Friday, November 17, 2017

Community News 11/17/17

DAY 5 OF WEEK 2


Acts 4:8; 2 Timothy 1:7

I’ve had so many jobs it is hard to keep track. For one job I drove an old diesel pickup truck around town. It was really loud and had a radio stuck on the local country station. This was back before the banjo was cool. I found myself out of town and the truck was almost out of fuel. I pulled into a gas station and filled it up, both tanks. While driving home, the truck started to sound funny and it eventually stalled, so I had to radio the warehouse. I sat in the truck and waited for the company mechanic to arrive. He diagnosed the problem in just moments. I filled the diesel truck up with regular gas. Yup, I’m that guy. The engine was created to run on diesel and not regular gas.

In the same way, we were created to be fueled by something. If God made you and knows you like we know he does, then He created us to require a certain power source too. Our pain, discouragement and frustration come when we try to operate by any power source other than the one God has required for us. You weren’t created to run on the applause of men, the approval of others, addictions, greed or pure human effort. You and I were created to be fueled by the Holy Spirit; any other source is harmful and destructive.

What are some of the things that fuel you?
What things motivate you in your life?
What are the things that make you resilient and strong?
What do you run to when things get desperate?

Your list isn’t different than most everyone else; you’re not alone. There are many factors that fuel us but only one truly sustains us. Ask God to expose those things that fuel you and replace those motivations with more of God’s Spirit.
                                                 
                                                                         Adapted From:  Life On Mission - You Version

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Community News 11/16/17

DAY 4 OF WEEK 2


John 14:26; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 8:26-27

For many people, the Holy Spirit is mystical, ambiguous and super strange. It doesn’t help at all that the Holy Spirit is often referred to as the Holy Ghost in many circles. This haunting element of the Godhead is less creepy than many think or have experienced. Partnering with the Holy Spirit should be more common and increasingly effortless. Before Jesus ascended to heaven, he said these words, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8)” Notice that Jesus didn’t warn that the Holy Spirit would come to bring division, chaos, emotionalism or weirdness. The Holy Spirit would come to bring... power. Not just power to greedily acquire but power to do something with; power to witness and power to reflect God’s amazing attributes.

The promised Holy Spirit has come and is available to each of us. The ramifications of the filling of the Holy Spirit might have less to do with your Sunday church experience than you thought before. Your greatest representation of the power of the Holy Spirit might not be when you are surrounded by other Christians; they look, talk and act just like you. However, as God’s spirit works in your life, it will be on display, to its greatest degree, in the chaos of our world. That’s where peace really shines, amidst chaos.

Maybe you’ve invited Jesus into your life and that was a great and holy moment. Ephesians 5:18 encourages us to continually be filled with the Holy Spirit, meaning, we should be in constant saturation of the Holy Spirit. This takes intentionality. Your fridge doesn’t miraculously produce groceries. No, you notice the need and you create time in your day to go to the store. Take time today to invite the Holy Spirit into your life to a greater degree.

Ask God to meet you during your time of prayer and empower you afresh. Take time to listen and have a Bible ready if a scripture reference comes up. Remember, the Holy Spirit is a person and people talk, so listen.

Adapted From:  Life On Mission - You Version

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Community News 11/15/17

DAY 3 OF WEEK 2


Colossians 3:17; Galatians 1:15-16

Knowing your purpose will undoubtedly give you some confidence but it’s more than that. Like with the Apostle Paul, God has revealed his Son to us so that we can demonstrate/reflect/model his attributes to the world. The ramifications of knowing your purpose extend far beyond your wellbeing but to the entire world. Jesus embodied to the fullest each list of spiritual gifts, every single one! Now the world has us, the collective representation of His body to carry on His work. You don’t have to be everything to everyone, but you can be something significant to someone.

The last couple of days you learned more about your purpose and identity. You’ve likely identified areas of complacency and fear. Now it’s time to walk in your new identity. This will be terrifying and awesome, but fight through the awkward and do something different. At the end of each week there will be some sort of application for you, so be prepared to apply the things you are learning.

Your mission is to share your 3 minute testimony with someone. It’s easy. You might want to share with someone that already knows you or a family member first.

1 Minute: Before meeting Jesus, my life was...
1 Minute: I started a relationship with Jesus when...
1 Minute: God’s purpose for my life is...

Thank God for the purpose and identity that you have in Christ. Confess and surrender the wrong thinking and wrong motives you’ve had in the past. Choose, instead, to surrender to God’s leading and be bold to walk in your true calling.

Adapted From:  Life On Mission - You Version

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Community News 11/14/17


Care Network
Life often presents obstacles that can seem difficult to overcome. God is bigger than our circumstances and desires for us to move into a more dynamic relationship with Him. Care Network serves the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of those of us who find ourselves in difficult situations, through a variety of ministries, helpful resources, and trained volunteers. Care Network meets every Wednesday at 6:30 PM, with dinner by donation at 6:00 PM.  Tomorrow evening, enjoy a dinner from Lola's at 6:00 PM. 

Where Moms Connect  
All mothers need encouragement, support, and a strong connection with other mothers.  Where Moms Connect is a faith based group for moms of all ages.  This campus group will gather together every third Thursday of the month from 9:30 to 11:00 AM in the blue room.  Childcare will be provided.  The next group will join together on this Thursday, November 16th.  To sign up, email Jolena at jolenamatt@aim.com.

Senior Adults
Join us on Tuesday, December 12th from 8 AM to 4 PM, where we’ll take a bus to Billy Graham Library in Charlotte for a tour & lunch. Please register for the Billy Graham Library by December 1st by going to the link http://brevardcommunity.org/#/events.  To RSVP or for any questions, contact: Jean Willoughby, 828.329.4000 or jeanbwilloughby@yahoo.com.

Happy 18th Birthday BCC!  
Join us Sunday, November 19th at 6:00 PM for a Night of Worship and Communion, as we commemorate the past, celebrate the future, and of course, eat cake!  Childcare is available by registration only for Birth-Pre-K.  Go to brevardcommunity.org and click “Events”. 

Compassion Experience  
More than 700 million people in developing countries live on less than $1.90 per day, facing challenges most Americans never will. Experience another world without leaving yours. The Compassion Experience is making a five-day stop at BCC, November 30-December 4. This interactive tour will bring visitors on a journey into the lives of two Compassion-sponsored children living in Kenya, and the Dominican Republic. You don’t want to miss this event.  To register or volunteer go to https://cts.compassion.com/events/930.


Community News 11/14/17

DAY 2 OF WEEK 2

Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
I read a long time ago that a trainer chains the foot of a baby elephant to a spike that has been hammered into the ground so that it doesn’t run off. The baby can’t seem to pull away and it becomes discouraged and stops trying. However, baby elephants tend to grow up. When they are full grown, they continue to chain them to a spike driven into the ground. Once they feel the slight tension and resistance of the chain they remember that they can’t get away, so they settle to their confined space. Little do they know that they are more than powerful enough to pull that spike out of the ground, but past experiences tell them that they can’t. They have a history of being bound and they settle for that reality, though they could certainly be free if only they tried.
We are like that sometimes, once we feel a little tension in our life, we are relegated to that reality. Stepping into your God-given purpose will force you to face that tension and do something different. If you felt the purpose that God had for your life was easily lived and embraced, I’m afraid it’s a shallow representation of the potential God has for you.
When it comes to your purpose, the Bible teaches us a great deal. There are spiritual gifts, ministry gifts and the fruit of the spirit. These might not give you the detailed answer you’re looking for, but they will help you hone in on the unique creation that you are. God wired you in a special way. You are uniquely made and simply wonderful. Knowing and applying this information will free you up from the expectations of others and release you into the purpose that God has for you!
Read these verses and jot down which spiritual gifts and ministry gifts you think you have. If you get bogged down and have trouble, ask a close friend for their input. Often those we love can see greatness in us that we can’t see for ourselves.
Spend some time thanking God for making you the way he did. He didn’t mess up, there’s a purpose and reason behind your personal design. Ask God to give you boldness and sensitivity to use your gifts.

Adapted From:  Life On Mission - You Version