You know we have all seen churches doing away with “Sunday School.” Over the years it has changed greatly from what it once was back at the height of the Baby Boom. But I think it still has great potential! Sunday morning is a time I love! Coffee, doughnuts and Bible time that teaches about real life! What an absolutely great way to start your week! So, here’s what we’re going to do – this coming Sunday, November 3rd, at 9:15 am, after a long Sunday School “pause,” we’re firing up a new program lead by John Branson! Come ready to learn and engage! Coffee, doughnuts and Bible in the Fellowship Hall!
John’s 1st series: “Game Changers” Paul writes in his letter to the church in Colossae,
2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. - Colossians 2: 2-6 (NIV)
Being a part of the Body of Christ is a great place to be. The church is an excellent place to plug in and connect with the family of God. A major issue is that the longer you’re in the Christian world, the bigger it gets. If forms a bubble around us and disconnects us with the people who live outside that bubble. That is not a good thing! When we separate ourselves, we lose track of how people on the outside of that bubble perceive us. Our disconnection leads the world around us to feel we are judgmental, exclusionary, intolerant, and stuck in the way we look at them. And why wouldn’t they think that way? In the early church, people on the outside thought Christians were cannibals, atheists, and were allowed to marry their brothers and sisters! Cannibals in that communion represents the blood and body of Christ who died for our sins. Atheists, because we don’t have a “statue” of God to worship. Incestuous because we call each other brothers and sisters in Christ, even if we are husband and wife. Most Christians are not judgmental! Most of us are not intolerant or exclusionary! And, there are just as many Christians on the Left side of the aisle as there are on the Right! I think, more than we know, our own Christian Bubble may prevent many people from ever finding Christ. We need to pop that bubble, get out into the world, and show people the love of Jesus.
This is a phrase I have used many times over the years. I love to hear people talking and laughing anytime at church. I love to hear it before, during and after Sunday services! I love to hear it at cookouts, choir practice and work days. But I especially love to hear it during our youth programs! This last Wednesday evening was the very first night of our new Faith 180 Youth Ministry. By the time the kids were to arrive several of us were worn out with all the prep work! But when the noise started, the loudness kicked in, and kids were heading in all directions we could feel that all the work was well worth the effort! If you would like to watch God work in a community, come watch our Faith 180 youth. It is exciting to see them grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Some of them grew a foot over this last summer! My mother used to say kids are growing faster and taller every year. I can see what she was talking about! Psalm 100 A psalm. For giving grateful praise. 1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
I have been reading a book by Tom Kelly called The Ten Faces of Innovation. He and his brother have a company that was founded many years ago named, IDEO. They actually designed the very first computer mouse for Apple. They find people who are driven to think outside the box to create anything anyone could ever imagine. In 2009 the company was featured on 60 Minutes. The directors of the TV program gave the designers the task of creating a new shopping cart – in five days! The video is excellent to watch. (Video below) One of the personalities Kelly describes in his book is called a “Hurdler.” This is a person who, once confronted with an obstacle, immediately assumes that there are many ways around it. In the Bible, David was a hurdler! There was a massive obstacle name Goliath that utterly stopped Saul’s army in its tracks. David saw the big guy and couldn’t imagine why Goliath would ever be able to stop an army of God. David knocked him down and kept right on going. God’s Church today has a huge need for Hurdlers like David! We need believers who can tackle any mountain Satan lays before us like it’s just a bump in the road! Be a Hurdler! When problems stand before you remember Paul’s words: Philippians 4:13 (KJV) 13 I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength.