Good morning! This is our 5th year in Summer Buddies and it has been fun. Each year we have a different Christian focus where we teach kids to read, write, and to fall in love with our God. This year we have been focusing on prayer. Each week has a different memory verse which reminds our kids about the importance of prayer. During our first week we learned Phil. 4:6-7. The week after that was 1 Thess. 5:16-18. Last week was Jeremiah 33:3 and next week we will be learning Luke 18:1. For today though, I want to focus our attention on 1 Thess. 5:16-18.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thess. 5:16-18).
What a blessing it has been to spend the last four weeks taking a look at Isaiah 9. I hope you have been blessed and that all of us have come to better understand the One who was born as a Child, given as a Son, and is called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace.” Isaiah delivered the promise of the coming One to those who were distressed, suffering anxiety about their enemies who were plotting and planning their demise, and who would face even more difficult days in the future. The atmosphere was thick with tension and fear and yet the prophet of God stood up and spoke, “Thus saith the Lord…” Listen once again to his comforting words of reassurance that God has not, nor will He ever, forget and abandon His people. Isaiah writes,
1 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan– 2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. 3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder. 4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. 5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:1-7 NIV)
It is that time of year when churches are hustling, planning, and preparing for the new semester, the kick-off of the Fall activities. As we make those plans, it is vitally important for us as a church to know “who” we are, for us to know God’s purpose for this particular church. Many churches today are dying fast because they don’t have a clue as to who they are or what they are called to be in their community. Other churches are growing rapidly, but numerical growth doesn’t necessarily equate to obedience to God’s call for us as a church.
Let me explain what I mean. We could put together a great line-up of high profile celebrities and schedule them to appear at Britton Christian Church in the Fall. We could create a theme, something like, “Guess Who’s Coming to BCC?” We could follow the theme with a media campaign that gets the message out to all of Oklahoma City. How about lining up Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolf for September? I think that would bring a lot folks to church on Sunday? Turning to October, does anyone know anybody that knows Beyonce and Jaz Z? If we could get them to come to BCC we might have to pull out some chairs! How about November? November will mark one year until the Presidential election so let’s try to get Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders to come and visit us…Let’s shoot for the moon! December means Christmas, right? How about we get Santa Claus to come and share his testimony in morning worship?
I will assure you that if we could secure that line-up that we would set all-time attendance records at BCC, but is that what God has called us to do? Is merely packing the house God’s purpose for us as a church? If our church is nothing more than a well-programmed social club or entertainment venue for Christians in Oklahoma City then we’ve missed the boat. We need to focus on God’s business, His purpose for Britton Christian Church, and not the entertainment business. Continue reading “The Business of the Church Acts 2:42-47”
If you are in a K-Group, then get ready for the challenge of the semester!
“Count for Zero” is a 6 week study focused on fulfilling the Great Commission. In case you were wondering, that call goes out to ALL Believers everywhere. “For hundreds of years, committed Christians have gone to the ends of the earth in response to our Lords command to take the gospel to everyone everywhere! This six-week study will take [our] church through Scriptures and show [us] Gods direction for the global church and what remains to be done to fulfill Gods calling.”
At the beginning of each year people challenge themselves in all sorts of ways. Resolutions are being made to eat healthier, to be better parents, to read a certain number of books a month, to make better choices about relationships, and the list goes on and on. As the new semester of K-Groups approaches, I’d like you to consider taking a challenge as a church.
The 30 Day Church Challenge is a “multi-tiered discipleship program.” This powerful campaign will challenge church members to:
DEVOTE themselves to authentic community and learn that church is not a building you go to, but a family you belong to. (Acts 2:44)
DEVELOP a worship lifestyle and discover a closer walk with God. (Acts 2:46-47)
COMMIT to spiritual growth through Bible study and prayer. (Acts 2:42)
EMBRACE stewardship and a generous lifestyle and learn to manage their God-given resources – time, talents, and treasures. (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35)
ENGAGE in reaching out to others with the Gospel through theirs words, their love, and their life. (Acts 2:47)
Are you ready for more out of your church attendance?
What does your life look like in the areas of: Community, Worship, Spiritual Growth, Stewardship, and Outreach?
Are your strengths being sufficiently utilized by the church? What are your strengths?
Join a K-Group today and get ready for the Challenge of your life! Church isn’t a building! It’s a Body of committed followers of Jesus who are filled with His Spirit, to do His work, for His glory, that His name be lifted up so that He can save the lost and equip them to serve.
Sign up toady to JOIN A K-GROUP! ACT NOW! Groups are filling up quickly!
For information about our small group ministry OR to start your own K-Group please contact Tre’ Clark (405) 521-7814 OR email@example.com.
4 There are different kinds of gifts. But they are all given by the same Spirit.5 There are different ways to serve. But they all come from the same Lord.6 There are different ways to work. But the same God makes it possible for all of us to have all those different things. 7 The Holy Spirit is given to each of us in a special way. That is for the good of all.
God has equipped you to serve His people!
Prayerfully consider using your gifts to minister to BCC by HOSTINGor FACILITATINGa K-Group in the coming semester. The new semester kicks off on January 11th with a large group gathering at BCC and a leader’s meeting.
“…You’ve also got to have a weekly small group. Nobody has a complete perspective on life. Every one of us has blinders on. The people in your small group can see things in your life you can’t see. That’s why we need each other! You learn from the people in your small group as you encourage each other and your roots go deeper” (emphasis added).
We are looking to introduce several NEW group options for connecting our church at the heart!
Why wait until Christmas to start unwrapping gifts?
And DON’T wait until New Years to resolve to change!
BCC has the gift that keeps on giving!
All you have to do is receive it!
I’m talking about the gift of community!
Every week K-Groups meet, throughout Oklahoma City and Edmond, building community among the people of God right here at BCC! This semester is almost over, but you can still enjoy the gift.
On January 11th, 2015 we will begin our new semester of K-Groups. I STRONGLY encourage and invite you to JOIN A K-GROUP!! There are groups for ALL AGES! If you can’t find the “right” group to be a part of – maybe God is calling you to start a new one.
Think about this way, if for some odd reason BCC lost its building, it would not loose its impact in the community nor its influence upon the people of God! Because the church is meeting in people’s homes!
Acts 2 and Acts 4 remind us of the importance and value of a community of Believers who are committed to the call of God to be a light in the darkness spurring each other on to good works!
I’d LOVE for you to connect with us! Give yourself the gift of community! And, invite someone else to enjoy that gift with you!
If you are interested in JOINING A K-GROUP or you would like to START A NEW GROUP, please CONTACT: Tre’ Clark at (405) 521-7814 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org!
As we began our study of Romans 13 we sought answers to two questions: First of all, where do those who serve as governmental authorities get their authority? Secondly, what is their purpose as they serve the citizens of the city, state, and nation? We learned from God’s Word that our civil servants are “placed” in their position by God. You can go back and read our study to see example after example of this truth from God’s Word. Those who serve do so because God has called them to their position of service. Secondly, we learned that those who serve in civil government do so with a calling on their life. Three times in Romans 13:1-7 we see that Paul calls them God’s “ministers.” Their “calling” is to do God’s will, to shepherd those who have been placed under their care, and to restrain evil.
This week I want us to try and answer another question as we continue our study. The question I want us to address this week is “What is our responsibility, first as followers of Jesus, and secondly as citizens of this society?” We know what our governmental leaders are called to do, but what are we, the followers of Jesus, called to do in this community and nation in which God has placed us?
So far, as we have been studying Romans 12-13, we have learned some remarkable lessons about how we are to relate to various groups of people. We have learned how we are to relate to God, to our brothers and sisters in Christ, with non-believers, and even how we are to relate to our enemies, those who oppose us personally or those who oppose the cause of our Savior. The direction and counsel we have received is not based on a public opinion poll or what seems “right,” but it is rooted and grounded in God’s dealings with us. In Romans 12:1-2 we read,
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-2 NIV)
We love to complain. Oh, I’ve never met anyone who admitted to being a world class complainer, but I think it’s time for us to come out of the closet and admit it—we love to complain. The list is endless isn’t it? We complain in the summer because it is too hot. In the winter, it’s too cold. We complain about politicians, the government, taxes, and those who don’t pay their fair share! We fuss about not having anything to wear as we stare into our closets packed with clothes. We gripe about not having anything to eat as we stare into refrigerators full of food. We grumble about our jobs. We don’t like our boss, can’t stand our co-workers, things are either way too busy or oh so slow. Some of us get frustrated because our house is too small, others say, “How am I supposed to keep this big ol’ house clean?” Our neighbors on the right are too loud. The neighbor on the left needs to mow his yard. Across the street, they are so nosy, always sticking their nose in other people’s business. Next door to them is the neighbor that never speaks, never waves, and nobody knows. “Something has got to be going on over there!” We fuss because the drive-thru at Arby’s is so slow and the lines at the airport are so long. We are so busy that we can’t do the things that we want to do. Others are so bored there is nothing to do. Parents like to grumble about their kids and kids return the favor by grumbling about their parents. We like to grumble, complain, fuss, and fume about our mate as well. It’s interesting isn’t it? We know what we’re looking for in a mate. We make a list of the most important qualities, the non-negotiables, and then we head out on our quest to find the perfect husband or wife. Libby Nicholas is from Enid, but she’s doing an internship at Focus On The Family this summer. Libby is single, but she knows the kind of guy she’s looking to walk down the aisle with one day. Libby wrote this past week about her list. She wrote, Continue reading ““Can I Get a Grumble?!” John 6:40-51”