Resource of the Week
How Praying Together Shapes the Church by John Onwuchekwa
How Praying Together Shapes the Church by John Onwuchekwa focuses on the necessity of regular prayer as a central practice in the local church— awakening us to the need and blessing of corporate prayer by examining what Jesus taught about prayer, how the first Christians approached prayer, and how to prioritize prayer in our congregations.
Kingdom Growers Coffee We are now serving Kingdom Growers Coffee during our church functions. This is a "Mission Sourced Coffee" produced in partnerships with local farmers throughout the world. Through these business relationships the Gospel is also shared. As a business and ministry Kingdom Growers is dedicated to do all things unto God. This means they work to make great coffee through great partnerships and business practices, fitting for God's kingdom. Kingdom Growers works in partnership with the IMB and BGR (Baptist Global Response). You can order at kingdomgrowers.com
Come, Let us Adore Him: A Daily Advent Devotional by Paul Tripp
The wonder and awe of the Christmas season can easily get overshadowed by lights, tinsel, bows, and paper. In all the hustle and bustle, we often lose sight of what’s most important. This book of daily readings for the month of December will help you slow down, prepare your heart, and focus on what matters most: adoring our Savior, Jesus.
A weekly podcast from the International Mission Board (IMB) exploring international mission’s history. By learning these stories and remembering the past, this podcast helps to inspire us to participate in what God is doing around the world and by His grace raise up future generations of laborers. Pastor Joseph is happy to help you listen to this free resource.
Biblical Theology: How the Church Faithfully Teaches the Gospel, by Nick Roark & Robert Cline. Throughout the history of the church, Christians have always had to contend with the influence of unbiblical teachings related to God, humanity, and salvation. One of the most important safeguards against all forms of heresy is a robust appreciation for biblical theology―reading the Bible in a way that takes into account the whole storyline of redemptive history. This book explains basic principles for reading the Bible that help us read every text with the big story in view. Currently, brother Randy is teaching from this book during our Adult Bible Study Sunday morning @ 9:45am.
If you have a smartphone, you can download the VOM Pray Today App (www.persecution.com/praytoday), which will provide daily prayer guides along with insightful information about countries where Christians are persecuted. You can also access VOM Radio program where you will be able to hear the stories of the persecuted and those who serve them.
Tortured for Christ recounts the life of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand who endured severe persecution under the communist government of Romania during the 1940s. The book first was published in 1967 and remains a powerful testimony. Last year VOM put out a feature film which can be purchased at persecutation.com. All net proceeds provide help for families of Christians imprisoned for their faith.
"Two Ways to Live" is a gospel outline you can use to share the Good News. The strength of Two Ways to Live is that it explains the gospel of Jesus Christ in the context of the overarching story of the Bible, giving the non-Christian hearer or reader all the presuppositions and assumptions they need to grasp the real significance of Jesus' death and resurrection. In other words, while it is a brief and logical presentation, it provides all the foundations a non-Christian needs to know in order to become a Christian. Matthias Media produces several resources to help utilize this Gospel outline. In the foyer there is a booklet you can hand out to people, or walk through with an unbeliever. There are also videos and other formats at www.matthiasmedia.com. Please take and use this and other Gospel booklets available in the foyer to help in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
by Daniel Henderson
Praying Christians are hungry to learn how to connect with God in a way that takes them beyond the typical grocery-list approach. Transforming Prayer by Daniel Henderson explores the profound difference between seeking God's hand (what he does for people) and seeking God's face (who he really is). With captivating stories of the transformative power of personal worship and its connection with prayer, this book equips readers with practical tools for a more effective personal and corporate prayer life. Speak with Pastor Joseph if you would like a copy of this helpful resource.
Understanding the Congregation’s Authority
by Jonathan Leeman
This book is a part of B&H Publishing’s Church Basics series. It is a concise but extremely helpful explanation how a congregational authority model of church structure is intended to further the mission of making disciples. It reminds us that “congregationalism” where decision making authority is vested in the congregation, is much more than business meetings, it is actually about empowering the whole church to promote and protect the Gospel by forming health followers of Jesus. If you ever wonder why we make decisions the way we do, and how the church body is intended to function, I encourage you to read this book. Pastor would be happy to help you get a copy.