8-2-15 Promo

The Dirty Dozen are all examples of God taking ordinary people and doing extra ordinary things with them.  We began this series by seeing in Acts 4:13 that the Sanhedrin were amazed at the courage of Peter and James because they were ordinary and untrained (unschooled in a rabbinical school).

But don’t let that imply that ordinary always means uneducated or void in scripture knowledge and teachings.  Philip and Bartholomew were two men who were well versed in scripture and their knowledge of scripture helped them follow Jesus and be used by him for Extra-Ordinary things! Join us Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. as we continue THE DIRTY DOZEN, with “Philip and Bartholomew.”

5Five WedTonight we will continue our Church Wide Bible Study in our small groups.

Join us at 7 p.m. as we discuss what we learned about John on Sunday!

Promotion Sunday 8.02.15

July 29th, 2015

2015 Promotion Sunday

First Serve Class 08.02.15

July 29th, 2015

First Serve Class

Sunday morning at 11 a.m. we will have a First Serve Class. This class is designed for you to find out what your Spiritual Gifts are and learn how they can be used in ministry here at Believers Church. Join us this Sunday! Call the church to RSVP, 681.1440.

John

The Dirty Dozen      John        Believers Statesboro           7-26-15

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John is another wonderful example of God taking ordinary people and doing extra-ordinary things with them.  But Jesus is not just taking an ordinary person and doing something extra-ordinary with them, Jesus is actually changing people in the process.

We looked at John’s brother, James last week and saw that Jesus had named the bothers “The Sons of Thunder”.  They both had a problem of being vengeful and fiery (Luke 9:54), judgmental. (Mark 9:38), and selfish (Mark 10:35-37).

But the opposite of selfishness and conceited is servanthood and love.  James was not only used by Jesus, but was transformed to be a servant of all.

John was not only used by Jesus, but became known as the disciple of love.

John learned to have a close and intimate relationship with Jesus.  So close that as Jesus was dying on the cross He entrusted the care of his own mother to John.  Not only did John live a new life of love, but he is one of the best teachers of love to the body of Christ.

John

  • Business partner with Peter and Andrew. (Luke 5:10)
  • Presumably the younger brother of James. (Matthew 4:21)
  • Son of Zebedee. (Matthew 4:21) / Son of Salome. (Matthew 27:56; Mark 16:1)
    • Apparently a person of some notoriety.
    • Several times James and John are simply called the Sons of Zebedee.
  • From a prominent Hired servants / known by the High Priest (John 18:15)
  • Along with his brother James, Jesus nicknamed them the Sons of Thunder!
    • Both were vengeful and fiery. (Luke 9:54)
    • Both struggled with being selfish and conceited. (Mark 10:35-37
  • Fisherman with his father and his brother. (Matthew 4:18-22)
  • Pillar of the Jerusalem church. (Galatians 2:9) (Peter, James Bro. of Jesus, and John)
  • Historians believe he was about 20 years old (lived to age of 80-90)
  • Not martyred but exiled to a prison Island to die. (Revelation 1:1, 9)
  • Wrote a total of five books of the Bible. (Gospel of John, John 1, 2,and 3, and Revelation)
    • second only to Apostle Paul
  • Considered to be closest to Jesus
    • member of the inner circle, personal friends
    • Reclined next to Jesus during the Last Supper. (John 13:23)
    • Given the responsibility at the cross to take care of Mary, Jesus’ mother. (John 19:26, 27)
    • Ran ahead of Peter to see Jesus’ empty tomb and expressed faith by “seeing and believing.” (John 20:2-8)
  • Rarely appears without James or Peter. Peter’s partner in fishing for men.

 John is known as the ‘Beloved Disciple’ or the disciple of love.

  • This benevolent style of leadership was learned from Christ Jesus, but never fully developed until after his salvation (John 20:22) and his Baptism in the Holy Spirit in (Acts 2:4). Only then did John truly begin to understand Agape love, God’s kind of love.
  • In his writings you will find a heavy emphasis on love (123 John)
  • He wrote the most famous love verse of all (John 3:16 God so “loved”)

In John’s writing the word love appears eighty times, and those writings are what I want to focus on today, to show how this ordinary, rough, selfish man learned the things that Jesus taught about love, and applied them to his life.   Because I believe that we can do the same in our lives as well.

The Things that Jesus Taught John about Love

 

  1. Jesus Taught John, “The Love of God is not in everybody.”

 

In John 5 the religious leaders envy and hate for Jesus had grown so intense that they wanted to kill Him!

Jesus makes this truthful, yet blunt, observation about them.

John 5:42 …but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. (NIV)

 

The world is always talking about, “Let your love Shine.”  “Bring out the love and goodness within you.”  “We are like God’s and we can love one another and make the world a better place.”

NO YOU CAN’T.  You don’t have it in you!

The only true love is the love of God (God is love) and the love of God is not within a person until they are born again and receive the indwelling and filling of the Holy Spirit.

 

John Learned This Truth and Wrote:

 

I John 4:7 … love comes from God.  Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

 

It is unreasonable to expect people who do not know God, to have the love of God in them.

You can’t expect lost people to act or live the way a believer should be acting and living.

It’s not natural to them.  Just like, as believers, living in sin is unnatural to us!

 

Understanding that the love of God was not in everybody helped John understand why the Samaritans rejected Jesus when He wanted to come to their village.

 

Luke 9:52-56  And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him;

53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem.54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?”

55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them, 56 and they went to another village. (NIV)

 

They were doing what came natural to them.  They rejected Jesus rather than love Jesus.

 

  1. Jesus Taught John, “The world does not love you.”

 

John 15:19  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.  As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.  That is why the world hates you. (NIV)

 

The world and the systems of the world don’t wake in the morning with fond thoughts of you, asking themselves, “What can I do for you today?”  John knew this.  He had been a part of that worldly system before he met Jesus, and he too was motived by selfishness and vain conceit.

 

John Learned This Truth and Wrote:

 

I John 2:15  Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (NIV)

John reasoning…The world does not love you, so don’t love the world.

 

Now when Jesus says, “Do not love the word,” he is not saying, “Don’t love lost people.”  Jesus taught and John fully understood that we should love lost people.  What he is talking about is the fallen, sinful worldly system.  The ways of the world, the thoughts, thinking, and reasoning of the world.  The system in which Satan works to “kill, steal, and destroy” (John 10:10).   John goes on to explain…

 

I John 2:16-17 (NIV) For everything in the world– the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does– comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

 

  1. Jesus Taught John, “God loves all people.”

 

John 3:16-18 (NIV)”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.17     For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.18            Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

 

John Learned This Truth and Wrote:

 

I John 4:9-11This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  John’s conclusion… If God loves people we should love people too!

11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (NIV)

 

Why should we love one another?  John gives us four reasons why.

 

  1. We ought to love one another because love is God’s character revealed in us.

 

I John 4:7-8 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.  Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (NIV)

 

  1. We also ought to love one another because God loved us first when we didn’t love Him.

 

I John 4:19  We love because he first loved us.

 

Sometimes the ones we are supposed to love don’t love us.  Sometimes they can be very unlovable.

Sometimes, as in the case of “the world” they may hate us.  But following the example of God, we go first.  We love first, so that one day they, through the love of God, they will love Jesus, and us too.

 

  1. We also ought to love one another because this is a direct reflection of our love for God.

 

I John 4:20  If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar.  For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.

 

The worlds kind of love can appear to love God and still hate his brother, because that is based on a “What can you do for me, type of love”.  I love you because you are good to me.  I don’t love you because you are not good to me.  I love you for what you can do for me.  I don’t love you if you are not doing anything for me.

 

But God’s love, agape love says, “I love you no matter what.”  I love you if you are good to me or not.  I love you even if you have nothing to give or offer to me.

 

So you say, “I don’t like some of my Christian brothers, or sisters.”  That’s because you are only loving them with worldly love.  Let the love of God flow through you to others.  Love with the love of Jesus!

 

  1. We also ought to love one another, if for no other reason, because God has command it!

 

John 15:17  This is my command: Love each other. (NIV)             Any questions?

 

I John 4:21  And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother. (NIV)        If you love God, you MUST ALSO love your brothers in Christ!

 

I’m sure as John penned these words, not only was he inspired by the Holy Spirit to write them, but I bet he also remembered what Jesus had taught him.

 

Jesus said:       John 13:34-35 (NIV)

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

 

John wrote:      II John 1:5  And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. (NIV)

 

Jesus said:       35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

 

John wrote:      I John 3:16  This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. (NIV)

 

Maybe John remembered Jesus’ prayer for him and you and me:

John 17:20-21 “My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, (You can’t be one when you are not walking in love with one another)  Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.  May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

 

I’m saddened to think about how many people die and go to hell not knowing that God sent Jesus to save them from their sins.

But I shudder to think about how many of those never knew because believers were not walking in unity and loving one another.

 

Next Step:  I will read 1 John 3:11-18 to learn more about what John learned from Jesus about loving and laying down our lives for each other.

 

  1. Jesus Taught John, “Love and obedience go hand in hand.”

 

John 14:15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”(NIV)

 

Love is an action word.  You will show your love for Jesus by doing what he tells you to do.

This is probably the number one reason people don’t love Jesus and surrender their lives to him.

 

They don’t want to be told what to do.

 

They assume His commandments are grievous and imposing, when they are truly designed for our benefit, wholeness, and so that we can experience abundant life!

 

Next Step:  I will read John 14:21-24 and 31; John 15:10 and 12-14 where Jesus continued to teach that love and obedience to His commands go hand in hand. 

 

John Learned This Truth and Wrote:

 

I John 5:2-3 (NIV) This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,

 

I John 2:5-6 But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him.  This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. (NIV)

 

I John 3:10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother. (NIV)

 

II John 1:6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. (NIV)

 

Revelation 3:19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.  So be earnest, and repent. (NIV)

 

John experienced that God’s commands are life giving.

 

I John 3:21-24 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22      and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.23       And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.

24 Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We

know it by the Spirit he gave us. (NIV)

 

Next Step:  I will read one of Johns greatest writings on love found in 1 John 4:7-21.

 

Another church Father, Jerome, records a story about the elderly Apostle John.  At an extreme old age he had to be carried by his students into the church.  John could barely speak and in quiet whispering voice he would simple say:

“Little children, love one another, love one another, love one another….”

 

When his followers got tired of this, they asked, “Master, why do you always say this?”  John replied,

“It is the Lord’s command.  If this alone be done, it is enough.”

(Jerome 4th Century Commentary on Galatians at Gal 6:10).

 

John’s writings about God’s love show us how this ordinary, rough, selfish fisherman learned the things that Jesus taught about love, and applied them to his life.

No matter who you are today, you can do the same.  You can apply Jesus words and John’s teachings to your life and live a life of love.

 

Life Group and Family Devotional Questions

  1. Jesus taught John, “The Love of God is not in everybody.” After we are born again are we guilty of expecting everyone else to live like a Christian as if the love of God was in them?  Are the unsaved even capable of doing this?

 

  1. Jesus taught John that the world does not love you, so don’t love the world. In your own words explain what Jesus and John are talking about when they use the term the world.

 

  1. Jesus Taught John, “God loves all people.” We as Christians are commanded to love one another.  Why is that so difficult to do?  How can you increase your love for people?

 

  1. Over the years have you changed when it comes to loving others, maybe you mellowed or became less hard? If so, what caused the change?  In what areas of love do you still need to change?

 

  1. Jesus taught John that “Love and obedience go hand in hand.” If Jesus loves us unconditionally, what does it matter if we “keep the rules” or not?  Why does God give us commandments and rules in the first place?

 

07-26-15 John Promo

The opposite of selfishness and conceited is servant-hood and love. We looked at John’s brother, James last week and saw that Jesus had named the brothers “The Sons of Thunder”.  They both had a problem of being vengeful and fiery (Luke 9:54), judgmental. (Mark 9:38), and selfish (Mark 10:35-37). James was not only used by Jesus, but was transformed to be a servant of all. John was not only used by Jesus, but became known as the disciple of love, another wonderful example of God taking ordinary people and doing extra-ordinary things with them.  Not only did John learn to live a new life of love , but he is one of the best teachers of love to the body of Christ. Join us next Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. as we continue our study on THE DIRTY DOZEN with “John”, another example of Jesus doing extra-ordinary things with ordinary people!

 

 

 

 

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Hope to see everyone tonight as we continue our church wide Bible study on “The Dirty Dozen” beginning at 7 pm.

EDGE (Middle and High School) will meet as well during this time.

Membership Class 07.26.15

July 22nd, 2015

Membership Class

Join Pastor Scott this Sunday, July 26th during the 9 a.m. service for Membership Class! Find out what it means to be a member of Believers! Call the church to RSVP (912.681.1440)  if you are ready to take this Next Step!

 

7-19-15 The DD James_Blog

The Dirty Dozen  ” James ”   Believers Statesboro     7-19-15

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James’ name appears as one of the leaders of The Dirty Dozen, but we are not given that much information about him in the scriptures.  Oddly enough his name never appears without his brother John, James and John, and rarely appears without Peter, Peter, James, and John.

But he was influential.  He seemed to take on a benevolent style of leadership.  He loved to serve people.

  • This servant style of leadership was learned from Christ Jesus, but never developed until after his salvation (John 20:22) and his Baptism in the Holy Spirit in (Acts 2:4)
  • Another example of God taking ordinary people and doing extra-ordinary things with them.
  • James’ influence and leadership was so great that Herod saw him as a threat and as he began to persecute the church, he knew that James had to be the first to go.

James – also referred to as “James the Elder” or “James the Great”.

  • Business partner with Peter and Andrew. (Luke 5:10)
  • Presumably the older brother of John. (Matthew 4:21) James is always listed first, James and John.
  • Son of Zebedee. (Matthew 4:21)
    • Apparently a person of some notoriety.
    • Several times James and John are simply called the Sons of Zebedee.
  • Son of Salome. At the cross when Jesus was crucified (Matt 27:56; Mark 15:40)
    • One of the three that brought spices to anoint Jesus’ body (Mark 16:1)
  • From a prominent Hired servants and they were known by the High Priest (John 18:15)
  • Along with his brother John, Jesus nicknamed them the Sons of Thunder!
    • Both were vengeful and fiery. (Luke 9:54)
    • Both struggled with being selfish and conceited. (Mark 10:35-37)
  • Fisherman with his father and his brother. (Matthew 4:18-22)
  • James was part of the inner circle. Healing of Jairus’ Daughter. (Mark 5:21-43)
  • Put to death by the sword by Herod Agrippa I. The only one of the twelve disciples whose death for his faith was recorded in Scripture. (Acts 12:2)

Sons of Thunder

Mark 3:17 James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means Sons of Thunder); (NIV)

The scripture never tells us exactly why Jesus nicknamed James and John the Sons of Thunder.

But we know that Jesus had a way of seeing right into the heart of a man.

John 2:25 He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man. (NIV)

Jesus called him, boe-uh-NER-jees – indicative of a fiery, passionate thunderous spirit.

James was not going to be one to sit idly by, like a cowardly milquetoast.

James was known to be vengeful and fiery.

Maybe Jesus called James a Son of Thunder when James and John wanted to call fire down from heaven on a group of Samaritans.

Luke 9:51-56 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.

52 And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him;

53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem.54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?”

55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them, 56 and they went to another village. (NIV)

James wanted to do something bold and make them pay for their rejection of Jesus.

  • Maybe he remembered that Elijah called fire down from heaven twice (2 Kings 1) when people rejected the true God and worshiped pagan gods.
  • Geographically they were in the same region!

We know that the nature of Jesus was not to make fun of someone and try to hurt them by a nickname or any other means.

I think Jesus recognized a weakness in their lives, but knew that not only could He change them, but He could also redirect that fieriness toward a zeal for the Kingdom of God.  In other words a Son of Thunder for Jesus could be a good thing, tempered with grace and mercy.

Jesus doesn’t want us to be vengeful and fiery.  But He does want us to be fired up for the truth and righteousness.  He wants us to live our lives with passion!

He wants us to live with zeal!

  • When Jesus cleansed the temple, the Dirty Dozen saw His zeal!

John 2:17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.” (NIV)

  • Paul would later remind us all… Rom 12:11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. (NIV)

Next Step: This week I will pray, “Lord help me to live my life with passion and let the Zeal of God’s house consume me.”

James Learned How to Serve

James was known to be selfish and conceited.

Matthew 20:17-19 (Mark 10:35-37) Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them,18 “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!”

Hey guys, let me make sure that you fully understand what is happening here and what you can expect.

  • I’m going to set up my Kingdom, but it’s not what you think. It will be more of a spiritual Kingdom rather than a physical one.
  • This Kingdom is not going to come about as you expect either. I will have to suffer and die, taking the sins of the world upon myself as the ultimate act of servitude.
  • But I will be raised from the dead and usher in God’s Kingdom rule and reign.

But everyone wasn’t getting it.  They were still looking for a physical kingdom, taking back there country from Romans oppression, ushering in the vengeance of God and ruling the earth with King Jesus!

As a matter of fact the mother of James and John only heard one part of Jesus’ words, “We are going up to Jerusalem…”  Of course this would be the logical place for Jesus to set up his Kingdom rule, so she felt prompted to ask Jesus for one tiny, little, favor.

 Matthew 20:20-21 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.21            “What is it you want?” he asked.  She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”

I don’t care which son gets to sit at your right hand, as long as the other is sitting at your left hand.

Matthew 20:22-23 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”  “We can,” they answered.23Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant.  These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

Not So With You

Matthew 20:24 When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers.

 Who are they to ask, or worst still, have their mother ask for such positions of authority, if anyone deserves to sit at the right hand or the left hand of Jesus it is me!  I want to be great!  I’m ready to step into greatness!

Matthew 20:25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.

Hey guys… that’s the way of the world.  Not my way.  The Gentiles of the world do it that way but…

Matthew 20:26   Not so with you.

Not so with you.  I love that phrase, because it seems to encapsulate what true kingdom living is all about.  You don’t do things like everyone else does then.

  • You don’t get to the top the way everyone else gets to the top.
  • You don’t ever want to get to the top at the expense of others.
  • You will actually prefer others above yourself!

Isn’t that what still cause’s problems in relationships, business, and churches today?

  • Too many people want it their way / their preferences…
  • Too many jockeying for position…. They hardly ever ask: How can I serve others…

The Secret to True Greatness

Matthew 20:26-28 Not so with you.  Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,

27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave– 28          just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Don’t you get it guys?  I have been a servant to you and the crowds we serve.  As a matter of fact, you and I have to serve to the point that we look and act like slaves.

In Marks account of the story he mentions that the disciples were actually arguing about who was the greatest!  Mark 9:33-34 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34          But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.

Jesus responds to this nonsense.

Mark 9:35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” (NIV)

The Ultimate Act of Servanthood

Jesus also told His disciples to look to Him as their example.

Matthew 20:28   just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom

for many.

Jesus washed the feet of The Dirty Dozen, He served them, He served others, and ultimately Jesus served us all to the point of laying down His life for you and I.

James heard, understood, and took the words and actions of Jesus to heart.  James became a servant leader.

  • James served others in the good times and in the midst of persecution.
  • Not only was James a servant leader, but he was willing to serve to the point of death as well.

Acts 12:1-2 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. (NIV)

Now it makes sense that throughout church history James would be referred to as “James the Great”.  Because if you want to be great in God’s Kingdom, you need to be a servant of all.

No longer would James be known as vengeful and fiery or selfish and conceited.

  • He will be remembered for his zeal for Jesus.
  • His servant’s heart.

Lord, may we all be more like James.

  • May we live our lives with passion and conviction!
  • May we have a servant’s heart and lead with servant leadership!

Next Step: I will begin serving others today by volunteering to First Serve at Believers Church. (firstserve.believers@gmail.com)

 Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

  1. “Sons of Thunder” Have you ever had a nickname? Was it fun or hurtful?  Did your nickname accurately reflect anything about you?

 

  1. Jesus doesn’t want us to be vengeful and fiery. But He does want us to be fired up for the truth and righteousness.  He wants us to live our lives with passion!  Read John 2:17 and Romans 12:11

and define “Zeal”!

 

  1. Some people have a more natural lean toward serving, and some have a gift of serving. Does that describe you or do you know someone like that?  Who?

 

  1. Not having a gift of serving or if you are not naturally a server, doesn’t get you off the hook. Jesus has called us all to be servants.  On a scale of 1-10 with 10 as a super server, how would you rank yourself?

 

  1. In Matthew 20:26, when Jesus used the words, “Not so with you.” What do you think He was trying to teach His disciples about the world’s way compared to His way of doing things?

 

  1. What area at Believers Church would you like to start serving in? Share with the group.

Contact Laura Smiley today @ firstserve.believers@gmail.com

 

7-19-15 James Promo

Why would Jesus nickname James and his brother “The Sons of Thunder?  Maybe because this former fisherman was rough, tuff, and known to be both vengeful and fiery!  Not only that, James also struggled with being selfish and conceited.  James wanted a higher place of authority and position and didn’t care who knew it!

But here is another example of God taking ordinary people and doing extra-ordinary things with them.  James would forsake his former ways and take on a benevolent style of leadership.

This servant style of leadership was learned from Christ Jesus, but never developed until after James’ salvation and his Baptism in the Holy Spirit.

James believed Jesus words, “If you want to be great in God’s Kingdom, you must be a servant of all.”  He took those words to heart and would forever be remembered in history as “James the Great.”

Can Jesus make that kind of change in your life as well?  Maybe you are not an “Andrew” who plays the second fiddle well.  If so you and I have a lot to learn from the life of James. Join us Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m.