Servant Leadership

As the Christian church began 2000 or so years ago, the disciples saw that church grow exponentially in its effectiveness, in its community in its evangelical witness, and in its care for people.  As with any church growth, it also increases the need for good Biblical servant leadership.
Acts 6:1 says this, "Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution."  So, in the midst of a flourishing church, there were widows not being attended to, needs that were not being met, and people being left out.  The disciples understood that the ministry was first and foremost to he word of God, and the process of making disciples.  So what was the result?  What was the next step?  The disciples prayed over and they instated what we now call Deacons to oversee shepherding and the care of the ever growing flock.  These men were not just servants but servant leaders.  In fact the first Christian martyr was the first Deacon.  Servant leadership is how the church is cared for, poured into, and multiplied.  Look at verse 7 of Acts, Chapter 6, after Deacons were put in place. "And the word of God continued to increase, and the numbers of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith."  When men are committed to the growth of the church, and a plurality of leadership oversee the shepherding and care then everyone can be freed up to use their gifts and abilities.  When this happens, the church doesn't just grow, it flourishes.  People don't just become more religious, the become more righteous.  People are not just more interested in church, they become more invested in the Savior.
 
On April 8th, we will begin the process of adding to our deacon body.  Starting then, you will have the opportunity to nominate men that you believe are Biblically qualified to be servant leaders in this church.  As a member of North Acres, I would ask you to partner with this community to pray diligently over who from amongst us can be the type of servant leader we need.  Nominations will run through Sunday May 6th.  Upon the completion of that time, the current deacons and I will prayerfully process these nominations, do interviews, and meet with each viable candidate.  Upon this thorough and prayerful process, we will identify men who will go on the ballot.  At the following business meeting, we will vote as per our by-laws for the men from that list that we want to call to ordain as deacons.  
 
Thank you in advance for your prayer and support of our church in this process.
 
Love God ~ Love People
 
Pastor Jeff


A word from Associate Pastor Ben

The Promises of God
 
One of the most quoted sayings from the Bible I've heard is, "Everyone of God's promises are yes and amen! If you want something, you must claim it in the name of Jesus!"  These "promises" that are being referenced often come in the form of prosperity, in wealth, health, and living a stress-free life.  But most of these promises are never mentioned in the Bible.  In fact, Jesus paints a very different picture of what the life of a disciple should look like.
 
In Matthew 16:24-25, He says, "If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me will find it."  The Master does not promise us a stress free life.  Instead He states that we should deny ourselves the very things that we want and desire, so that the Lord can have complete control and reign over our lives.  Jesus goes on to say in Matthew 10:22, "You will be hated by everyone because of my name."  Not a very encouraging word from the Lord is it?  The promises of God are not of the temporal things of this world.  The temporal promise from God are usually pretty rotten.  However, the eternal promises of God are beyond anything the world can give us.  Jesus also says in Matthew 10:22, "But the one who endures to the end will be saved."  He goes on to say in Matthew 28:20b:"....remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."  The promise of God is not a good life.  The promise of God is His presence while we are on the earth, and then to enjoy Him forever in eternity.  We should never look for our reward to be of the temporal worldly desires, but instead should look to Heaven and say, "Lord, may Your will be done in my life.  I believe Your promise that you are always with me.  May I serve You in all things and finish the race You have put before me to receive the prize of eternity in Your presence."  That is a promise of God you can hold onto, and He will deliver on.
 
"For every one of God's promise is "Yes" in Him.  Therefore, through Him we also say "Amen" to the glory of God." 2 Corinthians 1:20
 
Associate Pastor Ben


A Letter from Pastor Jeff

 

2017 has flown by!  I can’t believe all that has happened this past year.  2017 saw some significant staff transitions as we welcomed the Rhodes family, Diane Scaggs, and Tonie Savage.  We experienced a new partnership in a village in Haiti, our second off-campus Fall Festival, and many opportunities to share the love of Jesus in Minden.  We really saw our Faith Family expand and join together to truly Love God and Love People.  It has been an incredible year, but I believe that the best is yet to come! 

 

I am reminded of Ephesians 3:20-21, and the prayer Paul prays for the church at Ephesus.  “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, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”  My prayer for our church is threefold as we end 2017 and look to 2018.  1.  “Lord Jesus, help me and those at NABC trust and rely totally on you.”  Paul tells the Ephesians that it is Yahweh God who is able to do all things.  It is His power inside of us to work the works of God, and it is His glory that the church proclaims.  As those who Follow Jesus, we just fully rely on Him for our strength, our power, and our lives.  I am reminded constantly of my weakness and how I need His power.  One of my favorite cartoons growing up was the Flintstones.  I loved how even when they drove, they were running.  The car was running on their power alone.  No wonder the car would “run out of gas” so frequently!  today our cars are plugged into a power source, which we rely fully on.  When the battery goes out, we are out of luck and not moving anywhere.  As Christians we must remember to charge the batteries of our hearts and lives by staying plugged in to the true source of power. 
 
2.  “Lord, may we be the vehicles in which you bring revival to Minden, LA!”  Paul encourages them that it is the Lord’s power…at work WITHIN THEM!  as followers of Jesus, if we are plugged into the power source, then we are equipped for every good work and equipped to do all that God has for us.  You are the vehicle, taking people to where they need to be.  You are the one who is tasked with the work of the ministry.  My prayer is that we won’t be sideline Christians, content with showing up. 
 
3.  Paul says, “Now to Him who is able to do abundantly more…”  “Lord Jesus, please do abundantly more than we can every comprehend!”  It is God’s work, that we do - but we need to ask God to do Abundantly more than we can comprehend.  I have a vision for NABC, as I am sure you do.  I pray that God will do exceedingly more than what I can imagine, dream, or see. 

 

May God bless you as you finish the year strong in Him.  Happy New Year from our staff and families!

Love God, Love People,

Jeff Gray

Senior Pastor

 


Vacation Bible School 2017

 
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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
JUNE 25 - 30
6:00 - 8:30 PM
FOR PRESCHOOLERS WHO TURN 4 BY SEPT 30 - 6TH GRADE
 
Join us at North Acres Baptist Church and let us turn your kids into Galactic Starveyors! As kids focus their telescopes on the marvels painted in the sky by the Creator, they will discover the wonder among all wonders—that the God who created everything there is—the knowable and the unknowable, the visible and the invisible—wants a personal relationship with them! Invite your kids into the clubhouse and show them the God who is over the moon in love with them.


May Newsletter Post

 

Greetings NABC,

Another month has come and gone, maybe even quicker than I could imagine. Easter went well, we had 220 in attendance, and were able to meet some new people in the process. It was an exciting day for sure!

Now that May is here, I wanted us to continue to pray for three things with me. 1. Pray for the revival of God to come to Minden. Pray that people would begin to follow Jesus, pray people would repent and come back to Him, and pray that we the people of NABC would live out the repentance and revival in our own lives. If you want, a group of us meet every Sunday morning at 8:15 to pray for this specifically. 2. Pray for the opportunity we have to engage in an extended internship with a potential youth minister. Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance to be all over this process. Pray for Shane and Mack (his fiancé) as they process and decide whether this is the road God is leading them down. Pray for us that we don’t make a decision out of only need but also out of the guidance of the Holy Spirit 3. Pray for the search team and personnel committee as we continue the search process for a Worship Pastor/Associate Pastor. We are excited about what God has in store. Pray for complete unity on our decisions as a team. Pray for the potential person and the journey the Lord still has them on. Pray for wisdom and insight for the team as we process this important decision.

Jennifer, Landree, Hudson, and I are so blessed to call NABC and Minden our home. We are excited about what God is doing now, what God is going to do, and how God is going to use this church so that many people in Minden come to Jesus.

Love God, Love People,

Jeff Gray



April Newsletter post

Greetings Church!  I am very excited as we get closer and closer to Easter about what God can do and will do in a few weeks.  As we get closer to Easter, the burden of praying for Revival, restoration, and new life in our city and community has gotten deeper.  As people of God, we need also to be people of prayer.  I personally want to challenge each of us to pray hard over this next month.  I would also like to challenge each of you (as you are able health wise) to pick a day a week to fast and pray at lunch.  I am going to be fasting on Thursdays during lunch.  Isaiah 58 talks about how the Israelites fasted to be seen by God, but it didn’t change their hearts.   They just did it as a ritual.  God calls us when we fast to lay down something meeting our physical needs to seek out and put a priority on our spiritual needs.  The hunger we feel then, should remind us of the hunger we need to have for Jesus and His word.  Isaiah 58:6 shows us that true fasting in a humble heart, with our eyes turned the Lord, the oppressed go free, the bonds of sin are broken, and revival through repentance happens.  Here is what we need to pray for.  1.  People’s hearts during this easter season to be turned to God, and that we might see the fruit of that in our church.  2.  Revival for our church, city, state, country, and world.  God is doing something, may we be honored to be a part of it.  3.  The search team as we look for the next worship pastor for our church.  Pray that we have wisdom and that God’s timing brings about HIS man.  I look forward to see how God is going to honor our faithfulness!

Praying with you, in Christ,

Pastor Jeff


Fall Festival 2016

I sit here and write this post, less than 24 hours after our Community Fall Festival. There were so many incredible things that we saw at this event. I am so excited and honored to be a part of a church that loves its community. Nothing was more evident of that than hearing people say, these people in their blue shirts are so kind! Those of you who came out and were able to serve our community, truly do "love our city". I feel so honored to be called your pastor. We were able to collect 2 boxes and 4 trash cans filled to the top with can goods and food items to donate to UCAP. I am looking forward to delivering this food to UCAP on behalf of North Acres and the Community. We have no way to get an exact head count because there were so many who didn’t register, and so many who registered one person and brought way more. Our best guess is there were probably around 750 people on site at Victory Park, making this one of the largest Fall Festivals we have had! We were also able to see roughly 50% of our church serve in some capacity. Lastly, we had 50 families that registered and marked that they had no church home, with a few of them saying they were looking! All of this is so exciting! God is doing great things in and through North Acres. I am thankful for all who served, gave, and led this event. I saw such a unity between young and old, new and seasoned, leaders and servants. Thank you church for being an example of what we have been reading in Ephesians.
 
Ephesians 4:4, "There is one body and one Spirit - just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call…" Grateful that our church was able to exemplify this truth of Unity!
 
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AWANA

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Awana begins August 24th 6:00 PM
 

AWANA is a children's program for ages two years old through sixth grade. It is a Bible based kids’ club designed to reach boys and girls with the Gospel of Christ and to train them to serve Him. It is a Bible memory program which seeks to instill character and Godly values in boys and girls. AWANA is designed as a partnership with parents and guardians to support them as the primary spiritual trainers of their children.

AWANAs meet September through May from 6:00 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. A meal is served at 5:30 p.m. (donations are accepted)



Vacation Bible School 2016

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VBS REPORT and THANK YOU

As you read this VBS 2016 will be over and only the memories and the seeds planted for Jesus, in the hearts and minds of the children and workers, will remain.

We had 120 children and 64 workers enrolled for the first two nights and we are expecting the enrollment to increase as the week progresses. We praise and thank the Lord for answered prayers. The response of our workers has been overwhelming and we appreciate each one. VBS could not happen without dedicated workers and a church willing to invest time and money to reach the children in our church and community.

We want to say a great big THANK YOU!!!

Mrs. Linda & Ms. Kristi



Vacation Bible School

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Are you ready to be Submerged into God’s Word? This summer,  kids will go on an adventure like no other, deep within the mysterious sea. As kids submerge themselves in God’s Word, they will discover that Jesus didn’t just see what’s on the outside of people. He looked deep down on the inside. So grab your goggles, step into your flippers, and dive in to find truth below the surface!

 

Invite family, friends and neighbors on this deep sea adventure!
 
The VBS Sub takes off Sunday, June 26th thru Thursday, June 30th from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
at North Acres Baptist Church!
 
See you and your friends here!
 
Click the link below to register!