The Welcome Team for May is Chris Abril and Tarry Bradley.
From The Pastor’s Pen
Sunday, May 13th, we celebrate one of the most important days of the year—Mother’s Day! I ran across the following story and wanted to share it with everyone. And remember:
“A Godly Mother Ain’t Like No Other.”
Proverbs 31: 10-31
In the mid 1700’s, there lived an old saintly woman who everyone called “Mama Newton.” She was a lady that all the children in the neighborhood wanted as their mother. She had hair like a halo of silver, hands worn with calluses, and cheeks that were stained by tears.
Every day and every night you would find Mama Newton crying and praying over her washtub in a room of poverty, for her son John.
John had run away from home as a rebellious teenager to become a sailor. John had become an ungodly, wicked man who was disowned by his father and everyone who knew him, because he was so wicked.
Yet day and night, Mama Newton kept praying that God would save and use her wayward boy. She believed in these two things: the power of prayer and the conversion of her son.
God, one day, answered the prayer of Mama Newton; He wrought a miracle in the heart of her son, John Newton. As a result, John Newton, the drunken sailor, became John Newton, the sailor-preacher, who—at the age of 54—penned the Christian’s national anthem: Amazing Grace!
God greatly used John Newton to reach thousands, including a man by the name of Thomas Scott, who, with his voice and pen, was used by God to lead thousands to Christ. Included among them was a man by the name of William Cowper, who penned the immortal words, “There Is A Fountain Filled with Blood,” which has brought thousands to the One Who died at Calvary.
All this, because of a believing, godly old mother, and her washtub prayers.
Yes, a godly mother knows that only Jesus can make you whole. It was Jesus Who made John Newton whole.
I thank God for giving me a godly mother. Her prayers and support have never wavered. “Thanks Mom.” When you have a godly mother, every day is Mother’s Day. Thank God for godly mothers.
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.