For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
Approved by the Elders 12/6/11
“Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock,
in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers,
to care for the church of God,
which he obtained with his own blood.”
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations . . .
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
I came across this quote the other day, "Missionaries would benefit greatly from a thorough study of language theory..." (359)
Tom Steffen and Lois McKinney-Douglas conclude their discussion about language and culture learning by walking through three stages of development. Each stage offers specific challenges and opportunities for progress. Nurture Program participants will find themselves squarely in stage one with hopes of progression once in an overseas context.
Stage One: Before Departure
[This material is taken from an interview with a couple who undertook the difficult task of learning Russian for the sake of ministering the gospel in a Russian speaking culture. Their answers are differentiated by #1-wife and #2-husband.]
Q :: Having grown up monolingual, briefly describe what it was like to acquire a second language as an adult?
In a prior post (#6), Language: Blessing or Curse, we briefly examined the theological significance of the Babel event. But there are also practical lessons that may be learned from that text (Gen. 11). In the interest of conciseness and helpfulness, three are presented here:
Join us at any of these classes, now offered at our campuses on Wednesdays at 6:50pm* following a time of worship. Learn more about Wednesday Connection.
Saturday marks the 49th anniversary of Char Ransom’s call to Bethlehem.
Photo caption: Char with the pastoral staff in the late 80s. (From left to right, front row: David Livingston, Char Ransom, Dean Palermo, Kurt Swanson, David Michael, John Piper; back row: Brad Nelson, Steve Roy, Tom Steller.)
Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.—Deuteronomy 7:9
After returning from a teaching trip to Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary (CBTS) with my wife, Kelina, and The Bethlehem Institute (Track 2) graduate Dieudonné Tamfu, I have been left with the sweet taste of God’s goodness in his faithfulness to his people.
These Family Discipleship Testimony Videos were shown in worship services July 23-24 and August 13-14, 2011.
Downtown Campus Family Discipleship Testimony Video 1
Downtown Campus Family Discipleship Testimony Video 2
North Campus Family Discipleship Testimony Video 1
Treasuring Christ Together
TCT is our ongoing strategy to fulfill our mission through a multiplying movement of campuses, new churches, and a Global Diaconate, united by a common mission and founded on a common biblical life and doctrine.