BMA of Missouri Mid-year Meeting Pictures

Beware of Empty Philosophies

Colossians 2:4-7
by Dennis Baker, President of BMAMO Brotherhood

There was once a pastor who was concerned about some unsavory businesses that had opened near a school. His protest led to a court case, and the defense attorney did all he could to embarrass the concerned pastor.

“Are you not a pastor?” the lawyer asked. “And doesn’t the word pastor mean ‘shepherd’?”

To this definition the pastor agreed.
“Well, if you are a shepherd, why aren’t you out taking, care of the sheep?”
“Because today I’m fighting the wolves!” was the pastor’s quick reply, and a good answer it was.

Because of the enemies that were attacking the church in Colosse, Paul offered encouragement that would help them overcome their enemies. He encouraged them to continue making spiritual progress in their Christian life.

There is a need for spiritual progress because Satan is deceptive. Satan uses enticing words to lead believers astray. Satan is a liar and by his lies he leads believers down the wrong path. John 8:44, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” In order for the believer to have spiritual discernment, it is important for the believer to continue to grow in his knowledge of biblical truth.

Paul used several vivid pictures to illustrate spiritual progress. In verse five the words “order” and “steadfastness” are military terms. They describe an army that is solidly united against the enemy. “Order” describes the arrangement of the army in ranks, with each soldier in his proper place. Not everybody can be a general, but the general must have an army to fight the enemy. “Steadfastness” pictures the soldiers in battle formation, presenting a solid front to the enemy. Christians ought to make progress in discipline and obedience, just as soldiers on the battlefield.
The Christian life is compared to a pilgrimage, and believers must learn to “walk.” We are to walk in Christ the same way we originally received Christ-by faith. The false teachers wanted to introduce some “New truths” but Paul encouraged them to continue in Christ. The only way for a believer to make spiritual progress in his Christian life is by faith. Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

The word “rooted” in verse seven is an agricultural term. The tense of the Greek word means “once and for all having been rooted.” Christians are not to be tumbleweeds that have no roots and are blown about by every wind of doctrine. Ephesians 4:14, “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” Nor are we to be transplants that are repeatedly moved from soil to soil. Once the believer is rooted by faith in Christ, there is no need to change the soil! The roots draw up the nourishment so that the tree can grow. The roots also give strength and stability. The words “built up” is in the present tense: “being build up.” When we trust Christ to save us, we are put on the foundation; from then on, we grow in grace. Continual growth should characterize every Christian’s walk with Christ.

It is the Word of God that builds and strengthens the believer. Christians who study the Word become established in the faith. Satan has a difficult time deceiving the Bible taught believer.

The word “abounding” pictures a river overflowing its banks. The believer’s first experience in the Lord was drinking the water of life by faith. The well should become a river of living water, which gets deeper and deeper as we grow in our spiritual life. John 7:37-38, “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”

“Thanksgiving,” a thankful spirit is a mark of Christian maturity. When a believer is abounding in thanksgiving, he is really making spiritual progress!

By reviewing these pictures of spiritual progress, we see how the growing Christian can defeat the enemy and not be led astray. If his spiritual roots are deep in Christ, he will not want any other soil. If Christ is his sure foundation, he has no need to move. If he is studying and growing in the Word, he will not be enticed by false doctrine. And if his heart is overflowing with thanksgiving, he will not even consider turning from the fulness he has in Christ. A grounded, growing, grateful believer will not be led astray.

Benjamin Kingston Ordained as Pastor of Landmark, DeSoto

Benjamin Kingston

What a privilege it was to share in the blessings of the Ordination of Benjamin Kingston at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. It was May 16th, 2021, the church was filled with friends, family and many ordained men who were there to encourage and support this church and their Pastor.

Landmark Missionary Baptist Church opened the meeting requesting the ordination of Benjamin Kingston and a Presbytery was formed. We are thankful for Bro. John Dover as he was elected as our Moderator and did an excellent job in helping us organize the service. Bro. Brad Banderman presented Benjamin by sharing stories of Benjamin’s involvement in Youth Ministries at Bethel Baptist Church and the strong character and example we have witnessed in this young man’s life. Bro. Ben Kingston lead in the examination by asking questions of doctrine and Benjamin’s understanding of God’s calling upon his life. Also, others of the Presbytery examined Benjamin and with unanimous consent it was recommended to continue the ordination. Following, each of the Presbytery came to pray and give words of encouragement to Benjamin.

Following was a powerful message given by Bro. Mike Hearst, Pastor of Westview Missionary Baptist Church in Jefferson City, MO. The message was, “What is Our Part” with the text taken from Ezekiel 37:1-14. A phrase Bro. Mike used that has stuck with me was, “we must do what we can do, but we cannot do what must be done.” What a challenge for us to do our part in service, in ministry and in prayer, but we know that only God can do what must be done in the hearts and changed lives of the individuals to whom we are ministering. May God richly bless Bro. Benjamin in ministry, in his personal life, and in future endeavors. We pray God’s blessings upon Landmark Missionary Baptist Church.

We thank you for inviting us along in this journey as God continues to use us as His Churches and as an Association of Churches.

Your Fellow Servant in Christ,
Brian Meade, Pastor of Lindsay Lane Missionary Baptist Church of Florissant, MO.

BMMA IN ST LOUIS: Hispanic Missionary Outreach 6/2021 “Belen”

PRAISES

… “brethren pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you”… 2 Thessalonians 3:1

There is joy in heaven, after several visits to our 1st home Bible study and presentation of the gospel with care and clarity in Chesterfield, MO, Nahum Jeronimo confessed and trusted in Jesus for forgiveness and salvation for eternity, this past Monday, on memorial holiday. We are continuing to meet at his home Sundays at 4:00 pm. Will start now a discipleship and will baptize him soon. Pray for his wife to follow Jesus as well and become a faithful laborer for the kingdom.

Praise the Lord for new contacts in the Hispanic community, new doors open to hear the gospel and participate with the Great Commission. A Family friend of our ESL students expressed a desire to start attending to the building at Bethany for Bible Study at 12:00 noon on Sundays.

We praise the Lord for you, and your family that support our Prayer Network in daily prayer to strength and help present the gospel to each one in our community.

For a new room available to reach our community in Faith Baptist Church in St Charles. We are having an ESL outreach in the building, we have new students arriving every Thursday and Friday from 4:30-6:30 pm.

In May we gladly participated in the following events:

  • New Testament Baptist Church: Missions Symposium updated on ministry and shared a devotional on how prayer leads Gods work for Salvation.
  • Bethany Baptist Church: Fill in the pulpit in two occasions with message of Abrahams life transformation into a friend of God.
  • Lindsay Lane Baptist Church: Presenting ministry update and Sharing the importance of Prayer Support for the Gospel to be presented.

This month of June we pray the Lord continues blessings us with:

  1. A Healthy baby into our family. June 9th we will know whether it is a boy or girl. Thank you for praying for Hannah’s health during these first months.
  2. Ceremony of Trimester Completion of our students in ESL Class. Each one of the students will have 1-3 minutes to introduce themselves and speak about their
    activities in English. After, the ladies will prepare traditional authentic Salvadorian food to share with families and guest who wish to join us.
  3. We are joining Lindsay Lane Baptist Church during their Sports Camp Summer event to reach out to Hispanic Families in the area.
  4. Will continue Prayer Network and Bible reading every day at 12:00 noon in Bethany Baptist Church in Overland, MO.
 The Hispanics who attended the first ESL Class Fellowship at Bethany
The Hispanics who attended the first ESL Class Fellowship at Bethany
Group speaking in English to show what they have learned

June 2021 – Mission Director’s Report

A Page From My Heart…

What an amazing May it has been for the Kingston family and the State Association!

The Kingston’s saw their youngest graduate High School and leave for an 11 week camp for the summer. We saw our oldest son be ordained to the ministry and then Dawn and I spent the last week on vacation because our February trip was upended due to my having covid! We ended our trip by swinging through Little Rock, AR to visit my 80 + year old mother! So to say it has been a busy month would be an understatement but it was a good month!

Bethel is firing up for VBS this week which Iam sure many of you are doing at your respective churches.

On a Director of Missions note, my cup is full from the Missions Symposium and the State Meeting that we had on May 14th and 15th at New Testament Baptist in Sullivan.

Special thanks to New Testament and Bro. Josh Wright and His family for the amazing way they carried out the host duties! The facilities were top notch and the food was excellent as well along with the tremendous hospitality. Their goal was to bless the association and I would say, “Goal Accomplished!

I was excited about the reception of the “bmamo benchmark assessment” that was presented and we had at least five churches mention that they would like to be pilot churches. The Hope and goal is to have all of our bmamo churches involved with the benchmark assessment.

If you as the pastor want more information or were not able to be with us and you would like to discuss this with me please contact me at your convenience.

I will be with Bro. Terry Sharpe soon and at Stoney point on July 14th. If you are close to these churches please try to attend so you can hear more about this exciting effort to raise the bar of missions awareness in our work. The date is not set with Bro. Sharpe yet, but I will get word to those churches in his area when it is.

Or if you would like to schedule a Wednesday evening with the missions director through the summer there are a few dates left.

On a closing note, please pray for Bro. Juan and the missions effort in which he and his family is involved. They saw a precious soul come to the Lord this week. So proud of them and the work the Lord is doing through them.
Also please pray for protection for our camps this summer and everything that involves. From protection from thieves, to protection of our campers, to the salvation of many souls.

May the Lord bless you is my prayer:
Ben Kingston,
Director of Missions
BMA of Missouri
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Jeff Moorman’s Ordination

June 27th 2:00 p.m.
Central Missionary Baptist Church, Union MO.

93rd Semi-Annual Meeting of the BMA of Missouri

Finally feeling a little less pressure from the pandemic threats that prevented our semi-annual meeting of 2020, the Association once again met for the mid-year meeting on May 15 at New Testament Baptist Church in Sullivan.

Host pastor Bro. Josh Wright gave a welcome and opening prayer, then Bro. Juan Fernandez shared the morning devotional on Prayer, taken from Romans 8:26.

Moderator Jerry Adams called the meeting to order. The normal slate of reports was presented for the State and some of the National Departments.

The Association was blessed to receive its first report from our new Missions director, Bro. Ben Kingston. Bro. Ben encouraged all our churches to consider participating in a program he is introducing that will encourage our members to learn more about our work for the Lord and inspire them to help us carry out God’s work according to His will. In this program each church will go through what Bro. Ben calls the “BMAMO BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT.” In this manner each pastor and church will be able to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and what they need to do to make corrections to help them accomplish God’s will for them. Bro. Ben passed out guidelines for that program and will be working with our pastors and churches to implement the goals needed.

The Missionary Committee met and presented the guidelines for support of Bro. Juan Fernandez who is a missionary of the BMA of America and is working in Missouri to reach the Hispanic population with the Gospel.

After a rising vote of appreciation to the host pastor and church for their hospitality by the Association, Bro. Dan Wisely gave the annual message on “What are Our Orders?”

A delicious meal was provided by the host church and enjoyed by all before we headed for home rejoicing over a great time of praise and fellowship.

by Bro. Don Burke, Clerk

It’s Time to WORK at CAMP!!

Now that May is over we can get back on our regular camp every weekend schedule. We have a lot to do in 8 weeks. If you adopted a dorm, remember this plan is to help get camp ready, not just sweep up a little and make a punch list for Chris. I’ll have toilet valves and seats, light bulbs, milgo, door knobs etc. available as needed to get your buildings ready. Each bunk in each dorm will need to be wiped down with milgo so please plan to spend some quality time. Not just a quick trip to work 30 min and then go play half a day at the river.

There are 7 Saturdays till camp!
June 26th Work day
July 9-10 GMA. Retreat

See ya soon!
CHRIS

What Must I Do To Be Saved?

Acts 16:25-34

This is the most important question any person could ever ask. It is being asked today, and many different answers are being given.

I. This question is unparalleled in its importance. Hebrews 9:27-28.

A. Because of condemnation of the soul. John 3:17-21.

B. Because of what God has done. John 3:16, Galatians 4:4-5.

II. This question is unequaled in its seriousness.

A. Because of what is at stake. Matthew 16:26.

B. Because lost man cannot please God. Hebrews 11:6.

C. Because heaven requires a saved soul. John 10:9-10, 27.

III. This question is unrivaled in its urgency.

A. Because today is the day of salvation. II Corinthians 6:2.

B. Because tomorrow is uncertain. Proverbs 27:1, Matthew 6:34, James 4:14.

C. Because death is sure. Job 14:1-2, 14-15, 19:25-27.

Submitted by: Elder Leonard Knight – Charity Landmark Missionary Baptist Church – Bismarck, Missouri

One of Life’s Most Precious Gifts

by Jeff Swart, BMAA President

One of the important leaders in the early church was a man named Timothy whose name means “one who worships God.” Paul describes Timothy’s mother and grandmother in these words: “I have been reminded of your (Timothy’s) sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also” (II Tim. 1:5). Paul said that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ “lived” in Timothy’s grandmother and “lived” in Timothy’s mother and now “lives” in Timothy. God wants us to have a “living” faith that is lived out through our lives and passed on to our children (II Cor. 3:2-3).

The Apostle Paul makes the following comment about Timothy: “…from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures…” (II Tim. 3:15). Paul stated that Timothy had learned the Scriptures from the mouth of his mother from the time he was an infant. Later in life, Timothy, whose heart had been spiritually prepared by his mother, was apparently led to Christ by the Apostle Paul (I Cor. 4:17; I Tim. 1:12; II Tim. 1:2).

We have noticed the spiritual training of Timothy and now notice the fruit of Timothy’s life:

• He was an ordained preacher of the gospel (I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6,7).
• He had the spiritual gift of evangelism (Romans 16:21; II Timothy 4:5).
• He faithfully served Paul as a companion and fellow worker (Philippians 2:22).
• He became indispensable to Paul’s ministry (Acts 17:14-15; 18:5; 20:4).
• At one point, only Timothy shared the same burdens as Paul (II Timothy 2:3; 3:14).
• He restored the backslidden saints at Corinth (I Cor. 14:17).
• He comforted the believers in Thessalonica (I Thess. 3:2).
• He pastored the church at Ephesus (I Timothy 1:3; 4:12).
• He suffered persecution (II Timothy 1:8; Hebrews 13:23).

Tradition says Timothy died as a martyr in Ephesus while attempting to stop a heathen procession in honor of the pagan goddess Diana. I personally believe that Timothy lived a godly life as the result of the godly influence of his mother Eunice. In my opinion, Ralph Waldo Emerson correctly made this observation, “Men are what their mothers make them.”

It was Solomon who wrote, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Solomon stated a general principle that parents are to teach their children the ways of the Lord and when they are mature enough to make their own decisions, they will make their decisions based upon their previous spiritual training. I have often said that the second greatest gift that God could ever give you is a Christian mother and father. If you have, or in some cases had, a godly mother — please pause right now and thank God for one of life’s most precious gifts.

Happy Mother’s Day, moms!

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