Joe White a nationally renowned speaker, author and, the current CEO of Kanakuk Ministries along with Trip Lee an American Southern rapper, singer, poet and author were featured at the beginning of a major weekend evangelistic event on the Stetson University Campus. Normally this event called “After Dark” is only put on at major college campuses. This past Thursday a crowd that was estimated to be over one fourth the size of the entire Stetson student body attended this kickoff to a weekend of solid biblical teaching and outreach. The concert was followed by the “G1”(God First) Conference, which was two days of discipleship meetings. I am overjoyed to report that this is only part of an outpouring we are seeing at Stetson. In the past year we have seen an explosion of solid Christian fellowship forming and growing on campus. Fellowship of Christian Athletes is now meeting weekly with well over 70 students attending. Another well founded group by the name of Renown is also building in size. God has answered their prayers and their many hard hours of work with this amazing culmination of events. Please keep these students in your prayers as well as our Missions Partner FCA that God will continue to use them to reach others for Christ.
Some words have made a comeback and MORE NEED TO! Specifically, “Merry Christmas” came back strong this year. It was very nice to have store clerks and other workers (including the Post Office) to initiate hello and goodbye with this classic greeting. We were celebrating the birth of CHRIST after all. This, along with the general nicer attitude in public gives me a small glimpse of what revival might be like.
There are some other words and phrases that need to make a comeback in church vocabulary. The word “justification” in any form would be a good start. “Just, justify, justified” are used in the New Testament nearly 80 times. If you add to that the same root word when translated “righteousness” or similar forms the total nearly doubles. This is basically equals the New Testament uses of “saved” or similar words. Yet our common usage does not reflect this balance.
Of course any major word used in our messages needs to have context, meaning, and application. I fear we have almost immunized people with the “saved” words. Worse yet, we have substituted “connected” for it.
Justification by faith was the cry of the reformers and we should not abandon it. “Justified” is a strong word that naturally lends itself to teachings on condemnation and conviction of sin, clear conversion testimonies, the eternal nature of salvation and more. I am working at bringing back “justified” into the mix of church vocabulary. Please join me! We will see more “fruit that remains” when we use and explain the Gospel by a balanced use of the key words from God’s Word.
By Glenn Rogers
SMALL GROUP LEADERS
Any small group leader can benefit from this training that will be presented at the TWELVE+ CONFERNCE. This April 24-25 at Deltona Lakes Baptist Church
Vacation Bible School
A joint effort with Halifax Association will be the perfect place to prepare for VBS this year. The training will be at South Daytona First Baptist Church On April 14th at 6:00pm
Protecting Our Future
May 12th Pastors’ Conference
This training pertains to protection policies for safety and security regarding Sunday School leaders who work with minors. It will assist church leaders in the development and implementation of church policies concerning these critical issues.