Pictured from left (back row) Dr. Bill Morgan, Dr. John Johnston, Rev. Winston Brooks, Rev. J. B. Burt, Rev. Tommy Roy (front row) Rev. Steve Whitehead, Mrs. Betty Brooks, Marlin Harris, Rev. Tom Thompson (not pictured) Lee Walker and Rev. Scott Watson
On February 21-22 the Autauga Baptist Association in Alabama, hosted The Beatitudes Retreat to give interested pastors and laypersons the opportunity to experience firsthand The Beatitudes Bible Study in a group setting. The retreat began Friday evening with an Introductory session, and The Poor in Spirit followed by Those Who Mourn. Then Saturday morning we continued with The Meek, Those Who Hunger and Thirst After Righteousness, and The Merciful. After a delicious barbeque luncheon, we concluded in the mid afternoon with The Pure in Heart, The Peacemakers, The Persecuted, and the Conclusion sessions.
I was blessed to share this study with an outstanding group of pastors and laypersons who expressed a keen interest in the Beatitudes and carrying them to their churches! Every church represented now plans to conduct the study in Sunday School, Wednesday night Bible Study, Sunday Evening Discipleship Study program, or even in their weekly worship service. Below are their comments regarding the Retreat experience:
“The session we had on the Beatitudes was truly a revitalizing experience. Marlin Harris shared out of his heart and knowledge a word from Our God that made the Beatitudes. I would recommend any pastor having this in their church.”
Rev. Winston Brooks, Calvary Baptist Church, Prattville
“The Beatitudes are filled with so many wonderful truths and this study presented these truths in a highly professional and in-depth manner. Each of the Beatitudes had personal applications and engaged each participant in the discussion.
Rev. Steve Whitehead, Assistant Pastor, New Vision Baptist Church, Prattville
“Wonderful Bible study experience with other pastors. Very timely teaching and scripture for the times we are living.”
Rev. Scott Watson, Marbury Baptist Church, Marbury
“The ‘Beatitudes’ retreat, led by Marlin, gave me fresh insight into this brief, but important section in Matthew, Chapter 5. Marlin covers each Beatitude with tremendous spiritual depth and clarity. I came away with more than an approach to teaching the Beatitudes; I gained a greater understanding of what it means to walk with Christ in a closer and more consistent manner.”
Dr. John Johnston, Minister of Education, First Baptist Church, Prattville
“Wonderfully written……obviously inspired……. Rev. J. B. Burt, New Vision Baptist Church, Prattville
“I want to thank Marlin for teaching The Beatitudes Bible study and writing the book, “Let the Beatitudes Be My Attitude in You” which is well documented and well taught by Marlin. In Matthew 5, The Sermon on the Mount, Jesus opened His mouth and taught His disciples and the multitudes about the Beatitudes. Marlin’s teachings on the Beatitudes has given me a better outlook on my attitude toward others. Our attitude has to do with one’s general approach to life.”
Rev. Tommy Roy, Posey Crossroads Baptist Church, Prattville
“Great discipleship building retreat. Will help a small group setting to focus on a ‘Beatitude attitude’ for Christian growth. Resources with book, the Study Guide, Lesson power points, Beatitudes songs, are excellent discipleship tools.”
Dr. Bill Morgan, Autauga Baptist Association Missions Director
Beatitudes studies are now being planned at Calvary Baptist, First Baptist, Posey Crossroads, and New Vision Baptist. Dr. Morgan plans to lead this study with Mississippi Chaplains in his conference with them next September.
Another study is presently underway at First Baptist Church, Lawrenceville, Georgia, and I received the following comment last Sunday:
(Sunday School class led by Ryan Vanplew) “Today we finished the third lesson (Those who mourn). The class is really enjoying the lessons. The question today, When I asked people to share about a difficult time in their lives it really got people to open up. The Beatitudes Bible Study has been very powerful for our Sunday School class.”
If anyone “out there” would like to plan a Beatitudes Retreat for a youth group, church class, small group study, etc. please feel free to contact me to discuss this great opportunity for a complete Beatitudes experience. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Our subsequent blog will focus on Beatitudes Moments.
Next Saturday Annette Herndon and I will be in Nashville with David Staton recording the “accompaniment music tracks” for the upcoming Beatitudes Songs album. Please pray with us that this album will follow Our Lord’s perfect plan in its production and become a major driving force to entice “our generation” to dive into His Beatitudes message for them!