Sunday, September 15 at 6pm will hold Registration/Orientation for PARENTS and Children. Call the church office for more information 401-846-8382.
Sunday, September 8, 6 pm AWANA Leaders/Helpers Meeting
• approve calendar for year and schedule theme nights
• confirm nightly schedule
• review registration form and prices for materials
• plan the registration and orientation evening
• distribute materials and create a list of what is needed
• have Cubbies, Sparks and T&T teams discuss individual plans
Check out this link! http://lifethreads.awana.org/ten-reasons-you-should-be-an-awana-leader
Sunday, September 15, 6 pm AWANA Registration/Orientation for Parents and Children
Teen Challenge Ladies Choir from Providence will be visiting and sharing at Middletown Baptist Church on Sunday July, 7th at 10:30 am. Come and be blessed.
Renovations to the Middletown Baptist Church Sanctuary began April 27, 2013 with the congregation moving pews and pulling up carpet. A crew of professionals and members of the congregation have continued the process of constructing a single level stage, painting, updating sound system and refinishing pews.
We are thankful for God’s provision and eagerly await the joy of worshiping God in a bright and beautiful space.
In Philippians 4:13 the apostle Paul writes, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” But what does that mean? Here at Focus on the Family, our counselors often hear from believers who have become disillusioned in their faith when they feel God isn’t blessing them despite their earnest attempts to serve Him.
In the context of the entirety of Philippians 4, Paul says that our experience of either want or satisfaction is ultimately an internal rather than an external reality. It has less to do with one’s material circumstances than with a certain mental and spiritual attitude. The secret, he explains in verse 11, is contentment, a word which, in the original language, denotes something like “self-sufficiency.” It’s the ability to “make do” in all kinds of situations. His point is that when we have Christ, we have everything. It doesn’t matter if we’re rich or poor, successful or defeated, naked or clothed, homeless or sheltered.
This is the revolutionary perspective that informs Paul’s assertion: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” He is not saying that Christians will never go hungry or suffer want, nor is he claiming that God will protect the believer from every danger. What he is asserting is that, if you belong to Christ, God will enable you to bear the burden whatever your lot may be.
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The Origin of the Church
Last week we defined the word ”church” from the Greek word “ecclesia” and found that in definition and usage it means “assembly”. Any assembly that follows the teaching of the New Testament is by definition a New Testament assembly, There are many assemblies that have wonderful Christian people as members and they are certainly Christian assemblies but if they do not follow the New Testament (e.g. believers immersion, etc.) they are not New Testament assemblies.
So… when did the church begin? In one sense according to Hebrews 12:22-24, its membership began with Adam and Eve and includes all of the redeemed of all of the ages assembled as it were in eternity beyond time. But as a New Testament entity, the church began during the ministry of Jesus. (Yes, I am aware that Matthew 16:18 says “I will build my church”- future tense, but while not yet having begun is understood as a future tense, so also not yet having finished is also future tense because the work will continue until it tis finished). Please note that Jesus speaks of the assembly as a present reality in 18:15-17. Note also that according to I Corinthians 12:28 (where gifts are appointed in the church in ordinal succession) the first gift appointed was “apostles”; compare Matthew 10:1-4: Luke 6:12-16.
Many people believe the New Testament church (assembly!) began on the day of Pentecost, but if that day is the “birthday “of the church, then the church is ten (10) days too late for the Great Commission. The eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee and were assembled there– the first church, as it were to receive the Great Commission as the Lord ascended back to Heaven. The same thing is virtually repeated in Acts 1:12-14; 2:1. They were together- “assembled” in the upper room. They, evidently, had been Scripturally Baptized by John (Acts 1:20-21), Jesus was their Savior, they even had a business meeting!
On the day of Pentecost that 120 member New Testament assembly was baptized by Jesus (Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:7-8, Luke 3:16, John 1:33 , Acts 1:5,8) in the Holy Spirit for power! Therefore that origin of the church was during the ministry of Jesus and the gates of Hell will not ultimately prevail against His local assembly.
“Church” in English
A. Variety of meanings: a building where Christians meet; a denomination: the Church of the Nazarene, The United Methodist Church, Episcopal Church of the USA, etc. ‘ a religious institution i.e. “the separation of church and state”; all Christians in a local area (Acts 9:31– NASB comp Acts 5:11); all believers everywhere– the “universal invisible church”; a local assembly of believers.
B. Background: The English word “church” is based on the Greek work “kuriakon”= “the Lord’s house” – a place where early Christians met. It comes down in German as “kirche,’ in Swedish as “kyrka” and in Scottish as “kirk.” However the English word “church” translates another Greek word: “ekklesia.” The Greek word “ekklesia” means assembly. Taken from “ek” a preposition meaning “out of’ and “kaleo” a verb meaning “to call” it means those who are called out of their homes to assemble at a town meeting to vote on something. It was a political word, originally but it was adapted to any kind of assembly.
C. Theology: The word “assembly” can be use concretely i.e. “the church (assembly) of God which is at Corinth”- II Cor. 1;2; or generically i.e. “ on this rock I will build my church (assembly)”- Matt. 16:18; or prospectively i.e. “That he might present to Himself the church “assembly” in all her glory:- Eph. 5:27. An “assembly’ by its very nature must be local– to assemble means to meet in one place at one time.” “Catholic” (Greek—Kathalikos) is the word for “universal”. It is NEVER found in the New Testament. A ‘universal church’ (assembly) is a contradiction. Something cannot be universal and assembled at the same time. A universal church would be “an unassembled assembly.” (more next week!)
During March and April we are going to be bringing the Resurrection of Jesus into sharp focus. The Pastor is working on a series of sermons related to witnessing to the Resurrection taking passages of Scripture from the Book of Acts as our point of reference.
MAR 4TH 1) WITNESSES OF THE RESSURECTION: Part 1
ACTS 1:21-22; 2:32
MAR 11TH 2) WITNESSES OF THE RESSURECTION: Part 2
ACTS 2:17-20, 25-28, 34-35
MAR 18TH 3) WITNESSES OF THE RESSURECTION POINT TO CHRIST ACTS 2:29-36; 3:11-26; 4:5-12
MAR 25TH 4) WITNESSES OF THE RESSURECTION ARE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT
ACTS 2:1-4; 8:26-40
APRIL 1ST 5) WITNESSES OF THE RESSURECTION ARE BOLD IN THEIR TESTIMONY
As a practical exercise for this series we will be memorizing Scripture, namely, THE ROMAN ROAD which will aid you in the presentation of the Gospel as you witness to the Resurrection.
THE ROMAN ROAD
MAR 4TH ROMANS 3:10,23
MAR 11TH ROMANS 5:8
MAR 18TH ROMANS 6:23 (JOHN 1:12)
MAR 25TH ROMANS 10:9-10, 13
APRIL 1ST ROMANS 1:16
This will be a profitable time in learning how to witness to the Resurrection of Jesus. Plan to be here every Sunday!