Missions Update: March 2016
Joe Teisan: March 2016
Why is the scriptural way of teaching more fun, more exciting, and more effective? I want to follow the example of jesus, the master teacher, as i see him teaching in the four gospels! Let’s sit in on an every-one-involved bible class.
How can we make Bible teaching meet the needs, answer the life questions, and help our members grow in the image of Christ? Can we show our members the practical skills needed in Bible research so they have a passionate and overpowering desire to teach themselves? Public schools have 30 hours a week to teach, but we have only 1 hour in church school. Christ and Paul are showing us the interactive ways of teaching for spiritual changes, so that we are molded into His beautiful image, complete, mature, full grown in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8;29, Col. 1:28).
Odds and Ends: March 2016
No more sting
One spring day, a father and son were driving when a bee flew in the window and buzzed around. Because the boy was deathly allergic to bee stings, he panicked. But the calm father reached out and caught the bee in his hand, holding it tight.
After a few moments, the dad reached over, opened his hand and showed his son the stinger, stuck in his palm. “It’s okay,” the father said. “I took the sting, so the bee can’t hurt you.”
Likewise, people who know Jesus as their victorious Savior no longer need to fear the sting of death. “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55, ESV).
A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world – and might even be more difficult to save.
Showing No Partiality: meditation on James 2:1
The book of James could rightly be called the New Testament equivalent to the book of Proverbs in the Old Testament. It is a practical book addressing the issues of everyday life. It does not contain the lofty theology of Romans or Galatians. It does not tell stirring stories like Mark or Acts. But what it does is present an intense, and very convicting, view of the 'shoe leather' of Christianity. James' message is loud and clear. Christianity is not simply a body of doctrines. It is a life which has been changed by the truths and claims of Jesus Christ. Christianity is a way to live. And we see that very clearly in the book of James.
What we have in the first half of James 2 is a command to love, and an example of how the command should look in the church, and a reason why we should obey this command. "My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory" (Jam 2:1). The word translated 'partiality' literally means to 'receive a face.' The implication is that we accept or reject someone based on what he/she looks like, or on external things … clothes someone wears, color of skin, economic status, educational level, car someone drives, neighborhood someone lives in, nationality. These are the things that often form the bases for our acceptance or rejection of someone. The point James is making in this first verse is that such partiality is not consistent with faith in Christ, or with Christianity.
Missions Update: February 2016
Stephen & Ginger Jordan
New Tribes Mission
P.O. Box 261
5300 Puerto Princesa City
A New Name and a New Home: Recently, the believers in our village decided to give themselves a name and they chose Faith Bible Church! Now, the believers need a place they can call their own. For the past several years, the church has met in a temporary structure that was built in our partners’ yard. This month, our partners are leaving the Philippines permanently, so it is no longer their yard. We have made a contract with the land owners to lease the portion of land where the temporary structure is, for the next three years. During that time, we are trusting the Lord to lead us through the steps necessary to build a permanent meeting place for Faith Bible Church. The first step is purchasing property, and we are excited that our leadership has given us approval to begin raising funds. If you would like more information concerning the details or if you would like to give toward this need, please contact us. A special account has been set up for this need. We are trusting the Lord to raise the finances to purchase land within this year; and during the following two years, to build a simple but permanent church building. Thank you for praying with us for this need, and for the Lord’s wisdom as we take steps toward giving Faith Bible Church their own “new home”.