I am excited that this Sunday, July 9th, we will begin our summer sermon series called “Why We Do What We Do.” Many things we do as a church are good, but sometimes we go through the motions or just do things without even knowing what they mean. I hope that through this sermon series we can make what we do more meaningful and substantial, causing us to worship God all the more by what we do.
The bible gives great precedence for this as well. Right before the Passover, God told Israel that every year at this time they were to commemorate the Passover for seven days. And then in Exodus 12:26-27 it says this: And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s Passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians but spared our houses.’” And the people bowed their heads and worshiped. The point wasn’t just to teach kids; it was for all of them to have a way to remember God’s faithfulness, power and deliverance, not just for that week, but in all of their lives.
My hope is that through this sermon series we would all have a firm understanding of why we do what we do. And more so, that we would worship our God all the more for years to come by doing what we do with deeper purpose.
July 9th – Why Baptism? (Matt 3:13-17; 1 Cor 10:1; 1 Pet 3:21-22)
July 16th – Why the Word of God? (2 Cor 3:16-17)
July 23rd – Why Do We Sing? (Ex 15:1-21; Ps 40:1-3; Rev 5:9)
July 30th – Why Do We Gather? (Heb 3:12-14)
Aug 6th – Why Do We Take Communion? (1 Cor 10:16-18)
Aug 13th – Why Local Missions? (Mal 1:11/ Matt 28:18-20)
Aug 20th – Why Live Like Christ at School/Work? (Mal 1:11/ Matt 28:18-20)
Aug 27th – Why Cross Cultural Missions? (Mal 1:11/ Matt 28:18-20)
Sept 3rd – Why Do We Pray? (Jn 15:16; Eph 6:17-18)
Denver Baptist Church is excited to introduce our new pastor! Zach Sommerlot and his family have just moved to Iowa from South Dakota. Zach will start his new position in July.
Zach Sommerlot grew up in Dunkerton, Iowa. He spent every summer, since he was a boy, working for his dad’s construction company (Sommerlot Brothers Construction – Commercial Grain Handling Systems) and was involved in most sports. He attended Ellsworth Community College and played football.
He then transferred to the University of Northern Iowa where he got involved with the Navigators college ministry. It was during this time that he felt God calling him to vocational ministry. Following this, Zach moved to Sioux Falls to attend North American Baptist Seminary (now Sioux Falls Seminary). There, he got involved with a church plant in a nearby town where he was mentored and gained a lot of pastoral experience. In May 2011, Zach was commissioned by their church to plant another church in Brandon SD, a town nearby.
Denver Baptist Church welcomes Zach and his family and looks forward to serving Jesus Christ together. In addition to his and his family’s passion for Christ, the Sommerlot family loves being outdoors, playing at parks, barbecuing, having people over, and singing.
Starting June 10, Denver Baptist Church will have a women’s bible study that will dive into Beth Moore’s Study about Paul’s Life. This study looks at Paul’s life from childhood to martyrdom. Paul was a person who formed many close friendships with both men and women, served faithfully, loved, and understood what it meant to “die daily, crucified with Christ.”
Ladies, join us in this 10- week study to learn how to better follow Christ daily. Summer is busy, so join us whenever you can.
Location: Denver Baptist Church- 725 S. Schneider St.
Starts: June 10
Time: 8:00 AM
Call the church (319.984.5947) if you have any questions.
Vacation Bible School is July 16-July 20 at 6:00-8:00 PM. The Kids will get to be knights, princes, and princesses. The Fortress awaits your little one!
At the Mighty Fortress, kids learn that God is their refuge and strength. Friends may fail them. They may not ace their test or make the team, but God promises to be their rock and their salvation—their fortress and sure defense. Jesus is our King! So raise your banner! In Jesus, the victory is won!
Palm Sunday is a day to remember how Jesus entered into Jerusalem triumphantly. The people greeted Jesus, placing branches in his path, hoping he would be the next great leader to help save them. Little did they know that Jesus would be the one to save us all!
Our King of Kings rode on a donkey as Zechariah foretold in Zechariah 9:9. “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
This Palm Sunday, we will celebrate our King, Righteous and Victorious! Join us in thanking Jesus for dying for our sins and for His amazing grace!
For those of you who were at DBC last Sunday, Pastor Scott spoke of a man who had a prayer chair. To sum it up, it was a story to remind us that we need to find a place and time to pray and meditate on God’s word. You can also listen to Pastor Scott’s sermon on 02/26/17. This morning, the sanctuary looked like this, a stream of light hitting the “prayer chair” and reflected the cross on the wall. God’s reminder for us to cast our anxieties and our praises onto Him.
Join us for prayer on Wednesday Nights at 6:30 PM. We will be praying for our church needs (finding a pastor & Wednesday Night Curricullum) as well as any other prayer requests that come our way. This is the time to come together as believers in Christ and collectively pray for one another. We want you there! (Childcare is provided)
The Kids Wednesday Night Program will start up again next fall. During this spring semester, there will be a team from DBC visiting other churches to see what they do and learn about their vision. This team will update the church about where they have visited and what they have learned. We look forward to seeing what this team learns, how it will help the church to refocus on what we do, and how we redefine our mission as we minister to our community. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions .