Church News for Thursday, Feb. 28By Staff Reports Published 7:03pm Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Calvary Independent Baptist Church
We want to thank everyone for attending services this weekend. We thank our Lord, Jesus Christ, for the beautiful weather, the freedom and opportunity to gather together and worship him, and the fellowship that we have in his service.
Sunday morning’s service included a message from John 4:1-10 about Christ’s journey from Judea. His ministry focused on a divine purpose rather than popularity. If you are saved and have a personal relationship with Christ, you should want to serve him with your whole mind, body and soul. Just as Jesus had a purpose for going to Galilee a second time, he is the Lord that often offers us a second chance. What about you; is he the Lord of your life today?
Sunday night’s service included a song service, followed by a message from Genesis 22 and Romans 12, and a fellowship meal downstairs. Bro. Kevin Shaw preached about how God doesn’t bind us and place us upon the altar as Abraham did his son, but rather it is a choice we must make for ourselves. Are you presenting your body as a living sacrifice to be used for God’s glory and purpose?
We would like to invite you to be a part of our services. We are located south of Clanton just past Dollar General, off U.S Highway 31 on Fulmer Drive. Sunday school: 9 a.m., Children’s Church and adult worship service: 10 a.m., Sunday evening service: 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday Service: 6:30 p.m. We will have a special Easter program on Saturday, March 30 at 6 p.m. For more information call Pastor Oscar Mims at 205-755-9399.
Bethany Baptist Church
The choir special was “Grace That is Greater Than Our sin.” Bro. Steve concluded the book-by-book sermons from Old Testament books with this message taken from Malachi:
After Malachi, God chose not to send another prophet to Israel and Judah for 400 years until he sent John the Baptist. In this scripture, Malachi was a prophet who preached against the sins of the people, including the priests, but they could not be convinced they were sinning. When Malachi told them that God loved them, they questioned this. The people and the priests despised God’s name. They departed from God’s laws for ministry and worship and offered defiled offerings. When Malachi told them the ways they were sinning, they disputed the charges.
The morality and values of our nation have gone far from the direction God provides in his word. God is calling us, his people, to examine ourselves, to consider our ways, repent and return to him.
On Sunday evening, Bro. Steve continued the study on scriptural music. In his outline, he stated that our church music should be scriptural and based on God’s word. It should be spiritual (1 Corinthinas 14:14-16 says we should sing with spirit and understanding,) and our music should be distinct and edifying. 2 Chronicles 20:12 reminds us to sing and praise the Lord. In this scripture, when Israel and Judah began to sing and praise the Lord before the upcoming battle, God blessed them and they were victorious.
Prayer list: Betty Biggs, James Bixler, Ada Church, Arnold DeLoach, Dovie Dykes, Doris and Verdie Glenn, Hubert Griffin, Mildred Griffin’s family, Laverne and Dick Hayes, Robert Hayes, Danny Jones’ family, Cathy Lenoir, Viki Mims, Billie Neeley, Elzie Sanders, Lillianna Thompson and the Chancellor family.
See you Sunday!