Mount Vernon Baptist Association
From Brother Bill
This past year we have seen some amazing changes. Some of these are really good, and some not so much. We have seen an increase in baptisms around the association, an increase in VBS attendance and a great mission effort by our association.
We have also seen our nation take what seems like giant strives to get us, as a nation, to turn away from God. We have seen increased racial tensions, riots and violence. The Supreme Court made a horrendous decision on same-sex marriage. Immigration policies seem to divide people. We have also seen Planned Parenthood set new practices that effect the unborn.
What can we expect for 2016? Several Christian leaders were asked and they had some interesting comments. One Christian professor said in 2016 we would see the church become more and more like society with less influence on it. Others say that the church will become less flexible each day and will focus on how we have been wronged and less on the Gospel. Still others say the church will become more evangelistic than ever before and we will begin to see positive changes.
I can’t look into the future, but I do know that God has given us wonderful talents and gifts and when we use them things go a lot better.
I believe He has given us opportunities that can make this generation one of the most exciting and productive times to live.
December was Great!!
We started out with the week of prayer for International Missions and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. I have heard so many great things that have happened around these two events this month. Thank you churches!
The Christmas Programs that Cindy and I had the privilege of being a part of were tremendous. We also heard and saw pictures of others that were wonderful. Christmas is a great time of the year and a great time to celebrate.
The Associational Choir did a wonderful job at both of the presentations. The churches responded in a great fashion and we have received many good comments.
All the reports from the Mission Trip to deliver the backpacks have been really positive. It is good to see people reaching out to others.
Reports from the MOVE youth conference in Macon have been really exciting. This is always a great time for the youth and the adults that go.
Poplar Springs North Baptist Church will be hosting a Men Matter Conference on February 19 & 20th.
The Christian Index ceases bi-weekly print publication
Beginning in January, readers will have two options at receiving the Christian Index. One option is a hard copy that requires a subscription ($25). It will be a once a month publication.
The second option is a PDF file from the website (www.christianindex.org). This is a free download.
VBS is a wonderful way of reaching people with the Good News of Jesus Christ. In 2014 churches using Lifeway materials reported that 2.5 million people enrolled in VBS. 73,192 people made professions of faith in Jesus. 177,721 of the children that attended were unchurched.
These are great reports but we are still just reaching a few. If we would think outside the walls of the church more could be reached. It takes a little more planning and a little more work, but the results would be worth it.
Beulah Baptist Church will have a movie night on Saturday, February 6. They will show the movie Woodlawn and they are inviting everyone to come. There will have a covered dish supper.
The movie begins at 5:00 pm. Supper 6:00 - 7:00 ... then finish movie 7:00 - 8:00. Below is a summary of the film.
A true story, in 1973, a spiritual awakening captures the hearts of the Woodlawn High School Football team. Lead by their coach, Tandy Geralds, and fueled by the team’s dedication to love and unity in a school filled with racism and hate, the team makes an astounding run at the playoffs, leading to the largest high school football game ever played in the torn city of Birmingham, Alabama.
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Meeting people where they are
We live in a world that is very different than the one that I grew up in. We don’t have prayer or Bible reading in the schools now. Most churches do not have the impact on the community that they once had.
I noticed that younger couples that visited the church were completely lost when we used the familiar terms that some refer to as church language. They were aware that they needed something in their lives but couldn’t understand just what we were talking about. We started a small group just for them. It grew very rapidly, but also presented some great opportunities to reach more people for the Lord.
Jesus gave us the command to go to the world and make disciples (Matt. 28:19). I was just reading that our world has over 7 billion people in it. 3.6 billion are mobile users. 51% of the world has some mobile device. We have more computing power in our phone than Apollo 11 had to send a man to the moon.
With this type of technology we can see a possible way to reach the world. I also think that we can use this same technology to reach our community. Could we text our friends on Sunday and invite them to come to church with us? Could we as churches use this technology to reach out in our communities?
Just a thought. Think on it!
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church will be having their Homecoming on January 24th. The service begins at 9:45 and ends with a covered dish meal. The Jordans will be singing and Rev. Charles Asbell will bring the message.
MOVE conference –a great success
Youth from all over Georgia came together for a wonderful time in Macon. 1000 young people were saved, at least 8 of them from our association.
Special Called Executive Committee Meeting
There will be a special called business meeting of the Executive Committee of the Mount Vernon Baptist Association on January 24th @ 2:30pm at the Associational Office. The purpose of this meeting is to hear from the committee on Camp Reed.
Mission Trip Update
The book bag mission trip was a HUGE success. I would like to thank those churches who supported with giving backpacks and those who supported by sending funds to offset the cost of the trip. The Mount Vernon Association was well represented by sending 178 book bags to a ministry which only asked for 100 bags. The extras were well received and passed out to other needy people in the area. I want to thank New Home for driving up and helping with the setup and distribution. The ministry to which book bags were taken supports over 400 clients each month with various clothing, food, and utility assistance in the Wartburg, TN area. I ask that you continue to pray for Mrs. Mary and Storehouse Ministries as they provide a great service to the displaced people of Wartburg, Tennessee. With this being my first mission trip of this sort, I was very pleased with the outpouring of support and prayers that bathed this mission trip. I know all had a great time. Again, it was a great success and a big thank you to God the Father for all the work that He put in this trip.
Rev. David Brown, Josey Baptist Church
Georgia Baptists provided 31,396 backpacks for Appalachia, As a result, there were 1,317 reported professions of faith.
Community Food Bank
The Ministerial Association of Johnson County sponsors a food bank at Brown Memorial Baptist Church each month. Help is needed in the distribution process. If you would like to help please contact the church .