April 2022 PSBC Connections
Every year, Southern Baptist churches partner with the North American Mission Board in giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO). Our participation is vital for equipping missionaries across North America, who are transforming and uniting their communities through the power of the gospel.
This year’s theme, United, is a reminder that no matter how divided our communities are, Southern Baptists are united for the purpose of reaching the nations with the gospel. Southern Baptist churches’ generosity through AAEO is the financial fuel for missionaries as they share the transformative hope of Jesus with North America’s growing diverse population – over 275 million of whom are estimated to be living without Christ – through church planting and compassion ministry.
Consider how God would have you respond. Pray for our church and our SBC family to give generously to the AnnieArmstrong Easter Offering and support missionaries as they bring the message of gospel unity to broken communities across North America.
From Pastor Marty Price
Several months ago in my reading I came across the following sentiment: “I don’t like the cross as a symbol of Jesus. It is a tool of torture, a place of death. When I think of it I can almost smell the sweat of soldiers and the blood of the victim. I can imagine the gasping of breath and hear the muttered moans of the dying. I much prefer a lamb as the representation of Jesus. Clean white wool, loving and friendly, even playful. Why didn’t we choose a lamb instead of the cross?!”
I thought about that recently as I was teaching a class of children about the worship that God instructed the Priests to lead in the book of Leviticus. I jokingly told Suzanne that I would need a stuffed lamb, a knife, and some ketchup (she was not amused). While I think the kids would have been fine, I decided that we would color some pictures instead. But – we did talk about the sacrifice of animals as God’s way to tell them that one day there would be a final sacrifice, the lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world.
It is important, particularly as we celebrate Easter, that we do not forget the glory of the cross. In the Old Testament the priests were to kill the lambs that were brought, such as in Leviticus 4:33 “… and lay his hand on the head of the sin offering and kill it for a sin offering in the place where they kill the burnt offering.” The result of the offering was that “the priest shall make atonement for him for the sin which he has committed, and he shall be forgiven (Lev. 4:35b).”
While a lamb may be a more palatable image than a cross, there is beauty in the cross. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, a Pastor and Theologian, once said, “You will never know God as Father except by Jesus Christ, and in particular, by his death upon the cross…Look there, gaze, meditate, survey the wondrous cross. And then you will see something of him.” Reflecting on the purpose and meaning of the cross brings clarity to the immeasurable love of God. The cross by itself is not beautiful. The sacrifice of God’s perfect Lamb is beautiful because it reveals the heart of God. “For our sake he [God] made him [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
I pray that you will remember the beauty of the cross. In the words of Isaac Watts:
“See from His head, His hands, His feet, Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all.
The beauty of the cross is found in Jesus. He deserves all the praise, worship, and honor that we can give. “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing (Revelation 5:12)!”
We are moving forward! Permits have been granted, and demo and site work has begun. Materials have been selected and orders placed for much of the new construction. In the existing building, the demo is mostly complete, and the new framing is being installed. Electrical and plumbing will begin working in this building this week. We are still finalizing AV and low voltage plans for the new site.
Pray for wisdom for the leaders, and for there to be no delays in materials that are ordered. Pray for continued good relationships with the neighbors, particularly during construction.
Connect to Serve
If you would like to serve as a greeter, on the set-up team, with our Children’s Ministry (Sunday mornings or the Children’s midweek GPS program), the new audio/video crew, or any other area of ministry within Pendleton Street Baptist Church, please contact the church office at 864-232-7312 or see one of our ministry leaders for more information.
Be part of our Homebound Ministry
We regularly send people to visit and bring our homebound members church literature, special treats, and sometimes a little help around their homes. Want to help out? Call the church office at 864-232-7312 for more information. It’s a great experience for all!