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This Week at New Berean…

Join us, pray for and celebrate with us the goodness and favor of the Lord for 32 years of gospel ministry as “A Church United”. We are grateful to the Lord for all He has provided to sustain, deliver and direct this work at New Berean. September will begin 32 years of God’s service with God’s people.

Ordinary People Preaching Series

This past week’s Pulpit Points message by Pastor Cason:

Understanding Unity In The Church Body (video)

As New Berean Baptist Church looks forward to the many horizons ahead of us, we will continue in our pursuit be a Church United. In this last message of our series, let us seek to unpack the message that the Apostle Paul shared with the Church at Ephesus as he linked the unity in the Church, with Christ as the head, with the marvelous inner workings of the human body.

Points from the Pulpit:

  1. A United Church is an Equipped Church – Eph 4:7-12, Col 1:18
  2. A United Church is a Growing Church – Ephesians 4:13-15
  3. A United Church is a Built Up and Jointly Connected Church – Ephesians 4:16

Conclusion:

From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4:16 ESV

OUR DAILY BREAD

Be Encouraged Daily with Our Daily Bread
Our “In-Person” bible study is resuming this week with Deacon Curtis Jackson lesson our session. For the next few weeks, Dea. Jackson will lead us trough a study on faith, in the Book of James. We are meeting at the church along with our “Safe Worship Protocol” measure in effect. For more information, click on our link www.nbbcministry.com/visit-us
Ladies, join our virtual Mid-Week Bible Study. Be encouraged and be a blessing as the Ladies share and grow together in in the Lord
Our MGM, Men of Grace Ministry is inviting all men to join us in a time, a moment at our “Half-Hour Power of Prayer”. as we seek the Lord’s guidance and instructions as the men, fathers and leaders He intended us to be

As a reminder, we are still transmitting the Sunday morning Prayer, Praise and Preaching service of FM frequency 107.5. If you are unable to come inside, please take advantage of this service specifically setup for you. We’d love to see your face and fellowship with you in the parking lot

We thank all of you who helped us celebrate 32nd “Victory Celebration“, celebrating 32 years of gospel ministry. “A Church United” is where the Lord has us right now. Taken from Paul’s message to the Church at Ephesus (4:16) “from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”. We are reemphasizing and reinforcing these truths in this special and exciting of times. The Lord has blessed us with so many talented, gifted and humbled

Team Berea is concept developed to help all of us know and understand that together we are an assembly of born-again believers sharing in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are joined together by his blood for the purpose of glorifying him as we carry out the “Great Commission of Christ” to

PREACH TO THE LOST, BAPTIZE THOSE WHO BELIEVE AND DISCIPLE THOSE WHO WILL FOLLOW

Our worth as individuals are defined by the word of God. We are many members but of one body with the potential of reaching the multitudes who need to be saved. Share, serve and love is what we do as we search the scriptures daily. Thank you for being a blessing

October is National Pastor /Clergy Appreciation Month and hear at New Berean we would like to recognize and honor all of those teachers, pastors and mentors who have contributed to our spiritual growth.

The local church of the Lord Jesus Christ has been gifted with Pastors and Teachers for purpose of discipling the Believers the doctrines of Christ (Eph. 4:11-16). Everyone of them is different in the own right and are uniquely equipped and trained themselves for the ministry. As we grow and mature in our walk with the Lord, we are encouraged to encourage these faithful ministers in their labor of love.

Take a moment this month to deliberately call out the person who has ministered Christ to you and help mature you in your faith.

Pastor/Clergy Appreciation Month

"And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves." 
I Thessalonians 5:12, 13

The local church of the Lord Jesus Christ has been gifted with Pastors and Teachers for purpose of discipling the Believers the doctrines of Christ (Eph. 4:11-16). Everyone of them is different in the own right and are uniquely equipped and trained themselves for the ministry. As we grow and mature in our walk with the Lord, we are encouraged to encourage these faithful ministers in their labor of love.

Take a moment this month to deliberately call out the person who has ministered Christ to you and help mature you in your faith.

October is Pastor/Clergy Appreciation Month

Homegoing Service

Stanley Lee Eley – Pastor (December 31, 1959 – September 7, 2021)

With respect to Sister Carolyn Eley and family, we announce the Homegoing service for Stanley Lee Eley, former Pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church here at New Berean Baptist Church.

Memorial Service Details:

Viewing Friday, September 17, 2021 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 (Directions)

Service Saturday, September 18, 2021 11:00 am New Berean Baptist Church 3600 Bamboo Road Portsmouth, VA 23703 (Directions) Seating is limited and audio will be transmitted on FM frequency 107.5

Interment, Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens 4569 Shoulders Hill Road Suffolk, VA 23435 (Directions)

MASKS and FACIAL COVERS ARE REQUIRED INSIDE OF METROPOLITAN and NEW BEREAN BAPTIST CHURCH (please click here specific details for New Berean guests)

A Church United – Who’s Who

Since 1989 Victory in Christ, the Lord has sustained, supplied and support his work and ministry here at New Berean.

“A Church United”

The memories ….

Sunday Morning Prayer

“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” Ephesians 6:17-18

Every Sunday morning we invite you to join with us in prayer. We are engaged in a spiritual warfare which simply means we need to be equipped, suited and trained in the discipline of prayer. Prayer is a tool given to us by the Lord to be used to combat the many things we are confronted with. With illnesses, spiritual rebellion, depression and people who are just struggling to connect the with the Lord, we are commanded to always pray.

At New Berean, we have opened up a time for “Corporate Prayer” where we can collectively approach the throne of grace in our time of need (Heb. 4:16). Join us this Sunday and let us encourage someone in prayer.

Our current “Safe Worship Protocol” is in effect

  • Masks and face coverings are to be worn at all times while inside the facility
  • Practice and encourage safe fellowshipping
  • Surface body temperature reading upon entering the facility
  • Sanitizers and hand cleansing station (washrooms) are available
  • Signages to provide additional directions, instructions are posted throughout
  • We also ask you to monitor your own health and take the necessary precautions to minimize the risks of illness
  • We offer audio transmitter service for those who choose not to enter the facility as well as provide a frequently cleaned and disinfected facility.

We encourage biblical and corporate fellowship (Heb. 10:25) but if you cannot we understand. Your health is our combined concern. If you have any specific issues, contact one of our Trustees *property managers”. Looking forward to your continued fellowship with us in prayer.

Vigilant Times, Fervent Prayer

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:17b

Isolation, separation and ignorance are not the answers to reducing the risks associated with the COVID and other viruses our world is battling. But vigilance, knowledge of the facts and compliances do help. Let us help you and your family be as safe and conscience of our responsibilities to be the light of this world. The CDC (Center For Disease Controls) has provided us some valuable information for us to us and share (Workplace and Businesses guidelines)

The CDC recommends maintaining safe distances between one another while attending events and other social gatherings. We must recognize and accept that viruses such as the COVID-19 are transmitted through the air from one person to another. If we maintain safe distances no less than three feet, we can help reduce the risks of transmission. Other elements of safe practices like each of us wearing face masks along with distancing further reduce the risks.

Masks and face coverings are another tool we can and are expected to use to help minimize the spread of these viruses to help protect our family and friends. The use of masks is strongly encouraged to be worn by all of us.

Above all, it is imperative we remain vigilant and aware of our own health and the things we need to do to maintain good health. The body we’ve been given are the Lord’s and we are to be found faithful as good stewards with these things entrusted.

  • Know your health condition and take care of your body, God’s body.
  • Monitor changes in your health.
  • Consult your personal care or a competent medical physician when things change or are unexplainably different.
  • If you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the COVID virus, you should immediately get tested as well.
  • Follow your doctors advice.

Read and know the facts regarding your health, protecting yourself and the health of others near and dear to you. We who are believers are members of the body of Christ (Roms 12:4, Eph. 2:19) have a biblical mandate to care for and be considerate to one another especially those of the “household of faith“. Let us both give and receive consideration in prayer, comfort and supplying the needs of each other. STAY CONNECT and in touch with your church and biologically family.

The CDC and You

Our responsibility and commitment to you comes from the Lord.

  • We, your New Berean family will keep you informed as we are provided with factual information.
  • We, your New Berean family will ensure our facility is safe for small and manageable gatherings and events.
  • We, your New Berean family will remain faithful and committed to “The Commission of Christ” as we ask you to do the same. The Lord expects us to rescue the perishing, comfort the hurting regardless of the circumstances for his glory.

Sunday’s Coming

Join us this Sunday for a time of Corporate Prayer, Praise and the Preaching of God’s Word. Whether In-Person or in our parking lot, New Berean encourages you both worship and fellowship with the people of God to encourage and be encouraged. Join us and invite a friend as we begin our 32nd year of ministry for the cause of Christ

In-Person Fellowship and Worship
“Safe Fellowship Protocol” Plans are in Effect
Parking Lot Audio Broadcast

32nd Victory Celebration

If you’ve been a member of New Berean for 32 years, twenty years or even one, you are part of a collection of people divinely appointed by the Lord for the purpose of being about his holy business. His business is to be his witnesses to the “Commission” which is to preach Christ to the lost, baptize those who believe and disciple those who follow, God has added you a work that has eternal benefits and rewards attached to his grace. By his order, we are united by his love, his mercy and grace and so are called to edify one another for his sake.

As we celebrate the 32nd anniversary of God’s ministry, let us be reminded we also celebrate being a “Church United”. We are a body of believers of like-faith joined and fitted together by the same Spirit. Working, serving and sharing in the work together, we supply and are supplied of every need and mature together for the cause of Christ and God’s glory.

“From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” Ephesian 4:16

Happy Anniversary New Berean!

Victory Celebration 2021

Great things God has done! Let’s rejoice in the God of our salvation. Ministries and Ministry Leaders let us bring together plans for the honoring of the Lord for the many blessings we have received through the ministry or New Berean.

Contact your ministry Leader and Leaders, contact your Deacon or suggestions including a cookout on the third of fourth Saturday on the Church grounds.

This four-part series by Pastor Cason taken from the Book of Ruth, chronicles the life Ruth. Ruth was a young servant girl, a Moabite woman, who through the grace of God proves to be a model of faithfulness and hope in Israel during the period of the judges.

Ruth (Part 1) The Choice To Return (audio) Ruth is a story of the love and devotion of a Moabite women who forsakes her pagan gods in order to remain cling to the people of Israel and their God.  Her loyalty to her mother in-law and faithfulness is rewarded by God with a new husband and becomes the great grandmother of King David and positioned in the lineage of Jesus Christ.

  • Elimelech -He Chose to Retreat
  • Naomi – She Chose to Return
  • Orpah – She Chose to Reject
  • Ruth – She Chose to Rely

The story of Ruth reminds us that many people around us need restoration. They needed to return to a right relationship with God. Taking matters into their own hands, they left the place of God, left the people of God, and wandered from the very presence of God. They found themselves backslidden and distraught.  Being bitter and empty, their hearts were filled with regret and sorrow, questioning God or even blaming God for their situation. However, they had to realize that God never left them. It was they who walked away from Him. In this story we saw that God was right where they left Him and He desired for them to return to Him. In his Sovereign plan God had devised the events of their lives to bring them to a place of restoration.  God also has a plan for you and may have a divine appointment planned for you.

Ruth (Part 2) Hope and The Providence of God (audio) Pastor Cason continues the message of Ruth and the hope God provides in spite of unfavorable circumstances. Today from Ruth 1:19-2:23, we will see how we too can hope and share hope:

  • Through Hope, Ruth Saw A Need
  • Confident With Hope, Ruth Sought A Solution
  • Guide By Hope, Ruth Secured A Position
  • Because of Hope, Ruth Showed Appreciation
  • With Hope Fulfilled, Ruth Shares Her Reward

Ruth (Part 3) – Bold Faith In Action (audio) – Ruth is a story of the love and devotion of a Moabite woman who forsakes her pagan gods in order to cling to the people of Israel and their God. In Chapter 3, having realized that the owner of the field in which Ruth had been gleaning was Boaz, a close relative of Elimelech. As a possible kinsman redeemer, Naomi, believed God’s was at work and immediately acted as a match maker between Boaz and Ruth. So, she told Ruth to approach Boaz, seeking that he redeems her in marriage as her kinsman-redeemer in accordance with the Law of Moses

It was with bold faith in action that Ruth was willing to do as she was told. Obedience in our everyday life pleases God. And we show our faith in God when we obey His Word. From our message today, let us learn from Ruth to act boldly in our faith by understanding these four fundamental truths: Bold faith is rooted in trusting God and his Word, Bold faith requires obedience, Bold faith takes action and finally, Bold faith waits patiently.

Ruth (Part 4) – From Blue to Blessed, The Redemption of Ruth (audio) – Ruth is a story of the love and devotion of a Moabite woman who forsakes her pagan gods in order to cling to the people of Israel and their God.  After having received Ruth’s request to marriage her, Boaz was ready, willing and able to marry Ruth as her as a ‘kinsmen redeemer’.  Under the Mosaic Law, he would marry her ‘in the name’ of her first husband and redeem Naomi’s family property.  But as we learned in Chapter 3, there was a closer relative who had first rights to buy Naomi’s family’s fields and also thus marry Ruth. In this message, Boaz steps up to this challenge to contend for Ruth and Naomi’s redemption, wellbeing and family estate.

This story began with the grief and brokenness of two destitute widows, returning to Bethlehem, one a Israelite women whose family had died and the other a stranger, a Moabite woman who left her old life to cling to her grieving mother-in-law Naomi and to Naomi’s God. As they returned in poverty back to Bethlehem, God in his divine providence began to work behind the scenes to show his mercy and love for the two widows through the redemption by their kinsman redeemer Boaz. God still shows His love in spite of our tendency to dwell on our circumstances and brokenness. Jesus, the descendant offspring from Boaz & Ruth, is God come-in-the-flesh and is thus our ‘kinsman’, just as Boaz was to Ruth the Moabite.  Jesus paid the penalty of our sin debt to God while nailed to a cross and is a picture of God reaching out to us with His love.  Like Ruth who entered the land as a stranger but was then shown love by Boaz, God desires to show His love even to those of us who feel far so away from Him.