No Ordinary Family Front

I don’t know about you but I don’t want an ordinary family. I want an extra ordinary – extraordinary family!

Family is an institution of God. He created it, established it, gives it guidelines, and uses it for His glory and purposes. God not only blesses us with physical families, but he refers to believers as a spiritual family, the family of God! So bottom line, if we want to have, “No Ordinary Family”, we need to base our families on the truths found in the Word of God. We must listen, learn, and most importantly, apply God’s principles to our families.

James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (NIV)

We are going to look at several different aspects of family life in this series. We are not only going to talk about what the Bible says, we are going to apply it, do it, and lead our families God’s way. With “Summer Explosion 2011-Family Vacation Bible School” beginning next week, our “Bookbag Outreach” quickly approaching, and the recent hiring of our new Student Ministry Director, Krista Branch, I feel that we need to reignite our vision and passion as a church for children.

As parents and as a church, we need to remember why we do what we do, making sure that we are staying true to our vision.

Jesus’ View about Children

Matt 18:1-6 “…Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.

"But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him

if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

Receiving a child in Jesus’ name is receiving Jesus. Ministering to a child is ministering to Jesus.

Loving a child is loving Jesus. Taking time for children is taking time for Jesus. Using your resources for children is using your resources for Jesus.

Upon this exhortation from Christ Jesus, we put a high value on our ministry to children here at Believers Church because to minister to them is to minister to Jesus.

Why do we at Believers Statesboro put such high value on children?

1) Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.

Matt 18:1-6 see above.

2) Children are a blessing from the Lord.

They are not rug rats, not brats, not nesciences, or not obstacles to work around. Psalm 127:3-5 “…Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.” (NIV) (Ps 128:1-6; Prov 17:6)

3) Children are key to God’s redemptive purpose.

Genesis 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (NIV) (Gen 9:1; 1 Pet 3:8-9)

4) Jesus desires for children to be blessed.

Mk 10:14-16 “…He took them up in His arms, put His hands on them, and blessed them.”

5) We are called to partner with parents.

We believe that it is ultimately the parents’ responsibility to train children up in the ways of the Lord. We, as a church, are called to partner with the parents to help raise Godly children.

We are called to help you be No Ordinary Family.

6) Our children are valuable assets to the Kingdom of God.

Our children are not just the Church of the future but the Church now!

Acts 2:38-39 “…For the promise is to you and to your children,”

Acts 2:16-18 “… I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams.”

7) We understand that there are two plans for child’s life.

John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

We believe that Satan is trying to stop God’s Redemptive Plan.

Satan’s Plan:

If Satan can destroy the lives of our children, he cuts off God’s redemptive plan for man.

Satan sees Godly children as the greatest threat to His plans.

Pharaoh ordering the execution of all the first-born males (Exodus 1 & 2).

Satan prompted Herod to have all the male children under two years of age slaughtered (Matt. 2:16).

One of the saddest statements in the Bible is “Now the sons of Eli were corrupt; they did not know the LORD” (Samuel 2:12-17, 22-36; 1 Samuel 4:10-18).

God’s Plan:

Abundant Life – It is our responsibility to make sure that our children walk in the abundant life that Jesus has prepared for them.

IN THIS DAY AND TIME, HOW CAN WE DARE NOT RAISE A CHILD UP IN CHRIST AND IN THE CHURCH?

Your character and Godliness will affect our children.

As a church, our character and Godliness will affect our children

Proverbs 20:7 The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.

Your choices and decisions will affect our children.

The choices and decisions we make as a church body will affect our children.

Deut 30:19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;

We must uphold a standard of Holiness and Godliness for our children! If we don’t, who will?

As a church, we must partner with parents to raise children in the ways of the Lord.

If we don’t, who will?

As a church family, we are going to pull together and increase the ministry to our children and strengthen our partnership with the parents of children.

A wise pastor told me, “Everyone in your church should me involved in at least two ministries and one of those two should be some type of Children’s ministry.”

At Believers Church, we are committed to do everything within our power to help your family be “No Ordinary Family!” At Believers Church, we are committed to partner together with families to raise children in the ways of the Lord. Won’t you join us!

Won’t you make a difference in the life of a child? We have numerous opportunities for you to be blessed like you have never been blessed before as you bless a child in Jesus name.

Remember what Jesus said, “"Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.”

 Want a mid-week lift? Then come to Believers Church tonight as we worship together and study 1 Corinthians. Tonight Pastor Scott continues in Chapter 12. Come and be blessed!

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VBS Volunteer Opportunities

June 28th, 2011

Summer Explosion 2011, Family Vacation Bible School Volunteer Opportunities

Jesus said in Matthew 18:5. “Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.” So receiving a child in Jesus’ name is receiving Jesus.

  • Ministering to a child is ministering to Jesus.
  • Loving a child is loving Jesus.
  • Taking time for children is taking time for Jesus.
  • Using your resources for children is using your resources for Jesus.
  • Serving a child at VBS on July 10th -12th is serving Jesus.

Now is the time to step up to the plate, role up your sleeves, and let’s volunteer to minister to the wonderful group of children and families that God has blessed us with here at Believers Statesboro.

Remember maturing in Christ requires diet and excise, so this is an opportunity for you to stretch your spiritual muscles and grow in the Lord.

We have openings for all the fun stuff, such as group leaders, games, refreshments, registration, and much more!

Krista Branch, our new Children’s Ministry Director is heading up VBS here at Believers for her first time and I have told her what a wonderful job you volunteers do. But the time is short. We are only 12 days away from the most exciting Summer Explosion, Family Vacation Bible School that we have ever had, so I’m calling you to rise up and let’s give Krista the support that she needs!

I guarantee you will love it! This is my favorite week of summer!

Pastor Scott

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Be A Life Group Leader!

June 27th, 2011

Now is that time for Life Group Orientation.

The class is tomorrow night, 06-28-11, here at the church at 06:30 p.m. You will learn everything you need to know about being a Life Group Leader.

Once you go through Orientation and are approved as a leader. You may start a group during our upcoming Fall Semester 2011 (8/15 – 11/20), or any other Life Group session after that.

I will also be introducing a new schedule for Life Groups in 2012, winter, spring, summer, and fall.

Due to the shortness in time, please let me know if you can attend as soon as possible. You can respond to this email or call me at 912-682-3689. Or call the church at 912-681-1440. When you call I will make you Orientation book and plan on seeing you here on Tuesday.

Pastor Scott

 

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Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck, Mater, take their friendship to exciting new places in Cars 2 when they head overseas to compete in the first ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But, the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret spy mission, Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world.

Cars 2 is a celebration of friendship. Mater and Lightning McQueen exhibit the kind of friendship that all of us long for.

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Lightning McQueen and Mater Had An Authentic Friendship.

Authenticity seems to be the heart cry of people today.

Authenticity means that you are not trying to be something that you are not. Fanciness may attract people for a while, but friendships will never last unless it is a truly authentic, transparent, and real relationship. This was a lesson that Lightening McQueen learned in the first Cars movie.

But, what about Mater? He is the poster child for authenticity. Mater is just Mater. What you see is what you get.

We should all be more like Mater. But instead, many of us like to put up a front and pretend to be something that we are not so that we will have “friends”.

If you don’t give others a chance to love the “real you,” you will never know that it is possible.

Your fear of rejection is really the fear of man.

Proverbs 29:25-26: The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted. Many seek the ruler’s (husband’s, wife’s, friend’s) favor, but justice for man comes from the Lord.

Proverbs 9:10 "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."

Lightning McQueen and Mater Had A Fanatical Friendship.

Luke 5:17-20 / Mark 2:3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them.

Now, that’s fanatical friendship. Sometimes, we do radical things that we wouldn’t normally do, but we do it for a friend.

Lightning McQueen and Mater Had A Splinter-Free Friendship.

It should be obvious that you cannot have a loving, fruitful relationship if it is not built on honesty and trust. In all relationships, there is a temptation to want to “keep the peace at all costs”. This attitude just might “cost” you your relationships if left unchecked.

Like a splinter left in your finger, little misunderstandings, hurts or disappointments that are left inside to fester and get worse will end up controlling your friendship if you don’t get rid of it at the first available opportunity.

Ephesians 4:26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,

When you are hurt in a relationship, you need to say, "Ouch!" That means revealing yourself and coming out of hiding.

Lightning McQueen and Mater Had A Friendship that Believes the Best.

1 Corinthians 13:7 Amplified Bible (AMP) Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

Another area that we need to be careful in is coming to wrong conclusions about other people’s actions.

We don’t believe or expect the best out of them. But instead of believing the best, we assumed the worst. How can we hope to know what’s happening in someone’s heart if we don’t care enough about them to take the time to find out?

How Do You Find Real and Authentic Friendship?

1. Show Yourself Friendly.

Proverbs 18:24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (NKJ)

2. Hang Out With People.

Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

People aren’t just looking for a friendly church…people are looking for friends.

John 13:35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (NIV)

3. Be an Encourager.

Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Who doesn’t love to be around someone who is encouraging them?

Elbert Hubbard wrote, “Your friend is a man who knows all about you, and still likes you.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! (NIV)

“There is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being

– to help some one succeed.” Alan Loy McGinnis

4. Join a Life Group or Start Your Own.

Most of us love the thought of an intimate circle of people who know and accept us for who we are and aren’t. We love the idea of belonging and having long-lasting friendships!

It’s this very idea that makes church, and especially “Life Groups”, so appealing.

Life Groups are a place to: Find Answers / Feel Love / Make a Friend.

People have a need to belong.

The traditional church model has implied to people: Behave – Believe – Belong

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.

Life Groups offer us the opportunity to BELONG, not just to BELONG to other people, but BELONG to Christ Jesus. Like the paralytic man in Luke 5, we need friends who not only take care of us, but also friends who will take us to Jesus as well.

When we group together, Jesus groups with us.

Matt 18:20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." (NIV)

We all BELONG to each other.

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Join us at Believers Church tonight as Pastor Scott continues teaching on 1 Corinthians.

Merge, our Middle School Ministry will meet at 7 as well as Believing Kids! See you tonight.

As part of our Father’s Day Celebration, Men Who Believe, want to bless you with an awesome Catfish Dinner!

This is some of the best Catfish that you have every tasted! Also with the food and a lot of fun, we will be giving away a couple of Rod and Reels, a tackle box, lures, and fishing supplies.

Our Men Who Believe Leader, Chris Finley, will also share a quick word of encouragement to all of us!

All Men are welcome, bring a friend, and be blessed!

Join us this Tuesday Night, 06-21-11, @ 6:30 p.m. at the Believer Church Pavilion.

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6-24 Vision Dinner invite

This dinner is for our newest attendees. Join us to hear the vision of

Believers Church and how it got started!

Please call and let us know you will be here at 681.1440!

God in Movies Mr. Popper’s Penguins Believers Statesboro Father’s Day 06-19-11

Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a live-action family comedy, based on the children’s book of the same name. Tom Popper is a driven businessman who is clueless when it comes to the important things in life—until he inherits six penguins. Popper’s penguins turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland—and the rest of his life upside-down but in the process Popper learns to reconnect with his family.

God calls every father to be a good provider for his family (1 Tim 5:8). But, the problem that every provider struggles with is the question, “Am I working to provide for my family to the point that I am actually losing my family in the process?”

Fathers, we all need to find a way to reconnect with our families again. Now, I doubt that you will receive a shipment of penguins that will magically cause you to reconnect with your family. Therefore, you will have to find different ways to reconnect with them.

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Connection Points For Fathers and Their Families

Share Common Goals

The turning point for Mr. Popper and his family was when they started working together for a common goal. When they worked together to save the penguins, they were connected on a deeper level.

What are the common goals you share with your family? Serve together, work together.

Ezra 3:9 Joshua and his sons and brothers and Kadmiel and his sons (descendants of Hodaviah) and the sons of Henadad and their sons and brothers—all Levites—joined together in supervising those working on the house of God.

Listen More

James 1:19-20 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. (NIV)

The only way you are going to learn to connect with your children is to know who they really are. You must become a student of your children and learn them. Listen and Learn.

Proverbs 22:6. “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

The Hebrew language is a language of the weak verb. So, if you look at the picture behind Proverbs 22:6, it’s the picture of a hunter finding a limb with a natural bend to make a perfect bow.

“Train up a child in the way he (or she) should go.” – According to his or her natural God-given bend.

“Never try to make your son or daughter another you; one is enough!” Arnold Glasow

Watch Your Words

Prov 12:18 Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. (NIV)

Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Your words can be LIFE GIVING or you can SPEAK DEATH.

“Words have an awesome impact. The impressions made by a father’s voice can set in motion an entire trend of life.” Gordon MacDonald

James 3:10-11 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt (bitter) water flow from the same spring? (NIV)

Two Bitter Waters: Harsh Words and Silence

1) Harsh Words 2) Silence

Bless Your Children

“And all the people departed every man to his house: and David returned to bless his house.”

1 Chronicles 16:43

1) Bless By Faith. Heb 11:20-21. The blessing must be spoken in faith, like prayers, believing that God can cause the blessing to be fruitful.

2) Use the High Priestly Blessing as an Example. Num 6:22-27 The Three-Part Blessing –

1) Protection 2) Favor and Grace 3) Peace

3) Desire God’s Highest and Best for the Ones You are Blessing. Ps 122:6-9 David’s Example

4) Lay on of Hands. Genesis 48 / Mark 10:16

5) Speak a Blessing. Numbers 6:22-27 “And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel;

and I will bless them.”

Play Together

Quantity and quality time. Quality time emerges, though, from quantity time.

“To be an effective parent, you must let your children know what you expect from them, and then you must be close enough to the action to be able to regularly inspect their work.” Zig Ziglar

Pray Together

Some of the sweetest words I will ever hear as a father are “Pray for me, Daddy.” It was sweet when they were little, and it is still heartwarming today. To have that connection, that spiritual connection with your children, you can enter the present of God and call upon the name of the Lord.

“If you have no prayer life yourself, it is rather a useless gesture to make your child say prayers every night.” Peter Marshall

Your children need you to set the example and teach them the power of prayer.

Matt 18:19 "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. (NIV)

Your children are awesome prayer partners! Start praying together today! Start simply, but start.

Live More Sermons, Preach Less

It’s easy for fathers to get preachy. But, preaching doesn’t work if you are not a living example.

One of the most harmful things that you can do as a parent is to act one way in church and another way at home. Your children need to see consistency in all levels of your life, but especially in your relationship with Christ Jesus.

Fathers, I want you to be able to look at your kids and say what Paul said to the Corinthians…

1 Cor 11:1 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (NIV)

Trust God’s Direction

Being a father is a challenge. We often feel like we don’t know how to do it right.

We are bombarded with a thousand opinions on how to be a good father. I may have just added to your list and hopefully did not confuse you more. But the bottom line is you have a heavenly Father for your example and teacher. You can trust Him.

Listen to His instructions and do what He tells you to do.

Isaiah 30:21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

When you hear that voice, walk in it and your children will connect with you. You will be the Godly father that you always wanted to be.

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Bring your whole family to One Hour on Wednesday at Believers Church!

Our Middle School Ministry-MERGE  & Infants thru 5th grade-Believing Kids will meet @ 7 p.m. as well.