November 30th, 2009
I want to share with you about an opportunity to minister the love of Jesus this Christmas season as a Greeter at the Guido Gardens. (See the letter below from Lisa Hutchinson.)
Randy and Linda Carlson have been actively volunteering as Greeters for several years and I’m sure they would also be happy to answer any question that you might have or share with you the joy they have experienced serving at the Guido Gardens.
Janet and I have also served as Greeters and it was a wonderful and fun experience.
This is an URGENT request. We need greeters for the “Nights of Lights” at Guido Gardens, Metter, GA.
During the Christmas season, individuals and churches are asked to be greeters at Guido Gardens during the Nights of Lights to greet the visitors as they come through the gardens and hand out gospel tracks. Greeters are needed from 6-9 pm beginning Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day. Children/Young Adults are encouraged to help. We need at least 4 people … you could sign up 8 people and do a 1 ½ hour shift. Ideas: plan to do this with your Family or with your Sunday school class…Church Youth Group, Office Staff… Please pass the word to friends and church members. We have many nights available to choose from.
Ricky has the calendar and can tell you what nights are available…
Please call Ricky at 682-2353 to sign up.
Lisa T. Hutchinson
November 25th, 2009
We will share in communion together as we remember and are thankful for what Jesus had done for us.
We are also thankful that God has sent us such and wonderful worship and creative leader and this Sunday, 11-29-09, we will have the honor and privilege of Ordaining Tanner Byrnes as a Pastor of Believers Church. Tanner’s parents will also be flying in from Oregon for the ordination.
Also, being that it is a 5th Sunday, all of the tithes and offerings will go towards the E-Plan. This is our debt elimination plan and we are thankful we will be able to eliminate all of our debt and begin to save for the future.
My prayer is that you and your family have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!
Ordination of Tanner Byrnes Believers Statesboro 11-29-09
Eph 4:11-16 (Jesus GAVE)
11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,
12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.
15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (NIV)
Biblical Pastoral Qualifications: 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9.
1 Tim 3:1-7 Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be:
1. Above reproach (Titus 1:7- Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless) – The husband of one wife – This means a ‘One woman man.’
The word of God encourages you in Proverbs 5:15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well. (NIV)
2. Temperate Mild or restrained in behavior or attitude.
3. Self-controlled – One of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit dwelling in a man’s life is self-control. Respectable
5. Able to teach “… devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.” 1 Tim 4:13 (NIV)
6. Not given to drunkenness
7. Not Violent but gentle
8. Not quarrelsome – (Titus says, ‘not self willed’) (John 13:1-15).
9. Not a lover of money
10. He must manage his own family well
11. He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.
12. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
Paul adds in Titus 1:9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. (NIV)
November 19th, 2009
Yes, it’s Christmas time already! Our new exciting Christmas series begins this Sunday 11-22-09 at 9:00 and 11:00. It’s called Letters at Christmas. Think about it. If God were to send you a letter, what would he say?
Join us this Sunday for: Dear Busy
Believers Statesboro 11-22-09
In December 1903, after many attempts, the Wright brothers were successful in getting their "flying machine" off the ground. Thrilled, they telegraphed this message to their sister Katherine: "We have actually flown 120 feet. Will be home for Christmas." Katherine hurried to the editor of the local newspaper and showed him the message. He glanced at it and said, "How nice. The boys will be home for Christmas." He totally missed the big news–man had flown!
Daily Bread, December 23, 1991.
This Thanksgiving and Christmas we are going to consider several telegrams or LETTERS AT CHRITMAS and we are trying our best not to miss the message being sent, Because these Letters are from God.
Christmas is the celebration of the ultimate “Love Letter” sent from God to a lost and dying world, but like the editor of that local paper it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas and MISS THE BIG PICTURE.
Maybe you feel it already, the busyness of the Holiday Season slowly creeping up on you. If you are not careful your busyness may cause you too little or no room at all for Christ Jesus even as we are celebrating his birth! Christmas Statistics Garbage Magazine, quoted in Signs of the Times, 12-1991, p. 7 Americans used 28,497,464 rolls and sheets of wrapping paper, 16,826,362 packages of tags and bows, 372,430,684 greeting cards, and 35,200,000 Christmas trees during the 1989 Christmas season.
You’ve got plans to make, a tree to buy, burned out lights to replace, decorating to do, gifts to buy, meals to plan and shop for, Christmas baking to do, family Christmas parties, office Christmas parties, school Christmas parties, church Christmas parties, and Christmas dinners with friends, Christmas recitals, Christmas plays, church events, out of town guest coming in and or travel plans to visit family, presents to wrap, a Christmas eve service to go to, and don’t forget cookies for the Ole Saint Nick, even though you have to stay up to the wee hours of Christmas morning and do all the work!
Busy, busy, busy! And speaking of Letters at Christmas, I’ve seen times when I have been so busy during the season that I didn’t read the mail. And if I was too busy to read the mail I may miss something good as we see in:
Luke 2:1-7 “…While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (NIV)
What? No Room for them in the Inn? Are you kidding me? How can you turn away a pregnant teenage girl who needs a place to stay for a night? What was the inn keeper thinking?
But when you think about it, that Inn Keeper was really a busy man.
Then they declare a census and everybody that’s originally from Bethlehem comes back to that town! He is suddenly maxed out at his inn doing all he can humanly do! And then one more person needs something from you. And you just don’t have anymore to give and you don’t have any more room. You’re the one that needs help now so you send this young couple out to the barn and let them sleep there. And your one shot at salvation slips through your fingers because there was no room in your inn.
You see God sent a love letter to you and me and if we are not careful we will be so busy doing life that we will miss it. We won’t have any room for a savior.
Recognize and Receive
John 1:9-14 “…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.” (NIV)
The words of God’s love letter, Christ Jesus himself, became flesh and…
They “laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Today, 20 centuries later, millions of people have no room for Jesus.
Although they participate enthusiastically in the festivities of the Christmas season, they keep Him out of their lives. The busyness of life overtakes them and the "No Vacancy" sign is lit.
A History of Rejection
In the Old Testament, God sent a love letter to His people in Egypt by sending Moses who delivered them out of bondage, yet they rejected Him.
Sadly that rejection seemed to be an ongoing pattern in the Old Testament.
Yet even with the rejection God had a plan to send His Son, to come in flesh so that He could die for their sins and take their place on the cross. But…
He was rejected at birth. John 1:11
He was rejected at death. Isa 53:3-6
He is still being rejected today. John 3:16-19
The World has no room for Him. The world was too busy for him.
There doesn’t seem to be much room for Christ in the world we live in.
- The world tries to take Christ out of Christmas. Then all you have is a MESS!
- The world says that there are too many other things to do at Christmas.
- Many say there is no room for God in this modern, fast-moving, self-sufficient world.
- They say that they no longer need His law, His love, or His sacrifice for us.
- The world is too busy for Jesus!
BUT … God just keeps coming back to us even though we reject Him, but we need to be warned that there is a limit as to how many times we can reject Him.
We never know when we will breathe our last – then it will be too late. John 3:36 / John 12:48.
· B Bondage/burdened
· U Under
· S Satan’s
· Y Yoke
When I was a kid I use to love to watch the guy on the Ed Sullivan show who spun plates on a stick. Little did I know that what I was watching could easily become my own life. Sometimes I feel like the man spinning and balancing plates on a stick. And with all the plates spinning I don’t have time for one more plate! Just like that Inn Keeper.
And so Christ comes to us.
We are the innkeeper of our hearts, of our lives. Is there room for Him? Is the Inn of your life full? Have you turned on the “No Vacancy” sign for God to see? Can we make room?
Ill: A story is told of a little boy who was to play the part of the Innkeeper in the annual children’s Christmas play at his church. Each time during the rehearsal when it came time for him to tell Joseph and Mary that there was no room, he couldn’t say his lines. The director finally asked him why he was having so much trouble. He told him, "I just can’t send Jesus away! He can have my room!"
Can Jesus have your room?
There is room in the inn if we will make the room for Him. Is your Inn too full for Christ to come in?
Is there room in your home, your life and your heart for Him?
November 12th, 2009
Encouragement for Dummies Believers Church 11-15-09
What Gets You Discouraged?
Financial Problems, Stressful Relationships, Work Situations, Marriage Issues, People let you down, Raising Children, Incomplete Projects, Time Pressures, Inconsistencies in Your Own Life, Reoccurring Sins, What Appears to be Unanswered Prayer, Threats Made Against You, Spoken Words of Discouragement, Unexpected Crisis, Monotony, Change, World Crisis, The Spiritual State of Our Nation, The Spiritual State of Our World. (Circle the ones that discourage you and/or list some others.)
In 1 Kings 18 Elijah has just experienced one of the greatest victories in his life. With Faith and Boldness he challenged the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel! But notice how quickly discouragement takes over in chapter 19, as a threat is made on his life.
His attitude went from boldness before God to blaming God for his trouble. Fear replaced faith. Power was drained by pity, and disobedience replaced obedience. How quickly things changed!
First, discouragement hurts our self-image: (verse 4)
Second, discouragement causes us to evade our responsibilities: (verse 9)
Third, discouragement causes us to blame others for our predicament: (verse 10)
Forth, discouragement causes us to blur the facts: (verse 18).[i]
Discouragement comes when we:
1. Feel that opportunity for success is gone.
“It’s not what happens that determines the major part of our future…What happens, happens to us all…The key is what you do about it. If you do different things in the same circumstances, you will get different results.” Jim Rohn
Our God is the God of a second chance! (And a third, fourth, fifth…) Though we may fall we shall not be utterly cast down. Learn from discouraging life experiences, grow, and let God teach you, and be willing to change as the Lord shows you a better way to handle these situations. God wants you to experience his kind of success in life!
He desires for you to overcome past failures and discouragements and endure to the end.
He wants to take you to the top in Christ Jesus!
2. Become selfish.
Most of the time people who are discouraged are thinking only about themselves.
Phil 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.”
3. Are not immediately successful in our attempts to do something.
Hebrews 10:32-39 “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.”
Hebrews 6:11-12 We inherit the promises of God through Faith and Patience.
“Every success I know has been reached because the person was able to analyze
defeat and actually profit from it in the next undertaking.” William Marston
“The Successful Man will profit from his mistakes and try again a different way.” Dale Carnegie
4. Lack purpose and a plan.
Inactivity produces discouragement. You seldom see a discouraged activist running to and fro trying to help others. Paul’s example: 1 Cor 4:11-13; 2 Cor 11:23-28; 2 Cor 4:7-10
How to Defeat Discouragement.
1. If Sin Is The Source Of Your Discouragement, Repent.
2 Cor 7:10-11 “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
If you are a Christian and you are living in sin you are supposed to be discouraged because you are grieving the Holy Spirit of God who brings you encouragement. (I John 1:9)
2. See The Big Picture.
Is it really that bad compared to how bad it could be? Your current problem tends to outweigh all the problems of the world.
It is still morning and the sun is still shining.
This too will pass.
WARNING Never make any rash or life changing decisions in a state of discouragement.
Rom 8:28 …all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (NIV)
4. Trust In The Lords Faithfulness, Not Your Feelings.
23 If the LORD delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps
24 though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
25 I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children
begging bread. (NIV)
Ps 43:5 Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for
I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (NIV) Also see Job 22:29-30
5. Be Around Fellow Believers.
Like Elijah when you are discouraged you tend to withdraw.
2 Cor 7:6-7and Hebrews 10:23-25
6. Take Responsibility For Your Feelings.
“God please do something for me to take away my discouragement.”
What more can God do for you? He saved you from Hell. Adopted you as his child. Made you an heir to His kingdom. All that He has is yours. Gives you Love, Joy, Peace, etc. And all of this is given to you here in this world, not to mention the eternal rewards!
Psalms 42:5-11; Lam 3:19-33;
Eph 5:18-20 Pray Thank You Jesus Prayers! Thank Him in the good times. Thank Him in the bad times.
“Raise Up Oh Man of God” Aaron Williams, The Broadman Hymnal, pg. 186
Raise Up Church! Overcome discouragement and boldly build the Kingdom of God!
[i] John C. Maxwell, The Winning Attitude (Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville), p. 105-106.
November 11th, 2009
The traditional church model has implied to people: Behave-Believe-Belong. If you behave yourself and you believe like I believe, then I may let you belong to my group.
Free Market Life groups reach out to people on the basis of “felt need” or “common interest”, and they say: Belong–Believe–Behave. Belong first, and when you belong, you will probably start to believe. As a result of believing, you will behave.
This is the beauty of Life Groups, that you can disciple people who fall at any point on the Engel Scale.
You don’t know what the Engel Scale is? That’s ok you will find out at Life Group Orientation.
One thing we know for sure is that when we group together, Jesus groups with us. “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Matt 18:20 (NIV)
So with Jesus as your helper consider signing up to be trained as a Life Group Leader. If there is a subject, topic, or activity you are interested in I’m sure there are at least three or four other people who are interested in that same thing you are. Group together. Do life together.
You may also want to develop a Life Group that is designed to reach out to the lost. We need more groups like that.
It’s time for you to rise up and lead. Don’t take the gifts and wisdom that God has given you to the grave with you. Share it with others!
1 Peter 4:10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. (NIV)
November 11th, 2009
November 10th, 2009
Believers Church will be honoring our military Veterans this Wednesday Night, 11-11-09, and praying for all service men and women.
Then we will talk about how Christ Jesus set us free from the law of sin and death! Romans 8:1-2 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
Hope you will join us at 7:00 p.m.
November 5th, 2009
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. We have embarked on a course in encouragement called, “Encouragement for Dummies.”
Last week we discovered the importance of ongoing, daily encouragement and today we will learn how to encourage others and even encourage ourselves.
Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. William Arthur Ward.
More times than not the most effective form of encouragement is with our own spoken words. Words that are spoken from the heart and words that are spoken in a timely matter. For many, being able to speak true sincere words of encouragement may be something that God has to develop in their life. For some, kind words don’t seem to come as natural as words of criticism, jest, or sarcasm.
An example of the spoken word of encouragement may be as simple as this:
- “I just want to let you know that I’ve been thinking about you lately and I’m rejoicing in what I see God doing in your life.”
- “I just wanted to let you know that you are doing a great job.”
- “Hey, I’m standing with you and praying for you. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you.”
WARNING: It is so easy to flippantly tell someone, “I’ll be praying for you.” But if you tell someone that you will pray, make sure that you really do!
Your spoken words are powerful and they can produce life or death in the hearer as well as within you. You can use them to crush, curse, and destroy or you can use words to build up, bless, and strengthen.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue” Proverbs 18:21; James 3:4-6
The Word of God has much to say about our spoken words:
Proverbs 25:11 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”
Ecclesiastes 10:12 “The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious, but the lips of a fool shall
swallow him up;”
Colossians 4:5-6 “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech
always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer
Ephesians 4:29-31 “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary
edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit
of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath,
anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice”.
Colossians 3:8 “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy
language out of your mouth.”
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” Mother Teresa
Encouraging With the Word of God
Encouragement from the Word comes in many forms.
- Preaching and teaching the Word (Eph.5: 11-12) to build up the Body of Christ, and singing the Word of God through music ministries.
- Prophecy is also intended for encouragement. 1 Cor. 14:3
- Sharing scriptures with those who have specific needs is a great way to encourage others because the Word of God speaks right to the need of man and is not corrupted with personal interpretations or opinions.
- If someone is feeling defeated or downcast I can easily locate Philippians 4:13, or if they are struggling with finances, Phippians 4:19. Need Wisdom, James1:5, Sickness, James 5:15,
Guilt, Romans8:1, etc.
In the past, presently, and in the future The Word of God will always continue to encourage the followers of Christ.
Encouraging Others with the Way We Live Our Lives
“Go out today and preach the gospel…and if you must, use words.” St. Francis of Assisi
The third way to encourage others is with the way we live our own lives and our faithfulness to God. People are looking for truth and ‘the real thing.’ They are looking for a Jesus that is real and a Jesus that can make a difference in their life. They are looking for people who have truly experienced a life change! Like it or not, our life as a Christian seems to be an open book for all to read. It has been said that we may be the only Bible a lost person may read.
Sometimes just showing up is an encouragement to someone in need. Acts 28:15 The brothers there had heard that we were coming, and they traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. At the sight of these men Paul thanked God and was encouraged. (NIV)
There are people who light up a room when they enter it bringing joy to everyone. You are glad to see them and hate to see them go. On the other hand there are people who when they arrive are always full of negative words, criticism, and complaining. You hate to see those people coming and don’t desire to spend any time with them. The truth is that you will be either one or the other. Either your life will be an encouragement to others or a discouragement.
Living an Authentic Lifestyle. Who is it?
· Who sold their land and laid the money at the feet of the Apostles?
· Who presented Saul to the Apostles and stood up for him?
· Who does the Bible refer to as “…a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith?”
· Who discipled Saul in the evangelist ministry?
· Who was John Marks cousin and mentor?
· Who accompanied Saul on his first missionary journey?
· Who was a prophet in the church of Antioch?
· Who did the people of Lystra call Zeus?
· Who worked many miracles and wonders among the Gentiles?
· Who was renamed “Son of Encouragement?”
Acts 4:36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement). (NIV)
In conclusion I want to encourage you! Encourage you to:
· Do as the Word of God tells us and start encouraging others!
· Today, purpose in your heart, to be an encouragement to others.
· Pray that the Holy Spirit will remind you and trust in God to help you.
I need your encouragement and you need my encouragement. I want to see the fulfillment of
Romans 1:12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. (NIV)