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This year at Believers Church our theme has been “Transformed”.  We are transformed by salvation and sanctification. Salvation is the moment we truly believe that God loved us so much He sent Jesus as the Christ to save us from our sins and we not only believe but we ask Jesus to forgive us and ask to receive Jesus as our Savior.  At the moment of salvation our spirit man receives life!  Made new, born again!  As of that very moment if we were to die, we will go to heaven as a child of God.  We are 100% saved.  You can’t get any more saved than that.  All you did was believe, ask, and receive.

2 Corinthians 3:18  And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

We have a responsibility in this process too.  We are not to conform to the pattern or ways of this world (Romans 12:2) but rather we are to be “Holy”.  We are to live lives of “Holiness”.

Join us this Sunday at 9 or 11 AM as we begin our new series Holy Transformed.

During this Wild Wild West series, I hope you were able to follow the adventures of Ted and Will with us.  They were two city slickers that wanted to be authentic cowboys.  They learned a lot at the dude ranch about being a cowboy, but it wasn’t easy for them.  They learned through the “school of hard knocks”.  It sure would have been easier if they had been raised by authentic cowboys and began developing cowboy skills as children.  It would have been helpful had they learned to be “wranglers” (the young cowboy on the cattle drives that primarily took care of the horses) before they attempted to be cowboys.

 

Many of us as adults have struggled with living out the reality of being authentic Christians as we are being transformed into the image of Christ, mainly because many of us didn’t have the joy and privilege of being raised in a godly family and trained in the ways of the Lord.  Now, we are getting it, but often we too are learning things through the school of hard knocks.

 

We don’t want this for our children and the children of Believers Church.  We want to train these little cowboys and cowgirls, these wranglers, in the ways of the Lord while they are young.

Therefore, we put a high value on our children here at Believers Church.

 

Join us Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. for an exciting Family Worship Sunday. We will welcome our Believing Kids into the sanctuary, take communion together as families and also this is an exciting day as we will make our commitments to the Build a Child; Build a Church campaign!

 

Our purpose is our Bridle!


A bridle is a piece of equipment used to direct a horse. The "bridle" includes both the headstall that holds a bit that goes in the mouth of a horse and the reins that are attached to the bit. We don’t decide what our purpose will be; we discover the purpose for which Christ Jesus has created our church.  We wear His bridle; He controls the reigns.


Jesus founded the Church, died for the Church, filled His Church with the Holy Spirit, and will return for the Church.  Therefore, it stands to reason that He also has a purpose for the Church.


Join us Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. as we continue the WILD WILD WEST. “Saddle Up!” and get ready to learn our purpose.


Successful Cattle Drives-the Goal of every Cowboy.

 

Cattle drives had to strike a balance between speed and the weight of the cattle.  While cattle could be driven as far as 25 miles in a single day, they would lose so much weight that they would be hard to sell when they reached the end of the trail.  In order to teach, encourage and inspire authentic Christianity, we here at Believers Church have goals too.

 

Join us Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. as Pastor Scott shares our goals that lead to, not necessarily being an authentic cowboy, but authentic Christianity!

Maybe it was the movies I watched, or maybe it was this deep sense of adventure that God placed within me, but the Wild Wild West appealed to me. Speaking of western movies, there always seemed to be a clear sense of good vs. evil, the new sheriff in town vs. the outlaw, the railroad vs. bandits, or a posse chasing bank robbers. I wanted to be that adventurous hero of the West slinging my guns, when needed, to bring peace and justice to all. Well, I never got to be an authentic cowboy. The closest thing that I’ve come to that in my adult life is living on the wild frontier is serving Jesus, living in the Kingdom of God.
That’s right, you and I living for Jesus on the wild frontier, never knowing what’s going to happen next, living with a sense of adventure. We never know when we are going to have to sling our guns, the Word of God, and run the devil out of town.
We are excited to begin this Wild Wild West series, because we are going to be looking at our mission at Believers Church and the goals and the purpose of our church!
I want to invite you to to saddle up your horse, and let’s take a ride together to the Wild, Wild West. Join us Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m.



Vacancy        “Come and See”    Believers Statesboro 8-26-18

“Invitations”: we give and  receive invitations almost every day.  We invite someone to come watch the game or join us for dinner.  Even on Facebook with a friend request, that’s an invitation. There are casual invitations and invitations that are more formal, for instance, a wedding invitation. Sunday,  I want us to look at a different kind of invitation.  This is an invitation that we can offer to our families, friends and co-workers to come check things out and learn more about Jesus and Christianity for themselves, an invitation for them to come to church with us. Join us at 9 or 11 a.m. 

Our message to a lost and dying world, our message to our co-workers and friends, our message to our families should be, “In the Kingdom of God there is always Room For You.  We should be turning the vacancy light on and leveraging our gifts, time, and talents to bring people to Christ Jesus.  In this “Vacancy Series”, you will be inspired to join Jesus to seek and save the lost, shine the vacancy light and actively spread the word that there is room for more.

 

God wants to use you and me to influence people for Him.  Therefore, we need to leave the vacancy light on and help people find their way to rest in Christ. Join us Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. for our continuation of the series, VACANCY, entitled “Room for You”.

 

I will share with you three steps to keep the vacancy light shining bright, no matter where God has placed you, because your reaction to where God has placed you, will be a testimony to many, because many are watching and listening.

Journeys can be long and tiring. It’s good news when you see the vacancy light is on knowing that you have found a place to rest. Life’s journeys can be long and hard too, but fortunately for us, Jesus has the vacancy light on, and there always a place of rest for us.

There is unlimited vacancy in the Kingdom of God, and there is vacancy in the churches of America. 
Sadly, even though there is room, many churches aren’t actively trying to fill their vacancies.

This “Vacancy Series” will help us turn the vacancy light on here at Believers Church. There is room for more. We want to join Jesus to seek and save the lost, we want to shine the vacancy light and actively spread the word that there is room for more.



SERMON BLOG

We are being transformed into the image of Christ Jesus!  Not only that, but we are learning that our finances can also be transformed from curse to blessed, because our heart is being transformed.

 

Have you ever had one of those crazy dreams when you suddenly find yourself back in school and the teacher asks you, “Are you ready to take the test”?  You have no idea what subject or class you are in, so you reply, “What test?”

 

This Sunday, March 11, we will be talking about the X-formation Test, and some of you might be saying, “What Test?”

 

The Bible teaches us that every time we get paid we are taking a test.  Join us as we learn to pass this text with honors!


STAFF BLOG

I've been thinking a lot about hope lately. There seems to be so little of it these days. It can feel like everything in life is working against us. Our world is inundated with one tragedy after another. Our society seems bound and determined to become as vulgar and self-centered as possible. Common ground is getting harder and harder to find, even among those who are brothers and sisters in Christ. We can point to a reason to let go of our hope everywhere we look. We can find ample reason to stop trying.

 The truth is that hope is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. There is not, nor will there ever be, a time when confidence wanes, because our hope is in Jesus Christ. He can't change; therefore our hope doesn't change. We have hope even if when we don't feel hope. That is why the apostle Paul tells us that we don't live by sight, but by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7). Our feelings will lie to us, but God's Word will tell us the truth. Our eyes, our own understanding, they are liars too. We have to look at all the ugliness around us and stand defiantly against it, shouting, " Yes, but my God is in control."

Our hope is not in this world. It isn't in this country or a political party. It's not even in our families and friends. Everyone and everything can and will let us down. Our hope lies nowhere else but the with the Creator of All. We must make the conscious decision to put our faith in the only Solid Rock. Believe me; I know how daunting that is. I know how terrifying it is to put one foot in front of the other when you can't see how your situation can end well. I encourage you to do it all the same. God can't fail you. God himself, the One who thought the constellations into existence, knows your name. That gives me hope.


Amy de la Cruz


 

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