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January 2020

Posted by David Mills on

“O, God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day

I declare Your wondrous works” (Psa 71:17).

 

Great Commissionary Friends:

Our discipleship at Beech Haven seeks to build people into Christlikeness. We can understand discipleship if we understand the faith and practice of Jesus. To live as a disciple means to follow Jesus. L.R. Scarborough wrote, “[Jesus] rightly valued souls . . . and went straight after them with Gethsemanes of agony and Calvaries of blood. His soul ached to the dying for lost men. He spared not Himself and brought men to God by His own blood on the cross. His tears on Olivet and in the garden are the insignia of His broken heart for a ruined world. [We need] to follow His example.” Our model, Jesus Christ, had doctrines, practices, and a disposition that moved Him to sacrifice for the world. He laid down His life for us. 

As such, disciples at Beech Haven look in three directions. They look upward to Jesus Christ as their model. They embrace His faith, practice, mission, and priorities. Next, they look inward. They look inside their own disposition, beliefs, and history and measure themselves next to Jesus Christ. After measuring themselves, they make intentional plans to grow into Christlikeness. While they look inward, they do not look inward too long. They also look outward to a lost and dying world. They look outward because they have looked upward at Jesus and have seen Him looking outward to an unredeemed world. They look outward also because they have looked inward and seen the love of God shed abroad in their own hearts and cannot keep it to themselves.

 

From Sunday January 5 through Sunday May 3 we can look upward, inward, and outward in discipleship. On Sundays in January, adults will have the opportunity to study and engage in prayer. Sunday January 5, 5:30—7:00 pm we will meet in Building D to hear Dr. Mark Sterling and Rev. Tommy Fountain, Sr. preach on the prayer of Jabez. The other Sunday evenings in January we will meet from 5:30—7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall for refreshments, study, and prayer. Normal ministries for preschoolers, children, and students will resume Sunday January 12 at 5:30 pm and continue through Sunday, May 3.

On Sunday evenings February 9 at 5:30, adults will have the opportunity to choose between discipleship groups. These will include “Financial Peace University,” “Sharing Jesus without Fail,” and “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Dealing with Stress and Anxiety,” “The Book of James,” and our ongoing prayer meeting. Each of these groups and topics will provide something for you to say to God, your heart, and your world so that you may follow Christ into discipleship.

Wednesdays provide an opportunity for discipleship. In WoW, we will give Wednesdays in January to “Meeting Jesus in Prayer.” Beginning Wednesday February 12, we will look at a different book of the Old Testament. 

I think God will bless you greatly when you make discipleship a priority. 

I Stand Amazed,
David Mills

 

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