As for our current meeting location; our committment to Biblical Stewardship constrains us, and so, we will not commit our finances until we can no longer accomodate the number in attendance during our normally scheduled meetings, which are currently being held in the Smith home. Until then, meetings may also be held at other families' homes with Dr. Smith moderating as well as others the Lord sends our way.
As a Family-Integrated-Church; our plans incorporate one-on-one discipleship buidling eachother up in the faith. Part of that calling includes local outreach through our community, especially to the poor. With friends working in various community organizations; we leverage our relationships to extend the Gospel to local foster children and families facing financial challenges.
We support the Cleveland County Rescure Mission as part of our long-term commitment to minister to the men and women who are blessed to be served by this great outreach.
Our missionary support abroad will continue to include the Cuneo Family (Italy), Dr. Samuel Thomas (India), Voice of the Martyrs and Heartcry Missionary Society. We are also praying for missionary opportunities in Ireland for 2018 and are currently in contact with Brethren there with whom we are communicating with as we trust the Lord to open doors for us to take the Gospel, as He wills it.
We are scheduling a series of Bible Study/Devotionals in support of the Gardner Webb University Baseball & Softball teams that will give us an opportunity to provide a strong Biblical resource for both players and coaches. This opportunity has developed with God sovereignly moving and we praise Him for it!
Our plans for a Wednesday Bible Study Series will take shape in January 2018 and will cover the following topics, to name a few:
Your Neighbor, The Cult Member: A series addressing the Biblical mandate to "expose the unfruitful works of darkness," by studying key Biblical passages addressing heretical teachings from sudo-christian cult groups like Jehovah's Witnesses, Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Seventh Day Adventism, The Masonic Lodge/Shriners, Christian Science, and The Word of Faith Movement. We'll also cover major world religions including Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. You may just be living beside someone trapped in any one of these false religious systems. Our goal will be to equip you with a Biblical understanding and contrast in order to testify of Jesus Christ as you "love your neighbor as yourself" by applying the Word of God in conversation and character as you interact with anyone apart of these groups.
Baptist History: A series looking at the rich heritage through which God has blessed many nations with the Gospel. Baptists come in different shapes and sizes, doctrinally speaking. As Reformed Baptists, it is vital to understand our doctrinal distinctives in light of the legacy given to us by God through faithful stewards of His holy Word. We'll cover key differences with a focus on Sotieriolog (the doctrine of salvation) and Eschatology (the study of last things).
Money & Ministry | Biblical Stewardship Series: In this series, we'll address important topics covering Paid Clergy, Debt, Confronting the Culture, Gifts/Tithes, Missions, and the Biblical guidelines for sound money management.
Sodomy, The Ultimate Idolatry: This series will cover what is commony called in our generation "Gay pride," "homosexuality," and an "alternative lifestyle." The Biblical response is the only response to those who question the issue of sodomy and we'll uncover the sodomite agenda, the spirit behind it, and both the historic and future implications in light of Holy Scripture. We'll prepare eachother with Biblical support to addressing sodomy in the love and power of Christ while discussing how to recognize this antichrist spirit among those who profess to love Christ while supporting this wicked and adulterous sexual deviancy in our day.
Leaving Left Behind, Behind: This series will expose the ficticious and unscriptural damage done throughout Christendom by the infamous movie and book series, Left Behind, produced by authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. We'll contrast the pre-tribulation rapture tradition with Biblical doctrine and discuss the difference positions held by many Christians including Premillennialism, Postmillennialism, and the CRBC position, Amillennialism. We'll gain a better understanding of the tension between the positions and why it is often such a divisive issue today.
Who Leads the Church?: For this leadership series, we'll address the importance of establishing and maintaining a Biblical model for leadership by addressing Pastor Rule vs. Elder Rule that will also include who may Biblically hold the office of Pastor, Elder or Deacon and why so many of fhe current positions are completely outside of the scope of Scripture such as the popular Youth Minister or Music Minister titles. This sensitive issue will demonstrate key battleground texts are often misapplied to create paid positions that do little more than advance a worldly, incorporated, tax-collector for Caesar rather than represent the Bride of Christ in Her purity. We'll also pull key portions from our Money & Ministry series to address how following the money in ministry reveals the damaged done in so many areas of leadership in ministry.
Are You a Jew, a Gentile, or in Christ?: This series exposes the false system known as Dispensationalism whereby it is taught the God has two disctinct bodies - The Church and Israel. We'll share the liberating Good News of the Gospel and how, through Christ, there is therefore now "neither Jew or Gentile," but only those who are "in Christ" and part of the "Body of Christ." This study series will systematically deal with the divisions created by Dispensationalism and particularly, among many Southern Baptist Churches, a willful and blind allegiance to the nation of Israel while disregarding the "Israel of God" the Apostle Paul revealed to in his letter to the Galatians.
Separation of Church, State, & the Family: A series comparing the separation of church and state has been replicated in many congregations who divide members into classifications by age or experience. The contention for this series will be that dividing members by age or experience creates an unhealthy and unscriptural subculture. We'll look at statistics and hear testimonies from other church families that have transitioned into an integrated church family structure and the blessings that have resulted from it.