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Called to Share Hospitality by Ryan Dickson











In Paul’s letter to the Romans (chapter 12), he wrote about love in action.  A part of showing love is practicing hospitality. In Romans 12:13, he urged the Romans, “share with the Lord’s people who are in need.  Practice hospitality.”

The Hospitality Ministry coordinates key church-wide fellowship receptions and special events. 
Church-wide events are a unique time for members to come together and share in celebrations.  Church events are a way of sharing with the Lord’s people, as Paul wrote to the Romans.  Whether it’s an anniversary celebration or food-truck days, events that the committee coordinates brings a sense of community within the church outside of the regular church services that the congregation takes part in every Sunday.

The ministry serves guests and new members by providing a level of comfort in what can be an unfamiliar place for some.  Speaking as a new member, I appreciated the events as a way to meet new people and families at 2BC.  The need to provide comfort and love to anyone — whether the person is a guest, new member, or a member that has been a part of the church for many years — is precisely what Paul urged in his letter to the Romans.  Catering to the needs of others can create the feeling of love shared among everyone involved.

The Hospitality Ministry at 2BC performs an important function of the church and serving its members and guests.  It acts as an open door to all of those that attend church and various functions throughout the year.  Those on the committee are a smiling face, a warm embrace, or whatever is needed on a given day.  Thank you to those who serve on the committee and help provide the fellowship that God wants for a church family.

Submitted by Ryan Dickson

If you are interested in joining the Hospitality Team, please contact Kim Halfhill, head of our equipping ministry.

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The Joy of Teaching Children by Lydia Bunch

Although I did not grow up at Second Baptist, I have fond memories of the teachers who gave their Sunday mornings to help give me a strong faith foundation.

When I was given the opportunity to join that special team at Second, I knew that this would be a space for me to share my love for small children and my desire to serve. I spent five years with Marilyn Buhlig loving on one-year-olds fresh out of the nursery. We sang songs, read Bible stories, and wiped lots of tears; all the while reminding our little friends that their parents would be back soon. The one and two-year-old classes merged last year, and with a slightly older group with slightly longer attention spans, we started to play games and find crafts that allowed their little minds to grab onto our Bible stories each week. It is so fun to see eyes light up with recognition when they remember the story from the week before, or an idea connects to their life at home.

This year, I graduated to the three year old class, and these sweet little friends amaze me every week. I have spent time with this group since they were one-year-olds, and I love to see their silly, creative, and totally authentic minds at work processing these ancient stories.

I am often reminded of Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Sunday mornings are a time that I look forward to weekly. I started helping in Sunday school because I wanted to serve, but I continue because I have the privilege to experience my own faith through the innocence and openness of the smallest of our church family.

Submitted by Lydia Bunch

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Choosing Christ for Our Children (and Ourselves) by Jason Edwards

Way back in 2002, Tom and Christine Sine noted “The average child is on-line thirty-seven hours a week, including television, MTV, CDs, video games, and the internet. They are exposed to between three and four thousand advertisements a week. That number is increasing as corporations are invading both public and private schools with an inexpensive curriculum that includes their corporate ads.”

I feel sure screen time hasn’t decreased in the last 15 years, so the point holds: Our children are spending more hours in front of advertising than they are listening to their school teachers and far more than they are engaged in any Christ-centered spiritual formation.

To be clear: this is NOT an appeal to put away the tablets, turn off the tv and stop going to the movies. Jesus told us to be salt and light in this world, not to evacuate it. Technology and media have a proper place, as do (and I’d say a greater one) our commitments to family fun, engagement in the community, service, learning and extra-curricular activities like sports, dance, and music. These things season our lives and our participation in these activities seasons our world as well.

But season our world with what? Who are we in those activities and relationships? Who are our children becoming? To be clear: This IS an appeal for all of us to start answering that question not accidentally, but with the greater intention. Specifically, for our lives (and our children’s lives) to be first and foremost formed by Jesus Christ.

As Tom and Christine Sine indicated, this is a matter of how we spend our time. Is weekly worship and community Bible study a priority for your family? With the statistics at the beginning of this blog in mind, “weekly” is important. Do your children see you living out a regular commitment to serving Christ too? Much of who we become is taught by observation. And it’s integrated at an even deeper level through participation and conversation.

I’m never sure when something in worship is going to strike Jackson, but when it does, the questions and insights that emerge (for both of us) are so good. Beyond worship and Bible study, the blessing of serving with your child is one no parent (or child) should miss. Time serving with Jackson in South Dakota, filling meal bags for Haiti at our 2BC serve days, and in other intergenerational service opportunities have been a true blessing for me. I hope and pray the accumulation of these moments are forming him (and every member of our family) into the image of Christ.

“The question is not whether to undertake spiritual formation,” writes Robert Mulholland, “but what kind of spiritual formation are we already engaged in? Are we increasingly being conformed to the brokenness and disintegration of the world, or are we increasingly being conformed to the wholeness and integration of the image of Christ?”

The answers will come in time.

Posted by Jason Edwards at Friday, October 6, 2017 | 0 comments
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