THIS SUNDAY, 3/3
Primary Text: 1 Peter 4:12-19; Jason continues his series, Stand Firm
WE. ARE. SO. CLOSE.
Still need photos, brief bios & a brief description of current curriculum from:
BASE CAMP – Isaias Martinez
UNIVERSITY/YOUNG ADULTS – Shawn Coleman
I know this has been a pain for some, but I am confident you will be pleased with the end result as this information you’ve submitted will strongly help guests navigate what we are presently offering in our small group ministry.
THE MATH OF GOD
World-renowned theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku, stirred up the world of mathematics in recent years when he concluded that the order of the universe proves there is an intelligence behind it all. This is significant given that Kaku is not a professing Christian. You can read about his conclusion here in an article published by Science World Report. (View a related article on this topic here.)
Renowned scientists concluding there’s an intelligence behind the order of the cosmos is nothing new. It just makes bigger headlines today.
Author, Andrew Miller, once shared:
“I am impressed by the number of scientists who believed in Intelligent Design. Newton, Faraday, Kelvin (physics), Dalton, Ramsey, Pasteur, Agassiz (biology), Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Maunder (astronomy), Pascal (mathematics).”
CLASS IS FILLING UP!
We’re having a strong response! If you’ve not registered yet, please pray about doing so.
When you stop learning, you stop leading.
So, if time permits you to attend, please prayerfully consider this opportunity to study deeply the four gospels. Theological learning has never been easier. And it’s absolutely free for BHBC members.
Dr. Matt Baird is scheduled to teach New Testament I – The Gospels (SWBLI 5211).
The term begins Tuesday, March 19. Final class is Tuesday, May 7.
Here is the course description: An introduction to the Gospels. These writings will be studied in terms of historical setting, religious background, literary composition, theological message, and interrelationship with the Old Testament.
This is meaty content for equipping pastors, teachers, and lay people.
Textbook: Should you choose to purchase the textbook you can click here. The book, new, can be a little pricey. But Amazon, at least presently, offers several used copies from around $20. (and the used copies are usually in great shape.)
Dr. Baird has given me the Course Syllabus which explains in detail what will be covered week-to-week. We are working on getting that document uploaded to our web site so you can read through it.
Click here to register through BHBC to audit the course.
IMPORTANT – FRIENDLY – REMINDER
One of my biblical responsibilities as a pastor is to keep “banging the drum” on vital issues. Why? Because human nature dictates we forget the simplest of fundamentals from time to time if we’re not occasionally reminded. When I played football and baseball in high school not a practice went by that we didn’t begin with the fundamentals. Of course, this also applied to my training on the piano.
That said, remember to implement the following two fundamentals of small group shepherding each and every week. (I will most likely simply include this once a month in this publication.)
1 . Briefly welcome all guests. We pray for hurting and searching people to join us. So, every single week – just as we do in “big church” – we need to devote just a minute to welcoming guests and encouraging them to complete a blue Connect Card (see pic below). The biblical term “pastor” means “shepherd.” As a class leader you are also a shepherd of the flock – this a “calling” entrusted to you by God. Our staff contacts these guests every single week and then we funnel names to respective class leadership. Make sure guests know there is no “pressure” to complete a card. But that it helps us better shepherd them.
2 . The Gospel. Never assume that, just because a person attends a small group, they’re saved. A simple statement like the following – or something similar – could change someone’s life: “You’ll make no greater decision in your life than to trust Christ as your Savior. If you’ve never done that please know that myself, or one of our leaders, is available after class and would love to pray with you about this topic.”
THE SOUND OF SILENCE
A hauntingly beautiful cover of this Simon & Garfunkel hit from the 70’s. Listen to Pentatonix render their take on the song – completely a cappella.
QUOTE of the WEEK
“Tell me about the God you don’t believe in. There’s a good chance I don’t believe in that God either.” Timothy Keller
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
Forgive me, ladies! This was just too good not to share. 🙂
GRACE NOTES: A Lesson We Tend to Miss in the Story of Jonah
Read the blog here.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick