March 25th, 2010
March 18th, 2010
Join us this Sunday for our last Wild Wild West Experience at 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. at Believers Church of Statesboro. This week we talk about the words that spark excitement in the heart of every authentic cowboy – “Saddle Up!”
Wild Wild West “Saddle Up!” Believers Statesboro 03-21-10
When I was young, I always wanted to be a cowboy. I wanted to be an adventurous hero of the West, slinging my guns, when needed, to bring peace and justice to all. The closest thing that I have found in my adult life that compares to living in the Wild Wild West is serving in the Kingdom of God. Just like the early frontiersmen who dangerously forged West to settle in the plains, we are on the wild frontier of living for Jesus. We never know what will happen next, and we wake up every day with a sense of adventure. We are living with a purpose and mission.
Saddle Up Your Horses, We’re Gonna Ride!
Saddle Up! Nothing sparks more excitement in the heart of a cowboy than a ride! For Believers, saddling for an exciting ride is living according to our mission, goals, and purposes.
Mission Statement – To teach, encourage, and inspire Authentic Christianity
to the people of Statesboro, Bulloch County, and Surrounding Areas
Our purpose is our Bridle!
We don’t decide what our purpose will be; we discover the purpose for which Christ Jesus has created our church. We wear His bridle, He controls the reigns.
Remember, Jesus founded the Church, died for the Church, filled His Church with the Holy Spirit, and will return for the Church. Therefore, it stands to reason that He also has a purpose for the Church.
Why do we need a bridle, why do we need to know our purpose?
1. Understanding our purpose is the only way that we will know what to do and what direction to take.
2. Where purpose is not known…abuse is inevitable.
3. Knowing our purpose will help us plan for the future.
“Those who don’t plan for the future will have to live through it anyway.”
“Ten years from now you will arrive, the question is where.” – Billy Godwin
4. Knowing our purpose helps us measure our progress.
How can you fulfill your purpose if you don’t know what it is? Phil 3:14
“The Secret of Success is Constancy of Purpose.” – Benjamin Disraeli
5. Knowing our purpose helps us as a church stay focused.
“Where your focus goes the energy flows.” – Mark Hanson
- Matt 24:45-46
“I used to try to get people to read their Bible more and pray more, but they didn’t. Now I just help them discover their purpose in life and that causes them to read their Bible more and pray more.
– Billy Godwin
6. Knowing our purpose will help us through the good times and the hard times.
“People don’t resent being asked for a great commitment if there is a great purpose behind it.”
- John Maxwell
7. It is only in fulfilling our God-given purpose that we will find lasting satisfaction.
You will walk in “Divine Discontentment” until you walk in your purpose.
“The happiest excitement in life is to be convinced that one is fighting for all one is worth on behalf of some clearly seen and deeply felt good.” Ruth Benedict
- Matt 25:21
The Five Purposes of the Church
The Great Commandment (Matt 22:36-40) and The Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20)
Purpose # 1 “Worship” “Love the Lord Your God”
Matt 22:37 “Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” The Church exists to worship God. This includes prayer, praise, adoration, private worship and corporate worship. Matt 4:10; Ps 34:3
Purpose # 2 “Ministry” “Love Your Neighbor as Yourself”
Matt 22:39 “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
1) A building for public, esp. Christian worship.
2) People who demonstrate their love for God by loving and serving others.
You are all ministers (Eph. 4:12). Every time you reach out to someone with the love of Jesus, you are ministering to them. The Church should be a force in the world. Don’t sit soak and sour.
Purpose # 3 “Evangelism” “Make Disciples of All Nations” (Home and Abroad)
Matt 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”
The Church has been entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-19)
The word “Go” in the great commission is a present participle in the Greek, which is better, read as “As you are going.” The Great Commission was so important to Christ that He actually gave five great commissions, one in each Gospel and one in the Book of Acts. (Matt 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-49; John 20:21; Acts 1:8) “As long as there is one person in the world who does not know
Christ, the church has a mandate to keep growing.” – Rick Warren
Purpose # 4 “Fellowship” “Baptizing Them”
Matt 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…
Baptism symbolizes new life in Christ Jesus and our identification with the body of Christ.
As Christians, we are called to BELONG, not just believe.
Baptism is a symbol of both salvation and fellowship. 1 Cor 12:12-31
“You are members of God’s very own family … and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.” Eph. 2:19 (Living Bible)
Purpose # 5 “Discipleship” “Teaching them to obey my commands”
Matt 28:20 “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
The Church is to teach, educate, and edify God’s people. Col 1:28; 1 Cor 14:20; Milk to Meat! 1Cor. 3:2; Heb. 5:12-13.
All of these five elements are necessary for successful wave riding. No one purpose is any more important than any of the other four. It’s ok to have strength in one area over another, but it is not good to be unbalanced, not including all five elements in the church.
Saddle Up Your Horses, We’re Gonna Ride!
Riding the wild frontier – Fulfilling Christ’s purpose for His Church will be very exciting and fulfilling to us. Not only for us, but it will be something that others are drawn to. As John Maxwell puts it, “People respond to passionate vision, not need.” They want to be a part of something that is bigger than they are!
Live your life on purpose! Come ride the wave of God with us!
Saddle up your horses we’ve got a trail to blaze
through the wild blue yonder of God’s amazing grace
Let’s follow our leader into the glorious unknown
This is a life like no other oh… this is The Great Adventure Yeah…
Steven Curtis Chapman
March 4th, 2010
Wild Wild West “Authentic Cowboys” Believers Statesboro 03-07-10
When I was young, I always wanted to be a cowboy. I played cowboys, I had cowboy birthday parties, and I rode horses at my grandparents’ home and friends’ farms. Maybe it was the movies I watched or maybe it was the sense for adventure that God placed within me, but the Wild Wild West appealed to me. Speaking of western movies, there always seemed to be a clear good vs evil, the new sheriff in town vs the outlaw, the railroad vs bandits, and a posse chasing bank robbers. I wanted to be an adventurous hero of the West, slinging my guns, when needed, to bring peace and justice to all.
COWBOY Defined: 1) A cowboy is an animal herder who tends cattle on ranches in North America, traditionally on horseback, and often performs a multitude of other ranch-related tasks. A subtype, called a wrangler, specifically tends the horses used to work cattle. 2) A hired man, especially in the western United States, who tends cattle and performs many of his duties on horseback. Also called cowman, cowpoke, Also called cowpuncher, also called regionally buckaroo, vaquero, Also called waddy. 3) An adventurous hero.
The closest thing that I have found in my adult life that compares to living in the Wild Wild West is serving in the Kingdom of God, out there on the wild frontier of Kingdom living, slinging my guns (the Word of God) to chase Satan out of town! Just like the early frontiersmen who dangerously forged West to settle in the plains, we are on the wild frontier of living for Jesus. We never know what will happen next, and we wake up every day with a sense of adventure. We are living with a purpose and mission.
Mission Statement: to teach, encourage, and inspire Authentic Christianity
to the people of Statesboro, Bulloch County, and Surrounding Areas
Au then tic \ 1: orbs AUTHORITATIVE 2: worthy of acceptance or belief as conforming to fact or reality: TRUSTWORTHY. 3 a: not imaginary, false, or imitation 3 b: conforming to an original so as to reproduce essential features. Genuine / Real / Valid / Bona Fide Antonym – FAKE
Au then tic
1: orbs AUTHORITATIVE – We will come back to this obsolete definition.
2: worthy of acceptance or belief as conforming to fact or reality: TRUSTWORTHY.
Something that is authentic is something that is worthy of acceptance or belief because it conforms to fact or reality. A Christian has conformed to facts and reality.
John 6:29 “… The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
TRUSTWORTHY – Holding to this trustworthy message makes us authentic Christians who are able to encourage others with our sound doctrine.
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)
This authentic person is now trustworthy. And God rewards the trustworthy. (Luke 19:17)
3 a: not imaginary, false, or imitation
The grace of God gives us what we don’t deserve. Jesus paid the price for our sins, and now we are changed forever. We are new!
2 Cur 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (NIV)
This is not fake, false or imaginary. We are not an imitation. We are the real thing!
3 b: conforming to an original so as to reproduce essential features.
Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (NIV)
2 Cur 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (NIV)
Now back to the obsolete definition: Au then tic \ 1: orbs AUTHORITATIVE.
The sheriff in town is the one who wears the badge of authority!
I believe that being an Authentic Christian is a position of authority!
Luke 19:17 "And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful (trustworthy / authentic) in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’ (NKJ)
Jesus was authentic, and He operated in the authority of God.
Luke 4:32 they were amazed at his teaching, because his message had authority.
Authentic Christianity carries with it the authority of God our Father!
Ephesians 3:10-11 …to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
How is this newly revealed manifold wisdom of God going to be made known to all the principalities and powers in heavenly places? Through You! The Church.
To teach, encourage, and inspire Authentic Christianity.
Can you teach someone to be an authentic Christian? Can you encourage someone to be an authentic Christian? Can you inspire someone to be an authentic Christian?
To Teach Authentic Christianity
How do we know what Christian authenticity is all about? What is our standard?
What is our plumb line?
The Word of God. When we teach the Word of God, we teach Christian authenticity.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
• Doctrine – The principals of our religious beliefs that we will embrace and teach to others. The Word of God is the standard for all of our beliefs and teachings.
• Reproof – Being told that you are doing something wrong. There is a sense of security in knowing that God, through His Word, will tell you when you are doing something wrong
• Correction – Corrects the wrong and points us in the right direction. Life would be hard and almost unbearable if we were always told that our actions were wrong, but we were never told how to correct our actions.
• Instructions in righteousness – Being right in the sight of God – In right standing with a Holy God.
Our responsibility – Apply ourselves at the Dude Range and learn!
Tim 2:15-16 “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” To be taught and to teach others.
To Encourage Authentic Christianity
Hebrews 3:12-13 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (NIV)
Receiving daily encouragement from others will keep our hearts sensitive to the Lord and not hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
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. We need each other’s encouragement and exhortations; friends who you can relate to and friends that understand you.
Elbert Hubbard wrote, “Your friend is a man who knows all about you, and still likes you.”
“There is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being – to help some one succeed.” Alan Loy McGinnis
To Inspire Authentic Christianity
How do you inspire others to be authentic Christians? By being an authentic Christian yourself. 1 Cor 11:1 “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (NIV)
March 2nd, 2010
It is with great pleasure that I announce the hiring of Laura Smiley as the part-time Guest Assimilation Coordinator for Believers Church. Laura and her family have been members of Believers Church since February 2007, and she has served as a volunteer in the Children’s Ministry. While at Believers Church, Laura has demonstrated a real love for Jesus and His Kingdom.
As Guest Assimilation Coordinator, Laura will be responsible for the oversight of the Guest Services and Inreach Ministries. She brings to the position a great deal of excitement for seeing that the needs of our guests are anticipated and met. She also has a deep appreciation for team work and relationship building.
With the resignation of the office assistant in January, we had the opportunity to assess our staffing needs. It was decided to convert the full-time office assistant position into two part-time positions, one for office responsibilities and one for ministry responsibilities. We had originally recruited for the part-time office assistant position, but felt it would be more advantageous to fill the ministry position first. As finances allow, we will consider hiring the part-time office position.
I hope you will take the opportunity to welcome Laura as the newest member of the Believers Church staff!