College and Singles Weekly Update: July 28th-August 4th

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!

SINGLES GROUP

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

Information for Singles Ladies on 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!!

 

Love the Ville is coming up on August 28th!

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!”

 

Our Week in the Word segment this week comes from Isaac Reff, one of our Singles Group interns.

Matthew 6:1

Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise, you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. 

 

Our text for this week comes from the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus’ first lengthy discourse in Matthew contains innumerable teachings of great value, but I want us to focus on the Lord’s Prayer. This prayer should not be ripped out of its original context; it is part of His teaching on the Christian’s life in secret, and it finds its place in between how a Christian is meant to give, and how he is meant to fast.  

Each of the three sections (vs. 4, 6, and 18) are punctuated by this phrase, “And your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” Jesus frequently condenses His teaching on a certain subject by giving us a summary of His main point in a closing statement. The repeated use of this phrase is meant to reveal something to us about our righteous activities: whether giving to the poor, fasting for days on end, or praying to our Father, above everything else, they must be performed before an audience of God alone, and not with an eye to garner praise from men. Matthew 6:1 has already set the stage for this and serves as His thesis statement for this passage. 

What is the application then, to prayer? Why do we pray in secret, and what is it that we are meant to pray for

The primary reason we pray in secret, noticed by God alone, is because these are the prayers He loves to answer. Our guilty and disbelieving consciences often have a hard time trusting that God will answer our prayers or that He will give us what we long for, but Jesus is telling us that if we pray according to God’s will and in the manner of His choosing, we will be abundantly rewarded. Matthew 7:7-12 explicitly clarifies, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the reward for prayer is a positive, good answer in accordance with what we asked for. When we pray for bread, our Father will not give us a stone – He will give us bread.  

That much is straightforward; we pray in secret because the One who sees what is done in secret will truly give us what we ask of Him. If only we really believed this! Anxieties would melt away, fears would dissolve like snow in the noonday sun, and stress would dissipate like morning dew in the midst of a Southern summer. My friends, our problem is not only that we do not pray, as many preachers will tell us. Our problem is that we do not believe He will hear us. 

To close, a brief word on what it is we should be praying for. Many of us are familiar with the various praying templates: ACTS (adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication), PRAY, and so forth. They all have a tendency to place supplication, or making requests, at the bottom of our priorities in prayer. Instead, we are supposed to focus on who God is, how much He has done for us, and like topics, and then maybe if we have time, we’re allowed to smuggle in one or two prayers that we would really like to be answered. 

Except that’s not exactly how Jesus is praying in the Lord’s Prayer, the model for all other prayers. He begins by focusing on the Father (as we should too) and who He is (the One in heaven), but the phrase, “Hallowed be Your name,” isn’t a bare statement: it’s a request. In the Greek, the verb for “Hallowed” is not in the indicative mood, the mood used to make an observation or statement of fact, but rather in the imperative. In this context, the verb takes on the force of a request. The very first thing Jesus does after opening His prayer is to make a request of the Father, specifically, that He would glorify Himself. Most of the other verbs are in the imperative as well; the whole prayer is one massive request for God to glorify Himself, provide, protect, advance His kingdom, and forgive. 

The glory of God known is the single highest pleasure available to mankind. Nothing is more thrilling, more lovely, more delightful, more awe invoking, more sweet, and truly good than God’s excellencies.

So let us go to Him, and let us beseech Him to make Himself known to us. He loves to answer those kinds of prayers.

College and Singles Weekly Update: July 21st-28th

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!

SINGLES GROUP

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

                  Date: July 21st (last one of the summer)

                  Time: Wednesday Night at 7:00 PM             

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

 

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

Congratulations to Pastor Philip!!

This past Sunday, our church had the privilege of recognizing Philip Brown’s many years of faithful service to Ninth & O. He has been on staff for 15 years- 10 of those years as the College and Singles Pastor. Our College and Singles Groups are thankful for all his service and hard work!!

When you see him, please be sure to thank Philip for his many years of service and let him know how he has personally impacted you through the College and Singles Ministry.

 

Love the Ville is coming up on August 28th!

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!”

 

Our Week in the Word segment this week comes from Dr. Howell. One of our College BFG Leaders.

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: June 14-21st

Love the Ville is coming up on August 28th!

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!”

 

July 18th Celebration!

Mark your calendars for July 18th. This Sunday evening, we will have Building Community Night as well as a time of celebrating and giving thanks to God for several staff members who have reached milestones this year in their service to God and Ninth & O.

 

SINGLES GROUP

Quick Look at Summer 2021 

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

                  Date: July 21 (last one of the summer)

                  Time: Wednesday Night at 7:00 PM             

  • Summer Fellowship and Fun:

 

THIS SATURDAY (July 17th) FOR SINGLES!!!

Event: Mammoth Cave Hike

Meet: At church

Time: 8:30 AM (departure time from church)

Cost: $18 per person

 

Further Details:

Carpoolers who can drive some people from church to Mammoth Cave are appreciated! If you’re able, please come ready to drive a few friends!!

We will grab lunch around the Mammoth Cave area

We will arrive back at church about 3:30 PM

The hike is 1-1.5 hours long

We are excited about this event!! Clear your schedule Saturday and come join us!!

 

Aug 10 – Bats Baseball Game

 

 

 

(more details to come closer to time of the event)

 

COLLEGE GROUP

Quick Look at Summer 2021 

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

                    Dates: July 14,  Aug 4

                    Time: Wednesday Nights at 7:00 PM

                    Location: RM 202

  • Summer Fellowship and Fun:

 

Aug 10 – Bats Baseball Game

 

 

(more details to come closer to time of the event)

Check our website or GroupMe App for up-to-date info regarding events!!

Our Week in the Word segment this week comes from Harrison Meggos. Harrison is a missionary intern for NAOBC (partnering with Ben Nguyen who wrote last post’s Week in the Word) at the Avery apartments across the street from the church.

 

This past weekend I had the privilege of preaching for the first time, and the selected text was out of 1 John 1.

 

Fellowship is a personal experience of sharing something significant in common with others.

 

It’s when you’re with a group of people that see eye to eye on what matters. It’s having similar values and responding with the same kind of affections about what counts. To say you have fellowship with the Father and Jesus Christ means that you have more than just a working relationship with them. You’ve come to not only know who they are, but you share their values, believe what they believe, love what they love, so ultimately you will desire to spend time together. You’ll include them in everything that you do. You cherish the thought of spending an eternity getting to know them better.

 

Also, when John fosters relationships and experiences, genuine fellowship, with his readers, he tells them what he believes about Jesus. In other words, fellowship becomes even more significant with others when shared among those who share the same view of Christ.

 

The deeper you want your fellowship to be with others, the more rooted in Christ it needs to be. So as we are going about our day-to-day, we can be joyful in knowing that we are in good company if we place our faith in Christ. We are forever in fellowship with the Father, Christ, and fellow believers.

 

College and Singles Weekly Update: June 7-14th

Love the Ville is coming up on August 28th!

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!”

 

July 18th Celebration!

Mark your calendars for July 18th. This Sunday evening, we will have Building Community Night as well as a time of celebration and giving thanks to God for several staff members who have reached milestones this year in their service to God and Ninth & O.

 

SINGLES GROUP

Quick Look at Summer 2021 

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

                  Dates: July 7, July 21

                  Time: Wednesday Nights at 7:00 PM             

  • Summer Fellowship and Fun:

 

 

July 17- Mammoth Cave

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 10 – Bats Baseball Game

 

 

 

(more details to come closer to time of the event)

 

COLLEGE GROUP

Quick Look at Summer 2021 

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

                    Dates: July 14,  Aug 4

                    Time: Wednesday Nights at 7:00 PM

                    Location: RM 202

  • Summer Fellowship and Fun:

THIS WEEK For the College Group!!

Activity: Activate Games Outing

Date: Thursday, July 8th

Time: 6:30 PM

Address: 2510 Hurstbourne Gem Ln Louisville KY, 40220

More Details:

Meet at Active Games

Wear closed-toed shoes or whatever is most comfortable for you to be active in

The Church will cover half the cost to get in (bring money for the other half)

PLEASE RSVP FOR EVENT – we need a headcount. Click the link here.

 

 

Aug 10 – Bats Baseball Game

 

 

(more details to come closer to time of the event)

Check our website or GroupMe App for up-to-date info regarding events!!

Our Week in the Word segment this week comes from Ben Nguyen. Ben is a missionary intern for NAOBC at the Avery apartments across the street from the church.

Welcoming of sinners

 

“All the tax collectors and sinners were approaching to listen to him. And the Pharisees and Scribes were complaining, ‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.’”

Luke 15:1-2 CSB

 

By understanding how Jesus welcomes sinners and fellowships with them, we need to change how we interact with the spiritually lost and broken around us.

 

Jesus not only tolerated the worse of the worse sinners in his time, but he ate with them and fellowshipped with them. We, likewise, need to follow his example in showing love towards the unlovable.

 

Eating a meal with someone and welcoming them was a much bigger deal in the ancient Israelite culture than in our 21st-century American context. This action shows and portrays hospitality, acceptance, and identification with someone. So much so, that you only will dine with someone you’re willing to be a witness for in the court of law.

 

This identification and acceptance of tax collectors and prostitutes by sharing a meal with sinners is what got Jesus in trouble with the Pharisees. Yet, it also demonstrates His divine humility and love to those who were rejected by society at large.

 

Jesus was able to be surrounded by sinners and entertain them without being tainted by their sin. Jesus cared about individual human beings. Jesus sees and knows that they are unique objects reflecting God’s glory. In our conversations with unbelievers, we can truly learn to appreciate and admire these qualities we see in Jesus. Though our efforts are marred by sin, there are still hints of God’s glory and goodness reflected in them. We can genuinely care for people as image-bearers and be interested in who God the creator has created them to be.

 

As Christians, we are called to genuinely love, care for, show hospitality to unbelievers or people who are not like us. We should not view people as objects where we can use to earn brownie points in front of God, like Jehovah’s witnesses.

 

May you and I welcome sinners as Jesus did.

 

If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.” – Spurgeon 

 

College and Singles Weekly Update: June 30-July 7th

Love the Ville is coming up on August 28th!

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!”

SINGLES GROUP

Quick Look at Summer 2021 

  • NO BFG THIS SUNDAY (July 4th)
  • Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM
  • Mid-Week Girls and Guys Small Groups:  (Girls meeting tonight! / No guys tonight)

                  Dates: July 7, July 21

                  Time: Wednesday Nights at 7:00 PM             

  • Summer Fellowship and Fun:

 

 

July 17- Mammoth Cave

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 10 – Bats Baseball Game

 

 

 

(more details to come closer to time of the event)

 

COLLEGE GROUP

Quick Look at Summer 2021 

  • NO BFG THIS SUNDAY (July 4th)
  • Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM
  • Mid-Week Girls and Guys Bible Study:

                    Dates: July 14,  Aug 4

                    Time: Wednesday Nights at 7:00 PM

                    Location: RM 202

  • Summer Fellowship and Fun!

Event at the Holmes house for College Group!

Time: THIS SUNDAY NIGHT, July 4th, 7:30 PM

Activities: Outdoor movie and lawn games

Bring: A lawn chair (if you have one)

Address: 6700 Glastonburg Lane

Treats will be provided!!

 

        July 8 – Activate Games Outing        

 

 

 

 

Aug 10 – Bats Baseball Game

 

 

(more details to come closer to time of the event)

Check our website or GroupMe App for up-to-date info regarding events!!

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

Called to Share to Barbarians?

We have just finished Romans on Sundays in BFG and I started doing a personal review of it again for myself. I have always been amazed at the things I find that I have missed in Romans.

One of my favorite passages is Romans 1:19-20 where Paul talks about the fact that the world denies what is in plain sight of them. The point is that creation screams that there is a God yet the world stops at the creation instead of worshipping what made it.  But I must admit I think I have missed what should be in plain sight for me and you.  

The fact is that in vs.14 Paul says he is called to both Greek and barbarian. He is talking about the gentiles or those who are of the World. The rest of the chapter is really describing a lot of what the world looks like that denies that there is a creator. This description from vs. 24-32 really looks a lot like our barbaric world today.    

The key though is not to just acknowledge that the list is sinful and “barbaric” but also to remember that this is the people to whom we are called to minister to as well.  

God did not call us just to minister to “pretty good” people. Romans later reminds us of how we all are far from God without his Grace and that we are all sinners and enemies of God.    

So as we come out of covid and encounter those who deny the creator every day, let’s be reminded that we once were just like them and they need their eyes to be open to the truth.  Let us be praying for the lost around us and sharing the good news with them. 

 

College and Singles Weekly Update: June 23-30th

Summer Events Below

SINGLES GROUP

Quick Look at Summer 2021 

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Groups) on Sundays at 10:30 AM in RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM
  • Mid-Week Girls and Guys Small Groups:

                  Dates: July 7, July 21

                  Time: Wednesday Nights at 7:00 PM             

  • Summer Fellowship and Fun:

                 

Singles event THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!!

Date/Time: June 26, 6-9 PM

Activity: Cookout and Swim at the Kimsey’s 

Address: 10514 Glenmary Farm Dr, Louisville, KY

 

 

 

July 17- Mammoth Cave

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 10 – Bats Baseball Game

 

 

 

(more details to come closer to time of the event)

 

COLLEGE GROUP

Quick Look at Summer 2021 

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

                    Dates: June 23, July 14,  Aug 4

                    Time: Wednesday Nights at 7:00 PM

                    Location: RM 202

  • Summer Fellowship and Fun!    

              

College event THIS SUNDAY NIGHT!!

Date/Time: June 27, 6-9 PM

Activity: Cookout and Bonfire at the Kyle’s

Address: 650 Hidden Creek Trail, Simpsonville, KY

 

 

 

        July 8 – Activate Games         

 

 

 

 

Aug 10 – Bats Baseball Game

 

 

(more details to come closer to time of the event)

Check our website or GroupMe App for up-to-date info regarding events!!

 

Our Week in the Word segment this week comes from me, Fiona Tollefson, editor of the College and Singles blog.

 

For many of us, everything opening back up after COVID has left us amazed at how busy our schedules now are. With all the avenues in our lives that demand our attention, we lose focus of what is important and in turn grow overwhelmed and tired.

I know that during my semesters in college I am tempted to prioritize school above all else and in turn grow tired. During my breaks from school, I prioritize working and in turn grow tired. Some of us are tired right now simply because it is the middle of a long week.

A Bible verse that I have clung to for many years now in the midst of simply feeling overwhelmed, tired, and distant from the Lord due to my askew prioritization is Matthew 11:28. This verse has brought peace and comfort to my soul. Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

How wonderful is it that our Savior not only cares for our weary and burdened state, He calls us to draw near to Him! He not only promises to give us rest-He is our rest! When I get tired and overwhelmed with the demands of my life/schedule, I lull myself into the sinful delusion that I simply need to power through my schedule, and then I will have time to be in the Word. Or, once I get out of this busy season then I can prioritize my quiet time with the Lord.

Friends, the Lord is calling us in our weary and burdened state to draw near to him! Some advice I’ve gotten many times in my life is that if you “Don’t have time for God now, you never will.”

I encourage you to draw near to our Savior who waits with open arms to give rest to our tired state. Prioritize our King. Why keep going in tired circles by yourself when Jesus calls us to come to Him? He is all we need and the only One who can give us rest.

Even if this is simply a busy season or a busy week for you, finish out the rest of this week faithfully by leaning into Jesus and drawing near to Him! I encourage you to pray this verse over yourself and even over your friends or family who feel burnt out and tired.

 

College and Singles Weekly Update: June 16th-23rd

Summer Events below

SINGLES GROUP

Quick Look at Summer 2021 

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Groups) on Sundays at 10:30 AM in RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: New Service Time at 9:00 AM
  • Mid-Week Girls and Guys Small Groups:

                     -Wednesday Nights at 7:00 PM 

                     -June 2, June 16, July 7, July 21

  • Summer Fellowship and Fun:

                 

 

Singles –  June 26- Cookout and Swim at the Kimsey’s  (6-9 pm)  10514 Glenmary Farm Dr, Louisville, KY

 

 

 

 

 

July 17- Mammoth Cave

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 10 – Bats Baseball Game

 

 

 

(more details to come closer to time of the event)

 

COLLEGE GROUP

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Groups) on Sundays at 9:00 AM in RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: New Service Time at 10:30 AM
  • Mid-Week Girls and Guys Bible Study:

                     -Wednesday Nights at 7:00 PM in rm 202

                     -June 9, June 23, July 14,  Aug 4

  • Summer Fellowship and Fun! 

                    

 

June 27-College – Cookout and Bonfire at the Kyle’s (6-9 pm)  650 Hidden Creek Trail, Simpsonville, KYCookout at Kyle’s 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        July 8 – Activate Games         

 

 

 

 

Aug 10 – Bats Baseball Game

 

 

(more details to come closer to time of the event)

Check our website or GroupMe App for up-to-date info regarding events!!

 

Our Week in the Word segment this week comes from Alexa Knight, one of our College Group interns!

Decisions in Transitions…

This past month has been a season of transition in my life. Graduating college, getting a new job, moving to a new home. It’s been a season of questions and uncertainty. A season of either choosing to trust the Lord or trying to trust in myself.

I’ve felt the battle of having to decide and choose what I will allow myself to think on…

Thoughts of fear and wanting to control my future, or trusting that my future is the Lord’s. One of the most convicting and comforting passages of scripture in this season has been Philippians 4:8. I’ve memorized this verse many times and profited from its wisdom and truth in many different contexts throughout my walk, and it always ends up back on my mind in seasons of transition and in battles for my thoughts.

This passage talks about thinking on and pondering honorable, just, holy things. Thinking and dwelling on excellent things. Not anxious things. In this season, this passage has encouraged me to make room and prioritize thoughts that are holy and honorable and good, and that peace flows from this.

It’s been really encouraging to see how the Lord has used this particular scripture to challenge me in so many different seasons to trust Him and lean into Him more, as well as comfort me in uncertainty. The Lord is good always and His goodness and love are never dependent on circumstances or transitions. He is challenging me to think on good things and trust Him!

 

Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

College and Singles Weekly Update – June 9-16th

Summer 2021 Schedule Below!!

Singles:

Quick Look at Summer 2021 

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Groups) on Sundays at 10:30 AM in RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: New Service Time at 9:00 AM
  • Mid-Week Girls and Guys Small Groups:

                     -Wednesday Nights at 7:00 PM 

                     -June 2, June 16, July 7, July 21

  • Summer Fellowship and Fun! (more details to come closer to time of event)

                    -June 26- Cookout at Swim at the Kimsey’s

                    -July 17- Mammoth Cave

                    -Aug 10 – Bats Baseball Game

College:

Quick Look at Summer 2021 

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Groups) on Sundays at 9:00 AM in RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: New Service Time at 10:30 AM
  • Mid-Week Girls and Guys Bible Study:

                     -Wednesday Nights at 7:00 PM in rm 202

                     -June 9, June 23, July 14,  Aug 4

  • Summer Fellowship and Fun! (more details to come closer to time of event)

                     -June 27- Cookout at Kyle’s 

                     -July 8 – Activate Games

                     -Aug 10 – Bats Baseball Game

(Check website and GroupMe App for up to date info regarding events!!)

 

Announcement:

A big CONGRATULATIONS to our very own Bobby Marcum and Macy (Kile) Marcum, from our college group, on getting married last week! We love you guys!!

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

 

Week in the Word- Update/What to Expect: 

The past couple of weeks we have been giving you a glimpse into what this section of the blog will look like. A couple of updates for anyone who is new:

I will be asking different teachers/interns from our church to create a short write-up for the end of every blog. We have had some incredible writers so far, and we also have many exciting writers lined up for our “Week in the Word” section of this blog. You can expect this consistently, beginning next week!

The blogs will be published every Wednesday! You’ll want to read all of them to be informed about upcoming events, special dates and times, and to see who has written our “Week in the Word” for some much-needed, mid-week encouragement!!

You can also be ready for this blog to be a connection point and reflection point for our College and Singles group. We have some exciting new “upgrades” in store for this blog! Just wanted to keep everyone posted. Be on the lookout for next week’s blog!

~Fiona Tollefson

College and Singles Weekly Update – May 20-27th

BFG Back to Rm 202 on June 6

IMPORTANT:

Our College and Singles BFG will be back to Rm 202 on June 6. 

The college BFG will meet at 9:00 am.

The Singles BFG will meet at 10:30 am.

For our first week back on June 6th, we will have a big breakfast for everyone above the main lobby!!!   

 

Summer Schedule

The Summer schedule is finally here. 

As we come out of Covid we are looking at spending time together in the word and having some fun in the sun! Be sure to mark off the following dates on your calendar-you won‘t want to miss them!!

June  2-  Singles Girls and Guys Bible Studies

June  9-  College Girls and Guys Bible Studies

June 13- College Cookout

June 16- Singles Girls and Guys Bible Studies

June 23- College Girls and Guys Bible Studies

June 26- Singles Cookout

June 30- College Activate Games

July 7- Singles Girls and Guys Bible Study

June 14- College Girls and Guys Bible Study

July 17 – Singles to Mammoth Cave

July 21- Singles Girls and Guys Bible Study

Aug 4 – College Girls and Guys Bible Study

Aug 10 – Combined Outing to see the Louisville Bats Baseball Game

~Be sure to note which events listed above are for college, singles, or both~

 

Weekly Word- Don’t Waste Your Summer: 

Brought to us by Philip Brown, Singles and College Pastor.

 

It was 2003 and I was in my second year in seminary when this little book came out called Don’t Waste Your Life  by John Piper.  At that time I really didn’t know much about Piper except that he was a pastor and a great speaker that I had heard from the Passion Conferences.
But…there was that speech about the couple collecting seashells when they retired vs. missionaries giving their life to serve people until they had died in a car accident. Hmm.  Wow!.  That message challenged my thoughts that day…maybe the tragedy was actually the senior adults collecting seashells.  Were they wasting the life they had left during retirement?  

So what was the background passage that led to this powerful message?  It was Galatians 6:14 “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which[a] the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”. Are you ready to only boast in the Cross this summer?  For the world offers nothing to us that is satisfying. So… 

As we come out of covid and enter into the summer, many of you are rethinking life and thinking maybe how to start over and do better.  

My challenge is the same. Start by not wasting your summer. Get involved in serving the church as much as you can.  Boast only in the cross by serving the Lord even in the basin and towel ministries. If there is not a teaching position, then pick up trash for the glory of God around your church building for the 3 months you are there!   

 

If you would like to listen to an abbreviated version of Piper’s message, click here.

 

College and Singles Weekly Update – May 13-20th

Singles BFG to Kart Kountry

 

All right everyone! The Singles are going go-carting this Saturday, May 15. We will meet at the church at 3 pm for carpooling/caravaning to Kart Kountry in Shepherdsville. If you want to meet us there that will work as well. See you there!  Here is the link to find out what they offer!  

 

BFG and Service back to Pre-Covid Status Starting June 6

 

We have survived a summer of BFG on zoom, a fall of small groups on Zoom, a winter in a big white tent… FINALLY, we are going back to Rm 202 for BFG on June 6th! (and yes there shall be food!) Many of you haven’t even experienced what some of us know as a normal naobc Sunday morning.  We are stoked to show you!   

The only switch will be that our college and singles BFG hours are switched.  

College BFG will meet at 9 and the singles at 10:30.

We also will be doing more lunches after church. I know many of you have been doing this but our family is looking forward to joining you again.    

Thank you again for your faithfulness over this past year and we are looking forward to the weeks to come.

 

Summer Plans for College and Singles

 

There will be plenty to do in June and July for both Singles and College Students at NAOBC.  We will be doing a blend of Bible Studies and Fellowships starting that first Wednesday night of June. The final schedule is not out yet but there will be studies for guys and girls groups and combined activities about every other week. If you have any ideas for a great time of fellowship, please let us know by sending us an email at pbrown@naobc.org

 

Weekly Word: Disciplines, Habits, or Life.

Brought to us by Philip Brown, College & Singles Pastor.

 

I was reading an old devotional book this morning for my quiet time called Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. My Grandfather and parents always read this with their Our Daily Bread. The challenge by Oswald Chambers was pretty simple but posed a simple question. If I create a Habit of a daily quiet time have I actually achieved a better spiritual life?  The answer is not so easy, is it?

As much as I try to be disciplined for the sake of Holiness I can many times judge my personal walk by how many times I read my bible or even how many bible verses I know. On the other hand, if I don’t get in God’s word and take it to heart then the Holy Spirit can’t do the work it needs. Ugh!

So, as you try to get into a new schedule for the summer and covid diminishes- be sure that we all are in God’s word but also be praying for yourself and other believers to be transformed into His likeness.  Take longer walks, read longer passages and check up on people that you have not heard from in a while. May we all have the desire to follow the Lord and be drawn into a closer relationship with Him.

 

-Pastor Philip