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Bible Reading Plan for Week of April 22

This week we will continue reading the book of Romans.  Continue to read it prayerfully and ask God to change you.  May He transform us by the renewing of our minds (12:2).  Because of our position in Christ and what He has done, let us live appropriately.   May we live in a manner that is worthy of Christ and seek to magnify Him in all we do.  On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel…

Why Preach Through Mark?

I am preparing to preach through the Gospel of Mark at our church.  As I prepared the series, it is going to take 1 year to preach through this Gospel.  While there are 4 Gospels in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – same story but told from different perspectives), I have chosen to preach through this one for a few different reasons. Greatest Example – To become disciple-makers, we need to study the life of the original…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of April 15

This week we will begin reading the book of Romans.  “The book of Romans is considered by many as the ultimate hallmark of Paul’s letters to the churches, with some scholars suggesting that every major revival in church history has been preceded by the faithful preaching of it.”  Read prayerfully and ask God to revive you as you meditate on the truths of this book.  On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups and the…

Miracles and Missions Family Mission Trip Recap

The best way for children to learn to minister to others is by watching their parents minister to others. Our Rocky Creek children’s families joined with our Miracle Hill Ministries missions partner in ministering to the upstate the week of April 4-8. Projects included working with the Miracle Hill Boy’s Home as we helped with outside spring work projects, working with the Miracle Hill Children’s Home as we hosted one-day Vacation Bible School opportunities complete with crafts and recreation, and…

Multiply Disciples

The Multiply Initiative is our simple yet aggressive plan to multiply disciples.  Our church is an established church with almost two centuries of discipleship work.  As we go forward during this time, we wanted to simplify our strategy as a church and clarify our expectations for our covenant members. PD 13 – Multiply Disciples The Great Commission Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of April 8

This week we will look at some key passages from the Pastoral Epistles.  In reading 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus we find significant themes regarding pastors.  God gives pastors to His church to lead His people in obedience to His Word, and He calls on Christians to pray for and support the pastors He has given to lead us in our mission of making disciples.  On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups and…

April Parenting Principle #4

Principle: Recognizing what you are unable to do is essential to good parenting. Many parents have been there before. Your child is acting up in the grocery store, and you feel the embarrassment of blood rush to your face. In an act of discipline and punishment, you either grab or yell at your child, probably not softly but maybe even harsh and angry. You retreat to thoughts of punishment, better discipline, and better parenting because we have to help them…

April Missions Prayer Newsletter

This month as you read and pray through the April Missions Prayer Newsletter, you will get to pray for; “Man” whom Jeremy and David shared with in Senegal, The kids involved with David’s Table and how the RC Preschoolers loved on them, A new relationship with Christ by a girl who thought she already “believed” in Jesus, A church that is experiencing growth but also feeling growth pains, and a hilarious – yet very true- misunderstanding about the purpose of…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of April 1

Although we read through the book of 1 John a few weeks ago, we will be reading through this book again.  Repetition is a good thing.  The book of 1 John deals with several recurring themes.  As you read through this book notice the topics of love, obedience, and truth continue to pop up.  For believers, these three elements should characterize our lives.  Are the things John says evident in your life?  Hopefully, the answer is “yes” and  we pass…

AAEO – Prayer Focus #10

100% OF YOUR GIFTS GO TOWARD SUPPORTING MISSIONARIES WHO SERVE IN COMPASSION MINISTRIES AND CHURCH PLANTING. BECAUSE YOU GIVE… $10– a missionary can purchase gospel tracts to engage his community in Toronto. $20– a North American missionary is able to buy lunch and build a relationship with her Muslim neighbor. $50– a Send City missionary has bus fare for a month to travel in an unreached area of his city. $150– a church plant’s community group is resourced with Bibles, books and…

AAEO Prayer Focus #9

HERE. FOR GOOD. ENCOUNTER CHURCH DEDHAM, MASSACHUSETTS “A GROWING GROUP OF FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS WHO LOVE GOD AND HAVE A PASSION TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY.” LEAD PASTOR; CHRIS AND GINNEY CAUSEY EXECUTIVE PASTOR; JASON AND RACHEL HODGES Encounter Church 18 Southwest Park, Westwood, Massachusetts. http://www.encounterchurch.com jason@encounterchurch.com In 2014, Chris and Jason moved their families from Taylors, SC to Dedham, Massachusetts to plant a new church called Encounter.  They shared their vision with others at FBC Taylors and several families felt…

SING….The radical witness when congregations…. Sing!

The radical witness when congregations…. sing! Psalm 66:2 Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious. Glorious worship is exuberant, never half-hearted. It is attractive, not off-putting. It is awesome, never sentimental. It is brilliant not careless. It point to God, not to the speaker….. There is nothing more evangelistic, nothing that will win the world more than glorious worship. [The Song Jesus, Tim Keller, May 22 Psalm devotion] SINGING TOGETHER IS ALEAYS A WITNESS The church is…

AAEO Prayer Focus #8

GOD IS WORKING LIERTE AND ANNA PAULA SOARES, JUNIOR FRAMINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS & NORTH SPRINGFIELD, VERMONT “GOD IS WORKING IN NEW ENGLAND.” LIERTE AND ANNA PAULA SOARES, JUNIOR Framingham Baptist Church, 35 South Street, Framingham, Massachusetts 01702 Framingham Baptist Church Facebook Page Precision Valley Baptist Church, 67 Route 106, North Springfield, Vermont, 05150 Precision Valley Baptist Church Facebook Page liertejunior@bol.com.br Pastor Lierte, Anna Paula, Lierteno, and Gabriel are originally from Brazil and have been in New England since January 2015.  For…

AAEO Prayer Focus #7

CREATING ACCESS FOR THE GOSPEL J.D. AND NATALIE MANGRUM CHARLESTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS “PARTNERING WITH NAMB AND THE GREENVILLE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION TO HELP PLANT CHURCHES IN NEW ENGLAND.” J. D. AND NATALIE MANGRUM Christ Church Charlestown 289 Bunker Hill Street, Unit 1, Boston, Massachusetts 02129 christchurchcharlestown.com, john.david.mangrum@gmail.com J. D. and Natalie Mangrum moved to Greenville, SC in 2008 to plant Origins Church in downtown Greenville. Both of their sons, Noah and Owen, were born in Greenville. As a direct result from the GBA New…

New Ministry at Perry Correctional Institution

Here is an exciting new Ministry that is opening up at the Perry Correctional Institution.  It is a One-on-One Christian Mentoring program.  Each inmate is assigned one mentor who has some similar interests and hobbies.  The mentor will be able to meet with the inmate twice a month for about 60-90 minutes, as well as a possibility to participate in any significant life experiences the inmate experiences. Here are the most important things for you to know: WHEN:  Saturday, March 31,…

AAEO Prayer Focus #6

HOMETOWN HOPE KEMPTON & CARYN TURNER EAST ST. LOUIS, ILLINOIS “EAST ST. LOUIS HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST MURDER RATES IN THE UNITED STATES.” KEMPTON AND CARYN TURNER City of Joy Fellowship 1205 N. 79th Street East St. Louis, IL 62203 kempton@cityofjoyfellowship.org  cityofjoyfellowship.org Missouri native Kempton Turner and his wife, Caryn, have dedicated their lives to helping restore hope in East St. Louis, an area known for gangs, drugs, and staggeringly high murder rates. Their church plant, City of Joy…