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December 29, 2017, 9:44 AM

3 steps we will be taking as a church this year


Church Family,

During the last email I mentioned what I believe are some of things the Lord is leading our church to focus on for this year.

  1. A deeper focus on small groups
  2. Making Disciples at home and around the world.
  3. Prayer, lots of prayer.

This morning I want to mention some basic steps for how we are going to do this and our ultimate reason for why.

  1. To develop stronger small groups we are going to continue Reaching, Teaching, and Ministering to others. This includes a nasty word, accountability. We want to develop a culture that expects others to walk along side of us as we serve Christ.
  2. We are going to practice making every conversation into an opportunity to present the gospel.
  3. We are going to intentionally ask publicly, what is best versus what is good? With this question we will be required to pray for faith to accomplish what’s best and for peace. Any time there is movement there is friction. We need to pray as God continues to change us to be more like Him.

 

Why are we doing all of this?

2 Corinthians 5:20 20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 

In everything that we do as a body of Christ, we want to be used by God to appeal to the lost to be reconciled to God. As an ambassador we are representing Christ. We want to tell the world that if they want to see an example of Jesus, then look to us.

Reminders:

  1. We will not have night services this Sunday.
  2. January 22nd we are hosting the Associational meeting. Matt Hess, Toronto Church Planter, will be here to speak to the association. Matt is also bringing his mission coordinator, Scott Ridenour
  3. January 24th Matt Hess will be with us to meet just our church and spend time with us. Come and learn more about our partnership with Matt to reach the world for Christ.
  4. June 24th- 30th we are going to Toronto for a mission trip.
  5. Be in prayer as to how God can use us to reach Conway and the surrounding areas for Christ this year.

Big Question: Can you share how God used the church, an event, or person to impact you and/or your family this year?

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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December 27, 2017, 9:07 AM

If the Lord wills...


Church Family,

I hope and trust that everyone had a great Christmas. I want to encourage you to take some time to enjoy this time of year, but I also know that a new year quickly approaches.

This is also the time of year for new year’s resolutions, vision casting, making goals, etc. All those things can be very beneficial, but let me also give this warning from the book of James.

James 4:13-17 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.16As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Sadly, I read where a woman claiming to be a believer told a family who’s daughter was sick, that the sickness would leave immediately. This woman claimed the power of God and by her command, the sickness would leave. No mention of the will of God, but rather what she was claiming and casting out. When the daughter died, I wonder what the family thought of God and of this woman. What arrogance on her part! The Bible is not against planning or praying, in fact, the Bible is very much for both of these. We must remember at all times though, that we are living for the glory of God and His will. Not ours.

With that being said, Lord willing, here is what I believe God is calling our church to do this year.(Friday we may discuss some of the steps to accomplish these goals).

  1. A deeper focus on small groups
    1. This includes Sunday school, Discipleship training, Bible studies, men and women’s group, etc.
    2. We want to create a culture of living for Jesus together through relationships.
  2. Making Disciples at home and around the world.
    1. We want to create a culture of sharing the gospel. How can we turn every conversation into one that shares the gospel?
    2. Mission Conway: How can we reach our neighborhood? Our city?
    3. Toronto Church plant and beyond
  3. Prayer, lots of prayer.
    1. We want to create a culture where our church house is a house of prayer.

Reminders:

  1. A special thank you to the Choir for leading us in worship this past Sunday. We are so thankful for our special program leaders and those that participated.
  2. We will not have night services this Sunday.
  3. January 22nd we are hosting the Associational meeting. Matt Hess, Toronto Church Planter, will be here to speak to the association. Matt is also bringing his mission coordinator, Scott Ridenour
  4. January 24th Matt Hess will be with us to meet just our church and spend time with us. Come and learn more about our partnership with Matt to reach the world for Christ.
  5. June 24th- 30th we are going to Toronto for a mission trip.
  6. Be in prayer as to how God can use us to reach Conway and the surrounding areas for Christ this year.

Big Question: With the new year beginning, is there a book of the bible that you would like for me to go through as part of our Monday, Wednesday, and Friday email devotional? Are there any changes that you would like to see made to make the email/devotional better?

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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December 22, 2017, 9:10 AM

Christmas: Manger


Church Family,

There are so many great stories that we hear and read about during the holiday season. I read of one from a school near Charleston. The teacher and his 12 homeroom students developed a bond that included watching Duke basketball games together. The students decided to pool their money together and buy the teacher 2 tickets to a Duke home game. At $300 a piece they aren’t cheap. Many around our area are preparing to pay a high price to go and cheer on their favorite team in their bowl game. The point I am trying to make isn’t about the amount of money, but rather that it is difficult for many to have access to what they want to see in person. To see our mayor, I am sure it will take a phone call and a good reason. To see our governor, it would take a great reason and knowing the right people. To see our president, it would take an invitation from him. To spend time with these important figures is near impossible.

Our last place to visit this week is the manger. It is a smelly, dingy, and unimpressive place to visit someone of influence. Yet, this is where God sent His only Son to be born. A place that all of creation is welcomed. Somewhere that anyone could go to. That includes me and you. Not only are we welcomed to come and see Jesus, we are invited to spend eternity with Jesus. Each day, including during our devotion time, we hope to walk and talk with Jesus.

Luke 2:6-7 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

As we wrap up our journey this week from Egypt to Bethlehem to the Manger, I hope that you will find room in your life for Jesus. Realize that you exist to come and worship Him. To know Him and make Him known.

Reminders:

  1. This Sunday after Sunday school our Adult Choir will be leading us in worship during the 11am service. Please invite others.
  2. Choir please be at church at 9:30am to practice before Sunday school.
  3. We will not have night services this Sunday or next Sunday.
  4. January 22nd we are hosting the Associational meeting. Matt Hess, Toronto Church Planter, will be here to speak to the association.
  5. January 24th Matt Hess will be with us to meet just our church and spend time with us. Come and learn more about our partnership with Matt to reach the world for Christ.
  6. June 24th- 30th we are going to Toronto for a mission trip.
  7. Be in prayer as to how God can use us to reach Conway and the surrounding areas for Christ this year.

Finally, a big thank you to the Brotherhood for cooking this past Weds for the Christmas party, to Joni Jordan for bringing Santa Claus, to Kendal Lowry for the wonderful pictures, to all those who prepared desserts, and everyone who helped make this a wonderful Christmas time.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




December 20, 2017, 12:33 PM

Christmas: Bethlehem and Babe Ruth


Church Family,

We hope to see you tonight at the Church Christmas Party starting at 6pm. Santa will be coming around 6:30. Please invite friends and family. We will have bbq, chicken nuggets, sides and dessert (please bring a dessert with you).

Today we are going to talk about Babe Ruth. One of the legends of Babe Ruth is that he called his shot. In other words, he pointed to where he was going to hit the ball before the pitch. He pointed to centerfield and during a tied world series championship game, Babe Ruth, hit a homerun to centerfield. To hit a homerun is great, but to tell everyone you are before you do it: amazing!

Micah 5:2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.

God called His shot hundreds of years before sending Jesus: AMAZING! Lee Strobel writes, “Bible scholars tell us that nearly 300 references to 61 specific prophecies of the Messiah were fulfilled by Jesus Christ. The odds against one person fulfilling that many prophecies would be beyond all mathematical possibility. It could never happen, no matter how much time was allotted. One mathematician’s estimate of those impossible odds is “one chance in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion.”

That’s a lot of trillions.

Reminders:

  1. This Sunday we following Sunday school the adult choir will lead us in worship during the morning service at 11am.
  2. We will have regular morning services for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, but we will not have evening services.
  3. With the holidays it is near impossible to have a meeting, but soon we will have a meeting for those interested in going to Toronto in June for a mission trip.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




December 18, 2017, 11:08 AM

Christmas: Straight Out of Egypt!


Church Family,

God is good! I am so thankful for the leadership that we have and the members that love and come together to do ministry for Jesus. Thank you to everyone who helped with the Christmas programs last night and the refreshments. I can’t wait to see this Sunday’s program at 11am.

Our family would also like to thank you for the Christmas gift that you gave us yesterday. We appreciate it so much. High Point never ceases to amaze us.

This week our devotions will focus on the places of importance during the birth and early childhood of Jesus. We will start in Egypt, then move to Bethlehem, and end up at the Manger.

 

Matthew 2:13-15 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son

 

Most of us are familiar with the immediate reason that Jesus had to go to Egypt. It was to flee the danger that Herod presented to His life and the life of His family, but the real reason is much deeper.

You see Egypt represented the bondage and enslavement of sin. God first lead the Israelites out when Moses was their leader, as recorded in the book of Exodus. Now Jesus, similar to Israel, must go to the place of bondage in order to lead us out of sin and death forever. Christ came to do what we can not do. After being baptized He spent 40 days and nights fasting and then was tempted by Satan himself. This showed that Christ was tempted just like Israel was and yet, He did not sin.

Maybe this morning you are facing a difficult challenge or life is hitting you hard. Whatever the case, satan is probably whispering or yelling in your ear how terrible you are and how bad the situation is. Can I encourage you to take some time and focus on Christ? Every time we sinned, He resisted, when we failed, He succeeded, and when we had no hope, Jesus became our hope. He went to where we failed and overcome the evil and sin that causes so much of our pain and sorrow. Give God the praise today.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

 

Reminders:

  1. Weds December 20th at 6pm we are having our church Christmas supper. Santa is coming to join us. Please invite family and friends. Especially those who do not know Jesus as the Lord and Savior. Bring a dessert with you.
  2. Sunday during the worship service our Adult Choir will be leading us in worship. Pray for them as you prepare for the Sunday service.
  3. We will have our regular morning services on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, but we will not have evening services those weeks.
  4. Thank you. I can not put into words the love that God has for you and me. I appreciate each and every one of you more than you will ever know.

Future Activities:

We are getting ready to begin a new year. Here are a couple of things to pray about:

  1. January 22nd we are hosting the Associational meeting. Matt Hess, Toronto Church Planter, will be here to speak to the association.
  2. January 24th Matt Hess will be with us to meet just our church and spend time with us. Come and learn more about our partnership with Matt to reach the world for Christ.
  3. June 24th- 30th we are going to Toronto for a mission trip.
  4. Be in prayer as to how God can use us to reach Conway and the surrounding areas for Christ this year.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

 


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