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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sunday School Nite! November Council (Nassau)

Save the Date!  November 5th...You don't want to miss this!!

Teachers, please invite all your students to come out.

The Line up:

6:30 - 7:30 - Teachers, you are invited to join us for Pre-Prayer
          Pray-ers make history.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Christian Education, Leadership & 21st Century Culture



The research has thus far shown that Christian education encompasses more than just the study and delivery of information aimed at spiritual formation. It should intentionally inform all areas pertaining to ecclesia – worship, evangelism, edification, fellowship, ministry and prayer. It is unwise to ignore the educational trends of the culture and society. If the Body of Christ is to stem the tide of decades of secularism in Education, then the way forward must include a reconsideration of Christian pedagogy intentionally driven through Christian community.
Trevor Cooling (2015) recommends exploring two models: First, an awareness of the modernist model which pushes hard knowledge and “treats Christian belief as at best unnecessary clutter and at worst as irrational and even toxic” (p. 21). Second is the postmodern model which promotes the subjective – maintaining that “knowledge is simply a construction of the human mind and there is no objective truth in education” (p.21).

Friday, September 6, 2019

POSTPONED! We apologize for the Inconvenience.

POSTPONED TILL AFTER THE NOVEMBER COUNCIL EVENTS.

We apologize for the inconvenience. 



Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Hurricane Relief For The Bahamas - Help Us Show Some Love!

We Love The Bahamas & Our Bahamian Family. Please help us to provide needed support during this time of devastation resulting from Hurricane Dorian. The islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco have (especially) experienced tremendous damage and disruption.
Transformation Ministries Florida, part of Transformation Ministries International group of churches (located in Nassau Bahamas) is conveniently located in Lauderhill, Florida, and is open and ready to coordinate the assistance our Bahamian Family will need.

You can be assured we are legitimate, and will be good stewards of your donations. Among the untold stories of lives and property lost, we must also share that our Church in Freeport was also affected. Together, we will rebuild. It is desperate times for so many families. Help us Show Some Love to those in need.

First! You may donate at our GoFundMe Page
         https://www.gofundme.com/f/transformation-ministries-disaster-relief&rcid=r01-15676851829-a47a5faa37b34a9f&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w


What our Bahamian Family will need according to the Government of The Bahamas:

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Divine Agenda



Throughout the ages, God has been moving mankind toward an intended end, one with an eschatological hope. Ever since the Fall of mankind (Gen. 3), the story of mankind has been one of God revealing himself to man, with the intention to reconcile them back to himself (2 Cor. 5:19). What he (God) has, is a divine agenda (Howell, p.300). The Fall necessitated a rescue plan (Gen. 3:16), predetermined before time began and realized in the sacrifice of God’s Son for mankind (Jn. 3:16), a once for all sacrifice (Heb. 10:1-18) that would grant mankind the gift of eternal life and justification for the stain of sin.
With this in mind, leaders who are servants of the King, embrace the high calling to proclaim the saving truth of the Gospel (1 Cor. 15) and with a willing heart, seek to fulfill the Great Commission mandate to reach, teach and make disciples (Mat. 28:19-20). This is the praxis of theology and leadership realized. Howell (2016) uses Paul as an example leader who, having internalized the divine agenda of God for his people regularly “reaffirmed the mission’s core value and message, and contextualized the message” in order to avoid “mission ambiguity, mission drift, and mission confusion” (p. 301). Paul’s modus operandi is a reminder of whose mission it is – God’s. It is his mission, his people, and while there may be benefits along the way for his under-shepherds, the mission remains one of self-sacrifice, with seasons of suffering.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

What the Bible says about Marriage, Divorce & Singleness


 
           Divorce & Remarriage
Both Jesus and the Apostle Paul spoke about marriage and divorce in the Bible. They would often speak about both topics interchangeably.  Jesus was concerned about the state of relationships, and was the reason he of ten spoke about “the kingdom of God.” In this kingdom, the motive behind an action was of great concern; more than the emotions. As humans, we often react based on the subjective, rather than the objective. At the same time, one may see an outward act and not know the motive (subjective) behind the act. To make his point, he taught the Sermon on the Mount (Mat. 5-7).
Divorce was rampant
Here’s the thing, the divorce culture of this time accommodated their sinful lives and ushered in a period of rampant divorce. Macarthur states that Rabbi Hilel allowed divorce for any reason:
“For any reason, unload that woman.” The men were the leaders in this divorce and you could divorce your wife for burning your dinner, for spinning around so that somebody saw her ankles. For letting her hair down, not metaphorically, but literally, for speaking to a man, for making a negative comment about your mother, or for finding someone else that you preferred. And you were obligated to divorce her if she was infertile. That was the reigning view.”[1]
On his way to Jerusalem, the religious leaders accosted him with a question about divorce. It was their intent to discredit him. They wished for him to condemn all divorcees, seeing that it was the common practice of the day. Up till now, men could divorce their wives for any reason. This would be quite the confrontation.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Marriage & Divorce


Divorce & Remarriage – 1 Corinthians 7
During the First Century, there was immense appreciation for ascetic practices that included celibacy. In response to a letter from the churches, the Apostle Paul writes to address prevailing  concerns. He will make the case that while there is good to celibacy, not all people are “called to it.” Celibacy would not be the normative practice; marriage is, as with marriage comes a greater degree of wholeness (not good for man to be alone, cf. Gen. 2:18). Paul prefers celibacy (singleness) in light of the present environment , but it is not something he can impose upon everyone, as celibacy/singleness is a gift from God
26 I think then that this is good in view of the present distress, that it is good for a man to remain as he is.”

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Christian Maturity




A believer has been given wisdom by God so that they may know the things of God and apply it to their lives (1 Cor. 2:10, 13). But even though they (believers who have been given God’s wisdom) are called to maturity, at times they act worldly, under the control of the world and the flesh (cf. the Corinthian believers whose actions were antithetical to those given God’s wisdom; 1 Cor. 3:3-4). Keep in mind, “while all believers are alive in the spirit, not all believers’ actions and attitudes conform to the status of being alive in the Spirit (Samra, p. 66). Seeing that believers are no longer slaves to sin and are now “sons’” because “God sent his Spirit within our hearts” (Gal. 4:6), it is expected that they should live in freedom, to walk in their new status, not enslavement to the law, the world, nor the enemy.

Concerning Marriage & Divorce


Do we live by the Facts or Do we live by Principles (God’s Principles)
Corinth was a key Greek urban center under Roman rule that eclipsed Athens in size and importance by the time of the great fire in 146 BC. It was rebuilt in 46 BC by Julius Caesar as a Roman colony and inhabited with approximately 100, 000 persons. By the time of Paul, it had become the wealthiest city in Greece (Blomberg). The city of Corinth was famous for a huge stone mountain called the Acrocorinth, with the temple of Aphrodite on top. This was the ultimate symbol of the dominance of pagan religions. Before Christ, these temples employed thousands of priests and priestesses who “doubled as prostitutes”. In addition to this, there were more prostitutes available on the ground level for interested parties. It is from this culture that the word “Corinthianize” (“play the harlot”) and “Corinthian girl” (whore) became a slang (Blomberg).

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Practical Applications of the Shepherd & Slavery Motifs


Believers have been liberated from the bondage/spiritual slavery of sin and now belong to Christ (slaves of) who is their Shepherd (1 Pet. 2:25). Using the pericopae of 1 Peter 5, the reader will find useful instructions for leaders within the body of Christ. Christian leaders are under-shepherds of God’s called people,  charged with “exercising oversight” of His flock (1 Pet. 5:2). The Greek word for ‘shepherd/tend’ here is “poimanate,” which describes the task of  tending to, rule, govern, (serve as shepherd/pastor)[Gruden 2009, p.194]. Although Christian leaders are slaves of Christ, the call to shepherd God’s flock is to be done of free will (not under constraints), ungrudgingly, according to God’s will (5:2-3).  The church belongs To God (Acts 20:28), and under-shepherds in carrying out their oversight responsibilities guard the flock (from threats, false doctrine), administer edification, watch over their souls (Heb. 13:17), and be careful not to be overbearing, prejudicial, uncaring, nor “lords over God’s people” (5:3). The reader will note here the stark contrast between those who serve the Good Shepherd versus the power-hungry false shepherds of the world’s system who Jesus called hypocrites (Jn. 10; Mat. 20:25). Leaders are called to humility and a sacrificial spirit.