Episode 320

Seminaries partner for wartime training/healing, NAMB funds aid next-gen evangelism, Bible Study: Love in truth/action.

Mar 27, 2023

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Sirens cut the interview short. The familiar alarms began to blare in her ears as she wrapped up a Tuesday morning Zoom call explaining how the seminary partnership between Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., and the Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary in Lviv, Ukraine, had personally impacted her life and ministry.

Iryna Los, chief of staff for the president of the Ukrainian seminary, ended the Zoom call abruptly. She is used to these alarms. It was time to shelter in the basement of the newest facility at the seminary – a basement that doubles as a bomb shelter. She was calm as she ended the call, explaining that the siren might not mean Lviv is actively being bombed, but does indicate danger somewhere nearby.

Los helps lead the WeCare centers which are the seminary’s strategic approach to helping the millions of internally displaced Ukrainians with humanitarian needs, spiritual care, trauma care and educational activities. They also foster dialogues between churches, city authorities and volunteer organizations. These centers are in 14 cities across the country, and the goal is to help these institutions interact and serve the city together.

South Carolina Baptists have been hosting regional One Night outreach events across their state, which has resulted in thousands of students attending and nearly 300 professions of faith since the events began in the fall of 2021.

Oklahoma Baptists used the grant to develop a smartphone application called Good News Coach that helps leaders train and encourage students to share their faith as well as hold them accountable to the discipline of evangelism.

So far, the app has been downloaded more than 4,000 times, And while it was specifically designed with students in mind, the tool can be used by everyone, and it’s a resource Oklahoma Baptists are eager to share with churches and other state conventions as well.

Good News for Today is sponsored by The Voice of the Martyrs
Good News for Today is made possible through our friends at The Voice of the Martyrs, a nonprofit organization that serves persecuted Christians around the world. Founded in 1967 by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, VOM is dedicated to inspiring believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission — no matter the cost. Find out more and sign up for their free monthly magazine at vom.org/goodnews.

A Lifeway Bible study takes a close look at the love that is explained in 1 John 3.

It says, “Our love, or lack of it, determines how we relate to others. Either the absence of love leads to de facto hatred (vv. 12-15), or its presence leads to sacrificial living (vv. 16-18). Those who have experienced and received the sacrificial love of Jesus will in turn demonstrate sacrificial love toward others. That love will not be merely “in word or speech, but in action and in truth” (v. 18).

Love not only puts truth into action, it also carries with it life-giving benefits. The love that determines how we relate to God and to others also assures us of our salvation (vv. 19-20). Loving in truth and action “is how we will know that we belong to the truth” (v. 19). The assurance that comes to our hearts then gives us confidence in prayer (vv. 21-22).


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