The word "kingdom" is found 320 times in 295 verses throughout the Bible. It is used mostly to describe the kingdom of God or the kingdom of Heaven.
Christ came to set up His kingdom. The model prayer that He gave His disciples focused on building the kingdom. In Matthew 6:9-10 He instructed them to, "Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."
In the kingdom of God, God's will is top priority. Those living within God's kingdom are to be submissive to God's authority.
Today we begin a series of messages on the Kingdom of God. We will be looking at several things the Bible tells us about God's kingdom. What exactly is the Kingdom of God? What does it look like? What's so special about it? How does one become a member of it? What role did Christ play in establishing it? What are the duties of Kingdom people?
Our message today is about what Kingdom people do. A week from today our revival begins. Four weeks from today is our Friend Day. All of these activities are about building the kingdom.
Join us this Sunday (10-04-15) for either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service.
The key to turning one's life around and starting fresh is not a bunch of self-help books, or greater will power. It's the grace of God which is available to all who will humble themselves before God.
The apostle Paul understood this truth. His life and his view of life was radically changed by the grace of God when it touched him and forever changed him.
This Sunday (09-27-15) we take one more look at the Grace of God. We will look at the power of grace. We can become a new person, we can be more than conquerors, we can be victorious, we can do all of these things, but only because the grace of God can do it in us.
Come join us in one of our morning services at 8:15 or 11 a.m.
CLI (Christian Law Institute) out of Bowling Green met with our Council and those who were in our business meeting on Sunday (09-13-15). They are presently working with Tilden and Mt. Gilead General Baptist Churches in our local association. They specialize in helping churches to reshape their Articles of Incorportation and Constitution and By-laws for two purposes. The first is to help churches and pastors to be able to practice their beliefs without fear of lawsuits claiming sexual oreintation discrimination. The second is to help churches protect themselves from internal threats, church splits, etc.
Below is a video clip from CLI that can help you better understand their ministry and how it has and can benefit churches. We will be showing some of these clips in our Sunday morning services over the next couple of weeks.
The Surprising Grace of God (Luke 15:1-2, 11-32)
It's called lots of things. Some call it random acts of kindness. Others call it spontaneous acts of love. I call it surprising acts of grace. Steve Harvey, is the host of the game show "Family Feud." He is also a Christian who is unashamed of his faith. In a statement about his past, we see the surprising grace of God. He writes, "I was homeless, twice. Going to college, living in my car, and looking for a job. I made like $400 last for months. When I was at the real bitter end the second time I FINALLY found a job out of the paper, maybe that was a gift from god, before I even knew him."
Does God give us grace even when we don't know Him or love Him? A couple of weeks ago we looked at the amazing grace of God. Last week we examined the sufficient grace of God. As I examined what the Bible says about grace, I noticed how God often surprises us with His amazing and all-sufficient grace.
Join us in our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service this Sunday (09-13-15) as we look at the surprising grace of God. Our text will be from Luke 15:1-2, 11-32).
What's Your Life Events?
Yesterday afternoon around 3:30 p.m., we picked up my son, Evan, at his school at Grace Baptist and then headed to Henderson for my daughter's guitar lesson. We then hurried back to Evans' school
for their basketball homecoming night, but when we neared the school we saw a mass of police and emergency vehicles. We later learned from the pastor of Grace church that he was the first on the
scene and the young man in the car didn't make it. The principal of the school said that it happened just a few minutes after we left with Evan.
If we'd been a few minutes later the young man may have been forced to slow down because of our vehicle or he could have slammed into the back of it (we were told he was traveling at a high rate of speed). Life is so fragile, so short, and so unpredictable. We don't know how much time we have, so we'd better not waste it.
When I learned the name of the young man, I went to his Facebook page. I'm not his friend and don't know him, but I couldn't help but note that under the heading "Life Events" all that was listed was "born." A good question to ask, is when we die, what life events will be listed, not on Facebook, but on God's book, and the memory books of everyone who knows us. I leave you with three questions to think about: What good will we do and what impact will we make while we are here, and what kind of legacy will we leave behind when we are gone?
Helping Us Help Others
Our church packs 250 shoeboxes filled with various items for children for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child each year. Shipping alone costs us $1,750. HOW CAN YOU HELP?
We have joined the Kroger Community Rewards Program where they will donate a portion of all sales with Kroger Plus cards linked to our church. What's so great is that you can help without any cost to you. Just simply log on, link your card, and each time you swipe your card, you are helping us help others. The instructions are as follows:
Log on to krogercommunityrewards.com
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Click on enroll now
Enter 29474 and click search
Click on Concord General Baptist
The Shoebox Ministry is going NUTS!!! That's right, the boxes are all packed and ready to go except for the shipping cost. Samaratin's Purse asks for a $7 donation per box to help with the cost of shipping as well as the literature that is prepared in the language for the area each box is going to. This literature explains salvation and leads into the classes that are offered to each child so that they may come to know the Lord. We are still a little short of the $1750 that we need for our 250 boxes.
We are selling Pecan Halves, Pecan Pieces, and English Walnut Halves & Pieces to help with the shipping cost. The nuts come in 12 oz. bags and sell for $8.00 per bag. They are New Crop nuts, so they haven't laid around in a warehouse for months getting stale! We will be taking orders through November 10th and place the order on the 11th. The order should arrive in time for Thanksgiving baking!
If you would like to order some, you may call the church office (270-249-3623) to place an order.
We are currently selling cookbooks to benefit one of the many ministries of Samaritan's Purse called Operation Christmas Child. Each year we fill shoeboxes that are sent all over the country as well as over seas as an evangelizing tool to go where we cannot physically go. The proceeds from the sell of these cookbooks will help defray the cost of shipping these boxes. Check out the cookbook tab for more information.