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July 26th, 2009


Understanding Our Mission

Each of the gospels conclude with the “The Great Commission.” The Book of Acts, in reporting the follow-up of what Jesus began, gives us the result of fulfilling “The Great Commission” (cf. Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8). This is no surprise to those who remember what the Lord Jesus told His disciples when He called them: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19; Mark 1:17).

Fishers of men are not born but are made by knowing the Master Fisherman and by knowing and following His plan rather than their own. In John 21:1-14 Jesus illustrates this reality. Just before His ascension, Jesus manifested Himself to seven of His disciples that were at the Sea of Tiberias. They had been fishing all night without success; their human efforts had been in vain! But then, at the break of the new day, when Jesus arrived and told them to cast their net in a specific place, they pulled in a great catch of fish. Their faithful obedience caused them to receive the prize! This event highlights what the resurrected Christ is for us and what is doing today: calling people away from their lives of frustration and disillusion into lives of meaning and productivity as they learn to live in communion with the Savior.

   Note a few things from verse one:

  “After these things” The resurrection of Christ concluded seven great signs (i.e. “these things”) described by John. He then provides the purpose of those signs, “[T]hat you may believe” (John 20:31).  It is fundamental to remember that the mission of the disciple of Christ is to bring people to believe in Jesus as the Son of God and through Him is the only means of salvation (John 20:28-31). John 21 is the epilogue meant to encourage the disciples to fulfill their mission with the knowledge that the help of the Lord is not going to be lacking.

   “Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples” Jesus, the resurrected one, the one who died for our sin, showed Himself. Jesus intentionally revealed certain things about Himself as the resurrected and ascended Lord of life that are vital for our faith and faithfulness. Christ manifested Himself to those who were His followers, to those to whom He gave and would repeat The Great Commission.

 As the prologue in John 1 reveals Jesus as the Word who became flesh to reveal God to mankind, so the epilogue in chapter 21 reveals what Christ really means as the incarnate and glorified Son of God. If life without Him is a series of frustrations, then fellowship with the resurrected Lord motivates our existence. As all our efforts and attempts fail without Him, the trust and the obedience to the Master’s plan produces the satisfying success that our soul craves!

As we begin our journey in search of understanding our mission better, as stated in The Great Commission, let us remember and ponder its final purpose: “I have come that they [i.e. Christ’s disciples] may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

— Paolo Di Luca


Welcome

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone who is with us today.  Come every opportunity you have.

If you have any questions regarding what we do during worship services, please ask one of our elders.


Gleaner Cans

Keep filling your gleaner cans for Potter's 2009 Silver for Children campaign.  Their goal is $65.50 per can.  Our gifts help provide children with Bibles, clothing, books, class fees, other school expenses, transportation, as well as daily living expenses.  Cans are scheduled for pick up in November, so plenty of time remains to fill one up for the kids!  A few empty cans remain in the foyer for those who have yet to get one.



The Cell Phone

vs.

THE BIBLE

   Ever wonder what would happen if people treated their Bibles like they treat their cell phones?

    à What if we carried our Bibles around in our purses or pockets?

à What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?

à What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

à What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?

à What if we gave it to kids as gifts?

à What if we used it when we traveled?

à What if we used it in case of emergency?

Unlike cell phones, we don’t have to worry about our Bibles being disconnected. Jesus paid the bill. There is never a dropped call. Service is always available and the signal always strong.

Via Steelton Family News

Feb. 2009 ~ Adapted


In Appreciation!

Last week we received a call thanking us for the blanket her daughter received while being a patient in the emergency room at the hospital.  The 5th & 6th grades and Teen classes made blankets during their craft time during VBS.  These blankets were given to the Emergency Room for distribution.


Reminder

Weekly Services

New Martinsville Health Care Center

Wednesday afternoons, 1:30 p.m.

Everyone able is encouraged to attend and participate.  The residents enjoy this brief period of devotion and Christian fellowship. 



Bridge Street Schedule of Events

Friends and Family Day.  August 23, 2009.

Men's Prayer Breakfast.  Fall date TBA.



In SEARCH of the Lord's Way

The Prince of Saying "No" to God

"One of the first words a baby learns in 'no'!  Perhaps the reason is, it is one of the firs words repeatedly said to him,.  Likewise, many adults have learned to say 'no' to God.  They do not understand the price of saying 'no' to god."

Phil Sanders

Schedule topic -- July Aug. 2, 2009

7:30 a.m. Each Lord's Day Morning -- Channel 7



Among the Sick . . .

Many among our number continue to struggle with health problems.  Keep them, our shut-ins and those in local nursing homes in your prayers.  Send a card, call, or make a visit whenever able.  They will appreciate it.

Doris Twyman fell last weekend breaking her femur.  She underwent surgery Tuesday at Wheeling Hospital to repair her leg.

Jerry Moore was transferred to Sistersville Nursing Home Friday evening and is doing much better.

Reed White remains in serious condition at home.

JoBeth Simmons had surgery Friday and was able to return home Friday afternoon.

Erlinda Cabral also had surgery Friday in Wheeling.

Norman Gamble is scheduled for eye surgery August 3rd.

John Thomas (Wilda's husband) developed heart problems while recovering from surgery and remains a patient in Parkersburg.

Among those at who remain at home recovering; Clarence Dawson (eye surgery), Russell Jones (knee surgery).

Also remember in prayer: LaNora Aberegg, Garnet Parish, Glen & Xie Goddard, Jim Eddy, Clee Knowlton,Christine Mazon (niece of Connie Miller), Kirk Timmons, and Betty Timmons, Rollie Bohrer.

Shut-in and Nursing Homes:  Earl Clegg, Brad Tennant, Velma Ruble, Linda Wildman.



To our Bridge Street family:

I want to share my thoughts and feeling, as I had been unable to do so from the podium the past several weeks.

First, I want to thank you for the love and concern you have shown for me and my family over the years.  You have been so supportive and encouraging to us when we were facing challenges.  When we adopted the boys, you welcomed them with open arms.  When the eldership was established, you encouraged us to tackle the opportunity by your support.  Then, the last few years with my work position in question, you made a constant effort to remember us in your prayers.  We thank you.

 I do not want you to be discouraged by this change, as I see the spiritual strength of the congregation increasing.  This should be looked at at an opportunity for growth, as many can expand their efforts and develop talents to do more for the body of Christ there.  I pray that you continue to give Roger and Paolo your full support as they carry on in the eldership.  They are both excellent servants and they work very  hard to do their best for the Lord's work there.  I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work so closely with both of them in the last several years, as they were very encouraging to me.

Bridge Street will always be our home and you will always be our brothers and sisters in Christ, regardless of where we are.  You will never be far from our thoughts and prayers, and, of course, we will be back for visits.  We love you.

Dennis & Kathy Dye



Attendance Record (Week of July 19th)

  Sunday Bible Classes              70

   Sunday Morning Worship        104

    Sunday Evening Worship          60

             Wednesday Bible Study           69