Sermon Recap for 11/7/2021:
Title: Pursuing Sanctified Sexuality
Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Reminder of God’s call to sanctified sexuality
- 1 Thessalonians 4:1–3
What is sexual immorality?
- 1 Thessalonians 4:3
- Porneia— “any form of illicit sexual behavior. Any sexual activity that deviates from the monogamous relationship between a husband and wife is immoral by God’s standard.” John MacArthur
How do I abstain from sexual immorality?
- Desire a Greater Pleasure — To Know, Worship, and Love God
- 1 Thessalonians 4:4-6
- Mark 7:20-23
- Love People
- 1 Thessalonians 4:4-6
- Utilize God’s Resources
- 1 Thessalonians 4:4
- Practice the Put Off and Put On Principle
- Colossians 3: 5,7–8,12,14
- Participate in Accountable Community
- Galatians 6:1-2
- Prayerfully Walk by the Spirit
- 1 Thessalonians 4:4–8
- Galatians 5:16,22-23a
It was great to see everyone this past Wednesday for Family Meal Night! Even a collapsing table couldn’t squash the fun and fellowship we had while enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with all the trappings! Special thanks go to:
- Kim Lewis for making his delicious ice cream (Who knew “Cow Tracks” could be so delicious?)
- Oma Randall for making the pumpkin spice cookies
- Noah Diggs for sharing some of his pumpkin spice macarons! (Noah has his own baking business. If you’re interested in utilizing any of his talents this holiday season, be sure to let him know!)
- Linda Pullen, Darlene Hardy, Linda Lowry, Karen Evans, Rachel Staalsen, Elizabeth Reynolds, Cathy & Gary Spurlock, and all the others who helped prepare and serve the meal
- Sue Hunt, Mike Hogue, and Heather & Jeremy Boyce for helping with all the set up and clean up
You all make serving the Lord fun!!!
Shout out to all the ladies who took a chance and “rolled the dice” at our MBC Women’s BUNCO event last Saturday night! Congrats to Jennifer Fryar–our big winner–and Erin Roberts–who won a prize for being the biggest loser! We hope to have this event again sometime early in the new year! Special thanks to those who donated items for our prize baskets including Kellie Gilbert, Mary Wyrtzen, Paula Martin, Leah Austin, Michelle Rose, and Linda BeVier. Check out the Women of MBC Facebook page to get the recipes for some of the delicious treats we devoured! Not a member of the Women of MBC Facebook page??? Request to join through Facebook and I’ll add you ASAP!
Remember! If you have questions you would like Pastor Matt to answer as part of this sermon series on Sanctified Sexuality, please send them to us! You can text them anonymously to 254-655-5424, or email them to me by clicking here.
After over seven months of training, our second class of MBC Into His Presence Mental Health Coaches graduates this Sunday, November 14th! While coaches are not counselors, they do function as mentors and listeners. They are also careful to refer those who need more professional services out for help. Please let us know how MBC’s Into His Presence Mental Health Coaching ministry can come alongside you to help meet your needs for mental health support. Click here to contact the church office to find out how you can be paired up with a mental health coach for free.
Manna House Angel Tree
Join us as we partner with Manna House to bless families with children in need this Christmas! Pick up an Angel Tree tag from the display in the Hub starting Sunday, November 21st. Make sure to have your gifts back to the church by Wednesday, December 8th. Click here to contact Mary Curry for more information about Manna House’s Angel Tree ministry.
Church Office Holiday Closure
Church offices will be closed November 22-27th in honor of Thanksgiving. If you have an emergency, and need to contact one of the pastors or staff, please email the church office by clicking here.
Venus Prison Ministry
A team of individuals and families will pack Christmas gift bags for the offenders at the Sanders Estes Correctional Facility on Saturday, December 18th starting at 9am. Mark your calendars now and join us for this fun, family Christmas activity. Click here to contact Bill Curry for more information about the Venus Prison Ministry.
MBC Men are beginning a new Wednesday night Bible study on Genesis! Join leader Brent Johnson and other men for a time of Bible study and sharing Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8pm.
Have a wonderful weekend, and I hope to see you all on Sunday!
In service to Him and to you!
Date: July 11, 2021:
Title: The Battle is not Yours
Passage: 2 Chronicles 20:1-30
2 Chron 17: 3-6; 2 Chron 18:28-34; 2 Chron 19:5-7
5 Keys to Winning the Battle
1. Start with Prayer
Verses: 2 Chron 20:1-12
Use TACS as a model (Thanksgiving, Adoration, Confession, Supplication)
2. Admit you are Powerless
Verses: 2 Chron 20:12; 1 Cor 10:12; Rom 7:18; 2 Cor 12:9; Heb 12:1-2
Join a group like Re:Generation
3. Trust in God’s Promises
Verses: 2 Chronicles 20:13-20; Ephesians 6:10-13; Romans 4:20-25
4. Lead with Praise
Verses: 2 Chron 20:21; Acts 16:24–25; Eph 5:15, 19; Heb 13:15–16; Psalm 5:11; Neh 8:10b; 1 Thess 5:16–18
5. Witness God’s Provision
Verses: 2 Chronicles 20:22-30; Romans 8:31-39
Conclusion: 1 Corinthians 15:57–58
Mike probably doesn’t even know this, but here is the one question I missed on the written portion of the Nebraska Driver’s License exam back in 1989:
Question: When a car with bright headlights comes toward you at night you should:
- A. Look toward the right edge of your lane
- B. Move onto the shoulder
- C. Look below the lights
- D. Flash your bright lights at the oncoming car
(Side note: I remember this because I am a perfectionist and missing a question made me bitter.)
I chose option D—“Flash your bright lights at the oncoming car” probably because this is what I had watched my parents do hundreds of times growing up. The correct answer was A—for the reason Mike mentioned in his sermon: we are often led by our eyes.
What a great reminder this example is to lead with praise! When I try and face an oncoming “horde” by staring them down and flashing the bright lights of my own effort at them, I am doomed to fail. By leading with praise, I’m basically forcing my gaze on the One who is in control. Not only is God in control, He is good. We can trust Him. Sometimes it’s hard to step out in faith, but when our eyes are correctly focused on Jesus, right actions will follow.
So the next time you’re facing a “horde” that makes you feel overwhelmed, get your praise on and lead out with song! If it helps, you can even picture yourself singing along with Zeke as he busts out sic beats for the Lord.
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Save the Dates!
We have so many announcements to get out to you, I thought I’d just list them bullet-style!
TOMORROW, Friday, July 16th @ 6:30pm MBC Kids Parents’ Night Out (Must RSVP by tonight, July 15th at midnight). Come drop your kiddos (ages 0-5th grade) off at the church. They will enjoy a dinner of pizza and fun, Olympic-themed activities! Cost is only $7 per child and any proceeds will toward supporting Manna House’s Back-to-School supply drive. If you have a Connect@MBC account, you can click here to register.Sunday,
July 18th—Baptism Sunday & Summer Identity Bible Study. The Summer Identity Bible Study meets in the Middle School room @ 6pm. Contact Jeff Thompson for more info (click here). Sunday, July 25th from 6-8pm–Last meeting of the Summer Identity Bible Study in the Middle School room.
Wednesday, August 4th, 6:30-8:30pm—MBC Kids Family Night: Back to School Splash Bash! Come for hot dogs and water activities. Sign up using your Connect@MBC account by clicking here. If you don’t have a Connect@MBC account, please reply to this email, and I’ll get you set up with one!
Friday, August 6th-Saturday August 7th—MBC Students High School “Movin’ On Up” lockin event. More details to come!
Sunday, August 8thSay YES! Sunday and church picnic! This is when we invite you all to connect with the body here at MBC. Opportunities to serve include: working with our precious MBC Kids and Students, volunteering as a greeter, making coffee before the service, singing or playing an instrument on the worship team, mowing and/or helping us care for the church grounds, assisting with the maintenance of the church building, operating sound and video equipment as part of the AV team, taking part in local outreach opportunities and more! We’ll provide boxed lunches to all who attend, and we’ll have an indoor church picnic afterward.
Wednesday, August 11th—MBC Students Middle School “Movin’ On Up” night at EPIC Waterpark in Grand Prairie.
More details to come.
Friday, August 13th, 6:30-8:30pm MBC Kids Parents’ Night Out: Nerf Gun War!
Drop your kids off for a fun evening of pizza and Nerf activities! Cost is $7 per child. Any proceeds benefit Manna House. Must preregister by Thursday, August 12th. Click here to register using your Connect@MBC account.
Saturday, August 14th , from 9am-9:30pm The City of Midlothian Mayor’s “Back-to-School Bash” @ the Midlothian Multipurpose Stadium.
Our church will have a booth at the bash and we’d love to have you and your family volunteer to love on members of the community. Email me by clicking here, and I’ll get you signed up to help.
Sunday, August 15th —Promotion Sunday for all kids and students, K-12th grade.
Wednesday, August 25th, 6:30-8pm—All Wednesday Night Ministries will kick off! Sign up now using your Connect@MBC account for Re:Generation and Re|Engage. Otherprograms do not require registration. Childcare provided through MBC Kids CrossKids ministry.
Friday, August 27th from 12-6pm in the MBC sanctuary—Red Cross Blood DriveI heard we used to do these at the church more often. Emma Wabrowetz has stepped up to lead this one, but there really isn’t much we need other than you to come and donate blood. Please help us save physical lives, so that we can then, in turn, save more spiritual lives! (James 2:14-16) Click here to sign up for a spot to donate.
Wednesday, September 1st —FUSE off-campus Student Community Worship night.
More details to come.
Wednesday, September 15th from 5:30-6:30pm—Family Meal Nights return!
Have ideas for what to serve or want to help? Contact me in the office by clicking here.
Phew! That was a lot!!! As always, please respond to this email or call the church office (972-723-0002) if you have any questions.
And don’t forget to lead with praise this next week! I’ll be listening for you!
In service to Him and to you!
|Sermon recap for last week’s message (2/7/21)
Title: Walking in the Will of God
Passage: Acts 16
God’s will for our lives will NEVER contradict His will as revealed in His word.
I don’t have much to add to Mike’s message. You all now know about our terrible “Car Which Shall Not Be Named”–although I’m not sure Mike quite captured my hatred of that vehicle and the struggles it caused to my ongoing sanctification. Be glad for that.
Do you have stories with a similar theme? You feel God leading you to do __________ (fill in the blank). You pray about it earnestly. You feel God leading you in a certain direction. It doesn’t conflict with God’s clear will as revealed in Scripture. You act on what you think was an answer. Then it gets difficult. Then it gets worse. The doubts start. You wonder if you’ve made a mistake. The part of Mike’s message –“Content to be Grilled”— was for you.
Acts 16 describes how Paul and Silas were called by God to Philippi. They listened, obeyed, and did everything right. But when they got there, it was nothing but trouble…not just some inconveniences and annoying circumstances. The “being arrested and locked in stocks” kind of trouble.
Proponents of the “Prosperity Gospel” would say Paul and Silas must have made a mistake. If they were really in “God’s Will,” wouldn’t God have blessed their decision? The answer is a resounding, “NO!” Following God may mean hard times. It may mean suffering. In fact, Paul even says in Philippians (ironically), “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him, but also suffer for his sake…” (Phil 1:29)
Paul and Silas were in the center of God’s will. Just ask the Philippian jailer. Without what happened on his watch and the testimony of Paul and Silas, he and his entire family might never have been saved.
So let me encourage you to hang in there. Maybe this is just a rough patch. However, you need to know it might even get worse. That still doesn’t mean you made a mistake. One consolation is that for the children of God it will get better. You can count on it. It’s just a question of, “When?”
So are you content to be “grilled” for a time here on earth? We were never promised an easy road–even when we’re in the center of God’s will. If you’re struggling with feelings of doubt or other questions, know you’re not alone. Please reach out to us. We’d love to come alongside to pray and support you.
In service to him and to you,
Good afternoon, MBC Friends and Family!
If you were participating in the live-stream of our service yesterday, you probably noticed that the sermon cut off abruptly. It wasn’t you or your computer! It was a problem with our internet provider. Sherri Hatcher, our IT administrator, has already started working to fix this recurring issue, and thankfully Ryan was able to piece a complete service together, so you wouldn’t have to miss the end of Matt’s message–“Growing in the Church.” Click here or copy and paste the link below into your browser window to watch the service in its entirety:
More information of note–
There’s an app for that!
- Next Sunday, we will be launching a new resource for you to use–our own MBC custom app! From this app, you will be able to view sermons, give online, see our church-wide calendar, receive updates and texts, and much more! You can wait until Sunday, but if you want to get a jump on the rest of the congregation, go download the app now! Search the App Store or Google Play on your phone for “Midlothian Bible Church” and try it out! We think you’re going to love it!
- Remember to go to our website and click on the “Resources” tab to download materials to help you celebrate the Advent season with your family!
- Next Sunday, December 2nd, is the last Sunday we will be distributing tags for those who want to participate in Manna House’s Angel Tree project. Please return your unwrapped items no later than Wednesday, December 6th!
- Donate unwanted or unused Christmas cards to the Venus Prison Ministry for offenders to use to send Christmas messages to their families. Leave your cards in the church office and I will get them to Bill Curry! If you want to help assemble gift bags for the 1100 inmates at the Sanders Estes Correctional Facility in Venus, join us in the high school room at 9am on Saturday morning, December 19th. Click here to let me know if you’re planning to come!
- December 16th will be the last time Wednesday evening groups will meet in 2020. All groups will resume on January 9th at 6:15pm. There are some great new studies starting in the new year! We hope you will be able to join one!
- The church office will be closed Monday, December 21st through Sunday, January 4th.
- Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be Thursday, December 24th at 5:30pm. Mark your calendars now for this family-friendly service!
- PRAISE!!! Thank you for praying for Zeke’s mom! At last update, she was doing somewhat better! However, please remember to keep the Law family in your prayers, as well as all of those still struggling with COVID right now.
Enjoy the sunshine on this beautiful afternoon and remember that even though Thanksgiving is formally over, it is still… “a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord and to sing praises unto Thy name, O most High” (Psalm 92:1 KJV)!
In service to Him and to you,
weekly update – 10-22-2020
|This update will be a little out-of-order, but we wanted everyone to know that since the forecast is for beautiful weather this weekend, we decided to jump on the opportunity to have ONE OUTDOOR SERVICE THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25th AT 10:30am! (No family service!) Bring lawnchairs and an awning if you have them, but know that we will have extra chairs on hand if you don’t bring your own! We have posted the lyrics for the songs on our website (click here), but we will also have paper copies on hand for you to use. Finally, here is the link for the livestream in case you’d prefer to watch from home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocqjBwo1lh4
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Sermon Recap for 10/18/20
Series: Growing as Disciples Who Make Disciples
Title: OUR POSITION IN CHRIST
Passage: Romans 6:1-19
Whenever I hear a message on our position or identity in Christ, I always picture when the Rafiki, the monkey, takes Simba to the reflecting pool on the plains of Africa from the movie, “The Lion King.” When Simba expresses fear and uncertainty about returning to the rest of the pack at Pride Rock, Rafiki says, “Remember who you are!” Rafiki reminds Simba that Simba is the son of the king. While it might have been fun for Simba to roll around in the mud and eat bugs, it wasn’t how the king of the jungle should act. Simba had responsibilities that came with his identity, and he needed to step up and assume his position as rightful heir to his father’s kingdom.
While not perfect, this is a good picture of how we, as believers, out to consider ourselves. We may like laying low and getting dirty with sin. It’s easy to fall for the lie that sin is the better choice or that it still has dominion over us. However, it’s not true!!! We are children of the King of ALL Kings, and along with this position comes a new identity. We choose not to sin–not out of fear of losing our salvation! We choose to follow Christ away from sin even when it’s hard because it’s who we are. And we know we can say “No!” to sin because:
I will end this update with this benediction from Jude 24-25, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time now and forever. Amen.”
In service to Him and to you,
weekly update – 10/8/2020
I must admit that I’m a little sad to have finished our study of Second Timothy. First, it means the summer is over. Second, I just love the imagery Paul uses in the book. The word pictures which compare the Christian life to that of a soldier–my personal favorite because of my military wife & brat background, an athlete, and a farmer have always resonated with me. I like the reminder that the Christian life isn’t straight-forward, quick, or easy.
But we’re on to a new series now–Growing As Disciples Who Make Disciples! If you haven’t already purchased a workbook through your Sunday school class/LIFE group, please send me an email and I’ll put on aside for you! Some of the topics in store for us on this journey are: Our Position in Christ, Intimacy with God—the Disciplines of Devotion and Prayer, and Lifestyle Choices in the Real World. This Sunday, Pastor Matt will take on Issue Two in the book: “What Must I Do to Be Saved?” You don’t want to miss it!
We’ve been going through the workbook as a staff, and I’m enjoying it. Even if you have been a Christian your entire life, you may not feel comfortable walking a new believer through some of these issues. The workbook and Matt’s series of sermons should go a long way toward helping us here at MBC fulfill our vision for 2020: Pursuing Followership over Spectatorship by growing as disciples of Christ who make disciples of Christ.
This past Sunday we jumped head-first into one of these fundamentals of the Christian life with Matt’s message about the conversion experience and the story of Saul from Acts 9. Do any of you remember listening to books on tape? Those of you old enough may even recall the sound of Tinker Bell’s wand reminding you to turn the page for the Disney stories on cassette. I also owned a series of cassettes called “Bible Times” narrated by the incomparable Burl Ives. My absolute favorite tape of the series was the story of Saul’s conversion, and that was what came to mind as Paul Schrodt read the story from Acts 9. When Burl Ives told the story, I would close my eyes and hear the tension in the cries of men, women, and children when Saul broke down their door to arrest them. I heard the electronic zing for the lightning bolt and the boom of the Lord calling, “SAUL! SAUL! WHY ARE YOU PERSECUTING ME?” I could hear the terror in Ananias’ voice when he agreed to go where Saul was staying. But the best part were all the astonished voices at the end of the tape that discussed Saul’s transformed life.
As Matt mentioned, the story of Saul should remind us all that no one is beyond hope. No one is beyond the grasp of God’s grace. God is in the business of changing lives. We must believe that. We must never give up praying for the salvation of our friends, loved ones, bosses, coworkers, elected leaders…anyone who doesn’t know Christ as his/her Savior. And just like the story of Saul reminds us, we can take hope! While cassette players and books on tape have gone the way of the dinosaur, our God has not. He is still in the business of changing lives today–even the most unlikely!
MBC At Large
- Wow!!! Our “Bringing in the Harvest” Challenge for Manna House raised over $3131!!! Thank you all for your generous donations to this great ministry! Congratulations to the following who won prizes in the raffle:
- Keith and Janet Hearn $100 Chick-Fil-A gift card
- Jason and Christina Carter Manna House t-shirts
- Elias and Kelli Naatz
- Hansel and Gayle Stack Manna House aprons
- Judy Estrada
- Suanne McDermott
- Dianna Pierce
- Elizabeth Todd
- Jo Falco Manna House tumbler
- Please come by the church office to pick up your prizes. In addition, everyone is invited to come by my office to get a Manna House pen and bracelet (while supplies last). Don’t forget to use your Heaven’s Attic coupons!
- Many Sunday school classes have begun to meet here at the church at 9am including the Beviers’ class, Paul Schrodt and Gatlan Turk’s class, Pam Curry’s class for the women of MBC, and the Arendsees’s Spiritual Formation class. Call or email the church office (972-723-0002) for more info or to figure out which class is right for you!
- We need greeters! If you are not in a high risk category, would you consider joining our Hospitality team as a Greeter? Please contact Cathy Spurlock (email@example.com) for more information.
- We are getting ready to offer Children’s Church at our 10:30am service starting at the beginning of November! In addition, we plan to begin Sunday school for kids shortly thereafter. Many of our prior volunteers are high-risk for COVID, creating a need for more workers. If you feel led to stand in the gap and help with this important ministry, please contact Lydia Weldy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Tyler Larson has started a class for middle and high school students on how to study the Bible. Students may join him at 9am on Sundays in the Hospitality room for a closer look at Ephesians and free donuts! Also, there will be a lock-in for Senior High students only on Friday, October 16th. Contact Zeke Garcia or Leah Austin (email@example.com) for more information.
As the election gets closer, please keep our country and its leaders in your prayers as we are commanded to do in 1 Timothy 2:1-4. And remember that just like Saul, no one–no one–is beyond God’s reach. Take time to pray for your unsaved loved ones (and not so loved ones) today.
In service to Him and to you!
SERMON RECAP FOR 9/20/2020
Title: Preach the Word
Passage: 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Preach the Word
- Remember your direct report (v 1 & 2 Cor 5:10)
- Two Implications:
- Take your calling to serve seriously (James 3:1 & Hebrews 13:17).
- Take courage! Jesus notices when others do not.
- Two Implications:
- Preach the Word fully (v 2)
- Be aware of the cultural challenge (v 3-4)
- Preach the Word with perseverance (v 5)
Some of you know that we have a dog. Her name is Annie, and she is a 73-pound Lab/Blue Heeler/Great Pyrenees mix. Last year, about this time, we took her to a dog park near our house. She and another dog were having a great time chasing each other and play-biting. That night we noticed a small cut by her ear. Over the next few days, we saw her take her paw and scratch at the injury. Then, we noticed her rubbing her head on the sides of her dog crate. Soon after that, she began to scrape her head on our walls, on the corners of our furniture, and on anything else she could. A large bald spot began to emerge on her head by her ear. Eventually, we had to take her to the vet for medicine and the crowning of all dog humiliations—the cone of shame. Why? All because she couldn’t withstand the itch from the cut on her ear as it healed! Can you guess where I’m going with this?
In 2 Timothy 2 4:3-4, Paul talks about a time when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. Just like our dog was willing to do just about anything to relieve her itchy ear, my guess is that many humans will also do almost anything to avoid the conviction they feel in their hearts when the Word of God is preached accurately.
I had a friend once confide in me that she went to church to feel good and be inspired. At least she was honest. Now that I know better, I might gently suggest that someone who preaches the Bible rightly does inspire—people to examine themselves and repent.
It’s funny, too, because like in Matt’s illustrations about the auto repair shop and the doctor’s office, I’m sure my friend would find another repair shop if the mechanic hid the truth to make her feel good about her car instead of telling her what was actually wrong with it. And I can’t think of anyone who would rather be told that they were in good health when they actually needed life-saving medicine–just because the doctor didn’t want to risk offending that person.
But not so, when it comes to modern-day church goers. The itch to feel good and be inspired is strong. However, we all need to be very careful. We can’t run from Bible teacher to Bible teacher with the goal of only getting our ears scratched. Just like with our dog, Annie, that kind of behavior can lead to a “bald spot”—or worse. May we all be challenged this week to open up the dark parts of our hearts to the light of all of God’s word for healing. It might hurt a little now, but I’m betting in the long run, it will be infinitely better than having to wear a cone of shame.
There are only a few days left in September which means there are only a few days left in our “Bringing in the Harvest” Challenge to raise money for Manna House, a local ministry that provides food and other resources for the underprivileged of Midlothian. $28 feeds a family of four for a month, so for every $28 donation, you will receive a 28% off coupon to shop at Heaven’s Attic, Manna House’s thrift store, and we will enter you in a raffle for some Manna House merchandise and a $100 Chick Fil A gift card! You can donate on our website by clicking here and selecting “Giving” from the top menu bar. You can also leave a check with Mary Curry in the Hub on Sunday. Click here to watch a short video with more information about Manna House and its mission!
Wednesday night ministries are back—and charging full speed ahead! Please join us from 6:15-8pm for Bible studies for both men and women, activities for middle and high school students, and our CrossKids program for children. Registration for Re:Generation has closed, but the Re|Engage program to strengthen marriages remains open for newcomers until October 14th. Contact the church office (click here) for more information on any of these programs.
Many of our Sunday morning adult LIFE groups have resumed meeting in-person here up at the church. Make sure to touch base with your group to find out when and where they are meeting next! To find out more about what Sunday school classes and LIFE groups MBC currently offers, email the church office (click here). Unfortunately, we are unable to offer Sunday school for children at this time. However, if you have children, make sure to check out our Family Service in the Senior High School room on Sundays at 10am. It is kid-friendly and approved for wigglers! Email Lydia Weldy (click here) for more information.
Make sure to stay connected to us and to each other—whether it be by watching the service on our YouTube channel or by attending in-person. And the next time a scripture rubs you the wrong way, lean into it. Pray that God will use His word to cut away and heal parts of your life that are damaged or diseased. We don’t want to leave with our ears scratched if surgery is really what is needed.
In service to Him and to you,
Good morning, MBC Friends and Family!
Boy! Did it feel weird to type in the date in for today’s update! I’ve been watching Facebook over the last few days, and it’s been interesting to read where everyone was on 9/11/2001 and what they were doing. For the record, September 11, 2001 was the first and only time I directly defied an order from a military policeman and was chased through a parking lot of a Burger King by someone carrying an M-16 machine gun… I’ll save that story for another time, but suffice to say, don’t try and separate a mother from her children–especially during a national emergency.
September 11, 2020 does share some eerie similarities to September 11, 2001, doesn’t it? The world is seemingly out-of-control. Fear runs rampant. Natural events seem almost apocalyptic. However, one thing I learned from the Minor Prophets study is that God is just, and He is always working. His plans will be accomplished, and He is in control of everything that happens here on this planet. As Zephaniah said, “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing” (Zeph 3:17). To be honest, as I sit here and remember 9/11/2020, I am strangely comforted–not by the current mess we are in–but by the fact that God was, is, and still will be in control of 2001, 2020, 2021, 2025, and any subsequent years…no matter how bad things seem to get. And He has promised that all of this will work together for His good–which ultimately is OUR good. And just like the rainbow in the sky reminds us: God always keeps his promises!
- This Sunday is our big Celebration Service! Click here or copy and paste the following address into your browser for a short video message from Pastor Matt which explains why and how we will be celebrating! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB6AG7ETKlI Since it is an outdoor service, we have posted the lyrics for all the songs on our website! Click here for the words to the great worship songs we will be singing on Sunday. This outdoor service starts at 10am and will be followed by free boxed lunches and snowcones in the back parking lot. Bring an awning/canopy and lawn chairs if you have them. You don’t want to miss it.
- We had a great turnout last week for the kickoff of our fall Wednesday night ministries! However, it’s not too late if you couldn’t make it last week! You can still join re:generation, Re|Engage, Finding God Faithful (for women), and a study of Psalm 23 (for men) from 6:15-8pm every Wednesday from now until December 16th. Please make sure to register in Realm–especially if your children will be participating in CrossKids or CrossKids Jr. Contact the church office (click here) for more information on any of these classes!
- Don’t forget that since September is Hunger Action Month, MBC is sponsoring Manna House with a campaign to “Bring in the Harvest.” Those who donate at least $28 ($28 feeds a family of 4 for a month!) will receive a coupon for 28% off their entire purchase at Heaven’s Attic—Manna House’s thrift store! In addition, for every $28 you donate, you will be entered in a raffle for special Manna House prizes such as t-shirts, aprons, pens, bracelets, and a $100 Chick Fil A gift card. You can give now on Realm (click here) or by designating “Manna House Harvest” on your check or contribution envelope to support this gospel-centered ministry that meets the needs of the hungry and underprivileged here in Midlothian and Ellis County.
- Doug and Peggy Arendsee will be starting a new small group on Sunday mornings called Life with God. Contact Doug @ firstname.lastname@example.org (307-286-1135) for more information.
- Mike has concluded his study of the Minor Prophets, but the group is continuing to meet with a new study of 1st John on Zoom! Please email Mike (click here) if you’re interested, so he can send you the notes for the study and an invitation to join the Zoom meeting!
- Finally, we will be honoring the Clark family with a “Shower” for their new additions and a “Birthday Sprinkle” for Gracelynn. See details on the MBC Women’s Facebook page or contact the church office (click here) for more information. Collection of gifts will be next Sunday, September 20th in the Hub.
As crazy as these times were and are, we still have quite a bit to be grateful for, so when the world seems to be spinning all around us, remember 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17: Rejoice always, Pray without ceasing, Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. May you be aware of God’s comforting presence this week!
In service to Him and to you!
Sermon Recap from 7/19/2020:
Series: Persisting in Passing the Baton of Faith—A Study of 2nd Timothy
Week 2 Title: CONNECTING TO THE CAUSE
Passage: 2 Timothy 1:8-18
- Do not be ashamed
- Share in suffering
- Follow the pattern of sound words
- Guard the good entrusted deposit
Guard your deposit of gospel ministry by:
- Walking by the Spirit
- Keeping your eye on the prize
- Following good models
- Participating in your ministry calling
I don’t think Mike mentioned it from the pulpit, but we had company last weekend. David and Carol Sue Merkh of the Word of Life Seminary in Brazil stayed with us for a couple of nights on their way to visit their son and his family at Lackland AFB. Those names may not sound familiar, but Carol Sue is the sister of MBC missionary, David Cox, and she is also former MBC pastor Dave Wyrtzen’s niece! Our connection to Carol Sue is really what brought our family down to try Midlothian Bible Church!
I write all this because David and Carol Sue could not have picked a better weekend to visit since one of the themes of Sunday’s message was to find and follow good models. Early on in our marriage, David and Carol Sue served as models to us of godly faith, service, and family in—of all places—Mount Laurel, New Jersey! Mike met with David weekly for Bible study and mentoring. Together, Mike and I enjoyed participating in a Bible study for young couples which usually included games and food—both of which were Carol Sue’s forte. In addition, they provided a tangible example of what parenting and home-schooling looked like at a time when we were far from our families. Here’s another interesting detail—during the year they poured into Mike and me, they were on furlough!!! Let that sink in for a minute. They found time to pour into us during a year they were supposed to be getting refreshed from their lives in the mission field of Brazil.
Mike’s message from 2 Timothy had, as one of its themes, the importance of good models. At its core, 2 Timothy is a letter from an older man to his son in the faith to encourage him to “follow the pattern” of Paul and his “sound words” (2 Tim 1:13). But make no mistake, the call for mentors to model godly living rings for both men and women. Here are some more examples of good and bad models from my life:
- The wife of one of Mike’s mentors at the Air Force Academy showed me how to doctor 8 boxes of Betty Crocker scalloped potatoes and make them appear home-made so she could serve 25 or so cadets who just “happened” to show up at their house one Sunday afternoon after attending services at the Cadet Chapel. She modeled how to adapt and be flexible while remaining gracious and patient.
- Another pastor and his wife took Mike and me out to lunch every Sunday after church–never asking or expecting us to pay. Every. Sunday. They modeled true generosity. In addition, the wife would meet me at least once-a-week at a local ceramics studio to paint knick-knacks–not because she needed more junk to set out at Christmas–but because she knew as an 18 year-old newlywed, I needed a safe place to talk and work through important issues like how to love my husband well and what godly submission looks like. As you can probably imagine, we spent a lot of time on that.
- Some of our dearest friends and models are a couple now living in Oklahoma. The gentleman was a teacher at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, and he started mentoring Mike and teaching him Greek in 2000. They are in their eighties now and are still fervently serving the Lord. They somehow find time to call and visit us regularly and are pseudo-grandparents to all four of our children.
Bad examples of modeling, but examples nonetheless—
Once, a woman told me she could “mentor me,” after I asked, but she would not be able to acknowledge me in public—even to say, “Hello.” She worried it might compromise her husband’s reputation if people on our Air Force base knew they had friends who were lower-ranking. I quickly re-evaluated my request and assured her I really didn’t need a mentor after all. She modeled how people could hurt others by placing too much value on worldly honors and positions.
A pastor we had in Virginia told Mike and me after the service one morning when we asked if he and his wife wanted to go out to lunch with us, “Just so you know up front, I don’t have any extra time to invest in anyone right now. And my wife is very private.” About 10 years later, Mike heard him give a message about how at “his church” they made sure mentoring was a priority. Ironically, he was a model to us that pastors should be very careful what they preach.
So there you have it. Examples of both. Here are a couple of thoughts. For starters, none of them were perfect. But they were available. They did life with us. They were generous with what they had. Sometimes that showed itself as financial generosity. Sometimes, they were generous with their time. They never made us feel like an imposition. And here’s one more thing– even though they were clearly our “mentors,” they never made the relationship feel one-sided. Whether they faked it or not, the models I loved the most somehow still made me feel like I was contributing something to the relationship. Lesson? Nobody wants to be someone else’s charity project.
I think this passage from 2 Timothy fits in perfectly with MBC’s vision for 2020. (And believe it or not, we’re already over halfway through 2020!) It’s really not much of a stretch to see that a good “discipleship” relationship will also include some good modeling. So be in prayer this week–set your alarm for 1:11pm, like many of us who are on staff do– that in 2020, God will give you:
- One person to share the gospel with
- One person that would believe the gospel
- One person to disciple/model in 2021
- The elders have decided that we will continue live-streaming only until the end of July. Mike Hogue will be bringing the message the next two weeks, and we hope you will join us—either live on YouTube or by watching some other time during the week. To view this week’s message, click here or copy and paste the following address into your browser window anytime after 10:30am this Sunday morning! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G675AeX7nw4
- Be sure to send us your prayer requests by clicking here so we can lift you up as a staff. We want to be the prayer warriors supporting you like the ones Paul mentions in 2 Timothy 1:3-5!
Fitness & Fellowship:
- Ladies! If you’re interested in some exercise and encouragement, join us Monday afternoons at 4:30pm or Tuesday/Thursday mornings at 9am. All women ages 14 and up are invited. Monday and Thursday have a cardio emphasis, and on Tuesdays, we focus on strength and stretching. No experience or $$$ required. Just bring yourselves and be ready to work!
Christmas in July:
- There is only one full week left in July, so let’s see if we can help Bill Curry reach his goal of $3500 to provide Christmas gift bags to every inmate at the Sanders Estes Correctional Unit in Venus. So far, over $1500 has been donated, which means they have about $2000 left to go. Remember Jesus’ words about the final judgment from Matthew 25:36, “I was in prison and you came to me.” Most people can’t enter a prison to do the work of the gospel, but thanks to his connections, Bill Curry can. Please consider giving to this effort to bring the real message of Christmas to these inmates by selecting “Christmas in July” from the online giving drop-down menu. Or you can just send in a check to the church with “Christmas in July” in the subject line. I first got involved in this ministry myself three years ago. It’s good work, and I can honestly say I’m different now for it.
Blankets for BESTWA:
- This has been an extremely encouraging week as several people have stepped up to donate the remaining items on our wish-list! We will be assembling the “Clean Birth Kit” bags sometime next week. If you’re interested in helping with this project (you will need to wear a mask) please email the church office (click here). Technically, our initiative doesn’t need to end just because we met our goal! If you still feel led to donate, please keep bringing new/gently-used receiving blankets or twin sheets to the church. We will be sending them with Andy on his next trip to Liberia. However, if enough are donated, BESTWA will rent a shipping container to get them over the ocean! Let’s see if we can make them do it
- Join Pastor Mike Hogue on Zoom this week at 6pm for a study of the book of Habakkuk. Mike has a special affinity for this prophet. Join the study Sunday evening to find out why!
I told you that God was going to do something with this study of 2 Timothy!!! While we miss worshiping with you in person, we hope you will stay connected to us by participating in the live-stream or by remaining involved in your LIFE group. As always, if you have any prayer requests, or if you need anything at all, please feel free to contact the church office. Call 972-723-0002 or click here to send me an email. I’d love to hear from you!
In service to Him and to you!