1 Corinthians 12:7-11 directs every Spirit-filled Christian to use their spiritual gifts for the common good. In keeping with our theme for 2016, let’s be BUILT UP by identifying and using our gifts to God’s glory.
FAN INTO FLAME is our evangelism campaign for the month of March, enforcing the given theme for 2016 of BUILT UP. Beginning with a Church-wide fast from the evening of Sunday February 28th, the entire month will be filled with fun evangelistic activities, with family devotionals and family group discussions geared towards examining the Scriptures to help discover what your gift is, evangelizing as a family group for two weeks, a special Father/Son river lime at the end of the month, and, of course, an Easter Sunday Bring Your Neighbor Day service via house churches.
For more info, click here to download the FAN INTO FLAME hand-out (PDF), complete with calendar and evangelism ideas.
You've probably heard of the phrase 'WWJD' ('What Would Jesus Do?'), but how about 'WDJW' ('Where Did Jesus Walk')?
You can jump into the pages of the Bible by participating in the Biblical Study Tour of Israel, led by Dr. Douglas Jacoby and Dr. Steve Kinnard in October 2016. The Bible will come to life, revealing a new dimension, as you improve your grasp of history, geography, archaeology, and the movement of the Biblical story.
If you've ever wondered about some of the locations mentioned in the Bible, then the Biblical Study Tour (BST) is the best way to experience them. Participants are expected to tour many places of Biblical significance, including the Garden of Gethsemane, the Mount of Olives, Bethlehem, the Temple Mount, Capernum, the Dead Sea Caves, the Sea of Galilee and many other sites.
By participating in this impacting experience, you will also be able to have your faith strengthened, as you will no longer have to simply imagine what the Biblical world looked like; now you can remember it! Make new friends from around the globe. You'll be equipped with a more solid understanding of Scripture, while your confidence in talking to others about the Word will grow. And, of course, your heart will be filled with memories to last you a lifetime.
The tour will run from the 24th to 31st October, 2016, and costs US$1750 inclusive of all breakfasts and dinners, admission fees to sites, tips, porters' fees, transportation by private coach, and airport transfers. Everybody, believers and seekers alike, is invited to join, as well as children age 12 and above, provided they are mature enough to appreciate the experience.
You can find more information and register from the Biblical Study Tour: Israel page at douglasjacoby.com. You can also send an email to Dr. Jacoby if you have any questions and comments concerning the BST: Israel.
The 3-Day weekend at the beginning of August saw the inauguration of the Damian Jean-Baptiste Caribbean School of Ministry here in Port of Spain. Approximately 100 students from all over the country and some parts of the Caribbean were privileged to be a part of this brand new initiative in the Church.
The Damian Jean-Baptiste Caribbean School of Ministry (DJBCSM), aimed at teaching participants in Biblical Interpretation, the first of eight modules, with thought-provoking and engaging lessons taught by Tyrone Marcus of Trinidad, Courtney Bailey of Jamaica and renowned biblical scholar, Douglas Jacoby.
To see the DJBCSM come alive in Port of Spain, as well as in Kingston, Jamaica (where the inaugural classes were held two weeks prior) was an answered prayer by the Caribbean Teachers Tyrone and Courtney, as the School aims to provide in-depth biblical teaching to Christians in the Caribbean region while honouring the man both considered a spiritual hero, the late Damian Jean-Baptiste, who spent most of his adult life planting, leading and strengthening churches across the region.
The initial module exposed students to an eye-opening perspective on Biblical Interpretation. Participants were encouraged to go beyond a surface reading of the scriptures and to instead critically view the text in its historical, literary and situational context. Areas of special focus included Poetry and Psalms, Wisdom Literature, the Law and Prophets, the Gospels, the Parables, Apocalyptic Literature, the Book of Acts and the New Testament Letters.
In addition to the in-class sessions, students are expected to read at least one of two required texts and have also been encouraged to explore an extensive reading list. Full-track students in Trinidad & Tobago, who are pursuing certification, will sit exams in September. The second module is scheduled to begin in January-February 2015.
For more information on the Damian Jean-Baptiste Caribbean School of Ministry and to register for future modules, please click here to visit the website.
As of March 29th, 2015, the Port of Spain Church of Christ will no longer meet at 87-89 Frederick Street, Port of Spain. Instead, on most Sundays, we will now be meeting in smaller House Churches throughout the north of Trinidad.
While our previous location has been a source of great joy for many persons, the decision was made to leave in order to prevent a financial shortfall in the Church. This move will help with the Church’s budget which will assist us greatly in acquiring land for building a permanent meeting place, among other benefits. Another major advantage of splitting up is to help realize our 2020 Vision: The Antioch Project, in which any one of the House Churches will be within reasonable access to more persons along the East/West Corridor.
The Northern sector will meet twice per month, currently at Auzonville Mall in Tunapuna, while the other Sundays will be in any of nine different house churches between Arima and Petit Valley. The Church’s administrative office is located at Lp. 33 El Socorro Main San Juan. Central, South, and Sangre Grande will continue to meet at their respective regular venues, while persons worshiping in Tobago can contact Norman Dickerson at (868) 749-8739.