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Renew – Week 1 – 6/2/2019
Acts 15; Dispute in Antioch
15 Some men came down from Judea and began to teach the brothers: “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom prescribed by Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2 After Paul and Barnabas had engaged them in serious argument and debate, Paul and Barnabas and some others were appointed to go up to the apostles and elders in Jerusalem about this issue. 3 When they had been sent on their way by the church,they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and they brought great joy to all the brothers and sisters.
4 When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church, the apostles, and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them. 5 But some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to command them to keep the law of Moses.”
The Jerusalem Council
6 The apostles and the elders gathered to consider this matter. 7 After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them: “Brothers and sisters, you are aware that in the early days God made a choice among you,[a] that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the gospel message and believe. 8 And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he also did to us.9 He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. 10 Now then, why are you testing God by putting a yoke on the disciples’ necks that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? 11 On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus in the same way they are.”
Some were wrongly teaching that you have to be Jewish before you become a disciple of Jesus. This is what tends to happen to Christians over time. Many tend to drift into either legalism or license. The church and the disciples started out proclaiming the good news of Jesus and now not even one generation in they are handling the question about circumcision.
But Peter declares that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus alone. It’s Jesus plus NOTHING!
God has called us to:
Connect ALL people to Christ and community.
Continue to encourage and equip people to DISCOVER and DEEPEN a relationship to Jesus.
KEEP people and REACH people.
Our church needs to find a facility of our own. Here is what we need you to do:
Pray like crazy!
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Renew – Week 2 – 6/9/2019
22 Then the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, decided to select men who were among them and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas: Judas, called Barsabbas, and Silas, both leading men among the brothers. 23 They wrote:
“From the apostles and the elders, your brothers,
To the brothers and sisters among the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia:
24 Since we have heard that some without our authorization went out from us and troubled you with their words and unsettled your hearts,[e]25 we have unanimously decided to select men and send them to you along with our dearly loved Barnabas and Paul, 26 who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who will personally report the same things by word of mouth. 28 For it was the Holy Spirit’s decision—and ours—not to place further burdens on you beyond these requirements: 29 that you abstain from food offered to idols, from blood, from eating anything that has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. You will do well if you keep yourselves from these things.
The apostles were basically telling the church in Antioch, “So, for the sake of unity in the church, would you just think about other people in regards to these things – instead of thinking about yourself!” The message to anyone who wants to be a Christian is: “Can we just honor someone other than ourselves?” The Gospel is that Jesus died on the cross for your sins and you are saved by grace alone! And because we share that, let’s honor our brothers and sisters, for the sake of unity, in Jesus’ church.
We unite in two things:
We love Jesus and
We believe the Bible!
Fathers Day – Austin Conner – 6/16/2019
The Seven D’s of Fathers Day
Detached – This could be when a father is present in body but not with his mind, or possibly not present at all. Children need and thrive for their father’s conversation and this means their father being there both physically and mentally.
Disconnected – Through a child’s eyes this could be anything from not asking how their day was at school to them wanting to play catch outside and instead dad is laying on the couch watching Nascar.
Demonstrate – Have your sons/daughters seen the affection that every wife deserves from her husband? This is how sons are going to learn how to treat their spouse in the future and its going to teach daughters how great, Godly men really are and that they do exist.
Divorce – A child doesn’t understand what divorce is. Numerous things run through their minds… Is it temporary? Is it forever? Is it my fault that it happened? If they love each other, how can their love just end? Why do I have to go to two separate houses to my parents now?
Deserve – We are not allowed to tell God that what He has gifted us is wrong, no matter what we believe.
Distorted – Much of what I had seen as a young kid/teen/adult really left me feeling distorted. I felt almost like the restart button had been hit on my life and everything I learned in church was the exact opposite of what happens in “real life.”
Deserted – It’s sad how often fathers are not in the picture of their children’s lives.
I encourage every father to think about these D words and then use them to understand what you may not realize your children are seeing or feeling. Who they are going to be in their lives, relationships, in their careers and who they are going to be in God are all based off of what they see from their daddy.