College and Singles Weekly Update: August 25th-Sep. 1st

Love the Ville is coming up on Saturday, August 28th!

This Saturday!!

This is a church-wide event where all NAOBC members get to give back to the community and share the love of Christ through various service projects.

Projects will occur in the morning hours with the respective group you sign up to serve with, followed by lunch at the church for volunteers.

SIGN UP HERE!! Today is your last day to sign up!

SINGLES GROUP:

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

COLLEGE GROUP:

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

BIG NEWS/CHANGES FOR THE COLLEGE GROUP!!

We had a great time last Sunday night kicking off our first college night!! It was a huge success and we can’t wait for many more Sunday evenings to gather togehter. Join us this coming Sunday for another college night full of fellowship and fun.

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:

Beginning tonight, August 25, 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.

Please be sure to register so you can be placed in proper groups! 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 Harrison Meggos. Harrison is one of our Singles interns and is one of our church’s missionaries at the Avery Apartments across the street from Ninth & O.

 

I’m dropping in to give a quick status report on the Avery Apartment complex ministry.

Ben Nguyen and I have moved in across the street into the Avery Apartments complex by God’s grace for those of you who have not been updated. We have been here since the third week of June and are excited to see how the Lord will work in this new opportunity that Ninth & O has begun.

Since moving in, we have learned a lot. Apartment ministry is even more challenging than expected. We’ve learned that it has been difficult getting to know our neighbors in the first few months. People are mainly moving about the complex and coming from the parking lot and their space, so conversations have been few and far between. However, the discussions have been fruitful, and I look forward to how the Lord will use our new relationships for his Glory.

We could use prayer that my and Ben’s conversations would intentionally lead people to know who Christ is and how he has radically worked in our lives. We also would pray that Love the Ville at the Avery would be fun and that families would come and check it out. Lastly, our new ministry core team plans to have a cookout on September 11th at the apartments to create more friendships. If you have any questions about the Avery ministry, please don’t hesitate to stop Ben, me, or any of our other single ministry core team members: Megan Dent, Jadon Gadson, or Abigail Johnson.

I hope you all have a great week, and Lord willing look forward to seeing you Sunday!

College and Singles Weekly Update: August 18th-25th

Love the Ville is coming up on Saturday, August 28th!

Just two short weeks away!!

This is a church-wide event where all NAOBC members get to give back to the community and share the love of Christ through various service projects. We strongly encourage all College and Singles to mark this date off on your calendar and join in our day of “loving the Ville!”

Projects will occur in the morning hours, followed by a volunteer lunch at the church.

SIGN UP HERE!! Please be sure to sign up!! Projects are filling up and we want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to serve and meet those from our church in different stages of life than you!

First Step Class:

THIS SUNDAY, we are offering our First Step class on August 22nd.

This is a required step in joining the church.

If you have not taken this class and are even interested in joining the church, it would be important for you to attend! Please reach out to Alexa Knight if you would like more information on registering for this class. It normally goes from 9 AM to 11:45 AM on Sunday morning.

This class does not make you a member but is a required step in the whole process of membership, even watch care.

Our First Step class is only offered a couple of times a year, so take advantage of this opportunity on August 22nd!!

SINGLES GROUP:

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

COLLEGE GROUP:

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

BIG NEWS/CHANGES FOR THE COLLEGE GROUP!!

OUR FIRST COLLEGE NIGHT IS THIS SUNDAY!! WOOOHOOOOOOO!!! Can’t wait to see you all there!!!

Join us for supper, games, a brief lesson time, 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:

Begins next week, August 25, 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 Nick Braun who serves in our College Group.

 

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. Dr. Howell and Dr. Cook both spoke about this Sunday morning. 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, come to our College Night services on Sunday. 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: August 11th-18th

Love the Ville is coming up on Saturday, August 28th!

Just two short weeks away!!

This is a church-wide event where all NAOBC members get to give back to the community and share the love of Christ through various service projects. We strongly encourage all College and Singles to mark this date off on your calendar and join in our day of “loving the Ville!”

Projects will occur in the morning hours, followed by a volunteer lunch at the church.

SIGN UP HERE!! Please be sure to sign up!! Projects are filling up and we want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to serve and meet those from our church in different stages of life than you!

First Step Class:

We are offering our First Step class on August 22nd (two Sundays from now!!).

This is a required step in joining the church.

If you have not taken this class and are even interested in joining the church, it would be important for you to attend! Please reach out to Alexa Knight if you would like more information on registering for this class. It normally goes from 9 AM to 11:45 AM on Sunday morning.

This class does not make you a member but is a required step in the whole process of membership, even watch care.

Our First Step class is only offered a couple of times a year, so take advantage of this opportunity on August 22nd!!

Wedding News:

A big CONGRATULATIONS to our very own Jonathan Akesson and Ashley (Rush) Akesson, from our college group, on getting married last weekend! We love you guys!!

If you see them around, please congratulate the newlyweds!!

SINGLES GROUP:

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

KBC Women’s Conference:

  • Alexa created a push pay link to use!
  • You should have received the info already but here it is again…
  • Our beloved Jaylynn Cook will be speaking at the conference!!

Where: We will be attending the KBC Women’s Conference at Little Flock Baptist Church.

When: October 15th-16th.

Lodging: We will be lodging together in an old-school slumber party set up on Friday night.

Transportation: We will be taking the church bus to and from our accommodations as a group.

The DEADLINE TO REGISTER for this event and pay the $30 fee is August 15th!!! So, make sure to register and pay to reserve your spot!

The link to both register and pay can be found here.

SIGN UP NOW!!

COLLEGE GROUP:

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

BIG NEWS/CHANGES FOR THE COLLEGE GROUP!!

OUR FIRST COLLEGE NIGHT WILL BE AUGUST 22nd!! WOOOHOOOOOOO!!! Can’t wait to see you all there!!!

Big News NAOBC College Group!! This fall we will be introducing College Night, Sundays from 6-8 pm. This will be taking the place of our weekly college small groups, so, instead of joining a small group this fall, we will just have one night all together for college night.

There will be supper (What??) every week, as well as games, fellowship, and a short lesson with smaller prayer groups to follow. This event is very fellowship-oriented and will offer a great opportunity for our college group to become closer and more connected as a whole. This night will also serve as a great opportunity to invite friends who are both believers and unbelievers!

The heart behind college night comes from wanting to promote unity within our college group and our college group within the church as a whole. This fall semester our church will be going through “Disciplines of a Godly Woman” and “Disciplines of a Godly Man” on Wednesday nights, and by eliminating college small groups during the week, this frees our college-aged students to one church event during the week, hopefully limiting busy nights in the midst of homework and work.

Our main desire this fall is to see an uprise in college students serving and investing in our church body as a whole, and our college group as a whole. It is our prayer that our college students will get to better know the rest of the church by coming to Wednesday night studies with different aged members or serving in a ministry. So, two nights this fall. Sunday nights are for our college night, and Wednesday night for the church as a whole! We can’t wait to see you all in the fall and are so excited for College Night!

Wednesday Night Discipleship:

Begins on August 25, 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 Peter Holmes, one of our College Group leaders. The Holmes family also often opens their home to our College Group whether it be for a Bible study, meal, or just a super fun hangout event!

 

In 1990, Aaron Tippin recorded the hit song, “You’ve Got to Stand for Something.” In the chorus, the song says that if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. This chorus has been running through my mind a lot lately. Although this song is not biblical by any means, it does have a biblical principle.

Throughout the Old Testament, we see time and time again where the Israelites waver on what they believe and what they stand for — worship the one true God, keep the Sabbath holy, have one wife, not to marry foreign wives, etc. 

We all know people that have wavered in their beliefs. People we love and care for have strayed from what they know is right, true, and holy.

We, as believers, have a foundation. Our foundation comes from Scripture. 1 Peter 1:24-25 says, “For all flesh is like grass, and all its glory like a flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” Scripture never changes. It never is wrong. Culture and ideals will change. The world will change. As believers, we will continue to run against what the world says is right. 

If we begin to waver on what Scripture says is right and true, we will fall, we will waver, we will fail. The world will say that everyone goes to heaven. Scripture says that only those who believe in the Son of God will be saved. 

We cannot waiver from the truths of Scripture, from the truths of God. If we don’t stand on the foundation of Scripture, we will fall for any worldly ideal that blows about like chaff in the wind. Stand firm and hold fast to the truth.

College and Singles Weekly Update: August 4th-11th

COMBINED COLLEGE AND SINGLES EVENT!!

Louisville Bats Baseball Game!

Date: August 10th

Time: Meet at 6:00 PM

Where: We will MEET AT THE FIELD, at the back gate closest to the river.

Total Cost: $10

Additional Details:

You MUST REGISTER AND PAY BEFOREHAND by clicking the link here.

The game starts at 6:30 PM, PLEASE MEET 30 minutes early (6:00 PM at the back gate closest to the river) in order to all enter together.

Reach out to Alexa Knight with any questions!

Love the Ville is coming up on Saturday, August 28th!

Just three short weeks away!!

This is a church-wide event where all NAOBC members get to give back to the community and share the love of Christ through various service projects. We strongly encourage all College and Singles to mark this date off on your calendar and join in our day of “loving the Ville!”

Projects will occur in the morning hours, followed by a volunteer lunch at the church.

SIGN UP HERE!! Please be sure to sign up in advance so we can place you in the correct groups and have accurate numbers.

SINGLES GROUP

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

KBC Women’s Conference:

  • Alexa created a push pay link to use!
  • You should have received the info already but here it is again…

Where: We will be attending the KBC Women’s Conference at Little Flock Baptist Church.

When: October 15th-16th.

Lodging: We will be lodging together in an old-school slumber party set up on Friday night.

Transportation: We will be taking the church bus to and from our accommodations as a group.

The deadline to register for this event and pay the $30 fee is August 15th!!! So, make sure to register and pay to reserve your spot!

The link to both register and pay can be found here.

 

COLLEGE GROUP

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Groups) Sunday Morning 9:00 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM
  • Mid-Week Girls and Guys Bible Study:

                    Dates: August 4th

                    Time: Wednesday Night at 7:00 PM

BIG NEWS/CHANGES FOR THE COLLEGE GROUP!!

 

Big News NAOBC College Group!! This fall we will be introducing College Night, Sundays from 6-8 pm. This will be taking the place of our weekly college small groups, so, instead of joining a small group this fall, we will just have one night all together for college night.

There will be supper (What??) every week, as well as games, fellowship, and a short lesson with smaller prayer groups to follow. This event is very fellowship-oriented and will offer a great opportunity for our college group to become closer and more connected as a whole. This night will also serve as a great opportunity to invite friends who are both believers and unbelievers!

The heart behind college night comes from wanting to promote unity within our college group and our college group within the church as a whole. This fall semester our church will be going through “Disciplines of a Godly Woman” and “Disciplines of a Godly Man” on Wednesday nights, and by eliminating college small groups during the week, this frees our college-aged students to one church event during the week, hopefully limiting busy nights in the midst of homework and work.

Our main desire this fall is to see an uprise in college students serving and investing in our church body as a whole, and our college group as a whole. It is our prayer that our college students will get to better know the rest of the church by coming to Wednesday night studies with different aged members or serving in a ministry. So, two nights this fall. Sunday nights are for our college night, and Wednesday night for the church as a whole! We can’t wait to see you all in the fall and are so excited for College Night!

 

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

 

Our Week in the Word segment this week comes from Timothy Babatunde, one of our College Group interns.

 

God’s Commitment to His People

“And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.”

Gen. 17:7-8; See also, Deut. 7:6-8; 1 Peter 2:9-10.

After God’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious promise to make Abraham a great man, and the father of a great nation through whom God will bless the rest of the earth (c.f. Gen. 12:1-3), in Gen. 17:7-8 we see that God put an icing on that delicious cake. By virtue of Gen. 17:7-8’s promise, God is obligated “TO BE GOD,” to his people, because He promised to be that.

Let’s put this into perspective, the God, the ‘I AM WHO I AM,’ whom there is no other being in all the heavens and all the earth by whom to swear apart from himself (c.f. Heb. 6:13), this eternal God made an oath to Abraham, that “I will…be God to you and to your offspring after you.” God, in all his capacity as the God of the universe, promised to be who He is, in all his excellence, to his people. What a jaw-dropping truth to believe in and delight in, that God is committed to being God to his chosen people.

More so, in Moses’ address in Deut. 7:6-8, after God miraculously rescued his people from slavery in Egypt, Moses reminded the Israelites of their identity. That they are a chosen people of God to whom God has pledged his commitment to be, their God. They are a people consecrated and set apart to be holy as the Lord their God is holy. They are a treasured possession of the eternal personal God who chose them. But, for the Lord of all lords, and the King of all kings to have chosen these people, or any people for that matter, to be their personal God; well, these people must have been a very special and elite group of people, right? Umm, Na Na! Moses was clear that God chose them not on their merit, but solely because God loves them. God is committed to being God to his chosen people because He loves them. How wonderful!

Now, upon the establishment of God’s people as the church of God, brother Peter reaffirmed this same truth, in 1 Peter 2:9-10, to encourage believers who are suffering intense affliction and who are not without the tendency of doubting God’s commitment to them. Peter reminded them that they are of the same people of God whom God has chosen for himself. They are part of the same people whom God has called out of their darkness into his marvelous light. They are the same people to whom God sent his one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to lay down his life for them, as the climax of God’s love for his people in the history of fallen man’s redemption.

Brothers and sisters, do you believe this truth? Therefore, let this truth comfort you and let us, as God’s people, proclaim His excellencies through our lives, words, thoughts, and actions to the watching world today. God is committed to being God to his people, and He desires that his people delight in Him for his excellent commitment to them. Therefore, I ask, because God’s commitment to his people is unfailing, would we not unfeignedly commit ourselves to this excellent glorious God?