Negative PIC Believers Statesboro 06-03-12

Nobody likes to be around a negative person, but all of us struggle with being a “Debbie Downer” from time to time. Negativity has an adverse effect on the one being negative and definitely has an adverse effect on relationships.

Negative people will express their negativity with their negative words. Why?

Luke 6:45 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

In other words what’s inside of you, what you think about, that’s what you are going to talk about.

Negative words set a course for a negative life.

JOIN US this Sunday, 06-03-12, at Believers Church, at 9 or 11, as we learn to change our mindset and set a course for life!

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Four Things I Dislike About You Disloyalty

Believers Statesboro 5-27-12

Problems arise in relationships when relationships have no priority. It is a mistake to treat all relationships the same.

GOD’S POSITIONING SYSTEM / GodMarriageChildren

God

Adam had a responsibility to God and then his wife, but chose loyalty to his wife over his loyalty to God.

1 Tim 2:13-14 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. (NIV)

Gen 3:6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the

eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to

her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. (NIV)

You must always honor the higher priority relationship in order to save the lower priority relationship.

NEXT STEP: I pledge my loyalty to God above all other relationships.

Marriage

The best thing that parents can do for their children is to love and show loyalty to each other.

Children

Eph 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 "Honor your father and mother"– which is the first commandment with a promise– 3 "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." (NIV)

For this is right! This is right for the parents and this is right for the children. This is right with God, but that honor can’t take priority over your spouse.

Matt 19:5-6 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." (NIV)

Siblings

Kids will pull and divide. Our loyalty must always be to the higher level relationship first!

NEXT STEP: I will show loyalty to my children by being loyal to my spouse as a priority.

Eli’s Disloyalty

1 Sam 2:22-25 Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women who served at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. 23 So he said to them, "Why do you do such things? I hear from all the people about these wicked deeds of yours. (Everyone knew about it!) 24 No, my sons; it is not a good report that I hear spreading among the LORD’s people. 25 If a man sins against another man, God may mediate for him; but if a man sins against the LORD, who will intercede for him?" His sons, however, did not listen to their father’s rebuke, for it was the LORD’s will to put them to death. (NIV)

Eli sinned against the Lord when he valued his relationship with his sons over his relationship with God. Eli expressed his displeasure with his sons but he took no action.

The Lord goes straight to Eli. (1 Sam 2:27-34)

Open Rebuke

Prov 27:5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love. (NIV)

Prov 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. (NKJ)

Honoring God

1 Sam 2:29 Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?’ (NIV)

1 Sam 2:30 "Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that your house and

your father’s house would minister before me forever.’ But now the LORD declares: ‘Far be it

from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.

NEXT STEP: I will honor God, knowing that He will honor me.

Peter’s Disloyalty Matt 26 and John 21

Jesus Demanded Loyalty Matt 10:33 But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. (NIV)

Your loyalty must always go to the higher priority relationship.

Stephen Acts 6:12-7:2 (On Trial) / Acts 7:1-52 (Stephen makes a stand for Jesus)

Acts 7:54-60 When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him.

55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 "Look," he said, "I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." (NIV)

Steven stood up for Jesus, Jesus stood up for Steven.

Community Group and Family Devotional Questions

1. Problems arise in relationships when relationships have no priority. Do you think that it is a mistake to treat all relationships the same? Explain.

2. Concerning God’s GPS for the family… God – Marriage – Children, which have you, had the most difficulty keeping in proper order of priority? What did you do to correct the problem?

3. Do you have a positive example of the truth found in Proverbs 27:5? “Better is open rebuke than hidden love.”

4. Do you really believe that God will honor those that honor him? If so, why?

5. Matt 10:33 But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. (NIV) Even if they don’t come right out and say, “I disown the Father.” In what ways to people disown God in their words, actions, and deeds?

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Problems arise in relationships when relationships have no priority. It is a mistake to treat all relationships the same. Join us at Believers Church this Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. as we discover the importance of Loyalty. Come be a part of the celebration of Baptism as several people take their next step in obedience to Christ as they publically declare their Salvation by being Baptized.

One Hour on Wednesday

May 22nd, 2012

1 2 3 John 

Wednesday night we will continue our Bible study in 1,2,3 John! Join us for a mid-week lift as we Worship, Pray and study together.

Youth meet in the “Garage” and Believing Kids in the main building. See you Wednesday night.

 

Missed Sunday’s sermon? Want to listen again? Go online to http://believersstatesboro.com/home/audio-sermons/ and listen online. Below are the notes from Sunday’s sermon –Four Things I Dislike About You / Week One – Tension Believers Statesboro 05-20-12

How you leave your last relationship is how you will enter the new one.

Insecurity = Tension

You complete me… You deplete me.

Ps 70:5 Yet I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay. (NIV)

Our Security is in Christ Jesus

Prov 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. (NIV)

Ps 9:10 Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. (NIV)

Rom 8:31b … If God is for us, who can be against us? (NIV)

Heb 13:5b-6 … God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." 6 So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"(NIV)

If I find myself feeling insecure, I look to Christ Jesus and stand on His promises.

NEXT STEP: I will make sure that I am secure in the Lord, my helper.

Anger = Tension

Prov 30:33 For as churning the milk produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife.” (NIV)

The question we need to ask ourselves today is, “Am I causing tension in my relationships by my anger or a hot temper?”

Prov 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (NIV)

Prov 20:3 It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. (NIV)

Prov 29:11 A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. (NIV)

Keep Short Accounts

Eph 4:26-27 "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are

still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. (NIV)

The Krispy Kreme Principle

It takes 20 minutes, of intensive aerobic activity just to work off one little incredible Krispy Kreme donut. That’s a 20:1 ratio. In relationships it takes about 20 encouraging, positive, uplifting words just to negate one angry word spoken.

Jas 4:1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? (NIV) One little donut won’t hurt!

NEXT STEP: I will make a commitment to never let the sun go down on my anger.

Sarcastic Digs = Tension

Sarcastic digs or the “cut down” is a deceiving type of criticism. We think we are being funny. And all along, those little digs, those little jabs, those little chips are hurting people.

Eph 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place…

Eph 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others… (NIV)

Start encouraging people. We should start building people up, instead of chipping away

at them.

NEXT STEP: I will consider the source of my sarcasm and put an end to it.

Insecurity = Tension / Anger = Tension / Sarcastic Digs = Tension

Use tension as a flashing warning light that is shouting, “Something is wrong, something is wrong.” When we sense the tension we can take an honest look at ourselves and see if we might be the one causing some of the tension. Then resolve any tension or strife between yourselves and others.

A Relational Question

Am I bringing tension to my relationships or am I bringing a blessing.

Prov 11:29a He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind… (NKJ)

Are you bringing the tension into your house and destroying it in the process?

Nothing but wind. Or are you bringing the blessing?

1 Pet 3:8-9 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. (NIV)

Are you causing a tension cycle or a life and blessing cycle to flow in your relationships?

Lose all faith in tension and strife. It will not work. It will not get you to where you want to go.

NEXT STEP: I will memorize 1 Peter 3:9. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.(NIV)

Community Group and Family Devotional Questions

1. How you leave your last relationship is how you will enter the new one. Do you agree or disagree?

2. We all deal with insecurities to some extent. How has your relationship with Christ Jesus helped you overcome your insecurities? What advice would you give to others who are insecure?

3. How have you learned “not to sin” when you feel anger? How do you deal with your anger?

4. Do people use sarcasm to communicate how they really feel or is it all said just in good fun?

5. We looked at three things that cause tension in relationships, what other things have you seen or experienced that caused tension in your relationships?

6. Are you causing a tension cycle or a life and blessing cycle to flow in your relationships?

All human relationships come with the opportunity for tension. That means tension (and conflict) are inevitable. You can try and avoid tension by running from relationships, or you can learn how to deal with tension. We open our new series by looking at some key things to keep in mind in order to see your relationships survive when tension shows up. Join us at 9 am or 11 am to find out to the Biblical way to deal with tension in our Tension in our lives.

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One Hour on Wednesday

May 15th, 2012

Join us Wednesday evening at 7 pm as we continue to study 1,2,3 John.

Holy Culture and Merge will meet in the Garage same time!

1 2 3 John

Want to hear what you missed last Sunday or listen again? Listen online at believersstatesboro.com.

Below are the Sermon Notes to follow along with!

Just the Way You Are Mother’s Day Believers Statesboro 05-13-12

Mothers live under a lot of pressure these days. They are expected to look perfect, be perfect, act perfect, be the encourager, and loving care giver in the home, and sometimes when we have a special day, like Mother’s Day, where we honor our mom and tell them how awesome they are, moms may actually feel a little inadequate, not that we are trying to make our moms feel that way, but they may be thinking, “I really wish I was all of those things that this card says that I am.” Then to make matters worse, many moms will head to church today and hear a message on The Virtuous Woman found in Proverbs 31, who is pretty much the ideal Mother.

Some moms will hear this taught on this Mother’s Day and they may just want to throw their hands up and quit. That’s not me. I can’t do all of that. Every mom is not designed to be a Proverbs 31 woman in every aspect listed in this text, but God has uniquely designed you “Just The Way You Are”, and we love you and God loves you “Just The Way You Are”.

Moms, today we want to encourage you and we want to give you the freedom to be and celebrate who you were created to be! Moms, if you are great and wonderful, if you are not always so great and wonderful, no problem, we extend to you unconditional love. Yes, we all have room for improvement, and yes, this text gives us great things to aspire too, but you don’t need to feel like you have to be the woman in this text. You just need to be who God created you to be. Be who God called you to be.

Because if you do… if you will be who God designed you to be, then you will be…

Prov 31:10-12

10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.

12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. (NIV)

And if you are a faithful steward of the gifts God has given you …

Prov 31:28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: (NIV)

We Are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Ps 139:13-16

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (NIV)

We Are Gifted

1 Cor 7:7 I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. (NIV)

Rom 12:6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us… (NIV)

1 Pet 4:10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. (NIV)

We All Are Created To Do Good Works

Eph 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)

Prov 31:31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city

gate. (NIV)

We Have a Created Purpose

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no revelation (vision), the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law. (NKJV)

Acts 20:24 “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and

complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me– the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” (NIV)

Matt 24:45-46 "Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? "Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. (NKJ)

You Are Beautiful Just The Way You Are

Prov 31:30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to

be praised. (NIV)

1 Pet 3:3-4

3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.

4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. (NIV)

Prov. 31

28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

29 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."

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Call the Church office if you would like to attend, 681.1440!

Also, give us a call if you are planning on attending New Member Class and did not sign up on your Communication Card. New Members Class will be this Sunday @ 5:30 p.m.

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Moms, today we want to encourage you and we want to give you the freedom to be and celebrate who you were created to be! We extend to you unconditional love. Join us Sunday at Believers Church for Mother’s Day as we celebrate each and every Mother, “Just the Way You Are” at  9 and 11 a.m.

1 2 3 John

You are invited to join us Wednesday evening for “One Hour On Wednesday” bible study. We are currently studying 1,2,3 John. We will have a great time of worship, prayer and study so don’t miss Wednesday evenings at Believers!

Have YOUTH? Then drop them off in the “GARAGE” for MERGE & HOLY CULTURE! They will have a great time of fellowship and study.

We have something for the whole family-hope to see you this Wednesday!

Celebration 11 Yrs Missed Sunday’s sermon or want to listen again?

Listen online @ http://believersstatesboro.com/home/audio-sermons/. Below are the notes!

 

Goodness – Eleven Years of Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness

Believers Statesboro 5-6-12

Ps 27:13 I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. (NIV)

Goodness Expressed in Authenticity

Mission Statement

To teach, encourage, and inspire Authentic Christianity

to the people of Statesboro, Bulloch County and Surrounding Areas.

Au then tic \ 1: worthy of acceptance or belief as conforming to fact or reality: TRUSTWORTHY. 2 a: not imaginary, false, or imitation

2 b: conforming to an original so as to reproduce essential features

Characteristics of Authentic Christians:

· Authentic Christians honest look at their spiritual condition and seek forgiveness.

· Authentic Christians are willing to Change.

· Authentic Christians seek to live a Life of Holiness.

· Authentic Christians practice “The Divine Exchange”.

· Authentic Christians are Truly Free.

· Free from the Bondage of Sin.

· Free from the Spirit of Fear.

· Authentic Christians are People of Prayer.

It is Good to Teach Authentic Christianity (2 Tim 3:16-17)

It is Good to Encourage Authentic Christianity (Heb 3:12-13)

It is Good to Inspire Authentic Christianity (1 Cor 11:1)

Goodness Expressed in Love

“I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is.” Forrest Gump

At Believers Church, we know how to love.

We may not be the smartest church, the largest church, the wealthiest church, or the most cutting-edge church. But we know something about love. Because love has been demonstrated to us.

Rom 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (NKJ)

The second part of the Great Commandment says, “Love Your Neighbor as Yourself.” Matt 22:39

LOVING ONE ANOTHER AS JESUS LOVES US

Eph 5:2 “And walk in love, (HOW?) as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” (NKJ)

LOVE STARTS AT HOME

Jn 13:34-35 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

“God is Love” 1 Jn 4:16

LOVE IS THE KEY TO AUTHENTIC MINISTRY!

Matt 9:35-36 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. (NKJ)

CHRIST’S LOVE CONTROLS US, RESTRAINS US, AND COMPELS US.

2 Cor 5:13-15 Why do people serve at Believers Church? Why? Because they are compelled by Love!

Goodness Expressed in Acceptance

Eph 2:19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, (NIV)

Rom 12:5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (NIV)

Rev 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, (NKJ)

Goodness Expressed in Forgiveness

Matt 18:21-35 Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. (NKJ)

Matt. 18:35 "So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses." (NKJ)

I am still confident of this: As we walk in love, acceptance, and forgiveness we will continue to see the goodness of the LORD and this will be the land of the living. (NIV)

2012 Picnic

Ps 27:13 I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. (NIV)

We are celebrating our 11 year anniversary at Believers Church this Sunday with a Picnic Celebration immediately after our 11 am service.  Make plans to attend the 9 am or 11 am service and then stay for great food, games, jumps for the kids and music!