If you’re looking for ways to get involved with St. Alban’s (the Anglican ministry at The Citadel) then you’re at the right place! From here you can:
- Find out what’s going on…
- Interact with news and notes of general interest… (check out the blog below)
- Grow a small group…
- Sign into the lounge (for Cadets)
- Find ways you can help this fun, real, and enjoyable ministry!
Stay a while and enjoy!
The Reality of Revelry
Recommended Reading: Exodus 15:1–21; Psalm 18:1–50; Luke1:46–55; Acts 16:16–40
(HT – NIV Men’s Devotional)
“Music is an outburst of the soul.”
While this expression came from 19th-century English composer Frederick Delius, it could easily describe King David’s attitude toward worship.
The people around David probably grew accustomed to his musical outbursts. After all, it was King David—much to the chagrin of Saul’s daughter—who “[danced] before the LORD with all his might” (2 Samuel 6:14). Moreover, David wrote many of the psalms. We can imagine the shepherd-king in his bedchamber at night strumming his harp and composing another song to the Lord. Yet David was hardly a soloist in the family of God.
The whole Bible reverberates with the songs of people so enraptured by God’s work that their day-to-day lives gave way to melody. Moses and Miriam harmonized praise after God had led his people out of Egypt (see Exodus 15:1–21). Solomon crooned his way through Song of Songs, celebrating the marriage relationship between a husband and wife. Isaiah offered a prophetic song from the coming choir of the new Jerusalem (see Isaiah 26). Mary, when told that she would give birth to the Son of God, lifted a song to the child’s Father in heaven (see Luke 1:46–55). Paul and Silas shouted their praise, and God split the walls of their cellblock (see Acts 16:25–26). The Bible is full of the songs of God’s people.
What does this Biblical legacy of song say about us? We sing, as Moses, David and Mary sang, because God is worthy of song. When David opened his song (see 2 Samuel 22), the attributes of God came streaming out of the king’s mouth so quickly that he barely formed sentences—my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my shield, my salvation, my stronghold, my refuge.
Like David, may we be so overcome by the knowledge of God that our natural response is to burst forth in song. May we sing from a heart-knowledge of God—longing after him with our greatest affections and deepest desires.
To Take Away
- When in your life have you so keenly sensed God’s presence that you could have burst forth into song?
- How would you describe or rate your heart-knowledge of God?
- What steps can you take to deepen your delight in the character of God?
Leaders (and prospective leaders) will all come to the end of themselves and have to wonder what they can truly trust in. A.W. Tozer writes this:
And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” —Acts 16:30-31
Now, the matter of complete trust in the person of Christ.
No man has any hope for eternal salvation apart from trusting completely in Jesus Christ and His atonement for men. Simply stated, our Lord Jesus is the lifeboat and we must fully and truly be committed to trusting the lifeboat.
Again, our Lord and Savior is the rope by which it is possible to escape from the burning building. There is no doubt about it—either we trust that rope or we perish.
He is the wonder drug or medication that heals all ills and sicknesses—and if we refuse it, we die.
He is the bridge from hell to heaven—and we take the bridge and cross over by His grace or we stay in hell.
These are simple illustrations, but they get to the point of the necessity of complete trust in Jesus Christ—absolute trust in Him! Who Put Jesus on the Cross?, 52.
“Lord, help me to make this clear as I share the Gospel. So many seem to persist in wanting to trust Christ plus their own efforts. Thank You for this free gift of salvation. Amen.”
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|Benefit Concert for Uganda|
We are both excited and very humbled to be writing you this letter about Uganda. Many of you have faithfully supported us on the previous trips and we are so very grateful. This opportunity would not be possible without your generous help. Thank you!
Greg has been invited to return, this May, to Africa Renewal University to teach a course on Ecclesiology (The “Who, what, where and how” of being a church). We are excited because this year they have asked Anna to teach as well! She will teach Research and Writing Skills, a key course for these pastors as they seek to further their education. We will be going as part of a teaching team sent by Training Leaders International. And we need your help! Read on…
There are many reasons why we do this…
1. It is the one of the most strategic uses of kingdom dollars. By teaching pastors and Christian leaders in the growing nation of Uganda, we are addressing the crisis of leadership that the African Church is facing right now. It is estimated that there is 1 trained Pastor for every 450,000 people outside of the US. The greatest need in Africa is for education….which is something we Americans are rich in and can share freely.
2. Africa Renewal University is one of only a few Christian Universities in the entire nation of Uganda. It attracts students from surrounding nations including Tanzania, the Sudan, Congo, Ethiopia and Rwanda. The University is run mainly by Ugandans and is holistic in its approach to education. Along with quality academics, ARU also teaches farming, entrepreneurialism, and community development courses. The farm attached to the University provides 60% of the food needed for the students and serves as a demonstration project for the students to learn about stewardship. The students leave with practical skills to return and transform their communities on physical and spiritual levels. Teaching leadership and practical skills to pastors propels entire communities out of poverty and into the Kingdom of God.
3. We go not just to teach, but also to connect American students with African students. College students who travel with us on these trips are exposed to cultures and people from other parts of the world. As they engage with the Ugandan students, they grow and return to America broadened and changed.
Teaching these university courses in Uganda is amazing and humbling. The students sitting in the classes at ARU are the equivalent of our large church pastors in the US. They pastor churches that minister to hundreds and thousands of people! They began the work and now need training and education to undergird their ministry. They are also leaders in the Christian development work ongoing in Uganda—staffing hospitals, orphanages, and non-profit ministries. The investment we have made in our personal education can now be multiplied many times over by investing in African nationals who are so thirsty to learn and grow. This is truly a “teach man to fish” ministry!
Greg wrote in his journal last year in Uganda:
As I’m getting to know these students, I hear some incredible stories and it helps me know why I’m doing this. In missions work you can do a lot that feels really good but can be less than strategic. As an American the best way to help the Church in the majority world is to do work behind the scenes. One of the pastors that I’m helping is leading 27 churches. He’s not alone… he has a staff team of 5 people who help! (wow!) When I asked him how many people that represented… he said it was probably around 5,000 people. (did I say, “wow” already?) They mostly meet in buildings — but some of those congregations meet under trees or on foundations that don’t yet have walls built.
He has no theological education… just a Bible and a desire to serve Christ. He’s planted most of those congregations and was so thankful that someone could come and help him as he gets the tools he needs to raise up leaders in his congregation.
We know that we cannot go alone, but only with your help. Would you join us on this trip to educate and expand the church across Africa?
Africa Renewal University does not pay us to come and teach. We need to raise the funds for transportation, materials and housing for the trip. Our need this year is $7,500 for both of us to teach for the two-week term. Would you consider a gift to help strengthen the Church in Africa?
Greg and Anna Smith
PS: If you’d like to see more pictures, video, or information about the trip – head over here!
Bio’s, Resume’s… LinkedIn… Facebook… they all attempt to show us in our best light. Even the silly stuff we sometimes post on Facebook is often designed to make us look good, when we think about it. What does the Gospel have to say about it?
Take a listen and see what God says about our attempts to cover up our imperfections with outward paper perfection! What can save us? Only the Cross, faith, and walking with the Holy Spirit!
When Anna and I went to London a few years ago we heard a voice clearly asking us to “Mind the Gap” every time an underground train would enter the station for boarding. Paul in Galatians is asking us if we’re minding the gap between our lives and the Gospel… a high and challenging calling even for the Apostles!!
Here is the sermon, notes, and details… or enjoy on Soundcloud, below!
This week we looked at Galatians 2:1-10… and Paul is pretty clear that the Gospel is a message from God. It isn’t our’s… we don’t own it or have creative rights to it. It is ours to share, faithfully, through lives and words that point people to Jesus.
Here’s the notes, sermon… and now… soundcloud audio so you can listen anywhere:
Join us tonight at 6:30 for pizza and a great Bible Study as we continue to follow our Doctrine series… looking at things all Christians believe. Tonight we’re talking about Revelation: God Speaks. Could you imagine if all we had were “ideas” or “philosophies” about God? If there was nothing spoken from God to humans… well… what would be the point??
Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run surpassing Hank Aaron’s record… but the baseball he hit literally has an * branded into it, as does his life. Can God redeem the * in our lives? Are we permanently branded and set aside as useless for His Kingdom?
Paul, continues to make the case in Galatians 1:10-26 for trusting Jesus + Nothing for salvation AND he adds some real encouragement. Paul can use the ** in our lives for His Glory by and through His Grace. Check it out, along with study notes and small group guides, here!