Why did Jesus have to shed His blood for you?

Can we be free for the curse of not being able to keep the OT law?

How can we appropriate and accept the free gift of salvation?

All these questions and more will be answered at “Firm Foundations” tonight at Believers, 7 p.m.

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The Good AD Inhouse

Palm Sunday, 04-01-12 Believers Statesboro

One day that seemed bad at the time changed the course of human history; it turned out to be a good day for you and me. Jesus’ betrayal, crucifixion, burial and resurrection brought new life, new hope and new purpose to anyone who seeks it.

Today you will discover Christ’s purpose, passion and power—and find out how they can impact your life today.

Join us as we observe Palm Sunday with our Easter Musical production, “The Good Day”.

Performances at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

To everyone who has recently received Jesus as Savior or rededicated their live to Christ Jesus.

I want to invite you to join me, Pastor Scott, this Thursday Night, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., here at Believers for “Firm Foundations”.  This is a seven week class that I developed with you in mind.  I cannot stress to you the importance of building a firm foundation on God’s Word so that you can grow strong in Christ.  This is a crucial time in your life that will determine the rest of your Christian experience and maturity in Christ.  Therefore I am willing to give up my time to personally train and develop you.  I want you to have a Firm Foundation.  Don’t you?  If so join me Thursday!  Your life in Christ and you knowledge of God’s Word will never be the same!

If you can, e-mail or call to let me know you are coming.  I have a 67 page book that I want to print out for you!

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1 2 3 John

One Hour on Wednesday is back this Wednesday night @ 7 p.m.!

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The chURch is a table where people come to be fed.

John 6:35 “… I am the bread of life.”

The church is serving the ultimate bread, the “Bread of Life”. The ultimate Bread, the ultimate food, I think, demands the ultimate presentation. And the challenge that we have as local churches in this culture, and also around the world, is to feed people.

The dinner table in our home was a place to feed and build ourselves up, it was also used as a place to entertain and serve our guests. Therefore, as a church we need to constantly be doing two things:

We need to build believers and serve seekers.

The Three Chairs

A healthy church should be made up of thirds.

One Third Mature / One Third New Christians / One Third Hell Bound

THE INVITATION / THE PREPARATION / THE PRESENTATION

THE PRESENTATION

At Believers Church, we have the opportunity week in and week out to serve the Bread of Life, and the ultimate food deserves the ultimate presentation.

Talk to the Chairs

Serve a Balanced Diet

Diet and exercise!

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

We feed believers, get them to push away from the table, and then exercise as they do what? Serve seekers! And then the seekers come to the table, they get fed. It’s a beautiful process.

NEXT STEP: I will eat the Bread of Life, push back from the table and serve the seekers.

Creative Communication

THE PREPARATION

I am amazed at the time, energy, and countless hours that Janet will put into the preparation of a meal that the guests will devour in fifteen minutes!

So, here at the church we work very hard to prepare the food for Sunday, for the big meal and so should you, as Christ’s followers.

· Pray about Sundays, because lives are hanging in the balance, and as the Holy Spirit works, as the Word is presented, great things occur.

· Consider how you can get involved in the preparation process. Volunteer during the week or prepare at home to make things happen on Sunday.

· Consider how you can volunteer on Sunday to build the believers and serve the seekers.

· Hand out samples of the Bread during the week and invite people to dine with us on Sundays.

NEXT STEP: I will volunteer to do my part to make Sunday the ultimate presentation for the Bread of Life.

Jesus said in John 21:17 “Feed my sheep.”

The Preparation Takes Work

Matthew 9:37 “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.”

THE INVITATION

This invitation is very important because people must be invited to come and dine

Jesus said, “My food…is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work.” John 4:34

Jesus came to seek and save the lost and we are doing His work. As we pass out samples of the Bread of Life, we invite people to come and eat. This invitation process helps us get more involved in the whole process, realizing that UR the ch _ _ ch.

We will also think about the chairs. We don’t want to see any chairs empty and we will think about who will be sitting in those chairs?

Entertaining takes work, doesn’t it? That’s why a lot of people don’t do it. But as Jesus said, this WORK, this invitation, this preparation, the presentation actually is food for our souls.

A lot of people at Believers Church get it.

· They are serving as a part of the presentation of the meal.

· They are working hard in the preparation of the meal.

· They are working hard inviting and bringing their friends and family to Believers Church.

They understand the essence of the church—which is to build believers and serve seekers. They get it.

Others have been around Believers Church for a long, long time, but hardly ever bring someone to church with them. I have to wonder if they are handing out the Bread of Life? The real meal?

Are you doing it, because as a believer, that’s your food? That’s your food. (John 4:34)

Who’s in your life right now that’s hungry? What are their names?

Pray for those people, and pray to God, that He would give you the opportunity to share, to give those samples out to people who are so very hungry.

NEXT STEP: I will give samples of the Bread of Life to the lost and invite at least three people to attend one of our Easter experiences.

Community Group and Family Devotional Questions

1. If the church is the Table where people are fed, what part are you playing in this process?

2. Are you really handing out samples of the bread of life to people that God has placed in your life?

3. Who’s in your life right now that’s hungry? What are their names?

4. What do you plan to do about it?

5. Pray for those people, and pray to God, that He would give you the opportunity to share, to give those samples out to people who are so very hungry.

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March 21st, 2012

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03-18-12 Richard Burke

2 Corinthians 5:17-20 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

I am the US.

He has already given you the ministry of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. (NIV)

“Christ Ambassadors” the Greek words are “Christoi Apostoli”.

The first letter of Christoi is the Greek letter X (“Chi”)

The first letter of Apostoli is the letter A (“Alpha”).

Why does God call us to evangelize?

2 Typical Answers:

1. Because God said to…

2. Because God needs me to…

1 Corinthians 9:19-23 19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. (NIV)

Paul seems genuinely excited to do all he can to share Christ with people. Why?

So that he may share in the blessings of God!

1 Thessalonians 1:6-8 6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. (NIV)

God wants you to be an imitator and a model of Jesus.

NEXT STEP: I WILL SEEK OUT THE AREAS IN MY LIFE WHERE I NEED TO BE A BETTER IMITATOR AND MODEL OF JESUS.

As a witness, the only thing you have to stand on is your credibility.

Acts 1:8 “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and the rest of the world. (NIV)

We share our faith because it makes us more like Jesus.

NEXT STEP: I WILL BEGIN TO SHARE MY FAITH WITH OTHERS BECAUSE I WANT TO KNOW GOD BETTER.

Community Group and Family Devotional Questions

1. Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-20. What words in these verses stand out to you? Why?

2. What is the “ministry of reconciliation” that you have been given? Is it something that you “feel” or something that you “do”?

3. What does it mean to have the responsibility of being an imitator and model of Jesus? How do we become more like Jesus?

4. Are there areas of your life that you feel like God is challenging you to change to become more like Jesus?

5. Who are some people in your life that you are around often, that need to know Jesus? How is it hard to imitate Jesus when you are around them?

6. Share any stories of people you have led to Jesus with your community group. Did your words line up with your actions towards this person?

No Mid-Week Service

March 21st, 2012

 

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We are On Spring Break!

But there is a very important choir practice tonight from 7:00 – 8:30 for those of you who are singing in

“THE GOOD DAY” production on Palm Sunday and Good Friday!

Don’t miss it!

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One Hour On Wednesday resumes on

3-28-12 with a new and exciting study of the books of 1, 2, and 3 John!

From 7 – 8 p.m., each Wednesday is a time to worship, refocus on Jesus, pray for one another, and study the Word of God. DO YOU NEED THAT?

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the 9:00 a.m. Service at Believers Church

10. All the cool kids are doing it.

9. Pastor Mike opens service with National Anthem.

8. No line in the rest rooms.

7. Pastor Dan still has bed hair.

6. Plenty of room to stretch out on the seat.

5. No traffic on Fair Road.

4. Avoid the lunch crowd.

3. Worship with Brandi Praising Jesus Odom!

2. Allows afternoon family time.

1. It will cause Believers Church to grow.

Pray for Pastor Dan as he is about to go into back surgery this Tuesday morning around 11:40 a.m.

As he lay on the table being prepared for surgery the Doctor told him that his back has gotten increasingly worse and that he may lose feeling in his foot temporarily and or permanently.

He was also told that he could have severe headaches for several days.

So let’s agree in Jesus’ Name for a perfect surgery with no complications and no headaches, and full feelings in Dan’s feet.

We agree for 100% healing in Jesus’ Name! UR ch _ _ ch, do you agree with me?

clip_image002We are sad to announce that Laura Smiley’s Mother Phyllis Wilkes passed away on Thursday after a four year battle with cancer.  Please feel free to join us for a Memorial Service tomorrow at 11:00 a.m., her at Believers Church.

Mrs. Phyllis Lynn Perry Wilkes, age 58, died Thursday at Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Center in Statesboro, Ga. surrounded by her family.

She was a native of Union, SC but lived in Aiken before moving to Statesboro to be with family. She worked for many years at Searle Pharmaceuticals in Augusta and then retired from UPS. Phyllis was a Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt and Friend to many. All who knew her have no doubt how much she loved and held them dear.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Monday, March 19, 2012, at 11 am at Believers Church in Statesboro, Ga. with Pastor Scott Moore officiating with Phillip Perry (her brother).

Employees of UPS will service as Honorary Pallbearers.

Preceded in death by her Father Louis Perry. Survivors include one daughter, Laura (Duncan) Smiley of Statesboro, Ga.; one son, Glynn Wilkes of Pensacola, FL.; her mother, Helen Perry of Statesboro Ga.; one sister, Elizabeth Poole of Augusta, Ga.; two brothers, Eddie Perry of Rome, Ga. and Phillip (Sharon) Perry of Dacula, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Marlin Wilkes, Alexandria Wilkes, Zachary Wilkes, Taylor Smiley, Cooper Smiley, Asher Smiley and Adelle Smiley; one great grandchild Adrienne Smiley .Numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donehoo Street Statesboro, Ga. 30458.

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Sunday, March 18th is a time for Water Baptism at Believers Church.  Call the church office at 681.1440 to sign up, it’s not too late!

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.