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Don’t miss out on the fun tonight at Believers Church! Come to Kid stuff for some great worship and fun with you children & invite your friends!

We are introducing our May virtue, RESPONSIBILITY! PARENTS don’t miss this opportunity to praise, worship and learn with your children!

Bring along your favorite finger food for our After Party in the pavilion.

 

 

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On a scale of one to ten, how much doubt, guilt, grudges, regret, and fear do you have in your life? Your score will determine if you are “Livin’ Forgiven”. Join us this Sunday and we will rank ourselves and figure out our score.

FORGIVENESS “Livin’ Forgiven”, Believers Statesboro, 04-29-12, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.

We began this series looking at God’s forgiveness of the woman caught in the act of adultery. Jesus offered her unconditional forgiveness with no condemnation. All she had to do was receive Jesus’ forgiveness and forgive herself. That power act of forgiveness would empower her to forgive others as well!

We are not told what happened to the woman after she left Jesus that day, but the question is…

Would she be able to live forgiven?

Well, that’s the same question you and I have to ask ourselves. Am I living forgiven? Have I received God’s forgiveness in my life and if I have received God’s forgiveness in my life, has it transformed my life radically, like only God’s forgiveness can do? Or am I still living the same life I was living before?

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Forgiveness “How Can I Forgive Others?”

April 22, 2012 Believers Statesboro

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Lk 11:4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us… (NIV)

(The Lord’s Prayer)

Forgiving others is not:

Justifying their actions.

• Trusting the passage of time.

Denying that you’re hurt.

• Confronting them personally.

The Biblical Process for Forgiving Others

1. REMEMBER how much I’ve been forgiven.

Isa 1:18 "Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like

scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they

shall be like wool. (NIV)

2. RELEASE the person entirely.

Matt 18:32-35

32 "Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.

33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’

34 In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35 "This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart." (NIV)

Rom 12:17, 19

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes

of everybody.

19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. (NIV)

3. RECOGNIZE God’s purpose in the process.

Rom 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love

him, who have been called according to his purpose. (NIV)

Gen 50:19-20

19 But Joseph said to them, "Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God?

20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. (NIV)

4. RE-ESTABLISH the relationship. (as much as possible)

Rom 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with

everyone. (NIV)

Rom 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (NIV)

5. REPEAT the process.

Matt 18:21-22

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?"

22 Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

Matt 6:14-15

14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your

sins. (NIV)

My next step today is to:

□ Memorize Eph 4:32.

□ Please pray for me this week as I seek to forgive.

□ I will celebrate Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness at Believers Church 11 year anniversary picnic on May 6,, 2012.

□ I will attend Life Group Orientation on May 7th at 6:30 p.m.

Memory Verse

Eph 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (NIV)

Lord, today, I forgive ______________________ for _________________________________.

Show me any action I need to take to re-establish the relationship. Help me to forgive others as much as you have forgiven me. Amen.

Community Group and Family Devotional Questions

1. Misunderstanding Forgiveness has caused many people not to forgive. We learned “What Forgiveness Was Not.” What has hindered you from forgiving others in the past?

  1. What happens when you don’t release someone who has hurt you? What happens when you do?

3. Step three in the forgiveness process is to RECOGNIZE God’s purpose in the process. How has God turned your past hurts into something good and productive?

4. After forgiveness, the forgiveness process, what relationship have you been able to

re-establish? What are some examples of relationships that should not be

re-established?

5. How excited are you about step 5 REPEAT the process?

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If you haven’t heard by now, we are sad to announce that one of our faithful members of Believers Church of Statesboro, Linda Hicks, went home to be with Jesus last Thursday.

We are saddened in that we will miss her tremendously, yet we rejoice with hope, that we will see her again in heaven.

We will be having a special Memorial Service for Linda this Wednesday Night, 04-25-12, at 7:00 p.m.

Linda loved being with her church family at One Hour On Wednesday. So it seems fitting to remember her on Wednesday Night. We will still have all of our youth and children’s activities as usual, but the adults will gather together to worship, remember, and celebrate Linda’s life. Please join us and remember Linda’s family in your prayers.

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What will we do with the brick walls this week? 

Join us this Sunday, 4-22-12 at 9 or 11 and find out!

Last Sunday we looked at “How Can I Forgive Myself”, this week we will answer the question “How Can I Forgive Others?”

Do you remember the part of “The Lord’s Prayer” (Matt 6 and Luke 11) that says,

“Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us…” Luke 11:4 (NIV)

On Easter we talked about finding God’s forgiveness, last week we learned how to forgive ourselves, but this Sunday, we are talking about one of the most difficult issues of forgiveness and that is—how do you forgive others?  The Bible says—just as God has forgiven us, then we also must forgive others.  The Lord’s prayer is saying, “Forgive us Lord, because I will forgive others!”

This is so tough and hard to do, but Sunday we will learn what forgiving others is not, and we will learn a Biblical process for forgiving others!

Vision Dinner 4-20-12

April 19th, 2012

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If you are new to the church please join us Friday night for Vision Dinner. You will hear how Believers was started and get to know new people!

Call the church office if you are able to attend! 681-1440

Child 31 Rescued!

April 18th, 2012

Lale almost didn’t make it in time, but our 31st Baby has been rescued! Check out this article about The Omo Children that we support and our friend Lale Labuko!
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/ethiopia/9189136/Saving-the-condemned-children-of-Ethiopia.html

Rescued!

 

1 2 3 John

See you tonight for One Hour on Wednesday! Bring your Bibles and join us as we continue in 1 John!

Youth will meet in the “Garage” for an hour of fun with Merge and Holy Culture and Believing Kids will be learning in Promiseland! Look forward to seeing you all here tonight at 7 p.m.!

 

 

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Forgiveness “How Can I Forgive Myself?”   Sermon Notes from Sunday

April 15, 2012 Believers Statesboro

Scott Moore

“None of their past sins will be brought up again…” – Ezekiel 33:16a (NLT)

Example of Peter:

Matthew 26:75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: "Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly. (NIV)

Forgiving Myself Requires

1. COMING to God for Forgiveness.

Mark 16:6-7

6 "Don’t be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.

7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” (NIV)

Five Ways God Forgives:

1. God forgives specifically.

2. God forgives instantly.

3. God forgives completely.

4. God forgives repeatedly.

5. God forgives freely.

Colossians 2:13-14

13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,

14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. (NIV)

2. CHANGING my pattern.

Acts 4:13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.(NIV)

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

19 This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

20 and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (NIV)

Memory Verse

Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. (NIV)

3. CREATING a new future for myself.

Matthew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (NIV)

· God has a purpose for my past.

2 Cor 12:9 But he (God) said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (NIV)

Rom 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, (NIV)

Lord, thank you for forgiving me. I realize that I’ve been carrying around the baggage of past sins that you have already forgiven. I want to trust you with my past as well as with my future. Today, I forgive myself for __________________________________________________________.

Signature: _______________________________________________

My next step today is to:

□ Memorize Philippians 2:13.

□ Today, I am coming to God and seeking his forgiveness for ____________________.

□ I want to signify my new life in Christ by being baptized on May 27, 2012.

Community Group and Family Devotional Questions

1. If God forgives specifically, instantly, completely, repeatedly, and freely… why do you think so many people live in guilt and condemnation?

  1. Quote our memory verse – Philippians 2:13. In your own words explain what the verse means to you.

3. Your past experiences can be a key to unlocking your God ordained future. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV) “All things” includes all things – the good, the not so good, the things you wish had never happened, even the things you haven’t thought about for years. What past experiences, good or bad, have shaped you into who you are today?

4. How can God use your past experience to help you discover your purpose and create a new future for you? “For God is working in \

How Can I Forgive Myself?

April 12th, 2012

04-15-12 Forgiveness How Can I Forgive Myself JPEG FORGIVENESS “How Can I Forgive Myself?” Believers Statesboro

Now that Jesus has forgiven you… have you forgiven yourself?

Last week, here at Believers, we learned that forgiveness is a gracious act of God that brings beauty from ashes. We talked about the woman caught in adultery, guilty, but Jesus forgave her. Not only does Jesus forgive us but the Word states that our sins are forgotten.

That’s how God forgives. But the problem we are talking about Sunday isn’t forgiveness from God; the problem we are talking about Sunday is how we have a hard time forgiving ourselves.

How we tend to carry baggage from our past around and never forgive ourselves.

You see, forgiveness is real when it comes from God, but it doesn’t become real in my life until I learn how to forgive myself.

Join us this Sunday, 4-15-12, at Believers Church at 9 or 11 a.m. Both services are identical with ministry available to your children at both services. When you leave Sunday you will have a new name. Your new name will be “Forgiven”.

1 2 3 John

Bring your family to One Hour on Wednesday TONIGHT for a great mid-week Bible study on 1 John!

We are just getting started so come at 7 pm for great music and study.

YOUTH will meet in the “Garage” and Believing Kids and younger in “Promiseland”. See you tonight!

 

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Finding forgiveness-Sermon Notes-4/8/2012

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Easter Sunday April 8, 2012 Believers Statesboro

“Just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” – Romans 6:4 (NLT)

A Very Short Story of Forgiveness

John 8:1-7

1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts; where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.

5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?"

6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.

7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them,

"If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." (NIV)

Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (NIV)

1 Cor 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man… (NIV)

John 8:8-11

8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" 11 "No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you,"

Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin." (NIV)

Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners,

Christ died for us. (NIV)

TO FIND FORGIVENESS

· RECOGNIZE I need God.

John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (NIV)

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son.” (NIV)

· REPENT Leave your life of sin.

John 8:11 …Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin." (NIV)

SIN WILL HINDER YOUR REALTIONSHIP WITH GOD!

Mark 15:37-38

37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. (NIV)

· RECEIVE God’s forgiveness through Christ.

John 3:16

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

Isaiah 61:3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. (NIV)

Memory Verse

Romans 4:25 He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God. (NLT)

My next step today is to:

□ Memorize Romans 4:25.

□ Send me information about baptism on May 27th.

□ I will attend, as much as possible, the next 3 weeks of the “Forgiveness” series.

□ Today, for the first time, I want to receive God’s forgiveness through Christ.

Circle One: A B C D

Community Group and Family Devotional Questions

  1. Pastor Scott said, “The reason that it is so hard to forgive others, and ourselves, is because we haven’t properly received forgiveness. Do you agree/disagree. Explain.
  1. To recognize God’s forgiveness means that you must admit that you have done things your way and sinned against God. Why do you think that is so hard for some people to admit?
  1. What effect do you think sin has on our relationship with God and why?
  1. According to John 3:16 what is God’s part and our part to obtain salvation?