No Wednesday Night Service

December 31st, 2013

We will not have a One Hour on Wednesday service this week.

Please join us again on Jan. 8th as we continue in the book of Matthew. God Bless you and have a Great New Year!

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Is Jesus still a baby to you?

Who is Jesus to you? Do you only know Him as a baby still in a manger, or has He become your savior, leader, Lord, and friend?

Luke 2:52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

Just as Jesus grew in stature, or physically, He also grew in wisdom. As imitators of Christ, so must we grow in wisdom.

Luke 2:40-51

Wisdom:

Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

What is wisdom? Knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; discernment, or insight.

“Wisdom is the ability to see with discernment, to view life as God perceives it”. Charles Swindoll

“Wisdom is the God-given ability to see life with rare objectivity and to handle life with rare stability”. Charles Swindoll

Have you grown up or matured in your walk with Christ, or is Jesus still a baby to you? In other words, do you have a childish (immature) way of thinking when it comes to the things of God?

We need to move from milk to meat.

1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,

There comes in a time in our walk with Christ when we need to grow up in our salvation (faith). We need to mature.

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.

1 Corinthians 3:2; Hebrews 5:12-14

Bible study, prayer, and church attendance are the only ways for us to mature in Christ and grow in wisdom. These are the nutrients of a Christian life.

Maturity comes from applying what you know and being not just a hearer of the Word, but a doer.

James 1:23-25

Two Foundations:

Whenever we hear the Word, we can either put them into practice, or choose not to put them into practice. Either decision we make determines the foundation we choose to build upon.

Matthew 7:24-27

In every person’s life, rain will fall and storms will come. Survival is not determined when the storm comes, but before the storm ever comes, depending on which foundation a person has built his/her life upon.

“Knowledge makes people haughty, application makes people holy.” Andy Stanley

Ephesians 4:12-16

IT’S TIME TO GROW UP 2014. Be a doer of the Word and grow up into a mature believer (gain a heart of wisdom).

Psalm 90:12 (TLB) Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should.

NEXT STEP: I will not be just a hearer of the Word, but a doer of the Word by applying it to my life and living it out, so that I may mature in my faith.

Christmas Eve Communion Service

December 24th, 2013

Christmas Eve

Join us this afternoon at 5:00 pm or this evening at 6:30 pm for a special Christmas Eve Communion Service at Believers Church!

Merry Christmas to you all and may you have a blessed New Year!

Simple Christmas Road Sign

SimpleSearch In the Simple Christmas story we see that God did something significant in the world and he used simple willing participants like Joseph and Mary to accomplish His purpose. The amazing thing is that He is still accomplishing His work through His people, people who have the courage to let God use them. People who will surrender to God’s plan and purposes for their lives. It’s been this way throughout all of history. God always invites individuals to take an active part in what He is doing.

Today we will talk about a Simple Search for a savior that turned out not to be so simple after all. Sort of like our search for finding God’s purpose and plan for our lives. It seems simple at first, but often times tend to be much more involved than we thought it would be.

When we look at nativity scenes at Christmas, we normally see a time compressed scene which includes the visit of the Magi or the wise men. The wise men, wisely, were searching for a savior and King.

I once heard an inspiring teaching by John Maxwell entitled “When You Follow, A Star and Find a Stable.” I love the premise of his teaching, because he talked about how disappointing life can be sometimes when you follow a star to find something great and glorious, such as the King of Israel!

But instead you are disappointed when you don’t find what you expect to find by rather you find a dirty smelly stable, a poor family, and a baby.

What do you do when you follow a star and find a stable?

John suggested that Wise Men do three things.

  1. When you find a stable, look for God there
  2. When Wise Men find a stable, they offer their very best to God.
  3. Change your direction

The Simple Search for a King

Matthew 2:1-2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." (NIV)

The Magi were God-fearing Gentiles who were looking forward to the coming of the Jewish Messiah!

  • The Magi were not kings but rather advisors to kings (King Makers)
  • The Magi were from either Persia or Babylon educated in a mix of astronomy, astrology, science, and religion.

The Magi came to Jerusalem first. While it may have, it was not necessary for the star to lead the Magi to Jerusalem. Since they were looking for the King of the Jews, they naturally came to the Jewish capital city.

In order to emphasize that Jesus was born of the royal line of David, Matthew points out that He was born in David’s hometown of Bethlehem in Judea, which was just a few miles from Jerusalem.

The search of the Wise Men started out as a Simple Search, because it is a search based upon what God had promised. And, since God always fulfills His promises, they launched out with great expectation to follow the star and find a new born King in his royal palace.

  • The Wise Men were hoping to find the King who would bring an end to war, suffering and injustice.
  • They were hoping to find the King who would bring everlasting love, joy and peace to this world.
  • This was a search anchored to a certainty, but a search that would not turn out to be what they expected.

The Question “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?” (Matt. 2:2)

Their question disturbed the city. Herod (and all Jerusalem) was disturbed by the Magi’s search.

Matt 2:3-6 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born.

5 "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: 6 "’But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’"

Herod investigated the time of the star’s appearing in order to estimate the child’s age.

Matt 2:7-11 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. (The star guided the magi to Jesus’ house!) 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him." 9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. (NIV)

The Magi did not find Jesus until some months after he was born and found him in a house not the stable. A clue to this fact is that Herod asked the Wise Men when they had first seen the star and then sent his soldiers to kill every Jewish boy under the age of two years. This doesn’t mean that Jesus was two years old but that Herod allowed enough room for error to be certain that he killed this challenger to his throne.

Stable or house, the point is that they found Jesus in low estate rather than a palace.

What do you do when you follow a star and find a stable?

When Wise Men Find a Stable, They Find God There

This was the point where the Magi may have been surprised. This wasn’t what they expected.

But Wise Men look into a situation that may be different than what they were expecting or even a situation that may be disappointing, or a letdown and they find God there anyway.

The Baby Jesus, God in flesh, was in there, no matter what the surrounds were. That is why the Magi began their search in the first place; to find the Messiah, the savior of the world and worship Him.

We need to learn to find God in both the good and the bad. Authentic believers should see God not only in pleasures and palaces, but also in disappointment and stables, or places that are simple and lowly.

I’ve been disappointed several times this year. Things didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to.

You’ve been disappointed in your life a time or two as well. Things did not turn out like you wanted them too.

In moments like these we think that God is nowhere to be found. Surly he can’t be in this mess! But didn’t Jesus say something like… “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matt 28:20 (NIV)

When life throws a curve ball, isn’t His Word still true… Romans 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)

Sometimes it may take some additional searching, but if we look hard enough, we will find God in every situation. And often times we will discover that the current situation was so much better, and so much more of a God thing than we ever thought it could be!

Often times it’s in the stinky stables of life, the hurt, the pain, the misdirection, the disappointments that we find Jesus’ presence strong, powerful, and tangible.

Matthew 2:11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed

down and worshiped him… (NIV)

When the magi saw Jesus and Mary, I’m sure the presence of God was strong and they knew that they knew that they knew that they had found the King of all Kings and Lord of all Lords!

When Wise Men Find a Stable, They Offer Their Best Gifts to God

Matthew 2:11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed

down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold

and of incense and of myrrh. (NIV)

When the magi saw Jesus and responded with a very proper response; they bowed down and worshipped him and gave Jesus there best gifts.

Our tendency is that when we are disappointed or discouraged we pull back and we don’t give our best gifts to God. “This is not what I expected, so I will just lay low and withhold giving my very best.” “This situation doesn’t deserve my best.” “I will save my gifts for a better situation or circumstance, a better audience, a better stage, or more deserving people.” “My gifts are fit for a King, not a poor baby!”

The Wise Men didn’t do that. They gave their very best to King Jesus. They opened their treasures and presented to him gifts (plural) of gold, and of incense, and of myrrh.

The three gifts the Magi brought foreshadowed the person and ministry of Jesus.

Gold for His royalty. Gold was a symbol for royalty and also signified the glory and deity of God. Thus, it was an appropriate gift to give to God the Son.

Frankincense for His deity. This was sweet incense that was used in connection with some of the offerings in the Temple, it’s aroma rising to God as a prayer.

Myrrh for His humanity. Myrrh was an embalming ointment which would be wrapped in the garments of the deceased. It signified the fact that Jesus was born to die.

Furthermore, these gifts also had a practical value, for they provided for the family during the time when they had to flee to Egypt.

The worst thing you could ever possibly do is pull away from God, and withhold your gifts and talents when things are not going your way or people have disappointed you. Sometimes you are not giving your best when you know you could or you know you should.

In my greatest moments of disappointment, all I know to do is to keep going and do what Jesus has called me to do. Others may not like it, others may criticize and judge. But I will always give Jesus my very best. I live and I serve to please God, not man. For us not to give our very best for God in any situation is to sit as a judge, and decide which situation is worthy of our gifts. This does not honor God. It brings no glory to God.

The Wise Men found God in the lowly place, they worshipped Him and gave Him the very best of their gifts.

Wise Men Change Their Course According to God’s Direction

Matt 2:12-13 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. 13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him." (NIV)

In the past, God guided people through many different means. He had used His Word and a star to guide the Magi. Now we see, He used a dream to send the Magi home by a route that bypassed Herod.

When we follow a star and find a stable, we find God there, give Him our best gifts and change course if required, but move out according to Gods direction. The Wise Men took another route and Joseph moved his family to a safe place.

When you find yourself in a difficult situation, on no account of your own, you find God in that situation, you worship Him and give Him your best and then God changes your direction and leads you out of that situation.

Other times your find yourself in a discouraging situation as a direct result of something that you have done. You missed God, took a wrong turn, fell into deception or walked in outright rebellion. Even then, your find God in that dark place, worship Him and give Him your best gifts and pray that he changes your course and leads you to a better place.

Sometimes you have to come to that point where you are ready to get up and walk out of that stable. Yes you found God there, but it is time to move on as God leads you to a better place.

But I can guarantee you that if you found God on a bad place and gave him your best, you will leave that place changed. You will never be the same.

I can only imagine what it must have been like for the Wise Men after their encounter with Jesus. They would never be the same again.

Next Step: If you followed a star only to find a stable, ask yourself the following questions.

Did you find God there?

Are you in a disappointing place right now where you need to find God in your current situation?

Did you give Him your very best?

Are you in a place where you are not giving God your very best in worship and in serving Him?

Did God change your course or direction?

Are you supposed to stay where you are for now, or is it time for God to change your direction?

What did you take away from your experience?

What do you hope to learn from a past situation that you found yourself in or a situation you are in now?

This Christmas as we think about some of the stables in our lives, let’s think about the Christ child who wasn’t just found in a stable by some, or a lowly house by others, He was born in a stable. This King humbled himself and came to the earth as a simple man, then took on the role of a servant, who would ultimately take on your sins and my sins so that we might have life! This is a good reason to have a Merry, Merry Christmas!

Life Group and Family Devotional App

1. Have your ever followed a star, only to find a stable? Can you share about this experience?

2. Did you find God in that experience? If so, how hard was it? What were the challenges?

3. When you find yourself in a disappointing situation do you tend to withhold your very best gifts and talents? Why do we tend to do that? How do you give your best in the midst of disappointment?

4. Was there a time when you found God in a disappointing situation and God changed your direction?

5. Was there a time of disappointment that made your realize that you needed to change?

6. How has God used disappointing situations to change you? Explain.

SimpleSearch

In the Simple Christmas story we see that God did something significant in the world and He used simple willing participants like Joseph and Mary to accomplish His purpose. The amazing thing is that He is still accomplishing His work through His people, people who have the courage to let God use them. People who will surrender to God’s plan and purposes for their lives. It’s been this way throughout all of history. God has always invited individuals to take an active part in what He is doing.

This Sunday at 9 and 11 a.m. we will talk about a Simple Search for a Savior that turned out not to be so simple after all. Sort of like our search for finding God’s purpose and plan for our lives. It seems simple at first, but often times tends to be much more involved than we thought it would be.

 

We will also be collecting our Simple Christmas Offering this Sunday in both services. This special offering will go directly into our Children’s Ministry here at Believers Church. Thank you for praying about what God may have you give into this ministry.

Christmas Offering

Free Gift Wrapping Saturday 10-3

December 10th, 2013

Free Gift Wrap Slide

If you are interested in serving, call the church at 681.1440!

Children’s Christmas Musical

December 10th, 2013

Join us Wednesday Night as we celebrate Christmas together! We will start the night out at 7 PM as our Believing Kids bless us with a wonderful Christmas Musical called “FREE GIFT”! After the musical we will go to the pavilion and continue our celebration with great food and fellowship at our Church Wide Christmas party. Bring a dessert/finger food to share and join us tomorrow night starting at 7 PM!

Childrens Christmas Musical Free Gift 2

Simple Chirstmas Simple surrender PP  Rev 2 Sunday

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

Simple Christmas Simple Surrender Believers Statesboro 12-08-13

God is doing something significant in the world today. The amazing thing is that He is accomplishing His work through His people, people who have the courage to let God use them.

It’s been this way throughout all of history. God has always invited individuals to take an active part in what He is doing. This was clearly seen, last week, in the life of Joseph. A simple man who through a simple act of courage stepped in to his destiny,

I have learned in my life, as you have probably experienced in your life, that even though God is inviting us to be a part of what He is doing in the world today, you and I must being willing to surrender to His plan for our lives. Being used by God is a matter of Simple Surrender.

God wants to use me. God wants to use you. But I have to say yes to God’s plan and purpose for my life and you have to say yes to God’s plan and purpose in your life.

Mary, the mother of Jesus was a simple girl just like Joseph was a simple man. But God choose to use a simple person. He chose to do something in her life that was beyond normal, beyond the physical laws of our universe, and was something that was without question humanly impossible!

But it all began for Mary with a simple surrender.

Mary’s Story

Luke 1:26-27 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, (NIV)

Gabriel (“Mighty Man of God”) – Ministry of proclaiming God’s plans.

  • Daniel 8:16 Gabriel spoke of end times.
  • Daniel 9:21-25 Gabriel foretold of the Messiah’s coming.
  • Luke 1 – Gabriel told Zacharius of the birth of John the Baptist.
  • Luke 1 – Gabriel tells Mary about Christ Jesus.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:16 Tradition holds that Gabriel will be the angel who will blow the trumpet at Jesus’ return.

27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.

Why did God Choose Mary?

1. Mary was a natural candidate.

  • A Jewish Girl with the correct family descent (House of David, Kingly line)
  • Physically a virgin – To fulfill Prophecy.
    • Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (NIV)

2. God’s timing and favor.

Luke 1:28-30

28 The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." NKJ – "Favored One” – Filled with Grace.

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.

30 But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. (NIV)

The Greek word for “favored one” is used one other time in the NT, referring to you.

Eph 1:6-8 …to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted (Acceptance, Favor; to Grace; indue with special honor) in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, (NKJ) NAS (Eph 1:8 “which He lavished upon us.”)

If you are born again, then you are “The Favored One of God.”

FAVOR, FAVORED "highly favored" (marg., "endued with grace"); in <Eph. 1:6>, it is translated "made… accepted," KJV, "freely bestowed," RV (lit., "graced"); it does not here mean to endue with grace. Grace implies more than favor; grace is a free gift, favor may be deserved or gained.

(From Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words) (Copyright (C) 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

God’s Plan for Mary Was Physically Impossible

Luke 1:31-33 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. (Jesus “Joshua” “The Lord is Salvation”) 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." (NIV)

A. Mary knew the OT scripture, and she knew what this meant.

B. This was totally impossible – in the Natural. This would require a creative Miracle. (Like raising Jesus for the dead.)

C. If you can’t believe in the virgin birth, you can’t believe in the gospel. Both required a creative miracle.

BELIEF, Even Without Understanding

Luke 1:34 “How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?” (NIV)

You don’t have to fully understand it to believe it! “How can this be? I believe but I don’t understand.”

  • Mary was saying, “I believe what you are saying, Gabriel, but how will God make it happen to me since I am a virgin?”
  • Mary’s attitude was one of faith and belief even though she didn’t understand how God was going to do it.
  • She couldn’t pull out the New Testament and read it to make sense of it all.

Compare Mary’s statement with Zechariah’s statement in Luke 1:11-20. Both are very similar.

  • Zechariah’s – Luke 1:18 "How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years."
  • Mary – Luke 1:34 “How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?”
  • Same Angel, Gabriel.
  • In Luke 1:20, Zechariah was made mute. Why? “Because you did not believe my words!”

Note:

  • It’s OK to BELIEVE and pray and question God about the How’s and Detail’s.
  • It’s not OK to have an attitude of DOUBT and UNBELIEF, and question God.

The Power of the Holy Spirit Overshadowing You!

When you simply surrender to God, His Holy Spirit will overshadow you.

Luke 1:35 The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. (NIV)

How did God do the impossible in Mary’s life and how will God do the impossible in your life?

The Holy Spirit will come upon you!

This is the answer to Mary’s question of how. You must be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit!

“Overshadowed” The Greek word is the same word used at the transfiguration of Christ when the cloud spoke.

Matt 17:3-6 (NKJ)

Also, the Hebrew word is used in Exodus 40:34-38 referring to the cloud that manifested the Glory of God.

Exodus 40:34-38 (NKJ)

How the Holy Spirit Works in a Believer’s Life

  • John 20:22 “Receive the Holy Spirit” (At Salvation)
  • Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive POWER when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.
  • Romans 5:5 “By the Holy Spirit, the LOVE of God has been poured out in our hearts.”
  • Ephesians 3:17-20 “… that you being rooted and grounded in LOVE may be able to comprehend…Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.

Nothing is Impossible with God

Luke 1:36-37 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God." (NIV)

Believe God’s Word spoken about you for your future and know that nothing is impossible!

Are we going through life with a defeatist attitude? Improbable Impossible I can’t do that.

I’m just not able. I don’t have the will power. I don’t have the faith.

If God said it, HE CAN AND WILL DO IT!

What limits have you placed on God due to doubt and unbelief?

TRUTH – “For nothing is impossible with God!”

Phil 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

God can favor you, you can believe that God can do the impossible; the Holy is living inside you and ready to empower you but…

It All Begins With Simple Surrender

Luke 1:38 “I am the Lord’s servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her. (NIV) I am the Lord’s servant. This statement indicates a total submission. I Surrender ALL!

Think about it. She was essentially saying, “LET ME BE PREGANT”

– Lose Reputation – All my hopes for my marriage (Hope Chest)

– Lose Husband – Death – Family Outcast – Shame

  • Remember Mary had no promise of future Glory.
  • Mary couldn’t read the NT to see what would happen.

We saw last week that Joseph’s simple courage led to a lifetime of courageous choices.

Now Mary’s simple surrender will led to a life of surrender to God’s plan for her life and the life of her son, Jesus.

Luke 2:35 How did Mary feel when Simeon prophesied of her baby’s suffering?

Luke 2:49-52 Mary still didn’t fully understand when Jesus was 12 years old.

John 2:4 At the Wedding in Cana, Mary argued with Jesus, concerning the start of his public ministry), and He kindly corrected her.

Matt 12:46-50 Mary misunderstood Jesus and felt rejected when He had no time for her.

John 19:25 Mary is seen faithfully standing at the feet of Jesus as He hung on the cross.

Acts 1:14 Mary was obedient to the words of Jesus to wait and pray.

Acts 2 Mary was filled with the Holy Spirit and overshadowed for the second time and certainly not the last time. This time the Holy Spirit was there to stay. Living in her!

Empowering her daily!

Mary was being invited to take part in “The Greatest Story Ever Told”. God was extending an invitation to take part in an event that would bring salvation and hope to everyone in the universe from that day forward!

God was inviting her to be a part of something that would change and touch all of eternity. Nothing would ever be the same again.

And one day, Mary’s story would collide with my story, her story would collide with your story, and we would have to make a decision to accept the invitation of God.

NEXT STEP: What area or areas of my life have I not surrendered to God?

NEXT STEP: I surrender it to God today!

Life Group and Family Devotional App

1. Do you feel like you are a candidate for God to use in what he is trying to accomplish in the world today? What does it mean to be “favored” by God?

2. Where have you drawn the line on what you think is possible or impossible for God to do in your life?

3. In your own words explain “Belief, without understanding? Is it ok to believe, even though you don’t understand?

4. What was the difference between Mary’s “How will this be” statement (Luke 1:34) and Zechariah’s statement in Luke 1:18?

5. If all things are possible when we are overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, how do you stay full of the Holy Spirit’s power?

6. What is one thing in your life that you know you need to surrender to God?

Christmas Offering

Dear Believers Church Family and Friends,

John 3:16 says, “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.” This is the simple truth of Christmas. God loved and God gave.

This year at Believers Church we are experiencing a “Simple Christmas” together and understanding this simple truth that Christmas is all about God’s gift to this world, we are motivated to keep it that way! In the most generous act ever, God sent Jesus to save us! Everybody thinks about that at Christmas. But I want us to take it to a whole new level! After Jesus ascended into heaven, we, the church, became the gift to this world. Now it’s our turn to be generous, and we do that by loving God, loving people and giving as God gave.

This December, I’m inviting everyone connected to Believers Church to express that love by participating in our annual Christmas Offering. This is a great way to end 2013 with generous hearts and kick off 2014 with a bang! This Christmas Offering is a one day crazy shot of generosity where we get to be the gift that Jesus meant for us to be in this broken world!

This Sunday on December 15, 2013, we will receive a Simple Christmas Offering during both of our weekend services to support our 2014 Student Ministries. Last year your giving to support student ministries was overwhelming and exceeded our goal! Your abundant giving tells me that you are passionate about ministering to children and youth, therefore I don’t hesitate to ask you to do it again!

We’re providing special Christmas Offering envelopes and encouraging everyone to come prepared to give on that day. I believe, and I want you to pray and believe with me, that we will take up a $15,000 Christmas Offering on that one day!

If you’re going to be out of town on December 15, 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 offering envelopes, or mail in your donation to P.O. Box 1240.

Please pray about participating and continue to invest in Children with us. I believe that you and I agree with John when he said in 3 John 1:4 “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” John spoke of all of us as the children of God, but I believe this for our earthly children as well, that they will all be walking in the truth of Christ Jesus!

Your most gracious servant,

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