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Message From Matt | August 17, 2017

 

I was looking at different church websites that Seth Grandidge sent to me as we are always looking for ways to improve what we are doing here at church…including our website.  (By the way, If you haven’t seen our website lately please check it out at indianapolisbaptisttemple.com.  Seth has been working on this and I think it looks great, but we are only about 1/2 way completed on the remodeling of this website. I believe that once it is done you will really like it and find it easy to get information on church events and general information about our church.)  While looking at the website of a large local church I thought I would listen to the sermon brought by their pastor this past Sunday.  In his message, he said a phrase that really stood out to me regarding the importance of church membership.  He said, “We need a regular rhythm of people speaking into our lives!”  I agree!  The point is that we have a need to be around others who are following the Lord and who will share their lives with us as well. 

This pastor’s thought goes very well with what we are talking about this Sunday during our annual emphasis on small groups.  There is a great importance in attending a small group, just as there is importance of attending the large group settings of Sunday mornings.  What is important about large and small groups?  Let me give you these reasons: 

1. Hebrews 10:24-25says many things in just two verses about being together in a church community.  The wording of these verses suggest that Paul wasn’t giving suggestions about being in fellowship, but commands!

  • “Consider one another…” – Others need our influence and we need theirs
  • “to provoke to love and good works…” – we need that regular rhythm mentioned above to help provoke us to good works.
  • Not forsaking the assembly of ourselves together…” – Come together as a church community as much as possible. It’s always good to be with the family of God!
  • And so much the more as you see the day approaching.” – As we get closer to the coming of the Lord Jesus, we need to come together more.

    2. Ephesians 4:11-16
    says that God set different offices in the church and gave people different gifts for these purposes:
  • “for the perfecting of the saints” – to make mature believers
  • for the work of the ministry” – one person can’t do it all themselves, we need others help
  • for the edifying of the body of Christ” – 1 person can edify, but it is so much better when we work together on this
  • Working and being together will help us be unified in the faith!
  • Working and being together helps us to grow in Christ likeness
  • Working and being together helps us to be strong in the faith

    3. Psalm 133says that it good to dwell together in unity!

There are more reasons why its good to be in church and more specifically to be in a small group, but I will just stick with those passages for now.  If you aren’t in a small group, please join one this Sunday.  If you think that you are ready to lead a small group, please see Pastor Dzula and he will give you all the necessary information to get started.  See you Sunday



Message From Matt | August 10, 2017

 

I was just speaking with a gentleman on the phone that is going to bury his mother tomorrow after a unexpected illness took her life.  She was only 58 years old and her son is still in shock that his mother is gone.  The guy I spoke with is not a member of our church but works for the owners of the property next door and  knows a few of the staff.  He is really a nice guy and has always treated us very well.  We found out about his mother after he “ran into” Ellery a couple of days ago and told hi about it.  He asked Ellery if he could say a few things at the burial service to which Ellery quickly agreed to do.  I called to offer my condolences and he said that he was extremely grateful for all the support from our churches and many family, friends, and coworkers.  In fact, he said he was simply amazed at the number of people that had called to say that they were thinking and praying for him.  He said, “you know, in this crazy world, it’s good to know that there are people that care for you!”  He also told me that Ellery had invited him to church this Sunday and that he and his family were planning on coming.  

 
I write about this to remind you to be a witness where ever you are and when ever the Lord leads you!  The staff has spoken with this gentlemen for several years, mostly in passing comments, and it has made an impact on his life.  When hard times came, he felt comfortable enough to come and talk to us about it and ask for help.  You see, the truth that comes from this story is that we need to build relationships with people and let the light of Christ shine through us so that when they are ready for help (or just to talk) they will know where to come to.  This guy has just seen us day and in and day out just living life and I believe that we have been able to reach him through just being around and being “real”!  There was nothing special that we did, but God has used this acquaintance to potential gain a friend (and hopefully a new church member).  
 
Why do I bring this out?  Because I want to remind you that we need to be witnesses for Christ!  I want to remind you that it isn’t too late to start talking with your neighbor or coworker about what God is doing in your life!  I want to remain you that there is still time to invite people to our Food Truck Sunday!  I want to remind you that we Jesus Christ is the answer for our world today and that He has given believers abundant life – let’s commit to sharing it!  I love you all and I will see you on Sunday!
 
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am com that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10