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Transitions

We are presently engaged in two significant transitions within our church family.  1. we are transitioning our primary church leadership.  John Mark Tittsworth has been called to serve as our next Lead Pastor, a role I have filled throughout our church history. The transition to John Mark officially began Sunday. He is actively engaged with our church staff, our committees, and all ministry teams. Over the coming months he will bring the Sunday morning message with increased frequency. We developed…

Pivotal Day

FROM THE DESK OF SCOTT SHARMAN This Sunday, March 7, could be the most pivotal day in the history of our church.  I have served as Lead Pastor of Alsbury since our beginning in 1994. Eighteen months ago, in August of 2019, I announced my intention to retire.  A twelve-member Next Pastor Search Team* was formed in January of 2020, tasked with bringing an individual before the church family as their recommendation for our next Lead Pastor. That individual is…

Tell Your Story

“Tell Your Story” begins next Sunday, February 14 We know we are commanded by Jesus to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). However, few ever engage in actively sharing their faith. We aim to change that!  Through daily devotionals, Sunday messages, and Life Group discussion, “Tell Your Story” will challenge us all to take the message of Jesus to the world, beginning in our own homes or across the street.  Thus far in 2021 we have looked into four…

A Message from the Next Pastor Search Group

To our dear brothers and sisters, the spiritual family of Alsbury Baptist Church: We, the members of Alsbury’s Next Pastor Search Group, are excited to announce that after over a year of searching, discussing, and praying, we have reached oneness concerning the Lord’s leading as to who to present to the congregation.  From the beginning of the process, we operated under the assumption that the Lord already knew who our next Senior Pastor would be. We understood our first task was…

Baptism Sunday

We will baptize following the Morning Worship Celebration on Sunday, January 31.  Why do we baptize? Jesus was baptized. As followers of Christ we strive to walk as he walked. He began his public ministry with baptism. We are baptized because Jesus was baptized.  Early followers of Jesus were baptized. In Acts we find many decisions to follow Jesus were followed with baptism. For example, in Acts 8 an Ethiopian who commits his life to Christ immediately and enthusiastically follows…

How Will you Live Each Day?

The first week of a brand new year is already behind us! The resolutions we made on New Year’s Day may still be in place, or we may have already abandoned our well-intentioned commitments. One thing 2020 taught me is just how little control I have over situations and circumstances. I have no power over the decisions others make that impact my life. I do, however, have complete control over the decisions I make in response to what happens in…

Why Taboo?

With just two more weeks, our current series, “Taboo! Uncomfortable Topics in the Church, will be winding down” This Sunday, we will have John Mark Tittsworth bringing our seventh topic: “Let’s Talk About Understanding Yourself.” I know he will bring an insightful and challenging message and will lead us into further conversations on Wednesday night at our Table Conversations in the Conversation Café. The eighth and final topic will be on Sunday, November 22. We will have a panel discussion…

Reclaiming our voice

This Sunday, October 4, begins an eight-week teaching series on subjects not often addressed within a church service. The series is titled, “Taboo! Uncomfortable Topics in Church.” Let me be clear; the goal is not to sensationalize our Sunday morning gatherings, but to consider the clear teaching of Scripture on subjects too often surrendered to the culture.  I am aware that your older children and youth will be present. Rest assured, we will not address any subject in graphic fashion.…

Lead us not into temptation

One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof, he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite. Then David sent messengers to get her.“ 2 Samuel 11:2-4 An Epic Tragedy The story of David and Bathsheba is a tragedy of epic…

One Coin, Two Sides

SINGLE SCRIPTURE THEOLOGY Last Sunday I mentioned the danger of building our theology upon a single verse of Scripture. Specifically, I said we are all-too-eager to use one verse in crafting our understanding of salvation while dismissing other verses that address the same subject.  For instance, we confidently point to Romans 10:9, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved,” while ignoring Matthew…

DON’T OVERLOOK THE JOURNEY

Lessons learned on a Mountain The Kingdom of God may be more about the journey than the destination.  While vacationing earlier this month, Phyllis and I decided to drive to Lake City, Colorado. We were staying just outside Buena Vista, Colorado, so we had a two-and-a-half-hour drive ahead of us.  Halfway to Lake City, at the top of Monarch Pass, we were stopped by a road crew. The flagman apologized, explaining there was a danger of trees falling onto the…

Such a time as this

Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure. D. L. Moody Every documented time of revival, renewal, or spiritual awakening in church history shares one thing in common: each was preceded by a significant season of prayer. Laying the Foundation For the next nine weeks, August and September, we will work on deepening our commitment to prayer. We are laying the foundation of a “significant season of prayer” at Alsbury. We long to see God work…