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”!

Reflecting on Grace

 

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Recently I have reached a whole new level of forgetfulness. I have mastered the level of forgetting my books in my room while running off to class, and forgetting my keys in the car. Although this new level has decided to bring on even more humiliation. Now when I make a phone call, in the split five to ten seconds the phone is ringing I forget who I am calling. This tends to leave in me confusion of whether I was calling this person, or whether they were calling me. Not to mention the fact that I don’t even know what I needed to communicate with this person, or who they are. Our conversations typically sound similar to this.

Me: Hello?

Them: Hello??

Me: Who is this?

Them: This is ______.

Me: Oh hi! What can I help you with?

Them: Umm. You called me.

Me: *shocked* Oh yeah……

This conversation is usually followed by an awkward pause as I try to recover from this hole that I dug myself. After much embarrassment, I can eventually move the conversation back on track to what I had originally planned to discuss. But being a creature of forgetfulness, I tend to wrestle with this concept in all areas of my life.

As a human in the process of sanctification, I will humbly admit that I tend to lose the joy and astonishment of the blood shed on the cross for my sins. It’s not that I am not thankful for the cross, or that I don’t appreciate the sacrifice. As I think about why I lose sight of the grace given to me, I have come to a conclusion that it begins with forgetfulness. I am diligent about sharing the Gospel with people around me, when I see broken hearts who are searching for the satisfaction. I can’t hold back the passion to share Christ with thirsty souls. Yet, I tend to forget that this broken heart of mine needs constant reminding. It constantly needs a reminder of the cross. It needs to remember the life of Jesus, fully man yet fully God, who humbly came to earth (John 3: 16-17). A sinless man destined to die a criminals’ death, yet it gave Him joy to die for the lives of sinners, so that they may have eternal life with His Father (Hebrews 12:2). So that we might live into the hope, joy, peace, love, and freedom that Christ has prepared for us. We constantly need to fall onto the cross in awe, and never grow dull to the reconciled relationship and freedom given to us through Jesus. To the life offered up as a sacrifice, so that we may be blessed by a King.

“Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”

Hebrew 12:2

The life of Jesus should never be taken lightly in a way that we tend to forget to reflect on the immense amount of love and grace that always was, always is, and always will be. Forgetful hearts become jealous, they let our flesh (sinful nature) take the reigns of our heart and whisper lies of what we deserve into our mind. This lack of dependence is contrary to the will of God and the life given to us by the Spirit. In John 10:27, Jesus says that, “My sheep listen to my voice;  I know them, and they follow me.” Following is an action. According to dictionaryreference.com the exact definition is, “to accept as a guide or leader, accept the authority of or give allegiance to, obey.” Depending on ourselves, our society, our friends, our family members, and our possessions only get us so far in life. The only place where we can seek true satisfaction and rest in this world is in Christ. Let us never grow dull the sacrifice made on our behalf. May we continuously be left in awe of the power of the cross and the love of our God.

 

 

“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

John 14: 6

The song “Love of God” by Ascend the Hill brought me to the understanding of the immense power and love of our Creator. Below is a link to the song (the second verse illustrates a breathe taking picture of the unconditional love of God).

Sincerely,

A forgetful mind who longs for more of Christ

 

See You At The Pole

 

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On September 23rd Sheridan College BCM took part in a nationally recognized event known as See You At The Pole. Where students across the country gather around their school flag poles to pray for their campus, town, state, country and world.

“All these were continually united in prayer…”

Acts 1:14

My eyes started to swell with tears of joy as we stood hand-in-hand united as believers under the power of God. The student’s heartssyatp1 were urgent to see the Lord’s Kingdom come to earth, and for the power of God to be revealed in the lives of people on their campus, town, state, country, and ultimately the globe. Humbled to be adopted into the family of God, we stood eager to see lives transformed by the Gospel.

“We love because He first loved us.”

1 John 4:19

As we bowed our heads to the submission of the Lord, and held hands in unity. The sun began to peak over the horizon beaming light over where we stood. In this moment it was clear that the Lord, Emmanuel, was with us; and that He delights in His people, and sees pleasure in His Kingdom Laborers.

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“For Yahweh takes pleasure in His people; He adores the humble with salvation.”

Psalms 149: 4

 

Join us tonight for BCM in Throne Rider Commons room 008 at 7:42!

 

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.)

A Higher Calling to Your Schedule

There is something special about mornings. My heart flutters when I think about one day possibly waking up a little one as the sun comes up, sparking a new day. New adventures. Mornings hold a sense of potential at their horizons, although this morning felt as if the potential had been left on the other side of the earth. As the sun rays beam into my room, indicating the day has started without me, my tired eyes slowly open only wanting to shut again. The drowsy morning and long evenings spent with friends, work, and school tend to easily wear a college girl out. The only problem is that I don’t have time to be tired. Tired isn’t something that fits into my schedule. With the extended to-do list written on my white board, and the planner filled with assignments (that I still don’t know where they all came from), I began to panic. No longer is this morning a lovely smell-the-coffee-brewing morning. This is sweatpants, messy hair, forgetting-my-math-book-out-the-door, and no-breakfast-type of morning. Functioning through these days can be awfully long and exhausting. I can feel my heart tugging at me to slow down, to look people in the eye, to breathe. But in the moment it doesn’t feel like I have time for that.

 

Thank the Lord for His unending forgiveness and grace for my worrisome little heart. Speed walking through this all-too-busy day, I long for the “rest in green meadows, [and] peaceful streams, [and] renewed strength” that Psalms 23 promises; but that’s far from what I feel. Then with a convicting stab in the heart; I realize that this day isn’t restful because I am choosing my busy schedule over the God that gives rest. The God that brings peace and abundant life. But my long list of things to do are good things. They are to help bring the Kingdom of God to earth. Sharing the Gospel with youth and college students over coffee and Bible studies. Hanging up fliers for weekly events. Running errands for our campus ministry and making agendas for meetings. It’s not that these are bad tasks, they are to further the Kingdom, but when I am striving to do them in my own strength I quickly find myself sinking. But I remind myself that the pool I am falling into is grace. As I repent of my pride and forgetful mind of how much I need my God in every moment to function. I pray Colossians 3:2, that my mind would be focusing on “the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” That He would be guiding my moments and hours, guiding “me along right paths” (Psalm 23:3).
When I live a day surrendered to God, He does amazing things with my schedule. He opens my eyes to seeing people on campus who need encouragement and prayer. He drives me into places of sharing the Gospel. He brings me to peaceful and restful places to renew my mind and heart. He brings in the satisfaction of living a life with a Kingdom mindset and a free soul. Every morning seems to be a choice of who will I serve today, myself or my Creator. But with every victory in choosing my Creator, it becomes less of a drowsy morning and more of a radiant morning.   

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?

Glorieta- Forgiveness

 

As the summer begins to come to a close college students across the country came together to experience a deep time of worship in New Mexico at Glorieta Camp. During the week God was uncovering dark spots in hearts, equipping students for campus, and refreshing minds. Here is an article on what God did in the life of a student during Glorieta.

Leading up to Glorieta, I prayed that God would prepare our hearts for the work He was going to do in our lives… and work He did. In the main services we attended within the first two days, I felt that there was an extreme emphasis on the importance of forgiveness and forgiving those in our lives who have wronged us, but I didn’t want to listen to what my Abba was telling me during our Monday night worship service. I felt Him speaking to my heart,

“My daughter, don’t you understand the freedom that comes from forgiving others? I have forgiven you every time you have wronged me, now do the same.

“No, God! I can’t! I’ve been hurt and humiliated, my wounds are too deep to be healed. I can’t just let go. They don’t deserve to be forgiven.”

 “And you think you deserve my forgiveness? I paid the price for your freedom, for everyone’s freedom. You’ve wrestled with this for far too long. You’re living your life in misery and anger. Give it to Me, let Me take it off of your shoulders and show them My love through your forgiveness.”

 “God, I asked You to prepare me for this week. I’m not prepared for this! I’ve built my identity around not forgiving these people and everyone knows that. I’m not ready to give this up.”

 “What your identity is now is false. Your identity should be in Me. With Me, all things are possible, and I will help you in this.”

 

The last song ended, but my argument with God didn’t. We were headed back to the dorms where we were meeting the rest of our group for a sort of check-in to see what God was doing in our lives. With every step I took, I felt like I was going to fall on my face and begin to weep, and cry out to God. But I didn’t want to draw any more attention to my already puffy, red cry-face. Another group had taken over where we had planned to meet and as more of us continued to show up and discuss where we would go instead, and I wandered off in the middle of some grass and just bawled like a baby. My conversation with God continued,

 

“God, I told You I’m not ready, but I fear I’ll never truly be ready. You promise freedom and forgiveness if I forgive as well. I know there are going to have to be some huge changes in my life, which I hate, but You promise to stay by my side through it all. So, despite the hurt they’ve caused me, the pain, the embarrassment, the feelings of inadequacy and ugliness, I can say that through You, I forgive them. I forgive them.” 

 

 And with that, I felt like I could breathe again, like God was finally raising the anchor that had been weighing me down for the last 5+ years. I told my leader, “I feel like I can really breathe again!” I felt my walls of straw and sticks be blown down and the first brick was laid toward building my identity in Christ. I went into our meeting and shared what had just happened. Everyone began clapping… I was so confused. I knew that what had just happened was huge, but I didn’t understand or realize why and how this part of my testimony had an effect on everyone around me. But of course, there’s someone in nearly everyone’s life that is hard to forgive. Throughout the rest of the week, I was told on several occasions that my story had softened some hard hearts, and that it was a privilege to see what God was doing in my life, and I was asked how I did it when there was so much hatred for other people (credit goes to God). I must say though, forgiveness is not a one-time thing, it’s a process. These situations are constantly brought back up again, as well as the emotions, and I have to remind myself that I forgave them. Some days are going to be easier than others. But, the freedom I have felt since Monday the 3rd of August, 2015, has been overwhelming. I’m no longer a prisoner to my own un-forgiveness. The harbored anger, rage, grudge, and revenge-like attitude are no longer taking up that space in my heart that was preventing me from worshipping my Abba with my whole heart.

 

If there are people in your life that you need to forgive, but you don’t know how, just think of how many times we have sinned against God, yet how He has forgiven us time and time again. Strive to be more like Him, and know the freedom, and the peace that comes with it.

Thank you SO much to those of you who have prayed with me, encouraged me, and loved me unconditionally for the last several years, and especially during our week at Glorieta. You know who you are, and this wouldn’t have been possible without you and God. I hope that someday I can be at least somewhat as kind to you and those around me in return.

 

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

~Ephesians 4:31-32
Claire Rapp

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.