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A Critical Spirit

I read the following the article this morning by Dr. T.L. Coomer.  While not all of us are home schooling our children, we are all struggling with the best way to protect our children from the evils of this world, while balancing it with the commands of Christ to reach out to the lost.  We are called to be both holy and effective, not just one or the other.  This article provides some good guidance and identifies one of the greatest problems I see amongst conservative Christian families whether they home school or not.

For the Love of the Family Ministries

Missionaries to America’s Forgotten Mission Field, the Family

Do You Have a Critical Spirit?-The Hidden Sin

Dr. Terry L. Coomer, Pastor

Ministry of Hope Baptist Church

139 Shadow Oaks Drive

Sherwood, Arkansas  72120

501-819-0446

TLCOOMER@juno.com

www.fortheloveofthefamily.com
www.hopebaptistlittlerock.com

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Matthew 7:1-5, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye, and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye: and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye”.

John 7:24, “Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment”.

After many years as a Pastor I find that many sincere Christians do not understand what Biblical judgment is.  Sadly, many Christians who sincerely desire to seek to rear their children for the Lord fail to do so, because they do not understand Biblical judgment and therefore, instead teach their children to have a critical spirit.  While many well meaning Christians believe in their heart they are standing for what is right, because they fail to understand Biblical judgment, they have taught their children to have a critical spirit without understanding the spiritual damage they have done.  When the children leave the home they do not live for God and in fact in many instances turn on their parents with a critical spirit and the parent is devastated because they sincerely do not understand where they went wrong.  Many churches have been destroyed because of this lack of understanding as well.

First of all let me say, I believe in standing for what is right, Biblical separation and practice it.  However, there are Biblical guidelines that should be practiced in the matter.

Years ago, after studying every Bible passage that deals with marriage and child rearing, my wife and I decided to home school our children, because we understood from the Scripture it was our responsibility to bring them up in  “the nurture and admonition of the Lord”, Ephesians 6:4.  We highly recommend home schooling.  Let me say to you as a parent, just because you decide to home school your children, does not mean they will leave your house and serve the Lord.  Our responsibility as a Christian parent is to encourage and teach our children to have an intimate, personal, passionate relationship with the Lord.  The sadness is that many folks have been deceived in thinking that in their desire to stand for what is right that we teach by their own example to have an ugly, critical spirit.  I have found that many of these folks believe they are like Elijah of old “that I even I only, am left”, I Kings 19:10.

Folks Elijah had just had the greatest victory of his life and a day later he was living in discouragement, defeat, and despair running away and hiding by himself.  He had a spirit about him that was not godly here.  God asks him twice, Elijah, “What doest thou here”?  I Kings 19:9, 13.  When God asks a question twice he normally asks it because he did not like the answer the first time.  Elijah’s answer was all about what he had done to stand for God and how spiritual he was and no one else is left and I am the only one.

People with a critical spirit are walking alone, are miserable and in their pride and arrogance will continue to tell you how they have stood for God.  Their pride and arrogance makes them feel like they are really standing for God.  The question I always ask someone who has the Elijah syndrome is, “What are you doing for the cause of Christ?”  Generally the answer is like Elijah’s answer.  Unfortunately, it is the wrong answer that will affect many others.

Many times folks have lived this way so long they have allowed a spirit of bitterness to well up in their heart, Hebrews 3:12-13.  Verse 13 here tells us, “But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today”.  Folks you will not exhort anyone including your children and spouse to really walk with God if you are in verse 12 here “with an evil heart of unbelief”.  Hebrews 12:15 is where a critical spirit starts.  “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled”.  I hope you see the issue.  Bitterness in your heart will cause many to be defiled including your spouse and children and it will affect many others as well.  In essence, whoever they come in contact with.

If you will remember, I said earlier a person with a critical spirit is not out to encourage others to walk with God, they do not want to exhort anyone else, they want to prove they are right at the exclusion of all else.  Do not misunderstand, God does want us to stand for what is right, but he wants our relationship with him to be right.  The motivation behind the stand is where the answer lies.

Hebrews 12:15 explains it very well, “Looking diligently (at who or what? the answer is me), lest any man fail of the grace of God”.  How do you fail at the grace of God?  “Lest any root of bitterness” gets in your life.  To get this out of course you have to pull it out by the root and that is not an easy task.

Folks, I am convinced much damage has been done to our children, spouses and others lives by the “root of bitterness”.  Let me give you an example, I am thankful for godly mothers, but I have also found that some mothers who decide they are going to rear their children for God, which is an admirable desire, are doing so with the wrong motivation.  In my travels in preaching and teaching on the family, I have found some pretty ungodly spirited mothers who are teaching their children to have a critical spirit.  They think they are separated and spiritual.  They dress right and have the right look, but internally there is a serious issue going on.  (I believe in dressing properly as well).  Generally, there is role reversal in the home and the wife is the spiritual leader and she is in control.  She also wants you to believe that she is a humble person, who is in submission to her husband, Pastor and is teachable.  The farthest thing in the world is true.  “Many are being defiled” her husband and her children, other church members. etc.  Through her critical spirit teaching, her children leave the home and do not serve God and she is devastated.  In essence what she wanted to accomplish and took many hours, days, and years to try to do and sacrificed to do failed, because of the “root of bitterness” in her life.

Quite frankly, if you approach her about any issue she is not comfortable with she immediately explodes and attacks you and you are not a spiritual person, and we have to separate from them.  “Thereby many be defiled”.   Internally, she is a miserable discouraged person, like Elijah, who is constantly in turmoil, but has decided she will stand by herself.  In fact she is the only one standing!

The failure is truly understanding God’s plan and purpose and having a real spiritual relationship with God.

Let me give you a test here, and let’s see how we do?  Maybe right now you are reading this and it is becoming uncomfortable.  Your desire is to rear your children for the Lord, but you are finding yourself in my description.  When was the last time you actually engaged a person in a conversation about their salvation?  If you cannot remember or it has been quite a while or not all, then why not?  A person with a “root of bitterness” “critical spirit” believes they are super spiritual but they rarely ever witness to anyone.  They are standing for right, but they fail to see the world as God sees it.  The world is lost and you have the answer. God desires us to have compassion on the lost.  These are people for whom Christ died.

I think you remember the story of the Priest and the Levite, in the story of the Good Samaritan.  They walked on by.  They were spiritual people in their own eyes, but not in God’s.  You see folks many of these people are really pretty miserable inside.  They have no joy, and they are teaching their children that as well.  God does not want us to walk on by.  He wants us to have the joy of sharing our faith with others and seeing them come to Christ.  Balance is the key word.  How do you see people?  Do you see them as someone you do not want to get involved with or do you see them as someone for whom Christ died?

All of this goes back to what is happening in our heart and what our real relationship with Christ is.  Do not misunderstand there are things we need to separate from and there are things we should not be involved in.  However, it is the motivation of the heart that is the answer for this.

Some time ago, I ran across a mother like I mentioned above who had several children including teens and was home schooling her children.  Looked right, talked right, but does not have a clue about what God’s desire is.  Through interaction I asked when the children got saved?  No one could give a clear answer on that one.  The children were not saved, but we are raising them for the Lord?  How utterly absurd!  Of course, she had a critical spirit, root of bitterness, and a non teachable attacking attitude.  Some of the children had the same attitude as well.  The husband did what the wife said to do.  She was the spiritual leader of the home.

I suspect I have heard more people use Matthew 7:1 to justify sin in their life more than any other verse.  “You know you should not judge”.  Or they use these verses to rationalize sin in the lives of others.  Most generally, this is their children’s lives, family members, or friends.

However, if the Scripture here is saying that we should not judge sin, then there is a load of Scripture we would have to throw out of the Bible.  On the contrary God tells us to live for Christ and separate ourselves from those who will not live for Christ.  By the way that takes spiritual judgment.  II Thessalonians 3:6, 14, 15, I Corinthians 11:31-32 and John 7:24.

The key to Matthew 7:1-5 is in I Corinthians 11:31.  “The judgment of ourselves”.  Most of us have a real problem with that area.  Quite frankly to have a real spiritual relationship with Christ we must do self judgment every day. Our responsibility is to make sure our relationship with God is correct.  The devil is very subtle and he uses our own pride and old nature against us.  We must be sure our heart is right before God daily.

Let me give you a thought that I hope is helpful.  Every day before you start your day, ask God if there anything that stands between you and me today?  When God shows you something that is standing between you and Him, confess the sin and ask God to help you not to have any root of bitterness in your heart.  Quite frankly, not only is our own relationship with God at stake, but those we come in contact with.

Have you ever noticed the ugliness of a Christian with a critical spirit?  Not a pretty sight.  Surely, that is not where you wish to be.

Matthew 7:3, “And why beholdest thou the mote that is thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is on thine own eye?  The question is what is the beam here?  The beam here folks is a critical spirit.  This is the key to this section.  You have met Christians who never think they have done very much wrong.  However, they have constantly got something to say about other Christians or those in authority.  In essence they are always looking for something.  Matthew 7:3 tells us they cannot see the sin of their own life.

Let me mention here that if you really want God to work in your life and you desire that, you will see things about your life you do not like.  Spiritual growth and maturity says I will judge my own life.  Immaturity says I will judge the life of others without first looking at my own life.  Many times God shows folks the need of their life and the changes that must be made and they reject that.  But in their rejection of what God shows them they will judge another.  They will not see the need they have.  Thus the beam that is in their own eye.  That beam is a critical spirit that comes from a heart that has the root of bitterness.  Notice the promise of God in this matter in, Matthew 7:2.  Your life will be judged in the same manner as you have judged others, critically.  Of course the person with a critical spirit cannot understand how anyone could or would judge them because after all they are living for God.

In Matthew 7:4-5, the key to remember is he is not talking about here the true judgment of evil and sin.  He is speaking about those who are blatant and arrogant in their criticism of others and they don’t see that as sin in their life.  Folks he has a name for that person in Matthew 7:5, “Thou hypocrite”.

God is interested in us cleaning up our own life.  Did you notice in Matthew 7:5 it says, “Then thou shalt see clearly”?   In essence the mote that is in thy brother’s eye we may see differently, correctly, or not at all.  This all comes back to the beam which is a critical spirit.

If you have a critical spirit in your life, you will grieve the Holy Spirit and you will hinder souls being saved and you will not have much interest in souls being saved.  Of course, you will not engage anyone in a conversation to seek to lead them to Christ.  This spirit also hinders the spiritual growth of others you come in contact with and it is devastating to you own family.  Our children need to see us actively witness to others and they need the experience of sharing their faith as well.

Years ago a Pastor friend of mine told me about a deacon in his church.  The man, his wife, and two children a son and daughter came faithfully to every service of his church for years.  Their children grew up in the church.  On the outward appearance everything “looked” right.  Dress right; smell right, outward appearance acted right.  The children went to the churches Christian school and graduated.  As soon as they left the home they got involved in all kinds of sin.  The daughter was involved in drugs and prostitution.  The son was involved in drugs, robbery and eventually was put in jail.  Dad and mom were devastated.  Pastor, “where did we go wrong”?  The Pastor went down to the jail to visit the son.  He looked horrible and the Pastor asked the boy why did you do this thing?  The son shocked him by saying, “I don’t want to talk to you, I hate you”?  The Pastor said, “Why do you hate me?  What have I done to you that you would hate me so much”?  The answer was revealing, the son said, “Every Sunday going home from church, my sister and I listened to my dad and mom discuss how much they disagreed with you and how bad you were”?  Critical spirit!  These stupid parents who attended a fundamental Baptist church destroyed God’s work in the lives of their children, little by little every Sunday, because of their critical spirit.  They did not even realize what they were doing.  I am sure there were many Sunday’s when the Holy Spirit spoke to their heart to change this behavior, but in their mind this was part of their spirituality.  Obviously, their lives were miserable and they made their children’s lives miserable and affected their lives for all eternity. Think about the poor testimony for God and the many others that were now defiled by the “root of bitterness” in their heart.

I am convinced that many Christians live with the “root of bitterness” and critical spirit that affects many. Parents who think they are doing what they can to see their children grow up for God are actually defiling their children by their lack of Biblical understanding of what Biblical judgment is and the critical spirit of their life.

Remember, God’s promise if your life is critical in nature rather than cleaning up your own life and looking to God you will be judged in the same manner in your life.

Folks, this is not a command not to judge sin in the life of another.  It is a warning about having a critical spirit in your life without regard to the sin in your life.  It will come back to get you.

Make sure you understand the principles, pointed out here, because you may feel you are doing everything right and it turns out all wrong.  This type of sin always shows up in the lives of your children.  It is epidemic in the church today and God wants us to understand He loves us and wants us to have His presence in our lives.

If God speaks to your heart about this do not just let it roll off because it will have great consequence in your life, your spouse, and children. It will affect the lives of many.  If after reading this you desire true Biblical change in your life, go to our web site www.fortheloveofthefamily.com, and click on the message, “What to Do Now That I have Failed” or “What Do I Do With A Child Outside The Home Not Living For God?”   These messages will give you a step by step procedure to correct this matter.

If you need help because you are caught in the sins of the spirit because of a critical spirit and do not know what to do, feel free to contact us.  May God help you today seek and have a real relationship with Him.

Dr. Terry L. Coomer is the Pastor of Hope Baptist Church, and the Director of For the Love of the Family Ministries.  He has also served as the Publisher of the nation’s fastest growing daily newspaper.  Pastor Coomer holds Family Conferences in the local church.  To have a meeting at your church or other needs he may be contacted at (501) 819-0446, tlcoomer@juno.com. There are many helpful articles and material on our web site to help you change your life at www.fortheloveofthefamily.com.  We serve the God of answers.  If you need help finding those answers you may contact us at tlcoomer@juno.com. To be removed from our mailing list send an e-mail to tlcoomer@juno.com.

Reading Schedule

Here is our class schedule for the fall.  As always, I encourage you to read prior to class so you can better engage in our discussion on Sunday mornings.  This Sunday we will be having an MYA department wide breakfast and will not be meeting as an individual Life Group.  The following week we should be back on schedule.

Sept. 12 – Eph. 1:15-23
Sept. 19 – Eph. 2:1-10
Sept. 26 – Eph. 2:11-22
Oct. 3 – Eph. 3:1-13
Oct. 10 – Eph. 3:14-21
Oct. 17- Eph. 4:1-16
Oct. 24 – Eph. 4:17-32
Oct. 31- Eph. 5:1-14
Nov. 7 – Eph. 5:15-21
Nov. 14 – Eph. 5:22-33
Nov. 21 – Eph. 6:1-9
Nov. 28 – Eph. 6:10-24

By the way, we’re going to be studying 2 Corinthians 7:5–9:15 this week. Read ahead and be prepared to give some input. Here are some facts about Paul to consider as you read his correspondence with those he loved at Corinth:

Paul d. AD 64? or 67?, the apostle to the Gentiles, b. Tarsus, Asia Minor. He was a Jew. His father was a Roman citizen, probably of some means, and Paul was a tentmaker by trade. His Jewish name was Saul. He was educated in Jerusalem, where he studied under Gamaliel and became a zealous nationalist; he was probably a Pharisee.

Damascus

Paul’s first known contact with Christianity is his presence at the martyrdom of Stephen. Soon after this he got a commission from the chief priest to go to Damascus to help suppress Christianity there. As he approached Damascus he suddenly saw a blinding light and heard Jesus ask, “Why persecutest thou me?” Paul was temporarily blinded and was led into Damascus, where he was found (on the Lord’s direction) by the disciple Ananias. On regaining his sight, Paul was baptized and immediately began preaching.

Antioch

Paul spent the next 13 years learning the faith, part of the time living in seclusion in the Arabian desert. He visited Jerusalem probably twice and dwelt at Tarsus and Antioch for some time. From Antioch, Paul set out on his first missionary journey, on which he was accompanied by Barnabas and for a time by Mark. In general the method was to go from city to city preaching in synagogues and in marketplaces. Among the stops on this first mission were Cyprus, Antioch, and Derbe. Churches were set up, and as soon as the little Christian groups seemed strong enough the apostle and his companions would move on. Among their stops were Cyprus, Pamphylia, and Derbe.

Philippi

On his second mission Paul, having quarreled with Barnabas, was accompanied by Silas. During visits to Philippi and Salonica they founded two churches that were to become great. They later sailed to Athens where Paul delivered his famous address on the “unknown god” in the market. From Athens, Paul went to Corinth. In the course of a long stay there he wrote First and Second Thessalonians. At length Paul sailed to Caesarea in Palestine and visited Jerusalem again. He spent some time in Antioch.

Corinth

The third missionary journey of Paul took him to Galatia, then Phrygia, and over to Ephesus. His two-and-a-half-year stay in Ephesus was one of the most fruitful periods of his life; in this time he wrote his two letters to the Corinthians. He went to Corinth to help the Christians there, and he probably wrote the Epistle to the Romans there. Thence he returned to Ephesus and finally to Jerusalem. This was his last visit to the Holy City, for soon after he arrived he was arrested for provoking a riot.

After being held prisoner for two years and after hearings before the council of priests, before the Roman procurator Felix and his successor Festus, before Herod Agrippa II, and again before Festus, he appealed to Rome on his citizen’s right. So he was sent to Rome under guard. On the way they were shipwrecked on Malta

Malta

but finally landed at Puteoli. Paul was imprisoned in Rome but was allowed to conduct his ministry among the Roman Christians and Jews who visited him. Of his final fate tradition says that he was beheaded south of the city, near the Ostian Way, probably during the persecution of Nero.

Hey Life Group family. It’s been too long since I have provided updates, so here we go.

We have some exciting opportunities coming in the near future.

First, we have adopted a people group at the request of the IMB and our church leadership. The people group is the Iraqi Turkmen. You can find some information about them here, although I don’t necessarily vouch for the accuracy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraqi_Turkmens. I’ll be looking into this people group and providing further details, but for now, what you need to know is that they are one of approximately 6,000 people groups who are unreached by the Gospel. As I was trying to learn a little more about this people group, I discovered that my brother Jeremiah is currently about 100 miles south of where this people group is centered and his squad has been operating in that area. The IMB is seeking to ensure that every unreached people group is being prayed for, so add the Iraqi Turkmen to your daily prayer list. I’ll be pushing this in class as well.

Second, our class is seeking to adopt a home room at Taft Middle School down the street from the church. Here are some facts about Taft Middle School:
– 850 students, 40% Hispanic, 30% African-American, 20% Anglo
– 1 of 7 students have one or both parents incarcerated
– 1 of 4 students live with someone who is not their biological parents (grandparents, brother or sister, relative, foster care, Grace Rescue Mission)
– 1 of 3 live in a single parent household
– 71% live in a home we would consider “parentally distressed”
– One homeroom at Taft is for students who are in America for the first time. This homeroom has 22 students, with 8 foreign languages spoken in the room.

Obviously, there are some needs at Taft that we can be part of meeting. I think this will be a great opportunity for our families to develop relationships with those in need. I would like to take this task on in addition to the mission projects our Life Group families come up with. It is my understanding that NWBC will put us in touch with the home room teacher, and we will work through him or her to meet needs within the class. This could range from collecting school supplies to providing test monitoring.

I believe we’ll have at least one opportunity to minister in the neighborhood of one of our Life Group families in the coming weeks. I’ll provide more information on that as I receive it.

The Holder family has agreed to coordinate our Life Group’s prayer ministry. We need to work out some logistics as they step into this role, but expect an email with details in it on how you can contact them with prayer requests and how they will be distributing those requests to the members of our Life Group.

We want to be sure that each of you feel connected and part of the Life Group and our church. In order to accomplish that, we’ve enlisted some volunteers from the Life Group to start calling you each week to find out what’s going on in your lives and if there are any needs we can pray for and meet as group…so be expecting to hear from one of your fellow Life Group members in the coming days and weeks.

I hope each of you are working together as a family to put your testimony in writing. Each of you has gone through trials and tribulations that the Lord has rescued you from. I encourage you to memorialize these events, not just for use in reaching the lost, but also to encourage your future generations. Will your great-grandchildren know about what God did for you? Not if you don’t record it. I would love to hear some of these testimonies in class in the coming months (I’ll be asking). I want you to have a goal to be ready to use these testimonies by the Holiday Season.

Lastly, if you have any feedback regarding the class, please feel free to send it over to Jill or I. We want to know your thoughts, ideas and concerns. To be perfectly honest, Jill and I don’t have time to run a Life Group by ourselves without the input, help and support of all of you. If you see a need that is being neglected, let us know.

Thanks for serving with us. I look forward to seeing you Sunday.

Josh

In 1999, Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, began a mass program of wealth redistribution and political change.  Since that time Zimbabwe has experienced massive political upheaval and crippling famine and poverty.  Life expectancy has declined from 60 to 44.  1.2 million people in this nation of 12 million suffer from HIV.  Due to the upheaval and political persecution, it has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible, for mission organizations to operate in Zimbabwe.  Prior to 1999, Reaching Souls International had trained hundreds of Zimbabwean pastors and were supporting several National Missionaries.  Those National Missionaries continue to work in Zimbabwe to this day without restriction, even though it has become increasingly difficult to place foreign missionaries in this nation.  Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans have come to know the Lord as a result of these National Missionaries work since 1999.

In the summer of 1993, Reaching Souls International sent a team to Bujumbura, Burundi where they trained over 200 pastors to be evangelists and National Missionaries.  Over 10,000 people were led to Christ as the pastors were taken into the field and given hands on training in how to share the Good News and disciple new believers.  On April 6, 2004, Cyprien Ntaryamira, the President of Burundi, and Juvenal Habyarimana, the President of Rwanda, were assassinated when their plane was shot down.  The assassinations were the spark that lit the fuse on the mass genocide that took place between Hutus and Tutsis in Burundi and Rwanda which, by some estimates, resulted in the deaths of over 1,000,000 Rwandans and 300,000 Burundians.  Pastors trained by Reaching Souls International were able to continue their work while this horrifying event took place, bringing peace and the Gospel to those trapped in dire circumstances.

This is just one of the benefits of Reaching Souls International’s plan of action.  They believe that they are most effective following the model of 2 Timothy 2:2.  They go into a nation and train pastors and evangelists.  They then institute a plan of discipleship and require the pastors and evangelists in their program to take on “Timothys” or disciples.  These Timothys will then go on to be evangelists to train new Timothys.  Even when a nation is closed to the outside world, this structure remains in place and is effective.

Reaching Souls International has trained over 9,000 pastors in 11 nations.  They support over 600 full time native evangelists.  They have seen over 9,000,000 confirmed salvation decisions, nearly 3,000,000 in 2009 alone.

Jill and I have two seats open at our table for the banquet on August 20, 2010 at 7:00 PM.  If you’re interested in hearing more about what this ministry does, and have an inkling you might be willing to support the ministry through prayer, finances, volunteering, or even going on a short term trip, we’d love to have you.  If you just want to spend an evening hearing about the Lord doing some incredible things through a small group of dedicated people, that’s just fine too.  If we have more than two people respond, we can certainly find room for you, so don’t hesitate.

The link below leads to a short video which explains a little more about Reaching Souls International.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Josh
jdwells12@gmail.com

Reaching Souls International Promo from JT Harrison on Vimeo.

What if I told you that there was a ministry here in Oklahoma City that was responsible for leading 2,901,303 people to Christ in 2009? What if I told that this same ministry started 2,813 churches in that same time period? What if I told you that this ministry accomplished this with only 10 full time staff members? What if I told you that for every $0.79 this ministry received, a person came to know Jesus?

This ministry exists and it is called Reaching Souls International.

Around 20 years ago, Reaching Souls International decided to try something different. Instead of sending Americans into foreign nations, which is expensive in terms of both training and support, they would train natives to be missionaries to their home nations.

Each year Reaching Souls International takes groups from the U.S. to Africa and India to train pastors to be evangelists. Reaching Souls International then takes the best of these trainees and hires them to be full time native missionaries in their home nations. They call these individuals National Missionaries.

Each National Missionary is provided with a portable sound system, a bicycle, and a living wage so he can be an evangelist/pastor on a full time basis. Over the course of 20 years, a strong network of accountability and training has been set up for these National Missionaries. The results have been incredible. Nearly 3,000,000 people came to know the Lord last year as a result of the work of approximately 600 full time National Missionaries.

On August 20, 2010, Reaching Souls International will be hosting a banquet at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum. Jill and I will be hosting a table and we would like to invite you to join us to find out more about this effective ministry. I promise, this will not be some boring fund raiser. Even if you decide you don’t want to be involved, I would love for you to come and have your faith built by hearing testimonies unlike anything you will hear anywhere else. If nothing else, you can get a nice free meal and enjoy my excellent company for an hour or two.
If you want to know more about this ministry, go to http://www.reachingsoulsinternational.org.

If you have any interest whatsoever in attending the banquet with Jill and me on August 20, 2010, please email me today at jdwells12@gmail.com.

There is no other ministry I can recommend any more highly than this one. If you are interested in seeing people saved and want to be involved in something unique and effective, then come with us.

  • July 11 – 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; 14:1-40
  • July 18 – 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
  • July 25 – 1 Corinthians 15:1–16:24
  • August 1 – 2 Corinthians 1:1–2:17
  • August 8 – 2 Corinthians 3:1–5:10
  • August 15 – 2 Corinthians 5:11–7:4
  • August 22 – 2 Corinthians 7:5–9:15
  • August 29 – 2 Corinthians 10:1–13:13

Home Group Moved

It’s been a disgusting few weeks for the Wells family.  All of our kids have had a stomach virus run through them, quite literally.  I think we’re healed up and ready to roll.  Because of the sickness, our first home group has been moved to Thursday night at 6:30 PM.  We’re just doing ice cream, watching a video, and then discussing.  I think this will be a very important study for those who make the effort to attend.  It’s just six days this summer, so make as many as you can!  See you there.

Hey friends.  We had a great time Sunday morning and we missed those of you who were not there.  We studied 1 Corinthians 1 and discussed conflict resolution.  Check the blog below to figure out what we’re going to be covering next week.

At the end of our class time we discussed some of our plans for the summer.  Our class is going make a big push at sharing the Gospel in our neighborhoods.  The first step in that process is getting to know your neighbors and discovering who the lost are living around you.  I know some members of our Life Group are already doing this.  Next week I’m going to start compiling a list of families in our neighborhoods that we can start praying for our class.  If you don’t know of any lost or unchurched people in your neighborhood, get going!  Meet those neighbors!  Lets start praying and working together as a group to reach those around us.

Over the next few weeks we’ll start discussing easy ways to minister to your neighbors and share the Gospel with them.  Hopefully, by the end of the summer, we’ll have some exciting grass roots local missions going on.  I’m committed to challenging our Life Group each week to push the envelope and get outside of its comfort zone a little bit.  I’m doing this for two major reasons: 1. It’s what we’re supposed to do as Christians!  2. It helps me stay motivated to have an impact with my own life.  I can’t very well encourage you to be active if I’m sitting on my duff.

So start thinking about potential families or individuals in your neighborhood that we can begin praying for as a class and eventually help you minister the Gospel to them.  I’ll be asking Sunday, so be prepared.

This is our first HOME GROUP! Don’t miss out on this fun time to fellowship and grow.

WHAT? Potluck dinner 4:30p – 5:45p, DVD study 6p-7, 7-7:30p discussion

WHO? Bring your whole family and please invite neighbors and friends who are interested in a casual bible study experience. (Jill will be helping with the kids in a play room during the dvd and discussion time. Later in the summer we will have more kid helpers.)

WHY? We want to pursue God and in learning who He is change and do what He does. Let’s bring our families together and grow. The study is called “Prodigal God” by Tim Keller. This study is based on the parable of the prodigal son and will challenge people to consider the roles and cultural nuances of Jesus’ time.

WHERE? Wells home- 7717 NW 20th Street, Bethany, OK 73008. We will likely have these meetings at different homes throughout the summer.

WHEN? Sat. from 4:30p -7:30p on these dates: June 5th, June 26th, July 10th, July 24th, Aug 7th, Aug 21st
If you can’t make them all don’t sweat it. We want you to come as often as you can.

FOOD- This week will be a pasta meal. Wells will cook the pasta dish. Please bring a side or desert with you.

Questions? Email Josh and Jill at jillwells12@gmail.com

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