Beyond Our Walls

A Hope Filled Future - by Pastor John Lindsay Sadler, Jr.

      And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night. Nehemiah 4:9

During Nehemiah’s rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem, Sanballat and Tobiah are two activists against the Jewish project. Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged and he jeered at the Jews (9:1). And the Ammonite, Tobiah, was beside himself . . . (9:3). In verse 8 we see their plan, And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it.

I attended a church security conference, “Center for Personal Protection and Safety.” This organization not only works with churches, but with businesses, universities, and government agencies. They shared that there are people inside and outside of the church who want to do harm. They would call Sanballat and Tobiah “DLR’s” – people who “don’t look right.” These sad people desire to create an atmosphere of fear and confusion.

In my long tenure as a Senior Pastor, in every church I have served, there have been folks who want to derail the progress of the church. Like the two agitators in Nehemiah’s day, these present-day folks have frustration, irritation, retaliation, exasperation. In other words, they desire to ignite a firestorm within the church to inhibit the forward advancement of the kingdom of God.

How does a church protect themselves from these inciters? The church should follow Nehemiah’s example – pray and guard or watch. We pray for God’s protection over the church, but also, we are to watch out to see if there are those who want to harm us.

When we see or hear of someone who wants to stall the church from building its wall of worship, ministry, and evangelism to advance God’s kingdom, either we confront the individual privately or share the person’s attitude with the leadership. We are to guard the ministry of the church against such people.

The conference I attended had this advice: 1. Work from a mindset of awareness. (Be on guard or watch for)

2. Don’t ignore behavior of concerns. (Like Tobiah and Sanballat)

3. Learn how to recognize and diffuse potentially harmful actions or violent situations.

4. Alert church leaders to concerns.

5. Have a plan and rehearse your plan.

ABC has already begun gathering quotes for new church doors, securing the nursery and toddler area, upgrading camera equipment, and gathering church security information that we can implement in our church.

May we continue to pray for God’s protection and may we be proactive in protecting our church, growing in Christ, and evangelizing our community.



Pastor Lindsay

Missions News

The Annie Armstrong week of Prayer for North American Missions will begin on March 4th. Your prayers and financial support through Annie Armstrong Easter Offering are critical provisions for the North American Missionaries. Our goal this year is $4,000.00. Please know that 100% of your gifts support North American Missionaries.

The following are just a few facts from areas around North America and the missionaries that are working to change them with your support.

- 9 out of 10 people in Las Vegas don’t know Jesus. - Heiden and Neena Ratner

- East St. Louis has one of the highest murder rates in the United States. - Kempton and Caryn Turner

- Only 4% of New Yorkers identify as evangelical. Taylor and Susan Field.

Amissville Baptist Church will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24th from 1 -3:30 p.m at the Amissville Fire and Rescue Department grounds. The children will hunt for eggs and then hear the marvelous story of Christ’s resurrection from Pastor Lindsay. Please see Bonnie Bower or Marcy Finney for details and sign up in foyer if you would like to help. 

Musical Notes

On Sunday, March 11 during the morning service, the Rejoicers’ Choir will be presenting Christ the Lord is Risen Today. Using hymns and modern worship songs and intertwining moving narration, this musical brings to life the powerful story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

On Sunday March 25 during the morning service, the Adult Choir will present Blessed Redeemer which celebrates the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross. This is a powerful presentation of the cross, the resurrection and the lordship of Jesus in our lives as were follow Him.