I am truly excited! Tonight is the launch of FBC Cave Spring’s IGNITE Ministry. What is IGNITE?
IGNITE is First Baptist Church’s approach to Wednesday/mid-week ministry. Year-round, we have Wednesday evening classes available for all ages, but during the school year, we have a special emphasis on children and youth. Each Wednesday evening begins with a fellowship meal @6PM, followed by prayer, then dividing into age-appropriate groups for activities and Bible study. At the end, there is a closing time for all children and youth to bring the evening all in to focus.
But why am I excited about tonight in particular? Actually, there are several reasons for my excitement – the first being it is my first time since coming to FBC to participate in the launch of a ministry (even if it isn’t a totally new ministry). The second reason I am really pumped up about tonight is that we have worked together as a leadership team to really focus in on what we are going to do, and where we would like to go with this ministry. This focus was much needed and gives us the opportunity to reach, accomplish, and grow as never before. And one more reason I am truly looking forward to this all beginning: my own passion for discipleship. As part of the changes made for this year, we have arranged for a great deal more relationship-building and interaction opportunities where older, more mature Christians will have the chance to invest in our younger participants and their lives. From sitting in mixed groups at the dining table, to visits from more seasoned Christians to to the classrooms where the younger groups will be meeting – to opportunities to see the Christian life actually lived out on mission, we have an opportunity to make a truly eternal difference in the lives of those who come.
As to the WHAT will be studied – The “IGNITE ADULTS (which actually meets year-round) is currently engaged in an Old Testament Survey, where we are looking at the tapestry of the Old Testament as God’s revelation of Himself and His plan of redemption through Jesus Christ. It has already been amazing just in our walk through Genesis, Exodus, and the start of Leviticus, to see the Cross of Christ foreshadowed and demonstrated in so many miraculous ways!
The younger groups (K-2nd, 3rd-6th, 7th-8th)will begin with Creation and proceeding through several Old Testament Prophets, and will be investigating the idea of God’s creative working and provision, while always bringing it back home to how what the Bible has to say really does apply to us – giving us direction and reason to celebrate, serve, and worship God.
Our Student group (9th+), led by Ms Cheryl, will be progressing through several studies also with the focus on how what we study really is applicable to our lives today – and how we can draw from God’s Word help and direction to face life in the world – and how to make good decisions based on what we study.
With solid teachers in place, and a firm vision of making disciples and ultimately making a real difference in the lives of those we minister to, things are truly worth getting excited about!
Tonight is IGNITE Open House
Have some dinner, meet those who will be leading, teaching, and helping, and enjoy the evening as we get fired up for IGNITE!
Supper is at 6PM. See you there!