Outliers “Choosing God’s Way”       Believers Statesboro   04-03-16

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Are you on the broad road of life that most ordinary people are traveling? Or are you an Outlier that chooses the narrow road that few people travel?

I want to be an Outlier!  Jesus was an Outlier and His teachings are leading us to the narrow road that leads to life.  But Jesus doesn’t make us do anything.  We have a choice.  Every day we get to choose which road we are on.

Join us this Sunday, 3-29-16, at 9 or 11 as we talk about “Choosing God’s Way”.

Oh and did you hear the news?  Everyone in attendance will be given a free Outliers T-shirt!

Outlier – out·li·er /ˈoutˌlīər/ noun

  1. A person or thing situated away or detached from the main body or system.
  2. Someone who stands apart from others of his or her group, as by differing behavior, or beliefs.
  • IF YOU WANT WHAT ORDINARY PEOPLE HAVE, DO WHAT THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE DO.
  • IF YOU WANT WHAT EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE HAVE, DO WHAT FEW PEOPLE DO.

(Be an Outlier because narrow is the road that leads to life and only a few find it.)

 

 

3-27-16 Easter Promo

 

Outlier – out·li·er /ˈoutˌlīər/ noun

  1. A person or thing situated away or detached from the main body or system.
  1. Someone who stands apart from others of his or her group, as by differing behavior, or beliefs.

To be an Outlier may not be something that is appealing to you at first.  Who wants to be different and stand out?  We spend our lives trying to be normal.  We strive to fit in and be like other people.

For many, to be called an “Outlier” would be considered an insult, because we want to be normal.

The problem with that is normal people end up in the middle of a life that is really hurting.

Easter Sunday, we will celebrate the life, the death, and the resurrection of Christ Jesus!

The teachings of Jesus were not normal.  He was an Outlier.  He encouraged others to be changed and transformed by His teachings and to live His way.

Join us Easter Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. as we resolve to not be conformed to the pattern of this world, rather, we devote ourselves to discover how to live as “Outliers”!

 

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The Greastest Love-Easter

Join us Sunday, 3.20.16,  for  THE GREATEST LOVE. This Palm Sunday Musical will be presented at the 9 and 11 a.m. services. We hope you will come enjoy this visual and musical experience and take time to remember the greatest act of love ever shown to us!

 

THE BASICS OF LOVE   ”Love Seeks”   Notes  03-13-16

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03-13-16 BOL Love Seeks

We’ve been going back to the Basics of Love and looking at all the things that love does.  In week one, we saw that Love Saves and Surrenders, God loves us and saves us, and we respond to His love in total surrender.  Mike talked to us about the fact that Love Serves, and we signed up to serve in the church through the various ministries of Believers Church. We are currently serving outside the church with Serve the Boro.  In week three, we saw that Love Speaks.  We talk and we communicate with those we love, and we communicate with God through prayer.  In week four, we grew and developed spiritually by understanding that Love Supplies.  Just as God supplies all of our needs, we in turn, supply His church and the work of the ministry.  Last week, we talked about the truth that Love Shares.  When we find something good, we share it with those we love, therefore Invest and Invite.

When I first meet Janet in 1980, I made it my quest to seek her out as often as I could and to learn as much as I could about her from others.  If there would have been a book written about her, I would have read it; a song, I would have sang it, a game, I would have played it.

Now this was pre-Facebook days, so today I can just imagine that when people fall in love today, there is an all-out search launched to seek out as much information as they can, about the one they love on social media.  Why?  Because, Love Seeks.  You want to know just as much as you can possibly know about the one you love.

Once we discovered how much God loved us and we surrender to His love, we sought to fill our void of knowledge about God.  We began to seek Him out.  God knew that we would long to know Him and seek Him, so He graciously gave us His words in written form, today known as the Bible.

To the believer who is seeking to know more about God, the importance of consistently reading and studying the Bible cannot be overstated.  The Word of God brings revelation, strength, and maturity to a Christian.  It is a source of life to our soul (Matt.4:4; 1Peter2:2), and without a steady diet of the Word of God we, will find ourselves spiritually malnourished, weak, and dying.

Love Seeks to Know God Through His Word

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Inspired, God-breathed scripture is profitable for several things:

  • Doctrine – The principals of our religious beliefs that we will embrace and teach to others. The Word of God is the standard for all of our beliefs and teachings.
  • Reproof – Being told that you are doing something wrong.  There is a sense of security in knowing that God, through His Word, will tell you when you are doing something wrong.
  • Correction – Corrects the wrong and points us in the right direction.

Life would be hard and almost unbearable if we were always told that our actions were wrong, but we were never told how to correct our actions.

  • Instructions in righteousness – Instructions to help us be right in the sight of God – In right standing with a Holy God.

God knew that Love Seeks, therefore He gave us His Word.  Our responsibility is to seek to know God  through His Word.  Because we love, we seek, learn, and apply God’s word to our lives.

2 Tim 2:15-16 “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.”   Discipleship if you will…to be taught and to teach others.

 The Holy Spirit Helps Us As We Seek

Not only do we have the word of truth, but God has given us the Holy Spirit to teach us and bring the scripture to life.

John 16:12-14 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13        But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.  He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. (NIV)

The Holy Spirit is ready to illuminate the word of God to us, teach us, and bring all things to our remembrance, but we have a responsibility to read and study His word, because Love Seeks.

When Love Seeks, Love Finds

  • When Love Seeks, Love Finds Renewed Strength, Caused by a Divine Exchange With God.

Isaiah 40:28-31 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (NIV)

The Word of God will not only teach you, but you will also find that it is a source for renewing your strength.

As you grow in the Lord and began to reach out to others with the Gospel of Christ Jesus, you will find that it isn’t always an easy task.  Serving Jesus, more often than not, takes you out of your comfort zone.  Even though walking in obedience brings great joy and excitement, the road will sometimes get hard.

It’s not uncommon to find yourself in situations where your own strength and wisdom are inadequate.  Many people begin their walk with high hopes and big dreams, only to find that later they feel tired and weary.

Before you throw in the towel and give up, take a drive down Route 66 and enjoy the blessings of ‘The Divine Exchange.’

  • 1 Corinthians 2:16 reminds us that we have the mind of Christ, rather than a mind of confusion and turmoil.
  • Philippians 4:13 reminds us that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
  1. When Love Seeks, Love Finds Grace and Peace in Abundance and Godliness.

2 Peter 1:2-4 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (NIV)

How do you receive abundant (NKJ “multiplied”) Grace and Peace?

Through knowledge of God and Christ Jesus, that comes from seeking as we read the Word of God.

 Where do we find the great and precious promises He has given us?

They are all found in the Word of God.  Seek out these promises which lead to the divine nature and escape from corruption.

Grace is defined as God’s unmerited favor, and not only favor but also, God’s ability and enabling power.  God’s Grace is not saving grace alone, but also growing grace.

This growing grace will be multiplied to you in abundance as Love Seeks.

3)     When Love Seeks, Love Finds That the Lord Makes Us Prosperous and Successful.

Joshua 1:7-8 (NIV) Be strong and very courageous.  Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful.

The secret of Joshua’s success was that he meditated on the Word of God day and night.

We also need to heed this advice so that the Lord will make our ways prosperous and successful.

  • Verse 7 says to be careful to obey all the law.
    • Remember when Jesus taught about the man likened to one who built his house on a rock compared to a man likened to one who built his house on the sand.
    • Both men heard the Word of God, but the difference in the two men was that only one obeyed the Word of God.
  • Obedience to the Word of God is the key for Godly decision making, which will lead to success.
    • Mark Twain once said, “It’s not the things I don’t understand in the Bible that bother me, it’s the things I do understand!”
    • Too often, we hear and understand but yet we still don’t obey.
  • Verse 8 is also an important key: “don’t let it (the word or law of God) depart from your mouth.”
    • Jesus said out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
    • Read and study the Word of God so that you may begin to speak the Word of God out of the abundance of your heart!
    • Meditate on the Word day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  ‘You can’t obey it if you don’t know what it says.’  True obedience will only come when the Word gets into your heart.
  1. When Love Seeks, Love Finds Wisdom and Joy.

Ps 19:7-8 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul.  The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.  The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. (NIV)

 Ps 1:1-3 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. (NIV)

Delight in the law of the Lord and not to walk in the counsel of the wicked.

Delight in the law of the Lord; meditate on it day and night.

In other words, love God’s truths and think about them all the time!

Webster defines the word meditate as: to reflect upon, to ponder, to plan, or intend in the mind, to engage in contemplation.  Meditation requires a little effort on your part, but Love Seeks.

Psalms 112:2-10 tells us how blessed is the man who does two things:

Number One: Fears the Lord.

Number Two:Delights in His commands.

Look at the results of delighting in the commands of God.

  1. 2 His children will be mighty in the land.
  2.  His generation will be blessed.
  3. Vs 3 Wealth and riches will be in his house.
  4. His righteousness (right standing with God) endures forever.
  1. Vs 4     Light in darkness.
  2. Vs. 5    Good business investments and he will be a lender.
  3. Vs.6     Never be shaken.
  1. 7-8, No fear of bad news, steadfast trusting in the Lord.
  2. 9 He will be honored.
  3. 10 He will be the envy of the wicked.

5)         When Love Seeks, Love Finds Light, Life, and Peace.

Proverbs 6:23  For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life.  (NIV)

 Ps 119:165  Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. (NIV)

6)         When Love Seeks, Love Finds a Life of Purity.

Ps. 119:9-16 vs.11         “Thy word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee.”

Eph. 5:25-27                  Jesus washes you with the Word, making you holy and blameless.  (Divine Soap!)

Romans 12:1-2              You can be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

John 17:17                    We are sanctified by the word of truth.

John 8:32                      “The truth shall set you free.”

2 Peter 1:2-4                 We are partakers of a divine nature.

Hebrews 4:12                The Word is a double-edged sword, a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The sword of spirit, which is the Word of God, Eph. 6:17.

  • When Love Seeks, Love Finds Increased Faith.

Romans 10:17  Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. (NIV)

Taken in its context, this passage is teaching about salvation.  We are saved by faith, and

faith comes by hearing the Word of God preached.

I have also learned that this is a principal that applies to our Christian walk as well.  As we hear the Word of God, our faith is increased.

Someone once said, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing, and hearing….”

Sometimes, it takes a while for the Word to sink in and produce real faith in our lives.

I think we would all be wise to heed the words of Paul to the Colossian Church, Colossians 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.  (NIV)I think he is saying, “As you do church… saturate everything with the Word of God.”

 Our Promise – When Love Seeks, Love Finds

Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (NIV)

 NEXT STEP:  This week I will memorize Jeremiah 29:13

NEXT STEP:  I will commit to read the entire Bible in one year.  www.oneyearbibleonline.com

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Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

  1. What does fully equipped for every good work mean? How do you get fully equipped?
  2.  God inspired the scriptures for what four specific reasons? Explain each.
  3. How does the Holy Spirit help us when reading the Bible? Can you share an example?
  4. How does God’s Word help you walk in purity? (Ps. 119:9-16 vs.11)
  5. Romans 10:17 says that hearing the Word increases your faith.
  6. What is the promise we have about seeking in Jeremiah 29:13? The condition? 

03-13-16 BOL Love Seeks

We’ve been going back to the Basics of Love and looking at all the things that love does.  In week one, we saw that Love Saves and Surrenders, God loves us and saves us, and we respond to His love in total surrender.  Mike talked to us about the fact that Love Serves, and we signed up to serve inside the church through the various ministries of Believers Church. We are currently serving outside the church with Serve the Boro.  In week three, we saw that Love Speaks.  We talk and we communicate with those we love, and we communicate with God through prayer.  In week four, we grew and developed spiritually by understanding that Love Supplies.  Just as God supplies all of our needs, we in turn, supply His church and the work of the ministry.  Last week, we talked about the truth that Love Shares.  When we find something good, we share it with those we love, therefore we Invest and Invite.

Once we discover how much God loves us and we surrender to His love, we should seek to fill our void of knowledge about God. We should begin to seek Him out. God knew that we would long to know Him, so He graciously gave us His words in written form, today known as the Bible. Join us this Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. for “Love Seeks”.

This will also be a day for Baptism for anyone who has given their life to Christ and would like to publicly declare it!

 

 

03-06-16 BOL Love Shares

Watch or listen to any sermon in this series at http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/

We have been getting back to “The Basics of Love”.  Why?  Because in our society people are confused by the word “Love”; so rather than just give you definitions of love, we have been talking about what love does.  Not only are we talking about what love does, but in order to get back to The Basics of Love we are committed to do what love does.

Love Shares.  As a child you may have been forced to share with your friends, whether you loved them or not.  But as you grew older you had the freedom to choose who you wanted to share with or who you didn’t!  Now I think it’s fair to say that for the most part we just share with the people we love.

But something happens when our hearts are transformed by the Holy Spirit.  We begin to feel an unusual love and compassion for people that we know and that we don’t know.  Not only do we feel love but this love that we have wants to share with them.  Because Love Shares.  And the main thing that we now want to share with people is something that will not only change them for the better now, but something that will affect them for all eternity.

The greatest thing we can ever share with someone is that the God, who created them, loves them so much, that He sent His one and only son to save them from their sinful lives, and give them abundant life, and a purpose in this world! Who would turn that information down!

The Big Christian Word for this is evangelism, and quite frankly that word scares some people!  But there is really nothing to be afraid of, because evangelism is simply sharing some information with people that is really good news to them!

That’s the approach we have adopted here at Believers Church.  We express our love to people by sharing with them through Relational Evangelism and Servant Evangelism.

Mike talked to you about Servant Evangelism a few weeks ago and we are beginning “Serve the Boro”!

Relational Evangelism

Relational Evangelism is summed up in two words: Invest and Invite.

Invest

Invest in at least one person, outside of your family, who is lost.

Invest yourself.  Your time, love, energy, compassion, and resources.  Just be their friend.

  • Ask God to give you a heart for people.  Let God love those people through you.
  • Build relationships with people who are naturally within your circle.
  •  Each person represents an opportunity for you to invest their lives.

Investments can be costly, investments can take a long time, and investments don’t always pay off.

But the investment will never pay off until you take the nest step…invite.

Invite

Invite your lost friends to church. “Twenty-five percent of the adults in the United States would go to church if a friend would just invite them.”  (George Barna poll)  That means that one in four of your friends would come to church with you if you would just invite them.

  • Don’t be discouraged if they say no or if they keep telling you they will attend but don’t.
  • Don’t give up on them because they are not coming as soon as you would like.
  • Gird your invitation or invitations in prayer.
  • Make the big ask.  What do you have to lose?

You are always welcomed and encouraged to share Jesus with your friends on a one-on-one basis.

But we realize that different people respond in different way.

Some respond better to public invitation.  Some respond better in “Life Group” settings. Others respond better one-on-one.  But people are so valuable to God; they warrant an all-out search in which we keep all of our options open.  Therefore we INVEST and we INVITE.

Not Investing Yet Inviting

One of the most dramatic stories in scripture of the power of an invitation is seen in John 4.

Jesus and His disciples are traveling to Galilee and they take a break in Samaria at a very popular watering hole.

John 4:5-6 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there (a popular watering hole), and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well.  It was about the sixth hour. (Noon)                     

  1. Look for Opportunities to Invite

Being that it was noon the disciples probably said, “Hey, we’re going to hang together and go into town … maybe grab some lunch or something.”

Now, I’m sure they invited Jesus to go with them.  But instead of heading off with the guys, He says, “You all go ahead … I’m going to pull out of this circle of friends for a minute, but you go on to lunch.”

Jesus realized that this popular meeting place would be a great opportunity to meet someone new and invite them into the Kingdom of God.

You will always have a hard time meeting new people if you limit yourself to your own circle of friends.

  1. Seize the Opportunities to Invite

John 4:7-9 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”

8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman.  How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

Jesus see’s the woman and decides to seize the opportunity even if it meant breaking protocol.

In speaking to this woman Jesus was stepping across gender, racial, cultural, and even man-made religious restrictions.

  • Because of her lifestyle, this woman was labeled a “sinner” by the religious establishment.
  • She was a Samaritan—a sort of Jewish half-breed who didn’t even worship in Jerusalem.
  • Most people wouldn’t have even walked through this part of town because they believed they would have become “unclean.”

Regardless of the protocol violations, Jesus seized the opportunity.  He started a conversation with the woman He wasn’t supposed to have anything to do with.

  1. Listen to the Spirit’s Leading When Inviting

After Jesus started this conversation with a Samaritan woman, He needed to change the conversation from the natural to the supernatural.

How do you do that?  Sometimes it’s rather easy and natural, but other times the transition can be difficult.  This is when you really need to listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

By the leading of the Holy Spirit Jesus lets the conversation evolve from drawing a cup of water from the well to “living water”.

John 4:10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

In order for us to be effective in our invitations and sharing we must be led by the Spirit.  We must listen to the Spirit’s promptings every step of the way.

The key is listening to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.  We share when the Spirit tells us to share, we invite when the spirit tells us to invite and we don’t do either when the Spirit says not to.

This is what makes walking in the Spirit so much fun!  It keeps you on the edge and makes the Christian life an adventure!

People will often doubt your ability to give them anything better then what they already have.

John 4:11-12 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep.  Where can you get this living water?12            Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?”

 Two things:  1) We need to be prepared to share our story of hope in Christ Jesus and 2) we need to do it with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect, (NIV)

Notice Jesus remained calm, quiet, and confident as He shared the truth with her.  He was not mean or condemning.

 John 4:13-14 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

The Holy Spirit begins to soften the woman’s heart.

John 4:15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

The Holy Spirit reveals things to Jesus that confirm Him as from God.

John 4:16-19 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.

When people feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit they will sometimes try to take the attention off of themselves and diverting the conversation to a religious debate.

John 4:20-24 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21 Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

 Jesus reveals Himself to the woman.

John 4:25-26 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming.  When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.”

Your circle of friends may be uncertain about what you are trying to do.

John 4:27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked,“What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”

 Love Shares

John 4:28-29 (The Perfect Example of the Invitational Style of Evangelism) Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did.  Could this be the Christ?”

Come and see a man who may be the Christ!  I don’t know for sure but this stranger told me everything I ever did, and I think that this just may be the Christ!

Sincere Invitations Work

John 4:30-42  They came out of the town and made their way toward him. (An instruction time with Jesus,vs 31-38) 39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” (NIV)

Like the disciples, we can all be tempted into staying in our safe little circles.

We too can make a habit of rushing off to our lunch appointments or business meetings or family gatherings instead of caring about the people standing right in front of us.

But hopefully, the longer we hang around the person of Christ, the more our eyes will see the things that He sees.  Seeing the people around us who need care, love, friendship, community and hope.

Next Step:  Invest and Invite.  I will:

  • Think of one person that is lost.  Let the Holy Spirit bring that person to mind.
  • Commit to praying for that one person every day.
  • Make that lost person a priority in my relationships.  Investing in their life.
  • As the Holy Spirit leads, invite them to worship with me.

Next Step:  Not Investing Yet Inviting.  I will:

  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to open up an opportunity for me to invite.
  • Seize the opportunity to invite.
  • Listen to the Holy Spirits leading as I invite.

 Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

  1. How would it affect God’s Kingdom, Believers Church, and our community if each member of Believers Church brought just one person to church in 2016? What would it be like if we all brought one person on Easter Sunday?
  1. In your own words explain the concept of Investing and Inviting.
  1. What did Pastor Scott mean by his statement “Not Investing Yet Inviting”?
  1. Give some ideas to help find or generate opportunities to invite people to church.
  1. When Investing and Inviting, when Not Investing Yet Inviting, when Love Shares, why is it so important to listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit?

 

We have been getting back to “The Basics of Love”.  Why?  Because in our society people are confused by the word “Love”; so rather than just give you definitions of love, we have been talking about what love does.  Not only are we talking about what love does, but in order to get03-06-16 BOL Love Sharesback to The Basics of Love we are committed to do what love does.

Love Shares.  As a child you may have been forced to share with your friends, whether you loved them or not.  But as you grew older you had the freedom to choose who you wanted to share with or who you didn’t!  Now I think it’s fair to say that for the most part we just share with the people we love.

But something happens when our hearts are transformed by the Holy Spirit.  We begin to feel an unusual love and compassion for people that we know and that we don’t know.  Not only do we feel love but this love that we have wants to share with them.  Because Love Shares.  And the main thing that we now want to share with people is something that will not only change them for the better now, but something that will affect them for all eternity. Join us at Believers Church on Sunday, at 9 or 11 a.m. as we learn what the greatest thing is that we can ever share with someone!

It’s’ also All Tithe’s Day, the day that we are challenging everyone to give their best, their first 10% to God!

Hello Believers Church,

I just wanted to remind you to be prayerfully considering our “All Tithe Day” this Sunday, March 6th.

Slide4In light of the fact that nationwide only about 1.8 to 2.5% of modern-day Christians tithe 10% of their income to their local church, we said, “Hey we can do better than that!”  So this Sunday we are asking EVERYBODY to tithe 10% of their income to Believers Church.  I believe we will be surprised at what God can do through everybody joining together in this “All Tithe Day”!

Also this Sunday is the first Sunday in March and will begin our “March and April 2016 Tithe Test Challenge”,  I am challenging you to take God up on his offer to you to put Him to the test concerning his promise to you when you tithe.

There is only one time in the Bible where we are allow to test God.  At his invitation in Malachi 3:10b God says, “‘Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.’”

I want you to put God to the test and tithe 10% of your income to Believers Church in March and April 2016.  See if God’s promise is true.  If God isn’t telling the truth and His word isn’t true, I want to be the first person you tell.  But I have never had anyone take the Tithe Test Challenge and tell me that it didn’t work!  Tithing teaches them that 90% with God’s blessings goes farther than 100% without God’s blessings.

I WILL GIVE GOD MY FIRST AND MY BEST SO HE CAN BLESS THE REST.

The tither is saying, “Strategically, I am honored to arrange my life around God, and I will make the conscience choice to return to Him 10% of what He entrusts to me. It is not mine; it is His.  I return the 10% to God through the storehouse, His church.”

Leviticus 27:30  A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.

Fund the Fun in one of three ways:

  • All Tithe Day Sunday March 6th
  • Easter Offering March 27th
  • March and April 2016 Tithe Test Challenge

 

Click here to see Pastor Scott explain “The Giving Ladder”. http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/

Join us tonight at Believers Church as we get ready for Serve The Boro!

Pastor Mike will speak about our Serve the Boro plans for March, what Serving the Boro is all about and why we as a church feel so passionately about reaching out to our community. Hope to see you tonight!

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