clip_image002Would you will agree with me that most of your life you have spent trying to be normal. It wasn’t like we set out to be normal or listed normal as one of the goals we had for our lives. But, if you look at the way we lived, we were really striving to try to fit in, to try to be like other people.

If you would have called me weird, that would have been one of the biggest insults to me because I didn’t want to be weird at all. So, I did what normal people did, lived how normal people live, and I ended up where normal people end up, which was in the middle of a life that was really hurting.

Join us this Sunday at Believers at 9 or 11 and let’s learn how to be “WEIRD IN A “GOD” WAY”!

Matthew 7:13-14

13 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (NIV)

  • IF YOU WANT WHAT NORMAL PEOPLE HAVE, DO WHAT NORMAL PEOPLE DO.

  • IF YOU WANT WHAT FEW PEOPLE HAVE, DO WHAT FEW PEOPLE DO.

WEiRD – Because Normal Isn’t Working

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Come get your mid-week boost of worship and prayer tonight at Believers Church!

Pastor Dan will continue our verse by verse study in 2 Corinthians. Youth will meet in the “GARAGE”!

Come and be blessed!

2 Corinthians Yellow

Fully

Don’t you hate it when you feel like you are just spinning your wheels? Nobody wants their efforts and work to be in vain.

Paul gives us a great assurance in 1 Corinthians 15:58 when he tells us to stand firm and let nothing move us, always giving ourselves fully to the work of the Lord. Why? Because we know that our labor in the Lord is not in vain. What an incentive for unceasing labor to the glory of God!

How do we give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord?

Join us this Sunday, 09-25-11, at the 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. service at Believers Church, and we will get an answer to that question.

Also, Alec Forman will be joining us as a guest Worship Leader. Come meet him and enjoy as we worship Christ Jesus together!

See you Sunday!

2 Corinthians Yellow

Holy Culture & Merge (Youth) will meet in the “GARAGE” at 7 p.m!

Vision Dinner & New Members Class

September 20th, 2011

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Have you been visiting Believers Church and want to know more? If so, you are invited Friday night to our Vision Dinner. This is a great time to hear Pastor Scott tell about how the church was started, what our Vision is and how your family can get involved to further God’s Kingdom! This is a great time of food & fellowship! We hope that you will be able to join us. If so, give us a call at the church office, 912.681.1440.

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If you are ready to find out what it means to be a member of Believers Church then our New Members Class is the next step for you! This is a one time requirement for membership and it will be Saturday morning from 9a.m.-1p.m. RSVP by calling the church office at 912.681.1440.

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First Believers Statesboro 9-18-11  

Adapted from “The Blessed Life” by Robert Morris. Pastor Scott highly recommends this book!

The Firstborn

Consecrate to Me all the firstborn, whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and beast; it is Mine (Exod. 13:2). (16 times God declares that the first-born belongs to Him.)

(Also see Exodus 13:12-13) According to Scriptures, the firstborn had to either be a) sacrificed to the Lord or b) redeemed. There was no option c).

The Redeeming Lamb of God

John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (NIV)

Jesus Christ was God’s firstborn Son, and He was born a clean, pure, and spotless lamb.

He was literally a firstfruits offering for your sins to redeem you!

Next Step: I will receive the redemption provided for me by Christ Jesus on the cross.

The First Born in Egypt

Exodus 12:7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. (NIV)

The Firstfruits

Exodus 23:19 "The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the LORD your God. You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk. (NKJ)

The First of the Firstfruits Go to the House of the Lord

“The house of the LORD” is the proper place to give firstfruits.

Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine. (NKJ) How do you “Honor the Lord”? You give to the Lord’s house first. First things first.

The First City Jericho

Josh 6:17-19 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the LORD. … But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the LORD and must go into his treasury." (NIV)

A man named Achan took some for himself and became “accursed” and the anger of the Lord burned against Israel. (Joshua 7)

Consecrated or Cursed

The tithe is consecrated to the Lord and for the Lord’s house. But if we take it for ourselves, it becomes a curse because it’s stolen.

Mal 3:8-9 "Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. "But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ "In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse– the whole nation of you– because you are robbing me.

Mal 3:6 "I the LORD do not change… (NIV)

Jesus the Firstfruit

In a very real sense, Jesus was God’s tithe. God gave His tithe (Jesus) in faith before we ever believed. Notice that God gave Him to us before we believed.

Romans 5:8 God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. / God gave Jesus in faith “that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Rom. 8:29).

God’s Respect

Genesis 4:3-4 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

God is looking at our hearts when we give. And when we give of the first of our firstfruits or our tithe, God receives and respects that offering. The tithe is your firstfruit. The tithe must be first!

And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’s. It is holy to the LORD (Lev. 27:30).

Romans 11:16 For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

The first portion is the portion that redeems the rest. The first portion carries the blessing.

When we give our 10%, our tithe, our firstfruits, the consecrated portion to the house of the Lord, the other unclean 90% is redeemed.

Put God First in Faith

Abraham He didn’t wait to see if he had 10 sons before he gave his first one.

The Firstborn Lamb The firstborn lamb was given it in faith, with only the promise and hope that the ewe would produce more.

The City of Jericho When God asked for all of the spoils from the city, Joshua had to give it in faith, with only a promise and hope that he would receive the spoils from other cites to come.

Your Tithe When God tells you that the first 10% of you income is Holy and His, you have to give it in faith, with only a promise and hope that more is to come.

Would you rather try to make it through life with 100 percent of your income—but all of it cursed?

Or would you rather try to make it through life with 90 percent of your income and all of it blessed, redeemed and protected by God?

Next Step: Today in Faith I will begin giving the firstfruits of my income to the house of the Lord.

First Believers Statesboro 9-18-11

September 15th, 2011

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Has your life ever seemed crazy and out of control?

Maybe in an attempt to restore order and sanity you said, “First Thing First”! We often say this when we are busy or rushed. I want to do this and I would like to do that, but first things first. This little saying actually contains a lot of truth. I want to live by the principle “first”, don’t you?

What matters most to us always comes first. What we consider important and put first in our lives speaks volumes about who we are and who we respect, worship, and serve.

There is also a principle in the Word of God about the “first things”. Join us this Sunday, 9-18-11, at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m., as we unpack this surprising principal in God’s word that few Christians understand. I think it will be an exciting revelation to us all!

One Hour on Wednesday 7 p.m.

September 14th, 2011

2 Corinthians Yellow

 

Come to Believers Church tonight at 7:00 p.m. and join us on our journey through 2 Corinthians!

Pastor Scott is leading us verse by verse through what is probably the least read and least understood book of the Bible.

Youth will meet in the pavilion for Holy Culture & Merge! See you all tonight for One Hour on Wednesday!

A Wonderful Baptism Celebration

September 12th, 2011

It’s hard to express the immense joy of seeing 21 people baptized this past Sunday at Believers! It makes everything worthwhile!

Acts 22:15-16 “And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.”

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Eighteen people will be baptized this Sunday at Believers Church. In baptism they will be declaring that they are free and forgiven! They will be declaring their newness in Christ and we will be celebrating with them on this great and exciting day!

Would you like to join them? It’s not too late.

Keep reading to discover why we are baptized and prayerful consider being baptized yourself.

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Jesus’ ministry was launched by just adding water.

Jesus set an example for us and was baptized in water in order to “fulfill righteousness.” Matt 3:13-17

Jesus tells us to just add water to all nations.

As Jesus commissioned His followers, He established Baptism as an eternal ordinance of His church. (Matt 28:19) We are not fulfilling our commission if we are not baptizing.

Belief and Adding Water Go Together

Jesus commands us to just add water.

Baptism is not an option for us; rather it is a commandment that God requires out of every believer. Believing and Baptism seem to naturally flow together. "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” Mark 16:16

Believers In the Bible Added Water By Being Baptized

  • The 3000 Acts 2:38-41
  • The Ethiopian Eunuch Acts 8:26-40
  • Salvation for the Gentiles Acts 10:44-48
  • Lydia Acts 16:14-15
  • The jailer Acts 16:33
  • Corinthians Acts 18:8
  • Ephesus Acts 19:1-6
  • Ananias Acts 22:15-16

“Most Westerners take Baptism for granted, but for many in the world, the act requires immense courage. In countries like Nepal, it once meant imprisonment. For Soviet or Chinese or Eastern bloc believers, it was like signing their own death warrant.” Chuck Colson [1]

Add Water as a Public Declaration

Adding water is a public identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of

Christ Jesus.

Romans 6:1-11 Dead to sin, alive in Christ! 2 Corinthians 5:17; Gal 2:20

Adding water declares that you are forgiven of all your sins.

You are forgiven, therefore, your accuser or accusers are disarmed! Col 2:11-14./.1 Cor.2:8

Adding water is a public declaration of your belonging.

For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body— whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free– and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many …” 1 Corinthians 12:12-14

Acts 8:26-40 “Here is water, what is hindering me from being baptized?” What is hindering YOU from being baptized?

Acts 22:15-16 “And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.”

NEXT STEP: I will obey Jesus’ commandment and be baptized today.


[1] "The Body: Being Light In Darkness" by Charles Colson and Ellen Santilli Vaughn, 1992, Word Publishing, page 137