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Change for 2015                     Believers Statesboro    12-28-14

 

2015 Theme      “CHANGE”

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 (RSV)

 

Not only is our theme for 2015 “Change”, next Sunday we are going to launch a new series called “CHANGE”.  Strangely enough we will begin our series on change with the statement, “I can’t change”!  I know a lot of people feel that way and the truth of the matter is, without Christ Jesus, true and lasting change really can’t occur.  We can only make superficial changes that never seem to last.  Next week we will see that real change begins with a supernatural change from within.

 

Of course we believe in change, through the power and strength of the Holy Spirit.  We encourage change, we teach on change, and we are looking for real, God empowered, supernatural change in our lives.

 

So, not trying to contradict, ourselves we are going to say, “I can change”, which is true as long as you are in Christ Jesus, supernatural, long-lasting change can be a reality!

 

Why don’t we think we can change?

 

  1. This is how GOD made me.

Think of some Examples:  I not smart enough. (God made some people smart, and the rest of us good looking!)  Therefore I will never do well in school.  I don’t have the ability to change my life, so I have to settle for the way things are.  God just made me lazy, so I’m not even going to try.  I’m just wired to be this way, so people just better get used to me being mean or grumpy.  I have a thyroid problem, or slow metabolism therefore it is impossible for me to lose weight.  I’m not made to handle stress so I will never lead, only follow. Etc.,

 

  1. This is how my CIRCUMSTANCES shaped me.

Ex:  If I just would have been born on the other side of the tracks, everything would have been different.

If I would have just gotten that football scholarship I wouldn’t be where I am today.

My bad home life, school experience, made me the way I am and I can’t change it.

 

  1. This is how my CHOICES imprisoned me.

Ex:  I should have listened to my mother and not married my husband!  Now I will never be happily married!

I shouldn’t have dropped out of college, now things will never get any better for me.

I should have taken that good paying job when it was offered to me, now I will never get another chance for change.

I made some bad relationship choices, now I’m doomed to suffer the consequences every day.

 

Next Step: Consider what excuses you have given yourself as to why you can’t change.

 

How do I bring about change in my life?

 

  1. Focus on changing one thing instead of EVERYTHING.

“An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions.” Proverbs 17:24

EX:  2015 is going to be different!  I’m going to floss my teeth every day, spend more time with my wife, spend more time with my kids, take more time for myself, increase my work productivity, take more time off, exercise, go on a diet, learn Spanish, take guitar lessons, take better care of my yard, get a pet, stop getting mad at my co-workers, read 10 chapters in the Bible every day, pray more, go to church, volunteer to serve, join the neighborhood association, join the PTO, join the board for a local non-profit, start my own business, read one book per month and be an overall better person!

 

  1. Focus on victory ONE day at a time.

Matt 6:34  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (NIV)

 

“Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11

 

This is a statement that Jesus taught His disciples to include in their prayers.  It is an acknowledgment that God is the provider of all of our daily needs. (Physical, Mental, and Spiritual)  It suggests an attitude of looking to God as the sole provider of all our substance and being.  It’s a statement that we are not self-reliant, thinking, “I can take care of myself.”  “I can make any change that I think needs to be made!”  It’s saying God I need you daily!  I can worry about tomorrow all day long if I want too, but I need you to help me live my life for you TODAY!  I celebrate that, with your help Lord, I was able to make a change in my life for the good and we got through this day together.

 

  1. Focus on God’s power not WILLPOWER.

 

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

 

“To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.”

Colossians 1:29

 

Philippians 2:13 (NLT)  For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.

 

  1. Focus on GOOD things not bad things.

“Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right and pure… think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.”  Philippians 4:8 (LB)

 

Our minds seem to default to all the reasons when we can’t change, what’s wrong about us, and our weaknesses and inabilities.  But we need to focus on the good things of God.  The good changes He has helped us make.  The good that change will bring about.  And the good news that in Christ Jesus we can have lasting change!

 

  1. Focus on DOING good not feeling good.

“Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” Galatians 5:16

 

Rather than say, “Today I’m not going to do this or that.  Why not say, “Lord, I just die to myself and surrender my life to the leadership of the Holy Spirit today!”  “Help me to hear your voice, obey your voice, and live by the Spirit and walk in the Spirit.”

 

Living by the Spirit will produce some fruit in your life!  Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Which is really God control!)

 

Good actions will generally produce good feelings.

You may not feel like doing good or doing the right thing, but do it anyway.

 

  1. Focus on people who can HELP you, not hinder you.

“Do not be misled. Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

“If you want to soar like an eagle, don’t hang out with buzzards.”

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12

1 Corinthians 5:11  But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.  (NIV)

 

Next Step: 

1) Ask God what relationship needs to be initiated?


2) Ask God what relationship needs to be nurtured?

3) Ask God what relationship needs to be restored?

4) Ask God what relationship needs to be severed?

 

  1. Focus on PROGRESS not on perfection.

 

The Christian walk is a marathon, not a sprint!  Persevere, don’t quit.  Know that God is working within you and He will finish what He started!

 

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6

 

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

2 Corinthians 3:18 (RSV)

 

Next Step: I will make a list of areas in my life that I know

God can help me change in 2015

 

Next Step: I will share my story of positive change at www.ireallywant2change.com

 

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12-14-14The Arrival      SHARE THE STORY     Believers Statesboro    12-14-14

Adapted from Don Wilson The Arrival

 Watch or listen on line at  http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/

What have we missed while we were sleeping?

Jerusalem – sleeping when Jesus was born – still waiting for the Messiah

America – Are we so caught up in materialism, consumerism and pleasure?

Only 17% of Americans currently attend church on any given weekend.

Are we asleep as to what is happening in our world today?

If we are not careful, at Christmas, we can miss the real story of what Jesus came into this world to do.

 Bethlehem – 2,000 years ago that little town was sleeping.  They weren’t expecting anything unusual to happen – But it did!

 One Sleepy Night in Bethlehem

Luke 2:8-20 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.

9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20         The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (NIV)

The everlasting light has shined in our darkness!  The hopes and fears of all of us are found in Jesus Christ.  Therefore we want to worship Him and we find ourselves compelled to make Him known to others in order that they may worship Him also.

 On that first Christmas night, the shepherds, the lowest of all professions, were the first to hear the message of the angel and the first to witness Jesus’ birth.  They were also the first ones given the responsibility to share the story of His birth with others.

 The Bible says that they took their responsibility seriously and returned from the manger and spread the news of His birth to others.  But somewhere along the way – the church has stopped passing on the good news of Jesus.  Only 17% of Americans even go to church!

 If the church would have been faithful to sharing the story of Jesus, the world would have been evangelized a long time ago.

 Teaching, Encouraging, and Inspiring Authentic Christianity

If we are going to fulfill our mission in this city, state, and world, the church must do four things.

  1. The church must understand its calling.

Many churches in America today are unhealthy because they do not understand their purpose.  They have not come to grips with who they are nor what they are called to be.

There are at least two false images of the church today.

  • The Religious Club (introverted Christianity)

According to this image, the local church resembles the local golf club, except the common interest of the members happens to be God rather than golf.

They are religious people who enjoy doing religious things together.

They pay their tithes and expect certain privileges.

 HATCH – dedicate babies.          MATCH – marry children           DISPATCH – bury parents

 They have forgotten that the church is the only organization in the world which exists for the benefits

of its non-members.

  • Secular Mission (extroverted service without Christ)

This is an over-reaction to self-centered Christianity.

We are involved in the community, but we never mention Jesus.

Then we are no different than any other service club or group.

I believe that two things are needed if we are to understand our purpose.

We have a responsibility to worship God and to serve the world.

Isn’t that what the shepherds did when they found Jesus?

Luke 2 (v.16)  So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

(v.17)  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about

(v.20)  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God…

Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21

 God has called us out of the world to worship Him and then sent us back into the world to witness and to serve.  (Worship / Share and Serve) (Share and Serve / Worship)

 We are both HOLY and WORLDLY at the same time.

If we are not holy and distinct from the world we have nothing to say because we are compromised.

If, on the other hand, we are not involved in the hurts and struggles of the world, we have no one to serve because we are insulated.

 Our worship leads to witness and our witness leads to worship.

 Without this balanced biblical understanding of the church, we will never fulfill our mission.

Did the shepherds bow down and worship Him at the manger?  They returned and spread the word regarding what they had seen and heard.  So that more would come and worship – and then go and witness!  It is a perpetual circle – worship/witness/worship/witness

  1. The church must evaluate its strategy.

The most common fault of the church is that it is structured for worship and fellowship rather than mission.

 Church based activities – something happening every night for church people

Small groups with my Christian friends, Bible studies, fellowship etc.

Something for my children to keep them busy with activities

 We at Believers Church are committed to:

  • BE A CHURCH FOR THE UN_CHURCHED.
  • Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness.
  • To seek and search for the LOST – Because Lost People Matter to God.

 We have to keep asking ourselves are we organized for ourselves or for others.

“To Teach, Encourage, and Inspire Authentic Christianity (among ourselves?) to the people of Statesboro, Bulloch County, and Surrounding areas.”

 The great commission and the great commandment make a great church.

Go and make disciples of all nations….baptizing them….and teaching them to

obey all things.” Matthew 28:19-20

 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart…soul and mind…. and love your

neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39

 Like the Shepherds, the church must – worship and witness.

The church universal, and we as a local church, must evaluate our strategy

  1. The church must express its message.

What is the central focus of our message?

Stop and think about the confused messages we hear from the church today.

  • God wants to bless you financially
  • God wants you to have a positive mental attitude
  • God wants to give you physical healing
  • God wants you to feel good about yourself

That is not to be the central focus of our message.

That is not the most important thing to be preaching about.

 1 Cor 15:3-4  For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, (NIV)

 We do not share the gospel if we do not share this truth.

God loved us in sending Jesus.

Jesus died for our sins and rose again.

If we repent of our sins, and accept Jesus by faith, He will forgive us, offer us eternal life and make us members of his church.

 The central focus of our message must be Jesus.

The struggle is sharing the message in a way that connects with the world.

 We must learn how to contextualize the message or we will become irrelevant.

Communicate the truth of the gospel clearly and simply so that 21ST  Century men and women will understand our message!

Our message does not change – it is the truth of God.  But culture is every changing.  What’s cool and relevant today it totally outdated tomorrow.  Rather battling culture we should leverage it for Jesus!

 The church must understand its calling – worship and witness

The church must evaluate its strategy – in the world but not like the world

The church must express its message – share Jesus in everyday language

  1. The church must model its values.

God’s purpose is that the good news of Jesus is displayed visually as well as verbally.  God’s love is seen in word and in deed.

Christians need to look like what they are talking about.

If our life contradicts our message, we lack credibility.

 The greatest hindrance to evangelism is lack of integrity in the evangelist.

 What gave power and believability to the shepherd’s story about Jesus?

The changed lives of the shepherds – husbands, fathers, neighbors

 How do people see God today?            Some say – I don’t see God!

  • God is seen in creation – beauty of this world, birth, uniqueness
  • God is seen in Jesus Christ – If you have seen me, seen the Father
  • God is seen in Christians – by the way we live in community (love each other – no discrimination by age, sex, race, rank) (extend grace and forgiveness to others when they mess up)

I Jn 4:12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. (NIV)

 Do you want to see the ministry of Jesus Christ grow in this city?

Do you want to see the ministry of Believers Church grow in this city?

Then people must see Jesus living in us.

How? By the way we treat each other. By the way we treat those outside the church.

 OK – What’s the program?  How are we going to get this started?

         Who is going to organize this?  Where can I get the training?

The Christmas story is not a program, it is a person, it is Jesus Christ.

If you truly worship Him, then you must naturally want to share Him with others.

How do you share Jesus?  By what you say and by how you live your life.

How do we get started?

 Life Application: The story has to start with you!

 “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help.  But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust?  And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted?  And how can they hear if nobody tells them?  And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it.”

Romans 10: 13-15 Message

 

Next Step:  I will share the story of Christ with others.

Next Step:  I will worship Jesus with my heart, soul and mind.

 

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Join us Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. for JINGLE JAM, our Believing Kids Musical! You don’t want to miss this opportunity to see our children perform.

We will have our church wide Christmas party in the pavilion immediately after the production, so bring an appetizer to share!

 

 

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The Arrival    STAY THE COURSE      Believers Statesboro    12-07-14

Adapted from Dr. Don Wilson, The Arrival

Have you ever felt like quitting?  You just want to give up because you are discouraged.

You said, “This is too hard. I can’t keep going.”

Last week we talked about Starting a Journey with a step of obedience so that we will arrive where God wants us to arrive.  Some never take the first step.  But even if you do, you will never arrive at your destination unless you “Stay the Course”.

Most people aren’t defeated, they just simply give up.  How to we Stay the Course?  How do we arrive at God’s desired destination for us?

“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

Perseverance – to remain firm under pressure to hold out, to stand firm, to remain steadfast.

Look at the example of Jesus in Hebrews 12:2 “He endured the cross”

Vs. 3 “He endured opposition from sinful men”  Jesus didn’t quit. He endured.  He persevered to the end.

PRINCIPLES OF PERSEVERANCE

“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”  Hebrews 10:36

What are some things we must do to stay the course in life and finish strong?

In the Christmas story we see several examples of perseverance.  The things we talked about last week that Mary and Joseph went through required perseverance.  But think about the journey of the wise men as well.  It required perseverance and a plan.

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)

1.You must have a plan.

Before you enter a big race, start a new business, go on a family vacation or make a major change in your life – you spend months and months of planning and preparation.  You develop a game plan to accomplish your goal.

The wise men had to develop a very detailed plan for their journey to find the Christ child.

  • Their journey to and from Bethlehem was a 3-4 year endeavor.
  • They traveled all the way from Persia.
  • They would have traveled through Iran, Iraq, Syria and Israel.
  • They had to estimate the cost for this enormous project. (Money for food, animals, costly gifts, etc.)
  • How many people and animals would they need for the journey?

God is a God who makes BIG PLANS

  • Genesis tells about his plan of creation.
  • The N.T. tells about His plan of redemption. (sending Jesus)
  • God has a plan for your life.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you

and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

 

Some of you are making plans for your Christmas journey.

Some of you are making plans for the Arrival of friends and family for Christmas.

Some of are you are already making plans for 2015!

But…

  • What is your plan for spiritual growth?
  • What is your plan for a long and fulfilling marriage?
  • What is your plan for raising Godly children?
  • What is your plan to use your money to advance the kingdom of Jesus?

 

If you aim at nothing – you will surely hit it.  You need to have a plan.

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3

2.You must have a sense of pace.

The right pace is important in life in order to maintain balance.  The right pace is important in a race in order to finish.  Remember our theme for 2015 is going to be “CHANGE”.

Stop and think about a change you want to make in your life. Lose weight – Exercise – Journal – Read through the Bible.  What if you worked at it every day for 2 years!  The length of the wise men’s journey.

Too fast – you burn out

Too slow – you miss opportunities

Remember the game Oregon Trail?

Traveling in a covered wagon across the plains, over the Rocky Mountains, and on to the Pacific Ocean.

Oxen – leave sooner because they travel slower, eat on the way

Horses – leave later because they travel faster, take food.

You had to pass over the Mountains before winter hit and the snow set in.

The actual pioneers had to pace themselves and prepare for the unexpected.

That journey was like running a marathon.

 

The Christian life is a marathon; a long-term thing.

We need to learn how to pace ourselves for the long haul.  But don’t go so slow you miss your opportunity!

 

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a

harvest if we do not give up.”  Galatians 6:9

God modeled pacing!  God rested!  He was not exhausted.

“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing, so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.”  Genesis 2:2

You might be thinking – “I would rather burn out than rust out.”

  • The problem is: either way you are out!
  • Stay the course. Learn how to pace yourself for the long haul.

3.You must learn how to deal with discouragement.

Every journey in life has setbacks, periods of intense pain, frustration, discouragement and feelings of failure.  Remember what your coach use to tell you, “No pain – no gain.”

Life is full of pain.  Sometimes we feel like it’s just too much pain and that’s when we really get discouraged and want to quit.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4

The wise men had to deal with discouragement on their journey.

  • What if we run out of food for ourselves and the animals?
  • What if we are attacked by robbers and killed?
  • What if the star in the sky stops shinning?
  • What if we run out of money and can’t complete the journey?

Testing, discouragement (pain, setbacks) develops perseverance.

Perseverance completed develops character and maturity.

  •  You almost drown the first time you tried to swim.
  • You probably didn’t hit the ball the first time you swung a bat.
  • Michael Jordan was cut from his junior high basketball team at age 15.
  • Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor for a lack of ideas.
  • Albert Einstein’s teacher described him as mentally slow.

Mistakes and setbacks are the doorway to discovery and success.

4. You must have a healthy support system.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up.” Ecclesiastics 4:9-10

All of us need others to encourage us and help us stay the course.

What picture do you have in your mind of the wise men traveling to find Jesus?

Three men on three camels

Huge caravan of people and animals

In my mind – their traveling party would look like a Tour De France support team.

They had people to take care of the animals.

They had people to prepare the food.

They had people to handle sleeping arrangements – camp out for 2 years.

They had people to protect them through dangerous territory.

The success of their journey depended on a healthy support system.

 

When God spoke to Janet and I to start Believers Church, one of the first things we started doing was looking for a support team.  We knew we would need the support of other people.

 

Losing weight or exercising – you need a healthy support system!

Overcoming destructive habits – you need a healthy support system!

Fulfilling God’s purpose for your life, you need a healthy support system!

What is the make up of a healthy support system?

  • model – an example (we have a great crowd of witnesses)
  • motivator – encouragement (they lift your spirit)
  • mentor – accountability (they know the worst & still love you)

Fear and pride will keep you from finding a healthy support system.

5.You must keep your eye on the goal.

“One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:13-14

 

Remember – it took them at least 2 years for the magi to find Jesus at home with his parents.

No doubt they had times when they wondered if the trip was all worth it.

  • Will we ever find the Christ child?
  • We should have turned back and saved all the time and money.

Sorrow looks back – Worry looks around – Faith looks ahead.

Never take your eyes off of the finish line.  Faith looks ahead.

What does the finish line look like to you?

  • Overcoming an addiction – Losing 40 pounds – Exercising 3 times a week
  • Finishing your degree – Starting a new business
  • Having a child – Having your child move out
  • Reading through the Bible in one year – Winning your family to Christ.

 

NEXT STEP: I will prayerfully consider what the finish line looks like for me.

What does the finish line look like to you? ______________________________

 

The finish line, the goal for the wise men was finding Jesus!  They refused to stop until they found him.

“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” Calvin Coolidge

GET UP AND WIN THE RACE

There comes a time in each of our lives when we run up against an overwhelming obstacle, or an incredible challenge, or an intimidating opportunity and we’re forced to decide if we’re going to QUIT AND GIVE UP or PERSEVERE and STAY THE COURSE.

Keep pressing on – stay the course – keep getting up and don’t quit!

“Don’t get me wrong.  By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning me onward – to Jesus.  I’m off and running and I’m not looking back.”  Philippians 3:13-14 The Message

NEXT STEP:  I will prayerfully consider what principles I need to incorporate in my life to help me stay the course and finish strong?  ___________________________________

 

12-8-14

Dear Believers Church Family,

I was very moved by the Omo Child video we showed in church yesterday.  It brought many people to tears.  You can watch this video on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Believers-Church-of-Statesboro/11605987786?hc_location=timeline.  The awesome thing is that we all played a part in the rescue of those 37 children considered Mingi (cursed).  Believers Church also helped eradicate Mingi in the Kara Tribe!

 

We can still do more.  Please pray and ask the Lord what he would have you give this Sunday, 12-14-14, for our Omo Child Christmas Offering.

 

One of the main reasons Mingi was ended in the Kara tribe was due to the efforts of our friend, Lale Labuko, who not only spoke out about Mingi, but rescued 37 children who were destined to die.  The children now reside at the OMO CHILD home in Jinka, Ethiopia, which you have helped support and furnish.  Our hopes are to raise these children in a healthy, Christ centered environment, educate them, and then allow the other tribes to see that this children certainly were not cursed, but blessed!

 

This Sunday, I’m inviting everyone connected to Believers Church to participate in our 3rd Annual Christmas Offering.  This is the time of year where we put our faith into action.  As we buy gifts for other people, we want our largest, most extravagant gift to go to Jesus.  Jesus said in Matthew 25 that as we feed, water, clothe, and care for “the least of these” we are doing it to Jesus!

Christmas Offering 2014

What will our gifts accomplish this Christmas?

  • We bear a heavy burden to help take care of all 37 precious children. The financial need for 2015 is $200,000.  It cost at least $10,000 a month to care for the children alone.

 

  • Even though tremendous progress has been made in the Omo Valley, there are still 45,000 Hamar people that still practice Mingi. We are committed to seeing Mingi eliminated in the Omo Valley, and will continue to raise awareness as we partner together with Omo Child.

 

 

This Sunday, December 14, 2014, we will receive a Christmas Offering during both of our weekend services to support Omo Child.  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 $12,000 Christmas Offering on that one day!

 

If you’re going to be out of town on December 14, 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 set up an account with our new system at https://believers.infellowship.com  Click on “Sign-up” and walk through the steps.  It is quick and easy.  You can also use the Giving Kiosk in the lobby, designate “Christmas Offering” on any normal Sunday envelopes, or mail in your donation.

 

Please pray about participating and let’s bless the Omo Children.  Please visit http://omochild.org for pictures of the children and watch the many informative videos as well.

 

Your most grateful servant,

 

Pastor Scott Moore