Evangelism

Pastor Jay continues his “Vital Signs of a Health Church” series this week with a message titled “Evangelism,” from 1 Peter 3:15.

1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)

…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,…

The people of a healthy church evangelize.

  • This means everyone.
  • This means honestly.
  • This means urgently.
  • This means joyfully!
  • This means biblically.
  • This means prayerfully.
  • This means even badly.

 

“Home Run” – Church Movie Night

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Come join us in the Loft for a church movie night on Monday, July 14 at 6:30pm. Tickets (free of charge) are required and may be obtained at the church. We’ll provide popcorn and lemonade, and there will be coffee beverages available for purchase as well.

“Home Run” is rated PG-13 and is recommended for high school age and up. Here’s a synopsis of this powerful movie:

Baseball all-star Cory Brand knows what it takes to win in the big leagues. But off the field, with memories of his past haunting him, his life is spiraling out of control.

Hoping to save her client’s career and reputation after a DUI and a team suspension, Cory’s agent sends him back to the small town where he grew up. Forced to coach the local youth baseball team and spend eight weeks in the only recovery program in town, Cory can”t wait to return to his old life as quickly as possible.

As his young players help him re-experience the joy of the game, Cory realizes his need for freedom from his past and hope for his future … and win back the love he left behind. With this unexpected second chance, Cory finds himself on a powerful journey of transformation and redemption.

Based on thousands of true stories, HOME RUN is a powerful reminder that with God, it’s never too late …freedom is possible.

Contact us at 620-792-7814 for any questions. Hope to see you on July 14!

Spiritual Weight Loss

Pastor Jon Kelly shares “Spiritual Weight Loss”  this week from Hebrews 12:1-2.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

What do we need to shed?

  • What we’re called to do…
    Remove weight
    Run
  • How we do it…
    Focus on Christ

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What’s your favorite sport? Why?
  • Would you be able to do that sport as well if you had 20 pound weights on your ankles? Why not?
  • If our friendship with Christ is described as a race we run, what kind of weight are you carrying?
  • What is one weight you could work on dropping this week?

Conversion

Pastor Jay continues his “Vital Signs of a Health Church” series this week with a message titled “Conversion,” from Matthew 18:1-4.

Matthew 18:1-4(ESV)

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Conversion is essential.

  • God must change us.
  • We must repent.
  • We must put our faith in Jesus Christ.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Have you ever been lost? What did you do to get “unlost”?
  • Repentance is a big word. How would you explain it?
  • The Bible says to place our faith in Jesus. What exactly does that mean?
  • What is one thing you need to turn away from this week?

The Gospel

Pastor Jay continues his “Vital Signs of a Health Church” series this week with a message titled “The Gospel,” from 1 Corinthians 15:1-8.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 (ESV)

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

We need to get the gospel right!

  • The gospel is what we preach.
  • The gospel is from God.
  • The gospel is what we believe.
  • The gospel is what saves.
  • The gospel is about Christ.
    • His death for sins
    • His resurrection

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Would you be upset if your parents only told you the date of a vacation and not where you were going?  Why or why not?
  • If you had to explain the main story of the Bible, could you do it in one sentence? What about one word?
  • Why does God want us to study His Word?
  • The week, read through 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 to see how simply you could explain the gospel.

Vital Sign #2—Biblical Theology

Pastor Jay continues his “Vital Signs of a Health Church” series this week with a message titled “Vital Sign #2—Biblical Theology,” from Acts 17:11.

Acts 17:11 (ESV)

Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

The healthy church has biblical theology.

  • God is creator.
  • God is holy.
  • God is faithful.
  • God is love.
  • God is sovereign.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What’s your favorite story (in the Bible or not)?  What makes that your favorite?
  • Do you think of the Bible as a set of rules or a bunch of stories?  Or both?
  • If you were to tell a friend what the Bible is all about, how would you explain it?
  • This week, start from the beginning. Begin reading Genesis 1. Jot down some things you see about God in that chapter.