From the Pastor’s Desk – September/October 2019
My letter this month may be a little different than you are used to reading. This month will be a lot of information, with some encouraging things for you to take part in. Fall is normally a very exciting time in Church Life. There are lots of ways to learn, grow, be filled and serve. The key to this is that you have to be learning, growing and being filled yourself to really be able serve God.
At North Baptist you have a variety of ways to learn, grow, and be filled, so that you can serve. That is our goal, it’s our passion that learn, grow, and are filled, so that we can reach Ottawa and Franklin County for Christ. I don’t know how I can say this in any other way, but I want to encourage you to take part in Sunday school. Right now we have two adult Sunday school classes (we would gladly have more classes if/when the need arises). Call it what you want, we can even change the name of “Sunday school” if that would encourage you to come, but no matter what it’s called. Sunday school is about learning and growing in your relationship with Christ and one another. When you make it a priority in your life, you’ll gain an understanding about what that means for you and the possibilities of using your growth to serve in areas that build up the Body of Christ. Simply put, we want to be a New Testament Church of service minded individuals, not just a group of Sunday morning spectators. Can I get an Amen!
The next thing on the list: beginning in September the ladies will have another Bible study that you can be a part of. Go ahead and say it, “Yeah!” The plan is to have one study during the day and one in the evening to reach as many ladies as we can. Cora Kunard is leading the daytime study and at this point we believe it will take place on Tuesday’s. Shelley Wilcox is leading the evening study and the night for this one has not been determined yet. The great thing about this is that you can invite other ladies to come with you as you come to take part in this learning, growing, and being filled opportunity. The study is, “Discerning the Voice of God” by Priscilla Shirer. In this study (7 sessions), you’ll discover that the route to clear and daily communication with God – is humble obedience. You’ll learn how surrender unlocks His many blessings intended for us, centers us in His will, and helps us discern His voice in everyday life. This is a perfect study for where we are as a congregation and I fully believe that this can catapult us into the place that we need to be as we serve God in Ottawa and Franklin County. There is a personal cost for the books, $14.99, plus shipping, but I also believe that what you will receive from being a part of this study will far out weight the cost of the books. Ladies you won’t want to miss this Bible study, so make plans now on who you’re going to bring with you.
Another thing that I want to encourage you with in this newsletter, is a book that I read while on vacation this summer. The book is entitled, “The Book of Signs: 31 Undeniable Prophecies of the Apocalypse” by David Jeremiah. This is a great book that helps you with a lot of the tough questions that arise as you read the Bible. The End Times. The Apocalypse. The Day of Judgment. Terms such as these are both fascinating and frightening for anyone who studies God’s Word. These terms point to key questions people have wrestled with for centuries, including – What does the Bible tell us about the future? How much can we understand about biblical prophecy and its application in our lives? What signs and signals will precede the end of everything as we know it? Which of those signs and signals have already come to pass, which are we experiencing now, and which are still to come? This is a great book, a great read, filled with a lot of questions that you might already have. I’m not sure we have a copy in the NBC Library yet, but you can purchase it from our local Christian bookstore, Amazon, or Walmart. If you struggle with reading as many people do, you can even listen to the book on CD as you follow through the book, marking those important things that stand out to you. Get a copy and read it. It will be good for you.
Don’t forget to keep up with your Daily Bible Readings. You can pick up your copy of the latest months calendar or follow it on Facebook. We have a special page devoted to our Daily Bible Reading. If you’re not a part of this “Closed Group Facebook Page” and you want to be, let me know and I will gladly send you and “invite” to join the page.
Well, I’ve filled you with a lot of information in this newsletter, and I know you can’t wait to get started, sooo – I’ll see ya Sunday – if not before!
It’s because of Him that we Serve,