This is a really important question for me since my life has and is centered around church. Why is Church even a big deal? What's the point? Why can't I just worship by myself at home with the TV or in nature. As a Christian, why would church even matter? What's the point?
I like what Perry Noble says on his blog. Here are some reasons he gave about the church being important...
#1 - If church isn’t that important - then why does Matthew 16:18 say that Jesus built it? Would the Son of God actually spend time building something that was worthless? #2 - If church isn’t that important - then why does Scripture say in Acts 20:28 say that Jesus shed His blood for it? Would the Son of God have been willing to endure the suffering He went through for a meaningless organization? #3 - If church isn’t that important - then why does Ephesians 1:22 & Colossians 1:18 say that Jesus is the Head of it? Would Jesus REALLY be the Head of something insignificant and trivial? #4 - If church isn’t that important, if church isn’t “needed” to learn about God…then why does Ephesians 3:10 say that it was through the church that the wisdom of God should be made known?
You also can't leave this out. "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:25)
In my years of ministry, I have met people that both do attend and don't attend church, that do not have a clue what it is about. What is it about? What is it's role? What is our job as Christians in it?
Please let me encourage you. If you are a believer and you don't attend a church for whatever reason, please study about the church. Understand what it is really about. Maybe you haven't been to a church that is doing it's job. That could be your first problem Maybe you haven't stayed long enough, or have not gotten involved. That might be the main problem.
If you are attending a church, but are not giving back to it in any way (serving). Shame on you. Get involved. Jesus died for the church. Come on now!
We had a great program this past weekend. I will add some more pictures and video here in the future, but I just wanted to start with a few for now. I actually stole these from Alisha Beverly. Thanks Alisha.
I was very pleased with the program. God did some amazing things. If you would like to watch it, you can go to this link. http://www.babchurch.org/resources.htm Go to the weekend of December 13, 14.
So many people did so awesome. The band, vocalist, drama, sound, media, lighting, stage hands, kids, and others did an amazing job. I could go on about it, but it would take a lot of time.
I am very blessed to be part of this church with so many amazing and talented people. Thank you for all that were a part of this amazing weekend.
It is one of those busy good weeks. There is a lot going on. I will fill you in.
-We have our Church Christmas program this week. It is called "Simply Christmas". It will be the biggest program we have done since I have been at Broadway. It is going to be good. The music, drama, kids, and adults are going to be great. Make sure to invite someone to it. It will be worth it.
-Please pray for the program, as we are really praying that their will be many people there that don't know Christ. My prayer is that it will be an impactful program and they would see Jesus clearer through it.
-My kids are getting ready for the program as well. They are going to be singing and dancing. So they have been practicing away at home for it.
-We had a great Christmas Party at church this past Sunday. It was pretty full, and we had a great time hanging out as a church. There was some funny stuff there.
-This is a crazy busy week for me personally. We have that Christmas program, but I also have a final and a 7 page paper due for my class as well. It is one of those weeks. If you would, please keep me in your prayers. After Sunday night, I can take a breather.
-I am looking forward to the beginning of the year. We will be launching our new name for our Church. It is going to be exciting.
There is a lot of great things happening at our church and me personally. I hope you have a great week.
We were fortunate enough to go to California for Thanksgiving week. My mother and father n-law took us there. I really want to thank them for that. We had a great time. We were able to do some fun things with the family. I thought I would throw some pictures up there of the trip. Thank you Andy And Kris.
-This is the sourdough bread Turkey we had on Thanksgiving day at Disney Land.
It is that time of the year when we really focus on what we are thankful for. I could list a ton of things that I am thankful for. I Thessalonians 5:18 says, "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
I am thankful for God's love for me. I know I do a lot of stupid things, and He still puts up with me. I am thankful for my wife Heather. She does way more for me than I ever do for her. She is truly a blessing. I'm thankful for my kids. I am blessed with 3 really great kids. Here are some other things that I am thankful for.
-Broadway Avenue Baptist Church (Soon to be Bridgpoint Church) -Everyone involved in the worship ministry at our church. (I am blessed to work with a lot of great people) -House -Health -All the small things we take for granted (clothes, food, ect.) -Boise
-Our Small Group
-Great friends -Ability to provide for my family -All of my family, (Parents,brothers, n-laws, ect) -Lots of other things
I asked my children what they were thankful for and this is what they said...
Cassi-Is thankful for everything that God made. Trevar- Is thankful for his family. Christopher- Is thankful for our house.
Here is what God wants us to do. I think the simplicity in this verse comes in when we actually think about it, make a plan and do it. It's not hard, you just got to do it.
But he's already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don't take yourself too seriously— take God seriously.
If we remember that we are nothing and God is everything, that will make this process so much easier. Let's say it together, "We are nothing, God is everything." Good job! Now go do it.
II Corinthians 5:13 says that “if we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.”
When people look at us as believers, do they think we are just common place. Do they look at us just like they would look at their typical next door neighbor? Or do they see us as different in some way?
I'm not talking about different in a weird freaky way, I'm talking about in a way that inspires them to be better people. Not out of guilt, but out of inspiration.
Do people look at us like we are out of our minds? Again, I don't think like crazy out of your mind but, so much in love with God we are not the normal person walking down the street.
One moment empowered by Almighty God can do great things.
On occasion you hear about those things that you have done in a moment that have impacted people. Many times you don't, but that doesn't lessen the impact.
- You don't always know how saying hi and smiling at that person walking by can affect their entire day.
-You don't always know how much that phone call to a friend in need can alter their circumstance.
-You don't always know the impact of playing football in the back yard with your child, and how it can shape that youngster.
-You don't always know how the Holy Spirit will use your gifts in a particular ministry at church to change someones life eternally.
-You don't always know how forgiving someone of the wrong that they have done can change and impact that person, and you for that matter.
-You don't always know how having that difficult conversation with someone could alter something great in their life and unlock difficulties they might be having.
You never know how much power a moment in someones life can have. We must always be looking for that moment. In doing that we must get our eyes off of our self and put them on Jesus. He then will direct our eyes on to someone who needs that "moment"
I've heard this said before. "Significant change takes time, but it is always ignited by a moment."
The weekend has arrived. We are going to be voting on our new church name this weekend.
If you haven't heard yet, our church will be moving locations in the next couple of years, and we need to change our name because we will not be on Broadway Avenue any longer. So we have decided to go ahead and change our name now.
The name we are voting on is Bridgepoint Church.
I am personally excited about it. I think it is a great name with meaning, but it also takes away barriers for the unchurched. And no, there is not going to be a literal bridge on our new property. The idea behind it is, the point where people are connected to God. That is just one of the thoughts behind it.
Anyways, I'm really excited about it. And I really hope God uses it in the future to do great things. If you want to hear more of an explanation of the name and the process behind coming up with it, listen to the message "The power of Change" October 12th, on this link http://www.babchurch.org/resources.htm
In my quiet time today, God really got a hold of me with something. It seems like I have really been busy lately with "my stuff". Now it really isn't my stuff exactly. It might be work, school, family, or just life related, but it is still "stuff". It is all things I need to do, and do well, but it seems like after I have done all of those things, I want to start focusing on myself. I want to do something for me. (even if it is something like watching tv) I realize though that when I get so focused on myself like that, I start forgetting to love others around me and being concerned about their needs and feelings.
I have been sick with a stupid cold for like 2 weeks. It is getting better, but the whole time I was sick, I subconciously wanted everyone to feel sorry for me. "Hey look, I'm sick". My stupid flesh wanted everyone to feel sorry for me. What an idiot.
God spoke to me today to get my eyes off of myself. I need to refocus on others and their needs. I pray that I can do that this week. I would encourage you to do the same.
I do know when we start looking at others and their needs, we begin to forget out our own hang ups and selfish desires. Just a thought!
I just read a book called "Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament". I have always had more of a natural tendency to read from the New Testament. It's not that I haven't read from the Old Testament much, it has just been easier for me to dig into the New Testament.
After reading this book, I think it is vital for us as believers to understand the value of the Old Testament. As I read this book it opened my eyes into what Jesus believed, thought about, and acted upon.
Jesus Christ learned about His self, his mission, and His future from His study of the Hebrew Scriptures. (Old Testament) In this book I learned how Jesus understood himself as the Son of Man and the Son of God, following the path and fulfilling the call that God had placed before Israel.
I would encourage all of us as believers to not neglect the study of the Old Testament books. Through these books we can really have a deeper understanding of who God is and how much He really loves us.
I thought I would just update everyone on what is happening in the worship ministry. The pictures are actually from our celebration service we had a couple months ago. I thought I would just throw them on.
It is a busy time. We have started a yearly review with our bands. So right now, we are in the process of reviewing each band member. This review consist of everything from their spiritual walk to to musicality. We talk about their strengths and areas where they can improve on as well. This is something new we are starting this year.
This Tuesday night we are having what we call "Vocal Placements". These are held for anyone that has a desire to sing in any of our vocal groups, or sing solos. This will also be a review for the vocalist as well. These Vocal Placements are a way to keep the Vocal team fresh, re energize their commitments, and grow us as singers. We will hold this on one night with everyone there. It is not going to be "American Idol". It will be a fun encouraging night for everyone.
We have also been blessed with about 4 new band members in the past few weeks. We have a new electric guitarist. His name is Matt Merlino. We also have a new acoustic guitarist. His name is Blake Edwards. JD Love has also come aboard to be a drummer. These new additions have helped fill out the 3 teams. We are always looking for new people though.
We are a little bummed because we are losing a dear family of our church. The Houcks are moving to North Carolina. Karen plays bass in one of our bands. She will be sorely missed. We are happy for them, but bummed that they will be leaving us as well.
The Praise Choir is up and running again. I continue to have new people each week that want to be a part of it. That is awesome.
Now we are just looking forward to each weekend service, as well as "Trunk or Treat", and the Christmas Program coming up in a couple of months.
Please continue to pray for each person involved in this ministry. Satan always attacks those who are being used by God.