December 31, 2009

My first week in the office at Bethel Grace has been wonderful. I spent the first day reading and reflecting on Psalm 119, asking the Lord to increase within me a passion for the word of God and a resolve to be driven by it in all that I do.

On January 3, this Sunday, I begin a sermon series on the Fruit of the Spirit. I thought it would be very appropriate considering where we’ve been with Pastor Jeff in Mark 4 to talk about what it looks like to bear fruit. Before we get to Galatians 5:22-23, we’ll spend the first lesson looking at Matthew 7:1-23, where we see the incredible importance our Lord puts on bearing fruit.

Parents, be on the lookout for a flier called “Table Talk”, a tool that will hopefully assist you in the discipleship of your students. Each week I’ll be sending Table Talk home with a brief explanation of that Sunday’s verse and some questions to help guide your discussion. I look forward to getting to know you and serving alongside you.

“We must not expect all things at once. We must remember what children are, and teach them as they are able to bear. Their minds are like a lump of metal — not to be forged and made useful at once, but only by a succession of little blows. Their understandings are like narrow-necked vessels: we must pour in the wine of knowledge gradually, or much of it will be spilled and lost. ‘Line upon line, and precept upon precept, here a little and there a little,’ must be our rule. The whetstone does its work slowly, but frequent rubbing will bring the scythe to a fine edge. Truly there is need of patience in training a child, but without it nothing can be done.”
JC Ryle, THE DUTIES OF PARENTS (Check out the link to read this online for free)



3 Responses to “BLAST OFF!”

  1. jenny colston said

    Looking forward to witnessing all our Lord will do through you as you yield your ways to Him. Love you, jenny

  2. Kent Dalton said

    Great initial posting on Christocentric Pastor Alvin. We’re praying for you. We praise God for how He has and will use you for His glory.

    Thanks for the reminder of Ryle’s book. My wife and I read through it last night and were encouraged and challenged. I love reading great books of “yesterday” that are so profound.

    Some other books that I find useful for parents, that are more contemporary, are TEACH THEM DILIGENTLY by Lou Priolo, FAMILY DRIVEN FAITH by Voddie Baucham, SHEPHERDING A CHILD’S HEART by Ted Tripp.

    Oh that Godly parents would live out Deuteronomy 6:4-9.

    Growing in knowing Him.

    Bro Kent

  3. masimdumisene said


    It’s good to see you posting on here now, brother, and a blessing to see you already implementing great new ideas (Table Talk)… I’m thankful you’re at BGBC! Looking forward to all God will do through you, by His grace.



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