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It’s easy to critique or criticize the disciples, after the fact. Even when we go through things in our lives we will always face the “Monday Morning Quarterbacks”.

But in real time, in the midst of the fight everything is not as easily understood.

· The message of Jesus was confusing to the disciples and it still can be to us today.

· It is revelatory in nature. It’s not simple; it’s profound, hidden, only to be revealed through divine revelation.

· The message of Jesus can’t be understood intellectually, but must be received through revelation knowledge. God’s ways are not man’s ways.

A Sad Walk Home

Luke 24:13-14 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

Can you imagine what it must have been like for the disciples to try to assimilate and process what they had just experienced at the crucifixion of Christ Jesus?

(We celebrate Easter every year and we are still trying the grasp its full meaning and implications.)

Even Jesus’ closest disciples didn’t fully understand what he was saying even though they walked and talked with him. Jn 20:9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)

· They wanted Christ to set up an Empire and to overthrow the Roman oppression.

· But Jesus’ Kingdom was not of this world. Jesus came to defeat not Caesar, but Satan.

· Jesus has been trying to teach His followers that His way was not the world’s way.

Jesus was controversy. The world didn’t understand him and they crucified him.

· He went to the cross and his disciple’s didn’t understand.

Here we find them walking and talking about Jesus and philosophizing about him, trying to figure it out and he appeared before them.

Life Group Plug: Luke 24:14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

Seeing, But Not Seeing

Luke 24:15-16 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them.

16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.

Those who talked about him did not recognize him. Even today those that say they know him best are often times the ones who don’t recognize him.

· When God shows up in a way they are not familiar with, they don’t recognize him.

· We like to teach and preach that God will do a new thing among us and when he does we don’t even recognize that it is him.

Those that walked with him did not know him because he showed up in another form.

The disciple once saw him walking on water, and thought it was a ghost, because he looked different.

How could they not recognize the one who had walked with them for three and a half years?

How could they not see Jesus’ beaten face and torn beard, nail holes, and beaten body?

How could they not know his voice? Who else spoke like Jesus?.

· He spoke and people were amazed.

· Jesus who preached with so much power, that people could not get into the house where he was preaching, so some men tried to lower a sick friend through the roof.

o Lazarus recognized His voice from the dead and rose up out of his grave!

o Mary recognizes Jesus voice in the tomb garden.

How could they not recognize Jesus’ explaining of the scripture?

If they could not recognize his face and they could not recognize his voice, surely they would recognize his command of scripture! Who else but Jesus could rehearse the scriptures for a seven mile stretch? He did not have to memorize the word for he was the word.

Luke 24:17-24 And He said to them, "What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?" 18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, "Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?" 19 And He said to them, "What things?" So they said to Him, "The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 "and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 "But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 22 "Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 "When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 "And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see."

They did what we do today, they taught Jesus about Jesus.

· We are so smart we know everything that God can do and can’t do, who he can use and who he can’t use, who he can bless and who he can’t bless.

· If two or three of us agree on something we assume that God thinks like us.

· His ways and his thoughts and ways are so much higher than ours.

· The reality of it is that we see through a cloudy glass. We see only in part. Our wisdom is foolishness to God and yet we have the audacity to teach Jesus about Jesus!

People don’t recognize Jesus for who he is or they treat him as ordinary and try to straighten him out.

· “Where have you been, don’t you know what is going on.”

Jesus Teaches Them About Himself

Luke 24:25-29 Then He said to them, "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 "Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?"

27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning

Himself. 28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone

farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, "Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.

And He went in to stay with them.

Jesus made them think he was leaving. Acting like he was leaving to provoke them to thirst / hunger for him.

Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”

At least they finally realized that He was not ordinary and they said, “Abide with us”.

· We need to beg Jesus to abide with us. (Don’t say, “I got this, I can handle it!”)

Open Eyes To Recognize Him

Then Jesus sat at the table with them and did what all good preachers do – He got something to eat. In the Jewish tradition sitting at someone’s table and eating with them was a sign of great intimacy.

Luke 24:30-35 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it,

and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened (And their eyes were open) and they knew Him; and He

vanished from their sight. 32 And they said to one another, "Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with

us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?" 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to

Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, "The Lord is risen

indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how

He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.

Suddenly their eyes were open and they saw him in the order of the breaking of bread.

The two disciples could not recognize Him by the pulled beard from his face, wounds in his hands, piercing in his side, his voice, his command of scripture, but they recognized him in the breaking of the bread!

· There is something about God that appears in ordinary ways that gets to us.

· People tend to see Jesus in the simple things.

It wasn’t important what he ate, it was how he ate. He took it, He blessed it, He broke it, and He gave it to them. And something in His motions caused them to see something they had not seen.

Wait a minute, they thought…He took it, He blessed it, He broke it, He gave it to them.

· We’ve seen that before, remember the night of Passover, when Jesus was about to be crucified…

· 5000 men / two fish and five loaves. He took it, He blessed it, He broke it, He gave it to them.

God’s Pattern

God takes us. God blesses us. God breaks us. God gives us.

Isn’t that what God did with Abraham:

Isn’t that what God did with Isaac:

Is that not what God has done with any man or any woman he had every touched?

Isn’t that what God did with Jacob:

Isn’t that what God did with Joseph:

Isn’t that what God did with Moses:

Is that not what God did with Jesus? He took him from a virgin, blessed him with miracles, signs and wonders, and broke him on a hill called Calvary, and gave him on the day of Pentecost to birth the church.

Is that not what God has done with any man or any woman he had every touched?

Think back over your life for a few moments.

God Took You God took you out of something, away from your comfort zone, away from what you are used to doing. He took you out of what was familiar or ordinary. It’s a snatching stage, or a detachment stage.

God Blessed You Then there was the blessing stage when everything was coming up Golden and everything was working out good with everything you touched, God blessing you!

· It feels good! When God took you out, people said you would never be anything and then God blessed you and it feels good!

· And if you aren’t careful you will go Na, Na, Nany, Na, Na because now God is blessing you, but before you can get your hands on your hips, you go from the blessing to the breaking stage.

God Breaks You The breaking stage is where God breaks you because he loves you and you are a son and not a bastard. And you are saying, “Where is the blessing?”

· Your pride / flesh / and self-reliance will be broken.

And only then will you realize that the breaking stage is really another form of the blessing stage.

· We learn more about Jesus in the breaking stage and He is closer to us in the breaking stage.

Paul’s prayer: Phil 3:10 “… that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,” (NKJ)

It’s in the “fellowship of His sufferings” that we learn not to trust in ourselves, but to trust God.

· That’s when you learn what the Lord meant by, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.” Zech 4:6 (NKJ)

· “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Rom 8:31 (NKJ)

· “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Rom 8:37

Without the breaking stages in our lives you and I will never be able to say “God is able”, you and I would still think that “I am able”. I would still believe that today had God not broken me.

God Gives You Then Jesus took the bread and He gave it to them. Jesus never gives to people any bread that hasn’t been broken. It’s not me but it’s Christ in me.

Gal 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (NKJ)

God takes us. He blesses us. He breaks us. He gives us.

NEXT STEP: What do you find yourself today?

________ God is taking you out of something.

________ God is blessing you.

________ God is breaking you.

________ God is giving you to be a blessing to others.

Understand this about Bread (At any phase the bread was always in the master’s hand.)

How broken are you?

· God wants to take you out of your present situation.

· He wants to bless you.

· He wants to sweetly break you.

· And then God wants to give you to this GENERATION! You are a gift.

Believers, God took you out, He blessed you, He broke you and you have been given bread to pass on to the world. You will shake this city and this city will shake this state and then shake this nation and world. God will see how we are used by Him and He will smile as He knows that he did it through broken men and women.

Life Group and Family Devotional Application

1. Put yourself in the shoes of the two men sadly walking home from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They were disappointed and downcast. Can you think of a time when things didn’t work out the way you wanted them, or God seemed to disappoint you, but it turned out He was working things for your good?

2. The two me did what we sometimes do today, they taught Jesus about Jesus. Do we tend to think that we have everything figured out and sometimes tell God what He can or can’t do? Give an example.

3. Concerning God’s Pattern: God takes us. God blesses us. God breaks us. God gives us. Explain how that pattern worked in the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and Jesus.

4. Concerning God’s Pattern: God takes us. God blesses us. God breaks us. God gives us. Give an example of each in your own life.

5. Do you believe that God is ready to “give you” and use you in a mighty way? Do you believe God is ready to “give Believers Church” and use us as a church in a mighty way?

Sweetly Broken

April 28th, 2014

Broken Bread

04-27 Promo 

Two disciples met the resurrected Jesus on the road to Emmaus but did not know it was Him. It wasn’t until later at dinner that their eyes were opened. Come discover what simple act Jesus did that opened their eyes to recognize Him. Join us this Sunday at Believers Church at 9 or 11 a.m.

Come be a part of the Forty Day Challenge! Last week we asked that everyone commit to attending every Sunday for the next 40 days, throughout this series, “Forty Day Appearance”. Come to God’s house and be blessed! Everyone who completes this challenge will celebrate together with a bowling party!

Believers 40 Day letter

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Forty Day Appearance – He Has Risen Easter Sunday 04-20-14 Believers Statesboro

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Jesus Placed in Joseph from Arimathea’s TombMatt 27:57-66

The Stone Rolled AwayMatt 28:1-4

The Cover Up – Matt 28:11-15

The Women go to the Tomb to Anoint Jesus’ Body – Mark 16:1-4

Mary Magdalene runs to Tell Peter and John

John 20:1-2 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw

that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other

disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they

have put him!" (NIV) The thought that Jesus was raised from the dead was not in her thoughts. All she knew was

that His body was gone and someone must have taken His body. Maybe the Jewish leaders took Him, maybe the

Roman guards took Him? Jesus was in a borrowed tomb after all; maybe Joseph from Arimathea changed his

mind! Where was the body of Jesus?

He has Risen!

Mark 16:5-6 …"Don’t be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified.

He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.”

Luke 24:3-8 …5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them,

"Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen!”

Mark 16:7-8 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see

him, just as he told you…

Informed by Mary Magdalene, Peter and John run to the Tomb

John 20:3-10 …He (John) saw and believed.

Jesus’ First Appearance

Mark 16:9 When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom

he had driven seven demons.

Why did Jesus appear to Mary Magdalen first?

· Was it a geographical reason, Jesus was in the garden near the tomb and who ever showed up first would be the one He appeared to? If that were the case He would have appeared to the other women first or John and Peter. Mary seems to be the last one to look inside the tomb that morning.

· Maybe it was due to her extreme grief and confusion. She needed immediate comfort and reassurance and to know that His body was not stolen, but He was alive. Jesus is always moved toward those who are hurting and in distress.

But I believe that Jesus chose to appear to Mary Magdalen first, because she was the one who was once possessed by seven demons. Jesus loved sinners. Jesus loved to save sinners. Jesus was all about life change! He loved to call people out of darkness and into His truth and light!

Mary Magdalene was a trophy of God’s grace! Amazing Grace! We are not told about Mary’s past life, but it had to bad. She was lost deep in sin and driven and controlled by demons.

But later we see Mary following Jesus and ministering to Him and the disciples as one of the many women who traveled with Jesus. We see her at the foot of the cross when He was crucified and now we see her getting up before dawn to go and anoint Jesus, seemly to her, dead body. She loved Jesus!

ILL: There is a special relationship and love that we all share with Jesus after He has delivered us from our sins. Remember the sinful woman who washed Jesus feet with her tears.

Luke 7:37-50 When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the

Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, 38 and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping,

she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on

them. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven– for she loved much. But he who has been

forgiven little loves little." 48 Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." 49 The other guests began to say

among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" 50 Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved

you; go in peace." (NIV)

This is what I believe is happening here. The one who has been forgiven much, loves much. The one who has been forgiven little loves little. That’s why of all the appearances of Jesus and the stories of His resurrection, this is my favorite. I have been forgiven of much. Therefore I love much. You have been forgiven of much, therefore you love much. The good news if you are here to today and your sins are many, your sins are great, you will have an opportunity to be forgiven of much and step into a wonderful love relationship with Jesus.

Who Are You Looking For?

After Mary Magdalene went to tell Peter and John that Jesus’ body was not in the tomb, Peter and John ran to the tomb. Mary also returned to the garden tomb area as well.

John 20:11-15 but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb

12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13 They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?" "They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don’t know where they have put him." 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 "Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?" Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."

Great question. Who is it you are looking for? Who is it that you seek? This is a question that I believe that if Jesus were hear today He would ask to each and every one of us.

What are you doing here? Who are you looking for this morning? Who or what are you seeking after? What are you looking for in life?

We are all looking for something. I believe that we are all born with a hole in our heart or an empty place that has to be filled by Christ Jesus and Christ Jesus alone. He is the only one who can fill that emptiness, that void within us and until we fill that void with Jesus, we are always going to be on a search for significance, purpose, and a relationship.

ILL: The Cup. This cup represents the hole in our hearts and we are constantly trying to fill this cup with stuff that we think will satisfy. Examples of things that we try to fill our cup with. None of this is evil. None of this is necessarily bad, but none of it can fill that void, that emptiness, that hole in your heart.

When Mary Magdalene left the tomb to go tell Peter and John, the other women went into the tomb and were asked another important question by the Angel.

Luke 24:3-6 …In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men

said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!

Why are you looking for the living among the dead? Let’s be honest. Some of the things that we are seeking after are dead. They produce no life in us. So why do we waste our time seeking the living things among the dead things.

Next Step: This week I will follow the trail of my time, energy, and money to see what I seem to be looking for or seeking in life. What gets top priority?

Seek Jesus Among the Living

Only Jesus can satisfy! “Well Scott”, you ask “How do I seek Jesus, where can I find Him.”

· If you call out to Jesus He will hear you and answer your call.

· If you spend time in prayer talking to Jesus He will speak to you as well.

· If you read and feed on His word, The Holy Scriptures, you find Jesus in His Word.

· You will find Jesus in His Church. “Don’t forsake meeting together!” “Where two or more gather together in my name, I am with them.” Jesus shows up here every time we meet. (FORTY DAY CHALLENGE)

· You will find Jesus in His people. Begin to develop Godly relationships.

· You will find Jesus in serving other. “Whatever you do for the least of these, you are doing it for me.”

Next Step: I will take the Forty Day Challenge and be here in Jesus’ Church every Sunday until ________, so that I can find Jesus in His House.

When Jesus Calls Your Name

John 20:15 "Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?" Thinking he was the

gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."

Why didn’t she recognize Jesus? He could have looked different after the resurrection. He could have made himself unrecognizable. Or maybe she was so stricken with grief, eyes blurred from tears, and with no mind set of the possibility that Jesus had risen she just didn’t realize that it was a risen Jesus asking her the question. This is what I believe was happening. It only took one word to bring her to her senses. The calling of her name, Mary.

John 20:16 Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).

When Jesus calls your name, it changes everything.

· If you are searching for something more today, listen…. Jesus is calling your name.

· If your life is blurred with grief and sorrow today, listen…. Jesus is calling your name.

· If your life is full of confusion and you don’t know what to do, listen…. Jesus is calling your name.

Mary immediately recognized that it was her Rabboni, her teacher, her forgiver, and her Lord.

Now things began to make more sense to Mary, maybe she now remembered the words of her teacher when He told His followers what was going to happen.

Matt 20:18-19 "We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and

the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death 19 and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be

mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!" (NIV)

Jesus was alive! He had risen and now He was standing right in front of her!

I am returning to my Father and your Father

I’m sure Mary ran over to Jesus and grabbed him and hugged him and held on to Him like she would never let Him go. She never wanted to feel that feeling of losing Him again.

So Jesus had to remind her, of what He, her teacher, had taught her.

John 20:17 Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go

instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God

and your God.’" Don’t cling to me. Don’t think that I am here to stay. Then her teacher reminded her of what was

soon to happen.

Matt 26:64 …"But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." (NIV)

Jesus was assuming His rightful place with the Father, but one day He would return, very triumphant on the clouds of heaven!

In the meantime, the Holy Spirit would come and live not just with Mary, but live inside of Mary.

John 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (NIV)

Jesus told Mary, “I am returning to my Father and your Father. Jesus was now returning to His Father in heaven. But not just His Father, but because of the work He had accomplished on the cross, Mary is now reconciled to God and God is now her Father!

I Declare! I Have Seen the Risen Lord

Then Mary did what we all should naturally do after we have had an encounter with Jesus. We should go and tell someone!

John 20:18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: "I have seen the Lord!" And she told them that

he had said these things to her. (NIV) Mary had gone from, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we

don’t know where they have put him!" to “I have seen the Lord!”

Is that you testimony and report today? Have you seen the Lord! If you have you will tell someone. You will talk about Him to others. You will do what Mary did and tell someone all the things Jesus has said to you.

The Second Appearance Resulting in Telling Others

Matt 28:5-10 The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you." 8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."

If you’re not talking about Jesus, I have to question if you have really had an encounter with a risen Jesus.

I question if you have only heard that Jesus is alive, or have you actually experienced that He has risen and Jesus is alive!

Today as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ Jesus, seek Him among the living things.

Listen, He’s calling your name today. He returned to the Father and made a provision for you to return to the Father as well. See Jesus today, He has Risen, and tell somebody what you have seen!

Life Group and Family Devotional Application

1. Jn 20:8 says (John) saw and believed, Mt 28:17 tells us “When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.” Putting yourself in the disciples’ shoes, what do you think your reaction would have been to the news that Jesus was alive?

2. In most cases seeing was believing. Jn 20:9 say’s “They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.” Later they would see that the scripture confirmed everything they were experiencing real time. Is this how it is for you? Do you believe because you know the scriptures or do you normally receive by Faith first and understand the scripture later? Give examples of believing by faith in your life even if you didn’t know what the Bible said yet.

3. In your opinion, why do you think Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene first?

4. If Jesus asked you, “Who are your seeking? How would you answer? If you follow the trail of your time, energy, and money, who or what does that trail led to? What gets top priority in your life?

5. Pastor Scott talked about the void in our hearts (like an empty cup) that can only be filled by Jesus. What things have you tried to fill your cup with, only to be left with a sense of emptiness?

6. In this story there were several examples of “I have seen the risen Lord”, now “Go and tell somebody!” Why is that important? What do you think about Pastor Scott’s statement “If you’re not talking about Jesus, I have to question if you have really had an encounter with a risen Jesus.”

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Join us this Easter at Believers for the “Forty Day Appearance.” What did Jesus do during those forty days after His resurrection? Who did He appear to? What did He teach? Come explore Jesus’ Forty Day Appearance with us and see how we can apply His teachings to our everyday lives.

After His suffering, He presented Himself to these  men and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. Acts 1:3 (NIV)

Be early and don’t miss the special Easter “opener” at 9 and 11 a.m. sharp!

Easter Offering 2014

Maybe this won’t happen to you.

Janet and I prayed and felt like the Lord told us how much money to give to the Serve the Boro Easter Offering. A few days later I did my taxes and realized that we owed Uncle Sam a sum of money that was a little more than what I have planned to give in the offering.

Both are important to me. I needed to fulfill my civic duty and pay the government, and I also needed to be obedient to the Lord and give what He had put on my heart to give to the Easter Offering.

So I had to pull some from my saving account in order to do both (Thank you Dave Ramsey Emergency Fund!). Maybe that won’t happen to you this year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining! Janet and I love to give!

Now the government has not promised me anything back, but God’s word guarantees that Janet and I will be blessed as we give to the Easter Offering!

2 Corinthians 9:6-8 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work…

2 Corinthians 9:11 You will be made rich in every way.

This is not just a promise for Janet and me, but it is a promise for you too! So decide in your heart what you will give this Easter Sunday, put it in the special Easter offering envelope, and give cheerfully!

This special Easter Offering will be used to help fund our Serve the Boro projects. It will be used to pay for our book bags, supplies, wrapping paper, food, water, cokes, bread, cleaning supplies, brochures to give away at our Fair Booth, and all of the events that we do to reach this community for Christ Jesus!

We give it all away for free, but someone has to pay for it. I thank God that Believers Church is a generous church and loves to touch people’s lives. We already have a great reputation in our community for being “the church that is always helping people and doing good things.” Your donations will help us continue to help even more people and do even greater things in this community.

I am so thankful to be a part of this offering on Easter Sunday, April 20th, 2014! We will receive a Serve the Boro Easter Offering during both of our weekend services to support our 2014 service projects. We’re providing special Easter Offering envelopes and encouraging everyone to come prepared to give on that day. The more we give the more we can help others. I believe, and I want you to pray and believe with me, that we will take up a $12,000 Easter Offering on that one day!

This offering is in line with our 2014 Theme – Greatness as We Serve. As we give and serve others, the Greatness Principle will be active. “God blesses those who bless others.” Join us in the blessings!

If you’re going to be out of town on April 20th, 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 Easter Offering option. You can also use the Giving Kiosk in the lobby by checking Easter Offering, you designate an Easter Offering on any Sunday offering envelopes, or mail in your donation.

Please pray about participating in this offering. The amount received will be directly proportional to how much we can help others. Jesus said in Matthew 25:40 "…I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (NIV)

Your Most Thankful Servant,

Pastor Scott Moore

Amazing Grace Good Friday

Join us Good Friday at 7 p.m. at Believers as our Worship, Choir and Drama teams bless us with an encore performance of “Amazing Grace”.  Invite your family and friends and join us as we prepare our hearts for Easter and reflect on Jesus’ Amazing Grace!

Amazing Grace Musical2 

Join us this Sunday, 4-13-14, @ 9 AM or 11 AM, for a musical and visual experience that will prepare your heart for an awesome Easter season.
INVITE A FRIEND! Someone is just waiting for you to invite them.
Let’s all join together in prayer for a great harvest of souls in the next few weeks!

App Life

 

Join us tonight at 7 p.m. for one of our Life App Groups! EDGE and Believing Kids will meet at 7 p.m. as well!