Discipling

Discipling, by Mark Dever, was written to “help you understand biblical discipling and to encourage you in your obedience to Christ.” Dever uses simple wording to help us see how simple discipling is. Discipling states that knowing how to disciple is knowing “how to help others follow Jesus.” This is by way of doing “deliberate spiritual good;” thus we see discipling won’t occur by a fluke, so preparation is necessary.

 

Among Parkwood staff, the consensus is that there is no other book on the command of the Great Commission–make disciples–that is this clear and immediately helpful. The Bible teaches the church is the natural environment for discipling, so recommending for all Growth Groups to study this book, we pray, will result in intentional, deliberate spiritual good to abound. Discussion guides will be made available in the same way as sermon-based material is provided (The City, our website, and the Worship Center Lobby). These books will continually be available in the lobby for a recommended $5 donation.

 

Recommended discussion schedule: [Read more…]

3 Ways to be Involved With PCO

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Parkwood Community Outreach (PCO) is a volunteer-led ministry of Parkwood aiming to share the Gospel with those in our community. PCO provides basic, non-perishable food items and clothing to meet needs of those who find themselves in hardships or difficult financial situations. The Gospel is shared each time an individual or family is helped. PCO is not the only way Parkwood ministers to our community, but PCO is dependent upon Parkwood members helping in these primary ways:

 

  • Refer. Christians ought to walk carefully day-by-day, making the best use of time. (Eph. 5:15-16) This necessitates an awareness of the situations of those God has sovereignly placed around us. Since hardship finds its way into everyone’s lives, we must persistently seek ways to alleviate suffering with Gospel acts and proclamations. As a member, you can recommend those in your life to receive PCO assistance. [Read more…]

3 Reasons We Give Muslims Bibles

photoNext week, September 11th, Parkwood will observe Muslim Bible Day: a day we financially send the Word of God to Muslims. Muslim Bible Day (MBD) is a simple, effective way to respond to the greatest need that the Muslim world has today: access to a copy of the Word of God. Eliminating this need is what MBD seeks to cultivate through the simple action of giving a Muslim their first copy of the Bible. At $5 a Bible, MBD offers a great way a western Christian can play a role in smuggling Bibles into hard-to-reach contexts. For Parkwood to participate in MBD, we need our members to give what the Lord leads you to give on September 11th. Here are 3 reasons why Parkwood should give joyfully to this:

 

  1. The Word of God is living and active. Implications from Hebrews 4:12-13 is that God’s Word works on its own. Yes, we ought to make efforts to verbally proclaim His word–that is evangelism–to those who have yet to hear, but we know the Spirit moves when someone reads the Truth in their language. Let’s think further into the Hebrews passage. Living, active, sharp, piercing, discerning, eyes that expose. These descriptors reveal God’s Word acts as God himself, so that one’s innermost thoughts and intentions are exposed.
  2. Muslims want to have a Bible. The Quran instructs Muslims to read the Bible. (See Quran 10:94.) Devout Muslims are often familiar with this instruction, but have little access to finding the Scriptures. These people would likely be obedient to read the Bible if they had one. Nominal Muslims are typically unaware of this verse but have fewer barriers to agreeing to reading the Good Book. In fact, Muslims believe Jesus was a sinless prophet. Imagine knowing that but little else about Jesus. [Read more…]

Ministry in the Family

Teach Your Children Christ

God designed the home for ministry. This is a fact that can be easily overlooked as families set about the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The kids need to get to this event, mom has this meeting, dad is running late from work. The struggles never seem to cease. Even when the family is collected all together, it can be a temptation for mom and dad to simply let them be. A quiet, or occupied household can often be a treasured treat. And yet, the Lord tells us that the home is for more than just running errands, making it to practice, doing chores, etc. The Lord created the home for intimate, gospel-centered ministry. Read these words about parenting…

...that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 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. (Deuteronomy 6:2-7)

From this text, we need to see three things. [Read more…]