This week has not been a very easy week for most of us. Most of us never thought that Tropical Storm Irma would bring such destruction and widespread loss of power to Northeast Georgia. I am currently writing this article on Thursday afternoon and have just heard some in our church are not expecting their power to be restored until sometime tonight. Let’s continue to pray for these individuals who are still without electricity. Also, we want to be sure to be grateful to the many linemen and their families as so many from both Georgia Power and HEMC have worked long days and nights trying to restore our basic utilities.
Welcome to the worship services of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Today, we are taking a break from our summer sermon series on the 10 Commandments. I am preaching this morning at “Boat Church” on Lake Burton at 8:30am. In my absence, Bro. Tommy Stowe will be preaching during our 8:30am service. You will be looking at Joshua 3:1-4 as Tommy preaches a sermon entitled, “The Best is Yet to Come.” I will be preaching a message entitled “Strangers” from Daniel 1 in the 10:45am service today. Followers of Christ were, at times, in Scripture called strangers, aliens, pilgrims, or exiles. The words are all translated from the same Greek word emphasizing this world is not our home. We are just passing through. We will study Daniel 1 and learn from Daniel’s example how to take a stand in a strange land.
Welcome to another day of worship with the Bethlehem Family. If you are a guest, I want to offer you a special welcome. If you are here looking for a church home, any of our ministers would love to talk with you about the ministries, Life Groups, and work of our church. If you are just visiting today, I hope you can leave encouraged and go back to your church refreshed and excited about your ministry.
Corporate worship with the Bethlehem Family is always the highlight of my week. The beginning of a new work week is always better when we get to worship together. I am so glad you are here today. We are going through each of the Ten Commandments throughout the summer months. Today, we look at the 5th command. The first four commands God has said, “It’s all about me.” He has said, “Put me first . . . Don’t make any substitute for me . . . Don’t take My name lightly . . . and Take one day off and give it to me.” The fifth command shifts from a focus on God to a focus on others. The first others on which we are to focus are our parents. We read, “Honor your father and mother. . . .” Today, I want to focus on this command and talk about the “why” and “how” of honoring our parents.
Vacation Bible School 2017 is in the books! Special thanks to Anne Ward and Deanne Cranford for directing this year. Also, a very special thanks to all the people who helped make this year’s VBS a success. I am thankful for all teachers, leaders, guides, utility people, folks who arranged and helped with decorations and in the hospitality room. Please know your work is very much appreciated. You will be receiving a survey from Chip as we evaluate this year’s event and look ahead toward next year. Please take time to fill out that survey and let us know what you think.
VBS 2017 is here! Help us by inviting any child you know to attend this special week. Our theme is Jesus: The Ultimate Super Hero. Vacation Bible School will be Monday through Thursday from 9:00am - 12:00pm for children Kindergarten through Middle School. Family night will be on Thursday. All kids involved in Bible school and their families are invited to attend a special supper at 5:30pm in the fellowship hall. Then, at 6:30pm all of you are invited to join them as we hear Tom Toombs, from Little Tommy’s Tree House. Tom is a Children’s Christian book author and has over two decades experience speaking at live events like Upward Basketball banquets. You can learn more about his ministry at www.little-tommy.net. Again, everyone is invited to attend this event with our Vacation Bible School Families.
Our Summer Sermon Series is entitled, “God’s Top 10” a detailed look at the Ten Commandments. Last week, we studied the Shema in Deuteronomy 6 and focused on how families were instructed to teach the commandments to their children. The Ten Commandments were given to the family of God to show us how to live and for us to teach them to our families. Today, we are going to look at the first two commandments and answer the question, “Who’s Number One?” I pray you will commit to be here every Sunday you are available throughout the summer as we embark on this study together.
Welcome to another day of worship at Bethlehem Baptist Church. I am starting a new Summer Sermon Series this morning. We will be studying the TEN Commandments in Exodus 20 during the weeks of the summer. We begin by focusing on the Shema found in Deuteronomy 6:4-9. This book records Moses’ farewell address given to the people. The TEN Commandments are restated in Deuteronomy 5. Then, we find the Shema, Israel’s declaration of faith, in Deuteronomy 6. Traditional Jews still recite the Shema every evening and morning. As we study, we are going to learn the TEN Commandments were given to the family of God to show us how to live and for us to teach them to our families..
Thank you for being in worship with the Bethlehem Family this Memorial Day Weekend. Today is the conclusion of a three week series entitled, “Direction: Know Where We ‘re Going.” During this series, our focus has been on the three-fold objective of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Again, we read in Psalm 29:18 . . . “When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.” (NLT). Yes, the local church can become very busy at pursuing the hundreds of good things that are available. The goal is to pray for God’s guidance so we can be restrained to His vision, avoiding “running wild” and not really impacting our community with the Gospel.
The third Sunday of May is always exciting as we recognize our graduates during the 10:45am service. We are thankful for this milestone in each of these individual’s lives and look forward to seeing where God is leading them as they enter into a new stage of life. We also want to be especially thankful for all the teachers and professors who have played such an important part in each of our graduates lives. May each graduate experience God’s clear guidance as they trust Him daily.