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Isaiah 40:31 Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.


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letter from our pastor

“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18–19

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Isaiah 40:31 Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.


As we stand at the close of 2012 and gaze by faith into the coming days of 2013, I am grateful for all that God has done at Bellevue in the past year and also genuinely excited about what He will do in the days just ahead. 2012 was wonderful at Bellevue. The Lord changed many lives. People were saved, baptized, and strengthened in their walk with Christ. Many people read the One Year Bible from cover to cover. They now have a better understanding of the Word of God and its amazing Author. We praise God for every victory and blessing He bestowed on us individually and as a congregation. But my focus has already shifted to 2013, which I believe will be a banner year at Bellevue Baptist Church! I am excited about my new Sunday morning sermon series that will help each of us begin the New Year powerfully and positively. It is entitled “It’s a New Day!” We will focus on five strategic areas in which God wants to do something new and fresh in our lives. The titles of the messages are…

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“A New Day for Your Faith” “A New Day for Your Family” “A New Day for Your Friendships” “A New Day for Your Future” “A New Day for Your Finances”

Each of these emphases is a crucial area in which God desires to give us victory even if we have struggled with them in the past. God is for us, not against us. He is the God of a new beginning. He is already prepared to lead us to places in life that will astound and amaze us. “Former things” and “past” circumstances do not have to define our future. We can rid ourselves of old balls and chains that have prevented us in the past from living victorious Spirit-filled lives! Jesus Christ wants to lead each of us in a walk of faith, holding the hand of the God who loves us and desires to give us His very best. I am confident in the manifold promises of God found in His Word. Through them any of us can have a better tomorrow. It is time to break free from yesterday’s shackles. God is ready to do a new work within you. Accept nothing short of “A New Day” in Jesus!

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The eagle—symbolizing strength, courage, vision, and leadership— is mentioned throughout Scripture and appeared in early Christianity as a symbol of hope and salvation. It has long been used as the emblem of great empires, from Babylon to Egypt and from Rome to the United States. This issue of Messenger focuses on those in our church who feel called by God to be leaders, following the vision He has given each one.


January 2013

May Jesus be glorified in our lives and at Bellevue in 2013 more than ever before! Haggai 2:9,

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Financial Leadership 3 Prove the Tithe 7 Advancing Our Mission

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A New Day for Your Faith

A New Day for Your Family

A New Day for Your Friendships

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A New Day for Your Future

A New Day for Your Finances

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4 Get Involved 8 StepUp Story: Singing Christmas Tree Volunteers 10 Students Serving Students 14 The Source for Single Moms

11 English As a Second Language: The Language of Love 12 Vietnam Mission

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3 It’s a New Day! 5 Legacy of Leadership 6 StepUp Story: Butch Parker I Prison Ministry 9 Christmas at Bellevue: 2012 Review 10 DNOW Conference


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Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.

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February 3

Malachi 3:10

Bellevue encourages everyone to participate in the obedience of giving to our Lord. And if you have not been practicing storehouse tithing, it is time to begin. We encourage you to participate in “Prove the Tithe” Sunday, February 3. In doing this we hope to see what our giving potential is if everyone practiced storehouse tithing. We also want to impress upon Bellevue’s members the importance of tithing.

Tithing is the centerpiece of our family’s financial strategy. Obedience through the tithe, along with seeking counsel for financial decisions, will literally “open the windows” of God’s supernatural blessings on your finances. If you are not already tithing, I encourage you to take a step of faith and do so. If you can entrust your spirit to Him, you can certainly entrust your finances to Him! —Wes Bowen, Bellevue member and deacon January 2013


“But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.” Luke 22:26

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Get Involved Robert Griffin I

Door greeter coordinator

Psalm 84:10 says, “...I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” I have been a greeter for about six years, and I’m currently the coordinator of the door greeters. You’ve probably heard the sermon illustration of the sponge that sits and collects water until it’s full; the longer it sits full and unused, it begins to sour. I didn’t want to become that sponge, so rather than sitting in church full of God’s blessing, I decided to become involved I’ve been surprised in the church and hopefully at the number become a blessing to of people who others. I chose door greeting are encouraged because in a big church like by the Bellevue, it was the quickest faithfulness of way to meet the most people our greeters... and suddenly expand your circle of friends.

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When you become a child of God, He places in you a spiritual gift to be used to minister to others. Learn about the numerous service opportunities available at Bellevue and find the one that is right for you!

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I agree with Dr. Gaines’ encouragement to get Bellevue members out in the mission field of Memphis, and I’ve found that every Sunday, many from that mission field are coming to Bellevue. We need people to meet them at the doors, welcome them warmly, and show them the love of Christ. Though the activity is as simple as holding a door, I’ve learned the ministry is much more. I’ve been surprised at the number of people who are encouraged by the faithfulness of our greeters—we’re out there rain or shine, hot or cold—and the genuine

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By the way, it’s not just a place of service for men. Ken and Mary Jo Street have served together greeting at the preschool valet door for several years, and I’d love to have more couples working together as greeters! In fact, there’s currently an opening for a couple of door greeters for the 8:00 hour at the South Entrance, if anyone is praying about a place to serve. Additionally, I think door greeting would be an easy place for teens to start getting involved in a regular ministry too. We’ve heard over and over that to keep the next generation involved in church later, we need to get them involved and in the habit of serving now, and I believe door greeting is the perfect place to start. So don’t sit, soak, and sour like a sponge full of unused blessing! Get up, get involved, and become a blessing to others. Whether teen or adult, married or single, we can find a place for you to serve. Being a door greeter is more than holding a door; it’s being a doorkeeper in the house of God!


Car Care

Car Care Ministry Chairman

The concept for Car Care came from listening to a Larry Burkett broadcast on Christian radio, and my brother in Christ and accountability partner, Robert Wagner, encouraged me to pursue it. Together we wrote a letter and sent it to Bellevue’s leadership. Pastor, Adrian Rogers, approved the concept and Associate Pastor, Bill Hendry, took it from concept to reality, meeting the needs of the ladies who qualified. This ministry has given me a passion to serve, and I have developed deep friendships with other godly men who share that passion.


concern they have for others. Along with several of our greeters, I’ve had the experience of members and visitors alike stopping to share burdens they want me to pray for or ways the Lord has blessed them for which they want me to join them in praising Him.



Car Care

But like all ministries, the participants are aging. Car Care needs fathers to bring their sons so that we can instruct a younger generation and equip them with a passion to serve with a selfless vision. I am looking for men to drive the cars to the oil changing station, men/ young men to check under the hood, and men/young men who can either change oil or be taught how. We furnish the tools for this service. The next service dates begin in March. Come see us at the Volunteer Fair and learn more.

Having come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ just prior to the birth of our first child, Jason, I found myself as a new mom feeling isolated, stressed, and overwhelmed. When his brother, Dawson, joined our family two years later, I was overcome with the responsibility to train two little boys for Christ, coupled with the demands of a busy family. Little did I know God was birthing a ministry for moms, using the memories of those early, chaotic days of mothering. In 1990 the Women’s Ministry contacted me about teaching a Bible study geared specifically for moms. Bellevue had recently relocated to Cordova, which was heavily populated with young families. Because of my own experience, I had a heart’s desire to instruct and encourage other moms from the Word of God. This began a passion for teaching moms that has redefined my life! For the past 22 years, I have been writing Bible studies and teaching hundreds of moms who are frantic to know God’s Word and learn how to take the profound truth of the Word of God and make it practical for daily living and child training.

Spiritual Leadership

—Jean Stockdale, MOMS Ministry teacher

Ten years ago my wife Mandy and I began attending Dale Shows Young Married Life Group. He began spiritually investing in me outside of Sundays and was the first to demonstrate that true discipleship occurs when you give yourself to others more than just an hour or two a week. He took upon himself the responsibility of guiding me in all areas of spiritual growth. Later on, men like David Coombs and Harry Smith also spent time with me outside of Sundays and continued to demonstrate the importance of mentoring as they encouraged me in my spiritual walk and how to apply it in professional settings. The Lord has used the example of these men to lead me to teach a Young Married Life Group with a discipleship focus and also to lead bible studies where I work. I am very grateful these men were willing to invest their time and prayers in me, and I hope I can do the same for others.

Robert Wagner sat on the front row of my Sunday morning Bible class. I asked him if he would open our class in prayer, to which he replied, “I could never pray publicly.” I asked him to go to Africa with me, to which he replied, “As long as I don’t have to speak.” Robert is with the Lord now but not before becoming a Bible teacher, deacon, and short-term missions leader at Bellevue, followed by graduating from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, being ordained, and pastoring his own church, New Song Baptist. As Dr. Rogers used to say, “If you want to know if you are a leader, just turn around and see if anyone is following you.” Leadership is more caught than taught and is better defined by those behind you rather than those before you. The legacy of Bellevue is our future, not our past, and the measure of a leader is the fruit he bears long after he is gone.

—Micah Holton, Life Group teacher

—Eric Brand, Bible Track leader

From my early childhood, I learned from my parents the great value of the Word of God. Through the years as I gained knowledge, not only factual but also experiential, I desired to share with others what God was teaching me about His power to change a life yielded to Him. At a point in time, He began to reveal Himself through His mighty names, which set my heart on fire! He has granted me the incredible privilege of sharing who He is and what He will do in and through a submissive heart with those who are hungry to know Him. —Carolyn Higginbotham, 30+-year Life Group teacher

1 Peter 5:1–3 “Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.”

Legacy of Love God. Love People. Share Jesus. Make Disciples. January 2013


Spiritual Leadership

“Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.” Hebrews 13:3

The inmates know they’ve done something wrong. They’re not saying, “Hey, I didn’t do anything.” Instead they say, “I’m in here for a reason.” Their life is nothing. They have no hope. When I retired, I told my wife I was going to play as many rounds of golf as I could. I was in the process of playing 344 rounds of golf in one year and occasionally going to church when Bro. Phil Weatherwax kiddingly—but he wasn’t kidding at the time—said, “I tell you what I’m going to do. My goal is to take at least 100 rounds off of that 344, and if I can, I’m going to get 200.” I went to the prisons with him once. After I got just a taste of prison ministry, my whole life’s been blessed. If you come in and shake hands with the inmates and fellowship with them, that may be the only time anyone from outside has talked to them in a week, a month, a year, or longer. You’ve made somebody’s day and touched somebody’s heart when you’ve done that. You’re doing what Jesus commands us to do in Matthew 25.

Retirement Re-evaluated Butch Parker I

Giving Up golf, giving out hope

We pray for anybody who wants to be prayed for. We go around and ask for requests, and we sincerely pray for them. We provide them what we can legally provide for them: Sometimes it’s Bibles, but always it’s the word of God. It’s only by them hearing the word of God and then having the Holy Spirit convict them that they have a life—changing event where they ask Jesus to come into their hearts, and Jesus guides them through the rest of their lives. Now they go back and read their Bibles; they have small prayer groups. Just this year we’ve seen over 400 professions of faith and we’ve baptized 106 people in two prisons.

Butch Parker—recognized by CCA, Corrections Corporation of America, for his exemplary and inspirational service at West Tennessee Detention Facility—received the Rev. Pete Spackman Award. The award was presented by Warden Michael Donahue.

I think winning the Rev. Pete Spackman Award is simply something that God’s put in the path of those who see this to ask them, “Hey, are you doing what you need to be doing? Have you talked to anybody about what Jesus has done in your life?

I still like to play golf. I’m not quite as good as I used to be, but I wouldn’t swap it for what I’m doing. I really wouldn’t. When I thought about it, I would have to give up what I do. I’m not going to give that up. Only when the Lord takes me away will I give it up.

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January 2013

Financial Leadership

Since November 11 the Bellevue family has prayerfully and obediently given and pledged $1,551,848 to the 2012 Love Offering, Advancing Our Mission: Opening Our Hearts to Memphis . By God’s amazing grace, Bellevue is thriving and making a difference as people grow in their relationship with Him, connect with fellow believers, and serve both inside and outside our church. We want to be faithful stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us and use them to advance His Kingdom by living out our mission statement to Love God, Love People, Share Jesus, and Make Disciples.

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Our heart for Loving People and Sharing Jesus lives in extending genuine and intentional hospitality to our members and guests alike. The 2012 Love Offering will also be used to renovate the West Lobby.


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“My family has been part of Love Offerings at Bellevue for over 25 years. Each year has brought an exciting new opportunity to seek the Lord and determine the part that He wants us to play in giving to the many projects and ministries that the Love Offering has provided for over the years. The Love Offering has meant a great deal to us, whether giving to the Love Offering, serving on the Advancing Our Mission committee, or participating in the ministries funded through the Love Offering.”

The West Lobby will be transformed into a warm, inviting family room, a place where everyone will feel comfortable and at home.

Plans include new seating areas and a coffee shop where the Library was previously located.

Construction is anticipated to begin in January. The initial phase will include work behind the wall and on the second floor, with the major renovation work planned for mid-summer.

If you did not give or pledge on Love Offering Sunday, there is still time to do so. Gifts made until October 31, 2013 will go toward the 2012 Love Offering. Learn more about this cherished Bellevue tradition and your giving options at

—Bryan Miller, Bellevue member and deacon January 2013


“God does extraordinary things with ordinary people. We’re all servants of His. He gives us different gifts to use, but the bottom line is that God’s going to use what they give for His Kingdom work.” —Tim Ruth, Construction Manager, Special Events

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Mary Lou arwood

The Un Scene Christmas Singing Christmas Tree Volunteers

Sometimes it’s a little discouraging, and we think, “We’re not going to make this.” And, again, God comes through. We work in the middle of the fourth floor. A lot of people at Bellevue don’t even know there is a fourth floor, but we lovingly refer to it as the attic. We just finished working on Singing Christmas Tree costuming.

I can’t even begin to think about 37 years of the Singing Christmas Tree without thinking of the hundreds of Mary Lous, hundreds of people who have found a need and met it. They sensed God calling them to minister to others, and they stepped up for the call. To me it’s an incredible picture of watching the body of Christ come together: people volunteering their time, not doing it for a paycheck, but volunteering their time as construction workers, as artists, as seamstresses, doing it for one reason—that people would hear about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His forgiveness.


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—Mark Blair, Minister of Music

I have been doing this since the mid-80s, when I worked with Carolyn Higginbotham. At first, to be honest, I loved Higgy, and I wanted to do it for her. Then, after a few years in it and working the long hours, it became a love for Jesus as the reason I was doing this. I go home really tired, and the older I get, the more tired I get. But God provides the rest and the incentive to come back up here and do it again the next day. The fourth floor is a place of prayer. These women are prayer warriors. We have begun to pray for the people who will wear these

costumes, those who are in the production, and then for the people who will come. We have a small part in those who come to know Jesus because of this production. The Holy Spirit will take what we put our hands to and will work something in that person’s life that will bring them to Jesus. When we get the reports of how many people have come to know Jesus, that becomes our motivation for continuing, for coming back week after week, year after year, and redoing what we’ve just done.

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Christmas on Miracle Street

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Meaning of Christmas

The year was 1912, a time when even small miracles seemed out of reach. Following the stories of the orphans of the Miracle Street Children’s Home in New York City, we all learned that hope and miracles survive when God is at work. For its 37th year, the 2012 Singing Christmas Tree once again featured a Broadway-worthy performance full of stunning effects, classic Christmas music, lively choreography, and a story that tugged at the heartstrings, all while reminding us that every one of us is a spiritual orphan in need of a heavenly Father and that Christmas begins with Christ. During seven presentations, 35,419 people attended Christmas on Miracle Street, 299 accepted Christ as their personal Savior, and 290 rededicated their lives to Him. Praise God for these decisions.


The Nativity Symphony

For the Majesty of Christmas, Bellevue built a bridge to our community by inviting more than 200 Memphisarea students to perform with our Choir and Orchestra. Students from Arlington High School, White Station High School, Cordova High School, Kate Bond Middle School, Tipton-Rosemark Academy, and St. George’s Independent School sat among our vocalists and added their voices to this heartwarming and uplifting worship experience. The evening featured all-new arrangements, with everything from old-time spirituals with an African groove to 1970s disco to an epic, movie soundtrack. Together, the Bellevue Choir and Orchestra and our special guests led the Bellevue family in an evening of worship that celebrated the birth of our Savior and praised His holy name. January 2013


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University of Memphis student

I’ve been given the opportunity to serve on the College Ministry Connect Team. This is a group of students who pair with Will McKay and the College staff to make ministry dreams a reality. We plan worship on Monday nights, special events, and ministry opportunities at the Vue. It is so incredible that God would choose to convey His truth to the world through us as His children, even someone like me! In a time of our lives when it is easy to focus on self, it keeps me humble to be the hands and feet of Jesus for the sake of others through the College Ministry.

1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.”


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homeschool student

I have had the opportunity to lead in many different areas in Student Ministry. I have lead small group on Wednesday nights, worked with Middle School girls, and much more. I love getting to know the other students and having the opportunity to see God working in their lives. I’m thankful for our Student leaders and the trust they have in me to give me these responsibilities. The Lord continues to amaze me with the experiences He puts before me, and I try to continually be obedient in service to Him.


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Bellevue held its first ESL, English as a Second Language, class in 1996 for women only and within three years expanded to include a co-ed class. Classes are led by native English-speakers who take a North American Mission Boardcertified course to teach English to non-native speakers. Currently, Bellevue offers two beginner classes, one intermediate, and one advanced in both the Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning sessions. Students come from all over the world and all socio-economic backgrounds. While some do not speak any English, some are physicians who simply need to polish their English while temporarily working in the United States. Through practical life skills, students are immersed in their adopted language. David Penna, who has taught in the program since it began, says that sometimes lessons are taught through games. As he explains, “The

I just love doing it. Part of what we do at the end [of each class] is teach using the Bible. I enjoy that more than anything.

—David Penna, ESL teacher

key is getting them to talk and increase their vocabularies.” But Bellevue’s ESL students receive so much more than a new language; they are also ministered to. They are introduced to the Gospel, as each class ends with a devotion. In the back of the room

one night, Shawn Fye recalls, a Hispanic person witnessed to a Korean surgeon in English. “Three languages came together.” Ministry doesn’t stop there though. The Tuesday evening classes, led by Shawn, offer snacks because, as he explains, “Some of the students come straight from work and are hungry.” In early December, the women’s classes threw a surprise baby shower for one of their fellow students. As

David adds, “It’s a good way for them to fellowship and have fun, so [the classes] meet more needs than just learning English.” The co-ed ESL program very much needs teachers and two more weekly volunteers, one to help with food and one to help with the roll, but Shawn isn’t worried. “God seems to provide. He has provided for the last 12 years.”

Missions Leadership

I honestly believe that my involvement with ESL is more of a blessing to me than I am to the students. They have allowed me the avenue to enlarge my missions territory without having to leave the country. Surely the hand of God will continue to be on this special ministry.

When you put yourself in their shoes, even coming to a class is intimidating. I have compassion for these students. —Shawn Fye, ESL teacher

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17 countries were represented in 2012. About 60 students attend the two sessions each week. Each student receives an English Bible and the Jesus DVD. Co-ed session meets Tuesdays from 6:30–8:45 p.m. in room F209/211. Women’s session meets Wednesday mornings from 9:30–noon in room W228. January 2013


Tony Yarbrough I Missions committee Chairman I had a passion for missions, and one day John Williams mentioned Pioneer Evangelism (PE). I had no idea what it was, but the very sound of it struck a chord with me. Steve and Ellie Marcum were going to start a new 13-week PE training session, and my wife, Pam, and I enrolled. In the first session, a light came on, and I felt that Pioneer Evangelism was the fastest way the Great Commission could be fulfilled, doing what Jesus and Paul did. Vietnam was mentioned, and there was no turning back! Immediately the Holy Spirit laid Vietnam on my heart. Steve Marcum mentioned that he and Ellie had trained in Vietnam but that the country was now closed. At the end of the class, I told Steve that if Vietnam ever opened again, Pam and I wanted to be on one of the teams. Within three weeks Steve said, “We’re going,” and within three months, we were in Vietnam.


January 2013

2 Timothy 2:2 “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

Missions Leadership Since 2005 our primary focus in Vietnam has been Pioneer Evangelism, which equips indigenous pastors and lay leaders to use Jesus’ principles of discipleship and Paul’s principles of evangelism to grow the Kingdom. In essence, PE follows 2 Timothy 2:2. We train others to train others—growth by multiplication and addition. Our ongoing training has prompted several pastors and lay leaders to desire higher-level, more intensive training, such as a Pastors’ Conference. Last year Bro. Steve was invited to Saigon, Vietnam for a Pastors’ Conference, and Donna was invited to lead a Women’s Conference for the pastors’ wives and lay leaders. They also led conferences in neighboring Cambodia. This October Bro. Steve and Donna, Peggy Williams, David Coombs, Steve Marcum, and I returned to Saigon. Steve Marcum and David Coombs trained a graduating Seminary class in Pioneer Evangelism, at the request of Sam James, a 50-year International Mission Board veteran and head of the seminary. I met with central-Vietnam province leaders to plan future PE trainings. Between being equipped by Bellevue’s pastors and the wide variety of missions opportunities available, the Lord raised me up to join the work in Vietnam. It was simply a matter of my availability, not my ability. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 clearly

states, “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” We’ve all been called, and for me, obedience is the highest form of praise and worship. The gifts we have been given by the Lord are a tremendous platform, and every believer has been given natural gifts that the Holy Spirit wants to use supernaturally. The Lord has allowed me to use my gifts of audio engineering and business management around the world, specifically in missions work. Just as Paul’s tent-making was more of a “vehicle” and not the primary objective of God’s calling, I’ve come to realize audio engineering is a means to an end, not the end itself.

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Also, the Lord has blessed our marriage in ways I never would have dreamed of. Yes, we have children and grandchildren who Pam and I spend time with, but going on missions projects and ministering together has strengthened and enhanced our marriage in ways I never would have imagined.

Meet missionaries and learn how you can get involved.

I praise the Lord that Bellevue is a missions-minded church and has a missions-minded pastor. When I see the persecution the Vietnamese and Cambodians face on a daily basis for their faith, I am perpetually humbled. I feel I should be taught by them, not teaching them. However, Bellevue has equipped us with a message that the world desperately needs.

Wednesday, February 27 5:30–6:15 p.m. 7:30–8:15 p.m.

Sundays, February 24 and March 3 8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 5:00–6:00 p.m. 7:30–8:00 p.m.

Missions Conference Guest Speaker Sunday, March 3 9:20 and 11:00 a.m. Sam James, missionary to southeast Asia for 50 years

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Equipped by God Suzan Watson I

Psalm 119:114

“You are my refuge and my shield; Your Word is my only Source of hope.

Layleader of single moms ministry

Sitting toward the back of the Worship Center one Sunday morning, I got a strange message from the Lord: “Ask about the Single Mom’s Ministry.” It was strange for four reasons: I didn’t think my husband would like the idea, I didn’t know if there was a single mom’s ministry, I had never taught adults and did not feel qualified, and I didn’t really like women all that much. When I asked my husband, he gave me his immediate and complete support. I left a message at the church to see if there was a need and got an immediate phone call back letting me know there was a hole in the ministry and they were praying for someone to step up and fill it. As I began to teach, I found out firsthand

what “God doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called” means. And He has filled me with a love for the women in this ministry that I cannot explain apart from Him. I was saved as a single mom with two children, so it makes sense that God would call me to this ministry, as it says in 2 Corinthians 1:3–4, “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”

Single moms, are you in need of refueling, revitalizing, and renewing? We have just the place for you!

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Regular morning schedule with the Lord’s Supper, no evening service Student Ministry New Year’s Eve-Eve Lock-in

The Source for Single Moms

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Volume 53, Number 1

Messenger (USPS No. 019-669) is published bi-monthly by Bellevue Baptist Church, 2000 Appling Road, Cordova, TN 38016, (901) 347-2000. Periodicals Postage Paid at Cordova, TN 38016, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to, Bellevue Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1210, Cordova, TN 38088. © 2012 by Bellevue Baptist Church All Scripture References are NASB® unless otherwise noted.

January 2013


Dr. Steve Gaines, Pastor I 2000 Appling Road I Cordova, TN 38016 I (901) 347-2000 I

Couples will experie nce God in a fresh and excit ing way that moves them close r to God, each other, and other co uples.

“Soul Mate Live is a great outreach and enrichment ministry of Bellevue that is created and executed almost completely by laypeople. In a six-week period of time, over seventy-five people will invest hundreds of hours to produce an amazing event, as well as the discipleship and evangelism that follow. The passion and vision of our volunteers is what makes Soul Mate Live a blessing to so many. The Soul Mate Live Team are the body of Christ serving the body of Christ and bringing others to Christ, and growing in Christ while they do it.” —Steven Holley, Soul Mate Live Creative Director

Friday I February 1 7:00 p.m. I Fellowship Hall This free event offers live music, creative skits and videos, coffee and desserts, and an encouraging message for a healthy marriage. Childcare will be provided for a small fee.

Messenger - January 2013  

The January 2013 issue of Messenger Magazine from Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, TN.

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