Unto Us…

He is considered one of the greatest men of God in the ancient world, a counselor to kings and a writer whose Holy Spirit-inspired OT book is quoted more often in the NT than any other, except Psalms. When our Lord Jesus preached His very first sermon, He chose for His text a passage from this man’s writings, which have been compared to the book of Romans for theological depth and a sweeping vision of God.

Isaiah was a man of considerable communication skills and political connection. But he is more than an influential preacher. Isaiah is numbered among those rarified, God-enthralled men called prophets, who were enabled to see what God was going to do in the future as though it had already happened. Isaiah’s oracles juxtapose the immediate and the future, with words that have a bearing in the moment, but carry us to the far away and powerful, the miraculous and wonderful that is yet to come. He paints a picture in words of what was, and what was yet to come. What had been and what had to be.

Throughout the Book he wrote, Isaiah foretold of One who would be sent. A Son. A gift. A Savior, which has been sent Unto Us… Join us Sundays at 11 AM throughout December as we consider the Babe of Bethlehem.

Family Christmas Experience

The Christmas Experience is an event for the entire family. During this event families will spend time creating gingerbread houses, decorating ornaments, judging a cookie contest, and enjoying a meal together.

This event is hosted by Emmanuel Baptist Church and will take place on Sunday December 9th, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 PM.

Although the event is free we do ask that you take a moment to register online here so we can plan accordingly.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us a david@ebcstanton.org

We hope to see you soon!

The Privilege of Speech

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Speech is an awesome privilege. With the tongue we can direct, destroy, and delight. The tongue can build up and break down. There is a wonderful power in words. The Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” But how much of our daily conversation revolves around spiritual things?

The average person has twenty-seven conversations per day. A recent study revealed that both men and women utter an average of about sixteen thousand words each day. We can talk about sports, weather, clothes, shoes, movies, and TV shows. We’re even wiling to debate the nuances of politics, the intricacies of health issues, or the complexities of national economic matters. However, when it comes to bringing up the simple gospel, we shy away. We break out in hives, our palms sweat, our tongues are tied, and we find ourselves talking about everything but the gospel. The idea of injecting Jesus into our conversations causes great anxiety and fear for ordinary believers and pastors alike. (Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations, Jimmy Scroggins and Steve Wright, p. 21)

But what if there was another way? What if it was possible to take a simple everyday conversation and transition it into a Gospel conversation? What if it was possible to transition our normal talk into life-changing talk?

On October 28, at 11 AM, Pastors David Johnson and Douglas Turner will be co-teaching a message on how to leverage your language to help reach the lost. They will examine:

  1. The Privilege of Speaking to the Lord
  2. The Privilege of Speaking to the Lord about the Lost
  3. The Privilege of Speaking to the Lost about the Lord

There will be a time in the Word of God, practical illustrations, and a special guest presentation. It’s a time you don’t want to miss. Please join us for this teaching and for tools to help you tell the Good News about Jesus Christ.

The Pursuit

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Several years ago while Catherine and I (Pastor Turner) were involved in planting a new church in Albany, NY, we were blessed to be given a gift to purchase a building for the new work. The check, surprisingly, didn’t come in a certified letter, or registered mail. Just a plain white envelope. I opened the envelope, and there was a cashier’s check for $150,000. It was incredible. At that point in my life, I didn’t even know they made checks big enough to put that many zeroes on it!

It was so exciting. Except for one thing. By the end of the day I had lost the check. Lost it! A cashier’s check (as good as money) for $150,000! You would not believe how hard I began to search! There wasn’t a drawer in my desk that I didn’t open multiple times. There wasn’t a paper on my desk I didn’t touch and move multiple times. I scoured my car. I retraced my steps. To me, something that approached infinite value was missing. Something valuable was lost. The pursuit was on.

As intensely as I pursued that check, let me be clear, it is nothing in comparison how passionately I would pursue a search if one of my children was missing. There is no mountain I wouldn’t climb, no river I would cross, no door I wouldn’t knock down, no wall I would go through. There is no cost I wouldn’t pay, no pain I wouldn’t endure, no loss I wouldn’t take, even if it meant my life in exchange for theirs! Nothing. Nothing. Nothing could stop me from pursuing the safe return of my child. Why? Because they are truly of infinite value to me. They matter to me. They mean the world to me.

The intensity of a search reveals the value of what is being sought after.

In Luke 15, Jesus shared three parables about something that was lost, the passionate pursuit for that which was lost, and the celebration that followed the successful pursuit. The three parables all reveal one big idea: God is a seeker of the lost, and His love for the lost is so great that He goes out of His way to pursue their rescue. And from this, there is one very practical application: God is calling us to passionately pursue people with the Good News of Jesus Christ so that the lost may be found.

And yes, if you are still wondering, after passionately pursuing the “lost check,” I eventually found that it had slipped between the seats of my car. And yes, there was definitely a celebration when that which was lost was found!

20th Anniversary Celebration

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We are having a celebration, and YOU are invited! This year, Emmanuel Baptist Church celebrates her 20th Anniversary, and to celebrate, we are having four nights of special services, and we want the whole community to come.

Screen Shot 2018-08-07 at 1.42.22 PMBeginning August 12, and continuing through August 15, we will hold nightly services at 7 PM. You can even come early at 6 and join us for a special fellowship time each night.  Come experience wonderful, inspiring music, and a message straight from God’s Word. Bro. Keith Joseph, a former pastor at EBC, will be returning from Georgia to deliver the messages each evening.

The Tuesday night service will feature music from the Townsmen Quartet, a wonderful singing group featuring Stanton’s own Bro. Ben Liston.Townsmen quartet

 

 

Time to Thrive…

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But we need your help!

On 4/29/2018, we will begin taking collections for a special offering to replace all the flooring in the Worship Center. To complete this project, we will need $45,000 to be raised by the Congregation. The product we have chosen will be safe for UPWARD and youth activities, durable, easy to clean, good for fellowship meetings, and pleasing to the eye!

What can you do?

  • Ask God what He wants you to give.
  • Bring your best offering, over and above your regular giving on 4/29.
  • Make a pledge for on-going support.

We will not begin the work UNTIL we have received $45,000 in pledges AND have collected $25,000 in cash. Let’s do all that we can to kick this project off right on 4/29!

Together, Transforming the Future through Sacrificial Giving.

Special Meeting

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The Pastor, in cooperation with the Deacons and the Budget and Finance Team, have called a Special Business Meeting on 4/15,  to consider two projects aimed at improving our facilities. Please join us after church to hear about these exciting opportunities, and to see how you can be a part! A pot-luck will follow immediately after service, with a presentation during the luncheon. Please bring a dish to share. All are welcome to attend.

Red-Letter Day

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A “red-letter day” is a day that you will always remember because something good happened to you on that day. A red-letter day is any day of special significance or opportunity. Its roots are in classical antiquity; for instance, important days are indicated in red in a calendar dating from the Roman Republic.  Many calendars still indicate special dates in red instead of black.

But of all the Red Letters, the most important are the words of Jesus Christ, preserved for us in the Bible. These words, written in red in so many of our Bibles, and uttered by Christ from the Cross, remind us of something good that happened in the face of something that seemed so tragic.  Join us each week for “Red-Letter Day.”

March 18, 11 AM: “Father, forgive them…”

March 25, 11 AM: “I thirst…”

March 30, 7 PM: “It is finished…”

April 1, 11 AM: “Today you will be with me in Paradise…”

Work Day

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Here’s a wonderful opportunity for you to serve the Lord by serving His Church! Please join us for a Church Work Day. Let’s keep God’s House safe and clean! Please join us Saturday, February 24, from 9:00 AM until the work is done.

Projects have been identified, and supplies will be made available. All we need is for you to invest a bit of time, and some elbow-grease.

The Christmas Experience

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The Christmas Experience is an event for the entire family. During this event, families will spend time creating gingerbread houses, decorating ornaments, judging a cookie contest, and enjoying a meal together.

This event, which is open to the whole community, will be hosted by Emmanuel Baptist Church and will take place on Sunday December 17th, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 PM. It will be held at the Church, across from the Powell County Middle School.

Although the event is free we do ask that you take a moment to register online so we can plan accordingly.

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