Archive for January, 2011

  1. GOD INSTEAD OF US: A MEDITATION ON THE CROSS OF CHRIST

    Posted on January 31st, 2011 by Secret Church

    By Trevin Wax Picture the first humans in the garden of Eden in uninterrupted fellowship with God and each other. They are called to do the will of God, but they disobey. Not your will, Lord, but mine! decides Adam, lurching forward to take the fruit. Thousands of years later, another garden is before us. Gethsemane. The Second Adam agonizes over the will of God, shrinking back from the cup of God’s wrath, the cup He must drink for His sinful people to be spared. Not my will, but yours! He decides. The essence of (Continue reading…)

  2. PERSECUTED COMMUNITY // NORTHSIDE METHODIST

    Posted on January 28th, 2011 by Secret Church

    This week we are interviewing Lisa Clements. Lisa is a member of Northside United Methodist in Jackson Tennessee. Lisa serves on the Vision Team, Secret Church Team and lead’s the Women’s Ministry team. Lisa also serves as the chaplain for the Lambuth Lady Eagles Basketball Team. Northside United Methodist has implemented four Secret Church sessions much like the ones held at the Church at Brook Hills. Implementing Secret Church has taught the Northside congregation much about their faith and God’s Word. Secret Church (SC) :: Why did your church decide to implement Secret Church? Lisa (Continue reading…)

  3. HONORING THE PERSECUTED CHURCH // SCRIPTURE

    Posted on January 27th, 2011 by Secret Church

    How many copies of the Bible do you have in your home? When was the last time you opened each of these copies? How many verses have you memorized other than John 3:16? The word of God is an under appreciated resource in America. Those facing daily persecution can’t carry a Bible in public. Even if the Bible could be carried in public many don’t have access to translated copies. In honor of the Persecuted Church memorize Psalm 119:1-8 this week. Pray that God would provide a way for the Persecuted Church to receive and (Continue reading…)

  4. THE PERSECUTED CHURCH // ALGERIA

    Posted on January 26th, 2011 by Secret Church

    In Algeria there are 41 people groups of which 85% don’t have access to the gospel. In December of 2009 a group of extremists tried to prevent a church from holding Christmas services. The pastor received death threats and the group stole from the church and cut off their electricity. Despite the discouragement the church held their service as planned. Here is a video about the Kabyle people group in Algeria. This video was produced by the International Mission Board. Prayer Praises – Those who have received Christ is close to 100,000. Everyday seeds are (Continue reading…)

  5. GLOBAL GRACE, MERCY AND JUSTICE

    Posted on January 25th, 2011 by Secret Church

    “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). Like the Philippian jailer, we must grapple with that question. How is what Christ did on the cross applicable to our lives today? The answer is found over and over in Scripture. We read of God’s greatness, His goodness, and His glory—not for just as a benefit to His people, but to benefit the world’s peoples. His grace, mercy, and justice shown, not for His sake, but for the sake of His holy name among the nations. His is a global grace, a global mercy, a (Continue reading…)

  6. SPIRITUAL WARFARE: VICTORY IN LOSING

    Posted on January 24th, 2011 by Secret Church

    Spiritual warfare is a reality.  Period.  From Genesis to Revelation, the scriptures paint a picture of a cosmic battle that is largely unseen. Take a look at the persecuted church, though, and the battle becomes strikingly real.  In fact, it would seem easy to give up in warfare when faithful believers are losing their lives – were it not for some clear biblical truths.  _The enemy is a real enemy, but the focus of the Bible is God. Satan is, in fact, the “roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour” (1 Pet. 5:8, HCSB).  (Continue reading…)

  7. KIMYAL NEW TESTAMENT LAUNCH IN INDONESIA

    Posted on January 21st, 2011 by Secret Church

    Kimyal New Testament launch in Indonesia from United Bible Societies on Vimeo. Please view the full article HERE. To subscribe to the Secret Church Blog click HERE

  8. DAILY LIVING // OPEN FAITH

    Posted on January 20th, 2011 by Secret Church

    This week you can choose to honor the Persecuted Church by substituting one or more of your meals with a plain, unseasoned, 8oz. portion of rice and beans. Much of the world’s population is impoverished and has very little to eat. In some of these same places the truth of Christ cannot be openly shared. Whether it’s one meal once a day, every meal for a whole day or every meal for a week, choose to honor the Persecuted Church by eating simple and eating less. Every time you eat remember that there are those (Continue reading…)

  9. HONORING THE PERSECUTED // IRAN

    Posted on January 19th, 2011 by Secret Church

    There are 103 people groups in Iran of which an estimated 90% are unreached with the Gospel. The predominant religion is Muslim. Yet, despite insurmountable odds the gospel is being planted. Sometimes it takes 11 years for the seed to take root but once it does it flourishes. Click here to read more: http://centralasianpeoples.imb.org/blog/ Prayer Praises – An oppressive and disappointing government is creating hearts open to something different. Prayer Requests – Pray for seeds to take root. Sources: The International Mission Board Voices of the Martyrs Operation World To subscribe to the Secret Church (Continue reading…)

  10. DISCOVERING WHAT’S BEEN THERE ALL THE TIME

    Posted on January 18th, 2011 by Secret Church

    My 3-year-old daughter is walking around the house with a dirty, stained baby doll. That’s not because I’m cheap (although I am). It’s because that baby doll is old. And new. The old part is simple – she’s had it since she was born, and once she could really play with things, she’s enjoyed playing mommy to her baby. But it’s new because as her store of toys has increased, the baby doll got tucked away deep in her closet. For months it sat there, unused and neglected. But then she found it. Again. And (Continue reading…)