Sanctity of Life Sunday: Resources

To Read & Watch:

Someone Cares Ministry

Someone Cares is a post-abortion restoration ministry at Watermark Church led by Lulie Thomas, the mother of one of Normandy’s members, Jackson Thomas. Lulie has a truly remarkable story of post-abortion restoration and healing of her own. Hear her share her story at a recent Council for Life meeting here.

Why Pro-Life? Caring for the Unborn and Their Mothers by Randy Alcorn

This concise book offers factual answers to central issues in the abortion debate & presents a solid case for why we are to defend unborn children and their mothers. For any readers on the fence, this book answers important questions and examines multiple sides of the issue, and for those already pro-life, this is a valuable resource through which they may become more informed. Download a free copy here.

To Volunteer:

Thrive Women’s Clinic | Website

The clinic’s purpose is to ‘empower women in unexpected pregnancies to make informed choices by providing medical, educational, and emotional support.’

Current needs include administrative volunteers, doctor & nurse support, volunteers to sort donations, event support, and website design. The clinic is offering a volunteer training on Saturday April 25, 2015 from 9am-1pm at West Dallas Community Church 2215 Canada Dr. Dallas, TX 75212. Contact Earlene Jones at ejones@thrivewomensclinic.com

Involved for Life | Website

Involved for Life’s mission is to educate and empower women to make informed decisions by providing knowledge and resources through the Downtown Pregnancy Center, Uptown Women’s Center and Sonograms on Site ministry.

Each site currently needs volunteers to work with clients, instruct classes, and facilitate group projects. For more detailed needs at each site and to download the Volunteer Application, see the website’s volunteer page.

Other opportunities to serve:

Forerunner Mentoring | Website

Forerunner is ‘a mentoring program that changes lives through investing in a relationship with a fatherless young man.’ The mentors seek to fulfill young men’s potential by ‘equipping them with tools to help them succeed in education, in character, and in leadership, all while ministering to the heart of all who are affected by fatherlessness.’ This ministry was founded by one of our members, Zach Garza. Forerunner’s current needs include 12 after-school tutors who will be trained to fulfill potential in 4th grade young men in Fall 2015 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-4:45 and 6 mentors to invest time, love and joy into 4th grade young men.

 

Doing the Stuff

Living Free Through Our Identity in Christ

Over the last few months, God has been joyfully reminding me of who I am in Christ. He keeps bringing me back to what Jesus has done for me and who He says I am as a result of the Cross. It has been refreshing to drawn upon God's Word for gentle reminders of who I am. 

A deep understanding of our identity in Christ is such a profound need in our culture today. All over our culture we see men and women looking internally to discover who they are. The good news for us as believers is that we don't have to search far. We only need to go to His word for our identity.

Feel free to download this Identity in Christ bookmark (thank you Lindsey Duggins for formatting it for us!) by clicking on the image below and joyfully remind yourself of who God says you are in His Son! This format was drawn from Freedom in Christ Ministries. I am grateful for Neil T. Anderson's work given to the Body of Christ. 

JSB


Look at the Book

For those of you that may admire the teaching ministry of John Piper, you may be aware of his latest project over at Desiring God, Look at the Book.  Recently we have begun to use Discovery Bible Studies as a simple way to not only read the Bible and discover truth within it, but as a way to easily discover how to follow Jesus and obey His teachings.  A resource like this is incredibly helpful for teaching how any and all Christians can discover the Word of God for themselves. Below you'll find a description found online along with a terrific video and an example of what a single LATB passage looks like.


There’s no book like the Bible. Learn to read it for yourself.

Look at the Book is a new online method of teaching the Bible. It’s an ongoing series of 8–12 minute videos in which the camera is on the text, not the teacher. You will hear John Piper’s voice and watch his pen underline, circle, make connections, and scribble notes — all to help you learn to read God’s word for yourself. His goal is to help you not only see what he sees, but where he sees it and how he found it.  

Check out how John works through Luke 12:32 below.


Luke 12:32

Fear Not, Little Flock


Principle for Bible Reading

There are often riches and depths of meaning in the simplest verses. Luke 12:32 is one verse with two short propositions, but there are riches buried in its simplicity. Pastor John gives a few tips for meditating on verses like these and seeing all that’s really there. In this case, it reveals several reasons not to fear.

Outline

Introduction/Prayer (00:00–00:36)

Tips for Meditation (00:36–08:29)

  1. Take words or phrases in your passage and restate them in your own words (e.g. “fear not”).
  2. Ask yourself why the writer chose the words he did (e.g. “flock”).
  3. Look for meaningful connections between words and phrases in a passage (e.g. God as a Shepherd, a Father, and a King).
  4. Look for meaningful connections between words and phrases in a passage (e.g. God as a Shepherd, a Father, and a King).
  5. Identify individual propositions (subject + verb) and the connecting words between them (e.g. “for”).

Summary (08:29–09:50)

  1. In God, we have a Shepherd, Father, and King.
  2. He enjoys freely giving us the kingdom at great cost to himself.
  3. Therefore, we should not fear.

Study Questions

  1. What pictures or metaphors are used to describe God in Luke 12:32?
  2. How is “for” connecting the two propositions in Luke 12:32?
  3. Take the verbs in Luke 12:32 (“fear” and “give”) and restate them in your own words (other words that mean the same thing). What do you learn?
  4. How many reasons not to fear do you see in Luke 12:32? What are they?

Crucial Questions / 20 Free eBooks from R.C. Sproul

Two of the things that shape our lives the most are the people we spend time with and the things we read.  R.C. Sproul's ministry, Ligonier, is giving away his series of 20 eBooks called Crucial Questions.  For free.  Click on the image below to take you to their site, or simply select the links below for each book that grabs your interest.  And, if you do choose to download a copy or 20 copies, consider supporting their ministry with a modest donation so they can continue to provide resources like these.  


To further help Christians know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it, in May 2013 we made the ebook editions of R.C. Sproul’s Crucial Questions series free forever. We continue to publish new ebooks in this series and this year have added Are These the Last Days?What Is Repentance?, and What Is the Relationship between Church and State?

Here is a complete list of the free ebooks in the Crucial Questions series:

You can also download the free collection from Logos.

Please share these resources with your church, family, and friends. Not sure how to download an eBook? Please see our FAQ section.