April 29, 2010

Thoughts for Sunday Care Team for 5.2.10

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April 15, 2010

Jesus and…

Romans 10:9-11 – That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

Jesus is Lord – That is a confession many of us have made.  That is the confession and the Belief that we are praying for every week at our church.  We are praying for awakening.  We want God to bring an awakening of belief to the people He draws to our church this weekend.

But to pray for God to do that in our church, we need to understand it.  I remember the first time I heard someone teach on the cultural context of “Jesus is Lord.”  I learned that Roman citizens in New Testament days would declare their allegance to Rome by declaring that “Ceasar is Lord.”  Or they would declare loyalty to Roman god’s and goddesses by saying that they were Lord. Christians in this time period who were subjected to Roman rule were being killed because they would not confess that Ceasar was Lord.  The first time I heard that historical context behind this passage,  it strengthened my faith.  It was challenging and empowering to understand that Christians were willing to suffer and die because of their faith that Jesus was Lord.

The more that I have studied this passage and the context behind it, I have come to realize that they weren’t getting killed for just saying Jesus was Lord.  They were suffering and getting killed for not adding Jesus to the list of other gods that were acceptable to worship.  They were getting killed for not worshiping “Jesus and…” Continue reading

April 15, 2010

Truth is a Person

I read this devotional from Henry and Richard Blackaby this week.  Powerful truth!

Truth is a Person

And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:24-25)

Truth is a Person, not a concept. Jesus said He was the Truth (John 14:6). That means that you can never know the truth of your circumstances unless you have first heard from Jesus. The disciples thought they were perishing in the storm. They were fishermen who knew the sea and knew what their condition was. They had allowed their circumstances to convince them that the “truth” was their imminent death. But they were wrong. Truth was asleep in the back of their boat! Continue reading

March 10, 2010

How do I really forgive?

How do we truly forgive someone that has hurt us?  Mark Batterson has some great insight on that question here.

The Cure All

It’s so hard not to harbor bitterness. It’s so hard not to hang on to unforgiveness. It’s so hard to offer the same kind of grace that we’ve received from God. But it is the only cure, the cure all. How do you let go and let God? Continue reading

March 10, 2010

Is Tithing Biblical?

Is Tithing Biblical?  Does the New Testament support tithing?  Should Christians tithe?  These are questions that I have received many times over the years.  I read an article this week that expressed the answers to those questions in a more eloquent way than I ever could.  Here are John Piper’s thoughts on tithing and its legitimacy.

February 24, 2010

Holy Complications – Mark Batterson

I saw this today from Mark Batterson on the subject of marriage and family and thought it was profound.  Thank you Jesus for the blessings that you give me. Continue reading

February 2, 2010

Premarital Classes at NewSpring – 2010

We are getting ready to begin the NewSpring premarital class again.  If you or anyone you know are engaged to be married, or if you are dating and close to getting engaged, we would love for you/them to join us.

The class will be offered as a weekend seminar.  It will be Fri night February 26th and Friday the 27th at the Anderson Campus. We will start at 6pm on Friday night and go to 9:30 pm.  (the first 2 sessions of the class) Then we will teach the last 3 sessions of the class on Saturday from 9 to 1.

We will also teach the same weekend seminar for the Greenville campus at their offices on April 16th & 17th.

During the sessions we will discuss many subjects, including God’s plan and purposes for marriage, marital roles and responsibilities, communication skills and conflict resolution. We will also be discussing many expectations people have for marriage including…how to fight fair, how to meet each others needs, dealing with in-laws, daily life, children, how to grow spiritually together, work expectations, how to deal with money,and wedding and honeymoon expectations

Here are the details:

Date: Feb 26, 27 on Anderson Campus and April 16, 17 at the Greenville Campus

Time: 6 to 9:30 on Friday night & 9am to 1pm on Saturday

Cost: $25

Register: click here

Questions: please call the church office 226-6585 and ask for Lanna Johnson, or email her at lanna.johnson@newspring.cc

February 1, 2010

God’s Will and Fighting Cancer

If you have not seen this msnbc article about Matt Chandler and his fight with cancer you should read it today.  It is one of the most personally challenging and inspiring things I have read in a while.  Matt is a guy I have looked up to for a long time because of his preaching.  But I admire how he is preaching with his life and how he lives out his faith even more.

January 12, 2010

Searching for Purpose in Life

This was my last article for the Anderson Independent.  I really enjoyed my time on the faith and values board and the opportunity to share my thoughts in that forum: Continue reading

January 11, 2010

Are you going to be at Unleash 2010?

Perry posted his thoughts about Unleash 2010 today.  I hope you are planning on being with us.

If you are involved in Care ministry at a church and will be here for unleash, please shoot me an email and let me know you are coming.  jake.beaty@newspring.cc

Here are all the details for Unleash.  The early bird rate of $59 per person ends on January 31