College and Singles Weekly Update: December 1st – 8th

Sunday Night Worship:

Worship services on Sunday Nights at 6:00 pm.

Join us this fall for worship and the word.

Women’s Christmas Gift Exchange!!

Date: This Saturday, December 4th

Time: 9 am- noon

Location: At church

What to bring: Six gifts, unwrapped!

All women near and far – ages 6th grade and up. We encourage you to bring your friends, co-workers, and neighbors, especially those who wouldn’t otherwise come to a church event.

What do I need to bring? Six gifts, unwrapped. Your gift should all be the same type but can be of various colors, sizes, etc.

Don’t miss out on the fun, food, fellowship, and gifts you get to take home!
The event is FREE, but registration is required.

Register HERE TODAY!

Christmas Open House at the Brown’s:

Date: This Saturday, December 4th

Time: 5-9

Location: The Brown’s house (4209 Breckenridge Lane, two doors down from church)

All college and singles welcome!! Come for an hour or so just to say hey, but don’t plan to stay the whole time!

Watch the video below to hear from Philip and Chanda about the open house gathering at their place:

 

1916 Shop:

The 1916 Shop will be open on December 5! We will set up in room 106 that morning (right off the Main Lobby). Come by and stock up on NAOBC gear. We will have a special on our T-shirts with a certain percentage of the sale going to our Great Commission Offering! You can always visit the 1916 Shop online 24/7.

Evangelism Class – Take the Step:

Have you ever wanted to share the Gospel but didn’t know where to start? Would you like to have a plan for turning normal conversations into spiritual conversations? Whether you’ve been a Christian for years or just a few weeks, we have the answer to help you Take the Step in sharing your faith with others. Our Take the Step class covers how you can share the good news about Jesus naturally in your daily conversations.

Date: December 5th

Time: 9-10:15 am

Click here to register today!

SINGLES GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Group) Sunday Morning 10:30 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM

The Men will be going through a men’s leadership study on how to be a Godly leader in a four-part series. This study is designed to help men grow in their ability to be Godly leaders in the church, their work/school, their families/relationships/friendships, and in the community. 

The next men’s group will meet on December 5th. 

Location: Going shooting- text Philip to reserve your spot!!

Contact Pastor Philip if you have any questions: pbrown@naobc.org

 

The women will be going through a study on Hospitality. This study by Carolyn Lacy is designed for the ordinary person and gives 7 ways to “welcome like Jesus”. The book called Extroidianry Hospitality can be purchased at Amazon here.

Location: Jenna’s house (check GroupMe for address)

Time: 6:30 pm

Contact Melanie Cox if you have any questions:  melc14@hotmail.com

COLLEGE GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Groups) Sunday Morning 9:00 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM

Serving During the Break:

The college group will be doing some service projects during the winter break.

Our next service project is coming up!!

Date: December 8th (Wednesday)

Time: 6:30 PM

We will be doing some care packages and praying for a group of ladies that do a Bible study that day. You won’t want to miss this sweet time of being able to serve alongside the college group and serve our church body!!

 

Our Week in the Word segment this week is a repeat from early August and is from Nick Braun who serves in our College Group. It is a timely reminder that is good for us to remember over and over again.

 

One of my favorite musicians is John Mayer. I rediscovered him during my freshman year of college and listened to him religiously for most of my early twenties. One thing that makes him so intriguing to me is the sense of longing in his music. Although he is rich and successful, his music is full of wondering if something, or someone, has passed him by.

 

Questions like these plagued my college days and, to some extent, plague me still. I think many of us wonder if we have done the things we were supposed to do in life. Are we on the right track for our degree? Have we done enough to score our dream job when we graduate? Will we ever find that perfect someone? Or the perfect car? Or the perfect house? Our culture pushes us to compare ourselves to our peers. Our parents push us to live a better life than they did. We have countless competing voices telling us who we should be.

 

Our current study in the book of Proverbs has addressed these concerns head-on. While the world wants us to chase after material wealth, earthly pleasures, and the recognition of man, the author of Proverbs tells us that our main focus should be on the attainment of Godly wisdom. We are instructed to seek it out like silver or hidden treasure (1:4). We are given the imagery of clinging to wisdom as one clings to their precious bride. We are then promised God’s blessings if we seek after his wisdom and his heart (8:15-21). Jesus reiterates this in Matthew 6. We are told to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (6:33) 

 

In our best moments, we know these things are true. But there are still times when we wonder what path we should take in life or if we have missed out on a path that God wanted for us. While our search for answers should always begin in the Bible, sometimes the answers aren’t as clear as we would hope. This is exactly why being part of a church is critical. Godly brothers and sisters (younger, older, or similarly aged) can offer us wise counsel based on Biblical truths and their lived experiences. While John Mayer has attempted to find solace in wealth and success, we can find peace in receiving the wisdom God has granted our brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

So, plug into a Wednesday group with a senior adult and a middle-aged parent. Serve in our youth group.

 

Commit yourself to the local church and you will find God faithful to his promises.

College and Singles Weekly Update: November 23rd- 30th

Sunday Night Worship:

Worship services on Sunday Nights at 6:00 pm.

Join us this fall for worship and the word.

SINGLES GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Group) Sunday Morning 10:30 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM

The Men will be going through a men’s leadership study on how to be a Godly leader in a four-part series. This study is designed to help men grow in their ability to be Godly leaders in the church, their work/school, their families/relationships/friendships, and in the community. 

The next men’s group will meet on December 5th. 

Location: Going shooting- text Philip to reserve your spot!!

Contact Pastor Philip if you have any questions: pbrown@naobc.org

 

The women will be going through a study on Hospitality. This study by Carolyn Lacy is designed for the ordinary person and gives 7 ways to “welcome like Jesus”. The book called Extroidianry Hospitality can be purchased at Amazon here.

Location: Jenna’s house (check GroupMe for address)

Time: 6:30

Contact Melanie Cox if you have any questions:  melc14@hotmail.com

COLLEGE GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Groups) Sunday Morning 9:00 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM

Serving During the Break:

Well, College Night was a hit! What a great time of fellowship we enjoyed coming out of the Covid shutdown. Now it is time to do something that many of you have desired to do while on break and even next semester. You want to serve!!

The college group will be doing some service projects during the winter break.

We are planning to do these every other week till we start back Wednesday nights at the end of January. Our plan is to do 2 service projects that are around the church and then do 2 projects that serve the community. We are also looking to partner with some other BFGs. Times and dates for the other 3 are going to be posted soon. 

Our Week in the Word segment this week comes from Philip Brown, our college and singles Pastor.

A Thanksgiving Message:

Can you believe it? Thanksgiving is here.  For you students who have been so focused on finishing up papers and preparing for finals, you can take a breather. And for most of us who take a breather from school and or work at least a day or two this week, let us be sure to not take a breather from our walk with Christ. Just like retirement doesn’t mean we stop being a good believer, we don’t stop believing and serving our savior during our “time off”.   

My family will fight to keep our devotions and personal quiet times strong around vacation from school for the kids and a week-long vacation for all of us in South Carolina. We have just made a transition from the book of Philippians to the book of Psalms. We went there this week due to how much we see thankfulness embedded into the heartbeat of the book. The perfect chapter for us to start in is Psalm 136. Here we see the phrase “His steadfast love endures forever” repeated. The bookends of this Psalm has another phrase, “Give thanks to the Lord.”

If you have time to share with your family or friends on Thursday, here is a good place to get a kickstart of what we should be thankful for to God. 

Verse 1 reminds us that no matter what, God is good. Then in the next few verses, we are reminded He is the Lord of lords and God of gods.  The end of the chapter in verse 26 caps the book by saying he is the God of heaven. If you just see these 4 verses as what David is thankful for, you miss that the other 22 are also things about God we should be thankful for.   

These verses really tell the history of God’s provision to His people and affirm the truth that is repeated, “His love endures forever”.

This is a good example for us. Maybe this can be a jumpstart for us to be more thankful. We too can take time to list what God has done for us to this point in our lives in some one-liners and then stating “his love endures forever”. I have attempted to do one for myself as an example for you and those you might share this with around your thanksgiving table on Thursday:

He has given me health and life

His steadfast love endures forever

He has given me salvation from my sins 

His steadfast love endures forever

He guides me to shepherd by his spirit and word

His steadfast love endures forever

My wife and children give me joy and encourage my heart

His steadfast love endures forever

Give thanks to the Lord

For His steadfast love endures forever

 

Have a great Thanksgiving

Pastor Philip

College and Singles Weekly Update: November 17th-24th

Sunday Night Worship:

Worship services on Sunday Nights at 6:00 pm.

Join us this fall for worship and the word.

Building Community Night this Sunday following our evening service!! We will also participate in the Lord’s Supper during the evening service. Pastor Philip will be preaching.

SINGLES GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Group) Sunday Morning 10:30 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM

The Men will be starting a men’s leadership study on how to be a Godly leader in a four-part series starting on Nov 15. This study is designed to help men grow in their ability to be Godly leaders in the church, their work/school, their families/relationships/friendships, and in the community. 

Location: Philip Brown’s house

Time: 6  

Contact Pastor Philip if you have any questions: pbrown@naobc.org

 

The women will be starting a study on Hospitality on Nov. 18. This study by Carolyn Lacy is designed for the ordinary person and gives 7 ways to “welcome like Jesus”. The book called Extroidianry Hospitality can be purchased at Amazon here.

Location: Abigail Johnson’s Apartment – 1848 Frankfort Ave.

Time: 6:30

Contact Melanie Cox if you have any questions:  melc14@hotmail.com

COLLEGE GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Groups) Sunday Morning 9:00 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM

Serving During the Break:

Well, College Night was a hit! What a great time of fellowship we enjoyed coming out of the Covid shutdown. Now it is time to do something that many of you have desired to do while on break and even next semester. You want to serve!!

The college group will be doing some service projects during the winter break.

Our first service project is TONIGHT (Nov 17th).

Location: At church

Time: 6:30 PM

We are planning to do these every other week till we start back Wednesday nights at the end of January. Our plan is to do 2 service projects that are around the church and then do 2 projects that serve the community. We are also looking to partner with some other BFGs. Times and dates for the other 3 are going to be posted soon. 

Our Week in the Word segment this week is a repeat from many months ago. Dr. Howell, one of the college BFG leaders wrote this timely message that is good to be reminded of in seasons of disappointment or frustration.

Psalm 112

Psalm 112 is an excellent example of a wisdom psalm. It begins with the concept of blessedness (cf. Ps 1), fear of the Lord (cf. Prov 1:7; 9:10), and delighting in God’s commandments (cf. Ps 1 again). Verses 2-5 describe this wise person as mighty, upright, and prosperous (though not in a prosperity gospel kind of way). Verses 6-9 provide the ground for why the wise person is this way; “for…his heart is firm (v. 7b)…his heart is steady (v. 8a). Finally, verse 10 describes the wicked who will ultimately perish, a common theme in Proverbs and other related wisdom literature.

 As we consider this overall concept of “wisdom,” I want to focus on Psalm 112:7 this week; “He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.”

Many of us shudder at the thought of bad news. We don’t want to hear that things are not going well or that some kind of difficulty has just been announced. It seems in our world today that everywhere we turn, we are getting bad news. We have largely become a pessimistic society that loves to dwell in the mire of bad news. 

Psalm 112:7 teaches us that the blessed person, i.e. the person who flourishes in this harsh world, is not afraid of bad news.

It’s not that this wise person is oblivious to it or just ignores it. No, the wise person takes bad news into account, considers it, and then lives in light of it. However, this wise person is not afraid of it. Why? The next line answers this question; “his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.” I would argue that the logic of this verse goes like this: The blessed/wise person is not afraid of bad news because his heart is firm by trusting in the Lord. In other words, the wise person shores up his or her confidence in the power of God such that no bad news can derail the firmness of his or her heart. “A mighty fortress is our God; a bulwark never failing!!!”

Indeed, bad news comes to us all, but the wise/blessed person has no need to fear because our God is a great King who gives strength to his people to endure every hardship. This kind of confidence in the power of God through Christ will give us firm hearts such that when bad news comes, we can rest securely in the arms of our Father rather than spiraling into despair.

As you walk your daily life this week, dwell on the goodness and kindness of God to you in Christ Jesus such that your confidence in his power to save bolsters your spiritual vitality.

Do not fear the bad news; rather, receive it in the confidence of a firm heart, trusting in the Lord.

College and Singles Weekly Update: November 10th-17th

Sunday Night Worship:

Worship services on Sunday Nights at 6:00 pm.

Join us this fall for worship and the word.

Our next Building Community Nights will be November 21 and December 12.

SINGLES GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Group) Sunday Morning 10:30 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM

The Men will be starting a men’s leadership study on how to be a Godly leader in a four-part series starting on Nov 15. This study is designed to help men grow in their ability to be Godly leaders in the church, their work/school, their families/relationships/friendships, and in the community. 

Location: Philip Brown’s house

Time: 6  

Contact Pastor Philip if you have any questions: pbrown@naobc.org

 

The women will be starting a study on Hospitality on Nov. 18. This study by Carolyn Lacy is designed for the ordinary person and gives 7 ways to “welcome like Jesus”. The book called Extroidianry Hospitality can be purchased at Amazon here.

Location: Abigail Johnson’s Apartment – 1848 Frankfort Ave.

Time: 6:30

Contact Melanie Cox if you have any questions:  melc14@hotmail.com

COLLEGE GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Groups) Sunday Morning 9:00 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM

Serving During the Break:

Well, College Night was a hit! What a great time of fellowship we enjoyed coming out of the Covid shutdown. Now it is time to do something that many of you have desired to do while on break and even next semester. You want to serve!!

So, the college group will be doing some service projects during the winter break. We will be starting the first one on Nov 17th at the church at 6:30 pm. We are planning to do these every other week till we start back Wednesday nights at the end of January.

Our plan is to do 2 service projects that are around the church and then do 2 projects that serve the community. We are also looking to partner with some other BFGs.  Times and dates for the other 3 are going to be posted soon. 

Our Week in the Word segment this week is a repeat from many months ago. It is easy to get caught up in school, work, getting ready for the holidays…so much so that we get burnt out. We forget that God is all we need and sometimes we even lose sight of the fact that God loves us. We feel the need to toughen up, keep pushing through, and take care of ourselves…this couldn’t be further from the truth! Our Heavenly Father cares for us!!

Timothy Babatunde wrote this piece for our blog back in April, be reminded and encouraged again by this truth:

Consider the Lilies

As a new interest, I have gone around taking pictures of flowers and identifying them by name through an application. So far in my unprofessional floral explorations, Cinnamon Rose and Begonias are the most popular around Louisville. It is unmistakable that the detailed fabric structures and pigments of the blossoms reveal a microcosm of the excellence of God’s beauty in creation. The multifaceted colors of some flowers are simply mesmerizing.

But why did God create flowers with such intricate pure beauty? I ask myself. He could have chosen to not make the Peonies, Petunias, Roses, Buzzy Lizzies, and Lilies, to name a few, as beautiful as they are. Truly, man wouldn’t have known it at all, if God chose to not make flowers as aesthetically pleasing as they are. Why did the Lord God, in His inscrutable wisdom, put so much detail into flower plants to make them grow to display such a beatific sight?

I believe Jesus Christ answered these questions in his words to the disciples. In Luke 12:27-28 Jesus said to them, “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!”

Aha! That’s it! We can infer from Christ’s words, that God created and caused flowers to grow with such pure beauty as a signpost, with an inscription, “TRUST THAT I CARE SO MUCH MORE ABOUT YOU, MY CHILDREN!” Beloveds, God’s love for us is true, real, and unending! He cares for us so much more than we can ever conjure. He created flowers of the field beautiful, for our enjoyment of them in him. Therefore, in dire situations and frustrations of our daily lives, in all forms of worries and anxieties that the days might bring, in rejection and perplexing feelings of being unloved, let us pause to ponder and consider the lilies of the field and let them remind all of us of God’s promises that we belong to him.

He loves us. He is near us. He is taking care of us. Brethren, let us trust him and take him at his words. We can join the psalmist in saying, “This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life” (c.f. Ps. 119:50). If he lavishes his care upon his creation, how much more will he lavish his unending love on his children as he promised.

College and Singles Weekly Update: November 3rd-10th

FALLVEMBER!!

Join us this Saturday, November 6th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm for our annual College and Singles Bonfire/Fall Event. 

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS NIGHT!!!!

There will be Hayrides, Cornhole, and other yard games played around the light of the fire. We will cook hotdogs on the fire and have s’mores for dessert.

If you would like to help bring some of the items for the event. Please click on the link here!  

Sunday Night Worship:

Worship services on Sunday Night will begin November 7 at 6:00 pm.

Join us this fall for worship and the word.

We’ll also enjoy Building Community Nights on November 7, November 21, and December 12. Our first BCN is a Chili Cook-off! Do you have the best chili recipe? Let’s find out!

 Register here to participate and bring your best chili on November 7.

SINGLES GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Group) Sunday Morning 10:30 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM

The Men will be starting a men’s leadership study on how to be a Godly leader in a four-part series starting on Nov 15. This study is designed to help men grow in their ability to be Godly leaders in the church, their work/school, their families/relationships/friendships, and in the community.   

Contact Pastor Philip if you have any questions: pbrown@naobc.org

The women will be starting a study on Hospitality on Nov. 18. This study by Carolyn Lacy is designed for the ordinary person and gives 7 ways to “welcome like Jesus”. The book called Extroidianry Hospitality can be purchased at Amazon here.

Contact Melanie Cox if you have any questions:  melc14@hotmail.com

COLLEGE GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Groups) Sunday Morning 9:00 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM

Serving During the Break:

Well, College Night was a hit! What a great time of fellowship we enjoyed coming out of the Covid shutdown. Now it is time to do something that many of you have desired to do while on break and even next semester. You want to serve!!

So, the college group will be doing some service projects during the winter break. We will be starting the first one on Nov 17th at the church at 6:30 pm. We are planning to do these every other week till we start back Wednesday nights at the end of January.

Our plan is to do 2 service projects that are around the church and then do 2 projects that serve the community. We are also looking to partner with some other BFGs.  Times and dates for the other 3 are going to be posted soon. 

Our Week in the Word segment this week comes from Philip Brown, our College and Singles Pastor.

Thankfulness with No “buts”

Well, it is almost Thanksgiving, but many of you have already started listening to Christmas music. Now I know that I have already offended many of you, including my wife and kids but I am going to challenge us all to be extra Thankful this year. (You can still listen to your Christmas music before Thanksgiving and decorate your house, dorm, or apartment early)  

Well, my challenge starts with us saying we like Thanksgiving but being able to prove we like it for the right reasons. I, for many years, as a college student, would love Thanksgiving because it meant I got to eat my favorite food till I was gorged. But I also missed out on the things that I took for granted.  Things and people that God had put in my life. I also just made it one day. I don’t know if you ever thought about getting in the Thanksgiving spirit but I think we should give it a try.

For the past few years, our family has made a Thanksgiving pumpkin. We use a big pumpkin and write what we are thankful to God for each day of Nov till Thanksgiving day. What is amazing is how hard it can be to list things on the 4th or 5th day. It is a reminder of how unthankful I can be. It also shows how critical I can be as well.   

One of the things my family decided to do this year was to read in Philippians leading up to Thanksgiving. In Philippians 2:13 Paul reminds the church of Philippi to do everything without grumbling or complaining. I’ve realized much like an apology that has a caveat at the end, my thankfulness with a but to follow doesn’t carry much weight. I find myself even saying to God that I am thankful for my kids…but they complain too much! I don’t know about you but my challenge this year is to be thankful but leave out the conjunction at the end.  

So, I am thankful for Ninth and O’s college and singles ministry….but…..oops! Love you all and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Pastor Philp

College and Singles Weekly Update: October 27- November 3rd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FALLVEMBER!!

Join us Saturday, November 6th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm for our annual College and Singles Bonfire/Fall Event. 

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS NIGHT!!!!

There will be Hayrides, Cornhole, and other yard games played around the light of the fire. We will cook hotdogs on the fire and have s’mores for dessert.

If you would like to help bring some of the items for the event. Please click on the link here!  

 

Sunday Night Worship:

Worship services on Sunday Night will begin November 7 at 6:00 pm.

Join us this fall for worship and the word.

We’ll also enjoy Building Community Nights on November 7, November 21, and December 12. Our first BCN is a Chili Cook-off! Do you have the best chili recipe? Let’s find out!

 Register here to participate and bring your best chili on November 7.

SINGLES GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Group) Sunday Morning 10:30 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM

Small Groups:

Our singles group will be dividing up into men’s and women’s small groups this fall, going through the Psalms.

Ladie’s group

Date: Mondays

Time: 7 PM

Location: 7600 Carmil Court

Men’s group

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: 9101 Leicester Court

Reach out to Abigail Johnson with any questions!

COLLEGE GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Groups) Sunday Morning 9:00 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM

 

College Night!!!

Our final college night is this Sunday! Halloween + costumes!! Please reach out and invite your friends to come hang out with us and get to know more college students!

Join us for supper, games, a brief lesson time (different speakers each week), and fellowship. We will have snacks, food, games, prizes…lots and lots of fun celebrating our last college night of the semester!!

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Room 231 (the youth room)

*Meal provided!!

Theme: ****We are no longer restricting the theme to come dressed as a pastor or a pastor’s wife from our church.

You can come as whatever you may like, as long as it is church-appropriate. If you have a question about if your costume is appropriate…don’t wear it. Start preparing your costumes now! We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

There will be prizes for the best costumes!!

If you would like to bring an appetizer, chips, drinks, dessert…or if you would be willing to come early to help set up/ decorate, please reach out to Alexa Knight!! We need your help to pull off this event!

 

Wednesday Night Discipleship:

Beginning at 6:30 PM

Adults will have the opportunity to serve with the Choir, attend Open Bible Study with TJ Betts studying the Psalms, or meet in Discipleship Groups.

Men’s groups will be using the book Disciplines of a Godly Man by R Kent Hughes, and women’s groups will use Disciplines of Godly Women by Barbara Hughes as a springboard to invest in one another’s lives.

For more information, and to register, click here!!

Check out our website or GroupMe App for more info regarding specific events!!

 

Our Week in the Word segment this week comes from Alexa Knight, our college intern who goes above and beyond planning and organizing much of what happens in our college group.

 

The first part of Acts chapter 3 tells the story of the lame beggar who sat outside the temple gates. This man was lame from birth and had to be carried out to the gates of the temple every day. He would ask people for Alms (money or food given to the poor) as they entered the temple. On this day, he encounters Peter and John. Acts tells us that as Peter and John entered the temple the lame beggar speaks to them, asking for alms.

How many times have we all been confronted with a situation like this? I know that almost every time I drive down the road or go anywhere, it would not take long to encounter a homeless person asking for food or money. It’s a situation we all know, and a situation we see Peter and John face in Acts chapter 3. Peter and John were about to enter the temple.. going to worship the Lord. On a mission, they had somewhere to be. Usually, this is us too! Maybe not going to the temple, but usually going somewhere. In a rush to get to the next place it’s easy to brush off the people who want our attention. This doesn’t just apply to the homeless man or woman we see on the side of the road, but anyone who might not fit our schedule.

So what is their response to this lame beggar at the gates of the temple? As they are on their way inside the temple Acts 3:4 says both Peter and John directed their gaze at this man. Such a simple phrase with so much love and meaning. They looked at him. They acknowledged him. They gave their attention to him. Something he most likely hasn’t gotten much his entire life. Then, after directing their gaze to the man and asking for his in response, Peter and John offer him something more precious than silver or gold. More than food or drink. They offer Him Jesus Christ.

It’s common to see miracles coupled with gospel proclamations in the Bible. We often see physical needs being met with spiritual renewal. Peter and John told this man of Jesus Christ, The Christ, and then healed his lame legs in Christ’s name! His faith growing. In Acts 3:6 Peter says he doesn’t have much, but what he does have he gives to him.

What are the takeaways from this?

First, oftentimes the best thing we can offer people that come into our lives is our attention and love. Maybe this doesn’t mean the homeless man or woman on the road, and maybe it does. Maybe it means the girl on your dorm hall that you don’t quite think is cool enough to be intentional with. Maybe it means the neighbor next door who you run into often but have yet to extend a hand in friendship. Maybe it’s the classmate you have 3 classes with this semester and the Lord keeps crossing your paths. Maybe it’s the customer who comes in every day, or the lady who is swiping your groceries at the store. Maybe this looks different for all of us: but who has the Lord placed in our life right now, today, tomorrow, that we need to direct our gaze towards? Who can we show the love of Christ to by being a friend?

 

Second, even when it feels like you have nothing to offer, no money or miracles, no food or clothes, direct your eyes to your Father, the worker of miracles every time someone comes to Him in Faith, and remember your salvation! Brothers and sisters, be encouraged to help the poor and needy in physical ways if you can, but remember the gospel! The gospel is precious, finer than silver or gold. It is life in Christ and it is worth sharing with others!

You have much to offer others because you know Jesus Christ!

Sometimes gospel opportunities come about by simply directing our gaze at others around us and speaking a good word for the Lord. Sometimes it just takes us looking, slowing down a bit, and turning our eyes towards. Who can we direct our gaze towards today?

College and Singles Weekly Update: October 20-27th

FALLVEMBER!!

Join us Saturday, November 6th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm for our annual College and Singles Bonfire/Fall Event. 

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS NIGHT!!!!

There will be Hayrides, Cornhole, and other yard games played around the light of the fire. We will cook hotdogs on the fire and have s’mores for dessert.

If you would like to help bring some of the items for the event. Please click on the link here!  

Men’s Workday

 Don’t miss our Men’s Breakfast and Workday on Sat., Oct. 23. 

Our deacons will serve breakfast at 8 am, followed by our Pastor, Dr. Cook, speaking about what it is to be a Godly Man. We will finish up the morning from 9-Noon, helping with projects inside and out. 

Sunday Night Worship:

Worship services on Sunday Night will begin November 7 at 6:00 pm.

Join us this fall for worship and the word.

We’ll also enjoy Building Community Nights on November 7, November 21, and December 12. Our first BCN is a Chili Cook-off! Do you have the best chili recipe? Let’s find out!

 Register here to participate and bring your best chili on November 7.

SINGLES GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Group) Sunday Morning 10:30 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM

Small Groups:

Our singles group will be dividing up into men’s and women’s small groups this fall, going through the Psalms.

Ladie’s group

Date: Mondays

Time: 7 PM

Location: 7600 Carmil Court

Men’s group

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: 9101 Leicester Court

Reach out to Abigail Johnson with any questions!

COLLEGE GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Groups) Sunday Morning 9:00 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM

 

College Night!!!

College night this Sunday! Please reach out and invite your friends to come hang out with us and get to know more college students!

Join us for supper, games, a brief lesson time (different speakers each week), and fellowship. This will be a wonderful time of getting to know everyone in our college group! See you at 6 PM this Sunday!

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Room 231 (the youth room)

*Meal provided!!

Announcement:

Get ready for our college night on 10/31 (Halloween) where we are wearing costumes!!

Theme: come dressed as a pastor or a pastor’s wife from our church!! Start preparing your costumes now! We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.

There will be prizes for the best costumes!!

 

Wednesday Night Discipleship:

Beginning at 6:30 PM

Adults will have the opportunity to serve with the Choir, attend Open Bible Study with TJ Betts studying the Psalms, or meet in Discipleship Groups.

Men’s groups will be using the book Disciplines of a Godly Man by R Kent Hughes, and women’s groups will use Disciplines of Godly Women by Barbara Hughes as a springboard to invest in one another’s lives.

For more information, and to register, click here!!

Check out our website or GroupMe App for more info regarding specific events!!

 

Our Week in the Word segment this week comes from Philip Brown, our College and Singles Pastor.

A Good Tired

This is a phrase that I have used for quite a while to describe times in my life that have been hard but not because of any particular sin, loss of a loved one, or loss of sleep but usually because my week has been full of stuff at church and family. I’m not talking about overlooking yourself either, sometimes life just hits. It’s almost like a good workout. You are tired, but you know that it is good for you.

When I ask how someone is doing on a Sunday morning I usually get an honest answer with… they are tired. I think we have come to expect that at our church and expect that suffering is just going to happen but I think we miss the joy in being a good tired.

Sometimes our tiredness doesn’t need to be fixed but endured.  

James reminds us to… “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2–4, ESV). Paul also reminds us not to grow weary in doing good.  In Gal 6:9 we read “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up.”

My challenge this week is for us to encourage each other when Sunday comes with a good tired and be encouraged by the saints to go and do it again. When we do this… being with our brothers and sisters on Sundays becomes oh so much more of a blessing than a chore!! 

College and Singles Weekly Update: October 13th – 20th

SINGLES GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Group) Sunday Morning 10:30 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM

KBC Women’s Conference:

All ladies attending the conference- please meet at the church at 5:45 pm this Friday.

Check the email you should have gotten from Melanie Cox!

Small Groups:

Our singles group will be dividing up into men’s and women’s small groups this fall, going through the Psalms.

Ladie’s group

Time: 7 PM

Location: 7600 Carmil Court

Men’s group

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: 9101 Leicester Court

COLLEGE GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Groups) Sunday Morning 9:00 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM

 

College Night!!!

College night this Sunday! Please reach out and invite your friends to come hang out with us and get to know more college students!

Join us for supper, games, a brief lesson time (different speakers each week), and fellowship. This will be a wonderful time of getting to know everyone in our college group! See you at 6 PM this Sunday!

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Room 231 (the youth room)

*Meal provided!!

Announcement:

Get ready for our college night on 10/31 (Halloween) where we are wearing costumes!!

Theme: come dressed as a pastor or a pastor’s wife from our church!! Start preparing your costumes now! We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.

There will be prizes for the best costumes!!

 

Wednesday Night Discipleship:

Beginning at 6:30 PM

Adults will have the opportunity to serve with the Choir, attend Open Bible Study with TJ Betts studying the Psalms, or meet in Discipleship Groups.

Men’s groups will be using the book Disciplines of a Godly Man by R Kent Hughes, and women’s groups will use Disciplines of Godly Women by Barbara Hughes as a springboard to invest in one another’s lives.

For more information, and to register, click here!!

Check out our website or GroupMe App for more info regarding specific events!!

 

Our Week in the Word segment this week comes from Benjamin Nguyen, one of our singles interns and one of our missionaries at the Avery Apartments across from church (take the time to ask him about how this ministry is going and what you can do to support him in it when you see him at church).

 

“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the fruit you reap leads to holiness, and the outcome is eternal life.” Rom 6:1

 

We often think of sanctification as hard work that takes sweat and tears to do. That is true, but what we often don’t think about is the end goal, or the Telos, of all of this work we do in the Christian life. Romans 6:21 talks about the end goal of sanctification are eternal life.

 

I want to challenge you to see Paul’s understanding of eternal life in Romans 6 carefully. The logic of the passage goes something like this. First, you have been saved by Christ by Faith. By faith, You are now united to Christ. Because of your union with Christ, you can obey God’s commandments. In obedience to God’s commandment day by day, you are becoming more and more like Christ every day. We are being conformed into the image of Christ by beholding his Glory (2 For 3:18) AND presenting our body in acts of obedience to Christ every day. That is sanctification.

 

The result of sanctification or being in the image of Christ is that we begin to reflect God’s image more and more. When we becoming more and more like Christ each day, we actually become better image-bearer of God every day. I would argue that the more you become like Christ, or sanctified, each day, you can enjoy being truly human and reflect the image of God better. In other words, God, our Father, has saved us and unite us with his Son, our Savior, for the effect or end goal of human flourishing. God works in us for his great Glory and for our greatest good.

 

So brothers and sisters, be encouraged, for God, your Father, has worked his grace in you to bring you into his joy and to eternal life. Let us respond to him by beholding and enjoying Jesus in our hearts and mind and by obedience to his good commands with our bodies.

College and Singles Weekly Update: October 6 – 13th

SINGLES POTLUCK:

On October 9th Melanie Cox will be hosting an outdoor potluck at her house for the Singles group. We will eat at 6 PM. This is going to be a chill time for us to gather for a meal. There will be a fire and yard games to enjoy. If you have a lawn chair please bring it.

The main meat- BBQ chicken sandwiches- will be provided.

Address: 2029 Southville Pike, Shelbyville, KY 40065

Please sign up for what you will bring to the potluck here!!

 

SINGLES GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Group) Sunday Morning 10:30 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM

    Small Groups:

    Our singles group will be dividing up into men’s and women’s small groups this fall, going through the Psalms.

    Ladie’s group

    Time: 7 PM

    Location: 7600 Carmil Court

    Men’s group

    Time: 6:30 PM

    Location: 9101 Leicester Court

COLLEGE GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Groups) Sunday Morning 9:00 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM

 

College Night!!!

We are SO EXCITED for college night to be back this coming Sunday!! Please reach out and invite your friends to come hang out with us and get to know more college students!

Join us for supper, games, a brief lesson time (different speakers each week), and fellowship. This will be a wonderful time of getting to know everyone in our college group! See you at 6 PM this Sunday!

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Room 231 (the youth room)

*Meal provided!!

Wednesday Night Discipleship:

***There will be no discipleship groups tonight 10/6!

Beginning at 6:30 PM

Adults will have the opportunity to serve with the Choir, attend Open Bible Study with TJ Betts studying the Psalms, or meet in Discipleship Groups.

Men’s groups will be using the book Disciplines of a Godly Man by R Kent Hughes, and women’s groups will use Disciplines of Godly Women by Barbara Hughes as a springboard to invest in one another’s lives.

For more information, and to register, click here!!

Check out our website or GroupMe App for more info regarding specific events!!

 

***No Week in the Word this week due to fall break. We look forward to hearing from one of our College and Singles leaders next week!!

College and Singles Weekly Update: September 29th – October 6th

SINGLES POTLUCK:

On October 9th Melanie Cox will be hosting an outdoor potluck at her house for the Singles group. We will eat at 6 PM. This is going to be a chill time for us to gather for a meal. There will be a fire and yard games to enjoy. If you have a lawn chair please bring it.

The main meat- BBQ chicken sandwiches- will be provided.

Address: 2029 Southville Pike, Shelbyville, KY 40065

Please sign up for what you will bring to the potluck here!!

 

SINGLES GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Group) Sunday Morning 10:30 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM

    Small Groups:

    Our singles group will be dividing up into men’s and women’s small groups this fall, going through the Psalms.

    Ladie’s group

    Time: 7 PM

    Location: 7600 Carmil Court

    Men’s group

    Time: 6:30 PM

    Location: 9101 Leicester Court

COLLEGE GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Groups) Sunday Morning 9:00 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM

Outside Event:

THIS FRIDAY!! Kelli Gough has invited our college group over to play yard games and end the night around a campfire! The young couples 2 and 6 will be there as well.

Date: Friday, October 1st

Time: 6:30-10:30 (Come anytime between this time frame and stay for as long as you’d like!!)

Address: Will be posted in GroupMe

 

College Night!!!

No college night this week due to fall break. Stay safe this week and we will see you next Sunday evening!

Wednesday Night Discipleship:

Beginning at 6:30 PM

Adults will have the opportunity to serve with the Choir, attend Open Bible Study with TJ Betts studying the Psalms, or meet in Discipleship Groups.

Men’s groups will be using the book Disciplines of a Godly Man by R Kent Hughes, and women’s groups will use Disciplines of Godly Women by Barbara Hughes as a springboard to invest in one another’s lives.

For more information, and to register, click here!!

Check out our website or GroupMe App for more info regarding specific events!!

***There will be no discipleship groups next week on 10/6!

Our Week in the Word segment this week comes from Nick Braun, a leader in our College Group.

 

As the father of an almost 3 year old, I constantly find myself telling my son to be brave. Whether it is consoling him after Abby turns on the vacuum cleaner or coaxing him into going down a water slide, I try to push him to overcome his fears. From my point of view, his fears are silly and trivial and will eventually go away as he grows up anyway. In my mind, I think I can push him to be brave for bravery’s sake. As if he will one day simply look at me and say “You know what Dad? My fears are stupid, you’re right!” 

A cursory glance at the Old Testament reveals several passages telling God’s people to not be fearful. Many of these are aimed at the Israelites during the time of Moses and Joshua. We look back at them and wonder how they could be so silly. A group of people who were, at most, one generation removed from watching God hurl the Red Sea over the Egyptians were still living in fear. We want to yell at them as we read their story and watch them act cowardly while also being witnesses to some of God’s most mighty displays of power. How could these people be so blind?

Meanwhile, many of us constantly live in fear. Our fears might be packaged more cleanly than those of the Israelites, but they are fears nonetheless. We are “wise” enough to not question God directly, but our fears still cripple us. Fear of rejection. Fear of being alone. Fear of failure. At the heart of all of these things is a questioning of God’s sovereignty in our lives. 

When our hearts are gripped with fear we need to remember God’s call to be brave. However, we also need to remember that we are not called to be brave in order to save face or to appear strong. Many passages in the Old and New Testament call us to bravery because our God is with us (Deuteronomy 31:6, Joshua 1:9). Paul even writes to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:7 to explain that the spirit God gives believers is not one “of fear, but of power and love and self-control.”

In our times of fearfulness, we need to look to our God, remind ourselves of His work in our lives and proclaim “You know what God? My fears are stupid, you’re right!”