December 15th News

December 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

This week we will conclude our series What It Means to be a Disciple of Jesus.

Over the last 9 weeks we have seen that a disciple displays several characteristics. We talked about how a disciple is:

1) A Student— Constantly reading and thinking about the Word of God

2) A Prayer— Regularly talking with and listening to God

3) A Worshipper–Continually acknowledging who God is, who I am and how He relates to me

4) A Friend— Consistently involved with fellow believers in the context of a church community

5) A Neighbor— Repeatedly reaching out to those outside the church community to meet physical, emotional, and spiritual needs

6) A Missionary— Intentionally going out to spread the gospel and “neighbor” with those far away

7) A Servant— Willingly giving of yourself to benefit and bless others

8) A Messenger— Habitually sharing the gospel– Good News– of Jesus with others

9) A Giver— Commonly sharing your money and possessions with those in need

As we finish this series, we will see that a disciple then pours into others by “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:20). In other words, a disciple then becomes a TEACHER– reproducing themselves and what they have learned in others.

This may seem a bit intimidating. Most of us feel that we are not really great disciples in the first place– how are we supposed to teach others how to be one?!? A key is found in the first word of each of the descriptions… Another key is at the end of The Great Commission.

To prepare read The Great Commission this week– Matthew 28:18-20.

And if you feel overwhelmed about being a teach in discipling,  remember a phrase we have used before:

God does not call the equipped, he equips the called.

Discipleship is not a mystery to be solved, a formula to be memorized, or a program to be implement… It is a life to be lived– and God’s design for using his people to restore the world.

Pretty cool stuff, huh? And just think, he chose you to be a part of it…

Looking forward to Sunday!!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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GRACE2F HAPPENINGS

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Christmas Eve Service

We will have a Christmas Eve service at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, December 24th in the Fellowship Hall of Hilltop Community Church (where we normally meet). This will be a beautiful time to bring someone to church to hear the incredible story of Jesus!

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Grace2F Bible Study

Join us Wednesday nights from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Hilltop Community Church Fellowship Hall.

The study is on the Book of Colossians.

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Russell House Ministry

December 15th at 2:00pm.

Join me at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

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December 8th News

December 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

This week we will continue our series What It Means to be a Disciple of Jesus.

Last week we talked about how a disciple is a MESSENGER– one who brings the good news about Jesus and what he has done to save us from our sins and give us a new life and purpose.

This Sunday we will see that a disciple is also a GIVER.

As we enter the Christmas season, this is an especially relevant topic. According to Paul in Act 20:35, Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than receive.” We say this; we teach our kids this; and I think we believe this to a degree… But do we live this?

If I am honest, I really like receiving... And you do too.

But it is clear from scripture that a true follower of Jesus– a disciple— is a passionate and generous giver.

To prepare read Luke 12:13-21. This passage is commonly is referred to as The Parable of the Rich Fool, and we will see that it descibes each of us in some way– regardless of the amount of money you have.

I want to encourage you to come a hear what God has to tell each of us this week because “giving” is an issue of the heart and has an eternal value that we may never realize and/or often forget.

Looking forward to Sunday!!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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GRACE2F HAPPENINGS

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Christmas Eve Service

We will have a Christmas Eve service at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, December 24th in the Fellowship Hall of Hilltop Community Church (where we normally meet). This will be a beautiful time to bring someone to church to hear the incredible story of Jesus!

________________________________

Grace2F Bible Study

Join us Wednesday nights from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Hilltop Community Church Fellowship Hall.

The study is on the Book of Colossians.

________________________________

Russell House Ministry

December 15th at 2:00pm.

Join me at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

December 1st News

November 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

This week we will continue our series What It Means to be a Disciple of Jesus.

Last week we talked about how a disciple is a SERVANT. This Sunday we will see that a idisciple is also a MESSENGER with a very important and specific message.

To prepare read Romans 10:8-17.

I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Looking forward to Sunday!!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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GRACE2F HAPPENINGS

________________________________

Grace2F Bible Study

Join us Wednesday nights from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Hilltop Community Church Fellowship Hall.

The study is on the Book of Colossians.

___________________

Russell House Ministry

December 15th at 2:00pm.

Join me at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

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