Acts 1:8 One Day set for Oct. 5

HARRISON – The Acts 1:8 One Day Mission Trip, a Mississippi River Ministry Project, will take place Oct. 5 with participants ministering in the Harrison area.

The annual event seeks to offer Arkansas Baptist churches an opportunity for ministry that does not require the expense of a full-length mission trip.

First Baptist Church, Harrison, will serve as the base for the day’s activities. Participants will spend the day serving in the community in a variety of ways, including via block parties, children’s activities, cowboy ministries, evangelism, prayer walking, health and dental clinics, home repairs, sports camps and more. The day will conclude with a short celebration rally at 4 p.m. at First Baptist.

“The Acts 1:8 One Day Mission Trip is a missions ministry tool God is using greatly across Arkansas to see communities come to Christ and neighborhoods reached with the gospel,” said Breck Freeman, Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) missions ministries team member. 

He encouraged Arkansas Baptists to take part in the mission trip. 

“Let’s join together where God is working!” he said.

Registration deadline is Sept. 18.

For more information or to register, call 501-376-4791, ext. 5150.


ABSC Cruise ’13 set for Sept. 26-27

Cruise ’13: Arkansas Mission Road Trip, a motorcycle ride open to pastors and staff members of Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) churches, is set for Sept. 26-27. 

The event is sponsored by the ABSC and hosted by ABSC Executive Director J.D. “Sonny” Tucker.

Marcus Brown, ABSC evangelism and church growth team member, said tentative plans are to have lunch in Clarksville before heading to Siloam Springs, where riders will spend the night at Camp Siloam (Arkansas Baptist Assembly). The next day they will ride to Fort Smith and then to Ozark before ending with lunch.

“The purpose of the ride is twofold – to highlight Cooperative Program ministry points in that part of the state and to provide a great opportunity for fellowship among the riders,” said Brown.

For more information, call 501-376-4791, ext. 5128, or email


Multihousing conference set for Aug. 24

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) missions ministries team will host the Multi-Housing Missions Conference Aug. 24 at the ABSC building in Little Rock. 

The event’s goal is to help churches reach those who live in multihousing settings, such as apartments, trailer parks and retirement centers. The conference will give attendees the tools to help reach people in such settings through multihousing ministry or through planting a church in a multihousing setting.

FreemanSpeakers will focus on multihousing missions development, church planting in multihousing settings and prayer walking. Attendees can also choose to attend one of the following breakout sessions: strategy for multihousing missions, the basics of simple church in multihousing settings or children’s ministry.

“Statistics show us that 57 percent of Americans live in multihousing and 95 percent of those people living in multihousing are without Christ. Wow! What a mission field in our back door,” said Breck Freeman, ABSC missions ministries team member and church and community mission strategist for the convention.

Registration deadline is Aug. 16.

For more information, call 800-838-2272, ext. 5150.


Five reasons young adults need to be a member of a local church

Josh Mauldin
FBC, Fayetteville

Too often today we see young adults taking a hiatus from the local church. Sometimes we see them walk away completely from the faith. Scripture has some things to tell us about the importance of not only attending but investing in the local church. The following are some of the reasons God’s Word tells us that it is important to be in a local church.

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How to talk to your children about sex

Ben Phillips
Arkansas Baptist State Convention 

Christian parents are losing the battle on all fronts in the cultural war on sex and the casualties are their children, grandchildren, and future generations. Children hear a few messages from parents and the church and an overwhelming number of messages from the media, friends, and school. Instead of parents having “the talk,” they must have “multiple talks” with their children to equip their children with a biblical worldview regarding sexuality.

The book of Proverbs illustrates the example of parents teaching children 27 times, primarily the father teaching his son, providing a model for parents. Included in Proverbs are examples of a father taking initiative to warn and guide his son to make wise choices in the sexual arena of his life. Proverbs devotes almost three entire chapters to this subject in 2:16-20, 5:1-23, 6:20-29, 7:1-27. The repetition of these references emphasizes the continuous role of parents frequently teaching their children in the home to walk the right path.

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