We just love Sundays that do not start out "perfect." Today was one of them. Early before most people arrive for Sunday School, the Praise Team started rehearsing their music special, Cornerstone. It was son decided that the guitar was just not functioning properly, which sent Ms Laurie to her North Carolina home to get another one. Meanwhile the Instrumental group began rehearsing the day's hymns. One song had already been changed during Saturday's rehearsal, but at the last minute the other song was changed as well. So everyone in both groups ended up starting over!
Sometimes God has other things planned that we don't always see coming!
After Sunday School ended Worship began with prayer and announcements, followed by the two new hymns. Luckily BBC's congregation sings with gusto and any 'errors' in playing the music was overshadowed. God was glorified through song despite Satan's best efforts!
Pastor Lynn brought us a great sermon about How People Come To Jesus, expounding on the three main ways God uses to reach us: Individually, Providentially, and Supernaturally. The Scripture came from John 1.
The service ended with the Invitation, "I Need Thee Every Hour" and people came to the alter to pray for people they know who need Christ in their lives. It was very moving to see God emboldening His people to pray.
Our continued prayer is for God to place people in our own paths so that we can have opportunity to share God to those who often need Him most. It's not about being a perfect preacher or a trained witness -- often it's just talking to a friend or neighbor and simply telling who Jesus is and what He's done in your own life. You don't have to know ahead of time what to say; God will always give you the words.
Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
Sunday turned out the way God had planned it all along. Many people felt it as they left the building....It was a very good day.
Temps are extremely high these days, but we're nice and cool on Sunday mornings between the AC and the overhead fans. None of which keeps us from getting Hot for Jesus! This morning was rousing if nothing else.
After prayers and announcements we cranked the music up and put some real feeling into "Nothing But the Blood" with lots of guitars, a keyboard version of a honky-tonk piano, and one awesome harmonica. Then we took things down a notch for "We Have Come Into His House" and felt the Spirit take hold of us as Mr. Pat played his harmonica.
Pastor Lynn brought the 2nd message in a summer series of questions for God. Today we heard "How Can I Tell What You Want Me To Do?" We need to understand the will of God; experience a fellowship / relationship with God; and listen for God, knowing that He reveals Himself to those in the right spirit (being confident, humble, obedient, and listening).
Do listen to the message for yourself @ www.blackwaterbaptist.org/uploads/6/0/7/8/6078740/2016-07-24.mp3
We're in the last few weeks of this church year. Please pray as people continue to seek God's guidance regarding where to best serve in the new year.
Things are just jumping at BBC lately. If you thought last Sunday was awesome know that the trend continues!
This morning we were blessed to start our service off with a Baptism Service as Bobby, Eli, and Chris made a public profession of faith as they were baptized as born-again believers. That always makes for a wonderful day when people come to the Lord, especially when the children come!
We were also blessed to have Ms. Sylvia back home after a nice vacation with her daughter. She'll be tickling the ivories at the piano again very soon!
Today our uplifted voices singing praises to God were enhanced with 4 guitars and the surprise addition of Pat R. on his harmonica! He can sure turn a tune on those things!! We're so grateful for him to share his talents with us in service to God!
(Click below to hear Pat & the others playing as the congregation sings)!
We had a very good sermon today by Pastor Lynn. In view of the unrest and uncertainty over the last few days in Dallas and elsewhere, Lynn helped us to prepare for troublesome times, both now and in the future by giving us:
What To Do When Sudden Fear Happens
We've been making a few changes over the last few weeks within the order of service and music. We upgraded the computer and media software and everything should be working better than ever, right? Well, not so fast...
Satan has been doing his best to cause disruption, but he cannot win so he may as well give up trying. Today was no exception with a few blurry photos on the announcement slideshow, and music slides jumping by themselves. music too fast or too slow, or everyone missing an intro altogether.
Special thanks to Rob and Jimmy for working hard last Thursday night, to get that big nest of wires behind the sound system straightened out!
Everyone had a good time though. The mood was good and we serve a wonderful awesome God. I'm sure even He had to chuckle as we plowed ever forward.
Our attendance continues to grow on Sunday mornings. We'd love to see you come too! We have a lot of good folks and plenty of good times.
Today's message was especially meaningful in many ways, as Dr. Hardaway presented "How To Know What God Wants You To Do" based on scripture from the books of Hebrews and Joshua.
To find God's plan:
We have been praying for a while now for our pastor's family and ever since last week when it was announced to the congregation we are excitedly wait for the Hardaways to move to Blackwater. It will be so nice when they can call Blackwater 'home!'
We're so proud of our kids for stepping up to share their talents! Thank you, Christen, Liza, Wyatt, Emma, & John Michael!! Of course, we thank our 'big' kid, Pastor Lynn for creating this new department and sharing his own playing skills too. (Missing this week was Gary, another skilled guitar guru who willingly shares his talents for Jesus).
On Super Bowl Sunday all the Sunday School classes meet in the social hall for a Bible Trivia Super Bowl competition. Within the fun and laughter is the serious learning of using a Bible and knowing its contents. This year's winners were the Teens and Kids classes! Congratulations on a job well done! It's so nice to think that our young people have a zest for Jesus!
We were truly blessed to have Gary, Mikey, and Wyatt accompanying our hymns with their guitars today! What a treat!
With Pastor Lynn away this week BBC was delighted to welcome Rev. Jim McLendon back to bring our message. Titled "Come Eat, Drink, Listen, and Live" Rev. McLendon shared three main points:
Upcoming events include Youth Sunday and Baptism next Sunday. We'll have another blood drive on February 17 and after church on February 21 the War Room Bible Study will finish their final lesson with a potluck luncheon.
What an exciting Sunday we had with a new addition to our line-up! A few weeks ago Pastor Lynn freshened things up by making a few changes to the worship agenda. This week we were blessed to have guitars added for our hymn singing by Pastor Lynn and Gary. How lucky to have such talented men share their gift of music with us! We look forward to more Sundays like this in the weeks to come!
The church fairly buzzed today before worship began. It had been two weeks since we'd last gathered together. Although Blackwater didn't get as much snow as storms dumped in other areas it was enough to cancel services. We don't want anyone to possibly get hurt on ice or snow!
We have another blood drive coming on February 17. If you haven't signed up yet please contact Leslie for an appointment. We broke a BBC record last time and hope to break that record this time! At last count there were still 38 slots open!
Youth Sunday will be on February 14 when the kids show their talents and take over many jobs at church. BBC will also have a Baptism service too. Contact Pastor Lynn if you are interested in participating.
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.
Yesterday two BBC members attended the SBCV's E412 Conference at Nansemond Baptist Church in Suffolk. The conference began with a great time of worship, singing praises, and hearing a wonderful encouraging sermon before breaking into smaller mentoring groups.
What if all churches were always able to produce fire for Jesus like happened within those walls? People from all over came and in that moment there was one Great Unifier - Jesus!
I think because of that experience I left my own comfort zone at church this morning, and spoke out during the Praise Team performance, asking the congregation to show their joy (as the song asked)...for them to let themselves take that expressisve leap.
It was so cool. The song got a little louder as people lifted their voices and clapped in time to the music; a few more smiles appeared and I really think people "felt a fire" in that moment.
We need this all the time, every time! Just light your fire for Jesus and left it shine!!
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!