We are happy to welcome Dr. Jerry Vines to preach at Bellevue this weekend. Jerry was a pastor for over 60 years before he retired and began Jerry Vines Ministries. During his 60 years as a pastor, Jerry served as President of the Southern Baptist Convention twice and was the lead pastor of internationally recognized First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida, for more than 23 years. As part of his current ministry, Jerry is an author, public speaker of more than 2,000 messages, and Bible study curriculum writer.
We are happy to welcome Jerry Vines to preach at Bellevue this weekend. Jerry was a pastor for over 60 years before he retired and began Jerry Vines Ministries. During his 60 years of being a pastor, Jerry served as President of the Southern Baptist Convention twice and was the lead pastor of internationally recognized First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida, for more than 23 years. As part of his current ministry, Jerry is an author, public speaker of more than 2,000 messages, and Bible study curriculum writer.
A Chain Reaction: Part One
When you think about the Great Commission, it can be a heavy weight to bear. “Go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19). That’s a lot of people. There are so many lost people in the world; how are we ever going to tell them all about Jesus? The answer is simple—one at a time.
In the fall of 2019, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) launched a movement across the United States titled Who’s Your One? This movement focuses on equipping and mobilizing every Southern Baptist to identify one person to pray for and share the Gospel with over the next year.
“Who’s Your One? Imagine if every member of your church could answer that question with the name of a person—a person for whom they’re praying and with whom they’re sharing the Gospel. How would it change your church? How would it change the world?” said J.D. Greear, President of the Southern Baptist Convention. “It doesn’t matter how many buildings we construct, churches we plant, or sermons we preach if we’re not intent on doing everything so that lost men, women, and children will experience the transforming work of God. Without that one thing, we fail. That’s why we’re launching Who’s Your One.”
With this challenge at hand, many Bellevue members took up the calling to pray for and share the Gospel with one person. Wei Liu is one of those people.
“When I heard about the challenge, I thought it was a great idea!” Wei said. “Rather than spread a seed here and there, focusing on a single person, either a family member or a friend, and committing to pray for them and preparing to tell them about Christ sounded more achievable.”
Within two weeks, the Lord led Wei to befriended a young, doctoral fellow, who had been recently hired in her department at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Qian Dong, known by many of her friends as Jessie, was not only new to the job but also new to Memphis. As anyone new to town, Qian was grateful that Wei welcomed her. Through shared lunches and other conversations at work, the two quickly became friends
A few weeks into their friendship, Qian began to ask questions about a relationship with Jesus. “I was so thrilled! At that time, I had tried to introduce some of my other colleagues to Christ, but they were not interested,” Wei explained.
“No only did God send her to me to share the Gospel with her, but I also think He sent her to me to inspire and encourage me to not give up sharing the Gospel but to continue to lead others to know Him.”
To anyone who may have taken up the Who’s Your One? challenge, but not yet seen the fruit of your labor, Wei encouraged you to ”keep praying for them, help meet their needs when you can, love them, show a faithful testimony to them, and leave everything else to God. He will work out the details. He will take care of the rest.”
To be continued…
Read more about Wei and Qian’s story next week at bellevue.org/guide.
For more information on the Who’s Your One? movement, visit whosyourone.com.
ReGathering with Kids Through Home Visits
It’s been a difficult season as we’ve all been unable to spend time with our friends and family in person. For many of us, we haven’t had guests in our home or visited anyone else’s home in weeks or even months.
Bellevue’s Preschool and Children’s Ministry missed connecting with people in person, too, and that desire to reconnect led them to begin ministry through home visits.
“Since we had not seen many of the families and children in our ministry in so long, we wanted to find a unique way to reach out to them,” said Christian Sprout, Director of Children’s Ministry. “The Lord laid it on Pastor Ken’s heart to take activities and a lesson to the front yard of the kids we normally see every Sunday.”
Beginning Tuesday, June 9 through Wednesday, July 1, our Preschool and Children’s Ministry team visited 145 houses—approximately 16 per day—with the purpose of reconnecting and sharing the Gospel with these families!
“Because we had not met with our Life Groups in months, we wanted the kids and their parents to feel connected to Bellevue again,” Christian explained.
"The home visits were a great way to show our families that we had not forgotten about them..."
A typical home visit included games, Scripture memory, and a short Bible lesson. The visiting team also provided the families the materials needed for other activities and a snack.
Although the team concluded home visits on July 1 to plan CampOutrageous Online and other events, they hope to do more home visits and see the kids again soon! In view of Bellevue’s Mission, our Preschool and Children’s Ministry team has been a great example of what it means to “Love People.”
For more information about Bellevue’s Preschool and Children’s Ministry, visit bellevue.org/kids.
As Bellevue’s Culinary Ministry Manager, Tom Schranz oversees all food and service needs of Bellevue’s ministries. He has served events as small as the Pastor’s Office and others as large as a four-day, all-day conference of thousands of local teachers. Tom says the variety of service “has stretched our culinary team’s resolve to take on whatever is required to serve well.” Tom’s wife, Valerie, also serves on Bellevue’s Culinary Ministry team, and the two have two daughters: Alison and Rebecca. In light of current circumstances, Join us as we celebrate Tom’s five years as Culinary Ministry Manager!
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