August 4, 2014

Stirrings at Bethesda
A Weekly Publication of
Bethesda Baptist Church

August 4, 2014

Upcoming Activities

1. Bethesda Academy, Monday, 6:30 p.m.
2. Bible Study & Prayer Meeting,  Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.
3. Deacons’ Meeting, Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.
4. Roller Skating Fellowship, Saturday, 5:15 p.m.
5. Sunday School, Sunday, 9:15 a.m.
6. Worship Service,Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
7. Discipleship Training, Sunday, 5 p.m.

Roller Skating Fellowship

Invite your friends to our church’s fellowship at Great Skate Roller Rink in St.  Peters!  You do not have to skate to attend the fellowship.  We have the rink from 5:15 – 7:15 p.m. on Saturday evening, August 9.  If you are planning on attending and did not sign the sheet in the foyer, please call Debbie Walker and let her know.

The Bethesda Academy

Last week we examined God’s Sovereignty over all creation as seen in the vision of John in Revelation chapter 4.  We continue looking at that vision this evening (Monday) at 6:30 p.m. as we review chapter 5.  You are more than welcome to join us this evening!

“Apart from God’s intervention, man’s religious development is
D O W N W A R D.”

Ladies’ Book Study!

The new book study, “Desperate, Seeking Simplicity … finding the cross” by Cindi Wood, begins on Tuesday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m.  We have a sign up sheet on the table in the foyer if you are interested in being a part of the study  Or, simply contact Pam and let her know you are coming so she has an accurate count of the books she needs.

Every ladies book study so far has been well attended and well received.  The ladies have reported having a great time and I am certain this study will not be an exception!  So plan on joining the group in 2 weeks.

Future Fellowships

You might want to update your calendars with these upcoming dates:

* Sunday, August 31, 6pm – 5th Sunday Q & A fellowship
* Friday, September 12 – Men & Boys Campout
* Saturday, October 11 – Church Bonfire

“Titles (e.g., ‘Dr.’, ‘PhD’) apart from the wisdom & knowledge of God mean nothing in the eyes of the Lord.”
Pastor’s Postscript

For several years now I have been somewhat bothered by the continual rise of “parachurch” organizations.  Some of them do tremendous work for the Lord Jesus; others appear to be bent on replacing the local church.

Debbie and I continue to support some of these organizations financially.  My concern has been with some of the people who serve with these parachurch  organizations and, over time, slowly drift away from their local church and devote all their time and energies to the parachurch group.  This is NOT God’s way.

Recently I received an article written by Dr. Keith A. Mathison on the topic of parachurch groups and I wish to share his conclusion with each of you.

“Parachurch ministries should not confuse themselves and their mission with the distinctive calling of the local church.  It is within the context of the local church, not the parachurch, that Christians gather regularly to hear the preaching of the Word of God and to partake of the sacraments.  Parachurch ministries must also beware of watering down the distinctive confessions of  the local churches represented by those involved in the ministry.  Parachurch  ministries are not identical to the local church, and when they behave as if they are, they require criticism and correction.  However, when those who call upon the name of the Lord Jesus, even if they are in different evangelical denominations, see a way to meet a legitimate need that the local church cannot meet because the need is too big or that the local church is not meeting for some other reason, the local church has no reason to hinder such Christians in their attempts to gather their resources, pool their relents, and use their gifts for the furtherance of the kingdom and the glory of God.”

I agree with the author.  Parachurch organizations that help the church in their mission are a blessing.  Those involved in such ministries who are using their gifts to serve Christ are to be praised.

On the other hand, if those working with such ministries begin substituting their work with that group for their work with the local church then they have gone too far.  Or when the parachurch organization is not contributing to the growth and work of the local church, it should be closed.  Let me close by sharing with you once more the quote from Burk Parsons that was in our Sunday bulletin this past week.

“Parachurch ministries exist to come alongside and serve the local church, but if they ever try to replace the church, they should close their doors.  The ordinary-means-of-grace-ministry of the local church is the primary means of growth, and parachurch ministries exist to remind us of this and point us back to the church.  As such, every parachurch ministry should have as its long term goal to work itself out of existence. …”


May the Lord give you a great week!

22 Replies to “August 4, 2014”

  1. Craig I have to admit that I was a little ofeednfd by your comment in relation to parachurch organisations. In my experience where I live in Austrlaia it’s the parachurch orgs that have been making a difference and inspiring and uniting the local churches into action!I agree that the local church is the hope of the world, no question but to be honest parachurch orgs have done more to shape my faith than any church i’ve attended in my entire life! They have been more of a true expression of the Church’ because they arent hung up on their own needs/denominational bents etc and have simply got out there with the Gospel message and made a difference in people’s lives. They arent afraid to network and work across many churches and dont let people pleasing’ get in the way of God’s mission. I’m yet to find a local church’ where I live with this much drive and commitment to getting God’s work done I just think you were a little dismissive of parachurch orgs, I know that wasnt your intent but i wanted to flag it here.Cheers

  2. I love that THE CHURCH is starting to break the Sunday Morning clrosasom mentality and we are bridging into the workforce of God in the REAL world. It reminds me when I was little we would play school in our exclusive GIRL clubhouse (I was the teacher of course ha!) and we had fun playing but it was not REALLY school. Seriously, if we were going to grow on what I was teaching or what we knew..BAH.. we would have only graduated in silly putty, shrinky dinks, and wonder woman (yes I am showing my age).. I think the same is true with church if we PLAY church and try to keep Church in a Preschool(Man made) clubhouse we are fooling ourselves We need so much more of God and so much less of us .running the show.

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