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Ron Paul Warned About the FBI Years Ago
"Ron Paul, the father of Rand Paul. A great political mind. Ron Paul years ago, this was back in the 1980s. Actually, sounded the warning bells on the FBI, cut number one, please. You know, most of our history, we didn't have those institutions. The FBI came in during the First World War. And interestingly enough, the one thing that Woodrow Wilson did, he used the FBI to spy on American citizens and actually arrest them if they disagreed with his foreign policy about going to war in Europe. It is an interesting how recent they used it in the Vietnam era. Democrats used there and Republicans used the FBI to spy on a hundred different groups in this country, including the churches, who disagree with the policy in Central America, almost looks like the FBI was designed to spy on Americans who might be disagreeing with policy, especially the foreign policy. So the FBI, although I don't think I could condemn everything they've ever done because I'm sure some of the investigations and investigation of crime has been beneficial, but that could be accomplished through Justice Department within our states. We wouldn't reject that portion of it. I think the FBI has kept and continues to keep a lot of records on a lot of individuals, the CIA has only been here since 1947. Their record is lousy. You just think of the CIA used by the democratic administration to so there you go. And it goes on and on and on. That was Ron Paul, Ron Paul, sounding the warning bells. That something's not right with the FBI.
God Is Giving Us an Opportunity to Avert This Horror
"Wrote a book which will be out in a number of weeks called letter to the American church. I was not planning to write this book. But the reason I wrote it is because the parallels to what happened in Germany because I had the privilege of telling the story of Dietrich bonhoeffer and familiarizing myself with that narrative. And for years, I've been saying, we're moving in this direction. We're moving in this direction. Well, obviously, we have dramatically left ahead in this direction. But it is my hopeful belief, genuine. I'm not being a pollyanna. I think that by allowing these horrible things to happen, God is allowing us to look at the example of Bond hoffer and what happened to the German church in the 30s and the Holocaust to look at that and saying, this is exactly what you deserve. This is exactly what is happening right now, but in my mercy, I'm giving you the opportunity to avert this horror. Will you choose now that you know? And obviously I write about that in this book letter to the American church because I think that there are people that if they can just be persuaded to look at the facts, I think that they will come to the same conclusion that we are on the verge of an abyss. But we are not forced to march into the abyss. We have the ability to stop before we get there. Now you just said, because when we make parallels to the Holocaust, of course, people are going to raise their roll their eyes and well, whether it's something literal like the Holocaust or close enough, unspeakable evil, okay? The people who did that, okay? I'm related to many of them. Germans say, how did this how did they do this? Are they uniquely evil? Now, if you believe the Germans like Daniel goldhagen writes that they're uniquely evil, you are yourself a racist. It's like saying the Jews are uniquely evil. All human beings are equal. And we have choices. And if you do not have the courage to make the right choice, you drift along with what becomes evil.
'Big Trouble Ahead' Author Allen Jackson and Eric Discuss the Madness
"Talking to my friend pastor Allen Jackson of world outreach church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where I've had the privilege to be many times. I know I'll be there in mid September. He has a new book out brand new called big trouble ahead, a real plan for flourishing in a time of fear and deception. I think the madness that we're experiencing. And there's no other word for it. I mean, it's absolute madness in every direction, it is a spiritual battle, it is a satanic war on truth and we're seeing it in every way. But the good news is the lord is allowing it to wake up a holy remnant. And to not just wake up a holy remnant, but to find people who didn't have faith who now see things are so crazy, there has to be an answer. Is there a God? Where do I turn? And they're seeing Christians like you, call things as they are. And they're saying, that's right. I wouldn't have I wouldn't have said so before, but I see it now. The craziness makes me want to know, is there a standard of truth? And ultimately, that's the answer and in your book, big trouble ahead, you talk about that. Well, it seems to me that evil will always overplay its hand. You can observe that in nature a disease process will destroy its host. An evil will destroy what it touches. And we're watching that. It's come to the point of the absurd. And in that, there's an opportunity to stand up and then to begin to align ourselves with the truth. How did we arrive at a place where we're unwilling and public to define what a woman is, when we're electing people to some of the most are selecting people for some of the most powerful offices in the land. We didn't get there in a week or a month. I think we got there by winking at immorality long ago. We said fornication really wasn't a problem. And we took all sorts of we took down the sexual boundaries that God gave us.
The Auditing of the Auditors
"More than half of the agency's audits in 2021 were directed at taxpayers with incomes less than $75,000, according to the IRS data. So I think we can extrapolate fairly forward that double the number of audits that were done last year are going to happen this year. Because that's where the money is to quote, Richard blumenthal, and Ben cardin. I just want to tell you, I'm only IRS people are fine. I've only known one well. Fred Lynn, went to the lord a few years ago, was in my church for a long time. I think he was the regional director of the IRS out of Orange County, California when I lived in Orange County. Fred was a great and good man. I'm sure everything done on his watch with ethical. And I think most of the IRS people like most of the FBI agents like most of everyone everywhere tries to do the right thing. But if you're working for the IRS and you're an audit and the boss gives you ten files and you bring back 10,000, you haven't found anyone violated the law. This is the boss saying, good job, way to go. Or does the boss say, you must be incompetent. Maybe the goodbye says, you know, let's go over these with you because it's very rare for ten out of ten to come back zero. So let's go over these with you and you double audit those people. And if there's still nothing wrong, those people have been double audited, and they say, okay, let's take another ten. And you really turned down the script on that because every IRS agents metric is what do they find and what do they bring in? Because the other thing they said in The Washington Post is that every dollar spent on pursuing audit yields $10 in revenue. So
What Is the Biblical Reason to Care About America?
"You a question for our Christian audience. Why should Christians care? What is the biblical reason we should care about America? Some Christians say, I just care about the gospel. I don't care about government or politics. Why is that misguided? Well, two things if I were to some America up in one word as individual. Every other form of government, every other country, your worth is dependent on your relationship to a group. It's called the honor shame culture. If the group honors you, your worth as a person goes up, if the group changes you, your worth goes down. In Islam, if your daughter embarrasses you in front of your uma community parents, well, even murder their own daughter, right? It's all group. Well, Jesus calls us out of the group. He says, you got to not care what people think about you. And anyway, you only have to care what God says about you. And I believe he's pushing us to that point. Are you living your life on how you're liked and followed and friended? And trending, or are you afraid of people canceling you and blocking you and getting rid of you, deplatforming you? It's group versus God. I love the one where Sam coonrod a giant baseball pitcher was the only one not to kneel in protest to the flag and they asked him afterwards why. And he goes, well, I'm a Christian. I just believe you're only supposed to kneel to God.
Nine of the Original States Required Soldiers to Be Christian
"Know 9 of the original states of the 13 9 of them in their state constitution required all office soldiers to be Protestant Christians. Did you know three states were more liberal and all you had to do was be a plain Christian. Right? Like Delaware, every office holder had to believe in God the father, Jesus Christ, it's always on. The holy ghost one God bless you ever more. You said, that was, that was a plane that was, yeah, that's pretty liberal because you could be a Catholic or a Protestant and say, yeah, I believe in father son and the holy ghost. Whereas in North Carolina, you had to be a Protestant Christian up until 1835. And one state had zero religious requirements to hold state office, Rhode Island founded by baptist, and they said that if you required someone to be a Christian, they could say they were just to get elected, and that would be hypocritical. So just vote for the best Christian person. You know, we're just not going to put it in the constitution. So that was the founding. It was those states that sent representatives to write our U.S. Constitution. It makes no sense to think that they would outlaw themselves.
The Christian Foundation of Our Nation With Bill Federer
"People will say that there's nothing exceptional about America. And that America is not a Christian nation. Tell us why that is historically incorrect. So Muslims invading Europe, the Catholic king of Spain tries to stop them, can't, then Martin Luther starts the reformation. The king of Spain tries to stop that and he can't, and he finally makes a deal with the protestants. And he is called a piece of Augsburg of 1555. I took German in college and you know how to say 1555 in German? Film styles from 404 from sake. I think it sounds funny. Anyway, 1555 piece of Oxford, it let every king decide what's going to be believed in his kingdom. And so suddenly Europe, you have England being Anglican, Scotland, being Presbyterian, Holland being Dutch reform, Greece being Greece, orthodox, Germany being Luther in Switzerland, calvinist in Italy, Spain, France, et cetera, Catholic. And if you didn't believe the way your king did, you fled. And those were the people that spilled over and founded colonies in America. So I read through every charter of every colony. England, you had the anglicans founded Virginia, Puritans founded Massachusetts, congregationalists founded Connecticut and New Hampshire. Baptist founded Rhode Island. Dutch reform founded New York. And the Swedish lutherans found that Delaware and New Jersey and Catholics founded Maryland and then the quakers on the Pennsylvania. So just like Europe, there was a different denomination per country in America was more or less a different denomination per colony, and they didn't get along. And
What Makes America Exceptional? Bill Federer Explains
"Bill, I've been following you for years. We've shared so much time together. You have the ability to be able to analyze the arc of history and then be able to apply it to today. I've asked you this question before in our podcast. But I think it's really important for our audience to hear this. What makes America different and exceptional from a biblical standpoint and historical standpoint is America like every other nation that's been on the face of the earth and if not, why? In answer to that, I decided I would research every century of recorded human history to see what the most common form of government was. So I went back to Sumerian cuneiform on clay tablets and the elamites and the Persians and the Greeks and Romans and the most common form of government in world history is kings. Hands down, it's kings. Nimrod tower Babel pharaoh Caesar's power wants to concentrate into the hands of one person. It's no different than you put some kids on a playground and one's the bully. You put them junior high girls in a clique and one of them is the diva. You put some people in the Woods, one of them's an Indian chief. You put them in an inner city, one of them is a gang leader. And all the king is, is a glorified gang leader. And it's a hierarchical system. If you are friends with the king, you are more equal. If you are not friends with the king, you are less equal. And if you're an enemy of the king, you're a slave or you're dead. Well, I thought slavery started in 1619. No, wherever you had the first king on top you had slaves on the bottom. And this model continued with technological advancements, kings could kill more people, right? So instead of cane killing neighbor with a stone, they're killing with a bronze weapon or an iron weapon or a failing spear, similar sword gunpowder. The weapon improves, but it's that same fall in nature, it can't kill enable. And also with technological advancements, kings could track more people. Do you know Augustus Caesar wanted to have a worldwide tracking system? It was called a census that was like modern technology 25 BC, right? He wanted to count. If he could have had 5G and cell phones and cameras, he would attract him that way. But as the centuries go on, the king of England had the biggest empire that Planet Earth had ever seen, 13 million square miles, half a billion people. Anyway, the sun never set on the British Empire, the king of England was a globalist. He was a one world government guy with him at the top and America's founders decided they didn't like this one world government guy telling us what to do. We broke away and flipped it. And made the people the king.
Charlie Unpacks the Failed Referendum to Outlaw Abortion in Kansas
"I want to talk about Kansas. I have talked a little bit about this ballot issue in Kansas, and so for example, we got an email here of some people in Kansas. Hey Charlie, I'm a kansan pro life and Christian. I voted in person and yes, for the value them both amendment. It was very confusing language on the ballot, but we do have many Christians and churches supporting choice. It was heartbreaking, but nothing has changed as far as I could tell. Basically it seems the amendment was just for future protection laws. It goes on to say this is a big hit for us, but it's not the end. Thanks for all that you do. And so I have a couple takes on this. Number one, I think it was very poorly worded. I think that there was legitimate confusion. But I have another take on this that I do want to build out here that you might feel free to disagree with. I'm a 100% pro life, however, I do think that there are more people in Republican circles that are not as pro life as they might espouse publicly. That's not to say that they're totally pro choice. But I actually think that and I think it goes both ways, by the way. I think that there's some people that say there are a 100% pro choice that are actually more pro life than not. And this is only just from private conversations and from talks with people that some people start to get very, very nervous and they say, well, Charlie, what about this circumstance? What about that circumstance? It's done in private. It's not done publicly. And so that's not to say that it's a pro choice political party or anything, but I do think we have to lean in and do a much better job of explaining what does it actually mean to be pro life. And so I think there's a combination of things here. Very poorly worded ballot referendum. Churches that did not do their job, adequately based on people in Kansas, but I think that there is a private and soon to be realized whether or not I'm correct or not. Let's just say little bit of a hedge. In some Republican circles, that might not necessarily be on board for the pro life cause as much as it might seem.
AP correspondent Walter Ratliff has the Religion Roundup.
"And this week's religion roundup an AP investigation and covers abuse reporting failures in the Mormon church a Christian flag flies over Boston and Iraq's Yazidi community commemorates a tragic decade on stage Three of 6 children who accused their father of sexual abuse are suing the Mormon church for not going to authorities and letting the abuse go on for 7 years It didn't stop The eldest daughter of Paul Douglas Adams says when she reported abuse on a phone helpline it was kept within the church It didn't go away They just let it keep happening AP investigative reporter Michael resendez says the Arizona case follows a pattern found in other states The Associated Press has received nearly 12,000 pages of sealed records from another child sex abuse case in West Virginia which show that the helpline stands at the center of an elaborate system to divert child sex abuse complaints away from law enforcement And instead send them to attorneys for the church who may cover up that abuse leaving children and victims in harm's way Attorneys for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints say church officials feel they were constrained by confidentiality rules To lay at the feet of these bishops the blame for that is absurd and it's wrong Arizona's child sex reporting law says anyone who reasonably believes a child has been abused or neglected has a legal obligation to report the information The Christian flag that became the focus of a free speech legal battle that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court has been raised outside Boston city hall The flag raising took place about three months after the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the city unjustly discriminated when it refused to fly the banner in 2017 Artists from the Yazidi community of Iraq commemorated their tragedy during a stage performance in Iraq's Kurdish region It has been 8 years since the lives of the Yazidis were torn apart by Islamic State militants The United Nations has called the attacks a genocide I'm Walter ratliff
Seven years of sex abuse: How Mormon officials let it happen
"Three of 6 children who accused their father of sexual abuse are suing the Mormon church for not going to authorities and letting the abuse go on for years The eldest daughter of Paul Douglas Adams of Arizona says when her father confessed to a bishop at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints it was kept in the church It didn't stop let's have them go to therapy It didn't stop Hey let's forgive and forget and this will all go away It didn't go away Adams was finally arrested when authorities discovered videos he had posted online but not before he assaulted his daughter for another 7 years and even attacked a newborn daughter the Mormon church says its bishops are excused from reporting abuse to police under Arizona's clergy penitent privilege Adams killed himself before going to trial his wife served prison time after doing nothing about the abuse I'm Donna water
Kansas Voters Reject Anti-Abortion Measure
"Now, let me talk about a little bit of the bad news. Kansas voters pretty well overwhelmingly voted to protect the right to get an abortion in Kansas. The voters rejected a measure that would have allowed tighter, abortion restrictions in conservative, red state, Kansas, and I can't really emphasize this enough, it is a conservative state. Now, that doesn't mean the conservatives voted this amendment down, which was largely supported and funded by the Catholic Church in Kansas because the Catholic Church is a torch bearer in the sanctity of life battle that we have in this country. But it means that a lot of angry voters and a lot of maybe women independents decided to show up yesterday and tell the Kansas legislature, you're not going to get this amendment passed. We're going to protect the right of a woman to get an abortion up to 22 weeks of pregnancy. Now, you know, it's such a weird thing to have this crossroads of politics and the preservation of life the saving literally the saving of lives.
UK, Irish leaders join funeral for peacemaker David Trimble
"The leaders of Britain and Ireland have joined for the funeral of politician David trumbull who shared the noble peace price for helping to end decades of violence in Northern Ireland Trumbull who led the Ulster unionist party for ten years became a key architect of the 1998 good Friday peace agreement after he reversed his long held opposition to negotiating with the IRA linked party Sinn Fein then he shed the noble Peace Prize with moderate Irish nationalist leader John Hume for ending the sectarian conflict Britain's outgoing prime minister Boris Johnson and Irish premier mihiel Martin joined trumbull's widow and for children for the service at harmony hill presidential church near Belfast trimble died on July 25 at the age of 77 I'm Charles De Ledesma
Barbara Mandrell returns to the Opry for 50th anniversary
"Musician Barbara Mandrell has made a rare public appearance to mark her 50th anniversary as a member of the grand Ole opry in Nashville on Saturday I'm Archie's are a letter with the latest Kerry Underwood was one of the musicians paying tribute to Barbara Mandrell at the grand Ole opry others were Linda Davis CC winans and Susie bagus Mandrell joined the opry in 1972 when she was 23 She has not played music or sung in public except for church since she retired in 1997 Mandrell says it was great to return to the opry It's family And I'm big on family I think that's obvious By the wonderful family that I have So I just feel at home I feel comfortable
New Founding's Matt Peterson on Justice Alito, Christian Nationalism
"With us right now is a great American patriot cofounder and general partner of new founding and also the president of American firebrand super PAC and friend of the show. Matt Peterson Matt, welcome back to the program. Hey, it's great to be here, Charlie. So Matt, I want to get through a couple news items here. But first, I want to play a piece of tape here from justice Alito's speech. I think he gave it in Rome, which is super scary 'cause that's where the Catholic Church is headquartered and not allowed to do that. And I want to play cut 94 here. And the way the media has responded is a new line of attack that you can see in kind of the smart coordinated circles, the people that are considered to be smarter than not. However, they are all kind of coordinating their attacks around Christian nationalism, play cut 94. Over the last few weeks, since I had the honor, this term of writing, I think, the only Supreme Court decision in the history of that institution that has been lambasted by a cold string of foreign leaders. Who felt perfectly fine commenting on American law. One of these was former prime minister Boris Johnson. But he paid the price, Matt kind of mocking Boris Johnson there, Sam Alito, who I think is the best thing George W. Bush ever gave us, probably my favorite member of the court. They're attacking him as being a Christian nationalist. What do they mean by that, Matt? Well, in their minds, of course, they think Christian nationalism is a smear. They think both of those words are bad. And if you put them together, it's too bad things. And that's one big bad thing, and it's a scary monster, which I think in their minds means something like handmaid's tale and enforced Christian religion. They think it's racist too, somehow they seem to only regard whites as Christians, interesting. But white people who are Christian controlling the country and shoving their views down everyone else's throat is what they mean by it. And the hilarious thing here is that neither of those words are bad and when you put them together, you actually get what I think millions of people throughout the country think is normal.
Man accused of selling bleach as COVID cure extradited to US
"A Florida man accused of selling toxic bleach as a cure for the coronavirus has been extradited to the U.S. Mark Brennan the archbishop of the genesis two church of health and healing in Bradenton Florida had an appearance in Miami federal court Thursday almost two years after he was arrested in Colombia He's the latest to face charges for peddling ineffective or downright dangerous substances as medicines to cure COVID-19 Officials say the church manufactured promoted and sold chlorine dioxide as a miracle mineral solution that could cure a vast variety of ailments ignored court orders to stop and threaten to federal judge The substance turns into a toxic industrial bleach when ingested Granite and his sons Jonathan Jordan and Joseph were indicted on one count each of conspiracy to commit fraud and two counts each of criminal contempt The trial is set to begin September 12th in Miami I am Jennifer King
Pope heads to Nunavut to apologize at end of Canadian tour
"Pope Francis has assailed the Catholic missionaries who supported oppressive and unjust policies against indigenous peoples Francis has vowed to pursue truth and healing as he wraps up his pilgrimage to calendar by meeting with native delegations in far north Francis is hoping his apology tour of Canada will help the Catholic Church reconcile with indigenous peoples and has committed to continue on a path of healing to atone for the past his apologies have received a mixed response though with some school survivors welcoming them and others saying far more needs to be done to correct pass wrongs and pursue justice today I'm Charles De Ledesma
Heather Wilson, Co-Founder of Give Send Go, Describes Her Company
"Need to know that this kind of crowdfunding thing GoFundMe a few years ago got popular and you'd put something up on there on GoFundMe and people could raise money. And pretty quickly, we discovered that GoFundMe was woke, like a lot of these corporations, they either have no values or they have values that are antithetical to the values of most Americans that I know. And so they begin canceling people. They begin taking sides rather than being a neutral platform to raise money. They begin, it's kind of like a FedEx, said, we're not going to send your package because we don't like you. And you think, wait a second. It's just your job to send packages. Like you're not supposed to wait. So when GoFundMe started going woke and started canceling people that I think of as heroes, I said, this is a nightmare. This is a terrible thing. Then give send go steps up to the plate and you are doing an amazing job. But talk about how this happened. I mean, how do you create, give send go? What made you think about this? So I had seen GoFundMe becoming a thing, and it was actually a really cool thing to watch people to be able to come together, give money and see causes and people helped. And we thought as a Christian family, wow, what if we were to, that's what the church should be doing first off is helping people. And if we all work together, we know we can make a bigger impact. What if we were to create a platform that does the same thing as GoFundMe, which is allow people to come together, give money to solve a need. But as Christians, we understand that money doesn't solve all those needs. It's definitely helpful. It meets the material needs, but we know that there's a hope that's bigger than when people are raising funds. A lot of times it's for a hopeless situation and they're feeling alone and devastated, maybe a cancer diagnosis or a lost child who died in the car accident. Some pretty heavy things. And we fed thought, what if we had a platform that we shared hope with people as they fundraise and
"church " Discussed on Celebrate Community Church
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"church " Discussed on Celebrate Community Church
"Everybody this is keith. I'm the founding senior pastor of celebrate church in sioux falls south dakota and this is our podcast i just wanna say thank you for joining us and it is my prayer that this week's message would truly encourage you enjoy. What a great movies of all times. I don't know if you've seen it up. It's really a movie that pulls on all of us especially maybe the older crowd. It's a movie of reflection a movie of looking and just if you will embracing the memories but what gets lost in. This movie is the fact that that doesn't happen until this moment. If you've not seen it. I won't give it all away. I would encourage you to go check it out but it begins with an old man. The man in the clip mr frederiksen. He lost his wife. The city's growing up around him. And there's a sense. If you will of stubbornness that is he's looking back. It's most of what he's lost and he's pushing the world out until there's a knock on his door and a little boy that he meets. Oh he doesn't embrace it at i. In fact up until this clip the little boys a nuisance because the old man still trying to get something back that he can't get back what he discovers in. This moment is that he really hadn't lost anything he'd actually lived everything though she's gone everything that she desired. She already lived with him. He's still thinks that she had unfinished business. She had none and in that moment he realizes there's more to life he'd lived in adventure and now there's more to come now. Why do i say that because when it comes to vision and people cast it. I think there's a lot of people setting back waiting to see how it's going to unfold and deciding if they're going to be a part or not or if it's a big enough asian which they want to be a part or it's entertaining enough. It's fun enough. And so they just set back. Which if i could just share with my heart with you. I think that's where most people live. And what they miss is. Vision isn't forecasting what is to come. Vision is embracing. What already is us and living. In the moment you know as i think about kanai twenty three years ago we pulled into town called sioux falls big dreams and to be honest with you. Some of the things that i believe would happen. Didn't and i'm so grateful. They didn't because god knows right. But wow what an incredible twenty three years. But what if i told you. I think there's more to come. What if i told you that we really haven't lost anything. We've lived everything and yet god says i think there's more adventure before us. You see. that's what. I'm going to talk about for the next three weeks. We're not no series. We're just going to cast some vision. We're going to talk about some things. But believe it or not as i've been listening through this whole kobe crisis and listening to church leaders most are lost if you will in the question of what does the church look like in today's world. How are we going to contextualized. Sit and yet you need to know. I'm not lost into that. I think and believe that. Sometimes the way forward is to go back and look at what god established in. What is for instance. See i. i'm spending more time going. You know when. God who changes not. He's the same god yesterday. he's the same guy today and he'll be that same tomorrow and i just believe god started the church. Two thousand years ago there are some fundamental things he did not want to change therefore our way forward is to go back into look how he started the church and say are we doing good with those things and one of those things that we've lost and i want to show you that because there are things that we're already doing we're putting into play because i think that we've sort of lost them and we're going to look at the first church and learn what god was doing then of what god wants to do now if you have your bibles and invite you go to the book of acts. Now we're going there. Just get to the first chapter. Put a marker and put your finger in it and just close it for a moment because i'm going to take you on a quick journey through acts and then we're gonna come back and we're going to look at a couple of chapters in a few verses that okay so look what it says and it's up on the screen. This is an axe one fifteen. Here's what the bible says when the church began in those days. Peter peter the first pastor that god would appoint in those days. Peter stood among the believers among the believers and the group numbered. About what hundred twenty. I just wanna start there about one. Hundred and twenty gathered notice. It's not specific. We just know it's a round number. It's roughly in this area. Someone was counting but obviously they didn't get the number right but we know is pretty close to this. I just wanna make that clear because sometimes we lose ourselves in the specifics and get so caught up in a moment that we miss the incredible movement. What matter to god was in that room. Roughly there's about one hundred and twenty people and peter preaches his first sermon. It's a pretty good sermon. Because i want you to notice what the bible says an x. To forty one those who accepted his message were baptized and about there. It is again. About how many three thousand were added to their number that day. I don't know about you but that's a pretty good day. Three thousand do the math. We now have roughly around three thousand one hundred twenty people and the church is underway. The lord added to their number. I just want you to notice that because it's a significant theme throughout the book of acts so we jumped from acts to forty one two x two forty seven and it says this praising god and enjoying the favor of all the people notice that even.
"church " Discussed on Christ United Methodist Church - Plano, TX
"Life's journey has included a close connection to the church so much so that at this point in my life i can't imagine my life without it so my formative years as a child we spent at saint. Mary's catholic church in barnesville maryland. I'm looking for this image this week and it just. It just touched me deeply. This is exactly how. I remember saint. Mary's if if you grew up in the church you probably have image of your home church. Maybe for i mean some of our kids. Maybe some of this is the home church which is awesome. You've heard me say before that. Our family rarely missed worship. We attended religious education classes. My stepfather and i attended men's fellowship. Breakfasts we participated in the big church wide fundraising events. We did service projects around the church. Saint mary's is where i was blessed with my my grounding in the faith that's where i learned what it means to be a christian. My original church home formed me as a disciple and truly set the spiritual direction for my life. And then i went off to notre dame where the church played a prominent and formative role. There was literally worship mass. We call it in every dorm every sunday every door. Mark campus had math at some time of the day. We were taught as notre dame students to approach life through the lens of our faith. Theology and the church were interwoven. With all aspects of life at notre dame including of course. Show me that picture. There you go. That is touchdown. Jesus properly speaking the word of life mural but everyone knows them as touchdown jesus watches over every home game notre dame so the irish kickoff tonight six thirty. Abc at florida state. If you need something to watch tonight. I even have my shamrock tie on because it's a game day when whitney and i started defending a methodist church just down the road from here. We got deeply involved in our local congregation years. Before i joined the church staff. We volunteered for mission projects. That was actually the first thing we did. We've started volunteering with the youth. We helped start a young adult sunday school class. We even did that. Most methodist things. We agreed to serve on a couple of committees and during our time in henrietta and then sherman and now here church truly has been a second home for our family. Pastors kids certainly see the church as a second home. And it's not work for me. I love wife in the church. I cannot imagine not doing life in the church so for a whole host of reasons. I am entirely biased on the subject. We're going to be talking about for the next four weeks. And i know for a fact that many maybe most of you are too but for the newcomer for the person not raised in the church or with very little history in the church for the people that we've not yet met but who we hope we'll call this place home son someday. What story do we have to tell about. Why church matters not just christianity. Not just a relationship with christ church. How would we answer the question of why it is that all of us invest so much of our of our time and our energy and our money and.
"church " Discussed on Celebrate Community Church
"It. That's what's wrong with the church today. We don't have the burden for people. And what i've been sharing with this little church that i've been. I've been preaching to a church from my study down in florida. For four months over the internet. I will be thrilled. I gene christian people who allow god's calendar interfere with theirs. Take about that for a moment. How many families out there the lake home your kids sports. I mean stuff that isn't going to amount to a hill of beans fifty years down the road and got called him do something. I haven't got time. yeah you do. You're going to do what you wanna do in every case. So that's my stance. I know pitiful little. I've got a long ways to go. I think we'll night. You and i wrote a small group here in shoe fold. And we're looking at some passages. We both knew by heart. And i think maybe five minutes apart. I said i never saw that before. And a few minutes later. You said the same thing. About another verse. I don't know about the rest of you. Please don't think that education accumulation of data cumulation education is process. It's growing it's learning is being usable. I love that. I always think of education like like food. You know i love new taste. I love when you when your palate grab something and you can't wait to share and you tell man. Have you ever had the stake at this place. Oh my goodness yeah. And that's the way. I look at the word of god i just. It's such a savoring moment. I know that that this can be harsh. But we've got to become people that quit looking for what tells us what we want to hear what we like. We got to quit looking for that church that that well you know we. We want to hear what we want to hear. We just tell us. We're doing good encourages in that stuff. I feel like i do that all the time here. I love you thelma. Hard but how do we call ourselves a christ follower.
"church " Discussed on Celebrate Community Church
"Such as a relevant god of the general population in one decade that jumped ten percentage points. No we've lost our in most communities sunday. When did he. When i was a child. In south dakota was respected. There is no respect and now they've taken it we gave it to. They do everything on sundays on wednesdays closed done compete with the job. We just go along with it. We are losing the game and our vice president and two congressmen have said this. I saw him several times. The christian churches white supremacy. It's got to be eliminated. Were under fire now. The reason we're in this mess. Let's go back to what he said a few moments ago if you go back and read luke fifteen. It's all about shaving loss people. If you are the church the church is not about you. You are the church. Lost people go back to luke fifteen and read it because this is what he said. He's got lost sheep the shepherd does he goes to look for it and when he finds it he rejoices. There's more rejoicing in heaven over the one that was lost. That is found in the ninety nine. Who already in. If you've got children you know that my wife and i have seven we love them all unreservedly but one of them is in trouble. That's the one that gets all our thought and oliver per shortfalls absolutely now coming back to this. There's an illustration. I want to bring up to you. That's very important to me. How many remember the movie with kevin. Costner called the guardian. He is a mean hard-driving director of schmelling school to teach them to dive. He gets very brash young man. Who's only brash. Because he's really good their enemies a love hate relationship till he graduates h then the same crew and there's a bond form where they have a one and a mutual respect and i mean absolutely the best team never was then costume makes a mistake.
"church " Discussed on Celebrate Community Church
"About. How about any of you have employees now now well this morning i was getting ready to come here and i in our search phone rang to pass dwayne. He was taking the church phone this morning. But i had my personal phone. And i looked down at the collar and i thought to myself now. Does i saw came to my mind. I've got a lot of things to do this morning. And i'm getting a call now. This person is part of our church. They know my schedule on sundays. Why are they calling me at this time. And they called in the first words they said pastor. I just want to let you know that we're not going to be church today. I kind of. I didn't say anything smart. I was smart enough and awakened not to open my mouth because a lot of things are going through my mind. And then she went on to give me an update on on her husband's health who got his miraculously doing a miraculous work in this person and and she wanted me to share that with the church. And so i'm here to share that with you. And then she wanted to give me an update on her situation her health and then an update on a very negative situation. That happened this week in her life. And i'm listening. Because i knew i didn't wanna say anything i just wanted to listen. I wanted to be there to listen. And finally we got to the end and she said this to me. She said when you go to church. I'm not going to be there. She told me. I want you to tell them. Thank you for being my church. And so she had no idea that i was gonna be here today but i know her story and without this church this lady and her husband miniature family would never have met jesus and so i want you to know thank you. Yes.
"church " Discussed on Beavercreek Christian Church
"And this is the time that we want to spend a few moments sharing the Lord's supper together sharing communion together when you came and hopefully you were given a little plastic cup. This actually seems pretty pale in comparison to the way we used to do things. But even so much greater than the way Jesus and they're really Church did things. They would actually do this and they were gathered around the table sharing a meal together. And as part of that meal. They would share some wine and bread and talk about this meal off. So well the night he was betrayed. Jesus was with his friends in the upper room celebrating the Passover and passed the bread around and he says Take and Eat This is my body given for you and and Thursday in the early church is a symbol. It's a symbol that we are the body of Christ. It isn't simply remembering Jesus body given but it's also remembering that we gave our the body of Jesus Christ. I'm not going to sing it but we are family. So as members of the.
"church " Discussed on Agape Baptist Church | Scottsboro, Alabama
"Our own. Now I haven't met any professing atheists in our midst here to gossip a Baptist Church. I haven't met any but we must always be on guard against practical Atheism in the church..
"church " Discussed on Beavercreek Christian Church
"My. Are that children will go to classes? and parents will not will volunteers. You can take children to their classes. And, just really trying to limit the number of people that come into an area. That way thinking about if it might be wise, only have one service that has kids ministry available. Because the question. Is it practical recognizing that between services needing to disinfect everything is that is that is time for that or Those sorts of questions and then we'll likely limit the number of children in each class kind of following what? Is using the one to nine ratio looking at that to for all the classes that should not affect too many, and it really depends on how many children families come with their children but we could probably fit into that ratio for most of the classes, however, if we only have one hour classes for kids that could affect if if we'd have to turn families away and children within worship with their parents in the main service. How about students? What is the students? Yeah so definitely very different from what the students are going to be used to previously in a lot of it's GonNa. Be Very similar to what we're GONNA. See the jam children's area. There's GonNa. Be a specific flow. Get into the warehouse and get, out. You know we don't want people crossing paths, and having to clustered through doorways with anything like that and that includes like washing your hands before you come in just to take care of one possible wave, contaminating their transferring. Anything might be on your hands. At some of the things a little bit most differences upstairs will usually track attendance fairly loosely, not very specific cal, and so one of the things that we're going to be doing is making sure we know who exactly is in the warehouse, and so it's you know. God forbid anything does happen. We can have a media communication. Anyone who's up there and like shave the student in the SIEBER. We want to let you all aware and so we're going to be keeping track outsell us. US anything happens that information be people can kind of keep an eye on themselves. and with that as well will be you know kind of saying with Jerry as temperature checks as they come in you know we're going to check out as well and then the biggest thing will be You know limited time before and after we don't want a lot of just kind of hanging around and hanging out at times because I definitely has to happen before and after student services. And that's kind of a good time to throw that to transfer to each other and so a mode of time before and after to hang around and then. Also is maintaining that physical distance, and and making sure that stays whether receipted or or up and doing something you know all you. Activities will be physically distant. Encouraging to you know each other high fives hugging all of that stuff until. Some restrictions have to keep in follow bit. Still trying to do to to provide a solid. Service of gathering in discussion so yeah. So Adam, are we gonNA. Have We're going to have live streaming or are we gonNA free report everything. For a digital content in phases to three. So we will continue to utilize our prerecorded content looking to add to that online library like I said before and currently we don't have the capabilities to do. The live streaming content that we get further into the face to face. You know we'll, we'll look. To what that would look like having either streaming there in the building in the gym, utilizing the technology to their, or maybe in in phase three bring together smaller. Live worship band of being able to have proper social distancing. But also being able to be intentional about that worship experiences while. Cool, so as you guys can see there's a lot of moving parts to this right with a lot of moving parts, and so for to sit here and say we're definitely going to open this day. We're not comfortable doing that quite yet. Right, and so what that means is is as we're going to pay. Attention to officials were GONNA walk through our filters At the soonest it'll be a late June said I wanNA. Give you a date, but I'm not. We're not gonNA. Nail a date. Just yet. we will communicate that. Out Very quickly once we do come to that but it will most likely be late June before interface to and will we will assess things, and how developed before we go into phase, three of of this plan, and so good, because we we didn't have we talk about mass. Whereas suggest that you that you bring them ask, but we're not going to force you to wear a mask. Going to have a coffee Bar you know there's not it'd be a connection guides? That kind of stuff is what we're working to all of these details. We want to do our best to keep you guys safe. But provide you with the best opportunity to be with your family so that means we need some information from you. And it what what that looks like not GonNa. Help US noble we when we face when we Vasil into face to right at. Yeah so buying! L. You should have received an email with a link if you haven't yet, we'll very soon and we're going to do. IS WE'RE GONNA? Just ask everyone. WHO's? WHO considers. BCC Church family to fill out a brief survey and it's just going to have some basic questions and some scenario kind of questions just to get some information to kind of gauge where you folks are as far as If we do this then will you come that guy that? What are some of your concerns and even some? What what are other questions that we may not have addressed this morning. or even that you know, so. We just want to get as much information as possible to make the best informed decision. Utilizing was four filters so. We'll open up on Sunday morning and we'll. We'll have it open for week and we. We hope everyone will go there and you. Our goal is that you can fill it out in less than five minutes. You know so. We're not talking to twenty question thing you know just a really brief survey used to kind of gauge where you folks are and and to get the information that we need as leaders to make the best the best decisions. Decisions and that the honor the Lord and honor you is our church family and our community. Because we we, we recognize that we have witnessed in the community, so so we hope when you get that survey link, you'll fill it out and will soon as we can gather all that information together. We'll let you know what we've learned from that, so we hope you'll take advantage of that after to let us know kind of where you're at two. Yeah so so.
"church " Discussed on Church Growth Nation
"What what do you think it does that in your heart of hearts does that mean that the failed and you try something else or in your heart of hearts. You're like cool you know. That's what god has for me to to help these people in in their life. And that's what i'm gonna do. Faithful lee and if that's what god has an and you know during the conversation he was like i would feel like i failed in in the cliche answer was healthy things grow and so it would continue to grow and so and so. I think that was a question that he wasn't expecting kind of processing on the fly But then he came back to me a few months later on. I had a rest without question for a long time and Do you feel like in your heart of hearts if your church never grows a another person in from now until josh mayo is eighty two years old and you die and you've lived your whole life just like that deal satisfied or do you feel disappointed. Well i think there's a lot of things that you said that i love to comment on first of all. Do i feel satisfied or disappointed. I think we all have this tension this desire to grow right and so. I don't think that there's a sense of being disappointment pointed that we can't get to whatever next so. I don't think that's wrong. You know. I don't think that equates to sinfulness or me laughing my purpose but for me i have to define what success. And for me successes. I love god. God loves me. Bom that success and i have to define it that way and i was gonna say when you ask that question. I was like ding ding. Ding on the nose. That's the question. Because i had to wrestle with that question a lot and it's hard but militarization that i think was really helpful for me is whether i am the pilot of a plane of ten people or on a pallet of a big boeing jet. That has three hundred three thousand people in. I'm still the pilot. That god is asked me to get these people to final destination in heaven be closer jesus to build disciples and so whether it's ten people or ten thousand people do i have to be faithfully obedience in do that. Well yes absolutely. And i really do believe old school. Stop that now faithfulness obedience. That's what the looks looks. Because here's the thing when you even hear the parable of the different talents. I think there's god gives different measure to each person and we don't know what our measure is right but we have to be faithful. And i'm not push back. I've heard that phrase a lot healthy things grow healthy things grow. That's right to an extent like there comes a point. Where if we're i used that metaphor and i've quoted that metaphor so many times that's bog picture healthy things grow. Yes they do but we also grow and they grow really fast and oak trees grow but they grow to a certain extent and then everything has sometimes the growth capacity and so we have to say all right. Am i added healthy place. Do we need to shift things up to grow to a higher level or is do i need to be faithful at this season for a while and then kind of reassess and sometimes i think the biggest thing that needs to be healthy and grow as a heart and the reason and maybe some of the external things growing because internally we haven't grown in a while and so i just pushed back on the whole healthy things grow sometimes because sometimes yet they do grow but some things that are not that good and not that healthy. Weeds grow very quickly. Oak trees grow to a certain extent. There is a stopping point and sometimes healthy to assess and say is this healthy growth because all throughout the gospels as well to you see jesus doing two things he had served seasons and he had purged seasons and every one of us needs to have surgeon purge where sometimes the healthiest thing for your church news to lose some people and that might not always sound politically correct but it's incredibly important and might be the healthiest thing for your church to grow to get to. The next level is to lose some people that were there at the very beginning. And it's not that we want to your heart. Don't wanna lose these people. I was the guy that said. I will never lose anybody on my launch team. I will. They will be more than scaffolding. They'll stay with me forever. But sometimes things just change and people change and i kind of set a lot there but i just i looked at jesus and he said you know you said. Are you offended. will you leave me to. Jesus has very large groups. That sometimes would leave when he would say hard truth to help. The church grow in a greater extent. And so just wrestle with that tension. I think as you're talking to the growth question i think you're right. There's there's two ways to look at it growth. This whole thing is called church. Growth nation right and it's not always about numerical growth. Sometimes we need to grow in our walk with god grow in our knowledge grow in our maturity and so that is obviously a little bit more cliche but i acknowledge that that is an area that we grow in but when we talk about your heart's desire to grow in size i think so like our companies vibrant agency and we have a desire for our company to grow and to be the best and to be bigger and all stuff right but at the same time. I am completely satisfied. If i do this for the rest of my life i am. I am satisfied and hungry at the same time. You know what i mean like. I'm not trying to grow our company because i'm dissatisfied. It's just because it's fun. And it's like part of your dna to try to to accomplish a goal and be competitive and win. But that doesn't mean that it's fed from a place of dissatisfaction. I think that that's where if everybody can get to that point like i have vision my heart for my church to be five thousand people and to reach all these numbers that you have and we're going to go for that but at the same time if that's not what god has i'm gonna chase it because that's part of my dna. And i think that's fine. I think that's what i'm supposed to do. But if it doesn't i'm not dissatisfied in the same time. Do you agree with that. Yeah i think it's not a problem fixed. But it's attention to manage and i think that's where things are for us and and i think the apostle paul recount. What i'm trying to describe is us making sure that we're not falling into any either of the ruts on both sides of the road right. I think both can be out a balanced. The apostle paul talked about this idea of a godliness with contentment is great game right and so there's not there's this contentment content actually brings about great gain. There's a little bit of attention. They're like wait. I'm supposed to be content but have great game at the same time. But then the apostle paul also says i press on right he forgetting what the pass and move forward and so i think as passers. I don't know how to do it very well. But i'm working on because i want to grow but i wanna be everything that god's called me to be in the season that matt as well too. I want to be fully present so help me to understand. God how godliness with great godliness with contentment. Great game but helped me also press on how to balance that tension a little bit..
"church " Discussed on Church Growth Nation
"Night was game. five More shots and now gone And my brother is a minnesota twins fan and he started trash talking me one and they're playing the yankees and they got swept so i enjoyed. I enjoyed that conversation with him. That sounds good. Yeah so tell me about cross church. I know that you planted the church. How long have you guys been going on How did you plant. did you go on your own. You use something like are just kind of give us the story of the church absolutely. We planted about six years ago as a new startup. church thing not really campus or a satellite but we we got training through the arc. We love the are. Some of my closest friends are passers and whatnot. and We are associated with arc But didn't receive any of the funds there definitely had their relationship there and great training and and We're just having a lot of fun A lot of fun just love and our community in north georgia and and trying to make a little bit more crowded. Did you start in a building. You start in a school. How what was the process like. Yeah absolutely so boy. When we started out we we looked at. I don't know took us about eight months to secure our location which that was a beast We ended up starting in a school. Was there for about four years Set up tear down the only. We couldn't leave anything so the only thing that was there that we didn't have to set up was chairs because those were bolted to the ground So as a performing arts theater kind of thing and and it was a lot of work. We couldn't store anything on site. Everything had the drawn in by trailer every single week. It is pretty exhausting. And so and we had to set up day saturday and sunday because they wouldn't let us into the main room until sunday morning but they would let us into the kids rooms on saturday so it it was We were portable. And i didn't know that when. I when god asked me to start church was actually starting to moving company. That's kind of what it felt like. Yeah a how many months or years were you doing that. Saturday sunday thing. Yeah four years four years and man. I'll tell you what the saints of the church where the people that set up and tore down and they're pretty awesome. We'll just go. What's what's your building like. Now i mean i know you have your own facility. How are you at. I mean do you own it or you still some portable the a one campus to campus. What's the story so we're a one campus church and we're having a lot of fun five and half years in kind of a thing and we own our building we the day we started five and a half years ago we started. Put money aside for us to be able to step in and make a purchase just believing that as we worked on small margins that god would be able to help us take that next step and When a building basically came open the first building that ever came open for us. We've been searching from day one and it took about four plus years for us to find a place when we did we announced to our church That we were As the first time we ever talked to the church about it we announced that we were in contrast purchase building that we had a large down payment for the building. And here's the giving plan for us to be able to finalise the building and so it was a pretty exciting day because no one even knew what we're doing till we just did it and People really got behind it and So were we've already got most of our building paid off the grace. God tell you when you guys decided to start the church you went with cross church and it's but it's not like cross jesus church it's like an it's like cross roads almost like what's the what's the branding about. Yeah so what we like to say is the cross of christ helps you the cross from your pain to your purpose. You know you see right behind me. Fine life it's this idea. That's our brain behind this. You kind of see our logo and stuff. And that's the idea of you. Know kind of like the israelites. going from You know egypt into the tom. Aslan that the cross helps you to cross into new life helps you find life through christ relationship with christ and relationship with others and that's really our purpose is to help you find life. And so that whole branding thing is you see the flag as well too. It's like we're taking new ground because whenever you take a new ground where you do plant a flag and so it's this idea of kin tuning to move towards what god has for you. Who was your first higher. Yeah great question. I hire was actually a husband and a wife combo so i'm going to cheat a little bit He ran the worship and still does and she ran our youth and children's ministry and still does their phenomenon and we we basically stipend them at the very beginning. And i won't tell you how much we skype in them. Because it was very embarrassing but they were very gracious and there's some of the best people that we have in our church house. Gene wilder their rockstars. From the moment. If you're comfortable with this question from the moment you planted the church until now what do you think if you could pinpoint one is one of the biggest mistakes you've made so far as a pastor made a lot of them which one you know. I'll i think one mistake that i did early on was put too much pressure on myself to build the fantasy church and what i mean by that is i think when whenever we started church or planet which many of us may be no one else. Maybe it's just me but we say that we're not looking to be the next steven fertig or insert your name and Hill song or whatever your big name churches we say no. I'm just following god. I'm just obeying god breaking or something in the back of us back of our mind. That says you why to be cool. If and i think we we wanna plant a fantasy church. Instead of what goddess obediently asked us to so filling go after a and and so i think put a little bit too much pressure on myself to try to be the next whatever. I didn't mimic them. I like them. I was my unique self and what god had called me to be. But that internal pressure to perform. Let's be honest of the large start up churches and god bless you if you are one of them but we are not Condo one percent of the one percenters and so oftentimes. We get very enamored by the very fast growing startup. church plants. Now so awesome. If you are come-ons comes in my church. And tell me everything. I need to change. That's cool no. I probably wouldn't listen half of them because every one of us have a unique. Dna that god has called us to be. But i guess what i'm trying to say is understand that we all organically grow at different places spaces levels and you've got to figure out what god's called you to be and don't worry about building your fantasy church but rather bill church god has called you uniquely to plant and build in the community. He's called you to that. Sounds beautiful. But i yeah i was talking. I was talking with my a buddy of mine. Who was six months. Maybe five months out from launch sunday and they were doing arc thing too and we were helping them with some mailers and some facebook ads. And i remember i was golfing with my buddy and we were talking about the church and i asked him. I said if at the peak this church has a hundred people forever..
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"What's up everybody. This is ross. Turner and you are listening and watching church growth nation we've got dino risi's received all the above dino rizzo. We're in downtown. San luis obispo right now and you flew in yesterday into that flew in today's scott. Here my off your private jet very several of this one of them is called delta scout american every once i take my one called southwest powerful. Where are you where you live. Out of birmingham now pastor in baton rouge louisiana for twenty years relocated birmingham alabama seven years ago. My brother-in-law played in the minors and he played. What's the minor league team birmingham barons. Yeah he played for jordan. I did not know that that was what he played baseball for a year. Two he played in birmingham with your brother. Well he pride in play with but that's awesome. We got basketball with michael jordan. The i did like him like him with him. He's my dad we got adema ganja and then with us before. He's the lead pastor active church which actually meets. I could throw a baseball. I could hit a seven hour. He hit right at it. But we're gonna be out. Adam planted the church almost three years ago or just past three years ago. Two years ago this is the birthday coming up years. Yeah we'll be. We just turned to last month. So we're celebrating to your next week. Nice and it's been going really good and so these two people not only have churches that they influence but they also have the experience of having people talk to you. Talk to you about advice on how to better their churches and you know tips and things to really further. Walk with god personally and make it through. And so when. I wanted to talk to you. I'll start with you dino. Is i hear a lot from the pastors that we work with that. They're like pastoring is lonely. Pasturing is hard. Pasturing is hard on your and you feel isolated financially hard. It's often harder than they expected. Why is that our culture's hard right now. So i think everybody's going through stuff doctors and labyrinths.
"church " Discussed on Agape Baptist Church | Scottsboro, Alabama
"Doing a little recap of our series over the last few weeks talking about the unity of the church because unity is for the purposes of evangelism. The reputation of christ is at stake in the relationships that we have with our church family and so we want to we wanted to fix our eyes on a patient chapter four just to understand how we can cling to these promises is a foundation of unity and so the last couple of weeks the first week specifically we talked about this idea <hes> of aim we should all be aiming towards the singular goal of maintaining the unity of the spirit and the body of peace and the reason that we do that is because we have the god who himself is one and we must draw our unity from him and then last week we talked about appreciating one another appreciating the the diversity that is by design this unity that we have does not mean uniformity every person in this in this space does not need to look the same and god has not ordained it to be so because as jesus the victorious warrior rose from the grave he pondered the depths of hell to pour out get to weaken the kingdom of satan and to pour out gifts on his church so as mission can be accomplished and so our unity in the midst of our diversity is a testimony to the victory victory of christ jesus and so this is just one of those awesome things. Maybe you've never thought about unity this way but when you look around and you see people that are different different than you celebrate that because that diversity is by god's own design and so the next a letter that we want to look at ah this week is the idea of us agreeing because we must be careful as a church to insist upon unity unity in the right places and to celebrate diversity in the wrong places. That's really a diversity in the right places unity in the right places and diversity in the right places prices. We must have those categories step in our mind very clearly to understand if god is designed to church in a certain way then there's some ways we need to be unified that we saw that the first week then then there's some ways we need to celebrate diversity. We need to be diversified. We sell we saw that last week but if we insist upon unity where there should be diversity the body of christ is going to be hindered so i don't what do you mean ryan well. You know if you if you are somebody else would have have the mindset that we we every person who comes into the showroom needs to look the same or needs to dress. The same or has a certain standing in the community. That's we shouldn't insist on unity. We should insist on diversity in those areas but if we also if we insist upon diversity where there should be unity body. The body of christ is also hindered. Give me some examples of that well doctrinal league who is jesus. We all need to be unified right on that. What does it take for a person to enter into a relationship with their creator. God we all need to be in unity on that and so what we're talking about here it is very critical to the formation of a biblical church and not that a gop as not a biblical church what we're saying is we're starting point <hes> here together and we want to all come to a fresh understanding of what god has called us to be. We looked at that and the last sermon series what he's called us to be individually now. We're looking at what he's he's called us to be corporately and so finishes chapter four be getting pick up in verse eleven and actually i want to i want to actually pick it up in verse seven and read through our passage today so that you get it in context so visas chapter for beginning in verse seven. We dealt with this last week. It gets a bit grace was given each one of us. According to the measure of christ's gift and paul's about to say this was cry skip that when he when he ascended on high he led a host host of captives and he gave gifts to men in saying he ascended what does it mean but that he also descended into the lower regions of the earth he who decent is the one who also also ascended far above the heavens he might fill all things and that those last those last three words fill all things is the point there. Where does the church gets. It's diversity it gets it from the risen victorious christ pouring out his spirits which fills all believers and what is it the result of that feeling look at what it says in verse eleven and he gave some to be apostles prophets the evangelists the shepherds and teachers. There's two equip the saints for the work of ministry for the building up of the body of christ until we all attained the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the son of god who mature manhood to the measure of the stature of the fullness of christ so that women no longer be children tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine by human cunning by craftiness and deceitful schemes and so we're going to see two areas this morning of agreement but just as we've been doing every week we have a commitment. It's kind of a pre invitation invitation if you will. I'm going to help you understand what it's gonna. Look like specifically they respond to this to this invitation. As we talk about this idea of agreeing agreeing with one another what we agreeing about well we're going about at this commitment right here. I commit to being unified in the belief that god's word alone unleashes life into the church. I commit commit to being unified in the belief that god's word alone unleashes life into the church and we'll we'll dig into that as we go throughout the arrested this message. So where do we need to agree well. We need to agree first of all on god's designed for the church when he do agree on god's design nine for the church and so let's look at once again beginning in verse seven paul gives us a vision for where our diversity comes from it's from our victorious savior pouring out the spoils of his victorious resurrection on the church these spoils our gifts and we talked about last week's spiritual gifts and that was actually a way that i gave you the practically to fill the imitation last week is you can go to the website baptist dot com and you can click on the the main menu there it says discover your gifts and many of you have done that you've sent those to me and i'm grateful for that and there's some there's already some just some incredible opportunity a tune into that i see with the people responded and filled out that spiritual gifts assessment sent those results to me because that's the way that god wants to use uh-huh uh-huh together is knocked that once again. I don't expect all of you to look like me. We don't want that kind of unity. Got help us right but but what i'm saying is there's a marvelous diversity and the people that have sent me their gifts so that you get this beautiful mosaic nick of the body of christ you get this beautiful beautiful picture of as we come together. We don't all look like and that's my god's design and not only do we all not look like but what god wants to do through us we'll be fulfilled through us as we come together and commit to be used by back him and so this generosity of resurrected save your results not only the diversity in the giftedness by intentionally design and part of our spiritual gifts but it also is in giving us something very specific to let that that life continue to flow because that's that's what that's what may jesus distinct from the other teachers of his day. Do you remember that you remember how when jesus i came on the scene and the gospels and people said he teaches with such authority and jesus noted that that authority in john chapter four he noted that that authority came from it came from spirit and truth and it was alive live that was flowing in him and as people came in touch with that life and it was an abundant life that jesus wanted people to experience through him. It was like contagious ages c._s. Lewis actually calls it the good infection right and i share this with you. I think i shared it with you a couple of weeks ago this this idea of of when somewhere around people that have this life flowing through them. I mean it just can't help but the rub off on us. I mean you can see jesus flowing through people and so there's this really awesome thing that happens when we unite with him and we we are filled by his spirit and we've got his word and our hearts and our minds lines. Is that same life that flowed through jesus flows through us but i'm gonna ask you where does that. Life come from. I commit to being unified in the belief that god's word alone unleashes life into the church that life comes from god's word heard saturating your heart and your mind that is that is what the spirit of god uses to bring the life of jesus inside of you. This is not a revolutionary idea but i find it's one of the most most incredibly untapped resources in american christianity as we don't get this idea. We think we think well we do scripture memory for kids because it's fun to hear my kids say baba versus right or you know we mm-hmm we talk. We preach their scripture because that's just what we're supposed to do now. There's a there's a reason for four encouraging our kids the memory scripture and i'm going to tell you the best way you're gonna. Courage your kids to do it. Your drink is by doing it yourself <hes> but there's a reason that we do that. There's a reason that we go through scripture like we do here on sunday monday mornings and that when you gather with your g groups that you go through scripture the way that you do there. There's a reason that because god's word alone unleash life and let me prove it to you. This is not this. This is not a new testament creation. This is in flowing with the biblical narrative and we'll just start creation right because those four points of scripture are what creation fall redemption option arrest rations so let's go back to creation in the beginning god created the heavens and the earth didn't he genesis chapter one verse one and the earth was without form form and void right and the spirit hovered the spirit of god hovered over the waters and then what is it said and god what spoke spoke there you and god said let there be light. We just kinda. We're so amazed by the thought of god's speaking into ended the nothingness and they're being life that we neglect just land on that word said god said god spoke god speaks and as he speaks what happens alive comes into existence where there was not like now there is my that's. That's where we just kind of. You know we kind of get used to reading these things over and over and we missed his the incredible awesomeness thinking about any other way to say it of of the fact that god look into the nothingness and spoke and then what we know as creation came into existence and it all happened happened because he spoke and john picks up on this just to show us that it's not this story in the old testament that's funded on a flannel graphs somewhere right or watch video about john picks except on it and john chapter one verse one and he says in the beginning was the what why where it's come from i come from somebody speaking them out right in the beginning was the word and the word was with god and the word was got right and so jesus is john onto say the what made flesh the word makes less and so jesus himself says i have come to give you life and that life is found john john chapter fifteen as we abide in his words his words abide in us you see all coming together here and so and so as we think about it just not skip over justice yaqoob or seven what came from the mouth of god that gave adam life. It was breathed on atom right so whatever comes from god's mouth and that's what i want like. I don't want to mess around with anything else. I want what comes from i. I want his works. Which is why second timothy chapter three verse sixteen and seventeen says that all scripture is god what god i think we're seeing fame here. I don't know what bottle title study in the church this great all scripture is god breathed and is profitable just to skip to be in there because he lists a bunch of the things to make the man or woman of god complete perfect fitted for every good work and so god has a design for your life of how you find life so they can flow through you you and out of you. It's not by accident. It is by design and so we as a church that's for individuals we as the church must must the flip must flash that out corporately as we gather together. This is what the offices of the church church have been given to us for god's word has been given to build the church to bring life and a culture of death and to help broken people find uh wholeness and therefore god has given the church individuals committed to proclaiming his truth and each one of these offices n._f._l. N._f._l. Fans chapter four beginning verse eleven are defined by their relationship to the word of god and how they use it in their the ministry. That's how i want you to understand and interpret efficient chapter four because that's what paul's doing here paul saying that out of the richness of the victory of the lord jesus christ he has poured out gifts on his church spiritual gifts yes but callings as well and in specific callings related to the word of god going forth from the words contained in this book to the gathered people of god he gave the apostles the prophets the evangelists the shepherds and teachers these offices are all defined as they and how they relate to the word of god so apostle. Let's start with the apostles and prophets apostles and prophets. I've already had some of you that have sent me your your spiritual gifts assessment and one of your guests is apostle ship and your way to second what does that mean as god calling me to be another paul well oh not necessarily right not indefinitely not in terms of speaking out more revelation that we will record and say it's binding for the entire church coach. That's what we did with the original apostles but that's not we do with this gift of apostle ship here in here in this verse here in this chapter in fact what what an apostle when you think about a possible think about frontiers mun frontier missionary somebody who goes and that kind of lewis and clark for jesus right and this could could this could refer to the mission field could refer to you having a heart for for the name of christ being spoken where it never has before those places exist and we need people we pray that god would raise up people from this church to go out and take the name of christ where it's not been named but but just speaking on a broader level somebody who has the spiritual gift of apostle ship has this desire they see this desire manifested in them to carve out new new areas in the midst of the broken -ness of our world and maybe even our own community like some people look into the darkness darkness that exists in our community and they say i would never go there. Maybe they're just afraid or they've got that feared out or whatever and then there's some people people who say i'll charge the gates of hell with a water pistol right. Just let jesus just let me out right. That's that's that's the spirit of an apostle and we see that by looking at paul and his desire to take the take the name of christ were never been named for those places actually exists in our community and then he says prophets now once again don't think prophets and you're gonna go to your neighbor and be like hey you're if you don't you know or don't go to work today. 'cause you're going to counter person and it's going to change your life. That don't don't think about a fortune teller. That's not that's not what a profit is. A prophet takes aches the revealed word of god and speaks it to a specific person at a specific time and a specific place and they apply apply what god has already said to that person's life in a way that causes that person to come to a fork in the road obedience or disobedience seeks profits in that lay still exist in in our fellowship in our in our church. We need people who had the boldness to go and to say hey. I'm reading this in god's word and i'm just saying we're hey. We don't want up with this and we need to pastor. We need to be you know we need to be doing. Doing we need to be doing this or we need to recant this area. We didn't like those kind of spiritual. Gifts still exists for the benefit of the church now. Not many passengers are going to send up here and tell you hey if you got the spiritual gift of prophecy. Don't be afraid to come talk to me. Pastors like i don't know about that. It'll be the prophet y'all y'all just listen right but but listen if the if the body of christ is gonna function the way god's design it we've got to what celebrate the giftedness this of god's people as he's poured it out on us and so yeah the postles in profits but i want to tell you i think paul's got something else in mind here. Look in chapter two verse nineteen phasing chapter two verse nineteen. This is where reading in context helps us out immensely phase in chapter two verse nineteen paul and talking to the jews and gentiles here in the church at f._c._c. soc- says he says i want you to know the love of christ that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled with all an ostrich and filled with all the fullness of god and and actually i want you to skip over with skip. I'm invasion chapter three. I'm sorry finish after two verse nineteen here again. I'm in the right place so then you're no longer strangers strangers and aliens but you our fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household got built on the foundation of the what aw apostles prophets okay so so in another place in the same letter paul pairs these two words together in a way that should stick out asa significant paul saying that the church in ephesus that their unity that their their love for one another their salvation shen had made a church had been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. I think in one way paul is policy talking about how the profit's kind of being the summary title of the old testament and the apostles who were kind of these new testament prophets who are going and declaring the word of god and he's thinking about aww peter and thomas and all these other apostles that walk with jesus all of these other apostles they're going and they are kind of paving the way and and seeing the church grow and they're writing letters like this one to the church that's binding on that church as as as the commands of god and i think i think paul is making a broader statement to say listen. He's given you the word of god he is giving. When you the apostles and prophets he's given you the scriptures so that you can be built up and if you notice that's exactly what the rest of equation chapter therefore says he actually goes on to talk about evangelists right gave the apostles and prophets the evangelists whatever evangelists evangelist used the word god to invite people into a relationship with christ. That's what an evangelist is to do what to build the church. Numerically they have a special giftedness sadness and calling to go out and to preach the gospel and to see a harvest. I remember sitting around a table. In time of the famous album evangelist junior hill he gave me one of the most <hes> incredible statements that helped me understand how god calls people somebody asked question they said i said junior hundred you know that you are supposed to be an evangelist list and he said it's because every time i opened up the word of god all i could think of was how to use that passage to invite people into a relationship with jesus christ. I was like oh wow that's me. That's not that i'm gonna vangelis but every time i open up the word of god i'm drawn to. How can this be pass it. How can this passage edge be used to shepherd the hearts of god's people and to teach them and equip them because that's what i am. I'm a shepherd and a teacher. I'm not an evangelist. I celebrate right the roles or the role of evangelism but evangelist has a specific calling to use the word of god to invite people into a relationship with christ. I'm the next one a shepherd teacher this this notice the some people dump these together because the new testament words used here shepherds and teachers in in other contexts context like first timothy chapter three we see paul using this same word for pastor they shepherds and teachers and so what we do passers declared the message of the apostles and prophets those who do know christ evangelists are focused on those who don't uh-huh kreis pastors and teachers are focused on those who already know christ and need to continue to be equipped edified and encouraged with the the word of god the message of the apostles the prophets those three words. They're equipped define courage or a kind of a summary of the next few versus <music> to equip. He says to equip the saints for the work of ministry. Now i know football just started back right and the scots were high school have their kick cookout kickoff kickoff cookout on on friday night right and all those guys. They didn't just get get their pads ads and stuff like that. They've been practicing it for a while but there's a day that comes when i show up their practice and maybe you're just running you don't have helmet but then they throw in a helmet but you don't have shoulder pads then after a couple of days they throw on the shoulder vets and what do they do. They give you the equipment necessary so that you you can play in a game right and so what does the pastor supposed to do to show you the necessary equipment that you need to live the christian life you see that and where does that. Where's that equipment found in the word of god and specifically second peter chapter one that we've already talked about the promises that you cling to you as you walk through this life and so i'm called do quip you. I'm called to edify you. That's what it says for the building building up of the body of christ that means to instruct you and sound doctrine so that you know what's right and what's wrong and then i'm also called to encourage you to encourage you look at this next this next verse that is such an incredible says so that we may no longer be children tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine by human cunning by craftiness and deceitful schemes you remember satan has no new strategies and so as a pastor got his called me to help you understand how satan would seek to tempt you and divide you away from his call on your life to to encourage you to stand against the schemes of the enemy much like paul's going to do an occasional chapter six when he tells them to stand firm and so you may may laugh at this but you guys kind of a kid at heart and so this is this is how i think about my job every sunday when i get up here okay. How many maybe you had some of you may still have them those little cars that when you pull him back right it creates tension and then shoot again some of your on you know what i'm i'm talking about. You kind of have this cars that you pull back and they're like ooh. That's sound make but you get the picture right. That's what i see my job as every every sunday. That's why i love my job is that god has a purpose for you. Each week ghana's a design and a desire for you each tweak and believe that as i come in here and faithfully proclaim god's word to you equip encourage and edify you that it's like me pulling back as an individual believer so that you can shoot off into what god has for you this week. Have you ever thought about that way. That's that's that's. That's why i get so pumped about sharing with you what god has for us in his word and we do the same in the mid week just in case some of you need a little little extra. You know right and wednesday night. It's that's what we do too and that's why that's why kira and just and that's why we insist upon the word of god being in every ministry of church is because we believe the word of god alone unleashes life into his church and you're saying okay ryan. It's getting kind of late here. We just had taken ordination where the deacons in this passage because we kinda smith smith the whole service saying they have a really important role and yet here in phasing chapter four. They're not present the politics forget about them now. He didn't forget about let me i tell you why the deacons are people who because there's only two two roles in the church that are mentioned in the first chapter three pastors and deacons and what paul is talking about efficient chapter four her is he's talking about how you can according to verse one chapter four to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called hold. The church can be unified how the people can be encouraged and equipped and that happens through the message of the apostles and prophets. That's the job bob of the pastor and as max has so eloquently already said in at from acts chapter six verse to the twelve apostles recognizing that this was their god ordained sacred calling to fix their eyes upon the spiritual aw nourishment of a congregation they said we also recognize that the physical needs and the connectedness and the peacemaking and all those kinds of things that max mentioned are necessary necessary for the church as well and we can't do it by ourselves and so there is this god ordained partnership partnership where the pastor's focus on the spiritual needs and nourishment of the congregation and the deacons focus on on the physical needs and nourishment of the congregation see that got better search. This is how how much god loves. You and god cares for you as they. He's put people who i can promise you not just speaking for me but are devoted to you as a church family. This is how much god wants you to fulfill your purpose this. This is how much god wants you to cling to his promises and to know that you've got a family even when broken this has hit your your family. You got partners in the gospel. Even when you feel like you're alone you've got to work. This is what the church is. Four and these deacons ends are exemplary leaders and servants of you as a church family so praise god aw he's clearly defined these roles for the church so that the word of god can go forth and i want to challenge you your responsibility having witnessed this this ordination today having studied this passage. Today is to insist that pastors will be pastors according to chapter four that if there's ever a pastor that gets into this pool pit and does it break open the word of god that you challenge them but that's his calling and if there's ever a deacon because you've got insist upon diggins being vegans if there's ever a deacon who is not serving the church faithfully that you insist that those deacon served this church faithfully that is your responsibility as a congregation to speak life into into us if we ever if we ever fall down on her job and that's why we are the way we are congregational governed as a church family and so when we talk about ecclesial when we talk about the church and its design. It's not boring stuff because it's the way that god wants to unleash his love and his life into into our midst and so for some of you for some of you man. Maybe you need to go study over. I of the chapter three and you need to ask god called me to be a pastor has got called me to be a deacon and let those words challenge you took took be called out of the worldliness to be called out of the half-heartedness and you can step up into those roles and ministry if god's called you to do that. I really do believe that. God wants to raise up pastors and missionaries and christian leaders out of this congregation and i really do believe that god wants to raise up more and more deacons weakens out of this congregation and he will do it as you engage in his word because the investment that you make in god's word will never return void and he said well ryan. I can't be a pastor <hes> because we recognize that offset pastors limited to man. So what do i need need to do. What what did they say behind. Every good man is a better woman women. I wanna challenge you that some of your men they need to be encouraged and affirmed the need to step into this role. They need to know that you see that in them. As you and we'll study this in a few in the future future but as you affirm god's calling on the man that god's putting your life then you will see a life flow your family and your church family. I can speak from i can speak personally of the kind of impact that the words the my wife speaks to me has <music> on me. I would not be who i am today apart from her speaking that life into me.
"church " Discussed on Agape Baptist Church | Scottsboro, Alabama
"All Right so first Corinthians Chapter fifteen we're going to end this series that we've been doing the past several weeks <hes> called first things and just a little bit of recap before we jump into the last few verses of this tax tonight we we initially started on this path because we said the way you start is important the first things that you fix your eyes on as <hes> in a new season or or a new circumstance or situation and it really directs the course of of of your of your life in one sense for Paul. That's exactly what it what it had done when he started in ministry in Corinth he had a specific starting point because Z. recognize. You never could know where you're going unless you knew where you are and the Gospel meets us where we are to describe where we are in describe where God wants us to be which is in a relationship with him and so Paul began with the Gospel and we wanted to get very Mary certain that we all were on the same page about what the core of the Gospel is and we've done it every every single week this far so we might as well do it again tonight right. If you want to remember the core essence of the Gospel. We'd do their hands right here right right so let's start with this hand we say Christ Dodd for our sins and was raised right. So what does the Gospel well. It's it's the message that Christ persons and then was raised from the dead and so this is the Gospel this this was the place that Paul wanted wanted to start why because the Gospel is God's diagnosis of the greatest problems that we have the greatest problems are not outside of us in the lives of other people and what they're doing to us and what <hes> what circumstances are around us or what's in our bank account or what's the those might be real problems but the Gospel says that's not the greatest problem the greatest problems not outside of us the Guy The Gospel says the greatest problems are inside of us so Paul wants to remind at this group of believers who have who have strayed away from living out the Gospel wants to remind them of this Gospel that he preached to them and that they needed to hold fast too and that Gospel is not just some fictionalized account of fabled tales about a man named Jesus. What Paul wanted us to see what we looked at last week was these are real events that happened that are historically verifiable and that when we read about these events in the text <unk> scripture that we're reading something that is faithful something that we can trust in? We talked about that about Matt's remember last week not not actual maps that are on the wall but Matt's M. A. P. S. manuscripts archaeology prophecy and statistics artistic all of those all of those things when you apply those tests to scripture scripture stands unique among all the other texts of history as reliable and faithful and verifiable and this matters because when we received the news of the Gospel we WanNa make sure it's not fake news and and Paul didn't believe it was fake news. The Corinthians were treating it like it was fake news but for us. It's not fake news. It is the power gone as the power God for the salvation of those who believe for the personal so for the gentile and so Paul. This is what he based his ministry on but he didn't basis ministry on himself. We saw last last week that he basis ministry on the risen Christ. It was not about him in fact Paul didn't have to high of a view of himself. It was not a morbid self-deprecation but it was instead just a god centered humility woody because he talks about himself as as one untimely born premature and so we want to pick up in verses nine through eleven tonight and we want to talk about something that's very I think it speaks directly into where we are as a culture and if we care about about speaking in a way to our culture that would be appealing to our culture that the culture would want to listen to us us first of all we need to remind ourselves and this is just this is not an attacks but first Corinthians chapter thirteen Paul's reminded us that I can speak in the tongues of angels right and tongues of men but if I have not love I am nothing. I'm just a resounding Gong longer clanging cymbal suppose already established that that we need to speak with love. You need to remember this truth without love is not truth. Love it out. Truth is not love this. This culture would have us to believe that we have to abandon one to have the other truth without love is not truth. According to First Corinthians chapter thirteen but love without truth is not real love either and so Paul wants us to understand tonight. He wants us to understand tonight something about how the Gospel speaks to the individual we've handed hinted hinted at this that Christ it and just I for Sin Christ out for centers but let's pickup in verse nine and will read Reversal Lebanon. We'll see exactly what Paul wants to center tonight. Paul says for I end the least of all the apostles unworthy to be called an apostle because I persecuted the Church of God but by the Grace Ace of God I am what I am and His grace toward me was not in vain on the contrary. I worked harder than any of them. Though it was not I but the grace of God that is within me whether then it was I or they so so we preach and so you believed and so Paul begins he says for iron the least of all the apostles unworthy to be called an apostle because I persecuted the Church of God. We kind of pick up where we left off last week. That Paul recognizes is is something about himself that he's very honest about and he never changed his view of from the moment that he encountered Christ on that Damascus road he recognized something. That's very crucial to US receiving the Gospel and that's that is that we are not the Lord of our lives. We we live in a culture that that throws around such phrases like well. You speak your truth right. You speak your truth. In fact I haven't watched the of it probably won't but but you know Robert Mueller was on on Capitol Hill today and he is as you know being encouraged speak his truth right well. That's just a very very dangerous thing. When you put a personal pronoun in front of the Word Truth Right it was not made to be that way it ceases to be objective truth at that point in time because there's no such thing as your truth and my truth and his truth and her truth right there's only the truth right definite article showing that is the truth and so we need to be concerned about the truth Rupaul recognize the truth about his own life is that he's not Lord the moment that he saw Jesus on that Damascus road and at binded him his is reopened and beautiful paradox that I think he explores more and Second Corinthians chapter four just this the fact that that in the moment where he saw the most clearly his fiscal site left him but his spiritual site was gained and he recognized that Jesus alone is ward and if Jesus alone his ward than that dethrones the self this is why Paul Can Paul is humble? This is why Paul recognizes that he he can be honest about himself. What this this for us is key? Can you be honest about yourself. Do you feel like this place is a place where you can be transparent. We we really struggle with this in in especially the the southern culture right the southern culture where we in a lot of ways. We've been taught that to come to churches to put on a mask right and just to look certain way to always be a certain way and and we struggle with letting people in and granted I don't. I don't think you should go around just kind of vomiting out your issues to everybody and you know the deepest secrets of your life to everybody but at the same time Paul show he gives us an example here about having this basic understanding. Of who you are that puts you on level ground with everybody else in this world God forbid that any Christian that that would that would say by Baptist Church Church home. Whatever seek to put themselves above anybody else because we're not in fact? I don't think it's <hes> forget who it is. Quote one time that I heard at said I think it would see US Lewis. He said if if men's speak ill view he said basically <unk>. Don't wind them for your much worse than they know that you are right. I mean listen. That's what Tim Keller says. Tim Keller Passer in New York City pointed a church in Manhattan happened. Remember Presbyterian Church. She says he says this is the Gospel that you are worse than you ever have thought yourself to be but you're more than you've ever known yourself to be. That is the Gospel and so we don't need to act like where people who had altogether because we don't listen if the world is broken because of San then guess what that means we are broken because of San and if we build fortresses right where the people think will ever Wanna go there because everybody there thinks that they got it all together then we will we will diminish because what the world longs to see now in authentic Christianity as or people who recognize with Paul all that it's only by the grace of God that I am what I am. If you see anything good for me I can promise you it's not from me his from God. It's God's work in me and so this is the heart of this passage in Paul has gone <hes> in this. Let me let me apply this to something. I said this past Sunday. I encouraged encouraged you if you if you feel I could just kind of floating along in life right now Roger testimony and I would encourage if you haven't done that in the mid week right right it out right after testimony talk about what John has done in your life talk about what God is saved you from think about the things that we just kind of embrace in Christian in culture without realizing what we're saying we even even this. This come APP probably said about this coming Saturday. The Brittany I've heard Brittany sesame and my language reflects opposite Britain has got a really awesome testimony and she does us right but don't think that when I say somebody has a really awesome testimony what's what a lot of people think well. My testimony is not as good as hers. Oh Child of God. Would you recognize that if Jesus have saved you no matter what he saved you from. You have an awesome testimony. You have an amazing testimony. We think about people who've been saved out of drugs or alcohol or or sexual morality is having a really good or powerful testimonies but consider what Paul says in Romans Chapter One and two divisions to Romans Chapter One and two Paul after he's just said I'm not ashamed with the power of the Gospel or I'm not Shannon Gospels the power for the Salvation Ovation those who believe that the Jew I also for the gentile he immediately goes in Romans chapter one and shows how the gentiles are centers right and how they traded the things that can be known about God and suppress them and they pursued less than all these he's horrible things and and we look at from chapter one and it's just this really horrible list of of things that the broken nece of Sin Sin has done to humanity but then less any Jew whose reading that reading thing that description of the gentiles Romans chapter one thing that they're above them. Romans chapter two is all about how the Jews there and just as bad shape and really worse because they've had the truth preach to them and they have the covenants and they have all these other things and yet they've rejected. God to Romans Chapter One chapter two are all about how Jews gentiles the ground is equal at the foot of the cross and finish after he does the same thing as a way of helping these Jews and gentiles and emphasis that they can be unified because Christ is their bond of peace and that just because they're ju- and considered there near to God and just because they're gentile and someone say they're far off from God really everybody's far off off from God and it's a Marvelous Act of grace if anybody comes to him and so what I'm saying is this your may have saved you out of drugs or he may have just saved you out of self righteousness. Maybe he saved you pornography or maybe he just saved you out of half-hearted halfhearted religion. It's all it is awesome if he saved you out of Islam but it's also awesome if he saved you out of Cultural Callous Christianity you may not have you may not have been a rapist or a pedophile or a drug dealer but did it take any less of God's power to.
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"Ryan. Will you accept God's charge to you to serve the shepherd at teacher of this local body of price. We strive to teach them sound doctrine so they will be equipped and prepared to serve the ministries of this Church Church this community and across the globe is God directs them and will you seek serve as an example to them by leading them in humility and with purge so as the police him who has called you to this great work do heavenly father. You're at Ryan the grace to fulfill this role in a way that brings score you Jesus Amen.
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"Welcome to the beaver creek Christian church podcast. This is the audio archive of our migration to emission movement. We do this week to come alongside you as we take this journey together. Because we want you to always remember we're on the journey with you everybody walking back to this podcast with beaver creek Christian church. I'm in the room again with Chris McClure and Ed green. And I am Stu shetler. If you hadn't figured out my voice by now. Today, we are entering into a new series. We had been talking about Luke and all y'all, and we we we we connected it to our sermon series. Now, we're start into a different series. It's not going to necessarily be connected to our sermon series. But it's going to start telling you about a bit about who BCC is we're going to start telling stories, and and laying some groundwork for you you to see really the vision of who we are BCC. And so today, we're going to be talking about this weird word a word. You may have never heard of Eva Ritter thinks I made it up shot up to Asia. But I promise you it's been around for at least three decades the best. We can tell the word is mission. You're going to hear if you haven't heard us say that before you will hear say it a lot more and you'll be familiar with it. It's a term that we're gonna we're gonna play with. We're gonna talk about. And it is connected to being a missionary as you as you can probably deduct so so as we go into into this. I wanted to find mission will rook, and then I want us we're going to we're going to talk about it. So most people defined mission will as living your life as if you were a missionary. Several years ago an Anglican priest came back from the mission field, and he and he noticed that the priests and the pastors and the Anglican church in England were not living life as a missionary. And he said, well, what would things be like if we started living as missionaries do in our own homes in our home villages in our own towns. What would it look like what would it be like, and and it began to make them think differently because it is different from what we would we would call attraction all attraction will being have a worship service. Put all the invites out ask people to come and new drama in with your programming. And with the things that you do. Well, you're teaching your worship all that stuff and people come and that serves Christianity. I mean, a lot of people who've come to Jesus know Jesus that way, maybe you grew up on that way. I did. But then we started thinking, well, what would life be like if we started living as missionaries wherever we are. Whether it's our neighborhood. Whether it's our our kids ball team, or the, you know participating in the clubs and PTA's and stuff and their families involved with or maybe even a workplace, right? And so we started trying to define that for ourselves. We're trying to help define that for BCC. So there we are little definition. And what are you? What are you guys? What's your been in Europe counter with Michelle for me at you're talking about this at my mind's going back to when we lived in Georgia before moved here to Hieaux the community around the church that our family was a part of started to really change into more of an international community. And if you know anything about Lanta, I mean, it's kind of been this melting pot that continues to grow, and, you know, lots of different nations and lots of different just communities, and and in our church found itself for going from this really kind of a rural white middle-class community in the town that was in two now being in this, very international based community, and and the church should know what to do about it. You know, we didn't we didn't. We didn't handle it. Well, in the sense that it was I don't think we have that poorly. But I just don't think we. We handed it. Well, and so I got to thinking about this idea. Well, what is normally missionaries go to a place to learn the kosher. Well, what happens when the culture comes to you? And you have to learn the culture, it's you're still learning to culture. You're so learning about the people, and I and I think that I started really think back then and it's carried over Nisa. So now we're talking ten plus years ago that this really started. You know, bubble up in my mind is what does the missionary? Do. We'll Mr. goes to a place. Traditionally and studies the culture studies the language learns about the economy learns about how where do you find, you know, food clothing housing, all these things, right? You you're going to this foreign place. And so I started they will, you know, are we studying the people that we now have in our community and people like that people were really they weren't embracing what we really have we had an opportunity to to connect with people. And so we tried programs. We tried things to draw out of their neighborhoods and come come visit us, but the problem was we were still this white middle-class church. Yeah. Family, and it was a great church family. But it wasn't. But it, but they just didn't connect because we were trying to get people to come from their culture into our culture, and they rent concede rather than us connecting with. Them. And so see the big it is. And so I think that that was kind of the beginning of my journey, you know, and and then I started to continue to God use that as a beginning point for me to really think about what is what is this mission living. Look like, no matter what which community because then we moved here to you know, vivere Karekin we found ourselves on the soccer fields and baseball fields. And you know, what the cheerleading squads and all these things and now our families involved in. And and what does it mean to live as a missionary in those places? Wasn't too. Have to play around with the understanding on a couple of different levels. One Michels almost a buzzword these days, it is huge and become. It's one of those words that some people even talking about we need to stop using it because has it has lost its maintenance because you know, for instance, if you have a mission statement church waiver does that mean your mission. All right. Well, you know, I I if you would ask any pastor, you are you anti-missile? No, no, one would say, no, you can't really say particular church organization. Whatever is Michigan unless you know. So you can play around definitions a little bit. But you talking about Chris about one year of your culture comes to you will almost already embedded in culture. Right. You know, I think a lot since we still think in terms, it's a foreign concept as to even consider that I can actually be emission airy a missionary to the coach words have already part. Like, you said on soccer fields. Baseball fields, Pete, PTO, whatever, you know. And you. You guys know for for several years. I was out. I was outside of vocational ministry for, you know, seven eight years, and so I ended up working at a company called gander mountain, which is no longer around the put this put them out of business. So, but but I've been in in vocational ministry for
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"Comes. The beaver creek Christian church podcasts where we are on the journey with you everybody. Welcome back to the BCC by gassed. We are deep in the book of Luke marching our way through the book. And we're here with staff again at BCC, we've invited the menfolk back in we're talking. We're talking about Luke, and the the mount of all is how it's being pronounced, right? Chris. That's correct. Of kim. We're going to begin with Chris reading the passage. We're going to jump into it. It's all right here. We go. After Jesus said he went on a head going up to Jerusalem as he approached Bethpage and Bethany at the hill called amount of hours, he sent to his disciples saying to them go to the village ahead of you as you enter it, you will find a Colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden untied and bring it here. If anyone ask you, why are you in time it say the Lord needs it those who were in a head wins and found it just as he had told them they run tying the cold. It's owners asked them, why are you in tying the coal? They replied the Lord needs. It. They brought it to Jesus through their cloaks on the Colt and put Geeta Zahn it as he went along. People spread their cloaks on the road when he came near the place where the Roget's down the mount of the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles. They had seen blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord peace in heaven glory in the highest some of the pairs ease in the crowd said of Jesus teacher rebuke disciples. I tell you he replied, if they keep quiet this crowd the approached LaRussa lem and saw the city he wept over is that if you even you had only known on this day. What would bring you peace? But now, it is hidden from your is the days will come upon you when your enemies will build it embankment against you, and circle you and on every side, they will dash you to the ground you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another because you did not recognize time of God coming to you. When Jesus entered the temple. Knows it. What? So for those of you listening we stopped at verse forty four I went on to I forty five. Okay. We are live. So that we are not perfect people. Imagine that. Especially me in Chris. It is. It's the perfect here. Quiet. So what does out if you guys in this passage? Nothing. That's awesome job. This is the shortest podcast the plug cats history. Traditionally this, you know this event. What do we call this? Call. And when does it happen? What data will you celebrate it? A remember Paul is it interesting. Luke, never mentioned the poems. Lucille Goss, but doesn't say anything about the the furry leafy poems. That are down funny. I always kick out. The fact that says if they ask you about, you know, why you're taking this cold tell them learn that it's like consider thinking you're going to take somebody's animal do purpose for. But that they just accepted it, you know, like, okay. Oh, okay. Okay. Like, they must have. I guess I keep thinking like they really must have understood who Jesus was or had an idea that it wasn't like like I thought like why are you still mine my coal way? Cure the keys to the car. Right. Seems try that always zingers like there's these gaps. I mean, we read the story. But I wonder what it'd be like to be there to see how the really fully. You know was like we're also look good goals that we're doing that. Jesus didn't go and talk to anybody Jesus had all this lined up guys. Hey, I don't know. You know, Jesus the Lord, you know, that guy. Oh, that's right. He has a reservation. Enterprise rent a car. I'm mind trick, drew. Begley dating between the the the words on the base bigger story in the side. That cold. It's a little Chinese thing. Isn't it? I mean, and here's Joan donkey, but not like a donkey and the United States. So it's I mean, I I have this like nineteen seventies. Feathered hair Jesus version. Blondes