Today was awesome! It's always awesome to be in God's house with brothers and sisters in Christ! First we started the day in small groups, learning more about Jesus in our Sunday School classes. There's something for every age and adults have several classes using different literature to guide the lessons. Forty-five minutes can go by fast and before you know it, it's time for worship.
One of the beauties of a small country church is that we're a loving, extended family. Country people seldom meet a stranger; only a friend they haven't met before. We were blessed with several visitors today and our time of Greetings was all a-buzz as regular attendees and church members welcomed the new-comers.
Worship really started with everyone getting into the heavy-hitting updated contemporary hymn, The Solid Rock - a classic hymn with a new sound and the same ever-solid message: that Jesus is Our Solid Rock! The congregation continued with another classic from the hymn book, Count Your Blessings (yes, we should every day!) followed by The Shades of Grace singing Precious Lord, Take My Hand. We do try to mix things up, err... blend song styles when it comes to singing. BBC loves singing! The Bible speaks about "singing praises to God" and to "sing a new song" a lot. We think singing to Glorify His Holy Name is a vital part of any service. Can you imagine church without music??
Our message was First Things First by Dr. Lynn Hardaway. It was taken from Matthew 7: 1-5 and admonished us to not be so quick to judge others. Dr. Hardaway presented many examples of everyday life when we're often guilty of doing just that. But he also gave us words to guide us when those times come. He told use to Connect before we Correct, not to jump to conclusions. Here's some food for thought: "The more insecure you are the more judgmental you are." Another thing to remember: "The way God corrects you is the way you correct others." If we can exude patience, kindness and compassion to each other just think how much better the world would be. There's so much more - please take time to listen to the entire message on the 2015 Sermons page.
The annual business meeting and fellowship meal is tonight. New officers, teachers, and volunteers will be voted into service for the new church year that starts in September. It's always a fresh start kind of moment. There's always a place to serve God, whether it's at church, home, work, or school. Ask God to show you this week, how you can serve Him. He'll do it.
BBC is a warm and welcoming family of like-minded believers who come together to worship our amazing God. Since 1774 BBC has served the Blackwater community and while steeped in tradition we also blend in a bit of contemporary to transition to an exciting future. We'd love to have you join us!