On Monday, Brainerd Baptist Church was blessed to hear from Steve Gaines from Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis. Steve joined me for a special Q&A time and then preached. You can watch both the Q&A session and the sermon below.

Don’t Separate What God Has Joined Together from Brainerd Baptist Church on Vimeo.

The first institution in the garden was marriage. Satan has been attacking the family unit Ever since. Every topic that I have covered and will covered dealing with sexuality is an attack on marriage. Whether it’s cohabitation, you don’t need to be married to live together, purity, you don’t need to be married to abstian from sexual immorality, homosexuality, you don’t need to be married the way God suggested: a man and a woman; or divorce, you don’t need to be married period. It’s an attack on the marriage covenant between two people. I want to paint a picture of the beauty and intimacy of marriage, so you will avoid the consequences of doing it your way and not God’s way.

Matt. 19:1, “When Jesus had finished this instruction, He departed from galilee and went to the region of Judea across the jordan. 2 large crowds followed him, and He healed them there. Verse 3, “some pharisees approached him to test him. They asked, “is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife on any grounds?” 4 “haven’t you read,” he replied, “that He who created them in the beginning made them male and female,” 5 and he also said: “for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?

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I would like to invite you to join me for a round table gathering that I will be facilitating at the campus of the North American Mission Board on September 29-30, 2014. It will be a time for pastors to meet and engage in a time of fellowship, encouragement, and leadership development in an encouraging, friendly atmosphere.

At this gathering, I will be sharing insights from my upcoming book, Rediscovering Discipleship, expected to be available in the fall of 2015. Here are a few of the topics I will cover:

  • A brief overview of the discipleship ministries of prominent theologians, preachers, and pastors throughout the ages, as well as John Wesley’s three-fold strategy for exponential growth in the local church (which we have adopted at Brainerd Baptist Church).
  • The Hebraic method Jesus utilized and why you should implement it.
  • The misunderstanding responsible for the discipleship coma the church has been in for 400 years.
  • The inherent M.A.R.C.S. of a discipleship group:
  • Missional; Accountable; Reproducible; Communal; & Scriptural.
  • Roadblocks that hinder disciplemaking in your church.

I will leave time after each session for Q & A. Prayerfully, it will be a worthy investment of your time. Additionally, this event will come at no cost to you (this event is only for SBC pastors). Through NAMB’s partnership and the gifts of generous donors, a night’s lodging, meals, an outing, and materials for the event are all covered. Your only expense will be travel. All we ask is that you participate for the duration of the event. Space is limited, so register today at https://pastorgallaty.eventbrite.com. I truly hope you can join me for this special round table gathering! I look forward to sharpening one another.

Note: A few non-SBC are allowed to attend, but this is mainly aimed at SBC pastors.

We finish up our Summer Preaching series today at Brainerd Baptist Church. We will be joined by Steve Gaines.

Steve Gaines serves as the Senior Pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, TN. He has served in four churches as senior pastor over the past 30 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Preaching from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX. Steve is married to Donna Gaines. They have four children: Grant, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Jackson, TN; Lindsey, homemaker and wife of Ryan Wingo, Worship Pastor at Apex Baptist Church in Apex NC; Allison, homemaker and wife of Gentry Hill, who just graduated Southern Seminary with his Master of Divinity; and Bethany, a Senior at Union University and recently married to David Golding of Memphis TN. Steve and Donna are both authors, and Steve recently published a musical worship CD and his latest book, Pray Like it Matters. They have six grandchildren and another one on the way

We will be doing a special Q&A with Steve at 5:00 PM Eastern and the service will follow at 6:00 PM Eastern. You can watch live on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Click here to load the live stream.

How does living intentional impact the ability to replicate your discipleship group?