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Sermon Outline, May 1, 2016, “Helping”

Helping

Galatians 6:9-10

~Galatians 6:9-10 “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

~ Acts 10:38 “You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”

 

Lend a Helping Hand Universally.

Lend a Helping Hand to Every Person.

~ Psalm 37:3 “Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.”

Lend a Helping Hand to Christians.

~ Mark 9:50 “Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

~ John 13:34 “ A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

~ Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor . . .”

~ Romans 12:16 “Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.”

~ Romans 15:7 “Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.

Lend a Helping Hand to Strangers.

~ Luke 6:27 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you . . .”

~ Luke 6:32-35 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.”

 

Lend A Helping Hand Persistently.

A Helping Hand overcomes Discouragement.

~ I Corinthians 15:58 “ Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”

A Helping Hand focuses on the Goal.

~ Hebrews 12:1-3 “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

 

Lend a Helping Hand Positively.

Opportunities for Helping are Certain.

~ Ephesians 5:16 “. . . making the most of your time, because the days are evil.”

Opportunities for Helping are Uncertain.

~ Colossians 4:5 “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.”

Senior Adults Update

As I write this article, we are just a few weeks past our Pairs and Spares Banquet and I want to take this opportunity to thank the many people who worked so hard to make this event possible. If I began to name them individually I would certainly forget to mention someone, so let me just say I am so very thankful for the many hands and hearts that were lent to see that everything was accomplished in such a superb way. I want to thank those who helped plan the event and decorate, as much time was given to these tasks. A special thank you goes out to the young adult group which did an extraordinary job in the kitchen, and the college and high school youth who served couldn’t have done a better job. Not only did I appreciate all the help, but it made the evening special for all those attending. So, thanks to all who helped in any way to make this a grand evening for all.
Now, as the warmer weather of these past few weeks has come upon us, I see people getting outside and walking after being cooped up all winter. It seems the older I get the more inactive I become during those cold months of the year. That’s why I am looking forward to getting out and being more mobile again, and I hope all of our senior saints are as well. We have a lot on the calendar for the upcoming spring, summer, and fall that promises rich times of fellowship, fun, and encouragement. This year’s day trips will include a trip to see the Cincinnati Reds play, a return to Renfro Valley, and an exploration of the recreated Noah’s Ark which will soon be open at the Creation Museum. Other events to look forward to are our yearly journey to Senior Saints in the Smokies and our annual fall trip. The dates for the Senior Saints in the Smokies are June 6-10 and this year’s program looks to be both fun and encouraging. Our fall trip this year will be in October and we are planning on journeying to the Charleston, South Carolina area. I hope many will join us for not only these events, but also our monthly Better With Age Club meeting which meets each third Thursday at 10:30 am. See you then!

Kim Beckwith

Multi-Generation Serving

It probably doesn’t take you long when visiting TCCC to realize we have a wide variety of ages. From the youngest attendee being only a few days old to our eldest member breaking the 100 year barrier and every age in between. We are a very blessed congregation! So, what does a church with every generation do to build community? We serve! In fact, it’s what we have learned is the best method to breaking down walls that people put up about personal preferences. When we serve, the focus is no longer about what we want. Instead, it’s about being part of something bigger than each of us.
In the children’s ministry alone we have a wide variety of folks serving each week and month! From middle schoolers to college, young marrieds to young families, and empty nesters to retirees. These people don’t just give up a week at a time to serve the children and young families, but they also give up their seat in classes and pews for others to be fed. They are consistent and committed to making a difference and planting seeds for the next generation. In total, there are more than 150 people serving the birth to college age groups, but there is always room for you to come check it out.
Children’s and Youth Ministry isn’t the only place for multi-generational serving. Andrew Lin and Kent Mason are working together to make a memorial garden at Julius Marks for two children that passed away last fall. This serving has already made a HUGE impression on the children’s mom and grandmother. Each week at Julius Marks and Pit Crew, several adults of all ages (and a couple youth) are involved with Pit Crew and JME tutoring! Recently a group of children partnered with the Hands and Feet Ministry to serve the homeless by delivering scarves to Thoroughbred Park. In the middle of February, a group of young parents mixed with lots of youth, served the seniors at the Pairs and Spares Banquet. Together, each group has shared memories, laughter, and made an impact for the Kingdom!
It is an honor to serve at a church that understands the importance of multi-generational ministry! It leads me to often wonder where God will lead us as all parts of His church body at TCCC join together… TO SERVE!

Matt Lee

Helping for Jesus

When I think of the Apostle John, I am encouraged because I see in him a great example of how Jesus and His love can change someone. Early in his ministry, Jesus nicknamed John and his brother James the ‘Sons of Thunder’. I don’t think this had anything to do with their earthly parents or their wrestling ring persona, but it was an indication of their personality and temperament. Later in his life, after he had spent time with Jesus and had seen Him resurrected, the perception of John changed. He became known as the ‘Disciple of love’ for his life and writings that emphasized how God loves us and we should love each other.
One passage, in particular, from 1 John talks about how we are to love others. “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth.” (I John 3:17-18) I think this passage really gets to the heart of why we have ‘Helping for Jesus’ as a part of the TCCC Mission Statement. We help others as a way to show them God’s love for them. When we open our hearts and minds and recognize how much love we have received from God, His style of love must just overflow from our lives and spill out onto the lives of everyone who gets close to us. As John makes clear, it is not enough to say it with words, we must show it with our actions.
This is one of the reasons we established the Heart & Hands of Jesus Ministry Team, to help TCCC organize and coordinate our efforts to really love the people around us. We are doing this at Julius Marks Elementary, through our We Care Store, and by helping many other local missions and ministries.
Let God’s love spill out of you individually and as a part of TCCC onto everyone around you!

David Eversole

Sermon Outline, April 24, 2016, “Teaching”

Teaching

Matthew 28:20

Teach with Direction.

Teach God’s Word with Purity.

~ II Timothy 4:3-4

Teach God’s Word with Confidence.

~ Romans 12:2; Isaiah 55:11

Teach with Purpose.

God’s Word produces Maturity.

~ I Peter 2:2

God’s Word builds Faith.

~ Romans 10:17

God’s Word sensitizes the Conscience.

~ Psalm 119:11; II Timothy 3:16-17

God’s Word provides Direction.

~ Psalm 119:105

God’s Word provides Spiritual Strength.

~ Matthew 4:4

Teach with Patience.

Be patient with their Knowledge of Scripture.

~ II Timothy 2:15

Be patient with their Spiritual Growth.

~ I Thessalonians 5:14

The Vine Worship

It has been about a year and a half now since we moved our contemporary worship service from the multi-ministry center down to the main worship center. The multi-ministry center had a lot of great characteristics that were great for the service. The chairs were close together and the room was smaller, so it always seemed sort of like a close-knit community.
The gym had its down sides, too. Volunteers showed up very early each week to set up the backdrop, sound system, and lighting to prepare for later in the morning. And speaking of the sound system, that room is basically a big metal box, so the acoustics were terrible! What a blessing though, to have such a nice place to meet! A roof overhead, conditioned air, and the body of Christ coming together to worship the one true King!
It has been a great blessing to be able to meet in the main worship center as well. There are still pros and cons to the space, but the main thing is still the main thing! We have a place to freely come together and glorify the King of Kings! It is a pleasure to serve and worship alongside the body of believers at Tates Creek Christian Church!

Mike Allen

Greetings from the Selby Family

Greetings from the Selby family in Nebraska.

We have only just thawed out from our last major snow and are enjoying some uncharacteristically warm weather. As our departure for Ethiopia draws nearer, we are reflecting on how we have seen God’s faithfulness.

About 2 years ago during this time in February, we made our initial trip to Ethiopia and set our sights on the work to which God was calling us. In the past 6 months, we have completed multiple trainings in preparation for serving in Ethiopia, moved from Tennessee to Nebraska, and have worked hard to raise our support. In that time we also received news and counsel about Ruby’s health, concerning potential neurological and muscular issues that might affect her physical development, which suddenly threatened to change our path. We held hope for Ethiopia and were grateful to receive news in February, from a neuromuscular specialist in Omaha, that Ruby is totally healthy and that we have nothing to be concerned about! We have been lifted up by the prayers of our supporters and have learned first-hand that hope in God does not disappoint. Ethiopia is now in sight.

Currently, we have raised just under 90% of our monthly budget and are planning to be in Ethiopia by the end of April. Please continue to pray for us as we prepare to serve in Ethiopia and as our family transitions to Addis Ababa where we will begin language learning.

Tyler, Katie, and Ruby Selby

Teaching for Jesus

Matthew 28:16-20 contains the most familiar version of the passage commonly referred to as “The Great Commission”, but there are versions in all four gospels. In Luke, we see our Lord opening the minds of the disciples, promising them power from on high, and instructing them to preach repentance and forgiveness. In John’s account, Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit on them and gives them authority. But it is in Matthew’s account that Jesus said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Why is this so significant?
Do you think of Jesus as a teacher? His disciples did. Other words may come to mind – Lord, Redeemer, Master, Savior – but of the 90 times his followers addressed him directly in the gospels, 60 times he was called Teacher. This was the word the multitudes used, and Jesus himself used that title to describe himself. As he washed the disciples’ feet he said, “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am.” John 13:13 When Nicodemus came to Jesus in the night, he said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” John 3:2 After Jesus finished delivering the Sermon on the Mount, scripture tells us the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
Then, when Jesus had finished his work on earth, he handed off this important task. Over 2,000 years later, his teachings have multiplied as generation after generation of teachers have accepted the commission and carried on Jesus’ teaching. I would imagine the number of students who have heard the teachings of Jesus number in the billions, and there can be no doubt that Jesus was, and is, the greatest teacher that ever walked the earth.

Charles Byers

Sermon Outline, April 17, 2016, “Reaching”

Reaching

II Kings 7

Reach the Lost with Credibility.

The Gospel News comes from a Credible Source.

~ John 17:17; Romans 10:9

The Gospel News comes through a Credible Ambassador.

~ James 1:22

The Gospel News results in a Credible Outcome.

~ Romans 6:23; I Corinthians 15:57

Reach the Lost with Courage.

Courage demonstrates Optimism.

~ Romans 8:31; Philippians 4:13; Ephesians 3:20; Luke 1:37; I John 4:4

Courage moves out of the Comfort Zone.

~ Matthew 10:28

Reach the Lost with Conscientiousness.

Conscientiousness compels us to do the Right Thing.

~ James 4:17

Conscientiousness results in the Right Peace.

~ Psalm 85:10

Building a Strong Foundation

Right now, our daughter very much wants to be in gymnastics. She cartwheels around the house, makes up different moves that she says are brand new, and kicks her brother in the head more often than not with her handstand dismounts. As a parent, I’ve been working on finding somewhere for her to go in the summer that can help her learn some of the actual fundamentals so she’s not breaking my furniture with her new routines. Her eagerness to learn this new skill is all encompassing. Thinking about her willingness to learn new things reminds me of someone who may be learning about Jesus for the first time (such as my little ones). The story is so exciting, so new, but there’s also so much information to take in that it can become overwhelming. For others, the sporadic information one may grab from the internet, is not enough to really get the whole story. When we are trying to encourage those who may not yet have a relationship with Jesus, I think it is so important to make sure that we build a strong foundation with a person, both in their learning of the Gospel, as well as the personal relationship. As Matthew 7:25 reminds us, the best foundation is that which is founded on the Word of the Lord.

Lesley Tipton

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