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CALL TO WORSHIP
SONGS OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
WELCOME / ANNOUNCEMENTS / FELLOWSHIP
OFFERTORY PRAYER AND OFFERING
*PRAYER OF FAITH AND COMMITMENT
WORD OF GOD – Pastor Nokomis Yeldell, Jr.
*INVITATION TO SALVATION AND DISCIPLESHIP
[You may join Faith Covenant Christian Church by: Baptism, Christian Experience,
Re-Dedication, Transfer Letter, or Watch Care]
HOLY COMMUNION (1st Sunday Of Every Month)
Date: December 26, 2021
Preacher: Pastor Nokomis Yeldell, Jr.
Sermon: Anyone Can Be A Hero For God
Scripture: Judges 6: 11-15
11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” 13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” 14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” 15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
“Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
And all they that heard it wondered at those things, which were told them by the shepherds. Luke 2:18
It’s the week after Christmas. The “after Christmas sales” began a week before the actual day, clearly signaling that we’re always yearning for something more without being thankful for what we already have.. Many of us have over-munched and under-slept. Presents are opened. Trees are coming down.
The exact same items you bought a few days ago are now 75% off. Stores where you had to park in back of the back lot, now have spaces right at the door. You may have gotten used to being able to shop until 11 p.m. or even around the clock. Now the store windows are dark at 9:00 p.m. And what little civility Christmas seems to instill in everyone – gone . . . . . . . . . !
Imagine the “wonder” happening in Bethlehem shortly after the birth of Christ. There was great wonder in the naming of this baby. Jesus, meaning “salvation of God”–was not something someone like Joseph and Mary typically would have named their son. With the excitement going on in the town because of the census, it is probable that few took notice of Jesus’ birth.
Therefore, when the shepherds go about joyfully, almost ecstatically, proclaiming the Good News, people most likely wondered “what baby?” “. They were so busy with their own celebrations they had missed the birth of a Savior! When the shepherds left Jesus’ manger, they were still shepherds. They were still regarded as untrustworthy members of the community. And a five-star inn didn’t open up the next morning in Bethlehem for Mary and Joseph, with angels serving as round-the-clock nurses.
What about you? As you clean up the torn boxes bags and wrapping paper, and you pack away all the new gifts – as you travel back home or prepare to head back to work – as you explore how to spend your Christmas cash – what difference has Christmas made in
your life? Did the fact a Savior was born make a difference in your life this week/this year? Are you living a life that reflects that truth? Or – are you still wondering what all the excitement is about? Many celebrated Christmas this year. How many really understood the why behind the celebration? Was it the center of their celebration or part of a checklist or afterthought? The parties are over and the gifts are open, and many will be sad the celebration is over, but the celebration alone will never completely fill a person’s heart. Only the true gift of Christmas, the one they named Jesus, can fill the void in a heart, which often dwells at the end of a Christmas celebration.
After the dust settles from the hustle and rush of buying, wrapping, opening gifts, stuffing ourselves with holiday treats and enjoying the company of friends and family is over, pause and truly reflect on the true meaning of Christmas:
A SAVIOR HAS BEEN BORN. HE IS CHRIST THE LORD!
He grew, lived a sinless life, died on a cross, rose again, and now intercedes between God and man on behalf of those who believe.
He wants to be a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
He wants those who are weary and heavy-burdened to come to Him.
Jesus came into a broken world for broken people, and we all qualify.
Over the next few days, don’t get in too big of a hurry to clean up the messes, put up the decorations, and figure out what you need to do in the New Year. Pause and linger in the Hope, Peace, Joy, Love and Salvation that was born on Christmas. And this is the part of the Christmas season that will last throughout the coming year – and throughout eternity!
January 02, 2022
Justice, Vengeance, and Mercy • Genesis 4:1–16
By the end of this lesson, we will
EXPLORE God’s justice in the face of human sinfulness;
REFLECT on the dangers of allowing sin to control us; and
REPENT of thoughts and actions that harm others; ask for God’s mercy and forgiveness.
1. The First Brothers (Genesis 4:1–7)
1 Adam[a] made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.[b] She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth[c] a man.” 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. 6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
Eve readily acknowledges that the birth of her first son is the work of the Lord. She also gives birth to another son, Abel. The brothers assume occupations vital to their survival and well–being. These brothers were comparably employed, and each makes an offering of their wares to the Lord. God looks with favor upon Abel’s offering, but not Cain’s. When God does not look upon Cain’s offering with favor, Cain becomes very angry. No different than any of us, Cain wants God to approve of him. Instead of examining himself to find any hidden sin, however, Cain chose to direct his anger toward Abel. Not all gifts are equal before God. He weighs both what we give as well as our attitude about our gift. Anger, envy, and self–pity can twist our minds and lay the foundation for trouble. God knew that if Cain did not examine his own shortcomings and try to do right, Cain would fall to sin. Anger’s sinful fruit was perched at Cain’s door. God makes it clear to Cain that he has to master the sin. When we become angry, we must learn to control and channel it into positive results.
2. Jealousy Leads to Sin (vv. 8–9)
8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”[d] While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. 9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
The fact that Cain invites Abel to go out into the field indicates possible premeditation of his deed. However, it is equally possible that Cain led his brother into the field simply to scare or bully him. Either way, Cain’s anger ruled the moment. Anger can provoke us to do things we would not do normally. In this case, anger took control of Cain, and in the end, his brother was dead. Cain refused to feel any sense of responsibility for what happened. Instead of focusing on doing what was right, as God had told him to do, Cain chose to make his brother the problem. God questioned the whereabouts of Cain’s brother: “Where is Abel thy brother?” Cain’s unrepentant guilt prompted him to answer the Lord’s question with a question (v. 9), “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Apparently, God’s answer to Cain’s question was “Yes” as He continued to query the guilty firstborn about his younger brother.
3. God Deals with Cain (vv. 10–16)
10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.” 13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Not so[e]; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 16 So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod,[f] east of Eden.
The expression used in verse 10 concerning the earth “which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood,” is consistent with an Old Testament concern that the depths of the earth (Sheol, hell) have an insatiable appetite for human beings, wanting to devour them at every opportunity. Sheol is not so deep, however, that God did not hear the cry of Abel’s blood. Cain is punished with a nomadic lifestyle because the earth, now holding his brother’s blood, will no longer yield crops for him. Life as he knew it as a farmer would be no more. At this point, Cain finally exhibits sorrow, but it is because of his punishment and not for his misdeed, complaining that his punishment was more that he can bear. In His grace, God places a mark (v. 15) of protection upon Cain to prevent harm from coming to him. Cain then leaves the presence of the Lord because there was no longer fellowship between him and Yahweh. His sin was unpardonable because Cain displays no desire to repent or reconcile with the Lord. The broken bond between Cain and God was the result of Cain’s lack of faith, not God’s lack of mercy.
Faith Covenant Christian Church began on February 27, 2014 following a fellowship dinner for displaced former members of Crossroads Christian Church. Following that first meeting, we formed a Planning Committee and began meeting @ Best Western Hotel at Cedar Bluff. On May 7, 2014, we adopted the name Faith Covenant Christian Church, with our foundational verse being Jeremiah 50:5.On June 22, 2014 an invitation to membership was given by Rev A. David Baxter and 21 people united with Faith Covenant Christian Church. Women’s and Men’s Ministries began having regular meetings. In September 2014, we began having Sunday School and Wednesday Night Bible Study. In November, Youth Ministry began. By the end of 2014, 10 more people joined, three as new converts. We moved into our current space on April 1, 2015 and look forward to serving God faithfully. Following a yearlong pastor search, our pastor, Violet P. McRoy, was called on April 18, 2016. In March 2018, Pastor McRoy resigned as pastor, due to poor health and other personal issues. God quickly responded to our prayer-laden search and Pastor Nokomis Yeldell was elected to the pastoral position on April 16, 2018. In May, 2019, we celebrated our 5th church anniversary and are looking onward, upward and forward to serving God faithfully.
Pastor Yeldell was born in Mt Pleasant, Texas, the third of five children of Nokomis and Dollie Pearl Yeldell. His father, also a Pastor for over 60 years, was called to Memphis, TN, where Nokomis Jr. grew up. Following graduation Pastor Yeldell attended Southwestern Christian College. He then served four years in the United States Air Force. He then decided to move to Knoxville, TN to further his education. After serving in leadership capacities in various ministries at Foster Chapel Baptist Church, Pastor Yeldell was called into the ministry in 2010.
Faith Covenant Christian Church represents Pastor Yeldell’s third and prayerfully final pastorate.
FAITH COVENANT Christian Church accepts the Holy Scriptures as the revealed will of God, the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice, and holds to the following foundational truths:
1. The One True God
GOD IS… He is the eternally existent and immutable Father, Creator of the Universe and everything therein. He is the Lord of heaven and earth, and in Him we move and have our being. He is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth. Our Triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—is One God in three distinct persons: one in essence and purpose and distinct in personality and function. He is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. He is the essence of love, goodness, faithfulness, kindness, mercy, grace, holiness, righteousness, and justice.
2. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the eternally existent Son of the living God, the fullness of the Godhead bodily, the image of the invisible God, and the firstborn of all creation. Through Him was made everything that is made—things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things are held together.
He was born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God through His substitutionary death on the cross. He was resurrected bodily from the dead, and sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us.
3. The Work of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Counselor, the Spirit of Truth, who goes out from the Father and testifies about the Son. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of guilt in regards to sin and righteousness and judgment. He is given to all who believe, for Jesus will baptize with the Holy Spirit according to the promise of God the Father, who gives the Spirit without limit. The Holy Spirit lives with us and in us, bringing about the endowment of power for life and service, as well as the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. These gifts of the Holy Spirit, distributed according to His own will (Hebrews 2:4) include: prophecy, service, teaching, encouragement, contributing to the needs of others, leadership, mercy (Romans 12:6-8), message of wisdom, message of knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, distinguishing between spirits (discernment), tongues, interpretation of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:7-11).
4. Salvation from the Penalty of Sin
By grace, through faith, we are saved from the penalty of sin. Mankind, though made in the image of God, has inherited through the first man, Adam, a sinful nature. By this nature, all mankind has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and thereby, was alienated from God; dead in transgressions—gratifying the cravings, desires, and thoughts of the sinful nature; following the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air; stirring up wrath against himself for the day of God’s wrath, when His righteous judgment will be revealed. But God did not appoint mankind to suffer wrath, but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—and saved us by His grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
5. Salvation from the Power of Sin
By grace, through faith, we are saved from the power of sin. Having been crucified with Christ, we put to death the deeds of the body so that sin shall have no dominion over our mortal bodies. We have received the Spirit who is from God so that we may live by faith, understanding what God has freely given us to accomplish His purpose:
6. Salvation from the Presence of Sin
By grace, through faith, we are saved from the presence of sin, for the Lord Jesus died and rose again, and will Himself come down from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God. The dead in Christ shall rise first, and we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then the end will come, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. And there shall be a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth will pass away. And we shall dwell with God in the Holy City, the New Jerusalem. We shall be His people, and God Himself will be with us and be our God. He will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things will have passed away.
7. The Inspiration and Inerrancy of Scripture
God’s Word is TRUTH. The Holy Scriptures (both the Old and New Testament) is the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God. We are saved from the penalty, power, and presence of sin by grace through faith that comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God, which testifies of Jesus Christ. By His Word, God has revealed Himself, His plan, His purpose, and His ways—so that we would come to Him to receive eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.
We start our day of worship off with Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. We use the International (Uniform) Sunday School Lesson
Worship Service is at 11:00 a.m.
(We have simultaneous Children’s Church for age 5-12)
We have bible study with a corporate prayer at the conclusion.
Deacons- Bro. Reggie Henry, Bro. Reggie Lindsey, Bro. William Lundy, Bro. Jeffrey Reed
Holy Sacraments And Sacred Days – Sis. Earlenia Lindsey
Media- Bro. Jeffrey Reed
Music- Bro. Reggie Lindsey
Programs – Sis. Earlenia Lindsey
Public Relations – Bro. Reggie Lindsey, Sis. Sabrina T. Wilson
Pulpit – Pastor Nokomis Yeldell, Jr.
Reconciliation – Ministerial Council
Ushers – Sis. Tosha Reed
Benevolence – Bro. William Lundy
Food Pantry – Bro. Reggie Henry
Hospitality – Sis. Tosha Reed
Intercessory Prayer – Sis. Fannie Wilson
Missions – Sis. Earlenia Lindsey
Bible Study – Pastor Nokomis Yeldell, Jr.
Youth Church – Sis. Tosha Reed
Sunday School – Bro. Reggie Lindsey
Supplemental Education And Training – Bro. Reggie Lindsey
Vacation Bible School – Sis. Tosha Reed
Church-Wide Edification – Sis. Sabrina T. Wilson
Men’s Ministry – Bro. Karl Townes
Women’s Ministry (WICS) – Sis. Teresa Farmer
Youth – Sis. Earlenia LIndsey
Administration – Sis. Sabrina T. Wilson
Finance – Sis. Teresa Farmer, Sis. Tiaeshia Kelso, Sis. Sabrina T. Wilson
Trustees – Bro. Karl Townes
Kitchen Ministry / Special Events – Sis. Teresa Farmer
Comfort And Care- Pastor Nokomis Yeldell, Jr.
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1027 Summer Wood Road, Knoxville, Tennessee 37923, United States