Reaching Our Neighbors At The Holidays

For most of our country the Christmas holiday is one of the times of year when people feel compelled to attend church.  These are also the times where churches make special efforts through Christmas Cantatas, plays, and various other special performances to draw in these would-be visitors.  These are valuable efforts when they are accompanied by a clear gospel message.

We too want to take the opportunity to expose our neighbors to the blessings of Christ Fellowship at this holiday season  We want them to know of the special Thanksgiving and Christmas services in which we present the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  But, we also want to take the opportunity at this time of year to get the gospel into their hands and in their homes. This is where we are as a church can excel, and where you can make a huge impact by joining us for our outreach on Saturday, November 11th.

THis oming Saturday morning, we are going to gather to go door to door in the Regency Oaks and Amberly neighborhhods.  These are times of great fun and fellowship as we obey God's command to take the gospel to the world starting with our "Jerusalem" right her in Mobile and go out in groups to pass out our church fliers which have a special insert with out holiday service times for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

We begin by meeting at the church at 9am to have a cup of coffee and a bagel and talk about our routes for the morning.  The routes are short with about 25 homes per team which can be covered in about an hour making this very easy walking.  Our efforts entail sharing a warm welcome to our neighbors, giving them one of our fliers, inviting them to join us for church, offering to pray for the needs of their family, and taking opportunity to talk about Jesus as the Lord opens those doors.  It is easy, it is fulfilling, and it will stimulate you as you serve our great God in this way.

Our efforts multiply quickly with each group of 25 homes.  Can you imagine what a huge impact this can have in our community for Christ as we go out?  It is my fervent hope and prayer that we can have at least 60 people go out.  Statistics say there is an average of 3 people per household; with 30 groups this would mean we could reach over 2,000 people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  This is exciting!  Won't you pleas join us to make this a reality?  We're looking forward to seeing you Saturday November 11th at 9am as we reach out for Christ.

Operation Christmas Child | Oct. 15th - Nov. 19th

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Since 1993, Samaritan's Purse has delivered over 135 million Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to children in poverty, disease, famine, and disaster in more than 130 countries around the world.  Churches, businesses, families, and individuals pack empty shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items demonstrating God's love in a tangible way.  In addition to receiving a gift filled shoebox each child is presented the gospel and a booklet about Jesus Christ.  Brochures are available at the OCC table in the church lobby and contain information about what to include and what not include in your shoebox.  You will need to decide if your shoebox will be for a boy or a girl and the age of the child.  To follow your shoebox online, information is available here
 

Shoeboxes will be collected at CFBC from October 15th - November 19th.  Last year we packed 149 Shoeboxes.  Our goal for 2017 is 200 Shoeboxes.  Boxes from the Mobile area will be collected and shipped to the Distribution Center in Atlanta, and from there around the world.  Please pray that God will touch the heart of every child who receives this simple shoebox gift and that He will bring many children and their families to faith in Jesus Christ.

For more information about Operation Christmas Child, please contact the church office at 251-461-2242 or email info@cfmobile.org

Prison Ministry

The South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville is on of the state's major penitentiaries.  Hebrews 13:3 tells us, "Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body."  It is important to remember that we have brothers and sisters in Christ behind bars.  Whether they are wrongly imprisoned or justly incarcerated makes no difference.  They are a brother or sister, part of our same body, and they need your prayers.  They serve our Father in a much more difficult environment than we do.  They are being refined into the image of Christ through much hotter fires.  Wemust use the peace and stability that God has given us in our lives as a Gospel provision to take our time and bring these precious souls before Him in fervent intercessory prayer.

Two of our Deacons are certified for Christian services which are held on various Friday evenings in the hardest area in the penitentiary in terms of length of sentences and nature of the crimes.  This is also where you find the deepest, riches theology among the Christian men there.  Having been saved by grace, usually after theywere imprisoned, many of these men have spent decades in the study of the Word.  They hold daily Bible studies and prayer meetings together.  It is a joy to not only preach, but to fellowship in Christ.

Then there are those Friday evenings where they go to a different area which holds inmates with shorter terms and lesser offenses.  Men here as well are saved and will freely testify of the grace of God in stripping everything away from them and putting them in prison so that they could come to know Him.

At any one of the various services there will be a mix of mature Christians, those new in the faith, and lost souls.  Some of the men who do not know Christ simply want to go to church service to gout out of their zone for a bit.  Whatever their motivation, it is God who has arranged their steps to be in a place where they can hear His Gospel.  Pray that our Deacons will always be faithful to present the good news.

CFBC Basketball Outreach Ministry

Matthew 28:19,20

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Well, people all around us are gearing up for football season.  We will soon be hearing "Roll Tide," "Ware Eagle," "Go Jags," and "Top the Top".  However, at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, we are gearing up to play some basketball with our neighbors!

On Tuesday, September 5th, we will once again reach out to our neighborhood by playing basketball in the CFBC gym.  This ministry is for young men ages 15 to 30 years old who enjoy playing the game of basketball.  Since many of these youn men don't have a safe and air-conditioned place to play basketball, they look forward each week to this opportunity.  It is interesting how this ministry began.  Two years ago, an older brother of one of the Bible Club children brought this idea to us as a way we could minister to young men who live in our neighborhood.  We told him if he would bring his friends, we would provide the leaders and the gym.  This ministry has enabled us to build friendships and share the gospel with many young men.  On Tuesday nights, the gym will be open from 6pm to 8pm for the guys to play basketball, hear a gospel presentation and share their prayer requests.  Throughout the evening there are opportunities for one on one discussions and prayer.

Men, if you would like an opportunity to have a captive audience for the gospel and develop friendships with some young men who need Christ, please come and be a part of this ministry.  Church family, please pray for this ministry, the leaders and the young men who attend.  Our prayer is that we plant and water the seeds of the gospel and God will cause the growth.

If you have any questions about the Basketball Outreach Ministry, please see Billy Allen, Sam Brooks, Brent Litton, or Mike Stanton.  An additional blessing of this ministry is that the leaders are growing in their relationships with Christ and each other as they encourage one another to love and good deeds.  Please join us!

Saturday Neighborhood Outreach and Evangelism

…and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth (Acts 1:8).

As Jesus ascended to heaven, His last instruction to us was to carry His message, the Gospel message to the world. The order of the regions indicated in this verse is no accident. These regions are illustrative of ever widening rings spreading from a rock thrown into a pond. The Gospel is to be carried to the whole world, but that transmission does not start by going to Timbuktu; rather it is to start in our own back yard … our Jerusalem—Mobile.

We have spent much time emphasizing the need to evangelize the lost and carry the Gospel message to the world over the past many months. In fact, this theme has been a resounding tone since my first message series from the book of Titus for it is a prominent theme in that letter. The reason I have continued to assert your need to evangelize is because this is the primary reason that God has left His children upon the earth. If we consider it, there is nothing on earth that we will not participate in which will not be more fully experienced in heaven except for evangelism.

We will be going out into the neighborhoods around our church next Saturday rain or shine to share the good news with those who are literally our ‘Jerusalem,’ our neighbors. We will begin with some coffee, refreshments, and instruction. Following this we will go out for about an hour to go door to door with our new church outreach flyers. This is a great time for you to get your feet wet (hopefully no pun intended).

Additionally, during the last three Equipping Hours in June we will be taking time to learn about and practically participate in evangelism. What better way to see the Lord’s working in your life than to begin by participating in our neighborhood outreach, then honing your evangelism skills during Equipping Hour, and then flying even higher when we go back into our town during our July outreach.

These are the greatest days ahead of us at CFBC, don’t miss being a part of this pivotal and exciting journey.

~Pastor Scott

CFBC Fellowship

Fellowship means "a sharing in common" and describes our common life together in Christ.  As a church family, we hold in common our Lord Jesus Christ.  His spiritual life pulsates through our body.  His truth and love knits our hearts together.  Despite our many differences of family background, education, business, and social standing, we are one in Christ.

At CFBC, we seek to offer opportunities for church and family fellowship in effort to build up one another in the grace of our Lord Jesus.  Our next fellowship opportunity is this Friday, May 26th.

Be sure to join us for baseball and fireworks as Hank Aaron Stadium beginning at 7:00pm.  We have reserved a section of seats for the CFBC family and are offering affordable ticket prices. 

Plenty of tickets are available for $5 each (age 3 & under free), with a family max of $20 (limited to 6 tickets).  Ticket prices do not include the $5 parking fee at the gate or cost of concessions.  Reservations can be made in the SPECIAL EVENTS section of our website or contact the church office. 

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a glorious day to celebrate our moms who are the Lord's amazing provision.  As we consider the nurturing which these women have showered upon us our hearts ought to soar to the heavens in thanksgiving to God for His manifold blessings.

A mother's love is such a unique and tender expression that the Apostle Paul used this term to relate how much he loved the church at Thessalonica, and he pictured that love as that of a nursing mother caring for her infant son.  What a glorious picture of nurturing an caring for one who is helpless and hopeless without that expression of love and care; the child often not even aware of all the love which the mother is expressing for them.  This is also the perfect picture of man's condition apart from God - one that is helpless and hopeless, and often unaware of the love being shown.  What a praise that God does not leave us bereft of hope and understanding but has shown us His magnificent love in so many ways prominent of which is our mothers.

THe Love of our mother is a very special expression and one which is perhaps the closest expressions of the divine agape love in Scripture.  Agape love is unconditional love of the Lord by which He loves us when we are unlovable.  Even though we offend our Holy Father constantly with our sin, He continues to shower us with His love independent of our actions, and even provide His eternal love in Heaven for those who will accept His glorious gift.

Of course, the perfect expression of love is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ which He revealed on the cross at Calvary.  That love which Jesus displayed is sacrificial, and exactly what the believer is to express in their pursuit of following Christ.  All people fall short in this perfect expression in our sin, even our wonderful mothers.  But God has bridged every shortcoming in the love of a mother, and of every person, by sending the perfect love of His Son.

May this be a day when we honor our mothers for their love to us, and honor even more the full expression of love in Jesus Christ as we seek to emulate His love to our mothers, our families, one another in the church, and all the world.

~Pastor Scott

Upcoming Children's Ministry Activities

The end of the school year is winding down and with it AWANA, but the CFBC Children's Ministry is working to finish strong and gearing up for an active summer!

Thank you to everyone who has served in our Children's Ministry this year.  Mnay of you have served continuously for several years and your faithfulness has borne much fruit in the lives of our children at CFBC.

Below are some special things we have coming up for our Children's Ministry:

AWANA End of the Year Activities:

On Wednes, May 17th, AWANA will be taking over the evening service in the Sanctuary where we will host the End of the Year Awards Night.  This will be a great night for our church when we will hear from all of the children in Scripture recitation and song and recognize them for their hard work this year.

After the service, we will gather together in the Fellowship Hall for a church-wide Ice Cream Fellowship Celebration.  There will plenty for everyone so come be a part!

Children's Ministry Summer Activities:

On Wednesday, May 24th, we will kick off "The Summer Blast" for all CFBC children ages K4- 6th Grade.  We will meet each Wednesday at 6:30pm for Bible Study, Game Time, and some special activities.

Children's Camp - (3rd - 6th Grades) is June 12-15 at Camp Baldwin.  Out theme this year is "Constructed by the Master Builder" and Legos will abound.  The $50 deposit for your child is due this Sunday, May 7th.  An informative brochure is available in the foyer.

Journey Day Camp - (K5 - 2nd Grades) is June 26-28 and is always a very fun time for our kids.  Cost is $35 per child and covers food and admission for all events.

Finally, be on the lookout for more fun events for our children and their families throughout the remainder of 2017!  I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve you children and look forward to all the Lord has planned for each of them.

~Pastor Andrew

Ministry Highlight

A Note on Our Tuesday Night Basketball Outreach

Tuesday Night Basketball started because a young man from Bible Club had become too old to attend and asked if there was another outlet for his age group to continue meeting during the week.  He suggested opening the gym.  After discussion, prayer, and laying down some ground rules, the gym was opened each Tuesday evening at 6pm.  On the first night, this young man and four of his friends came to play.  On the second night, ten young men came to play.  Currently, we spend Tuesday evenings with 20-30 young men, typically aged 15 years and older (sometimes younger guys come as well).

Each Tuesday evening consists of about an hour and forty-five minutes of competitive basketball and 15-30 minutes of sharing a Gospel message, discussion and prayer.  Brent Litton, Billy Allen, and Sam Brooks are faithful in helping and teaching the Gospel message each week.  We believe this ministry is a great outreach to the neighborhood and anyone from the church is welcome to come be a part of it.

We gave made new friends and have a great time with them each week.  We pray that the Lord uses our small efforts and sees fit to give us new little brothers in Christ one day!  Our goals are simple: Share the Gospel, Make Disciples.

I am personally blessed by serving the Lord with my brothers from Christ Fellowship.  I hope you will come and share in the blessing as well.

~ by Mike Stanton

Bible Studies Resume Next Week!

It's the start of a new year and time to resume our ladies and men's bible studies.  Next Tuesday, January 10th, the men will pick up in chapter 6 continuing on in the book Called To Lead.  Breakfast begins at 5:30am and the study starts at 6am.

Ladies, we will meet that same Tuesday at 9am to continue "The Great Adventure of the Ages", following the Apostle Paul in the books of Acts as he takes the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

See you there!