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Did You Know???

DID YOU KNOW??

Baptists were vital in the national value that promotes the freedom of religion?

The freedom to worship when and how one chooses is one of the foundational freedoms that is guaranteed by the constitution, one of the things that makes the American story unique among nations.

 Challenges to mandatory religious practices by the government have been challenged by prominent Baptists since the 1600’s, and many of those “freedom fighters” sacrificed their freedom to promote this right for each of us. 

Like all rights, their protection is a process, not a done deal. The challenges to religious liberty weren’t just hundreds of years ago, they are happening every day. Baptists believe that all people have the freedom to approach God and worship God in the ways they choose, and no government institution can limit the practice of one’s faith.

Sunday nights, Sept 8 thru Oct 27, learn more about what religious liberty looks like in 2019 and how we got to where we are today.

Introduction and first session:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

2nd Session: The beginnings of Religious Freedom

3rd Session: The Wall of Separation between the garden of the church and the wilderness of the world

4th Session: The Rise of Christian Nationalism

5th Session: The Decline of Religious Freedom in America

6th Session: Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993

7th Session: Modern times Challenges to Religious Liberty

8th Session: State Religious Freedom Restoration Act’s

 

Discipleship Group Leader:

Aubrey Ducker – is an Attorney, who has been a Aubrey Duckermember of Church on the Drive since 2000. He came to Orlando in 1986 for US Navy bootcamp. In 1988 he married Laurie, and together they have two children Carolyn and James. Aubrey is a deacon and has been a member of the Constitution Committee for the last three years. He has been active as an advocate for religious liberty through his work with the Baptist Joint Committee and has served as a member of the board for Christian Ethics Daily. He is an avid runner and enjoys traveling.  

 

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Living the Life

Living the Life

When Jesus began his ministry on earth, he had a plan for how to share the lessons and teachings that God - about what it meant to be in relationship with, be a follower of, and be able to hear God’s guiding in their lives.

Jesus called and attracted those who would be disciples, those who would spend time with him, be in relationship with him, observe his ministry and hear his teachings. Jesus was their living Bible Study!

As his ministry on earth was ending, he gave the charge to these who had followed, heard and known to continue to share the lessons and teachings of Jesus – as they had learned them.

Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in the way of life…instruct them in the practice and all I have taught you, and I will be with you as you do this, day after day, right up to the end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20

That is our charge as disciples of Christ too – day after day, right up to the end of the age.

Florene was a modern-day disciple in the town where I grew up. She lived a life full of the lessons of Jesus. She sang praises to God each Sunday in the choir, she taught Bible Study on Sunday mornings to children and Bible drills during the discipleship training hour on Sunday night. During the week she was a “cloth seller” (she had a fabric and sewing store) and was a well-respected business woman far and wide. She was hospitable, passionate and always serving the Lord.

All this while caring for her home, along with her husband and their eight children. Florene believed in prayer and study, I don’t know when she slept. You didn’t have to be in one of her classes or in Bible drills at church to know that she was one of Jesus’ disciples. She spent time with him, was in relationship with him, studied his ministry, heard his teaching and learned the lessons of his teaching for her life, you could see it by how she lived, how she loved everyone she met, and how she valued the church. She was a woman who was prepared to share with others what she had learned and was learning in her walk with Jesus.

Florene took the message of Jesus to those original disciples seriously – as a disciple.

Discipleship training at Church on the Drive readies us to live out what we learn in Bible Study. Jesus wanted those original disciples to follow him so they could see how his teachings get lived out in the rough and tumble of daily life and conflict. Going deeper, being challenged, learning from the wisdom of other disciples. It is a tool in our living out of the life we are called to lead as followers of Jesus.

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