The Barnabas Chronicle – Summer 2017

 

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The Barnabas Chronicle – Summer 2017

 

Dear Family/Friends,

 

So it’s near the end of July and I’m at least a month late in getting this quarterly family and ministry update out. Ministry is full. Thank you for your prayers for us as we continue to serve the dear folks at Southeast Valley Bible Church and dear ministries around the globe through our efforts at IBL. The boys are not under our roof this summer so Toni and I are alone, when I’m home. She and I started the summer of with a lovely time in Boston followed by a cruise up the coast of New England and Canada. We also enjoyed some family time in Oceanside, California before the boys scattered for the summer. Toni is taking 10 weeks off of music but is already starting to gear up for the new music teaching season which starts at the beginning of August. I’m thankful for God’s grace on our family. Ministry has been steady at Southeast Valley Bible Church. We have enjoyed our summer long VBS program “Kids of Courage.” We are doing that each Sunday during our Sunday School and Children’s Church time slot. In January we will mark 19 years of ministry at SVBC. There continues to be a great sense of unity and the Lord continues to bring wonderful folks into our congregation. There is such a sweet spirit and we thank God for that. We will soon need another baptismal service and so we are thankful for God’s working. Several of our families have gone through some rough seasons of health or other challenges of late and so we are doing all we can do to walk with them by God’s grace. The congregation continues to share me with IBL about 5 days a month. Most months I’m on the road helping ministries with issues related to leadership and often issues related to crises. The summer months have seen me doing IBL ministry in LA, Chicago, Kalamazoo, and Milwaukee (to name a few).

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Always Reforming: Where our Ecclesiastical Fathers….Became Deformed!

IFCA – AZ Regional – April 7, 2017

Always Reforming: Where our Ecclesiastical Fathers….Became Deformed!

Dr. Joel Tetreau

Senior Pastor – Southeast Valley Bible Church – Gilbert, AZ

Western Regional Coordinator – Institute of Biblical Leadership – Fairview, NC

(www.sevbc.org, www.iblministry.org)

(The opinions of Joel Tetreau are his own. They may or may not reflect the views of anyone else at SEVBC, IBL or the IFCA. If you find any of this objectionable please don’t blame Joel’s parents, any of his friends, the schools where he studied… or his wife. You can reach Joel on his email at jtetreau@cox.net)

Introduction – So over the years I have stated publicly I believe in a historic fundamentalism not a hysteric fundamentalism. To many on the outside (and to many of us on the inside) there is a real struggle to understand where one ends and the other begins! So while I seldom use the word with people who cannot appreciate the context of it, I still appreciate the idea behind what we mean by “fundamentalism.” In one of the more recent editions of Voice, I noted and appreciated very much the thoughts behind Gary Gilley and his article entitled, “Thinking About Legalism” (March/April 2017, 18-19).  I like Gary’s use of the distinction between “Cultural” and “Biblical” fundamentalism. While we reflect on 500 years of reformation let me note that I am also indebted to the ideas of “Reformation Theology.” I’m not sure how one can say he is historically a fundamentalist without also having a great appreciation for the ideas of “Grace alone,” Scripture alone,” “Faith alone,” Christ alone” for “God’s glory alone.” I am extremely thankful for the strength and ministry accomplished by the likes of Huss, Luther, Calvin, Zwingli and Knox (to name but a few).  Let me also say I am very much a dispensationalist in the classic sense. I continue to see two peoples of God divided between “Church” and “Israel.” God is not confused. Promises He makes to one will be fulfilled to that same one. Promises made to the other will be fulfilled to the other. I understand that there is a different essence between the “Mosaic Law” and the “Law of Christ” as it is mitigated in the “New Covenant” for the Church. My “dispensationalism” bleeds a bit in that I see an aspect of the Kingdom of God that is “already” as well as aspects that are, “not yet.” Having said that I see both some continuity and some discontinuity between the testaments. They meet together in the New Covenant where the eschatological promises to Israel are joined with the soteriological promises for the Church in one new and better covenant (as clearly spelled out by the author of Hebrews). The result of all of that is that New Testament saints are the spiritual descendants of Abraham!

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The Barnabas Chronicle – Spring 2017

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The Barnabas Chronicle

Spring 2017

 

Dear Family/Friends,

What a year 2016 was. What a year 2017 is shaping up to be. It’s hard to admit that the “New Year” is a fourth over. I am writing this update on April 1st. This is called “April Fool’s Day.” I love the quote made famous by Jim Elliot, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” There isn’t much that a believer can invest in outside of God’s work and His Word that fits into that thought by Elliot. Of course He put his money where his mouth was: paying with his life for the gospel work he and his friends had committed to. As I write this note I want to ask at the front of this letter that you prayerfully consider the corner of the Lord’s vineyard God has called you to. Outside of God’s call for you to make an impact in your home, with friends, neighbors and co-workers, God has called all of us to make a difference in the scope of ministry. Perhaps some of you would be willing to help hold the hands up of IBL West. As you will see in a moment God has pushed us way outside our comfort zone in the amount of “side-by-side” ministry IBL (Institute of Biblical Leadership) is presently engaged in. I want to thank you who have given to our wing of the IBL ministry (IBL West). Some of you sacrificially give on a monthly basis. Some of you give on an “as-you-can” basis. Some of you have not yet given but you pray for us, you care for us and you are for us. Thank you for your support.

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The Barnabas Chronicle – Winter 2016/2017

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The Barnabas Chronicle

Winter 2016/2017

 

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Happy New Year from Joel and Toni Tetreau. The Barnabas Chronicle is our attempt to communicate the latest happenings from our family, Southeast Valley Bible Church and IBL West (Institute of Biblical Leadership). What a year 2016 was. For our family the year was monumental. Jonathan (our eldest son) not only finished his Bachelor’s degree at ASU, but he married his sweetheart Brittany. Jeremy (our middle son) is now a junior and is enjoying his studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg. Joshua (our youngest son) lives at home and is studying education at ASU. All three of our sons continue to be very involved in the Lord’s work for which we are thankful. We are also thankful for a blessed year in the Tetreau home. God allowed us to convert Toni’s old piano studio into a small apartment for visiting relatives and guests. Along with that, we were able to build into our home a new piano studio. We were also able to take a couple of enjoyable trips as a family and as a couple. Toni and I celebrated 25 years of marriage in part by driving across the country back in the summer to deliver Jeremy’s car to him. He and his younger brother Joshua were working at a Christian camp in New York. We saw family and friends along the journey as well as several New England states that Toni had never visited.

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The Barnabas Chronicle – Spring 2016

The Barnabas Chronicle

Spring 2016

 

AZ Greetings from Joel and Toni Tetreau! As we come into the spring months of the year, we pray this note finds you well. Frankly to say we have come into a busy season in our life would be an “under-statement.” As many of you know our family is facing a full-cup of transition. We just now are finishing building a new music studio for Toni. We took the old studio and connected it with our guest bedroom and turned it into a guest suite with a small living room and new kitchenette. This will help us keep loved-ones and visiting guests in the years to come. Our eldest son Jonathan and his fiancée Britney will be wed on May 28, right after Jonathan graduates from Arizona State University. Jonathan continues to work at an Italian restaurant in Gilbert while at the same time he works an internship at CBS radio in Phoenix. Also in May, our youngest son Joshua will be finishing high school. Joshua placed first chair in the east valley music regionals and now has made it to the all-state choir. Jeremy, our middle son has a real possibility of increased responsibility both in his summer ministry in up-state New York as well as on the campus of Liberty University for his upcoming junior year. Additionally, Jeremy has found a fantastic church in Lynchburg where he serves during the school year. Jonathan and Joshua continue to make a real impact in ministry with us at SVBC. We are thankful for our sons and the young men of faith they have grown to be.

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The Barnabas Chronicle: Ministry Update Fall 2015

The Barnabas Chronicle: Ministry Update                          Dr. Joel Tetreau

Fall 2015                                                    “Ministry Leadership in the West”

Arizona Greetings from Dr. Joel and Toni Tetreau. The Barnabas Chronicle is our quarterly attempt to communicate the various details of life and ministry from the Tetreau home, the ministries of Southeast Valley Bible Church in Gilbert, AZ (www.sevbc.org), as well as from IBL West (Institute of Biblical Leadership – www.iblministry.com). As most of you know, in addition to serving SVBC as the lead pastor, the congregation of SVBC shares me for four days a month with IBL as the western regional coordinator. The mission of IBL is to encourage Christian leaders (and the ministries they serve) in a variety of ways such as leadership training, coaching, consulting, counseling, and crises response. The staff at IBL is presently serving fifty ministry cases between these various IBL wings.

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The Barnabas Chronicle: Ministry Update

The Barnabas Chronicle: Ministry Update                          Dr. Joel Tetreau

Summer 2015                                             “Ministry Leadership in the West”

Arizona Greetings from Dr. Joel and Toni Tetreau. The Barnabas Chronicle is our quarterly attempt to communicate the various details of life and ministry from the Tetreau home plus the ministries of Southeast Valley Bible Church in Gilbert, AZ (www.sevbc.org) as well as from IBL West (Institute of Biblical Leadership – www.iblministry.com).

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The Barnabas Chronicle: Ministry Update

The Barnabas Chronicle: Ministry Update                                  Dr. Joel Tetreau

Spring 2015                                                “Ministry Leadership in the West”

Arizona Greetings from Dr. Joel and Toni Tetreau along with the ministries of Southeast Valley Bible Church and Institute of Biblical Leadership (IBL West). We pray as you find this note that you are encouraged as we work our way towards closer and closer to the end of the winter months.

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?
Joel Tetreau

 So yesterday ( February 8, 2015) our congregation voted on changing our name from Southeast Valley Baptist Church to Southeast Valley Bible Church. Why did we do that?

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The Barnabas Chronicle: Ministry Update

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Ministry Report from Dr. Joel Tetreau

November 2014                                          Ministry Leadership in the West

Greetings to you from Dr. Joel and Toni Tetreau and our three sons Jonathan, Jeremy and Joshua; greetings also from Southeast Valley Baptist Church in Gilbert, Arizona and IBL West (Institute of Biblical Leadership – Western Region). I pray this note finds you well. Many of us love this time of the year. There is something special about the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year portion of the calendar year. For many of us, this is a time of reflection; a consideration for what we have and how God has blessed us – especially we who are called by His Son’s name. As Christians, Thanksgiving and especially Christmas are meaningful to us as we consider the gift of Jesus and our personal benefits from the incarnation. Continue reading The Barnabas Chronicle: Ministry Update…

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