The Story of Nicodemus, Starting Anew, and Our Commitment to Jesus

B. Mike Alexander, Jr.

For a number of days recently, I found myself saying, “Rain, rain, go away; come again another day.” For sure, this week has been hot and sunny. As the torrential downpours have passed, I’m mindful that summer is nearly over as well. As you begin to get back into a routine, I hope you’ll make Sunday worship part of what you do every week.

This Sunday I’ll be preaching on a text most familiar to you. It is the story of Nicodemus coming to Jesus in the dark. For me, it is one of the most important stories in the scriptures. To Nicodemus, Jesus unapologetically says, “Nicodemus, you have to be born again.” What a great time of year this is for us to think about starting anew.  

Walter is going to be in The Harbor this Sunday, and his focus is going to be on “Holy Interruptions.” His text will include the Good Samaritan story. No doubt, he will speak a powerful word to those who choose to worship in our modern worship setting.   

Remember the Dedication of Wall and Steps and Garden on Sunday, 6 PM, in front of The Sanctuary. Our brief worship will be remembering and honoring people who have made this such a gorgeous area of our campus.

Don’t forget to make reservations for our Back to School Gathering on Thursday, August 16. Dinner will start being served at 5:30 PM. If you bring school supplies, you can eat free. Otherwise, the cost per person is $6 for adults, $4 for children who are four or older, free for children three and younger. You may not realize what an impact your school supplies have on a child, but you make a difference. All our supplies will be sent to Williamsburg County Schools.  

As we look ahead, I’m thrilled to have the Reverend Tim Rogers preaching in The Sanctuary on Sunday, August 19. Tim is our Marion District Superintendent. He has been most appreciative of Belin Memorial’s commitment to mission and ministry. I sure hope you’ll be present in worship that day to hear Tim.

On August 26, we’ll celebrate Salkehatchie Sunday. Specifically, this was our fifth year to host our Creekfront Salkehatchie. You all have been so supportive, and I am grateful. On the last Sunday as well, we’ll also present Bibles in The Sanctuary to third graders during the 11 AM service.

Betsy and I are going to take some time away for several days in the mountains. But it won’t be long before I’ll be back in the office. I’m really excited about the season we are getting ready to enter. My prayer is that this church family will continue to connect, grow, and serve.

What If you take your commitment to Jesus Christ and the church seriously? What If you really do commit to support the church with your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness? What If this fall you find something that you’ve been missing for a long time? What If you begin to think about all these things? What If?

You are special!