It Really is Amazing Grace (Romans 5:1-21)
My favorite childhood comic book hero was the Amazing Spider-man. I guess he was called amazing because of what he could do. He could stick to walls and ceilings just like a spider. He could sense danger before he could see it (not sure about spiders doing this). He had the strength equivalent to that of a spider which can lift many times its own weight. He could also spin a web that was stronger than steel cable.
Former slave trader John Newton discovered something more amazing than a make-believe Spider-man. He discovered the amazing grace of God. It was amazing because of what it could do. It saved him, transformed him, and empowered him. This amazing grace changed both his life and his view of life. It's why he penned the words of the beloved hymn, Amazing Grace.
The apostle Paul, who was once a Jewish pharisee and an enemy of Christ and Christians, also discovered the amazing grace of God. He has much to say about it in the book of Romans.
Join us in one of our Sunday morning services (08-30-31) at 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. as we discover just how amazing God's grace is. The text will be from Romans 5:1-21.
Faith Clips (Text: Matthew 8:1-26)
Security cameras are everywhere these days. Businesses have them throughout their stores and overlooking their parking lots. As a result, criminals are finding their faces and their acts of violence and thievery plastered on social media and local news station.
Video clips can be powerful. They can convict the guilty and clear the innocent. They can also provide messages that encourage the discouraged, strengthen the weak, and give faith to the faithless. While there were no cameras in Biblical times, by way of God's Word we have "Faith Clips." We have detailed accounts of people displaying their faith. These faith clips help us to better understand what Biblical faith looks like and what it does. Join us this Sunday (08-23-15) in either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service. Our subject will be "Faith Clips." The text will be from Matthew 8:1-26.
Be sure to invite a friend or family member to join you.
CTI (Christian Training Institute) Coming To Concord This Fall
Beginning this Fall, classes will be offered by CTI (Christian Training Institute) at Concord each Tuesday night. These classes are provided for ministers, deacons, teachers, church leaders (women & men), and anyone who wants to grow in their understanding and knowledge of God. The classes can be taken for credit or they can be audited. Registration is $10 per student, tuition is $25 per class, plus the cost of the books.
The Fall Semester will begin with registration and orientation on Tuesday, Sept. 8th. Classes will then meet from Sept. 15 through Dec. 08. Complete details on classes offered, times, teachers, etc., can be found at the CTI website at www.ctiedu.com.
More info can also be found by clicking on Upcoming Events, and/or text or call the registrar (Bro. Eddie Fleming at 270-875-1839), for the Manitou site for CTI,
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
Sign in or create an account
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.