Monthly Archives: June 2009

One Last Letter from Eric Thompson, One of our College Students On Mission in Senegal

Hey Everyone! I wanted to send one last update to you all to give you a final wrap up of what I saw and learned in Senegal and to thank you again for all of your support. We got home last Wednesday and everyone made it back safely. It’s good to be back in the states, although it’s been difficult not having a schedule right now and trying to figure out what to do with myself during the day.

I can’t guarantee the accuracy of these numbers, but at the end of the trip we estimated that, during our time Senegal, over 1,200 people heard the gospel and over 80 made the decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. What’s awesome is we can’t take any credit for that. It was clear as soon as we got there that God had been working in Senegal for many years before our arrival and, looking back, it’s clear that God was the one doing all of the work we saw in our 6 weeks.

One example of this was the Jesus film we showed one of the first nights. Multiple times in the past, the Senegalese CRU students had shown the Jesus film, passed out contact cards, and attempted to follow up with them. However, most of the students that filled them out put down false information, such as phone and room numbers, so that they wouldn’t be found later. Well, the night we showed it, we received 130 contact cards and a vast majority of them were authentic. I still can’t think of why this would have happened. I’m fairly certain that it wasn’t because we were there, as we hadn’t spent enough time on campus for people to know yet.

Seeing God at work in the way that I did was an incredible experience and one that I will not forget. Having to defend my faith in front of others helped to solidify it in my own heart and I saw God as my source of joy in a more real and important way than ever.

I would have been unable to experience any of this without your support, whether it came in the form of money, prayer, or encouragement. It has been a pleasure for me to be able to update you on our trip and to share with you what God is doing in Senegal. But again, I would have had nothing to share without the support of every one of you. Thank you all so much. I hope that I have been a good steward of what God has shown me and that what you have heard has been encouraging for you. Thanks again!

In Christ,
Eric

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What Role Does Sound Doctrine Play in Missions?

Ed Stetzer of LifeWay gives some helpful and eye-opening reasons why the lack of sound doctrine dooms missions. 

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Pictures from the Blood Drive ‘09 at Boone’s Creek

Blood Drive on June 28, 2009
Boone’s Creek Baptist Church
Lexington, KY

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M.V.P. E-Newsletter for the Week of June 29-July 5, 2009

Developing the mission, vision, and passion of Jesus Christ and His glorious church!
A Newsletter by Pastor Matthew Perry, Boone’s Creek Baptist Church, Lexington, KY
For the Week of June 29-July 5, 2009

JULY 4th WILL MARK OUR COUNTRY’S 233rd ANNIVERSARY!
COME THIS SUNDAY AS WE CELEBRATE THE FREEDOMS GOD HAS GRANTED THIS NATION!

Church Homepage: http://www.boonescreekchurch.com
My blog: http://www.grippedbythegospel.com
Do you Twitter? http://www.twitter.com/mattperrybcbc
Do you do Facebook? http://www.facebook.com/himweproclaim

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DID YOU KNOW THAT WITHIN A FIVE-MILE RADIUS OF BOONE’S CREEK CHURCH…?
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• …that the population is 19,024?
• …that the projected population increase will be 12.4% (4.6% is the national average)?
• …that the largest lifestyles group is the “Young and Coming” (20s, single)?
• …that the average household income is $99,089 (national average is $66,670)?
• …that 29% of households have no faith involvement?
• …that 46% of the population are college graduates (the national average is 24%)?

(Information from http://www.link2lead.com Five-Mile Radius Community Survey.)

So what do you think, dear Boone’s Creek Family? Do these numbers surprise you? If so, which ones? How does this information affect how we minister to those in our community?

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CAM WROTE FROM RUSSIA!
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It’s posted here (http://castinginthecreek.blogspot.com/2009/06/letter-from-cameron-potts-in-perm.html).

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QUOTES OF THE WEEK
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The Law is for the proud and the Gospel for the brokenhearted (Martin Luther).

Such is life in an America where smoking and eating fatty foods are fast becoming sins punishable by the state and anti-homosexual rhetoric, real and imaginary, has become the gravest sin of all, punishable under hate crimes statutes (Gary Bauer, When Gays Attack)

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Boone’s Creek Fighter Verse: 1 John 4:9, ESV
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In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.

(Use this Fighter Verse for personal Scripture memory or to teach this to your child to help them stockpile God’s Word in their hearts –Psalm 119:11.)

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Would You Help Us Serve Our King?
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On occasion, we have some needs in various areas of service.

  • Those skilled in filmography, computer media software, and general techno-savviness! We will be using this area of technology in greater volume as we work to reach our neighbors both in our community and over the web. Some of you have already stepped up (thanks Clay and Bo). Anyone else out there?
  • We need some to volunteer to mow. God has blessed us with some beautiful property. Part of being good stewards of His blessings as well as getting ready for family and guests is helping to keep it maintained. You may not feel gifted to teach, have the talent to sing, have the patience to work with children—so why not sign up to mow? Help us keep Boone’s Creek beautiful.
  • Some men to serve in-between Sunday School and church as valets and parking lot greeters. While we may take for granted that people know where they need to go, let’s make sure they know where to go! Eric Masters has done a marvelous job coordinating our valet service over the past year or so, but he’s graduating and moving on to Williamsburg. Will you step in and help us make our guests feel welcomed?
  • We need some who love ministering to children to help us in Extended Session. Extended Session takes place at the same time as our Sunday morning worship. If you feel led to be a part of this ministry, contact Cindy Perry (543-8839 / theperrysix@gmail.com ) or Debbie Caudill (576-2869 / dlcaud2@uky.edu).

We praise God that we have some to help with our Welcome Table: Grace Barker, Sarah Ingham, Laura Preston, and Niki Scott. Thank you for stepping up!

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Emphasis This Summer: Kingdom People With Kingdom Vision
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Jesus told his disciples, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). Friends, we cannot look to add until we look to His Kingdom.

The mission of our church is to spread the glory of God from our neighbors to the nations. The Kingdom of God is about the glory and majesty of God—and thus all who are citizens of that Kingdom must understand not only what we do but who we are. Therefore, this summer will have a three-fold purpose to correspond with our mission:

  1. We aim to give Boone’s Creek a greater understanding of the role of the church in the Kingdom of God.
  2. We aim to give Boone’s Creek a greater embracing of what the church is, which will inform what the church must do. This involves a greater accountability of the covenant we take as members of Christ’s church at Boone’s Creek;
  3. We aim to give Boone’s Creek a greater intentionality in making Gospel connections from our neighbors to the nations.

Sunday mornings, we will look at our mission statement (the top of this page), followed by Sunday nights we will go over a study by Don Whitney called Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church. During the week, we will resume our REACH groups as a way to discuss and pray over our church as we seek to be strengthened as well as share the gospel in the neighborhoods we’re in.

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This Past Sunday and This Coming Sunday
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Sunday School: 104
Sunday Morning Worship: 125

  • This past Sunday, June 28, I preached on “How God Makes His Love Known” You can access this sermon here (http://sermoncloud.monkserve.com/EKK/256/2009-06-28.mp3 –when posted.)
  • Next Sunday will continue our series on “Kingdom People with Kingdom Vision.” The title will be “True Kingdom Patriotism: Being a Kingdom Citizen as an American Citizen.”
  • For more recent sermons, long on to http://www.sermoncloud.com/bcbc .

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REACH Group Update
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We will resume our REACH groups on June 4. We will be going over a study from Thabiti Anyabwile’s book What is a Healthy Church Member? (Crossway Books, 2008) Our REACH Groups are:

  • Kenneth and Kellyn Clayton: Lexington. Location and time: Thursdays beginning June 11, 1550 Trent Blvd. Apt. #810, Lexington KY 40515. The meetings begin at 6:00 p.m.
  • Bro. Matthew Perry: Athens area, Boone’s Creek Baptist Church, Lexington, KY. Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m.

(We are in need of someone to lead a REACH group in the Winchester area and the Nicholasville area. If you have questions about our REACH groups, feel free to call me [263-5466] or e-mail me [theperrysix@gmail.com ] for more information.)

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Events and Ministries: check out http://www.boonescreekchurch.com/news
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Monday-Friday, June 29-July 3, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Vacation Bible School

Climb aboard the Boomerang Express™ as we take a week-long journey across Australia (G’day, mate!). If you have children or know of children who would like to be a part, visit our website at http://www.boonescreekchurch.com/vbs to register. For any other questions, contact our VBS Director, Cindy Parker at cindy.parker@uky.edu .

Our first VBS day had 138 in attendance, and the children gave just over $48 in offering. The offering will go to Sunrise Christian Home for Children and Oneida Baptist Institute.

Sunday, July 12:

Important Business Meeting regarding Phase II of our Building Program. Please circle this on your calendar. The building committee will be asking the church to take $10,000 out of the building fund for a stewardship banquet as well as other promotional and vision casting materials for our in-house capital campaign.

Also, the church will vote to put the finance committee in place.

Sunday evening, July 19: Fellowship at the Park, 7:00 p.m.

As they do every year, the deacons will provide watermelon for this special time of fellowship.

Sunday, July 26:

The Finance Committee needs all budget requests from all ministers and committees by this day. Thank you for helping them fulfill their ministry and meet this important need.

Deacon Nominations on Sunday, August 2, and Sunday, August 9

During the first two weeks of August, each church member has the opportunity to make nominations of scripturally qualifiedmen to be considered for the office of deacon. In accordance to our constitution & bylaws, you are permitted to nominate up to three men. The church will prayerfully consider the following scriptural-based qualifications and biblically-based lifestyle in electing men to the office of Deacon:

  1. A Deacon is a person of genuine and growing Christian experience. (Acts 6:3)
  2. A Deacon possesses depth of insight, Christian understanding and sound judgment in the practical issues of life. (Acts 6:3)
  3. A Deacon’s attitude toward the church and the Kingdom of God is marked by vision filled with hope and faith and good will. A Deacon will be faithful to responsibilities and exhibit a positive attitude toward the church and its total enterprises. (Acts 6:5)
  4. A Deacon’s reputation in the community is above reproach in integrity and ethical conduct. (1 Timothy 3:8)
  5. A Deacon speaks the simple truth in love at all times and under all circumstances. (1 Timothy 3:8)
  6. A Deacon is temperate in all personal habits and behavior (1 Timothy 3:8) and must abstain from the sale, use of, or serving of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs, and from gambling.
  7. A Deacon is committed to (1) the conviction of God’s ownership of all things, (2) developing a growing sense of stewardship in personal experiences, and (3) practicing the Biblical principle of the tithe as the minimumstandard of giving to Boone’s Creek Baptist Church. (1 Timothy 3:8)
  8. A Deacon is committed to the full gospel of Jesus Christ as the ultimate answer to both personal and social needs of our world. (1 Timothy 3:9)
  9. A Deacon is one whose life has been tested and found dependable and trustworthy in the church and community. (1 Timothy 3:10). He must be an active member of Boone’s Creek Baptist Church for a minimum of 36 months.
  10. A Deacon must be the husband of one wife with an exemplary and wholesome home life. (1 Timothy 3:11-13)

Boone’s Creek Baptist Church aims to spread the glory of God from our neighbors to the nations.
We do this by strengthening the people of God and sharing the gospel of God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Letter from Cameron Potts in Perm, Russia (6.28.09)

Hey Again!

Sorry I wasn’t able to send out an update last weekend, but I was pretty sick and I couldn’t make it to the internet cafe. Everything is great now, and we are approaching our last few days here in Russia. First of all, I want to thank you guys again for continuing to send e-mails to me; it really does mean a lot for me to hear from people back home.

The past couple of weeks have been crazy. Our ministry on the campuses has continued and tomorrow (Monday) is our last day of ministry. Over the past couple of weeks we have seen 3 or 4 Russian students come to know Jesus Christ through the different outreaches we have been doing. At our last outreach, I was given the opportunity to share my story about how God saved me and it was one of the coolest experiences of my life. I’ve done this kind of thing before, but never with a translator. It’s really cool to think how God and His power to save people through the message of the Gospel is far bigger than any language or cultural difference.

Since tomorrow is our last day of ministry here in Russia, I want to ask you to please pray for Marat. Alan and I have been having a lot of trouble with trying to meet up with him; our schedules just never work out to where we can hang out together. We really want to meet up with him one last time before we leave. Please pray that God would open up that opportunity and that we would be able to boldly share the Gospel with him.

Our last few days in Russia will consist of debriefing from our 5 weeks here and preparing ourselves to make the trip back home. Before we get back into Kentucky, we get to hang out for 3 days in London (not London, KY…although that could probably be just as interesting). I’m looking forward to seeing you guys when I get back. This is my last update! Thanks for all your prayers and support, I can’t believe the trip is almost over. I’ll send one more update once I get back home. Thanks again, I love you guys!

Cam =

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Excellent Definition of Propitiation

From TableTalk, June 13, 1990:

The word expiation begins with the prefix ex, which means "out of" or "from." Expiation means to remove something. In biblical theology it has to do with taking away or removing guilt by means of paying a ransom or offering an atonement. It means to pay the penalty for something. Thus, the act of expiation removes the problem by paying for it in some way, in order to satisfy some demand. Christ’s expiation of our sin means that He paid the penalty for it and removed it from consideration against us. 

On the other hand, propitiation has to do with the object of the expiation. The prefix in this case is pro, which means "for." Propitiation has to do with what brings about a change in God’s attitude toward us, so that we are restored to the fellowship and favor of God. In a sense, propitiation points to God’s being appeased. If I am angry because you have offended me, but you then appease me, the problem will be removed. Thus propitiation brings in the personal element and stresses that God is no longer angry with us. Propitiation is the result of expiation. The expiation is the act that results in God’s changing His attitude toward us. Expiation is what Christ did on the cross. The result of Christ’s act of expiation is that God is propitiated. It is the difference between the ransom that is paid and the attitude of the One receiving the ransom. 

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Lexington Walk for Lupus NOW on Saturday, August 29, 2009

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In May, my wife Cindy was diagnosed with lupus. This comes from a strong family history, as her mom and aunt also have this debilitating disease. I’m finding out now that some in our church struggle with lupus as well. While there is no cure as of yet, I don’t want to sit around and do nothing. It’s time for some gospel-centered action!

On Saturday, August 29, I will be participating in this year’s Walk for Lupus Now® in Lexington to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, Mid-South Chapter. I am writing to ask you to join my team.

We hope to raise $25,000 this year allowing the LFAM to provide education  and support services to people living with lupus, and support much needed lupus research. Lupus is an acute and chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease in which the immune system is unbalanced, causing inflammation and tissue damage to virtually every organ system in the body. It affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans and approximately 24,000 people in Kentucky.

We are going to have a great time at the Lexington Walk, and I hope you’ll be there with me.  It’s easy – just click on the link below and you’ll be taken to my team page, where you can easily register to become a member.  If you’re unable to join, please consider making a donation.

Making a difference starts with one step. Thank you for taking this step!

http://walkforlupusnow.kintera.org/lexington/theperrysix

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Lexington Walk for Lupus NOW on Saturday, August 29, 2009

walkforlupus.org

In May, my wife Cindy was diagnosed with lupus. This comes from a strong family history, as her mom and aunt also have this debilitating disease. I’m finding out now that some in our church struggle with lupus as well. While there is no cure as of yet, I don’t want to sit around and do nothing. It’s time for some gospel-centered action!

On Saturday, August 29, I will be participating in this year’s Walk for Lupus Now® in Lexington to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, Mid-South Chapter. I am writing to ask you to join my team.

We hope to raise $25,000 this year allowing the LFAM to provide education and support services to people living with lupus, and support much needed lupus research. Lupus is an acute and chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease in which the immune system is unbalanced, causing inflammation and tissue damage to virtually every organ system in the body. It affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans and approximately 24,000 people in Kentucky.

We are going to have a great time at the Lexington Walk, and I hope you’ll be there with me. It’s easy – just click on the link below and you’ll be taken to my team page, where you can easily register to become a member. If you’re unable to join, please consider making a donation.

Making a difference starts with one step. Thank you for taking this step!


http://walkforlupusnow.kintera.org/lexington/theperrysix

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Lexington Walk for Lupus NOW on Saturday, August 29, 2009

walkforlupus.org

In May, my wife Cindy was diagnosed with lupus. This comes from a strong family history, as her mom and aunt also have this debilitating disease. I’m finding out now that some in our church struggle with lupus as well. While there is no cure as of yet, I don’t want to sit around and do nothing. It’s time for some gospel-centered action!

On Saturday, August 29, I will be participating in this year’s Walk for Lupus Now® in Lexington to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, Mid-South Chapter. I am writing to ask you to join my team.

We hope to raise $25,000 this year allowing the LFAM to provide education  and support services to people living with lupus, and support much needed lupus research. Lupus is an acute and chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease in which the immune system is unbalanced, causing inflammation and tissue damage to virtually every organ system in the body. It affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans and approximately 24,000 people in Kentucky.

We are going to have a great time at the Lexington Walk, and I hope you’ll be there with me.  It’s easy – just click on the link below and you’ll be taken to my team page, where you can easily register to become a member.  If you’re unable to join, please consider making a donation.

Making a difference starts with one step. Thank you for taking this step!

http://walkforlupusnow.kintera.org/lexington/theperrysix

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Michael Spencer’s Thoughts on the SBC Annual Meeting

Michael Spencer of Oneida Baptist Institute, but known in the blogosphere as the Internet Monk has written an insightful piece reflecting on Tuesday’s Session of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Annual Meeting.  A significant turning point took place, and his insights give some folks a hopeful outlook for the convention (thats ‘some’ folks, not all).  Click on the link below to read:

My Thoughts on Today’s Southern Baptist Convention Meeting 6:23:09 | internetmonk.com

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