“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." – Romans 12:2
“Change” is an all too familiar call in our current culture. In January, the world watched a Women’s March protest for change in laws and policies; on March 8, the 2017 International Women’s Day issued a “Be Bold for Change” campaign. As Christian women, we know that when life happens, only God’s Spirit empowers us to go beyond change, to actually be “transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
In Crossing the Line: Culture, Race and Kingdom, Michael Burns opens the doorway into dialogue and discussion of race and its impact on the culture and kingdom of God. Issues of racism, race, and culture bring out deep passion and potential conflict in the world; and because disciples live in this world, they affect us, our mission, and our unity. Every potential problem like this, though, can be a pitfall or a platform. It can be our undoing or an amazing opportunity to put the power and wisdom of the true gospel on display.
Registration for summer and fall 2017 course offerings at RMSMT is now open. As we grow worldwide we are attempting to offer courses that help church leaders and disciples in their ministry and daily walk with Jesus. We invite you apply for entrance into our master's degree programs and register for or audit the following courses:
Here is the INB for this week!
The International News Bulletin is a service to help connect disciples and churches around the world. Each week we present a new template dated for the coming Sunday. You can now provide your group an international news with your local news included.
Just download this template which has news from around the world and links to more stories on DisciplesToday.org. For the other side of your bulletin, you can download the attached template for local news and stories in your ministry, house church, etc. This makes for an easy "Page 2" for your local congregation's bulletin! If you already have a bulletin, you can simply print the INB as a two-sided insert to your current publication.
The Central Jersey Church of Christ has reached a new and exciting milestone since being planted by the NYC Church of Christ in 2004. With 500 in attendance for our Easter service, one of the church’s first evangelists, Robert Carrillo, appointed Johnny Rivera and Tommy Beene as elders via a special video message. Johnny and Tommy are the first elders to serve in the church’s history.
After serving for more than 42 years in full time ministry, evangelist Rick Maule recently retired, but that hasn't stopped him from serving God full-time. Rick has now become a successful author to raise money for missions. His new novel, Moonlight Helmsman, tells the amazing and true story of Robert Smalls, who rose from slavery to become the first African American to command a ship in the US Navy.
God has been using the disciples in Oregon in some powerful ways these past few years. With the official launch of the University Church of Eugene in 2015, God has grown their fellowship from 14 disciples to over 75. He also has thrown opened the doors for them to plant churches in Corvallis (Willamette Valley Christian Church) and in Bend (Bend House Church) Oregon. However, not only are the Eugene disciples winning souls for Christ in Oregon, God is also using them as “Good Samaritans” (Luke 10:25-37) to impact the lives of those living on the thousands of remote islands of the South Pacific through a non-profit charity called Sea Mercy.
I believe there is a sweet spot in our relationship with God that is a refuge and a guide to us in the many and diverse difficulties in our lives. From the heavy duty issues like grappling with a terminal illness, a debilitating accident, a broken marriage, depression, or to the prickly thorns of our insecurities and the stresses of everyday relationships and activities.
We do not know the identity of Luke’s Theophilus (Luke 1:3, Acts 1:1), but we do know God must have loved him a great deal to prompt Luke to write two books for his benefit.1 This is a story about God’s love for a modern-day Theophilus. Let me introduce him to you.