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Transition - Acts

I was given the opportunity to be the guest preacher at Trinity Memorial Baptist Church in Marlin, TX. There previous pastor, Terry Johnston, had accepted a call to another church, and I was preaching the first day that he was not there.

I felt led to preach on Transition (no fancy titles or anything), and preached from several passages from the first 2 chapters of Acts. It was quite helpful to have recently gone through a transition at our home church in Houston, Wilcrest Baptist Church. And then recently to have had such a transition from the suburbs of Houston to the rural area east of Elm Mott, TX.

It was a well received message and I got many affirming words from the congregation. I had the opportunity to share a bit about SONlight and hand out some CDs and literature.

I pray that the church will prayerfully follow the Lord and be led to their next pastor in the proper time.

Trinity Memorial Baptist

Transition
For this sermon I am preaching on several passages from Acts.

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7596 - Dr. Rodney Woo - Following the Call

An interview with Dr. Rodney Woo, the departing pastor of Wilcrest Baptist Church and the new pastor of the International Baptist Church in Singapore.

Rodney shares about his 18 years as the pastor of Wilcrest Baptist Church, where the church mission statement is “Wilcrest Baptist Church is God’s multi-ethnic bridge that draws all people to Jesus Christ, who transforms them from unbelievers to missionaries!”

This church focus on transforming members to missionaries is church-wide, and now the Lord’s calling to missions has been extended to Rodney as he will be moving with his family to Singapore. There he will be the pastor of another multi-cultural church in an area of the world in great need of evangelism.

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7552 - Greg Queen - Church Mobilization for West Africa

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An interview with Greg Queen, Sub Sahara Africa Connector for the IMB (International Mission Board). He and his family formerly served in Dakar, Senegal, as career missionaries heading up an engagement team that assisted churches in partnering with unreached people groups.

Greg discusses his new role in coordinating church involvement with unreached people groups in West Africa.

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The IMB is moving towards transforming from just sending out individuals to facilitating churches reaching out themselves. Greg shares that there are over 1600 unreached people groups in West Africa, and that it is one of the most diverse areas of the world, with over 1100 languages spoken. 80% of the unreached people groups in this area are categorized as “micro people groups”, having less than 100,000 members.

The end-vision is to get churches involved in starting churches among the unreached people groups. Greg facilitates churches using their specific skills to reach these people in West Africa. He works with two levels of church involvement: engaging and partnering churches. The partnering churches will work with other churches to reach a people group in a collaborative way.

Greg also shares the exciting story of a convert from the very first trip a church made to West Africa.

To learn more about Greg Queen and the opportunities available to churches of many denominations, read Churches Reaching the Unreached in our Interview section.
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7543 - Greg Queen - Reaching People Groups in West Africa

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An interview with Greg Queen, Sub Sahara Africa Connector for the IMB (International Mission Board). He and his family formerly served in Dakar, Senegal, as career missionaries heading up an engagement team that assisted churches in partnering with unreached people groups.

Greg discusses his new role in coordinating church involvement with unreached people groups in West Africa.

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The IMB is moving towards transforming from just sending out individuals to facilitating churches reaching out themselves. Greg shares that there are over 1600 unreached people groups in West Africa, and that it is one of the most diverse areas of the world, with over 1100 languages spoken. 80% of the unreached people groups in this area are categorized as “micro people groups”, having less than 100,000 members.

The end-vision is to get churches involved in starting churches among the unreached people groups. Greg facilitates churches using their specific skills to reach these people in West Africa. He works with two levels of church involvement: engaging and partnering churches. The partnering churches will work with other churches to reach a people group in a collaborative way.

Greg also shares the exciting story of a convert from the very first trip a church made to West Africa.

To learn more about Greg Queen and the opportunities available to churches of many denominations, read Churches Reaching the Unreached in our Interview section.
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7492 - Rodney Woo - The Color of Church

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An interview with Dr. Rodney Woo, the head pastor at Wilcrest Baptist Church and a New Testament professor at Houston Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Rodney shares about Wilcrest Baptist Church and the events that transpired that helped transform Wilcrest Baptist from a declining predominately white church to a growing multi-ethnic church with 44 different nations represented. The Lord gave him a burden to reach out to the minority and international community of Alief in Houston, TX by following the Lord’s leading to foster a racially and culturally diverse congregation.

He also speaks a little bit about what the Lord has been doing to bring about a new book that Dr. Woo has written: The Color of Church. It is a book that has been many years in the making and one with which we are hoping and praying that the Lord will use to develop a new wave a racially diverse church congregations around the world.

To learn more about Dr. Rodney Woo, Wilcrest Baptist Church, and his book, “The Color of Church”, read the extensive profile of Dr. Woo and Wilcrest Baptist Church in our Interview section.
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