Pastor’s Notes – Bulletin for December 27

Dr J. C. Joiner 2December 27, 2015

Theme for the New Year:

Anticipating the Return of the King in 2016

Jesus said, “Surely I come quickly.”

Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. (Rev. 22:20)

“Occupy till I come”

Luke 19:12-14 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

This parable about a nobleman and his servants is really about Christ and His servants (us). The citizens of this world hate Christ. The ten pounds was money given to the servants to invest. They would each be accountable to the nobleman for their investments. In expectation of the nobleman’s return they would be earnestly trying to make money for the nobleman. When Jesus returns we will each be accountable to Him for what we have invested our lives in. Many Christians are occupied with many things, so we must evaluate what we occupy ourselves with. When the nobleman told his servants to ‘Occupy’ he meant for them to make a profit for him. He didn’t just want them doing busy work. Jesus wants us to produce fruit for Him (John 15). We must be about the Master’s business even though we live in a world that hates Christ. We can’t let the fear of man keep us from doing what Christ wants us to do. As we anticipate the return of the King in 2016 let’s be occupied with the Lord’s business.

As we approach the new year it is good to evaluate the past year and make commitments to keep doing that which was good and change that which was hurtful and harmful. 1 John 3:3 And every man that hath this hope [the return of Christ] in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.

 

 “Christmas Offering Sunday”

It is not too late to get in on a promised blessing by the Lord Jesus: It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). A Christmas offering is one scriptural approach to worshipping Him.  After all, it’s His birthday that you are supposed to be celebratingHistorically, our Christmas offering has been used to upgrade our Church facilities. The most pressing need this year is reroofing the main auditorium.  Each member of the Church can participate with a timely offering as did the Wise Men who arrived sometime after the events in Bethlehem … “worshipped him … opened their treasures … presented unto him gifts … ”(Matt 2:11). Be sure your children get in on this to understand the real meaning of Christmas – “God so loved that He gave … (John 3:16).

 

A Challenge to Read through the Bible in 2016

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Bible reading schedules have been inserted in each bulletin. If you need extras there are some at the back table. Since “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” shouldn’t we read ‘all scripture’?

While you are reading through the Bible make it personal by asking yourself the following questions. (You will even be more blessed by writing your meditations in a journal.)

  1. Are there examples to follow?
  2. Are there commands to obey?
  3. Are there errors to avoid?
  4. Are there sins to confess and forsake?
  5. Are there promises to claim?
  6. Are there new thoughts about God?
  7. Are there principles to live by?

 

To Our Very Dear

New Testament Baptist Church Family

As we say every year at this very special season of joyful celebration of “God’s Unspeakable Gift” (2 Cor. 9:15), words are inadequate to express our sincere appreciation for your faithful praying, generosity, awesome support, and assertions of love to us during this Year of our Lord, 2015.  And, we’ve been blessed in this ministry of a spiritual family that has had so many to love and to serve! We are not aware of any other Church family that has so thoughtfully and graciously cared for their preacher and wife as you have us. During this glorious Spirit-filled time of year, our prayer is that you and yours will experience His miracles again and again!

Please accept this as a “Christmas Greeting” from us in lieu of a card in your mailbox,

Jacque & Preacher

 

Special New Years’ Service

Wednesday, December 30 at 7:00 PM

January Events:

  • 12 (Tuesday-11:30 am) Harvesters Potluck Luncheon
  • 27-31 Missions Conference (Wednesday through Sunday)
    • Wednesday through Friday Evenings – Missionary speakers
    • Saturday – Men’s Breakfast and Ladies’ Luncheon
    • Sunday – Parade of Flags – Faith Promise Sunday

Relaxed Visitation Schedule

Due to the flurry of seasonal activities of Christmas and New Year’s, we always forgo the organized Church visitation time on Saturday mornings. Therefore, there will be no regular visitation on January 2nd.  In years past, even if we find them at home, we’ve discovered that people are very much pre-occupied with year-end festivities. However, that should not prohibit each of us individually from making personal calls, texting and personal visits to witness for Christ and to invite the unsaved and unchurched to attend our services during this special time of the year.

ruRU ADDICTIONS PROGRAM

MEETS FRIDAY EVENINGS AT 7:00 PM

IN THE RU CLASSROOM.

OUR MISSION –  RU is a biblically based, Christ-centered recovery program designed to rescue, recover, and restore those in addictive behaviors with the power of the victorious hidden life found only in Jesus Christ.  Gal. 2:20; 6:1; 2 Tim. 2:24-26; 1 Cor. 15:57

Note: We will have RU on Christmas Day with a potluck at 6:00 PM.

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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)

Reformer Unanimous: Fridays at 7 PM

After each service, audio is available

on our web site:

www.ntbctucson.com

 

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