The Navigator: 6.13.19

NOTE:  Due to Nick being out, there will be no Navigator E-News the next few weeks.  Next publication will be July 11th.

 

 

THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 16th – Father’s Day

Preacher:  Nick

Primary Text:  1 John 5:13-21

 

TEAM MEMBERS WANTED

I am the Staff Liaison to the Missions Team.  “Missions” can take on different mental & theological images in the mind of a believer.  At its heart, “missions” is “evangelism.”  In the passage above (Acts 1:8), Jesus made it clear that “missions” may happen across the globe or across the street.

We’ve had two people on our team who needed to resign due to other needs in their lives that wouldn’t allow them to devote necessary time to our various evangelistic endeavors.  Do you know of anyone in your class who may enjoy serving on our team?  Simply let me know and I will contact them.  nw

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

  • Visit with your “inter-generational Summit Group leadership partners” by this Sunday, June 16th, to simply get the ball rolling on our effort to de-fragment our Body.
  • July 7thOne Bible-Learning hour at 9:15; One worship service at 10:45.
  • Immediately below is the modified classroom assignments for July 7th.  We have used this model before and it seemed to work well.  Please notify your folks.  And, please let me know if I need to adjust your room in any way. nw

108 – Agape

Worship Center – Open Door

110 – Ladies (Smith)

208 – Duncan combined (Note: we’re recommending the combined classes here based on the logic that, if the early class meets at 8am, after class you would have to wait almost 90 minutes before the 10:45 worship service begins.  Of course, the 8am class is certainly free to meet at 8am should you desire to do so, understanding the situation I’ve stated here.)

209 – Travelers

210 – Wellspring

211 – Singles

212 – The Village

215 – Base Camp

216 – Generations

217 – Young Adults & University

218 – The Mix

219 – Transitions

FLC – Special Friends

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

This one’s for the guys…

And a bonus for us preachers & teachers…

The long-time pastor/professor/theologian, Haddon Robinson, once prayed,

“God, if these people knew about me what you know about me, they wouldn’t listen to a word I said.”

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Jeb: My dad got those hair implants a few days ago.

Cletus: Really – how’d it go?

Jeb: Well, here’s the funny thing. They were out of human hair so they had to use dog hair.

Cletus: Uh, how’d that work out? Is he ok??

Jeb: He’s great. The only thing is – every time we go somewhere we can’t keep him from sticking his head out the car window.

And a bonus: Universal Laws

1. If you dial a wrong number, someone always answers.

2. The probability of seeing someone you know increases dramatically when you don’t want to be seen.

3. When you try to prove to someone/mechanic/repairman that something won’t work, it will.

4. After your hands are coated with grease, your face will itch and you’ll need to use the restroom.

5. Any tool, nut, bolt or screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible location.

6. The severity of an itch is inversely proportional to one’s reach.

7. If you’re driving and need to return a text, you will hit every green light. If you’re running late, you will catch every red light.

8. If you are carrying your groceries – or stuff from work – to the car in your right arm arm, your keys will be in your right pocket. Or vice-versa.

9. If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

 

GRACE NOTES:  The God Who Hurts Us

I have no idea why, but a blog I wrote over a year ago was view thousands of time the past couple of weeks.  Perhaps the Holy Spirit is prompting me to re-post it in this e-news.   Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 6.6.19

VBS IS HERE!

Monday – Thursday:  9am – Noon

Thursday Evening Family Night & Concert:  6:30pm

 

THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 9th

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  1 John 4:1-6

 

MULTIPLICATION & MOTIVATION

Every Sunday morning Bible-Learning group I’ve ever known tends to have the same reaction when anyone daringly mentions, “Wow, you’re class is huge! Have you ever considered multiplying your class by asking some of your folks to begin a new class?”  That reaction is somewhere between “Never!” and “Maybe. But I really would prefer not to.”  If that’s your initial thought, rest easy – you’re normal. 🙂

I’ve led enough small groups over the years to know the truth: the larger a class becomes, the less they tend to grow. Why? It’s simple, really.  There’s no urgency to invite new people because, frankly, the class has grown so large there’s nowhere to put them.  Over time, the class slowly becomes comfortable with the people they have.  On the contrary, when a class is new there tends to be more focused attention on inviting new people.

Fear not –  I will never come to you and tell you it’s time to start a new class.  Should you and I come to that decision, we’ll come to it together, unified by mutual conviction.  I merely want you to always keep the option a matter of prayer among  your class’s leadership.

In regard to my title above, Multiplication & Motivation, I would like to highlight two of our SUMMIT GROUPS, whose leaders I’ve had the pleasure of visiting with this past week.

The Village is led by Matt & Lisha Flaniken and Justin & Lauren Schoepf.  This is a new class, and it is growing.  The old axiom is true:  anything that is healthy will grow.  Should you like to visit with a BHBC teacher who is presently experiencing the excitement of starting a new class (and help alleviate any fears you may have), consider the Flaniken’s and/or the Schoepf’s.

The Traveler’s is led by Brad Whitaker, James St. Clair and Cheryl Carpenter.  I visited with Brad a while back and asked him to consider the Master Teacher method of teaching.  Simply put, this method involves someone teaching the main content of the lesson for 20-30 minutes, then allowing the class to divide up into small groups to discuss what was just taught.  The large group setting is where the content is learned.  The small groups disseminate, discuss and work through said content.  Since they were introducing a new curriculum that addresses marriage and conflict they decided to give the new teaching method a try.  Not only was it a home run, the class members have asked if they could begin earlier on Sundays!  Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that before. 🙂

 

THE WORD OF GOD: FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING

“I remember, Lord, your ancient laws, and I find comfort in them.”  (Psalm 119:52)

When using the same criteria applied to all ancient literature for the purpose of establishing historical reliability the Bible trounces the competition.  (The Homeric Epics come in at a distant second place.)

Certainly, we believe the Bible is the Word of God by faith – but it’s not blind faith.  God has given us hard, scientific evidence to give us confidence in knowing that what we believe to be true is also scientifically true.

The discovery, and subsequent “virtual unwrapping” of an ancient Old Testament scroll was actually announced a couple of years ago, but it’s making the rounds again on the internet.  Just in case you missed it I certainly want you to be aware of it.

The discovery of the ancient manuscript proves something extraordinary.  Hebrew scholar, Emanuel Tov, sums it up:

[T]he scroll brings the good news that the ancient source of the medieval (Masoretic) text did not change for 2,000 years.”

 

The article includes a fascinating video of how “virtual unwrapping” is accomplished. Read the article here.  For further insight into the ancient manuscripts from which we get our Old Testament, click here.

 

REMINDERS:

  • Visit with your “inter-generational Summit Group leadership partners” by Sunday, June 16th.
  • July 7th – One Bible-Learning hour at 9:15; One worship service at 10:45.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

And a bonus…

 

GRACE NOTES:  Satan’s Relentless Pursuit to Take Us Out

Life hard for you?  Don’t count on Satan moving on to someone else.  He wants to finish the job.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick