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October 04, 2018
"Mentoring" is a word that drives most men full-speed in the opposite direction! Why does the term mentoring make men so scared and un-easy? It's probably a little different for each guy, but here are a few ide-as:
A man's pride tells him to journey alone.
A man's heart tells him to remain quiet.
A man's mind tells him nobody will understand.
A man's emotions tell him to keep it under control.
Maybe you can relate to these. Mentoring is a one-on-one commit-ment in which one person pours into another person by sharing their God-given wisdom.
You might be asking, What can I gain? You can gain many things when you choose to connect with a man who has been through the trenches of life we have yet to experience. The most important thing is wisdom. We need to remember that one form of being mentored is discipleship. A disciple is a learner. If we take what we learn from another man who has been down the same road that is before us, and apply it to our life…we gain wisdom. Wisdom is applied knowledge and understanding. Doesn't sound so scary after all does it?
In the second chapter of the Bible, God tells us a fundamental truth about ourselves. He say's without wavering, 'It is not good for man to be alone.' Why? Because when God created us, He created us as social crea-tures, to have companionship with one another. Part of companionship is mentoring. There is real value for a Christian man to be mentored throughout the different seasons of his life.
I want to challenge you to consider who you are pouring into and who is pouring into you? I invite you to come join Kingdom Men the first Wednesday of every month, where we practice just that.
September 30, 2018
Fall is here, that means CHANGE!! Soon the weather will change, everyday
something changes. Change starts at birth and ends at our last
breath. Some changes come quietly, slowly, almost unnoticed. Blink your
eyes and your children have grown children.
Other things change and are loud, quick and smack you upside the head
when you are not looking – your job, you are moving to a new house, a
new city, a new state, illness you were not expecting, additions to the
family, relationships change, changes at home, at church. It comes from
every direction. All these changes cause our minds and hearts to feel NOT
SO GOOD! Even when the change is good there will still be adjustments
to make. We have a choice, how we respond.
How do you respond? How does your family handle it? Do you react or
respond? Can you see the difference? Personally, I have found myself doing
both. Even to the point of saying, “GOD WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?”
when I react. He gently reminds me He is in control and when I respond
it’s, “What do You need for me to learn?”
Then, I remember the scriptures and focus on the “BUT GOD………” times
when things were not going so well, He would remind His children who
He was, is, and ALWAYS will be.
The one thing we can always count on – Our God never changes
For I am the Lord, I do not change ……... Malachi 3:6
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. James 13:8
Rejoicing in Him,
Ruth Hanson, Women’s Director
September 23, 2018
Greetings in the name of Jesus! Fall is upon us and we have kicked off our GraceKids Ultra Season on Wednesday nights from 5:50-7:45 pm. I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the volunteers and staff that make it happen here at Grace Baptist. I truly love each one of you! Thank you all for stepping up and doing what God has called us to do, and that is to serve.
Here is a list of ways that you could help serve in Children’s Ministry:
Sunday School: 9:30-10:30am in the connection center.
Children’s Church: Happening in the Youth Room on Sunday morning from 10:30-12:00pm.
GraceKids Ultra : Wednesday nights from 5:50-7:45pm in the Youth Room.
Coming soon is the Harvest Festival on October 31st.
Call Kristine Prince @ 319-9257 to find out where you can serve!
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we
will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
September 09, 2018
A New Calling, Same Mission
To Pastor Andy Prince, the Elder Board, and the Congregation of Grace Baptist Church,
Filled with mixed emotions, I am submitting my letter of resignation as Associate Pastor of Grace Baptist Church effective Sunday, September 30th, 2018. The past 6 years has been a wonderful experience in serving the Lord together in this place. As a church, you have allowed me to grow spiritually in ways I did not even know existed. I have grown as a man, a husband, a father, a pastor, and a leader. It is because of this church I am prepared to go out to a new place of new ministry to serve the Lord with all my heart, soul, and strength.
To Pastor Andy, you have been a spiritual mentor as well as friend. Because of you I have been challenged and encouraged to follow the Lord in all areas of my life, including this next step of faith and leadership. Your friendship and counsel from the pulpit, as well in the office and beyond the walls of the campus, is invaluable and I am thankful to the Lord for allowing me to serve under your ministry.
To the Elder board, you are men that have prayed for me, encouraged me, and held me accountable in my walk and leadership with the Lord. You men have influenced me deeply and have been true friends to me as one of your pastors. The knowledge, wisdom, and leader-ship skills I have gained through both you, Pastor Andy, and each of you men on the elder board will be drawn upon and used daily in my ministry for years to come. I count it a privilege to have served with you in this capacity.
To the congregation of Grace, there are not any words that will do justice to explain my love for you. I want to simply say thank you for loving my family well and allowing me the honor to minister to and with you. We have accomplished much together over the past 6 years, and I want to assure you there will be much more accomplished in and through you as you follow the leadership of Christ! Grace is our church home. Please understand that as we go, we will be taking your example with us. Your example to be welcoming, loving, evangelistic, missional, impactful and intentional for the Lord will be emulated in the ministry that lies ahead for us. It is always hard to say goodbye, however, as believers this is not goodbye but see you soon. I would like to encourage each of you to help in this transition. Pray for Pastor Andy, pray for your elders, pray for your staff, and pray for each other. Be willing to step up and fill the gap! Be willing to fill in, to volunteer, and to serve in any way possible! The Lord is moving in a great way at GBC and there are still greater things to come!
In closing, I do want you to know that Sarah, Dru, Thaddeus, Gabrielle and I are very excited about the future for our ministry at Frist Baptist Church of Dayton, Texas. We are confident, joyful and at complete peace that this is the will of the Lord for our lives at this time. We do ask that you pray for us and FBC Dayton as we attempt to lead them to become the thriving church the Lord desires them to be. Thank you for everything and may God continue to shine upon and bless Grace Baptist Church until He returns!
Pastor George Ohmstede
August 30, 2018
Be A Light to the World
We have all been instructed in Matthew 5:14-16 to be a light to the world.
Matthew 5:14-16 says,
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
But how do you do that when you're running late for work, having car trouble, or dealing with parenting or family issues?
Interestingly enough, we have a Growth University class on this very subject. The Sermon on the Mount will help you find and understand powerful advice on how to live a Godly life that can impact all these areas. In this class we will be studying the Be-attitudes, which explain specifically how believers are to act and live out there daily lives.
In verse 16 of Matthew chapter 5 it says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
When you live for God, your lifestyle will be a light to those around you. Then you can have the opportunity to share the Gospel with them and tell them why you are different, and why you are shining!
This class will encourage and energize you by teaching:
* Why we are supposed to be a light to the world?
* What does it mean in real-life situations to be a light to the world?
* How can our lifestyle choices positively or negatively impact our beam of light?
* Are we living life according to the will of our Father in heaven?
If this sounds like something you would like to embrace, read and study Matthew 5-7, or you can come join our class.
All of our Growth University classes help us to live out our mission statement here at Grace Baptist.
LOVE GOD – LOVE OTHERS – AND REACH THE WORLD.
August 18, 2018
Like it or not, school is back!! Whether you are a teacher, student, or
parent, your routine for the next nine months has officially been altered!
As we get back to a regular schedule, maybe you are having a bit
of a panic attack trying to figure out how you are going to fit it all in –
work, kid/grandkid schedules, church activities, extracurricular activities,
volunteer help…there are only seven days in a week! The struggle
But for at least part of your life, there may be a solution. For kids who
love to be involved in sports / extracurricular activities AND church activities,
Grace Kids Ultra will be an avenue that combines both of those
important events into one night. “Grace Kids” will equip children to
study and grow in God’s word. “ULTRA” (Uplifting Life-skills Through
Recreational Activities) will help kids learn life and sports skills, the importance
of team work, and commitment.
Grace Kids Ultra (GKU) can also assist in another area – opportunities to
volunteer. It can be difficult to make year-long commitments. But GKU
only requires 7 – 8 Wednesday nights during the year. Just choose from
a list of options from four different ULTRA sessions that will be offered
between September and May. Some of the activities include volleyball,
cooking, a Christmas program, football, frisbee golf, manners, and
more. Please pray about how God can use you to have fun and get to
know some kids.
To find out more information, please come to the GKU table at the Ministry
Expo today in the fellowship hall. If you would like to sign your
child up for GKU, come to our carnival and registration night THIS
Wednesday, August 22nd at 6 pm.
Oh – one more thing. Grace Kids Ultra is a FREE community activity for
children ages 3 years old through 6th grade. Please help spread the
word and invite some kids who would enjoy some Wednesday night
August 11, 2018
Camp Re-Cap and Coming Year
We took 25 students to summer camp this year, July 30th-August 4th. This year’s theme was MI-SS-ION and in this they were challenged in several ways. First was “Accepting the Mission”, and in this they learned about Saul’s con-version and resulting life-change. Second was “Living the Mission” and in this they learned about Paul’s missionary journeys and learned to discover that living on mission includes sharing the gospel, discipling others, and encouraging others in the faith. Next they learned that there will be, “Road blocks to the Mission.” Here they looked at Paul facing difficulties as he shared the gospel and yet never gave up on the mission. Students were then challenged to “Continue the Mission” as they looked at being steadfast in their faith and to take their faith home with them to live on mission as a part of the body of Christ.
Also, at camp they took part in a prayer walk to focus on what it was like to be a Christian in America versus East Asia. Our mission focus was on East Asia and how we can help and partner to get the Gospel to these countries.
Results from camp were amazing. We had 3 students give their life to Christ, 4 re-dedications and one student who wants to be baptized. The camp itself also had great results as the students at camp and churches gave $3700 to missions for East Asia.
As we continue the mission at home here in Bakersfield and at Grace Baptist over the next year, we will be focusing on discipleship and mentorship in helping our students grow in sharing the Gospel as well as growing their faith. However, the students nor myself can do it alone. They need adults to come alongside them to help them grow. We are very good at telling them how to dress and act, but we need many more to come alongside to help in discipling them as they grow. Students are hungry to know God, but it takes a team to help them do this. Would you come alongside to partner with the student ministry to help guide and teach the students of today and not look at them as the future.