Saturday, August 22, 2009

Discipleship Starts at Home....

Part 2 Winfield Bevins (From:
Discipleship Starts at Home Series [Part 2 of 2]

Start Early

You can and should teach your children basic Christian beliefs and how to memorize Scripture. This can be both fun and educational. You can choose short Scriptures to begin teaching your children. As you continue to learn the Scriptures, you can use longer passages such as the Ten Commandants and 23rd Psalm for when you and your children feel ready to go deeper. You can also use a short family catechism with questions and answers for you to discuss together that will help your children learn basic Christian doctrine.

Here are a few practical ideas that may help you disciple your children:

• Find a good children’s Bible.
• Remember to have fun with your children while learning the Bible.
• Keep the time brief to hold the child's attention.
• Recite the verse several times a day in your child's presence so it becomes familiar to them.
• Make flash cards with Scripture on one side and the book, chapter, and verse on the other.
• Put the verse to music or rhythm. Your child will enjoy singing and clapping their hands.
• Think of fun activities to make the verse fun and easy to remember.
• Tell them you are proud of them and have them recite it to someone else, like a grandparent or teacher.
• Pray with your children every day at meals and before they go to bed at night.

The Revolution Begins at Home

If we want a revolution of discipleship in our nation, it will have to begin in our homes. Discipleship begins in our marriages, by loving our spouses with the love of Christ. It happens by teaching, loving, and disciplining our children. When we bring the gospel back in the home, it will spread through our neighborhoods and into the communities where we live. If every family in every church got serious about making disciples in the home, it would change our world.

The great Puritan Pastor Richard Baxter knew the importance of family ministry. He said, “We must have a special eye upon families, to see that they are well ordered, and the duties of each relation performed. The life of religion, and the welfare and glory of both the Church and the State, depend much on family government and duty. If we suffer the neglect of this, we shall undo all…. I beseech you, therefore, if you desire the reformation and welfare of your people, do all you can to promote family religion.” Let us not neglect our duty to disciple those who are within our very homes.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Discipleship Starts at Home....

Part 1 Winfield Bevins (From:
Discipleship Starts at Home Series [Part 1 of 2]

“A house is actually a school and a church, and the head of the household is a pastor in his house.”
–Martin Luther

The Great Need

I am the lead pastor of Church of the Outer Banks, located in Nags Head, NC. I am the husband of an amazing wife and the father of two incredible little girls. More than ever before, I see the importance of integrating faith in the home every day. Statistics for divorce are rising at an alarming rate. Statistics also show that between 70 and 88 percent of Christian teens will leave the church by their second year in college. More than ever, it is time for us to step back and rethink the importance of discipleship in our own homes.

Don’t Neglect Your Family

What good is it if you make disciples of your neighbors, co-workers, and friends, yet neglect to disciple your own family? This is what Paul meant when he said, “If a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?” (1 Tim. 3:5). This Scripture is not just for pastors, but is also applicable for all Christian parents. The reality is that we are not putting enough focus on discipling our own families, and instead we tend to leave the responsibility to the church.

Disciple Your Children

The call to “make disciples” begins in our homes first. It is our spiritual responsibility as parents to teach our children about the faith. The Bible tells parents, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6). As Christian parents, we should desire for our children to have a firm foundation and grow up to love Jesus and know what the Bible says about their lives.

Faith as Routine

Faith is not just something that we do once a week, but should be incorporated into the daily routines of the home. David Wegener said, “Reading and memorizing Scripture and the catechisms of the church results in incredible development of children, both spiritually and intellectually… What families regard as important is evidenced by the manner in which they spend their time.” How do we spend our time? Watching TV, playing video games, or shopping? Sadly, many families devote more time to these things than they do teaching their children about God, or just simply spending quality time together.

It’s Our Responsibility

It is not the churches’ or schools’ responsibility to raise our kids. Too often, we think that the church is more like a baby-sitting service to watch our kids for a few hours a week while we enjoy the worship service. While church is important, the Bible tells us that the home is the primary place of learning the Bible and moral instruction. In Deuteronomy 6:4-9, we read:

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

To be continued.

Be vocal and STAND UP.....

This is a statement that was read over the PA system at the football game at Roane County High School , Kingston , Tennessee , by school Principal, Jody McLoud

"It has always been the custom at Roane County High School football games, to say a prayer and play the National Anthem, to honor God and Country."

Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, I am told that saying a Prayer is a violation of Federal Case Law. As I understand the law at this time, I can use this public facility to approve of sexual perversion and call it "an alternate life style," and if someone is offended, that's OK.

I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity, by dispensing condoms and calling it, "safe sex..." If someone is offended, that's OK.

I can even use this public facility to present the merits of killing an unborn baby as a "viable! means of birth control." If someone is offended, no problem...

I can designate a school day as "Earth Day" and involve students in activities to worship religiously and praise the goddess "Mother Earth" and call it "ecology.."

I can use literature, videos and presentations in the classroom that depicts people with strong, traditional Christian convictions as "simple minded" and "ignorant" and call it "enlightenment.."

However, if anyone uses this facility to honor GOD and to ask HIM to Bless this event with safety and good sportsmanship, then Federal Case Law is violated..

This appears to be inconsistent at best, and at worst, diabolical.
Apparently, we are to be tolerant of everything and anyone, except GOD and HIS Commandments.

Nevertheless , as a school principal, I frequently ask staff and students to abide by rules with which they do not necessarily agree. For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at best, and at worst, hypocritical... I suffer from that affliction enough unintentionally. I certainly do not need to add an intentional transgression.

For this reason, I shall "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's," and refrain from praying at this time.

"However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank GOD and ask HIM, in the name of JESUS, to Bless this event, please feel free to do so. As far as I know, that's not against the law----yet."

One by one, the people in the stands bowed their heads, held hands with one another and began to pray.

They prayed in the stands.. They prayed in the team huddles. They prayed at the concession stand and they prayed in the Announcer's Box!

The only place they didn't pray was in the Supreme Court of the United States of America- the Seat of "Justice" in the "one nation, under GOD."

Somehow, Kingston , Tennessee Remembered what so many have forgotten. We are given the Freedom OF Religion, not the Freedom FROM Religion. Praise GOD that HIS remnant remains!

JESUS said, "If you are ashamed of ME before men, then I will be ashamed of you before MY FATHER.."

Monday, August 17, 2009


I believe that those who love God and God's people should tithe without a doubt. In the Old Testament times their liveliehood was their crops and cattle and other animals and so forth, so it was fit for them to give 10% of their livelihood in that time. This was so that the storehouse would be plentiful and well supplied for the people of God. It is also a sign that you are not consumed or "owned" by the natural things that have no eternal significance.

Now our livelidhood today is $$$$ money. Therefore, we should bring our tithe into the "storehouse" or "church building" that you are committed too. It my sincere advice for Christians of any particular ministry that they are giving too, to make sure that that ministry is committed to God and His infallible Word. This so that you can be confident that the "church building" or "storehouse" is acting in obedience to the word of God in how they handle the money that is brought in and that they are being good stewards of what they have received from the people of God in obedience to giving.

With all of that said, think about this.... God wants YOU much more than your MONEY. Giving your money is reflection that you are not bound by worldly riches and/or possessions. But are YOU giving 10% of your God given days to Him?? 2 hours and 40 minutes. And remember that is just the required tithe! What about offering?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

God help me deal with these emotions...

It can without a doubt be tough when you are isolated from the world. When you really stand up and make a decision to live out loud for Christ and make it known to all that you will stand up both in your actions and in your verbage for the infallible word of God. Have you ever felt left out? When you just wanted someone to acknowledge you and/or notice you in a group setting. Not because of your attraction to this individual, I talking about you simply feeling unloved or insignificant or unimportant. Welcome to Christianity!! What am i talking about? Well when you are not apart of the world because you are living for a eternal livelihood by being dead to yourself and your selfish desires and alive in Christ alone, your considered an outcast. You are not of the world therefore when the aquantances that you see everyday conversate and carry on and laugh and mingle, your left out, on the outside looking in. Why? Because you have made it know what the word of God says and made it known that God does not approve of the behavior that they are engaged in, and that has made you a foe. Made you a hater, or a bigot. As far as they're concerned you are not a loving person, you are against them and they are aware of it. They acknowledge you, but you are without a doubt misunderstood, they acknowledge you as YOU. Do you understand? Christianity isn't about you. It is about CHRIST!! It is natural to have the feelings of loneliness, however, Christ was both fully God and fully man, the only one of His kind ever before His time or after His time, He knows loneliness. If you truly are denying yourself daily and taking up your cross to follow after Him (Luke 9:23) you will be isolated from the world, you will be lonely, you will be misunderstood (1 Corinthians 2:14) because you are living a life that is Spiritually lead in a physical world that does not understand spiritual things. This world will tell you to get popular and noticed and rich and famous, while the Gospel of peace involves you relying on Christ and promoting Christ both in action and word by the grace of God for the glory of Christ. The only part you play in Christianity is willingly getting out of the way so that Christ can lead.