November 6, 2019
November 6, 2019
Missionary Prayer Calendar
This is a continuing feature that will appear in each edition of LOGOS going forward. A different missionary will be referenced each week. This information is provided by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. This week's missionary couple is Ron and Sue Shaw. Ron is a chaplain with Disaster Relief in Madera, California. You can reach them at Disaster Relief, First Southern Baptist Madera, 711 Nebraska Avenue, Madera, CA 93638. You can also reach them at email@example.com.
They are asking us to pray with them for those impacted by disasters across our country and around the world. Also, they want us to pray for those God sends to minister to people affected by disasters that they might show His love and concern.
We do not have this same information from the International Mission Board due to security issues. However, pray for our international missionaries as a group. Pray for their families to have good health. Pray for their family members that have birthdays and anniversaries. Pray for them as they deal with news from loved ones here in the states. Pray that God will refresh them spiritually and physically. Pray that God will open doors for their ministries to be fruitful.
Have a GOSPEL CONVERSATION!
Pastor Terry has challenged our church members to have Gospel Conversations. The Great Commission tells believers to take the gospel message to the world. There is a three-fold application. Have these conversations with fellow church members; have them with a fellow believer at work, in the neighborhood, or at the ball field (etc …); and have them with someone around you who asks a lot of questions about your faith and church life.
In 2 Corinthians 5:20, the bible teaches that all followers of Christ are His ambassadors! Therefore, we should be having Gospel Conversations as His ambassadors! Here is a sample GOSPEL CONVERSATION:
“Hi, My name is ____________________! I want to tell you that Jesus died for my sins and for your sins; that he was buried; and that on the third day he rose from the grave. He offers eternal life to anyone who confesses that he is Lord and believes in their heart that God raised him from the dead! I am a believer! I hope you are too! Thank you for listening!
PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! Recite it over and over again! Pray for God's leading as you share it. Then get busy!
Thanksgiving Collection of Non-Perishable Food
We will be collecting non-perishable foods over the next three weeks to be distributed to needy families in our church and community. A receptacle will be in the foyer area of the church in which you can place your donated items.
Additionally, you may contribute monies. Simply designate “Thanksgiving” on your envelope and check and place it in the offering plate.
BIBLE DISTRIBUTION on Saturday, November 16
The next Bible Distribution will be on Saturday, November 16. We will meet at the church at 9:00 a.m. for prayer and assignments. We need at least three pickups for this distribution, four would be great!
RELIEF for the BAHAMAS
This information is from the Florida Baptist Convention website:
“Responding to the Bahamas: Baptist Global Response (BGR) will be the lead Southern Baptist agency to assist the Bahamas with relief and recovery. Additionally, Florida Baptist, Randy Crowe, with Island Outreach will be providing immediate relief to the islands. Florida Baptists may contact either of these organizations to help.”
Our church will collect funds to be sent to Island Outreach Ministries. It is led by Pastor Randy Crowe and is based in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. You can make your checks payable to our church, and we will cut a check at the end of the month to send to Island Outreach Ministries.
WHO'S YOUR ONE?
Imagine if every believer could answer that question with the name of a person who is far from God—a person for whom they’re praying and with whom seeking to share the gospel. That’s the intention behind Who’s Your One. We believe God’s people don’t merely need another method for evangelism— what they need is a white-hot passion to see people who are far from God experience the new life He offers through Jesus Christ.
Over the coming days (we started on Sunday, September 1), our church and countless others will prioritize personal ownership of the Great Commission as we each intentionally pursue one person with the hope of the gospel. At times, it seems the mission is simply too complex and too vast for churches like ours and people like us. While we can’t do everything, we can do something. We can all take responsibility for one. And, because of God’s power and the work of His Spirit, each of our ones can add up to make a significant impact for God’s kingdom.
Starting October 1, daily devotionals (for forty days) will be texted each day to members who have signed up for the One Call texting system. To receive the texts, you must contact Dawn Lamb at the Church Office (793-5670, firstname.lastname@example.org) and give her your mobile phone information.
Six Reasons to Sit in a Different Seat This Weekend
by Chuck Lawless
November 5, 2019
This article is reprinted from the website, www.chucklawless.com. It is recommended reading for you by Pastor Terry Townsend.
I know some readers won’t like this post. Most of us have a habit of sitting in the same place in church on Sunday, and I realize that nobody else is calling for changing this pattern. Nevertheless, I press on with my reasons that you and I should sit in a different place at church this weekend.
1. Most of us get too comfortable at church in general. We develop all kinds of habits, like parking in the same area, going in the same door, following the same route to our small group room, sitting in the same place, and often going to the same restaurants after the service. Nothing changes – including, frankly, the depth of our walk with God. We also don’t expect God to do anything different when we gather, and we then get what we expected.
2. You’ll get to know different people. You might already know everybody in your church, but sitting among different people will give you opportunity to get to know somebody more deeply. If you don’t know everybody, moving your seat will allow you to know somebody new. You’ll appreciate better the Body of Christ.
3. You’ll see and hear the service differently. It’s strange, actually, how changing your seat alters your perspective on the service. You look at the preacher from a different vantage point. You hear the music and the singing differently. You notice things about the building you had never seen before. You’ll often even listen to the sermon differently, simply because everything feels new (and, if you think I’m nuts here, at least try it . . .).
4. Somebody else might need your current seat. For example, too many people sit toward the back of a worship center, thus forcing latecomers and guests to walk to the front. That’s not the most loving or wise way to welcome these folks to the service. Why don’t you sit toward the front this week and free up space for others?
5. You’ll learn to be more comfortable with change in general. Here’s my crazy suggestion: sit in a different place every week. Don’t let yourself get stagnant in your approach to church, beginning with the simple decision of where you sit. Change your place each week, and you’ll likely be more open to change as your church moves forward in the future.
6. If you completely refuse to change, you might reveal a negative side of your heart. I understand there are reasons to sit in a particular place (e.g., for access to hearing devices, seating for handicapped, etc.), but most of us have little reason not to change – except for stubbornness. If that’s your reason for not even considering this suggestion, you may need to check your heart.
Chuck Lawless is Dean of Doctoral Studies and Vice-President of Spiritual Formation and Ministry Centers at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, where he also serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions.
Have a Gospel Conversation with someONE today!