Let Christ Shine!
I now see with increasing clarity the brilliance of the Adventist Message and that it is designed for this time, to enlighten all peoples, around the globe . . .
Why? Because Christ can be seen clearer through these Bible teachings! And these practical teachings are relevant to everyday life!
But what are we doing? Why are we hiding the precious message we've been asked to share?
God is calling others to see clearly the brilliance of Christ! For your consideration here are a few . . .
- Lyle Schaller - Methodist Church Growth Guru, author of many books, in an interview in his home, personally challenged our leaders that this is our hour to shine! Adventists are to advance, was his encouragement! We have a theology based on the Bible only, conservative lifestyle, with our health message is extremely relevant, but what are we doing?
So will you look again at the brilliance of Christ? His love & grace is shining hope into the darkest places. Take a look for your self at www.adventist.org/beliefs/index.html
- Tony Campolo at the National Pastor's Conference in CA during 2005 publicly stated before over 2,500 pastors from across the nation, "The Adventists have it right on the view of hell, and the state of the dead."
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List of Sermon Topics for Spiritual Seekers
As I walked among the Cougars of Washington State University, and the Vandals of the University of Idaho
, I learned many things. One is how God's Living Word, the Holy Bible truly can change lives! I saw how the Bible addressed the issues faced by all living today.
Here are a few topics that God's Word speaks to . . .
You can go to www.bibleinfo.com to look up these and other topics of interest . . .
Anger toward God
Being Salt and Light - incarnational ministry
Bondage to the Past
Care for the poor
The Coming Collapse of the Corporate Church - Rev. 14
Commitment to Christ
Consequences of sin
Controlling our emotions
Conviction of sin/Conscience
Decay of the family
Effects of sin
Evidence for Christianity
Evolution vs. Creation
Existence of God
Freedom in Christ
God as a Father
God as a Refuge
God the Creator/Creation
God’s acceptance of us
God’s forgiveness of us
Grace vs. Works/Legalism
Hearing God’s Voice
Honesty / Lying
Joy of Christian Life
Letting Go of Adult Children
Lordship of Christ
Mark of the Beast
Misconceptions of Christianity
Our Need for Christ
Our Value to God
Pace of Life/Balance
Power of the Media
Praise and Worship
Promises of God
Reasons People Don’t Believe
Relationship with God
Resurrection and Easter
Sabbath, who changed it anyway?
Separation of church & state
Sexuality - what the Bible says
State of the World
The rise & fall of the Papacy
Depression Recovery Program
Many people today look at the Christian faith and say it is irrelevant. When I have encountered these individuals, I have asked them to please explain. One thought provoking answer given stated that, "Christians teach about the paradise of Heaven, but all I want is a better life now." Grace based health ministry, based on Scripture and informed by science can help everyone have a better life now!
Here's a health ministry resource to help people have the best life now! You and your church can bring real help to families in your community! Dr. Neil Nedley, MD has developed this program based on his medical practice, the latest scientific findings. Dr. Nedley gives practical advice to have the best lifestyle for optimum mental health.
You can learn more about this by exploring these websites:
Let's Uplift Christ as the Only Hope for Humanity!
Fresh Media Resources You Can Use! (At a price we all can afford!)
Looking for ways to seize the attention of the unchurched?
What can your church planting team do to harness all the creativity, arts, and energy to creatively share the Gospel to this generation?
As a busy church planting pastor, I'm always looking for tools I can use to sharpen me, and to inspire my team to do all we can to creatively share the Message of Hope.
Here's the latest sermon & media resources you can use, at a price we can all afford!
(Thanks to a fellow blogger Pastor Bobby Gruenewald, Innovation Pastor with LifeChurch.tv for the heads up on these other churches who are advancing the Gospel in compelling, and relevant ways.)www.seacoast.org/allaccess/messages The team at Seacoast Church (A multi-campus church based in North / South Carolina) have several sermon series and related media for free! (bulletin cover & inside, eVite, third screen for power point). Check out their sermon series entitled "Ten Simple Rules" about the 10 Commandments at www.seacoast.org/allaccess/messages/simple.html
Swagbags: www.southeastchristian.org/vine/resources/?id=1060 Need some help with your next sermon series ? Then grab a bag! For free! Really! Thanks to the team at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY they are sharing their "resources to make ministry that much better!" Free downloads include Countdown Videos, Photoshop® Files (Layered Photoshop® files), MS Powerpoint Backgrounds, and Adobe Photoshop invite postcards to mail out to the community.
Help me keep an eye out for others who are sharing their God-given creativity with the rest of us so we together can Uplift Christ higher!
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What's the Meaning of Baptism?
Many ask searching questions about baptism, and what it means to a Christian. Some common questions that are frequently asked include:My Re-Birthday! – Experiencing Christ’s Resurrection Power
Why should I be baptized?
What does baptism mean?
I’ll never be good enough, so why bother?
Why can’t I just be baptized into Christ, without joining your church?
Baptism is full of deep meaning. Like Christ, who was buried in the tomb after his complete surrender in His death on the cross, so in baptism, we too join Christ in dying to our attempts at being “good enough”. We die to self. We die to religion. We die to every human attempt to reach God, by being better. We die, and Christ lives through us, and in us. This is the New Birth!
NKJ Ephesians 2:4
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
NIV 1 Peter 3:21
and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also-- not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God's right hand-- with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.Galatians 2:19-20
For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.Marriage to Christ
Baptism is a public celebration of your love relationship with Jesus Christ! You are "walking down the aisle" showing your allegiance to the One who loves you so much - Jesus! Baptism is an outward & public display, or "ceremony" of what God is doing inside your heart, and in your life. Baptism means that you are accepting Christ as the one who forgives you. In baptism you accept Christ as your leader, joining in His death by dying to selfishness, pride, sin, thus allowing our past mistakes and regrets to be entombed. We experience His resurrection power in our lives!2 Corinthians 11:2Accepting the Calling of God's Last Day Search & Rescue Team
Baptism means that you have an understanding of the teachings, doctrines, and mission of the Adventist Movement. This worldwide prophetic movement of God transcends every human boundary - cultural, ethic, etc. As we humbly accept God's call, we are transformed by His Spirit, and thus we share what difference Christ makes in our everyday life.Revelation 14:6-12, Matthew 28:17-20"Joining the Army" in the Battle against sin
Baptism is a public testimony of your decision to join the Adventist Movement as it shares the Gospel to the world in these last days. We are at war – the war against sin, pride, and selfishness. As we are changed by God’s power, we can invite others to experience God’s life changing presence. 2 Timothy 2:3-4Living Real Life
Only through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit can we practice what you believe, victory over addictions, witnessing how Christ changes your life with those around you. Christians are often accused of being hypocrites. Yet this is only half true. When we make mistakes, Christians don't have to cover them up, because Christ has forgiven us, and His grace empowers us to overcome.John 14:16, Philippians 4:13Equipped for God's Calling for My Ministry
Christ received the baptism of the Holy Spirit at his baptism, and thus he was equipped for his ministry here on earth. Through the Holy Spirit's ministry of giving us spiritual gifts, abilities, and skills, we are to to build up the Body of Christ, His Church. This is done most commonly through the various ministries of the local church.Ephesians 4:12Fellowship of Suffering with Christ
Baptism for the Christ follower is a reminder that we won't have an easy life. But we are promised that Christ will never leave us, and He will be with us though it all.2 Corinthians 1:5, 8-9, Philippians 3:10
Team Hoyt video resource
Here's a powerful story (modern day parable) that demonstrates our utter and complete dependence upon our Heavenly Father! It is only through the strong grace of our Heavenly Father that we are able to finish & win the faith race of life!
The Dick & Rick Hoyt Story
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1 Corinthians 9:24-27 New International Version
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
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