December 18th, 2008
The http://www.ireallywant2change.com/ website is up and running. We still have to make some changes and adjustments, but you and your friends can now type your positive change stories right on the web page!
I request that you help me spread the word about this new web page. It is grassroots effort to get as many people as possible to be a part of this change community.
Sunday we gave each of you six “ireallywant2change.com” post cards and one sign. Please post the sign in a public place and handout or post the six post cards as well. Please don’t leave them in your bible or setting on the seat of your car. Put them to good use. We believe that as people hear of the positive change in your life and read about positive change on the web page they will be encouraged and know that they can change as well.
We have more signs and post cards at the church that are available to you as well. Hand out as many as you would like.
Also on the web page itself is a “Tell a friend about this web site” link at the bottom left of the web site.
Thank you for helping us spread the word about ireallywant2change.com.
Spread the change!
December 4th, 2008
December 4th, 2008
Don’t forget to bring an Ornament (bulb, bow, etc.) that represents you this Sunday, 12-07-08.
As part of the service, we will be decorating our Tree of Belonging.
Called to Belong Believers Statesboro 12-07-08
A God Given Desire to BELONG
Everyone wants and needs to BELONG. I believe our desire to belong comes from a God given desire to belong to Him. As a matter of fact, even though there was a time in our lives that we didn’t recognize it, we are called to belong to Christ Jesus.
Romans 1:6 And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
So there is this internal calling and longing to belong in a relationship with Christ Jesus.
Christmas is the story of Belonging
In order for us to belong to Christ Jesus, He had to come to the earth as a child and begin to work His plan of redemption. Matthew 1:23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"– which means, "God with us." (NIV)
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Paul explained it this way: Romans 1:1-7 “And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
We are Loved by God Called to be saints and Called to Belong.
Rom 14:8 If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. (NIV)
Good News of Great Joy!
That’s why on that first Christmas the Angel announced Good News!
Luke 2:10-14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." (NIV) Gods favor rested upon us. He wanted to belong to us and for us to belong to him.
Created to Belong
Col 1:12-17 “For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.” (NIV)
Belongers Are Gods Children
John 1:12-17 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
Romans 8:15 …you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." (NKJ)
Belongers Hear God
John 8:47 He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God." (NIV)
Belongers Have Crucified the Sinful Nature
Gal 5:24-25 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (NIV)
Belongers Are Controlled by the Spirit
Rom 8:9 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. (NIV)
Belongers Bear Fruit
Rom 7:4 So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God. (NIV)
Belongers Are Heirs to the Promise
Gal 3:29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (NIV)
A Call to Belong to One another
Belonging to Christ Means We Belong to His Body
Rom 12:5 So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (NIV)
Belonging to Christ Means We Belong to His Family
Gal 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (NIV)
We don’t just believe; we belong! We belong to Jesus Christ and we belong to each other.