The Navigator: 3.27.19

THIS SUNDAY, 3/24

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  Luke 14:25-35

 

COMING APRIL 7TH…

I cannot express in words how excited I am about this ministry event.

Three times when I was in Youth Ministry I invited Dr. Ross to come speak, minister to, and work with our parents and students.  God has extraordinarily gifted this servant in the area of strengthening families.  Here is the schedule for the day:

SCHEDULE:

9:15 – All adults in the Worship Center with Dr. Ross

10:45 – Combined worship service (overflow seating will be available).

Noon – Special Event luncheon for parents and their teenage children

 

 

Koinonia is a Greek word that occurs 20 times in the Bible. Koinonia’s primary meaning is “fellowship, sharing in common, communion.” The first occurrence of koinonia is Acts 2:42,

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

Christian fellowship is a key aspect of the Christian life. Believers in Christ are to come together in love, faith, and encouragement. That is the essence of koinonia, making it a fundamental component of spiritual growth.

Please, if you don’t already, intentionally invest in regular fellowship with your class. 

No one needs to be told life is busy – we all know that.  But we make time for what’s most important.  So, on occasion (monthly? quarterly? per semester?) – whatever is most effective for your class – schedule time to come together outside of classYou’ll find the Holy Spirit using biblical fellowship to infuse your class with spiritual health and growth.

Speaking of fundamental components,…

 

PLEASE NEVER FORGET TO MAKE THESE TWO FUNDAMENTALS A WEEKLY PART OF YOUR CLASS:

1 . Brief “welcome” to 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 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.  Lost people attend church all the time. 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 talk to me or one of our leaders after class.”

 

Please pray for me this weekend.

As I mentioned Sunday, since this past November the NE suburbs of Dallas, alone, have experienced eighty suicides.  As a result, I have been invited to speak at an upcoming conference, Weekend of Hope, sponsored by The Lakes Church; Sachse, TX.  (You can access their Facebook page here.)

I will speak twice on Saturday, then I will preach on Sunday morning.

99% of those who attempt suicide don’t want to die – they just want the pain to stop.

For Narnia.

Love to you all, nw

 

EASTER SUNDAY SCHEDULE (April 21st)

8am – Added Worship Service (choir will not sing in this service; music will be more along the “flavor” of the 10:45 service)

9:15am – Regular worship service

10:45am – Regular worship service

All SUMMIT Group times are unchanged.

 

NOTE:  SUMMIT Group Web Page publication is delayed.  New posting date is April 4th.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

For those trying to kick a bad habit…

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Suicide & the Bible

In light of me speaking this weekend on this particular topic, I thought I might provide for you a blog I penned just four months after my son, Jordan, took his own life.  It has been viewed over 50,000 times.

For those who foolishly believe suicide is not at epidemic levels, consider this:  The Associated Press published an article last November with the following headline:  Suicide, at 50 Year Peak, Pushes Down U.S. Life Expectancy

Read my blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

 

The Navigator: 3.21.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 3/24 – Jason begins a new sermon series…

Preacher:  Jason

Text: Passages from Judges 13 & 14

 

COMING APRIL 7TH…

I cannot express in words how excited I am about this ministry event.

Three times when I was in Youth Ministry I invited Dr. Ross to come speak, minister to, and work with our parents and students.  God has extraordinarily gifted this servant in the area of strengthening families.  Here is the schedule for the day:

SCHEDULE:

9:15 – All adults in the Worship Center with Dr. Ross

10:45 – Combined worship service (overflow seating will be available).

Noon – Special Event luncheon for parents and their teenage children

 

Discussion & Questions about the 2019-2020 Budget

Sunday evening, March 24th; 5pm; Worship Center

Final Vote on Budget:  3/27; 6:30pm; Rm. 108

 

FYI – We had 24 students attend our first class this past Tuesday evening, all of whom were diving into the deep end of the gospels.  I couldn’t be more thrilled.  When you stop learning, you stop leading.  And, with this opportunity, learning has never been easier (or cheaper.)

 

NEWSWEEK:  CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION WORSE THAN ANY TIME IN HISTORY

I touched on this during this past Sunday’s sermon.

The recent butchering of Nigerian Christians is merely another reminder that Satan is turning up the heat on his futile attempt to destroy our faith in the risen Christ.

“Not only are Christians more persecuted than any other faith group, but ever-increasing numbers are experiencing the very worst forms of persecution,” the report said.

Read the article in its entirety here.

 

WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE?

“I’m too tired.” “It’s too cold.” On and on, ad nauseum.

Our North American excuses for not attending a local church are lame and laughable compared to the devotion demonstrated around the globe.

This church in the Philippines flooded – but not even a flood could stop them from coming together to exalt Christ.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Which one are you?  A or B?

 

GRACE NOTES: The Decline of the Bible in North America

I have a burning question.  Read about it here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

The Navigator: 3.7.18

NOTEThe Navigator will not be published next week.  Therefore, under “This Sunday”, I’ve included biblical texts for 3/10 & 3/17 to allow you to read and prepare.  nw

 

THIS SUNDAY, 3/10

Preacher: Jason

Primary Text:  2 Peter 2:16-21 – 3rd out of 4 sermons in the series, Stand Firm.

 

NEXT SUNDAY, 3/17

Preacher:  Nick

Primary Text:  2 Peter 3:8-13

Sermon Title:  “Until I return, do this.” Love, Jesus Christ

 

SCHEDULE for SPRING BREAK: 3/10-3/17

Both Sundays:  regular schedule; no changes

**No Adult or Children Mid-Week Activities

Adjusted Office Hours: 

Monday – 8:30am-2pm

Tuesday – 1pm-4:30pm  (all electricity must be shut down during morning hours for upgrades)

Wed & Thur – 8:30am-2pm

Friday – closed

 

TREK:  Formerly “Parents Night Out”

TREK Childcare is for members/attenders of Bacon Heights, and their guests.
Ages are for babies-5th grade.  Fee is $3/per child with a $15 family max payable to Janyth Brannon no later than April 3rd by 8pm.

Pizza will be provided, gluten free option available, please note in the registration link.

Registration opens March 17th.  Space is limited.

 

SUMMIT GROUP WEB PAGE – UPDATE

Thank you, everyone, for getting me your profile photos, bios and curriculum introductions.

Our web page is going to be very helpful to those wanting to navigate our Adult Biblical Teaching and Learning ministry.

The web page will “go live” April 1st.

 

As of this posting, we are at 16 registered students.  That’s a 300% increase over last semester!  I am thrilled at the response of our people to be lifelong learners – especially at the seminary level.

Deadline to register as an auditor/reader is Sunday, March 17th.  Class begins on Tuesday, the 19th.

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.

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.)

Click here to register through BHBC to audit the course.

 

AIN’T NO GRAVE

I’ll be covering for Machenzee this Sunday, 3/10, in the late service and we’re going to be singing this song I heard recently.  If you like blues/bluegrass/country flavors of music you’re gonna love this one.  Strong lyrics.  Enjoy…

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Micah & The Insidious Pattern of Ingrained Sin

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick