Serious rain in San Marcos today
It’s time for a missionary move.
At Bay Area Fellowship San Marcos, we’ve had 75 FIRST TIME visitors in the last 3 weeks. 21 of them have FOUND CHRIST. 63% of the 75 came to the 11:30am service! We need space in that service so new people can fit.
Are you ready to make a MISSIONARY move? Start attending Sundays at 10am or 1pm, or Saturday nights at 5pm or 6:30pm. Your move could mean that somebody finds Christ!
Click here for a map: http://bit.ly/dkRPLI
I just got this video from http://jasoncurlee.com (amazing blog BTW). He got it from the Verge conference. I wanted to re-post it here because the message is so timely.
Our verse for the day at BAF San Marcos is Hebrews 10:25: “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Reading it got me thinking about some stuff.
1) We don’t show up at worship just so we can have our name checked off on some roll. Its so we can be encouraged. If someone was discouraged, disconnected, or unproductive, my first question for them would be “When was the last time you worshipped at church?”
2) I know it’s elementary, but as leaders we HAVE to get number 1. If the people we lead aren’t at church, they are moving towards discouragement.
3) When people are discouraged, the health of their relationship with God is in danger, even if they don’t know it or admit it.
4) This verse says to meet together. It implies more interaction than just coming in late, leaving early, and/or never interacting with anyone. We may start there, but we need to move towards being a part of what’s going on.
5) Time is running out. The Day of God is approaching. That truth should effect everything we do… from inviting people to church to raising our kids.
I hear a lot of excuses. Especially when people are asked to serve or do something a certain way. Many are totally legit. But sometimes, they are what they are… just excuses. Here are some I hear:
1) “God is in control so it doesn’t really matter what I do.” Wow. God IS in control. No doubt. But we have a part to play. If we didn’t, there would be no need for commandments.
2) “I will pray about it.” Ok, I believe in prayer. I believe in being God directed. But wow, when are we going to just trust that God is big enough to direct our lives. Here is my challenge to you: decide that you are going to do only what God wants you to do then just go for opportunities as they come. Which leads right into #3…
3) “I don’t want to get ahead of God.” I challenge you to put #2 into practice then see if you really can leave God behind. Do you really think you can outrun God?
4) “I’m too new at this Christian thing.” There are times when this is a legitimate excuse. The Bible warns not to make someone a pastor while they are a new believer (1 Timothy 3:6). But dang, serving is at the heart of being a Christian. If you are new, that is awesome. But you won’t experience healthy growth until you start to serve. Which leads right to #5:
5) “I don’t have everything I need.” This one covers a lot… skills, talent, money, the perfect plan, etc. Here’s the deal… don’t miss this… you will NEVER have everything you need until you step out to do what God is leading you to do! You learn the skills as you go… the resources and the people you need are in the harvest… God provides as you step out in faith so you will trust Him and give Him the credit. If you are waiting until you have everything you need, you are going to be waiting a LONG time.
6) “I might look foolish if I do this.” Wow! That’s a good reason TO do something! What are you risking for God? What are you doing that SO relies on God that if He doesn’t come through people will laugh at you? It’s time for us to get foolish, people!
Can you think of other excuses people use?
Here’s what’s on my mind right now:
1) I really loved BAF San Marcos today. I know I always do but something awesome is going on. Lives are being changed. We’re growing. It’s fun and exciting to be a part of the BAF family.
2) @johncatkinson and @jasoncurlee came down to hang out, encourage, and critique. I am seriously pumped about meeting with them tomorrow to get critiqued. I love feedback from strong leaders like those guys.
3) I’m stoked for @cadillaczak and his new church @revyourlife. A new church was born today. Thanks, Zak, for stepping out and inspiring all of us to take bigger risks.
4) Spur Leadership was phenomenal this year @Mac_Richard! I brought my 14yo son with me on Friday to check out Steven Furtick and General Tommy Franks. Wow, 2 of the best talks I have ever heard. This was my favorite moment: http://twitpic.com/k0sbu This young woman asked General Franks “Do you have any advice for a young person wanting to lead their generation?” He called her to the front. We all thought it was because he liked her question but it was because he couldn’t hear her. It was a special moment.
5) The leaders at BAF San Marcos are awesome. I love serving with you guys!
6) My 11yo is trying out for a worship leader position with element student church. I can’t tell you how proud that makes me.
7) I’m not feeling too hot tonight. I hope I can rest well tonight and get a full day’s work in tomorrow.
8) Next Sunday’s message at BAF San Marcos is going to rock our world. Probably our most important message yet. Thank you Jesus that we have had a lot of messages like that in 2009. Seriously, what a blessing.
9) Our BAF San Marcos facebook page has 139 fans after about a week. Please fan us too at http://facebook.com/bafsanmarcos. Thanks!
10) I should end on ten. It’s a good solid number. Nite!
At Elevation Church the other day they had a “No Show” Sunday. Only children’s volunteers were allowed to serve. Nobody else. Really proved a big point. Check out the post from Steven Furtick’s wife’s blog:
August 10, 2009
Monday Morning Commentary… No Show Sunday
Yesterday we had No Show Sunday. We had a service that was completely void of volunteer help (except for children’s programming). No greeters, no ushers (except for a few cheaters who just could not not ush, Mike S. :)), no parkers, and no set up, which meant we had acoustic worship and no video.
I was so eerie all day. No music playing anywhere, no greeters, people searching for seats and a general look of confusion for most people as to what was going on.
My husband preached from John 2 when Jesus turned the water into wine. My favorite part of the message was then he made the point that only the people serving got to see the miracle, the transformation. Everybody else at the wedding simply enjoyed the end result. This is so true at Elevation. Sure, the worship service is great, but if you don’t volunteer, you don’t see the miracle. You don’t get to see the life change.
My husband said, “You are never more like Jesus when you are serving.” As a volunteer at Elevation you may do ordinary things, like park cars or hold babies, but when we put the whole experience together, God takes the ordinary and makes the extraordinary. People continue to come and lives are changed.
This was one of my favorite One Prayer ’09 messages. We didn’t show it at FOSM so I though I would share it with you here. It’s pretty cool how the message of Christ transcends all cultures.