Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Currently Reading: Overwhelmed by Perry Noble.

Judges Sermon Series


Just started a new sermon series this past Sunday on the introduction to Judges ...Broken people = faithful God. what lessons or series are you currently going through?

Preaching: A Review.


Just finished reading this book by Calvin Miller. question is where was this book when I was in Bible College? A good simple read on brushing up one's preaching skill .... A must book for any minister's library.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Motivation


So yesterday I had the chance to talk to some future "JCs" or Junior Counselors. These young adults are in a week of camp with hands on experience - and different sessions teaching them what it means to be in camp. My topic: How to stay motivated even when you are tired.

So my text was from Jonah 4. Jonah whining ...... and yet God says aren't the people more important than that silly vine.

Here are several tidbits I shared:

Stay motivated:

I. Because camp is about the campers and not about you.

II. You might be the only Jesus these kids see.

III. It is about life change.

IV. It is about serving God - from toilets to kitchen duty to the fun.

V. It is about Fun, Fellowship and Friends .... pace yourself.

Shared my testimony of how God used me ..from broken home to a home church to college to being in ministry now.

In the session we did what I called the http://www.wikihow.com/Play-the-Human-Knot-Game

All in all .... God can use these young adults to point young minds to well ..Jesus. some of my best staff have been the JCs.

The Body of Christ.


This past sunday I preached on the purpose of the church. On Tuesday I had a chance to talk to Junior 1 Campers (3-5th graders) about the Body of Christ and using their talents for it.

The outline of my message went like the following:


Why the Body? That the Church is the Body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12.

How we can be the body? Example of camper and showing off their muscles.

Using their talents and gifts for God.

what should we be doing? Working together. God needs more Christians in every field. Asked campers what wanted to be ..answers varied from wrestler, soccer player, dancer, police office, dinosaur bone examiner etc.

Cited how Cain was jealous of his brother. We need to treat others well and see them as God sees them ...loved and His. (On a side note I did tell the kids how special they are how God sees them as his children and princesses and warriors for Him)

We recited that God can use me. And He can. They (The campers) are not only the church of tomorrow but also the church today. Let's be His Body.

Friday, June 20, 2014

July's newsletter article preview

“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world; and that is, an idea

whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” Matthew 9:12

In Robert Lewis’s book, The Church of Irresistible Influence, he writes of his

“State of the Church” address in 1997, and being an influencer. Here are his

words: “I speak of President John F. Kennedy’s radical challenge to the nation in

1961. Earlier that year the Soviet Union had shocked the world by sending the

first man into space. One month later America followed with a fifteen minute

space flight by Alan Shepherd aboard Friendship 1. Everyone was excited, but it

only marked the beginning. On September 12, 1961, President John F. Kennedy

made a bold, almost unbelievable announcement, calling every American to a

noble idea many would think impossible: “We choose to go to the moon. We

choose to go to the moon in this decade, not because it is easy, but because it is

hard.”” Pg. 65 Lewis then challenges his church to face the hard times ahead.

Jesus calls us to do many things. To love Him, love others. To BE the CHURCH,

not because it is easy, but because it is hard. Following Jesus isn’t easy. The Life

God has called us isn’t easy. The benefits in store for us are great. As we strive on

this journey together, we can dream the impossible knowing it is possible only

through God’s strength.

See you Sunday,

Your Smiling preacher,

Gerrard

“IT isn’t all the plastic Christianity that concerns me. It is Christians, who should,

well be starting to act like Christians that concerns me.”