This is an incredible time.
I know there is great political discord in our country. And economic struggle for so many. And a lot of serious concern about the moral-ethical underpinnings in our culture. All of that makes it a serious time in which we live.
But it is an incredible time as well. The gospel is never more real, effective, and needed than it is in a time like this.
I have felt stirred by God’s Spirit for many months to call on Bear Creek to vision in a new and fresh way. To ask God to make us more passionate for the gospel. To make us more gospel-focused and more shaped by it.
It is time to begin communicating this new direction to our fellowship – God is calling us to be a more radically gospel-centered, disciple-making community for all people.
The Unleashed emphasis over the next several weeks is about stirring this vision among us. It is about challenging our faith to trust God for a significant future. Our dream is to create a movement of the gospel in our community, to our city, and around the world. We vision to become an intensely gospel-centered church community.
On the most practical level we dream of doing 10 big things for the sake of the gospel over the next three to five years:
To do this – we must unleash a new wave of prayer, and faith, and generosity in our church. Please begin praying for God’s presence in all of these efforts. Begin stirring your own faith toward God accomplishing them through us. And begin praying how you will be a part of financially resourcing all that God could do through us.
Let’s be a part of making the next 3 to 5 years the most spiritually fruitful time in history of our church. Let’s be a part of Unleashing the Gospel in our community, to our city, and around the world.
Bear Creek families: we have a BIG challenge. Most studies today indicate that at least half of students will walk away from their faith in college. Why is that? Most believe they have an immature/fragile faith because it is unchallenged. At Bear Creek, we are committed to changing this with your help.
So this is where you come in. Your goal is to raise kids with a stronger faith – an authentic faith, described in 1 Timothy 1:18-19:
Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles. Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.
Through a mutual partnership with parents, we must be equipping and preparing our children to do God’s work – and do it starting at a young age.
Reggie Joiner is a ministry leader who has led this movement on authentic faith. He once stated, “What if the things we consider as BIG really don’t matter as much as we think? What if the biggest difference is made by not doing something big at all? What if the biggest things are accomplished by doing something small? When we lead small, we realize that what we do for a few will always have more potential than what we do for many. When we lead small, we simply make a choice to invest strategically in the lives of a few over time so we can help them build an authentic faith” – a faith they will not walk away from.
Just as I am writing this I am welcoming twelve new 6th grade volunteers in preschool ministry. Why is this group so special? These are the kids that were in my small group when I first started serving at Bear Creek. I was part of leading small; these kids looked up at me with wide eyes for one hour a week. It was my calling to teach them and set the foundation in their lives to one day go out and make disciples.
I am overjoyed to see that my time invested in these middle-schoolers has ignited a calling to authentic faith leading them to come back and serve another generation. They truly understand the importance of investing into others and sharing the Word of God just as they heard at such a young age.
When we all see the importance of leading small and teaching the next generation, we are building a serving culture that our world so desperately needs. How can you lead small? – ask ME!
“May God be merciful and bless us. May His face smile with favor on us. May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere. May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you.” Psalm 67:1-3
I had the great privilege of reaching the nations as I traveled along with a team of seven others from Bear Creek to the Dominican Republic. We had the profound joy of not only providing service TO the Dominican people but also serving WITH the Dominican people.
During the week we:
On our last night we were able to reflect on all that we had accomplished and learned. As God always does, we each realized that what He provided through this experience was far greater than anything we had given.
Even though we could identify multiple barriers of language, geography, and culture, we experienced the unity of the gospel as we worshiped with and served our brothers and sisters in the Dominican. We found great encouragement and soul satisfaction in living out our faith and bringing resources to bear in ways that directly impacted the lives of others.
In spite of all that we accomplished, there is still much to be done. Summer 2017 is coming. Ask God how He can use you to reach the nations!
Your first thought may be that it’s none of my business. And you would be right if the title of this blog was asking about your appearance. The SHAPE I am inquiring about is your inner shape. It is how God has equipped you to serve Him.
When we ask a member of our faith family what ministry they would like to serve in, the answer many times is “I don’t know.” When we ask what they are passionate about, they can go into great detail. God has instilled that passion in you, and it is our job as a staff to help you discover how to use it. When God asks you to do something, He has provided everything you need to accomplish His purpose.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:16-17
Like keeping our physical bodies in shape, we do have to exercise our God given SHAPE. Sitting in a pew while watching someone else do the work is like watching P90X while eating potato chips on the couch; not much comes of it.
If you are not sure how to use your passion and want to find the place of abundance where God will do great things through you, our SHAPE class is a place to start. In this fun, free, four-week class, we will discover your:
God’s desire is to have His people follow Him with everything they have; not one foot in and one foot out, merely guessing they are serving in the right place. Serving our Lord is a part of the abundant life in John 10:10 that Pastor Denton recently shared with us.
Our next SHAPE class starts Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 PM. You can register by emailing me at .
Let’s get in SHAPE together for our Lord!
We all want to be healthy, happy, free of stress and more productive in life.
While this sounds great in theory, we're often left asking, "So what do I actually need to do?" To start things off, you must learn to smile, care for yourself, stay in shape and possess a healthy mind and sound body. Here are three tips to get you started.
While these tips and tricks are helpful, remember to balance this list by keeping your focus on what’s truly important in life – a relationship with Jesus. We often get too caught up in daily tasks, and we miss the joys around us from the Lord. It’s time we start living life to the fullest as Jesus encouraged us to do. Visit friends and family as much as possible, and laugh together while doing something fun.
Satan tries to strip us of a healthy and happy life by filling our days with to-do lists. But John 10:10 says,“The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly.”
Life more abundantly. Life to the fullest. Life in Christ.
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