What a great day to be at Boone’s Creek Baptist Church! The last time I preached on a Sunday morning was Sunday, October 3rd (Roddie Taylor from Trinidad preached on the 10th, and Cam Potts preached on the 17th).
- Our church voted to become a sponsor of Summit Community Church—a soon-to-be church plant in Hazard, Kentucky! Although it is a modest sum ($100 per month), I believe this is a statement not just for the church plant but for our church! This gives us an opportunity as a 225-year-old church to be a part of a new church birth—and may put some new life into us in ways we couldn’t imagine. Even with the financial issues we are experiencing, we felt the Great Commission was more of a factor than anything else! Tim Challies has given some excellent benefits of being a mother church. Read carefully! How wonderful to be a part of what is clearly a move of God!
- Welcome to Mitchell Clayton, a follower of Christ who joined our family of faith. Mitchell returned from a summer missions trip to Argentina (he’s ready to go back yesterday!). He is a sophomore at Eastern Kentucky University. Welcome Mitchell!
- We finished up the last session of our Boone’s Creek 101 class for our new members and inquirers. We had over 15 in attendance as we discussed “Where We Are Going” (Session 1 was “Who We Are” which outlines who we are as Christians and Baptists, Session 2 was on “What We Believe” as we went through our Declaration of Faith.) In the process, God brought to my attention the best definition of the glory of God I’ve seen –and I could share it with our BC101 class as we seek to spread the glory of God from our neighbors to the nations.
- Yesterday, we kicked off our moMENtum men’s ministry. We committed to be accountable, be active, and take authority as spiritual leaders in our homes and church. How crucial it is when men are actively involved in their church and homes! We will be reading through David Platt’s Radical: Taking Back the Church from the American Dream –which is only $5.51 at Amazon!
- I shared this quote from Radical in the sermon this morning: “We are giving in to the dangerous temptation to take the Jesus of the Bible and twist him into a version of Jesus we are more comfortable with. A nice, middle-class, American Jesus. A Jesus who doesn’t mind materialism and who would never call us to give away everything we have. A Jesus who would not expect us to forsake our closest relationships so that he receives all our affection. A Jesus who is fine with nominal devotion that does not infringe on our comforts, because, after all, he loves us just the way we are. A Jesus who wants us to be balanced, who wants us to avoid dangerous extremes, and who, for that matter, wants us to avoid danger altogether. A Jesus who brings us comfort and prosperity as we live out our Christian spin on the American dream. But do you realize what we are doing at this point? We are molding Jesus into our image. He is beginning to look a lot like us because, after all, that is whom we are most comfortable with. And the danger now is that when we gather in our church buildings to sing and lift up our hands in worship, we may not actually be worshiping the Jesus of the Bible. Instead we may be worshiping ourselves” (p. 13). Powerful!!
- God has called us to see that which is unseen. We see bank balances, budgets, kids wandering away from the faith, failing health—and we can lose heart. But we must see that which is unseen, for that which is unseen is that which lasts (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).