A Long & Wonderful Partnership with The Master's Seminary

Since the beginning of CFBC, the church has supported The Master's Seminary as one an institution of higher learning that truly honors the Word of the Lord and teaches their students to do likewise.  As time has gone along this hallmark of solid biblical educations has sadly become almost non-existent in our country.  Schools that had for years held to similar standards began to compromise and fall by the wayside.  Compromise and tolerance have become the celebrated modern achievements of many seminaries.  Despite this lamentable decline TMS continues on the same bedrock foundation of Christ and His Word which its president and founder, Dr. John MacArthur established.

Our church has benefited from this solid biblical teaching for years as we have had many men who have been trained at TMS come to minister at CFBC.  The seminary;s unwavering foundation has provided many benefits to the individual ministries of our church in which these men have served, and have also assisted in a like-minded effort which significantly supported the pulpit ministry of our former pastor, Dr. Lawson.  In like fashion, our current pastor also has been trained at TMS and desires to continue the solid biblical preaching of his predecessor.  Also, our current Youth Pastor is pursing his Doctor of Ministry at TMS and the partnership between these two bodies continues to grow.

This past weekend we had the distinct privilege of having Mr. Jade Greenfield, the Chief Development Officer from TMS visiting our church.  The seminary is grateful for the support of CFBC for over 14 years and understands the value of this partnership and remains hopeful that more churches will see and embrace the vision which CFBC has grasped.  Mr. Greenfield wanted to express his appreciation and that of Dr. MacArthur for the wonderful relationship which continues to yield eternal fruit in both entities for our God and King Jesus Christ.

May the Lord continue to bless the efforts and partnership of both CFBC and TMS for many years to come.

Sanctity Of Human Life Sunday

All Life is precious and is a gift from God.  The Lord reveals this truth as He is speaking with Moses from the burning bush in Exodus 4:9 where it says "The LORD said to him, 'Who has made man's mouth?  Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind?  Is it not I, the LORD?'"  God has not only created our bodies and each of the unique elements that make us all individual, but He has done so with a specific purpose in mind even in the case of disabilities.

One does not have to search long through Scripture to understand the significance God places on human life and particularly the lives of children.  The children of Israel were warned not to be like the pagans of Canaan in their idolatry and disregard for the lives of even their own children: ""You shall not behave thus toward the LORD your God, for every abominable act which the LORD hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods (Det. 12:31). "  900 years later when the Lord spoke to Ezekiel of His impending judgments, we find that they had done exactly what the Lord warned not to do; "Moreover, you took your sons and daughters whom you had borne to Me and sacrificed them to idols to be devoured..."You slaughtered My children and offered them up to idols by causing them to pass through [the fire]. (Exe 16:20, 21).""  It is easy to see the relationship between the worship of idols and the loss of respect for the sanctity of life even to the destruction of their own children.

2,600 years later, in a time when we pride ourselves as being civilized and compassionate, we find ourselves in a country that has slaughtered over 57 million unborn babies since 1973.  In 2011, 1.06 million American women obtained induced abortions; 9,804 of which occured in Alabama clinics advertised to be "safe, gentle and painless!"

Today we have the opportunity to make ourselves aware of this atrocity that blackens the history of this country.  Today it is estimated that 1 in 3 women have had at least one abortion!  That not only means the sadness of the loss of life of the children, but also the effects that such a deed has on the would be parents for the rest of their lives.  Satan's mission is to "steal, kill and destroy".  We know that the only true answer is Christ; both to stop abortion and to heal those affected by this destruction.

 

Happy New Year!

Once, when the people of God had become careless in their relationship with Him, the Lord rebuked them through the prophet Haggai. “Consider your ways!” (Haggai 1:5) he declared, urging them to reflect on some of the things happening to them and to evaluate their casual spirituality in light of what God had told them.

Even those most faithful to God occasionally need to pause and think about the direction of their lives. It’s so easy to coast along from one busy week to another without ever stopping to ponder where we’re going and what we should be doing. We can innocently become so tangled in the trappings of the world that we begin to lose our spiritual momentum.

This is why the New Year is a great time to stop, inspect our lives and set goals for next year. Introspection is a wonderful tool in your spiritual life, where you can evaluate your successes and failures, plan for the future, and commit to deeper communion with Christ. Paul calls believers in 1 Timothy 4:7 “to discipline yourself for the purpose of Godliness.” The goal of godly discipline is to consistently apply the truths of God’s Word to our daily lives. By doing this, you will be a witness to the world and bring our Lord honor and glory.

I implore you, do not become careless or casual and waste precious opportunities in 2018. Rather use this New Year to “consider your ways,” repent and refocus your mind and heart on Christ and His Word. As you do this, you will find great joy and peace through obedience to Christ’s commands. I pray this exhortation will serve as a spark to encourage and set you on a course to love and good deeds in 2018.

Stephen Webb

Christmas Services

Christmas is one of the most joyous times of the year! As those who know and love the Lord Jesus Christ, we delight in our corporate opportunities to worship our Savior as we come together as the church body. Each Sunday as we join together we have a wonderful time of sweet fellowship with those we love as we meet during Equipping Hour and fellowship time. We also have a unique opportunity for us to lift our voices in song, to stand together as we honor the Scripture, to give back to God a portion of the rich blessings which He gives to us. It is during these times that we are built-up in our faith as we study God’s Word, and exposing our wonderful community to all these blessings as they join us during our worship services.

As delightful as these weekly services are, these opportunities are surpassed by our gatherings at Christmas. All of the above blessings remain, and yet more are added. The blessings of singing Christmas Hymns amidst the gala of holiday decorations are all accents for us as we recognize this season which brings us a time not just of celebration, but of bringing many visitors into our church family home here at CFBC. This is one of the ways that makes Christmas so special as people feel drawn to come and worship. These are incredible blessings, but they require an all-hands on deck approach from us. Each one of us has an increased opportunity and responsibility to reflect Christ to our dear visitors. Whether it be family members who are visiting or friends from our community that we just don’t yet know, we need to be ready. We need to put our usual church family fellowship on hold and fix our eyes on those whom we don’t know so that we can extend a warm welcome. Each of us needs to look for those faces with which we’re not familiar and offer a friendly hand or hug as we encourage them in their participation and consideration of their knowledge of Jesus Christ. It is these opportunities that the Lord might use to stir the hearts of these folks towards Himself. What a privilege and joy this is.

God has given us an extraordinary church family, and it is this special time of year where we can shine our light brightly to all in our community. And don’t forget, that we must not only shine our light during our corporate gatherings, but also shine the Light of Christ to our neighbors, to our coworkers, and to all those in our community.  So, take the opportunity to invite those who you know to join us as we celebrate Christ.

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.