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Archive for August, 2009

8-23

Gathering Song Refuge  not for sale yet on itunes                                          

Come and Welcome-Idelible Grace
Indescribable-Tomlin
Holy, Holy, Holy-Traditional with key changes
Before The Throne-Shanes

Communion It is well-The Village church free podcast

 I Stand Amazed     Tomlinish                                                                                          

 God Of My Life -Red Mountain

 

 

8-30

Gathering song Warrior
Immortal, Invisible-Laura Story
Here Is Our King-Crowder

O, For A Thousand Tongues to Sing-Crowder
Communion Why should i fear? Red mountain
Streams of Living Water Flow Red Mountain
Mighty to Save– Hillsongs
Let God Arise-Tomlin

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On Mondays, I’m posting thoughts and resources that will help you and your Fight Club:

Tim Brister and I have only been in the same room once (St. Louis in the fall of 2008) but I really appreciate the work he does on his blog and have enjoyed our interactions over the phone and through Twitter – plus, he shares an appreciation for the Alabama Crimson Tide, so he’s half a step away from sainthood.

So I’d be crazier than Mike Gundy (man, that video never gets old) to not pass along a series of resources that Tim has put together called A Gospel-Centered Reader. Whether it’s for your personal use or help in leading a group of people, you need to put this to good use:

1.  Gospel Coalition Foundation Documents
2.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ: An Evangelical Celebration
3.  Together for the Gospel Statement (PDF)
4.  The Centrality of the Gospel by Tim Keller (PDF)
5.  The Biblical Gospel by D.A. Carson (PDF)
6.  Gospel-Driven Sanctification by Jerry Bridges (PDF)
7.  The Transforming Power of the Gospel – Steve Childers (PDF)
8.  The Gospel and the Poor by Tim Keller (PDF)
9.  Fight Clubs: Gospel-Centered Discipleship by Jonathan Dodson (PDF)
10. The Gospel Centered Life by Bob Thune (study)
11.  Gospel-Centered Ministry by Tim Keller (PDF)
12.  How to Preach the Gospel to Yourself by David Fairchild (Sermon MSS)
13.  The Gospel: Key to Change by Tim Keller (PDF)
14.  God Strengthens Us by the Gospel by John Piper
15.  Advancing the Gospel in the 21st Century Part 2 by Tim Keller
16.  Gospel-Centered Preaching by Steve Childers (not online)
17.  Gospel Christianity (1.0) (2.0) (3.0) by Tim Keller (studies)
18.  The Gospel in Its Many Forms by Tim Keller
19.  How Does the Gospel Save Believers? (Part 2) (Part 3) by John Piper
20.  Gospel-Centered by Joe Thorn
21.  Being the Church in Our Culture by Tim Keller (PDF)
22.  Preach the Gospel to Yourself by Tim Challies
23.  What Do I Mean by a Gospel-Driven Life? (Part 2 | Part 3) by John Fonville
24.  The Gospel-Driven Life by Harry Reeder III

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Fight Clubs are gatherings of 2-3 men or 2-3 women who fight sin and trust Jesus together. At the heart of our shared struggle and delight is the Bible, which we believe is the primary weapon in our fight.

But the truth is that there are a lot of Christians who rarely read the Scriptures on our own and when we do, we really have a tough time walking away from it with anything meaningful. As Jared Wilson posts, we’ve lost our ability to feel the Scriptures – and offers up this course correction to help us delight in the Bible – and most importantly in the God whose Word is found in those pages:

  • Interpret before you apply;
  • Keep it in context;
  • Make connections;
  • Apply Prayerfully;
  • Look for Jesus.

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Fight Clubs are gatherings of 2-3 men or 2-3 women who study the Scriptures together in order to fight sin and follow Jesus.

One of the most difficult parts of our fight against sin is the need to bring our God-scandalizing patterns of thinking, feeling and action out of the darkness and into the light through confession. Jonathan Dodson explains why owning up to our sin and sinfulness is so hard and how we find the courage to fight:

In response to the Fight Clubs book, I recently received an inquiry about a particular sentence I wrote in the introduction:

“I can tell people my sins because my identity doesn’t hang on what they think of me.”

I wrote up a response, which Boundless published on their blog. In it I argue that most people approach others from one of two places, above (strong pride) or below (weak pride). Self-doubt sets us off in search of approval and pride sets us up for applause. We need something to free us from our search of approval and applause in order to confess our sin. Here is an excerpt and you can read the rest here.

When our identity is hung up on what people think of us, it becomes difficult to be honest with them. Some of us approach others from below, fearing their rejection or disapproval. In order to keep their approval intact, we refrain from allowing them to see the real, broken us. We may not lie to them (though we probably do), but we certainly don’t confess our sin to them. Why? Because we treasure their approval more than we treasure Christ.

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Ed Marcelle is one of the most creative pastors I’ve ever been around – he planted Terra Nova Church in Troy, NY and is one of the more influential men in the Acts 29 Network.

This past week, he’s written a three-part series for The Resurgence on Gospel Incarnation – how his church puts hands and feet to the gospel, living it out in the context of their mission in Troy.

Culture

We have encouraged everyone to identify a place where they need to be culturally present. Culture, most simply defined as a shared set of words, cues, and artifacts that are understood without translation, differs from person to person with plenty of overlap. I have challenged every person in our community to represent Christ within their culture, because it is on that singular level that the incarnation of the gospel happens.

Justice

When we represent justice, we are acknowledging that we as human beings violate the truth and live in “unrightness” and that we want to shine the light of rightness into a dark world.

Mercy

Everyone needs help at some time, whether from self-inflicted wounds, societal ills, or family sins. To be present to give that aid is to administer mercy and grace. In this way, we try to reflect Jesus’ presence, being full of grace, and we try to reflect what the prophets commanded, that we are to do justice and to love mercy.

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We Need Your Help

Families, Students & Children

Children’s Ministry Intern – For those interested in helping out in our children’s ministry in a more in depth way, we have an opportunity for a semester or year long internship.  This position would assist Jared in implementing the vision and values of our ministry to Parents and Children. 

Nursery Coordinator – Our nursery coordinator oversees our nurseries on a weekly basis by sending e-mail reminders and adjusting the weekly schedule as needed.  If you take this job, you are automatically a huge answer to prayer! 

Baby Oaks and Little Oaks Nurseries – Those serving in our nurseries care for our youngest children during the worship gathering.  This group serves once every six weeks, and there are 2-3 workers per nursery. 

Children’s Worship Teachers – During the sermon, our preschool – 2nd grade children are dismissed to their own time of worship where they hear a lesson from scripture, participate in a craft, enjoy snacks, and spend some time playing outside.  Those in this position serve once every six weeks and there are two people who serve every week.   

Student Ministry Intern: The Interns spend Wed. nights from 7-8:15 investing in our students 6th-12th grade. Interns also spend one night every two weeks with students doing one on ones. 

Sunday Morning Teams

Host Team: This is our front door ministry. These volunteers serve approx. every 6-8 weeks. Welcoming people to our gathering and helping people with things they need on a Sunday morning.

Set-up Coordinator – This person is in charge of overseeing our set-up team by sending e-mail reminders and adjusting the weekly schedule as needed. 

Gathering Set-up / Take Down – This team helps to set-up before the Worship Gathering (carpets, chairs, etc.) and helps to take down afterwards.  This group serves on a once a month rotation, and there are around 5 guys to a team each week. 

Sound Set up /Take Down: This team helps set-up all of the Audio Visual stuff for our Sunday morning gathering. The group sets up every Saturday night at 8:30 and takes down right after the service. 

Stage Decor (oversight)-This person/team would do the set design for our Sunday morning gathering.

Administrative:

Administrative Assistance – We need administrative help for 1-2 hours per week that would include sending e-mails, checking mail, and printing off bulletins. 

Graphic Design Director: This person would oversee all of our graphic design needs. Including web site, sermon series and any other graphic needs.

Social Media Director-This Person would oversee our social media outlets including: facebook, blog and twitter.

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Here are a few questions to ask as you get ready for gathered worship at Christ Church this Sunday:

  • Who have you invited? (Acts 1:8)
  • Who are you bringing with you? (John 1:40-42)
  • Have you told God that you’re available? (Isaiah 6:8)
  • What impossible thing are you praying to happen? (Acts 4:29-31)
  • Do you believe that lives will be changed because of the work of God in us and through us? (John 5:24; 2 Cor 5:17)

(HT: Perry Noble)

Every week we say that our worship gathering is all about Jesus – this week, we take that to a whole new level as we talk about what Jesus did and taught during his life on earth (Acts 1:1). As we work to shift our thinking about church away from an event and embracing it as an identity, we need to get clear on who Jesus is and what he did on earth and continues to do in and through the church.

To help you get ready, here’s a chapter from Mark Driscoll’s book Vintage Jesus, answering the question ‘Why Should We Worship Jesus?’

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