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Imagine Having Adequate Savings
The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets. (Proverbs 21:20 TLB)
33 “Therefore, Pharaoh should find an intelligent and wise man and put him in charge of the entire land of Egypt. 34 Then Pharaoh should appoint supervisors over the land and let them collect one-fifth of all the crops during the seven good years. 35 Have them gather all the food produced in the good years that are just ahead and bring it to Pharaoh’s storehouses. Store it away, and guard it so there will be food in the cities. 36 That way there will be enough to eat when the seven years of famine come to the land of Egypt. Otherwise this famine will destroy the land.” (Genesis 41:33-36 NLT)
47 As predicted, for seven years the land produced bumper crops. 48 During those years, Joseph gathered all the crops grown in Egypt and stored the grain from the surrounding fields in the cities. 49 He piled up huge amounts of grain like sand on the seashore. Finally, he stopped keeping records because there was too much to measure. 53 At last the seven years of bumper crops throughout the land of Egypt came to an end. 54 Then the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had predicted. The famine also struck all the surrounding countries, but throughout Egypt there was plenty of food. 55 Eventually, however, the famine spread throughout the land of Egypt as well. And when the people cried out to Pharaoh for food, he told them, “Go to Joseph, and do whatever he tells you.” 56 So with severe famine everywhere, Joseph opened up the storehouses and distributed grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout the land of Egypt. 57 And people from all around came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph because the famine was severe throughout the world. (Genesis 41:47-49, 53-57 NLT)
Having adequate savings…
1) Is a NECESSITY.
2) Requires a PLAN and must be a PRIORITY.
3) Protects your FAMILY.
4) Enables you to HELP others.
Imagine Being a Cheerful Giver
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give. You shouldn’t give if you don’t want to. You shouldn’t give because you are forced to. God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to shower all kinds of blessings on you. So in all things and at all times you will have everything you need. You will do more and more good works. (2 Corinthians 9:7-8 NIRV)
A cheerful giver…
1) Gives CONSISTENTLY.
2) Gives PROPORTIONATELY.
3) Gives GENEROUSLY.
4) Gives THANKFULLY.
Imagine Being a Good Soldier
Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. (2 Timothy 2:3-4 NIV)
A good soldier is…
4) DEDICATED (or DEVOTED)
The dictionary defines a fan as an “enthusiastic admirer.” Many people seem to be content with being fans of Jesus. They are fine with repeating an occasional prayer, going to church on Sunday, or even putting a fish magnet on their car. But is that really what Jesus wants? What about His call to “follow Me and be My disciple?” In this series based on the bestselling book, Not a Fan, by Kyle Idleman, we will take an honest look at our relationship with Jesus and discover what it takes to be a committed follower of Christ.
We hear a lot about “renewal” in our culture. There is concern about using renewable energy sources to protect our environment. Some people call for urban renewal to save our decaying cities. Others say our infrastructure must be renewed as highways crumble and power grids are stressed. This renewal mindset spills over into the church as well and is typically called revival. There is something in us that longs to get out of the “same old, same old” rut we oftentimes find ourselves in spiritually speaking. More times than not, our desire for renewal or revival looks backward as we long for the “good old days” or desire “that old-time religion.” But, while the Bible makes it clear God wants to renew and refresh His people, it is not to return them to the way things were. No, in every case, He has a better future in mind.
As the Lord spoke through his prophet, Isaiah, “But forget [what happened in the past] – it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland…Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland so my chosen people can be refreshed.” (Isaiah 43:18-20 NLT)
In his book, Revival Rising, Mark Nysewander chronicles historical revivals in the past in anticipation of the next great move of God. In it, he points out, “Revival hope is an experiential taste of what’s coming in the future.” As a result, he suggests that maybe revival should be called previval since it is a taste of what is yet to come in terms of God’s love, power, and glory.
Beginning August 6, we will explore five types of “previval” God uses to renew both His Church and the world. Please plan to join us each week and let’s pray “that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (Acts 3:19b NIV)
August 6 Personal Previval (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
August 13 Relational Previval (Mark 12:30-31)
August 20 Missional Previval (John 17:18; Acts 20:24)
August 27 Structural Previval (Matthew 9:16-17)
September 3 Cultural Previval (Acts 5:28; 17:6)
Starting July 9th, our Children’s Ministry team will be conducting a “Maker Fun Factory” themed VBS. Each night, the children will explore different topics that illustrate how we are all lovingly created by God for a purpose. These messages convey the depth of God’s love for us and are applicable to both young and old alike. During the month of July, we will be sharing these truths with the entire congregation by incorporating each of the 5 VBS themes into our Sunday morning sermons. Join us each week as we explore how God loves us and has built us for a purpose!
Pentecost falls on Sunday, June 4th this year. Originally, it was a Jewish harvest festival, but for Christians it commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ followers fifty days after His Resurrection. It is described in Acts chapter two and has been called, “the Birthday of the Church.” For the first Christians, Pentecost was more than a one-time occasion, it became a way of life as they lived and ministered in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. During the month of June, we will explore how we too can be Spirit-filled by “Living in Pentecost.” Through this four-part sermon series, we will examine what we can expect to happen when “the Holy Spirit comes and fills [us] with power from heaven.” (Luke 24:49 TLB)
June 4 Living in Pentecost (Craig: Transmitter; Rudy: Fusion)
June 11 The Wind of Pentecost (Craig: Transmitter; Rudy: Fusion)
June 18 The Fire of Pentecost (Terry: Transmitter; Mindy: Fusion)
June 25 The Language of Pentecost (Craig: Transmitter; Rudy: Fusion)
May is oftentimes “gift giving” month as we search for appropriate presents for our moms for Mother’s Day, for friends getting married, and for family members graduating from high school or college. While we all want to find and give the perfect present to our loved ones on these special occasions, there are probably some even more important gifts for us to give to those we love and care about. In a four-part series this month, we’re going to “God’s Home Store” on Sunday mornings in search of appropriate gifts for our children, parents, spouses, and church family members. In a world where the family is under attack and relationships are strained to their limits, we need to be reminded of what God’s Word has to say about the subject. We’ll discover the Lord has some valuable commodities He wants us to share with those closest to us.
May 7 Gifts for Children (Transmitter: Craig; Fusion: Rudy)
May 14 Gifts for Parents (Transmitter: Craig; Fusion: Rudy)
May 21 Gifts for Husbands and Wives (this sermon will be preached at Transmitter on 5/21 and at Fusion on 5/28 by Craig)
May 28 Gifts for Church Family Members (this sermon will be preached at Fusion on 5/21 and at Transmitter on 5/28 by Terry)
According to the gospels, Jesus spent most of His ministry in Galilee. But near the end of His earthly life, Luke tells us, “Not long before it was time for Jesus to be taken up to heaven, he made up his mind to go to Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:51 NIRV) Jerusalem was more than a place to which Jesus wanted to go; it represented the fulfillment of His mission where God would save the world through His suffering, death, and resurrection. Christ also invited His would-be followers to join Him on this journey (see Luke 9:22-23). But like it was for Jesus, Jerusalem is more than a mere location; it involves pursuing a particular way of life. During the season of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter, we will join Jesus “on the road’ so we can learn how to live as God intended and fulfill our own mission.
March 12 Introduction (Luke 9:51)
Following Jesus is a difficult way of life. We are willing to be on the road with Jesus when we are convinced that He is the way, the truth, and the life (see John 14:6)
March 19 The Road to Selflessness [or Self-Denial] (Luke 9:23; Luke 22:42)
While we tend to be selfish, Jesus calls us to live unselfishly. What does it mean to deny ourselves? How do we become like Christ and say, “Not my will but yours be done?”
March 26 The Road to Action (Luke 9:57-62)
Following Jesus requires more than “good intentions;” we have to do the right things.
April 2 The Road to God’s View (Luke 19:41-44)
How do we view the world, especially sin and wickedness? God’s heart aches over such matters, do ours?
April 9 The Road to Sacrifice (Luke 9:23-27; 23:26)
What does it mean to “take up your cross?” How is the sacrifice required of us illumined by Christ’s ultimate sacrifice?
April 16 The Road to Resurrection (Luke 24:13-35)
If we want to follow Jesus and live in His eternal presence, we must travel the paths of Scripture, hospitality, and fellowship to experience the Risen Christ.
April 23 The Road to Mission (Luke 24:44-49)
Jesus fulfilled His earthly mission and then left it in His disciples’ hands, telling them to be His witnesses and minister in the Holy Spirit’s power.
In 2012 Lynn Haven United Methodist Church embarked on a courageous missional decision. The Church decided to buy a stand alone recreation and fitness center in an effort to help people transform into the people God created them to be. The work done here in the days since resonates with how Luke describes the growth of Jesus from a young man to an adult as he grew “…in wisdom, and stature, in favor with God, and in favor with others.” (Luke 2:52). To be honest, some have suggested that “doing church” in a gym in a manner like this is an impossible mission, yet by Jesus’ model & the power of the Holy Spirit, we’ll see how this is a mission possible. During the month of February we will use this example of Jesus’ life to guide our conversation about who Fusion has been, who we are, and who we desire to be in the days ahead.
February 5 Introduction/Wisdom
February 12 Stature
February 19 Favor with God
February 26 Favor with Others
In his gospel, John introduces Jesus in this way: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 NIV)
Later, in his New Testament letter, John claims: “Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6 NLT)
Since Jesus lived a life filled with grace, we should too. In this four-part series, we will explore how we might enjoy God’s undeserved favor by “living grace-fully.”