Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Consider making a contribution to our Global Partner Christmas Offering (through Nov 11, 2012).
We are collecting an annual offering to be used to send a Christmas gift to our global partner women. If you would like to contribute but have not yet had the opportunity, pick up an envelope at your campus Information Booth. Place your offering in the baskets or in the wood boxes near the Sanctuary doors. Checks may be written to Bethlehem. (Envelope should indicate "Global Partner Christmas Offering.")
One of our global partner families just wrote home about starting their language learning process in country. Their intention is to use what is known as the "Growing Participator Approach." I know that we've recorded a few thoughts from articles written by Greg Thompson in past posts, but for those of you who are audio-visual learners the following six-part video series may be more helpful.
Notes were not provided for this sermon.
We are hoping you can join us for MOMS on October 16 on the campus of your choosing! MOMS begins at 9:30am and ends at 11:30 am.
Speakers for October 16th:
Life on the Front Lines--Come and hear from one of our Global Partner mothers as she shares from her experiences abroad. Learn how to better pray for and encourage our Global Partners. Each campus will have their own Global Partner to hear from on this morning.
One of the difficulties with the task of global discipleship is making sure that Western missionaries and sending churches are not doing more harm than good. There are numerous factors to take into consideration when doing gospel-ministry in another culture, and thus, there are many risks that Western missionaries face. These might be preaching a “Western” gospel rather than a gospel that is relevant to all cultures, or doing community development in way that enables laziness rather than empowers ownership. In other words, missionaries and senders run the risk
In about 5 weeks, we will have our Challenge Sunday, the climax of the Master Planning process. You will be hearing shortly about an exciting debt reduction/income expansion vision. An important part of our excitement is the spreading of a passion for God to all peoples and nations. This report comes from one of our people who is thousands of miles away, regarding visitors they had last Fall.
"There is not an inch of any sphere of life over which Jesus Christ does not say, 'Mine'." (Abraham Kuyper)
"No local church can afford to go without the encouragement and nourishment that will come to it by sending away its best people." (David Penman)
"In America the most important thing is that people have freedom. In restricted countries the most important thing is what people do with freedom." (George Otis)
1) Unexpectedly, I was impressed more by similarities than by differences among the representatives of 68+ countries. In my small discussion group were individuals from Malawi (south central Africa), Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and Greece. From the very outset, when the sharing of problems was candid the empathy was remarkable. Church issues, family issues, and personal faith issues seemed to be so similar that we could feel each other’s strains immediately. This was a surprise to me.
It is not easy to spot the epoch-making people while they are alive. That’s just as well, I suppose. It helps protect us from idol worship and them from vanity.
But an epoch in world missions is being made, and two of the makers are Ralph and Roberta Winter, founders of the U.S. Center for World Mission. To spend an evening with them would be a remarkable privilege! You are invited to do that at Bethlehem at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 14. I urge you to put it on your calendar now.