College and Singles Weekly Update – April 28- May 5th

Recognizing our graduates:

 

Ben McMillan

Graduating from: The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Degree: Masters of Divinity

Future plans: Ben is staying in Louisville and pursuing Chaplaincy in Military.  Ben helps Pastor Philip with the security team and coordinates Sunday services at a local nursing home.

 

 

 

Sarah Stender

Graduating from: Boyce College

Degree: BS in Youth & Family Ministry

 Future plans: Sarah will be working in Alaska for the summer at Kennicott Glacier Lodge. In the fall she will return home to Tennessee to work on getting her TEFL certificate.

 

 

Savannah Kawa

Graduating from: Boyce College

Degree: BS in Elementary Education

Future plans: Savannah will pursue a career in elementary education within her hometown community and serve her family by working at their business.

 

 

Jerm Shang

Graduating from: University of the Cumberlands

Degree: BS in Psychology

Future plans: Jerm  currently has two part-time jobs, uncertain of where the Lord will take him from here. Staying in Louisville for now.

 

 

Alexa Knight

Graduating from: Boyce College

Degree: BS in Humanities with a minor in biblical counseling

Future plans: Staying in Louisville, at least until next May!

 

 

 

Bobby Marcum

Graduating from: Boyce College

Degree: BS in Biblical Studies with a Worship Pastoral emphasis

Future plans: plans to get married to Macy Kile on June 5th, then begin studies in worship at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

 

 

 

We are very proud of all our graduates!! Be sure to congratulate them when you see them next or with a note, email, text, or social media.

 

Weekly Word on Suffering:

Brought to us by Graham Faulkner who teaches in our singles ministry!

If I asked you to define the word “suffering”, how would you? You might start by looking it up in the dictionary, but unfortunately, you would not find much help. Webster’s dictionary defines suffering as “the state or experience of one who suffers.” While unclear, this definition gets at what comes to mind when we think about “suffering”: it’s hard to define, but we know it when we see it or feel it.

 

Suffering is not foreign to the Bible. It enters in Genesis 3 and does not drop from the pages of Scripture until the very end when Jesus returns and rids creation of all tears, death, mourning, crying, and pain (Rev. 21:4). The worst suffering imaginable is recorded in the Bible: the unmitigated wrath of God endured by Jesus on the cross. Suffering results from sin and will one day be removed by Jesus. In light of this, we might propose a better definition of suffering: suffering is the pain experienced as a result of the Fall.

 

In Romans 5:1-11, Paul writes that one of the benefits of being made right with God is joy in our suffering (5:3). This seems counterintuitive. If we have been made right with God, why do we suffer? Paul does not answer this how we want him to. He does not tease out the nuances of why pain exists in our lives, especially as the people of God. Instead, he makes a bolder claim: we should rejoice in our suffering because it brings us hope (5:4). Not only does Paul leave our most pressing question unanswered, but he instructs us to rejoice in the pain that we experience because it points us to a hope that does not put us to shame (5:5). How can this be?

 

In Romans, Paul connects hope with the joy-filled assurance that God will bring His promises to pass (cf., 4:18-19; 5:2; 12:2). Paul writes that suffering leads to hope, “because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (5:5). The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is God pouring out his love into our hearts and lives, something he promised for his new covenant people in the Old Testament (cf., Jer. 31:31-34; Ezek. 36:27). His presence with us means that our suffering is never wasted. He uses suffering to produce endurance and tested character in us (5:3-4). In other words, God uses suffering to mold us into the people He desires us to be. When we face suffering, the Lord reminds us that he is preparing us for something greater. Suffering is nothing less than preparation for glory (cf., 2 Cor. 4:17).

Therefore, suffering builds up our hope as it reminds us that God is using the pain of the Fall on earth to prepare us for eternity with Him in heaven.

Ultimately, then, we rejoice in suffering because of Jesus. The ground for our hope in suffering is “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (5:8). Our hope does not put us to shame because Jesus has justified us by his blood, reconciled us to God through his death, and saved us by his resurrection from the dead (5:9-10). Therefore, “we rejoice in God” (5:11). In Christ, our suffering is not a picture of something worse that is to come. Rather, it points us to the day when God in Christ will make all things new (Rev. 21:5).

 

 

College and Singles Weekly Update – April 22-29th

Sunday Night with Gentle and Lowly

Join us for our last Sunday night study at 7 pm in room 202. We are finishing up our quick run-through of Gentle and Lowly.  

Sunday night reading schedule: April 25 (Ch. 18-23).

 

 

Where are you serving?

Ninth and O is a church that believes that all of its members have a gift that can and should be used in the body to do the work that God has given us to do.  

One of Pastor Philip’s passions is for all college and singles to lead the way in this way of service. Covid has made it difficult up until now for this to have worked out (for both long-term members and new members) looking for ways to serve. However-as we start working to get back to normal, pastor Philip and the leaders will be looking for your help-so beat them to the punch by asking where you can help! Share with them where you believe you are gifted and they will be happy to help you find the right area for you to serve in. One of the best ways to get started is with our class called Next Step. Click here to register for the next class. 

 

Not many announcements this week due to preparations for what is to come this summer. Keep pressing on this week and enjoy the weekly word.

 

Weekly Word-Psalm 16:11

Brought to us by Dr. Howell, one of our college BFG leaders. He provides us with a timely encouragement from one of the Psalms.

Psalm 16:11

“You make known to me the path of life;

in your presence there is fullness of joy;

at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

 

During this lengthy season of difficulty, it has been challenging for many of us to find and experience joy. Most of the time, we likely reply with, “I’m good” or “I’m ok” when asked how things are going, but we can’t seem to conjure up any genuine joy even when we put on a happy face. Psalm 16:11 is one of my favorite verses in the Psalms because it gives us expectation for joy in the present as well as hope for everlasting joy.

In the present, Psalm 16:11 tells us that, “in your presence there is fullness of joy.” Since the presence of God is always with us in Christ, we genuinely are in the presence of God at all times. Therefore, if David is right, that fullness of joy is found in the presence of God, then we have access to the fullness of joy at all times…including the dark days of this past year. That doesn’t mean that joy is always easy to find, but it does mean that it is there.

Notice also that this joy is in the presence of God and it is “full.” We can’t find or conjure up this joy by looking to anything other than the glory of God in the face of Christ. As we behold the beauty of Christ, we move our gaze away from our difficulties and onto the one who gives us everlasting joy. Also, this joy is “full.” The joy that God offers us in his presence is not flimsy or diminished; it is full. We shouldn’t just expect enough joy in God’s presence to get us by. Rather, we should expect to be overwhelmed by an inexplicable joy in the midst of suffering and difficulty. We should expect, by faith, that God will increase our joy for the sake of his glory as we find our joy-filled refuge in him alone. The joy that God offers us in Christ is present and full. By faith, we look expectantly to the beauty of Christ and we can genuinely experience fullness of joy.

For the future, David tells us that at God’s right hand are “pleasures forevermore.” The fullness of joy that we have now is only a glimpse of the infinite joy and pleasure that will be ours in heaven. Jonathan Edwards wrote a sermon called “Heaven: A World of Love.” In that sermon, he argues that in heaven, our joy will be always full and always increasing. So, for all eternity, our joy will be as full as it can be as we experience infinite pleasures at God’s right hand. Surely, with eyes of faith, we can be encouraged in the present by the hopeful prospect of this kind of joy for all eternity.

So, during what has been a very difficult season for most of us, let us gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and plead with him to restore our joy. Let us press on in obedience each day as we wait expectantly on the Lord to restore our gladness in Christ. Let us lean on one another and point one another to the hope of pleasures forevermore. In so doing, we will find the joy of the Lord even in the darkness and will discover the “path of life” that God offers. “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:4–5).  

College and Singles Weekly Update – April 15-22nd

Sunday Night with Gentle and Lowly

Didn’t get a chance to sign up for mid-week DGroup with Gentle and Lowly?  Not to worry, join us for Sunday nights at 7 pm in room 202. We are doing a quick run-through of the book for the next two weeks.  

Sunday night reading schedule: April 18 (Ch. 9-17), April 25 (Ch. 18-23).

 

Covid Restrictions Lighten this Week

We are now at a stage where we believe that we can start lightening the Covid regulations on Sundays and during D groups!! With almost all ages of adults now able to quickly receive their vaccine, we will lose the mask while you are seated at the church (if you are comfortable doing so). We do still ask you to wear your mask as you move around the building and fellowship, or are within six feet of another.

 

Where are you serving?

Ninth and O is a church that believes that all of its members have a gift that can and should be used in the body to do the work that God has given us to do.  

One of Pastor Philip’s passions is for all college and singles to lead the way in this way of service. Covid has made it difficult up until now for this to have worked out (for both long-term members and new members) looking for ways to serve. However-as we start working to get back to normal, pastor Philip and the leaders will be looking for your help-so beat them to the punch by asking where you can help! Share with them where you believe you are gifted and they will be happy to help you find the right area for you to serve in. One of the best ways to get started is with our class called Next Step. Click here to register for the next class. 

 

Weekly Word-No Boasting and No Coasting

Brought to us this week by Dr. Hanley, one of our college BFG leaders. He provides us with a recap/more insight from the college BFG lesson this past Sunday:

In Romans 2, Paul explains our need for the good news of the Gospel. At the end of Romans 1, he describes the godless mindset of human beings. Even those without the law know enough about God to be accountable for their suppression of truth (Rom 1:18).

In chapter 2, he turns his sights on his audience, not using terms like they and them, but now he says you. Throughout the chapter he leaves no stone unturned, showing how you boast arrogantly, judging others for their sin and excusing your own. All the while you feel confident in your standing before God because you’re a Jew, or a Christian, or a Baptist, or a Bible college student, bearing the marks of circumcision . . . er . . . baptism and church membership. You focus on the sins of others, while your own sin rages on.

If you’re anything like me, it’s far too easy to take our salvation for granted, presuming upon the kindness of God (Rom 2:4), assuming that since we’re in Christ, we don’t need to think about our sinful hearts anymore.

Yet Paul makes it clear, from the moment of our salvation to the infinite ages of Jesus in glory, we can never lose sight of the fact that we’ve been rescued for a reason: to bring glory to the God who created us and recreated us in Christ. I am a sinner, and I have been rescued by the only righteous Son of Man so that I can begin to look like him and make him known (cough cough Image Bearer! cough).

There’s no boasting or coasting in the kingdom of God. Pride or apathy can’t bear the weight of this Great News that we have been given.

College and Singles Weekly Update – April 8-14th

Singles & College Sunday Night Alternative for Gentle and Lowly

Are you a student heading home in early May?

We still have a way for you to join our church-wide study of Gentle and Lowly! For those unable to join for all the weeks through May, we will have a condensed study of the book meeting Sunday nights at 7 pm throughout the month of April. No need to sign up for this option, just show up!   Note: Books are not provided by the church.   There are copies at the SBTS bookstore for around $10 or on-line for about $16.  Sunday night Schedule: April 11 (Ch. 1-8), April 18 (Ch. 9-17), April 25 (Ch. 18-23).

 

This Sunday! College in Tent….Singles in Room 235

CDC guidelines are changing and loosening up for children and socially distancing in classrooms…this means we have a spot for one class to come into the building. Starting THIS WEEK the singles will begin meeting in room 235. The college group gets to take over the whole tent! Yay for no more talking over each other!!!

Weekly Word:

I wanted to introduce myself as the editor of the colleges and singles blog! My name is Fiona Tollefson. I am a sophomore at Boyce college getting my communications degree. I was born and raised in Louisville until my family moved to Minnesota when I was twelve, which is now where I call home. I love all things sports, baking, horses…I also love writing and am excited for the opportunity to serve our church by helping put out weekly blogs! I look forward to keeping y’all informed on what to be aware of, sign up for, and being able to keep us all connected throughout the week with this blog.

Be on the lookout each week for our “weekly word” segment at the end of every blog. This is where I will ask a different leader from our church every week to share what the Lord has been teaching them, a Bible verse that has been encouraging them recently, or simply a reflection on what they took away from our previous BFG lesson or sermon.

“Weekly word” will be something to look forward to for a bit of encouragement to finish our weeks faithfully for the glory of the Lord! And a reward for making it to the end of reading through all the announcements!!

~Fiona Tollefson

Summer of Service

Whether you are a student that is planning to go home or you are staying around here, we would love to hear about where you plan to serve this summer.  

If you are here we are starting to recruit for VBS and for Love the Ville. Both of these events are scheduled for the end of July. If you are interested in helping around the church on a weekly basis please reach out to me and we will get you plugged in. 

Also, be sure to reach out to me if you are planning to go home and serve. I would love to hear what God has laid on your heart for the summer outside of Louisville. We pray that God uses all of us to be a light as we all come out of covid.

Because of Him,

Philip

 

Day 40: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ (16:1-8)

Discussion Questions

(1) Do you doubt the bodily resurrection of Christ? What keeps you from following and believing Jesus as your personal Savior? (162)

(2) What keeps you from telling all those you see about the risen Lord? (163)

(3) What will it take for you to be transformed from cowardly to courageous for Christ? (164)

(4) Is your hope placed in this life? If so, why do Christians give up so much for this life for a life to come? (164)

(5) Are you willing to lose everything for the sake of gaining everything in Jesus and then share that hope with the world? (164)

(6) Does the brand of Christianity you are living day to day demonstrate the power of the cross?

(7) After reading the Gospel of Mark, considering the person and work of Jesus Christ, how does that compel you to worship with greater passion?

(8) How does the truth of the risen Savior affect your worship?

Day 39: At the Cross (15:38-47)

Discussion Questions

(1) Even with direct access to God through Christ, why, even now, do we still neglect communion with him? (158/160)

(2) Either by action or unbelief, what keeps you from seeing Jesus as the true Son of God? (160)

(3) The gospel writers emphasize the physical death of Jesus. Why is this such a central point of emphasis? (159)

(4) What difference has the cross made in your life? Share a brief testimony of how the cross has changed your life.

Day 38: The Crucifixion of the Son of God (15:21-37)

Discussion Questions

(1) Pastor Cook says the verbal abuse Jesus endured on the cross are motifs of Christianity and discipleship. Are you willing to endure such a life for Jesus? (154)

(2) Jesus dies alone. Does a loving God ever remove his presence from his followers?

(3) Will you serve Jesus with your life as he willingly offered his life for us?

(4) His death brings life to everyone who believes. With whom do you need to share this truth?

(5) How often do we place positions of prestige and worldly honor above the privileges of being a citizen in God’s kingdom? (155)

(6) Jesus’ seemingly weakest moment is powerful to save. How can we show that our greatest strength comes through humility? (156)

Day 37: “Suffered under Pontius Pilate” (15:1-20)

Discussion Questions

(1) Have you ever found yourself like Pilate cowardly surrendering the lordship of Christ in your life by choosing to appease others? (151)

(2) In “Living it Out” Pastor Cook highlights how the envy of the religious leaders led to their rejection of Jesus. How have you been envious or jealous of others instead of seeking/serving Jesus? (152)

(3) Jesus suffered for the truth; are you willing to stand for what is right?

(4) Are you willing to suffer for the sake of the gospel?