Top 5 resources for December 2019

December 2, 2019

Every month, we spotlight five helpful resources for you as you seek to walk closely with the Lord and make disciples. Many of these resources are created by the staff of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) to help meet the ministry needs of pastors and lay leaders across the state.

Check out this month’s roundup which includes a family devotional for Advent and a prayer guide for the month of January. Also included is a brand new Bible study for women and another to help families be on mission. Finally, we offer a collection of resources from Annual Meeting.

In addition to the resources featured here, many more can be found at ncbaptist.org/resources. You may also follow @ncbaptist on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, where we’ll share other helpful resources throughout the month.

Advent Family Devotional
The Christmas Advent devotional allows you to take your family through 25 devotions surrounding the coming of Christ to the world. Beginning on December 1, each day’s short reading, discussion questions and prayer prompts will inspire you and your family to put Jesus at the center of Christmas. In the days leading up to Christmas Day, you and your family will celebrate the hope, joy and love of the Messiah in a new way.
Visit: ncbaptist.org/faithathome | Follow: @faithathomenc

Pray Together. Go Together.
This new 30-day prayer guide was created to help us see the unreached people and least-reached places across our state. The guide is designed to be used as part of a special prayer emphasis during the month of January. The guide includes daily descriptions of unreached people and pockets of lostness along with accompanying prayer points and tips for engagement. You may also sign up to receive daily text messages and email prayer prompts. Join us this January as we pray together and go together.
Visit: prayandgoNC.org | Follow: @ncbaptist

Missional Families Parent Devotional
Do families in your congregation see their homes or neighborhoods as a mission field? The Acts 2:39 Missional Families Parent Devotional Guide is designed to help parents discover new ways to be intentional in fulfilling the Great Commission at home and in their communities. Also available now is the companion Acts 2:39 Missional Families Devotional Leader Guide, designed by church leaders for church leaders. This seven-week study is ideal for Sunday School or small group settings.
Visit: ncbaptist.org/faithathome | Follow: @faithathomenc

Abide Women’s 30-Day Bible Study
This Bible study, featured at the 2019 Embrace Women’s Retreat, focuses on what it means to abide in Christ. This resource is for individuals or groups to concentrate on Christ’s sufficiency, His disciples and the fruit He desires to bear based on John 15.
Visit: ncbaptist.org/embrace/ | Follow: @embracenc

Annual Meeting resources
N.C. Baptists commissioned more than 100 church planters and were called to prioritize personal evangelism during the 189th Annual Meeting, held Nov. 11-12 in Greensboro. The meeting theme was “God’s Great Work,” which emphasized the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. A collection of videos from this year’s meeting is now available, which includes the church planting commissioning service, as well as messages from state convention President Steve Scoggins, Executive Director-Treasurer Milton A. Hollifield Jr., and Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President and CEO Ronnie Floyd. In addition, audio recordings from many of the breakout sessions are being released through the N.C. Baptist podcast.
Visit: ncbaptist.org | Follow: @ncbaptist


by BSCNC Communications
  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

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