The Bethany Blueprint, April 8, 2015

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Greetings from Niamey!

Thankful to report that I had a safe and on time arrival in Niamey on Saturday.  I deeply missed celebrating the resurrection of our Lord on Sunday with my Bethany family, but was thankful to celebrate with the Evangelical Baptist Church of Niamey.

Today, we traveled to Boubon to share “Creation to Christ” in the village. Please pray for conviction in the

hearts of those who heard.

We also taught Souley-man and Apollonere (2 believers) from the Word. It was so good to see these brothers again.

 

Tomorrow, we begin to teach 12 men who are going through the leadership training. The photo below shows 6 of the men, along with myself and Cephas, the translator (far right). Please pray for these men by name (2 names not provided here, but pray for them still!). Pray that they will grow in their knowledge of the truth. Please pray for me as I teach, that the Holy Spirit will minister the Word through me with power so that our Lord Jesus is proclaimed and exalted. Thank you for praying!

Hamadon, Koanjora, Bendi, Yienlenna, Joseph, Ibrahim, Alhassane, Hama, Aziz, Yacouba, 2 more.

Grace and peace,

Ken

Why Should Bethany Have a Blog?

This is a good question. Communication has changed in the last few years. People today rarely write letters and are reading newspapers less and less. Now people are looking to websites, blogs, and social media to get information and to interact with others. As a church we must be in tune with this changing tide. In the words of the apostle Paul, “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings” (1 Corinthians 9:22b-23). In the first century the best way for people to communicate, beyond face to face interaction, was through letters. Therefore, church leaders like Paul spent a significant amount of time writing letters to the churches. In the same way, it is important for us to communicate information in the same form as the culture around us. Our church needs to communicate with people who are becoming more and more accustomed to using digital media. Therefore, the leadership of Bethany Baptist has decided to begin a church blog. This blog will not replace any existing forms of communication. Church members will still receive the Blueprint and calendar by mail, and will receive e-mails from the pastor and the staff when necessary. The Bethany Blog has three main purposes: connect, teach, and inform.

Connect

It is our desire to connect Bethany members more and more to the life of our body. All blog posts will have an open comments section so that anyone reading can respond to the posted blog. Hopefully this will create dialogue between members about spiritual issues. Further, it is our goal to connect with those who are outside of the church. Those following the blog are encouraged to share posts on social media. This will be a good way for us to reach out to our friends and neighbors with the gospel. Finally, this blog is not meant to be a substitute for what is happening as we gather on a regular basis. For example, no one in our congregation should ever say, “I am not a part of a DC Group or Sunday School class, I just follow the blog and get my spiritual nourishment that way.” Those who are writing blog posts will seek to write in a way that helps us connect with one-another and the life of our congregation.

Teach

This new blog is also meant to teach. We will regularly post blogs that will help us instruct one another. Paul tells Timothy, “Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 1:13). As Christians we are a teaching people. We should always be ready and eager to instruct one another and to be instructed with “sound words.” Therefore, The Bethany Blog will regularly post articles on what it means to live the Christian life faithfully in the various areas of our lives.

Inform

The final purpose of this blog is to inform. We want to help the members of our church and others to stay up to date on what is happening in the life of our body. Therefore, every edition of The Blueprint will be posted to the blog. Next, as our church sends out mission teams they will post blogs to keep everyone else informed about what is happening and how the Lord is working while they are there. It is important for us to stay informed so that we can know how to encourage and pray for one-another.

We are excited about using this new form of communication to glorify God and to advance his kingdom. We encourage everyone to follow this blog through e-mail so that you can stay up-to-date on its most recent posts.

-Jeff Lane

Pastor of Students and Media

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