Oakland Information: July 7, 2021 | Life

Sunday June 27th was a special day for our congregation as it marked our 108th anniversary. We celebrated our homecoming with inspiring music, a stirring message from Bro. Robert Buse and of course good food and socializing after the service. It has been a day of renewal for us as members who couldn’t come to us return. It was particularly exciting to see everyone again. It has been over a year since we were allowed to have fellowship in this way.

Special music for the celebration included songs from the congregation, “The Family of God” and “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder”. Brothers. Terry Wilburn sang “Midnight Cry”, Ray Reaves sang “If You Knew Him”, the Mathis family answered a request with “Send the Rain” and our Children Youth Choir blessed our whole heart with “Nobody But Jesus” and “Chain Breaker. ” Brothers. Don introduced our guest speaker, Bro. Robert, who brought our message from Romans. Brothers. Robert was accompanied by his dear wife Carol.

“Then what should we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own son but gave up for us all, how should he not give us everything with him? Who will bring charges against God’s chosen ones? God justifies. Who is the one who condemns? Christ died and also rose again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Whether tribulation or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness: ‘For your sake we are killed all day long; We are killed all day; We are considered sheep to be slaughtered. ‘ “But in all of these things we are more than victors through those who loved us. Because I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities nor power, neither present nor future, neither height nor depth nor anything else created can separate us from the love of God, which is in us Christ Jesus our Lord ” , Romans 8: 31-39.

Brothers. Robert asked, encouraging us to ask ourselves, “Who are we in Christ Jesus?”

“For we are his work, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared in advance that we might walk in them” Ephesians 2:10.

We are his work and his masterpiece. There is nothing good that he withholds from us when we ask. He brought people into our lives to show that we share God’s love. Even our children encourage us to be good Christian examples. When difficulties arise, we can overcome our doubts and fears by remembering who we are in Christ. Remember his promises. He will be with us in everything. Adversity has existed before and will continue to come. We must remember that with Christ there is nothing we cannot do. In Christ we are overcomers. Revelation 2–3 tells the churches that those who overcome will be rewarded.

In Romans 8: 31-35, Paul asks questions. What should we say about these things? Paul draws a conclusion from the defense of the gospel that he began in chapter 1.

“Besides, those he predestined, he called them; whom he has called, these he has also justified; and whom he justified, he also glorified them ”, Romans 8:30.

If God is for us, who can oppose us? Nobody. God offered his Son for all of us. Nobody can accuse God’s elect. God is the one who justifies. Nobody can judge. We are more than overcomers and overcomers through Christ. Nothing and no one can separate us from the love of God.

God has seen all of eternity as if it had already happened. He knows how the future will develop. As parents, grandparents and church leaders to demonstrate the gospel of Christ to future generations.

In June we collect toys for the Christmas shoe boxes.

The adult choir resumed on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.

We also plan to have VBS this year on July 14th – 16th from 6pm – 8.30pm and Saturday 17th {/ sup} from 10am – 12pm. Notify Stephanie Hill or Amanda Dollar if you would like to help in any way.

A one-day event for women will be held at the Bartlett Baptist on August 21. Contact Paula Devore for more information if you are interested.

The Oakland Baptist Church Children’s and Youth Committee has reserved The Fellowship Christian Retreat in Crow’s Neck (in Bay Springs) for a children’s K-12 camp for September 3-5. They plan to split the campers by age and offer age-appropriate lessons and activities. We would be delighted if this becomes an annual event for the children of the region. We also invite other District Churches to attend this event. We welcome all child and youth leaders to lead the lessons. More information will follow in the coming weeks.

Services are currently held in the Family Life Center on Sundays at 11 a.m. The Sunday school class for women takes place in the Sanctuary and the Sunday school class for men takes place in the Family Life Center. The children meet for Sunday school in the community hall. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. On Wednesday evenings, the adult Bible study is held in the shrine and the children meet at 7 p.m. at the family life center

Our services are still broadcast over the radio for those who want to hear it more conveniently from their vehicles in the parking lot. Recordings of the service, Wednesday night Bible study and Sunday school class are still available on our Facebook page

If you are looking for a church home, we look forward to your visit. We are here to serve our community and we would consider it a privilege to help in any way we can.

There are still many who need prayer out of grief or illness. Let us lift her up every time we pray for comfort and health. Our country and our elected officials must also be covered with prayer in order to make good decisions that please God and bring glory to God. We have lost longtime members of our church family in the past few months. Please also pray for their families and for our church family as we mourn this loss.

Have a wonderful week and God bless you all!

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