Baptisms

We had a beautiful outdoor worship service at Willard Park/Goguac lake this past weekend.  Our devotion on Acts 8 witnessed an individual coming to believe in Jesus Christ, demonstrating his faith in Baptism: “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”  3 Individuals were Baptized at the lake during our service!  We praise God for what he’s doing in their lives and how they will become a witness for the gospel  in the years to come!  Some pics from that day!

 

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Happy Thanksgiving Pt. 2

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving.  I’m grateful that some of the founding father’s of our country found it appropriate to set aside a day to celebrate the blessings of God.  Check out these two Thanksgiving Proclamations, the first from William Bradford in 1623.  The second from George Washington…

Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as he has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience. Now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November 29th, of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.  William Bradford, 1623

WHEREAS, It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; . . . . Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed. . . . . And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;…–George Washington – October 3, 1789

Quite Incredible.

Give Thanks.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

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Happy Thanksgiving

Well, after a year hiatus, I’ve committed to start blogging again. My goal is to use this space to cast vision, talk about the ministries Lakeview Baptist Church is involved in and share thoughts about making disciples.

This past Sunday, we had a unique experience at church.  We looked at 1 Thessalonians 5:18 which says “give thanks… for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  Alot of people ask the question “what is God’s will for my life.”  There’s really a simple answer:  Give thanks.   And so I stopped preaching and gave people a chance to practice living our God’s will for their life– and give thanks. I set up stations around the room so that people could engage in journaling, drawing, painting, and writing out things that they were thankful for.  It was a unique experience.

Check out some of the photos: 

 

 

Be sure to “Give thanks” this thanksgiving!  It’s God’s will for you.

 

 

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40 Days in the Word

This Sunday we’re wrapping up our 40 Days in the Word series.  We’ll be talking about the importance of a Bible Reading Plan vs. the random, open up your bible and read where it falls plan.  There are tons of reading plans available…. google them or here are a few you may enjoy.  Personally, the plan I like the most is the 1 chapter a day plan.  You start with an OT book and then you move to a NT book and keep rotating.  This keeps things fresh!  Also: don’t freak out in Leviticus.  Just press on.

To learn more about he different types of reading plans, go here, or here.

Official 40 Days in the word reading plan (NT only) (click link)

Another good one. (A 3 Year plan)

I do not recommend a 90 day plan.  Even 1 year plans might be tough.  It’s just too much all at once. The point is not to read through the Bible as quickly as you can, but to let God speak to you.  Go at a pace that is sustainable!

Go ahead and search around the internet for one that fits you.  Look in your own bible– it may already provide one!

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Biak Thang- Ordination Council

It’s has been a privilege to sponsor the Falam Baptist Church (Burmese/Chin) for membership into the American Baptist Churches of Michigan (and ABC-USA). Official membership was granted and recognized at the ABC-MI Annual Gathering held this past weekend.  In addition, I am serving as pastor Biak’s mentor through the ordination process.  An Ordination Council has been called for November 11 at 5pm at Lakeview Baptist Church. Pastors and members from churches in the ABC/West Area of Michigan are invited to attend to affirm Biak’s call to ministry and to examine the theology which he holds for the practice of Christian ministry. He will present his Ordination Paper at the council and a time of question and answer (for clarification, not the argument of theology) will follow.

Follow link(s) provided to read/download Pastor Biak’s Ordination Paper

For questions pertaining to Ordination Council, call church office.

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40 Days in the Word

So excited for our fall message series, 40 Days in the Word.  Consistently reading the scriptures is one of the most important things you can do do grow in your faith.  When I decided to read the bible cover to cover, it took me 3 years, but it was worth it.  If you’ve ever struggled to consistently read the Bible or were frustrated that you couldn’t understand what you were reading, then this series is for you.

Message lineup:

Week 1: “Can I trust the Bible?”
Week 2: “How does the Bible Change us?”
Week 3: “How do I see what God wants me to see in the scripture?”
Week 4: “How to study a Bible passage”
Week 5: “How do I understand the meaning of a text.”
Week 6: “How do I Integrate God’s word into my life.”

If you take the principles we’ll learn in this series and apply them to consistent scripture reading, it will change your life. Really.

To supplement this 40 days experience, get in a Group!  They’ll meet throughout the week at various locations for the duration of the series (6 weeks).  Get in a group to further learn how to study God’s word and apply it to your life.   Group opportunities will be posted soon around the church and here….

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Alive

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:6.  The resurrection is the foundation of the Christian faith.  Without it, we are to be “pitied more than all men.”  The resurrection catalyzed the launch of Jesus’ church-a group whose purpose it was to bear the good news that Jesus died for our sins and rose again, so that we might live again with him in heaven.  In this series, we’re exploring the first few crucial days after Jesus rose from the dead, as he comforted, instructed, commissioned and ignited the disciples to change the world upside down for him.  Series starts Easter morning, April 8.

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Upper Room

Excited about our new series–“Upper Room.” This week, we looked at the origin of the passover meal, and how Christ is our sacrificial lamb. ‎”For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” 1 Corinthians 5:7. Although I shared about the significant timing of Christ dying during passover weekend, the timing is even more stunning when you consider that the gospel of John suggests that Jesus celebrated the passover with his disciples a full day earlier than the other Jews…meaning that the following day, at the same time that the Jews were slaughtering their lambs in preparation for passover, Jesus was being crucified.

“For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” 1 Corinthians 5:7.

We’ll spend another 3 weeks in this series– come and join us…

A few pictures from last sunday:

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Transformed by the Spirit (Part 4)

Our denomination, the American Baptists, have initiated a time of discovery and learning through an initiative called “Transformed by the Spirit.”  In this initiative, they are seeking to help local ABC churches understand how to most effectively minister in the new cultural reality the church finds its self in. Lakeview Baptist Church is participating in the discussion.

For more background on Transformed by the Spirit and our church’s participation in it,  check out Transformed by The Spirit (Part 1).

To learn what members at Lakeview Baptist Church named as their “Adaptive Challenges,” check out Transformed by The Spirit (Part 2).

To discover the 8 broad issues identified as adaptive challenges by churches in the state of Michigan. Check out “Transformed by the Spirit (Part 3).

After the 8 broad issues were compiled, Pastors and church leaders then were asked to vote on the top two issues their churches faced. Here are the top two Adaptive Challenges perceived:

1. Outreach and Missional Evangelism
2. Discipleship/Spiritual Formation

These two Adaptive challenges will be studied in depth by two “soon to be formed” “Adaptive Challenge Teams” (ACT’s) for a three-month study beginning in mid-February and going until April. The task of the ACT is to further define and clarify their assigned adaptive challenge. After this, the formation of “Adaptive Learning Teams (ALT’s) will work toward discovering resources and the networking of ideas and resources toward practically approaching these Adaptive Ministry Challenges.

For a comprehensive description of each of the Adaptive Challenges, including verbage used by churches to describe the challenges, check out the Adaptive Challenge Survey Results put out by Scott Arnold and Michael Williams of ABC-Michigan.

Stay tuned for future “Transformed by the Spirit” posts keeping you up to date on this denominational initiative and how our churches is using the results to make an impact in our community.

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Transformed by the Spirit (Part 3)

Our denomination, the American Baptists, have initiated a time of discovery and learning through an initiative called “Transformed by the Spirit.”  In this initiative, they are seeking to help local ABC churches understand how to most effectively minister in the new cultural reality the church finds its self in. Lakeview Baptist Church is participating in the discussion.

For more background on Transformed by the Spirit and our church’s participation in it,  check out Transformed by The Spirit (Part 1).

To learn what members at Lakeview Baptist Church named as their “Adaptive Challenges,” check out Transformed by The Spirit (Part 2).

Recently, ABC churches from all around the state of Michigan sent in their “Adaptive Challenges.”  These challenges were then organized into 8 broad issues.  Here are the 8 adaptive challenges identified (in no particular order)

1. Priorities and Competition: The Church increasingly competes against many other claims on time and energy, and no longer has a place of priority in many people’s lives.

2. Communication and Attraction: The vocabulary, methodology, theology, and institutional identity of many churches today fail to attract and communicate effectively with people born since about

3. Discipleship and Spiritual formation: Discipleship in the commitment and growth of mature and faithful followers of Jesus Christ is increasingly difficult to achieve, especially for new members and upcoming generations.

4. Church Institutional and Denominational Identity: The difficulties in having people understand and appreciate church identity in a specific church body and its connection to the American Baptist heritage, and theological and biblical beliefs.

5. Conflict within the Church: The church faces challenges of maintaining understanding and unity while facing diversity, pressures, scarcity and change.

6. Stewardship and Resources: The stress of multiple demands and limited financial resources presents a challenge for accomplishing ministry.

7. Leadership development and support: Training and equipping pastoral and lay leadership would help churches adapt to changing needs and opportunities for ministry.

8. Missional Outreach and Evangelism: Ministry in the local context must become creative, compassionate and consistent in response to the needs of the community in order to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Pastors and church leaders across the state of Michigan were asked to rank those challenges according to what is most pressing in their local church context.  I’ll post the results soon.

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