ANSWERS IN GENESIS This Sunday!!

February 23rd, 2017

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Believers Church of Statesboro invites you to the FREE Answers in Genesis Conference Sunday, February 26th and Monday, February 27th. This conference will encourage you to think biblically, how to defend your faith, and help show you how to point people toward Jesus Christ. Dr. Tommy Mitchell will be our host speaker.

Featured Sessions:
Sunday, February 26:
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM- Genesis and the Authority of Scripture
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Genesis and the Authority of Scripture
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Why Can’t a Day Mean a Day?
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Noah’s Ark and the Global Flood

Monday, during the day, sessions are designed for students.
If you can arrange for your children to attend the appropriate session for their age group they will receive a biblical perspective that they won’t get anywhere else.

Monday, February 27:
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Were There Dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark? (Grades K-6)
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Are You Intimidated? (Grades 7-12)
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Jurassic Prank: A Dinosaur Tale
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Worshipping the Creator God

Everyone is invited as well as all churches. We hope to see you all at Believers Church for this incredible event and opportunity!

CHOOSE LIFE   “Choose Life by Serving”    Sermon Notes 02-19-17

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CHOOSE LIFE John 10:10

NEXT LIFE STEP:  I will memorize John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

 

Today, we can choose life or death.  My prayer is that, in this series, we will learn to make choices today that will lead to blessings and life tomorrow!

 

The Key to an Abundantly Blessed Life

 

There is another time in scriptures where Jesus taught His disciples a key to the Blessed Life and that is in John 13, at the last supper, right before Jesus’ crucifixion.  Jesus served all His disciples by washing their feet right before supper, something that was normally performed by a hired servant, then He told them He did it as an example for them to serve one another, adding this: Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

(John 13:17)  That’s a big “if”.

“If” you serve others then you will live the blessed life, the life that Jesus chose for us, the abundant life, the superior, beyond measure life that He has planned for us!

 

So, to help you continue to CHOOSE LIFE, I want to talk to you today about Choosing Life by Serving and give you some options and opportunities to Choose Life by Serving!

 

Welcome to our Ministry Fair where you can sign up to serve right here at home in Believers Church.

Next week you can sign up to “Serve the Boro”, showing our community the love of Jesus through random acts of kindness: free gifts and acts of service that demonstrate the free gift of salvation Jesus offers.

 

Freedom to Serve One Another Humbly in Love

 

As we Choose Life, we walk through the life door, who we learned is Jesus, we choose to let Jesus be the ransom for our sins and set us free from sin!  Now what do we do with all this freedom?

 

Galatians 5:13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

We don’t use our freedom to feed our flesh, we use our freedom to serve others!

 

WHY?

Galatians 5:14-15 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

 

If we could just love and serve our neighbor, it would solve all the relationship problems and fulfill all the law!  Bearing in mind Paul is quoting the second part of Jesus’ statement, the Great Commandment in Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39             And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

 

Ok, I got it!  Love God… Love My Neighbor.  But who is my neighbor?

 

Who Is My Neighbor?

 

Luke 10:25-28 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

 

Do this and you will what?  Live!  Aren’t we talking about Choosing Life?  Sounds like a life choice to me!

 

Luke 10:29-35 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30                In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers.  They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.

 

A Priest

31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.  The Priest Chose to go to the other side of the road.

 

A Levite

32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

The Levite Chose to go to the other side of the road.

 

A Samaritan

33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.

34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine.  Then he put the man on his own donkey,

brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper.  

‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

 

The Priest saw a man in need and went to the other side of the road, a Levite saw a man in need and went to the other side of the road, the Samaritan saw a man in need, took pity on him, and met his need.

 

Which side of the road are you on?

When you see people in need, which side of the road do you choose to be on?  Helping or not helping?  Which of the three CHOSE LIFE?

 

Back to the neighbor question:

 

Luke 10:36-37 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

 

Very simply put, Jesus was saying, SEE A NEED, MEET A NEED.

As far as who is my neighbor, Jesus is saying that your true neighbor is the one who has a need and the one you choose to have mercy on.  The one you choose to help.

 

That’s why sometimes when you help someone people say, “That’s very neighborly of you.”

Why? Because a neighbor helps those in need.

But the one who is serving the person in need is a neighbor too.

So, we see this beautiful God designed cycle of neighbors helping each other and loving each other just like Christ Jesus loved us.  All of this leads to LIFE!

 

The Priest and the Levite, experts of the Law, were not even keeping the law.  Because Jesus was saying and Paul was teaching “…the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Galatians 5:14) (Matthew 22:39-40)

 

Ministry Fair

Altar Ministry                                     Guest Services                                  Seeds of Love

Believing Couples                             Men Who Believe                              Edge Middle & High School

Promiseland & Believing Kids        Worship Ministry                               Drama & Dance

Inside Out Ladies                              Outreach & Evangelism

 

NEXT LIFE STEP: I will sign up to volunteer to serve in a Believers Ministry today!

 

Conclusions:

When you read the New Testament, you can’t help but to notice that the New Testament Church considered it an “Honor” to be called a servant of Jesus and a servant of others.  How many of you on this panel consider it an honor to serve here at Believers Church?

I know I certainly do!

 

Well not only is it an honor for you to serve but we as a church honor you today too!

1 Thessalonians 5:12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you.

 

(As they return to their seats) church let’s give them some honor, acknowledgment and appreciation today!

 

Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

  1. Help others CHOOSE LIFE. Who did you invite to church for this series?  How did it go?

 

  1. How are you doing with our Next Life Step to memorize John 10:9-11. Can you quote it?

 

  1. Who wants to share what they learned at First Serve and how they began to serve in ministry because of discovering their gifts?

 

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:4 “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” Not boosting or bragging, but how do you honestly see your gift being a part of the common good.  How is your serving helping others?

 

  1. Have any of you experienced deeper and more meaningful friendships with those whom you serve with?

 

  1. 1 Timothy 4:14 …Do not neglect your gift, which was given you. How do you not neglect your gift and how do you keep your zeal in serving others?

 

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Every day, and until the day that we die, we must make choices that lead to life.  Choices that play into the kill, steal, and destroy plan or choices that play into Jesus’ abundant life plan for us (John 10:10).

Today, we can choose life or death.  My prayer is that, in this series, we will learn to make choices today that will lead to blessings and life tomorrow!

In life, everyone needs a place to belong.  We are created as social beings, and we are wired for relationships.  You can belong here at Believers Church if you want to.  It’s your choice.

This Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. we will talk about Choosing Life by Belonging to a Life-Giving Church, Believers Church.  Join us and let’s CHOOSE LIFE TOGETHER!

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

#chooselife #john1010

 

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You Will Have to Serve Somebody.

The question is who will it be?

You get to Choose which Life Team you will be on.

According to John 10:10 you can choose to be on the adversary’s team or Jesus’ team of abundant life.

Lets be like Joshua, who in Joshua 24, boldly stands before the children of Israel and declares, “as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Whose team will you choose to be on?  The Death Team or the Life Team?  We Choose Life!  #chooselife #believers #john1010

It’s Super Sunday! Wear your favorite team’s jersey and we will see you at 9 or 11 a.m.!