One Another-ing

This past Sunday we completed the Supernatural Community sermon series.  During these four weeks we have been meditating upon Gods instructions about the kind of fellowship that is to characterize the church.  Our attendance at church gatherings is only an initial step into community.  We should also be involved in the lives of one another outside our formal gatherings. What should we be doing when we are together? The answer is “one another-ing.”

Below is listing of the activities and attitudes believers are to have toward “one another”.  Use this list as a tool for personal reflection and prayer.  How is the Holy Spirit stirring up within you the practice of supernatural community?

  • A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:34-35 as well as 10 other times we are instructed to “love one another”)
  • Be at peace with one another (Mark 9:50)
  • Wash one another’s feet (John 13:14)
  • Love one another with brotherly affection (Romans 12:10)
  • Outdo one another in showing honor (Romans 12:10)
  • Live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16)
  • Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. (Romans 14:13)
  • May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus (Romans 15:5)
  • Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God (Romans 15:7)
  • Instruct one another (Romans 15:14)
  • Greet one another with a holy kiss (Romans 16:16 and 4 other times)
  • When you come together to [eat the Lord’s Supper], wait for one another (1 Corinthians 11:33)
  • That there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. (1 Corinthians 12:25-26)
  • Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Corinthians 13:11)
  • Through love serve one another (Galatians 5:13)
  • The whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. (Galatians 5:14-15)
  • Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another (Galatians 5:26)
  • Bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)
  • With all humility, and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:2)
  • Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32)
  • Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms, and hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19)
  • Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:21)
  • In humility count others more significant than yourselves (Philippians 2:3)
  • Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others (Philippians 2:4)
  • Do not lie to one another (Colossians 3:9)
  • Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (Colossians 3:12-13)
  • Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom (Colossians 3:16)
  • May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all (1 Thessalonians 3:12)
  • Encourage one another with these words (1 Thessalonians 4:18)
  • Encourage one another and build one another up (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
  • See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. (1 Thessalonians 5:15)
  • Exhort one another every day…that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:13)
  • Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together…but encouraging one another (Hebrews 10:24-25)
  • Do not speak evil against one another, brothers (James 4:11)
  • Do not grumble against one another, brothers (James 5:9)
  • Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another (James 5:16)
  • Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart (1 Peter 1:22)
  • Keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8)
  • Show hospitality to one another without grumbling (1 Peter 4:9)
  • As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another (1 Peter 4:10)
  • Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another (1 Peter 5:5)
  • But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
  • For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love. (Galatians 5:6)

 

Post Author: Thomas Hill

 

What's Most Important?

What is the primary heartbeat of your life?  Why do you get up in the morning?  Why do you do what you do through the day?  Why do you use money the way you do?  Where is your time being spent?  What do your long-term goals revolve around?  What drives your marriage and family?  How do you spend your weekends?

Your purpose in life informs your answers to all these questions. That which you most value shapes your life.

God has revealed there is a purpose to life.  You can and should build your life upon it.  The purpose of life is to know God, enjoy God, reflect his glory back to him in the pursuit of justice and mercy in all things, and do this in community with others through Jesus Christ.[1]

Consider how clearly and repeatedly God has revealed this purpose throughout the Bible:

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice,
and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:8

And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God,
and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
John 17:3

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 6:33

Jesus answered, "The most important (commandment) is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
Mark 12:29-31

Through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 3:10

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Romans 12:1

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

Every minute we can build our lives, families, time, ability, money, and priorities upon God’s purpose.  Tim Kizziar has famously said, “Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”[2] Build your life upon that which matters.

 

Post Author: Thomas Hill

 

[1] Matt Perman, What’s Best Next (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014),166.

[2] Ibid., 143.

What Plentiful Giving in December!

I want to draw your attention to the giving by our church family these first three weeks of December. We are seeing the Lord provide for his church!

Together we have given over $3,000 toward the Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions! I am glad to see this evidence of your desire to be part of reaching the nations with the gospel.

In just three weeks we have also given over $30,000 to our church ministry budget! Thank you for being an integral partner in lifting up the name of Jesus here in Griffin and to the ends of the earth.

If you have not been part of this giving movement, the opportunity and need still remain.  We are $2,000 short of our goal for the Lottie Moon Offering.  $50,000 is needed by December 31 to meet our church ministry budget for the year. You may give in person on Sundays, or give on-line today

May we find great joy following the Lord's instruction:

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.   Matthew 6:19-21

 

Post Author: Thomas Hill

 

 

Is the Holy Spirit better?

If you had the option today, would you rather have Jesus physically present at your side or would you rather have the Holy Spirit? 

At first blush I think many of us would opt to have Jesus.  No doubt, his presence was a remarkable benefit to his disciples during his earthly ministry. Consider, though, what Jesus teaches his disciples: “I tell you the truth: it is TO YOUR ADVANTAGE that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you” (Jn. 16:7, emphasis mine). According to Jesus it is better to have the Helper, that is the Holy Spirit. He redirected the troubled hearts of his disciples with this same idea: “If you loved me, you would have REJOICED, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I” (Jn. 14:28, emphasis mine). Knowing the Son and the Father would send the Spirit should have resulted in the disciples’ joy.

Why is having the Holy Spirit better? Ponder some of these reasons:

  • He resides within the believer (Jn. 14:17).
  • He bears witness to the believer that he is a child of God (Ro. 8:16)
  • He communicates with the believer’s heart, soul, and mind (Ro. 8).
  • He will never leave the believer (Jn. 14:16).
  • He gives illumination to help the believer understand Scripture (1 Cor. 2:6-16).
  • He cultivates Christ-like character (Gal. 5:15-26).
  • He gifts and empowers the believer for ministry to others within the church (1 Cor. 12).
  • He empowers and makes fruitful the believers’ efforts to share the gospel (Ac. 1:8)
  • He is an internal deposit guaranteeing a believer will one day be fully glorified (Eph. 1:11-14).
  • He is present with all believers wherever they are in the world (Mt. 28:19).

Believer, be encouraged today that Jesus in his loving wisdom has given you a marvelous blessing. His Spirit is with you and that is to your ADVANTAGE!

Post Author: Thomas Hill

New Song: In Tenderness

HISTORY

Over the past few Sundays we have been learning “In Tenderness”, written in 1894 by W. Spencer Walton, originally titled “In Tenderness He Sought Me.” This beautiful, melodious song reminds us Jesus is both tough and tender. He loves us, and will do whatever it takes to bring us back to Him, to His fold, as the Good Shepherd.

Walton was a missionary in Durban South Africa in the 19th century. About 1889, he founded The Sailor’s Rest in the city of Durban, Natal – Eastern South Africa. He ministered to the spiritual needs of seaman there. During the Boer War, he distributed Bibles to the English soldiers. Walton’s missionary work is known mainly through the books and pamphlets he wrote. He is also credited with writing this hymn.

APPLICATION

Each of us have a story that is being written as we continually grow in our understanding of who God is, what He has done, and who we are. Out of this new life flows a new way of living because of the Gospel. Before all of our attempts at a good and godly life, we experience this truth; "In tenderness He sought us and died for us, while we were weary and sick with sin".

LYRICS

In tenderness he sought me, weary and sick with sin
and on His shoulders brought me, back to His fold again
While angels in His presence sang, until the courts of heaven rang.

He died for me while I was sinning, needy and poor and blind
He whispered to assure me: "I've found thee; thou art Mine"
I never heard a sweeter voice, it made my aching heart rejoice.

Upon His grace I'll daily ponder, and sing anew His praise
With all adoring wonder, His blessings I retrace
It seems as if eternal days, are far too short to sing His praise.

Oh, the love that sought me!
Oh, the blood that bought me!
Oh, the grace that brought me to the fold of God
Grace that brought me to the fold of God.

Click here to listen to "In Tenderness"

Post Author: Jason Housley

A Missional Halloween

As believers, Halloween gives us a great opportunity to engage our community. Halloween is the only holiday in our culture when families from our city will walk up to our doors. People will fill the streets of our neighborhoods and we can use this opportunity for Gospel intentionality.

In light of the Gospel, we must ask ourselves - “How does God want us to use Halloween to magnify Jesus?”.

This Halloween as Crestview Baptist Church, we are replacing our Fall Festival that we normally have at our church campus with being intentional in the neighborhoods that we live. Our hope is that families and members of Crestview will partner together at various homes with the goal of connecting with and talking to families as they trick-or-treat.

If you are a family that lives in a trick-or-treating neighborhood, you have been given a great opportunity to open your home to be a place of ministry. Gather some other families/people from Crestview together to help you. Here are some helpful tips for making this happen:

  1. Set-up outside in your front yard/driveway. Be visible and welcoming as people pass by and invite them to linger.
  2. Give out the best Candy. The kids want the good stuff and the parents will remember your generosity and kindness!
  3. Think of the Parents. Have some hot chocolate or coffee available. If you want your house to be a hit, set up the grill and prepare some free hotdogs or have games for the kids to play.
  4. Have Meaningful Conversations. Get to know someone’s story. Exchange phone numbers and be intentional about reconnecting with them. Seek to display the gospel through your interactions.

We all have in front of us a wide-open door for missionary engagement during Halloween. I want to encourage you not to miss out on the opportunity.

 

Post Author: Jason Housley

Now Available: Online Giving!

To make giving simpler and more convenient, we now offer online and mobile app giving. For many, this will be a tool that will help your family be more faithful and consistent givers. You can support your church anytime, from anywhere in the world. Every dollar you give to Crestview helps your church continue to lift up Jesus in this city and throughout the world.

Online Giving

To give online, click the “Give Online” link on the home page of the Crestview website.  This will take you to our online giving page in easyTithe.  Simply register and start giving. You may set up a schedule for automatic recurring payments, but this is not required. Gifts can be made to the church ministry budget, Investing in Crestview’s Future, as well as other special offerings, such as the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.

Mobile App Giving

To give through your mobile device, download the easyTithe Giving App (available for iPhone and Android).  Follow the app instructions to locate and set up your giving to Crestview. The mobile app allows the opportunity to give directly from your phone during the offering on Sundays.

There is a 3% fee charged by easyTithe for online and mobile giving. If you are willing to cover this processing cost for the church, simply check the box to increase your payment by this amount. Anytime you do this, it is greatly appreciated.

Of course, you can still give cash and checks during the offering in the worship service, or mail them to the church office.  Online giving is merely another way to help Crestview members support their church.   

 

Post Author: Thomas Hill

How to Make the Most of Our New Sunday Schedule

Starting this Sunday, Crestview will be making several adjustments to our Sunday schedule. Hopefully this will open many new opportunities for us to joyfully make disciples together.

The life and power of all ministry is in the prayerful, Spirit-backed speaking of the message of the Bible by one person to others. This happens a variety of ways, but most often through sermons, group studies, and person-to-person conversations.

So, what do we hope a normal Sunday will begin to look like for a Crestview member? 

Something like this:

You arrive to the church campus around 9:00 AM. Several folks from our hospitality team warmly greet you.  You head over to the fellowship hall and with a cup of hot coffee in your hand you and your wife begin chatting with an older couple.  You have seen them around, but don’t know them well. You all briefly laugh about the football game, but you purposefully try to move a bit deeper.  You ask how their week has gone and you learn the wife is having surgery in a few days. You can tell she is nervous about it.  You and your wife pray with the couple, then and there, and make a mental note to call them later in the week.  

At 9:20 you check your child into Kids Ministry and walk them to their class where their teacher signs them in.  You and your wife meet up with your small group at 9:30. After a brief welcome your group is lead through a 20-minute study of Matthew 21 that has a missional application about putting away hypocritical and hollow worship.  The group discusses this application, shares about their efforts in evangelism, and plans ways to love others. One thing is clear, this group cares about reaching others with the gospel and loving this church. You feel inspired to do the same.  You share about the wife of the older couple who is having surgery later in the week and several in the group plan to take dinner over to the couple later in the week. The group finishes by praying for one another and reminding each other to purposefully approach the rest of the morning greeting and ministering to others. 

At 10:10 your group dismisses and you pick up your child from class while your wife lingers to talk a bit longer with an newer couple.  You stop by the fellowship hall and see a fellow member with whom you have been trying to schedule lunch.  The two of you make plans to meet up the next Saturday.

At 10:25 you walk into the worship center and give careful consideration of where to sit.  You notice a guest you have not seen before.  You walk over, introduce yourself and find out his name is Caleb.  He is alone, so you and your family sit with him.  Caleb seems relieved to have someone to sit with. As the service begins you enthusiastically sing, reflect upon the prayers, and listen attentively to the sermon.  The sermon is an exposition of John 9 about Jesus healing a blind man.  After the service is closed, you ask Caleb what he thought about the message.  He shares that this is his first time in church in years and asks whether it is possible to be a Christian and still love sin. You remember having struggled with the same thing a few years back, and share your story with him.  You trade phone numbers with Caleb and invite him to come back the next week.  After showing him where to turn in his Connect card for a welcome gift, you offer to go to lunch together the next Sunday.  Caleb doesn’t commit, but he seems open to the invitation.  You and your wife make a mental note to pray for Caleb and look for him the next Sunday.  After speaking to several good friends you head to lunch with a new family who has been visiting for several weeks.

The new schedule:

9:00 AM // Coffee & Conversations in the fellowship hall (30 minutes)

9:30 AM //  Small Groups (40 minutes)

10:10 AM //  Coffee & Conversations in the fellowship hall (20 minutes)

10:30 AM //  Gathered Worship (75 minutes)

11:45 AM //   Conversations (15 minutes)

Want to learn more?

Want to learn more about making the most of Sundays?  Check out the new book on the Pastor's Picks shelf this week: How to Walk into Church by Tony Payne

 

Post Author:  Thomas Hill