Even if you didn’t get to go to Baltimore this year, you can make the most of the Next Conference from right where you are!
1. Check out the website at www.thisisNEXT.org. Follow all the action on Twitter and Facebook.
2. Pray for those going by name: Steve, Becky, Nikki, Sarah (and those meeting us there in Baltimore: Greg, Margaret, Stefanie and Mrs. Lewis)
3. Listen to the messages after the conference as they’re posted online and discuss them with someone who went when they return. (While you wait for the new ones, maybe listen to the old ones!)
4. Text someone who is there!
Some specific things to pray for:
- Traveling mercies…mercy, mercy, mercy!
- Their hearts to be refreshed.
- The cross to be lifted high.
- The Lord to be glorified.
- New friendships created.
- Old friendships strengthened.
- Hearts to be pierced by the Word.
- Clear minds of speakers and listeners.
- God to be glorified in our speech, the way we eat, in every little thing we do.
“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” -Acts 20:24
“Our greatest fear should not be failure, but succeeding at things in life that dont matter.” -Tim Kizziar (via Mike Donehey‘s Twitter)
We kicked off our 2010 Isaiah 58 Ministry last night and more than 100 of our neighbors showed up to hear the Gospel, grab a burger, and fellowship with us. Pastor Steve preached a 5-minute sermon from the book of Hebrews about the grace of God. Bro. Roger Cruz translated the message into Spanish for all our Latino friends who came out! After Bro. Randy led us in prayer, our neighbors lined up to grab some grub.
Kenny worked the grill along with Denise (Charlie supervised!). Ethan, Landon, and Joseph made the lemonade with Nikki. Cheryl, Brenda, Leslie, Mollie, Helen, Ron, Wayne, Jason, Micheal, and Olivia all worked the serving line at one point. Harry did a lot of the grocery shopping and was serving in every way as usually does. Roger and Gina served the drinks (la limonada!). Randy had trash patrol (he could squeeze more trash into one bag than anyone I’ve ever seen)!
Everyone worked together very well and enjoyed getting to know our neighbors. Pray that the Lord will water the seeds that were planted and give us courage and boldness to plant even more next time.
View a clip of some of our members serving our precious neighbors!
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” -Jeremiah 29:11
God’s will–as Elisabeth Elliot reminds us, “is always different from what [we] expect, always bigger, and, ultimately, infinitely, more glorious than [our] wildest imaginings.”
[Snippet from a post called “I Give Up” by the Mahaney Ladies over at GirlTalk]
“One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the Lord your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you” -Joshua 23:10
Why count heads? One man with God is a majority though there be a thousand on the other side. Sometimes our helpers may be too many for God to work with them, as was the case with Gideon, who could do nothing till he had increased his forces by thinning out their numbers. But the Lord’s hosts are never too few. When God would found a nation, He called Abram alone and blessed him. When He would vanquish proud Pharaoh, He used no armies, but only Moses and Aaron. The “one-man ministry,” as certain wise men call it, has been far more used of the Lord than trained bands with their officers. Did all the Israelites together slay so many as Samson alone? Saul and his hosts slew their thousands but David his ten thousands.
The Lord can give the enemy long odds and yet vanquish him. If we have faith, we have God with us, and what are multitudes of men? One shepherd’s dog can drive before him a flock of sheep. If the Lord sent thee, O my brother, His strength will accomplish His divine purpose. Wherefore, rely on the promise, and be very courageous.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, May 24 entry]
Join us today at 6:00 as we venture into Woodhill to meet our neighbors. We are inviting them to Isaiah 58 while simultaneously looking for opportunities to share the Gospel with them. Pray that doors will be opened and hearts will be softened. Also pray that we will be bold enough to proclaim the Good News that Jesus Christ came to make rebels God’s adopted children.
Sunday School | Philemon 1:1-25 | Bro. Steve Dawson
In everyday life, the paths of Paul, Philemon, and Onesimus probably never would have crossed, but God is sovereign and He had a plan! Don’t take it for granted when God puts someone in front of you.
1)A Changed Life (vs. 8-11) Onesimus was a thief and didn’t love his master Philemon. He ran away. He ran into Paul, trusted Christ, and now was repentant and submissive. (In God’s eyes, masters and slaves are equal. Ephesians 6:1-9)
2)Paul’s Appeal (vs. 12-16) Paul Expected Philemon to be accepting of Onesimus and to treat him like a brother rather than a disobedient slave.
Paul, Philemon, and Onesimus were all submissive to Christ and did everything for His glory! (Colossians 3:23, Ephesians 6:6)
Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 12:8-11 | Pastor Steve Wainright
>Some gifts were temporary and some were permanent. They were all given by the Spirit to serve other people, not exalt yourself.
>The temporary gifts of healing, miracles, tongues and interpretation were God’s stamp of approval on the Gospel message that was being heard for the first time. They were given to authenticate the Word that was spoken. (vs. 9-10)
>vs. 8-Word of wisdom=being able to understand God’s Word and apply it to life. (Preaching, counseling, explaining the Gospel in a simple way!)
-Word of knowledge=interpret what God’s Word is saying and teach it to others
>vs. 9-Faith (saving faith=Ephesians 2:8-9), also given proportionately (people who believe God is going to do big things; ex: George Mueller thanked God for what He was going to do); Hebrews 11; Matthew 17:20-21; 1 Corinthians 13:2
vs. 9-Healing: Man cannot heal. God is the only One who heals and He deserves all the glory. Given to authenticate the Word that was spoken.
-Miracles (only explained by divine intervention); Purpose=John 20:30-31, So that people may have faith in Christ; Acts 2:22 (authenticated the Gospel and its messengers)
vs. 10- Prophecy (proclaim God’s Word); Purpose=to encourage and build u pin faith (ch. 14:3); =the testimony of Jesus (Revelation 19:10)
-The gift of tongues was given to authenticate the Gospel.
*The Holy Spirit gifts each child of God. God gives of His own will.
*We’re all “idiots” meaning we’re all unique and individually gifted by God as He chooses!