Ladies Retreat Information

“Where are our Ladies Retreat attendees?? If you are planning to attend the retreat on September 30- October 1, here is some info you need! We will be putting together Disaster Response Team bags for Masters Men to pass out. Please bring any of the following items to help fill the bags:

wash cloths
soap
shampoo
toothbrush
tooth paste
kleenex
deoderant
baby wipes
dental floss
chapstick
lotion
Bible/New Testament
hand sanitizer

Travel sizes are probably best as we will be filling gallon size freezer bags with whatever we collect.

Thanks in advance for helping make this service project a success!”

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Student Ministry News

“International Missions is excited about what God is doing through our student ministries this year. According to Leslie Nichols, College Missions Program Coordinator, nearly 100 students were sent out this year to 10 different fields through our CMP, OA (Overseas Apprenticeship), and ETEAM programs. She states, “We wish everyone could hear the stories the students came back with and see the impact these opportunities had both on their lives and, hopefully, the eternal impact our students made on their different fields.”

 

IM offers three exclusive opportunities for students:

 

ETEAM (high school students who have just completed 10th-12th grade)

CMP (all college-aged students)

OA (students looking to complete college internship requirements overseas)

 

Go to https://iminc.org/go/student-missions/ to find the applications for ETEAM, CMP, and OA. All three applications close on October 15.  Don’t let the students in your church miss out on this incredible ministry!  Apply NOW! “

 

Growth Opportunities

“Register for any of our upcoming “Growing Together” opportunities by emailing questions@nafwb.org. Find the entire list at https://nafwb.org/growing/.

Upcoming Book Discussion Groups

Colloboration Opportunities

  • Pastor Hangout
    With Dr. Tim York at 1:00 p.m. CT
    Wednesday, August 24
  • Pastor’s Wife Hangout
    With Carolyn Dwyer at 7:00 p.m. CT
    Tuesday, September 20″

Growing Together

Matt Chandler: The Church & Sin

Let’s not beat around the bush. When you first read about Matt Chandler, was your heart broken, or did you want to know the details much like you would when someone just shares the latest gossip? Sin and moral failures are nothing new to the church. One day in Paradise we will not have to deal with this, but in the present world, we do. Anytime a scandal or something as large as a mega church pastor falling from grace happens, there are two very different roads the church world can take. One is to pull out our step stool and climb on our high horse while shining our halo. “At least I’m not like this man.” We feel somewhat better about ourselves, our shortcomings, and our own struggles. Or we can be biblical and take our job as the church seriously. Taking our job as the church seriously, involves active, biblical love. Let’s talk about what that should look like. 

Handle Quickly

One of the things I appreciate about Village Church and how they handled the Matt Chandler situation was that it appeared to be done quickly. I don’t claim to know everything about this particular event, so if it had gone on for a while and they were slow about addressing this, that is beside the point. Sin issues should be handled quickly. When I say quickly, I mean that they should not be ignored or procrastinated. The health of the whole church and those particularly involved. The Gospel of Mark is characterized for being short, succinct, and has a sense of urgency about it. Forty-seven times he uses the word “immediately.” 

Based On Scripture

Anytime you make an objective claim about the way something ought to be, you might hear, “Based on what?” That’s a legitimate question. Why is that the way it ought to be? In a day and age that is hanging on to truth by a thread, this is a question that must be answered. For the Christian, any claim we make, any truth standard that we hold should be based solely on the word of God. 

2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” It’s God’s word’s breathed out to us, given for our instruction. Which means we read it, study it, and put it into practice. 

Not to mention that the New Testament writers themselves affirmed that the words they wrote in scripture were not just from them. They were from God. 2 Peter 1:20-21 says, “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” 

Done Gently In Love

Church discipline is not a fun and sought after experience. It is difficult, sometimes painful, and oftentimes messy. But it is most certainly necessary for the health of the church and all parties involved. But how do we approach it Biblically? Matthew 18:15-17 is usually the go to passages. In summary, a person approaches the person living in sin and addresses sin. If the sinner does not respond positively in repentance, then you go back with one or two others for the same purpose. If that does nothing then it is brought before the whole church. And if there is still no repentance, then asking them to separate from fellowship is the next step. Scripture is consistent about this.

1 Corinthians 5:12-13 says, “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.” 

Seems extreme, but it’s essential for health, spiritual growth, and repentance. Brushing things under the rug is not a loving thing. In fact, it’s a purely selfish thing that the rest of church can do. How? Because when we overlook and ignore someone’s sin, we are only saving our uncomfortable feelings and comfort zones, so that we don’t have to actively love someone. 

Not only should it be handled swiftly and without compromise. It is to be done with the right attitude. 

Galatians 6:1 says, “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.” 

Maybe we have the truth part down. Maybe there is no issue with dropping the hammer on calling out sin. But is there love? Are we doing it gently? Does that matter? Absolutely!

Goal Of Restoration

Why should we do any of this? Well, because God said. So, obedience, right? Of course. But have you ever thought about the goal of why you do this for another person? What did you think when you first read about Matt Chandler? What about the many pastors, church leaders, worship leaders, and Christians throughout the years who have fallen into sin? This is worth searching in each of our hearts. If you see any hint of joy or happiness, you found something you need to repent of. If you were quick to want to share the newfound info as the latest church gossip, then you have something to work on.  

So why do we follow through with this and go through painful times and uncomfortable conversations with each other in the church? Because we love each other. Because we love each other so much that we want each other’s spiritual lives to be strong and close to Jesus. 

As the world watches stories from time to time of pastors and church members falling into sin, what should the world see? They should see us act quickly, Biblically, with love and gentleness, knowing there is a positive goal in mind: repentance and reconciliation. 

John 13:34-35 sums it up best. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” 

The Missionary Helper

“During August, the month set aside by the denomination to emphasize international missions work, the Historical Commission encourages Free Will Baptists to visit FWBHistory.com. On the site, visitors will find fascinating missionary biographies and historical accounts of Free Will Baptist missions work dating to the mid-1800s.

Most recently, the commission has posted the full run of The Missionary Helper (1878-1919), the “voice” of the Free Baptist Women’s Missionary Society organized in 1873. The periodical includes updates on both foreign and home missionary efforts, the denomination’s work with former slaves, and profiles of Free Will Baptist missionaries.”

https://fwbhistory.com/?page_id=3083

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