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Jan. 26 - Feb.1, 2018

Playing by the Rules

Hey Everybody! I hope you've had as good a week as I have.


I know a lot of people who are serious gamers. I also know plenty of people who are serious about sports. You do too. Maybe you are one of them. There are few serious athletes and even fewer serious gamers I know who would tolerate someone not playing by the rules of the game. It's no fun to play a game with someone who doesn't care what the objective is or who just makes the rules up as they go along; they ruin the game for everyone! And nobody likes a cheater. I heard an analogy this week from an RZIM open forum that really impacted me which I want to share with you. It goes like this:


Imagine you suddenly get dropped into a large game dome. There are people in the dome already playing the game, but you don't know when the game started or what the objective is. Nor do you know the rules of the game nor when the game will end. So you go to ask several people these questions about the game and nobody seems to agree! You ask one girl, "What's the objective to this game?" She responds, "Oh, it's just to have fun!" You ask a guy, "What are the rules to this game?" He says, "I don't know; I'm just kind of making it up as I go." You ask another person, "How are we supposed to win this game? And what happens at the end?" He replies, "I'm not sure, but at the end we all get trophies!"


Now, would you be satisfied with these answers to game play? And yet this is how so many people in the world live life. They think the answers to the questions of origin (how the game began), meaning (the objective), morality (the rules of the game), and destiny (how the game ends) do not matter. But clearly the answer to these questions DO matter because they not only effect game play but also the outcome and goal of the game. Name one game in the world in which it doesn't matter how you play or even what you play but you still win the championship in the end. It's nonsense, but that's how so many walk through this life. And so their lives become meaningless nonsense, and others can clearly see it.


Let me close with another analogy, this time from the apostle Paul:

"Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of civilian life; he seeks to please the commanding officer. Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer ought to be the first to get a share of the crops...Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead and descended from David, according to my gospel, for which I suffer to the point of being bound like a criminal. But the word of God is not bound."--2 Ti 2:3-6, 8-9.


Sometimes suffering and our own desires work together to deceive us into believing that we can make up our own rules, but remember Jesus Christ--He is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father (our exceedingly great reward) but by Him.


May the Holy Spirit fill up what we lack in Christ,


-David

Announcements:

  • Children's Ministry:
  • - There is a sign up sheet on the welcome table for Wednesday night nursery volunteers.
  • - 1 more person is needed for the nursery rotation during Sunday Service
  • - 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation.
  • - Anyone interested in being on Sunday night rotation (8 weeks a year). Please call, text, or see Regina if you are interested.
  • Sunday, February 4th, there will be a Super Bowl party at the Spence's--2661 South Broad St., Albertville. Everyone is invited! Bring your favorite football food. Please let Lisa know if you're planning to join.

Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:


February 4 - Super Bowl Party

February 28 - Wednesday Night Meals Begin


Praise/Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for Gloria's husband, Perry Childress. He is not a Christian. Please pray for the Lord to save Him.
  • Pray for all the benevolence cases we work with on a weekly basis. Most of them are unchurched. Pray the gospel takes root and praise God for all the provision we have to be able to do this ministry.

Sunday Morning Childcare:

Bed Babies - Denise Bledsoe & Kathy Coy

2 Year Olds - Robert Sims & Ali Ham

3 through 4 year olds - Rory Colvin & Samuel Merilien

Copyright © 2018 New Covenant Baptist Church, All rights reserved.

January 12-18, 2018

Scripture is the Foundation for our Lives

In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus told a parable about two men who built new houses. One built his house on sand, and the other on a rock. Do you know what happens to homes built on shifting foundations? My grandparents house had a foundation that 'settled' once. The walls began to crack to the point that bricks were in danger of falling off the outside. They had to spend thousands of dollars to jack their subfloor up to secure the home. No one wants their home to be destroyed like that.


The secret to life is to build our lives on the Word of Christ. The culture is a pile of shifting sand. Currently, who ever can provoke the most moral outrage on social media carries the day. Allegiances to the cause of the day shift quickly. The Word of the Lord, however, is stable. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.


If you believe this, I wonder how much time you are spending imbibing the Word of the Lord? How much time are you spending in personal devotion to God's Word? Are you reading it for yourself? Do you teach it to your children? Do you have many verses memorized? How many verses have you memorized as an adult?


If we want our lives to be steady, we need a steady diet of the Word of God. We need it from the pulpit, we need it from Sunday School, and we need to spend personal time contemplating the Scriptures. I encourage you, at the start of this new year, to find a Bible reading plan and stick to it. I don't want the shifting sand of culture to crash your home. Let us build our lives on the Word of Christ instead.


Yours in Christ,


Bro. Brad

Announcements:

  • Children's Ministry:
  • - There is a sign up sheet on the welcome table for Wednesday night nursery volunteers.
  • - 1 more person is needed for the nursery rotation during Sunday Service
  • - 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation.
  • - Anyone interested in being on Sunday night rotation (8 weeks a year). Please call, text, or see Regina if you are interested.
  • Ladies fellowship in January we will be having a baby shower for Jennifer Rains. It will be on January 22, 2018, at the church, 6:00 pm. Jennifer is registered at Amazon and Babies R Us. Gift cards from Walmart, Target or Amazon would also be appreciated.
  • In partnership with Marshall County Homeless Ministries we are hosting Room in the Inn at our church again on Wednesday, January 17th. Through Room in the Inn, churches provide shelter and meals to the local homeless population. The church will provide the food, but volunteers are needed to serve dinner, breakfast, and pack a sack lunch for our guests. Please come visit or stay the night with our local homeless.

Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:


January 17 - Room in the Inn

January 22 - Ladies Fellowship

February 28 - Wednesday Night Meals Begin


Praise/Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for Gloria's husband, Perry Childress. He is not a Christian. Please pray for the Lord to save Him.
  • Pray for all the benevolence cases we work with on a weekly basis. Most of them are unchurched. Pray the gospel takes root and praise God for all the provision we have to be able to do this ministry.

Sunday Morning Childcare:

Bed Babies - Misty Merilien & Jessica Gevers

2 Year Olds - Cindy Ham & Steve Hellums

3 through 4 year olds - Haley Coy & Taylor Gwaltney

Copyright © 2018 New Covenant Baptist Church, All rights reserved.

January 5-11, 2018

The Porches Appointed to Senegal

Happy New Year!

Most of you already know the big news that Holly and I (David) have regarding God's ministry through missions, but I will recapitulate for those of you who are on the NCBC mailing list but may not have officially heard the news. In November, Holly, the kids, and I went through candidate orientation (C.O.) with a missions agency called Crossworld based in Kansas City. Holly was already an appointee with Crossworld when I met her in 2011. She was raising her own support to go to North Africa at that time. Since then--long story short--we have both retained the desire and urgency to reach the nations which have less availability to the gospel than we have here in the U.S. There are lost people in every country across the globe and the need for discipleship exists in all of those countries. But the issue is not lostness; the issue that we see is such an urgent need is availability. As the Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans,

"And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man's foundation, but as it is written: 'To whom He was not announced, they shall see; And those who have not heard shall understand.'"--Romans 15:20-21.

Since Holly was originally appointed to North Africa and since my trip to Ghana last year was so impacting, God has moved our hearts to be more and more open to Africa. Before attending C.O., we were still uncertain of where in the world we might be sent. While at C.O. we were given several options of already-existing teams in Africa we could join with Crossworld. South Africa was one option, especially since we have friends serving there already. But through prayer and counseling, we just could not justify going to S.A. because it is considered an already "reached" country. As a result, we increasingly believe we should go to Senegal.


Senegal is an open country to missionaries although it is majority Muslim and less than 0.5% of their total population is considered evangelical Christians. So far gospel work there has been long and hard, with little fruit. Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send more workers there and elsewhere! Pray for the Senegalese to become more and more open to the gospel.


I want to thank our church family for your love, support, and prayers. Our New Covenant family has been gracious to agree to send us to Senegal with their blessing and they have gone above and beyond by voting to extend my salary until the end of April while we continue to serve here and begin raising support to go to Senegal. We will need to raise 75% of our support by May if we want to attend Pre-field Orientation at the Crossworld headquarters in June. Thankfully, my family is completely debt free. Additionally, several of you have already shown interest in financially supporting the ministry in Senegal individually. We are excited to meet with you one-on-one to share the vision and details about the ministry, financial needs, and our target people group in the months to come. So, I'll be in touch. In the meantime, may I add you all to the Porch's personal missions newsletter? That way, you can keep up with how the ministry is going and what you can pray for. I couldn't say thanks enough. Your involvement and partnership has been and will be invaluable. If you do not wish to receive the newsletter, simply unsubscribe. It will be a Mailchimp newsletter like this one.


Thanks again!

With our love and for the sake of Christ and His gospel,


-David, Holly, Raenan, Nathan, and Jayken Porch

Announcements:

  • Children's Ministry:
  • - There is a sign up sheet on the welcome table for Wednesday night nursery volunteers.
  • - 1 more person is needed for the nursery rotation during Sunday Service
  • - 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation.
  • - Anyone interested in being on Sunday night rotation (8 weeks a year). Please call, text, or see Regina if you are interested.
  • Ladies fellowship in January we will be having a baby shower for Jennifer Rains. It will be on January 22, 2018, at the church, 6:00 pm. Jennifer is registered at Amazon and Babies R Us. Gift cards from Walmart, Target or Amazon would also be appreciated.
  • In partnership with Marshall County Homeless Ministries we are hosting Room in the Inn at our church again on Wednesday, January 17th. Through Room in the Inn, churches provide shelter and meals to the local homeless population. The church will provide the food, but volunteers are needed to serve dinner, breakfast, and pack a sack lunch for our guests. Please come visit or stay the night with our local homeless.

Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:


January 7 - Community Groups begin

January 17 - Room in the Inn

January 22 - Ladies Fellowship


Praise/Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for Gloria's husband, Perry Childress. He is not a Christian. Please pray for the Lord to save Him.
  • Pray for all the benevolence cases we work with on a weekly basis. Most of them are unchurched. Pray the gospel takes root and praise God for all the provision we have to be able to do this ministry.

Sunday Morning Childcare:

Bed Babies - Amy Williams & Holly Porch

2 Year Olds - Randy Spence & Kevin Parnell

3 through 4 year olds - Amber Knight & Matt Colvin

Copyright © 2017 New Covenant Baptist Church, All rights reserved.

December 8-14, 2017

It Isn't Getting Worse Out There

Lately, we have been hit with a lot of bad news about a lot of bad things that people have done. At least a half dozen Hollywood and television personalities have been outed and fired for sexual harassment or assault. All of them, so far, have been men. The bad news isn't limited to entertainment, at least one Senator is supposed to resign over similar allegations, and right here in Alabama we have a guy who dated teenage girls when he was in his 30's, and he might even get elected. It is an unholy mess out there.


At least once a day, or so it seems, there is another scandalous, moral outrage that hits us when we open our web browsers or listen to the news. Are people really that bad? Are things getting worse out there? Yes, things are that bad out there. And no, things aren't getting worse. They are as bad as they have always been. The reason it seems worse is because now we know more. News is easily accessible in ways that it never has been before.


The internet is like a monstrous light that now gives us the ability to see in the dark. Anything you do is now neatly archived for posterity. Most people have all their pictures on the internet. The dumb things that we do as teenagers and young adults is on the internet to be used against us in the future. All our emails are saved. And for a lot of people, their past is coming back to haunt them.


Instead of blaming the internet, I suggest reflection. The internet is nothing compared the the All Knowing God whom we serve. Everything we do and say is a matter of record for Him, and in the judgment we will give an account for everything, even every idle word we have spoken.


We should consider ourselves advised of at least two things from all of this. One is that the world really is eaten up with sin, and that we ought to bring the gospel into this dismal place because it is our only hope. Second, remember that everything we do is remembered and recorded by God, so let us seek forgiveness and strive for repentance while we can. Let's allow these two things to motivate us to holy living and to propagation of the gospel of Jesus Christ so that other sinners might share the hope that we have.


Yours in Christ,


Bro. Brad

Announcements:

  • Children's Ministry:
  • - We desperately need nursery volunteers for Wednesday nights. We currently have 4 classes on Wednesdays--Adults, Youth, Children, and ESL Bible storying--this means we need more than one person to play with and watch the little ones. Please help! Even if you do not wish to commit to help all the time, please consider volunteering as a substitute. There is a sign up sheet on the welcome table.
  • - 1 more person is needed for the nursery rotation during Sunday Service
  • - 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation.
  • - Anyone interested in being on Sunday night rotation (8 weeks a year). Please call, text, or see Regina if you are interested.
  • Ladies' Christmas Party--Thursday, December 14th at 6 pm at NCBC.
  • Youth Christmas Party at Brad and Amy Williams' house! On Wednesday night, December 13th. Food and drinks will be provided. Bring a small gift (no more than $7 or $8) to play "Dirty Santa."
  • In partnership with Marshall County Homeless Ministries we are hosting Room in the Inn at our church on New Year's Eve and on Wednesday, January 17th. Through Room in the Inn, churches provide shelter and meals to the local homeless population. The church will provide the food, but volunteers are needed to serve dinner, breakfast, and pack a sack lunch for our guests. Please come visit or stay the night with our local homeless.

Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:


December 10- Children's Christmas Musical

December 13 - Youth Christmas Party

December 14 - Ladies Christmas Party

December 31 - Room in the Inn


Praise/Prayer Requests:

  • Please continue to pray for and support the Champion Family as we grieve the loss of our brother, Ron.
  • Pray for Gloria's husband, Perry Childress. He is not a Christian. Please pray for the Lord to save Him.
  • Pray for all the benevolence cases we work with on a weekly basis. Most of them are unchurched. Pray the gospel takes root and praise God for all the provision we have to be able to do this ministry.

Sunday Morning Childcare:

Bed Babies - Regina Gregg & Lisa Spence

2 Year Olds - Chris Knight & Jennifer Rains

3 through 4 year olds - Gina Smith & Alan Bledsoe

Copyright © 2017 New Covenant Baptist Church, All rights reserved.

December 1-7, 2017

"We Three Kings"?

I love the Christmas carol "We Three Kings of Orient Are" not only because it has a great chorus but also because of its great theology...well, mostly.


Like me, you've probably heard a dozen theories about who the magi were in the Matthew 2 account. Of course you know the story, so I need not repeat it. Matthew's record of the event is so terse it's as if he is assuming his readers to know the background of what he's talking about. In fact, many of the authors in the New Testament assume readers have a background in the Old Testament Scriptures, but especially Matthew. He quotes OT passages as if he's proof-texting until you read the quote in its context and realize he's citing the whole context with a single quote, like we would do in modern books with the use of footnotes. Sometimes he doesn't even quote, he just uses key words found elsewhere in the Scriptures which carry theological weight. Such as the word "East" in Matthew 2:1-2. Remember, the East is the place of exile--Babylon; Persia--where God's people had been scattered because they had forsaken Him. Therefore, God forsook them for a time, "Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns. The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory...You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate..."--Isaiah 62:1-5.


Returning to the question of who the magi were, no one really knows for sure their exact identity. I won't take up space here writing a full article about them, but just a few comments. Some of the early church fathers, like Tertullian did understand them to be nobility or royalty of some kind. To the contrary, John Calvin felt strongly about anyone who would label them “three kings.” He declares, “Beyond all doubt, they have been stupefied by a righteous judgment of God, that all might laugh at [their] gross ignorance.”--(see http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/holidays/christmas/magi-wise-men-or-kings-its-complicated.html). I love Calvin and he is usually spot on when it comes to things like this, but I think he made a hasty and unnecessarily harsh judgment which is ironically rendered back to him--"for what measure you use, it will be measured back to you." Luther agreed with the early fathers and was more accurate on the issue, I think. For like Tertullian, he seemed to understand the prophetic context of Matthew's event is Isaiah chapter 60, which says,

  • "Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
  • "For behold, darkness will cover the earth And deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you And His glory will appear upon you.
  • "Nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.
  • "Lift up your eyes round about and see; They all gather together, they come to you. Your sons will come from afar, And your daughters will be carried in the arms.
  • "Then you will see and be radiant, And your heart will thrill and rejoice; Because the abundance of the sea will be turned to you, The wealth of the nations will come to you.
  • "A multitude of camels will cover you, The young camels of Midian and Ephah; All those from Sheba will come; They will bring gold and frankincense, And will bear good news of the praises of the LORD."--Is. 60:1-6.

By all means, read Isaiah 58-66 and the whole Christological context will unfold before your eyes. For now, just consider the above quote. The semblance to Matthew chapter 2 is unmistakable. Notice these common motifs: a Light from the LORD shines over the darkness of the earth; Nations and kings will come to it; the wealth of the nations will come via camels from the southeast--Sheba, Ephah, and Midian; and they will bring gold and frankincense, bearing the gospel of the King. This glimpse into Isaiah is merely one way Isaiah is like the "Prophecy of Christmas" book. I love it!


With this in mind, I really only have one correction for the beloved carol, "We Three Kings": there weren't just 3 of them. The reason there are typically three is because there were 3 gifts and because it is more manageable for Nativity scenes. Imagine if all our Nativity scenes were accurate. They would have to include dozens of camels and servants along with the kings or magi of the East. But don't forget the thousands among the angelic hosts who appeared to the shepherds! That would seriously complicate our Christmas plays! But the multitudes of kings and angels worshiping since and after the First Advent certainly do impress on us the majesty of our Lord who has come.


Rejoice in Him! (For more info, view this article--http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/holidays/christmas/magi-wise-men-or-kings-its-complicated.html)


-David

Announcements:

  • Children's Ministry:
  • - We desperately need nursery volunteers for Wednesday nights. We currently have 4 classes on Wednesdays--Adults, Youth, Children, and ESL Bible storying--this means we need more than one person to play with and watch the little ones. Please help! Even if you do not wish to commit to help all the time, please consider volunteering as a substitute. There is a sign up sheet on the welcome table.
  • - 1 more person is needed for the nursery rotation during Sunday Service
  • - 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation.
  • - Anyone interested in being on Sunday night rotation (8 weeks a year). Please call, text, or see Regina if you are interested.
  • Ladies' Christmas Party--Thursday, December 14th at 6 pm at NCBC.
  • Youth Christmas Party at Brad and Amy Williams' house! On Wednesday night, December 13th. Food and drinks will be provided. Bring a small gift (no more than $7 or $8) to play "Dirty Santa."

Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:


December 10- Children's Christmas Musical

December 13 - Youth Christmas Party

December 14 - Ladies Christmas Party


Praise/Prayer Requests:

  • Please continue to pray for and support the Champion Family as we grieve the loss of our brother, Ron.
  • Pray for Gloria's husband, Perry Childress. He is not a Christian. Please pray for the Lord to save Him.
  • Pray for all the benevolence cases we work with on a weekly basis. Most of them are unchurched. Pray the gospel takes root and praise God for all the provision we have to be able to do this ministry.

Sunday Morning Childcare:

Bed Babies - Misty Merilien & Jessica Gevers

2 Year Olds - Cindy Ham & Steve Hellums

3 through 4 year olds - Haley Coy & Taylor Gwaltney

Copyright © 2017 New Covenant Baptist Church, All rights reserved.

November 17-23, 2017

The Humility of Jesus

I don't know about you, but one of the things that makes it difficult for me to respect a follower of Jesus is when that person boasts of their accomplishments publicly. (E.g., posting on Facebook). I'm not talking about somebody informing their friends that they finally achieved a hard-earned goal. I mean more the people who continually tell us what they've accomplished. No one seems to be more guilty of doing this than my seminary colleagues (so, yes, it takes one to know one, though I hope I do not do this sort of thing). You know the sort of boasting I'm talking about: changing their FB name to a title--starting with "Dr." or ending with "PhD"; constantly drawing attention to something they've published; changing their profile picture to a selfie with Al Mohler. It just seems strange to me to witness Jesus followers doing this. And one just has to ask "Why are they doing that?"


In contrast to the name-dropping, attention-grabbing habits of some of my friends is the life of the One they follow--Jesus. Few books of the Bible display the stark paradoxes in Jesus' person and nature as does the Gospel of John. John's Gospel highlights both Jesus' condescension and utter dependence on the Father while also boldly proclaiming His deity all at once. Skeptics and unbelievers will often point out that Jesus never actually said, "I'm God!" and that, in fact, many statements in the book of John indicate that Jesus did not equate Himself with God anyway. John 5:19, "The Son can do nothing of Himself." John 5:30, "I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me." John 7:28-29, "You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me." John 8:42, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me." Indeed, a popular Islamic argument is that by default the One who sends is greater than the one being sent, therefore Jesus is not God (no, the conclusion doesn't even follow logically from the premise).


Let's be honest, would anybody really be more inclined to believe in Jesus if every time He met somebody new that He declared to them, "You know I'm God, right?" I strongly doubt it. One of the main reasons we love and honor Jesus so much is because of His humility. And the secret of His humble submission to the Father is apparent in the fact that God became Christ and man. Could God die? No, but in order to cancel sin's death penalty on His image-bearers God became man, died, and rose again. Furthermore, don't you think Jesus was cognizant of the fact that He had followers and would have more and more to come? Jesus was living a life of humility that could be followed by any ordinary man or woman. If Jesus came to earth simply to overawe people with His divine power, then why come at all? Jesus is the humblest man who ever lived because He loved His Father and did not require the approval of man. He did not need to declare with His words that He is God; He clearly demonstrated His own deity.


The bottom line is Jesus is our ultimate example. He led a life of complete submission to the Father because that is the life that He wants us to follow. He was sent by the Father, because Jesus also is sending us. As He declares in John 20:21, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." Since we have been given the Holy Spirit, we are now to complete the work which Jesus initiated. We are Jesus in His stead.


Continue in the work of Jesus.


-David

Announcements:

  • Children's Ministry:
  • - We desperately need nursery volunteers for Wednesday nights. We currently have 4 classes on Wednesdays--Adults, Youth, Children, and ESL Bible storying--this means we need more than one person to play with and watch the little ones. Please help! Even if you do not wish to commit to help all the time, please consider volunteering as a substitute. There is a sign up sheet on the welcome table.
  • - 1 more person is needed for the nursery rotation during Sunday Service
  • - 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation.
  • - Anyone interested in being on Sunday night rotation (8 weeks a year). Please call, text, or see Regina if you are interested.
  • Ladies' Christmas Party--Thursday, December 14th at 6 pm at NCBC.
  • Youth Christmas Party at Brad and Amy Williams' house! On Wednesday night, December 13th. Food and drinks will be provided. Bring a small gift (no more than $7 or $8) to play "Dirty Santa."

Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:


December 10- Children's Christmas Musical

December 13 - Youth Christmas Party

December 14 - Ladies Christmas Party


Praise/Prayer Requests:

  • Please continue to pray for and support the Champion Family as we grieve the loss of our brother, Ron.
  • Pray for Gloria's husband, Perry Childress. He is not a Christian. Please pray for the Lord to save Him.
  • Pray for all the benevolence cases we work with on a weekly basis. Most of them are unchurched. Pray the gospel takes root and praise God for all the provision we have to be able to do this ministry.

Sunday Morning Childcare:

Bed Babies - Ellen Sims & Abby Gwaltney

2 Year Olds - David Porch & Marsha Garrison

3 through 4 year olds - Jimmy Barnard & Gloria Childress

Copyright 2017 New Covenant Baptist Church, All rights reserved.

October 6-12, 2017

Hope for the Future Church

I have been thinking a lot this week about the potential that exists in our students here at NCBC. We have some really exceptional students. I'm not exaggerating when I say that, actually, they are all exceptional. All of them make good grades and are involved in some kind of enriching activity. We have musicians & singers, athletes in several sports, A/V club leaders, and national honor society members. Many of them are taking advanced courses either from home or at public school--Logic, Biblical Hebrew, AP Biology, AP Math, AP English/Lit and leading practices of their different activities and sports. And they all seem to excel in each of their endeavors. My students have lots of interests, but they also have doubts, fears, passions and plans. And although our students are very sharp, they still need guidance. They want to be confirmed in what they believe; they want to know that it's true. They want to serve in the church. They want to make disciples of their friends.


I'm continually amazed at the insightful thoughts and questions they give. Just this Wednesday, two of my older students, who I consider leaders in the group, were telling me about papers they had to write in their respective biology classes (same subject, two different schools). The papers were to demonstrate how prokaryotic organisms evolved into eukaryotic organisms. Prokaryotes are unicellular organisms like bacteria which lack a membraned nucleus and other cellular organelles. Eukaryotes can be unicellular or multi-cellular organisms (like you and me) whose cells contain various specialized organelles. Now if all this just went over your heads then you have begun to appreciate the opportunity we have with these students. Being a disciple leader to this generation of youth is not for the faint of heart or mind. My two students brought up their biology papers not because we were just making nerdy small talk, but because those assignments struck at a fundamental theological issue: if macro-evolution is able to account for the origin of life then how can we reconcile this with our faith? What would you say to our students? What should I have said? This demonstrates precisely why over a year ago I taught through a 16-week apologetics course with the students on Wednesday nights and why I am going through what I am calling a "Worldviews Training Series" now. As an aside, what did I tell these 2 students? I could have told them many things, but what I shared was the principle of irreducible complexity (see here, for instance: http://www.ideacenter.org/contentmgr/showdetails.php/id/840 ).


With a disciplined faith, full dependency on the Holy Spirit, and a reasoned intellect our students will be able to face the challenges of the future and be who God has called them to be. But don't neglect that we adults definitely play a role in God's redemptive plan to encourage, disciple, and guide the younger generations toward the prize of the upward call in Christ Jesus. Godly men and women do not exist by accident, they are formed, conformed, and transformed.


Love and pray for our students.


-David

Announcements:

  • Children's Ministry:
  • - We desperately need nursery volunteers for Wednesday nights. We currently have 4 classes on Wednesdays--Adults, Youth, Children, and ESL Bible storying--this means we need more than one person to play with and watch the little ones. Please help! Even if you do not wish to commit to help all the time, please consider volunteering as a substitute.
  • - 1 more person is needed for the nursery rotation during Sunday Service
  • - 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation.
  • - Anyone interested in being on Sunday night rotation (8 weeks a year). Please call, text, or see Regina if you are interested.
  • Fall Break for the students is Oct. 16-18. While they have some time off, we will be going to play Laser Tag at The Funky Feather in Arab on Tuesday, Oct. 17th @ 6 pm. Meet at the church at 5:15 if you want to carpool/caravan. After that we are having a lock-in at the church. Feel free to bring a friend.
  • Sign ups for Community Groups are on the welcome table.

Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:


October 8 - Off night

October 15 - Community Groups start back

October 17 - Laser Tag and Student Lock-in

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