December 2021 PSBC Connections
Come celebrate the Advent 2021 season with Pendleton Street Baptist Church, at the Hilton Greenville!
Scott Stephens, our Pastor of Biblical Counseling, will preach for us each week of Advent, beginning Sunday, November 28th and ending December 19th. Also on December 19th, our youth and children will lead us in our worship music, led by Mrs. Jill McAleer.
Sunday Morning Schedule:
9:00 a.m. Christian Life Academy/Children’s Sunday school
10:00 a.m. Coffee & Pastry Fellowship
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
Come worship with PSBC this Christmas season, celebrate the Advent of Jesus Christ, Sundays at the Hilton, 45 Orchard Park Dr., Greenville.
November 28th – Hope
December 5th – Peace
December 12th – Joy
December 19th – Love and the Christ Candle
Announcements and Events:
- PSBC Kids & Family Fellowship – Sat. December 4th from 3:00 to 5:00pm at the McAleer Home (Call Jill or the church office to RSVP)
- GPS Children’s Program – the last meeting Tuesday, November 30th until further notice
- Special Singing by the PSBC Kids & Youth – Sunday, December 19th during worship service at 10:30
- Home Groups – Please check with home group leaders/hosts for home group schedules
- PSBC Holiday Office Closings – Thursday and Friday, December 23-24 and Wednesday through Friday, December 29-31
Ronald E. Geyer, Architect
The design team is preparing responses to comments received from the City of Greenville’s plan reviewers. The comments were minimal and didn’t require significant changes to the drawings. The contractor is preparing to start construction activity on site just after the first of the new year.
Pray that the neighbors will also be receptive to our plans and that our discussions with them will build and strengthen our relationship with them.
Pastor Marty Price
The team has worked hard to clarify the values that shape our ministry and decision-making. The things we hold most dear are:
- Authentic Worship
- Eternal Truth
- Reliant Prayer
- Love People
- Pursue Discipleship
- Gracious Generosity
Be in prayer as we grow in prayerful dependence, strengthen relationships in our communities, remove barriers, and build bridges to our community.
True Hope, Joy, Peace, and Love Comes From A Relationship With Jesus
by Scott Stephens, Pastor of Biblical Counseling
The Advent Season is a wonderful time for us to reflect on the gracious gift that has been given to us by God. When we celebrate Advent, we are celebrating the coming of the Messiah as a baby, as well as His second coming as our Righteous Judge and King. The four candles that represent the four weeks of the Advent season have special significance. The first candle for the first week represents hope. The second candle represents peace, the third candle joy, and the fourth candle represents love.
Our hope is in knowing that the promises of God are true. As a reminder that God keeps His promises, He has left His Holy Spirit with us to guide and direct us (Romans 5:5). Theologian RC Sproul said that the “Holy Spirit fulfills the role of comforter, girding up the believer in strength and hope, encouraging him to pray to the Father…Your Kingdom Come!” Romans 15:13 clearly states that it is the Holy Spirit that allows us to “abound in hope.”
Those who belong to God are blessed to have the Holy Spirit living within them (Titus 3:4-6; Romans 8:14-16; Acts 1:8). He takes up residence in all believers’ hearts providing them with His guidance and teachings, revealing to them how to please and bring glory to Jesus. He brings to remembrance all that Jesus has commanded and convicts the world of their sins. (John 14:26; John 16:7-8).
Our ability to have peace, joy, and love to the fullest extent also comes from the Holy Spirit. We read in Galatians that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-25). Without help from the Holy Spirit, we are unable to live these attributes completely and in full measure. In our sinfulness, our abilities are weak our desires are contrary to the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-21). Our sinful desires cause us to act in ways that conflict in what the Spirit is working out in our life… our Christ-likeness.
Because of the saving grace we have received as believers, the Holy Spirit is working in our lives to bring about sanctification. We are being molded in conformity with the image of Jesus. The works of the Spirit in our lives gives us the ability to experience all of the “fruit of the Spirit” in a greater degree. It is because of the Holy Spirit that we are able to love others more, putting them first, even before our own desires. It is a love that that is not self-centered or selfish. It is self-sacrificing, mirroring Jesus’ sacrificial love for us.
Furthermore, with the help of the Spirit, we can have greater joy and peace, even during times of sorrow. Because God’s love has been poured into us through the Holy Spirit, we can experience joy in our suffering, knowing that God will produce something good from it (Romans 8:28-29; Romans 5:3-5). This is a little hard to understand, particularly because we don’t usually associate joy or peace with our suffering. But the Holy Spirit, the giver of joy and peace, imparts to us the hope of knowing that our suffering is not in vain. Our suffering gives us the endurance and character which makes us more like Jesus. As we become more like Jesus, we come to a greater confidence in what He has done; He has overcome this evil world (John 16:33).
The hope, love, peace, and joy given to us by the Spirit is overflowing. It is more than anything the world has to give. It is sufficient to help us through the most difficult of times. Knowing this, when we light the center candle, the Christ candle, on Christmas day, we can rejoice knowing that Christ has come to us. He is Immanuel, God with us!
Scott Stephens is the Pastor of Biblical Counseling at Pendleton Street Baptist Church and a founder of the West End Counseling Center with PSBC. To find out more about our counseling center (WECC), please call the church office at 864-232-7312 or check out our webpage: www.psbcgreenville.org/west-end-counseling-center.
From the Financial Secretary’s Desk:
It’s getting close to the end of the year and tax time.
The last day to accept contributions or non-cash gifts (such as stock options) for this year will be Friday, December 31, 2021. Your check or gift must be dated no later than December 31, 2021, and if mailed, post-marked no later than December 31, 2021.
Church members, you will be getting your individual contribution statements emailed to your assigned email address as indicated in Planning Center Online before the end of January 2022. If you’d prefer your giving statement to be mailed to your home address, please call or email to let me know.
If you would like to donate online or text to give, go to http://www.psbcgreenville.org/giving and follow the step-by-step directions for easiest way to donate.
If you have questions or would like to know more about PSBC’s online giving, please contact me at (864)232-7312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pendleton Street Baptist Church
Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gifts
This year, PSBC donated 41 Shoebox Gifts to Operation Christmas Child. Because of your donations, those 41 children, their families, and communities will have an opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ – and take the Gospel home with them in the form of The Greatest Gift, a colorful presentation of the Gospel in their own language. Please continue to pray for Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan’s Purse as they deliver these gifts all over the world this year. Thank you for your donations and for your prayers!
PSBC Ladies’ “Food, Fun, and Fellowship” Evening
PSBC Ladies had a great evening this past November 10th, with good food, laughter, and conversation. Many PSBC ladies brought friends along, who had not come to PSBC events before. Many new friendships were made, with hopes of continuing godly relationships with one another. Loretta Stephens brought a moving devotional about prayer, with a sweet testimony of her own.
As the ladies looked to the future building project, they realized this might be the last time using the building at 123 Arlington until after the renovations are complete. It has been wonderful having Bible studies and get-togethers in PSBC’s own space, but for the next several months the ladies will need to be “creative” about meeting. Please pray for more ways for the PSBC ladies to continue to reach out to friends, acquaintances, and to those in our West End community.
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® is an annual offering collected by Southern Baptists to support international missions. The offering was officially named in 1918 by Woman’s Missionary Union in honor of the missionary to China who urged churches to start it and give sacrificially. At Pendleton Street Baptist Church, “We exist to glorify God by making mature disciples of all nations.” The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is one way our church is playing a vital role in taking the gospel to every nation. Through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, Southern Baptists have given over $5 billion to international missions. Prayerfully consider your role in supporting our missionaries throughout the world this year. You can bring your offering to church, or give on our PSBC website at www.psbcgreenville.org/giving and follow the links to our online giving portal. Thank you for your prayer and support of our Southern Baptist missionaries!