Labor Day

As we celebrate Labor Day this week I couldn’t help but think, as we begin the busy fall season of getting back to school, back to work, football games, fall festivals, work, school fundraisers, PTA meetings, work, cutting grass, raking leaves, work, trick-or-treating, backyard bbq’s, work, grocery shopping, birthday parties, work, work, Work, WOrk, WORk, WORK, WWOORRRRKKK!!! How much do we all need a rest from our labor. Life is so full of so many good things! But without the balance of rest, we will ultimately fall apart. It can become overwhelming when we work all the time and sometimes we just don’t see the results or feel like any of it is paying off.

Two things came to mind as I reflected on this. Two critical things that I sometimes forget about or overlook in the everyday buzz of activity and the hectic pace of life.

Number 1 – God created us for work and for rest. God gave us work as a blessing! In the garden of Eden, in perfection and paradise God gave us work because it was good. Work gave us purpose, meaning, and fulfillment. But when sin enters the picture, work becomes frivolous, fruitless, and frustrating. But God created a special day of rest, a Sabbath day, so that man could release his frustrations, find his energy recharged and ultimately, contemplate meaning and derive purpose once again. One special day a year dedicated to rest from our labor (Labor Day) will not cut it! God rested on the seventh day after creating the universe, not because He was tired, but rather so He might set the pattern of work and rest for man. God created us for work and for rest.

Number 2 – Nothing we do for the Kingdom of God is in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:58 says this: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Sometimes I must admit that I feel like nothing I do matters. There are times when it seems like everything I do fails, nothing is getting through…”God am I really supposed to do this?” I feel frustrated, because everything I do seems frivolous and fruitless. Maybe, just maybe, I need some rest. Time to reflect on verses like this that help redirect me back to the purpose, meaning and fulfillment I have in following Jesus. I need to be reminded once again by God’s Word that I can stand firm – keep doing the work of the Gospel, don’t move – keep in the place God has put me, give everything – I can give my full effort to Jesus knowing that none of it is wasted!

There’s a lot of things to look forward to this busy season…get the rest you need, and give all you have for the work of the Lord – it’s not in vain, and in the end, it’s the only thing that really matters.

In Christ’s Love

Mission Fundraiser

We would like to invite you to join us on Saturday August 24th for a Mission Fundraising event! The event will include live music, BBQ, popcorn, shaved ice, jump houses, a cake walk, and a silent auction! Everyone is welcome.

When: Saturday August 24th at 11AM-4PM

Where: Shoal Creek Baptist Church – 4967 Fincher Rd, Canton, GA 30114

What: Mission fundraising event

BBQ plates are $7.50 each. We have whole BBQ butts available for $40 ($45 shaved). Tickets for the cake walk are $2 each. All proceeds go to benefit the church’s upcoming international mission trip to El Salvador.

It’s hard to believe that we’re already at the midpoint of Summer break! Half of 2019 is already over! In light of this midway point, perhaps we should look back just a moment at the first half of the year. We started off the year looking at P.O.W.E.R. — why do Christians who serve a God of Power often lack it themselves?  How can we experience more of God’s power in our lives? P. – Prayer, O. – Oneness/Unity. W. – Word (God’s Word), E. – Enthusiasm, R. – Reconciliation — Are we practicing/experiencing these things in our daily walk?  We took a long Journey to the Cross, following Jesus’ journey, and then realizing He invites us to take that journey as well.  These are some of the main themes that we have been walking together through as a church the first half of this year…so if you would please allow me to ask you an important question: How’s It Going? Are you still remembering to revisit these items and attempting to put them into practice?  Or have you moved on to summer vacation mode?

Now I’m not waging my finger at you — I’m just pointing out that we can often lose ground on territory we’ve already crossed if we don’t continually remind ourselves to keep working it all out. It’s easy to get into school mode…we learn from January to May then take June and July off, and then back to school in the Fall! But for the follower of Jesus, class is always in session! Peter puts it this way to the early followers of Jesus,

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:13-16)

He says, “Prepare your minds for action.” I love that phrase.  In the Greek, it literally means, to gird up the loins of your mind…or if I could render it in more modern English “pull up the pants of your mind!”  Don’t get caught with your pants down!  Get your mind in gear, engage your thoughts on Jesus! When our minds are set on vacation, they often become dull, thinking only of this world and its pleasures, we can lose sight of God’s Kingdom and the urgency of the call of our Lord Jesus.

Secondly he says, “do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance.” Don’t go back to where you were…don’t lose ground on your personal growth.  You’ve already learned a different way of thinking and acting — it’s time to move forward, not backward. As Jesus’ followers, we cannot go back to the life we once knew. We renounced those ways when we chose a life of following Jesus. If there is one thing that modern followers of Jesus struggle with, perhaps more than our forefathers in the faith, is walking in holiness. We all understand that we are fallen people — sinners saved by grace. However, we have been given a new identity, a transformed life, that we now must continually live out by faith in Christ’s completed work and the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying power. Grace covers ALL our sin.  I will say it again, grace covers ALL our sin, but grace does not cover our evil intentions to walk a crooked path when we know better (Gal. 5:13, 19-21). The “passions of our former ignorance” must be crucified (Gal. 5:24), nailed to the cross, so that we no longer pick them up…that’s how we take up our cross daily and follow Jesus (Luke 9:23). Let us not give any more ground back to the Enemy of our souls, but let us continually let the Holy Spirit take new territory in our personal transformation towards holiness.

So, let’s all shake off the sand from the beach and wash the chlorine and salt out of our hair — let’s prepare our minds for action, leaving our former ignorance behind and let us look forward to the second half of the year with an aim, a goal, a mission — being Holy, just like our Lord Jesus.

Fall Festival and Trunk-or-treat

Fall Festival

We just a few days away from our annual Fall Festival!

Join us this Saturday at 11am to 4pm for games, food, bounce houses, face painting and more!

Trunk-or-treat

Please join us on October 31st at 6pm for our community trunk-or-treat. This is an awesome, safe, family friendly way to enjoy some awesome candy and costumes!

The Kingdom of God – 6 Part Series

The word kingdom may stir up various images in your mind. Maybe you think about Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth, King Arthur and his round table, or maybe you just think about your last binge watch of Game of Thrones.  Whatever the case may be, when we look into God’s Word we find the Kingdom of Israel united as one, that then becomes divided into a northern and southern kingdom.

Many other kingdoms come and go, even enslaving God’s people from time to time, until we reach the New Testament where Jesus begins to preach and teach about the Kingdom of God.  What is this Kingdom that Jesus speaks about?  And how does our understanding of it have relevance in our day and age?  In our upcoming 6-week series we will learn more about The Kingdom of God, what it is, why it matters, and how we can be a part of it.  Hope to see you at the Creek for this important series!

Jon us starting Sunday September 30th as we start a 6 week series studying the unending Kingdom of God.

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Game ON! – 2018 VBS

Shoal Creek invites children ages 4 to 18 to join us starting Monday July 9th at 6:30PM for Game ON! Our 2018 Vacation Bible School. VBS will be Monday-Friday 6:30PM to 8:30PM daily.

What: Shoal Creek 2018 Vacation Bible School – Game ON!

When: Starting Monday July 9th at 6:30PM. Continuing daily from 6:30PM to 8:30PM (Monday-Friday) – Family fun night is Friday July 13th!

Where: 4967 Fincher Rd, Canton, GA 30114

Who: Kids ages 4 to 18

LifeWay’s 2018 VBS invites kids to grab their megaphones, lace up their cleats, and tune up their instruments. As they fill up the offensive line, sideline, and drumline, your players, cheerleaders, and band members will realize God has given them His ultimate playbook. He wants them to join His team, train hard, celebrate salvation, and encourage one another. Get in the spirit today with Game On! VBS.

Events and Important Dates

Please be sure to bookmark http://www.cometothecreek.com/events – this page will serve as the centralized calendar for all important dates and upcoming events for the church.

Important upcoming dates for March and April:

  • March 9th – Movie Night at 6:30PM
  • March 11th – Church Conference after morning service
  • March 25th – Breakfast at 9:00AM
  • April 1st – Deacons Meeting at 8:30AM
  • April 8th – Church Conference after morning service
  • April 13th – Movie Night at 6:30PM
  • April 22nd – Breakfast at 9:00AM

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