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We were created to work and it’s good to work but have you discovered deeper meaning in your Work Life rather than just providing for you and your family?

Do you find you Work Life fulfilling and satisfying?

Can you see an eternal purpose in your job or career?

Proverbs 29:18 “where there is no vision the people perish.” Where there is no dream, a revelation or a vision.

Where there is no vision, no dream, no revelation for your work life, people simply exist.

  • They live day in and day out without passion, without purpose, without intensity.
  • Simply trying to pay the bills.  Get up, go to work, come home, go to bed, and get up the next day just to do it all over again.

When it comes to our work life, our productive hours, everyone ends up somewhere, but few people end up somewhere on purpose.

Join us this Sunday 09-01-13, at 9 or 11 a.m. as we learn to seek God and hear from God concerning our Work Life, so that we can end up somewhere on purpose.

WhenLifeGivesYouLemons 8.29.13

Bring a friend and join the Believers Church Inside Out Ladies Ministry for a scrumptious picnic dinner & listen to a wonderful testimony by Diana Hammitte and Amanda Williams of  how God brought them together as Mother and Daughter at the ages of 50 and 20!

One Hour on Wednesday 7-8 PM

August 27th, 2013

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Join us at Believers Church for our mid-week service! We are studying the Book of Matthew!

We have something for the whole family, EDGE, our Youth group meets in the Garage! We also have children’s ministry for 0-5th Graders! See you for One Hour on Wednesday!

Work Life WK # 3 “Rest” Believers Statesboro 08-25-13

Watch or Listen Online @ http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/.

O Lord, my God, Creator and Ruler of the universe, it is Your Will that human beings

accept the duty of work. Pope Benedict XVI

We at Believers agree. We are all called to work and provide for our families as long as we are physically and mentally able. But we are also discovering deeper meaning in our Work Life, finding our work fulfilling and satisfying as we discover God’s eternal purpose in our jobs and careers. (Col 3:23-24) But if we are going to keep pace and work whole heartily as unto the Lord we also need to learn to rest. Rest is necessary to maintain good health. (1 Cor 6:19-20)

No one had a greater work to do than Jesus, but even He and His Disciples needed rest. (Mark 6:31-32)

We need physical rest, but mental rest, and spiritual rest as well. In scripture we see a principal of rest, often times referred to as a sabbatical, taken from the concept of a seventh day rest or the Sabbath.

In Exodus 20:8-11, God established that the Sabbath day would be a holy day for the children of Israel. As a matter of fact it is the longest commandment of the Ten Commandments. Today we don’t live under the letter of the law, but the spirit of this law is something that we need to consider. The Sabbath is more than a day off, it is a chance to refocus, regroup, remember, and recharge spiritually. It is a day to remind us that we are not just the sum total of our Work Life, our efforts, and all of our hard work, but we are spiritual beings who are led and empowered by the Spirit of a Living God.

Conventional Christian wisdom holds that we would all be wise to observe some form of Sabbath with:

1. A quiet time daily.

2. A day of rest weekly.

3. An extended rest yearly.

NEXT STEP: Rate myself on a scale of 1-10 on how well I observe a Sabbath rest.

A Sabbath Reminds Us That God Is In Control, Not Us

On the sixth day of creation when human beings were created, God had already done all of the heavy lifting, creating the heavens and the earth without our help. Then when everything was ready he introduces mankind into His story, so that we can experience His grace and power, and walk in a relationship with Him. We are to love Him, trust Him and put our Faith in Him.

Sometimes when life gets busy and hard, we charge ahead thinking that everything is dependent on how hard we work, and our talents and abilities to make things happen. The Sabbath reminds us that it is not about us, but God. The Sabbath helps us learn to trust and rest in Him.

Yes, we are created for good works, but those good works are only going to produce fruit when we are resting and abiding in Christ Jesus. (John 15:4-5)

Jesus also calls us to a life of rest in Him as we work. We are yoked together with him. (Matt 11:28-30)

A Sabbath Reminds Us That Our Rest Will Be Eternal

Rev 14:13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them." (NIV)

A Sabbath Reminds Us That Our Rest is Now in Christ Jesus

Hebrews 4:1-2 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. 3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, "So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’" And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world.

NEXT STEP: Read Hebrews 4 and rethink what it means to rest in Christ.

A Sabbath Quietness Allows Us to Hear

Luke 10:38-42 (NIV) As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman

named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet

listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She

came to him and asked, "Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell

her to help me!" 41 "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things,

42 but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

· I have to confess that I have hated this story for years, or at least I have hated people’s teachings on rest as they used this story.

· I am a Martha at heart and I want to stand up and defend her and say, “Somebody’s got to get the work done!” “If somebody doesn’t make the preparations how can Jesus’ needs be met?”

· I felt like lazy people use this story to sit around and do nothing. Maybe they are hyper spiritual, forgetting that faith without works is dead!

· I, like Martha have looked around at nonproductive people around me and said, “Lord don’t you care that they have left me to do the work by myself? Tell them to help me!”

But I missed a few truths in this story.

Martha was right to open her home to Jesus and yes preparations had to be made. But verse 40 indicated that she allowed those preparations to distract her. Jesus was right in the room with her and she was still distracted by what needed to get done.

Jesus told her the problem wasn’t that things needed to be done, but that she worried and became upset by them. And when it comes right down to it she really only needed one thing and He was standing right in front of her.

Luke 10:42 but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away

from her." (NIV) What better thing had Mary chosen? Luke 10:39 She had a sister called Mary, who

sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.

The thing that Mary needed and Martha needed and you and I need is to take the time to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to Him!

Sometimes I think Jesus is chasing us all thought life, as we are busy chasing our tails, and He is shouting to us at the top of His lungs, but we are too busy to hear anything He has to say. We need to pause and quieten ourselves and listen to what He is telling us to do.

Close To the Heart of the King

In 2 Samuel 23, you will find a list of David’s Mighty Men. These guys are some the biggest, badest, warriors recorded in scripture and there feats and exploits are recorded for us to marvel.

2 Sam 23:13-15 During harvest time, three of the thirty chief men came down to David at the cave of Adullam, while a band of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. 14 At that time David was in the stronghold, and the Philistine garrison was at Bethlehem. 15 David longed for water and said, "Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!"

· In the quiet darkness of that cave, in the midst of battles and war, David began to day dream about the water that he used to drink from the well near the gate of the now occupied Bethlehem.

· With the Philistines clearly in control of that City, David may have wondered if he would ever drink from that well again.

· I don’t even know if David realized that he had said this out loud. And I believe it was probably no more than a whisper, “Oh that someone, somewhere, somehow would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem.”

· This was not a command. This was not a challenge; “If you slay the dragon I will give you my daughter for a bride”, type of arrangement. It was just a heart’s desire.

· It was the Kings heart’s desire expressed out loud.

2 Sam 23:16-17 So the three mighty men broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out before the LORD. 17 "Far be it from me, O LORD, to do this!" he said. "Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?" And David would not drink it. Such were the exploits of the three mighty men. (NIV)

A great story of valor, honor, and selfless sacrifice. But a lesson to be learned in this story is that no matter how talented or skilled you are. No matter how brave or hard working you are. No matter what a mighty warrior you are… You have to be close enough to the King to hear His heart’s desire.

Out of the thirty men, and I’m sure the others were doing important things, only three took the time to get close to the King and spend a little time with him. Close enough to hear his heart.

That’s why we must rest. We must pause. We must still ourselves. We have to spend time with the King to hear His heart. So that we can do His will.

NEXT STEP: Set aside at least 5 minutes a day for the next 5 days to rest in the Lord.

NEXT STEP: Pick one day this week I will turn off all of my electronic devices, quiet myself and listen for the whisper of the Lord.

Life Group and Family Devotional Questions

1. Do you take a rest daily? Weekly? Yearly? If so, share your experience, what you do and what benefit you receive from your rest.

2. How will a regular Sabbath rest remind us that God is in control?

3. Read all of Hebrews 4 and explain in your own words what it meant to enter into Gods true rest.

4. Read Ex 33:13-18. What type of rest do you experience when you are in the presence of the Lord?

5. What do you think Jesus meant when he said in Mark 2:27-28 "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath?”

6. Do you see yourself as a “Mary” or more of a “Martha”? Explain.

7. Share your experience when you quiet yourself and listened to the whisper of the Lord. What is King Jesus’ heart’s desire for you?

WATER BAPTISM, 9-1-13

August 26th, 2013

9-1-13 Baptism

We are so excited to celebrate “Water Baptism” this Sunday! Yes it was scheduled for 8-25, but due to some schedule conflicts we have moved it to this upcoming Sunday, September 1st.

For those of you who have already been water baptized, let’s make this a day of great celebration and rejoicing about what God is doing in the hearts of those He loves. But also let’s use this time to remember our great salvation and thank the Lord for His grace and mercy in our lives.

The great thing about delaying Baptism for a week is that it gives those of you who have not been water baptized this chance to “jump in” and be water baptized this Sunday.

Why?

Because this is your NEXT STEP after salvation. As a new believer, it is important to follow Jesus’ example and be baptized in water. Baptism is an outward expression of what has already occurred in your heart. As you make the decision to be baptized, you publicly declare, “I am now a new creation in Christ Jesus, the old has passed away and all things are new! I am now baptized into the Body of Christ Jesus. I am part of His family!”

I highly encourage you to be water baptized. It will be a significant spiritual event in your life that you will treasure forever. Please contact the church office @ 912-681-1440, for more details and to let us know which service (9 or 11 a.m.) you will be baptized in.

“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.

Looking forward to a great day!

Pastor Scott

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We are all called to work and provide for our families as long as we are physically and mentally able. But we are also discovering deeper meaning in our Work Life, finding our work fulfilling and satisfying as we discover God’s eternal purpose in our jobs and careers.

Col 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (NIV)

If we are going to keep pace and work whole heartily as unto the Lord we also need to learn to rest. Rest is necessary to maintain good health.

Join us at Believers Church this Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. as Pastor Scott helps us understand the importance of “Rest” –Physically, Mentally and Spiritually!

College Lunch Full

College students join us this Sunday at 1 PM at Believers Church for a home cooked meal! We look forward to blessing our students and meeting new ones, so feel free to invite your friends. See you Sunday!

One Hour On Wednesday 8.21.13

August 20th, 2013

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Our Matthew study will continue this Wednesday night @ 7 PM. We are blessed to have Norma Malone teaching us this week. Bring your family and join us for “One Hour on Wednesday”.

Believing Kids will meet in the blue, purple, orange and green rooms and EDGE, our Youth Ministry will meet in the Garage at 6:30 PM!

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We hope you are enjoying the WORK LIFE series! If you missed any of the first two sermons, listen to them online at http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/. Below are the notes from Sunday’s sermon, “Secret Agents”! Enjoy!

Work Life 2 – Secret Agents Believers Statesboro 08-18-13

What if we are secret agents, assigned by our boss Jesus to minister His life to those we work with or for? We saw last week that we work for Jesus and he has assigned us to our current locations.

We tend to live compartmentalized lives. This is my Work Life. This is my Church Life. This is my Home Life etc. But as a Believer, we can’t do that. We represent Jesus in every area of our lives.

We are Agents of Jesus, sometimes secret and sometimes not so secret. We must remember that we are on a mission.

2 Cor 5:18-20

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 men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

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)

Work Relations

Eph 6:5-9

5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.

6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.

7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men,

8 because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.

9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.(NIV)

Notice the parallels seen in Colossians 3:22-25 (What Ever Your Do 08-11-13)

Col 3:22-25

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,

24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism. (NIV)

The same principles in Ephesians and Colossians concerning Slave/Master relationships can also be used in our present day system of employee/employer relationships.

Christ Like Employees

Combining the Ephesians and Colossians text, we can conclude that Slaves or Employees should be:

  1. Obedient (in everything) to your earthly master or employer.
  2. Serving as unto Christ!

This throws a new light on our Work Ethics when we realize that ultimately we work for Christ. Jesus is our boss, and he has us assigned to various task or locations. Our job performance is a reflection of our desire to please the Lord. We don’t work to please man but rather we work to please God.

Christ Like Employers

Eph 6:9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know

that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him. (NIV)

Employers threat your employees in the same way that employees are told to treat their employer.

In other words treat your employees as if they were Jesus working for you.

Would you speak harshly to Jesus? Would you be over demanding of Him? Would you threaten to fire Him or dock His wages? Would you hold back wages and compensation when He did a good job? Would you show partiality and promote one of your friends when Jesus deserved the promotion?

Would you not listen to His suggestions and treat Him as less than a person?

God is the perfect role model for every employer to follow. Treating your people fairly and justly will increase your productivity and everyone on the job site will be blessed.

“One man working with you is worth a dozen men working for you.” Herman M. Koelliker

“To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart.” John Maxwell

NEXT STEP: Commit to the Lord to be a better, Christ Like, employee / employer.

Sowing and Reaping

Eph 6:7-8

7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men,

8 because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.

Are you looking to man or your employer for rewards? You may receive them or you may not. I know of very few people that really feel like they are truly appreciated and well compensated for all that they do on the job.

Col 3:23-25

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,

24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

  1. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism. (NIV)

Notice that whatever good anyone does he will receive the same from the Lord. Good will be repaid for good and bad for bad. In light of that, it doesn’t really matter who you are working for as long as it is God. God is the one keeping the record and He is the one who will reward accordingly.

The principal of sowing and reaping applies here. If you sow, work heartily in whatever task you have, as unto the Lord, you will reap blessing from God. God is your promoter!

The advancement comes from God not man. You work for Jesus! He is your true boss!

Read the story of Joseph, Genesis 37 – Genesis 45. Note how Joseph worked as unto the Lord, never whined or complained, and received Gods promotion. (Psalms 105:17-22)

Colossians 3:23 talks about our inheritance from the Lord and we know that it is much more than money. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Pet 1:3-5

But if we are doing our job the way God designed it to work, we should be seeing salvations, and changed lives in the work place as well and I can’t think of anything else more rewarding!

What’s the Big Deal About Work Relationships and Work Ethic?

How well we do our job, and how we get along with people will be a direct reflection on Jesus whom we represent.

  • Do you think that you can be a poor performer at work and still expect your boss to desire to be like you and ask you to tell him the plan of salvation?
  • Do you think that you can be an overbearing boss, treating your employees harshly and still expect them to look at you and say, “You know, there’s something different about my boss, maybe I need to accept the Jesus that he claims as his savior?”
  • What about your peers at work? Is it important how you treat them?

Col 4:5-6

5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.

6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (NIV)

Every encounter with the unchurched or nonbeliever is very important! People are looking for truth and ‘the real thing.’ They are looking for a Jesus that is real and a Jesus that can make a difference in their life. Jesus has you assigned to your current location to show it to them!

Like it or not, our life as a Christian seems to be an open book for all to read. It has been said that we may be the only Bible a lost person may read. They don’t know what the Bible may say but they know we believe it and are suppose to be living our lives by the Bible. So our actions will be, or should be, a direct reflection of the Word of God.

“Go out today and preach the gospel…and if you must, use words.” St. Francis of Assisi

Your job is your ministry! “But I have a ministry that I am a part of.” Your job is your ministry too!

NEXT STEP: See my job as my minister as well as my livelihood. I am a secret agent for Jesus.

Do you find your WORK LIFE fulfilling and satisfying?

Can you see an eternal purpose in your job or career?

We are discovering how to connect our faith with our job and let God lead our careers. We are see that our job is our ministry and realize that our daily labors have eternal significance!

Col 4:17 Tell Archippus: "See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord." (NIV)

Life Group and Family Devotional Questions

1) What do you think about the idea that God has assigned you to your current job assignment not only to work as unto the Lord, but to minister the life of Jesus as well?

2) Without using names give examples of Christ like employees you have known in the past. What about non-Christ like employees?

3) Without using names give examples of Christ like employers you have known in the past. What about non-Christ like employers?

4) How have you seen the principle of sowing and reaping play out in your work life?

5) How do you answer the two questions addressed in this series: Do you find your WORK LIFE fulfilling and satisfying? Can you see an eternal purpose in your job or career?

 

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We tend to live compartmentalized lives. This is my Work Life. This is my Church Life. This is my Home Life, etc. But as a Believer, we can’t do that. We represent Jesus in every area of our lives. We are Agents of Jesus, sometimes secret and sometimes not so secret.We must remember that we are on a mission. Join us this Sunday at 9 or 11 AM and learn how we are to turn our job into a mission field for Jesus! We are discovering how to connect our faith with our job and let God lead our careers. We will see that our job is our ministry and realize that our daily labors have eternal significance!