By God’s Grace and because of His Faithfulness, the COVID storm is passing over and when all is said and done, like every other gate of hell, it has not prevailed. Nothing can stop Christ from building His Church and the Holy Spirit continues to transform us into the people of God, into the image of Christ.
We have set our sights on September 2021 as a launching point for Dunkirk Baptist Church (DBC) into the next season of our Church. We are looking at this summer as a time of preparation to improve our service to God, our neighbors and especially one another.
Just as God gives gifts to His people, Ephesians tells us that when Christ ascended into heaven, He gave gifts to His people. Christ gave some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers…
But the Father and Jesus are not alone in giving gifts to bless the people of God, the Holy Spirit also gives gifts, and He has given us spiritual gifts in order to bless the Church. I can’t stress enough how important each of you are to the Body of Christ and how loved and valued you all are here at Dunkirk Baptist Church. We believe that you are here at DBC by God's appointment and He has uniquely equipped you to help disciple us.
Ephesians 4:15-16 says, “…we must grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.”
As we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, we want each of you to use the spiritual gift(s) the Holy Spirit has given to you to help build-up and edify the Body of Christ here at Dunkirk as we launch into the new season God has prepared for us. We encourage you to use the next three months to prepare by completing the below“Keep in Step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25 NIV) Summer plan.
Step 1. Between June 1st – 13th (2 weeks), go to www.DunkirkBaptistChurch.org and click on the Holy Spirit resource tab located at the bottom right of our webpage. Pray and ask God to reveal to you the spiritual gift(s) the Holy Spirit has given to you. Click on “Take the Survey” within the Spiritual Gifts Discovery Box and complete the survey.
Step 2. Between June 14th – July 4th (3 weeks), go to www.DunkirkBaptistChurch.org/Holy-Spirit.html. Pray and ask God to help you to understand your gift(s) and prepare your mind and heart to serve the Body of Christ. Based on your survey results, click on the top two corresponding “Your Gift Guides” (PDF). During this 3-week period, read and study your guides. Wherever a scriptural reference is mentioned in your guide, be sure to find that reference in your Bible and highlight or make a note for future reference.
Step 3. Between July 5th – 11th (1 week), review the attached 2021 Dunkirk Baptist Church Handbook (PDF). Use this week to pray and fast (intermittently, but wholeheartedly) about where God is calling you to serve here at Dunkirk Baptist Church or the Body of Christ at-large based on your spiritual gift(s).
Step 4. July 12th – August 8th (4 weeks), please contact DBC by phone at (301) 855-3555 or by email at office@DunkirkBaptistChurch.org. You will be connected with the Ministry Leader or contact person for the area of ministry you believe God has called you to serve and will receive your next steps.
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