Bethany Baptist Church folks handed out water again at the Farmers Market, Saturday morning. Temperatures were down in the very comfortable range and there were a lot of people there buying all sorts of things from tomatoes, zucchinis, jellies and baked goods to handwork and crafts. This week Bethany Baptist had brochures telling about the Annual Mission Conference that is coming up next week.
The guest missionaries this year are Paul and Sandy Burbidge and their daughter, Natalie, who live in Nova Scotia, Canada and plan to work with native American tribes there. The Burbidges will be providing special music at the Mission Conference, September 25 to 29, as will as presenting their burden for the native American tribes in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Friday, September 20 there will be a pizza and movie night at Bethany Baptist Church starting at 5:30 PM. Pastor Bob and Darlene Sorensen make good pizzas. They just ask people to let them know how many are coming so they can make enough pizza.
Dan Stillings sang before Pastor Bob brought a message on “The Heartbeat of the Local Church!” referring to the amazing growth of the New Testament Church during the first years of its existence in Jerusalem.
In Acts 2 we read that Peter preached, proving by the scriptures that Jesus was indeed the Christ. He preached that God had raised Jesus from the dead in order to save them from the consequences of their sin in that crooked and perverse generation. Then 3000 souls gladly received the word, were baptized, and were added to the church that day. This was done even though they knew that they could suffer persecution for aligning with the church. Almost daily more were added to the church because they continued in the teachings, continued in prayer, and gave themselves totally to the work. They went out praising God for what he had done for them going from house to house telling the gospel. People listened and the Lord added to the church such as should be saved.