A “church” is a local assembly of disciples of Jesus Christ who gather to worship Him and accomplish His work. A local church is active, lively, growing, and life giving. So what’s been happening as the disciples of Christ gather at Emmanuel Baptist Church?
Last Sunday was Labor Day weekend. Labor Day weekend is known throughout the church community as a “low” attendance day. Well at EBC we had almost 100! But the fact is we did have several regular families out—some sick and some travelling and we still had a very strong Sunday (we are averaging close to 100). God is growing our church! God continues to bring new families to worship with us. There are several families that have been attending that I believe could be members soon. Our worship experience has also grown too. The music continues to add life to the church and our pointed sermon series have been helpful and life changing! This Sunday I’m continuing the series, “The secret to seeking and finding.” Sermon number 2 will be, “Finding hope in times of difficulty.”
We started a new Wednesday night worship service at EBC in August. God has blessed! We now have active ministries for all ages to include adults, the Resistance youth ministry, the Kids Zone, and a nursery. Since starting this exciting fresh new ministry we have seen the attendance double going from 30 to about 65! The awesome thing is everyone who comes is learning how to know Jesus and make Him known and really getting spiritually recharged! Our theme for September is “Healing from life’s hurts.” This Wednesday I’ll be teaching on this subject: “Healing from Inferiority.”
What’s happening next?
We will be trusting God to do great things in the days ahead. Coming up October 2-4 our church is having something real exciting: a mission’s conference! Our very own Dr. Charles Shoemaker will be our key note speaker, who will inspire and instruct us to have a greater impact for Christ in our community and beyond! This is awesome because we have not had a mission’s conference in years. Plus fulfilling our Lord’s Great Commission to make disciples is our mission.
Well, as the disciples of Christ continue to gather at EBC one thing is certain: God is at work and we are excited to follow Him into the future.
How’s your church life been lately? Have you been blessed and encouraged by the happenings at EBC or your local church? Start the conversation by leaving your comment!
Sunday’s message really spoke to me Pastor Mike…”.sometimes God will not remove us from a trial, because He expects us to endure it…”. Wow! Thanks Pastor!
Miss BJ, That’s awesome! I’m glad God is working in your life. Our God is able to help us endure.