No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest

of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.  Hebrews 12:11

 

       We had a terrific meal and time of fellowship on Sunday evening.  We appreciate the work of the Activities Council for coordinating the meal and decorating the gym and we appreciate the Deacons for serving.  As a church, the Lord has blessed us this year with many new members, many baptisms, and some significant spiritual growth.  We have much for which we should be thankful! 

       As I mentioned Sunday evening, I’ve been very encouraged by the “Every Man a Warrior” men’s Bible studies.  The last chapter of the first book is called “Every Man a Bulldog.”  The book suggests that successful discipleship groups usually “have at least one discipleship bulldog.”  The bulldog sinks his teeth into the work of discipleship (completing the lesson, quiet times, Scripture memory, etc.) and encourages others by their consistent efforts.  Michael Boutot’s group identified four bulldogs out of their group of six men.  It is encouraging to see some of those young guys growing in their faith, accountability, and confidence.  Most of the men had never prayed in public and now all of them are praying.  I think we should celebrate what God is doing in these men’s lives and ask God to send us a few more bulldogs to keep it going.  If you might be interested in some discipleship opportunities in 2022, please let me know.  I would be glad to help you take the next step in your spiritual growth.    

       As I mentioned Sunday morning, men play such a significant role in the spiritual wellbeing of their family.  In my previous churches, I have seen first hand the difference in the church when a few men started growing in their faith and bringing others alongside them.  I’m praying that same thing is starting to happen in Burlington Baptist.  I put extra emphasis on men’s discipleship because I know there are already a number of women meeting regularly for Bible study and spiritual growth.  I see women serving in our children’s areas and being faithful servants on committees and involved in many ministries of the church.  As a matter of fact, we had a lot more women than men participate in “Gospel to Every Home.”         

       This week we have been trying to figure out where we can add some more Bible study groups on Sunday mornings.  Most of our available classrooms are being used and a couple of our classes need a larger area.  This is a good problem to have but still a problem for us.  Let’s be praying how we can most effectively increase our education space to accommodate more people.  It’s important to regularly add some Bible study opportunities as the Lord grows us and raises up new leaders.  If we ask the Lord to help us grow in “disciple-making,” we should not be surprised by the need for more spaces and we should plan in accordance with our prayers expecting God to do abundantly more than what we ask or imagine. 

       As we near a new year, would you consider where you are spiritually?  Are you growing?  Are you declining?  Are you stuck?  Where do you want to be this time next year?  Are you ready to lead and/or teach a group?  Is it time to get connected with a Bible study group?  Do you need some assistance in your spiritual growth?  Please let us know how we might be able to assist you. 

The Lord has graciously given us a few more leaders and teachers this past year.  While I’m going to keep asking Him to send more, I want us to put lots of energy into raising up leaders and teachers from within the church.  May the Lord raise up some more discipleship bulldogs at BBC! 

 

Bro. Harold