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June 30, 2013 | Published in SERMON SERIES
by: Brian Dare
June 27, 2013 | Published in Calendar
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June 25, 2013 | Published in MISSION
I’m writing this primarily to the young adults in our church, because I assume that those in the other age brackets need no extra nudge in this regard. I am already confident that those in the 40 and above age range will sign up and be a part of our children’s summer outreach. But to those within my age bracket…
This post is to encourage EVERY ONE of you to fill out a background check form and plan to be involved in Good News Across America this summer. We are asking for these forms to be turned in by Wednesday, and if you haven’t got your hands on one yet, simply email us (info at the bottom of this page) and we will make sure we get you a form.
Good News Across America is an outreach ministry to the children and families of our communities in partnership with CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship). We will be doing “5-day clubs” which are 90 min fun-filled, teaching oriented, back-yard Bible clubs for for children in three different locations very near our church: E.B Raines park, Malley Park, and Thornton Rec Center. This will be held July 22-26 and there are several opportunities to get involved both before, during and after the outreach:
– Handing out invitations to the club in the community
– Helping with name tags and registration
– Helping with snacks
– Listening to memory verses
– Inviting families who you know and bringing them to the club
– Building relationships with parents
– Serving at the Friday Night Rally (where all three clubs will come together at our church)
– Getting involved in the Good News Club; which is a gospel centered after-school program, planned to be held at a neighborhood public school during the next school year.
Here are some reasons I want everyone in our church, especially those within the 20-30 somethings bracket, to fill out a background check form and/or plan to get somehow involved with Good News Across America, even if you haven’t figured out exactly how you will be involved yet:
1) We are going to be reaching families in our age group. This is a wonderful opportunity to reach families with the gospel. The parents of these children will be closer to our age group than any other in our church. Just think of what God can do through you simply striking up a good conversation with one of the parents of these children.
2) This event has the opportunity to effect the whole trajectory of our church. That may seem overstated. However for the six years that I have been here, I have asked several people what they see as the biggest weakness in our church. I would say 9 out of 10 times the answer I get, from those in every age group, is along these lines: We have become too inward focused and have struggled in reaching the community. That is not a good area to be weak in! … especially for a church that has “community” in its name. With this event, we have the opportunity not only to get out into the community, reach families with the Gospel, introduce them to our church, but this outreach has built-in follow up within it. As I mentioned we plan to do a Good News Club, which is an after-school Bible program, in a neighborhood public school which is very near our church. Wouldn’t it be incredibly impactful to our community if we not only hosted this club, but also “adopted” that school. For example, what would it say to our community if we collected backpacks and school supplies for the kids in need in that school, or did a clean up project at the school, or got involved in a mentoring program in the school etc. Who knows what God can do in our church, in our community and in our lives as a result of this ministry?
3) This does not take much of your time. We are all busy. However, what better way to spend your time? And we are not asking for too much of it! There are several ways to get involved that takes very little of your time
4) There are simply no reasons not to. God can do so much for our community, in our church, and for our own personal spiritual growth through this ministry. There are simply no reasons not to get involved. If you can pass the screening, you ought to get screened. If you can’t pass the screening, there are other ways to be indirectly involved in and pray for this ministry.
So, you’ve read this far, email us and tell us you need a background screening form, if you haven’t done so already. We will make sure we get it to you.
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
– Pastor Brian
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June 21, 2013 | Published in Missionaries
We are very excited to have Jeremy Estrema and his family with us this Sunday. Jeremy is a church planter in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and God has done some exciting things in the church there recently. Jeremy will be ministering the Word to us in the morning service, giving us a more thorough ministry update in the Sunday School hour at 10:30, and will be joining us for a church-wide potluck in the lunch hour. Please join us and prepare to be encouraged and challenged as we consider our mission both locally and globally to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
June 20, 2013 | Published in DOCTRINE
I remember the first time I realized the power of the ocean waves. Growing up in New Jersey, the shore was a frequent place to visit. One day, while body surfing, a wave picked me up and slammed me to the ocean floor. Even though I was a relatively strong swimmer, I completely lost control and had to let the wave wash me the the shoreline before I could regain my feet.
Life can do that to us sometimes. Circumstances come into our lives like waves, they rush in so fast and so powerfully that we lose control, and we get thrown around and try to simply survive until the difficulties run their course.
Just the other day I came across this little gem:
“I have learned to kiss the wave that strikes me against the Rock of Ages.” – C.H. Spurgeon
How often do I confront poor circumstances, personal weaknesses and difficult people with fear, contempt, complaining, and an outward expression that, “if only things were _________ then I would be _________.” And yet, Spurgeon here presents us with a very different idea. Anything that causes us to run to Christ and ANYTHING that drives us to our knees in prayer seeking His grace, love, mercy and favor is a gift, and is something that should be embraced and loved. This gives us such a different perspective on life. Our whole outlook changes when we come to terms with the sovereignty of God, knowing that nothing is outside of His control, and nothing takes Him by surprise. Everything He places in our lives, even those times of darkness, that physical difficulty, that person who wronged us, that strained relationship, that failure we experienced, can be a tool used by God to drive us to Christ. Let us let Him do His work. Paul said something very similar.
7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
– Pastor Brian
June 16, 2013 | Published in SERMON SERIES
by: Brian Dare
June 15, 2013 | Published in DOCTRINE
Have you ever noticed how much God loves to save those whom we think are unsavable? The Bible is filled with irony, and this seems to be the place that God loves to tell stories of irony the most.
You can see this very clearly in Matthew. Jesus loves to save those whom we love to write off. The immoral, the unethical; those are the ones who went into the kingdom before the religious leaders of their day. If we were there, we wouldn’t have seen this coming. The religious elite had a lot of trouble accepting this. In fact, it may be the very thing they hated about Jesus the most. If we were to transplant their situation into contemporary times, we probably would have found it as unbelievable as they did. Imagine present day street walkers, pornographers, gangsters, loan sharks, unethical CEO’s, corrupt politicians all flocking to Jesus and showing evidence of transformed lives?
By the time you get to the end of Matthew you catch on. You realize that Jesus seems to be more interested in saving the down-and-outers than He is the religious elite. By the time you get near the end of Matthew, especially chapter 23, you have developed a brand new category of “unsavable.” Now its the Pharisees that fit snuggly into that category. Jesus even asks them, “Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?” If that doesn’t sound like writing off a whole group of people, I don’t know what does! However, it is the post-gospel story of the Bible that throws us yet another curve ball. Because, answer this, besides any member of the Trinity who seems to be the main character in the post-resurrection story of the Bible? Who does Jesus encounter, save, and use as a leader in the church in the most obvious and powerful way? Which author is given the most space in in the New Testament section of our Bibles?
It’s a Pharisee.
Yes, if you don’t recall, it was one Apostle Paul who was a Pharisee saved by grace. And Paul has a lot to say to us about how not to become the same self-righteous Pharisee that he was. I would say that Paul states this most clearly in the book of Galatians. Toward the beginning of this letter, he says:
11 But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.
13 For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it. 14 And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, 16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.
18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. 19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord’s brother. 20 (Now concerning the things which I write to you, indeed, before God, I do not lie.)
21 Afterward I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22 And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which were in Christ. 23 But they were hearing only, “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried todestroy.” 24 And they glorified God in me.
– Galatians 1:11-24
– Pastor Brian.