What a time great time of the year. A time where we can ponder the announcement of our Savior, the Messiah Jesus Christ.
The Birth of Jesus Foretold – Luke 1:26-38
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
May the Lord bless you and your families this Christmas as you receive the news that Jesus is born!
Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7
God is love. He is to be loved. He loves when you love Him. Love God.
Love People. People need love. People love being loved. Love People.
Serve the World. The World needs your service. The World loves being served. Serve the World.
In a church context it would look like this:
Love God = Worship Service, Love People = small groups, Serve the World = Ministry Teams
In the book Simple Church, there is an example of churches that view the number of attenders horizontally, which means the total number in worship, small groups, and in ministry teams. Viewing attenders vertically, allows us to view the process in a different perspective. We can see the percentage of attenders from worship into small groups, and then into ministry teams.
So in order to have an accurate picture of the process, the measurement must take place at every level. The process must in the DNA of the church. Everything must be evaluated in the light of the vision or process to be able to discern if a new program or ministry fits into the bigger scheme of the church.
Stay in the Light,
What do you think of when you here the word “Discipleship?” Going to a Class? Going to Bible Study? Going to Church?
What about all of these and spending time with Jesus in His Word? If you want true discipleship, then it will cost you your time, efforts, and sacrifice. Anything that is worth while is costly.
If you look at the diagram below, you will see that many Christians like to hang out on 1st base. 1st base is comfortable and its where the parties happen.
Growth is when you decide to answer the call to discipleship. The Christian life was never meant to be easy. Scripture teaches us that. Following after Christ requires us to put our agendas aside and follow the only agenda that matters;Jesus’ agenda! Wont you follow Him today?
Wednesdays, beginning Jan 8, 2014, a new Bible study will take place in the Java room beginning at 7 pm. The study will be about forgiveness. Sign up on the FBC Facebook page today!
Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7,