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October 19, 2018

Speaking of Prayer….

At a recent ministry staff meeting, I asked our staff to give me the greatest spiritual need of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. Here is our list:

·      “Renewed spiritual passion”

·      “Holiness”

·      “To seek His face”

·      “Hunger for the Lord”

·      “Love for His Word”

 Please join with us to pray diligently that the Lord will be gracious and meet these needs in wonderful ways.

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And recently, I found this article on prayer from Greg Mathias, professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary:

Let prayer be the fuel for God's mission

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

God’s mission is fueled by prayer. As we pray our communion with God grows, along with our desire to obey Him. Prayer cultivates a missional and joyful mindset within us as we surrender our lives to Him.

Prayer demonstrates our communion with God.
Jesus commands His disciples in Matthew 28 to go and make disciples among all peoples, and then promises His enduring presence. This divine presence is connected to walking in obedience to His commands including participating in His mission among all nations. When we pray, we are invited into the very presence and passions of God. The more we pray, the more our love for God grows, the greater our desire for obedience becomes, and from this flows our participation in His mission.

Prayer is integral to our obedience to God. 
Jesus tells His disciples to pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest for more laborers in Matthew 9, and then sends His disciples out into the harvest field. The ones He called on to pray, He then sent. The disciples demonstrated their obedience through prayer and then going. We have that same opportunity. When you pray for the nations, be willing to be a part of the answer. In prayer, our desire for obedience to His mission grows.

Prayer reminds us that the mission belongs to God.
In Revelation 5, we are ushered into a breathtaking scene of worship where there are golden bowls of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. The aroma of these prayers fill the room as songs of worship fill the air. All of this worship is directed to the Lamb — the Lamb who was slaughtered and purchased people for God by His blood from every tribe and language and people and nation. The Lamb alone is worthy and victorious. God is the One who will accomplish His mission. Our prayers allow us to celebrate the victory of God to the glory of God for the worship of God among all nations. 

Prayer fuels our joyful participation in God’s mission.
Jesus makes a bold statement in John 14, “If you love me, you will keep my commands.” This statement is made in the context of teaching on the Holy Spirit and prayer. The presence of the Spirit gives Christ-followers the ability to take part in the mission as an act of love-motivated obedience. Prayer, obedience to the commands of God, and the Holy Spirit are at the heart of the Great Commission. Through prayer, the Spirit invites us into joyful participation in God’s rescue mission of all the peoples of the world. 

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Our new message series, Living in HOPE, got off to a great start last Sunday as we explored “HOPE in Salvation”. And we are looking to build on that this Sunday, October 21 as we look at HOPE in Holiness. We’ll explore what it means to be a holy person and determine if that is something for all people, all Christians, or just some people. Your presence will be an encouragement
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Big 3 Update!

This Sunday, our Big 3 will include a financial update concerning our giving to disaster relief, our church facilities update project, and something new, an RBC “Invite Card” for you to use to invite others to join you at church on a Sunday.

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October Prayer Focus:  "Who Is My Neighbor?"

Each October, our Baptist State Convention of NC sponsors a month-long prayer focus.  This year, the theme is "Who Is my Neighbor?" based on Luke 10:29.  Go here to see various resources, including a daily prayer request text that is available to be sent to you each day in October.  

Chris Scholfield, our director of prayer, says: 

"With 65 to 90 percent of evangelical churches in America declining or maintaining and gospel impact and engagement at a very low point, the church in America finds itself in an ever-increasing hostile, hopeless and overwhelming place as paganism, evil and lostness marches forward.

"How will we respond? Will we step up and embrace God’s call to united, passionate prayer on behalf of the spiritual famine in America? What will you and your church do? Will you unite with others and pray? If there ever was a day that we needed God’s power unleashed upon and through His church in America, it is today. What will you do?"

What will you do?  I will pray!  I pray that you will join me!  

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Worship singing, Praise, Scripture Study, Fellowship, and Prayer. We are looking to build on our firm foundation each week at 7 PM in room # 509. We’d look forward to your participation as we gather each week. We got off to a great start over the past couple of weeks in our Wednesday evening study and prayer time. 

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Our Facilities Maintenance Project is under way!   Remember:    We have estimated costs of $348,000.00, available funds of $164,500.00, leaving approximately $183,500.00 to be given by members and friends of Ridgecrest.  That's ME and YOU!  

AS YOU GIVE, please pray, prioritize the kingdom, and be generous!  Mark your gifts as payable to the "Believe and Achieve" fund.  

I will be giving an update this Sunday, October 21 in our worship services.

Let's trust God and see what He is going to do!    

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Remember - We are Blessed to be a Blessing!!    

Pastor Marc