Which Adult Bible Fellowship Should I Join?

All this talk about Adult Bible Fellowship. Over the past month or so I have had quite a few people say to me, which ABF should I attend? I plan on taking a blog post to give you a quick overview of the nine ABF classes that are available:

  1. SALT (Single Adults Living the Truth): In a recent article USA Today reported that the current 18 – 24 year olds are “less religious and more spiritual” than previous generations. While we recognize that there is deception with referring to oneself as spiritual, our goal is not for the next generation to be spiritual or religious, but rather involved in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Our SALT ABF is Continue reading

The Wrong Question

Sometimes, teachers begin the school year with a lie:

“The only dumb question is the one you never ask!”

Of course, I’m speaking a little tongue in cheek. We know what they mean. But we also know–often by experience–that foolish questions are often asked loud and clear.

Have you ever asked God a “dumb” question? A fellow seminary student pointed one out in Isaiah 58:3 (although “dumb” is probably the wrong word): Continue reading

What’s Holding You Back?

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him…” (Hebrews 11:6) So what’s holding you back from taking the next step of faith? As I’ve been thinking lately about my own personal walk with the Lord I’ve been meditating on this very question. What is the next step I should take in order to be obedient to the Lord? and why am I not taking that step? I have come to four conclusions as to why I don’t take the next step of faith. Continue reading

Teen Mission Team Character Qualities

Every time I lead a missions trip for our teens I am burdened about having them prepared to truly minister to others.  Here are a few of the character qualities that we desire to develop through the renewing of our minds. 

SENSITIVITY – The careful, continual awareness of God’s working in every situation coupled with a ready, willing, submission to quickly obey His promptings in meeting the needs of others.

Mat 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

Jud 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:

MATURITY – Allowing my Heavenly Father to parent me by consciously choosing His desires before my own.

1 Cor. 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

1 Tim 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

FLEXIBILITY – joyfully allowing God to take the reins of my circumstances and redirect them for His glory and the greatest possible good.

John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Mark 10:43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:

BUOYANCY – An attitude that quickly “floats back to the top” believing that God is bigger than any circumstance. The ability to recover quickly from a disappointment or failure. It is a, “faith outlook” on all of life’s circumstances.

Mat 13:31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

Jer 32:27 Behold, I [am] the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

Other character traits might include:  servants heart, initiative, etc.  Can you think of any other character traits to meditate on before a mission trip?  Can you think of a more creative way to communicate some of the above truths in a memorable way for teens?  I look forward to your input.

10 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Ministry – part 2

This is the second part of a two-part series on improving your ministry within the local church. You can find the first part here.

The Bible assumes (1) that every Christian is a part of a local church, (2) because you and I are a part of this local body we are to be serving in some capacity. With those thoughts in mind here are some additional questions to further your personal ministry within the church family: Continue reading

2010 Revival Meetings – Sunday

There are so many exciting things that the Lord does at our church every year, but one of the real highlights is our annual Revival Meetings. Sunday did not lower our expectations, it only increased our desire to see God use the Revival Meetings. The Lord used Evangelist Will Galkin and his team in an impacting way yesterday. Brother Galkin preached a message titled Quicken Me from Psalm 119. You can listen to the audio or watch the video.

Before the Great Awakening by J. Edwin Orr

We tend to think that when a nation-wide revival came to our country in the late 1700’s and at other times that the United States was already a bastion of Bible-believing Christianity. Not true!

Read the account below by J. Edwin Orr:

Not many people realize that in the wake of the American Revolution there was a moral slump. Drunkenness became epidemic. Out of a population of five million, 300,000 were confirmed drunkards: they were burying fifteen thousand of them each year. Profanity was of the most shocking kind. For the first time in the history of the American settlement, women were afraid to go out at night for fear of assault. Bank robberies were a daily occurrence.

What about the churches? The Methodists were losing more members than they were gaining. The Baptists said that they had their most wintry season. The Presbyterians in general assembly deplored the nation’s ungodliness. In a typical Congregational church, the Rev. Samuel Shepherd of Lennox, Massachusetts in sixteen years had not taken one young person into fellowship. The Lutherans were so languishing that they discussed uniting with Episcopalians who were even worse off. The Protestant Episcopal Bishop of New York, Bishop Samuel Proovost, quit functioning: he had confirmed no one for so long that he decided he was out of work, so he took up other employment. The Chief Justice of the United States, John Marshall, wrote to the Bishop of Virginia, James Madison, that the Church “was too far gone ever to be redeemed.” Voltaire averred, and Tom Paine echoed, “Christianity will be forgotten in thirty years.” Continue reading