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Life on Purpose “Decade” Believers Statesboro 05-01-11

Several years ago, I was challenged by one of my mentors, Bill Godwin. He said, “In ten years, you will end up somewhere, but where you end up in ten years will be determined by what you do today.”

Ten years are going to come one way or the other. You will arrive somewhere in ten years, but where will you be in ten years?

Everybody ends up somewhere, only a few people end up somewhere on purpose.

Every church ends up somewhere, only a few churches end up somewhere on purpose.

At Believers Church, we have lived through an amazing decade together. We made decisions and choices ten years ago that have brought us to where we are today. We celebrate and rejoice over what God has done, but the exciting thing is that we are standing on the threshold of a new decade. As a church, we will end up somewhere in ten years, and where we end up will be determined by choices that we make today.

I believe everyone wants two things:

  1. They want to have a close relationship with Christ Jesus.
  2. They want to discover and fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.

But, what do you believe?

· Does God have a special purpose for you?

· Does God intend for your life to be filled with meaning?

· Are you born with a specific destiny which God wants to prepare you for and then unfold for you?

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· Are you destined to work a job you hate for the next 30 years, and then retire with a gold watch?

· Is there more to life than making enough money to survive?

· Was life meant to be mediocre and meaningless?

God either has a special destiny for you, or He doesn’t.

God either has a life of fulfillment, meaning and purpose for you, or He doesn’t.

You are destined to make a difference in this generation, or you’re not.

Your life is important, or it isn’t.

So, we are settling these questions in this series, “Life On Purpose.” Next week may be Mother’s Day, but we are jumping head first into discovering that what your mother told you was true; God does have a “Destiny” for your life.

But today, let’s celebrate the Decade of Purpose that we have just lived through.

 

Mission Statement

To teach, encourage, and inspire

Authentic Christianity

to the people of Statesboro, Bulloch County,

and Surrounding Areas

Our Goals

· To reach the unchurched of Statesboro and surrounding areas

· To proclaim the word of reconciliation

· To operate in power and purity

· To encourage and build up all people

· To help people discover their divine purpose and destiny

· To be a family of love, acceptance, and forgiveness

The Five Purposes of the Church

· Worship Love The Lord Your God

Matt 22:37

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.’ This is the First and Greatest Commandment!”

· Evangelism Make Disciples of All Nations

Matt 28:19a

19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…”

· Fellowship Baptizing Them

Matt 28:19b

19 “…baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”

· Discipleship Teach them to obey my commands

Matt 28:20

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.

· Ministry Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Matt 22:39

“And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

One Hour on Wednesday 7 p.m.

April 27th, 2011

1 Corinthians Chapter 9 tonight @ 7 p.m!

Merge (Middle School Ministry) will meet in the pavilion.

 

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FREE Giveaway

April 26th, 2011

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Come early to our 11:00 service and get some free stuff! At 10:45 we’re going to be giving away lots of different items! So come early and hang out with us!

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Believers Church, thank you for Investing and Inviting! We had 261 people blessed at “Beautiful Exchange” on Good Friday night and 808 people at Believers Church on Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Christ Jesus!

It was so enjoyable to have all those folks worshiping together! There was an excitement in the air as we realized that the Holy Spirit was up to something big! Not only did He exceed our God-sized goal of 750, but we also had 20 people indicate that they accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior or rededicated their life to Jesus Christ!

Thanks to all the volunteers, music folks, photographers, children’s workers, Guest Service volunteers, and you who brought people to church with you. You partnered with the Holy Spirit for a really awesome day!

I think church should be like that every Sunday, and it can be as we continue to Invest and Invite!

Some investments take time.

I do realize that for every guest this Sunday there were at least four times that many that were invited but didn’t make it. I heard many people say things like, “I invited several of my friends and they didn’t show.” Or I heard comments like, “I don’t understand, my friend just told me Friday that they would be here and I haven’t seen them yet!”

Hey, that’s ok. Things happen and everyone you invite doesn’t always make it. It doesn’t mean that you did anything wrong. Some investments just take time and several invitations. But never give up! These people are valuable to God!

Back in February I invited 11 people to come to “Making Love Last” and only 1 of 11 showed up. This Easter weekend I invited at least 15 people and NO ONE SHOWED UP! But I will keep on investing and I will keep on inviting, knowing that one day it will pay eternal dividends for my unchruched friends and family!

Thank you for rising to the challenge to do what Jesus put on your heart to do and invite them to attend even if they didn’t come.

2 Corinthians 9:6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

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God has laid it on our hearts to set an attendance goal for Believers Church on Easter Sunday 2011.

After praying and seeking God we set our number at 750 people!

Working with the Holy Spirit as we invite our friends and neighbors, we feel like 750 is a good “God-sized” goal.

Why an attendance goal?

1. Setting a goal builds anticipation and stokes excitement. God-sized goals stretch our faith and make us eager to be fully committed to this big day, Easter Sunday!

2. Setting a goal pushes us to become more than we are right now. As we set a goal of 750 people we will have to begin to think of the things we will have to do to be prepared for that number of people. How we will receive them and make them feel right at home and how we show them the Love of Christ Jesus!

We have never set an attendance goal before at Believers, but I feel that this will be a belief building exercise for us. Our theme this year is “Believe”.

When we prayerfully set a God-sized goal, God is the one who is going to accomplish it. We are just putting our faith in him to do something that may seem virtually impossible to us.

When we think of Easter we must ask ourselves, “Do we want to use this day to accomplish our plans and our will for Believers Church or God’s plans and God’s will?”

I guarantee that God’s will for Believers Church on Easter Sunday, and for Believes Church on the whole, is bigger than we can hope or imagine!

So I am asking you to join us in faith and believe with us for 750 people in attendance on Easter Sunday 04-24-11. Also help us spread the word to everyone in our church to join with us on this God-sized faith adventure! Then let’s put some feet to our prayers and invite 4 -10 people to attend with us this Easter!

Pastor Scott

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Everybody ends up somewhere, only a few people end up somewhere on purpose.

Luke 4:43 "… for this purpose I have been sent." (NKJ)

Jesus came for a purpose, and He filled us with resurrection life to live on purpose.

Jesus said, Lo I am with you always… Jesus had a purpose, but it didn’t stop. Now with your life and working through you, His purpose can continue on the earth.

I believe everyone wants two things:

  1. They want to have a close relationship with Christ Jesus.
  2. They want to discover and fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.

But, what do you believe? Does God have a special purpose for you?

God either has a special destiny for you, or He doesn’t. God either has a life of fulfillment, meaning and purpose for you, or He doesn’t. You are destined to make a difference in this generation, or you’re not.

Let’s settle these questions once and for all in this series, “Life On Purpose”.

Two Sons of Purpose

Jesus tells the story of two sons who both had a very loving father who wanted the best for each of them. He wanted their lives to end up somewhere on purpose. Both sons had equal opportunity, but they went in two very different directions.

The Younger Son of Purpose

Luke 15:11-19 “Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.”

Been there? Have you ever found yourself lost and far from God and all you wanted to do was

go home?

The Searching Father

Luke 15:20-24 "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

The Father loves you. There is nothing you can do to make Him love you more than He loves you right now. You are valuable to Him. This parable is the third in a series of three that Jesus told to drive home the point, “Lost People Matter to God!” Common threads in all three parables:

1. “Something of great value was lost.”

2. “The lost item was so valuable that it warranted an all-out search.”

3. “There was great rejoicing when the lost item was found.”

Like the loving father in this story, your heavenly Father has launched an all-out search for you, and He is asking you to come home. When you do, there is going to be great joy in the house!

One of the greatest tragedies in this story is that the first son in not living according to his potential and purpose. This is not what his father wanted for him, and it wasn’t what the son wanted for himself.

The Older Son of Purpose

Luke 15:25-32 “My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.”

32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he

It’s pretty obvious that the younger son was not living according to his father’s plan and purpose, but what about the older son? Was he living his life on purpose?

Verse 25 would indicate the older son was a hard worker. He was working in the field. I know a lot of people who are hard workers, but they are still living their lives without purpose.

Verse 12 states that the father divided his property between them, so I have to ask myself, “Why is the older brother out working in the field. Shouldn’t he be managing what was given to him and leading the family business into the future? Wouldn’t the father want him to be living with a higher purpose and calling?”

Verse 26 concerns me when the older son had to ask a servant, “What is going on?” Did he not know that his father had launched an all-out search for his younger brother? ( See John 15:15-16)

When he learned what had happen… (V. 28) “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. The reason I know the older son was not living out his purpose was because, rather than loving what his father loved, he became angry.

He was self-centered. He was thinking only of what he didn’t receive rather than rejoicing when his lost brother was found. His brother was as good as dead, but now he was alive and well.

The older brother was an obedient son. He said in verse 29 …’Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. He viewed himself more as a slave taking orders than as a son of purpose who was fulfilling his purpose in life.

His statement in verse 30 revealed that he really didn’t love his brother like the father loved him.

But when this son of yours (not my brother whom I love) who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

He certainly didn’t understand that one of the greatest joys in life is helping others discover their divine purpose and destiny as well.

Everything I Have Is Yours

What I believe that God wants each and every one of us to hear today is this statement that the father made to his oldest son.

Everything I have is yours. If everything that the father had was at the son’s disposal, shouldn’t he have been living his life with purpose?

The resurrection life that we are celebrating today is given freely to you and me. (Rom 8:11)

The Father has filled you with the power of the Holy Spirit. He has gifted you not so you can live a meaningless life. He has empowered you for a purpose.

The tragedy would be for us to live a meaningless life when we have been called to live our lives on purpose. It would be shameful for us to waste what God has given us.

God is saying to us today, “Everything I have is yours! Now, live your life on purpose.”

Remember, everybody ends up somewhere, only a few people end up somewhere on purpose.

Encore Performance

Don’t miss the opportunity to bring a friend to the Encore Performance of “Beautiful Exchange”.

Last Sunday almost 600 people enjoyed the Beautiful Exchange and many people received Jesus as savior and Lord and many others rededicated their lives to Christ Jesus. The musical received raving reviews and everyone that I talked to loved it!

This experience incorporated live music, drama, video, a choir, sand art, to take us on a journey from the fall of man and hopelessness to the Beautiful Exchange provide by Christ Jesus!

Come, enjoy, and bring a friend!

 

Beautiful Exchange!

When I was a teenager we had an expression we used when we thought something was really ugly. We said, “That it as ugly as “HOMEMADE SIN”. That’s pretty ugly.

Our logic was that “SIN” in and of itself is ugly. And something that is homemade may not look as good as something purchased in a store. Therefore homemade sin is really ugly.

Sin is ugly and I was ugly with sin… UNTIL I took my ugliness to Christ Jesus and He exchanged it for something beautiful!

Even if we had never sinned, were stood guilty of sin due to the sin of Adam and Eve.

Man fell. Sin came in the front door and grace went out the back.

But Christ Jesus looked at our ugliness and loved us anyway. In our worst sinful, ugly, state Christ Jesus died for us.

Rom 5:6-8

6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.

8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (NIV)

Now through Christ Jesus we have grace in our world again! We are beautiful in Christ!

If you haven’t done it yet, won’t you exchange your ugliness for true beauty and new life today?

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Drop by Believers any time from 6 to 6 for prayer, reflection, and communion on Good Friday.

Prepare your heart for Easter and pray for salvations at “Beautiful Exchange” Friday Night and salvations on Easter Sunday at both the 9 and 11 services.

We have set our faith and as a church we are believing for 750 people on Easters Sunday! It should be a beautiful day to celebrate the resurrection together!

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Infants-5th grade- Believing Kids @ 7:00

6th-8th grade-Merge meets in the Pavilion @ 7

Look forward to seeing everyone else in the sanctuary as we continue to study 1 Corinthians!