Every year when we string up our lights and set up our nativity scene and begin to talk about the story of Christmas.  We talk about the Baby Jesus / Mary / Joseph / Angels / The Sheppard’s / Donkeys and Sheep / Wise Men / Camels, and we even have made up a few characters such as the little drummer boy.  But there are two characters in the Christmas story that we often forget and are very seldom mentioned at Christmas time.  Far too often we forget about the role of Simeon and Anna.

 

We have been talking about Jesus being the light of Christmas, and This Sunday we will focus on Simeon, who declared that Jesus would be, “a Light for Revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”  What does that mean?  Join us at 9 or 11 a.m. and see what it means for Jesus to be our Light of Revelation!

OMO CHILD Christmas Offering

December 4th, 2017

OMO CHILD Christmas Offering 2017. Please pray about giving into this wonderful organization. To find out more go to omochildethiopia.org.

This year’s goal to send to OMO Child is $12,000.

Spiritual Darkness seems to abound in our world today; evil acts of violence, self-abuse and abuse of others, hatred, greed, and selfishness.  It can be quite overwhelming at times, but the darkness that we see reminds us of why the celebration of Christmas is so important to us

The Message of Christmas is all about the fact that God looked into a world that was full of darkness and said for the second time, “let there be light!”

Who or what is your Light this Christmas?

Who is the true Light of Christmas?

Join us this Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. as we discover that Jesus is the only one and true light of Christmas.

 

Baby Dedication Sunday!

November 21st, 2017

November 9th, 2017

Have you ever been praying and someone says, “Wow, teach me to pray like that!” It happened to Jesus.

Funny, but of all the things that the disciples saw Jesus do, the thing that impressed them the most was the way He communicated with the Father.

You don’t see them saying, “Jesus, teach us how to walk on water.”  Or “Jesus, teach us how to multiply fish and bread and feed thousands.”  They said “Jesus, teach us how to pray”.

This prompted Jesus to sit down and teach them His 21 Second Prayer that we talked about last week and have been praying this week, The Lord’s Prayer. (Matthew 6:9b-13)

Join us this Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. as we spend some time discovering some principles found in The Lord’s Prayer that will help us as we pray.  Within this 21 Second Prayer, Jesus teaches us FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT PRAYER.

There are a lot of good prayers in the Bible.  There are a lot of good examples of how to pray and I love them all, but there is only one prayer in the Bible that Jesus tells us directly to pray, saying this is how I want you to pray.  We find it in Matthew 6:9-13 and we refer to it as The Lord’s Prayer.

It would seem that the Lord’s Prayer, this old classic, has lost a lot of its popularity in our day and time.

However, The Lord’s Prayer, is still powerful and covers every aspect of our lives where we need the Lord’s help and blessings.

The title of this series is taken from Mark Rutland’s book, :21 Seconds To Change Your World, which I recommend.  This title comes from the fact that it only takes about 21 seconds to say the prayer at a moderate rate.

But this 21 Second Prayer Jesus taught us will change us and change our world.

So, don’t forget to set your clock’s back Saturday night, invite a friend, and join us Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m for this new series! Our Newcomer’s Social is also on Sunday after each service, so make a plan to stay and enjoy refreshments and find out more about Believers!

 

CHOOSE FAITH Week 7 “See It, Say It, Do It”  Sermon Notes   Believers Statesboro       10-22-17

 

In accordance with John 10:10, we CHOOSE LIFE.  One of the best ways to choose life is to CHOOSE FAITH.  We choose to walk by faith, and we choose to live by faith.

Next Life Step:  I will memorize 2 Corinthians 5:7 For we live by faith, not by sight. (NIV)

Living by faith is the best way to experience the abundant life that Jesus has for us.

So far, we’ve discovered what faith is, and we’ve looked at the nuts and bolts of how faith works.

We learned that our Faith is expressed in our speech, and we talked about how to make a great reception; how to receive from God.  To sum it all up today, we are going to Choose Faith as we:

See It!                          Say It!                                      Do It!

See God’s Promises!           Speak God’s Promises!        Take Action on God’s Promises!

See It! See God’s Promises! 

2 Peter 1:1-4 tells us that we have obtained a “precious faith” and that the Lord has “has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature

Faith sees the unseen.

2 Corinthians 4:18  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Faith believes in God’s Word rather than the natural circumstances.

Romans 4:17 …God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. 

Begin to see things through “The Eyes of Faith!”

Hebrews 6:9 (NKJ) But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner.

Take Jesus at His Word

A royal official whose son was sick came to Jesus to ask for his healing.

John 4:49-53 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies. 50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”  The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. 52 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.” 53 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.”  So, he and his whole household believed.

This Royal Officer took Jesus at His word.  Will you?  See It, Say It, Do It 

Next Life Step: This week I will continue to seek and to SEE the promises of God concerning my needs written on my Needs List.

Say It! Speak God’s Promises!

Confess the Word of God.  Speak what God has told you He is going to do.

Gen. 17:1-6  God even changed Abrams name from Abram (exalted father)—to Abraham (father of a multitude)  Every time Abraham’s name was spoken by himself or someone else, it was a verbal confession of faith.

  • Matthew 12:34-37 …For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of…

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 

  • Mark 11:23 Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.

Life and Death are in the power of the tongue.

  • Proverbs 18:21 NKJ Death and life are in the power of the tongue…

I Believe; therefore, I speak!

  • 2 Corinthians 4:13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak.

See It Say It Do It

Next Life Step: This week I will continue to SAY the promises of God concerning my needs written on my Needs List.

Do It!  Take Action on God’s Promises!

ALL You Need Is Faith! Right?  Wrong!

Faith without corresponding action is dead faith.

James 2:14-22 (NKJ)  Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead…

Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?”

Even the devil believes!  Don’t ever let us rest on our name and only believe, but let us be believers that do.  We do because we believe!

Noah is a great example.  Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.  By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

Did Noah see it?            Say it?              Do it?               Yes, he did. (Genesis 6:13-22)

Genesis 7:5  And Noah did all that the LORD commanded him.  (1 Peter 3:20). 

Tenacity and Action

Last week, we closed looking at the tenacity of some of the people in the Bible who were seeking a miracle from Jesus!

The Paralytics Friends – Mark 2:1-5        The Leper – Luke 5:12-15

Jairus – Luke 8:40-42 &49-56                  The woman with a bleeding problem – Luke 8:43-48

Ten men with leprosy – Luke 17:11-19     The persistent widow – Luke 18:1-8

The blind beggar – Luke 18:35-43            Zacchaeus – Luke 19:1-9

These were also people of action!  They acted on their faith.

See It Say It Do It

Next Life Step: This week I will continue to DO IT, to take action as God leads me concerning my needs written on my Needs List.

Great Examples of Seeing It.  Saying It.  Doing It!

  • Abraham

Genesis 12:1-4 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2  “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” 4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. (His Father had already started the journey!)

Clear but Uncertain.  He had clear direction from the Lord, but he wasn’t certain of how the Lord was going to do it.

Did Abraham See it?     Say It?   Do it?

EX:       By faith, I see my spouse saved, but I’m not certain how the Lord is going to do it.

Healing        Deliverance       Revival       Building

 

  • Rahab the Harlot                                               Did she see it?              Say it?              Do it?
  • Noah                                                                Did he see it?               Say it?              Do it?
  • Daniel                                                               Did he see it?               Say it?              Do it?
  • Esther                                                               Did she see it?              Say it?              Do it?
  • Elijah challenging the Prophet of Baal.    Did he see it?                Say It?              Do it?
  • The Apostles                                                    Did they see it? Say It?              Do it?
  • The 120 in the upper room                                 Did they see it? Say It?              Do it?
  • The early Church                                               Did they see it? Say It?              Do it?

Where is your faith?  What are your actions?

Last week, I asked you what has Jesus already asked you to do, but you haven’t done it yet?  We talked about Jesus seeing people’s faith by their actions.

How are you demonstrating to Jesus that you have faith?

Dream Big!  But take action now even if it is small or limited!

Believers Church

Don’t just see it and say it.  Start doing it!

We call our church Believers, but are we also people of action?

Do we have the faith to do what God has called us to do as a church?

No matter how much faith we have in God’s ability; no matter how much faith we have in our ability to be used by God; no matter how much we believe that we can do all that Jesus has called us to do;

IF we don’t take action, our faith is dead.  Faith without works is dead!

Choosing Faith, we take action to teach, encourage, and inspire authentic Christianity!

Do we encourage authentic Christianity in others?  Are our actions inspiring authentic Christianity?

Choosing Faith, we take actions to meet our goals!

  • to reach the unchurched of Statesboro
  • to proclaim the word of reconciliation
  • to operate in power and purity
  • to encourage and build up all people
  • to help people discover their divine purpose and destiny
  • to be a family of love, acceptance, and forgiveness

Choosing Faith, we take action to fulfill our five purposes! 

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.’ This is the First and Greatest Commandment!”

Evangelism      Make Disciples of All Nations

Matt 28:19a “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…”

Fellowship       Baptizing Them

Matt 28:19b “…baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”

Discipleship     Teach 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.

Ministry            Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Matt 22:39“And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Choosing Faith, we take action to live by our “We Choose Statements”!

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.

WE CHOOSE TO DO LIFE TOGETHER

  • We Choose to Help Each Other Find Strength in God.
  • We Choose to Encourage One Another Daily.
  • We Choose to Remind One Another of the Promises of God for Us.
  • We Choose to Do Life Together Because Jesus Will Show Up in A Big Way!

See It Say It Do It

In Conclusion

We have studied many aspects of faith and how it applies to our lives in very practical ways.

We are called to be people who live by faith, and having faith pleases God.

The bottom line that God is saying to us in this series is that Faith is a Choice.

In closing, I would like to use the words of Mary that she spoke at the wedding in Cana (John 2:5).

In her words, faith is put into a nutshell.  It’s simply trusting in God and doing what He tells you to do.

Mary looked at the servants and said, “Whatever He (Jesus) tells you to do, do it!”

See It!  Say It!  Do It!                 Choose Faith!

 

Hear at Believers Church we CHOOSE FAITH!

In this series we have discovered what faith is, and we’ve looked at the nuts and bolts of how faith works.  We learned that our faith is expressed in our speech, and we talked about how to make a great reception; how to receive from God.

To tie it all together, this Sunday, we are going to Choose Faith as we:

                                                    See It!                                      Say It!                                        Do It!

See God’s Promises!                Speak God’s Promises!                         Take Action on God’s Promises!

Join us this Sunday at Believers Church at 9 or 11 a.m. as we Choose Faith!

Membership Class Sunday

October 17th, 2017

Join Pastor Scott Sunday morning at 9 a.m for Membership Class. This class will tell you all you need to know about becoming a Member at Believers Church!

 

Matthew 21:22 “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (NIV)

Believe and Receive!  There is an art to receiving!

An ill-prepared receiver will make even the best quarterback look bad.  We, like the football receiver, need to learn to run the proper pattern to get ourselves in a position to receive all that God has for us.

How to make a great reception

1.             It’s through faith and patience that we catch the ball.

2.             Keep calling the plays.

3.             Keep your life free from the distraction of sin.

4.             Always give your best.

5.             Be faithful to the team.

6.         Realize God uses people.  You are on a team.

God is still the source, but many times He works through people.

Luke 6:38 (KJV) “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Ephesians 2:10 For we are (God’s People are) God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

NEXT LIFE STEP: This week think about and list the times in your life where God has given to you through other people.

7.         Know the game plan.  Get God’s plan on what you should be doing.  Wait or step out?

Don’t make the mistake that Abram made with Haggar. (Genesis 16).

He took matters into his own hands, and the world still suffers the consequences today.

  • Abraham’s promise took 25 years to come about. That is a long time.  If we had to wait that long, would we get impatient and start thinking of ways to help God out?
  • Make sure you get direction from the Holy Spirit before you try to take matters into your own hands, in an attempt to “make something happen.”

8.         Get into the game.  Do something to release your faith (plant a seed).

  • Some of you are never going to receive the ball, because you Choose to sit on the bench.
  • This isn’t taking matters into your own hands or trying to force God to do something.
  • This is showing God your faith and taking action upon your faith.

Look at your “Needs List” that we have been developing.

  • By now, you should have recorded your needs and searched for promises found in The

Word of God for each of those needs.

  • In our “Faith Talk” Lesson, we learned to speak the Word of God over those needs confessing the promises of God over each need.
  • Now, ask the Holy Spirit if there are any actions or steps of faith that you need to take concerning any of those needs.

Are you sowing seeds of faith?  Are you choosing faith!

NEXT LIFE STEP: This week I will look at my Need/Promise List and take action according to those promises.  I will sow some seeds of faith!

9.         Be alert and watchful for opportunities that come your way.

The quarterback normally has  several players that he can throw the ball to if they are open.

A covered man may cause him to throw the ball to you!

A ball can be tipped by a defensive lineman or safety and suddenly there is the ball!

Don’t be afraid to ask, inquire, and investigate as you are sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

  • I heard of a man who once said, “I’m believing God to meet my financial needs, but all I keep getting is good job offers!
  • Another man once complained about people asking him to do things at the church when all he wanted was to be left alone so that he could have time to do something for God!
  • The young man who wants to be a Youth Pastor but would not work with our youth.
  • The young man that wants to be a worship leader but wouldn’t even come to the church and inquire about the job.  (Or those that want lead on the stage, but won’t serve the children.)

Beth Moore was a Sunday School teacher for years before she was a National speaker!

Golden Opportunities!  They are all around you!  Watch for the open doors and windows of opportunity.

NEXT LIFE STEP: Is there something that you know God has asked you to do, but you haven’t done it yet?  Do it!  CHOOSE Faith!

10.        Be bold and make the catch.

Be bold to step out and take your miracle.

Your number has been called, the game is on the line, and you have to be strong and do whatever it takes to catch the ball.

Notice the tenacity of some of the people in the Bible that were seeking a miracle from Jesus! They realized that there comes a time when you press in and don’t shy away.

We just looked at Mark 2:1-5, where friends lowered a paralytic man through a roof in order to see Jesus.  After this bold, if not pushy plan, what were the results of their actions?

Mark 2:11-12

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!”

Bold Great Catches!

  • The Leper – Luke 5:12-13

Luke 5:12-13 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”    And immediately the leprosy left him.

  • Jairus – Luke 8:40-42 & 49-56

Luke 8:40-42 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41  Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42  because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.  As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 

She died, and Jesus brought her back to life!

  • The woman with a bleeding problem – Luke 8:43-48

Luke 8:43-48 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 44  She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. 45  “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” 46  But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” 47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet.  In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

  • Ten men with leprosy – Luke 17:11-16

Luke 17:12-16 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him.  They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14  When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15  One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

  • The persistent widow – Luke 18:1-8

Luke 18:1-8 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.2  He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought.3  And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ 4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what  people think, 5   yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” 6  And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.  7  And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?  Will he keep putting them off? 8  I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

  • The blind beggar – Luke 18:35-43

Luke 18:35-43 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37  They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”38  He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39  Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40  Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41  “What do you want me to do for you?”  “Lord, I want to see,” he replied. 42  Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”43  Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.

  • Zacchaeus – Luke 19:1-9

Luke 19:1-9 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2    A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3  He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4           So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.  (a see more of Him tree) 5  When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly 7     All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” 8  But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” 9  Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 

Do you have the boldness and tenacity to make the catch? 

Do you have what it takes to receive all that God has for you? 

When it comes to believing and receiving, I want us all to go to the pro bowl!