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The Commission Online - Activities and Events of Bayou Drive Baptist Church, Alvin, Texas
April 3, 2017 Issue XII

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In this edition:
  • Join us for the big reveal next Sunday morning!
  • Fishers of Men (and women!) Conference April 22-23.
  • Carry the church directory on your smartphone.
  • Why the pastor is a teetotaler.
Events and Activities
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Easter Worship March 16
Bring the whole family and join us Easter Sunday, April 16 for a special time of worship as we re-imagine the crucifixion and the resurrection. A special children's worship is planned followed by a family egg hunt. Our church will also be partaking the Lord's Supper.
Big Reveal
Big Reveal Sunday April 9
God is doing some great things at our church. We have some exciting news to share. You won't want to miss this next Sunday. God has answered one of our long-term prayer needs.
Fishers of Men Mini-Conference
Jesus said, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). Join other disciples of Jesus as we take a hard look into the heartbeat of our community in need of the gospel. Starting Saturday at 7:00 and again Sunday morning at 10:30, Mike Courtney will be preaching God's burden to develop us as tellers of the gospel. It will be a life-transforming weekend equipping you to reach your friends with the gospel that Jesus saves.
Mowing Sign Up
Many Hands Make Light Work
Can you help with yard work this summer at church? Sign up in the foyer to join our lawn crew. With enough people signed up we can limit rotations to every other month as in previous years. It's a great way to serve like Timothy.
Youth Sunday
Our youth spend the day at church one Sunday a month to fellowship, eat out, learn evangelism, and have fun. Plan to give mom and dad the afternoon off by hanging out with your friends at church on April 9. For Grades 7-12.
Youth Parent Meeting
Unfinished Business Youth Parent Meeting
Parents of 7-12 graders are invited to meet with Michael Barnes, our Minister to Youth and Families, Sunday evening April 9 at 7:15 in the youth room for an update of events and parental feedback. The youth ministries at Bayou Drive are a service to the home, equipping families to rear Godly children for the glory of God. Parental participation is vital to the success of growing Godly children.
Serving Those In Service
You have one more week to bring care package goodies. We are collecting items for one of our Navy men in the foyer until April 9. Even a note of encouragement would be a blessing.
Mother's Day Banquet
Mothers and daughters are invited to a banquet on May 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in honor of mothers. Bring friends, family, and a covered dish to share for a time of fellowship. Only for women.
Christian Crossroads - A Sermon Series in Philippians
Christian Crossroads - A Sermon Series in Philippians
Join us Sunday mornings as we walk through the book of Philippians as part of our emphasis on expository text-driven preaching. Have you ever had to make a decision? Of course you have. Learn how to make those difficult decisions without having to live in regret in our 10:30 a.m. service.
Staff Evangelism
Join Your Staff - Share the Gospel
Your staff visits homes in the Alvin area to share the gospel every other Saturday. Join us this Saturday, March 15 at 10:00 a.m. No experience necessary. Meet at the church.
NEXTgen Strategic Planning
Trying to be good stewards of the gospel, our church is praying about a future location strategic to some of the changes coming to Alvin. Whether we improve our facility, purchase land, or re-purpose another building in the Alvin area, we want to be visible to our community. Our Trustees have met with a church consulting firm to consider our options and will be sharing our findings with the church in the next couple of months. Please pray as we consider leaving a healthy church for our next generation.
para Dios ... para Chile
Para Dios ... Para Chile
(for God ... for Chile)
Get in on the trip before we order the tickets! Join us July 3-14 in Santiago, Chile as we support our church plant under the leadership of Lohen Gonzalez. Lohen is a member of our church and has been sent to Chile to help us plant a church and reach people in the Chilean capitol with the gospel. The total cost of the trip will be about $1,800 (over $1,300 of that will be round-trip airfare). A $500 non-refundable deposit gets the process started. Contact the church office for more information.
Benevolence Offering
We give our next benevolent offerings on April 23 to reach others with the gospel. There is a great need with our missionaries to supply physical needs to open doors so they can share spiritual needs. Monthly we collect a special offering from our members to help with physical needs in Alvin and around the world. Be a part of someone else's story of salvation!
Wednesday Proverbs Study
Wednesday Proverbs Challenge
Our Wednesday night adult Bible study group is taking the Proverbs challenge, an attempt to see weekly events through the lens of Proverbs. Join us, and learn to see life through your relationship with the wise God of the ages.
Church Directory App Available
Carry the Church Directory on Your Smartphone
Need the number to a church friend? It's in the app. Want to email your Bible study class? It's in the app. Want to check your giving? It's in the app. Want to change your contact info? It's in the app. Get the picture? Read our online FAQ to sign up for directory access and to set it up on your mobile device.
  Suggested Reading
Why Your Pastor is a Teetotaler
Nine Reasons Why Your Pastor is a Teetotaler
On Wednesday nights the adult class is working through the book of Proverbs, learning how God intended the book to act as a lens by which we see our circumstances in life. On March 22 we ran across Proverbs 20:1, "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." As such, it was a wonderful opportunity for me (Shawn) to explain why I am a teetotaler. I wanted to share those same thoughts here for those who were not able to attend. Contemplate the principles below.

Before I get to my nine reasons, there are some biblical principles all Christians have to admit. First, in the Bible, wine is wine. We can argue about the degree of alcohol content and the absence of other beverages, but even teetotalers have to admit that the entire wedding party was excited to have Jesus perform his first miracle in John 2. Second, Christians are never (and I mean like absolutely never) permitted to get drunk, regardless of your conviction of Christian drinking. In addition to the Proverb above, Ephesians 5:18 says, "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit." Drunkenness is always sin. Third, Christians are always (and I mean like absolutely always) to avoid causing others to sin (Romans 14:15; 1 Corinthians 8:13). We have a responsibility for our brothers and sisters to consider their weaknesses. Fourth, if there is ever doubt in your heart about whether a lifestyle is wrong, it is wrong for you. "And he that doubteth is damned if he eat [insert any issue here], because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin" (Romans 14:23). When in doubt, don't.

Being guided by those four principles, here are nine reasons why your pastor does not drink alcohol.
  1. There are those who expect me as a Christian not to drink and I am concerned about my ability to point them to Christ. (Honestly, I think this is reason enough.)
  2. I have plenty of other choices, unlike those living in New Testament times.
  3. Moderation is typically a myth. What is "drunk" anyway, given that the first alcoholic impairment is judgment. Could I be sinning while thinking I am not?
  4. Our culture has turned alcohol into an idol and hobby often abused. Just like sports (which isn't wrong [either]) we seem to be addicted to a number of cultural vices.
  5. I am concerned about what drunkenness teaches my children.
  6. Alcohol has an addictive nature that has the potential to trap me or someone I love.
  7. While 1 Timothy 5:23 implies some benefit to alcohol, I have better choices for medicinal help. (Besides, I'm a sissy when it comes to pain so I want what's most effective.)
  8. The risk/reward is too high. I might be able to drink socially, not getting drunk and not wounding my Christian testimony, but why would I want to risk either?
  9. Scrambling for a "reward" I only find one -- acceptance by other people. But then again, there are no principles in the Bible suggesting I should strive for acceptance by anyone other than the Lord Himself.
I realize there are great chasms of disagreement on this issue. I'm not suggesting that a drop of alcohol on any lip in any culture is sin. Nor am I suggesting that those who do not drink make better Christians than those who do. Christianity has never been about the action as much as it has been about a life in fellowship with God and bringing glory to Him.

Before you ask, yes, there are other sins. Yes, gluttony is sin (although I have to eat to survive - not a good comparison). Yes, you can still go to heaven and consume alcohol. No, drunkenness is not the worst sin (although I'm not sure we've ever been taught to classify sin). Yes, Jesus drank wine (see principle #1 and #2 and reason #2, #4, #6, #7 ... wait, just re-read this whole article with an open mind).

For those that might want to argue over my decision, I have two final questions for you to consider.

First, why would such a decision create such combativeness in others? Did I at any time ask you not to drink?

Finally, can those Christians who choose to drink find four biblical principles suggesting that alcohol (occasional or otherwise) is the best choice?
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