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Sunday Worship Preview: July 12, 2015

This Sunday will begin our study of God the Holy Spirit; who the Holy Spirit is and what it means to have life in the Spirit. As you prepare for this Sunday, pray that the Lord would help us to learn, understand, and apply these truths together.

We will be singing:

Come Thou Almighty King

Holy Holy Holy (Savior King)

Before The Throne Of God Above

Holy Spirit

I Am Yours

See you Sunday!

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The Gospel In Me: July 5, 2015

Before every baptism we have the privilege to hear stories of how God has saved people in our church and community through the gospel. In order to encourage one another, we will be posting these “gospel stories” after each baptism!

Barb Swann

I was baptized as an infant and grew up in the church.  The churches I attended as a child taught the “popular” Bible stories and about prayer.  I gave my offering each week in class and thought I was a Christian just like my parents.  In middle school, I attended confirmation classes and gave my life to Christ at the conclusion.

When I entered the military, I strayed from the church because the churches on base were very nondenominational and they didn’t feel like the churches that I had been to as a child.  They taught about God, but they lacked the family feel I associated with church.

In 2012, I was attending Dr. Wills’ class on what it meant to be a Baptist.  Dr. Wills had shared a similar denominational background with me and he was able to explain the baptism by immersion in a way in which I understood.  I had been struggling with this because I thought if I did get baptized in this church, I would be betraying not only my upbringing in the church, but also my parents. In March of 2012, my life was totally rocked by the suicide of our 20 yr old daughter Brittany.  I hadn’t gotten to finish the classes and the baptism issue was put on hold.

In these last 3 yrs., I have seen how God’s plan had been mapped out for me.  There have been so many positive things that have come from Brittany’s death. That’s not to say I don’t still miss her dearly, but God has revealed to me so many things about her life that only now makes sense to me and I know I will see her again.

Now we are preparing to move to Green Bay, Wisconsin to be with our other daughter, her husband and our 6 month old grandson.  It is important to me that Tony baptize me before I leave here. It wasn’t until I came to this church that I was taught about having a relationship with God.  I knew about prayer, communion, and Sunday school classes, but I had never been taught about having a relationship with God.

The love I have felt from my LIFE Class, the Bible studies with the women of this church, and the fellowship with the church have all been things I have not experienced in my life and will always cherish.

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Sunday Worship Preview: July 5, 2015

This Sunday will be part 2 of our study of God the Son; we will focus specifically on the work of the Son on our behalf. Pastor Tony will be preaching from 1 Corinthians. Read 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 as you prepare for Sunday. As you prepare for this Sunday, pray that the Lord would help us to learn, understand, and apply these truths together.

We will also be celebrating a baptism this Sunday!

We will be singing:

Everlasting

All Creatures of Our God and King

Jesus Draw Me Ever Nearer

Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)

Cornerstone

See you Sunday!

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The Gospel In Me: June 28, 2015

Before every baptism we have the privilege to hear stories of how God has saved people in our church and community through the gospel. In order to encourage one another, we will be posting these “gospel stories” after each baptism!

Mary Maberry (12th Grade) 

Growing up, I always went to church with my family, did vacation Bible school, and always heard “the word of God”. Despite all of this, it wasn’t until freshman year of high school that I began to understand who God was- up until this point, I never grasped the depth of sin or why I needed forgivness for my sins. I started going to a youth group called YoungLife where every Monday night I learned more about the Gospel. God had immediately sparked a fire in my heart. I felt a passion like no other, this was my love for Christ. And that fire had lasted a long time.

Towards the middle of my sophomore year, my parents told me that we would be leaving our home of 15 years in Ohio and moving to McDonough, GA. This had taken me by surprise and I was scared. Once we got there, I became so angry with God that I pretty much shut him out. That summer I went to a camp (Fuge) with my church and I started to see just how broken I was. The third night of camp I found myself being humbled before God. I needed a Savior and I simply cried out to God for help. I needed him to fix me. I saw that, without God in my life, my heart was broken, but that night I just wanted to run straight to Him. Each day I found myself desiring Christ more and more, and I felt He had given me peace in my heart with Him. Matthew 11:28 says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” God had restored my soul and given me rest. My love for the Lord was growing stronger each day.

Once that summer ended, it was time to go back to school. Five days into the school year, my parents told us we would be moving again- this time to La Grange, KY. I quickly found myself at peace with this. The Lord tells us that He has made plans for us prosper, and to give us hope for our future. Although moving for the second time in less than a year was hard at first, I trusted that God’s plan was greater than mine. This past year has been one of the most challenging times in my faith, but it has also been the most rewarding. The most important thing I’ve learned through all of this is that God’s love remains steadfast through every season of my life, and His love will continue to do so. In excited to see more of God’s plan unfold, and it gives my heart great joy to know that Christ will be with me every step of the way.

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Sunday Worship Preview: June 28, 2015

This Sunday will be part 2 of our study of the Trinity as we learn how the truth of the Trinity applies to our daily lives. Pastor Tony will be preaching from Ephesians 3. Read Ephesians 3:14-21 as you prepare for Sunday. As you prepare for this Sunday, pray that the Lord would help us to learn, understand, and apply these truths together.

We will also be celebrating a baptism this Sunday!

We will be singing:

All Hail The Power of Jesus Name

Beautiful Wonderful Cross

Come Praise and Glorify

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)

Man of Sorrows

Jesus Paid It All

See you Sunday!

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