A New Season: NAMB, Los Angeles, Bible Reading with Church fam, and Intern Discussion

God has me and our church in a new season of life. We have a plurality of pastors and seek to merely continue sharing our lives to make God known. By God’s grace alone we have completed our church revitalization. Because of this, I’m now able to think and act as a pastor of a healthy church with no church-health-crisis. I haven’t felt like this for over 4 and a half years and it’s a little strange. But I think the transition is going well.

NAMB

I met with a brother from the North American Mission Board (NAMB) serving California in helping Southern Baptist churches plant more churches by assessing, training, coaching, and supporting church planters. I was delighted to hear that NAMB will be working directly with sending churches and that sending churches don’t have to work through the local Baptist association or state convention. This is good news for autonomous churches who are less involved or invested in the state convention or local association. This is good news for my church family. I pray that as our church disciples one another and our neighbors God would raise up some to plant and revitalize churches in Los Angeles. I pray that God would continue to develop our relationships with other likeminded LA churches to maybe even plant some churches together.

Bible Reading 1-1

I’m now trying to meet more regularly with men to read the Bible 1-1 and to check in on them and the sisters of our church. Yesterday I had the delight of reading with one brother Ephesians 5 after lunch and then Galatians 1 with two brothers just before dinner. This was my way of meditating on Scripture today since I woke up and headed straight to breakfast with the NAMB brother.

Dinner with the family

After Bible reading my hero, my wife, made dinner for our family and another church family. It was a sweet time of fellowship, thinking about God’s goodness, and spending time as families. My kids are getting so big. It is such a privilege and gift to be able to eat dinner as a whole family. The blessing is multiplied eating dinner with another church family. I’m so delighted and proud of my kids as they grow and want to savor each fleeting moment of kindness and chaos.

Intern Discussion

We had our second BBC intern discussion and it was a joy. I may be unaware that some of my joking and poking could be discouraging and deflating. I need to be careful while still being edifying, challenging, thought-provoking, fun, and free within godly constraints. I absolutely need God’s grace to serve these brothers (and through them BBC and other churches) well. Lord help me!

We discussed the nature of the church from the Reformer’s perspective; the role of the pastor, discipline, and Baptist polity; Mark Dever’s polity; the goal, ground, and gift of preaching; and some letters on conversion and assurance of salvation. I’m excited for this group and for the time God has set for us this semester.

 

About pjtibayan

P. J. loves Jesus Christ and lives to share life and share Jesus together with Bethany Baptist Church of Bellflower primarily to Southeast Los Angeles County. P. J. has been pastoring since 2002 and earned a doctorate in biblical theology from Southern Seminary (D.Min.). He blogs regularly at gospelize.me
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