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Outreach Programs Questions….?

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Does anyone know how long it typically takes to get money from an outreach program. Like, If you go there, say you need money, do you get it that day? Or how does the whole process work. Please help. Thank you!

Best answer:

Answer by Smarty
If you go to a church they will help you today, if you are so inclined. I have not heard of any other outreach programs.

Good luck!

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James Bannerman’s Church of Christ: Outlined and Abridged with Study Questions

James Bannerman’s Church of Christ: Outlined and Abridged with Study Questions

“Bannerman’s The Church of Christ is the most extensive, standard, solid, Reformed treatment of the doctrine of the church that has ever been written. It is indisputably the classic in its field. And now its teachings are more accessible, thanks to this detailed outline and study guide. Reduced to less than a quarter of its original size, this book retains in Bannerman’s own words the key principles of the Presbyterian doctrine of the church. It’s simple, clear, and to the point—a great help for classes and small groups seeking to dig deeper into what the Bible teaches about Christ’s body and beloved bride, His church.”
Joel R. Beeke, President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“During my seminary training in Edinburgh, I spent long hours plowing my way through James Bannerman’s Church of Christ. There was so much valuable and precious truth in these volumes. But I couldn’t help wishing that he had owned a word-processor to help him edit more ruthlessly, summarize more succinctly, and present his material more memorably. Some 150 years later, along comes Ryan McGraw with his word processor and does this much-needed and long-awaited work. I hope and pray that many in the Church of Christ, not just students, will benefit from this most helpful study guide to Bannerman’s Church of Christ.”

David P. Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

“A return of James Bannerman’s voice (from his masterful The Church of Christ) is a welcome addition to many conversations. Students and ministers alike, may exhale an “Ahhhh; the voice of an adult is back!” for such a study. Ryan McGraw has done us all a service by streamlining the highlight reel from Bannerman. This book should be in every church library . . . and digested as well.”

David Hall, Pastor of Midway Presbyterian Church

“Professor James Bannerman taught annually on the doctrine of the church at the New College in Edinburgh until his death in 1868—the same year he finished his masterpiece, The Church of Christ. It was in this great work that Professor Bannerman sought to equip his students for their ‘delicate and arduous task’ as future churchmen. As it was the privilege of those young scholars to receive these words from his lips, it is our privilege to receive them from his pen. This distilled and outlined edition of Bannerman’s ecclesiology is most welcome and will introduce new students to one who worked so hard for the purity, peace and unity of Presbyterianism.”

A. Craig Troxel, Pastor of Bethel Presbyterian Church, and Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary

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thinking of becoming a member of a non denominational church few questions to ones who are members?

Question by Andy: thinking of becoming a member of a non denominational church few questions to ones who are members?
I am considering becoming a member of Elmbrook church which is non denominational. One of the requirements is to give a personal testimony. What is a testimony. If it is how I found jesus, then I may request not doing it because to me if may be going a little overboard. Could I request not doing that and still become a member.

Best answer:

Answer by ricardo9505
a testimony is very simple. it’s you telling them why you’re here and what led u here. It’s a simple 2 minute to 10 minute story about you, the real you, and your questions.
I attended a Unitarian church service a few times. I hadworked in their soup kitchen as a volunteer on weeknights, I was raised Catholic so civic duty is always beaten into us. It was weird but I enjoyed it. I gave a brief 2 minute testimony and some thoughts on my belief which I was told was not necessary.

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Before You Go: A Few Sneaky-Good Questions Every Minister Must Answer Before Moving to a New Church

Before You Go: A Few Sneaky-Good Questions Every Minister Must Answer Before Moving to a New Church

Who should read Before You Go?

1. All Minister/Pastor types who are thinking about changing churches.
While written from the perspective a Lead Pastor, it will also be a helpful read for ministers filling other staff roles.

2. Members of search teams looking to improve their search process.
It will give search teams insights into what candidates may be thinking throughout the process, as well as some deeper questions to explore during the interview.

3. Ministers who have recently moved to a new church.
Much of what is in the book applies to the first year of ministry at a new church too.

4. Church leaders: Elders, Deacons, Staff, Ministry Leaders, and Volunteers.
Staff transitions are a critical aspect of church life. Every church leader needs to be aware of the behind-the-scenes complexities described in Before You Go.

5. Anyone making a career transition.
Many of the principles in this book apply to other professions and organizations.Who should read Before You Go?

1. All Minister/Pastor types who are thinking about changing churches.
While written from the perspective a Lead Pastor, it will also be a helpful read for ministers filling other staff roles.

2. Members of search teams looking to improve their search process.
It will give search teams insights into what candidates may be thinking throughout the process, as well as some deeper questions to explore during the interview.

3. Ministers who have recently moved to a new church.
Much of what is in the book applies to the first year of ministry at a new church too.

4. Church leaders: Elders, Deacons, Staff, Ministry Leaders, and Volunteers.
Staff transitions are a critical aspect of church life. Every church leader needs to be aware of the behind-the-scenes complexities described in Before You Go.

5. Anyone making a career transition.
Many of the principles in this book apply to other professions and organizations.

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Alcoholics Anonymous Questions Often Asked

Alcoholics Anonymous Questions Often Asked

Alcoholics Anonymous Questions Often Asked

 

Dick B.

© 2010 Anonymous. All rights reserved

 

Many times, questions are asked about Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) by courts, by clergy, by recovering alcoholics and addicts, and by members of the public. They have to do with genuine concerns as to what A.A. is and does; what the history of Alcoholics Anonymous is; where A.A. came from; what someone has to believe in order to be a “member;” and just how A.A., its recovery program, and its fellowship should be characterized.

 

The following questions and answers are those I have learned as a long-time A.A. member—recovered for over 24 years; as one who has researched and published on A.A. history and roots for over 20 years; and as one who receives these questions with some frequency—by phone, by email, by Facebook comments, by live audiences, and by mail.

 

Q: Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Christian Fellowship today?

            Answer: No.

 

Q: Was Alcoholics Anonymous once a Christian Fellowship?

            Answer: Yes

 

Q: Were A.A.’s two founders and its third member Christians?

            Answer: Yes

 

Q: When could it be said that A.A. was no longer a “Christian fellowship?”

            Answer: For sure, by the time the First Edition of the Big Book was published in April

            1939. By this time, the word “God” had been removed from Step Two; the unqualified

            word “God” in Steps Three and Eleven had been modified through the addition of the

            words “as we understood Him” following it; and a large number of Christian and biblical

            materials had been intentionally tossed out of later versions of the pre-publication

            manuscripts of the Big Book, primarily to appease a few atheist and agnostic participants.

 

Q: Can Christians come to, attend the meetings of, and become members of A.A. today?

            Answer: They not only can and do, but A.A. has no rule or right to exclude them.

 

Q: Are there a large number of Christians who attend the meetings of and/or become members of  Alcoholics Anonymous today?

            Answer: There are tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of Christians in A.A.

today.

 

Q: Was belief in God required when A.A. was founded in Akron in June of 1935?

            Answer: Dr. Bob insisted that every member of the fellowship profess belief in God.

 

Q: Was affirmation of Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Savior required when A.A. was founded in June of 1935?

            Answer: Every person who wanted to belong to the Akron A.A. “Christian fellowship”

            was required to make what was called a “real surrender.” This occurred when a member

            was taken upstairs in the home of either T. Henry Williams or cofounder Dr. Bob Smith,

            and required to declare that Jesus Christ was his Lord and Savior.

 

Q: Did the First Edition of the Big Book published in April 1939 contain mention of the Being Bill Wilson called “the God of the Scriptures?”

            Answer: The word “God” used without qualification and with capitalization appeared

            more than 200 times. In addition, there were many occurrences of capitalized pronouns

            referring to “God”—pronouns such as “His,” “Him.” Biblical descriptions of Almighty

            God also occurred frequently—words and phrases such as “Creator;” “Maker;”

            “Heavenly Father;” “Father;” “Father of lights;” and, of course, “God.”

 

Q: Does an alcoholic or someone with a drinking problem have to believe in Almighty God today in order to come to, attend a meeting of, or become a “member” of A.A.

            Answer: Absolutely not. A.A. literature today speaks of belief in a “higher power,” a

            “power greater than one’s self,” one’s own conception of god, and a God as one

            understands Him. Furthermore, it explicitly states that you do not have to believe in

            God or in anything at all to be a “member” today.

 

Q: Did the basic ideas for the Twelve Steps come from study and effort in the Bible?

            Answer: Yes. Dr. Bob stated so explicitly.

 

Q: Did early AAs in Akron study the Bible daily?

            Answer: Yes.

 

Q: Did early AAs hold “old-fashioned prayer meetings?”

            Answer: Yes

 

Q: Did early AAs read Christian literature?

            Answer: Yes. They read Christian books and pamphlets, as well as Christian daily

devotionals.

 
 Q: Did the 12 Steps of A.A. that were written by Bill W. in 1938 come from the Oxford Group?

            Answer: Dr. Bob said the basic ideas came from the Bible and specified the Book of

James, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and 1 Corinthians 13, as absolutely essential. Bill Wilson named three major sources for the step ideas: (1) Dr. William D. Silkworth—Bill’s psychiatrist—whom Bill called a “founder” of A.A. (2) Professor William James of Harvard—who was called a “founder” though long dead at the time. (3) Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker, Jr., Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church of New York. In addition to the Bible and the foregoing three sources, research has since established a number of other sources that made a contribution to the Step ideas and language. They included: (1) Dr. Carl Jung. (2) Christian conversions. (3) New Thought writings by people such as Emmet Fox. (4) Evangelists. (5) Rescue Missions. (6) The YMCA. (7) The Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor. (8) The Oxford Group. (9) Dr. Bob’s wife, Anne Ripley Smith. (10) Quiet Time. (11) Christian books and literature. (12) Experiences of the alcoholics themselves.

 

Q:  How about all those who claim Alcoholics Anonymous is a sect, a religion, even a cult?

Answer: For what it is worth, A.A. itself publicizes that it is not allied with any sect or denomination. With 2 million members and no organized hierarchy or controlling leaders, and with members including Jews, Protestants, Roman Catholics, Mormons, New Thought adherents, atheists, agnostics, Hindus, Buddhists, gays and lesbians, unbelievers, and folks who say they believe in higher powers that are chairs, tables, rocks, light bulbs, Santa Claus, or “it,” one would have a virtually-impossible task attempting to claim that such a dispersion of believers and unbelievers and nonbelievers constitute a cult. As to religion, most of the courts called upon to decide whether A.A. is a religion have declared that it is, rejecting the spurious idea that it is somehow “spiritual but not religious”—an invention mostly of writers rather than members. Court rulings have tended to point to the frequent references to God and the regimen for “coming to believe”—whatever the belief or unbelief may turn out to be.

 

Q: How about the minority of Christian writers who claim that A.A. is not “of the Lord,” or

that the Bible precludes Christians from associating with those of other beliefs, or that the wide variety of behaviors—whether swearing, fornication, spiritualism, adultery, and psychobabble—somehow allow one Christian to condemn an organization or fellowship or society that has members of varied views?

            Answer: In America, and in most membership countries, diversity of beliefs does not call

            for condemnation. If Christianity be the standard, one could ask if Jesus carried a

            message only to his chosen disciples; or if the day of Pentecost marked the exclusion of

            all those who spoke different languages; or if the ministry of Peter, John, James, and Paul

            was limited to those who were either Jew or Gentile—but could not include those who

            heard the word of God and sought salvation. The story in Acts of the jailer who asked

            “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” should be proof enough that neither God nor

            Christians were respecters of persons.

 

Q: Can a drunk of any religious persuasion or no religious persuasion or of atheistic or agnostic persuasion walk into the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous today and be or become a Christian; explain that he believes in God, in the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Bible and be silenced or expelled; or be subjected to insulting or condemning language; or prevented from attending church?

            Answer: He is free to walk in, to be or become a Christian, to express his beliefs, to

            listen to insulting remarks, and to attend any church or religious fellowship he chooses.

There are still loads of bleeding deacons who will go to any lengths to silence him, but A.A. cannot and does not expel or silence anyone—no matter what a newcomer may hear or fear. And any remonstrating Christians outside of A.A. who think otherwise are simply

lacking in knowledge of A.A., A.A. history, and A.A. as it exists today.

 

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Family Dinner Faith Edition Box of Questions

Family Dinner Faith Edition Box of Questions

  • Decorative 5″ diameter x 3.25″ tall gift box filled with 82 glossy cards printed with Box Girl Conversation Starter questions
  • Cards feature faith-based questions intended to build fellowship
  • Bond with friends or family through food, fun, and faith-building conversations
  • Printed with soy ink on 50% recycled paper
  • Get the conversation started with questions like: What is your earliest memory of knowing God? When you read the Bible, what most surprises you about God?

Bring your family back to their spiritual center with the Family Dinner-Faith Edition Box of Questions. Whether given as a gift or used in your own home, this box will definitely create those special feelings of communion and togetherness. Rejoice in your faith in God with great food and meaningful conversation!

Dinner Conversation Starters Like:
– What do you think Heaven will be like?
– What is your earliest memory of knowing God?
– What is one gift God has given you that you hope you can use for His glory?

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New Online Bible Study Lessons Unlock the Mystery to Life?s Crucial Questions


Milford, Ohio (PRWEB) November 27, 2009

Humankind has always had questions about life, such as where do we come from, why we are here, and what does the future hold for us and the world? For many, the Bible holds the answer to these and other mysteries of life, but the problem is that the Bible itself can be challenging to read and understand. Even many bible study lessons themselves are difficult to comprehend. The United Church of God has a mission, which is to announce to the world the teachings of Jesus Christ. Further, the Church desires to prepare those that receive the gospel for the Kingdom of God. Understanding that many people have difficulty comprehending the true meaning of God’s Word; the Church has gone to great efforts to create bible study lessons that are designed to alleviate any misunderstandings. The lessons are available online at www.ucg.org/bible-study/bible-study-lessons.htm, allowing for worshipers to study at their own pace, from the ease and comfort of their own homes.

Although Christians believe that the Bible can, in fact, solve mysteries about life in general and even help in their personal endeavors, many people are confused by biblical scripture. Because the United Church of God wants so desperately to assist others with their journey and exploration of the Bible, they not only offer online bible study lessons, but they are provided free of charge. The lessons are provided in a 12-part series which can be downloaded or read online. The online bible study begins with a basic lesson about why the Bible is the Word of God. The third lesson explores the issue of why God created mankind, and lesson four deals with the controversial topic of why God allows suffering. The bible study lessons help to make the teachings of the Bible clearer and more applicable to today’s world, and therefore, to the life of the one using the online bible study.

The United Church of God also offers publications that can assist with the online bible study lessons. A favorite resource is their book, “How To Understand The Bible,” which teaches that one of the keys to understanding the Bible is approaching it with the right frame of mind: a respect for the fact that the Bible is God’s divine revelation to us.

The book offers tips that also can help with online bible study, including the list of keys for understanding the Bible, including: accept the inspiration of all the Bible, plan time for regular bible study lessons, let the Bible interpret itself and compare different translations.

About The Company:

The United Church of God works diligently to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church is aware that understanding the Bible is not always easy, so in response the Church now offers bible study lessons that unlock the mysteries to the secrets of life. The lessons are available as an online bible study course, which adds to its convenience and accessibility. The goal of United Church of God is to spread the Word of God to people around the world and its free bible study lessons provide one excellent vehicle for that purpose.

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