Sunday, February 01, 2009

The Centurion Fellowship

Hearts can harden fast. The writer of Hebrews explains this: "But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called 'today,' that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin" (3:13).

So for first responders that work in unique environments and have unique schedules, accountability with Christian brothers and sisters is very important. The hardness that creates "an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God" (Heb. 3:12) can literally happen in a day.

I have been burdened for some time that my fellow first responders need an online outlet for discipleship and accountability. Through the financial blessings of our members, we have been able to make that burden a reality.

Ten-Four Ministries has started the Centurion Fellowship. The Centurion Fellowship is a unique, private, online community of Christians who are first responders in their respective communities.

The Centurion Fellowship is not designed to replace the local church but is designed to assist with the specific needs with first responders. We recognize that the demands that first responders face (shift work, fatigue, stress, working on Sunday) may prohibit the fellowship and accountability with other Christians that are so important for followers of Jesus Christ.

Joining the Centurion Fellowship is free of charge but it does require that you are a current, former or retired first responder or chaplain. Unlike many current message boards out there that cater to first responders, this one will be private and requires that you submit a short application.

Bible reading, sermons, chat sessions, study series and accountability answers to fellow members are some of the activities you will be given the opportunity to participate in. While we are prayerful that you will join us, please understand that joining the Fellowship will require at least weekly action on your part. Specifically answering several accountability questions.

The Centurion Fellowship will no doubt be a challenge to your already busy schedule but we believe it can be an incredible blessing to meet and fellowship with other first responders. We also have a section for Chaplains.

Please spread the word. We are excited about this new ministry and the potential it has to offer our current and former first responders.

We look forward to meeting you.

"Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety." - Proverbs 11:14

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