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Vine groups will begin in January of 2018. We are
excited to have men stepping into leadership within
these Vines. Please pray for them, as they are
preparing themselves for this task, and seeking the
Lord’s help in what they do. Support these men in
what they are trying to do, as they have been
brought into this by the shepherd’s intentions to
bring this church body together.
 
We will be adding the intention of using Vines to
reach our young people. In order for us to do that,
we are going to need you to be on board with this
specific purpose. We see the need to strengthen the
interaction between our mature believers and get
more of them involved in the lives of our young
people. Our answer to this challenge is a deliberate
moved away from a “youth minister,” and creating a
new path where its’ life is in the lives of ALL of us.
 
We are calling on you to help. Our Vines will
continue working like we have been doing, but the
additional fruit is for Vines to produce intentional
influence on the faith of our young people by being
with them, and teaching them of the way of godly
living.
 
- Alex
"When there is no enemy within, the enemies
outside cannot hurt you." - African Proverb
 
By nature, humans are a people of blindness. We
turn a blind eye to the things that would make us
uncomfortable; for example, we see the commercials
of those in severe poverty all over our world and
simply change the channel, we read newspaper
articles about veterans coming home and struggling
to make ends meet and we turn the page, or maybe
we even hear of those in our own communities that
are going through a severe loss and we utter
statements like "Bless their hearts" rather than
actually being a blessing to them. In some ways,
changing those things would be of tremendous
benefit, but I believe it to be a blindness towards our
personal issues that make it hard for us to truly see
our world as it is.
 
2 Corinthians 13:5 - "Examine yourselves, to see
whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do
you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus
Christ is in you? - unless you indeed you fail to meet
the test!"
 
Once we examine ourselves, and test ourselves, it
should provoke us to reach out to others in a way
that the world is not familiar with. A form of
outreach anchored in more than just words, articles,
and commercials... Outreach from a place of action,
truth, and love.
 
In 1 John 3:18, John writes, "Little children, let us
not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth."

Evangelism Principles

  1. Stand For Something

- Faith must be maturing… I never “get it all”, but we must not act as though it is ok to simply “be at church”

- Know why you believe what you believe before you attempt to reach others… Evangelism can be done by anyone, but can be undone by one who has no idea why they  believe what they claim

- We all live what we believe… We may be able to look in the mirror and lie about what we believe, but our lives tell the true story to those that are watching… and believe me, the world is watching

- Be confident in the Scriptures of God… Admit on the front end that this is not an opinion contest, but a honest study of the Scriptures

  1. Have A Passion For Souls/Be Urgent About Business

- We must all understand there is no “plan B” outside of the church

- Realize the difference between urgency and panic… We are not going to be a people of panic, but we most certainly are people of urgency!

- Taking our cues from Jesus [Luke 19:10]… He came to SEEK and save those that were lost… How much seeking are we doing? What opportunities are we taking  advantage of to seek and bring a saving message to the lost? 

- If I knew that there was a horrific natural disaster about to happen to the building you are in… Would I tell you? Or would I simply get in my truck and move down the road?… The Bible tells us the wages of sin is death [Romans 6:23], so the natural disaster is spiritual death… What kind of person would I be if I didn’t even try to steer you out of the path of the storm?

  1. Every Person Is A Candidate To Obey The Gospel

- [Mark 16:15] is intended to represent every person… How could I ever think that I am in a position to refuse to let someone obey the gospel?

- [Acts 8:4] is intended to represent the “everywhere-ness” of the gospel… People who were looked down on and pre-judged were now allowed to be members of the  kingdom… In every place

- It is vital to the growth of the church that we stop placing restrictions on people where God doesn’t see restrictions… “Go into ALL the world…” “For God so loved the world…”

- We are not the sole owner/operators of the gospel… It was ALWAYS intended to be spread worldwide to any and all who would listen, obey, and do what it says

  1. Everybody Can Do Something In The Kingdom

- We are all important to the furthering of the kingdom… Too many folks are claiming they “can’t” do things, when the blunt truth is that they fit in the category of “won’t” rather than “can’t”

- On the other side of that is those that feel they are overlooked because of something outside of their control… Their youth… Their gender… Their old age… Their  socioeconomic status… We must be a people that operates as our Messiah did, welcoming to all kinds, loving to the worst sinner while never excusing their sin… Also, Jesus went out of his way to find things that people could do within the kingdom… That must be us

- Life experience many times is the best advisor… If you feel that you are no longer able to teach a class or take a leading role in worship, believe me you are desperately needed to share your life experience with the generation that is following you… If you feel that you are too young to make an impact, believe me when I tell you that many  Christians are buoyed by the young men and women that want to “study to show themselves approved…” It is your energy that can make the biggest impact of all

  1. Maintain A Positive Attitude

- No, it is not an easy task… No, you will not be 100% successful in transforming the world… This doesn’t give you (or me) the opportunity to simply throw up our hands in exasperation and say the whole world is lost…

- Remember why it is you are supporting mission efforts, remind yourself from time to time that if one person decides to become a child of God, then your efforts are worth it… Remind yourself from time to time that if one person decides to come home to God, it is worth all the other frustrations and dismissals

- [Numbers 13:30] when everyone else but Joshua seemed to be right about the Israelites inability to take the Promised Land, Caleb wanted to go right then because he truly understood the power of the God he served

- Do we really believe Luke 1:37? If we really believe that nothing is impossible with God, then we must simply stop limiting God… We maintain a positive attitude not because of our abilities or talents, but rather because of what God can do in spite of the faults of His messengers

--

Scott

"Now then, I will crush you as a cart crushes when
loaded with grain. The swift will not escape, the
strong will not muster their strength, and the
warrior will not save his life. The archer will not
stand his ground, the fleet-footed solider will not
get away, and the horseman will not sage his life.
Even the bravest warriors will flee naked on that
day, declares the Lord" (Amos 2.13-16).
 
God's discipline is not easy to consider. It is not,
often, a comfortable conversation piece, but it is
something that we need to understand as carefully
as we can. We want this aspect of God to be fully
in place, but not always applied to our life.
 
Tonight, we are going to talk about discipline, so
Scott and I are hoping that you will join us for this
part of a larger conversation from Hebrews 12.
Bring your Bible, a spirit that seeks to hear from
God, and allow God to make room for his word.
Those who do will be blessed, and we will leave here
this evening built up, encouraged, taught, and
understanding our place in the grander scheme of
God's kingdom.
 
To God be the glory.
 
- Alex

Balanced Evangelism
2 Timothy 3:16-4:2

A) "Profitable" (2 Timothy 3:16)
- Scripture is from God, so there cannot be falsehood in the Scripture.
- Scripture is written in a balanced way (for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness), so it must be taught that way.
B) "Perfect" (2 Timothy 3:17)
- The goal of study/evangelism is to make us competent/complete/perfect.
- We must evangelize with that goal in mind.
C) "Prepared" (2 Timothy 4:1)
- Our final exam is the final exam for all mankind.
- No one (that is capable of being accountable) is exempt from this exam, so doesn't that show us the need for evangelism?
D) "Preach" (2 Timothy 4:2)
- Once we understand these other 3 things, we are ready to evangelize the world.
- The world was turned upside down once before (Acts 17:7)... There is no plan B!
- We must be willing to teach the world, but zeal does not equal truthful teaching (Romans 10:1-3).
- Therefore, it is imperative that we are balanced in our zeal and our knowledge.

- Scott