August 2013

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Equip

Greetings Imago Dei Church, it’s about that time for Equip to launch its second year! Equip is a discipleship training time that allows the Elders to get to know and begin equipping future leaders for roles that will take the gospel all over the world, and also to identify future Aspire interns.

Equip will hold monthly training meetings on Saturday mornings from 9:00am-11:00am. Through this program, the church seeks to train any aspiring church planters, pastors, missionaries (anyone involved in Going), growth group leaders, and church planting teams.

Our launch for the 2013-14 year will be on Saturday morning, September 7th at 9:00am at the IDC Building. Typically, we watch/listen to a sermon, or read an article on our own time and then having come in prepared, discuss the content in a large group, or in various small groups—followed by some teaching.

Here are a few questions we want you to be thinking about when we discuss the content:
• Give a brief summary of the content.
• Agreements? Disagreements?
• Why would IDC leadership want us to learn this?
• What are some implications for your future ministry (whatever context God has you in)?
• What will this look like in the life of the church (particularly IDC)?

Here are the dates we will be meeting for Equip in 2013-14:
• September 7th ; October 5th; November 2nd ; December 7th ; January – off; February 1st; March 15th ; April 5th ; May 3rd

Covenant members and prospective members, if any of you are interested in this and would like to be a part of Equip, please email equip@idcraleigh.com so we can you send you the necessary content because most, if not all communication will be via email. We look forward to working alongside you. Grace and peace.

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G3 Sleepover 2013!

This past weekend, our G3 girls had a sleepover! The theme of the sleepover was “What is a Godly Woman?” We explored Proverbs 31 as well as 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. It was encouraging to hear from the girls about the people in their lives who are such great examples of godly women. We ask that you would pray along side us for the Lord to grow the girls into women who fear the Lord!

Not only did we all learn a lot, but we had so much fun too! How can you go wrong with good food, makeovers, games, jewelry crafts, and staying up late? The leaders of G3 are so thankful for these precious girls and their wonderful parents who allow us to invest in them. Until next year!

August 25, 2013 – 2 Kings 21:1-23:30 – Humble Yourself Before The Lord

2 Kings 21:1-23:30

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Following the noble reign of Hezekiah, we read of the faithless reign of Manasseh. In the last chapter, we noted how Hezekiah led a reformation, despite having a wicked father (just as Josiah will do). Here we read how Manasseh led the nation into idolatry, despite having a faithful father. He apparently reigned with his father a few years, as well. So he had seen what a faithful leader looks like up close. Yet, he is as evil as they come. Let us consider his idolatry that we must avoid, and the obedience of Josiah that we need to pursue.

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Ladies Fall Retreat: FAQ’s (Childcare, Cost, and Conflict)

We have received a couple questions regarding the Fall Ladies Retreat that we would like to help address:

Q: I am a nursing mother and don’t feel comfortable being away from my child overnight. OR, I am a new mom and don’t feel comfortable away from my baby overnight, seeing as he/she still doesn’t sleep through the night. Are there any options for me so that I can still attend the retreat?

A: Of course! Our goal for this event is to bring the women of IDC together to share in genuine fellowship and community as we seek the Lord wholeheartedly. That being said, we desire to provide all the ladies of IDC the support that they need in order to attend. Mothers, if you do not feel comfortable being apart from your babies for Friday night we have a couple of options for you.

1. The men/fathers of IDC have been encouraged to take the lead here and coordinate possibilities and assistance so their wives may attend the event while their children are well taken care of. We understand that some fathers work on Saturdays, and in this case, our growth groups have also been encouraged to help families out in coordinating. If your issue cannot be solved in this way please let us know and we will attempt to find other assistance for your family.
2. You have the option of bringing your child to stay the night with you, or stay with you as long as you feel necessary. However, we DO want to encourage and challenge the wonderful moms of IDC to trust their husbands here and use the support being presented, so that they too, may experience a day of rest and focus on our Savior and the community that he has provided us with.
3. Your husbands may opt to stay at the hotel as well, share a room with other fathers for support, etc. so that they are close by and can get you if necessary.
4. The beauty of this retreat as well, is the convenience of staying in the RDU area. You may request to room with other moms and notify them that your husband may bring the child to nurse, etc.
5. You may also decide to come to the retreat without staying the night. This is definitely an option. However, we will not have an estimate on how much it would cost to attend without staying the night until we have completed most of the registration. Please register and indicate that you will not be staying overnight and we will email you around September 1st with the cost.
6. If you do not have someone that you feel you can ask to assist you with childcare please let us know! Our growth groups will be extremely helpful here in caring for the women of IDC and their little ones, and we will find support for you!

In any case, please do not let childcare prevent you from registering for this retreat! When you register, please indicate that you will need help with childcare and we will seek to accommodate you.

Q: I would love to attend the retreat but the cost simply doesn’t fit in my budget right now. What can I do?

A: We encourage you, please do not let the cost of the retreat be the reason that you can’t attend. Again, our desire is to provide the ladies of IDC with the support that they need in order to attend. So, please sign up for the event and indicate that you will be needing financial assistance! We will pool our resources together to see how we can support you!

Q: I have extra money in our monthly budget and would love to contribute the funds to allow another woman to attend this event. How can I do so?

A: Praise the Lord! We are so grateful for you. When signing up for the event you may specify the extra amount that you will be contributing towards supporting other attendees on the registration form. If you pay online with Elixio, please indicate that the payment is for you and that you are also contributing towards the Retreat Support funds. You can write this in the ‘Notes’ box. If you feel led to contribute here, we encourage you to do so! It is certainly a need that has been recognized and will allow us to further support the women in our church body.

Q: I was going to come but I am looking to become a member, and membership class is that Saturday. Can I do both?

A: Yes! This is an unfortunate conflict that has come up, but please do not miss out on our retreat for this reason! We are so excited that you are taking the steps toward membership, but we can completely support you here! Please register for the retreat and then you can send an email to Nate Akin (nate@idcraleigh.com) and let him know that you will be attending the women’s retreat. He will get the membership information that you need to you!

Q: Due to a conflict (work, previous plans, etc.) I can only come for Friday night or Saturday during the day. Is that an option for me?

A: The answer again is yes! We are still in the process of registration, but come September 1st we will have a reliable idea of what the cost would be for partial attendance. Please write on the registration form what part of the retreat you would be able to attend and we will email you with cost information in September!

Please let us know if there are any questions that we failed to identify here! We are eagerly anticipating this sweet time of community and fellowship.
-The Ladies Fall Retreat Planning Team

August 18, 2013 – 2 Kings 17-20 – Ruin And Restoration

2 Kings 17-20

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The good news of the gospel is that you do not have to turn out like your father. If you find this hard to believe, then consider Hezekiah. God raised up this Judean King, while a dark cloud was hanging over the nation, to lead them to a time of restoration. He was the greatest king since David, yet his dad was perhaps the most evil king in Judah’s history. But God, by his graced brought restoration in a season of ruin through the leadership of Hezekiah. In these chapters, we are reminded of the grace of God in bringing refreshing fall-like seasons in our life, and encouraged to seek the Lord like Hezekiah.

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Ladies Fall Retreat

Register for the IDC Ladies Fall Retreat!

Please come to the info table at the IDC building on Sunday mornings to register for the Ladies Fall Retreat. Sign up begins now for members. Sign up for non-members begins September 1st. Registration goes through September 15th. Cost is $50 per person for 4 to a room and $80 per person for 2 to a room. This cost includes Saturday breakfast, a gift, and materials for the weekend. Please bring additional money for dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday.

The retreat begins Friday, September 20th at 5 pm and goes through Saturday, September 21st at 5 pm. We are excited to travel to downtown Raleigh and stay at the newly renovated Clarion Hotel State Capital. We will be hearing from several women of IDC in various walks of life as we seek to grow in fellowship, discipleship, and missional living. Studying Titus 2, we will delve into how to practically apply intergenerational discipleship within our community. Please join us and register now!

Please email Jessica Stroup at for more information jessica@idcraleigh.com

August 11, 2013 – 2 Kings 11-16 – Is There Hope For The Rebellious?

2 Kings 11-16

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In the midst of the disobedience and decline of chapters 11-16, there are whispers of this hope. We will focus our attention upon these whispers, while not ignoring the tragic cries of the darkness. We will confine our attention to the reigns of two particular kings: Joash in Judah (11-12) and Joash in Israel (13:10-25). From these stories, I have two gigantic expressions of God’s grace to point out.

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IDC “Going” Training for International Missions

Christ’s command to the church is to make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19). This fundamental task of disciple-making must take us to the ends of the earth, and our hope at IDC is to equip our members for the task of going. The primary task for equipping disciple-makers is not for a mission board or a seminary (though both of these entities can play a major role), but the local church (Eph. 4). In addition, the role of sending out is also given to the local church (Acts 13). The elders of Imago Dei are therefore very excited to announce our newest training program: IDC Going.

All of our members who plan on serving in an international context are expected to participate in this equipping process, regardless of prior experience. Going is our way of building IDC’s unique DNA into our missionaries and forming strategic teams that will take the gospel of Christ wherever they go. On August 25, we will have our first gathering at the building at 6pm. During this meeting, we will lay out the plan for the 12 month program and provide members with a basic overview.

As IDC has sought to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, we have developed ways to train and instruct our members. In the past, Equip and Aspire have been instrumental in preparing our membership. The Aspire internship prepares men for the work of pastoral ministry and domestic church planting. Equip disciples members in theological as well as practical matters concerning the church and its faith and practice. However, as our church looks beyond the borders of our nation, it wants to raise up members for the task of international ministry.

In considering our church’s membership and gifting, we realize the huge desire of many to serve overseas, and our heartbeat as a church is to prepare these men and women to succeed in this Great Commission task. IDC Going is the means through which our church will select and call out men and women to serve in an international context, and it all begins this August.

IDC Going will be a 12-month international missions training program. The goal of Going will be to send out faithful missionaries all over the world to live out Imago Dei’s PEACE Plan Globally. We will do this by equipping IDC covenant members for cross-cultural ministry, developing teams from the Going participants to serve together in an international context, and sending some of our IDC Going participants to join our missionaries already on the field.

If interested, please see the attached IDC Going Overview for more information.

If you have further questions please contact Nate Akin nate@idcraleigh.com or Keelan Cook keelancook@gmail.com

August 4, 2013 – 2 Kings 9-10 – Fast and Furious

2 Kings 9-10

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This is a really easy section to outline, but a hard section to read for some to read because it is bloody. It is divided into three parts: (1) The Anointing (9:1-13); (2) The Avenging (9:14-10:27); (3) The Assessment (10:28-36). If you scan these sections you can see that breakdown. A young prophet anoints him, then he serves as God’s avenger. He eliminates Joram, Ahaziah, Jezebel, Ahab’s descendants, the worshipers of Baal. In the final verses of chapter 10 we are left to ponder the assessment of his reign. While that covers the story itself, I have chosen to go with a bit different outline: (1) Things that Differ; and (2) Things that Matter. We need to make some distinctions between this story and our time period, but we also need to take some things very seriously that are still true for us.

August 4, 2013 – 2 Kings 9-10 – Fast and Furious

2 Kings 9-10

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This is a really easy section to outline, but a hard section to read for some to read because it is bloody. It is divided into three parts: (1) The Anointing (9:1-13); (2) The Avenging (9:14-10:27); (3) The Assessment (10:28-36). If you scan these sections you can see that breakdown. A young prophet anoints him, then he serves as God’s avenger. He eliminates Joram, Ahaziah, Jezebel, Ahab’s descendants, the worshipers of Baal. In the final verses of chapter 10 we are left to ponder the assessment of his reign. While that covers the story itself, I have chosen to go with a bit different outline: (1) Things that Differ; and (2) Things that Matter. We need to make some distinctions between this story and our time period, but we also need to take some things very seriously that are still true for us.