THIS SUNDAY: Grow
- Sammy will unpack the second of four pillars of his current series.
Our inaugural Small Group Leadership Appreciation Banquet is finally here.
- Final attendance count is just under 80. Get ready for a wonderful dinner, a ton of fun, and to be lifted up & encouraged.
- The banquet begins at 6pm in the FLC. See you all there.
The question is not only, “Was there strong Bible teaching?”, but also, “Was there strong Bible learning?” This week’s tip: Fundamentals
I played football, baseball, and took piano lessons for years. All three activities had something in common. At the beginning of every practice and rehearsal, my coaches/instructors always began with the fundamentals. Every. Single. Time.
As Small Group Leaders who teach God’s Word and shepherd his sheep, based on scripture such James 3:1, we should take the fundamentals seriously.
Don’t ever forget these 7 fundamentals:
- You can’t give what you don’t have. Being precedes doing. Be faithful and disciplined in your own spiritual growth via daily devotional time involving biblical study and prayer – even if its just for a few minutes. Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” Additionally, if your “well is ever dry” and you need a break/sabbath, never hesitate to let me know.
- Be a responsible student of scripture. Pray fervently for understanding. Study context. Take time to think and work through hard passages. All of these disciplines will help you to be able to “correctly handle the word of truth.” One theologian wisely wrote in regard to studying a passage of scripture: “If we can know the author, the audience, and the purpose the author had in mind, this goes a long way in understanding what God is saying to us in that passage.” When you stop learning, you stop leading.
- Lead with love. Jesus said, “By this all will know if you follow me, if you love one another.” Not “if you are a skilled teacher,” but “if you love one another.” Your class may not always remember what you taught them, but they will always remember how you treated them.
- Lead by example. Jesus said – and modeled – “The greatest among you shall be your servant.” Sheep are led, not driven. Be on time to class. Always show up prepared. Our listeners can smell “winging it” a mile away.
- Know why you believe what you believe. Learn to think deeply, and critically. One writer wrote, “When we can’t even engage in elementary dialogue with someone who asks a tough question about the Christian worldview, it serves as one more reason for that person to move on to a worldview is more respected by its adherents.” Peter didn’t mince words. He said to “always be prepared to give an answer [a logical defense] to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
- 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 [because we have assumed greater accountability and more condemnation if we teach incorrectly].” Prepare well, and leave the results to God.
- Regularly share the gospel with your class for two reasons. (1) Never assume everyone who attends is a Christian, and (2) it will remind and equip your class to share their faith as well.
MORE OF THE SIDE OF PRO SPORTS YOU NEVER SEE
WINTERIZING CARS: DEACON MINISTRY
This Saturday, from 9-noon, here at BHBC, deacons will be winterizing cars for all single ladies (all ages.) This includes checking belts, hoses, fluid levels, tire pressure & tread, and windshield wipers. Should you know someone who might enjoy this free service please pass the info along.
This is Olympus Mons on the Martian surface. It’s the tallest mountain/volcano in the solar system at 16 miles above the surface. To help put this in perspective, Mt. Everest is 5 1/2 miles tall.
Olympus Mons is 374 miles in diameter (the distance from Lubbock to Austin.) It’s what’s known as a shield volcano because of its distinctive shield shape.
Most of you know I grew up in a horrifically violent home. Had I not been home on a particular Sunday night in 1980, I am certain my dad would have murdered my mom.
So, when I saw this article recently on Everything Lubbock, I took notice. Do we really have a domestic violence issue in Lubbock? From the article:
According to statistics cited by Lubbock Area United Way, Lubbock’s domestic violence rate was twice the state average as of 2018. The Lubbock Police Department reports family violence was the leading cause of homicides in 2020, with 11 local residents losing their life to the crime.
The article also offered resources for help. My heart hurts for those who exist in this private terror. Should you know someone caught in this nightmare, let them know there is hope and help. Read the article here.
MISSION/MINISTRY FAIR: October 17th
I’ll include more info on this in next week’s Navigator. Briefly,…
- The exhibit will be in the Commons all morning.
- One table will represent our small group ministry (Sunday School & Wed. evenings). Should you have anything specific you would like for me to include let me know.
The historicity of Jesus.
Bart Ehrman is a New Testament scholar and professor at UNC Chapel Hill. He’s also an “agnostic with atheistic leanings.” I read his book, Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth. (An odd book written by an atheist, right?) Here’s what he said in his opening comments:
“The reality is that whatever else you may think about Jesus, he certainly did exist.”
Ehrman then spent over 300 pages supporting his argument. Don’t let anyone tell you Jesus never existed. One of my professors rightly said, “There is more evidence for the existence of Jesus than for any other figure in human history.”
I’m often asked, “Do you take the Bible literally.” My answer is, “Yes, where it is meant to be taken literally. Everything in the Bible is literally true but not all of it is expressed in a literal way.” – Frank Turek
On politics: Bono, the lead singer of U2, once said, “The Left mocks the Right. The Right knows it’s right. Two ugly traits. How far should we go to try to understand each other’s point of view? Maybe the distance grace covered on the cross is a clue.” – Jim Wallace, God’s Politics
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
SOUL FOOD: That Peculiar Planet Known as Uranus
When God spoke the cosmos into existence he could’ve made everything look the same. But, God is an artist. Read the article here.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick