We were fortunate to have many visitors as we gathered on the Sunday after Christmas to worship at Mill Creek Baptist Church.
James was celebrating a birthday and introduced himself as a new member of our church. Doug Cory opened our office with prayer. Special prayers have been requested for Ricky Porterfield, Carrie Milleson, Clyde Sherman, Wayne Sherman, Becky, Betty, Carl, Donnie, Don, Holly’s family, Brandon’s family and Wayne’s cousin’s family. Brother Mark read a thank you note from Tom and Mildred Sharp.
Rick Lett led the study of Matthew 2: 1-12 in the adult Sunday School class. The “wanted” lesson reminds us that God provides salvation to those who seek him. “Some ignore the truth of the gospel, while others want to silence it, but Christ is the Eternal Son of God and can be found by those who want to worship him.”
Linda Abercrombie read Revelation 21: 3-4 and shared the “Future Peace” devotion. “Https://mdcp.nwaonline.com/news/2021/dec/30/religion-why-should-we-be-committed-to -adoration /” We live in a broken and messy world. For perfect peace, we need a calculation. Spread the good news while it is time for the people to do the right thing and to make the right choice. There will be a final judgment. “
Mitchell Lett requested God’s blessing on the offering and he and Tyrel Lett served as ushers. Susan Cory and Karen Gardner led the congregation singing hymns of praise, including “Redeemed” and Karen sang “How Can I Say Thank You” as special music.
Our pastor, Brother Mark Hall, brought us a special message for young people about what to expect from the things to come in Sunday’s message, “Committed to Worship.” The scriptures were taken from Matthew 2: 1-12, concerning the wise men visiting Jesus. Brother Mark spoke about how things have changed over the past 40 years. “Some things you just need to learn through life experiences. There are a lot of things we don’t know. We live in troubled and frightening times. The key to survival was worship for the wise and c ‘is worship for us. “
Elder Mark’s message focused on the wise men, their commitment to worship, and the things they had to survive. First, they had courage. “The wise men were on a dangerous journey with an evil king. They were afraid but they had courage. Everyone is afraid. Different people have different fears. Over the past two years, there has been a lot to fear. makes a difference if you have someone to help you. ” Brother Mark told stories of growing up and being afraid of storms, but with his father’s protection, he had nothing to fear.
Brother Mark told us that the second thing the sages had to help them survive was that they remained calm. “They knew Herod was after them, but they were determined to worship. Stress kills many people, but worship is a constant reminder of who is in control and who is in charge. Sunday morning worship in church reminds us. ” In Matthew 7:12, Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. Brother Mark told us, “The world is full of sorrows and troubles, but it will not last. You have to know the truth. In church, you know somebody’s there, holding the word of God and preaching it. The key is the right church. “
Brother Mark told us that because the sages had committed to worship, they made a contribution, referring to Matthew 2:11 which tells us that they “bowed down and worshiped him. And when they did opened their treasures, they presented him with gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh. ” Brother Mark said, “Part of worship is what you bring – not necessarily money, but helping others in Jesus name – not because they earned it, but because we love them and they deserve it in Jesus name. You can donate your time, your talent, or your treasure. What you give in the name of Jesus, he gives back to you more.
Brother Mark told us that the sages also survived because, when they committed to worship, they saved contact. “The more you stay in touch with Jesus Christ, the more the Holy Spirit will stay in touch with you. It will let you know when you stray from the track just like the rough strips on the side of the road.”
As Elder Mark finished the message, he asked, “Why should we commit to worship? One word: Calvary. We have been sinners from birth. Jesus paid our penalty, and our judge is a righteous judge. In Hebrews, this tells us that our punishment comes at judgment. That’s why we love it. By believing in Jesus, he takes care of the pain for us.
Worship for a Christian is a natural response. Worship is a natural response when you are saved. Isn’t Calvary a sufficient reason to worship? What are you going to do when life gets tough? Life is coming. If we can remember the passwords and codes, remember that when life does come to you, and it does, Jesus will be there waiting for you with open arms and unconditional love. He doesn’t make us earn it or deserve it. Go love it. Be engaged in worship. He is worthy of it. “
Our inviting hymn was “Trust and Obey” and Jerry Abercrombie delivered the prayer.
We invite you to start the New Year in praise with us at Mill Creek Baptist Church. We are located 3 1/2 miles east of Noel, just off Highway 90. Everyone is always welcome. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. and worship service begins at 11 a.m. We wish God’s blessings on you in 2022, including peace, happiness and good health.
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