Just Walk Across the Room

June 25th, 2009

What if twenty steps across a room could change your friend’s forever?

In his newest book, Just Walk Across the Room, Pastor BILL HYBELS

paints a compelling picture for how a few steps of obedience

really can touch eternity.

JOIN US

for a Four-Week Church Experience that will refresh your appreciation

for the Holy Spirit’s mysterious ways, rekindle your passion for people,

and revive your belief that the single greatest gift you can give to your friends and family members is an introduction to the God who …

created them loves them has a purpose for their every day.

During these four weekends, we’ll learn together how to approach our

sin-scarred world with a relevant, appropriate message of truth – a message that is conveyed on the heels of a simple walk across a room.

Begins 6-28-09

Believers Statesboro

7059 Harville Road

Sundays 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday Nights 6:30 p.m.

 

What if twenty steps

across a room

could change your friend’s forever?

In his newest book, Just Walk Across the Room, Pastor BILL HYBELS

paints a compelling picture for how a few steps of obedience

really can touch eternity.

 

JOIN US

for a Four-Week Church Experience that will refresh your appreciation

for the Holy Spirit’s mysterious ways, rekindle your passion for people,

and revive your belief that the single greatest gift you can give to your friends

and family members is an introduction to the God who …

created them

loves them

has a purpose for their every day.

 

During these four weekends, we’ll learn together how to approach our

sin-scarred world with a relevant, appropriate message of truth – a message

that is conveyed on the heels of a simple walk across a room.

Just Walk Across the Room

June 25th, 2009

Week One
The Single Greatest Gift

What if evangelism really were as easy as taking a
walk across the room?
Based on the introduction and chapters 1 – 2 of Just
Walk Across the Room, the message for Week One asks
you to consider the enormous kingdom impact Christfollowers
could have if they would simply reach out
a hand of friendship to people
who don’t yet know
God.
As Bill Hybels describes it, many Christians
spend
the vast majority of their lives clinging to safe, insular
“Circles of Comfort” instead of looking outside the
circle to really see the people
they are called to impact.
They huddle together with their “already-saved”
friends and in doing so, deny God the opportunity to
use them in the work of evangelism.
But Christ modeled a far different approach. In
metaphorical terms, Christ left his own Circle of
Comfort
— the warm, perfect fellowship of the Trinity
— in order to come to planet earth. He entered the
uncertain and unfamiliar “Zone of the Unknown”
for the explicit purpose of enfolding wobbly and sinscarred
people
— just like you and me — with grace
and love. And when his earthly ministry came to a
close, Christ in essence said, “this walk-across-theroom
behavior is exactly what I want all of my followers
to do in my place! Listen for the Spirit’s guidance.
Leave your Circles of Comfort. Start walking toward
the Zone of the Unknown. Reach out your hand, open
your mouth, take the risk. And just see what my Father
might do!”
It’s true: the single greatest gift Christ-followers
can give to the people
in their lives is an introduction
to the God who created them, who loves them, and
who has a purpose for their days.
Use this week’s message transcript and corresponding
Message Video Excerpt from Session 1: The Single
Greatest Gift to help drive home the point that having
eternal impact in someone’s life often originates with
something as simple as a walk across the room.

Slide MWB Fish Fry I hope everyone enjoyed Father’s Day! Guys don’t forget the Father’s Day Blessing Fish Fry hosted by “Men Who Believe”. It is at Josh Hodges pond house at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday Night, 6-23-09. Turn off Hwy 80 West onto Akins Pond Road. Travel on Akins pond road until you cross the bridge and then turn right onto Happy Hound Road. Then you will smell the Fish!

You will enjoy a great meal and may win a Rod and Reel or other fishing supplies!

Faithfulness

June 22nd, 2009

clip_image002Faithfulness Believers Statesboro 6-21-09

Everybody loves delicious juicy fruit, especially on these hot summer days. Fruit is a great source of nutrition for our bodies and it adds sweetness to our diets and vitality to our lives.

But fruit is much more than just a source of physical sustenance.

As Believers we are called to display the vitality and vibrancy that juicy fruit can bring to our spiritual lives.

Spiritual Juicy Fruit is seen in the characteristics of Christ that the Holy Spirit produces in our lives.

In a society where being dry and sour is acceptable, we must demonstrate the sweetness of our spiritual fruit and the nutrition it can provide for others around us.

Faithful God

Ps 100:5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. (NIV)

Thank God that He is a faithful God! Especially when it comes to forgiveness.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9)

This is the kind of faithfulness that the Holy Spirit will produce in your life.

Faithful Fruit

Jesus said in Matt 7:18-20 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. (NIV)

So we should be recognized as Faithful people who serve a Faithful God. As we stay full of the Spirit, walk in the Spirit, and are led by the Spirit, the characteristics of the Holy Spirit will be evident in our lives. (Gal 5:22-23)

Faithful Men

The Gospel and its teachings are to be passed down by Faithful men,

2 Tim 2:2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men (NIV – reliable men) who will be able to teach others also. (NKJ)

This is what Faithful Fathers do. They take what they have been taught, they faithfully walk in those teachings, and then they faithfully teach their children and grandchildren.

Deut 4:9 Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. (NIV)

Faithful People

We are called to be people who are Faithful People. Paul said that we are required to prove our faithfulness.

1 Cor 4:1-2 So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. (NIV)

Ephesians 6:21 speaks about being faithful in service.

1 Timothy 5:9 speaks of being faithful in our marriages.

Revelation 2:15 speaks of being faithful in witnessing.

Romans 12:12 says we are to be faithful in prayer.

Colossians 1:7 speaks of being faithful in ministry.

Revelation 17:14 says we are to be faithful in following the Lord.

Proverbs 31:26 speaks of faithful instruction.

3rd John 3 says we are to be faithful in the truth.

Revelation 13:10 speaks of faithfulness even in times of persecution.

Even faithful until death, and then we will be given the crown of life, Revelation 2:10. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life. (NIV)

Faithfulness Defined

How do you define faithfulness? A strong moral conviction, that results in constancy and the ability to follow through with a commitment regardless of the personal cost or difficulty.

I once heard faithfulness described as “love hanging on.”

· In our marriages it is love saying, “I will not quit. You are not perfect, I’m not perfect and we may disappoint each other, but I’m hanging on.”

· In parenthood love is saying, “I will not quit. I will be an example, love you unconditionally, and even if you disappoint me and I get discouraged, I will not quit.”

· In our relationships with each other we say, “I will not quit. You may not always do what I want you to do and I will do things to upset you, but I will not quit!”

· As we serve the Lord we say, “Lord I will not quit. In good time, bad time, fat and lean times, in victories and defeats, I will not quit.

Faithfulness is love hanging on.

Caught in the act of Faithfulness

In Matthew 24, Jesus teaches that we are to be wise and faithful servants so that when He returns, He will find us doing what He has called us to do. (Matt 24:42-51)

Matt 24:46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.

If Jesus came back today would he find you doing what he asked you to do?

How Do I Produce Juicy Fruit?

· Pray for Fruit Paul’s prayer for the Philippians is that they would be filled with the fruits of righteousness.

Phil 1:9-11 And this is my prayer: … filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ– to the glory and praise of God. (NIV)

· Live By the Spirit

Gal 5:16-17

16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. (NIV)

· Hang Out With Jesus

John 15:4-5

4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (NIV)

John 15:8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (NIV)

Kindness and Goodness

June 4th, 2009

Kindness and Goodness Believers Statesboro 6-07-09

clip_image002Last week as we took communion we were reminded in Luke 22:14-20 that Jesus’ body was broken and his blood was shed for us. Jesus said, “Remember what I did for you.” As each family came forward to receive communion, I would exhort them to remember that the Lord has been kind to us. Suddenly I was overwhelmed with the kindness of God.

Salvation the Ultimate Act of Kindness

Titus 3:4-5 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. (NIV) Notice that he didn’t do it because we deserved it. He did it as an act of mercy. God knew what He is trying to teach us. That one act of kindness can change everything.

Kindness

Kindness is a characteristic of God and a by-product or fruit that His Spirit is producing in our lives. The Juicy Fruit, that will bring vitality to a dry and bland world. As we stay full of the Spirit, walk in the Spirit, and are led by the Spirit, the characteristics of the Holy Spirit will be evident in our lives.

Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (NIV)

Kindness to the Lost

The world would be changed if Christians would just start being kind to people. We need to demonstrate the Love of Jesus to them in practical acts of kindness.

Kindness to All

Our Enemies – Luke 6:35-36 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (NIV)

C.N. Bovee “Kindness is a language which the dumb can speak, the deaf can understand.”

One another – Eph 4:31-32 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (NIV)

Kindness is Dressing for Success

Col 3:12-14 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience… (NIV)

Kindness Evangelism

Luke 10:3-6 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves…When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’… (NIV) This is an act of kindness. When it comes to people it is not a “good versus evil” thing. It is good overcoming evil with Gods kind of love and kindness.

Respond in Kindness

1 Pet 3:8-9 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. (NIV)

Luke 6:27-28 “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (NIV)

Second Mile Christianity!

Matt 5:41 If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. (NIV) 1st Mile – The Curse is at work. 2nd Mile – The Blessing is at work. Redemption is found in the second mile.

When we hate back we lose the opportunity to bring redemption in that relationship. Rom 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. (NIV)

-1+ (-1)= -2 A cycle of cursing has begun.

-1+ (+1)= 0 Thus is 1st mile Christianity

-1+ (+2) = 1 This is 2nd mile Christianity. Redemption has begun.

St. Augustine “Evil is the absence of good just as darkness is the absence of light.”

Kindness to Our Families

The most probable group of people that we will be able to reach for Christ is our own family. We need to be kind to our families! Our actions and attitudes are cursing them rather than blessing them.

Eph 4:26-27 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. (NIV) Cursing the lost rather than speaking peace to them can actually expand Satan’s jurisdiction in their lives!

Kindness Leads Us to Repentance

Rom 2:4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance? (NIV) He is so good to me, so kind, so tolerant and patient, that I break under the weight of his love. Interesting Fact, in Rom 2:4 KJV and NKJ use the word “goodness” instead of “kindness”. The Greek word is chrestotes which means gentleness, good (-ness), kindness. Not the goodness used as another Juicy Fruit in Gal. 5:22. It signifies “not merely goodness as a quality, rather it is goodness in action, goodness expressing itself in deeds. Therefore Kindness is an expression or outflow of Goodness.

Goodness

Goodness is a Juicy Fruit as well. “Goodness” is Gal 5:33 is the Greek word agathosune which describes the moral quality of a born again person and their desire after “goodness,” to be and do good.

II Th 1:11-12 To this end also we pray for you always that our God may count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power… (NAS)

No One is Good

Goodness in our lives can only be produced by the Holy Spirit, because no one in the flesh is good at all.

Matt 19:17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good…” (NIV) The worlds “good” is not God’s “good”. You will hear people say, “He or she is not a Christian, but they have a “good” heart. Jer 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? (NKJ) A “good man” is the hardest man to get saved. Because he is so good in his own eyes and in the eyes of the world.

Goodness is Also a Light Fruit

Eph 5:8-9 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) (NIV)

Good Works

We need the fruit of the Spirit producing goodness in our lives because we were created to walk in good works. Eph 2:10 It’s through letting these good works shine, that the Father will be glorified. Matt 5:16

Add Goodness and Kindness to Your Faith

2 Pet 1:5-7 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. (NIV)

How? Keep In Step With the Spirit

Gal 5:25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Stop walking in the works of the flesh, surrender to the work of the Holy Spirit in your life and then the fruit will return. There is hope for your tree! But the decision is yours.