The Navigator: 8.29.19



Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  Romans 12:1-10

***Regular Schedule for the Labor Day holiday weekend.


Throughout scripture, God “bangs the drum” to remind his people of the fundamental basics of following him.  As you know, this applies to any life-skill.  Whether it was sports or music, my coaches and professors routinely began every session with the fundamentals.

Every now and then, please allow me to simply remind you of the critical, yet often forgotten, basics of small-group shepherding:

1. You can’t give what you don’t have.  Be faithful and disciplined in your own spiritual growth via daily devotional time.  Jesus warned, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” If your “well is ever dry” and you need a break/sabbath, simply let me know.

2. Know why you believe what you believe.  Be a disciplined and responsible student of scripture.  Take time to think and work through hard passages.  When you stop learning, you stop leading.  Think deeply.

3. Lead with love.  Jesus said, “By this all will know if you follow me, if you love one another.”  And, “the greatest among you shall be your servant.”

4. Lead by example.  Sheep are led, not driven.  Be on time to class.  Always show up prepared.  Our listeners can smell “winging it” a mile away.

5. Approach teaching as seriously as God does.  James wrote, Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.”  Prepare well, and leave the results to God.


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Course:  New Testament II (Acts & the Letters of Paul)

Professor:  Dr. Matt Baird

Time & Location:  6:30pm; Tuesdays; BHBC; Room 217

First Class:  Tuesday, Oct. 8th




Classes are underway! 6:30pm

Galatians & James: The Balance Between Grace & Works; Rm 108 – Nick Watts

Philippians; Rm 109 – Drew Flores

Strength to Love; Rm. 208 – Camille Johnston & Dormye Halbrooks

GriefShare; Rm 209 – Tom Heath

DivorceCare; Rm 211 – Isaias & Sony Martinez

Doctrines; Rm 219 – Michael Dain

Wellspring – TBA



How much do I appreciate all you do?   Make plans to attend our very first Summit Leadership (and spouses) Appreciation Dinner and you’ll find out. 🙂

Date:  Sunday Evening, October 20th; 6pm; FLC (note : this event has been rescheduled from the original date of 10/6)

Prepare to be appreciated.



A quick insight from Wed. evening’s class on Galatians.

It’s a part of the 2nd of the 10 Commandments. And Moses makes it clear later on:

“Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” (Ex. 34:14)

I heard a celebrity once say condescendingly, “I just can’t respect a God who says he’s jealous.”  At face value, I would agree with the celebrity.

But that is the mistake we make when we are irresponsible and/or hasty in our study of scripture.

God’s jealousy is nothing like human jealousy.

I could go on. But this brief quote from philosophy professor, Paul Copan, Ph.D., from his book “Is God a Moral Monster?” offers solid, concise insight.


QUOTE of the WEEK  (good advice from Linus)




GRACE NOTES:  Wanting a Nice Jesus

For this week’s devotional, I direct your attention to a recent article in the Babylon Bee.

NOTE: The Babylon Bee is satire. They make their points by using humor. But that humor always comes with a barb, or sting, of truth.

As Mike Yaconelli used to often say, “People today want a ‘nice’ Jesus. Not the Jesus of the Bible.”

This article is spot-on.  Read it here.


Soli Deo Gloria, Nick