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SBC DIGEST: Ways to serve on ‘Road to New Orleans’; New Lifeway women’s study

Crossover, Serve Tour featured in this week’s ‘Road to New Orleans’

By BP Staff

Episode 10 of “Road to New Orleans” features details of the ways Southern Baptists coming to New Orleans for the 2023 SBC Annual Meeting this June can be involved in hands-on ministry and evangelism in the city.

Alex Brian, community ministry strategist for the New Orleans Baptist Association, joins Jonathan Howe, vice president of communications for the SBC Executive Committee, to talk about Crossover, the annual city-wide evangelistic outreach held in the host city, as well as the Serve Tour, an initiative of Send Relief.

“This year Send Relief and Crossover are joining together,” Brian said.

“Crossover and Serve Tour ground us in what makes us Southern Baptist or Great Commissions Baptist in the first place, which is mission, following after the Great Commission.”

“… Compassion ministry is our urban apologetic,” he said. “It’s how we make our faith make sense to people here in our communities.”

Opportunities for Southern Baptist to serve will include a mobile medical and dental unit, housing project feeding ministry, foster care ministry, block parties, community service projects and much more.

For more information about opportunities and training in advance, visit sbcannualmeeting.net and scroll down to the Serve Tour/Crossover section to register. View the interview below:

Studying prayers of Scripture: A new Lifeway Women experience 

By Marissa Postell Sullivan/Lifeway

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) – Prayer is a gift—an invitation to talk with God. But prayer can also be a challenge. How do believers experience the joy and fullness of prayer when it is so often accompanied by questions and mysteries? 

This spring, Lifeway Women is releasing the Bible study “When You Pray: A Study of Six Prayers in the Bible” to equip women with a better understanding of prayer and to offer an invitation to nearness with God through prayer. 

“The prayers modeled for us in Scripture come from different voices. We see different ways of praying and expressing ourselves, our needs, our praise, our lament to God,” said Tina Boesch, manager of the Lifeway Women Bible study team. “So, we thought it would be interesting to hear different authors unpack different prayers in Scripture.” 

In this seven-session study, releasing April 3, 2023, Bible teachers Kelly Minter, Jackie Hill Perry, Jen Wilkin, Jennifer Rothschild, Jada Edwards and Kristi McLelland help readers study prayers in the Bible that can inspire their own—whether they’re prayers of petition, thanksgiving, praise, lament or intercession. 

“I hope that from the variety of prayers in Scripture, women understand there is nothing off limits for them to bring before the Lord,” said Lifeway Women content editor Laura Magness. 

Beginning and ending with prayers of Jesus, this study walks women through six prayers in Scripture that serve as models for our prayers today. “May Jesus Himself teach us to pray,” Minter said. 

Teach us to pray 

As each author brought her own Bible study method into the work, Magness worked to weave each of the sessions together seamlessly. Magness said the authors saw themselves as a team in bringing this message together and had an amazing amount of camaraderie around the project. 

“With the multi-contributor approach, it was fun to watch how the Lord raised up these threads throughout every woman’s study unbeknownst to the rest of them,” Magness said. “There are these amazing threads that evidence the way the Lord was working in a season for a purpose.” 

Becky Loyd, director of Lifeway Women, said they filmed the video sessions for the study during a Lifeway Women Live event in August 2022. While the authors were together, Lifeway Women also videoed an interview with the authors talking about their relationship with prayer and their relationship to the Lord through prayer, Magness said. 

“We hope women will draw near to the Lord, draw near to each other, and pray for unity within their churches in a way they never have before because of this study,” Boesch said. 

While exploring different types of prayer modeled in Scripture, women will learn how to pray when they’re alone and when they’re gathered with other believers. Journeying through each session, women will come to an understanding that there is no one right way to pray. Instead, prayer is an opportunity to draw near to God, allowing Him to strengthen faith and unify hearts to Himself. 

“This world needs women who follow Jesus’s example and pray through their pain so their healing can be a balm that comforts others,” Rothschild said. 

Group experience 

Alongside this study, Lifeway Women created a group experience kit that includes not only the typical Bible study book and DVD set but also an expanded leader guide that gives leaders a range of ideas about how to use this study—whether in a traditional seven-week format or a weekend retreat. The kit also includes five prayer journals that complement the study, a highlighter set, a tote bag, and a tassel banner. Magness said this kit was designed to help leaders find a rhythm for their group and facilitate a more robust group experience. 

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