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From Faith to Faith When you look around it is easy to grow discouraged as we see our world spiraling down into the sinkhole of sin. Try reading Romans 1:18-32. It sounds like Paul wrote those words last week. Now, just so you don’t fall into despair go back and read Romans 1:16-17, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.” Let’s focus on the phrase, “from faith to faith” for just a moment. Paul and the early church at Rome lived,...

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The 3 C’s of American Christianity  What is the state of “The Christian Church” in America today? Dr. Ed Stetzer (President of Lifeway Research) shared a helpful perspective with Associational Missionaries at the 2014 SBC Convention in Baltimore. Around 75% of Americans call themselves Christians—they “self identify” as Christians, regardless of how others might define them. About 25% of Americans claim to be something other than Christian. Stetzer separates those who profess Christianity into three categories: cultural, congregational and convictional. Now, these are NOT exact numbers, but broad categories. The numbers are different from region...

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Missionary’s Memo May 2015 Every church in Concord Baptist Association should have an Acts 1:8 Missions strategy. A strong biblical strategy will seek to accomplish eight specific missional tasks found in the following four couplets— Prepare/Learn, Pray/Give, Go/Tell, Send/Multiply. Ultimately, all eight task should be attempted at some level for the four mission fields given in Acts 1:8. Namely, Your Jerusalem (the field most like you culturally AND/OR nearest to you geographically), Your Judea (fields like you culturally AND farther from you geographically), Your Samaria (fields different from you culturally AND farther from you geographically), and Your...

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