May 2017 FOCUS
Bowie Baptist Association
Making Disciples (Part 4)
This post continues a series concerning essential components to fruitful discipleship. You can review the first three, intentionality, biblical focus, and relationship based in the February, March and April editions of the FOCUS, available online at www.bowiebaptist.org.
Experiential training is the fourth component to fruitful discipleship. This involves moving beyond the mere teaching of God’s word, which of course is essential, to demonstrating Biblical truth and providing opportunities for believers to practice themselves what they learn.
We see this in Jesus’ ministry with his disciples. The gospels give us an abundance of his teaching, the Sermon on the Mount for instance. And we know of several examples where Jesus modeled life and ministry for his disciples. See this in every gospel Bible story.
But Jesus went beyond teaching, and even modeling. Mark 6:7 tells how he sent them out to practice what they had learned, going two by two, later returning back to report how it went (Mark 6:30). I’ve always been taken by the idea that the feeding of the 5,000 occurred as Jesus was conducting his debriefing of the apostles’ first ministry experiences.
What happens far too often in our churches is that preachers and teachers present the Word with no follow up. We teach in the hope that God’s people will respond appropriately. Praise the Lord for those who do. But the greatest fruit is born when teachers take the next step and use experiential learning to help disciples connect the message of scripture with their own lives and ministry.
On a personal note,
Thank you for your prayers for me and my family during the recent illness and death of my father, James Moody. God revealed Himself in many ways through this season. Please continue praying as I work to close out his estate, modest as it is, and return to my ministry routine.
1st Choice Pregnancy Center Walk/Run for Life
May 6th, 2017
Spring Lake Park, Texarkana, TX
Pavilion 2 (by the airplane)
7:00am - Race Registration
7:30am - Race Start
8:00am - Kid’s 1 mile/no fee
9:30am - Walk Begins/no fee
There will be plenty of other activities to enjoy including a bouncy house for the kids, pancakes, face painting, and more.
Register by clicking the Walk/Run for Life link on our webpage www.firstchoiceprc.com
or call 903-792-5735 or 903-748-3408 for more information
Administrative Team Meeting
The next Administrative Committee Meeting will be May 9th, 10:00 AM, at the BBA Office. Meetings are open to participation from interested persons within the association.
Lakeview Senior Adult Rally
May 11, 2017
Registration: 9 AM
Program begins at 9:30 AM
Speaker: Dr. John Hatch (Retired DOM, Gregg Association)
Music: James Runnells (Music/Assoc. Pastor, Crossroad Baptist Church, Marshall
Cost: $10.00 per person, Includes lunch & 2 snacks
Each church please call with number attending by Monday May 8, 2016, 903-656-3871.
Lakeview Fishing Tournament
Sportsman's Dinner & Fishing TournamentMay 19-20, 2017
Speaker - Roy Ford
Music - Stan Dulaney
Dinner - Friday, May 19, 6:30 pm
Fishing Tournament - Saturday, May 20
Entry fee is $15 each for team event and $1 for big bass. 80% pay-back for heaviest team weight. Please call Lakeview (903-656-3871) for reservations & prices for meals and rooms. For tournament rules, rates, directions or other information contact:
Gary Hancock - 903-439-7033 email@example.com
Martin Clickard - 903-935-0626 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lakeview Baptist Assembly - 903-656-3871 email@example.com
Camp 1: June 5-9, 2017
Camp 2: June 9-13, 2017
Cost: $190 per camper
Camp Pastor: Tiny Dominquez
Worship Leader: Abandon
Entertainment: 321 Improv
Registration for camp is now open! Reserve your spots by paying the $50 deposit per camper. Final payments are due May 15, 2017.
2017 BBA Navajo Mission Trip
June 24-30, 2017
Window Rock, Arizona
Cost is $200, includes transportation, meals on site (except on free day), and supplies. Families are welcome, but children should be old enough to participate. Children 12 and under must be in the company of their parents. Youth are welcome with an accompanying sponsor.
Volunteers are needed for: Basic Construction, Foot Care, Bible Clubs, & Support Crew.
· Saturday, 6/24, 5 AM - Depart
· Saturday, 6/24, 10 PM - Arrive at Gateway
· Sunday - Wednesday, 6/25-6/28 - Serve
· Thursday, 6/29 - Free Day
· Friday, 6/30, 5 AM - Depart for home
· Friday, 6/30, 11 PM - Arrive in Texarkana
Interested persons should contact Dr. Jim Turnbo by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The annual Brazil Mission trip, coordinated by Dr. Dwight Lowrie of Liberty-Eylau Baptist Church, will be July 6-19. This year’s team will conduct a crusade in Belo Horizonte. Registration is open now, with all costs due by April 15th. For information or to register, please contact Bro. Lowrie at 903-244-4108. Registration forms are also available at the BBA office.
BBA Children's Camp
There is still room available!!
Camp 1: July 12-15
Camp 2: July 15-18
Camp 3: July 18-21
Cost: $140 (BBA & Lakeview Cooperating Churches)
$145 (All other congregations)
For more information or to receive a registration pack, please call Valerie at 903-831-0194 or visit the BBA webpage at www.bowiebaptist.org
Looking for a tool for effective disciple-making? How about church revitalization. Consider D-Life. D-Life is a relational disciple making approach where groups of 3 to 8 men or women commit together to do several things:
· Read a chapter of the Bible daily
· Meet for an hour once weekly for fellowship, accountability, prayer, and Bible study
· Complete a ministry project at least once every two months
· Multiply / form a new group at least once every year
Several BBA congregations are launching D-Life. If you would like to explore how D-Life can bless your church, or if you are interested in joining a D-Life group, contact Bro. Jim.
Bi-State School of Ministry
Registration is open for the Fall Semester of the Bi-State School of Ministry, offering college level training for ministry. Fall courses include:
Ministry Foundations, a study of the call to ministry and foundational abilities necessary for fruitful ministry, taught by Dr. Jim Turnbo. In Jim’s previous work as a missionary to Native Americans, a large part of his assignment was “raising leaders from the harvest.” Anyone exploring God’s call, either to vocational ministry or lay Christian service, would benefit from this class.
Introduction to the Old Testament, a survey course through the Old Testament scriptures taught by Dr. Bill Steeger. Dr. Steeger is an Old Testament specialist with a special gift for communicating the richness of Biblical narrative. Preachers, ministry leaders, and Bible study teachers would all benefit from this course.
If you are interested in either of these classes, contact the associational office. Classes begin August 21st & August 22nd.
Churches Seeking Staff
Please continue to pray for the churches in the Association that are seeking staff members.
- Victory City
- Highland Park (call 903-792-6996)
- Flower Acres (call 903-824-8412)
- Korean Mission
- Myrtle Springs
- New Boston FBC
- Midway FBC (send resume to Attn: Youth Minister Search Committee, 1415 FM 2148, Texarkana, TX 75501
For more information, you may contact the respective congregations with the information provided, or contact the BBA Office.
6 Walk/Run for Life, Spring Lake Park, Pavilion 2
9 Administrative Team Meeting, BBA Office, 10 AM
11 Lakeview Senior Adult Rally
14 Mother’s Day
19-20 Lakeview Fishing Tournament
29 Memorial Day
5-9 NetXtreme 1
9-13 NetXtreme 2
13 Administrative Team Meeting
BBA Office, 10 AM
13-14 SBC Annual Meeting
18 Father’s Day
24-30 BBA Navajo Nation Mission Trip
Window Rock, Arizona
May Friendship Center
- College Hill
- DeKalb FBC
- Sand Hill
- Spring Hill
- Texarkana FBC
- Village Community
These churches have been asked by the Friendship Center to get involved in the food drive for this month. The Center needs all kinds of canned goods, flour, corn meal, dried beans, macaroni and cheese, powdered milk, baby foods and formulas, and diapers. Any effort made for the Friendship Center will be appreciated. Some churches have chosen to include the Friendship Center in their annual budget and send a monthly check for support.
Runnin’ WJ Ranch needs financial support, volunteers, and supplies as well.
Dr. Jim Turnbo
Ministry Training Director
Baptist Student Ministry Director
Runnin’ WJ Ranch
Friendship Center Director