Current News – 09-01-21

* State Mission Organizes to Become New Testament Church (pg. 1)

Jeff HerringThis past Saturday, Aug. 28, a crowd of around 100 gathered at Connection Point in Brookland to celebrate their organization into an “autonomous New Testament church,” as stated by Pastor Chad White . . .

Macedonia, Jonesboro Celebrates 180 Years of Ministry (pg.1)

Richard Hartness – Macedonia Baptist Church of Jonesboro celebrated their 180th year of ministry to northeast Arkansas on Aug. 15. The church celebrated with special services, dinner on the grounds and kicked-off a series of revival services. Macedonia stands as the oldest church in Craighead County, organized on April 17, 1841. To add perspective, Arkansas was granted statehood on June 15, 1836, less than five years prior . . .

BMAA ANNUAL MESSAGE: The Gospel Must Advance – part 3 (pg.1)

Luis Ortega  (Editor’s Note: This is the third of three parts of the message preached by Bro. Ortega at the national meeting in Waxahachie, Texas on Aug. 3. See the August 18 issue of the Baptist Trumpet for the first part and the Aug. 25 issue of the Baptist Trumpet for the second part.) Not only can you trust God to use you to advance the gospel of Christ with courage and confidence even when angst (anxiety, fear) strikes, but you can trust God to use you to advance the gospel of Christ with courage and confidence even when animosity strikes . . .

CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: Honor and Memorial Gifts (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – The following are honor and memorial contributions received since the last report by Central Baptist College. Some of the contributions are recurring gifts but are only listed once. However, the family and/or honoree received an acknowledgement each time an honor/memorial gift was received. . .

*STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: The Voice of the Lincoln Wolves  (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – If you are looking for me on a Friday night this fall, there is a good chance you will find me at Wolf Pack Stadium in Lincoln. Did I ever think I would be announcing high school football games? No, but it is a blast! How did I end up with the unusual job for an old high school band guy and former band dad? It was something God worked out. One of my good friends from college started teaching at Lincoln in 2020. When the need for an announcer come up, he simply talked to the athletic director after remembering that I had a “good” voice. To me, it seems like a crazy series of events, but now I have the chance to interact with a neighboring community and be a light for Jesus. I am so thankful for the opportunity. . .

HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Discipleship Dashboard (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – Cars have a dashboard with gauges that keep you informed on oil pressure, water temperature, fuel level and other important data. What does a discipleship dashboard look like, and how can you gauge your progress from the first encounter you have with someone who is far from God? Should your approach be 100% organic, or should there be more intentionality involved in the process? Spiritual endeavors require the Holy Spirit’s presence and direction. Prayer is not an optional component in the making of disciples. . .

IN MY OWN WORDS: Who’s to Blame? (pg. 3)

Donny Parrish – What a joy it was to meet with so many of my BMA family and friends at the BMA National Meeting in Waxahachie, Texas. The substance of the meeting was great! The members of Farley Street Baptist Church were amazing hosts! The worship was God-honoring and so inspiring, but getting to spend time with folks I haven’t seen in a couple of years was the best part of the meeting for me. That’s one of the things that I love about church — getting to fellowship with the folks I love. It’s one of the things that makes church, church! But COVID has really impacted church attendance. . .

Who’s Really Discipling Your Congregation? (pg. 3)

Aaron Earls – The American Church has a discipleship problem. The issue is not a lack of discipleship, however, but rather a glut of discipleship coming from the wrong sources without being filtered through the only right source. Almost every Christian wants to assert that they are being faithful to the Bible in the choices they make and the attitudes they hold, yet most are being subtly influenced and discipled in ways that run contrary to Scripture. . .

JOURNEY WITH JEFF: Peace and the Sovereignty of God (pg. 4)

Jeff Herring – There are times in life when we must turn to God whenever we face a situation that we do not understand. It is at times like this, in the midst of hurt and heartache, when we must lean heavily on the Sovereignty of God to help us have peace in the midst of the ups and downs in life. . .

TRUMPET NOTES (pg. 4)

Lee, BMA Pastor, Passes Away (pg. 5)

Vernon Roy Lee, 69 of Ruston, La., passed away Aug. 26. He pastored several churches in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas, including Wyatt at El Dorado. . .

Haynes, Texas Pastor Dies (pg. 5)

Thomas Chester (T.C.) Haynes, 86 of Jacksonville, Texas, passed away on Aug. 23. He served for many years as board chairman of the Baptist Progress as well as board member of Texas Baptist Home for Children. He pastored many churches in Texas before retiring after 54 years in the ministry. . .

Mississippi Pastor and Wife Die

Milford D. Magers, 91 of Lucedale, Miss., passed away on Aug. 23. Bro. Magers pastored churches in Mississippi and Alabama. Elsie Hogue Magers, his wife of 72 years, passed away on Aug. 28. A double funeral service will be scheduled at a later date once the family has cleared all COVID protocols. . .

The Pandemic Facing the Church (pg. 6)

Nick Jacobsen – One definition of an epidemic is a sudden, widespread occurrence of a particular undesirable phenomenon. We have all heard or read similar definitions over the past 18-24 months of COVID-19. The virus has caused millions to die, businesses to close and families to be destroyed. With as much devastation as Covid has caused in this world, it doesn’t compare to the devastation the church faces. It breaks my heart to see churches closing, churches losing their pastors, pastors so fatigued they leave the ministry and the untold millions of people still needing to hear the good news of Jesus. . . re:Charge Leader’s Oasis is just one way the BMA tries to serve and help our pastors. This three-day conference is designed to do just that — inspire, encourage and recharge pastors for the hard work of ministry. . .

SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS: Doug and Diane Lee – Philippines (pg. 11)

An army of 30 students began their summer internship from the BMABC in June. Like a band of soldiers, they encompassed the surrounding areas and barangays, carrying the gospel to those living in the mountains, cities and rural areas. Their mission was to bring the love of Jesus to every age in the heavily populated and isolated areas of our island where we live. . .

STATE MISSIONS: Awesome Day (pg. 11)

Paul White – On Saturday, Connection Point Baptist Mission became Connection Point Baptist Church. Praise the Lord! Because of your love for the lost and your desire to spread the gospel, another church now bears witness of God’s saving grace in the community of Brookland and surrounding area. We were grateful for our guests who could make it and share in this once in a lifetime experience. . .

STATE MISSIONS: From Our Missionaries (pg. 11)

Connection Point, Brookland; The Mustard Seed, Cain; Misión Creciendo en Cristo, North Little Rock; Life Journey, Fort Smith; Ebenezer, West Little Rock; Faith Chapel, Flippin; The Table, Springdale

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