I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.
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
Jared Wass underscores the following from Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
(The headings below are Jared’s).
How Zeal for Community Can Kill It—The Need to Kill the Wish Dream
Aaron Davitch Announced As Candidate for Minister for Small Groups and Children & Family Discipleship
In mid-July of this year, the South Campus Elders unanimously approved moving forward to call Aaron Davitch as Minister for Small Groups and Children & Family Discipleship. In August, the Organizational Elders interviewed him and they also approved moving forward to call him to this pastoral role.
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my sermon on September 13/14, “Horizontal Christian Hedonism” (2 Corinthians 7:13–16). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
Seeing God as the source of all joy sets us free to enjoy the joy of another as our own.
I am pleased to announce that Jared Wass will be assuming the role of Pastoral Resident for Small Groups, Downtown. His official start date is July 27, 2014, but he will begin transitioning into the role now to get ready for the Fall.
Jared has served as a non-vocational Elder since July 2012 and has been working with Campus Outreach as Mobilization Director.
We're excited to have Jared on the team and to continue to develop our small group ministry Downtown. If you see Jared around, please welcome him!
As Pastor Jason continues his Aflame for the Name: Bethlehem DNA sermon series, we'll post the relevant definitions of Bethlehem priorities. Use the Updates Blog posts on Bethlehem In-Reach categories to learn more about where God seems to be leading us in each given area.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people.
Corporate worship is the main expression of the church “gathered.” Small groups are the main expression of the church “scattered.”
The Bible provides the expectations and norms for the Christian life, and there are a number of metaphors used in Scripture to describe the church. These include a building (1 Peter 2:4–8, Ephesians 2:20–22), a body (1 Corinthians 12:12–31, Romans 12:4–8), and a family (Romans 9:25–26, 1 John 4:21).
So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.—Romans 12:5
Here is a peak into the interaction between an elder and a small group leader.
An excerpt from the blog of Daniel Stanley…
“Pastor Sam Crabtree and I sat down the other day to talk about the BBC Shepherd Group which I lead. Sam just became our overseeing elder, and so I was able to introduce him to the group and hear his heart for us. It was good.
As of early June, Bethlehem has 159 small groups involving 2,063 individuals led by 274 leaders.
Are you part of a small group? Come on in. The water’s fine.