The Navigator: 11.8.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, 11/11

Preacher:  Jason

Text:  Matthew 2:9-12

 

SUMMIT TEAM LEADERSHIP LUNCH & TRAINING:  Sunday, Nov. 11th; noon; FLC

There is one thing that most churches do poorly.  It’s not intentional.  We just forget.  And that’s what I want to visit with you about.  I need you there.  Join me.

Spouses are invited!

At the conclusion of the meeting I will be giving you all a copy of Josh & Sean McDowell’s seminal apologetic, More Than a Carpenter.

 

NOVEMBER 17th; 9am-4pm; BHBC

When I began learning how logical and reasonable the Christian faith truly is, my faith deepened dramatically. As a result, I felt like I had been “set free” to engage in intelligent, non-defensive dialogue where Christianity is concerned with even the most skeptical of skeptics.

I had professed my faith in Christ at 11 years old. But, for well over a decade, had anyone asked me to “give a logical defense” of my faith (as Peter instructs in 1 Peter 3:15) I wouldn’t have really known what to say other than, “The Bible says it – I believe it.”

That cliche’ may work with a few, but not with the vast majority of mankind.

During one of the Breakout Sessions, I will present my talk titled, “How Atheism Failed Me.” For some, atheism works. For me, it failed miserably. After studying historical atheists like Nietzsche, Hume and Russell, along with contemporary atheists like Harris, Gray and Nagel, I, like former atheist, Alister McGrath (who holds a Ph.D. in molecular biophysics and teaches at Oxford), concluded the Bible presents the worldview that makes most sense of the world.

During my session, I will tell my story of how I came back to faith in Christ after finding my 19 year old son in his bedroom after he had taken his own life. I so wanted to believe there couldn’t possibly be a God. What I found in my effort to *dis*prove God was evidence so overwhelming for his existence that, I, like Peter, found myself confessing to Christ, “Where else could I go? You have the words of eternal life.”

The command from Peter in 1 Peter 3:15 is just that: a command – not a suggestion.

ENCOURAGE YOUR CLASS TO REGISTER ONLINE NOW. 

 

 

Boxes will also be available inside the new east entrance this Sunday.  All boxes are due no later than Sunday, 11/18.

 

FROM THE BOOK OF REVELATION

It’s hard to believe that, after 21 weeks, we finally arrive next week at chapter 22.

As we walked, verse by verse, through chapter 21, we, through John’s eyes, saw the “new heaven and the new earth.”  Regarding our glorified bodies, the 17th century, Puritan pastor, Richard Baxter, wrote:

 

VIEWED OVER 42 MILLION TIMES…

Be encouraged as you watch this powerful performance of the timeless hymn, Amazing Grace.

 

 

FROM USA TODAY:  PHOTOS OF AMAZING ART & ARCHITECTURE

This is called “land art” – it’s completely flat, painted on grass field.  Photo is taken from high above.  Location: Geneva, Switzerland.

The “Golden Bridge” just outside Da Nang, Vietnam.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

I completely agree…

 

GRACE NOTES:  Finding Our Way

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It’s tough to find our way around in the dark.  Read the brief blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Navigator: 11.1.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, 11/4

Preacher:  Jason

Text:  1 Timothy 6:3-19

 

Don’t forget that this weekend is “Fall Back” time.  If you forget, you’ll be an hour early to church on Sunday. 🙂

 

NOVEMBER 17th; 9am-4pm; BHBC

ENCOURAGE YOUR CLASS TO REGISTER ONLINE NOW. 

The following video will be presented on Sunday in both worship services.  Following the video I will make an impassioned comment regarding the event.

My good friend, Leighton Flowers (who will be here for the event), will be preaching in both worship services on Nov. 18th.  Leighton is over the Apologetics Ministry of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

 

All registration is handled online through the BGCT.

 

SUMMIT TEAM LEADERSHIP LUNCH & TRAINING:  Sunday, Nov. 11th; noon; FLC

Please set this date aside and join me for a quick lunch and meeting. 

NOTE:  As I told you when I met with you individually, I don’t call for meetings unless it is vitally important.

There is one thing that most churches do poorly.  It’s not intentional.  We just forget.  And that’s what I want to visit with you about.  I need you there.  Join me.

Should you require childcare simply let me know and I’ll pass your info along to Janyth.

 

The display is “up and running” in the Commons, west of the fireplace.  All boxes are due no later than Sunday, 11/18.

 

FYI: ON THE HORIZON

  • Pray for the Student Ministry D-Now weekend coming up on Nov. 16-18.  They will also be participating in the [Un]Apologetics Conference.
  • Sr. Adult Lunch:  11/19; 11:30; FLC
  • Final week of our mid-week Community Connection Classes:  11/28

 

BHBC HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:

  • Offices close at noon on 11/21, and are closed on 11/22-11/23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Sunday, 11/25 – SUMMIT Groups at 9:15 only; one worship service at 10:45
  • Sunday, 12/2 – Fostering Hope
  • Sunday, 12/9 – Adult Choir Christmas Presentation in both AM worship services.
  • Sunday, 12/23 – AM – SUMMIT Groups at 9:15 only; one worship service at 10:45
  • Sunday, 12/23 – PM – Combined Christmas Service; 6pm; NOTE: this will serve as our Christmas Eve service.  No services on the evening of 12/24.
  • Sunday, 12/30 – SUMMIT Groups at 9:15 only; one worship service at 10:45
  • 12/24-1/31 – Offices open from 9am-Noon.
  • Tuesday, 12/25 – Offices closed for Christmas.
  • Tuesday, 1/1 – Offices closed for New Year holiday.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  The Bible – Our True North

We are a culture in desperate need of being able to tell what is true from what isn’t.  (Especially during election years.) 🙂  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Navigator: 10.27.18

THIS SUNDAY, 10/28

Preacher:  Jason

Text:  Matthew 6:9-13 (The “Lord’s Prayer”)

 

This Wed., Oct. 31st; 6-8pm; BHBC; Contact Dana Kluzek if available to help.

 

The display is located in the Commons, just west of the fireplace. 

Boxes are available this Sunday, 10/28.  Instructions are attached and inside.

 

New handrails are up!

We know we’ve had a couple of “missteps” since occupying the new building.  Hopefully, these handrails will alleviate any further safety concerns. 🙂

You’ll see in the pics below that rails are located not only directly in front of the new entrance, but to both sides as well.

 

Saturday, Nov. 17th, 9am-4pm.

I cannot overstate how rare an opportunity this is for our church and believers throughout our region.

Christ has provided for us the best of the best for our keynote speakers.  And, except for me :), outstanding breakout session leaders.

A copy of the flier below is in this Sunday’s box.  Please distribute one to every member of your class.  All registration is handled online through the BGCT.

Even if you can’t attend due to a conflict, your excitement will ignite excitement in your class.

 

NOTE:  The next two items were included in last week’s Navigator.  I include them this week simply as a friendly reminder. 🙂

PLEASE MAKE THESE TWO ITEMS 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.  Here’s what I mean: This past week I visited with a man whose faithfully attended our church for decades.  He told me his story of how, for years, he attended Sunday School while having never once professed his faith in Christ until another church member finally asked him about it.  My point is this:  never assume that, just because a person attends a small group, they’re saved.  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.”

 

SUMMIT LEADERSHIP WEB PRESENCE IS COMING…

Virtually everyone finds the information they’re looking for nowadays online. 

I am in conversations with our web master about creating an attractive, informative and simple-to-navigate SUMMIT Group web page located within the main BHBC web site.  Here is what I’ll soon be soon asking from you:

1. A photo

2. A 4 or 5 sentence blurb about you and what your class is presently studying.

I will then include start-times, room assignments in both list and map views, as well as web links pertinent to biblical teaching and learning.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Paranormal Activity

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I like to post this blog I wrote (a few years ago) the week before Halloween.  Ghosts, goblins & witches are all on display this week!  And it’s all in fun, right?  There are no such thing as ghosts.  Right?  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

 

 

 

The Navigator: 10.18.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, 10/21

Preacher:  Jason

Text:  Ephesians 6:18-20

 

NOVEMBER 11th @ Noon – SUMMIT Leadership Lunch

Please set this date aside and join me for a quick lunch and meeting. 

There is one thing that most churches do poorly.  It’s not intentional.  We just forget.  And that’s what I want to visit with you about.  I need you there.  Join me.

Should you require childcare simply let me know and I’ll pass your info along to Janyth.

I think we can be walking out by 1:15pm.  More on this as it nears.

 

Saturday, Nov. 17th, 9am-4pm.

I cannot overstate how rare an opportunity this is for our church and believers throughout our region.

Christ has provided for us the best of the best for our keynote speakers.  And, except for me :), outstanding breakout session leaders.

A copy of the flier below is in this Sunday’s box.  Please distribute one to every member of your class.  All registration is handled online through the BGCT.

Even if you can’t attend due to a conflict, your excitement will ignite excitement in your class.

I will “bang this drum” more as the date nears.

 

NEW CURRICULUM YET?

As I stated when I met with you, I am not the “curriculum police.”  But I do like to stay informed as to whose teaching what so that, when a guest asks me what a particular class is studying, I can offer them an informed response.

One class has already informed me they are beginning a new study.  When you do as well, please let me know so I can update my files.

And speaking of information for guests…

 

PLEASE MAKE THESE TWO ITEMS 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.  Here’s what I mean: This past week I visited with a man whose faithfully attended our church for decades.  He told me his story of how, for years, he attended Sunday School while having never once professed his faith in Christ until another church member finally asked him about it.  My point is this:  never assume that, just because a person attends a small group, they’re saved.  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.”

 

SUMMIT LEADERSHIP WEB PRESENCE IS COMING…

Virtually everyone finds the information they’re looking for nowadays online. 

I am in conversations with our web master about creating an attractive, informative and simple-to-navigate SUMMIT Group web page located within the main BHBC web site.  Here is what I’ll soon be soon asking from you:

1. A photo

2. A 4 or 5 sentence blurb about you and what your class is presently studying.

I will then include start-times, room assignments in both list and map views, as well as web links pertinent to biblical teaching and learning.

 

We need classes to host booths!  Contact Dana Kluzek if available to help.

 

WHITE BOARD ERASING HELP

The new, “low odor” markers can be difficult to erase.  So I’ve purchased a great white board cleaner for you.  In your class, you will find a bottle of the cleaner and a microfiber towel (see pic).  I tested it and it works great.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

This has to be a Baptist church…

 

GRACE NOTES:  What Satan Doesn’t Want You to Know

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

 

 

The Navigator: 10.12.18

THIS SUNDAY, 10/14

Preacher:  Jason

Text:  multiple passages as Jason continues his series on prayer

 

 

We’re in the process of working with our current maintenance staff to take care of cleaning the newly added 16,000 sq. ft. of space.  Would you do us a huge favor and help us out while we get this taken care of?  If you’ll simply take care of the following easy tasks it will help our cleaning crew immensely, not to mention put forth a strong Christian testimony:

  • Take trash to large trash receptacle at end of south hallway near stairwell.
  • Clean up crumbs and/or stains created by donuts, coffee, etc.
  • Erase white boards when done.  This one sounds trivial but there’s method to our madness.  Markers on the market now are “low odor”.   This helps the strong odor from the marker but, for whatever reason, these markers are hard to clean off the white boards.  I have ordered spray cleaner for each room which should arrive any day.

That’s it!  Your help is deeply appreciated.  Teamwork makes the dream work. 🙂

P.S. – Please feel free to arrange your room however it best meets the learning style of your class.

 

I have been asked to include this so you can promote it in your classes.

Oct. 27th; 9:30-11:30; 2707 34th St.

Tickets are available for purchase for $10 ONLY until Oct.21. Ladies from Lubbock Impact will be our special guests and we are honored to have the event at their facility. Cute t shirts are available while supplies last for $18.  View the flyer here.

 

We need classes to host booths!  Contact Dana Kluzek if available to help.

 

Biblical food-for-thought.  From this past Wednesday evening’s study:

Revelation 18:5 – “for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.”

The sins of the antichrist’s world system and followers are ever before a wrathful Judge.  And God remembers every single sin – every thought, every action.

For the believer, we have this merciful promise:

“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”  (Hebrews 8:12)

For the non-believer, the end result is terrifying, and eternal.

 

ON THE HORIZON:

Wed., Oct. 31st – Fall Fest – 6-8pm

Saturday, Nov. 17th – [Un]Apologetic Conference (sponsored by the BGCT).  For Info and Registration click here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

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LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

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GRACE NOTES:  Hell Under Fire

Did you know that there is a movement – even within liberal Christianity – to remove the biblical hell from the Bible?  Sad, but true.  Here’ my response.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

The Navigator: 10.4.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, 10/7

Preacher:  Jason (New series on prayer!  Text: 1 Chronicles 4:10)

 

This Sunday morning, Oct. 7th, all SUMMIT Groups meet at 9:15 followed by a single, combined worship service at 10:45.

On 10/7 only, all classes will meet at 9:15 in the following classrooms:

108 – Agape

FLC – Open Door

109 – Ladies (Smith)

208 – Duncan combined

209 – Travelers

110 – Wellspring

211 – Singles

212 – Base Camp

215 – The Mix

216 – Generations

217 – Young Adult

218 – University

219 – Dain

 

COME SEE ME

With the construction now over, I just moved into a new office.  Please come by and visit with me over a warm, robust beverage.  You can find me at the corner of Nick & Elvis.

 

ON THE HORIZON:

Wed., Oct. 31st – Fall Fest – 6-8pm

Saturday, Nov. 17th – [Un]Apologetic Conference (sponsored by the BGCT).  For Info and Registration click here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

My daughter, Kelsie, works in Branson for the company that owns Silver Dollar City.  I got this from her.  I laughed out loud because it’s spot-on.

And a bonus…

This doesn’t necessarily belong in the category of “laughter”.  “Crazy” maybe?  (Video clip is 10 seconds long).

 

GRACE NOTES:  Turning the Tables on the Devil

We all have pain and frustration in life.  The key is in how we choose to respond to it.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

The Navigator: 9.28.18

 

THIS SUNDAY, Sep. 30th

Preacher:  Jason (Final message in Jason’s Friend-ology sermon series; Luke 19:1-10)

 

This Sunday, 9/30, all classes meet in their new classrooms!  Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to notify the folks in your class as to this good news and give them help with directions to your classroom.  See last week’s Navigator for maps of where every class meets, and at what time.
ALSO…

MIKE LEWIS will be at the church this Sat., 9/29, from 3-4pm, for all teachers who may want to swing by their new classrooms to make certain everything is prepared for Sunday.  Thank you, Mike, for offering this!

 

Sunday evening, Sep. 30th –  Movie Night:  “I Can Only Imagine.” A perfect church-wide event for the purpose of inviting an un-churched or hurting friend.  This movie is well-done and portrays the liberating power of forgiveness.

5:30pm – free popcorn availabe;  6pm – movie begins

 

Sunday morning, Oct. 7th, all SUMMIT Groups meet at 9:15 followed by a single, combined worship service at 10:45.

Since all groups will be meeting at the same hour, here is, for that one Sunday, a modified assignment of classrooms.  On 10/7, all classes will meet at 9:15 in the following classrooms:

108 – Agape

109 – 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 – Base Camp

215 – The Mix

216 – Generations

217 – Young Adult

218 – University

219 – Dain (yet to be named 🙂 )

 

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CLASSES BEGIN THIS WEEK!

See the August 23rd Navigator for all the info regarding the fast upcoming start of class for B.H. Carroll.  Registration is now open.  Class begins Oct. 2nd.

Also, I do have a few Tuesday evenings open for those who may be available to host the students as they arrive at 6:30pm.  Interested?  Let me know.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

I firmly believe that teachers are the modern-day heroes.

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Note the water-slide behind the church…

 

GRACE NOTES:  The Old Rugged Cross

Where do we look in times of crippling pain?  The cross.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick