Small Groups, Big Accountability
Sep 1 3:23 PM

Small Groups, Big Accountability

Sep 1 3:23 PM
Sep 1 3:23 PM

Gentlemen,  

God holds us accountable for leadership in our families. How are you doing with it?  How well equipped are you to lead, spiritually?  God wants to reveal Himself to each of us.  He has a plan for each of us that is rich and full.   

Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) is a rich, effective means to study God's word. I started attending BSF years ago as a sympathizer, not yet committed to Christ.  As I studied, my questions and reservations were answered and it became clear that the Bible is God’s word to us and that Jesus is His Son, the only One able to reconcile us to Him.  That reconciliation is His desire.  All I had to do was trust Jesus and to ask for it.   

None of my training in physics, math, and engineering had anything to do with this.  God’s plan is simple and direct.  I trusted Jesus and He transformed my life. Over 30 years ago I made that step. Since then, as my life and relationship with God grew, I saw hundreds of men (and women) make the same commitment to follow Christ; on this continent and on others.   I saw far more grow in their relationships with Him and in their service to Him.  That’s simply what He does, with His word, when we cooperate with Him.  The word of God truly is “sharper than any double-edged sword.” (Heb 4:12). 

When we study and apply Scripture, we enjoy fellowship with God, we serve as a light in our families, and we are a blessing to our community. But scripture is something we have to engage in, be actively involved in, and be seeking.  

At MCC we have a very active men’s BSF that meets weekly and includes men from a number of churches in the East Mountains. These are men from every walk of life, some with very little biblical background and some well-versed in scripture. All come hungry to grow in the knowledge of God and His Word.  We meet in a small-group setting to discuss the daily lessons provided throughout the week.  There is fellowship, investigation, manly support and accountability, as well as a communal lecture on the topic of the week.   

Let me personally invite you to study the Book of Romans with us through BSF. We’ll meet at the MCC Library at 6:55pm on Sept.12th to begin our 30-week study in Romans.  For professionals, military, business travelers, or vacationers there are ways to participate in BSF where the Lord puts you worldwide during this year.   

If you are new to BSF, we will tell you about it.  There is no cost and no pressure. Just come and see. There are other BSF opportunities, as well. A women’s group meets Thursday mornings in Edgewood.  Additionally, there are men’s and women’s BSF groups in Albuquerque which provide age-appropriate biblical training for children. All studies will examine Romans at the same pace.  It provides a great opportunity for husband and wife (as well as children) to study the same verses and discuss them at home during the week, drawing closer to each other as well as to God. 

For more information on transforming your life through BSF, call me (leave a message) or snag me at Church. 

 

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Men’s Bible Study Fellowship starts THIS Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30pm in the MCC Library. This year they will be studying “Acts and Letters of the Apostles”. BSF provides an in-depth, international Bible study that helps people know God and equips them to effectively serve the Church. Contact Tom Young.

Women’s Community Bible Study begins this week; September 10th and 11th!  The evening group meets Tuesdays at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall beginning September 10 and the morning group meets Wednesdays at 9:15am beginning September 11! Childcare is provided for the Wednesday study only. Contact Pam Cravens.

The Women’s Peacemaking Study is Thursdays at 10:00am in the Conference Room beginning September 19. This study offers a meaningful, lasting message to lead you out of conflict and into a state of peace where you can live as a representative of Christ to other women and unbelievers. Contact Christine Leggett.

MCC Elders are hosting a 4-week Foundations Class starting September 15. This class is designed to better help you get to know MCC - who we are, what we believe and why, and how to get connected. Please sign up with Sarah.

With winter coming the Wood Ministry is already getting calls requesting wood but we need men, women, and couples to serve as sponsors! For those interested in learning about Wood Ministry sponsorship, there is a training Saturday, October 12th at 9:00am in the conference room. We would love to share what it means to be a sponsor and how sponsorship through the wood ministry changes lives by helping people see their own value and build their own support systems by sharing our time and a few cords of wood. Contact Sarah at the church office.

"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Are you interested in being a witness for Christ in a remote part of the world? Have you wondered if a short-term mission trip is right for you? If so, join us for an informational meeting to discuss our Spring 2020 Bolivia Mission trip with Food for the Hungry next Sunday, September 8th after 2nd service in the Youth Hall. Contact Jennifer Ward.

Sisters in Stitches is meeting Wednesday, September 11 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Halll. All SIS and interested women are encouraged to join us to fellowship and discuss on-going plans for this ministry. Snacks will be provided. Contact Davra Clayton for more information and to RSVP .

ABQ Biblical Counseling is hosting "A Biblical Response to Mental Health Conference” September 13-15 at Desert Springs Church. Registrations will be accepted until September 12th! Visit abqbcc.com for more information.

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