering two different Connect>1 Training events this week on Tuesday at our Knox County Association of Baptists (KCAB) office. They are offering one session from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (including lunch) and offering the other session for those who work during the day from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (including dessert & coffee). Wow! How convenient.
Important: If interested in attending, please see Pastor Luckey today.
- Thu., Apr. 7: Young at Heart
- Sun., Apr. 10: Silent Lord’s Supper (evening)
- Mon., Apr. 11: Reaching Gen-Z Conference
- Wed., Apr. 13: Healthcare Clinic Meeting
- Sat., Apr. 16: Parents Night Out
- Mon., Apr. 18: KCAB VBS Training at Chilhowee Hills
The words of the angel to the women at the empty tomb are meant for us: “He is not here for He is Risen.” With Christ’s resurrection came an earthquake—the second earthquake that had occurred during these three days (after his arrest): the first being when the Prince of life entered the chambers of death, the second being when this same Prince of life left these chambers, burst the bands of death, and shook all creation with the tread of His feet as He marched forth in triumph.
-Horatius Bonar in The Resurrection
This week, go and find someone to inspire or intrigue with thoughts about the resurrection of Jesus.
Reaching Gen-Z is a conference by our Tennessee Baptist Convention, held at the Knox County Association of Baptist (KCAB) office. This training is for children workers, student workers, and pastors to focus on the urgency of reaching this new generation born since 9/11.
KCAB is offering this conference on April 11 at two different times:
- from 10:30 a.m. to noon (lunch provided) or
- from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (dinner provided).
If you are interested in attending this conference, please sign-up on the iCare table or call the KCAB office directly at (865) 693~9097.
The first generation of the 21st Century has arrived!
A contribution was made by Clarence H. in memory of Elizabeth Vandergriff. This gift was applied to the New Van fund.
I feel pride this week when I think of our wonderful church. Let me begin by addressing our fantastic students and the devoted adults who work with them. This group of people–middle schoolers, high schoolers, college students and adult volunteers–gave of themselves and then gave some more. On Saturday morning, they showed up at the church bright and early to fast for the cause of Christ. Yes, amazing! Growing young people gave up food (and other things) so they could focus their attention on those people in our world who are not as blessed as they are. Before they even arrived, they had collected all kinds of items to meet needs: food, clothing, books, etc. Then they went out acquired more.
On Sunday, they got up early to serve breakfast to us even though they still had about 6 1/2 hours left in their 30 Hour Famine. Why did they do this? They did it because they love us; they love our church. Thank you students and workers; we love you, too!
There’s more! On Sunday Evening, I believe we magnified the name of Christ wonderfully as a church. The Cantata and Drama was beautiful. I continue to hear such encouraging words about the entire evening. So I’m sure those who came are still thinking about The Day He Wore My Crown.
Thank you church for this precious evening! Thank you to those who spent so many hours in rehearsal learning music and remembering lines. Thank you for expressing yourselves so well and painting such a glorious moving portrait of our Savior Jesus.
And thank you also to those who invited family and friends and neighbors. There were many new faces in the audience. And there were several people who are lost and/or unchurched. These went away Sunday evening blessed and also exposed. They saw and heard the wonderful story of the cross, of the empty tomb, and of Jesus Christ the risen Lord. Yes, pride–pride for our church and pride for God the Father.
Please mark your calendars to save the date for City View VBS, SUBMERGED: June 6 to 10. Looking forward to another great bunch of little people and youth.
Tuesday, April 18 our Knox County Association of Baptists is providing VBS training for all of our workers on Tuesday, April 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church. The training will discuss curriculum, decorations, snacks, and other VBS concerns for all ages.