Prayer Wk 2 Teach Me

October 27th, 2010

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Have you ever been praying and someone says, “Wow, teach me to pray like that!” Maybe? Maybe not? Well, it happened to Jesus.

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples." Luke 11:1

Now, it’s funny but, of all the things that the disciples saw Jesus do, the thing that impressed them the most was the way He communicated with the Father. You don’t see them saying, “Jesus, teach us how to walk on water.” Or “Jesus, teach us how to multiply fish and bread and feed thousands.” They said “Jesus, teach us how to pray”.

This Sunday at Believers Church join us at 9 or 11 as we let Jesus teach us how to pray. We will also be celebrating Communion that day, so don’t be late. It is going to be an awesome time together.

5th Sunday Offering

October 27th, 2010

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This Sunday is a 5th Sunday and as you may or may not know all of the tithes and offerings given on a 5th Sunday at Believers Church goes directly into the building fund E Plan to pay off our debt.

Currently we have reduced our debt from 287,000 to 76,000 and I feel like the Lord is saying, “Pay it off by the end of the year.” Now this is the last 5th Sunday in 2010, so we all need to give BIG and sacrificially. Bring your tenth or tithe that you normally give, but pray about how much extra offering God is calling you to bring. You can also give on line at www.believersstatesboro.com.

If we all do our part this debt will be paid off by the end of 2010 and 100% of all the money given to the building fund in 2011 will go directly into savings for a new children’s building or a new sanctuary, whichever one the Lord says build first.

Remember we don’t necessarily build in the future for ourselves; we build for those who the Lord will bring in to be ministered to and receive salvation and life change.

When we built our current building in 2004, my faith confession was and still is “Great people are ready to help me, in the right time, in the right ways, people that I don’t even know yet.” Thank you for being those GREAT PEOPLE! Together we build!

Family Fun Night

October 27th, 2010

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Invite a friend and join us this Sunday Night for Family Fun Night at Believers Church from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Your kids can dress in non-scary costumes and have an awesome time as a family.

You can still bless children by bringing your bags of candy to the church for the event and you also have a wonderful opportunity to serve on that day.

We are looking for volunteers who want to be blessed and bless others by setting up a booth, working a booth or game, or even helping with clean up. Contact Erlene Rowland to volunteer today! Looking forward to a great time together with you!

"Hear Me"

October 25th, 2010

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There is nothing like an answered prayer. We stand in amazement when we are allowed to petition the God of the universe, and He not only hears us but answers our prayer. Sometimes we are shocked that God actually did it! He moved on our behalf. We spoke, and God heard!

Not only will your Heavenly Father freely give the Holy Spirit to those who “ask” (Luke 11:9-13), but He desires for you to ask, to seek, and to knock as a way of life. God is saying talk to me. Let’s communicate. I want you to talk to me.

Now in light of that invitation, in light of the thrill of answered prayer, you would think that we would pray more. But many of us don’t. I’ve asked myself that question many times, “Why don’t I pray more than I do?” Craig Groschel suggests four reasons why people don’t pray more.

Why People Don’t Pray More

1) Not sure you know how to pray.

2) Get bored or distracted while trying to pray.

3) Think your requests are too small for God.

4) Not sure your prayers will make a difference.

“The one concern of the Devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.” Samuel Chadwick

Prayer is Relational Communication

Simply put, prayer is our talking and communicating with God. It implies enjoying a relationship with God, as well as asking Him to provide our daily needs. As a matter of fact, our salvation, our whole relationship with Jesus, started with a “Prayer”.

Psalm 4:3 Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD will hear when I call to him. (NIV)

You are set apart for God. He wants you to speak to Him, and He wants to speak to you. Relationship.

Ps 5:1-3 Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. (NIV)

This is communication between two people that are in a relationship with each other.

When you love someone and you are in a relationship with them, you can relax and communicate without fear of doing it right or doing it wrong.

God’s Relational Offer

John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish (desire), and it will be given you. (NIV)

What is your wish? What is your desire?

Psalms 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. (NIV)

God’s Relational Promise

Ps 91:15-16 He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation." (NIV)

To call = Answer + help in trouble +deliverance + honor + long life + salvation.

Our Confidence

I John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. (NIV)

Condition: according to His will.

Our Guidelines

Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”

With a heart of thanksgiving, pray about everything! These prayers should not be presented in a spirit of worry and anxiety, but it should be with a spirit of thanksgiving that requests are made to God.

Being thankful for what God has done for us in the past, thankful for what He is doing now, and thankful for what He will do in the future.

Prayer and supplication. The word supplication implies more than just a petition or request. Supplications suggest persevering, intense prayer. This is a total transfer of one’s burden and cares into the hands of Jesus.

1 Pet 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (NIV)

The result of this kind of prayer and supplication, with an attitude of thankfulness, is the peace of God that surpasses all human understanding.

Philippians 4:7 says, “…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Paul says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything” pray! “Why Worry, When You Can Pray”.

Sounded easy to do, but I often found myself worrying first and only praying as a last resort. The worrying came more natural because it was based on my own ‘self-reliance mentality’. Praying, on the other hand, caused me to shift to a reliance on the Lord. We must shift that and look to the Lord first.

I think what Paul was trying to teach people, and what my mother was trying to teach me with the ‘Why Worry Card’, is that through prayer and supplication one can entrust all the cares and worries of this life into the hands of a loving Savior who cares for us.

  • We don’t have to make things work. We just give them over to someone who can work all things together for our good.
  • Instead of fretting over these nagging anxieties, we now can experience peace that others only dream about. The peace of God that goes beyond our understanding and cannot be described with words.

Our Frequency

At the conclusion of Paul’s letter to the Colossians he makes an interesting statement. He says, “Devote yourselves to prayer.”

Col 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Of course, this devotion to prayer comes out of relationship. Pray all the time, pray about everything.

D.L. Moody was known as a great preacher, and people would travel many miles just to hear him preach, but R.A. Torrey reflects on Moody’s devotion to prayer saying, “Out of a very intimate acquaintance with him, I wish to testify that he was a far greater pray-er than he was a preacher.”

“Moody was a man who believed in the God who answers prayer, and not only believed in Him in a theoretical way, but believed in Him in a practical way. He was a man who met every difficulty that stood in his way – by prayer. Everything he undertook was backed up by prayer, and in everything, his ultimate dependence was upon God.” R.A. Torrey

Be devoted to prayer, pray about everything, and pray all the time.

1Thes 5:17 pray continually; (NIV) 1Thes 5:17 pray without ceasing, (NKJ)

“The more we pray, the more we think to pray.” Dallas Willard

Many times in the Gospels, you will see that Jesus, right in the midst of a busy ministry, lifted up His eyes and spoke to the Father. Sometimes, He would have extended times of prayer (Luke 6:12, Mark 6:46). Other times, His words were short and to the point. Jesus seemed to understand how to have constant communication with the Father.

Why? Because Jesus and Father God were in a relationship.

Hear Me

October 21st, 2010

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Prayer WK 1 “Hear Me”

There is nothing like an answered prayer. We stand in amazement when we are allowed to petition the God of the universe, and He not only hears us but answers our prayer. Sometimes we are shocked that God actually did it! He moved on our behalf. We spoke, and God heard!

(Luke 11:9-13) God desires for you to ask, to seek, and to knock as a way of life. God is saying talk to me. Let’s communicate. I want you to talk to me.

Now in light of that invitation, in light of the thrill of answered prayer, you would think that we would pray more. But many of us don’t. I’ve asked myself that question many times, “Why don’t I pray more than I do?”

Join us this Sunday at Believers Church as we answer this question and explore this wonderful privilege called prayer. 10-24-10, 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.

We are also celebrating new life in Christ with Water Baptisms this Sunday. If you would like to be baptized contact the church office at 681-1440 as soon as possible!

“The one concern of the Devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.” Samuel Chadwick

Color Ladies Retreat

October 20th, 2010

clip_image002Ladies, now is the time to register for our Color Ladies Retreat this November 5th and 6th at New Ebenezer Retreat Center in Rincon, GA.

The Inside Out Ladies Ministry of Believers Church of Statesboro is pleased to bring you “Color”.

This is a great weekend for ladies, just like you, to get away from the business of life and experience the beauty and color of Christ Jesus. You will also discover the colors and beauty that God has put within you.

We are praying and believe that this is going to be a life changing experience for all our ladies, so don’t miss it! Also this is too good just to keep to ourselves so feel free to invite all of your girlfriends and family as well!

One splash of the Color of God’s Spirit on your life changes everything!

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Enjoy God Inspired Speakers and Colorful Praise and Worship

How to Register

1. Complete the Registration Form in this brochure.

2. Attach your payment to your Registration Form.

3. Return the form and payment before Oct. 29th to the Believers Church Color 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.

Inside Out Ladies Color Retreat Registration Form

Name________________________________________________________________________

Address____________________________________________________________________

Email_____________________________________________________Phone____________

Guest Of_____________________________________________________________________

I will be attending….

□ Friday & Saturday Sessions $55.00 (Includes meals & lodging)

□ Friday Session Only $15 6:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

□ Saturday Sessions Only $25 8:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

(Fri and Sat prices include meals)

Register me to win (Circle One) A) Hair Styling B) Nails C) Make-Up

Detach, complete and return this form and payment before October 29, 2010 to the Believers Church COLOR Display, the Church Office or mail to Believers Church, P. O. Box 1240, Statesboro, GA 30459.

You may write checks out to: “Believers Church of Statesboro.” Thank You!

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

Schedule

Friday, November 05

3 – 5:00 p.m. Registration / Check In

6:00 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. Worship

7:30 p.m. Evening Session

9:00 p.m. Fun Time

Saturday, November 06

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Worship

9:30 a.m. Session One

11:00 a.m. Break

11:20 a.m. Session Two

12:30 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m. Session Three

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Session Four

5:00 p.m. “Color Your World”

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

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

www.believersstatesboro.com
Email: believersstatesboro@yahoo.com

If you have recently made a commitment to Christ Jesus, be it a first-time salvation, a recommitment or you just want to get some things right with you and God. We applaud your decision, and we encourage you to continue to surrender all to Christ Jesus.

You decision was between you and God, but now it’s time to go public with it. To get wet!

Baptism 10-24-10 This Sunday, October 24th, is a time for Water Baptism at Believers Church. You may or may not have been water baptized, but if you have not or you were baptized as a child and didn’t understand what you were doing, we would like to invite you to participate in a wonderful time of celebration of your new commitment to Christ. We are thankful for your salvation and your desire to proclaim that thankfulness to others through Water Baptism. 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.

I highly encourage you to be water baptized. It will be a significant spiritual event in your life that you will treasure forever. Don’t let the devil rob you of this joy. 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. Dark shorts and a dark 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.

If you desire to be baptized, 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. Or e-mail Pastor Scott at believersstatesboro.com.

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

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Jesus said, “Follow Me and I am going to make you into something that you aren’t already, a Fisher of Men.”

Fishing was never intended to be a solo expedition. We are called to PARTNER. Hence, you get a line, I will get a pole, and we will go fishing together. All of us have a fishing partner. If you don’t know how to leverage your partner, you make it unnecessarily difficult and hard on yourself to fish.

Matt 16:13 “When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?"

People either loved Him or they hated Him. So He’s asking, “What’s the word on the street about me? Who do people say I am?”

Matt 16:14 They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets."

Then Jesus asked THE QUESTION, the question of all questions. There are many questions, but this is the one that really matters.

Matt 16:15-17 "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.

Jesus said, “You got the right answer and you didn’t come up with this alone. You had help.”

And then Jesus said the strangest thing…

Matt 16:18 “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

  • The Greek word used here for Peter’s name is Petros, which means a detached stone or boulder.
  • The Greek word here is ‘Petra’ – a mass of rock or a foundation rock. Petra is used in 1Cor.10:4 and Rom.9:33, describing Jesus as the rock. The Greek words draw a distinction between Peter, a detached stone or boulder, and Jesus, a mass of rock or the foundation rock.

It’s on this mass of rock, Jesus Himself, that He will build His church, but He will build it with many Peters, if you will, many detached stones or boulders. All of these living stones will be fit together by God, placed on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, and Jesus will hold all things together as the chief cornerstone.

CHURCH – not a religious word. The voting citizens of a town. It simply meant an assembly.

Jesus said, “I’m going to build a new thing, a new group, a new assembly, a new movement, on that one single statement. You are the Christ Son of the Living God. And understand this; the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Hell itself will not be able to stop it. It will grow and grow and grow, and build and build and build, and move and move and move, and nothing will be able to stop it!”

And, here we are 2000 years later. Two thirds of the world’s population believes that Jesus was the only and original Son of God! Different languages, different cultures, different traditions, different ways of doing things, but get us all together in one room, Baptists, Catholics, Presbyterians, Methodists, Pentecostals, Charismatic, and Non-Denominational and ask us:

What do you guys have in common? There is only one thing.

  • We all believe that Christ Jesus was the unique, from God Messiah, the Son of the living God. This is the foundation, it is the focal point, and it is the starting point of what Jesus predicted would be His citizenship, His new group, His assembly, His congregation, His Church.

Two different things are going on here:

1) You go fish.

2) I’m going to go build my church.

The Church is supposed to be a partner with you in the fishing process!

Is it possible to create an atmosphere in church where people actually want to come back?

  • Love and authenticity breaks down barriers to unbelievers. You get somebody in a community where the church is being the church and somehow the edges get softer, hearts open up, and life change happens. That’s why we have created an environment where people can truly experience love, acceptance, and forgiveness.

At Believers Church, we want to partner with people who are fishing!

  • We want to create an atmosphere where people will come and, as they get involved in a community of believers, their hearts begin to change, not because we have confronted, not because we give them specific answers to all of their questions (although there is a time and a place for that), but because they are in the presence, as much as they will ever be, in the presence of the Living Savior.
  • As close as you will ever get to the Living Savior is when you are with the Body of Christ that is functioning as it should.
  • That is as good as it gets until Jesus comes back.
  • There is something extraordinary about bringing an unbeliever into a community of believers who are functioning as the Body of Christ should. This is as close as they are ever going to get to the Living Savior.

Matt 18:19-20

19 "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.

20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." (NIV)

General principle:

Where two or three are gathered in my name I am with them. I will show up!

When a group of people gather together on official Jesus business, He will show up.

Jesus said, “I’m going to be with you always and you can count on me, but if you want to really experience my presence, if you want to experience something that goes beyond what you experience when you are having your quiet time or praying alone, if you want to get as close to me as you can get to me… You get together with two or three or more other believers who come together to do official Jesus business and I will show up in an unmistakable, remarkable way.”

That was Jesus’ whole philosophy.

  • Jesus didn’t give us a plan for His ministry. He just said, “Follow me and you will see.”

That should be the philosophy of the local church.

  • Come and see. We are functioning as we should as a community of love, acceptance, and forgiveness, and we are doing official Jesus business. If you come here, you will experience His presence like you never have before.

The church was intended and designed to be a partner in the fishing process.

Home work:

1) Are you investing and inviting? 2) Are you serving strategically?

3) Are you helping to build the kingdom?

Jesus is going to build His Church no matter what. But He is giving us the opportunity to partner with Him. And upon our believing and confession that He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, He will build us into a Church that nothing can stop. Not even hell itself.

My goal as we finish this fishing series is not that you will go out and fish out of guilt, but rather that you will catch a vision of what Jesus is doing in this would and realize that we have been invited to be a vital part of that goal and plan! Let’s partner together on this mission of building the church! The hope of the world! So, you get a line and I will get a pole, and we will fish together.

One Hour on Wednesday

October 12th, 2010

Join us Wednesday night for One Hour on Wednesday, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm.

You will be blessed by a time of worship! See you Wednesday night!

New Members Class 10-16-10

October 12th, 2010

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New Members Class will be this Saturday for anyone who is interested in learning about what it means to be a member of Believers Church! Call the church office at 912.681.1440 or e-mail laura.smiley@believersmail.com. The is a one-time requirement for membership, however it doesn’t mean you have to join if you’ve attended. Look forward to seeing you here!