Experiencing the Power of God (A Call to Break the Binge-Watch)

This post is featured from CampfireGrace.com, the personal blog of Becky Rosty, who co-direct’s BCMofSC with her husband.binge free challenge

Power.

I figured out my word for 2016. I thought it was going to be flourish. But as I look back over the last few weeks, I see the word POWER all over the place: my journal, my Spotify playlist, my work-out diary.

This year, I want to tangibly experience Gods power in my life. And I want to see His power impacting the lives around me too:

  • Power over temptations we habitually give in to.
  • Power that ignites faith and rebels against fear.
  • Power to live life to the fullest, instead of just getting by.
  • Power to be bold, speak truth, celebrate hope, and see lives changed because of it.
  • Power over insecurity.
  • Over anxiety.
  • Over depression.
  • And other far-too-common issues that riddle our broken society.
  • Power over self-absorbed tendencies that undermine God’s kingdom-minded priorities.

I am convinced that one of the greatest extinguishers of the power of God is binge-watching Netflix.

Or Hulu.

Or Video-games.

Or Facebook, Instagram, IMDB, etc. We know what we binge on. Maybe it’s food, or exercise. Perhaps its sleep.

One way or another, this excess is steadily siphoning out the power of God in and through our lives.

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Shane said something the other day that I can’t get out of my mind:
“We spend a lot of time watching movies about people who don’t watch movies.” Hmm…

God has given us brilliant minds, incredible physical capabilities, and the capacity to love and share life with others. His gift of a reconciled relationship with Him begins the flow of His power the heals and energizes, grows and sanctifies, and ultimately provides a whole new life-perspective. Often, when we binge-watch, we put that power on pause. We silence the voice of the Holy Spirit to stay tuned to what happens next to Amy and Rory.

1 Corinthians has 3 things to say about this:

“Everything is permissible for me,” but not everything is helpful. “Everything is permissible for me,” but I will not be brought under the control of anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12
“Everything is permissible,” but not everything is helpful. “Everything is permissible,” but not everything builds up. 1 Corinthians 10:23
If it’s not helpful (in my walk with God, for example), or building up others, then should I be dedicating 4+ hours of my day to it? If it is beginning to take control of my thoughts, impulses, concentration, desires, or time, then I must employ wisdom to deny myself the indulgence.
I am not suggesting a legalistic ceasing of all tv-shows and movies. Like Paul said, “everything is permissible for me.” What I am suggesting is that we all take a 2 week binge-break.
Classes are beginning this week for the students at our local college. For the first 2 weeks, I challenge you (and me and everyone else), to say no to any “loner tv.” This means not watching movies or shows (or playing video games) unless it is used as a community or relationship building event. With all that extra time, you could:
  • Pray for the lost in your sphere of influence
  • Listen to a sermon on podcast
  • Jog off the first week of school tension
  • Host a game night in your dorm and build friendships with someone new
  • Call your mom (your welcome, moms)
  • Clean your room
  • Write a book (instead of a Facebook post)
  • Read a book (before you watch the movie on Netflix)
  • Get ahead on your homework.
  • Reinforcer the life-givers in your world (ideas here)
  • Spend time telling God about your day.
  • Make a to-be list, instead of a to-do list.
  • Rest…. for real. Take a nap or a bath.
  • Embrace the quiet. Learn how to just be with yourself and God.
  • Read your Bible.
And when 2 weeks is up, lets all adopt a healthy and balanced approach to the R&R opportunities in front of us. Sorry Amazon Prime, nothing is really binge-worthy.
Document your progress and connect with others with #bingefreechallenge and #campfiregrace.

Campfire Check-In:

What will you do with your binge-free time?
What is your “word” for 2016?

4 Ways to Keep Engage 24 Going

(Post originally from BCM co-director, Becky Rosty’s blog: www.campfiregrace.com)
While the day of Engage 24 in 2015 may be over, the spirit of Engage 24 can endure. The point of this initiative is not to check off a yearly gospel sharing opportunity. The point of Engage 24 is to be a kick off to gospelize each of our lives, and equip and excite us to share our blessed faith more often.

“Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.”” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:18, 20‬

While I believe we should always be searching actively for the opportunity to join Gods work of reconciliation, I also understand our humanity and penchant for busyness. If we don’t establish a sense of intentionality into our days, our hectic schedules can often blind us to the needs of the lost. So, I have listed 4 ways to help us maintain an evangelistic awareness all year long!
1. Keep your engage 24 shirt, (ours say “tell me your story”) an active participant in your regular wardrobe.


2. Go on engage 24 “dates”. Jesus sent His disciples two by two. Follow his command by having engage “dates” with your Christian friends. Start by sharing the gospel to each other over coffee or dinner. Unpack how the gospel specifically impacts one another’s lives.
Then grab soularium and head to the mall. Or use a jar of quarters to buy laundry time for strangers at your local laundromat. Visit the homeless in your area or a local shelter with care packages. Your kindness may open a door for a stranger to ask about the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15). If not, you get to spend time with a friend (or special someone) of the family of God.

3. Establish a regular “engage 24” day in your routine.

Set a side one day every month to prayerful engage your community (the 15th of every month, maybe?).

Level up to once a week! (like every Thursday). Add in a regular “monk” day as well. Ask you community group to join you.
4. Subscribe to my blog and stay updated on tips on sharing your faith and growing as a Christian.

1/2 Monk, 1/2 Missionary: #Engage24 Boot Camp

This week, I (Becky from Campfiregrace.com) took some time off the blog to immerse myself in God’s beautiful creation in San Diego! I’ll be writing more about my experience soon, but one moment that stood out to me was a seminar lead by Greg Stier of Dare 2 Share. monk and missionary

He was asked how he maintains such an excitement for the gospel, enabling him to share it passionately with others? His response was “I live my life as 1/2 Monk, 1/2 Missionary.” He emphasized that he cannot share the gospel without spending significant amount of time marinating his own life in it through prayer, meditation, and studying Scripture.

monk missionaryAs we prepare for Engage24 this Thursday, I encourage all of us to follow Greg Steirs example. Here are 7 ways to carve out time to be a monk before sharing the gospel.

  1. Get up earlier to pray and spend time with God.
  2. Turn off the tv and meditate on the Psalms.
  3. Read through the book of Mark and journal every piece of the gospel that impacts you, and how you are grateful for each facet of this gift.
  4. Silence your phone for 1/2 hour and pray. Need ideas on focusing in prayer? Look here.
  5. Get outside (the weather is unseasonably fantastic in Wyoming right now!) and allow God’s creation to stir up your affections for your creator.
  6. Fast. Don’t think about it, or pray about it… just do it. However, I recommend you fast in a practical way, with God’s help. Skip 1 meal a day and use that time to pray for the lost one’s you know. Or fast one entire day, using hunger pangs and cravings as a reminder to be hungry for God’s will.
  7. Repent. I love the imagery of drawing a circle on the floor, kneeling down inside that circle, then praying desperately for revival… inside the circle. When you experience revival, you have a chance to spread the joy of that freedom.

Chances are, if we immerse ourselves in the reminder of how great a salvation it is we have received, we will be better equipped emotionally, conversationally, and spiritually to share that joy, excitement, and grateful heart with others.

Happy “monk-ifying”!

ENGAGE 24 Bootcamp: The Timeline Of a Christian’s Journey

Welcome to Engage 24 Boot Camp!

Engage 24 is a worldwide event designed for college students, yet applicable to everyone. On October 15, 2015, students will answer the call to engage their campuses and local environment for a full 24 hours with the gospel. Through prayer, intentional gospel sharing, and bold discipleship, these students plan to consecrate this day to embody God’s heart for the lost.

To prepare for 10/15/15, I plan to share a few tips that have greatly helped my journey to understand my faith in Christ, and share it better with the world. First up: the Timeline of a Christian’s Journey.

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A few years ago, a gentleman in Ohio gave me a picture that was revolutionary to how I understood my faith. It redefined how I saw evangelism and discipleship, and equipped me to do both better. I wish I could remember the source he mentioned for this concept (if any of my readers recognize it, please let me know!).

The following is my representation of the timeline of a person’s journey to becoming a mature, flourishing Christian.

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The CROSS represents salvation. This is the moment the individual accepts Christ as his or her savior.

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Romans 10:9-10

Every point before the “cross” represents a person’s life before Christ. The farthest point could symbolize the time before an individual had ever heard about God and His love for us. As a person hears the gospel, grows in curiosity, seeks answers by the leading of the Holy Spirit, he is stepping closer to that moment of salvation.

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:14-15

Of course, in our unbelief before Christ, we go back and forth in our desire to know more about God. Our willingness to seek Him and our attention to His call in our lives can be spotty at best. Some go through seasons where someone is constantly praying for and inviting the individual to learn about faith in Jesus. Other times are characterized by the lack of spiritual intervention by loved ones. Obviously, this is not a linear process. Remember, the timeline pictures is simply a tool, not a definition, to understand a Christian’s journey.

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

For some of us, the moment of salvation came very soon after hearing about Jesus for the first time. Whether we were 7 or 27, that moment is still just as significant for each person. For many of us, we understand the full depth of salvation some time after we become Christians. That is just a part of the Holy Spirit walking with us to grow in our faith.

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The points after the cross symbolize the sanctification process: becoming more like Jesus. At salvation, a person’s identity has changed:

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

The Holy Spirit now helps the individual’s lifestyle, thoughts, actions, hopes and dreams to change. That is sanctification:

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

This sanctification is the “growing us up” into maturity:

We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:11-14

As with any living organism, we reach maturity when we are able to “reproduce.” In other words, the ultimate goal of the Holy Spirit is not just to make us Christians, but to make us Disciple-makers, like Christ was.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

Once a person is able to “feed himself” spiritually, and begin to feed others, he or she can continue running the race with perseverance till the day God calls us home:

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. Philippians 3:10-15

This “timeline” will be a helpful tool as we explore the difference between evangelism and discipleship, the importance of prayer, and what it truly means to be a Christian. Engage 24 is right around the corner. Prepare yourself with greater understanding of the above Scriptures, to impact your sphere of influence for Christ.

Use #engage24bootcamp to share this post and connect with others who are gearing up for 10/15/15!

(This post originated on Becky’s blog: campfiregrace.com.)

QUIZ: What Do You Worship?

 

Tonight, the Holy Spirit reminded us, through Shane’s teaching, to be pouring out our worship to Jesus. It is so easy to give our attention to other things, to value the opinions of others above God’s, to fill our schedules with self-fulfillment instead of God-worship.

Below is a quiz that might help you determine where your bent is for worship. Check out the “check in” question at the end and feel free to leave a comment.

 (This article was originally posted on Becky Rosty’s blog:CampfireGrace.com. Feel free to visit the blog, leave a comment, and share a good post with a friend or two.)

Doing the #5weekrefocuschallenge has been, well, challenging. I didn’t realize how unintentional I have been about how I spend my time, money, and worship. My attention has been targeted at things other than God, and it is depleting me of God’s best. (Read more on Refocusing My Worship here.)

Here are 10 ways you can reveal the object of worship in your life:

  1. What do your Facebook statuses make a big deal about?
  2. Ask friends/family what you make much of in life
  3. What is a recurring theme in your text messages
  4. Check your debit card statement to evaluate who/what you worship with your money
  5. Scan your calendar for patterns of devotion
  6. What is the subject of your instagram pictures?
  7. Write down the object of your focus each hour of one day.
  8. What are the things/activities you can’t say no to?
  9. What do you think about/plan in the shower?
  10. What thoughts distract you when you sit down to pray?

Remember, Gods Word does not direct us to spend all our time and money and attention on church stuff. However, Gods Word DOES guide us to glorify Jesus with our time, money, possessions, and conversations. Let’s refocus our worship, pointing ourselves and others toward Him in faith.

Check in question:

Which number helped you rethink your worship-focus? How can you refocus that area on Jesus?

Welcome Fall 2017!

BCM is:

  • A recognized club of Sheridan College, of the NWCCD in Wyoming.
  • A Christian ministry guided by Directors (Shane and Becky Rosty), a faculty advisor, and a team of committed leadership students.
  • Committed to Following Jesus and Loving Others.
  • Open to Everyone (Doesn’t matter belief, denomination, or lifestyle.)
  • BCM exists all over the United States. Find one on a campus near you by clicking on “Ministry Directories” at bcmlife.net.

BCM does:

Tuesday Nights: 7:42pm in TRCC 008

  • Bible Study, Food, and Friendship.

Sunday Night Dinners: 8pm

  • Family style, Home-cooked meal… your home away from home.
  • Contact Becky Rosty for address and directions: 307-259-1316

September  15th-16th, 2017

Fall Retreat: Casper Mtn. (Mtn Top Camp)

  • Emphasis on resting and retreating this is a retreat to Get away and spend time resting in the Lord. ($20 covers food, travel, and lodging.)

February  23rd-25th, 2018

WyoBCM State Conference

  • In beautiful camp Bethel of the Bighorns. Enjoy Quality teaching, rest, fellowship from around the state, and the serene mountain side.
  • We are bringing back the very interesting Q&A panel for another year of tough questions!

March 10th-17th, 2018

BCM Spring Break Missions; Dallas, TX

  • A low-cost ($100) trip for any student interested in making a difference across our nation.
  • Inner city Ministry teaming up with Cornerstone Baptist Church
  • Homeless ministry, reconstruction, demolition, children ministry, cloths closet, soup kitchen, and whatever surprise ministry Pastor Chris Simmons comes up with. one year it was logging………. which was awesome!

Back to school campfire

On Sunday Aug. 23rd, 2015 @ 8pm

We’ve got….
Old and new friends
Lots of freshmen and some fantastic returning students
A stack of firewood
The twilight sky after a long day of orientation
A guitar and happy voices
&
Marshmallows galore!

Join us to celebrate the beginning of a fantastic year. God is going to keep doing great things.
Shane and Becky Rosty’s house
Call or text 307-259-1316 for a ride or directions!

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BCM’s Glo-bal 5K for Missions

BCM’s Glo-bal 5K for Missions

April 26, 2014
Sheridan College
Sheridan, WY

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Help us raise awareness and funding for those shining a light in the darkest places of our world.

We plan to host this GLO-bal 5k Fun Run annually, with a different ministry/missionary spotlight each year.

 

Missions Spotlight:

This year’s Glo-bal spotlight ministry is in Southeast Asia.

One of our BCM students experienced their Christlike love for the world first-hand when she traveled with them during Christmas in 2013. Serving in orphanages, leper colonies, and University campuses, D* and his team strive to share the light of God’s love in some of the darkest places on our planet.

We are excited to announce that 100% of each race registration costs will go to this exciting ministry in Asia. 

*Name withheld for international security.

Registration Details:

Cost? $27

Who can register? Anyone! (we encourage children under 12 to walk/run with their families)

When is it? Saturday, April 26th, 8:30 PM (so we can “GLOW”)

How do I sign up?

    • Or
  • Send a check of $27 (per registration) and waiver forms, postmarked by April 23th, to
BCM Missions
Care of Becky Rosty
28 1/2 Brayton Lane
Sheridan, WY 82801
    •  Or
  • Register and pay at the event (details below)

Event Details:

Race Registration > 7:30-8:00pm

  • Submit your race agreement and waiver
  • ​Recieve your T-shirt and other Global-goodies (first come, first serve)
  • Last minute registrations will be accepted

Glo-bal Fun Run Begins at 8:30PM

  • 5k (3.1 miles) and 1.5k (less than a mile) options are available
  • Race will be lighted (but keep in mind it will be dark outside)
  • Medical personal will be available if needed.
  • A water station will be provided at the 1/2 way mark.
  • Runners will enjoy an optional glow-paint station and black-lit Photo Booth at the end of the race.**
  • Join our Global 5k for Missions Facebook Event page for updates.
To help with the Global Fun Run, contact us at bcmofsc@gmail.com.

**Details subject to change.

Baptist Collegiate Ministries is a recognized club of Sheridan College. As a ministry to college students and young adults in the Sheridan community, it is our goal to equip students to live out their faith in Jesus both locally and around the world through missions. To learn more, visit our About page.

Dinner at the Rosty’s

Looking for some home-cooking, family-style community, and encouragement in your walk with God? Join us for dinner and Bible study at the Rosty’s every Sunday night!

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Here’s how Sunday’s at the Rosty’s has impacted one student:

IMG_5097Sunday nights are well spent when it involves going to dinner and Bible study and Becky & Shane Rosty’s house.  I consider this night an extension of BCM, where our directors continue to share their hearts and God’s love with college students.  It is a time of insight, encouragement, and support of one another. And of course, a time of learning even more about God and His will for our lives!

Bible study includes group participation in reading a whole book (or several chapters) from the Bible. We then spend time in discussion, meditation and prayer on the Word that has been shared. After this, we share a meal prepared by Becky that is always delicious! Whether its chili, baked potatoes or French toast, a meal by Becky is not one you should miss!! We might even have a campfire and roast marshmallows (almost a guarantee when the weather cooperates).IMG_5045

However, that is not all that Sunday nights include. These nights can also include, but are not limited to, games, movies, music, worship time, jamming time, discussion time; but above all of these is the fellowship time with other Christians! A night at the Rosty’s is never boring!

The Rosty's pup loves to be a part of the group too!
The Rosty’s pup loves to be a part of the group too!

So whether you’re looking for insight on life, good times with other Christians, or even just a really good meal on a college student budget, come over to the Rosty’s on Sunday evening!! It is a guaranteed fun time and you will not walk away hungry!

~Jessica M.

Sundays

Bible Study: 5 pm

Dinner: 6 pm

Shane and Becky Rosty’s House
28 1/2 Brayton Lane
Sheridan, WY 82801
 
Call Becky for directions or more info: 307-259-1316

What is a Campus Missionary Student?

This month, BCM of Sheridan College has been emphasizing discipleship/evangelism training among their leadership team. Each student is equipped with a “missionary pocket guide” from NAMB, as well as $10 each from the BCM budget to invest in a peer or peer group. The students take the I.I.I.I. approach: Identify, Invest, Invite, and Increase.

Thus far, each student has prayerfully accepted a leading from the Holy Spirit to a specific individual. This is the “Identify” stage. Many students have already begun investing in this person as well. Besides using the $10 to help pay for coffee or a lunch conversation, these leaders are also investing many prayers for God’s guidance in the friendship.

Many would label this as a mere “Christian project.” The risk, of course, is that Christians begin to see people as projects to be “saved” or accomplished. The BCM students of Sheridan College guard carefully against this mentality. By praying for one another within the team, as well as a maintaining a high level of accountability, these leaders see each individual as simply a person who has yet to meet their best Friend and Savior. The Holy Spirit does the saving. The students of Sheridan’s BCM just get to be along for the ride… that is, if they are intentional to join in.

Another way they use the I.I.I.I campus missionary approach is through a Valentine’s Day outreach day. First, the students identified the people God was calling them to: mainly, their peers at Sheridan College. Next, they creatively planned a way to invest in these peers. After tying ribbons that share God’s love to 200 carnations and 60 candy bars, the students handed out the gifts to unsuspecting peers and even faculty members. They hoped everyone might feel loved and wanted on Valentines Day, thanks to the love Jesus has shown for all humanity.

With willing workers in the field, and a long suffering and powerful God, BCM looks forward to the slow but steady harvest they anticipate this semester.

 What about YOU?

You can become a “campus missionary,” or even a “workplace missionary” if you don’t find yourself attending college anymore. Instead of leaving “evangelism and discipleship work to your pastor (who can only reach so many people), why not take the initiative yourself?

Identify: Ask God whom he has already placed in your life. Who is one person, or people group, whom God has given you influence with? Do they have anyone investing spiritually in their life yet, anyone sharing the truth of Jesus love? If not, pray about whether or not the Holy Spirit might use you to be that person! 

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Colossians 4:2-4

Invest: Spend time in prayer for this person. Engage in conversation, and really LISTEN! Get to know them. Pursue them with love and friendship.

So we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. 1 Thessalonians 2:8

Invite: As you listen to the Holy Spirit, be watchful for that “open door” when you might share the gospel with that person. Don’t just invite them to church or Bible study, but share truth in that moment, in your personal friendship. Share your testimony and invite them to ask questions. If they are willing, invite them to accept Jesus as their Savior!

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35

Increase: The first 3 stages may take years of patience and constant prayer. When a person does accept Christ, don’t just leave them hanging. Help them to now share their story with others! Train them to make disciples, just as you did. Remember, you can have an “increase” relationship with a Christian individual at the same time as an “invest” relationship with one who doesn’t know Christ yet. Each of these relationships are called “discipleship” because you are actively doing life with someone in the direction toward Jesus.

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 2 Timothy 2:2

For your own Campus Missionary Pocket Guide, please contact Becky Rosty: beckyrosty@gmail.com