We have come to a an important moment in the life of DRBC! This coming Lord's Day, we will make a decision together, namely whether to affirm the call of David Bernstein to serve as an Elder at DRBC. Our Constitution calls for DRBC to be led by a plurality of Elders, according to the pattern in Scripture which identifies the service of multiple Elders in single church (see Acts 20:17; Titus 1:5; James 5:14).
The DRBC Constitution also places the responsibility for the final decision with the congregation in 4 areas: membership, leadership, the budget/financial indebtedness, and church discipline. This coming Lord's Day, the DRBC congregation will make a decision together regarding the call of David to Eldership at DRBC. I am attaching our Constitution, the list of church distinctives from our study of the Pastoral Epistles in 2011-12, and the letter of recommendation for David from the Pastors of CCBA churches who assisted us with an Ordination Council to examine David.
Let us all pray for the Lord's will to be done, asking the Lord to guide us to unity. I ask all of the Friends of DRBC to please petition our Lord for the same. Praise the Lord! May all of this bring glory and honor to God alone!
On June 7, we have scheduled a DRBC Membership meeting at 2 pm for a finance report, affirming messengers to the SBC meeting June 16-17 in Columbus, OH, and for voting on prospective members! What a blessing to see the Lord granting growth! As DRBC grows, we have an increasing number of gospel witnesses to our community. May the Lord grant boldness that we might make the gospel clear (Eph 6:20; Col 4:4)!
On June 14, I plan to be away for the SBC meeting. I have asked Scott Miller, formerly of FBC Cedar City, to preach at DRBC that Sunday. Please be in prayer, both that the Southern Baptist Convention would, as a fellowship of gospel churches, remain true to the Lord and His Word, and that Brother Scott would be granted wisdom and discernment as he ministers to the DRBC family on that Sunday.
Please continue to pray as we attempt to set up a solid plan for Sunday morning children and youth ministry, as well as adult studies. There are important safety, leadership, curriculum, and logistics issues at play. May the Lord help us to get a good plan in place that will edify His people at DRBC. Remember, concerning children/youth, the church cannot possibly take the place of the home as the primary location for instruction in the Word of God (Deuteronomy 6:7). But DRBC can be a rich resource for instruction and fellowship around the Truth. Rodger and Lynn Tracy, Jay and Amanda Taylor, Hope Waldrop, and David Bernstein have been working on this. May the Lord grant wisdom!
I want to strongly encourage you to be active in one of our small groups
. Our small groups are where we have fellowship, accountability, and prayer on a more intimate level than is possible when the entire congregation is assembled. It is my conviction that the Lord is pleased with this kind of close-up fellowship in living the Christian life together. The dynamics at the small groups are different than that of the corporate worship meeting, a Sunday School class, a Bible study, or even fellowship between two believers. I write this after a wonderful, challenging, edifying meeting of the Wednesday evening "Encouragers" small group last night. David Bernstein does a wonderful job leading this group. The fellowship with the other group members, particularly the prayer time, was a great blessing. I've experienced the same thing when I have visited the other groups! Brothers and sisters, I don't want you to miss out on this kind of fellowship! So, please consider getting plugged in to one of our groups: Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm at the DRBC building, every other Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the Rodger Tracy home (meeting next on June 2), and every other Thursday at 6:30 pm at the Michael Klos home (meeting next on May 28--tonight!). Email the leaders . . . David Bernstein ChosenbyGodinChrist@gmail.com
, Rodger TracyRodger.Tracy@nwi.net
, Michael Klos Michael@Klos.com .
Undesignated Offering on May 24, 2015 $1379.25
Need Weekly Undesig. to meet 2015 Budget $1748.94
May 2015 Undesignated Receipts through May 24 $7938.95
Needed Monthly Undesig. to meet 2015 Budget $7578.74
Praise the Lord! May the Lord continue to bless us, and lead us into His plans for DRBC in the future!
Let us pray for one another. Some of us in the DRBC family are experiencing difficult challenges. And there are wonderful experiences going on as well. Let us "Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep" (Rom 12:15). Let us love one another (John 13:34).
Soli Deo Gloria!