College and Singles Weekly Update: March 9-16th

Take The Step:

Sharing the gospel is an important aspect of the Christian life. Yet, taking that step out of our comfort zone to share isn’t something we are always quick to do. The purpose of the Take the Step class is to help you feel more confident to have faith conversations. The class is designed to help you share the good news naturally in your daily conversations. Our next offering is Sunday, March 27, at 10:30 am. Register now at naobc.org/takethestep.

Areas of Service:

If you are looking to serve the Church in any way, we have lots of openings OR  we will make an opening for you! Please talk to your BFG leader or an intern in your Singles/College group if you would like to be connected to areas of service!!

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

COLLEGE RETREAT:

We are THREE DAYS away from our college retreat!! We are getting super excited for it! A few reminders:

-Payments are due. If you have only paid the deposit so far, please make sure to pay the rest of the fee.

-Make sure to look over the packing list that was emailed to you and look over the itinerary for key times!

-Start getting excited!!!! We can’t wait!!

Our Week in the Word this week comes from Nick Braun, one of our College Group Leaders. It is an especially timely word for college students this week!

 

I am really looking forward to this weekend’s retreat. I have some really great memories as both
a leader and a student from these retreats. The teaching and fellowship always leave lasting
marks on our students. This was especially true the time Abby gave me a black eye on a
retreat the weekend before I started my Master’s degree… but that’s a story for another time.
As we head into this weekend I just want to pass along a couple of practical tips for the days
ahead.

1. Be Ready to Leave – Do not wait until the last minute to be ready to go. Do not rush around
Saturday morning looking for clothes or bedding. Have your stuff ready to go Friday night
so you can be rested and prepared. Coming into the retreat stressed and tired will rob you
(and your friends) of the fruitful time that you could spend together. During your quiet times
the next couple of days, pray for the retreat and those who are going. Pray for the teachers
and leaders. Pray for yourself that you would be open to hear what the Lord might want to
say to you.

2. Be Ready to Come Back – If you have something due on Monday, get it done before we
leave. If you have something due Tuesday, get it started before we leave. Do not leave
something hanging over your head all weekend. Again, you will rob yourself of a fruitful time
if you do not have the coming days planned for.

3. Be Ready to Grow – While the retreat is a great time for simply getting away from school
and work, it is also meant to be a time of growth. As a leadership team, we hope that you
learn something during our time together this weekend. Some of the learning that takes
place will hopefully be overtly spiritual in nature. We certainly hope your knowledge of God
grows in our short time together. But let’s also keep in mind the things we have talked
about at our College Nights as we spend the weekend together. This is a perfect time to
put into practice some of the practical things we have discussed through our book study.
Try to meet a new person. Try to serve someone while we are there. Try to find new ways to
love this small part of your church that will be together for these few hours.

College and Singles Weekly Update: March 2nd-8th

Men’s Beast Feast:

Don’t forget!! Beast Feast is this Saturday, March 5th at 6 pm. Gathering for supper and fellowship around some wild game on our plates. That’s right; GAME will be catering our meal with Elk Burgers and fries! There will be awesome giveaways and a speaker. AND MORE GIVEAWAYS. The Grand prize is a $500 out-of-state hunting license.

*MUST be registered and already signed up to attend!

Take The Step:

Sharing the gospel is an important aspect of the Christian life. Yet, taking that step out of our comfort zone to share isn’t something we are always quick to do. The purpose of the Take the Step class is to help you feel more confident to have faith conversations. The class is designed to help you share the good news naturally in your daily conversations. Our next offering is Sunday, March 27, at 10:30 am. Register now at naobc.org/takethestep.

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

COLLEGE RETREAT:

We are just about a week away from our college retreat!! We are getting super excited for it! A few reminders:

-It’s not too late to sign up! If you still want to come, please sign up ASAP or contact one of the interns to help you.

-Payments are due this Sunday for the retreat. If you have only paid the deposit so far, please make sure to pay the rest of the fee.

-Please let Fiona know by Sunday if you have any food restrictions. (Thank you to everyone who has already let her know- you guys are awesome!)

-Make sure to look over the packing list that was emailed to you and look over the itinerary for key times!

-Start getting excited!!!! We can’t wait!!

Our Week in the Word segment is back!!! You can expect mid-week encouragement every Wednesday as we hear from one of our leaders. This week, we hear from Philip Brown, our College and Singles Pastor.

Sun’s out…Gun’s Out

While I was in high school, the basketball players used to always roll our sleeves up when working out to show our biceps/guns. Most of us didn’t like tank tops so we either rolled our shirtsleeves up or cut the sleeves out completely. Yes…this is not a new thing college students.  

Today was a great day to get the guns out. No… I didn’t cut off the sleeves of my I Love MY Church shirt. I was actually able to get out of the house and be what God has called me to be. A light in a dark world.   It was sweet!! It is crazy. People are more apt to talk if they aren’t going to freeze to death. So…just today…I was able to talk to about 10 unchurched individuals or non-believers. It started at Starbucks (of course) and ended with some neighborhood kids playing basketball in our front driveway. As we learned from I Peter this week in BFG, I was able to be a light in a dark world.

“God has chosen me to be a light. That is not just prescriptive but descriptive.”

I was so encouraged today to get the guns out again spiritually. The weather the rest of this week looks very promising.  Let’s use it to let our lights shine.  

College and Singles Weekly Update – February 9th-16th

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

 

College Night!!!

College night this Sunday!

Because of “The Big Game” party, D-groups will be meeting at FIVE p.m. Sunday night, with a meal and party to follow.

Join us for supper, worship, and breakout times in our D-groups going over the book Love Your Church (order the book today!!). This will be a wonderful time of getting to know everyone in our college group!

Location: Room 231 (the youth room)

*Meal provided!!

 

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, or meet in Discipleship Groups.

Everyone in Discipleship Groups will be going through the book Side by Side (order it today!!).

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

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

 

“THE BIG GAME” Party for College and Singles!!

When: Sunday, Feb. 13th. 6:30 PM

Where: Youth room

What: A time of fun, food, games, and watching “The big game” together!!

What to bring: Sign up for our perfect potluck!! We need everyone’s help to make sure we have the meal covered!! The church will be providing pork, but we need you to provide; heavy appetizers, drinks, desserts.

Perfect potluck: Click here!!

GIVEAWAY: During halftime, we will have a drawing to win four FREE retreat tickets!! This means that one male and female from the college BFG and one male and female from the singles BFG will be randomly drawn and get their retreat ticket paid for!! You MUST be present at the party to be entered in the drawing!!

Make sure to bring the food that you signed up for!!

***We will be having D-groups at 5 PM before the party.

***Registration and more details about the COLLEGE RETREAT will be announced/open during the party!!

College and Singles Weekly Update – February 2nd-9th

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

 

College Night!!!

College night this Sunday!

Join us for supper, worship, and breakout times in our D-groups going over the book Love Your Church (order the book today!!). 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 at 6:30 PM

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

Everyone in Discipleship Groups will be going through the book Side by Side (order it today!!).

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

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

“THE BIG GAME” party for college and singles!!

When: Sunday, Feb. 13th. 6:30 PM

Where: Youth room

What: A time of fun, food, games, and watching “The big game” together!!

What to bring: Sign up for our perfect potluck!! We need everyone’s help to make sure we have the meal covered!! The church will be providing pork, but we need you to provide; heavy appetizers, drinks, desserts.

Perfect potluck: Click here!!

***We will be having D-groups at 5 PM before the party.

***Registration and more details about the COLLEGE RETREAT will be announced/open during the party!!

Why We’re Baptists

As Southern Baptists from all over the world gather this week in Dallas to discuss the leadership and future of our denomination, it seems worthwhile to reflect on why we are a convention of Baptists, to begin with. What is a Baptist and why be one? Learned minds disagree on the “technical” definition of Baptist, but there are at least two points everyone would admit lie at the heart of Baptist beliefs.

#1 Baptism

Unsurprisingly, Baptists have some strong views on the topic of baptism. There are two key aspects to Baptists’ believe on this topic: (1) we believe that baptism is for those who have been saved (2) we believe that baptism is a symbol and declaration of salvation not a part of it. Let’s look at both these aspects in turn.

First, we believe that baptism is for those who have already been saved. A key verse on this point is Colossians 2:11-12:

You were also circumcised in him with a circumcision not done with hands, by putting off the body of flesh, in the circumcision of Christ, 12 when you were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

In verse eleven, Paul describes the salvation of the Colossians as a circumcision of the heart. But when did this salvation occur? Paul tells us in verse twelve, it occurred when they “were buried with him in baptism” and “raised with him through faith.” In other words, Paul links baptism, here, with salvation and faith in Jesus Christ. All these events go together, they are part of the same package. Baptism does not come before salvation, it goes along with it.

Second, we believe that baptism is a symbol and declaration of salvation not a part of it. Admittedly, Paul is not to totally clear in Colossians 2:11-12 on just how baptism and salvation fit together. Someone could easily read this passage as saying that baptism is a part of the salvation process. Thankfully, we have a lot more Bible to help us fill in the details. Here are two examples in the New Testament where salvation and baptism are clearly separated. First, Acts 10:44-48:

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came down on all those who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were amazed because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in other tongues and declaring the greatness of God. Then Peter responded, 47 “Can anyone withhold water and prevent these people from being baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 He commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay for a few days.

In classic Peter style, he preaches the Gospel and droves of people come to faith. What is particularly interesting for us, is that the Gentiles are baptized after they receive the Holy Spirit. Peter preaches the Gospel, the Gentiles are saved and receive the Holy Spirit, then they are baptized.

Another passage that makes this point is Luke 23:42-43. One of the criminals who was crucified with Jesus turns to Him and says, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus replies, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” So here we have Jesus promising someone they would be with him in heaven who was never baptized.

Baptism, therefore, is not a part of salvation; however, that does not mean baptism is unimportant. To begin with, Jesus commands all believers to be baptized (Mt 28:18-20). In fact, if we look back at Colossians 2:11-12, Paul considers baptism and salvation so closely linked, he doesn’t even bother to separate the two in his discussion. But what makes baptism so important? In baptism we act out, publicly, the great salvation we have in Jesus (Rm 6:1-11). It is a declaration to the world that we are “buried with him in death, and raised to walk in newness of life.”

#2 The Lord’s Supper

Another belief that distinguishes us as Baptist is our views on the Lord’s Supper. On a basic level, as Baptist, we believe that the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic, commemorative act in which we reflect back on the death of Jesus and look forward to His return (1 Cor 11:23-26).

Almost no one, though, would disagree with us on that point. The bigger issue is whether something more happens during the Lord’s Supper. The debate centers around what Jesus meant when he says, “I am the bread of life” in John 6. Some have been inclined to think that Jesus meant he is literally the bread. If we read the passage this way, the Lord’s Supper would be much more than a symbol. Somehow, the bread and the drink would be transformed into the body and blood of Jesus.

On the one hand, it is not hard to see why people would understand this passage in that way. After all, what else could Jesus mean by “I am the bread” besides “I am the bread.” On the other hand, there are at least two reasons why we should not take Jesus words as literally applying to the Lord’s Supper. First, if we assume that every time Jesus says “I am _____” he means that he is literary ____, we wind up in a bit of trouble later on in John. For instance, Jesus says at one point, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener“ (Jn 15:1). Should we take this to mean Jesus is actually a vine and God the father is actually a gardener? Obviously not. But if Jesus can speak metaphorically in John 15 why not in John 6? Second, it is not clear that Jesus is talking about the Lord’s Supper at all in this passage. As the great John scholar Dr. Bill Cook once wrote, “It is better to understand Jesus as referring to the same ideas as are brought out earlier in the discourse: to personally receiving Him.”

There are many more things we believe as Christians, and there are many points on which Baptist can and do disagree, but on these two points, at least Baptists find their common ground.