Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “The Invitation” #TheGoodBook

There are over a dozen names and titles the Bible is known as.

Following is a list of the most well-known: God’s Word The Holy Scriptures Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (B.I.B.L.E.) My blueprint for life” Biblia Sacra (Holy Bible) Sword of the Spirit.

Among the world’s great books, the Bible is without parallel. At Kfirst, we believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. It is authoritative, relevant and applicable to our lives. It is foundational for all we believe. February we journey into a new series called ‘The Good Book.’ And our heart is to help provide a practical approach to the Scriptures. We want to put a deep focus on, not just what the Bible is, but how to approach it in everyday life. Why? We see the Bible as more than doctrine and narrative, history and prophecy. The Scriptures are an invitation to experience God.

This series, we revisit this ancient book and experience the God who speaks through it.

NOTE: The video of the service should be up on Vimeo soon. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • The purpose of scripture isn’t just information to know of God but an invitation to experience God.
  • Scripture Reading Practices:
    • 1. Read the scriptures.
    • 2. Find an anchor point.
    • 3. Do it in community.
    • 4. Ask questions.
    • 5. Pray.
  • Questions lead to conversations, and conversations lead to relationship, and that is what God is after with us.

 

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Love you all. Have an amazing week.

BTW: Here’s a new song from the end of service:

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Faith, Scripture, and Intellectual Doubt”

There are over a dozen names and titles the Bible is known as.

Following is a list of the most well-known: God’s Word The Holy Scriptures Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (B.I.B.L.E.) My blueprint for life” Biblia Sacra (Holy Bible) Sword of the Spirit.

Among the world’s great books, the Bible is without parallel. At Kfirst, we believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. It is authoritative, relevant and applicable to our lives. It is foundational for all we believe. February we journey into a new series called ‘The Good Book.’ And our heart is to help provide a practical approach to the Scriptures. We want to put a deep focus on, not just what the Bible is, but how to approach it in everyday life. Why? We see the Bible as more than doctrine and narrative, history and prophecy. The Scriptures are an invitation to experience God.

This series, we revisit this ancient book and experience the God who speaks through it.

Check out the service yesterday from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • Christ is the source and object of our faith; Scripture shapes our faith.
  • Scripture is trustworthy historically and has been preserved reliably.
  • Intellectual doubt, for some, is a normal part of the Christian life.

Check out our new book! Click on the image to order!!

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

BTW: Here’s a new song (not really “new”) song I came across this week;

2-Minute Devo Series: Part 2 #Israel2015

Thanks for joining us for our 2-minute devo journey while we’re in Israel.  Take the time to read to the passage of the day and spend some time afterwards in prayer.

Today’s Passage: Luke 2:8-10

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.  And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

Spectator Church

I do my normal Monday thing.  Well before the office opens, I sit in a undisclosed coffeehouse location and pen out messages (my fancy way of saying “I type out sermons on my computer”). I find myself reflecting on yesterday’s message points by Ron Maddux:

Out of context of the story of his life, these seem like very simple points.  But to hear his testimony…to catch his passion for the lost…yesterday’s message continues to impact me to my very soul.  You need to understand: I came out of a week of talking with missionaries about future missions trips, conversing pastor’s pursuing their calling, and seeing people reaching out to those who are hurting.  Sunday was the “icing on the cake.” I am so passionate for people to hear the Gospel (the good news of hope in Christ in the midst of our hopelessness) and yesterday just fed the flame.

I learned something years ago:  church is not a spectator sport. (Yes I know it’s not a “sport” per se but bear with me.) But I’m afraid we’ve made the american “church” into nothing more than what I do during football season on Sunday afternoons in front of the TV.

I watch my team.
I get excited.
I’m proud to be a fan of my team (for the first time in a long time).
I post it on social media.
Then I walk away and go about my life.

A spectator. A fan.

Aaaaaaaaand that can sum up the life of a church attender.  I will support my team/church on Sunday.  I’ll enjoy it IF the outcome of the game/service is what I think it should be.  I might even tweet/facebook post about it.

But that’s it.

Have we spent so much time going to church that we forget we ARE the church? We fight for traditions of what takes place in a building we call the “church” and don’t fight for the traditions of BEING the church.  The early church was radiant with the Gospel.  The “Good News” was so good they couldn’t keep it to themselves.  Grace was so rich to taste that they didn’t want to be the only ones consuming it.  Everything about the early church seemed to smack against being a spectator.  Everyone was involved.  It wasn’t about getting “my” church experience. It was about being a “city set on a hill” (Matthew 5:14) so that others could experience the indescribable grace of God.

This is what this month is about at Kfirst.  It’s about moving us from being the spectator into engaging the world around us.  We’re asking you to engage in 3 ways:

Reach final

  1. Reach our community.  Sign up to serve the week of November 17 in our “Serve All” week.  Put hands and feet to your faith.
  2. Reach Ethiopia with clean water.  We’re partnering with Life Water to drill a well and provide clean water to a community in desperate need.   Every time we gather in November, we’re going to take time to give so that we can provide people with water and communicate the love of Jesus.
  3. Reach the world. Starting next week, we’re going to challenge you to make a commitment to reaching our world by partnering with us and our 84 missionaries/ministries to make it simple for people to find and follow Jesus.

It’s time to get out of the stands in the stadium and get on the field.  Jesus didn’t come out of the tomb so that you can be housed safely in your church buildings.  You are a missionary.  You are an ambassador of the Kingdom. It’s time to engage with world around you with the love of Jesus that has transformed your life.  If you have freely received…

…it’s time to freely reach.

We’ll see you on Sunday.

Thank for letting me ramble…

 

2 Minute Marriage Devo – Day 10

Welcome to our 2 Minute Devos. This month we are in our Annual Marriage Series at Kalamazoo First Assembly of God and we’re going through devotions for couples. Take the time to read through the passage of the day and listen to the 2 Minute Devo.

Proverbs 11:27

Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it.

Thoughts for @kalamazoofirst to keep in mind for Easter Sunday!

The Last Word Slide

One thing I love about Passion Week is the blogs and post from other pastors.  I’ve been so inspired by so many of them pumped about what’s taking place this weekend!  I wanted to challenge our Kfirst peeps to be bold during this Easter season.

  1. Remember, 82% of people will say “yes” to being invited to church during Easter week.  If you’re into stats…that’s a great return.  If you’re not into stats…then just invite someone out!
  2. Let the Holy Spirit speak to you. Stop saying “NO” when that someone who keeps popping into your head. That’s the Holy Spirit working in your life.  You never know what is going on in their life and right now be the BEST time to invite them for Sunday’s service.
  3. People like food. Invite them to breakfast at Kfirst before the service.  Besides, who doesn’t like a free meal that is AMAZING!?! (props to Traci and her team)
  4. Spend time in seeking God in prayer asking who you need to specifically reach out to and invite to Sunday at Kfirst.
  5. Spend time in prayer over the services this weekend.  (Good Friday at 12pm and Easter at 10am) Pray that Kfirst would make it simple for people to find and follow Jesus.
  6. Don’t feel the pressure to have to be a theological expert.  In your mind, you probably have imagined people asking you a whole bunch of hypothetical questions that you may/may not know the answers to. You just have to know that Jesus saves and that’s what we’re going to talk about at Kfirst this weekend.
  7. Don’t just be a prayer warrior without pursuing people.  Jesus said, “come and see.” YES…we should pray for people far from God, but we should also be willing to pursue them like Jesus pursued us.
  8. Take some time this week to read John 1:43-51 and see that “Found People Find People” really is true.
  9. Get excited about church! If people can get excited about the Instagram picture of their cat, then WE can get excited about people finding and following Jesus.
  10. Realize that fear you feel about inviting someone doesn’t come from the Lord (2 Timothy 1:7)! If HE has placed someone on your heart to invite then He has gone before you and prepared them for the invite as well.

Can’t wait to see you at Kfirst!

Props to Perry for inspiring this blog!