6 Reasons for Titus 2

Titus 2:3  3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

Parkwood’s Women’s Ministry is re-launching beginning with training October 21-22 at the Porch. Women will hear the new vision and direction of this ministry and learn how they can be a part. You may ask yourself, “Is this just one more thing asking for my time?” In this day and age, anyone can come up with a mile-long list of current obligations and regular activities, but here are 6 reasons for you to consider why you or the women in your life ought to be involved with Titus 2 Women’s Ministry: 

 

  1. Sound doctrine must be taught. “Teach what is good” (Titus 2:3) is a profound command. Mark Dever says discipling, at its core, is teaching. This ministry will and must be centered on rich, practical, biblical truths. There is no better focus. [Read more…]

Parkwood EQUIP

Our purpose is to Glorify God while laboring together for the Growth of all

believers while Going with the gospel to all people(s).

EQUIP is the main tool through which Parkwood trains and equips leaders forthe work of ministry. Specifically, EQUIP will be accomplished through Pastoral oversight by means of strategic coaching and equipping of leaders for the work of ministry (intentional leadership training).

In keeping with the teaching of Ephesians 4:12, we seek to “equip the saints for the work of ministry.” This means that as your pastors, we are to be equipping and teaching you to be successful in the work of ministry. This involves every aspect of our lives. It means that God has called us to intentional living for His glory. Equipping/discipling ‘as we go.’  EQUIP will function as Parkwood’s primary method for carrying out the mandate given in Ephesians 4:12.

EQUIP will function in two major categories:

1. For the growth of all believers. EQUIP will encourage growth strengthening Growth Group leadership through direct pastoral discipleship as it regards to personal disciple-making, doctrinal training, missional training, and leadership development. EQUIP will incorporate occasional, specific studies led by Growth Group Leaders with pastoral oversight. The 4 areas these studies will fall under are: [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…]