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New GFBC Church Plant in North Houston (Part Three)

Although we have little doubt that there is a need for new church plants, we are not Naïve concerning the potential advantages and disadvantages of launching a new work.   As such, we are trying to walk into this endeavor with our eyes wide open.  We are also working hard to minimize the disadvantages maximize the advantages.  Nevertheless, there are risks involved. Potential Disadvantages of Planting a New Church One disadvantage of planting a new church is loss of momentum and continuity we may experience.  We have seen God’s life-transforming work among us.  People are being converted, marriages are ...

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New GFBC Church Plant in North Houston (Part Two)

The Need for New Churches Of all the options available to us --multiple services, bigger buildings, satellites, and church plants-- we have chosen to plant a new church. As stated in part one, it is not our contention that all of the other options are necessarily wrong in every circumstance, but that they are less than ideal for what we wish to accomplish. The Demographic Need There are over 2.5 million unchurched people in the greater Houston area. This is a fact lost on most people because of the sheer number and size of the churches in our city ...

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New GFBC Church Plant in North Houston (Part One)

Word is out about the new GFBC church plant that is scheduled to launch January 31, 2010.  GFBC launched on April 7, 2006, just over three and a half years ago.  However, since then, we have seen significant growth.  Most of that growth has occurred in the past year.  A year ago we had a little over 140 members, and our average Sunday morning attendance was about 220.  This October, our membership is about 250, and our average attendance is between 420 and 450.  Of course, these are not significant numbers for churches in our area.  Houston is home to ...

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Important New Book

Paul Renfro, my fellow elder at Grace Family Baptist Church, has joined with Timothy Jones (editor), Brandon Shields, and Jay Strother to write a very important book.  Perspectives on Family Ministry, takes a careful look at the very important question, “How should the church organize it’s efforts to disciple children and teens?”  I am very excited about this project.  So many people have dismissed family integration as a “fad”, or an “overreaction” to specious data.  However, Southern Seminary professor, Timothy Jones, has taken the FIC seriously from the beginning, and this book makes it clear that the FIC is ...

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Catch Voddie Baucham Messages on Sermon Audio

The folks over at sermonaudio have been very gracious to me.  They contacted me a few months ago about the possibility of posting my messages on their site.  I was honored, intrigued, and way too busy.  However, I have since found time and help (thanks to the media team at GFBC and the folks at Monergism), and have put several messages on the site.  Those of you who have been bugging me about putting more messages out there can GET OFF MY BACK ALREADY!  I’ll see how the downloads go and keep up as best I can.    Those of ...

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Family Driven Faith En Espanol

I have been amazed by the number of requests from Spanish-speakers to have Family Driven Faith translated into Spanish.  Unfortunately, Crossway does not have the ability to do the translation in-house.  Therefore, the only hope was for another publisher to buy the rights to do the translation.  Well... that just happened over the past couple of weeks.  Therefore, FAMILY DRIVEN FAITH SHOULD BE OUT IN SPANISH THIS YEAR!!!   Thank you for your patience and prayers.  I will keep you posted on the progress.  As for those of you from other parts of the world who have also made inquiry, please ...

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