April is for PIE

We’re declaring April to be PIE Month! In 2017, we talked about “gospel conversations” and how we can share Jesus in our day to day lives. PIE Month helps us keep those ideas forefront in our hearts and minds.

PIE stands for: Pray, Invite, and Explain. And I want to issue you three challenges for the month of April. First, pray each day for at least one person you know who does not know Jesus. If you want to pray for more than one person, that is great, too. But let’s each think of at least one name—one person we personally know who needs to experience the grace and love of God, and let’s commit to pray for them each day.

Second, invite at least one person or family to church each Sunday of the month. The vast majority of people get involved with a church because someone they know invited them. We all have friends, family members, neighbors, classmates, or coworkers who are not actively engaged in any church. Invite them to our church. The worst they can do is say no, the best thing that could happen is that they meet Jesus and develop a deep love for him. Easter is the perfect time to invite someone, too.

Third, explain the gospel and/or your testimony of following Jesus to at least one person during the month of April. Jesus is the only way anyone can be right with God (John 14:6), and the way that someone is going to hear about Jesus is if someone else tells them (Romans 10:13-15). We have different tools available at the church to help you share the gospel with others, including The Life Book, The Story, and Three Circles. Just ask if you’re not sure where to find these tools.

And then at 6pm on April 29th, we will celebrate PIE Month with a pie fellowship—we will eat pie and you will have an opportunity to share about your experiences praying, inviting, and explaining. As you think about these things, might I also suggest that you pray the following prayer from Alvin Reid’s book Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out: “God, give me today an opportunity to speak to someone about Jesus, the wisdom to see it, and the courage to do it.”

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Sunday 03.04.18 (the great I Am)

This Sunday we’ll continue our journey through Exodus with a look at Exodus 3 and how the most important thing in life is to live daily in the presence of God, the Great I Am. On Sunday evening, we’ll continue our video study on fighting for joy. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@230pm Worship at Adrian Manor Nursing Home
@6pm Video Study in youth room

Sermon Notes
The Great I Am ~ Exodus 3

The sermon in one sentence: What matters most in life is the presence of God; and in rescuing us from sin, our all-sufficient God grants us the blessing of his constant presence.

  • Know who you are: A slave to sin, in need of rescue
  • Know who God is: The all-sufficient One who rescues us in power
  • Know how to live daily in God’s presence
    • To experience God’s presence (Ephesians 5:18-21):
    • Be in God’s word, which is the Spirit-inspired voice of God to us (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Peter 1:19-21)
    • Gather for corporate worship where we sing to God and of God to each other
    • Pray and pray thankfully
    • Serve others

Songs for Worship
Holy Ground
I Stand Amazed
10,000 Reasons
Breathe On Me

Sunday 02.18.18 (the long, patient plan of God)

This Sunday we’ll begin our journey through the book of Exodus and see how in Exodus God began to fulfill promises he made over 400 years earlier to Abraham. This reminds us that God works his plan in his time and that is best. We will also be having Sunday School teacher training in the afternoon and our video study on fighting for joy in the evening. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@2pm Sunday School Teacher Training in the gym
@6pm Evening Study in the youth room

Sermon Notes
The Long, Patient Plan of God ~ Exodus 1:1-14, 2:11-25

The sermon in one sentence: God faithfully works his plan for the good of his people, but does so in his time and we must learn to be patient and to trust.

  • God fulfills all of his promises (Exodus 1:1-7)
    • Therefore, trust God to keep his word to us
  • God rights the wrongs that are done against his people (1:8-14, 2:11-25)
    • Therefore, cry out to him with your hurts and rest in his grace
  • God acts in his time, which is the best time
    • Therefore, be proactively patient–pursuing Jesus and righteousness, but understanding that the best is not always immediate

Songs for Worship
From the Rising of the Sun
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Standing on the Promises
Give Us Clean Hands
In His Time

Exodus

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Exodus: The Rescue

This Sunday (02.18), we’ll be starting a new sermon series through the book of Exodus, the second book of the Bible. So, why Exodus? Isn’t that one of those long Old Testament books about ancient history? Yes, but it’s also so much more.

As with every book of the Bible, it’s God’s very voice to us and profitable for our lives (2 Timothy 3:16-17). In 1 Corinthians 10:1-5, Paul even briefly mentioned some of the events in the book and then said in 10:6, “Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did” (ESV).

Old Testament or New, every page of Scripture is exceedingly relevant to our faith and lives today. And this is how:

It’s the story of God. Whether you’re thinking about how God hears the cries of his people, or the calling of Moses, or the plagues and crossing the Red Sea, or camping at Mt. Sinai, or the proper worship of God, every account recorded in Exodus tells us of God and his glory. He is the One who rescues and delivers his people. He is the One forever faithful. He is the One truly worthy of our reverence and awe. And all of this points forward to his greatest rescue plan of all–bringing us out of our enslavement of sin by giving us Jesus.

It’s the story of those who lived it. Moses. Aaron. Israel. The lives of many men and women, young and old are laid out for us. We read of their highs and lows, their acts of faithful obedience and their acts of faithless rebellion. We read of these, not simply as ancient figures, but as our ancestors in the faith. These are real men and women, just like us, who lived and experienced the events described. What they did well is an encouragement for us as we seek to follow faithfully after Jesus, and what they did poorly is a warning to us.

It’s our story. Just like ancient Israel, enslaved in Egypt, we need rescue. Each of live enslaved to sin, unable to rescue and free ourselves, and in need of someone to pull us out of our darkness. We need Jesus. And when we are rescued by him, his presence through the Holy Spirit dwells with us, guiding us through the ups and downs of the wilderness until we reach the Promised Land of eternity where true joys and unfading glories await. Reading Exodus in light of the New Testament reminds us of these things.

So, join us this Sunday as we begin our journey! And you can prepare by reading Exodus 1&2 this week…

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Sunday 12.31.17

This morning, we’ll look forward to 2018 with a special prayer service. Join us as we spend time in song and prayer, and hear a 2018 Challenge from Pastor Mike. With the holiday weekend, there will be no evening activities. And with the bitter cold temperatures and wind chills, we want everyone to be safe. If you need to stay in, then we look forward to seeing you back next week!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@230pm Nursing Home Service at Adrian Manor

Songs for Worship
I Stand Amazed
Psalm 89:1
Glorious Is Thy Name
There Is a Redeemer
It Is Well
We’ve a Story to Tell
In Christ Alone

Sunday 12.17.17 (a life of faith, love, and hope)

This week, we’ll finish up our Faith. Love. Hope. series through 1 Thessalonians by taking a look at 5:12-28 where we will see Paul’s summary of a life of faith, love, and hope. Then tonight we’ll continue our video study by David Platt on Scripture and Authority in an Age of Skepticism. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 ~ Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 ~ Worship Gathering
@6pm ~ Video Study in youth room

Sermon Notes
A Life of Faith, Love, and Hope ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

  • Love and show care toward your spiritual leaders (5:12-13)
  • Love God and others with a vibrant faith (5:14-24)
  • Fellowship with your spiritual family (5:25-27)
  • You do this all because of grace (5:28)

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Songs for Worship
Angels from the Realms of Glory
Give Thanks to God
Emmanuel
Grace Alone
Speak, O Lord
Rejoice, the Lord is King

Sunday 12.10.17 (expectant hope)

This morning, we’ll take a look at 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 and consider how we are to live with expectant hope in light of the return of Jesus. Morning service will be followed by our Widows/Widowers Christmas Dinner, hosted by the Deacons; and then this evening at 6pm we will have our Children’s Christmas Program. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@Noon Widows/Widowers Christmas Dinner
@6pm Children’s Christmas Program, followed by cookies and treats

Sermon Notes
Expectant Hope ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

  • Long for your hope to manifest when the dawn of eternity arrives (5:1-4)
  • Live boldly in hopeful faith (5:5-8)
  • Encourage one another with your hope (5:9-11)

Recent sermons in this series are available to listen to on our Sermon Page.

1 thessalonians

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Songs for Worship
Joy Has Dawned (listen to a version of this song on YouTube)
Angels We Have Heard on High
‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It