***2019 Motto = Abide & Abound ***
A Message From Your Pastor September 2019
“Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
The writer of Hebrews highlights something very important that Christians ought to do for each other—provoke and encourage toward Christ likeness through love and good deeds. In order to accomplish this, we are warned not to “neglect” meeting together. What the writer of Hebrews is referring to is not a large corporate gathering of Christians, as we experience in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings at 11am. Rather, the writer is referring to smaller gatherings where we get to know each other on a personal level. In our church, that means being active in a Sunday School class.
While the term “Sunday School” may seem a bit intimidating or even institutional sounding, Sunday School classes are actually warm and welcoming. Each Sunday School class represents a micro-community in our church where we are able to encourage and support one another as we share close personal relationships. Our gathering for worship in the sanctuary as a body of believers is important, but the smaller gathering in Sunday School (9:45am) is equally vital for our spiritual health. Sunday School provides great opportunities to connect with other Christians, care for one another, serve in our community, and find encouragement in God’s word. When you consider the three main components of our church mission statement: Worshiping God, Making Disciples, and Ministering to People in Need—Sunday School helps us do all three! During my years as pastor I have observed that it is the members of a Sunday School class who are there to celebrate with you on special occasions and to comfort and sup-port in life’s challenging moments. If you are not a part of a Sunday School class at NCBC, you are genuinely missing some of the best our church has to offer. I am so grateful to all our gifted Sunday School teachers and to our Sunday School co-coordinators Susan Thornbrough and Melissa Turner for all they do to enhance the Sunday School Ministry at NCBC.
The writer of Hebrews makes it clear that we all need this encouragement and account-ability, and even more so, as we live in the times nearing the return of Christ. Life is simply too difficult to attempt the journey of Christian discipleship all by yourself. Jesus ministered to large groups at times, but most often connected with people on a personal level. He invest-ed much time with his twelve disciples. If Jesus modeled life together with fellow believers, then we would be wise to follow his example through active engagement with a Sunday School class. It is my sincere hope that if you have not already connected with a class that you will make it a point to do so as our new church year gets under way on Sunday September 1st. Even if you’ve been out of the loop for a while, come on back at 9:45 am and re-connect with your class.
We will celebrate and emphasize our Sunday School Ministry at NCBC on Sunday September 29th with a covered dish breakfast at 9am and a Sunday School revitalization work-shop for all adults and youth classes beginning at 9:45am. Let’s all do our part, working together, to make Sunday School at NCBC the very best it can be!