Sunday morning our attendance was good seems like everyone changed their clocks before going to bed on Saturday night. Some members were back after being out sick for a while and it was good to see them. We were blessed also to have visitors. It is always good for them to come. We welcome anyone that does not have a regular church home to come be with us. Special music was, “Holy Holy Holy,” by Alicia Cottrell. Pastor Anthony Cottrell’s message, “Bearing our Brethren’s Burdens.” Think about the time you decided to follow Christ. Do you remember how this decision made you feel being full of joy and hope? Deciding to follow Christ we chose to enter this journey from that point to our passing from this life. We understand there will be trials, pains or difficulties but we also know the Spirit is there to help through these times.
Accepting Christ we begin the process of discipleship. A discipleship is someone who knows and follows Christ, being changed by Christ, and committed to making disciples. There are many facets to the discipleship process, and keys to all areas of process. One of the keys is that we must care for our brothers and sisters. Gal. 6: 1-5 Paul used the word brethren because we are a family and we care for each other. Matt: 12: 46-50. We are told by Jesus himself of the importances of relationship with our brethren. As Christ followers we become concerned, connected and committed to each other. Paul says we care for each other by carrying their burdens. One thing we know God carries all our burdens I Peter 5: 6-7. What are burdens?
They are either circumstances of life that threaten to take your joy or satisfaction in God or sin that leaves us in jeopardy of condemnation and subject to judgment. Some are burdened daily or weekly. Sometimes God’s Spirit helps in that moment to remind us of the joy and providence of God, and then sometimes the Spirit helps to convict us of our trespasses to bring us to repentance. Sometimes we need another person to come along and be the physical hand that helps to carry our load. We need to know we are cared for by our brothers and sisters in Christ. Then we can help shoulder the load of someone else that’s going through difficulty, this shows to love God and love our neighbor. We are to bear each other’s burdens in humility. Sunday night at 6 p.m. Patrick Alligood continued teaching on The Holy Spirit in the Discipleship Study. The Morgan County Baptist Associational Senior Adults will meet at Cracker Barrel in Madison Thursday, March 17 at 10 a.m. “Holy Week,” schedule of services, 7 p.m. nightly Monday, March 21 Beacon Heights Baptist Church, Rev. Wayne Ghann, Tuesday, March 22 Brownwood Baptist Church, Rev. Alvis Richardson; Wednesday, March 23 meets at their own church; Thursday, March 24 Lake Oconee Baptist Chapel, Rev. Jeff Hicks, and Friday, March 25 Rutledge Baptist Church, Rev. Anthony Cottrell.
Everyone is invited to any or all of the services. See you there. The Annie Armstrong Easter offering will be collected at Brownwood Sunday, March 20 during the morning service. Our community and church was shocked and saddened when hearing of the death of Bernard Oxford this past week. He lived in the Brownwood Community and Morgan County for many years. As of now a grave side service will be held at Brownwood Baptist Church Cemetery on April 10 at 2 p.m. Our Christian sympathy goes out to his family during this time. Margie Ward and Betty Bohannon visited Margie’s sister Laurene Hopkins at Wesbury Rehab Facility in Jackson on Thursday afternoon.