The Deacon of the Month for April is Dewayne Sherman.
The Welcome Team for April is Dewayne Sherman and Ann Burgess.
From The Pastor’s Pen
After Christ rose from the grave He met two disciples on the Emmaus Road. They invited Him to share a meal. In Luke 24:30-31 it says, “And it came to pass, as He sat at meat with them, He took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew Him; and He vanished out of their sight.”
Why did He leave so suddenly? The answer is, He didn’t leave them at all. He simply became invisible. Leaving implies a change of geography but it’s not as if Jesus moved to a different location. He appeared to them on the road but their eyes were kept from recognizing Him. Even when He taught them scripture, He still didn’t reveal Himself to them. Only when they shared a meal together did Cleopus and the other disciple recognize who He was. And then He vanished. That doesn’t mean He left them. It simply means they could no longer visibly see Him.
This is the point of the whole story: 1) Just because you don’t see Jesus doesn’t mean He isn’t there. 2) Just because you can’t feel Him doesn’t mean He has left you. 3) Just because you think you are alone doesn’t mean He is no longer by your side. Once you know that Jesus is alive, you have certainty in your heart.
There are times when we all say, “Lord Jesus, it would be wonderful if You would stay a while longer.” Things are going great, you feel the presence of God. It’s so real. You think, “I want it to be like this all the time.” And then, Boom…the rug is pulled out right from under you. “Where are You Jesus?” And the Lord answers back, “My child, I am with you even though you think I’m gone.” Because Jesus is alive, He is with us even when we don’t know it. He is with us when we think we are walking alone through dark valleys of life. Even when we have given up all hope, we discover that He was with us when we needed Him the most.
When you come to the conviction that Jesus is alive, everything changes. We don’t serve a dead God—our God is alive!
It is our purpose at Coopers Gap Baptist Church to carry out the Great Commission. Before Jesus ascended into heaven, while giving final instructions to His disciples said these words: Matthew 28:18-20 " And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
With this scripture in mind, Coopers Gap has a Four-Fold purpose to:
Evangelize- We live in a world that is lost. We come into this world with a bent against God and the things of God. We are all sinners and as a result of our sin we are separated from God. Jesus Christ who is God and man and perfectly without sin came to this earth and willingly laid down His life to pay for our sin debt. The only person who has ever lived who didn't deserve to die chose to die so that we wouldn't have to. When we place faith in Him and His finished work on the cross the wall of separation crumbles and we have fellowship with God and the promise to live with Him for all eternity in heaven. This is the only message that can make a difference in the human life. God has called us to share this message with the world. At Coopers Gap, this is the message that we have built our entire ministry on and we have in place ways to share this message and also opportunities to share this message.
Equip- Education is an essential for Christian growth and maturity. One of the major problems in many churches today is that the Christians are more educated in the programs of the church than the Word of God. The Word of God is an irreplaceable necessity for the instruction and growth of all Christians. At Coopers Gap we believe the Word of God to be Inspired, Infallible, and Inerrant. Our approach is expository explanation of the Word building principle upon principle and teaching how the Word is applied so that it can change lives.
Encourage- It is our duty as Christians to bear one another's burdens. To lift up and build up one another in faith and love. We are the hands, feet and mouth of the Lord Jesus Christ on this earth. If we speak His words, walk wherever He tells us to go, and speak with His voice we will minister to one another's needs and as a result encourage all that we come in contact with.
Excite- It is our responsibility as a church to present Christ in the messages we preach, the songs we sing, the lessons we teach and the fellowships we have. If this is done correctly God's people will be excited not because of our services or programs but in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Our churches today seem to be working overtime to excite people about their church. I submit that if you get people excited about Jesus and their relationship with Him, excitement in the church will follow.
If you are currently seeking a bible believing church that will minister to your needs and give you the opportunity to minister to the needs of others, Coopers Gap is the place for you.