Newton Chilingulo is a supported GO Partner of Bethany Baptist Church. He serves as Pastor of Reformation Bible Church in Lilongwe, Malawi, and is a graduate of Christ Seminary in South Africa, where he sat under the instruction of fellow Bethany GO Partner, Dave Beakley. Newton and his family joined us in Peoria (along with five additional GO Partners) for our annual Global Outreach Conference, a five-day focus on missions work across the country and throughout the world.
Life in Christ brings trials and hardships, but Jesus promises deliverance to those who persevere. All believers should expect hardships, and we must examine ourselves to know whether we are prepared for the path that awaits us.
God delivers His people from bondage by grace through a blood sacrifice. But His primary focus in His redemption is freedom from the spiritual bondage of our own sin, not liberation from external oppression.
Doctrine matters. What we believe about God changes how we relate to Him and how we live our lives. No church is healthy when it is a safe place for wolves to harm the flock without fear of being confronted.
We must be filled with the Spirit if we are to have a Christ-like response to persecution and hardship. In this message from Acts 7:54-8:3, Art Georges (Senior Pastor of Living Hope Community Church) teaches about the death of Stephen and the encouragement it holds for the church to stand for Christ today.
Why do children of God still experience pain and suffering on this earth? In this message from Romans 8:16-18, Pastor Ritch teaches about God’s purpose and design in the temporary sufferings of this life, and about finding an eternal joy in Him.
All believers have experiences and feelings which encourage and strengthen their faith in Christ, but the Bible offers us more than simply subjective experiences. In this message from Matthew 28:1-20, Pastor Ritch teaches about the events and circumstances surrounding that first Easter Sunday morning, and the firm foundation it lays out for faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.