Biblical Reflections... Wow, What a Church! -

 by Pastor John Lindsay Sadler, Jr. 

My favorite place to shop is the grocery store. When Lee and I first visited Wegmans grocery I thought I had died and gone to heaven. What a store! I heard folks in the area talk about the store but I couldn’t appreciate their comments until I visited the store. Once in the store, I realized quickly all the positive hype over this grocery heaven. First, employees on the floor were making the food displays pleasing to the eye. All the items were carefully organized to motivate the customer to walk over to investigate the displayed food. Second, when we asked for help, the floor employee left his station to direct us to our food inquiry. Another two employees explained their product in detail. This aided us in the brand and quantity of our purchase. Finally, the checkout attendee was friendly and asked if we found everything we wanted. Yes, it was a great experience.

While driving home I reflected on the experience and compared it to what people experience at ABC. Do people leave ABC saying, Wow! What a church! Like Wegmans’ employees, are we friendly to everyone, is the product (the Word of God and Music) presented to satisfy the spiritual appetite. Whether in Sunday School, worship, or other group meetings, do we contribute in making our facilities pleasing and presentable, and are we knowledgeable about the church? Let’s examine how we can make ABC a place where everyone will say, Wow, what a place!

1. Every member comes Sundays as a friendly person. We don’t come just to see the people we know, but to introduce ourselves to those we don’t know very well. There is someone here on Sunday’s who need to hear a kind and encouraging word, a pat on the back, or who just need to know that somebody cares about them. Everyone can be friendly.

2. I strive to serve a nourishing spiritual meal during worship through preaching and singing. Worship is the main course on the church menu because it is the main idea throughout Scripture. Worship trumps ministry. Second, if you are a Sunday School teacher or AWANA, or another type of teacher, you come prepared to serve your students through your teaching of a Biblical lesson.

3. Do we contribute to the welfare of ABC? Facilities, salaries, ministries are fulfilled through your generosity. Christians are mandated by Scripture to give cheerfully and generously (II Corth. 9:6-8). This allows the kingdom of God to advance through His church. Christians are disobedient when they are conditional givers. The only reason not to give is if the teaching is heretical and there is immoral behavior that is not addressed. We are to give unconditionally just as Jesus loves us unconditional.

4. How can we become knowledgeable about our church? First, you can take the Discovering Amissville Baptist Course. The class will be offered again. Second, know your new Constitution and Bylaws. Third, attend Ministry Rallies and Member Ministry Meetings. Fourth, and probably most important, serve in some capacity. You are biblically exhorted to exercise your giftedness that has been given you through the Holy Spirit (I Corth. 12:11).

5. Are we a unified church (Ephesians 4, John 17)? Unity in the body of Christ is a key in evangelism. People want a church that is unified, loving, and preaches truth. I praise the Lord for the unity in ABC. I am thankful that we have moved forward together through the many changes. You have been a joy to walk and serve with.

If we strive in these areas, I believe everyone will leave ABC on a Sunday morning saying, Wow, What a church!

Grace to You,

Pastor Lindsay

Xtreme Believers

Doesn’t it seem like summer just started? Now our kids are headed back to school. Time has a way of slipping away from us. The days, the weeks, and the years seem to have a way of slipping through our grasp. When we look back over our summer, can you say that you are closer to God than at the beginning? Our goal for the summer was for our young people’s faith to be real. A faith that works in the real world. Our first few weeks, we met on location in Culpeper. The purpose for meeting on location was not just to have fun eating pizza and ice cream. We wanted our kid’s faith to be something that worked in the real world. We will be ending our summer by visiting homes of families. This a practical way for our kids to be a part of encouraging and growing the body of Christ.


AWANA

Doesn’t it seem like summer just started? Now our kids are headed back to school. Time has a way of slipping away from us. The days, the weeks, and the years seem to have a way of slipping through our grasp. When we look back over our summer, can you say that you are closer to God than at the beginning? Our goal for the summer was for our young people’s faith to be real. A faith that works in the real world. Our first few weeks, we met on location in Culpeper. The purpose for meeting on location was not just to have fun eating pizza and ice cream. We wanted our kid’s faith to be something that worked in the real world. We will be ending our summer by visiting homes of families. This a practical way for our kids to be a part of encouraging and growing the body of Christ.


September Card Ministry - If you know of someone that has been ill or you haven’t seen in a while, please let our September card ministry person - Frances Lawrence know, so that she can send them a card to let them know they are in our thoughts and prayers.

MISSIONS

Missions is back in full swing! Please plan to join us as we discuss new projects and opportunities for the coming year. We meet the first Wednesday of each month. Our first meeting will be held on September 6, at 7:00 pm at the church. New ideas are always welcome. We hope to see you there!


Why God watches

An English bishop recalled a childhood visit to an elderly woman, who showed him a framed text that read “Thou God seest me.”  

The woman told him, “When you’re older, people will tell you that God is always watching you to see when you do wrong, in order to punish you. I don’t want you to think of it that way. Instead, take the text home and remember all your life that God loves you so much he can’t take his eyes off you.”


September

Special Services and Events


September 4 - Labor Day - Church Offices Closed

September 5 - Elder Meeting 6 p.m.

September 6 - Women’s Missions Meetings Resume

September 10 - Upper Room Sunday School Class                                Begins

September 11 - Leadership Meeting - 6:30 p.m.

September 11 - Stewardship Meeting to follow                                    Leadership Meeting

September 13 - Choir Practice Resumes - 6 p.m.

September 13 - Prayer & Bible Study resumes (Study                          of 1st John) - 7 p.m.

September 15 - Newsletter articles due

September 17 - AWANA Resumes - 6 p.m.

September 18 - Pastor Search Team Meeting - 6:30                            p.m.

September 25 - Pastor Search Team Meeting - 6:30                          p.m.

Please note that the Annual Church Picnic has been postponed until further notice.