10 Reasons I Love My New Church Group

November 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Every other Thursday evening, Wendy and I get the privilege of hosting a group of college students and single 20 somethings in our home.  We hang out, study the Bible, talk about life, pray together, drink coffee, and eat stuff that some would consider unhealthy.

Because this group of individuals is becoming such an important part of my life, I want to share with you the Top 10 Reasons I Love My New Church Group:

10.  They are refreshing.  Some people are easy to be around, and my Group is like that.  I even feel energized after I’ve spent time with them.

9.  They bring good food with them.  These people come up with some amazing snack ideas, and they always taste good.

8.  They are a diverse group of individuals.  Our Group consists of teachers, a Wake Forest Law School student, a Wake Forest Med School student, a nurse, and a marketing genius.

7.  They are hilarious.  At least 50% of the time we spend together involves laughter.

6.   They are low-maintenance.  They don’t manufacture drama, or come up with reasons for people to feel sorry for them.

5.  They are open and honest.  They share how they feel about what we’re discussing and they talk about their struggles.

4.  They are encouraging.  They are constantly providing positive support and constructive feedback.

3.  They are authentic.  These people are real and genuine.

2.  They want to honor God with their lives.  I believe each one of these young adults has a desire to use their gifts, talents, and abilities to advance God’s kingdom and glorify him.

1.  They love Jesus.  They recognize that without Jesus, they have nothing, so they want to get to know him more.

Those are just a few reasons I love my New Church Group.  I believe everyone should belong to a Group like mine because there is no doubt that we are Better Together.  For more information about New Church Groups, including days, times, and locations, Click Here.

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth

Give. Me. Faith., Wk. 1: Give Me Faith…to Wait

November 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Week one of the Give. Me. Faith. teaching series at New Church was a challenge to me personally as we talked about how to exercise faith while you wait.  If we’re honest with ourselves, none of us like to wait.

But when we develop a true understanding of who God is, we will become less concerned about our wait and more consumed with our walk.  Think of it this way,  Our desire to Wait on God is determined by our discipline to Walk with God.  You can listen to and/or download the message from last Sunday by clicking HERE.

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth

Give. Me. Faith.

October 27, 2011 1 comment

This coming Sunday, we’re kicking off a brand new teaching series at New Church called “Give. Me. Faith.”  Over the next 4 weeks, we will be asking God to give us faith …to Wait, …to Trust, …to Give, and …to Move.

This series is going to help some people who are stuck, move forward in their faith, and it’s going to take what God is doing in, and through, our church to the next level for his glory!

If you live in the Winston-Salem area, we would be honored to have you as our guest at New Church!  Check out the teaser video for Give. Me. Faith. below:

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth, Videos

NC Ink, Wk. 4: The Mark That Matters Most

October 25, 2011 Leave a comment

We wrapped up our NC Ink teaching series last Sunday at New Church by talking about “The Mark That Matters Most.”

I taught out of Isaiah 53, which is a prophecy that speaks specifically to what Jesus would encounter as he accomplished God’s plan to redeem mankind to himself through his death and resurrection.

We also gave away gift certificates for tattoos as a way to recognize the fact that we have been Marked to Make a Difference!  You can listen to and/or download this week’s message, and others, by clicking HERE.

T. J.

Categories: Church, Culture, Growth, Milestones

New Church Update, 10/21/11

October 21, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m so pumped to share with you what God has been doing in the life of New Church for his glory!  Click on the icon to the left to read our latest newsletter!  Thank you for your continued prayers and support!

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth, Milestones, Videos

NC Ink, Wk. 3: Making a Mark That Lasts

October 19, 2011 Leave a comment

How do you make a mark that lasts?  That’s the question we answered last Sunday at New Church.  Jesus answered this question in Mark 10 during a conversation he had with his disciples.  He also modeled the answer during his ministry and even to the point of his death.

To listen to and/or download Sunday’s message, and others, Click Here.

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth

NC Ink, Wk. 2: Whose Mark?

October 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Whose mark will you make?  That was the takeaway from Week 2 of NC Ink.  I posed that particular question because the truth is all of us will make some kind of mark on this world.

Each of us has to decide if we will invest our time, energy, and resources into making our own temporary mark, or if we will pursue God’s plan for us to make his lasting and eternal mark on this world.

Click Here to listen to, and/or download, the message, “Whose Mark?”

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth