Patterned offers disciple-making resource
    August 23 2016 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    We recognize that we are each called to share God’s Word with others and make disciples of them as Jesus did with His 12 disciples. He taught them how to engage people, reaching out to the lost in love and cultivating relationships with them. It is through acts of love that disciples are made pointing them to the One who loves them most.


    Because you want to make disciples as Jesus has commanded, I am excited to introduce a new resource to you. Patterned is a 10-week devotional resource for pastors and lay people with a special focus on disciple-making. This book is a combined effort of different teams at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, and much prayer and effort has gone into creating this resource that will equip those who read and use it to engage the lost and disciple Christ-followers.
     
    Patterned was written by North Carolina Baptist pastors, missionaries, lay leaders, ministers and seminary professors. The book includes 10 weeks of lessons written by these leaders – each week’s devotion was written by a different author, and five lessons comprise each week’s curriculum.
     
    While the topics of each devotion vary, all maintain a central focus on disciple-making. The lesson material includes praying for the lost, defining evangelism and discipleship, studying the Bible, telling one’s story, engaging in gospel conversations, living in biblical community, reaching unreached people groups and living as sent people, among others.
     
    This material is versatile in that it can be used as a devotional with small groups, and it can also be used by pastors and congregations. When the resource is used in this way, it can bring pastors and congregations together in a way that I believe glorifies God immensely. I am deeply grateful for pastors who demonstrate in lifestyle how to love and disciple those around us. Many of them can be encouraged to continue in their disciple-making efforts through the use of this resource. It is wonderful to observe how some pastors live as examples of God’s love and grace, faithfully preach His Word and encourage us to make disciples.
     
    I encourage you to order this helpful resource that points us to Christ and provides a means to disciple others. Each North Carolina Baptist church can receive 15 free copies (excluding shipping) of Patterned and a DVD with videos for its own use, and each North Carolina Baptist association can order five copies free of charge (excluding shipping). Additionally, the entire resource including the workbook and videos are available for download on the website. Order forms, downloads and more information are available at PatternedNC.org.

    Go therefore and make disciples ... teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always …” Matthew 28: 19-20, NKJV.
     

    8/23/2016 8:31:52 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments




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