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January 31, 2018, 9:50 AM

From Me to We


Church Family,

I want to be transparent before you this morning. What I am writing about is a major struggle for me. God over the last several months has been leading me to focus on Church Unity. My first thoughts were, “I don’t have any issues with Unity.” My second thoughts were, “any areas of disunity are normal and natural, no big deal.”

Our last email talked about going from I to we, this email is about going from me to we.

God has gifted each believer according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

Ephesians 4:7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

Ephesians 4:11-14 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

You see first, my pride wouldn’t allow me to see any possible areas of disunity. Second, I tried to excuse the reasons behind disunity. Thirdly, I did nothing to address the issues, as if they would all go away naturally. All of these are terrible enemies of the ministry and body of Christ.

Ephesians 4:3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace

Are we striving for unity in the Spirit? Are we bold enough to trust the power of the cross to deal with our preferences, favoritism, differences, and flat out sin? Do you see the benefit of cheering on the different gifts in the church or do you long to have people who are like you?

Boldly pray this week for this weekends services. My hope is that God will use our transparence to bring us closer together. Pray that God will do a mighty work among us. The lost will be saved. The saved will strive for holiness and unity.

Reminders:

  1. Feb. 5th is churchwide Visitation. 5:30 food, 6:15 going out
  2. Feb 6th the Baptist Women are meeting at Cynthia’s and the BYW’s are going out.
  3. Feb. 11th is the Valentine’s Banquet at 6pm.
  4. Feb. 11th is the last day to turn in your $25 deposit for the Women of Joy Conference. See Blaire for more details.
  5. The Toronto Fundraiser is tentatively scheduled for March 1st. Please check and see if this will be conflicting with any other fundraisers and let me know. Thank you
  6. Toronto Mission Trippers will meet briefly after the morning service. We need to start working on a head count.
  7. The following are the funeral arrangements for R.C.’s dad. Visitation will be held Wednesday afternoon, January 31, from 1:00 until 3:00 P.M. at Woodlawn Park Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 3:00 P.M. in the Sanctuary of Woodlawn Baptist Church, with Rev. Glenn Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Red Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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January 29, 2018, 1:58 PM

From I to We


Church Family,

I’m not looking for pity, but sometimes it is a struggle to function in life. Sometimes we just don’t have it. There are difficult days, hard situations, and unexplainable outcomes, but that’s why God called us to be a body of believers. When one part is weak, the other parts help pick it up.

Ephesians 4:4-7 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

No part can boast over the other parts, because we each need each other. I need the church. The church needs me. This is not said in a boastful way, but in a plea to all believers to come together.

My prayer today is that the I’s of the church turn into, We. We can run onto the battlefield following Our Savior. I can’t do it, but We can. Today you/We are being prayed for.

Reminders:

  1. Feb. 5th is churchwide Visitation. 5:30 food, 6:15 going out
  2. Feb 6th the Baptist Women are meeting at Cynthia’s and the BYW’s are going out.
  3. Feb. 11th is the Valentine’s Banquet at 6pm.
  4. Feb. 11th is the last day to turn in your $25 deposit for the Women of Joy Conference. See Blaire for more details.
  5. The Toronto Fundraiser is tentatively scheduled for March 1st. Please check and see if this will be conflicting with any other fundraisers and let me know. Thank you

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




January 26, 2018, 8:35 AM

Strive for Unity


Church Family,

I am so proud of the ministry that our church was able to be a part of this week. We are so blessed to have the leaders and members that we do.

Ephesians 4:1-3 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Unity doesn’t just happen by accident. First, the gospel brings us together. Second, we have to view the gospel and our unity as being greater than our personal desires. Third, we have to strive to maintain unity.

The church has to strive for Unity. We can not be walking in a manner worthy of the gospel while trying to divide the church. The 2 don’t go together. 

I think one way to help strive for unity is to pray for and encourage one another. Can I ask you to think of the areas of disagreement that you have with others? Will you pray for them? Will you consider a way to encourage them this week? 

Reminders:

1) We had a wonderful week with our Missionaries from Toronto, Matt and Scott. I would like to hear your thoughts about their visit? Did anything surprise you? Help you? Disappoint you? Inspire you?

2) Begin inviting others to the Valentine's Banquet Feb. 11th at 6pm.

3) Thank you for your prayers this week. I will tell more about it this Sunday, but each prayer helped. We had a packed room of pastors on Tuesday and built relationships with another church on Wednesday. Keep praying.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian

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January 22, 2018, 10:59 AM

Lots of Prayer this Week


Church Family,

I want to repeat what we went through last night as church.

Ephesians 3:13-21 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory. 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every familyc in heaven and on earth is named,16that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Church this week we are hosting our Church Planters from Toronto. We need to pray that God will strengthen our hearts with His Spirit. Not according to our needs or wants, but according to the riches of His Glory. Will you join me in praying for at least 4 things:

1) For the safe travel of the missionaries, Matt and Scott

2) That God would move the hearts of fellow pastors, so that they might partner with Toronto in order to reach the world for Jesus. (Any Pastor is welcomed to Join us Tuesday or Wednesday to meet with Matt and Scott. Send me an email, call or message me for details)

3) How can we be a blessing to them?

4) That God would fill us with His Spirit. Oh, that the church would be set on fire for God during this time.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Reminders:

1) Tonight we are hosting the Waccamaw Association meeting. Food will be served at 6pm. It's $5 to eat. At 7pm the meeting will begin.

2) Thank you in advance to everyone who is helping with the meeting tonight and the rest of our events this week.

3) Wednesday night at 6pm we are having a free supper and meeting with Matt and Scott as a church. Please come and hear from them yourselves.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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January 19, 2018, 8:56 AM

Ephesians 2:8-10 The Workmanship of God


Church Family,

The Church of Ephesus, according to Revelation 2, knew how to do church, but lost the love of reaching the lost for Christ. In short, they had become an inwardly focused church. They knew how to tell people how to do church, but somewhere they stopped doing the deeds of a healthy church. Inwardly focused churches will inevitably become divided. When Faith in Christ is no longer leading the church, the people will have to pick sides within the church as to who they are following.

Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

When Christ saves us, he doesn’t stop there. Believers become the workmanship of Christ. God continues to shape us and use us for His purposes. Paul says it this way in 1 Corinthians 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.”

When we see ourselves as being the work of Christ, we humble ourselves and offer ourselves to God for His purposes. We never demand praise, but rather, give all the praise to the Grace of God. The believer must remember that it’s the Grace of God and not our works that make us who we are in Christ. No one can stand up and draw people to themselves, but rather they use what God has given them to draw people to Him. The church of Ephesus forgot this. They bragged about what they knew, what they had done, and forgot about the Grace of God. Their disunity(Ephesians 4) was never dealt with properly. History tells us that they never repented.

If we have trusted God with our eternal souls, why can’t we trust Him with our earthly life? We are what we are by the Grace of God. None of us can boast in ourselves, but rather let us boast and share with others what the Grace of God has done in our lives. Let us be quick to tell others that God wishes to extend His grace to their lives as well. Let us also be quick to trust that what God is doing in us is enough to accomplish His will.

Reminders:

  1. Sunday, we will have a brief meeting for those interested in going to Toronto on a mission trip this summer.
  2. Monday night at 6pm supper will be served and at 7pm the Association meeting begins. It will cost everyone $5 to eat.
  3. Wednesday January 24th, we will meet at 6pm. Supper will be free. We ask that you bring a dessert. We will meet with Matt Hess and Scott Ridenour from our Toronto church plant. Come and see why we are so excited to partner up with these and others in Toronto to reach the world for Christ.
  4. This Sunday we will have a baptism service. Please invite all your lost friends and loved ones to see this. Pray that God will pour out His Spirit on us before, during, and after this service.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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