February 9, 2024 | Issue #199

Dear Bellefield Family,

1st and 2nd Timothy and Titus are called by many scholars “The Pastoral Epistles”. This is because the letters are primarily about what pastoral leadership of a church ought to look like. They are short letters and to the point. Titus is a good example of this: after a brief introduction, Paul gets right into instructions to Titus in 1:5: “The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.”

The first thing Paul tells Titus to do is to “appoint elders in every town”. This instruction is not unique to Titus either; in 1st Timothy, Paul gives similar instructions to Timothy about appointing elders and deacons (1st Timothy 3:1-13). Why is the appointment of elders and deacons repeated in these short, practical letters?

Because, according to theologian John MacPherson, these are the two offices whose functions are indispensable to the church. 

In Acts 6:1-6, the apostles were struggling with the management of the daily distribution of food to the widows in the church. Their response is instructive: they don’t give up on the ministry of the Word to make sure that the daily distribution happens equitably, but they also don’t give up on the daily distribution. Both are necessary functions of the church: the church should be teaching the Word, and the church should be serving those in need. So, the apostles appoint some to oversee the food distribution, and they themselves continue teaching the Word.

I bring all of this up because the nominating committee (the team that prayerfully discerns new classes of elders and deacons) is beginning to reach out to members about serving as an elder or deacon. We have been praying for wisdom to know who we should invite into these important positions, and we covet your prayers in that as well.

We know that some people might be hesitant to serve because of perceived responsibilities or time commitments. First, remember what Paul said: "there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and they are varieties of service but the same Lord" (1 Corinthians 12:4-5). The church is richly blessed when there are elders and deacons with varied gifts and experiences. Second, know that the goal is never to ask someone to serve and then exhaust them. Rather, we want to put people in places where they can grow and thrive by serving in the ways and in the amounts that they are able.

If you have been praying and would like to invite the nominating committee to consider someone for one of these offices, please email me ([email protected]). 

Finally, some of you will be receiving invitations from the nominating committee to serve in one of these offices. If you do, we hope that you will seriously and prayerfully consider that because we will have asked you after much prayer and discussion and believe you will be a blessing to Bellefield in that role.

Elders and deacons are indispensable to the life and ministry of the church. They are ‘noble tasks’ that build up the church so that “we all can grow up into maturity in Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). So let’s pray for our elders and deacons, and the work of the nominating committee so that we can be a church that is fulfilling the calling we have been given by Jesus.

In Christ,

Greg Burdette 

Announcements & Events

Support NAOMI Spring Break Trip

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Welcome Baby Emile

Kaitlyn and Benji Emile welcomed baby Raeleigh, born on January 26th, 2024. Their family is doing well! One of the ways we can support them during this time is to provide a meal. You can sign up for their meal train here.

Ash Wednesday Worship Service

February 14th, 7pm

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and provides a time to meditate upon our own mortality and need for a Savior as we bear witness to what it means to be united with Christ in his death and resurrection. All are welcome to participate in this reflective service.

University Worship Night

February 20th, 8:40pm

Calling all University students! Join us for the 2nd annual joint worship night. Experience worship, prayer, and testimonies from a large number of different student ministries. 

Contact Boaz Moser at [email protected] with any questions. We hope to see you there!


Adult Sunday Class

Meets at 9:45am in Fellowship Hall

Our class this semester is based on the book "Confronting Christianity: Twelve Hard Questions for the World's Largest Religion" by Rebecca McLaughlin. Each week, we will look at a question that makes Christianity difficult for modern people to believe, and what resources Christianity provides to help us respond to those questions.

This week, we'll be looking at the objection "Doesn't religion hinder morality?" Many atrocities have been committed by religious people over the centuries, and even today many extremist groups and terrorist organizations are motivated by religious claims. Is religion a problem for morality and human rights? We'll examine this question and look more broadly at the intersection of ethics and Christianity.

Saturday, February 10th

  • Men's Group @ 7am, Bellefield Lot
  • Valentine's Breakfast @ 9:30am, Fellowship Hall

Sunday, February 11th

  • Classic Worship Service @ 8:30am, Sanctuary
  • Sunday Classes @ 9:45am
  • Modern Worship Service @ 11am, Sanctuary
  • Worship Online, Livestream @ 11am
  • Young Adult Small Group @ 1pm, Room B6
  • Relaxed Worship Service @ 5pm, Fellowship Hall
  • University Bible Study @ 7pm, Conference Room

Monday, February 12th

  • Women's Bible Study @ 9:30am, Conference Room & Online
  • Youth Group, Email Matthew for details

Tuesday, February 13th

  • Freshman Bible Study @ 7pm, Room B6

Wednesday, February 14th

  • Wednesday Youth Hangouts, Email Matthew for details
  • Ash Wednesday Worship Service @ 7pm, Sanctuary
  • Cornerstone University Fellowship @ 8:40pm, Fellowship Hall

Thursday, February 15th

  • Young Adult Small Group @ 7pm, Room B6
  • Chatham Christian Fellowship @ 7pm, Chatham

Saturday, February 17th

  • Men's Group @ 7am, Bellefield Lot
  • Young Families Small Group @ 9:30am, email Greg for details
  • Women's Small Group @ 10:30am, Conference Room

Sunday, February 18th

  • Classic Worship Service @ 8:30am, Sanctuary
  • Sunday Classes @ 9:45am
  • Modern Worship Service @ 11am, Sanctuary
  • Worship Online, Livestream @ 11am
  • Young Adult Small Group @ 1pm, Room B6
  • Relaxed Worship Service @ 5pm, Fellowship Hall
  • University Bible Study @ 7pm, Conference Room

To watch our worship service online after Sunday morning, head over to our YouTube page, click Videos and then Past Live Videos. On Tuesdays you can find the recorded live stream on the front page of our YouTube channel.

A reminder that to protect those who are vulnerable to illness, we have the option of watching worship online if you can't come in person and we reserve a section of seating in the Sanctuary for those who choose to wear masks during our 8:30am and 11:00am worship services.

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