God is associated with life. He's the great Creator, raiser of the dead and provider of eternal life and salvation. Why then is one of the earliest seasons associated with God and walking in His ways one associated with death and destruction? We examine what the season of killing truly means and how it will offer hope for us and others in the Kingdom of God
We picked back up with our study of the Bible with Pastor Anthony and Brother Larry this week. In this study, they looked at the story of Abraham and his descendants leading up to Moses and the deliverance of Israel from Egypt. Lots of great ideas presented here. Let's dive in.
Planting and Plucking
This past week we looked at the seasons of birth and death. We found out a lot about each one, but how do these two seasons compare to each other? We examine that today and help you find out the best way to handle each as they come into your life.
This week, The Way shares a story of persecution to show how it isn't just a first century church thing and it's not just regulated to radical countries, either. Persecution happens everywhere, but it doesn't have to defeat us. Enjoy the story below and share your own story of persecution in the comments.
We mentioned it recently on our Facebook page, but we have secured a writer and translator for the Rios de Aqua Viva church in Alexandria to write them content specifically for their needs in reaching targeted areas of their community. This content specific method of outreach is an exciting venture for us and them and we are excited to see the results.
Already, we've seen an initial draft produced in English that goes over the identity of God and how He relates to us as One being manifesting in multiple ways. We will be adding on an optional study about baptism as a next step option for teachers.
Once the edits to the first draft are completed and the Baptism add-on is finalized and edited, we can then go into the process of designing the layout of the study. Our plan is to create two versions: a teachers version with helpful tips to guide the teacher along the way and a student version that primarily has the scriptures written out with some thought provoking questions and encouraging statements. This will require design work, which we have factored into the planned project.
Next, the final layout will be translated into Spanish and we will go to the printer to have copies made. It is our hope to raise enough funds to have professional prints made so as to show the professionalism and seriousness of the church's efforts to reach their community.
The last item we are looking to accomplish is to fully train those individuals who will be tasked with teaching this specific lesson. We will look into a few training sessions that will require their time and the time of qualified teachers.
Thus far we've accomplished the goal having the primary topic locked down and the majority of content agreed upon and written out with only a few minor edits to make. We've also secured a translator that will take our final product and translate it into Spanish. We are in negotiations with a trainer and a printer and should have those locked in by the end of the month. It is our hope that all things will be ready to go to printer by end of month and we will have people teaching this study in October.
You can help by visiting our missions page here describing this mission opportunity and looking at the many ways you can support with your funding. There you can find how you can support this mission by buying any of our downloadable content or donating via Paypal.
You can also pledge via our contact page with your information and the amount you would like to send via check. All checks should be made out to POA Missions. The money will be filtered through the Pentecostals of Alexandria and delivered directly to Rios de Agua Viva. Thanks again for your help and we look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks again for all your help. Our hope is to raise $3000 to cover the cost of services, printing costs and training for this project. We look forward to updating you with some numbers within the next couple of weeks.
Rios de Agua Viva
The Way is partnering with Alexandria Home Missions work Rios de Agua Viva (Rivers of Living Water) to help them further advance the gospel of Jesus Christ in their community. Check out the details below and how you can help.
Last time we looked at what the season of planting means for us and our walk with God. Today, we examine the season of plucking up and what it does for our lives and our ability to better serve God.
We move into our next couplet of seasons with the season of planting and plucking up. Our attention today will be on planting and Friday will cover plucking up. Much like last week, we will show how we can develop our relationship with God in these seasons as well as help others. Also, we will compare the two in an end of week review just like last week. So let's get started with Planting.
What it means to be persecuted
Many think of persecution as being the martyrdom of people long ago. Persecution brings up the idea of the Coliseum, lion' dens and crosses. For many, especially in the western world, we don't know that it exists anymore. However, persecution is still prevalent, even in "advanced" cultures, and it it's something every Christian needs to embrace - not just accept -as a part of life.
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.