Monday, January 5, 2009

Sunday Summary

Happy New Year to my blog family! I pray God's choicest blessings upon you all this year. We had an delightful day of worship at BBC this past Lord's Day. The Hospitality Ministry is providing leadership in prayer for this month. The topic of prayer for this past Sunday was Restoration and Renewal. There has been a spirit of heaviness in our church do to the recent misfortune of one of the members, but the prayers were fervent and God answered!

We started off this year baptizing 2 adults. This set the tone for worship! I was expecting our morning worship to be a little bumpy because we did some rearranging to our order of worship. I think the changes will allow the service to flow better and make a better worship experience for all. I was ready and eager to preach in spite of the few bumps in the road. I preached a message from Ecclesiastes 7:13-14, entitled "How to be Better". Here's the basic outline.

1. Recognize Dominion

2. Responsible Duty

3. Regular Dependence

I experienced some vocal problems and my delivery was a little off, but God has a way of making up the difference. God blessed the exposition and when the call to Christian Discipleship was extended 3 new candidates for baptism came forward! God Be Praised!!

Pastor McGhee and I traveled back home to Gary to attend the 31st annual 12 Night Revival. The revival is the first 12 nights of the year at a different location with a different evangelist every night, except on Sundays where there are 2 evangelists. We were blessed to hear Pastor Thomas Fuller of the Holy Bethel Baptist Church of Gary and Pastor Levern Swain of the Koinonia Baptist Church of Gary. Both preachers preached excellent messages. I was extremely blessed by the preaching of the gospel!

Pray for us this week as everything is back to normal and at full speed. We began our Food Pantry this past Sunday and on Saturday, BBC along with Grainger Community Church will be distributing 100 food baskets and 100 boxes of personal care items to Harbor Homes which is a housing development close to BBC. This is a good way to start off the new year and I look forward to partnering with our friends and co-laborers in Christ from GCC!

7 comments:

Pastor Lance A. Mann said...

Spoon, I praise God for your worship on yesterday as well as the kick-off of your food pantry. Most of all I praise God for the souls that went down in the water on yesterday. As long as the pool is still being filled, the church is still growing.

Lance

Pastor Rev. Ray E. Owens said...

Brother,

When the Lord keeps adding to your church it makes our community better and BBC stronger. You are a powerful preacher and an innovative Pastor.

Keep running,

Owens

Clinton Smith said...

Happy New Year and yes all is back to full speed as well with us. Good message, Dy-no-mite!

Ronald said...

Way to start the New Year. Praise God for the souls that were baptized and the additional souls that were added to the ministry. May God’s blessings and favor continue to flow toward you and yours.

Happy New Year
Ron

Thanks for the words of encouragement they really mean alot to me, thanks.

Rev.Aaron Holcombe said...

Thank God for those who followed in believer's Baptism. God bless you and your ministry!

Vietta P's two cents said...

Happy New Year Doc Spoon! What a wonderful way to start a new year by baptising 2 adults and the challenge given by the word proclaimed "How to be Better" I pray that the endeavors of the Bethlehem Church will go beyond your expectations for 2009. Be blessed my Son.

Mother

Pastor Andre' A. McGhee said...

Doc,

As always I am so proud to call you brother. I praise God for the work He is doing through you at BBC.