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Dangerous Church, Wk. 1: Obedient and Faithful

August 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Last Sunday we kicked off a 2 week teaching series called, Dangerous Church.  In week one, I talked about some characteristics of a Dangerous Church and made an important announcement related to what’s next for New Church.

In order for us to accomplish what God is leading us to do, both now and in the future, we have to be Obedient and Faithful.  To listen to, and/or download, recent messages from New Church, including last Sunday’s message,  click HERE.

T. J.

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Dangerous Church

August 25, 2011 Leave a comment

A Dangerous Church…

…prays for Holy Spirit power.

…is united in heart and mind.

…takes bold steps of faith.

…is focused on people far from God.

This Sunday, we’ll kick off a 2 week series, called Dangerous Church.  Come hear what’s next for New Church as we Commit Courageously and continue to pursue our vision “…to help people far from God experience new life in Jesus Christ!”

T. J.

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New Church at the Movies: Pirates of the Caribbean

August 23, 2011 Leave a comment

We ended our first ever New Church at the Movies teaching series last Sunday with a look at one of the most popular Disney movie series of all time, Pirates of the Caribbean.  In Pirates 4: On Stranger Tides, Jack Sparrow and his pirate nemeses are in search of the fabled Fountain of Youth.

Their passionate pursuit of the fountain has everything to do with their desire to live forever.  God created us with eternity in mind, and his Word is clear about something extremely important that affects EVERY single one of us: Everyone Experiences Eternity Somewhere!”

Click HERE to listen to Sunday’s message.

T. J.

Categories: Church, Culture, Growth

New Church at the Movies: Wall Street

August 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Last Sunday, during Wk. 3 of our current teaching series, New Church at the Movies, we looked at truth from the Bible as it relates to the movie, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”

As you may have guessed by the movie, the topic was greed, and we found out from Scripture that greed is wrong because not only is it idolatry, but it also goes directly against the character of God.

Greed is something we all deal with on some level, but I’ve found that “Giving Generously Guards Against Greed.”  You can listen to Sunday’s message by clicking HERE.

T. J.

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Volunteer Leader of the Week: Tara Maxey

August 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Tara Maxey is this week’s New Church Volunteer Leader of the Week.  Tara is a Recovery Manager for Volvo Financial Services, and on Sundays, she serves in our Newbies (birth – 4 yrs.) environment.

I asked to Tara to share why she is a part of New Church, and why she feels it’s important to volunteer.  Below is what she had to say:

Why New Church?

Because I can wear my Panthers Jersey…  Seriously, I could write a few paragraphs about how God led our family to New Church, but the bottom line is it’s where God wants our family to partner and serve.

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering to serve Christ is such a small thing compared to what He has done and continues to do.  By loving the children that come to New Church, I can help show them, and their parents, how much Jesus loves all of us.

Well said, Tara!  Thank you for showing the love of Jesus to the children and parents we serve.  You have been, and continue to be, one of the most selfless individuals I have ever met.  I am extremely grateful for you, and your family, and it is an honor to serve Jesus alongside you each week!

T. J.

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New Church at the Movies: Transformers

August 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Last Sunday, during Wk. 2 of New Church at the Movies, we looked for truth in the entertainment franchise known as Transformers.  In Romans 12:1-2, those of us who have a relationship with God through Jesus are commanded to be transformerd as we allow God to change the way we think.

This type of transformation is a continual process that takes place as a result of God’s Spirit working in, and through, us as we are actively involved in spiritual disciplines such as reading the Bible, prayer, serving others, etc.  But it’s not information alone that brings about transformation.  We have to put the things we know and learn into practice.  “Application leads to Transformation!”

You can listen to the message from Sunday by clicking HERE.

T. J.

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Volunteer Leader of the Week: Robert Maxey

August 8, 2011 Leave a comment

I am honored to present to you the most recent New Church Volunteer Leader of the Week, Robert Maxey.  Robert is an Associate Auditor at Carter Bank and Trust throughout the week, and on the weekends, he leads on our set-up and tear down teams.  He also serves on our Finance Team.

I asked Robert two simple questions in relation to New Church, and here’s what he had to say:

Why New Church?

I feel God prepared, and led, me and my family to New Church.

Why Volunteer?

At first, I wanted to help New Church because I knew it would be difficult to find volunteers, since it is a “new” church.  Volunteering was a way to show my support for New Church.  It did not take long before just wanting to help turned into a calling and sharing of the vision of New Church.  

I believe God has helped me to understand, no matter your talent level, he has a place for you, and if you offer him your best, he will use your talents.  Since I started volunteering, God has brought wonderful new friends into my family’s life and allowed me to be a part of  62 people accepting his gift of salvation.  What more can be said?

Robert is a tremendous example of what a servant leader should be like.  Robert, I’m so glad God brought your family to New Church, and I’m grateful for your leadership and your support!  It is an honor to serve Jesus alongside you!

T. J.

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