Call 2 Fall – July 5, 2009

In response to God’s call to “My people who are called by My name” in 2nd Chronicles, Call 2 Fall is organizing a national day of repentence and prayer on July 5, 2009. In their own words:

The Call2Fall is nothing fancy.  It is not a slick new program.  No big production is necessary.  It is simple.  We are just talking about a definite time during worship on Sunday, July 5th when we get on our knees and faces before the Lord in repentant prayer, pleading with God to reshape our lives, renew our land, and send times of refreshing (See 2 Chronicles 7:14; Acts 3:19).

For more information on Call 2 Fall, and to participate, see their web site: Call 2 Fall. You can also share the news on Facebook: Call2Fall | Facebook.

Intercessory prayer is vital for victory in spiritual warfare. Christians are taught to pray for our own needs, but especially commanded to intercede in prayer for the needs of others: our families, our churches, our neighbors, our leaders, our nation, and the kingdom of God. See  Spiritual Warfare Prayers for scripture references, teachings, encouragement, and examples of intercessory prayers.

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PSBA Global Missions Conference 2009

The Puget Sound Baptist Association (PSBA) held it’s annual missions conference May 15 – 17, 2009 at First Baptist Church of Lakewood, WA. The conference featured Dr. Jerry Rankin, President of the  International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Covention (SBC), plus Dr. Jim Slack, Dr. Bill Crews, and other IMB leaders.

The missions conference’s theme was “Mobilizing the Church for God’s Glory”. For more information and registration, see PSBA. (Dated – event link removed).

Jerry Rankin spoke on the topic of spiritual warfare in Christian discipleship. He recently published a book entitiled Spiritual Warfare: The Battle for God’s Glory . “As believers in Christ we know that victory over the world is ours because of His sacrifice. The battle is not over, however, and Satan stands ready to attack at every opportunity. Temptation to become influenced by the world and allow God’s glory to be stolen is very real. The battle is raging and IMB President Jerry Rankin boldly exposes the nature of the enemy in this new book. Better understand the fiery darts of deception in feelings of resentment, anger, doubt, pride and adversity in Spiritual Warfare.”

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Does Satan Exist? – ABC Nightline Face-Off

The ABC network broadcast the third installment of its Nightline Face-Off series on March 26, 2009. The debate on the topic, Does Satan Exist? was recorded at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA on March 20, 2009.

On one side of the debate is Deepak Chopra and Bishop Carlton Pearson. They argue that Satan does not exist. On the other side is Pastor Mark Driscoll and Annie Lobert who argue that the devil does exist. More about the debate and the participants from ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=7170007&page=1

The debate series is viewable online at   http://abcnews.go.com/nightline/faceoff.

Also, The Washington Post and Newsweek featured a conversation on the same topic in its March 25, 2009 online issue of On Faith: http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/2009/03/does_satan_exist/all.html.

And, yes… I believe that the devil — also known as Satan, Lucifer and Beelzebub — does exist. Really. And that the devil’s works are plainly evident in the world.

According to scripture, Jesus Christ came to destroy the works of Satan (I John 3:8). To deny the existence of the devil is to deny the work of the Christ.

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Spiritual Warfare in the Local Church – Class on March 16-17, 2009

A friend of mine and Director of Church Planting at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Jack Allen, is teaching a continuing education course on church planting at the Providence Learning Center in New Orleans, LA. The next class within the course is on Spiritual Warfare in the Local Church, which will be held in a condensed workshop format over two days in March, 2009. Update: This class has been cancelled, but another will be scheduled in the new future.

For more information about future course dates:

Spiritual Warfare in the Local Church
at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
March 16-17, 2009  was cancelled due to economic hardhips.

See also:

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Just Over the Brook Kidron

In The Crucible of Leadership

Sermon outline: preached Sunday AM, January 11, 2009 at Randle Baptist Church

Texts: John 18:1-4a, Matthew 26:36-46 See also: Mark 14:32-42, Luke 22:39-46

In Matthew 26:36-46,  of the 6 groups in the story – only 3 are seen in this passage: servant leadership

  • The multitudes
  • The friends and families
  • The enemies of Christ – Judas et al.
  • The outer circle of 8 disciples
  • The inner circle of 3 disciples
  • Jesus (a group with 1 member)

Christian Discipleship is a relationship – not a program

  • Usually a group process – supported by intentional one-to-one quality time
  • Requires structure, teamwork, and leadership development. Galatians 2:9

Definitions

  • Kidron Valley = “dusky, or dark place” by implication to grieve
  • Garden of Gethsemane = “oil press”

The Call to Leadership

  • From God Ezekiel 22:23-30; 1 Timothy 1:12-16
  • From within 1 Tim 3:1; Isaiah 6:8
  • By selection ”Follow me” 2 Tim 2:1-3
  • By election Deacons – Acts 6:3-7
  • By providence Moses; Samuel; Paul – Acts 9:26

The Credentials for Leadership

  • God looks on the heart 1 Samuel 16:7;  Gideon Judges 6:11-15; 1 Cor 1:26-31
  • We look at the outside Acts 6; Pastoral Epistles
  • We examine the fruit (in due time) Matthew 7:15-20; 1 John, 2 John, & 3 John

The Considerations due towards Leadership – 360°

  • Nurture and admonition Eph 6:4; 2 Tim 1:3-8, 2:24-26; 1 Tim 5:22a
  • Respect and submission Phil 2:1-18; 1 Tim 6:1-5; Eph 5:21; Hebrews 13:17
  • Prayer and promotion 1 Tim 2:1-4, 4:12; 2 Tim 1:3; Titus 2; Romans 16
  • Advise and consent Checks and Balances; 1 Cor 14:32-33; 1 John 4:1-6
  • Honor and provision 1 Tim 5:17-18; 1 Cor 9:7-11; Romans 15:25-27

The Crucible of Leadership

  • Education and/or experience Leaders learn by following; Sharpen the axe
  • Expectations and responsibilities
    • Stewardship Luke 12: 42-48; Matthew 25:14-20
    • Spiritual gifts Romans 12:1-8; 1 Tim 4:14
    • Knowledge James 4:17; Hebrews 5:12-14
  • Example – Leading from the front Luke 9:22-23; Jesus; Paul 2 Tim 4:16-18
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