Welcome

Join us Sunday, August 14th at 10:30am as we welcome the Caudell family into the NABC family. Pastor Kyle will be starting a new series on the book of Colossians, Jesus Above All.

Digital Missions 

North Anderson family and friends, 

What comes to mind when you hear the following words paired together: “Digital Missions”

It’s likely that many would describe those words as a bit of an oxymoron. Spending any amount of time on any of the social media platforms that we have access to and seeing the sinful content and vitriolic messaging that is so prevalent there would lead one to the conclusion that very little good could come from what happens in the digital space! 

In fact, many Christians and churches have deemed it an evil and unusable space & have written it off altogether.

Personally, I think that’s a major mistake and it leads to a massive missed opportunity. I think it’s imperative that those who are light are intentional in shining it in the darkness (Matt 5:14-16). In fact, I sincerely believe that social media is one of the greatest mission opportunities afforded to us and is easily the most accessible mission field on the planet. In fact, I am convinced that wise, kind, strategic and Gospel focused ministry online is working towards fulfilling the Great Commission! 

Before you write that off, let me make my case:

*We’ve been called to reach people and online is where people are

82% of Americans are on some form of social media today (statista.com). You read that right. Friends, that means that 8 of every 10 people you see in town today are online. The world is at our fingertips…literally!

*Social Media is a tool to be taken advantage of 

While it can be used for evil, it can also be used for good! It’s not moral or immoral, it’s amoral.  How we choose to use it determines it’s quality. 

It’s strange to me that Christians have historically used the newest technology of the day for Gospel good…but now, we shouldn’t?

Think about that: 

The Printing Press! 

Christians leveraged that unprecedented technology to get Gods Word to the masses! In fact, do you know what the first book ever printed on Johannes Gutenberg’s press was? You got it…a Bible!

Eventually, the telegraph comes on to the scene and what is the first telegraphic message ever sent? Got it again…on May 24th, 1844, Samuel Morse tapped out a passage of scripture from Numbers 23:23, “What hath God wrought”!

We could go on and on here. Radio, Television, etc. Though sometimes late to the party, we’ve utilized these tools for Kingdom work.

Why not now? What a great tool and opportunity we’ve been given! The possibilities are endless and the reach is unlike anything we’ve ever seen!

Look, make no mistake, I KNOW that the digital space, even as automation continues to evolve, can never replicate face to face connection. It’s called “virtual” for good reason. It’s not real. I’m not proposing that our missional engagement in the digital world should replace our in-person connections and evangelistic efforts…but it certainly can compliment them!

So, the big question is “What does digital missions mobilization look like?”

The complete answer to that question is still being thought through, and likely will be for quite some time. That said, I think there are a few things that we can do online right now that serves to advance the Gospel and promote Kingdom growth.

If I may, here are a few suggestions:

  • Conduct yourself online in a manner that would glorify Christ. This includes not only the content that you put up but also the attitude and tone by which you communicate it. Don’t forget that what you “like” is visible to everyone else, as well (Matt 5:16)
  • Contend for the truth but don’t become contentious in the process (Jude 3-4). You’ll never argue anyone into the Kingdom of Heaven. Speak the truth in love and then trust the Holy Spirit to go to work. 
  • Share Scripture and what you’re learning from it. You’d be surprised how often people have seen a particular verse that I’ve posted and sent me a message thanking me because “that’s just what I needed today” or have asked me about what the verse means! (Isaiah 5:11)
  • Regularly ask “How can I pray for you today?”. Not only has this granted me the the privilege of partnering in prayer with countless people, this simple question conveys sincere care and has also led to numerous Gospel conversations over the years!
  • If you desire to be known as a Kingdom person, focus on Kingdom things. (Matt 6:33) Too often, instead of being known by our love for Christ, we’re identified by our political views because that’s what fills our timeline. Look over yours. Would it lead someone to think, “He’s of the Elephants”…”She’s of the Donkeys”…OR…”He/she is of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah”?
  • Invite! It’s never been easier to invite your friends to church than it is right now! A quick post, direct message, tweet, etc and bam! You’ve just extended an easy, non-confrontational invitation to a person who needs to hear the Gospel!

One of the simplest ways that you can help to advance the Gospel in our digital world is by “liking” and “sharing” the content that we’ll be creating and posting through our North Anderson social media platforms. We’ll work hard to produce simple, shareable and missions minded material for this very thing! 

I know that this digital space can be intimidating at times and far too often, it’s frustrating but what an opportunity we have! The next generation is there…let’s go get them. They’re worth it!

On mission in Anderson and beyond,

Kyle

Schedule Adjustments

Dear church family, 

Merry Christmas to each of you and your families! Though many things in our lives are different this year, the reason we celebrate Christmas remains the same. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ during the Christmas season. 

I want to let you know that, over the past two weeks, we have had several leaders and members test positive for COVID19. In light of this, the decision has been made to cancel Sunday School for the next two weeks, December 20 (tomorrow) and December 27. 

If you are a Sunday School teacher, please contact your class members (or in the case of children, their parents) to be sure they are aware of this change.

We will continue with worship services Sunday in both the gym and the sanctuary. Please note that MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED in both locations and will be provided for anyone who does not have one.  

Please prayerfully consider attendance as we worship together. If you have any possible symptoms of illness, stay at home and join us as we stream the service live. If you are able to join us in person, be sure to use wisdom and caution in your interactions with others.  

As of right now, we do plan to hold our Christmas Eve service in the gym. Again, masks will be required and socially-distanced seating will be set up. If anything changes with this plan between now and then, you will be notified through email, Facebook, and/or a phone call. 

I look forward to celebrating the birth of our Savior with you in the house of the Lord tomorrow. 

Pastor Bill

COVID-19 Update

Dear family,

We are excited about going back into the sanctuary for the worship services this Sunday July 5 at our regular hour.  Having looked at the sanctuary versus the gym, it seems that we will have as much space as in the gym to spread out.  Having watched where everyone has been sitting in the gym, it looks like we will have lots of space for proper distancing in the sanctuary when we worship our Lord and Savior.  

Please know that we are serious about your safety and your health, therefore we are doing all that we can do to make it safe for everyone.  Greeters will wear masks and have the doors open for you, their job is to make you feel welcome.  We are encouraging each of you who come to prepare to wear your mask. Making sure that everyone is safe is important and you can help others by wearing a mask.

If you feel sick or have been around someone who has been sick, please don’t come but watch us on the live stream.  Thank you for “loving your neighbor” that way, for all of our safety.  We know that not everyone is fully comfortable coming back for worship yet and we respect your decision. Pray for that day to come soon and that you will be ready to return to worship with the church family.
Sincerely and with great love,

Your Pastor

COVID-19 Update

Dear family,
We are excited about going back into the sanctuary for the worship services this Sunday July 5 at our regular hour.  Having looked at the sanctuary versus the gym, it seems that we will have as much space as in the gym to spread out.  Having watched where everyone has been sitting in the gym, it looks like we will have lots of space for proper distancing in the sanctuary when we worship our Lord and Savior.  
Please know that we are serious about your safety and your health, therefore we are doing all that we can do to make it safe for everyone.  Greeters will wear masks and have the doors open for you, their job is to make you feel welcome.  We are encouraging each of you who come to prepare to wear your mask. Making sure that everyone is safe is important and you can help others by wearing a mask. 
If you feel sick or have been around someone who has been sick, please don’t come but watch us on the live stream.  Thank you for “loving your neighbor” that way, for all of our safety.  We know that not everyone is fully comfortable coming back for worship yet and we respect your decision. Pray for that day to come soon and that you will be ready to return to worship with the church family.
Sincerely and with great love,
Your Pastor

Activities Update

Dear church family,

We ask that you pray to our Father and Lord regarding our faithfulness in continuing to give financially as we have been given. For those of you who are continuing to give, thanks for your faithfulness in giving to your Lord while we are in this very difficult time. Would those of you who have not yet given during this time, please consider giving to the Lord’s Kingdom through your church, NABC?

God has allowed us to go through such a trying time as this with the COVID-19 virus. We have been told not to gather together physically as a body, for the health of not only our people but all those they might run into. We are trying to be considerate to all people and protective of those who are most vulnerable. Thank God and continue to pray for His guidance as we steer through these unparalleled times.

It looks like because of the President’s directive that we will not meet at least until the first of May. We are working on a special Easter service for all who will be online with us. Pray for us as we finalize all the preparations. For special encouragement, I hope you are watching the Guidepost Daily Devotions each day.

Don’t hesitate to let us know if there are any needs you have that we can meet. We love you and pray for you all.

Your shepherds of the flock at NABC

Temporary Suspension of Activities

To Our Church Family at NABC,
We praise our great God of love and mercy for His enduring care over His children. Psalm 20:7, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
While our medical professionals and government officials do all they can to control or treat the coronavirus COVID-19, we thank them for all they are doing on our behalf and while we wait we will continue to pray and believe in the God of the Bible and trust in Him for He is sovereign over all, He is all powerful and nothing has caught Him by surprise. Let us trust in God. Proverbs 3:5-6, 5“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
We are citizens of the USA and our President has asked that groups of more than 10 not meet together. Because of that request, the worship and activities of NABC will be suspended until Sunday, April 5. For a little over 2 weeks there will be NO activities at our church facilities. We are encouraging you to join us for the live streamed worship services each Sunday, March 22 and 29 that can be seen on NABC Facebook and on our website www.northandersonbaptist.com. Worship at home with us! We look forward to our first worship back together on April 5, when we will have our regularly scheduled Sunday School and Worship.
We have always been so thankful for your faithful giving to the Lord’s work here at NABC and around the world, that we are asking that you keep it up for these next two Sundays by giving in one of four ways:
1. Bring your offerings to the church office during office hours of M-Th. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
2. Drop through the mail slot on the office door 24/7.
3. Mail your contributions to North Anderson Baptist Church, PO Box 793, Anderson, SC 29622.
4. Give electronically on our website: www.northandersonbaptist.com (upper right side of web page “On-line Giving”) or just giving.nabc.church
We know that you will continue to give faithfully to the Lord’s work.
We pray that while you may not be able to physically worship together at “church,” YOU are the church and our Savior and Lord desires for us to still be His hands and feet. Because of His mercy and love to us, we should reach out at this time and care like Christ would for those who are in need. Seek out those who may need your love and help others who can’t help themselves. You may need to take someone to get food or even pay for a person’s groceries who may be having financial problems. If someone needs to go to the doctor and is afraid to get out by themself, you can lend a hand by taking them. If there are difficulties in our church family our deacons and ministers stand ready to help in any way possible. Unfortunately the hospitals are not allowing visitors and the nursing and assisted living facilities are on basic lock down and we can’t visit. But, if there is a need with any of our members you may call me and I will do what it takes to care and minister as Christ would. Please call the pastor at 933-6200 and I will respond as quickly as possible.
I want to thank you for your support. Many of our leaders here at NABC helped to make these decisions. We are a family and I am grateful to each of them for their courageous leadership. We are all concerned for the health and welfare of all our members but particularly our Senior Adults.
I leave you with this thought, let’s count our blessings and thank God for His past faithfulness and His present care to His children. He will not leave us nor forsake us. Isaiah 26:3-4 says, 3 “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.”
I love and pray for God’s protection over each of you,
Pastor Bill

From Your Pastor, February

It looks like we will go into February with a chill! It has been so cold lately it must be because of Global Warming???

During the months to come, I have been led to preach on the “Home.” You have already heard, if you have been in the worship services, that I want to emphasize our families becoming closer to the Lord Jesus Christ by discipling our children in the Lord. That is more than bringing them to church and going on special retreats; it is where we, the parents, are the primary disciplers of our own children in our own home. God gave them to us and we are responsible to God for teaching them about who He is and what He desires in their lives that will help them to walk humbly with God. Make no mistake, we the church, will assist you the parents in doing our part here by being faithful to teach the truth from the Word of God to all of the children who attend.

The Word is faithful to guide us in not only growing as a family in Christ but to help each of us to be better disciples of Christ ourselves. Some of us need someone to disciple us and help us to grow in Christ, others of us need to disciple those who are seeking to grow in their relationship with Jesus. We will call these “Life Groups.” A group may have just a few people or they may have many depending upon the group and the leadership. Are these new “Life Groups” like our Small Groups now? No, we hope they will be more intimate and intentional in doing life together and would last longer than 6 to 12 weeks. We hope these Life Groups will begin to help one another grow into mature disciples in Christ Jesus. Please read Ephesians 4:12-16.

From Your Pastor

December brought to us the Lottie Moon Offering and an emphasis on missions. Of course, we at NABC have emphasized missions all year long, not just during December but also when Annie Armstrong Offering comes around or when Janie Chapman Offering time comes. We have talked about the mission to Baltimore and supporting Lina Fonseca and Meryl and Austin O’Donald, as well as our regular support of the mission trips to Kentucky. Plus, we have talked about helping Orrville Baptist in their street ministry. Let us now decide that it is time to prioritize in our own life, DOING missions. Jesus said in several different ways in the Scriptures to go and tell! One of the favorite ones is Matthew 28:16-20, 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

In verses 16-17 I see something that is going on in churches all around. Eleven went to the mountain with Jesus and they worshiped Him, “but some doubted. ”What did they doubt? Could it be that they doubted that He was the Christ, the resurrected One, or that they would follow Him to do His bidding? I don’t really know what they doubted but it seems to me from the rest of the scripture that comes after the Gospels that the disciples, all of them, took seriously the command to Go and TELL! Are you doubting what Jesus said? Have you taken seriously the command of our Lord Jesus Christ to GO and TELL? If you say you have, then what are you doing about it, personally? Please don’t say that I am giving money so others can go and share, because that is not you personally going and telling! Who are you telling and where are you going? This year, 2019, will you make a really solid commitment to DO what your Savior and LORD has told you and every Christian to do? Go to those around you and to the near-est area and then to the utter most parts of the world, telling people that Jesus died on the cross and then was buried and finally He arose from the dead to live forever. Telling them He did this to save all of mankind from their sin and to give them eternal life, including the people to whom you are going. Will you make that commitment public in a worship service right away? I will wait for you at the front of the sanctuary to rejoice with you in obeying the Lord and Savior of yours and my life.