The Gifts Series Promo PICI love gifts! How about you? No matter what type of gift I receive, I’m reminded that the gift giver loves and cares for me. You and I tend to express our love with gifts as well. We give the very best gifts we possibly can to the ones we love!

In this Summer Series we will celebrate the amazing love the Godhead has for the Church. A love that is expressed in the gifts God gave to the church, the gifts Jesus gave to the church, and the gifts the Holy Spirit gave. All of these gifts are an expression of God’s love for the local church, and just as His love continues, so God will continue to give gifts to us, the church He loves!

1 Peter 4:10-11
10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

God has given every one of us a gift or multiple gifts. It is our responsibility to discover what gifts we have been given and use them for the common good. Join us Sunday morning at 9 or 11 a.m. as begin our newest series, THE GIFT. This week discussing “The Gifts God Gave the Church.”

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“Amped” – Getting excited while surfing or really looking forward to a surf!

Think about it, if it wasn’t fun, why would anyone surf at all?  If it wasn’t thrilling and exciting, if you don’t get amped, why do it?

There is something in the Christian world that will get you amped too!  It’s something that we are told to do, so we would do it for that reason alone, but it is also something that is going to make our life the most thrilling, exciting, and fulling life ever!

Join us this Father’s Day at 9 or 11 a.m. to find out what gets us “Amped Up” as Christians!!

We will also pray and dedicate several babies to the Lord this Sunday!

 

 

 

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Surf’s Up!  “Tow In”   Sermon Notes 06-05-16

Mission Statement

To teach, encourage, and inspire Authentic Christianity

to the people of Statesboro, Bulloch County, and Surrounding Areas
Yell Surf’s Up! To reach the unchurched of Statesboro and surrounding areasLong Boarding (Our Goals)

  • Bottom Turn To proclaim the word of reconciliation
  • Barreled To operate in power and purity
  • Cut Back           To encourage and build up all people
  • Drop In           To help people discover their divine purpose and destiny
  • Open Beach To be a family of love, acceptance, and forgiveness

The Purpose for the Body of Christ can be discovered in the Word of God.

We see five distinct purposes for the church in these two statements of Christ Jesus.

The Great Commandment        Matthew 22:36-40

The Great Commission            Matthew 28:19-20

Purpose # 1   “Worship”  “Love the Lord Your God” Matt 22:37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

Purpose # 2  “Evangelism”   “Make Disciples of All Nations”   (Home and Abroad) Matt 28:19  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”

Purpose # 4   “Fellowship”   “Baptizing Them” Matt 28:19  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (NKJ)

Purpose # 5     “Ministry”        “Love Your Neighbor as Yourself”  Matt 22:39 “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

 Today we are going to look at Purpose # 3 “Discipleship” “Teaching them to obey my commands”    Matt 28:20 “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Tow In: Catching big waves with the aid of a Jet Ski.

Sometimes in order to catch the big wave you just need a little help from your friends;  a nudge, a pull, a tow.  This is what I think about when I think about our Third Purpose: Discipleship.

I would not have been able to ride the big waves if someone had not shown me the ropes along the way.  I need that pull, you need that tug, and we need to be taught how to catch the big waves.

Our Responsibility in Discipleship

To Be Taught

Romans 12:2  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV)

So our minds need to be transformed.  They need to be renewed.  This transformation and renewal will come by learning, understanding, and inputting the Word of God.

Two ways to be taught:    (Both are by the illumination of the Holy Spirit)

1) Personal Bible study    2) Discipleship – learning from a teacher

Acts 2:41-43 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. (NIV)

When it comes to learning, don’t be a settler, be a pioneer and an adventurer!

“The greatest enemy of tomorrow’s success is today’s success.”  Rick Warren

Next Step:  What steps can I take to be taught and learn more about God’s Word?

To Teach Others

Matt 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20      “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

·         Every person is a leader and has a group of friends that he or she can influence and teach.

  • We all have different personalities and gifts.
  • There is a group of people that you can reach with your personality that I cannot reach.
  • You have a responsibility to disciple those people who God brings to you.
  • Take what you have learned, be it great or small, and teach it to others.

Discipleship must include training and modeling.

To teach, encourage, and inspire authentic Christianity.

Next Step:  What steps can I take to begin to teach others God’s Word?

Goals of Discipleship

  • A perfect man.

Colossians 1:27  We proclaim him (JESUS), admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. (NIV)

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”  Winston Churchill

  • Mature grown up’s doing works of service.

Ephesians 4:11-15 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

  • Growth in the Body of Christ

Ephesians 4:16  From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (NIV)

The challenge of discipleship is that we are dealing with so many people at different stages in their spiritual journeys.  Some are ready to receive Christ; others are disinterested.

 The Engel Scale

(Engle Scale of Conversion Stages or The Spiritual-Decision Process by James Engel)

-8         Awareness of a Supreme Being, but no effective knowledge of the Gospel

-7         Initial awareness of the Gospel

-6         Awareness of the fundamentals of the Gospel

-5         Grasp of the implications of the Gospel

-4         Positive attitude toward the Gospel

-3         Personal problem recognition

-2         Decision to act

-1         Repentance and faith in Christ

0         The person is born again, and becomes a new creation in Christ

+1        Post decision evaluation

+2        Incorporation into a local body of Christ

+3        A lifetime of conceptual and behavioral growth in Christ

Our goal in discipling others is to move them up the Engle Scale to continued growth in Christ Jesus.

For the New Testament church, teaching was a continuous, daily task!

Acts 5:42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. (NIV)

Relational Discipleship

Discipleship = relationship + intentionality

God is above all things “relational”.

  • The very nature of God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three in one.
  • That’s why He sent a person to us and not just a text.
  • He established a friendship with us.

Discipleship is purposefully helping people live each day according to God’s plan.

  • It happens in the context of genuine relationships.
  • The people in those relationships are intentional about becoming people of God.

Examples of Relational Discipleship

Moses / Joshua        Joshua went with Moses where no one else went and would become his successor.

Elijah / Elisha          Elisha lived with Elijah.  Spending his days with him and being his servant.  He                                           would receive Elijah’s prophetic mantle and anointing.

Jesus / The Twelve        They traveled with Jesus, listened, watched, and grew together through life.                                                  That’s why Jesus could later commission them by saying, Teaching them to                                                observe all things that I have commanded you

Paul / Churches             They experienced ministry, persecution, prosperity, and suffering together.

The Key to Relational Discipleship!

1 Thessalonians 2:8  We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. (NIV)

Let’s be the kind of church and people that will always be quick to give someone a “Tow In”.

Let’s love each other so much that we teach one another, share the gospel with one another, and share our lives with each other.

Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

  1. Do you think that people have to be intentional about being taught? Why?
  2. What can you do in your life to intentionally be taught more about the Word and ways of God?
  3. What can you do to begin teaching others about the truths you have learned in God’s Word?
  4. Explain the Three Goals of Discipleship. What would be the outcome of pursuing these goals?
  5. In your own words explain the term “Relational Discipleship”.
  6. Read 1 Thessalonians 2:8 and tell us the Key to Relational Discipleship.

 

Tow In_Surfs UP

What is a “Tow In”?  Well in the surfing world a “Tow In” is catching big waves with the aid of a Jet Ski.  Sometimes in order to catch the big wave you just need a little help from your friends; a nudge, a pull, or a tow.

This is what I think about when I think about our Third Purpose which is Discipleship.

I would not have been able to ride the big waves if someone had not shown me the ropes along the way and given me a tow in.  I need that pull, you need that tug, and we need to be taught how to catch the big waves.

Join us this Sunday, 6-5-16 as we explore our Responsibility in Discipleship which is “To Be Taught” and “To Teach Others” through the process of “Relational Discipleship.”

Surf’s Up!