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…]

Candidate for Global Disciple-Making Pastor

The Brafford Family

The Brafford Family

In the Spring of 2016 Parkwood affirmed a new staff model. The strategy and vision of Missions and Discipleship gained precision and scope by creating from one position, the two distinct positions of Global Disciple-Making and Local Disciple-Making. Pastor Kem Lindsay has transitioned from Missions Pastor to Local Disciple-Making Pastor. Thus, the Elders are submitting Dr. Andrew Brafford as the first candidate to serve Parkwood as Global Disciple-Making Pastor. So that you may get to know Andrew, he has written the following bio:

Family
Moving to North Carolina when I was young, Parkwood is the church where I grew up. Pastor Jeff was my youth pastor, and a youth internship at Parkwood was my first ministry position. I left Parkwood upon graduation, and Laura and I were married in 2003. We have been blessed with three children: Clay is ten, Dana is eight, and Anna is six. Blessed to stay at home as a full-time mom, Laura is able to homeschool our children and direct a community of Classical Conversations.

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Common Misconceptions 

Parkwood’s purpose is to glorify God by laboring together for the growth of all believers while going with the gospel to all peoples. At the core of that purpose is discipleship, maturing disciples within the church or making disciples without. The Growth Group is the primary means of discipleship at Parkwood. Several common misconceptions about the church, though, may negatively affect one’s engagement in Growth Groups. These misconceptions may be felt by Christians and non-Christians and rest in ignorance, in the flesh, or in tradition. The follower of Christ is then behooved to correct wrong thinking and encourage others to join in disciple-making. To this end, consider several misconceptions that hinder discipleship.

1. The church is too big.

The church is not too big, and such a misconception often reveals two flaws. First, the complaint originates from a personal perspective rather than a gospel perspective. What is meant by such a statement is that the numerical size of the membership presents larger crowds than one personally prefers or than one is traditionally accustomed. This complaint is counter to the ministry and work of the gospel. If the size of crowd is legitimately problematic, then simply moving to a different local body would be a sufficient solution. Criticizing the church as too big, however, argues that it is too big for my preference, which is fundamentally a wrong perspective. Second, this complaint misses the purposes of Growth Groups. The Growth Group is the natural solution to the large church since they provide a small group inside the larger church. Regardless how large the local church grows, the Growth Group is always a place to engage, to know everyone, and to be accountable and show accountability. The Growth Group is the small congregation inside the larger one.  [Read more…]