Good Afternoon Church,
What does it mean to be a “disciple” of Christ? How does one “make” disciples of Jesus Christ and what part should discipleship play in the mission and ministry of the Church? Is becoming a “disciple” something different or subsequent to salvation, being a label for those who are mature and truly committed to Christ? Does the Bible ever demonstrate or talk about those who are “disciples” or “believers” but who turn out to be false followers of Christ? Can you have true discipleship apart from the truth of God’s Word? These are just a few of the questions that we will be grapple with this weekend as we focus intently on the what, the why, and the how of discipleship. It is a weekend you will not want to miss as we will spend some special time with one of our missionaries, Dan Mandigo and his precious family, encouraging them and being encouraged by them as we wrestle biblically with God’s great call for all of us to make disciples of Jesus Christ!
We kick the weekend off with our pizza and salad dinner at 5:30 Saturday evening in our fellowship hall where Dan will be sharing his heart about the great devoid of authentic discipleship within the contemporary church. Then we will enjoy a sweet time of fellowship and dessert outside on the lawn. Sunday morning will begin with pastries, donuts, coffee, and juice at 9:00, and then we will learn more about the biblical nature of discipleship around 9:30 as I ask Dan a series of questions that will better help us understand authentic discipleship and its inseparable link to Scripture. Finally, Dan will be preaching in the morning service from Luke 14, a message entitled “Making Authentic Disciples.” I hope you will make every effort to be here and grow with us as we seek to further our commitment to make life long and faithful followers of Christ. I am confident this weekend will also provide Dan with time to share updates on where the Lord has brought his family in ministry and how an uncompromising stance on the authority and sufficiency of Scripture is often a costly commitment.
Have you Signed up to Serve Yet?
There are still a number of opportunities for you to sign up to serve in our Children’s Ministry both on Sunday morning for Children’s Church and/or during our upcoming Wednesday Family Night ministry. Praise the Lord that the nursery signup is full through the end of the year for Sunday morning, but we still need a number of volunteers for nursery help on Wednesday nights. Also, there are still a number of class rooms that need teachers and assistants for both Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. If we have enough people we are hoping to have a rotating schedule on Sunday mornings where you would serve for two weeks in either our 2-3 year old class or our 4-k class and then you would have at least eight weeks off. Serving twice every 8-10 weeks is a blessing, not a burden, for all.
Thus, we still need a few more workers in both of those classes on Sunday mornings. I pray you will seriously consider the instant reward of serving families and children! The Wednesday night signup for teaching and assisting is also in need of a few more workers as well. Most of the teachers who are signing up desire to serve every week which is wonderful, but even if you can only serve on a rotating basis we could use your help. Remember, that the Wednesday night ministry lasts for one hour and ten minutes; part of that is a corporate music time at the beginning. This means if you are working in a classroom your actual ministry time is really only about forty-five minutes. Again, something that will be a blessing to all, but not a burden.
We are excited to see so many of these changes starting to take shape and look forward to seeing a number of you get involved and become part of our ministry team. God is moving in some very special ways in and through our church body, and what a blessing it is to be a part of what He is doing. If you have any questions about signing up to serve, please talk with Ben Peddicord, anyone on our Children’s ministry team, or myself as we would love to talk with you and answer any questions or concerns you might have. Belcroft Bible Church is clearly on the move, and you do not want to miss out in helping us proclaim God’s Word both locally and globally for His ultimate glory!
Yours for the Master,