Smart Notes...From Bro. Jeff - December 2017

There are over 2.8 billion people who have never heard the hope of the gospel. But together through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, we can harness every dollar possible to reach them.

Our International Mission Board has partnered with Southern Baptists like Cook Baptist Church to send over 3,500 missionaries into global cities and hard-to-access places all over the world. Compelled by the urgent spiritual need, our SBC missionaries go to places only reached by foot, by boat, or on horseback. They give their lives to serve in high-rise apartments and places without roads, hospitals, and air conditioners.

As we partner together, we take hope to corners of the globe that have never heard the name of Jesus. Please prayerfully give to our 2017 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

Babies are some of the greatest gifts from God and they remind us of God’s greatest gift to the world born to a
special, chosen set of parents, Mary & Joseph. We know that this date, December 25, is probably not the actual day that Jesus was born, but it’s just the day that we as Christians celebrate His birth.

As we celebrate this season, and as we prepare to celebrate on that special day, let me encourage you to make sure that you are celebrating Him and His birth with your family. By doing that, you can help to ensure that your heart stays focused on what really matters during this busy time of year. It’s all about the baby who ultimately suffered a painful, humiliating death for our sins, so we wouldn’t have to carry them ourselves! We are so loved!

I love you with the love of the Lord! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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Smart Notes...From Bro. Jeff - November 2017

Our world’s idea of greatness revolves around power and prestige. For Jesus, greatness was wrapped up in serving others. Jesus said, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” Taking the posture and the attitude of a servant is one of the key virtues of the Kingdom of God. Servants don’t receive accolades or applause very often. But they serve
quietly and faithfully none the less.

I was reminded of that this past week as I walked through our campus and witnessed the serving hearts of so many people within our fellowship. A few of them get frequent “pats on the back.” If you sing, preach, or teach, someone will tell you how you blessed them. But if you change diapers with the bed babies, or help out with the different aged ministries, or with the greeter ministry, or prepare food for an after funeral meal or special event (and the list could go on and one) nobody applauds. Even worse, if you work in the sound booth, nobody notices—until you make a mistake! Ouch! I suppose sometimes being ignored is good. If you are one of those anonymous servants, God sees! God knows about your service and God smiles!

I want you to know how much I appreciate ALL of you. Thank you for serving faithfully. Thank you for devoting your life to serving Jesus through His church. Your service matters! It matters to lost people who need Jesus. It matters to me as your pastor! Most
importantly, it matters to God who will reward your service.

I hope to see you and your family in worship and Bible study this coming Lord’s Day at Cook!

I love you with the love of the Lord!

Bro. Jeff

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Smart Notes...From Bro. Jeff - October 2017

Jesus loved to talk about His church, especially the power she could unleash and exercise in the world. Nothing, He declared, would prevail against the power of His Church: “I will build My Church and the gates of hell will not overcome it.”

His Church does not exist for the sake of the church, but for the sake of the lost world she is called to reach. Our calling is not to stand on the other side of the chasm of sin that divides us and curse the darkness. Our mandate is to build bridges across the divide by the self-sacrificing power of the Cross of Christ, and to bring His light into the darkness.

How do we accomplish that? God will give us the specifics as we prayerfully follow Him in faith, but you can be sure that it will require an outward focus. We will need to be willing to do whatever it takes to reach people with the gospel “where” they are and “as” they are. It will require more vision and prayer and flexibility and faith than ever before. More of us as members will have to exchange our comfort zone for sacrificial service. But don’t be afraid – it’ll provide us more joy than we can contain!

My heart’s desire is that Cook Baptist Church becomes a church of irresistible influence, a church that seizes every opportunity to minister to our community, all for the glory of our Lord Jesus.

Through the grid of a New Testament blueprint, a church of irresistible influence comes clearly into view. It is:

  1. A church passionately committed to Jesus Christ and to the faithful proclamation of His gospel.
  2. A church of attractive lifestyles punctuated by moral purity and integrity.
  3. A church of radical love and selfless good deeds that makes the grace of God truly irresistible.

That’s the kind of church God wants us to be! I’m really excited about what God has in store for us in the days ahead. Each and every one of us ought to be anticipating and praying about how the Lord is going to use you in this great endeavor. I’m looking forward to a great Fall filled with many opportunities to achieve God’s purpose for Cook Baptist Church in our community and our world. See you this Sunday!

I love you with the love of the Lord,
Bro. Jeff

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From Pastor Jeff - September 2017

[dropcap]I am so proud to be called “Pastor” of Cook Baptist Church. Thank you for all the many acts of kindness you have expressed to Susan and me over the past month. The future is bright; and we are looking forward to seeing God do great things for His Kingdom in the days ahead. Let’s keep moving forward and finish strong! We are a people of action at Cook Baptist Church. Let’s Go To Work.[/dropcaap]

As a coach would remind his players of the game, let me remind us again of “The Cook Baptist Church Connect Challenge”:

  • Greet someone you have never met (before and after worship).
  • Introduce people to each other.
  • Follow-up with someone you met.
  • Thank someone for doing something you appreciate.

Four basic needs of people:

  • The need to feel welcome.
  • The need to be understood.
  • The need to feel important.
  • The need for comfort.

Matthew 7:12 tells us “…in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you…”

“Every person in the church must understand his or her unique role in making ministry to guests happen.” ~ Stan Toler

Luke 9:11 says, “But crowds learned about it and followed Him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.”

“Assimilation begins in the parking lot, not when people return for a second visit or join the church.” ~ William Easum

1 Peter 4:9-10 says, “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

See you this Sunday at Cook! I love you with the love of the Lord!

Pastor Jeff

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