A PUBLICATION OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH A F.B.C . LIFELINE From Our Senior Pastor July—August 2009 Dear First Family, Weekly Services Greetings in the Wonderful Name of Jesus. The Holy Spirit has been Sunday Morning impressing upon me the critical need for making disciples who will follow after God and bring Glory to His Name and will in turn make disciples. As I Early Worship 8:30 am Sunday School 11:00 am have spoken recently, the Great Commission is less about making converts Evening Worship 7:00 pm and is more about relationships with new believers for growth and spiritual formation. That process of relating to new believers is called discipleship. Wednesday True discipleship is a process that begins with conversion and ends when Bible Study 7:00 pm we go home to be with Jesus in the place He has been preparing for us. The discipleship process involves teaching basic doctrine and training that Church Office 947-5175 involves ministry to others. E-Mail - email@example.com We could be first hand witnesses to this as the youth may be going on a mission trip to Waverly, OH. this summer. This includes hands on ministry Web Site www.fbcwaverly.net with assisting and learning from leaders in our local church. If this happens, I will be elated before God since I believe this process of Senior Pastor: Roger Hauck 947-3730 discipleship, learning by study and service, is the foundation of being a Cell 222-4487 New Testament church body. The goal for 2:7 Series is to introduce into First Church a ministry of Associate Pastor: Jeff Laing 947-8038 teaching and training that will aid in the spiritual formation of new believers Chairman of Deacons: and as a refresher for those who need one. As many of you now realize, Ernie Bowman 947– 2784 the 2:7 Series is a resource for discipling that is basic, very organized and Sunday School Director: repeatable. We plan to introduce the two remaining courses of the 2:7 Bill Henderson 941-0323 series which emphasize a steady quiet time, relational evangelism, the Sunday School Secretary Bridge Illustration as a witness tool, and how to spend at least one half a Missy Branham 947-3569 day in prayer. Choir Director Last thing about discipleship is this - I desire to have a church wide prayer Ruth Ann Moore 947-7370 emphasis for a season that will focus on asking God to clarify how the Music Director ministry of making disciples will look and to set disciplemaking clearly in Rick Noel 740-820-4427 the hearts of the members of First Baptist, Waverly. Church Secretary Debbie Saunders 947-8298 Looking for Jesus' Return Pastor Roger F.B.C. LIFLINE July– August 2009 Revival Fair Ministry Revival services will August 3rd —7th begin at First Baptist Once again we will on Sunday, August have a booth at the 30th at 11:00 am & Pike county fair. each evening through Our Fair Ministry has been a big September 2nd at 7:00 pm. Rev. success in the past and we look Clifford B. Coleman will be our forward to how God will use this speaker for these services. years ministry. A sign up sheet will be posted for times and dates to volunteer. Back to School Bash for 7th-12th grades Beth Moore Bible Study A fall session of the study “Esther –It’s Tough Being A Woman” will begin sometime in Septem- ber. A start date & de- Sunday, September tails will be announced 6th. Mark your cal- at a later date. endars and invite your friends. More The July meeting of the Women details to come! On Mission will be a picnic at the home of Karen Hauck on Tuesday, July 14 at 6:00pm The meat will be provided so bring a covered dish to share. All women interested in mis- sions are invited - you may bring your family as well for a time of food, fun, and fellowship. From Our Associate Pastorstor Last week I read an article on USA Today’s website about a 10 year-old-girl flying as an unaccompanied minor on ExpressJet, who was accidentally flown to the wrong city. The girl was en route from Boston to Cleveland, but mistakenly got on the wrong flight that was boarding at the same gate. Two flights were departing simultaneously from the same doorway. The girl ended up in Newark, New Jersey. I started thinking about how Paul would often encourage churches to remain faithful to the doctrine which he taught them (Galatians 1:6-12). Paul had to do this because there were so many false teachers among the early churches who would come in and wreak havoc, adding to burdens to people that were not in Scripture, or belittling the work of Christ on the cross. These heretics would come in appearing to be Christians, but were not. The doorway to eternal life looked similar, but the final destination would be very different from what Jesus’ promises for those who are truly His sheep. Jesus spoke of such people when He said, "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's cloth- ing but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15). Jesus said we would know these false teachers by their fruit. In other words, we are to compare their lives and teachings to see how it measures up to the Word of God. Today is no different for Christians. We are called to be firmly rooted in Christ and in His Word, “so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (Ephesians 4:14). Individuals who believe the Mormon missionary or Jehovah’s witness will enter through a door that looks very similar to Christianity, but the end destination will be a Christless eternity. Anyone who says that salvation consists of something plus Jesus, or something minus Jesus is a heretic, and there teachings are to be condemned. Another thought that came to mind when I read this article was in regard to teachers in the church. For those of us who teach, let us be mindful of presuppositions we often bring to the text when we study and teach Sunday School and small groups. Ask yourself this: “Is what I am about to say biblical?”; “Where is this in Scripture?” If we simply teach what we’ve always been told without going to the Bible to verify its truthfulness, then we are in danger of being a false teacher ourselves. And we should always remem- ber that James warned the church that not many should become teachers, “for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness” (James 3:1). Let us be firmly grounded in God’s Word, that we will not be led astray and that we as teachers and disciplers will not lead others to wrong theological destinations. Seeking Him, Jeff Laing FBC LifeLine July /August 2009 Experience Ministry at First Baptist O.W.L.S. Older Wiser Learning Still Owls is our Ministry for ages 55 and up. They meet every 4th Tuesday of the month at 10:30 am in the Adult Activity Sunday School room for a time of Bible Study & fellow- ship followed by lunch. Upcoming dates We have a variety of Sunday School classes. are: Tuesday, July 28th and Tuesday, If you are not currently attending, please August 25th. For more info about Owls come let us help you find one you will feel contact Dennis Kee at 941-3763. comfortable in. Sunday School begins on Sunday mornings at 9:45 am. Early Morning Prayer Ministry Prayer Warriors wanted: First Baptist Youth Ministry has a large prayer list that Grades 7th -12th is prayed over every Sundays at 6:00 pm & Wednesdays at 6:30 weekday morning. Come pm. For more info contact Joe or Becky join us at 8:30 am Mon- Dresbach at 884– 4647. day through Friday for a time of devotion, prayer Women on Mission (W.O.M.) and fellowship. Our group Women on Mission will meet on Tuesday, July is growing daily, don’t be 14th at the home of Karen Hauck and Tues- left out. day, August 11th at 6:30 pm. For more info Van Ministry about Women on Mission contact Kathy O’Connor at 835-8123 The Lord has provided us with two nice vans for our van ministry, but we still Baptist Men need van drivers for our Sunday School Will meet on Monday, July 20th at 6:30 pm van ministry. If you could help, please and Monday, August 17th at 6:30 pm. see Bill Henderson or Brad Montgom- ery. We Care Ministry Is currently collecting food for Pike County Outreach. Boxes of Ce- Nursery Ministry real will be collected for the month of July. Volunteers are still needed to fill Sun- Choir rehearsals are Wednesdays at 5:45 day morning positions. Fourth Sunday pm. Everyone welcome. For more info con- Bed Babies position is currently needed. tact Ruth Ann Moore at 947-7370. Please see Mindie Bond, Sharon Cooper or call the church office to volunteer. Mystery Member Once again it is time for another Lifeline and a Mystery Member. For those of you who did not guess the last one, it was that guy that loves to cook and bake, none other than Jeff Maddy. This time our Mystery Member comes to us from Louisville, Ky. Where she was born. She was reared in Ashland, Ky. and graduated from Ashland High School. This Mystery Member was working as a secretary at the time she met her husband who was working for Armco Steel. They met at one of the “Drive in” Restaurants in Ashland. She and her husband were married 45 years prior to his death 9 years ago. They had two children, a boy and a girl. When asked about anything funny or something that she did as a child, she said one of her fondest memories was that of her and her mother and father taking a drive on Sunday af- ternoons to get ice cream. She stated that they would take trips to Virginia to see her dad’s aunt & sister. Some of her hobbies are making cookies for some of her friends, reading and going to church. She has been a Christian for 60 years. Her favorite Hymn is “How Great Thou Art”, her favorite food is fried chicken; and she said cookies are her favorite dessert, but you name it and she likes it. She loves to have her children come to visit and when they do, they do a lot of shop- ping and going out to different places to eat. If you think you know who this person is, ask her. Until next time…...Patty Welcome to the World! Our thoughts prayers Congratulations to Matt & and deepest sympathies are Lori Morrison on the birth extended to of their daughter Claire *Don & Carolyn Sheppard in Marie Morrison. Claire the loss of Don’s Brother-in- came into the world on May law Fred Packer. 6th at 9:05 am and weighed 7lbs 8ozs and *Bill & Becky Purpero in the loss of Becky’s was 20 inches long. Claire was welcomed sister Beverly”Susie” Hurst. home by big brother Penn. * Dr. Bob & Judy Hewitt in the loss of Judy’s mother. Coming Soon! August 10th –14th 6:00 pm-8:30 pm Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to serve the Lord, please see Penny Towler to sign up for the area in which you would like to serve. We all, children and adults always have a great time. We look forward to serving with you.