Summer Update & Fall Preview

Hey Church Family

I hope you’re having a good week! It’s been a few weeks since my last update so I wanted to write and update you on some upcoming events and new informational items. I’m leaving for Houston this Monday along with other members of our Family Mission Trip Ministry Team. Please be praying for us as we travel this week and share the Gospel.

Before I get to the new updates, I wanted to let you know that our church is starting to see some exciting signs of life both spiritually and organizationally. This summer has been filled with so many different events and activities. It’s easy to get lost with everything else that’s going on.

The thing that I’m most excited about is the number of people who are coming to trust in Christ as Lord and express that decision through baptism. This Sunday we had two more people baptized bringing our total to 30 baptisms this year! That’s an average of one baptism per week! It’s so encouraging to see.

Some of these baptisms are children within our church who are “coming of age” to understand the Gospel for themselves and making a decision to trust in Christ. Others have been adults who either were never baptized after becoming a Christian or who recently came to faith in Christ and expressed that faith publicly through baptism. Every story is unique and different.

I believe this is just the beginning of a new thing God is doing in our church. The fall of 2020 looked bleak on many different fronts. A spiritual malaise had taken hold in my own life. I could feel a similar malaise taking root in our congregation. Vital signs were starting to wane on every front.

If you go back and read updates from this time period you know that our answer to that malaise was to repent, get on our knees and pray for God to wake us up and revive our hearts. I know the Lord did a special work in my own heart and I believe many others had that same experience as well.

Throughout 2021 and especially this spring of 2022 we committed ourselves to prayer and fasting. We openly declared our absolute dependency on God. We cried out in desperation for Him to do something that ONLY HE could do. We saw God answer prayers specifically and (in some cases) miraculously.

As a result of these cultural changes, signs of spiritual life are returning again. It’s a gracious gift from God for which I’m so thankful.

Now is not the time to shrink back. Now is the time to press in even more: more humility, more prayer, more worship, more evangelism, and an ever increasing commitment to spread our joy in Christ to the unreached peoples of the earth.

In the sections below you’re going to read about new events, new opportunities to serve and exciting developments about Broadview church as a whole. In light of all of that “activity” let us not forget the MOST IMPORTANT THING.

Remember the words that Jesus spoke to Martha’s busy busy heart.

“But one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Mary was Martha’s sister and the “right choice” she made was to commune with Jesus, sitting at His Feet.

Let us never become so busy doing things “for Jesus” that we neglect our time “with Jesus.” Let us never become a church that is super busy but spiritually hallow.

Abiding in Christ is the one thing that’s necessary. Every thing else in life must flow from that. If that one thing is absent – it doesn’t matter what else is present.

As we move forward into this Fall season I hope we’ll all keep that in mind. There’s nothing wrong with a busy calendar and an active church. It’s actually a positive sign of life.

But having a busy life doesn’t mean we have to have a busy heart. Let’s be people whose hearts are singularly devoted to communion with Christ.

Summer Updates

With that said, I want to spend the rest of this week’s update to fill you in on some important announcements and some new upcoming events.

Growing Pains

As I mentioned earlier, our church is growing in some exciting ways. As you’ll see in the video above, much of that growth includes young families with preschool aged children.

To accommodate that growth we need to add some classrooms and enlist some new volunteers! Adding one new classroom at each hour means we need to enlist about 16 volunteers.

Right now, our preschool ministry provides programming at the 9:30 and 11:00 hour. There are a minimum of two volunteers per classroom so that’s four volunteers. Because it’s so difficult to get people to serve “long term” we rotate the volunteers out every week. Four times four is sixteen.

The volunteers who serve in our preschool ministry do an important work. Many of the young kids who make decisions in our children’s ministry do so because of the solid foundation that was laid during preschool. It’s not “childcare.” It’s discipleship.

Due to safety guidelines and sexual abuse prevention efforts, we only allow female volunteers to serve in our preschool ministry. Given that limited pool from which we are able to draw, it’s all the more important for you to join us in praying for God to raise up a new group of volunteers.

If you’re willing to serve, please email Tiffany with your information. You will go through a background check and screening process and then be qualified to serve.

With this kind of growth happening this fast we can’t afford to wait very long! I hope you’ll watch the video, sign up to serve and then call a friend and convince them to serve alongside you. It’s just once a month. You can do it!

Even if you aren’t able to serve right now, please join me and the rest of our staff in praying for God to meet this need.

Email Tiffany

Final Thoughts

Below you’ll see a new calendar of events as well as a new small group kicking off next month. Please take note of these important dates and upcoming events.

Don’t forget to pray for our mission team this week in Houston. Also, remember we have our 5th Sunday Singing next Sunday at 5:00PM followed by an Ice Creme Social (Blue Bell!) If you’ve never been to a hymn sing with ice creme then you haven’t really lived.

Our final women’s ministry summer event is going down NEXT TUESDAY, August 2nd. The event will go from 6:00PM to 8:30PM. Bring your favorite salad and make some new friends. If you’re new to Broadview this is a great way to meet new people.

If there’s anyway I can pray for you please let me know. If you have other announcements that need to be made please reply back to this email and we can include them in the next update. I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Until He Comes,

Pastor Wes

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

July

July 25-29 – Family Mission Trip (Houston, TX)
July 31 – Fifth Sunday Hymn-Sing – Ice Cream Social afterward (5:00PM)

August

August 2 – Women’s Ministry Super Salad Supper (6:00-8:30)
August 14 – Preschool Volunteer Rally (12:45PM)
August 17 – School Starts Back Up
August 21 – “Promotion Sunday” Preschool/Grade School
August 21 – Preschool “Blessing Breakfast” (8:15-9:15AM)
August 21 – Broadview Members Meeting (5:00PM)
August 24 – Wednesday Night Programming Resumes (6:30PM)
August 27 – Men’s Breakfast (7:30AM)
August 28 – Courageous: Mens’ Bible Study (5:00PM)

September

September 11 – Music Ministry Auditions
September 17 – Men’s Dove Hunt
September 23-24 – Ladies Fall Retreat

October

October 1 – Outreach October (Saturday Outreach)
October 8 – Men’s Cornhole & College Football
October 20-22 – Hands & Feet Ministry

** if you see something missing that needs to be added please respond to this email with the information. You can also reply if you have questions about any of the upcoming events. **

NEW GROUPS

New Men’s Bible Study

Courageous

Sunday Nights @ 5PM

Starts August 28th

All men in our church are invited to participate in a new mens only Bible study on Sunday nights at 5PM. This mens group will examine what God’s Word has to say about Fatherhood by using the Courageous Bible Studymaterials based on the movie Courageous.

In the video above you can listen to Jon Underwood talk about the movie, the small group and why it would be a worthy investment whether you’re a dad to be, a current father or empty nester.

You can sign up for the class here.

New Sunday Small Group!

Sunday’s @ 11:00AM

Starts May 17th

We are starting a new young adult small group at 11:00am on Sunday mornings! This small group will begin by studying through the book of Ephesians. The class will be led by Dustin Malone and consist of a blend between expositional Bible teaching and group discussion.

The book of Ephesians is one of THE BEST New Testament letters for understanding the truth of the Gospel and how it applies to your every day life. It’s also a great book for understanding God’s design for the local church.

No matter what season of life you find yourself in, you will benefit from this small group. The group is open to all (not just young adults). It will launch on May 17th. You can go ahead and preregister if you think you might be interested.

Contact Dustin at ‭(325) 370-9777‬ for more information.

 

Register Now

UPCOMING EVENTS

Ice Cream Social

July 31st | 6:00PM

This coming July 31st we are having our 5th Sunday Singing. We will bust out the hymnals and gathering together to sing. These are always great gatherings for getting the whole church together under one roof. You call out your favorite hymn and we sing to one another the great truths of the Gospel for the rest of the evening.

Fifth Sunday Singings are great by themselves. They’re even greater with a little Blue Bell Ice Cream. So our J.O.Y. Ministry will be hosting an Ice Cream social after the 5th Sunday Singing with a silent auction/raffle to raise money for our Senior Adult Ministry.

Please make plans to be there and stick around for dessert!

Super Salad Supper

August 2nd | 6:00-8:30PM

Our final women’s event for the summer is scheduled for August 2nd at 6:30. This month they will be hosting a Super Salad Supper in our Education Building.

Bring your favorite salad to share. We will eat, fellowship and have a devotional time together.

Register

Preschool Volunteer Rally

August 14th | 12:45PM

August 14th we are going to have a Preschool Volunteer Rally! This will be a quick meeting directly following the third service where we will discuss curriculum, calendars, and review safety procedures. It is very important for all current and prospective volunteers to attend if at all possible.

Pizza and salad will be provided.

Blessing Breakfast

August 21st | 8:15AM

We want to invite you and your family to a breakfast on Promotion Sunday, August 21st, from 8:15AM-9:15AM in the Education Building. We will enjoy a time of fellowship with other families, present each child with a new Bible, and pray a blessing over these children as they move forward. If you are able to attend this event, please let Tiffany know! Other family members are also invited but please RSVP your number to Tiffany Lohse.

Men’s Breakfast

August 27th | 7:30AM

Education Building

It’s back! We are kicking off our fall season of men’s ministry with a Men’s Breakfast gathering on August 27th at 7:30AM. There will be a delicious breakfast served starting at 7:30. That will be followed by a time of fellowship and prayer. There will be a speaker who will share a testimony or brief devotional followed by a time to hang out and play dominos afterwards.

Auditions for Worship Ministry

September 11 | 2:00-4:00PM

We are adding vocalists, instrumentalists and media techs to our worship team. With some of the turnover that has taken place over the past few years we have a growing need to add new folks to our team. If you have a desire and gift for leading others in worship through song please let us know!

You can email Taylor for more information or to schedule your audition. Vocalists will be asked to sing a song and instrumentalists will be asked to play. The song can be given to you in advance of the audition once you email Taylor and let him know about your interest.

We are looking for volunteers in every area: vocalists, guitarists (lead/rhythm), bass, drums, keys, sound board, Pro-presenter, livestream, camera operators. If you have an interest in this area now is the time to step up and serve!

Email Taylor

Hands & Feet Ministry

October 20-22

It’s time again for our Hands & Feet ministry! We started this ministry in 2021 and it’s a ministry to members of our church who have a need related to their home that they cannot do themselves or cannot afford to have done.

This year, we are also opening up the ministry to friends of members or unchurch people from within our community. If you know someone for whom this would make a positive impact please let them know.If you HAVE a project we need you to fill out a submission form as soon as you can.

If you are willing to WORK on these projects we need you to register as well so we can be better organized on who is working when and how to create our teams.

Finally, if you are willing to GIVE to this ministry, any amount will help to make a big impact. Last year, some of the projects exceeded $1,000 but those were also the projects that made the biggest impact. Through your generosity we will be able to bless our city in a significant way.

YOU CAN DO ALL THREE OF THOSE THINGS HERE.

If you have any question please contact Robert Williamson at ‭(325) 268-7553‬

 

Financial Update

Information on how to give to Broadview can be found at broadview.church/give.

Offering Report
Date: 07/17/2022

Weekly Budget Requirement:  $18,519
Weekly Budget Receipts:  $15,634

YTD Required:  $537,051
YTD Received:   $566,338

Designated Gifts
World Missions: $1,008
Local Missions: $153
Family Crisis: $165

Most Recent Sermon

The Maranatha Message
Revelation 1-18
July 24th, 2022

A Reason to Celebrate

Hey Church Family,

I hope you’re having a good week! This Sunday we are trying something different. In an effort to promote family worship and the importance of family discipleship we are going to cancel our preschool and children ministry programming this Sunday and have everybody together in the Sanctuary for a Family Service. 

This will also give our volunteers a break on their 4th of July weekend and show our gratitude to them for their tireless service week in and week out. Please help me spread the word about this change as many many have missed the announcement last weekend. 

There will still be three service times. For those who aren’t comfortable bringing your children into the Sanctuary there will be overflow rooms available (with video streaming) or the livestream will be available as well. 

I would encourage you to bring your young children as the service will have singing and a message geared around “the whole family.” While the sermon isn’t exclusive to marriage or parenting, it will examine God’s design for “family” in general and make application to our life together in the church and at home. 

A Reason To Celebrate

This past week the Supreme Court announced a historic decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision. In doing so, they made a clear statement that there is no constitutionally protected right for abortion. 

Because abortion is the ending of a human life, this decision is a cause for celebration among Christians. Every human person, born and unborn, is made in the image of God. They are inherently valuable and worthy of dignity and respect. 

This Supreme Court decision is something pro-life Christians have been praying for and working towards for decades. 

Overturning this disastrous abortion precedent turns the question of abortion back over to state lawmakers. Many states already have laws on the books that outlaw abortion. Others have trigger laws that will soon go into effect given the overturn of Roe. 

Because abortion is still legal in many states and because the reasons why many women choose abortion are still present in our culture, we must continue to advocate for just policies that honor the sacredness of life.

I believe we should also seek to elect representatives that will enact laws to make abortion illegal, protect the preborn, serve abortion-vulnerable mothers, and criminalize abortion providers.

During the near 50 years that Roe v. Wade was in place, over 60 million babies were aborted. This is a horrifying statistic and an ugly stain on our history as a nation.

How Should We Respond?

Over the past week, I’ve been watching and listening to the response many have given to this decision. The response has been heated and polarized, even among believers. Outside the Christian faith, many are outraged, concerned and afraid.

Amongst my own Christian friends I’ve seen a split between those who are unapologetically grateful and those who are filled with indignation that the Supreme Court would make such a decision.

I’ve even witnessed Christian people and organizations act remorseful that the Supreme Court made the right call. Though they are personally pro-life they continue to maintain that a woman’s right to end the life of her baby should be legal and constitutionally protected.

I can understand why women undergoing an unexpected or crisis pregnancy might be alarmed by this decision. I can even understand why some might be confused and angry given the narratives advanced in the media.

Atheists, naturalists or other faith traditions that deny any notion of intrinsic human value SHOULD disagree with this decision.

What I cannot understand is moral ambivalence among believers. The recognition that there is no constitutionally protected right to end the life of the preborn is a just decision that should be recognized as such and celebrated accordingly.

Both/And Not Either/Or

That being said, this decision is only the first step in a longer battle to make abortion unthinkable. 

The reasons why many women get an abortion didn’t go away with the overturn of Roe. Hook up culture continues to promote the idea that sex can be casual and consequence free. Our boys never grow into men, perpetually irresponsible and immature. Economic pressures make raising a family difficult. It’s nearly impossible for single parent homes.

Even in the church, many women feel the stigma of a pregnancy out of wedlock. That shame along with the fear of raising a child by themselves makes abortion seem like a necessary evil. 

Those things aren’t going to change overnight.

More than ever, women and families need compassion, hope and practical help to meet their needs. The work of organizations like the Pregnancy Resource Center are critical. Programs like Foster325 are pivotal for our longer-term fight to make abortion unthinkable. 

Many of the unborn lives saved by this decision will need loving homes that won’t be provided by their biological parents. We need more and more Christians committed to adoption and foster care. We need more and more volunteers for programs like Embrace Grace and others like it. 

Two things can be true at the same time. It’s not either/or. It’s both and.

This decision was an unmitigated moral good AND this decision should increase our commitment to make abortion unthinkable for those who feel like it’s their only way out.

None of this is to say that Christians aren’t ALREADY doing these things. The programs and organizations I just listed off (just a few of the many) are all founded by and run by Christians. Christians are already active in foster care, adoption and ministering to women in a crisis pregnancy. 

But, as with most things Christians are already doing, we can always do more. Until Jesus comes and takes us home, this world will continue to go from bad to worse. We are the light called to shine in that darkness. We are the conduits of God’s mercy and grace. We are God’s chosen means of sharing his love with a world that desperately needs it.

Final Thoughts

I’m so thankful that our church has chosen to be “both/and.” We must continue to be unwavering in our commitment to truth and justice. Things will only continue to get more difficult. (If you doubt me, reread 2 Timothy 3.) Our response is not to wag our finger or isolate ourselves from the mess.

Like our Lord, we should walk lovingly into the brokenness of our world and offer something better. Jesus was full of grace AND truth. He spoke the truth IN love. We are at our best when we hold that tension well. Not letting go of either side but holding them together in perfect harmony.

I know these are challenging days. As the author of Hebrews said – difficult days make mutual encouragement in gathered worship all the more necessary. (Hebrews 10:25) So I hope you’ll join us tomorrow for our Family Service and commit to staying engaged throughout the rest of this summer.

There’s a list of upcoming events below. Several new items have been added as well. I hope you have a great Independence Day weekend. If there’s anyway I can pray for you please reply back and let me know!

Until He Comes,

Pastor Wes

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Summer Schedule of Events

July 3 – Family Service (no preschool/children’s programming)
July 7 – Women’s Ministry Movie Night (6:30-8:00PM) (register)
July 10 – Sunday Night Prayer Meeting (5:00PM)
July 13 – JOY Ministry Brown Bag Picnic
July 14-15 – Children’s Ministry Summer Camp (learn more)
July 14-18 – Youth Ministry Summer Camp (registration closed)
July 17 – Family Mission Trip Meeting (5:00PM)
July 18-21 – Preteen Summer Camp (learn more)
July 25-29 – Family Mission Trip (Houston, TX) 
July 31 – Fifth Sunday Hymn-Sing – Ice Cream Social afterward (5:00PM)

August 2 – Women’s Ministry Summer Salad Supper (6:30-8:00)
August 7 – Harvest Sunday (Baptism Service)
August 21 – Broadview Members Meeting (5:00PM)
August 24 – Wednesday Night Programming Resumes (6:30PM)

** if you see something missing that needs to be added please respond to this email with the information. You can also reply if you have questions about any of the upcoming events. **

NEW GROUPS

New Sunday Small Group!

Sunday’s @ 11:00AM

Starts May 17th

We are starting a new young adult small group at 11:00am on Sunday mornings! This small group will begin by studying through the book of Ephesians. The class will be led by Dustin Malone and consist of a blend between expositional Bible teaching and group discussion.

The book of Ephesians is one of THE BEST New Testament letters for understanding the truth of the Gospel and how it applies to your every day life. It’s also a great book for understanding God’s design for the local church. 

No matter what season of life you find yourself in, you will benefit from this small group. The group is open to all (not just young adults). It will launch on May 17th. You can go ahead and preregister if you think you might be interested.

Contact Dustin at ‭(325) 370-9777‬ for more information.

 

Register Now

UPCOMING EVENTS

Prayer Meeting 

July 10th | 5PM

We are scheduling a prayer meeting for next Sunday evening July 10th. With our summer youth camps, children camps and family mission trip all happening later this month, we want to commit those things to the Lord and pray for his provision and favor.

Please join us at 5:00PM on Sunday, July 10th in the Sanctuary. 

Dustin Malone will be leading the prayer service.

Brown Bag Picnic 

July 13th | 6PM

This coming July 13th our J.O.Y. Ministry is hosting a Brown Bag Picnic. You’ll be responsible for brining your own dinner (sandwich, burger, whatever). This evening will be a great night of food, fun and fellowship. Tea, Lemonade and Ice Cream desserts will be provided.

Contact Phyllis if you have questions.

Ice Cream Social

July 31st | 6:00PM

This coming July 31st we are having our 5th Sunday Singing. We will bust out the hymnals and gathering together to sing. These are always great gatherings for getting the whole church together under one roof. You call out your favorite hymn and we sing to one another the great truths of the Gospel for the rest of the evening.

Fifth Sunday Singings are great by themselves. They’re even greater with a little Blue Bell Ice Cream. So our J.O.Y. Ministry will be hosting an Ice Cream social after the 5th Sunday Singing with a silent auction/raffle to raise money for our Senior Adult Ministry. 

Please make plans to be there and stick around for dessert! 

Auditions for Worship Ministry

SEPT 11th | 2:00-4:00PM

We are adding vocalists, instrumentalists and media techs to our worship team. With some of the turnover that has taken place over the past few years we have a growing need to add new folks to our team. If you have a desire and gift for leading others in worship through song please let us know!

You can email Taylor for more information or to schedule your audition. Vocalists will be asked to sing a song and instrumentalists will be asked to play. The song can be given to you in advance of the audition once you email Taylor and let him know about your interest. 

We are looking for volunteers in every area: vocalists, guitarists (lead/rhythm), bass, drums, keys, sound board, Pro-presenter, livestream, camera operators. If you have an interest in this area now is the time to step up and serve! 

Email Taylor

 

Children’s Camp

COMPLETED 1ST – 3RD GRADE

Circle Six Baptist Camp

When: July 14th-15th, 2022

Who is invited: Children’s Camp is for those who have completed 1st – 3rd grade.

Registration: $70 December 1 – May 31

Late Registration: $90 June 1 – June 15

 

Registration:

June 15th is the last day to sign up, and June 23rd is the last day to complete registration.

Click here to register for children’s campand enter password: summercamp2022

Preteen Camp

COMPLETED 4TH – 5TH GRADE

Circle Six Baptist Camp

When: July 18th-21st, 2022 (Session 2)

Who is invited: PreTeen Camp is for those who have completed 4th – 5th grade.

​Early Registration: $180 December 1 – January 31

Registration: $190 February 1 – May 31

Late Registration: ​$210 June 1 – June 15

 

Click here to register for preteen camp and enter password: summercamp2022

Family Mission Trip

Houston, TX

July 25-29

$200 | Per family or individual

This year our family mission trip is going to be in Houston, Texas in partnership with Cross Community Church just north of Houston’s Fifth Ward. We will knock on doors in the community to share the Gospel, invite people to church and inform folks about the ESL classes provided at CCC. 

If you’re interested in taking your family on the Family Mission Trip then there will be a signup sheet in the Missions Hallway outside of the Worship Center.

Be praying for Pastor Del Traffanstedt and the Cross Community Church congregation. Ask God for wisdom in planning, volunteers for ministry, effectiveness in discipleship and connections with the community. If you are interest in going on this trip but would like more details please contact Pastor Vernon

 

Financial Update

Information on how to give to Broadview can be found at broadview.church/give.

Offering Report
Date: 06/30/2022

Weekly Budget Requirement:  $18,519
Weekly Budget Receipts:  $17,171

YTD Required:  $481,494
YTD Received:   $508,053

Designated Gifts
World Missions: $990.82
Family Crisis: $124.96 

Most Recent Sermon

The Mother of Prostitutes
Revelation 17:1-6
June 26th, 2022

Responding to Sexual Abuse in the SBC

Hey Church Family, 

I hope you’re having a good weekend. This Sunday is Memorial Day Weekend at Broadview as well as Senior Graduation Recognition and so it should be a really special day of worship. I hope you’ll make plans to join us. 

The originally planned 5th Sunday Singing for this Sunday at 5PM has been cancelled. The next 5th Sunday Singing will be July 31st.

There are several folks in our church who’ve come down with COVID this past week so please be praying for them. So far, none of them have been hospitalized and for that I’m very thankful. The majority of the spread seems to be from a few of our adult small groups or potentially our traditional worship choir. It’s a good reminder to keep your hands washed and practice other wise prevention measures.

Guidepost Report

In this week’s update I wanted to respond to the report that was released by the SBC Sexual Abuse Task Force. Last year, the messengers attending the Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention voted overwhelmingly to appoint a sexual abuse task force who would engage an independent firm to investigate the Executive Committee of the SBC on charges of improperly handling reports of sexual abuse as well as mistreatment of sexual abuse survivors within the SBC

I was at that Annual Meeting. I voted for that motion and I’ve been following their work closely, awaiting the report. The report was published this past week. The report totals close to 400 pages including appendixes. I’ll provide links to the documents below. I encourage you to read them and if nothing else expose yourself to the executive summary in the first few pages of the full report. 

Click here for Guidepost Full Report

Click here for Appendices to Guidepost Report pt. #1 

Click here for Appendices to Guidepost Report pt. #2

My initial reaction, after reading the report, was one of anger, grief and disillusionment. My heart breaks for the survivors and the trauma they experienced. I admire their courage and tenacity. While some of the accusations in the report are contested, the facts and evidence presented should compel lament, repentance and a desire for change.

The goal of the investigation was to bring to light every reported instance of sexual abuse that may have occurred at any of the 47,000+ SBC churches over the last two decades. The Task Force investigated several hundred reported cases.

As part of that investigation, they found a list of convicted sex offenders that had been compiled and documented. This list was then sent to the president of the Executive Committee but never published for other SBC churches to see. Had they been reported then, (as they are now) churches would’ve been able to see a master listing of credibly accused offenders so as to protect themselves and their vulnerable populations from repeat offenses.

These findings are shocking, sobering and expose an organizational rot that needs to be addressed. I’m hopeful that this upcoming Annual Meeting will afford messengers an opportunity to act on the recommendations of the sexual abuse task force and begin the process of making improvements in this area. Thankfully, some steps have already been taken to improve our prevention efforts. Moreover, it is now much easier to report those convicted of sexual abuse as well as churches/organizations who improperly handle such things. 

Abuse Prevention at Broadview

This report raises the question of our own sexual abuse reporting/prevention practices at Broadview.

I want to say without equivocation that we find any form of sexual abuse to be both criminal and sinful. Abusers will find no safe haven at Broadview. We will gladly cooperate with authorities when and if these types of allegations ever surface. We will forever remain vigilant to protect the vulnerable populations entrusted to our care. 

Here are some of the ways we try and prevent abuse in our church right now:

  1. Broadview has a Children’s Ministry Policy Manual that covers enlistment of leaders, training, and protocols to insure all children are safe and protected. This manual lays out a step by step process for reporting abuse and how accusations are handled.  
  2. Broadview requires all leaders and volunteers to be background checked, with a required training module in sexual abuse awareness training through Ministry Safe. These are renewed every two years.  
  3. Broadview has a safety team that is certified and trained who monitor all building entrances and corridors. Our building is under 24 hour video surveillance for the protection of our volunteers and our vulnerable populations.

A few years ago we revised our ministry policies and volunteer onboarding process for vulnerable populations. We have a clear cut process for handling accusations of sexual abuse. We are committed to protecting our vulnerable populations and those who are potential victims of sexual abuse.

Our local church should be a place of safety and healing. If you’ve ever experienced abuse (whether on our campus or at any other time) we are committed to seeing justice take place and your soul being properly cared for. Please join me in praying for those affected by these unspeakable acts. 

Let us also pray for our family churches in this difficult season and the continued protection of every member at Broadview Baptist Church. 

Other Important Updates

Having responded to the big news in the SBC, I also need to address the other devastating events of the past few weeks. 

If you’ve been watching the news then you know about the absolute horror many parents are walking through in Uvalde, TX with the recent school shooting. I cannot even begin to imagine what the parents and community are going through right now. Please keep them in your prayers.

I know people who are on the ground ministering to some of the families and it is absolutely heart breaking to hear the reports. It’s such a senseless tragedy and proof positive of the evil and brokenness of our world. It creates an even stronger longing for the return of Christ and the replacement of this broken world with the Kingdom that is to come. 

In addition to the school shootings, we had the Mesquite Heat Fire last week. Several folks in our church family had to evacuate their homes. I know some (not members of our church) who lost everything. It’s a reminder that things can go from one extreme to the next in the blink of an eye. 

Church Family Crisis Fund

These crises are a reminder of the great gift we’ve been given in the local church. We don’t have to walk through these days alone or in our own strength. We are encouraged to grieve with those who grieve and rejoice with those who rejoice. (Rom 12:15) We are to bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Gal 6:2) 

Part of the way we’re able to support one another in our congregation is through a special fund that was set up called the “Church Family Crisis Fund.” While our Local Missions Offering is used to help with local benevolence needs and assisting other non-profits in Abilene, the CFCF is money given BY Broadview Members FOR other Broadview Members.

I’ve seen first hand how the family crisis fund has been used by God to absolutely change a person’s life. You have no idea the impact that we’re able to make when we partner together to generously provide for these crisis needs as they arise. The disbursement of funds is regulated by a small board to ensure accountability and proper stewardship. 

Given the rise in prices due to inflation and some major crises that have come up in our church family, I wanted to use this email to draw your attention to the fund. Many of you reading this are new to our church and may not even know about this ministry.

If you’ve been blessed with some “extra” and you’d like to give to the family crisis fund to help us continue ministering to members of our church family in their time of need, you can designate a gift today.  

Final Thoughts

As I close out this weeks update I want to encourage you to please sign up your child for our Vacation Bible School if you haven’t already done so. You’ll see info on how to do that in the announcements below. Remember, if you want a shirt you need to PRE PAY BY TODAY! 

I’ll be out of the pulpit on July 12th and the 19th as I travel to Anaheim for the SBC Annual Meeting. Because of that, we will be taking a short break in our series on the book of Revelation. This week will be a special stand alone message in light of our graduating seniors. If you’d like to attend the annual meeting in Anaheim as a Broadview messenger then please reply to this email and let me know!

On June 18th we are planning another community outreach event to spread the word about our VBS kick-off. We will continue covering the area that was mapped out for our first community outreach. If you’re willing to help out, please sign up with your commitment as well as how many you plan to bring with you. We will meet at the church at 9AM on June 18th. 

Finally, if you haven’t yet registered for the family mission trip, summer camps or other related events then please make plans to do so. You can find most of the registration links online or sign up sheets in the Gathering Place. 

That’s all I’ve got for this week. If there is any way I can pray for you please let me know! You can just reply to this email.

Until He Comes,

Pastor Wes

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Summer Schedule of Events

May 29 – Fifth Sunday Singing CANCELLED
June 2 – Women’s Dice & Ice (6:00-8:30PM) (register)
June 3 – Kids & Youth Pool Party (8:00-11:00PM) Abilene Swim Club
June 4 – Men’s Rangers Game (8:30 AM) (sold out!) 
June 12-15 – SBC Annual Meeting (Anaheim, CA)
June 12 – Youth Camp Parents Meeting (2:00PM)
June 12 – Preteen Camp Parent Meeting (3:00PM)
June 18 – Community Outreach Event (9:00-12:00PM)
June 19 – Worship Ministry Auditions (2:00-4:00PM)
June 19-23 – Vacation Bible School (6:00-8:30PM) (register)
June 26 – Clarke Family Sending Service (5:00PM)

July 3 – Family Service (no preschool/children’s programming)
July 7 – Women’s Ministry Movie Night (6:30-8:00PM) (register)
July 14-15 – Children’s Ministry Summer Camp (learn more)
July 14-18 – Youth Ministry Summer Camp (registration closed)
July 17 – Family Mission Trip Meeting (5:00PM)
July 18-21 – Preteen Summer Camp (learn more)
July 25-29 – Family Mission Trip (Houston, TX) 
July 31 – Fifth Sunday Hymn-Sing (5:00PM)

August 4 – Women’s Ministry Movie Night (6:30-8:00)
August 7 – Harvest Sunday (Baptism Service)
August 21 – Broadview Members Meeting (5:00PM)
August 24 – Wednesday Night Programming Resumes (6:30PM)

** if you see something missing that needs to be added please respond to this email with the information. You can also reply if you have questions about any of the upcoming events. **

NEW GROUPS

New Sunday Small Group!

Sunday’s @ 11:00AM

Starts May 17th

We are starting a new young adult small group at 11:00am on Sunday mornings! This small group will begin by studying through the book of Ephesians. The class will be led by Dustin Malone and consist of a blend between expositional Bible teaching and group discussion.

The book of Ephesians is one of THE BEST New Testament letters for understanding the truth of the Gospel and how it applies to your every day life. It’s also a great book for understanding God’s design for the local church. 

No matter what season of life you find yourself in, you will benefit from this small group. The group is open to all (not just young adults). It will launch on May 17th. You can go ahead and preregister if you think you might be interested.

Contact Dustin at ‭(325) 370-9777‬ for more information.

 

Register Now

UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday Outreach Event

June 18th | 9:00AM-12:00PM

Join us as we go door to door in the neighborhoods around the church to invite people to participate in our upcoming Vacation Bible School! We will meet up at the church at 9AM.

We will also equip each team with VBS flyers and Gospel tracks to share the Gospel when they have opportunity. We will ask some team members to stay at the church and pray in the Sanctuary for the contacts we will encounter as well as the services throughout the following week.

Even if you don’t like to “knock on doors” you can still come to pray! Please RSVP so we can have a good idea of how much food to provide for breakfast and lunch.

Sign Up Now

 

Auditions for Worship Ministry

June 19th | 2:00-4:00PM

We are adding vocalists, instrumentalists and media techs to our worship team. With some of the turnover that has taken place over the past few years we have a growing need to add new folks to our team. If you have a desire and gift for leading others in worship through song please let us know!

You can email Taylor for more information or to schedule your audition. Vocalists will be asked to sing a song and instrumentalists will be asked to play. The song can be given to you in advance of the audition once you email Taylor and let him know about your interest. 

We are looking for volunteers in every area: vocalists, guitarists (lead/rhythm), bass, drums, keys, sound board, Pro-presenter, livestream, camera operators. If you have an interest in this area now is the time to step up and serve! 

Email Taylor

Spark: Vacation Bible School

June 19-23

6:00-8:30PM

4yrs – 5th grade

Help your child see they were Created In Christ and Designed for God’s Purpose. They will discover that their creativity is a gift from the infinitely creative Creator who designed them for His glory. God’s creativity didn’t stop in Genesis! The Master Artist is working to redeem, reclaim, and transform us-His creation-to the original design He planned for us.

We are His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)–a masterpiece in process. So what are you waiting for? Spark your imagination and kick your creativity into high gear at Spark Studios. We invite you to bring your 4yr old – 5th grader. 

How to Register

For Preschool registration, please register your child for the age they will be on June 19, 2022.

For Elementary School Registration, please register your child for the grade they will have completed by June 19. 

CHILD & VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

Pay for your VBS T-Shirt 

We will only be ordering a shirt for volunteers/ children who have prepaid for their shirt by May 28. Shirts are available in Youth S-Adult 5X and are $13 each. Payments can be made by cash, check, or below. 

PAY FOR 1 T-SHIRT
PAY FOR 2 T-SHIRTS
PAY FOR 3 T-SHIRTS

 

Children’s Camp

COMPLETED 1ST – 3RD GRADE

Circle Six Baptist Camp

When: July 14th-15th, 2022

Who is invited: Children’s Camp is for those who have completed 1st – 3rd grade.

Registration: $70 December 1 – May 31

Late Registration: $90 June 1 – June 15

 

Registration:

June 15th is the last day to sign up, and June 23rd is the last day to complete registration.

Click here to register for children’s campand enter password: summercamp2022

Preteen Camp

COMPLETED 4TH – 5TH GRADE

Circle Six Baptist Camp

When: July 18th-21st, 2022 (Session 2)

Who is invited: PreTeen Camp is for those who have completed 4th – 5th grade.

​Early Registration: $180 December 1 – January 31

Registration: $190 February 1 – May 31

Late Registration: ​$210 June 1 – June 15

 

Click here to register for preteen camp and enter password: summercamp2022

Family Mission Trip

Houston, TX

July 25-29

$200 | Per family or individual

This year our family mission trip is going to be in Houston, Texas in partnership with Cross Community Church just north of Houston’s Fifth Ward. We will knock on doors in the community to share the Gospel, invite people to church and inform folks about the ESL classes provided at CCC. 

If you’re interested in taking your family on the Family Mission Trip then there will be a signup sheet in the Missions Hallway outside of the Worship Center.

Be praying for Pastor Del Traffanstedt and the Cross Community Church congregation. Ask God for wisdom in planning, volunteers for ministry, effectiveness in discipleship and connections with the community. If you are interest in going on this trip but would like more details please contact Pastor Vernon

 

Financial Update

Information on how to give to Broadview can be found at broadview.church/give.

Offering Report
Date: 0512/2022

Weekly Budget Requirement:  $18,519
Weekly Budget Receipts:  $12,416

YTD Required:  $388,899
YTD Received:   $408,864

Designated Gifts
World Missions: $289
Local Missions: $168
Family Crisis: $517
Ukraine Relief: $69

Most Recent Sermon

The Battle of Armageddon
Revelation 16:10-21
May 22nd, 2022

A Crucial Week

 

Hey Church Family

I hope you’ve had a great week! We are now 13 days into our 21 days of prayer and fasting. 136 people are participating! I don’t know about your experience but mine has been transformational.

I’ve been a Christian for close to 30 years. I’ve never fasted like I have in the past 13 days. It’s been a “game changer” in my life and our church. I definitely plan to continue fasting on regular basis in my personal life. God has used it so powerfully over the past two weeks.

If the whole idea of fasting is new to you then I’d encourage you to watch the messages from the past two weeks. I tried to make a biblical case for fasting and why our church is doing one together. You can watch week one here and week two here.

If you haven’t made a commitment about the fast but would like to you can do that here. Even if you only fast for the next seven days leading up to Easter it can still be a very powerful experience and used by God in our corporate life together.

A Crucial Week

This last week of the fast is especially important because of all of the special events we have coming up. That’s the major reason for this email. I’d like to encourage you to commit the following four things to prayer. 

  1. Rise Up Easter Family Event (April 10th)
  2. Good Friday Service (April 15th)
  3. Saturday Outreach Event (April 16th)
  4. Easter Sunday (April 17th)

I want to use this week’s update to spell out the details of each of these four things as well as the specific ways you can pray for God’s blessing.

Rise Up With Jesus

Easter Event for Families

April 10th | 3:00-4:30PM

The first event is the Rise Up Family Event. Our Preschool Ministry and Children’s Ministry have partnered up on this event to create a compelling discipleship experience for newborns to 5th grade. Not only will they enjoy the experience, mom and dad will too!

Families will explore the important details of Jesus’ resurrection. There will be seven captivating “hands-on” stations that allow kids to fully engage with the message of the Gospel. Not only will they discover the meaning of Jesus’ death, they will also discover how his resurrection changes everything!

Here’s how you can pray:

  1. Ask God to open the spiritual eyes of every child who participates. 
  2. For those who are old enough, ask God to use His Word (through these stations) to spark true repentance and faith in their heart resulting in salvation. 
  3. Pray that parents will be able to use this experience as a diving board for “at home” discipleship.

Churches have big events all the time. But we don’t want to just have an event for the sake of entertainment. Everything we do is filtered through the lens of our mission to make disciples. 

Several of these kids do not have a relationship with the Lord. Others are just starting in their relationship with God. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to do what ONLY HE CAN DO. I’m trusting God to produce lasting spiritual fruit.

 

Good Friday Service

April 15th | 6:00PM

The second big event coming up is our Good Friday service on April 15th at 6PM. This year we’re going to look at Jesus’ seven “cries from the cross.” We will have videos that correspond to each of the seven sayings followed by a brief meditation and time of prayer.

**DISCLAIMER **
The videos in the Good Friday service contain clips from the Passion of the Christ. They are violent and bloody portrayals of Jesus’ suffering on the cross. We will have childcare for ages 3 and younger. However, viewer discretion is advised for young children who participate. The videos are around 60 seconds in length. You can just cover their eyes if you’re worried about the impact (audio is just background music. No sound effects.)

This service is unlike any other service we do throughout the year. The mood is somber not celebratory. There will be periods of personal reflection, prayer and corporate thanksgiving. The Good Friday service will be followed by a Saturday outreach the following day.

Here’s how you can pray:

  1. Ask God to really open our eyes to the passion of Jesus on the cross. Pray that we not just be intellectually familiar but spiritually penetrated with the reality of Jesus’ death on the cross.  
  2. Pray for every person to walk away with security in their salvation as well as an unwavering commitment to obey God no matter what. (repentance and faith that bears fruit!) 
  3. Pray that this night creates a true hunger in our hearts to share the Gospel with people the following Saturday morning.  

Saturday Outreach Event

April 16th | 8:30-12:30

The THIRD thing I’d like you to know and pray about is our Saturday Outreach Event this coming April 16th. It’s the Saturday morning before Easter.

We have printed 5,000 flyers and we have over 500 Gospel tracks ready to go.

Bonnie Barlow, our Bless the City Coordinator, has also mapped out the neighborhood around the church and broken it up into mapped sections for each team. We need at least 25 teams to cover all of the ground we want to cover so please RSVP and let us know if you plan to be there.

8:30-9:15AM:
We will meet at the church at 8:30 and have a light breakfast for anybody who wants/needs it. Tanner Clarke will do an evangelism training directly following that to help build your confidence and give everybody the tools they need to effectively engage in spiritual conversations.

9:15-11:45AM:
After the training, we will break into teams, assign maps and start going door to door in the blocks surrounding the church. Each team will have door-hangers, tracks and a recording system to note which houses were visited and any conversations that need follow up. Whatever houses we don’t finish we can come back and do later. We’re developing a master plan to hit every home!

11:45-12:30
Once you’ve finished your section you can come back to the church and join the prayer team until all other teams arrive. At 11:45 we’ll serve a Chick-fil-a lunch and have teams give testimonies (if they have any.) We will close out by praying for our Sunday morning services and the homes we contacted.

PRAYER TEAM:
Even if you’re not comfortable going out and talking to complete strangers, we still need you here for this event. Those who don’t go out will gather in the Sanctuary and pray for each team and the homes they will visit. The more prayer warriors we have the better!

If you aren’t physically able to go door-to-door but you can get to the church and pray then please RSVP. 

If you and/or your family are planning on coming to the Saturday Outreach Event please RSVP so we can make sure we have plenty of food and supplies ready to go.

RSVP NOW

 

Here’s how you can pray:

  1. I believe we will meet people Saturday who don’t know the Lord. Ask God to start preparing their hearts NOW for the conversation they will have. 
  2. Pray that God will raise up 100 people to go out and knock on doors or pray this next Saturday. We need a large turn out to cover the maps. 
  3. Pray that God would give YOU a burden for the lost and a zeal for evangelism. Ask God to give you the courage to be there Saturday to participate at some level. 
  4. Pray for Tanner Clarke as he trains us in evangelism and Bonnie Barlow as she organizes and administrates the event. (If you’d like to help with meals reply to the email and let me know!)

I think the participation and prayer behind this event will have a very large impact on the final prayer need which is Easter Sunday at Broadview.

Easter Sunday

April 17th | 8:15, 9:30 & 11:00

Small Groups: 9:30 & 11:00

Our 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting will culminate on April 17th. You may have lived through so many Easters by now that you don’t get excited about it anymore. If so, let me encourage you to make this year the year you get excited AGAIN.

If you have an unchurched friend or unchristian neighbor then this is the year you want to invite them to Broadview. Not only will there be a sermon on the resurrection and presentation of the Gospel, we are also going to call people to obedience to Christ through baptism that very morning!

The waters will be warm and baptism T-shirts/shorts will be available for men, women, boys and girls. I believe there may be some in our congregation who’ve never followed Christ in believer’s baptism by immersion. There are others who have never made any profession of faith whatsoever but Sunday will be the day that God calls them to respond.

I’ve been asking God for a fresh outpouring of his power in our worship services. It’s been a big part of my fast. Since 2020 and COVID, we have seen a drastically smaller number of first time decisions for Christ and baptisms. We’ve not seen someone “get saved” on a Sunday morning in a long time.

I’m desperate for God to change that fact and I’m praying for a visible demonstration of his sovereign grace in our worship services these next few weeks. Good music and engaging sermons don’t “save” anybody. Only the Word of God through the Spirit of God can make that happen.

But the Word is going to be preached and the Spirit is going to be present. So please join me in “believing God” for visible display of His power to save.

Here’s how you can pray:

  1. Pray for everyone who will be involved in leading worship at both campuses Easter Sunday. 
  2. Pray for our members to invite their unchurched/unchristian friends/neighbors to church.  
  3. Pray for the Holy Spirit to use God’s Word to open spiritual eyes and convict hearts of sin.  
  4. Pray for people who need to obey Christ in believers baptism by immersion. Pray they have the courage to act.

Final Thoughts

You might read this email and think to yourself, “Geeze, Wes. Don’t get your hopes up…” I get it! I’m not going to lie. That same doubt has cropped up in my own heart and mind as I’ve prayed over these four things.

But these 21 days of prayer and fasting have been teaching me to silence that doubt with a new seed of faith.

I know God is sovereign and He will do what He wants. We aren’t going to twist His arm or force His hand. 

I also know that merely asking for things in prayer doesn’t mean they’ll happen. God works in mysterious ways and being excited about something doesn’t necessarily change his plans. 

BUT…

Those truths must be held in tension with these truths:

  • Our Heavenly Father LOVES to give the Holy Spirit to those who will ask. (Luke 11:13)
  • God is not willing that ANY should perish but that all would come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
  • There’s a relationship between the visible display of God’s power and our faith. (Matthew 13:58)
  • There are promises of God to answer prayers, rightly prayed, for spiritual fruit. (John 15:7) 
  • We do not have what we want because we do not ask God for it in prayer. (James 4:2)

When I think of these things alongside of Jesus’ promise to be “with us” as we partner together in the Great Commission, I just can’t help but get a little bit excited. He has ALL AUTHORITY to say yes to these prayers I’m asking you to pray. (Matthew 28:18)

So let’s FAST & PRAY and BELIEVE God for something great.

Don’t forget that we have additional announcements below. We also have a prayer meeting this Sunday night at 5PM so please keep that in mind as well. 

If there is anything I can pray with YOU about please let me know by replying to this email. You can also post it on the prayer channel in our church app or website chat.

Looking forward to a great Sunday and hope to see you there.

With love,

Pastor Wes

NEW GROUPS

Emmaus Road

Finding Jesus in the Old Testament

Sundays @ 5PM

First class: April 24th

 

Join us for the first class of “Emmaus Road: Finding Jesus in the OT.” This class will explore Old Testament theme/types and discover how Jesus fulfills and completes them. Class will be taught by Jagger Gran. 

Classes will be stand-alone and on occasion. The first class will be held on Sunday night, April 24th, at 5:00PM.

Contact Jagger Gran for more information.

Register Now

New Sunday Small Group!

Sunday’s @ 11:00AM

Starts May 17th

We are starting a new young adult small group at 11:00am on Sunday mornings! This small group will begin by studying through the book of Ephesians. The class will be led by Dustin Malone and consist of a blend between expositional Bible teaching and group discussion.

The book of Ephesians is one of THE BEST New Testament letters for understanding the truth of the Gospel and how it applies to your every day life. It’s also a great book for understanding God’s design for the local church. 

No matter what season of life you find yourself in, you will benefit from this small group. The group is open to all (not just young adults). It will launch on May 17th. You can go ahead and preregister if you think you might be interested.

Contact Dustin at ‭(325) 370-9777‬ for more information.

 

Register Now

New Ladies Bible Study

A Great Cloud of Witnesses

March 30th | 10AM or 6:30PM

Throughout Scripture we find countless stories of God’s faithfulness. We also find countless stories of the people who remained faithful to Him.

Starting March 30th we will kick off a new women’s Bible study to examine some of those “imperfect yet faithful” people. This study dives into Hebrews 11, examining the lives of Rahab, Enoch, Gideon, Sarah, and many more whose faiths withstood the tests of their days.

The name of the study is “A Great Cloud of Witnesses” and it was written by Trillia Newbell.

 
 

Register Now

The Book of James

Wednesdays | 6:30PM

Music Suite

In addition to the ladies Bible study we also have a coed adult Bible study on the book of James Wednesdays at 6:30 in the Music Suite.

This is a class for any age. It consists of expositional Bible teaching out of the book of James followed by group discussion and life application. 

The James Bible study will be led by Joshua Wisham

Register here

UPCOMING EVENTS

Corn Hole Tournament

May 21st

Rescheduled!

We’ve rescheduled our Men’s Ministry corn hole tournament for May 21st. So bring out your A-game and compete in our corn hole tournament this coming February 5th. We will have at least four corn hole boards going at one time. Whoever wins the tournament will be eligible for a prize and bragging rights. 

We will start the games at 3:30PM and go until whenever the tournament is over. This will be a laid back time of fun and fellowship. Food will also be provided (hot dogs, chili, chips, condiments and drinks.) 

We will assign teams after everyone arrives. 

There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. 

Rangers Game

June 4th | $50 ticket

Rangers Stadium (Arlington, TX)

The Broadview Men’s Ministry is inviting all men to watch the Rangers play the Mariners at the newly renovated Rangers Stadium in Arlington, Texas! We’ve got a block of 20 tickets in the “all you can eat” section. (so dinner is covered).

There are only 11 tickets remaining as of the writing of this email!

Tickets are $50. This covers the cost of the ticket plus $5 for gas. The game starts at 3:05PM. We will leave the church at 10:30AM and get lunch on the road. Games typically last 2.5 to 3 hours so we plan to be back in Abilene later that evening (8-9PM).

If you are interested in signing up please contact Brian at (713) 204-7458. You must pay your $50 to secure your spot. You can pay online here or in person at church (checks payable to Broadview Baptist Church.)

 

 

Secure Your Spot

 

Financial Update

Information on how to give to Broadview can be found at broadview.church/give.

Offering Report
Date: 04/06/2022

Weekly Budget Requirement:  $18,519
Weekly Budget Receipts:  $22,881

YTD Required:  $259,266
YTD Received:   $286,264

Designated Gifts
World Missions: $406
Local Missions: $268
Family Crisis: $24
Ukraine Relief: $1129

Most Recent Sermon

Fasting 101

21 Days of Prayer & Fasting

The big thing coming up at the end of this month is a church-wide, 21-day, season of prayer and fasting. We are encouraging every member of Broadview to consider participating at one level or another as we ready our hearts for a resurrection celebration April 16th. 

The last time we did a congregational fast like this was back in 2008 in preparation for a church revival. I can still remember the prayer meetings on Mondays nights in the Education Building after breaking the fast each week. 

This congregational fast will begin on Sunday morning, March 27th and will extend until Easter Sunday, April 16.

In addition to the fast we will have Prayer Meetings each Sunday of the fast at 5:00PM.

  • March 27th
  • April 3rd
  • April 10th

There are four “tracks” to choose from.

The video below is my attempt to give an introduction to and rationale for the 21 Days if you’re interested in watching/listening. 

The four tracks are all a little bit different and one may seem more attractive depending on your circumstances and season of life. You may want to do something different (either less intense or more) and that’s fine as well.

Why Are We Doing This?

Unfortunately, fasting isn’t a very common practice amongst Christians today. There’s a lot of mystery around it.

There are certain traditions like Roman Catholicism that practice things like Lent every single year. But fasting isn’t something you “just do” because it’s a certain time of year or a certain tradition in the culture.

Fasting is something you do voluntarily upon the prompting of the Holy Spirit to accomplish a spiritual purpose.

The fast we are doing is “congregational” in nature. That means each person in our church family is being called upon to voluntarily deprive themselves of something physically essential (food) for the sake of something spiritually essential (being desperate for and dependant on God.)

A Personal Testimony

At first, this fast was just something I was going to do personally. The Holy Spirit had made clear in my own heart the need to do an extended fast. The church never would’ve even known about this fast much less participated in it. I began to study fasting, it’s purpose and the biblical teaching around it. In my preparation for the fast, the Lord made clear to me that I should extend the invitation to our entire congregation. 

Here’s what’s crazy. Several months ago I reached out to a group of pastor friends to ask them about “church-wide” fasting resources and tools. I shared with them how the Lord was leading me to call our church to a 21 day fast leading up to Easter. What blew my mind was that FIVE of those seven pastors were also planning to do a congregational fast on the SAME DATES and for similar reasons.

None of us had any idea that any of us were even thinking about a fast. Upon further investigation I came to discover that the Lord has been calling MANY churches to engage in congregational fasts across the United States and ours is just one of many that the Lord is preparing for this process.

A Theology of Fasting

I don’t know what the Lord is going to do through this fast. I’m not “expecting” the Lord to “do” anything. Neither should you. Fasting is not something you engage in so that God will “do something” in your life or our church.

We don’t fast in order to get things from God. We fast in order to get more of God because he’s so much better than any “thing” this world has to offer. Fasting is a way to reorient our heart and mind around that which is most important.

It’s a way to teach our body and soul that we were made for worship. We were made to desire God, be satisfied in God and to glorify God through the pursuit of his presence. 

Today, God’s presence is already ours through the gift of the Holy Spirit. The blood of Jesus covers our sins and we stand completely righteous in the eyes of our Heavenly Father. We don’t fast in order to “get God’s love.” We fast as a response to having already received His love and as a reminder that his grace is sufficient for our every need.

Your Motivation Matters!

Our motivation for fasting matters to the Lord. When we fast in the right way and for the right reasons then we will position ourselves to experience a great reward. (Matthew 6:16-18) That reward is the gift of God himself.

When Jesus finished his 40 day fast in preparation of his public ministry he returned to Galilee “in the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Luke 4:14) As believers, we’ve been given the Holy Spirit to empower our witness in this world as well. (Acts 1:8)

Don’t miss this opportunity to partner with your church family in expressing a renewed hunger for God and a renewed outpouring of his Holy Spirit in our congregation. 

Once you’ve prayed and decided on a plan you can indicate your decision by filling out a commitment card during the Sunday morning service. This commitment is between you and the Lord. Filling out the card is just a way to publicly express that private decision.

We will not be sharing who all is participating in the fast but we will share the total number of people so that you can be encouraged by the fact that you’re not doing this alone.

I hope you’ll seriously consider participating at one level or another.

I also hope you’ll join us for the Sunday night prayer meetings starting March 27th.

If you have any questions, reservations or feedback please let me know. You can just reply to this email.

Closing Thoughts

Before I close out this week’s update don’t forget that we have our Hands & Feet ministry project coming up April 7th. You only have until the end of the month to turn in a project or sign up to work. You can read more information in the announcements below.

There are also still openings for the J.O.Y ministry trip to Branson if you’re interested in going. Contact Phyllis for more information. You can read the details about the trip in the announcements below. 

In our prayer time during staff meeting this past Monday we prayed over many people in our church family who are walking through deep suffering. This world is so broken and so many people are walking through such challenging times. You do not have suffer alone. If there’s anyway I can pray for you please reply back to this email and let me know.

We can also put your prayer need on the church prayer list through the church app. That way more and more people can join you in prayer. If you don’t know how to do that reply back and I can send you some instructions. 

I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Until Jesus Comes,

Pastor Wes