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Star Newsletter 5-2015

Author: 
Heather Douglas
Date Given: 
April 16, 2015

On our website, this newsletter is available as a PDF only. To subscribe or learn about this monthly publication, visit the Star newsletter page. This issue of the Star newsletter contains ...

Church Membership, Discipleship, and Discipline: Part One (April 2015 'Star' Article)

Published by: Jason Meyer
April 6, 2015

During our Quarterly Strategy Meetings we take time for “family business.” Recently during these times I have taught on the meaning of church membership and church discipline. Since only a small percentage of our members come to these meetings (we would love to have more!), I decided to share these defining family matters in a series of Star articles. I have learned a great deal from Jonathan Leeman’s book Church Discipline: How the Church Protects the Name of Jesus (2012), and the page number citations here will refer to this book.

 

 

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What Saints Are Supposed to Do

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 25, 2015

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.—Ephesians 4:11–12   

Dallas Willard paraphrases that text like this: Church leaders are to prepare the saints to do what the saints are supposed to do.

 

 

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Bethlehem "younger" women ... It is NOT too late to join our Titus 2 ministry!

Published by: Pam Larson
February 16, 2015

We invite women college age and older to join Titus 2, where you will find community and encouragement. We still have openings for 2015; it is NOT too late to join!

Here is encouragement from a current mentee and new Titus 2 Committee member:

 

 

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Three Postures

Published by: Sam Crabtree
January 27, 2015

At the Converge Transform meetings in California last week, President Scott Ridout highlighted three postures he would like people in the Baptist General Conference (Converge) to take:

  1. Be a learner.
    Study to exegete the Bible and our culture.
  2. Be a leverager.
    Steward the resources and influence God has given you by putting them to good use and not leaving them idle.
  3. Be a listener.
    Be swift to hear. And the one voice we need to hear is God’s voice.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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Association in Discipleship

Speaker: 
Paul Poteat
Date Given: 
January 4, 2015

Paul Poteat on Association in Discipleship presented for The Lead at downtown campus.

Sermon Discussion Questions: Choose the Better

Published by: Jason Meyer
January 9, 2015

The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the Word Weekend sermon on January 10/11, “Choose the Better” (Luke 10:38–42). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.

Outline

The story in Luke 10:38–42 has four scenes:

 

 

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Mentoring Opportunity in the Nursery

Published by: Pam Larson
January 7, 2015

Do you have life experience to share with younger women?  Are you short on time and not sure how you can add “one more thing” to your schedule?
We would LOVE to have more older women serving in our nurseries.  Women who have raised their own children have years of experience and a wealth of wisdom to share.  And you don’t even need to prepare a “lesson” to teach – it’s an on-the-job learning experience!
Here are some ways to mentor in the nurseries:

 

 

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When There Is Here

Published by: Sam Crabtree
January 6, 2015

For Christmas Dan Holst (lead pastor of Bethlehem’s North Campus) gave me a copy of The Pastor’s Justification, in which Jared C. Wilson says, “The secret of pastoral confidence, pastoral competence, and pastoral power is: Jesus Christ.” [p17

He adds, “The professionalization of the pastorate is killing the spiritual life of congregations.” [p28]

“Jesus neither sulks nor sighs about us.” [p35]

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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