We welcomed many visitors as we gathered to worship on Mother’s Day at Mill Creek Baptist Church. Tiffany Hazelton, Sheri White and Ashley White celebrated their birthdays. We honored our mothers for their love, dedication and commitment to their children and families. God bless them. Doug opened our service with prayer, and healing prayers were requested for many.
“Enduring”, a study of 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12, was the adult Sunday school lesson taught by Shelley. The lesson reminded us to “thank God for the example set by faithful believers, that true righteousness will be established at Jesus’ return, and honoring Jesus should be the goal of all believers.”
Rick and Tyrel served as offering attendants, and special praise music came from Jerry, who sang “Sweet Beulah Land”, and Becky and Karen, who sang “In the Garden”. With Susan at the piano, congregational hymns included “Victory In Jesus”.
The text of Sunday’s message was taken from 1 Peter 4:17, “For the time has come when judgment shall begin with the house of God, and if it begin with us first, what will be the end of those who do not not obey the gospel of God?”
“Dwell or Evacuate” was the title of the sermon. Our pastor, Mark Hall, began by talking about the purpose of an embassy. “It is to bring influence in a foreign country for asylum. The flag shows allegiance and it has an ambassador. The embassy can be persecuted, attacked or protested against. Jesus is our authority. The allegiance is the word of God and we are all ambassadors of heaven.
But what happens when there are no ambassadors in our church? In Scripture, Rome had become a matter of possessions, power, and positions. He had become morally bankrupt. The church was blamed when Rome burned down and the Roman Empire descended on the church. The Sky Embassy has been attacked. Peter was told to “stay or evacuate”. Don’t be so focused on what’s going on around you that you forget what God is doing for you. God wants to see how we will react to what is happening around us. We must pray to remain faithful during suffering.” He referred to Christian suffering in 1 Peter 4:12-19.
Brother Mark asked, “How do we commit ourselves to doing good? In 1 Peter 3:13, Peter tells us, “And who is it that will harm you if you become followers of what is good?
Brother Mark told us that we should live in such a way that what people say about us is ashamed of them and not of us. “Instead of throwing stones, offer help, prayers and scriptures to those in need. It all depends on how we treat people and how we show it as Christians. Live in such a way that what they say about you shames them, not you.”
Brother Mark recruited several from the congregation for a little skit about comparing fake news to fake Christians. He told us that sometimes it hits a little closer to home than we want to think. “Do you want the whole truth told about you?” Brother Mark told us that when we do good, people who talk about us should be ashamed.
“We are called Christians because we should look, act and follow Christ. We should want to live by that standard. Hell separates us from God. He does not want that for you. He created heaven for you if you believe in Christ’s salvation for you Anyone can be a Christian when times are good It’s when the tribulation comes that tests our faith How we respond to the tribulation shows our faith and Christianity to others .
Our invitational anthem was “Trust and Obey,” and Doug gave the blessing.
We invite you to worship with us on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. and Bible study on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Mill Creek Baptist Church is located 3 1/2 miles east of Noel, just off Highway 90. .
The opinions expressed are those of the author.