Selah Nurture Series

First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill has begun a new monthly series for learning called, “The Selah Nurture Series.”  This series is designed to help strengthen each of us as Christians and our capacity to be faithful to the church in which God has placed us. 

The word “Selah” has come to mean to “stop and listen.”  As pastor, officers and members of First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill we should see the importance for us to stop and to listen so that we can understand where God is leading us as a congregation.  It is my belief that God will use this series to help us in that way.

There will be a different Selah topic each month from October 2016 through September 2017.  See below for topics and recaps of each session.

Spiritually Empowered Sessions

October 1, 2016 – The Joy of Following Jesus: The Journey in Discipleship (Matthew 4:19)

The purpose of this Nurture Day is for each person to develop a passion to be a follower (disciple) of Jesus Christ as we strive to be like Christ.  It is hoped that we can see that though Christians are “in” the world they are not “of” this world.  When we think as Christ then we will begin to act like Christ.  This session will help to establish ways for persons to look at life and the world through the eyes of Christ.

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November 5, 2016 – First Giving Honor to God: A Look at Christian Worship (John 4:24)

This Nurture Day will look at what should be expected in the context of worship services and various other ways we can worship. We will look at worship through scripture, as well as through various Christian doctrines (such as the Trinity).  We will see how a person should have the desire to worship God at the center of who they are and what they do.

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December 3, 2016 – Changing the Way We See Christian Education:  Worship through Study                                       (Psalm 25:4- 5)

The purpose of this Nurture Day is to help persons to see how the ministry of the church gels and becomes effective through teaching and training.  As the Bible is the guide for Christians, the intent is for it to be interpreted and applied in a manner that helps people to understand and do the will of God. Creative ways of learning will also be explored.

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December 31, 2016 – It’s Me God, Are you Listening?: The Power of Effective Prayer.                                                        (Luke 11:1)

This Nurture Day will help us to focus on how we should pray, what we should pray for, and what we should expect from prayer.  Various approaches to prayer will be discussed.  The session will also give some constructive ways that people may improve their prayer life.

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February 4, 2017 – It’s Your “Thang”: Discovering and Utilizing Your Spiritual Gifts                                                      (1 Corinthians 12:7)

The purpose of this Nurture Day is to identify, empower us and encourage us to use our spiritual gifts in order to advance the kingdom of Jesus Christ. Each person will be helped to find his/her own gift(s) and to understand how the gift should be used for the glory of God.

Culturally Diverse Sessions

March 4, 2017 - Leading to be Great: A Call to Servant Leadership (Mark 10:43b-45)

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” The purpose of this Nurture Day is to review biblical examples of servant leadership and discuss the heart/attitude that helps us to be great. We will also discuss expectations of someone who leads in a church, as well as expectations, roles, and responsibilities of the current leadership positions at FBCCH.

April 1, 2017 – Get Hype and Ignite! Engaging Children, Youth and Millenials                                                       (Proverbs 22:6, 1; 1 Timothy 4:12)

This Nurture Day is designed to help us connect with, minister to, and engage children, youth, and young adults, as well as how to incorporate them into the life of the church. It is important for the church to understand each generation and engage each generation in the ministry of the church in order to advance the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.

May 6, 2017 - The Church Has Left the Building: The Heart of Missions and Evangelism                                               (Matthew 28: 19-20)

This Nurture Day will demonstrate the importance of the church ministering beyond her four walls.  We must understand that Christ is to be shared to the world around us.  This is to fulfill the charge Jesus Christ gave us in the Great Commission.

June 3, 2017 – And Justice for All: Finding our Ground in Social Justice (Matthew 25:40)

Social justice ministry involves speaking prophetically in the face of the “New Jim Crow.” This Nurture Day will discuss how the church responds to the challenges and issues that call for justice in the face of unjust circumstances. The session will also reflect on how we, as a church, have spoken to justice issues in the past and how God is calling us to do so today.

Summation and Synthesis for Service

July 1, 2017 –  FBCCH 101: Know Your Church (Ephesians 4:11 – 13)

The purpose of this Nurture Day is for each person to get a “fresh” orientation to First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill.  This will include understanding who she is, how she “ticks”, how the church ministers (serves) people, how people can access the various ministry services the church offers, and how people can engage in the life of the church.

August 2017 – No session

September 2, 2017 –Faith’s Sight:  Blending into the Vision for FBCCH (Proverbs 29:18)

This Nurture Day is designed to share the vision for the church. This will incorporate pulling together the fruit from the Discipleship Training, the monthly Nurture Day sessions, and the ministry proposals for the new church year.  The intent will be to help people to see the importance of all of these components working together to help the church in her growth, maturity and mission.