Tates Creek Christian Church

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Daily Prayer Guide

How Great is the Father’s Love

John 14:13

Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

Committed Workers

As we continue to read and study Nehemiah 10-13, we see just how well the people of Jerusalem served God.  They were committed to rebuilding Jerusalem, so the leaders signed the covenant to obey God’s law.  The people followed their leaders and committed to obeying these laws as well. They were all committed because they fully believed that God was their Lord.

Only two chapters later, in Nehemiah 13, we see the people who were so committed to follow and obey the laws of the covenant slip away from those laws and break the commitment they made.  We must be in constant communication with the Lord to be reminded of His word which keeps us from slipping away from the true will of God.  To know and understand the truth, we must allow the Holy Spirit to guide us because the world can pull us away from God and it can be easy for us to abandon our first commitment.

It is sometimes hard to find our place in what God has planned for us and we overlook the obvious.  God will lead us to our work, we just need to be committed to follow him and go where he leads us.  It may be that we have a calling to do big things; to travel the world in ministry helping and witnessing to the lost or serving the impoverished.  Sometimes our commitment and strength is supporting those who are committed to doing just that, by staying in prayer for them, showing them guidance, and showing them love.  We see examples of this everyday in our church and community and the commitment to pray for each other is a blessing.

In our family, our daughters are both committed to go where God takes them.  One, to Cambodia to the those who have been abused and sold into slavery.  She has been called to bring awareness about human trafficking, something that is hard to imagine and believe.  Our younger daughter has committed to work with children who are hurting physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally because of their impoverished circumstances.  She is committed to traveling to Ghana this summer to serve the children there.  They both inspire me as I watch them go where God leads.

As with the people of Jerusalem, we must be committed to serve and obey God wherever he calls us.  We are all sent with the Great Commission, to go out and make disciples of all nations, in whatever way God has individually called us. 

Laura Mullins

Daily Prayer Guide

How Great is the Father’s Love

Romans 8:32

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

Daily Prayer Guide

How Great is the Father’s Love

James 1:17

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

Daily Prayer Guide

How Great is the Father’s Love

John 14:6

Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Sermon Outline, June 18, 2017, “Quality Workers”

Quality Workers

Nehemiah 7 ~ 9

 

Be Faithful.

Be Responsible.

~ Luke 12:48                but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.

~Ecclesiastes 9:10       Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.

 

Be Conscientious.

~ Proverbs 21:2-3        Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts. To do righteousness and justice Is desired by the Lord more than sacrifice.

 

 

Be God-fearing.

God-fearing workers have a desire to Listen to God’s Word.

~ I Peter 2:2    like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,

 

God-fearing workers have a desire to Understand God’s Word.

~ Matthew 11:15        He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

 

God-fearing workers have a desire to Obey God’s Word.

~ James 1:22                But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

 

 

Be Spirit-led.

Listen to the Spirit.

~ Romans 8:14             For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

~ II Peter 1:20-21        But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

 

Obey the Spirit.

~ James 4:17   Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Daily Prayer Guide

How Great is the Father’s Love

Isaiah 9:6

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

The Harvest

Right now in our nation’s center a yearly event is happening.  That event is the wheat harvest where  custom combine companies start in the south where the wheat ripens earliest and by summer’s end find themselves bumping on our nation’s northern border.  Many people in this part of the country are probably unfamiliar with what custom combining is all about.  If they are familiar with it, few have likely had the opportunity to witness three or more huge 32 row combines running side by side thru a 1,000 acre wheat field day and night.   It is a sight that is majestic and wondrous to behold.  What once would take a lone farmer a month to accomplish can now be accomplished in days or even hours.  Many farmers have determined not to invest in their own combine, which in this day and time could cost them more than their home.  They instead contract with a custom combining group to do it for them, and the combination of the size and number of the combines makes quick work of even the largest fields.

In Matthew’s gospel, the writer speaks of Jesus’ teaching considering the harvest, and central in that teaching is the idea that more workers are needed.  Just as farmers planting bigger fields found they needed more and bigger combines because of the enormity of the task, so also, Jesus clearly viewed the multitude of lost souls as an enormous task.  He told us to pray that the Lord of the harvest would send out workers into His field.  As beautiful and majestic as it is to see the coordination of combines harvesting wheat, it pales in comparison to the beauty and majesty of the saints coordinating efforts for the salvation of souls.  Brothers and sisters, the Lord never intended on us doing the work alone but rather together.  The multiplication of efforts and the multiplication of talents is the only way the task can be completed and it is the only way to keep us as individuals from becoming depleted.

Farming is far different today from the time the Lord spoke about when He spoke about the harvest, but the principle is the same.  Success depends on the multiplying of efforts and resources, not from working alone.  If not already a part of it, why not sign on to be part of the greatest, most inspiring and magnificent harvest.  That is the Lord’s harvest.

Kim Beckwith

Daily Prayer Guide

How Great is the Father’s Love

Luke 12:32

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.

In (Double) Honor of our Elders

The theme of this month’s Current and our Nehemiah sermon series is Multiplying Workers.  I’m sure my fellow staff members and ministers are going to write some articles on how we need more people to step up as workers for the kingdom.  We certainly do.  This is right and good.  But along with this I’d like to spend some time appreciating those who are already workers – specifically our present and former Elders here at Tates Creek.

1 Timothy 5:17 says, “Let the Elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor.”  As church members we need to constantly remember this verse.  These men not only volunteer much time to the task of leading Christ’s church, but also willingly take on a burden that many of us are glad not to have to bear.  That burden includes guarding the doctrine of the church (Acts 15:6; Titus 1:9), providing pastoral care for members (James 5:14; Acts 6:4), protecting the flock from wolves (Acts 20:17, 28-31), preaching and teaching (1 Timothy 3:2; 4:13; 5:17), and leading in holiness and family leadership by example (1 Timothy 3:2-7; 4:12).  The burden they are called to bear is a heavy one, and one for which the Lord will hold them accountable… and they have done this willingly.  So, as church members, let us consider how we may give them “double honor.”

Hebrews 13:17 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account.”

One of the ways we give them honor is by submitting to their God-given authority.  This means trusting them when they make hard decisions about the direction of the church.  It means not slandering them behind their back or constantly complaining about their work.  And, it means being humble and always open to correction or teaching from them on matters of doctrine and holiness.

Church: join me in praying regularly for our elders and also expressing appreciation to these men for the burden they have taken on.

To our current Elders, as well as those who have served in the past: may God strengthen and bless you and your families.  Thank you for serving us.

John Davis

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