Pastor’s Notes – Bulletin for March 29

Dr J. C. Joiner 2March 29, 2015

 

Today:  Our Church Family Celebrates

56 Years of Gospel Ministry!

Upon this rock I will build my church;

and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matt 16:18).

 

A “SPECIAL THANK YOU” to each of you who have loved your Church as evidenced by your support, have participated in your Church’s ministries / functions, and have promoted your Church to the unsaved and unchurch in Tucson!

 

Tonight:  5th Sunday Fellowship!

Following tonight’s service, let‘s enjoy a delicious Anniversary Cake baked by Kelly Price! What a fitting way to conclude the celebration for the 56 years of opportunity our Lord has given us to be a shining lighthouse of the Gospel, striving together as consistent testimonies of our Savior!

 

 COMING EVENTS:

  • Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 PM – The Lord’s Supper (No Wed. PM Service)
  • April 5 – Easter Sunday
  • Tuesday, April 7 at 11:30 AM – Senior Luncheon (Potluck)
  • April 10th and 11th – Ladies’ Retreat in Phoenix
  • April 16th, 17th, and 18th – Men’s Advance in Fort Thomas
  • May 2 – Ladies’ Luncheon – Fashioned in His Image
  • Wednesday, May 20 – AWANA Awards Night
  • May 27 – AWANA GRAND PRIX – Last night of AWANA till the end of summer.
  • May 31 – Dr. Lou Baldwin: Crossroads Baptist Church (Virginia); Conference on Evangelizing Black America (COEBA)
  • June 1-2 – AIBF Church Planters Conference; Dr. Lou Baldwin
  • June 3 – Kids Peanut Butter Night
  • June 10 – VBS starts – Hot Dogs and Chips
    • (VBS needs: shoe boxes and tubes from paper towels or wrapping paper)
  • June 15-19 – Senior Camp / July 6-10 – Junior Camp

The Lord’s Supper: Tuesday, March 31, 7 PM

We hold that the Bible is the final / absolute authority on every issue of life, including theology and doctrine. We are Bible believers here, and every Bible believer must not only know sound doctrine (2 Tim 4:3), but also conform unreservedly. Of great importance is the doctrine of the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:20). We utterly reject the unbiblical teaching of Catholics / Protestants that this ordinance and other so-called sacraments are essential to gain favor with God for salvation, etc. The Bible teaches that there’s a proper purpose and a meticulous method to administer the Lord’s Supper and such will be my message topic today for both the 10:30AM and 6:00PM services.

New Testament Baptist Church family members have a scriptural obligation to make individual participation in the Lord’s Supper a priority!  This memorial service for our Lord is one of the most stirring events on the Church calendar.

Please, some specifics. The Lord’s Supper is not an occasion to invite those outside the Church family, such as friends, neighbors, personal family members … we have 207 services each year to accomplish soul winning and edifying and showing ourselves friendly.  This is not an evangelistic service, nor a time for members to enjoy fellowship with each other. This special remembrance shows the Lord’s death till he come (1 Cor. 11:26), and serves as a “once-a-year-personal-introspection” time: but let a man examine himself (1 Cor. 11:28). We’ve always included regular / faithful winter attenders as proxy members while living temporarily in Tucson each year, making NTBC their spiritual home-away-from-home, while agreeing with our doctrinal stand and convictions. (It’s superfluous and redundant to ask and receive church letters every year)

In the next several days, let all of us prayerfully prepare our hearts and then partake of the Lord’s Supper. Fasting is appropriate, however, food abstinence is an individual choice. The service will start promptly at 7 PM, and will be accomplished without preliminary music, announcements, preaching.

Be early, spending quality time for personal meditation with our Lord while keeping conversation with other members to a minimum. Families are asked to sit together.  Parents, it is your responsibility to determine the Scriptural appropriateness of your children’s participation … have they been saved and baptized?

Please give special attention today to my messages on this essential Bible doctrine of the Lord’s Supper (New Testament) that replaced the Passover (Old Testament).                                                                                                          Pastor Joiner

 

~ No Wednesday Night Service ~

As per usual, with the Lord’s Supper on Tuesday night, this week only we forego the regular midweek Wednesday night service.  However, Saturday morning (9:30) is set aside as a visitation opportunity to win souls and to invite folks to our Easter Sunday services an April 5th.

Be here tonight at 6 PM to hear

the Word of God preached.


REFORMERS UNANIMOUS

Meets Friday nights from 7 – 9:30 PM

Sundays at 9:30 AM

Addictions, Recovery, Discipleship, Small Groups, Bible Curriculum

This program is designed to benefit all Christians.

 

NTBC Theme for 2015

Keep Faith Pristine In Twenty Fifteen”

 

‘Keep Faith Pristine in Twenty Fifteen’ is based on 2 Timothy 4:7I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.  

 

NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH

FOR 56 YEARS …

                                PREACHING the BIBLE

                                                … the WHOLE BIBLE

                                                                … and NOTHING but the BIBLE!

 

NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH

2855 N. Craycroft Rd. Tucson, AZ  85712

Church Office Phone: 327-5938

Dr. J. C. Joiner, Pastor

Pastor@ntbctucson.org

Rev. Carroll Frankland, Assoc. Pastor

Carroll@ntbctucson.org

Jamie Frankland, Children / Activities Coordinator

Jacque Joiner, Ladies Ministries

Ron Cox, Reformers Unanimous (Ph. 248-5216)

Ron@ntbctucson.org

_________________________________

 

Sunday Services at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, & 6 PM

Wednesday Services at 7 PM

(AWANA & Youth Ministries at 6:30 PM)

Ladies Bible Study: Thursdays at 10 AM

Reformer Unanimous: Fridays at 7 PM

Visitation: Saturdays at 9:30 AM

After each service, audio is available

on our web site:

www.ntbctucson.com

Pastor’s Notes – Bulletin for March 22

Dr J. C. Joiner 2March 22, 2015

Next Sunday Our Church Family Celebrates

56 Years of Gospel Ministry!

 

Pop Culture “Makeover” Of America’s Churches

Every local Church in the history of Christianity has a “shelf-life” – the survival time between its biblical inception and its ineffectiveness when worldly influences gain control. As your Pastor, I am glad to report that for over a half-century we have not submitted to the current destructive pop culture makeover of the nation’s churches.

Pop culture reduces everything – education, politics, even religion – to entertainment. Pleasure-crazed-citizens who are turned to spectators – conditioned by television and consumerism, – have to be subjected to ever higher doses of stimulation; otherwise, they become paralyzed by “boredom.”

The simplicity of the Gospel message has become boredom to the mentality of the last several generations of Americans. For this reason, charismatics and evangelicals and even some fundamentalists – claiming to be all things to all men – present a compromised message with a pop culture makeover. Result: this justifies living a pop culture lifestyle outside the Church and feelings of satisfaction since pop culture in the form of contemporary music entertainment  and psychobabble  preaching inside the church is now common and acceptable.

However, God’s people must distinguish between the holy and profane (Ez.22:26, 44:23).  By biblical definition, pop culture would be described as profane, unclean. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing … (2 Cor. 6:17).

Pop culture entertainment is inappropriate behavior inside the local Church … that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Tim 3:15).  In spite of sincerity and good intentions, a pop culture entertainment makeover is never suitable in a Bible believing Church!

Coming Events:

  • March 29 – Anniversary Sunday – 56 Years
  • March 29 at 6:00 PM – Fifth Sunday Fellowship
    • We will be having cake and refreshments.
  • Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 PM – The Lord’s Supper (No Wed. PM Service)
  • April 5 – Easter Sunday
  • Tuesday, April 7 at 11:30 AM – Senior Luncheon (Potluck)
  • April 10th and 11th – Ladies’ Retreat in Phoenix
  • April 16th, 17th, and 18th – Men’s Advance in Fort Thomas
  • May 2 – Ladies’ Luncheon – Fashioned in His Image
  • Wednesday, May 20 – AWANA Awards Night
  • May 27 – AWANA GRAND PRIX – Last night of AWANA till the end of summer.
  • May 31 – Dr. Lou Baldwin: Crossroads Baptist Church (Virginia); Conference on Evangelizing Black America (COEBA)
  • June 1-2 – AIBF Church Planters Conference; Dr. Lou Baldwin
  • June 3 – Kids Peanut Butter Night
  • June 10 – VBS starts – Hot Dogs and Chips
  • June 15-19 – Senior Camp / July 6-10 – Junior Camp

 TONIGHT AT SIX

Be here tonight at 6 PM to hear

the Word of God preached.

The children are practicing for a drama called Colby’s Missing Memory.

 

REFORMERS UNANIMOUS

Meets Friday nights from 7 – 9:30 PM

Sundays at 9:30 AM

 

NTBC Theme for 2015

Keep Faith Pristine In Twenty Fifteen”

‘Keep Faith Pristine in Twenty Fifteen’ is based on 2 Timothy 4:7I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.  

To keep the faith” is to claim the promises in God’s Word and apply them to my particular problems. “To keep the faith” is confidence in God’s faithfulness to me in an uncertain world, on an uncharted course, through an unknown future.

 

NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH

FOR 56 YEARS …

                                PREACHING the BIBLE

                                                … the WHOLE BIBLE

                                                                … and NOTHING but the BIBLE!

 

NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH

2855 N. Craycroft Rd. Tucson, AZ  85712

Church Office Phone: 327-5938

Dr. J. C. Joiner, Pastor

Pastor@ntbctucson.org

Rev. Carroll Frankland, Assoc. Pastor

Carroll@ntbctucson.org

Jamie Frankland, Children / Activities Coordinator

Jacque Joiner, Ladies Ministries

Ron Cox, Reformers Unanimous (Ph. 248-5216)

Ron@ntbctucson.org

_________________________________

 

Sunday Services at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, & 6 PM

Wednesday Services at 7 PM

(AWANA & Youth Ministries at 6:30 PM)

Ladies Bible Study: Thursdays at 10 AM

Reformer Unanimous: Fridays at 7 PM

Visitation: Saturdays at 9:30 AM

After each service, audio is available

on our web site:

www.ntbctucson.com

Pastor’s Notes – Bulletin for March 15

Dr J. C. Joiner 2March 15, 2015

“A NAME ABOVE EVERY NAME”

He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30)

Our society most certainly worships and adores its heroes.  Little wonder then, that athletes delight in seeing their names become household words, that stage and screen personalities strive for as much publicity as possible, and that business tycoons have their names inscribed on products and buildings. Politicians are always seeking public attention. Even Christians get caught up in exalting prominent preachers and religious celebrities. But there is a problem with all of this – it elevates man and not God.

How unlike John the Baptist!  Multitudes attended his ministry in the wilderness of Judea, and his fame spread throughout the country surrounding the Jordan River.  Yet quoting Isaiah, he was most content to say, “I am only a voice.” (John 1:23)  Confronted by the crowd, John faithfully pointed to Christ, saying, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)  He wanted them to remember Jesus the Christ, not John the Baptist!

May we also exalt the name of our dear Lord, the One that God the Father has highly exalted.  His name is the name to remember.  The name of Jesus is a curse word is this secular, humanistic world of unsaved; but to born-again, Bible believers, His “name is above every name.” (Phil 2:9)

 

Applying Scripture to Each Circumstance

A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space with a meter. Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have circled the block 10 times. If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses.”  When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note “I’ve circled this block for 10 years. If I don’t give you a ticket I’ll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation.”

Thoughts on Two Types of Marriages:

  • Marriage needs to be reinforced in this culture, not redefined by politicians.
  • New Testament Christians are described as the Bride of Christ.

Question: Are you married to the Bridegroom, or do you just “date” Him for an hour on the weekends?

Gospel Tracts

We have an assortment of Gospel tracts in the foyers. Please pick up some to distribute this week. We have a nice ‘Thank You’ tract to leave with your tip when you are eating in a restaurant.

 COMING EVENTS:

  • March 21 at noon – Memorial service for Joshua Sawtelle
  • March 29 – Anniversary Sunday – 56 Years
  • March 29 at 6:00 PM – Fifth Sunday Fellowship (Potluck)
    • This potluck will be part of our 56th Anniversary celebration. We would like for all of our church family to be present for this. The church will be providing the refreshments and desserts.
  • Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 PM – The Lord’s Supper (No Wed. PM Service)
  • April 5 – Easter Sunday
  • April 10th and 11th – Ladies’ Retreat in Phoenix
  • April 16th, 17th, and 18th – Men’s Advance in Fort Thomas
  • May 2 – Ladies’ Luncheon – Fashioned in His Image
  • May 27 – AWANA GRAND PRIX – Last night of AWANA till the end of summer.
  • May 31 – Dr. Lou Baldwin: Crossroads Baptist Church (Virginia); Conference on Evangelizing Black America (COEBA)
  • June 1-2 – AIBF Church Planters Conference; Dr. Lou Baldwin
  • June 3 – Kids Peanut Butter Night
  • June 10 – VBS starts – Hot Dogs and Chips
  • June 15-19 – Senior Camp / July 6-10 – Junior Camp

TONIGHT AT SIX

Be here tonight at 6 PM to hear

the Word of God preached.

The children are practicing for a drama called Colby’s Missing Memory.

REFORMERS UNANIMOUS

Meets Friday nights from 7 – 9:30 PM

Sundays at 9:30 AM

  

NTBC Theme for 2015

Keep Faith Pristine In Twenty Fifteen”

‘Keep Faith Pristine in Twenty Fifteen’ is based on 2 Timothy 4:7I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.  

To keep the faith” is to claim the promises in God’s Word and apply them to my particular problems. “To keep the faith” is confidence in God’s faithfulness to me in an uncertain world, on an uncharted course, through an unknown future.

 

NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH

FOR 56 YEARS …

                                PREACHING the BIBLE

                                                … the WHOLE BIBLE

                                                                … and NOTHING but the BIBLE!

 

NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH

2855 N. Craycroft Rd. Tucson, AZ  85712

Church Office Phone: 327-5938

Dr. J. C. Joiner, Pastor

Pastor@ntbctucson.org

Rev. Carroll Frankland, Assoc. Pastor

Carroll@ntbctucson.org

Jamie Frankland, Children / Activities Coordinator

Jacque Joiner, Ladies Ministries

Ron Cox, Reformers Unanimous (Ph. 248-5216)

Ron@ntbctucson.org

_________________________________

 

Sunday Services at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, & 6 PM

Wednesday Services at 7 PM

(AWANA & Youth Ministries at 6:30 PM)

Ladies Bible Study: Thursdays at 10 AM

Reformer Unanimous: Fridays at 7 PM

Visitation: Saturdays at 9:30 AM

After each service, audio is available

on our web site:

www.ntbctucson.com

Pastor’s Notes – Bulletin for March 8

Dr J. C. Joiner 2March 8, 2015

NTBC Theme for 2015

Keep Faith Pristine In Twenty Fifteen”

‘Keep Faith Pristine in Twenty Fifteen’ is based on 2 Timothy 4:7I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.  

To keep the faith” is to claim the promises in God’s Word and apply them to my particular problems. “To keep the faith” is confidence in God’s faithfulness to me in an uncertain world, on an uncharted course, through an unknown future.

Reformers Unanimous

Ten Principles

The following principles were developed by Steven Curington from the Bible to help those struggling with sin to have victory, especially over stubborn habits. Meditating on these principles and verses from the Scriptures can help all of us overcome sin in our lives. Many of our students each have a favorite principle that has helped them overcome a stubborn habit. Note that pride, apathy, anger, some forms of depression and a bitter spirit, etc. may also be stubborn habits. Please read through these principles. Maybe one of them will help you be an overcomer.

  1. If God’s against it, so am I! Gal 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
  2. Every sin has its origin in our hearts. Prov 4:23 reads, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
  3. It is easier to keep the heart clean than to clean it after it has been defiled. Prov 22:3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. Prov 6:27-28  Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?  Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
  4. We cannot fight a fleshly appetite by indulging in it. Ecclesiastes 5:10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.
  5. Small compromises lead to great disasters. (Otherwise known as little sins lead to big sins) Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
  6. Those who do not love the Lord will not help us serve the Lord John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
  7. Our sinful habits do hurt those who follow us. Romans 14:7 says…For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
  8. It is not possible to fight a fleshly temptation with fleshly weapons. II Corinthians 10:3-5 says…For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every though to the obedience of Christ. I John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
  9. We lose our freedom to choose when we give in to temptation. Our consequences are inevitable and incalculable and up to God. Proverbs 20:17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.  9:17-18 indicates that …Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.  But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell. Prov. 5:21 says…For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
  10. God balances guilt with blame. Accept the blame for your actions and god will remove the guilt. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

REFORMERS UNANIMOUS

Meets Friday nights from 7 – 9:30 PM

Sundays at 9:30 AM

Today’s bulletin emphasizes a program that has been a great blessing to our church. RU has been a ministry of New Testament Baptist Church since 2006. RU is dedicated to winning the lost to Christ and helping Christians grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through its curriculum, teaching, small groups, service, etc.

Besides the ten principles, another major study that RU does is that of the fruits of the Spirit. Many businesses and government agencies today spend a lot of time and money investing in their people to develop their Interpersonal Communication Skills (IPC). God has giving us through the Holy Spirit and through the Word of God skills that will better help us communicate with God and others. These are the fruits of the Spirit. It is important that we put time and effort into letting God develop these fruits in our lives.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 Coming Events:

  • March 21 at noon – Memorial service for Joshua Sawtelle
  • March 29 – Anniversary Sunday – 56 Years
  • March 29 at 6:00 PM – Fifth Sunday Fellowship (Potluck)
    • This potluck will be part of our 56th Anniversary celebration. We would like for all of our church family to be present for this. The church will be providing the refreshments and desserts.
  • Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 PM – The Lord’s Supper (No Wed. PM Service)
  • April 5 – Easter Sunday
  • April 10th and 11th – Ladies’ Retreat in Phoenix
  • April 16th, 17th, and 18th – Men’s Advance in Fort Thomas
  • May 31 – Dr. Lou Baldwin: Crossroads Baptist Church (Virginia); Conference on Evangelizing Black America (COEBA)
  • June 1-2 – AIBF Church Planters Conference; Dr. Lou Baldwin
  • June 15-19 – Senior Camp / July 6-10 – Junior Camp

TONIGHT AT 6:00 pm

Be here tonight at 6 PM to hear the Word of God preached.

The children are practicing for a drama called Colby’s Missing Memory.


Gospel Tracts

We have an assortment of Gospel tracts in the foyers. Please pick up some to distribute this week. We have a nice ‘Thank You’ tract to leave with your tip when you are eating in a restaurant.

 

NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH

FOR 56 YEARS …

                                PREACHING the BIBLE

                                                … the WHOLE BIBLE

                                                                … and NOTHING but the BIBLE!

 

NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH

2855 N. Craycroft Rd. Tucson, AZ  85712

Church Office Phone: 327-5938

Dr. J. C. Joiner, Pastor

Pastor@ntbctucson.org

Rev. Carroll Frankland, Assoc. Pastor

Carroll@ntbctucson.org

Jamie Frankland, Children / Activities Coordinator

Jacque Joiner, Ladies Ministries

Ron Cox, Reformers Unanimous (Ph. 248-5216)

Ron@ntbctucson.org

_________________________________

 

Sunday Services at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, & 6 PM

Wednesday Services at 7 PM

(AWANA & Youth Ministries at 6:30 PM)

Ladies Bible Study: Thursdays at 10 AM

Reformer Unanimous: Fridays at 7 PM

Visitation: Saturdays at 9:30 AM

After each service, audio is available

on our web site:

www.ntbctucson.com

Joshua Sawtelle Memorial Service – Eulogy

Josh Sawtelle 2Joshua Brent Sawtelle

Birthday – September 28th

Promoted to glory-         2-27-15

Memorial service to be held at New Testament Baptist Church, Tucson; on Saturday, March 21st at Noon.

Josh was a student, with an Associate’s degree in Business from Pima Community College. He had been attending NAU in Flagstaff in the Business Program. He had taken the Spring 2015 semester off, but continued working at the Safeway in Flagstaff where he was the Assistant Manager of Produce.

Josh trusted Christ as his Savior when he was a boy and we trust that he is now, according to God’s Word, in Heaven.  Growing up he attended New Testament Baptist Church in Tucson, and worked as an usher during main church services, as well as helping with the pre-school children on Sunday evenings.

He was known to all as a good and faithful friend, a hard worker, and also as a man who never brought his own problems into his relationships with others. He was a loving son and sibling, and a young man with a persistent positive outlook on life.

His Mom and Dad, brother and sister, relatives, friends, and co-workers will cherish many good memories of Josh.

Josh loved the outdoors, and was an avid skier, hiker, and disc golf participant. He was a wiz with computers and had built a tower computer from scratch, with a water cooled CPU that was ‘state of the art’ in computer hardware. He was an avid on-line gamer at one point, but school and work had priority. He loved living in Flagstaff, and had been using his season pass at Snowbowl regularly -20 times this season! On February 19th he and his roommate were driving in Utah on route to meet his Dad, sister, and brother to ski at Snowbasin, when he was severely injured in a car accident. He never recovered from the injuries.

He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by his Dad – Craig, Mom – Karin, Sister – Rebecca, and Brother – Daniel; and of course by all of his extended family, friends, and NTBC Church family!

In lieu of flowers, if you would like to do something in Josh’s memory – Donations can be made to:

New Testament Baptist Church- Tucson – c/o Missions Budget

or

Food For the Hungry www.fh.org

Letter from Craig Sawtelle

Dear friends and family,
Early Friday morning Josh completely moved into the mansion that the Lord had prepared for him.
We will so miss him!
Joshua Brent Sawtelle   (Born 9-28-91 > Promoted 2-27-15)
He was an awesome son, and as the Lord lent him to us for 23 years, Karin and I were privileged to be his mother and father. He will be truly missed by his sister Rebecca (Becca) and his younger brother Daniel.
He brought optimism, energy and enthusiasm to everyone he touched. He was a blessing to all who knew him! He was a friend and companion. He was a very special young man.
For all who knew Josh, he will be deeply missed.
 He had many friends who will miss him and cherish his memory!
Josh Sawtelle 2
 Josh Sawtelle 1
We are still in a decision process about timing for the Memorial Service. It will be held at the New Testament Baptist Church here in Tucson sometime in the next few weeks. I will be asking the Web page coordinator to put something up to announce the service time.
Some of you are aware that our son Josh (23) was in a very serious car accident on last Thursday, very early in the morning (2/19), as he and his friend Tyler traveled to meet his brother Daniel, his sister Becca, and I to go skiing in the SLC area. His friend Tyler and Josh had planned to arrive at snow basin early enough in the day to ski most of Thursday afternoon.
The accident occurred at about 4:30 am in the morning. Tyler survived the terrible collision with the rear end of a double “belly rig” tractor trailer that had stopped when it’s brakes locked up. The rear end of the truck had turned into the southbound lane and the rear ‘belly” had occluded the northbound lane at about a 45 degree angle. Tyler said that the crash occurred immediately after they passed the lights of the truck, about 10 miles east of Kanab Utah on Rt 89 northbound, and they never saw the rear end in their lane. Tyler is recovering from whiplash and knee-hip injuries.
Josh was driving and sustained serious head trauma on the left side of his head and face, and was airlifted from King County Hospital to Dixie RMC in St George Utah, where he arrived about 3 hours following the accident.
He was stabilized enough to undergo the MRI late Tuesday.
The MRI results came back, and we consulted with the neurosurgeon on Wednesday afternoon.
Our family made the difficult decision to remove him from the machines that were keeping him alive on Wednesday afternoon. His body ceased to function early this morning (2/27),
Josh was a believer and had trusted Christ as his Savior, so we believe that he was with the LORD in heaven immediately following the accident. His body ceased to function early this morning (2/27). Rom 10:9; Jn 3:16
We are deeply saddened by this tragic event and trial.
We will miss Josh terribly and we are claiming GOD’s promise that we will be united with Josh once again!
Please feel free to forward this to all those who may want to know about Josh’s transition to GLORY !

Pastor’s Notes – Bulletin for March 1

Dr J. C. Joiner 2March 1, 2015

Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous:

for praise is comely for the upright.  (Psalm 33:1)

Are We to Have “Fun” In God’s House?

Should “Entertainment” Be Part of a Church Service?

The words “fun” and “entertainment” are never mentioned in the Bible. However, related activities called “revellings” and “playing” in Scripture receive condemnation!

Alarmingly, there is growing emphasis today in most churches and para-church organizations to provide “entertainment” and “fun” at worship time for their members, especially for teenag­ers and young adults, because that’s what the world offers them and that’s what they want. Liberal church leaders state that this is the way to reach youth and keep them.  It may be both sincere and popular, but neither the Lord nor the writers of Scripture ever told us to do so. Has “entertainment” and “fun-times” methodology been held in reserve by the Lord just for the youth of this generation?  I think not!  God is no respecter of persons.

Actually, the family of God has something far better, more effective, and more lasting than “entertainment” and “fun” to inspire and challenge them. In Christ, we have genuine joy!  A merry heart doeth good like a medicine (Proverbs 17:22). The word merry means “joy,” “rejoicing.” Such an attitude is internal (of the soul), not external (of the flesh).

While the Bible never mentions “fun” per se, it gives many refer­ences to joy and rejoice. thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart (Jer. 15:16).  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory (1 Peter 1:8). These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy remain in you, and that your joy might be full (John 15:11).

In this perverse culture caught up in “fun” and “entertainment,” God’s “truly born-agains” must remove ourselves from that mindset reminding ourselves continually that the Lord Jesus desires that (our) joy might be full.

Spiritual discernment is to understand the difference

between “fun” and “full joy.”

Godliness is to live in “joyful” obedience!

 NTBC Theme for 2015

Keep Faith Pristine In Twenty Fifteen”

 

‘Keep Faith Pristine in Twenty Fifteen’ is based on 2 Timothy 4:7I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.  

To keep the faith” is to claim the promises in God’s Word and apply them to my particular problems. “To keep the faith” is confidence in God’s faithfulness to me in an uncertain world, on an uncharted course, through an unknown future.

 

NTBC Financial Report For 2014

This Annual Document is posted in the East Vestibule for your perusal.

Any questions, please call our bookkeeper,

June Estes. (327-5938)

God has for over 55 years provided for this Ministry though the Tithes & Offerings of the membership!

“Thank You” for consistently giving to your local, family Church!

Our far-reaching Gospel Ministry exists because of the power of God and the faithful support

of His people!

 

COMING EVENTS

  • April 10th and 11th – Ladies’ Retreat in Phoenix
  • April 16th, 17th, and 18th – Men’s Advance in Fort Thomas
  • May 31 – Dr. Lou Baldwin: Crossroads Baptist Church (Virginia); Conference on Evangelizing Black America (COEBA)
  • June 1-2 – AIBF Church Planters Conference; Dr. Lou Baldwin
  • June 15-19 – Senior Camp
  • July 6-10 – Junior Camp


REFORMERS UNANIMOUS

Meets Friday nights from 7 – 9:30 PM

Sundays at 9:30 AM

We are a discipleship / recovery / addictions program with a tremendous curriculum beneficial to all.

We are currently in need of Jr. High / High School leaders.

We have a curriculum called Full Throttle for the Jr. High and High School. We also have a teacher’s lesson book for this class. However, we cannot start the class without the adult leadership.

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH

FOR 55 YEARS …

                                PREACHING the BIBLE

                                                … the WHOLE BIBLE

                                                                … and NOTHING but the BIBLE!

 

NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH

2855 N. Craycroft Rd. Tucson, AZ  85712

Church Office Phone: 327-5938

Dr. J. C. Joiner, Pastor

Pastor@ntbctucson.org

Rev. Carroll Frankland, Assoc. Pastor

Carroll@ntbctucson.org

Jamie Frankland, Children / Activities Coordinator

Jacque Joiner, Ladies Ministries

Ron Cox, Reformers Unanimous (Ph. 248-5216)

Ron@ntbctucson.org

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Sunday Services at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, & 6 PM

Wednesday Services at 7 PM

(AWANA & Youth Ministries at 6:30 PM)

Ladies Bible Study: Thursdays at 10 AM

Reformer Unanimous: Fridays at 7 PM

Visitation: Saturdays at 9:30 AM

After each service, audio is available

on our web site:

www.ntbctucson.com

Sawtelle Family Returns Home Today

Though Josh’s has been “absent from the body and present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8) … his spirit promoted to Glory ! … the Sawtelle family have been in a bedside vigil of his body that now has closure after thirty-six hours. Please continue to pray – this time for journey mercies, physical strength, and the comforting of the Holy Spirit – as this dear mourning family returns home to Tucson later today. Services for Josh are yet to be determined.

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