Sunday, July 8, 2007

Church Life at Ninth and O Baptist

Today we attended the membership class called Class 101 at Ninth & O Baptist. It was a four hour seminar taught by Pastor Jeff Elieff and Pastor Bill Cook, covering the Gospel message of salvation, the meaning and importance of baptism, the Lord's Supper, the Ninth & O purpose statement, and membership expectations. We enjoyed learning more about the church and plan to present ourselves for membership next Sunday morning.

Pastor Bill Cook is also known as Dr. Bill Cook, a professor of New Testament at Southern Seminary. We learned tonight that he teaches full-time at the seminary, but has been the senior pastor at Ninth & O for six years. He preaches at the church most Sunday mornings, provides direction and vision for the church, and leads and disciples his pastoral staff. He is preaching through the book of Romans. This morning was Romans 8: 19-25, "Life in the Spirit: A Life of Suffering and Glory." He is a fantastic preacher and very personable. In fact, he stopped us in the foyer this morning to introduce himself and find out about us!

We feel blessed to have quickly found a church to call home.


Chris said...

Wow, Teddy looks a lot more like Calvin in that picture of him eating! Glad you are enjoying Nineth and O Baptist. Sounds like a great place to grow and learn useful ideas for your first Senior Pastorate!
We miss you around First.

Todd & Kirstin said...

Looks like life is moving right along for the Schmidts! How wonderful! We continue to pray for this transition time and miss you tons! The Sojourners had a volleyball/bonfire party at the Kellers the last week of June. It was great fun, but we oldtimers could have used your help on the court!
Blessings, Kirstin