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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide : We Dreamed a Dream by Ashton Wells

We Dreamed a Dream!   

by Ashton Wells

1 Corinthians 12:4–6:  There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.   

When the Catalyst initiative started, Tyler Tankersley was the Youth Pastor at Second Baptist. He was invited to “dream big” about what more funding could provide for the student ministry. Tyler reached out to volunteers and students to dream with him. We dreamed up a budget that would allow for meaningful summer trips, service opportunities, parties, informed speakers, and more. A budget that would allow our student ministry to go from something that simply served our inner core of students to a ministry that reached out to the local and global community.   

Our student ministry is blessed to have people contributing in a number of ways. We have great parents who volunteer to be present, provide meals, transportation, and support in a variety of ways. We have a congregation that values our students, empowering them to be leaders in our church. Our volunteers attend weekly events, overnight excursions, and week long trips. And our students are always willing to serve, to be present at events, and to contribute to whatever is happening in the student ministry.  

The funds that Catalyst provides, along with all of the nonmonetary contributions listed above, allows our student ministry to grow more into the ministry that we dreamed about two years ago with Tyler. I, for one, am excited to see the student ministry that exists two years from now thanks to the generosity of everyone at Second Baptist. I know it will be a student ministry that has purpose and vision and continuing dreams for their contribution to God’s work in Liberty, Missouri, and the world.

Contributions are not always monetary.  Beyond your financial contribution, what else could you give?  Talents . . .  time . . . ?    
Posted by Terri Soper at Saturday, November 1, 2014 | 0 comments
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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide : When We Look Back We See God's Work by Ron Whited

When We Look Back We See God’s Work

by Ron Whited

Romans 10:14:  How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?   

Becky and I were on vacation in Chicago, summer 2009, and wanted to tap into worship at 2BC on Sunday morning. We managed to locate our radio broadcast on the Internet and listened in. "Wouldn't it be nice if we could see and hear the service also?" "What about the camera mounted on the balcony for providing video to the Welcome Center?"   

In the ensuing months, I began to work with Allan on understanding the camera. 2BC had a laptop and we captured video of the worship using a simple interface. From there we moved forward.   

In 2010, we experimented with capturing Standard Definition to a laptop, develop a media website, and enlist 5–10 camera operators.   

In 2011, we provided DVDs of services to 2BC members and positioned 2BC for on-demand video.  

In 2012, we replaced the laptop with a hardware server, ran a connection to the Internet so that anyone could view delayed worship services, and positioned 2BC for live video streaming.   

 In 2013, we installed commercial media server software and began to live stream 2BC services.   

In 2014, we expanded live streaming through Amazon web services to allow more viewers and installed four new cameras and video equipment to provide multi-camera feeds to the Welcome Center and the internet in high definition.   

Thanks to Catalyst and the hard work of many volunteers we continue to reach others with the Good News, and look forward to enhancing the media ministry among us.   

In our lives, little steps move us to greater places in our walk with the Lord.  Along the way, let us be faithful; bathe our lives in gratitude; and find ways to love others along the journey.  Then as we look back, we will see God at work, and rejoice!   

Ask God to share with you new opportunities to share the Gospel with others. 
Posted by Terri Soper at Friday, October 31, 2014 | 0 comments
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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide : Growing in Christ by Charlene Armitage

Growing in Christ

by Charlene Armitage

Ephesians 4:11–13:  So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  

 Life in Christ is truly a journey. It’s just that it’s usually true for everyone but me! It is tempting to believe that I have arrived, or am simply refining the imperfections. In Ephesians four Paul encourages the church (then and now) to “grow in every way …” This isn’t surprising language from scripture. We are accustomed to this type of instruction and encouragement. However, as we look more at chapter four, we quickly realize our rugged American individualism may be in jeopardy.   

As the church we are called to unity (4:3), and to the use of our individual gifting (4:11). Not a problem. I can do my job and play nice with others. But let’s read again …   

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from who the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16 ESV  

 We are to mature in all areas of the Christian life. But, the Holy Spirit does not gift us in every area of the Christian life.   

Uh oh. To obey and follow Jesus I need other people? That’s the design? Yes, the entire body.   

Thank you, Jesus, I’m not doing this on my own … especially when I think I can.   

I have a dream. I am praying for the day when every member of this body will know that they have a valued role based on the ability to name their spiritual gifts and experience fulfillment and joy as they serve, encourage each other and become more Christ-centered. 

Ask God to help you learn more about your gifts and how to use them for God’s kingdom.  Pray for the opportunity to more fully use them with people you come into contact with.
Posted by Terri Soper at Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 1 comments
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