April 2010

Mission/Ministry: World Prayr

World Prayr was a vision given to Pastor Patrick Badstibner that God has grown by His Spirit into an organization of people founded on the belief that the second greatest commandment Christ gave us was to “love your brother as yourself.” We show we are his followers, not by what we might term “religious acts” but by our love for one another.There are many team members who contribute to the success of World Prayr’s mission – bloggers, ezine and online store managers, business managers, the senior council team, Pastor Pat’s council of twelve and the trustees. Many are laying the foundation and the building blocks for what will hopefully be a ministry organization that will serve long after the founders have gone to be with their beloved Savior.

Editor’s Table

Think of us as servants of Christ who have been given the work of explaining God’s mysterious ways. And since our first duty is to be faithful to the one we work for, it doesn’t matter to me if I am judged by you or even by a court of law. In fact, I don’t judge myself. 1 Corinthians 4:1-3 (CEV)

The mission and vision of Bible Study Paths is to encourage enthusiastic Bible study in individuals and in the Church. It is to help us acknowledge the hunger and questions inside of us that can only be fed through the Living Bread of God’s Word.

I am saddened this month that only one person was nominated for the 2010 Bible Path Award.

Back Roads in God’s Kingdom

A comedian once said that people have the silly impression that the glass in cars somehow shields us from others seeing in. He wonders how could we think we were hidden by such a transparent material when it is so obvious that if we can see out certainly others can see in! It is so true! When I think about the things I’ve done “behind the windshield,” it just makes me burst out in fits of laughter! I’m quite sure that no other woman has perfected the art of the 5-minute make-up fix in the overhead mirror the way that I have. But, I’m really talking about time with God —praise, worship, and prayer kinds of things–hands waving, arms outstretched, heart totally revealed to God from the driver’s seat and hurtling toward destinations of His choosing. I think you get the picture. Glass is a two-way material.

Youth/Young Adults

Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected theses and so have shipwrecked their faith. 1 Timothy 1:18-19 (NIV)

Erin McClellan, youth director, wife, and mother, has a heart for the young people that she has been charged to pastor. Like most who are in youth ministry, she must work with little financial support and leftover space and resources. BSP asked Erin to share her heart about the ministry she has been given.

Bible Q & A:

1 Timothy 4

Each month we will pose a question to our featured ‘professor’. We welcome questions from our readers. Send in your questions!

Featured Teacher: Henry Neufeld, BA and MA degrees in Biblical Languages, owner and editor of Energion Publications, written or co-authored ten books, including What’s in a Version?, When People Speak for God, Participatory Study Guide Series: Hebrews and Revelation.

1 Timothy 4 is referenced many times when speaking to the youth. We, in the Church, talk about growing up our young people, but do we really do it? What are your thoughts about this chapter and Paul and Timothy’s example?The verse that is generally quoted either to or about young people in ministry is verse 12:

Don’t let anyone make fun of you, just because you are young. Set an example for other followers by what you say and do, as well as by your love, faith, and purity. (CEV)

There’s two ways to go wrong in reading this passage.

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The 2010 Bible Path Award

We have had a single nomination for the 2010 Bible Path Award. The winner will be announced in the May issue of Bible Study Paths.