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    1. Dear Bethel Family, Thank you so much for your concern, prayers, calls, texts, cards, and food(!) right after Mark's heart attack in August.  He is recovering well under the supervision of Mayo, with cardiac therapy and ongoing appointments.  He is also higher risk for COVID so please be patient as we generally continue to "fellowship" online for a time.  God is faithful and trustworthy, and He is everywhere.   Also - Thank you so much for all the cards and care, love and support after Pam's mom passed into heaven.  We absolutely know she is healed now.  It has been an interesting summer but we rest in God, and continue to depend on our Christian brothers and sisters.   In Christ's love, ~Mark and Pam Johnson
      1. ((Hugs)) and continued prayers for health and healing.
    2. published a newsletter

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      Septservicetimes

      Beginning September 6th, we will have two in-person services with live music!

      1. Please join us for in-person worship with live music!
        1. BETHEL HAS HIRED A NEW SENIOR PASTOR! Mick Martin will begin preaching Sunday, Sept. 6th. We invite you to join us for worship at Bethel Baptist Church at 9:30am and 11:00am! Mick brings over 25 years of experience in ministries and churches of all shapes and sizes, and is fully committed to building the local church for a global purpose. He has a heart that yearns to reach people with God’s love and truth.
          1. May the Joy of the Lord Jesus continue to abundantly flow to and through you as you enter His gift of a new adventure, Amen!!!
        2. Equipped to Serve

          Prayers for God's People: Equipped to Serve


          Q: If you could do anything you wanted for God, what would you do to serve others?


          Two parts of Passion:

          serve - an activity or action

          others - a particular group of people that mean something to you


          Hebrews 13:20–21 NIV

          Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.


          Big Idea:

          Because people are not all the same, and gifts are not all the same,

          People will EQUIP differently,

          depending on the needs of the community, and the vision of the church.


          Equip in the English New Testament


          Ephesians 4:11–12 NIV

          So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equiphis people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up


          Hebrews 13:20–21 NIV

          Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.


          2 Timothy 3:16–17 NIV

          All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


          Equip in the Greek New Testament

          ἄρτιος (artios), suitable, complete, capable, sound

          καταρτίζω (katartizō), put in order, restore, make complete

          καταρτισμός (katartismos), preparation, equipment

          κατάρτισις (katartisis), being made complete, completion

          προκαταρτίζω (prokatartizō), get ready, arrange in advance

          ἐξαρτίζω (exartizō), finish, complete, equip, furnish



          We serve in different ways because we are equipped differently


          1.     Some Equippers start things from scratch

          Hebrews 11:3 NIV

          By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.


          2.     Some Equippers build on something already there

          1 Thessalonians 3:10 NIV

          Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.

          Ephesians 4:12 NIV


          to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up


          3.     Some Equippers rebuild people

          Galatians 6:1 NIV

          Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.


          4.     Some Equippers create harmony out of conflict

          1 Corinthians 1:10 NIV

          I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.

          2 Corinthians 13:11 NIV

          Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.


          5.     Some Equippers mend what is broken

          Matthew 4:21 NIV

          Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing (mending) their nets. Jesus called them...

          1 Peter 5:10 NIV

          And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.


          6.     Some Equippers anticipate future ministry

          2 Corinthians 9:5 NIV

          So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given.


          7.     Some Equippers bring things to a conclusion

          Acts 21:5 NIV

          When it was time to leave, we left and continued on our way. All of them, including wives and children, accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray.



          You are an Equipper!

          •    What’s your life story?

          •    What are your gifts?

          •    Who are the people you are passionate about?

          •    Where do your dreams take you?

          •    What have been your big wins?

          •    What do you enjoy?


          1. These are my notes from my message on 8/22.
          2. My true answer would be, "To have Him share His desires as He did with our Lord Jesus." Jesus stated, "I only do what My Father shows Me to do" ... and delighting Him with His Joy to share with those He puts in our path really is fulfilling. Enjoyed your message on Sunday; thank you!!!
        3. published a bulletin

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          2020-08-16 IN PERSON Service