Are You the One?

[John]…asked Him, “Are You the One who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind see, the lame walk, those with skin diseases are healed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor are told the good news. And if anyone is not offended because of Me, he is blessed.”  Matthew 11:3-6 (HCSB) Times of crisis often cause pause and force...

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Take 5 Discipleship Survey: A Brief Summary of Responses

During the month of February Brentwood Baptist executed its first Take 5 Discipleship Survey. Following is a brief summary of the responses. 1152 People participated in the survey. Of that number 3% describe themselves as Exploring Christ, 22% as Growing in Christ, 58% as Close to Christ and 17% as Christ-Centered.

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Bones

Bones. Reading from Ezekiel 37, “He sat me down in the middle of a valley of dry bones.” We know the feeling. Things get difficult and no matter which way we turn, nothing but dry bones. But God was teaching the prophet (and us) a lesson. The question before Ezekiel, “Son of man, can these bones live?” When Ezekiel prophesied as God commanded, there was a great rattling sound and the bones came together. After a second prophesy, “breath” and...

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Spring Meetings

It sounds a little funny talking about “Spring Meetings” when it is “spitting snow”; but March is the time when the Discipleship Staff of Brentwood Baptist begins meeting with LIFE Group leaders of all age groups for their annual “sit down” to discuss their group. The purpose of these meetings are to…(1) See how leaders are doing. How are they growing in Christ and how can we pray for and support them? (2) Evaluate how their group is doing. Are they growing toward Christlikeness, who...

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Mistaken Identity

“Most Christians live out of their ‘mistaken identity,’ not out of who God says they are. When Christians see themselves as ‘sinners saved by grace,’ they have no choice but to live life as sinners, strenuously striving to become saints. Naturally, this effort leads to failure because we’re not in charge of our sainthood. Out sainthood has already been accomplished by our loving Savior, Jesus Christ. Therefore, when Christians are able to see themselves as ‘saints who sin,’ as Christ-in-me...

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