JD Templeton

Minister of Adult Discipleship
JD is a husband, father, outdoors-man, flea market junkie, and looks good in a hat. He and his wife, Kimberly, have two grown sons, Joel and Daniel. Native to Texas ministry has taken JD & Kimberly to New York and back.
JD came from FBC Cotton Center in 2016 where he served as pastor for 14 years. 
JD’s education includes ASU, Tarleton State, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Adult Ministry – January 2023

Can you be a disciple and not grow spiritually? Not according to Jesus. “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:8)
What are you doing to position yourself for spiritual growth? Please don’t let this question push you toward guilt. Jesus is not asking you to climb Mount Everest in a single day! Understand that spiritual growth is usually a gentle climb, it is a process.
Trinity U is one avenue we have at Trinity to grow as disciples. This semester we have two sessions of the Disciple’s Personality. If you have studied the Disciple’s Cross, this is a great follow-up. Mark & Dianne Clemons and Royce & Cynthia Itschner lead these two groups.
A Skeptic’s FAQs, led by Bob Davis, will help you grow in confidence when confronted by hard questions. This will be a conversation, as you learn how to respectfully engage questions such as “What reasons do we have to believe the resurrection occurred?” “ and “Is it possible to be a moral person without believing in God?” 1/29-3/19
The Ministry Gift and Passion Inventory will equip you to fulfill the charge we have in 1 Peter 4:10 – “Each of you as a good manager must use the gift that God has given you to serve others.” Discovering your spiritual gift(s) is not simply a matter of taking a test. It is not rocket science, but neither is it a casual endeavor. It takes intentional thought and action. In this session you will explore how God has gifted you, and how you can plug into Kingdom service. 3/26. See you Sunday nights at 5 pm!


Bless Every Home

By JD Templeton
“We don’t choose what we will do for God; He invites us to join Him where He wants to involve us.” Henry Blackaby
“What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use — men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men — men of prayer.” E.M. Bounds
Can God work randomly in his kingdom? Absolutely, but that does not mean he won’t use organization or strategy. Remember Joshua marching around Jericho? Or Gideon paring down his fighting force? Strategy is merely a framework God uses to arrange men and women in his kingdom’s work.
The graphics included here represent a prayer strategy Trinity uses to reach our county for Christ. The icons represent current praying households. Bless Every Home provides structure to pray for our neighbors by name. However, without people to pray, that structure is powerless. Will you join us in praying specifically and daily for our neighbors? Will you accept God’s invitation to join him where he is working? Find more details ww.blesseveryhome.com/light/?cust=11778. You can also call JD to discover how to connect with this prayer movement of God.


Intermittent Fasting

by JD Templeton
Intermittent Fasting, also known as IF, has been trending in health circles for a couple of years. Methods vary, but the basic idea is to fast from one or more meals for a 16-24 hour period. Many people practice IF daily, some twice weekly. Research suggests IF can have significant health benefits.
Would this principle work in our spiritual lives? Simply put, no. IF fails when applied to discipleship. Skipping spiritual disciplines on a regular basis will starve your spirit. Avoiding a small group Bible study contributes to spiritual atrophy. Our spiritual diets need nutrition from both corporate and individual sources.
Short term courses like Master Life can help instill spiritual knowledge that builds spiritual habits. Weekly small group Bible study promotes real life application of biblical truth through healthy fellowship and outreach. Daily Bible readings feed your heart and mind.
Eric Liddell (see his story in the movie Chariots of Fire) said “You will know as much of God, and only as much of God, as you are willing to put into practice.” If you want to be the man or woman God created you to be, you must daily practice being with and like Jesus. The Lord said in Luke 9:23 “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” The very nature of the word follow implies a journey, an ongoing commitment. So I encourage you – lay off the extra Christmas pie, but don’t fast from spiritual disciplines!
We celebrate the start of two new Sunday morning small group Bible studies. New Life (Greg Peschel, 11:00 am), and Genesis (Dale Moreau, 9:45 am) are now poised to apply God’s word, care for one another, and reach their communities. Pray about your current Bible study group helping us start new groups in 2022.