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Unforeseen Christmas       “Unforeseen Christmas”          11-25-18

                                                                                                   

Christmas is a time of great expectations and great disappointments as well.

Have you ever gotten something for Christmas that was a wonderful surprise?

Have you ever gotten something for Christmas that was unexpected and unwanted?

Some Christmases are so predictable and normal.  Other Christmases may be so unforeseen they leave you shaking your head and saying, “I never saw that coming.”


I am a planner and I like things to go according to my plans.  I like to know what to expect.  I’m not that fond of plans changing suddenly and I’m don’t like to be caught off guard by something that I didn’t see coming.

Maybe some of you are that way too, or you may be the type of person who just goes with the flow.  But no matter which one you are, I am sure that in your life good times, bad times, blessings, joy, love, as well as tragedies, loss, hurt, problems, and trials, have often left you bewildered.  Shaking your head in disbelief and thinking, “Wow, I never saw that one coming.”


Join us this Sunday at 9 AM or 11 AM as we begin our new series for the Christmas season, Unforeseen Christmas.

Holy Transformed Week Seven “Dead to Sin; Alive to Christ”

Believers Statesboro 11-18-18

 

As we have been working through this journey of Holy Transformation, we have realized how abundant and wonderful the grace of God is toward us.

Sin causes all kinds of problems in our lives.  That’s why God had to establish laws that would expose sin but offers us an abundance of grace when we ask for forgiveness of our sins.

 

Paul taught in Romans 5:20-21 that increased sin brings increased grace.  Some people concluded that if by sinning they were providing God an opportunity to display the greatness of His grace then they should just keep on sinning.  But Paul explains…

 

Romans 6:1 What shall we say, then?  Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?

2  By no means!  We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?

 

The idea of a Christian continuing in sin is entirely contrary to the gospel.

Sin is hateful and destructive, and those who have died to the love of sin and the ruling power of sin should never want to live in it any longer.

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

 

Holy Transformed “Should I Stay or Should I Go” 11-11-18

 

As we have been working through this journey of  Holy Transformation, we have come to realize how abundant and wonderful the grace of God is toward us.

When it comes to transformation into our holiness, there is this little three letter word that gives us problems; SIN.

Sin causes all kinds of problems in our lives.  That’s why God had to establish laws that would expose sin.  As God’s word graciously exposes or uncovers the sin in our lives, we also understand that the grace of God is not a license to continue in the sin that we have been set free from. 

Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?

2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?

 

Every human being on earth has a sin problem, and every one of us needs a Savior.

 

“Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.”

 

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

 

Holy Transformed Week Four “White Washed Tombs”

Believers Statesboro 10-28-18


This year at Believers Church our theme has been “Transformation”.

God is Holy and being transformed into His image is a transformation into His Holiness.


In Matthew 23, Jesus is going through a set of “woe’s” or “warnings” to those who were just playing the game of holiness, but not truly being transformed.  He addresses a group of Pharisees and describes them as nothing more than “white washed tombs”

Matthew 23:27-28 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!  You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28  In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.


We need to heed this warning as well, because we don’t want to be looking good on the outside, but dead and decaying on the inside; being righteous and holy looking on the outside but dirty and wicked on the inside.  Jesus wants to wash us completely: inside and out. 

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

We are called to be Holy Transformed.  To live holy lives.  Holy - Called Out; Set apart for God’s service and worship.  A separated people.  (Set apart for something special.)


The work of Christ Jesus on the cross, saves us from our sinfulness and we are set on a path of sanctification, being transformed into the image of Christ.  This is God’s will for us, but we have a responsibility in this process as well, just as the Apostle Paul told the Thessalonians.

1Thessalonians 4:3-7.


We are free from the bondage of sin, but often we are tempted to willfully return to the sins of the flesh.  There is a struggle that is going on.  Isn’t that true about most of us?  Our ‘not to’ isn’t always strong.  So, let’s look at seven principles that will help us overcome temptation.


Join us Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. for transformation tips for “Holy Living!”

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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