This Week’s Need to Know – 04/19/2018

One of the greatest misconceptions about church life is that we “go” to church.  Yes, we gather weekly, and while corporate worship – particularly the preaching of the Word – is important, it is only the beginning of what we as a local church are called to be.  While it is important that we go to church, it is more important that we be the church.  Going to church should fuel us to be the church and empower us to live our faith boldly in a lost and dying world.  In his book, On Pastoring, H. B. Charles says it this way: “A church is made up of those who trust, obey, worship, serve, give, witness, and suffer together as they grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, not just people who show up on Sunday mornings.”  Over the next several weeks, Pastor Aaron, Pastor Tim and other elders will guide us through a series of lessons called [Re]Membership.  The goal will be to help us as a body refocus on who we are and what it means to be a member of Big Woods Bible Church.  Maybe you’ve been reluctant to join our body.  I hope you’ll listen and learn over the next few weeks and realize we’re not interested in adding people to our church roll, rather, we desire to engage people in the task of fulfilling the Great Commision through our local body at Big Woods.  Join us for these discussions at 9:30 on Sunday mornings in the sanctuary.

Last week, Pastor Tim referenced our church covenant in the opening lesson of our [Re]Membership class.  The church covenant is a brief glimpse of what it means to be a church member at Big Woods.  Take time to read over this and ask God to guide you to become everything you need to be in the body of Big Woods.

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God and this assembly most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

We engage, therefore, by the power of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and commitment to Christ; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, doctrines, and discipline; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations; to have a personal ministry in the church, follow the leaders, and be equipped by them; to share the gospel boldly with those inside and outside my circle of relationships and to assist the church’s mission locally and globally.

The New Life Campus Ministry will be hosting several great activities in the very near future.  First, Secret Church begins tomorrow night at 6:30 PM and will conclude at 1:00 AM.  Secret Church is an intense time of Bible study including a time of prayer for our brothers and sisters across the globe who are facing persecution and for those who still have not heard the Gospel.  Then, on Monday night, New Life Campus Ministry will be hosting Michael Suderman from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.  Michael will be presenting a talk on Does God Exist? and will answer questions from those in the audience.  Pray that many students will come and the Gospel will be clearly presented.  Lastly, make a note on your calendar for May 9.  That will be the day we do our annual Midnight Pancakes outreach to the Lock Haven students.  More information will be coming soon regarding how you may participate in that fun event.