Showing posts with label evangelism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label evangelism. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

LBC Marches in 4th of July Parade 2016

Lansdowne Baptist Church marched in the local Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, 4th of July Parade again this year. We grew in numbers as we marched, bringing an additional family into our march. Two of our members handed out invitations to come to our church so quickly, we'll have to double the numbers available for next year. Some of the viewers asked for them specifically. Once again, we created giant bubbles as we marched.




It was a great morning, filled with balloons, patriotic music from the high school marching band, cyclists on antique high wheeled bicycles (you want to talk with those riders when you can, they are fascinating), and riders in classic cars, a bus, and motorcycle. Candy was tossed, churches were represented, members and friends greeted along the way, and God blessed us with a beautiful day of temperate weather.

We look forward to doing this again, celebrating together with the community we serve.


For a longer reflection on the 4th of July celebration in Lansdowne, PA, see the 2014 post: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2014/07/lansdowne-pennsylvanias-4th-of-july.html


Monday, May 2, 2016

Who Was I?



Sermon based on Acts 11:1-18 in which Peter, minding his own business in Joppa has an extraordinary vision, challenging his understanding of what is clean and proper. After that shocking moment, he is called by three Gentile men (Gentile grossly defined as "not us") representing the Roman centurion Cornelius. Peter and his crew are called to Caesarea to confer and eat with Cornelius and his family. Back home in Jerusalem, a faction of Christians are angry with Peter and insist he explain himself. A powerful moment comes when Peter sums up with the powerful question "who was I that I could hinder God?"

An exploration of the power of the Holy Spirit and consideration of where the Spirit might be leading us today. Listen, pray, and consider making Peter's question your own.

Friday, January 15, 2016

I Will Be With You





Sermon based on Isaiah 43:1-7, in which the prophet assures the people
of Israel that, despite their exile among the fearsome Babylonians, God
remains with them and will lead them forward. The same applies to the
church today. God is calling us forward into new fields of ministry. To
survive, we must move forward, following God's call, assured that God
loves us and goes with us.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Missionary Guest Speakers Sunday December 6

Lansdowne Baptist Church is pleased to host ABC USA missionaries to Thailand, Chuck K. and Ruth Gilson Fox, in church during 11 a.m. worship on Sunday, December 6th. They will speak of their good works overseas that day. Everyone is invited to come and hear what they have to say about their vital work.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

American Baptist Home Mission Societies - Documentary



American Baptists, touching many lives in many ways, bringing the good news and living lives that heal. Come and see what we are all about.

Peace!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

An Argument for Positive Activity

Dr's Henry Cloud and John Townsend have some wonderful advice in their book Boundaries. Included is this material on attempting to accomplish things, even if we fail. It is well worth taking to heart when considering what new direction God might wish you to go and whether or not to make the effort.
Human beings are responders and initiators ... God will match our effort, but he will never do our work for us. ... He wants us to be assertive and active, seeking and knocking on the door of life. ... The sin God rebukes is not trying and failing, but failing to try. Trying, failing, and trying again is called learning. Failing to try will have no good result; evil will triumph.
God bless you in your efforts. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

What Good?



When Philip tells Nathanael the Messiah has been found and he comes from Nazareth, Nathanael's quip is "What good ever came from Nazareth?" Philip and Jesus' response to this skeptical response is invaluable to us today as we live in a skeptical age. Come and see ...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

LBC Attends Local Community Day

Set up and waiting for the community to arrive!

On a sunny Saturday morning, members of Lansdowne Baptist Church joined in the local Farmer's Market Community Day, October 25. It was a terrific opportunity to talk with and introduce ourselves to members of the community and invite them to our annual Christmas Fair and Candlelight Service in December. We put our best foot forward with our displays and our friendly members.


It was wonderful to see what special talents each member of the team brought to the effort. While one member took fliers around to hand out, several greeted people who came to the table, others with craft skills created cup and ball games for the kids from recycled materials. We learned a lot that day and met some wonderful people. It was also a great time for the church members working the table to get to know each other better and fellowship with one another. We look forward to being there again next year.

Lots of information and material to give away ...
To sum up the message: "All are welcome!" 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Evangelism by Example





Explaining the apostle Paul's very different approach to evangelism and its application today.

Note to pastors: shifting from Thessalonians to Thessalonica can cause some challenges!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Statement of Faith: My Belief in Jesus




I created this video in 2011, back when I was a licensed but not yet ordained American Baptist pastor. This is my personal witness to my belief in Jesus Christ, answering the question about why I believe with a little story. Using story to speak of our faith is highly recommended by the denomination as a non-confrontational approach to sharing our beliefs with a little personal evangelism, including some hopefully engaging humor.

One of the great challenges facing churches today is equipping congregations to speak freely, confidently, and pleasantly about what we believe. Here's one approach ...

You may also find these video posts moving: http://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2014/04/it-is-well-with-my-soul-powerful-hymn.html and http://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2014/03/be-still-my-soul.html

To learn more about what it means to be American Baptist, see: http://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2014/04/american-baptist-churches-usa-serving.html