Greetings, everyone! Summer is upon us with ball games, vacations, camps, Bible school, and all manner of patriotic holidays and celebrations. We had a great evening watching "The Peanuts Movie" on the bank parking lot on Friday evening with about 35 or so turning out. Our goal was to present a gift of a fun family night to our community and hopefully to engage with members of the community. It was a great first effort this summer, and thanks to all those who came and especially to those who helped.
This week we commemorated three special days of national importance: May 31,Memorial Day, in honor of the war dead and all service members who have died, whether in wartime or not; June 4, 1944, the liberation of Rome by the 3rd Army (thank you, Kyle Carroll, for pointing this one out); and of course June 6, 1944, D-Day marking the beginning of the allied invasion of Normandy and the 10-month countdown to victory in Europe. If you know a service member, veteran, or family of a deceased veteran, be sure to thank them. The blessings of liberty come from God, but they are secured for us by those willing to fight, bleed, and die for them.
TOMORROW isTHE LORD’S DAY! I never tire of reminding us of the fact that "Sunday" is more than a "fun day." In fact, the Lord's Day is intended to be set aside for corporate worship, study of God's word, fellowship with Christian believers, reading of Christian books that build us up in the most holy faith, and doing deeds of mercy and necessity. Tomorrow, you have the opportunity to join in Bible study at 9:30 am, worship at 10:40 am, and member meeting at 6 pm.
Scriptures that will frame our worship together are:
Fighter Verses: Psalm 85:5-7
Call to Worship: Psalm 138
Old Testament: 1 Samuel 8:4-20; 11:14-15
New Testament: 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Prayer of Confession: Psalm 130:1-6
Assurance of Pardon: Psalm 130:7-8
Sermon Text: Luke 6:29-31
Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26
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READ THROUGH THE BIBLE
Week 23 of the 5 Day Bible Reading Program.
Read through the entire Bible following this plan, or read only the New Testament (in italics).
Day One: Proverbs 3-5; Romans 10
Day Two: Proverbs 6-7; Psalm 7; Romans 11
Day Three: Proverbs 8-10; Psalm 144; Romans 12
Day Four: Proverbs 11-13; Psalm 8; Romans 13
Day Five: Proverbs 14-15; Romans 14
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BONUS: I don't know Pastor Brad Ball or Bethsaida Baptist Church in Dublin, Georgia, but I believe he has done a good job of laying out some of the issues within the SBC that I hope to address this Wednesday evening. You can preview the issues by watching this video of Pastor Ball speaking to his congregation (about 45 minutes).
Baptist Polity 101: I used the word "messenger" several times in this e-mail, and it bears defining for our purposes. A messenger in Baptist life is similar to a delegate or a representative in other contexts. A local Baptist church is entitled to elect messengers to any other Baptist body to which it belongs, i.e. the local association, the state convention, and the national convention. Our church voluntarily relates to a local association, the St. Joseph Baptist Association. We voluntarily relate to a state convention, the Missouri Baptist Convention. We voluntarily relate to a national body, the Southern Baptist Convention. And we voluntarily elect and send messengers to each of these bodies as we are able. Messengers are elected to vote in accordance with their Christian conscience at the annual meetings of these Baptist bodies.
See you in church!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Greg Dixon