On our Pastor’s mind

2Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them – the children of Israel. 3Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.
5No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. (Joshua 1: 2-3; 5 – NKJV)

This is such an encouraging passage, particularly verse 5. Men get pumped up thinking about standing strong with the Lord and not being defeated. We make those manly sounds: “UHGH! UHGH! UHGH!” But let us focus on verse 3.

God told Moses the same thing:

Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours. (Deut. 11:24)

When God gave the Promised Land to Abraham in Genesis, He said,

Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you. (Gen. 13:17)

What about us?

Our minds and affections are supposed to be on things above (Col 3:1-4). We are in the Kingdom building business. We are supposed to be building for eternity. So think about God’s promise to Joshua with an eternal perspective.

It is not about land.

We want to reach souls for the sake of the Kingdom. We want God to change lives for eternity.

What if

  • we walked around our church and around our community just as Joshua and the children of Israel walked around Jericho?
  • for the glory of God and the sake of His Kingdom, we tread through our community, praying the whole time?
  • we cried out to God to save those lives we would encircle?

Might God answer us?

I believe He wants us to be so bold and pray.

Community Prayer Walk:

This Saturday at 10 a.m.

Come join us for prayer. Come and walk around our church. Come and walk through our community. Come and drive through the community. Come and let us pray for God to save lives for eternity.

On our Pastor’s mind

Celebrating Easter!

In one sense, we celebrate Easter every Sunday, but we also pause to specifically focus on the wonder of Easter each year. This April, we have some special worship services planned:

Silent Lord’s Supper

Sunday evening, April 6

On the night before His crucifixion, Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples and gave the cup and the bread as symbols for us to remember Him. Next Sunday evening, as we partake in the Lord’s Supper, our worship experience will be different than usual. There will be no speaking, but there will be deep worship as the Holy Spirit reminds us of the work of Christ. Please come. This will be an evening for our church family to remember together.

Easter Cantata with Drama

Sunday evening, April 13

On April 13, we want you to help us fill the Sanctuary with friends, family, co-workers, and classmates. Invite your waiters and waitresses; invite your bank tellers. Share this special evening of worship with them.

Easter Sunrise

Easter Sunday morning, April 20 at 7:30 a.m.

A sunrise service is totally different than most Sunday services. We gather outside for a brief time of worship, because we want to experience what it might have been like for the women who first found the tomb empty and heard the words:

“Jesus is not here! He is risen!”

Invite your friends to come and experience these early morning tidings with us!

Easter Worship Celebration

Easter Sunday, April 20

On Easter, Sunday School and Worship are alive with excitement. We hear the Good News again as though it was for the 1st time. We are thrilled at the news that Jesus is alive. Much like the disciples, Easter worship returns us to that bewilderment. I know you do not want to miss this wonderful corporate event, but think also about those around you who have not experienced this thrill. Pray for them and invite them to join us as we celebrate.

Children’s Ministry

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VBS is coming!! VBS is coming!! VBS is coming June 8 – 13!

children-jumpingSo it is time for training. All VBS workers, plan to attend our training event on Monday, March 31 at Sharon Baptist Church (off Emory Rd). Training starts at 6:30 pm, lasting about 1½ hours.

Please help our Children!!!

We need VBS workers as well as nursery, extended session, and children’s church workers.

If you would like to be added to the rotation, please see Tina P. or contact the church office at 522-2364. Typically, each team only serves once every two months.

On our Pastor’s mind (3-23-14)

Why Does Our World Hate Jesus?!

If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.
(John 11:48, NKJV)

The multitudes flocked to Jesus early in his ministry.

He was new. He healed the sick, the blind, and the lame. His messages were deep and not well understood. He fed the multitudes. And they wanted Him to be their political leader to overthrow Rome. And yet, Jesus was clear: He did not come for that purpose.

He came because God sent Him.

He came to save. He came to give eternal life. One incredible event that began to cause people to understand that He was different from the zealots and that He was sent by God was the raising of Lazarus from the grave after 4 days. John 11:45 says that many of the Jews who saw “the things Jesus did, believed in Him.” Jesus had incredible power from God.

The chief priest, Pharisees, and Sadducees recognized

People were believing in Him. They were afraid the whole country would believe. They didn’t get it. They thought He was going to cause them problems with Rome. And so what if He did? He came to save lives… souls!

So what did these religious leaders do?

They decided that

…one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish. (John 11:50 NKJV)

They sought a way to kill have Jesus.

Without knowing it, they were fulfilling scripture. They were motivated by power and jealousy; they were prompted by Satan; but all along, they were doing exactly what God had purposed from the foundation of the earth.

Why does our world hate Jesus?

The world will soon come to an end, but until then, the world would rather hate Jesus and see people’s lives ruined eternally, than to acknowledge His Lordship and salvation. If the evil world system were to leave Jesus and His church alone, everyone might believe in Him.

Commitment

This year as Easter approaches, commit yourself to tell the wonderful story of Jesus one more time.

On our Pastor’s mind

Next month we celebrate Easter!

crossEven though we celebrate Easter to some degree every Sunday, Easter is that time of year when we pause and take in the work Jesus accomplished for us on the cross; and in particular we ponder the empty tomb.

So begin now inviting your family and friends to join us for worship. Invite them to come and hear the Good News about Jesus.

  1. On Sunday evening, April 13, we will have our Easter cantata and drama. Wow! This is going to be an exciting evening. The music is powerful and the visual effect of the drama will drive the message home.
  2. Then on Easter Sunday, April 20, we will have a brief sunrise service, a wonderful time of Bible study in Sunday School, and a precious time of corporate worship as we remember our risen Lord.

So we need your help

  • We need you to come and help us with our Community Prayer Walk on April 12, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. God answers the prayers of His children. So come and help us intercede for our community, asking God to bring many to Christ.
  • As the Easter cantata and drama approach, we will need people to help construct sets, move lights, and ready the
    sanctuary for this Good News event. Please see Christa S., Chuck P., or Kenny P. about what you can do.
  • We also need you to pray for the things that are happening in April. Pray for those who are practicing and preparing to lead us in worship. Pray that everything will honor and glorify God. And pray for those people who will come and hear the Good News about Christ Jesus. Pray that they will hear and be saved.