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July Walk in Truth Newsletter

  Walk in Truth Newsletter July 2011   In This Issue Featured Article Question of the Month Baucham Family News Event Update Family Discipleship Corner   Featured Article:  Catechism:  The Lost Tool of Family  Discipleship:  Part One,  by Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr. (From the upcoming book, Family Shepherds, due out in October from Crossway)   I cannot tell you exactly when I became familiar with the practice of catechizing children.  I can, however, tell you that it was after my days in seminary.  As a Southern Baptist pastor-in-training I learned a great deal about theology, preaching, Church history and many other subjects.  However, the ...

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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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Fuller Youth Institute: Right Questions... Wrong Presuppositions

By Matthew Hudson   Recently, editors of Leadership Journal, Marshall Shelley and Brandon O'Brien, interviewed the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary and a former youth pastor, Dr. Kara Powell (Ph.D., Fuller). It was so refreshing and encouraging to hear them ask one of the most critical questions effecting the church in our time. The question was asked in the title, "Is the Era of Age Segmentation Over?"   With the opening lines heralding the statistical verification that as many as eight out of ten of the most ministered-to generation are apostatizing, it is clear ...

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