clip_image002Join us this week at Believers Church, 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.as we begin a new and eye opening three week series call “Encouragement for Dummies”! Encouraging someone doesn’t take a lot of special talent or ability on our part. It is something that we all can do! So let’s begin to be known as people of encouragement!

Encouragement for Dummies

Believers Statesboro 11-01-09

How many of you love the “Dummy” books? Instructional books on all topics. Doss for Dummies. Windows for Dummies, Facebook for Dummies, The Internet for Dummies, Hacking for Dummies, and even The Book of Revelation for Dummies. One of the Goals of Believers Church, and you and I make up Believers Church, is “To encourage and build up all people.” Encouragement is something that we can all do. It is within our ability and power to do and encouragement is something that we can give to one another and receive from each other. Therefore consider this your course on “Encouragement for Dummies.”

A Daily Task

Hebrews 3:12-13 …But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today.

Why is encouragement so important that it should be a daily task? Because receiving encouragement from others will keep our hearts sensitive to the Lord and not hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

“… so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (NIV)

Wow we have the ability to help someone’s walk in the Lord and we have the ability to hinder it, just by choosing to encourage them or not to encourage them.

Realize the power of encouragement and start using it as a daily practice!

One of the greatest assets we have as “Believers” are friends that will build us up and help us to be all that God desires for us to be. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

Elbert Hubbard wrote, “Your friend is a man who knows all about you, and still likes you.”

Through our daily encouragement we can help others achieve what they could never achieve on their own! “There is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being – to help some one succeed.” Alan Loy McGinnis

Our Pursuit

In the midst of debate and disagreement, over acceptable food verses unacceptable food, words of wisdom are spoken by the Apostle Paul. Rom 14:19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. (NKJ)

Something to Give

In Romans chapter one Paul is expressing His great desire to visit the church at Rome. He had a

two-fold purpose for this visit. First, he wanted to impart a spiritual gift to the church and secondly, he wanted to give and receive encouragement. (Rom 1:8-12) Even though Rome’s faith was known and being proclaimed worldwide (vs. 8), Paul knew that He still had something to give to the church.

Understand that your faith and gifts are a vital part in the building up and strengthening the Body of Christ.

Ongoing Encouragement

To encourage, edify, and build one another up should be an ongoing process. 1Thes 5:8-11 … Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (NIV)

“We should seize every opportunity to give encouragement. Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.”

George M. Adams

Group Encouragement

Encouragement is one of the main reasons for coming together as a church.

Heb 10:23-25 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. (And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, NKJ) Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another– and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV) Consider it. Consider how to spur one another on toward love and good deeds. (Eph 4:29)

Hi Ho Silver!

Some boast of their ability to be a Christian and not go to church, often referred to as “The Lone Ranger Mentality.” George Gallup poll found that the vast majority of Americans believe it is possible to be a “good Christian” without joining (or even attending) a local church.

The problem is they are hurting themselves by not allowing themselves to receive edification and encouragement.

Not to mention the fact that they have a responsibility to other believers to stimulate them to love and good deeds. We are all called to pursue the things which make for peace and building up of the Body of Christ.

A Simple Truth: I have a responsibility to encourage you and you have a responsibility to encourage me. Here in is the strength of fellowship.

Remember Encouragement is a Daily Practice (Hebrews 3:12)

Ø I wonder how many times someone has slowly slipped away into sin when a word of encouragement might had made the difference and turned them back to righteousness?

Ø I wonder how many times we see a fellow believer in the market place and choose to look the other way rather than wave or better still approach them to offer a few kind words?

Ø I wonder if your family and close friends know you as a person of encouragement. Do your words often turn to criticism and tearing down rather than encouragement and building up.

Ø I wonder when you are with a group of friends if your conversation leads to talking about the Lord. Do you encourage one another in the Lord or do you talk about every thing else but Jesus and never remember your exhortation to daily encourage others.

Ø I wonder if ‘daily’ really does mean ‘every day’, and if it does, have you encouraged any one today?

A Ministry of Exhortation

Everyone has been called to the ministry of encouragement, and some even have a spiritual gift of exhortation. Exhortation is listed as one of the ministry gifts to the church in Romans 12:3-8.

Exhortation is not only encouragement, but it also involves instruction and teaching as well.

Regardless of whether you feel that you have the gift of exhortation or not, we are all called to be people of encouragement.

As a church we are called to encourage, comfort, exhort, and to build up one another. We see that the Word of God places a high priority on the building up of one another. We see the importance of developing and allowing the Lord to use us in the Ministry of Encouragement.

Next week we will explore three different ways to encourage others. 1) We can encourage others with our words, 2) we can encourage others with the Word of God, and 3) we can be an encouragement to others in the way that we live our lives.

A Challenge

I challenge you to begin to encourage four different people this week.

1) Your Family!

2) A friend. Someone you are already close to, or spend time with.

3) A person who is a member of Believers Church, but doesn’t attend on a regular basis.

4) A new person. Someone you don’t know that well. New to the church or new to you.

If you will commit to doing this with me this week, I’m sure that we will have some exciting stories to tell of the results of encouragement the next time we get together!

Let’s do what the Word of God tells us to do and not just talk about it!

Encouragement for Dummies

October 29th, 2009

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Join us this week at Believers Church, 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.as we begin a new and eye opening three week series call “Encouragement for Dummies”! Encouraging someone doesn’t take a lot of special talent or ability on our part. It is something that we all can do! So let’s begin to be known as people of encouragement!

Encouragement for Dummies

Believers Statesboro 11-01-09

How many of you love the “Dummy” books? Instructional books on all topics. Doss for Dummies. Windows for Dummies, Facebook for Dummies, The Internet for Dummies, Hacking for Dummies, and even The Book of Revelation for Dummies. One of the Goals of Believers Church, and you and I make up Believers Church, is “To encourage and build up all people.” Encouragement is something that we can all do. It is within our ability and power to do and encouragement is something that we can give to one another and receive from each other. Therefore consider this your course on “Encouragement for Dummies.”

A Daily Task

Hebrews 3:12-13 …But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today.

Why is encouragement so important that it should be a daily task? Because receiving encouragement from others will keep our hearts sensitive to the Lord and not hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

“… so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (NIV)

Wow we have the ability to help someone’s walk in the Lord and we have the ability to hinder it, just by choosing to encourage them or not to encourage them.

Realize the power of encouragement and start using it as a daily practice!

One of the greatest assets we have as “Believers” are friends that will build us up and help us to be all that God desires for us to be. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

Elbert Hubbard wrote, “Your friend is a man who knows all about you, and still likes you.”

Through our daily encouragement we can help others achieve what they could never achieve on their own! “There is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being – to help some one succeed.” Alan Loy McGinnis

Our Pursuit

In the midst of debate and disagreement, over acceptable food verses unacceptable food, words of wisdom are spoken by the Apostle Paul. Rom 14:19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. (NKJ)

Something to Give

In Romans chapter one Paul is expressing His great desire to visit the church at Rome. He had a

two-fold purpose for this visit. First, he wanted to impart a spiritual gift to the church and secondly, he wanted to give and receive encouragement. (Rom 1:8-12) Even though Rome’s faith was known and being proclaimed worldwide (vs. 8), Paul knew that He still had something to give to the church.

Understand that your faith and gifts are a vital part in the building up and strengthening the Body of Christ.

Ongoing Encouragement

To encourage, edify, and build one another up should be an ongoing process. 1Thes 5:8-11 … Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (NIV)

“We should seize every opportunity to give encouragement. Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.”

George M. Adams

Group Encouragement

Encouragement is one of the main reasons for coming together as a church.

Heb 10:23-25 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. (And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, NKJ) Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another– and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV) Consider it. Consider how to spur one another on toward love and good deeds. (Eph 4:29)

Hi Ho Silver!

Some boast of their ability to be a Christian and not go to church, often referred to as “The Lone Ranger Mentality.” George Gallup poll found that the vast majority of Americans believe it is possible to be a “good Christian” without joining (or even attending) a local church.

The problem is they are hurting themselves by not allowing themselves to receive edification and encouragement.

Not to mention the fact that they have a responsibility to other believers to stimulate them to love and good deeds. We are all called to pursue the things which make for peace and building up of the Body of Christ.

A Simple Truth: I have a responsibility to encourage you and you have a responsibility to encourage me. Here in is the strength of fellowship.

Remember Encouragement is a Daily Practice (Hebrews 3:12)

Ø I wonder how many times someone has slowly slipped away into sin when a word of encouragement might had made the difference and turned them back to righteousness?

Ø I wonder how many times we see a fellow believer in the market place and choose to look the other way rather than wave or better still approach them to offer a few kind words?

Ø I wonder if your family and close friends know you as a person of encouragement. Do your words often turn to criticism and tearing down rather than encouragement and building up.

Ø I wonder when you are with a group of friends if your conversation leads to talking about the Lord. Do you encourage one another in the Lord or do you talk about every thing else but Jesus and never remember your exhortation to daily encourage others.

Ø I wonder if ‘daily’ really does mean ‘every day’, and if it does, have you encouraged any one today?

A Ministry of Exhortation

Everyone has been called to the ministry of encouragement, and some even have a spiritual gift of exhortation. Exhortation is listed as one of the ministry gifts to the church in Romans 12:3-8.

Exhortation is not only encouragement, but it also involves instruction and teaching as well.

Regardless of whether you feel that you have the gift of exhortation or not, we are all called to be people of encouragement.

As a church we are called to encourage, comfort, exhort, and to build up one another. We see that the Word of God places a high priority on the building up of one another. We see the importance of developing and allowing the Lord to use us in the Ministry of Encouragement.

Next week we will explore three different ways to encourage others. 1) We can encourage others with our words, 2) we can encourage others with the Word of God, and 3) we can be an encouragement to others in the way that we live our lives.

A Challenge

I challenge you to begin to encourage four different people this week.

1) Your Family!

2) A friend. Someone you are already close to, or spend time with.

3) A person who is a member of Believers Church, but doesn’t attend on a regular basis.

4) A new person. Someone you don’t know that well. New to the church or new to you.

If you will commit to doing this with me this week, I’m sure that we will have some exciting stories to tell of the results of encouragement the next time we get together!

Let’s do what the Word of God tells us to do and not just talk about it!

Family Fun Night

October 28th, 2009

You are invited to bring you family to Family Fun Night at Believers Statesboro!

This Saturday Night, October 31st. from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.               7059 Harville Road

You will enjoy family time together; games for the kids, entertainment by our own Believing Kids, and of course tons of candy!

Call 681-1440 for more details or www.believersstatesboro.com.

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The Spoken Blessing

October 22nd, 2009

WYM promo series Watch Your Mouth

The Spoken Blessing                                  Believers Statesboro 10-25-09

Watch Your Mouth! We have all heard that before. With our words we can bless and with our words we can curse. That’s why we are letting the Holy Spirit help us to “Watch your mouth.”

Ps 141:3 “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.”

Not only have we learned to Watch Our Mouths, but we are also learning how to use the power of our words for good. To build up rather than tear down. Rather than curse, to bless.

In Scripture a blessing becomes so only when it is spoken. (It’s more than encouraging words.)

In Numbers 6:22-27 we see that God expected Aaron and his sons to speak the blessing over the people and as they invoked (engaged, put into action, the life that flows from the name of God) His name, He (God) would be present in the blessing to impart blessings to them.

So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them." (NIV)

Don’t underestimate the power of spoken words.

  • God “spoke” and the world came into being. Gen.1:3
  • Abraham spoke his blessing to his son Isaac.
  • Isaac spoke a blessing to his son Jacob.
  • Jacob gave a verbal blessing to his twelve sons.
  • God’s Word became flesh to communicate His love and bring Salvation. John 1:14
  • Jesus spoke blessings upon children and His followers and He was speaking a blessing as he ascended to heaven.

Even the experience of being born again comes through the spoken blessing. Rom.10:8-10

“Confess with your mouth.” A person believes the Word and speaks life over himself by confessing that Jesus is Lord. What he speaks in faith becomes a reality in his life.

How to Speak a Blessing

1) Speak the Blessing by Faith

Heb 11:20-21 … By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob…

The Blessing must be spoken in Faith, like prayer, believing God can cause the blessing to be fruitful.

  • If you pray and don’t believe, prayer doesn’t work.
  • If you bless and don’t believe, the blessing won’t work.
Peter Even as Jesus told Peter that he would deny Christ three times, He added, “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
Luke 22:32 (NKJ) Notice Jesus said when you return, not if you return, or maybe if you return. Through Faith and prayer Jesus believed that Peter would make it.

Numbers 6: 27 “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”

You must believe that God will cause the blessing to come about.

You are a Royal Priesthood (1 Peter 2:9a) so begin to speak this blessing upon others.

2) As You Speak Use the High Priestly Blessing as an Example

Num 6:22-27 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: "Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: "The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace." "So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them."(NKJ)

The Three Part Blessing –1) Protection, 2) Favor and Grace, and 3) Peace

3) Desire God’s Highest and Best For the Ones You are Speaking the Blessing Upon

You many need to pray and work through your feelings before you attempt to bless. You need to reach the point that you truly seek the good for the one you are blessing.

Ps 122:6-9 David’s Example I will seek your good.

· What GOOD do you desire for your children? Your spouse? Your family? Your Church?

Speak what GOOD THINGS you desire for the one being blessed as a blessing over them.

· What does God desire for the one being blessed?

Research the scripture and began to declare the Word of God as a Blessing.

· See the Potential By Faith

Jesus related to people on the basis of the potential He saw in their lives. He verbally called His unregenerate, untrained disciples the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world” (Matt. 5:13-14) by faith. He saw what they would become through the Word that He spoke to them.

· Picturing a Special Future for the One Being Blessed

  • What is God showing about the future of the one being blessed?
  • What are others saying about the one being blessed?

Attitudes Effect The Blessings

· You need to bless with the right attitude. Blessings cannot come from a critical attitude or a heart full of anger. Gen 27:24-25

You see when you have been given to and blessed, you want to give and bless others.

· Bad attitudes can hinder the blessing. David and his wife Michal 2 Sam 6:20

(What about your enemies? How can you bless them? You must understand that they have a “High Value” to God. Lost People Matter to God. While we were still sinners Christ Jesus Died for Us.)

4) Laying on of Hands as You Speak the Blessing

Genesis 48 Joseph drew his two sons very close to his father, Jacob, so that he could lay his hands on the boys

Mark 10:16 Jesus took the children in His arms, put His hands on them, and blessed them.

The laying on of the hands is especially important as we bless our children. They should be taught that as we lay our hands upon them, they should expect God to impart favor to them.

Your hands should represent blessings to your children. Be careful spanking your children with your bare hand. You don’t want them to fear your hand, you want them to fear the rod or paddle.

5) Don’t Just Speak but Have An Active Commitment to Fulfill the Blessing

Your Child is gifted with Musical abilities. You bless them to serve the Lord with their musical talents. BUT you refuse to buy them an instrument or provide them lessons, or you do, but you never attend a recital or encourage your children in their gifts.

Conclusion: Remember, the absence of negative words does not translate into a blessing!

Good words are necessary!

Proverbs 3:27-28

27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.

28 Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow"– when you now have it with you. (NIV)

Don’t withhold the spoken blessing when it is within your power to speak it. Tomorrow may be too late.

Always remember that as you begin to speak blessings…. God will be present to bless!

Malediction

October 15th, 2009

Upcoming Events at Believers:
10-23-09 Vision Dinner for all new attendees at 6:30 p.m.
10-24-09 New Members Class – A onetime requirement for membership at Believers, 9:00 a.m.
10-31-09 Family Fun Night –an alternative to Halloween,    6:00 p.m.
11-06 and 11-07 “Flavour” Ladies Retreat. Register TODAY!

Call the church office at 912-681-1440 for more information on all of these events or visit our web site at www.believersstatesboro.com

Join us this Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. for:

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Watch Your Mouth! We have all heard that before. With our words we can bless and with our words we can curse. That’s why we are letting the Holy Spirit help us with “Watch your mouth.”

Ps 141:3 “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.”

Two Types of Curses seen in the New Testament

1) The Law and 2) Curses Spoken with the Mouth, Maledictions

1) The Curse of the Law

Gal 3:10-14 … Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us… (NIV)

Rom 4:6-8 …Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. (NIV)

2) The Malediction
Malediction – Web: 1) a curse; 2) The utterance of a curse; 3) slander
James 3:8-12 …Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?

Are our Words really that powerful? Proverbs 18:21 “Life and Death are in the power of the tongue.”

The Source of Curses and Maledictions

James 3:13-18 Bitter envy and selfish ambition.

James 3:11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? (NKJ)

Three Bitter waters: Harsh Words, Silence, and Self Cursing

1) Harsh Words

2) Silence

The lack of The Spoken Blessing will have two results:

1. Withdrawal and acceptance of failure as a way of life.

“Words have an awesome impact. The impressions made by a father’s voice can set in motion an entire trend of life.” Gordon MacDonald

2. An over achiever or workaholic. Always trying to please the parents or get the blessing.

Remember, a lack of negative words does not translate into a blessing! Good words are necessary!

3) Self Cursing

The average person talks to himself or herself about 50,000 times a day. 80% is negative.

I’m not good enough. I’m not smart enough. People don’t like me
Remember, all you have to do is AGREE with what the Word of God says about you.
How to Break Curses Spoken Over Your Life

· Avoid the Malediction Trap

1 Pet 2:15-25 … For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. … Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. (NIV) Jesus didn’t play that malediction game.

· Bless When You are Cursed

Paul – 1 Cor 4:11-12 … When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; (NIV)

Peter – 1 Pet 3:8-9 … 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)

Prov 26:2 … an undeserved curse does not come to rest.(NIV)

Luke 6:27-28 …Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (NIV)

Picture a man shouting a curse at another man who is a covenant man with God standing behind him. When the covenant man kneels to pray for the one cursing him, the curser is suddenly face to face with God.

· Overcome Evil With Good

Rom 12:9; 14; 16-21 … Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (NIV)

· Practice Second Mile Christianity

Matt 5:38-45 … If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.

  • Sons of the Father – (Vs 44 – 45) Blessing your enemies is a sign if maturity

If you bless you will be Mature Sons, Partners with the Father, Positioned beside the Father. Seeing things from the Fathers point of View. Then you will say, “Father how can we help them today? How can we bless them today Father?”

  • 1st Mile – The Curse is at work.

2nd Mile – The Blessing is at work. Redemption is found in the second mile.

When we fight back we lose the opportunity to bring redemption into that relationship.

Let’s Do The Math:

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

-1+ (+1) = 0 This 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.”

Darkness is only the absence of light. Evil is the absence of good just as darkness is the absence of light.

Light rules over Darkness. You can’t turn up the darkness; you can only turn up the light.

“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Edmond Burk

CRITICISM GONE BAD

October 8th, 2009

Join us this Sunday at Believers 9 or 11 for:

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Watch Your Mouth! Have you ever heard that before? Maybe from your mom, maybe from your school teacher, maybe from the librarian? What about the Holy Spirit? Have you ever heard him whispering in your heart…”Watch your mouth.”

Have you ever said something that when it rolled out of your mouth, you were like, “Oh, if I could just get that back and stick it right back in there.” Have you ever been there?

The words that come out of our mouths that have hurt other people, and often times those closest to us Things like, “I wish you were never born. You’re so lazy. I want a divorce. I hate you.

If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. James 1:26

He deceives himself. It’s really important that we get that. But, what about the words that comes out of our mouths? We are deceiving ourselves if we think those words are not damaging and hurting people?

People who constantly criticize others often do not realize the damage they are doing.

Three Root Causes of Destructive Criticism

1. Jealousy

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

Envy and jealousy rots away at the inside of us. It rots away at our spirit and our soul. It turns us into bitter, and negative, and critical people.

Mark 15:9-10 "Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?" asked Pilate, knowing it was out of envy that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him.(NIV)

Paul writes in Romans 12:15, this is what you are supposed to do. Don’t be jealous. Don’t take chips at people. Don’t be digging away at them. Instead…Rejoice with those who rejoice… Romans 12:15

Paul says, “Listen, when something good is happening to somebody, you need to get behind them and be excited.

Here’s the test. Here’s how you know if you are doing a good job. Here’s how you know if you’ve got jealousy rooted out of you, if you’ve let God clean it out of you. Ask yourself this.

“Am I truly happy for the good things other people experience?

2. Negativity

All you see in the whole world, everything around you, you just see what’s wrong with it.

For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45

In other words, man, what’s inside of you, what you think about, that’s what you are going to talk about.

…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Negativity! We’ve got to get rid of it. Don’t be a downer be a cheerleader?

…(we) sent Timothy to get you up and about, cheering you on so you wouldn’t be discouraged by these hard times. 1 Thessalonians 3:2-3 (The Message)

Who are you going to cheer on tomorrow? Start looking for the good and pointing it out, speaking it out, speaking life.

3. Sarcasm AKA “Class Clown

The cut down is the most deceiving of all types of bad criticism.

We think we are being funny. “Oh, that doesn’t really hurt anybody. Nobody really believes that stuff. They don’t really feel it.” And all along, those little digs, those little jabs, those little chips are killing people. They are hurting people.

Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place… Ephesians 5:4

It is those little digs, those little cut downs, those little comments that are often chipping away at the people, the people that are closest to us. Those little sarcasm’s, those little digs, those little opportunities, you know, to be cute and funny, what they really are, is little shots. They are chipping away at people, tearing them down. We have no idea of the power of our words. What we think is harmless, it is cutting people. It is hurting them.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others… Ephesians 4:29

Start encouraging people. We should start building people up instead of chipping away at them.

Why is “Watching Your Mouth” so important to us? Believers Church Mission Statement

To teach, encourage, and inspire Authentic Christianity to the people of Statesboro, Bulloch County, and Surrounding Areas

Bottom Line – Our mission is too important and our words too powerful to speak carelessly and risk damaging people.

The Filter

This message may be weighing heavy on our hearts because we are thinking about the words that we have spoken even this week, maybe even this morning. So what’s got to change in us? It’s got to be the filter. The filter of our heart, our mind, the thoughts, the words that we speak, what comes out of us, the filter that they run through. It’s got to change.

The things that are coming out of our mouth are running through this filter that needs to be cleaned out so bad, and the only person who can really do that is Christ.

And, we’re going to walk out of here today, myself, you, we are going to walk out of here transformed and changed. The filter is going to be changed.

What Are Your Words Costing You?

Long term things, things that you don’t even see today. Your kids! Your spouse!

But today is your day to get hold of that and change. God can change that in you and you can have something more incredible, more awesome than you have ever had in your whole life.

But we have got to let God change that filter. We can do it.

Ps 141:3 “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.”

All we have to do is decide to let God do the work, because who knows what we are going to miss if we don’t. But I can tell you, you are going to have something great if you do. God wants to take the jealousy. He wants to take the negativity. He wants to take all that stuff and get it out, and He wants to do it today. He wants to put in you, His Spirit and His life so that the words that you begin to speak are words that are fresh and vibrant, words that build people up.

Flavour Ladies Retreat

October 8th, 2009

Ladies join us for our Flavour Ladies Retreat. Call 681-1440 and register today!

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Taste and see that the Lord is good! Psalms 34:8

Our Flavour Retreat will be a gathering of women, whose desire is to exclip_image004perience the unique Flavour God has put in each of us.

When you think about it, women have always had a

tremendous influence on our culture. We are a strong force that brings so much diversity and impact to the world. Each of us has been designed by God to add something fabulous to those we meet and greet in life. We possess a unique “Flavour,” if you will, that influences the sights and sounds of our families, friendships, and communities. Our influence adds Flavour that seeps farther than we can ever imagine.

I invite all ladies to join us on this special retreat as we discover our Flavour! Janet Moore

F Fix your eyes on Jesus and seek His righteous ways.

L Let the love of God fall on you and flow through you to others.

A Adjust your routine and schedule to do the work of God.

V Value the vision of God and let it work in and through you to build His House.

O Own the task of Flavouring for the eternally significant.

U Uncover your unique gifts and use them to Flavour your sphere of influence.

R Rejoice in the move of God among us.

Friday, November 06

3 – 5:00 p.m. Registration / Check In

6:00 p.m. Dinner

7:30 p.m. Evening Session

Saturday, November 07

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Morning Session

10:30 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Morning Session

12:30 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m. Afternoon Session

3:00 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. Afternoon Session

5:00 p.m. “Flavor Your World”

Each participant will need to bring: Twin sheets, blanket, pillow, towel, toiletries, and Bible.

Suggested Directions to the New Ebenezer Retreat Center:

From Wal-Mart, take US Hwy 80 to Stilson. In Stilson, take a left onto the GA Hwy 119 North connector.

Follow GA Hwy 119 N through Guyton until you reach Springfield. In Springfield, take a right onto GA Hwy 21 East to Ebenezer Road/GA Hwy 275. Turn left onto

Ebenezer Road/GA Hwy 275, and travel 5.1 miles to the Retreat Center.

Address: 2887 Ebenezer Road Rincon, GA 31326 Website: www.newebenezer.org

How to Register Complete the Registration Form in this brochure.

Attach your payment to your Registration Form.

Return the form and payment before Oct. 25 to the Believers Church Flavour Display, the Church Office or mail to Believers Church, P.O. Box 1240, Statesboro, GA 30459.

You are registered for the Retreat when your fee is paid in full.

Limited scholarships are available. See Pastor Scott for details.

Flavour Speakers For The Weekend:

Janet Moore, Thelma Bruce,

Beth Oglesby, and Susan Sneathen

Tasty Worship by Laura and Tanner Byrnes.

Contact us asap: Inside Out Ladies Ministry is a ministry of Believers Church

Mailing address P.O. Box 1240, Physical address 7059 Harville Road

Statesboro, GA 30459-1240 Phone: 912-681-1440 or 912-682-3190

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Flavour Ladies Retreat!

October 2nd, 2009

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Containing Complaining

October 1st, 2009

Watch Your Mouth!      WYM promo series  Containing Complaining

Believers Statesboro 10-04-09

Watch Your Mouth! Have you ever heard that before? Maybe it was from your mom, maybe from your school teacher, maybe from the librarian? What about the Holy Spirit? Have you ever heard him whispering in your heart… “Watch your mouth.”

Ps 141:3 “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.”

How many of you would honestly say that you complain often. Raise your hand if that is you?

It is incredibly easy for us to slip into a mode of finding the negative things in life and complaining about them, rather than searching for the good things.

It is so easy to slip into a mode of complaining. We find fault with everything and everyone when we complain about big things or we complain about small things.

Phil 2:14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, (NIV)

Say it out loud, “Do everything without complaining or arguing.” Why?

Phil 2:15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe (NIV)

YOUR WORDS REVEAL THE CONDITION OF YOUR HEART

Our words are only a symptom of the real issue that takes place in our heart. The heart is the main issue.

Matt 12:34 … For out of the overflow of (what?) the heart (what happens) the mouth speaks.

Verse 35 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. (NIV)

Verse 36 “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every

careless word they have spoken.” Can you imagine how long those meetings will be?

Verse 37 “For by your,” (what?) “For by your words you will be acquitted,

and by your words you will be condemned.”

From a negative heart overflows negative words which generally become negative actions resulting in a miserable life. Have any of you ever met a joyful complainer? I haven’t.

You want to hate your job for the rest of your life?

· Complain about it every single day.

Do you want to hate your life?

· Complain about everything. The economy, the prices of gas, your physical features. Complain and complain and complain and you will be miserable.

Do you want to mess up a perfectly good marriage?

· Nit pick your spouse to death. Find big things, find small things and nit pick them.

· Zero in and complain about everything, and I guarantee you, you will mess up a good marriage.

Think about it. When you are dating, you speak words of life.

· “I love you, honey bunch, sugar pie, … you’re so good looking.” I want to be with you.

· Then years later, “You can’t do anything right. I’m sick and tired of you.”

If you are constantly complaining, ask yourself, “What is in my heart?”

SAME EVENT, DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES

· The Same Old Manna: Num 11:1-6

Complaining or thankfulness. Same event, different perspective. Do you see that?

· The Expensive Perfume: Matt 26:8-10

Jesus looked on, same event, different perspective, and said, “You’re missing the point entirely.”

Same event. Different perspective.

· The Overwhelmed Host: Luke 10:38-42

Jesus looks on and says, “Martha, Martha. You are worried and upset about many things. Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her.” Same event, different perspective.

· The Worshiping Prisoners: Acts 16:25-34 Same event, different perspective.

So, here’s my challenge to you. Look at the same things that you have been complaining about, but look at them from a different perspective.

· Rather than zeroing in on all of the negative and on all the bad and God knows you can find that stuff. You don’t have to look that hard.

· Instead, take a step back and look at the same things that you have been complaining about, and look at them from a different perspective.

POSITIVE PROMISES

1) I WILL NOT HANG OUT WITH NEGATIVE PEOPLE.

1 Corinthians 15:33…Bad company corrupts good character.

2) I WILL SPEAK WORDS OF LIFE.

Proverbs 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death I will speak words of life.

3) I WILL BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT I HAVE.

I will be thankful for what I have, instead of complaining about what I don’t like or don’t have.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Can you see the common thread? “Do everything without complaining.” “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”

Your words are a reflection of your heart. No more complaining for us, because that’s a reflection of a heart that’s not right with God. Your words reflect the attitude of your heart, and if your words are characterized by complaining, let God do a work right here.

Watch your mouth! Look at your words. If they are not of God, if they are not God honoring, let Him by the power of the Spirit change your heart, change your words, change your actions, and your life will never, ever be the same.

When you are tempted to speak words that do not honor God, watch your mouth. Let God continue to work in your hearts and forever be different in His presence.

1) What do your words reveal about your heart?

2) What positive promise do you need to make and keep?

· Maybe not to hang out with negative people.

· Maybe to speak words of life.

· Maybe to be thankful.

· Maybe it’s something else that God directly applies to you. Maybe it’s all those promises.