Allision Bertholf and her ladies Bible study class have decided to practice the tradition of Lent this Easter season. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (March 5 of this year) and covers a period of six weeks before Easter Sunday.
While the practice of Lent is a sacred tradition among many Christians, it is not explicitly found in Scripture. However, the emphasis of Lent on prayer, repentance, and self-denial as a means of spiritual preparation is clearly connected to the teachings of Christ and his followers.
The truth is that Baptists, as a rule, don’t tend to observe Lent. This isn’t good or bad, it simply has never been a part of Baptist tradition and practice.
But that is what I love about SIBC! Because we have believers from so many evangelical backgrounds, we have the opportunity to learn from one another, and to learn about traditions and practices that can add to our own walk with Christ.
That’s why this Sunday, March 9, I have asked Allison to share with our congregation about the commitment of her class to observe Lent this Easter season. It’s a new experience for Allison, who grew up, and remains a faithful Southern Baptist. Frankly, she’s excited about it, and so are the members of her class. I’m excited about it as well. That’s why I have asked her to share.
Regardless of whether we decide to observe Lent one thing is for sure – We all need to take time to reflect on the meaning Easter, and the call of Jesus Christ to “FOLLOW ME!”
I look forward to hearing Allison, and I look forward to seeing you this Sunday at SIBC.
Greetings church! I hope that you are having a great week. In spite of some snow and cold recently, Seoul is warming up!
I wanted to take time to share some mission opportunities with you. Mike Windle, our IMB missionary, together with his wife, Diane, will be leading a group to Mongolia in August. You will be hearing more about this, but it is a good idea to start praying now and asking if God is calling you to go on this trip.
Of course, our annual Taebaek English Camp is scheduled for the end of July and first of August. Ingil Cho is the point person for this mission. We spend a week with our Hawaiian partners serving in this part of Korea that is still very strongly Buddhist. It is a great opportunity to reach children and parents with the gospel.
In March we begin our new church plant in Pyeontaek. We need volunteers to help in various ways. Are you willing to devote one weekend each month to serving in this new ministry?
Other possible mission trips for 2014 include ministry on the islands of Hawaii, Manilla, and China Bible distribution through “Go With God.”
Ryan Rushton is our mission’s leader. You may contact him at ryan (dot) rushton (at) sibckorea.org. Feel free to contact Ryan about any of these ministries, or other opportunities.
It’s good to be back at SIBC. Sherri and I had a great time in the States with our family, and as we return to Seoul, we are excited about what God will do in our church family this winter and spring.
Sunday I began a new series entitled – “A Word You Can Count On”. It is based on several passages of Scripture in the Old Testament book of Joshua. God has given us His Word, and He has promised us just as He promised Joshua, “I will not leave you, or forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5, Hebrews 13:5) You can listen to that message on our website, or subscribe to our SIBC podcast to get the messages automatically downloaded through iTunes.
For many of you this New Year brings with it some great challenges. You may look at the obstacles you face, or the trials you are experiencing and wonder, “How can I possibly make it through this year?” But God is faithful. As we learned Sunday, He is a covenant God and the covenant He has entered into with you and me is sealed by the blood of His son, Jesus Christ.
In a world of broken promises and daunting challenges, we can count on God and His Word.
I hope you will join me in the weeks ahead as together we discover the faithfulness of our God and His Word.
Happy New Year SIBC! I pray that, in this New Year, you will experience more of God’s grace and Spirit than ever before. One of the best ways to do that is through relationships with other disciples. We really do need each other.
Be sure and check out our most current small groups. Maybe this is a time for you to join together with others as you seek to honor your New Year’s resolutions!
Beginning January 12, I will be preaching a series of messages entitled, A Word You Can Count On. We will be looking at passages of scripture from the Old Testament book of Joshua. Our focus in this series is simply this – In a day of broken promises, you can count on God and His Word.
We may break our New Year’s resolutions, but God NEVER breaks His word to us!
Be sure and check out the weekly study guides that will accompany these messages and be posted on our web site.
Thanks for checking out my blog here at SIBC. While I do try and post here regularly, I want to encourage you to check out SIBC’s mission web site, Impact Today. Many of my more teaching related blogs will be found there.
I was so blessed by both our “Not So Silent Night” and “Three Wise Men and a Baby” productions this past Saturday and Sunday. Kerey Smith and Mike Hagen are such a blessing to SIBC in our music and children’s ministries.
I will be back in the United States until the second week in January. Meanwhile, we have some excellent teachers to fill in while I am gone. All of these men are ordained pastors and excellent preachers. Also, all of them serve on our Leadership Team at SIBC.
Ben Horne, Chaplain at Yongsan International School will be preaching the morning of December 22. Jeff Kendall will teach at the 3 PM service that day. Ingil Cho will be preaching both services on December 29, and Jeff Kendall will fill in for me on January 12 at both services.
I will miss SIBC while I am gone, but as always, I will be with you in spirit.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
SIBC is now accepting applicants for an administrative assistant position. If interested, please send a current resume to Jon Goldsmith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Job Title: Administrative Assistant
Purpose: To perform secretarial and administrative tasks, under the general day-to-day supervision of the Pastor, that will support the overall function and activities of the church. The Admin is on the front lines and is often the first person the public sees or talks to. In that sense, the Admin represents the pastor and church to many visitors or callers.
As an Expat church in a fluid environment, our unique ministry needs a capable individual who can provide administrative support to tie our various ministries together. The person selected must strive to engender a hospitable and comforting environment to those who enter SIBC’s doors. In addition, the person selected must be technologically savvy, as administrative responsibilities grow more challenging each year as technology advances.
Required Skills and Personal Traits
- A personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and strong desire to serve within a church.
- Outstanding “I care” people skills.
- Excellent clerical, communications, computer and organizational skills.
- Effective verbal, writing, editorial and publishing skills, especially MS Word, Excel ,Publisher and Powerpoint; able to prepare Sr. Pastor’s sermon Powerpoint slides as well as other graphics.
- Must have an attitude toward role as “another minister” of the church, not just “office help”.
- Ability to protect the reputation and integrity of others through strict confidentiality. Wisdom to refrain from indiscriminately sharing information is critical.
- Willingness to learn new skills and work as a team player; in addition, overall dependability and accessibility are very important.
- English language skills required; Korean language is a plus. English must be at a “native” level of grammar, spelling, syntax, colloquialisms, etc., to be able to catch errors in draft publications.
- Support for Congregation and Guests – The Church Admin will greet all visitors and members as they enter the building and will assist them as needed during office hours. While not involved with every church ministry, the Admin needs to know what our ministries are, who the point of contact for each ministry is, and general knowledge of our programs.
- Telephone Coordination – The Admin will become the “during-the-week-voice” of the church. This person must be able to communicate effectively in a broad range of areas by fielding phone calls and communicating messages to the Pastor and other staff members.
- Correspondence – Compose letters as requested and insure that all correspondence is mailed in a timely manner.
- Maintenance of Office Equipment – Operate, clean regularly and recommend needs for all office equipment including copier, computer, etc.
- Maintaining Church Records, to include member contact information, baptisms, ordinations, etc.
- Preparation of Bulletin, and other material– Keep an up-to-date master calendar of events, gather information, create, proof and publish the weekly bulletin. Prepare bulletin inserts for activities such as “Pizza with the Pastor” and New Members Class. Recommend updates to the church website. Organize input for weekly staff meetings. Edit Pastor’s blogs, Seouljourner, Naptime Reader and other publications. Prepare e-mails to various SIBC members, teams as directed.
- Maintenance of Office Files – Keep all files in orderly manner and in both soft and hard copy as needed for church operations.
- Petty Cash – Maintain petty cash account and organize all receipts; act as a purchasing agent for minor ministry needs.
- Office Supplies – Maintain inventory of office supplies and make materials available to staff and members as needed.
- Bulletin Boards – Maintain bulletin boards and church calendars with current events.
- Additional responsibilities and duties as directed by Pastor and/or Chairman of Deacons.
Minimum of one year experience in performing general office work to include duties such as telephone usage, filing, typing, handling questions and/or complaints, data entry, computer usage and/or bookkeeping/accounting.
Salary and Benefits
- Salary to be Won 2,000,000 per month, with employee responsible for his/her taxes.
- Employee will be added to SIBC’s Group Life Insurance Policy.
- Employee will have three weeks paid leave per year initially.
- Employee work schedule (40 hours a week) will be scheduled by Senior Pastor.
Performance reviews will be conducted quarterly by the Senior Pastor, Chairman of Deacons, and Vice Chairman. Duration of this agreement will be six months, extendable to 12 months if performance reviews are satisfactory.
Come on out to The BIG READ this Saturday, Nov 16th at SIBC! We gather a group to read through sections of the Bible that are often overlooked in personal study. This time, we’ll be reading Ezra, Nehemiah, and Daniel.
The reading will take a significant portion of time, so if you’re not available for all of it, come and stay for as long as you like. The group will be meeting in the SIBC lobby.
Please join us on Sunday November 3rd for our Annual Fall Festival! This is the time of the year when many cultures celebrate the harvest and give thanks for what they have. We celebrate this with a potluck style meal with diverse dishes made by our church members from around the world.
The meal starts immediately after the 11 AM service, which will be around 1 PM. Please bring a dish to share if you are able, though we’d love to see you there even without a dish!
This is the study guide for the thirteenth and final installment of the Elijah Series. You can read it below, or download a pdf version(coming soon!) to review or print. Click here to download or listen to the sermon for Part 13.
Passing the Mantle
Elisha then picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. He took the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and struck the water with it. “Where now is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over. (2 Kings 2:13-15, NIV)
Relationships are the life line of the Christian faith. Christianity is, at its core, a relationship with the Creator through His Son, Jesus Christ. It is also relationships with others through our common Lord, example, and teacher, Jesus. Loving God with all our being and loving others as we love ourselves is the focus, purpose, and end of all that the Scriptures teach. This is how the mantle of a living faith is passed from one generation to the next and this is how Elijah spent the last decade of his fourteen year ministry. Read more >>