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.
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.
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:
- Be a learner.
Study to exegete the Bible and our culture.
- Be a leverager.
Steward the resources and influence God has given you by putting them to good use and not leaving them idle.
- Be a listener.
Be swift to hear. And the one voice we need to hear is God’s voice.
Paul Poteat on Association in Discipleship presented for The Lead at downtown campus.
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.
The story in Luke 10:38–42 has four scenes:
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:
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]
In his book entitled 12 Seeds for Successful Relationships, Norm Andersen launches each of his dozen chapters from a Bible text under 12 headings as follows ...
1. Respect: Outdo one another in showing honor.—Romans 12:10
2. Encouragement: Encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.—Hebrews 10:25
Last year the North Campus elders of Bethlehem Baptist Church invested time at each elder meeting reading together through Wesley Duewel’s book, Touch the World Through Prayer. Here is an excerpt:
Before meeting Queen Elizabeth, I was told, “You must never speak first; wait until you are spoken to. You never ask royalty anything; you answer royalty.” I was told, “In your first reply, you must add the words, ‘Your Majesty.’”