12-23-12 Goodness Appeared

Christmas is a celebration of God’s love, kindness and goodness coming into this world!

Join us at Believers Church this Sunday at 9 or 11 AM as we celebrate the goodness of Jesus Christ!

Christmas Eve Candel Light Service

Christmas Eve we will enjoy a candle light service together. There will be two identical family-friendly services at 5:00 and 6:30 PM. Bring your family and friends and allow Believers to be a part of your Christmas Eve tradition. We will have childcare for children 2 and under.

 

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Already making your New Year’s Resolutions? First, join us Sunday, 12-30 as we discuss goal setting for 2013! Services will be at our normal times, 9 or 11 AM.

Holiday Break

December 18th, 2012

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Thank you all so much for the outpouring of love that you showed on Sunday to our Student Ministry by your generous giving to our Christmas Offering. Together, we collected almost $30,000, with more coming in! What a way to show how much you care about the students of Believers Church! May God reward and bless you abundantly in 2013!

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Listen or watch online at http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/.

Faith’s Christmas The Gift Believers Statesboro 12-16-12

The “Hall of Faith” Hebrews 11:12 By faith Abel, Enoch, Noah, and Abraham, did great things for God!

Vs 13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. (NKJ “These all died in Faith”) They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, and they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth…

Vs 14-31 By faith Isaac, Jacob, Esau, Joseph, Moses, and Moses’ parents took action.

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets,

33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, (Yea!) administered justice, (Yea!) and gained what was promised; (Yes, Lord!) who shut the mouths of lions, (Yea!)

34 quenched the fury of the flames, (Flames?) and escaped the edge of the sword; (Woe, who wants to have to escape a sword?) whose weakness was turned to strength; (Weakness, where’s the faith in that?) and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. (Now that’s more like it!)

35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. (Tortured? Where is the faith in that?)

36 Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison.

37 They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated–

38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. (This doesn’t sound like any of the faith teachings that I have heard.)

39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.

40 God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. (NIV)

They all died in faith. Still believing yet not fully receiving.

Faith doesn’t mean that you always get what you want, how you want it and when you want it.

The faith that the Scriptures teach is so much richer than that. Faith is surrendering to God and walking out His plan for your life with great confidence and assurance. Faith is knowing that God is using you to make a difference in this world and to advance His Kingdom. It is hearing from God concerning your life and then believing and receiving all that He has promised you.

John the Baptist

Matthew 11:1-15 “Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.”

What Jesus is saying to John is, “Don’t let My plans that I have for your life jeopardize your faith.” Because My plans for you may not be the same as My plans for someone else’s life.

“Jesus was saying to him, “John, I’m not coming through for you. I’m not getting you out of prison. I’m not sparing your life. Yes, I have done all this and more for others, but the path I choose for you is different from theirs. You’ll be blessed, John, if this does not cause you to fall away.” Erwin McManus “The Barbarian Way” page 31

John is in prison and is soon to be beheaded. Does this mean that he is weak in faith?

If he had more faith, surely God would deliver him, right? Jesus certainly didn’t view John as one of

little faith…(vs.11) “I tell you the truth: “Among those born of women there has not risen anyone

greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”

Peter and Stephen

In Acts 2, Peter is filled with the Holy Spirit and preaches the name of Christ Jesus.

In Acts 7, Stephen is arrested for preaching in the name of Christ Jesus and taken to court. He uses his time on the witness stand to speak a Holy Spirit-inspired presentation of the Gospel of Christ.

Peter’s audience was convicted of their sins.

Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart. (NKJ)

Stephen’s audience was convicted of their sins.

Acts 7:54 When they heard these things they were cut to the heart.

Peter’s audience responded with repentance and forgiveness from God (Acts 2:37-39).

…and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" (NKJ)

Stephen’s audience responded with hate and they stoned him.

Well, Stephen must not have had as much faith as Peter, right?

Acts 7:55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, (NKJ)

Peter and John

What about John? Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?

You must follow me.” John 21:17-22 (NIV)

You follow me, no matter what. You follow the plan that I have for your life. You walk by faith through what I have in store for you. Therefore, on the faith scale, my faith may be strong or my faith may be weak, yet I strive to live out God’s plan for me and live it according to faith.

One important issue here is whether Faith is a woman of faith no matter what the outcome.

If God heals her son, will she continue to be a woman of faith?

If God take her son home, will she continue to be a woman of faith? (Luke 9:20-25)

NEXT STEP: Answer the question of who do you most relate to in this story?

□ David – The Husband: He believes that there is a God but hasn’t surrendered to Him and has no faith for healing.

□ Faith – The Mother: Who is walking in the gift of faith for her situation.

□ Melissa – The Daughter: Who has child-like faith. If God says it, I believe it.

□ Michael – The Son: Standing in the need of a miracle.

We are all somewhere on the faith scale. (Romans 12:3)

There is a different dynamic of faith working here in Faith’s life. The different dynamic of faith working in Faith’s life is “The Gift of Faith.” This is more than human faith, saving faith (Eph.2:8-9), or general faith (Rom. 12:3). “The Gift of Faith” is one of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit that are available to every believer. “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant:” But earnestly desire the best gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:1,31

The Gift of Faith is a supernatural manifestation of faith. It is unlimited faith, for specific situations, that produces supernatural results. This is when God speaks to you about what He is going to do and you believe God with no doubt. You know that you know that you know that God is going to do what He said He is going to do. You can’t be swayed. Your heart and mind is set. You believe beyond belief. Most Christians never go here, but I would encourage you to ask God what He wants to do in circumstances and situations in your life and then ask Him to give you “The Gift of Faith”.

Examples of the gift of faith are:

· The gift of faith was in operation when Abraham offered his son Isaac on an altar,

Hebrews 11:17-19.

· Daniel uses the gift of faith in the lion’s den, Daniel 6:23.

· Jesus uses this gift of faith when He cursed the fig tree and, even though it showed no signs of being cursed, it died from the roots up, Mark 11:12-24.

· Jesus and Peter walked on water, Matthew 14:25-29.

· Jesus called Lazarus out of the grave, John 11:3-44.

· Peter telling the cripple man to rise up and walk and then taking him by the hand stands him up.

Acts 3:-7

· Paul did not die after being bitten by a poisonous snake, Acts 28:3-5.

It doesn’t matter where you are on your faith walk today, God will meet you where you are. Strong faith, weak faith, doubting Thomas, walking in the gift of faith, or skeptical faith, God just wants you to have faith and come to him on the basis of faith. It’s by faith that you receive all that God has for you.

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Last Sunday we learned three very important statements that will allow us to put our faith in action and receive God’s promises.

We are to “See It! Say It! Do It!” See God’s Promises! Speak God’s Promises! Take Action On God’s Promises!

2 Peter 1:1-4 tells us that we have obtained a “precious faith” and that the Lord has “given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature.”

This Sunday we will explore “The Gift of Faith” by going to the Bible and getting to know some very special people who God considered to have had extraordinary faith. Where is your faith? Is it strong, weak, or somewhere in the middle? Join us this Sunday as we continue to follow Faith’s Christmas story as she and her family discover how real faith works in the real world.

This Sunday our Youth will be serving in a special way during both services, you will find them in their black t-shirts!

 

 

 

12-12-12

clip_image002Dear Believers Church Family,

This is truly the most wonderful time of the Year! I love celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ with you! I rejoice in the fact that God loved us enough to give His Son to bring us eternal life!

We have been talking about showing our love for others as well by giving a special Christmas Offering and this Sunday is the day! We are inviting everyone connected to Believers Church to participate in our annual Christmas Offering.

On December 16, 2012, we will receive a Christmas Offering during both of our weekend services to support our 2013 Student Ministries. We’re providing special Christmas Offering envelopes and encouraging everyone to come prepared to give this Sunday. People, just like you, have already been sacrificially giving to this offering and I believe that we will reach our goal and take up a $15,000 Christmas Offering this Sunday!

If you’re going to be out of town on December 16, or if you’d like to go ahead and donate now, you can do that online at http://believersstatesboro.com/online-giving/give-online/, or https://believers.securegive.com. It’s safe, secure and simple to use, just select the Christmas Offering option. You can also use the Giving Kiosk in the lobby, designate Christmas Offering on any Sunday envelopes, or mail in your donation.

Please pray about participating and jump in with us! Jesus said in Matthew 18:5 "Whoever welcomes a little child like this in My name welcomes Me.” We want to welcome children and students with open arms and partner with parents to train them in the ways of the Lord. As we like to say at Believers, “Loving children is loving Jesus. Serving children is serving Jesus.”

Pastor Scott

We are going to have a great Christmas Part Sunday Night!  Make sure you get your tickets.

The deadline is Wednesday night! (12/12/12)

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Wednesday, December 12th, Chanukah

Join us for our last meeting of One Hour on Wednesday in 2012. Come prepared to receive blessings for your family in 2013!  This is a very special time at Believers Church!

 

Believing Kids come dressed in your PJ’s for a party in the Orange, Blue and Purple rooms!

YOUTH get ready for your Christmas party in the Garage!

Don’t forget to bring your favorite snack and a “white elephant gift! “

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Faith’s Christmas If You Believe Believers Statesboro 12-09-12

Listen or watch online at http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/.

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We are called to be people of faith, to walk by faith, and to live by faith.

2 Peter 1:1-4 tells us that we have obtained a “precious faith” and that the Lord has “given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature.”

Hebrews 6:9 …dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case– things that accompany

salvation. (NIV)

What types of things accompany our salvation? Isaiah 53:4-5

These great and precious promises, things that accompany salvation, just like salvation, are received by faith.

Matthew 21:22, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (NIV)

“If you believe…” Believing and receiving from God can be described in three easy steps.

See It! Say It! Do It!

See God’s Promises! Speak God’s Promises! Take Action On God’s Promises!

See It! See God’s Promises!

2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (NIV)

Where do you see the promises of God?

  • The Word
  • The voice and witness of the Holy Spirit (Hearing the voice of God)
  • Word Pictures
    • Abraham, Genesis 15:3-5, Genesis 22:17-18
    • Begin to see things through “The Eyes of Faith!”

NEXT STEP: See What God Has Promised Me.

Say It! Speak God’s Promises!

Matthew 12:34-37 …The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him…

· There will be an account given for the words spoken by your mouth. If they are not

according to the truth of God’s Word, they will be idle, meaningless, and

oftentimes destructive.

  • What you say is your faith speaking!

2 Corinthians 4: 7-18. Vs.13 It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken." With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, (NIV)

The Perfect Example

Romans 10:8-10

8 But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:

9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (NIV)

God spoke the worlds into existence.

(Genesis.1:3,6,9,11,20,24,26,29).

The temptation of Christ recorded in Luke 4:1-13

How did Jesus do spiritual battle with Satan? He just didn’t know the Word of God in His heart, He spoke it out verbally.

NEXT STEP: Say What God Has Promised Me.

Do It! Take Action On God’s Promises!

Romans 10:17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

  • You won’t find believers in the Hebrews 11 “Hall of Faith” who only saw it and said it. They had to not only see it and say it, they had to do it.
  • The book of Acts was only written because believers took action.
  • We are a church today because we have a history of taking action.
  • We won’t be a church tomorrow if we don’t continue to be a people of action.

After you See It, Say It, and Do It … you must have patience.

NEXT STEP: Take Action On What God Has Promised Me.

Have Patience

It is through faith and patience we inherit what has been promised!

Hebrews 6:11-15

11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure.

12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,

14 saying, "I will surely bless you and give you many descendants."

15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. (NIV)

Who are we to imitate? “Those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

Faith and Patience have been referred to as the power twins!

When faith gets weary, patience comes along beside her and encourages faith on.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (NIV)

We serve a faithful God. We accept Him by Faith. We enter into His Grace by Faith. We receive the Gift of Righteousness by Faith.

Now we continue to receive His great and precious promises to us, by Faith.

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We are taking a journey with Faith this Christmas. She is struggling with her faith in God. Last week Faith finally realized that you have to come to God on a faith basis, and she responded by receiving the free grace gift of righteousness.

Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned– (NIV)

Romans 5:15 But the (free, NKJ) gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! (NIV)

Now Faith is learning that faith doesn’t stop at salvation, she has to put her faith in God, who is the only one that can offer her any hope. Join us at Believers Church this Sunday at 9 AM or 11 AM as we learn how to put our faith in action and receive God’s promises!

One Hour on Wednesday @ 7 PM

December 5th, 2012

Peter WAS

 

Tonight we conclude our 20 week sermon series "Persevere" on 1st and 2nd Peter. This has been an incredible book to teach through and we look forward to Peter’s final exhortations to Jesus’ Church this evening. In his final address, Peter tells Believers how and why they should continue to persevere until their most important day, their last day!

Join us tonight a 7 PM for One Hour on Wednesday. We have something for the whole family. YOUTH will meet in the GARAGE for awesome worship, prayer and small groups and BELIEVING KIDS will meet in the Orange, Purple and Blue rooms! See you and your family tonight.