Sermon In A Nutshell

“Who Does God Say We Are?”

    We live  in a day and time when what is occurring daily can leave us discouraged, angry and depressed.  In  our state, our Governor says we need to be welcoming and inclusive for all groups.  However, one group seems to be excluded—Christians and our beliefs which appear to no longer carry value.

     In light of the environment in our nation and state, I don’t know about you, but I need some words of encouragement.  Let’s see what God has to say as to who we are and how valuable we are to Him.  As a believer, this is who you are in God’s eyes:

* A new creation in Christ (II Cor. 5:17).                                           * A child of God (John 1:12).

* A branch of the true vine (John 15:5).                                            * A friend of Jesus (John 15:12-15).

* Justified and  redeemed (Rom. 3:24).                                            * A fellow heir with Christ (Rom. 8:17).

* A saint (I Cor. 1:2)                                                                          * A temple of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 6:19).

* A member of Christ’s body (I Cor. 12:27).                                      * An ambassador for Christ (II Cor. 5:20).

* The righteousness of God (II Cor. 5:21).                                        * Forgiven (Eph. 1:7).

* Made alive in Christ (Eph. 2:4-5).                                                   * God’s workmanship (Eph. 2:10).

* A child of light (Eph. 5-8).                                                               * A citizen of heaven (Phil. 3:20).

* Raised and seated with Him in the heavenly places (Eph. 2:6).                                             

* More than a conqueror (Rom 8:31-19)/Sealed with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13-14)

* Chosen before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4)

 

     May these words encourage you, and may we never forget Jesus’ words in Matt. 16:26; “For what is a man profited, if he gain the whole world, and lose his soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”  Never forget that the most important thing is not the praise of or what we can gain from this world, but rather, have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior and made Him Lord of your life.

Brooks Wallace, Deacon                                                    

 

Info and Announcements:

     Sunday services are on-going with Adult Sunday School at 9:45am and Worship Service at 11am.  Here are the guidelines the deacons and I have established for a safe ministry time together.  Please re-read them and follow them.  Thank you!

  1. We are required to have no more than 1/2 of our seating capacity filled at our services; this is not a problem for us.
  2. We are to still practice social distancing so we ask you to spread out throughout our sanctuary.  Do not sit directly behind or in front of someone and try to abide by this 6 foot guideline.
  3. The State has said that face masks are mandatory if you are unable to social distance.  While social distancing should not be a problem in our church it would be well advised to bring or wear a face mask.
  4. We will not pass the offering plates, they will remain on the front table.  Please place your tithes and offerings in the plates before or after the service.
  5. We will have two Sunday School Classes with the opening at 9:45am.  The Co-Ed Class will be in their classroom and the Friendship Class will be in the Fellowship Hall so we can all spread out a little.
  6. There will be no children’s Sunday School classes until school starts in the Fall.  This is simply because children do not understand social distancing.
  7. We will have Wednesday evening Adult Bible Study and Prayer Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 pm.
  8. We will not have Wednesday evening Children and Youth Ministry until the Fall when schools open up.
  9. We will not have Pot Luck Suppers or Communion until things improve.  This will help us avoid passing things between people.
  10. If you bring children to the worship service they must be under your control at all times.  They do not understand social distancing and must not be permitted to roam the church.
  11. If you do not feel well, please stay home until you are feeling better.
  12. If you do not feel comfortable coming out just yet, stay home.  God is not sitting in the heavens judging your church attendance during this time and neither are we.

 

Hollies Baptist Church, 17691 Hollies Church Road,  P.O. Box 7, Keller, Virginia 23401 

(757) 787-4655 – hbcchurch1790@gmail.com