Seeking a closer relationship with God

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Sunday morning attendance was good. We still have members that are out. I know some that are sick but not sure about others. We were blessed again with several visitors. Welcome goes out to them each time they come and our prayer is they were blessed by coming and will come again. Special in song was by Alicia Cottrell entitle, “Healer.” Pastor Cottrell’s message was, “Hold Fast to Your Faith,” Heb. 10: 19-25. This week we’re talking about holding fast to our confession, which is that we have faith in the eternal salvation that God has provided to us. Our confession is important because it is a proclamation in our life that we are seeking something higher in seeking God. We are putting our faith in what we do not see. Heb. 11: 1. When we openly confess our faith in God we are openly admitting to those around us we are going to see God. (1) Faith that seeks God seeks the Lord in prayer. Ps. 145: 18. This is an opportunity for us to seek a closer relationship with God, our prayer life is a reflection of our faith, grow closer to God, helping others helps our faith to grow.

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” Matt. 6: 33. (2) Faith that seeks God grows overtime. Rom 1: 16-17. Paul uses the phase faith to illustrate how faith grows, faith never changes to something else, and it only grows from small faith to large faith if we seek God. Rom. 12: 3. We all start with a saving faith and it’s what we do with it that determines if our faith will grow. Part of growing in our faith is understanding that our ultimate goal or hope for our faith is, we will never be separated from God. (3) Faith that seeks God realizes we have nothing else but faith in Him. Luke 23: 40-43 The thief hanging on the cross had nothing else but faith at his last moments. When we realize we have nothing but faith then maybe we will seek to grow that faith in God. We all still need to seek to grow our faith in God and to spread the hope for faith in this world. Sunday night at 6p.m.

Patrick Alligood had the lesson on the Minor Prophet Zechariah. Pastor Cottrell’s message, “We Have Heard,” Matt. 9: 18-26. Jesus was on His way to heal a dead girl; a woman with a disease for 12 years came up behind Him thinking if I can just tough the hem of his garment I will be made well. We can see and hear the woman’s faith in t his. She believed in Jesus’ power. Jesus turned when He saw her he said be of good comfort thy faith has made thee whole. Zech. 8: 20-23. This says 10 men will grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, these men are inspired and they reveal what inspires them. “Let us go with you for we have heard that God is with you.” I Cor. 14-25 Paul makes a statement about a church that is full of people prophesying. He says if a visitor comes to this church he will be convinced and convicted by all.

The visitor will repent, worship and say, “God is truly among you.” What does it take for a church to have this kind of reputation in a community? Do people say, “Let us go with you for we have heard that God is with you?” Thursday Anthony Cottrell, Dot Stewart and Peggy Harper were among those visiting with the family and friends of Altheia Scott at Meadows Funeral Home in Monroe. Next Sunday, Jan. 31 during morning worship Ordination service will be held for Anthony Cottrell at Brownwood. The Lord’s Supper will also be observed. After the service the service a covered dish meal will be held in the Family Life Center. Thursday night, Feb. 4 the Morgan County Baptist Association Brotherhood meeting will be held at Rutledge Baptist Church at 7 p.m. The executive committee meets at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 the Morgan County Baptist Association Senior Adult Banquet will be held at Lake Oconee Baptist Chapel at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a filled covered dish. The Women’s Ministry meeting will be held Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Brownwood Community building at 10 a.m. Please bring brunch or munch food. At Brownwood our Brotherhood will start having quarterly fellowship meetings. These meeting will be held on designated Sunday before Sunday school. Breakfast will be served. The first meeting / breakfast will be Sunday, Feb. 28 at 8 a.m.

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