Water Baptism this Sunday!

August 30th, 2010

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Water Baptism this Sunday!

Sunday, September 5th, is the time set aside for Water Baptism at Believers Church. As a child of God, it is important to follow Jesus’ example and be baptized in water. Baptism is an outward expression of what has already occurred in our heart and is the next step that Jesus asks us to take after salvation.

"He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned”

Mark 16:16.

“Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” Acts 2:38.

If you have not been baptized, I highly encourage you to be water baptized. It will be a significant spiritual event in your life that you will treasure forever. As you make the decision to be baptized, we rejoice with you as you publicly declare, “I am now a new creation in Christ Jesus, the old has passed away and all things are new! I am now baptized into the Body of Christ Jesus. I am part of His family!”

Things you will need to bring with you to baptism:

  1. Shorts and a shirt that can get wet. We do not have baptism robes so do not wear thin or white garments that tend to show through when they become wet.
  2. Towel and any other toiletry you may need.
  3. Dry clothes to change into.
  4. Plastic bag for your wet clothes.
  5. As many family members and friends as possible.

Please call the church office as soon as possible to verify which service, 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. that you would like to be baptized in. You also have the option to schedule an appointment to record your testimony. (See Below)

Should you have any questions or need any additional information, please feel free to contact me here at the church at 681-1440.

 

Optional Testimony Video

We would also like to encourage all of our baptism candidates to allow us to videotape their testimony. Each testimony will be played immediately preceding that person’s actual baptism.

The testimony can be 30 seconds or 4 minutes, but we ask you to keep it less than 5 minutes. It can be as simple as: “Hello, my name is Jeff Smith. I am here to declare my love for Jesus Christ by publicly identifying with Him through baptism. Thank you for sharing this important moment with me.” Or you can share your entire story of how you came to Christ (keeping within the allotted time).

Please include the following two points in your testimony:

1) We feel that it is important for you to mention the fact that you have entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

2) We encourage you to thank the people who were instrumental in leading you to Christ or to our church.

Why is your testimony so important? Nothing will inspire others to embrace relational evangelism like these stories. It’s wonderful to know that we can make a difference in the lives of others by sharing Christ Jesus with them! We would also love for you to invite as many friends and family members as possible to come hear your testimony and witness your baptism. It could change their lives forever as well. Many people have received Christ themselves after witnessing other believers being baptized!

 

“E” Stands for Elimination!

Let’s eliminate the debt so that we can start saving for future buildings.

Buildings that will be used to bring many more people to Christ Jesus!

On this 5th Sunday at Believers we will celebrate communion together and all of the tithes and offerings will go toward eliminating our debt!

We started with a debt of $285,685. We paid $192,597.

Now we only have $93,088 to go!

If 93 people give $1000 this debt will be eliminated. (I’ll throw in an extra $88)

If 186 people give only $500 this debt will be eliminated.

If every adult that was in attendance this past Sunday would give $283.80 the debt would be eliminated! This is something that we can do!

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Let’s eliminate the debt so that we can start saving for future buildings.

Buildings that will be used to bring many more people to Christ Jesus!

On this 5th Sunday at Believers we will celebrate communion together and all of the tithes and offerings will go toward eliminating our debt!

We started with a debt of $285,685. We paid $192,597.

Now we only have $93,088 to go!

If 93 people give $1000 this debt will be eliminated. (I’ll throw in an extra $88)

If 186 people give only $500 this debt will be eliminated.

If every adult that was present this past Sunday would give $283.80 the debt would be eliminated! This is something that we can do!

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Today Matters! Wk 4 Today Obey

August 26th, 2010

 

Storms… they hit all of our lives. But have you ever noticed that some people just seem to weather the storm better than others. Some people are totally wiped out when a storm hits and others seem to go through it with a quiet, calm, resolve.

Storms will hit our lives. It’s not a matter of if a storm will come, but rather when a storm will come. Join us this Sunday at Believers Statesboro at 9 or 11 as we discover that how we survive in the storm is determined long before we find ourselves in one.

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Today matters. Today, we want the blessings of God upon our life. Today, we want to experience His presence. However, in order to experience the blessing of God, we must “Obey Today”. God honors obedience. David desired to bring the ark of God back to Jerusalem and in the process he learned that we must do things God’s way and not our way.

· David returns the ark to Jerusalem (2 Sam. 6:2), carried on cart, not on poles (Exodus 25:14).

· Uzzah was struck dead for touching the ark (2 Sam. 6:7).

· David left the ark with Obed-edom for 3 months and blessing came upon them.

· David brought the ark to Jerusalem correctly (2 Sam. 6:15).

· Good intentions do not equal obedience. (1 Chr 15:12-13)

Jesus taught that obedience would lead to eternal life and the blessing of God in His story of “Two Foundations” found in Matthew 7:21-29. Jesus tells of two men and the two houses they built.

· One was a wise man who built his house on a rock solid foundation.

· The other was a foolish man who built his house upon a sandy foundation.

What was it that set the foolish man apart from the wise man?

Matt 7:24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice (NKJ does them) (acts upon them) is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Matt 7:26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice (NKJ does not do them) is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.

Today, we are faced with the daily decision to hear and know what Jesus’ Word says only or to hear and know what Jesus’ Word says and actually do it. Today Obey!

What is it that Jesus has commanded us to do?

Vs. 28-29 states that the people were astonished and amazed at what Jesus was teaching because He was teaching as one having authority. The text here in Matthew 7 is actually the conclusion of a sermon that was started in Matthew 5 (the Sermon on the Mount). In His teachings were commandments that He laid out for them, and for us, to obey.

But, the question we must all ask ourselves is “Have I heard only or have I heard and obeyed?”

The choice is yours.

If you keep His commands, you will be wise like a man who built his house on the rock.

His commandment leads to eternal life!

Obeying Jesus is not intended to make your life miserable and burden you with laws of legalism.

God wants the best for your life and obeying His commands will help His plan be fulfilled for you.

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (NIV)

John 12:49-50 For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say." (NIV)

John 15:13-16 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit– fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. (NIV)

What is our responsibility in this relationship with Jesus? Obey, Today Obey. “You are my friends if you do what I command.”

I John 5:2-3 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, (NIV)

Storm Results

The Rock Matt 7:25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. (NIV)

The Sand Matt 7:27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash." (NIV)

Where will you be when the storm hits your life?

· Will your house be on the rock or on the sand?

· It’s not a matter of if a storm will come, but rather when a storm will come.

o Matt 5:11; John 16:33; Rom 5:3-5

If your house is built upon the rock, it will stand in any type of storm!

The Book of Job is a great example of a man who came through a storm. It really tells of a war waged in heaven between God and Satan. Satan’s goal was to get Job to turn his back on God. Job’s reaction to the storms in his life brought God victory.

Job 1:1-22 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. (NIV)

o After Job had lost all of his many possessions and he learned of the death of his children, his first reaction was to mourn in the tearing of his clothes and shaving of his head, but also to worship the Lord.

o Vs. 20 “…Then he fell to the ground in worship.

o Vs. 21 and said: "Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised." (NIV) NKJ Blessed be the name of The Lord.”

o Vs. 22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. (NIV) KJV Job did not sin, nor did he blame God.”

How sad it is when people blame God in the mist of the storm rather than praise Him and trust Him for deliverance.

Ps 34:19 A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; (NIV)

How we survive in the storm is determined long before we find ourselves in one.

How we weather the storm is determined each and every day. Today Matters, as we hear the words of Jesus and do what Jesus says to do. Today Obey!

Acts of obedience will build a strong foundation.

Jesus has spelled out the results of both actions, hearing only and hearing and obeying.

We need to not only be hearers of the word but doers also.

Come early and enjoy the complimentary coffee bar!

 

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Join Pastor Scott, his wife, Janet and the staff of Believers Church for Dinner on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. This dinner is for our newest attendees at the church! This is a great way to learn more about the vision of Believers Church, ask any questions you may have and get to know others who are also new to Believers. We have childcare available during the dinner for anyone who needs it. Please give us a call at 681-1440 and let us know you will be attending.

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Today Could Be Your Day!

August 19th, 2010

 

Join us this Sunday at Believers as we discover that TODAY MATTERS!

Have you been waiting for an answered prayer or for God to move in a situation in your life? Today Could Be Your Day! That’s right! Today could be your day, so let’s live each day with a since of expectation of what God will do. Come at 9 or 11 so that you won’t miss anything good. Last Sunday if you were late you missed a special performance by the praise band followed by a video call “Today”. It was powerful!

Come Sunday expecting that this will be the day that God will move on your behalf.

Believers This Is Our Time, Today Matters, and This Could Be Your Day!

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Acts 3:1-3 “Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.

And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the

temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and

John about to go into the temple, asked for alms.”

Peter and John met a crippled man who had to be carried everywhere (no wheelchairs) and who had to beg for an income. He was born crippled and was now over forty years old. (Acts 4:22).

All Peter and John were doing were going to the temple to pray; all the lame man was asking for was a financial handout. The Holy Spirit had a different agenda.

Acts 3:4-7 “And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, "Look at us." So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk." And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.”

How long had this man been begging at the Gate Beautiful? We can safely assume it was most of his adulthood. Begging became his profession and livelihood. How many times had Peter and John walked passed this lame man? We don’t know exactly. Since the Day of Pentecost, they had been going to the temple for daily for prayer. This man had been sitting there daily. So, we know that Peter and John were passing by a man in need daily and that God was fully aware of this man’s need. He was not healed many times. But, this day was different. God had chosen that this would be his day! It was for God’s glory. Without warning, a day like any other, doing the routine of life, this was the lame man’s day!

One touch from God changes everything! Bill Godwin

This could be your day! You may have a need today. It may seem to you that God has passed you by many times before. You may be on the verge of giving up. You may be discouraged. Things may look like they are getting worse. God may look down on you today and say this is your day! Lame Man, rise up and walk! So, with that knowledge and understanding, we should start each and every day with a sense of expectation!

EXPECTATION!

It’s good to believe that God can do anything. (Luke 1:37) We should believe. We call ourselves believers.

But, we need to move beyond belief. (James 2:19-20) If we believe God can do anything, and I feel that we do, then the question we should be asking ourselves is do we EXPECT God to do anything?

Have we lived with our need for so long, over forty years for the lame man, that we don’t really expect God to act on our behalf. Oh, we believe that He can. But, do we expect Him to do it today? We need to raise our level of expectation today! We need to believe and expect that today is our day!

Death Spiral: People often have a doctrine in which they believe. Then, they may discover that, in life, their experiences may not be the same as or match up to their belief standards. When people experience less than what they believe is possible, they begin to lower their doctrinal standards, belief levels, and expectations to match their experiences. Then, instead of believing for God’s highest and best, people expect less. Then due to doubt and unbelief, they experience less. After experiencing less, they again lower their belief and expectation levels, resulting in a death spiral rather than a cycle of life.

We must keep our expectation levels high; not just believing that God is able, but expecting to see God move on the behalf of His people according to His Word.

We need to live in an atmosphere of belief and expectation! Rather than trusting in what you are currently seeing or experiencing, you need to trust in the promises of God! The promises will keep our expectations high!

How can we maintain a high level of expectation when we don’t always see the results that we want to see?

1. Realize that God is sovereign. God is the Supreme Ruler, and He is not limited to any doctrinal box in which we try to put Him. He can do whatever He wants to do when He wants to do it!

Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing will be impossible.”

2. Remember God’s faithfulness. Joel 2:23 “Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God; for He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you– the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.”

Ps 37:25-26 “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lends; and his descendants are blessed.”

3. Keep believing in His Word and His promises. Do not lower your belief standards to match your experiences. Believe that your experiences will soon match your beliefs. “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23.

Phil 1:19-21 “For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply

of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be

ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by

life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

Num 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He

said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it

good?”

4. Don’t shrink back. Keep praying, asking, and seeking. Matt 7:7-8 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. (NIV)

Hebrews 10:35-39. 31 “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him. But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.”

Matthew 6:31 “But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.”

5. Be patient. Rom 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.”

Hebrews 6:11-12 “And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

James 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

6. Repent – change your way of thinking. Matthew 4:17 “From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” In this context, the Greek word used here for ‘repent’ is metanoeo (met-an-o-eh’-o); which means “to think differently,” i.e. reconsider; always, when used in the New Testament, involves a change for the better. “Change Your Way of Thinking.” Change how you think about things. Stop doubting God. Start expecting God to move mightily in your life.

Matthew 6:9-10 Pray as Jesus taught us, “Lord, let thy kingdom come, let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” After you have prayed, expect it to happen! Something good is going to happen today!

Enjoy a complimentary Coffee Bar and be blessed as we begin our study on Hebrews!

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"Today is Our Time"

August 12th, 2010

 

I hope you have been making the most out of every day, because “Today Matters”.

This Sunday we will see that “Today is Our Time”! Join us at Believers Church at 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. sharp. I say “SHARP” because something special is going to happen at 9 and 11. If you come in late you will miss it!!! See you Sunday!

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Joshua took Jericho; it was his time. David killed Goliath; it was his time.

Esther saved a nation; it was her time. Charles Finney had his time.

D.L. Moody had his time. Smith Wigglesworth had his time. But this is…Our Time!

At Believers Church, God is forming a unique group of people with many gifts and talents into a unified Body of Christ. He is doing something very special among us. But our talents, our gifts, our knowledge, and even our calling won’t get us to where we need to be. In order to do all that God has called us to do, we must realize that this is the time of our divine visitation. We need to step up to the plate and take hold of all that God has for us. He is ready! The question is, are we? This is our time!

Most Christians believe in a God of power and might. In theory, we believe that He can do something wonderful through us, yet we lack the courage to move forward in what God has called us to do.

  • Courage will establish you as a leader. As a world changer, courage will establish Believers Church as a leading change agent in our society.
  • We need to do more than just acknowledge the problems in our society. We need to have the courage to bring about change.
  • Currently, you are living in situations that need change, and you must have the courage to bring about that change.

OUR TIME IS A TIME OF GREAT FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY.

1 Samuel 17:3-11 David’s leadership was established in an environment of fear and uncertainty.

Where there is fear and uncertainty, there is opportunity. Where there is great fear and great uncertainty, there is great opportunity.

OUR TIME IS A TIME OF GOD USING ORDINARY PEOPLE IN EXTRAORDINARY WAYS.

1 Samuel 17:12-22 David was not considered to be world changer material. In 1 Samuel 16, we see that David was not even considered to be King material, yet God saw what others could not see.

OUR TIME WILL NOT BE UNDERSTOOD BY ALL.

1 Samuel 17:23-29 As a leader and an agent of change, you will sometimes be misunderstood.

OUR TIME IS A TIME OF EMPOWERMENT THAT GIVES US GREAT COURAGE.

1 Samuel 17:30-37 Knowing the source of your strength allows you to have courageous persistence.

Courage Points:

1) The landscape of ministry makes courage an essential ingredient. Jesus said He sent you out as sheep among wolves. Moving forward in faith is like taking a walk in the dark. It can be scary. It’s like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights are shining. You will never see beyond that point unless you are willing to move forward. Stopping or standing still limits your view. Only through courageous persistence will you ever discover what is around the corner. Darkness equals great opportunities to lead others. If the path was well lit, everyone would be going there.

Leaders, like David, don’t just see that there needs to be change, they initiate change.

A) The first person to step out in a new direction is considered the leader.

B) The change agent is not always the smartest or most creative.

C) The courage to initiate change and to lead others to change is what will set us apart.

D) Change agents are the first to see an opportunity; not just to see it but to seize the opportunity.

2) Courage is not the absence of fear. As a matter of fact, you don’t need courage if there is no fear.

A) When you are stepping out in faith, you can expect fear to be present to keep you from doing what God has called you to do.

Why do you think Jesus said, “Fear not?” He knew that fear would be a constant companion to those trying to move forward in ministry.

B) We must have the ability to carry our fears with us into the unknown.

C) The outcome of unbridled fear is missed opportunity.

While the average man or woman fears stepping out into a new opportunity, a world changer fears missing out on a new opportunity!

A failed enterprise is just a story to tell later. But missed opportunities will depress you.

Great leaders talk about opportunity. Not grand plans.

David didn’t set out that morning to kill a giant. He was just delivering lunch.

D) David’s leadership was established through courage not talent or calling.

The one who says “I’m going first” is the one who becomes the leader.

OUR TIME REQUIRES US TO BE COURAGEOUS, BUT NOT CARELESS.

1 Samuel 17:38-41 David was courageous, but he wasn’t careless. He didn’t rush into battle, fueled by adrenaline, with grand thoughts of becoming a national hero!

OUR TIME WILL ESTABLISH US AS LEADERS IN OUR COMMUMITY.

1 Samuel 17:42-51 Killing Goliath didn’t make David a leader, but it established him as one worthy of following.

“Dream no small dreams for they inspire not the hearts of men.”

OUR TIME WILL INSPIRE OTHERS TO STEP INTO THEIR TIME.

1 Samuel 17:52 David’s courage empowered others to act courageously!

Courage is contagious! There was a renewal of MOMENTUM on the battlefield fueled by David’s courage. His courage incited the army to engage their enemy and win!

OUR TIME IS A TIME OF CONTINUAL CHANGE.

We must learn to challenge the process and never settle for status quo.

  • Organizations seek equilibrium.
  • People in organizations seek stability. Both can be deterrents to change.

We cannot fulfill our great commission without change.

We can’t afford to get comfortable.

We must have courageous persistence and seize the opportunities that God will set before us.

We must realize that this is truly OUR TIME, and we may never have another time like we are

having now.

THIS IS OUR TIME! THIS IS OUR TIME! THIS IS OUR TIME! THIS IS OUR TIME!

Ladies Dinner this Thursday!

August 7th, 2010

Ladies, what’s in your bag?

What has God given you that you can use to bless others?

Join us this Thursday Night, 08-12-10, at 6:30 p.m., at Believers Church, for dinner, fun and fellowship.

Not only will we consider what is in our bags, but we will also hear a powerful testimony from Alison Westerfield a counselor at “Choices of the Heart” Pregnancy Center.

We also encourage our Teen girls and College girls to come and hear Alision as well.

Grab your bag!  Bring a friend! Join us for an exciting time together!

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