I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
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:
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.’”
The Shema is found in Deuteronomy 6:4–9: