5TH SUNDAY FELLOWSHIP
Make plans to join us for lunch following our morning service on July 31. You don’t want to miss this time of fellowship with other friends. Use the opportunity to invite someone who you have not seen at church in a while.
The hostess committee will provide BBQ chicken, but we are asking the congregation to bring sides and desserts.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT (Joy Class)
The Joy Sunday School Class is an adult class for ladies. Using the Explore The Bible Series, they discuss and study different parts of the Old and New Testament throughout the year. They are led by Brenda Lee, who has been a faithful teacher for many years. Besides supporting different mission opportunities through the church, the class sponsors the Rosemary Johnson Scholarship, which is given to a High School senior each year. They do this in honor of their former teacher, who served in education for many years. If you are looking for a group of ladies to grow and learn with, please join them.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN A LADIES BIBLE STUDY?
If you would be interested in participating in a Ladies Bible Study, contact Elizabeth See at 567-4381. The study will be held in the Family Ministry building. This will be an evening bible study. However, the exact time and date will be decided according to the response.
NEW STUDY STARTING AUG 7TH
On August 7th, the B.A.S.I.C Sunday school class will be starting a study in the book of Acts. The book of Acts stands apart in a world that is unsure of where to find truth or purpose. Yet, it reveals God’s plan for global redemption, His purpose for our lives, and the power He has given us to accomplish His mission.
Join us as we study through the story of the early church. Acts may have been written two thousand years ago, but God is calling us today to be a part of that story.
The B.A.S.I.C Sunday school class meets next to the church Library.
Budget for 2022 . . . . . . . . $322,471.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . $186,041.10
Received to Date . . . . . . . . $162,013.64
Needed for weekly budget . . . $6,201.37
Tithes Received this week . . . $2,399.00
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Dive deeper into the book of Philippians on Wednesday nights during Men’s Bible Study. They meet each Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the fellowship hall. All men are welcome to join at any time.
Don’t forget to check out Brother David’s Mid-Week Devotion in the book of Psalms. They are uploaded each Wednesday on the sermon page.
From Our Pastor
How can we receive the Lord’s commendation? When our Lord spoke of John, He said, “Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist!” (Matthew 11:1b). In fact, every word our Lord spoke to or about John was a commendation.
What can we learn from John? First, we see the need for personal salvation. John’s life was based on faith in the Messiah and the realization that Jesus was (and is) the Messiah – the Savior. Until we personally trust Christ for salvation, we cannot receive the Lord’s commendation because we are under His wrath (Ephesians 2:1-3).
Next, we see the need to fulfill God’s calling upon our lives. Yes, John was an incredible man of God with an incredible ministry. But none of this was his idea. He was fulfilling God’s calling upon him – a calling prophesied centuries before in the Old Testament (Matthew 11:10).
If we are to receive the Lord’s commendation, we must seek to fulfill the purpose for which He made us. We are not on this earth by accident. He created us for a purpose. He recreated us through salvation for a purpose. We must seek to fulfill that purpose.
John also shows us the need to see the Lord’s greatness. In Matthew 3:11, John spoke of the Lord’s might and His baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire. John saw the Lord’s greatness and glory. That vision shaped every part of His life and living. If we had such vision, our lives would be commendable.
Last, John had a humble estimation of Himself. How could he not? There is no way to see the Lord as glorious without it resulting in a humble view of self. If we see Christ lifted up, there is no way that we can “puff” ourselves up. We, like John, will recognize that we are not worthy to even remove our Lord’s sandals (Matthew 3:11).
Yes, John had a unique calling and equipping from God. However, he does give us a pattern for living the life for which God created and called us. May we be as faithful as John!
Sunday, July 31
Deacon of the Week: Allen Whitehead
Front Door: Allen Whitehead
Organ Greeter: David Flake
Piano Greeter: Carl Hobbs
Sound: Daniel West
Video: Julie West
Dianne Huff & Elizabeth See
Sunday, August 7
Deacon of the Week: David Flake
Front Door: David Flake
Organ Greeter: Dwane Lewis
Piano Greeter: Daniel West
Sound: Chris McCard
Video: Saskia Van Son
Sami Mastrario & Eilene Perry