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Baptism: Meaning and Significance

The following message was delivered by Mike Sperou, Senior Pastor of North Clackamas Bible Community, to three adult baptismal candidates, standing before the church body and visiting family and friends. In this short audio excerpt, Mike explains the meaning and significance of New Testament baptism.

If audio stops playing on mobile device, check “Auto-Lock” settings or equivalent (on iPhone, set to “None”).

MP3 ver. 2011-04-24
7:15 min

MP3 version history:
2011-04-24: New release; day of Baptism

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Book Survey Forms

Book Survey Forms: Resource is available in PDF and MS Word (.docx) formats. PDF includes a version for biblical books and a generalized version for any book.

The PDF file combines the biblical and general versions

Pages 1-4 of the downloadable PDF contains a version specific to the study of a Bible book. Pages 5-6 of the same PDF contain a generalized version suitable for the study of any book. In each version, space is provided for manual recording of notes. The content is organized with outline and questions to guide a survey study of a biblical or other book.

  • Historical Background — both critical (author, recipients, origin, date, occasion) and descriptive issues (political, geographical, cultural)
  • Literary Foreground — reading the book as literature: purpose, genre, rhetoric, atmosphere, theme / outline, canonical context
  • Significance — “How might this study affect the way you and others in the church think, feel, and act?” (Labeled Influence / Impact in the ‘any-book’ version).

PDF ver. 2014-03-01
6 pp. 8.5 x 11″ .08 mb

PDF version history:
2014-03-01: Updated SKU; combined into set
2011-04-23/2011-10-14: New individual releases

A MS Word .docx file can be directly downloaded

The MS Word .docx version contains only the generalized version suitable for the study of any book (it’s content matches pp. 5-6 of the PDF). The MS Word .docx will download directly to your device. Once opened with MS Word, the user can type into the various fields and print their product. Download .docx

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Evangelism of Jesus – Study

Evangelism of Jesus – a guided self-study regarding eight different evangelistic encounters of Jesus from the Gospels:

  • The Religious: Nicodemus, John 3.1-21
  • The Immoral: The Samaritan woman at the well, John 4.1-42
  • The Sick / Blind: The paralytic, Matthew 9.1-8
  • The Possessed: The Gerasene demoniac, Mark 5.1-20
  • The Children: Brought by parents, Mark 10.13-16
  • The Rich: The rich, young ruler, Mark 10.17-31
  • The Hated: Zacchaeus, the tax gatherer, Luke 19.1-10
  • The Condemned: The two thieves at the cross, Luke 23.32-47

After reading the biblical text, space is provided to summarize what is learned about his message, method, and manner. Space is also provided for an overall summary of what has been learned from each encounter: observing Jesus’ message, method, and manner, how should we and others sincerely following him think, feel, and act.


PDF ver. 2014-03-01
7 pp 8.5 x 11″ .12 mb

PDF version history:
2014-03-01: Updated SKU; edits to headers
2009-12-02: New release

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Raising Children in the Lord (Study)

Raising Children in the Lord is a self-study aimed at helping church communities to better understand their responsibilities. For each passage, word studies are suggested and space is provided to summarize what the passage teaches.

  • The Law — Deuteronomy 4.39-40; 5.16; 6.1-9; 21.18-21; 31.12-13
  • The Psalms — 17.13-15; 78.5-8; 127.5-8; 128.1-4
  • The Proverbs — 3.11-12; 13.24; 19.18; 22.6; 22.15; 23.13-14; 29.15-17
  • The Gospels — Matthew 10.21-22; Mark 10.13-16; Luke 14.25-26; 18.28-20
  • The Epistles — Ephesians 6.1-4; Colossians 3.20-21; First Thessalonians 2.11-12; Titus 1.6

Overall Summary: The study blanks provide space to consolidate ideas into a clear and concise set of principles. Further studies are suggested.


PDF ver. 2014-03-01
8 pp 8.5 x 11″ .09 mb

PDF version history:
2014-03-01: Updated SKU
2009-12-02: New release

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Mentoring Strategy

Mentoring Strategy: ten elements in a mentoring strategy that has full integration into the fellowship of the church as its goal.

On page two of the PDF: Important things to remember before each mentoring meeting.

For each step in the mentoring process, links are provided to related BcResources and to those available for download or purchase ($) from NavPress and Amazon.

10-Step Mentoring Strategy

  1. Assurances and the enemy:
    Beginning with Christ
  2. Getting into the Word of God:
    Studying the Bible
  3. Talking to God:
    The Devotional Life
    • Prayer; Journal
    • Five steps: (1) Wake up; (2) Settle down; (3) Draw near; (4) Pray through; (5) Move on
  4. Confirming your choice:
    Dealing with Persecution
    • Harassment of family, relatives, and former friends
    • Dealing with spouses and children
  5. Winning others:
    Sharing the Faith
  6. All the way with Christ:
    The Cost of Discipleship
    • The Lord’s words in Luke 14.25-35 … cf. Matthew 10.32-39; 16.24-27; Mark 8.34-38; 9.35-37; 10.41-45; Luke 9.57-62; 17.33
    • The nature of discipleship and its tension with cultural expectations
    • A conversion message
    • Loving Christ and the church above all else; cf. “first place in everything” (Colossians 1.15-20).
    • BcR’s Colossians audios on Lordship and preeminence of Christ (esp. Col 1.17-18a, 1.18b) mp3 audio
  7. Honoring the Lord for real:
    The Tithe
  8. Becoming the right kind of person:
    The Character of the Christian
  9. What it means to learn:
    Spiritual Authority
  10. My church:

Important things to remember before each mentoring meeting

  1. Pray for them
    • The key to spiritual power
    • It weakens resistance.
  2. Find the right place; set the right time
    • A neutral place that is appropriate; check mood and look out for interruptions.
    • The time must be regular — no longer than 1½ hours.
  3. Be ready to meet pressing needs
    • Be aware of their life situation.
    • Always bring money.
  4. “LEAD” them
    • Listen
    • Empathize
    • Ask
    • Disclose
    • … ask open-ended questions and be sure to reassure.
  5. Teach them — five steps:
    • Tell them why.
    • Show them how.
    • Get them started.
    • Keep them going.
    • Have them pass it on.

PDF ver. 2014-03-01
2pp. 4.67 x 7.08″ .06 mb

PDF version history:
2014-03-01: Updated SKU
2009-12-01: New release

For additional discipleship and ministry tools, visit (at a separate site) the Navigators’ Resources page.

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