The Navigator – 9.5.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 9/8

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  Titus 3:8-11

 

THIS SUNDAY EVENING, 9/8 – 5pm

Ordination Service for Mike Lewis & Tom Heath

What does it mean to be ordained?  (Good question)

The official definition is:  to invest officially with ministerial authority.

Translation:  to affirm and celebrate, as a local church, the ministry assignment clearly given to an individual.

Mike & Tom would be no less pastors if they were never ordained by a local church.  This service merely invites Bacon Heights to affirm the call from God that is clear upon their lives and celebrate with them that call.

Lastly, closely associated with this affirmation is the phrase “laying on of hands.”  Taken from both Old & New Testament passages, this act was used to confer upon a individual a blessing and affirmation of God’s call on their life.

A reception will follow.

 

SUMMIT LEADERSHIP WEB PAGE

Several have emailed me updates to their small group information.  Please, if you haven’t yet, check out your class’s information by clicking here and let me know if anything needs to be adjusted.  Thank you!

ALSO, please mark Sunday evening, Oct. 20th, on your calendar for our very first Summit Leadership Appreciation Banquet.  Spouses are invited! Childcare is provided – we need to know asap who needs childcare.

 

OCTOBER 13th: MINISTRY FAIR!

I am the staff liaison to our Missions Team.  We’ve discussed the number of ministries within Bacon Heights that, most likely, the majority of our people don’t know about.

On Oct. 13th, Food Trucks will, again, be stationed in our south parking lot so our folks can conveniently grab a bite and visit tables throughout our FLC that have information about everything from Friends of God to Summit Groups to Elevate to Aspire to GriefShare to… well, you get the picture.

Come and celebrate what Christ is doing in our midst!  More info to come as the event nears.

 

Registration is now open!

Click here to register to let us know you’re coming.  Space is limited.

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

 

HAS SCIENCE DISCOVERED GOD?

Many will never face up to the overwhelming evidence for the existence of God.  But, even the former giant of the atheistic world, Antony Flew, after finally conceding the existence of God, said, “I must abide by Plato’s Socrates who said, ‘We must follow the evidence wherever it leads.”  That evidence led Flew to the only logical conclusion:  God exists.

Below are two 5-minute video clips. 

The first clip explores on the logic of 17th century German scientist, Gottfried Leibniz, a prominent German polymath and one of the most important logicians, mathematicians and natural philosophers of the Enlightenment.

The second clip is contemporary, but a little harder to grasp.  Additionally, the host talks a little fast and is sometimes difficult to understand.  Don’t hesitate to watch it a couple of times (it’s only 5 minutes.)  This clip is based on the hard science of MIT grad, Gerald Schroeder, a scientist with over thirty years of experience in research and teaching. He earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees all at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

As is my practice, my goal is to provide you with resourced information to help you grow deep in your faith, as well as be able to more confidently engage in intelligent dialogue where Christianity is concerned. 

Has science discovered God?  No. God desires us to ultimately come to him by faith.  Ravi Zacharias brilliantly put it this way:

“God has put enough into this world to make faith in Him a most reasonable thing. But He has left enough out to make it impossible to live by sheer reason alone. Faith and reason must always work together in that plausible blend.”

What science has done is discovered overwhelming evidence of his existence so that the most jaded of skeptics is without excuse.  Enjoy, nw

 

WE NEVER KNOW…

We put our best faces on at church.  And that’s why I often mention something similar to the quote below during our greeting time on Sunday mornings.  The person struggling this week may be you.  Never forget, you are not alone.  “The battle is the Lord’s.”

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

C.S. Lewis was one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century.  Not only a prolific author, but an Oxford don and, as a former atheist, a consummate defender of the Christian faith.  Below is not only one of my favorite Lewis quotes, but also a wonderful food-for-thought for lost or seeking friends and/or members of your class.

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Our True North: the Word of God

When your lost, confused or your world turns upside down there’s only one true guide to what’s true.  That’s where we must focus.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick