There are certain things that can never get accomplished with just ‘Jesus and Me’, it’s going to require “Jesus and We”.  At Believers Church “WE” are choosing to partner with “JESUS” and Choose Life.

We are making five bold proclamations of what we have chosen and will continue to choose to do together.

WE CHOOSE TO BELIEVE.

  • Because we believe God is our partner, we choose to make our plans BIG.
  • Because we believe, we choose to think big and not insult God with small thinking.
  • Because we believe, we choose to take risks and not insult God with safe living.

WE CHOOSE TO BE SPIRITUAL CONTRIBUTORS NOT CONSUMERS.

  • The church does not exist for us.
  • We are the church, and we exist for the world.

WE CHOOSE TO LIVE A LIFE OF GENEROSITY.

  • We choose generosity because we truly believe it is more blessed to give than to receive.
  • Choosing generosity is not just what we do, being generous is who we are.
  • We choose to plan to be generous and stand firm in generosity.

WE CHOOSE TO BE INWARD AND OUTWARD FOCUSED.

  • We don’t just WANT to reach people for Jesus… we MUST reach people for Jesus.
  • We choose to do anything short of sin to reach people who don’t know Jesus.
  • We choose to reach people no one is reaching, so we’ll do things no one is doing.

This week we will declare and talk about our last ‘We Choose’ Statement.

WE CHOOSE TO DO LIFE TOGETHER.

This is the essence of “JESUS and We”.  If we don’t do life together, there is no “JESUS and WE”!

Join us this Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m.

SAVE THE DATE Palm Sunday and Good Friday “Seven Last Words” a musical and visual experience.

 

One Hour on Wednesday-7 PM

March 29th, 2017

One Hour on Wednesday begins tonight at 7 pm! 

Bible Study tonight in the Sanctuary. We are studying the Book of Galatians.

EDGE Student Ministry (Middle and High School) in the pavilion.

College and Career meet in the multi-purpose room.

Children’s Ministry for all ages!

Join us tonight for One Hour on Wednesday- A Family Event!

 

Pancake and Sausage Dinner!

March 29th, 2017

Join us tonight for our EDGE Fundraiser Dinner before One Hour on Wednesday. EDGE Youth are going to the FORWARD Conference in Atlanta and we as a church are helping them to earn money to be able to go.

Purchase your ticket for $6 to get your pancakes and sausage dinner!

Dinner is served at 6 PM!

 

 

 

JESUS and WE 

“We Choose to Be Inward and Outward Focused”  Believers Statesboro 03-26-17 

When you or I are in a relationship with God, it’s easy to talk about ‘Jesus and Me’.  We want you to have a strong relationship with Jesus and we are encouraging you on an individual level to CHOOSE LIFE!

But my walk with God is not just about ‘Jesus and Me’; it’s also about Jesus and We!  There are certain things that can never get accomplished with just ‘Jesus and Me’. It’s going to require “Jesus and We”.

In this series, we are not just going to focus on our personal relationship with Jesus, but our shared relationship with Him.  Let’s talk about “Jesus and We”.

More specifically we are looking at what We at Believers Church Can Choose to do together.

NEXT LIFE STEP:  This week I will memorize the Five We Choose Statements Between Jesus and We:

WE CHOOSE TO BELIEVE.

WE CHOOSE TO BE SPIRITUAL CONTRIBUTORS NOT CONSUMERS.

WE CHOOSE TO LIVE A LIFE OF GENEROSITY.

WE CHOOSE TO BE INWARD AND OUTWARD FOCUSED.

WE CHOOSE TO DO LIFE TOGETHER.

I choose these on a personal, JESUS and ME, level, but as a church, JESUS and We, will choose to live by these Five Statements. We choose life together.

Why Does Jesus Eat with Sinners?

Mark 2:15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.

Levi had a dilemma.  He had met Jesus, the Messiah, and a whole new set of friends in the disciples, but he still had many sinner, tax collector, friends that he cared about.

He wanted to introduce his old group of friends to his new friends, Jesus and His followers.  BUT Levi knew that they would never come to the synagogue to meet Jesus.  They weren’t even welcome there.

So, what did he do?  He threw a Levi Party or a Matthew Party, thinking if he could get his tax collector buddies to rub shoulders with the disciples and meet Jesus, they would follow Him too.

Levi’s plan was met with opposition, however.

Mark 2:16  When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the “sinners” and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”

Good question. WHY does Jesus eat with sinners?  (The broken, prostitutes, outcast, thieves)

It’s because Jesus is A GOOD SHEPHERD.  John chapter 10 tells us that Jesus is the good shepherd who takes good care of His sheep.  He feeds, waters, protects and laid down His life for them.  Jesus was inward focused.  Jesus also said that there are other sheep that need to be brought into His fold.  Jesus was outward focused.  Jesus was Inward and Outward focused.  Therefore, we choose to be inward and outward focused as well.

Mark 2:17  On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

NEXT LIFE STEP: How is My Love for People Without Christ?

Apathetic       1       2       3       4       5       6       7       8      9       10       Passionate

The Heartbeat of Believers Church has always been not just to take care of our own, but to reach lost people and to reach people that other churches didn’t reach.  From the beginning, we wanted to be a church for the unchurched.  We made a stand on Luke 15, realizing LOST PEOPLE MATTER TO GOD!

WE CHOOSE TO BE INWARD AND OUTWARD FOCUSED.

  • We Don’t Just Want to Reach People for Jesus… We MUST Reach People for Jesus.
  • We Choose to Do Anything Short of Sin to Reach People Who Don’t Know Jesus.
  • We Choose to Reach People No One is Reaching, So We’ll Do Things No One is Doing. 
  • We Don’t Just Want to Reach People for Jesus… We MUST Reach People for Jesus.

Mark 2:1-2 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home.

2   They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.

 

Jesus had just finished a tour throughout Galilee teaching with authority and demonstrating God’s healing power, and now He was the “Buzz” about town.  Everyone wanted to see Him.  The people probably got up early, rushed to the house and crowded in to hear Jesus.  They were taking notes, shouting an occasional “Amen”, enjoying their time with Jesus.  Without realizing it, their backs were to the door.  They had their back to the paralyzed man, the one in need, who needed to get to Jesus.

Mark 2:3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them.

These Four Men really got it.  These guys had a friend who was paralyzed and desperately needed Jesus.  Jesus was the only hope for him.

  • These four weren’t on a mission to gets Jesus’ autograph.They weren’t charter members of the “Bless Me Club”.
  • They weren’t looking to purchase a “Jesus is My Homeboy” t-shirt.
  • They didn’t get there early to save a seat for themselves on the front row.

No, they were on a mission to get their friend to Jesus!

For the crowd the meeting was about them.  Many were there saying, “What can I get out of this?  What can Jesus do for me?

  • Now if asked, “Do you WANT your friends to meet Jesus?”  I’m sure they would have said “Yes, we want our friends to meet Jesus”.
  • But if you asked the four men, “Do you want your friend to meet Jesus?”  They would have said, “We MUST bring our friend to Jesus.

Church, this is the mental shift that we all need to make.  Our attitudes and actions need to shift from “We Want to Reach People for Jesus” to “We MUST Reach People for Jesus!”

The Apostle Paul had a “I MUST bring people to Jesus mentality.”1 Corinthians 9:16 For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach…(I am compelled to do this!  I must do this!  They can persecute me, imprison, me, beat me, reject me, but I will preach Jesus anyway!  …Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!  WOE to me if I don’t!

Jesus commands us to go!

Mark 16:15 And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”

It’s the Great Commission, not the Great Suggestion!

Matthew 28:19-20  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

The Great Commission is a Command, Not a Suggestion.  We MUST fulfill it!

God did not give us a small commission, but a great commission, to go into all the world and preach the good news of Christ’s love and grace.  If you think the church is too big, your love for people is too small.  Craig Groeschel

NEXT LIFE STEP:  This week I will pray and ask God to increase may sense of urgency to reach people for Jesus because we MUST reach people for Jesus!

When we make this mind shift and realize that we don’t just want to reach people for Jesus, but we MUST reach people for Jesus.  Then… (statement two)

  • We Choose to Do Anything Short of Sin to Reach People Who Don’t Know Jesus.

Mark 2:3-5 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4   Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5       When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

Picture that in your mind!

These four guys were willing to burst through any barrier to get their friend to Jesus!  No excuses.

We don’t have any excuses for reaching Statesboro, Bulloch County, and Surrounding Areas for Christ Jesus.

  • Crowd blocking the path? No problem, like the Four Men we will go over, under, around, or through it.
  • Roof in the way? Nothing stood in their way, and nothing will stand in our way.
  • LOVE OVERCOMES OBSTACLES.
  • Love makes you do radical and fanatical things.

The Four Men Had to Break Some Rules!

  • John Wycliffe broke some rules: Wycliffe believed the Bible should be read by every person and produced dozens of English language manuscript copies of the scriptures.  The Pope was so infuriated by his teachings and his translation of the Bible into English, that 44 years after Wycliffe had died, he ordered the bones to be dug-up, crushed, and scattered in the river!
  • John Hus broke some rules:  He believed that people should be permitted to read the Bible in their own language, and they should oppose the tyranny of the Roman church that threatened anyone possessing a non-Latin Bible with execution.  John Hus was burned at the stake in 1415, with Wycliffe’s manuscript Bibles used as kindling for the fire.
  • Martin Luther broke some rules:  Luther came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.  He strongly disputed his understanding of the Catholic view on indulgences, that freedom from God’s punishment for sin could be purchased with money.  He wrote his “Ninety-Five Theses” because he believed that salvation and, subsequently, eternal life are not earned by good deeds but are received only as the free gift of God’s grace through the believer’s faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer from sin.  This began the Protestant Reformation.
  • John Wesley broke some rules:  After his “Aldersgate” conversion (after Georgia mission) he preached salvation by faith.  He was barred from preaching in the church he was raised in and where his father had been the Pastor, St. Andrew’s Anglican Church.  Later that evening he stood on his father’s tombstone, no more than six feet from the church’s front door, and preached to thousands.  This was the beginning of “Field Preachers” who would continue to spread the gospel of Christ Jesus.  John Wesley said, “The World is my Parish.”

The list could go on and on of rule breakers that changed the course of history and the church.

We Don’t Just Want to Reach People for Jesus… We MUST Reach People for Jesus, therefore, WE WILL DO ANYTHING SHORT OF SIN TO REACH PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW CHRIST.

  • We Choose to Reach People No One is Reaching, So We’ll Do Things No One is Doing.

Mark 2:3  Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them.

The four men brought their friend to Jesus on a cot.  This wasn’t a brilliant idea that no one else thought about, but no one else was doing it.  (Side Note: I like the idea of them bringing him to Jesus.  We don’t just invite our friends, WE BRING our friends.)

God put it on the heart of four men to get their friend to Jesus.  No one else was doing it.  Everyone else was rushing and crowding in and around the house to see Jesus.  These guys realized if they were going to get their friend to Jesus they would have to do what no one else was doing.

We are very good at making excuses as to why we can’t do something.

The Four could have said:

  • Our friend can’t walk, doesn’t get out of the house much, so he probably won’t go.
  • The crowds are too large.  A healthy man would have to fight his way to Jesus.
  • Our friend is heavy!  Carrying him on a mat is going to be too hard.
  • If I waste my time trying to get my friend to Jesus, I might miss Jesus myself.

We could make excuses too:

  • I’m too young, too old, not educated enough. I have limited resources, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t.

I think I will just hold off on this idea and let someone else try it.

Not only do we need to do something… We need to do what no one else is doing.

If a lot of churches are doing the same thing, and not all people are being reached for Jesus. Therefore, we need to do something that no one else is doing.

  • What might that look like?
  • What has God put on your heart to do?

NEXT LIFE STEP:  This week I will pray and ask God to give me and Believers Church creative ideas to do what no one is doing, so we can reach people no one is reaching.

“We have never seen anything like this!”

Mark 2:5, 11-12 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12  He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

I want Statesboro, Bulloch County and surrounding areas to look at what God is doing in and through Believers Church of Statesboro, and say, “We have never seen anything like this!”

Therefore, we will be: (Say it with me)

WE CHOOSE TO BE INWARD AND OUTWARD FOSCUSED.

  • We Don’t Just Want to Reach People for Jesus… We MUST Reach People for Jesus.
  • We Choose to Do Anything Short of Sin to Reach People Who Don’t Know Jesus.
  • We Choose to Reach People No One is Reaching, So We’ll Do Things No One is Doing.

Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

  1. How did you rank yourself on the “My Love for People Without Christ” Scale? (0-10)
  2. What do you like about our church that you could share with others? What about inviting them to this group?
  3. Brainstorm creative ways to bring people you influence closer to Christ. Don’t forget your online influence!
  4. Jesus ate with sinners. What ways can get more involved in the lives of people who are far from Christ?
  5. Is the workplace off-limits? Talk about how you feel like your faith could play a bigger part in your work relationships?
  6. How could you start a dialog with an extended family member or long-time friend who you haven’t shared Jesus with before?

 

March 23rd, 2017

Mark 2:15-16  

While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the “sinners” and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”

Good question. WHY does Jesus eat with sinners? It’s because Jesus is A GOOD SHEPHERD. John chapter 10 tells us that Jesus is the good shepherd who takes good care of His sheep.  He feeds, waters, protects and laid down His life for them.  Jesus was inward focused.  Jesus also said that there are other sheep that need to be brought into His fold.  Jesus was outward focused.  Jesus was Inward and Outward focused.  Therefore, we choose to be inward and outward focused as well:

  • We Don’t Just Want to Reach People for Jesus… We MUST Reach People for Jesus.
  • We Choose to Do Anything Short of Sin to Reach People Who Don’t Know Jesus.
  • We Choose to Reach People No One is Reaching, So We’ll Do Things No One is Doing.

Join us Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. for week four of our Jesus and We series, “We Choose To Be Inward and Outward Focused.”

Serve the Boro Car Wash

March 23rd, 2017

We are going to “SERVE THE BORO” this weekend! We will be at Checker’s to wash cars from 9 a.m -12 p.m. If you are washing cars, meet us at the church at 8 a.m.

 

 

 

 

JESUS and WE  “We Choose To Live A Life of Generosity”    Believers Statesboro 03-19-17 

When we are in a relationship with God, it’s easy to talk about Jesus and Me.  Me and Jesus- we got it right.  I like to have some time for just Jesus and Me.  I want to work on my faith, my Bible reading, my prayer life; I want to get my worship on.  All of this is good.  We want you to have a strong relationship with Jesus.  This year we are encouraging you on a personal level to CHOOSE LIFE!

But my walk with God is not just about Jesus and Me, it’s also about Jesus and We!  We are born again into a family of God.  We are called to stand together with one another. There are certain things we would never get accomplished with just Jesus and Me. It’s going to require Jesus and We.

In this series, we are not going to focus on our personal relationship with Jesus, but our shared relationship with Him.  Let’s talk about Jesus and We.

More specifically, we are looking at what WE at Believers Church can choose to do together.

NEXT LIFE STEP:  I will memorize the Five We Choose Statements Between Jesus and We:

WE CHOOSE TO BELIEVE.

  • Because we believe God is our partner, we choose to make our plans BIG.
  • Because we believe, we choose to think big and not insult God with small thinking.
  • Because we believe, we choose to take risks and not insult God with safe living.

WE CHOOSE TO BE SPIRITUAL CONTRIBUTORS NOT CONSUMERS.

  • The church does not exist for us.
  • We are the church, and we exist for the world.

WE CHOOSE TO LIVE A LIFE OF GENEROSITY.

WE CHOOSE TO BE INWARD AND OUTWARD FOCUSED.

WE CHOOSE TO DO LIFE TOGETHER.

I choose these on a personal, JESUS and ME, level but as a church, JESUS and We, we will choose to live by these four statements, we choose life together.

WE CHOOSE TO LIVE A LIFE OF GENEROSITY.

  • We choose generosity because we truly believe it is more blessed to give than to receive.
  • Choosing generosity is not just what we do, being generous is who we are.
  • We choose to plan to be generous and stand firm in generosity.

NEXT LIFE STEP: This week I will evaluate my generosity.

        1          2          3          4          5          6          7          8          9          10

(Less Generous)                                                                                               (Living Generous)

  • We Choose Generosity Because We Truly Believe

     It Is More Blessed To Give Than To Receive.

In the book of Acts, the Apostle Paul is talking about being generous and gives some examples of his generosity to others. Then he reminds of the words of Jesus.

Acts 20:25 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

How many of you would say that God has blessed you?

How many of you would say that I would like to be even more blessed?

Well then, Jesus’ words speak directly to you.  It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35

To give is to be more blessed than it is to receive.

  • People think that, to be more blessed, you must get more.
  • The secret to being more blessed is to have a heart of generosity. That’s how we Choose Life!
  • Choosing Generosity Is Not Just What We Do, Being Generous Is Who We

Proverbs 11:24-25 One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. 25 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

This verse paints a wonderful picture of Generous people.

  • Generous People are living a blessed life with a cycle of blessing occurring in their lives.
  • Generous People give freely, but somehow, they don’t run out, they gain even more.
  • Generous People prosper, they refresh others, only to be refreshed themselves.

Do you live like that?  If not, don’t you want to live like that?

  • It’s fun helping others, and being blessed yourself!
  • Living as a generous person is the only way to live!

Sowing Generously and Reaping Generously

2 Corinthians 9:6-11 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

Any farmer knows this; a few seeds…a small harvest; a lot of seeds…a large harvest.

7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (Greek word – hilarious giver!)  Happy to give.

  • In the Old Testament, they would get together and have parties or feasts to celebrate their giving.

When you are generous, this is what happens to you.

8  And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 

9  As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” 10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 

11 You will be enriched in every way…  Enriched in every way! 

Don’t limit this to finances.

  • You are blessed in your relationships, marriage, friends, and physical, as well as peace, joy etc.
  • WHY?  Not so you can enjoy it all yourself, not so that you can consume all of the material and financial blessing for yourself, but you will be blessed in every way.

… so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

  • We Choose to Plan to Be Generous and Stand Firm in Generosity.

Isaiah 32:8  But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity.

We Choose to Plan to Be Generous

WHY?  We wanted to be generous to our children and others.  We wanted to help build the kingdom of God.  We realized that, yes, it truly is more blessed to give than to receive, so we made plans to be able to give more.

  • PLAN – to follow God’s financial system of tithes and offerings.
  • PLAN – to climb the giving ladder. 

NEXT LIFE STEP: This week I will develop a plan to be more generous, and I will stand firm in that plan.

We Choose to Stand Firm in Generosity.

Once you are “bitten by the generosity bug” you don’t want to stop!  You will stand firm in generosity.

Paul in inspiring the wealthy Corinthians to be generous, uses the example of the under-resourced Macedonian Churches who were standing firm in their generosity.

2 Corinthians 8:1-5 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.  (They were going through trials and they were joyful poor people!  I’ve seen a lot of rich people that have not joy!) 3  For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability.  Entirely on their own, 4  they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 5  And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.

Paul then appeals to the wealthy Corinthians to finish their acts of generosity for the famine relief in Jerusalem.

2 Corinthians 8:6-7 So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. 7 But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

This is what we have chosen to do here at Believers Church!  We are exceling in the grace of giving!

NEXT LIFE STEP: Beginning today!  I will excel in the grace of giving!

WE CHOOSE TO LIVE A LIFE OF GENEROSITY.

 

  • We choose generosity because we truly believe it is more blessed to give than to receive.
  • Choosing generosity is not just what we do, being generous is who we are.
  • We choose to plan to be generous and stand firm in generosity.

 Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

  1. Would you like to share how you scored on the generosity scale? (0-10)
  2. Share a time when you felt blessed from giving to others. How does it compare to other things

that bring you joy?

 

  1. In general, are you giving more than you receive at home, work, your community, and at church?

 

  1. Tell a story of a time that you gave more than you thought you could. What was the result?

 

  1. How can you make generosity something that you plan for and stand firm for?

 

One Hour On Wednesday

March 22nd, 2017

Spend One Hour on Wednesday with us at Believers Church! We begin at 7 pm for Bible Study, EDGE Youth, College & Career and Children’s Ministry. Something for every age!

March 16th, 2017

 

How many of you would say that God has blessed you?

How many of you would say that I would like to be even more blessed?

Well then, Jesus’ words speak directly to you.  It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35

To give is to be more blessed than it is to receive.

Join us this Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. as

WE CHOOSE TO LIVE A LIFE OF GENEROSITY.

  • We choose generosity because we truly believe it is more blessed to give than to receive.
  • Choosing generosity is not just what we do, being generous is who we are.
  • We choose to plan to be generous and stand firm in generosity.

It is Baptism Sunday and ALL TITHE DAY! Let’s all bring our 10% and see what great things God will do!

One Hour On Wednesday

March 15th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday night! Choose to be a part of Wednesdays at Believers Church. Spend One Hour on Wednesday with us and join us in the Sanctuary for a verse by verse Bible Study, Worship and Prayer! College/Career age? Head into the multi -purpose room and YOUTH- Middle/High School? EDGE Youth meet in the pavilion. Children’s Ministry for all ages! CHOOSE LIFE and join us at Believers Church at 7:00 p.m. for One Hour on Wednesday!