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Join us this Sunday, 07-31-11, we will be finishing up “No Ordinary Family” at 9 and 11, and this Sunday is also a 5th Sunday. Therefore we will be sharing in communion together and all of the tithes and offerings will go directly into our Building Fund Savings Account. As you know we are debt free here at Believers, but we know that we will build again in the near future! Not necessarily for ourselves but for those who the Lord is now sending our way. Therefore we are saving our money and we are going to experience what I like to call “THE EAB FACTOR”.

God is going to bless us “Exceeding Abundantly Beyond” all that we ask or think!

Ephesians 3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.”

Bring your regular tithes Sunday and then pray about what God would want you to bring beyond that. Listen and obey. Because God is going to supply all of our building needs, but He is not going to drop the money from heaven, it is going to come from you and I as the power of God is at work within us!

That’s why we are No Ordinary Church, made up of “No Ordinary Families”!

No Ordinary Family – Winning Your Family Believers Statesboro 07-31-11

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Mark 16:15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”

Matthew 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.”

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

After reading these verses, we all get excited and jump on a plane to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth! Because we all love foreign missions, the adventurer in us always thinks about taking the Gospel to the world!

Then, someone says something about home missions. We think about reaching our own country and the part of the passage that says, “… and in all Judea and Samaria.” Judea” – people who live in our own land who are like us. “Samaria” – people who live in our land who are not like us.

But, the last thing we think about is the Jerusalem part of the text; being a witness at home! Funny how we approach sharing the Gospel in the reverse order that Jesus commanded it. But if we can’t witness at home to those we live with every day, how will we be able to effectively reach the world?

The light that shines the farthest will shine the brightest at home.” Dr. Oswald J. Smith

So, let’s focus on winning our family to Christ Jesus. Our family is one of the most challenging mission fields we will every work. Now, there is not a magic formula; what works with one person doesn’t work on another family member. But, the Word of God gives us some steps that we can take to see our loved ones saved.

Winning Your Family

1) Realize it is Jesus’ will for your loved ones to be saved.

Luke 19:10 "for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."

2) Pray for Your Family to be Saved.

a) Pray that the Father will continue to draw them to Him. John 6:44-45

b) Pray that the Holy Spirit will convict your loved ones of their sins. John 16:7-9

c) Pray that the Lord will send laborers to befriend and share Jesus with your loved ones.

Matthew 9:38

d) Pray that your loved ones’ eyes will be opened. 2 Corinthians 4:4

e) Pray in agreement. Matthew 18:19

f) Pray for yourself and have others pray for you. Col 4:2-4

Components of Contagious Christianity–Contagious to Our Family As Well!

Winning Your Family is Fueled by Love.

John 3:16 “For God so loved He sent…”

Winning Your Family Flows Out of AUTHENTICITY.

Sometimes, people’s zeal to share Jesus with their loved ones causes them to fall into two common mistakes: (1) they try to be ultra-spiritual and (2) they overdo witnessing.

“Go out today and preach the gospel…and if you must, use words.” St. Francis of Assisi

Colossians 4:5 (NIV) Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.

Every encounter with our unsaved family members is very important!

These are people who the Father loves, even in a sinful state. Our words may determine if there will be future encounters and if those encounters will be fruitful and productive.

Winning Your Family Is Both Actions and WORDS.

Colossians 4:6 (NIV) Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? Romans 10:14 (NLT)

1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

Winning Your Family Is Built on Relationships.

1 Peter 3:15b-17 As you do good to them and build a relationship with your family, you will earn the right to be heard.

Don’t get drawn into silly arguments and quarrels with them. 2 Tim 2:21-26

Key Points on Spiritual Conversations

q Take initiative.

q Talk to people one-on-one.

q Engage in dialog—not monolog.

q Present truth in doses.

q Make the most of split-second opportunities.[1]

Winning Your Family Is A Process.

My job was to plant the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God, not we, who made it grow. 1 Corinthians 3:6 (NLT)

Some things grow slow. This process of winning your family may take a long time.

Don’t get impatient. Don’t give up.

We want everyone to be saved, but the other person has something to do with it too. A person’s will is involved in accepting or rejecting Christ Jesus. Jesus is also being patient with them.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. NIV

Winning Your Family Is Always A Partnership.

Who is Apollos, and who is Paul, that we should be the cause of such quarrels? Why, we’re only

servants. Through us God caused you to believe. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us.

1 Corinthians 3:5 (NLT)[2]

You do your part. God will do His part. And pray the workers that God is sending to your loved ones will do their part as well.


[1] Becoming A Contagious Christian, Participant’s Guide (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1984), p.49

[2] Becoming A Contagious Christian, Participant’s Guide (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1984), p.17

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No Ordinary Family – Real Fake Families Believers Statesboro 07-24-11

Is your family real or is it a family that appears real, but is really fake, a real fake family?

· A real authentic family is a family that is based on the principles of God. They are hearing, learning, and applying what the Word of God says about their family.

· A fake family is a family that looks real on the outside, but it is just a facade. It is not built on principles of God, and every member is just doing what they feel is right in their own eyes. But to the casual observer, they appear normal.

So bottom line, if we want to have “No Ordinary Family” (a real family and not a real fake family), we need to base our families on the truths found in the Word of God. Most importantly, we must listen, learn, and apply God principles to our families.

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

GOD’S POSITIONING SYSTEM

This system—God, marriage, and children—will bring balance back to the family. This is what God wants because He wants the best for all of us.

God – Ephesians 5:1 Jesus must be number one.

MarriageEphesians 5:25

Marriage is the biggest and most important decision you will make after your decision to follow Jesus. All marriages start out with a “first date.” If you don’t apply the principles of God when you are dating, what makes you think you can apply the principles of God when you get married?

Missionary Dating “Maybe I can lead this person to the Lord.”

Any Christian foolish enough to date an unbeliever is foolish enough to marry one! Melody Green

The time to ask Jesus for wisdom is before you start a relationship – not after. It is much easier than you think for your heart to overrule your conscience. Once your own desires are demanding priority, your zeal to put God first starts to quickly fade away. Your emotions are a powerful thing, and if you don’t control them, they will control you!

Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

Unequally Yoked 2 Corinthians 6:14 “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”

If we are going to serve God in our marriage, then both partners must be in agreement about the job that needs to get done, how it’s going to be accomplished, and who they are going to serve and obey.

What If I Am Married to an Unbeliever? 1 Corinthians 7:12=16

Shacking Up There is a reason they call it “living in sin.” It is not a one-time, oh we messed up in a weak moment sin. It is a day in – day out valuation of the principles of God. It’s going to bed at night in sin, and it’s waking up in the morning in sin.

Reason why people live together

1. I don’t want to be another divorce statistic.

2. Fear of Commitment

3. Financial Reasons

4. Health Reasons

5. It’s just sin. Everybody does it. (1 Corinthians 6:18-20; Galatians 5: 19-21)

Sin Blocks the Flow of God in Your Life

So, you are saying that you have a better chance of making it in your relationships by violating God’s Word and living together than obeying God’s Word in marriage and allowing the blessing of God to flow freely in your life. God wants to bless you fully. Your above excuses are blocking the flow of God’s blessing in your life. You can’t trust God enough to do the right thing?

If I trust God and do things His way, my marriage will end in divorce.

If I trust God and do things His way, I will never be able to fully commit.

If I trust God and do things His way, He won’t meet my financial needs and I will go broke.

If I trust God and do things His way, I will live sick and die alone.

If I trust God and do things His way, the blessing of God will never flow. I’m better off sinning.

Two Major Problems with Living in Sin

· Living in sin erodes trust.

If you can’t live by the laws of God now, how do I know you will when we get married?

· Living in sin sends mixed signal to your children.

Matt 18:5-6 "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.

Repent

Living together falls under the sin of fornication and, for some, adultery. The same thing that applies for adultery and other sexually immoral sins applies to shacking up as well. You can be 100% forgiven. But in the case of shacking up, you must apply Jesus’ words: “Go and sin no more.”

Children –Ephesians 6:1-3

As we already stated in this series that raising Godly children is ultimately the responsibility of the parents. Knowing what an overwhelming task that can be, we at Believes Church have committed to partner together with you. We synchronize our efforts with yours.

· Children Need Unity.

Where there is no unity, there can be no "family." All you have is a Real Fake Family. You can all live under one roof, but a common dwelling place does not a family make.

Especially in an unequally yoked marriage, there will be confusion and chaos in the home. Without the common bond of love for Jesus, there can be no unity.

· Children Need Consistent Godly Examples

The greatest factor in our children learning about God is through the example we set for them.

o Children usually transfer their feelings and impressions of their earthly father over to their idea of who God is.

o If their father is a righteous man and exercises Godly judgment balanced with love and encouragement, then their image and understanding of God will most likely be good. (Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:21)

o If he is unfair in his judgments, or an agnostic or indifferent to God, then they will have a hard time (even as an adult) seeing God’s true nature and character.

Josh 24:15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." (NIV)

GOD’S POSITIONING SYSTEM

Family consists of a group of people bound together by love, a sense of loyalty, and a sincere desire to see each other reach their fullest possible potential and purpose in God.

God wants the best for you, and He wants the best for your family. That’s why He gives us a GPS.

The choice is yours. Work against God or work with God. Be ordinary or be extraordinary.

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If you are new to Believers please join us Friday night for dinner! Pastor Scott will share the vision of Believers Church, how it was started and how your family can get involved! Please call the church office at 681.1440 to RSVP!

You are invited to a family picnic on the farm!

There will be fishing, swimming in the cement pond, family games, music, and a free hamburger and hotdog meal!

It’s not required but you can bring a dessert to feed a family and it is a great idea to bring your lawn chair.

BUT WE NEED TO KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU ARE BRINGING ASAP!

Call the church office at 912-681-1440 or e-mail us at believersstatesboro@yahoo.com.

You can also sign up Wednesday Night at church.

Directions to Thompson Farm:

Turn onto North Main / Lakeview Road from US 80. Drive about 10 miles to the intersection of

Lakeview and Old River Road, turning left onto Old River Road North. Drive about 4 miles – look for signs. Thompson’s property has a wooden post archway and an antique fire truck in the field near the roadway.

Picnic

You are invited to a family picnic on the farm!

There will be fishing, swimming in the cement pond, family games, music, and a free hamburger and hotdog meal!

It’s not required but you can bring a dessert to feed a family and it is a great idea to bring your lawn chair.

BUT WE NEED TO KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU ARE BRINGING ASAP!

Call the church office at 912-682-3190 or e-mail us at believersstatesboro@yahoo.com.

You can also sign up Wednesday Night at church.

Directions to Thompson Farm:

Turn onto North Main / Lakeview Road from US 80. Drive about 10 miles to the intersection of

Lakeview and Old River Road, turning left onto Old River Road North. Drive about 4 miles – look for signs. Thompson’s property has a wooden post archway and an antique fire truck in the field near the roadway.

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No Ordinary Family – Being a Christian at Home Believers Statesboro 07-17-11

Adapted from “Being a Christian At Home” By Melody Green

The old saying holds, “No one knows what goes on behind closed doors.” A lot of people and families appear one way in public, but at home, it’s another story. As believers, I would expect that what goes on behind closed doors in your home is very much like what we see in public settings as well. Even though we are growing in the Lord, many of us still struggle with being a Christian at home. The hardest testing ground for our Christianity is right in our own homes – with parents, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, and children. If we can’t prove our Christianity at home, we can’t prove it anywhere!

Remember, our whole basis for having “No Ordinary Family” is that we are going to live by God’s principles.

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

Smile… You’re On Candid Camera

Husbands

1. Are you kind, courteous, and patient or do you growl and snap at the slightest provocation?

2. Do people at church see you as a real "spiritual giant" while at home your family is starving for Godly guidance, encouragement, and example?

3. Do you exasperate your children, causing them to lose heart, instead of bringing them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord?

4. Do you share God’s Word with others but neglect to live it at home, ignoring family worship and Bible study?

Wives

1. Do you whine, nag, and manipulate to get your own way?

2. Are you totally honest about everything, or do you keep things from your husband, telling him "little white" lies?

3. Do you consider it more spiritual to serve on church ministries than to serve your family; cooking, cleaning, washing, and caring – making a real home for them?

4. Do you (even in "small" ways) show a lack of respect for your husband’s authority to your children – teaching them rebellion and deceitfulness?

Teens

1. Do you cheerfully obey your parents in doing all they ask of you?

2. Do you mock your parents behind their back?

3. Do you resent spending time with your younger brothers and sisters – helping mom with them, playing with them, teaching them?

4. Do you raise your hands at your youth group to praise God before men – but grumble and consider it a "supreme sacrifice" whenever you’re asked to lift your hands to help around the house and insist on being paid for it?

Hurting the Ones You Love or Love Less

“You always hurt the ones you love” are the words to an old song. But, those words should be changed to, “You always hurt the ones you love less than you love yourself!”

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others." Phil. 2:3-4

Some Excuses

Everyone has a tendency to rationalize their ungodly actions at home, but we would never have the nerve to take our frustrations out on our friends the same way we do on our family. The home is a true testing ground and a real place of potential spiritual growth. We are constantly being sandpapered by those around us – the rough edges and snags becoming smoothed and polished.

What Can Be Done?

1) Repent immediately. If you have been falling short of the calling of God in your home, failing to be a constant example of Jesus, ask Jesus to forgive you.

“Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; be zealous therefore, and repent.” Rev. 3:19

2) Ask your family to forgive you. You need to go to each person you have offended and sincerely ask them to forgive you for the hurt you have caused them. Isaiah 66:2 “…These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.”

James 4:6-8 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (NIV)

NEXT STEP: I will repent and ask my family to forgive me.

A Word to Parents

"For I have told him that I am about to judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knew, because his sons brought a curse on themselves and he did not rebuke them." -I Samuel 3:13

· Eli honored his sons above God (I Samuel 2:29) because he allowed them to openly sin – without taking any effective actions to correct them.

· We are commanded in the Bible to diligently discipline our children if we really love them. (Proverbs 13:24) To allow them to sin and walk in rebellion goes directly against everything the Bible teaches.

Some Guidelines

As long as a child is under his parents’ roof, he should be expected to be an active member of the family.

They should also be expected to comply with the “rules of the house” and understand the consequences of not complying with those rules.

Proverbs 29:15, 17

15 A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.

17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.

1. You must be fair and reasonable, always disciplining in love and remembering not to provoke your child to anger (Eph.6:4) – but you must be firm.

2. You have to let them know that their bad attitudes, rudeness, refusals to help, etc., simply cannot and will not be tolerated.

3. Don’t neglect to discipline for fear that your children won’t love you. (Matthew 10:37)

4. Fear the Lord, not your kids.(Deuteronomy 8:5) Every effort to raise your kids in the Lord can be set back by your lack of Godliness and your inability to be a Christian at home!

Teenagers

Teenagers are looking for someone to pull the reins in on them – their souls are crying out for it.

They don’t need you to be their "buddy" when they are in rebellion. They need the parent that God gave them to set up Godly boundaries and to be diligent to see that they stay within them.

Proverbs 22:15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.

The Right Balance

It takes time and patience to discipline properly. This will mean discipline for the parents too!

NEXT STEP: I will seek the Lord for the RIGHT BALANCE as I disciple my children

in Love.

Join us at Believers Church tonight for One Hour on Wednesday!  This is a wonderful time to worship, pray and study God’s Word as we continue in 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13.  Our Middle School Ministry, MERGE will meet @ 7 p.m. in the pavilion and Infants thru 5th grade will meet as well!             

We hope to see you and your family tonight!

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FAMILY VBS this Sunday!

July 8th, 2011

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Join us for a great family time together with games, bible lessons, music, and more!

Everything begins this Sunday at 5:00 p.m. with a family praise and worship time together, water play, and a Hotdog dinner! Wear your swim suits or clothes that can get wet. You may want to bring lounge or beach chairs as well.

There will be some friendly team completion as we go through VBS together and the teams will be collecting change to purchase book bags for the “Back to School Bash” on Saturday, August 16th. So bring in your pennies and coins and we will weigh them each night. The team with the most weight will win addition points in the team completion! The money will be used to buy book bags for kids in our community.

Monday and Tuesday Nights will be from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for more fun and learning.

As families we will jump into Paul’s journey and learn how to put our faith in motion! Then like Paul we will jump into our world and learn to share Jesus with every boy and girl!

JUMP!