May 19, 2013
Download the ppt file here: Now Sermon
We are excited to offer a new opportunity this summer during the Sunday School hour from 10-10:45am. We are calling it “Family Sunday School,” where families will join together with other families for a time of interactive learning as we travel through the Fruits of the Spirit. Each week the class facilitators will introduce the new fruit of the week through skits, games, and object lessons. During the week families will be given a guide to help them dig deeper into God’s Word as they investigate each fruit together.
These classes are meant to include all family members of all ages…parents, kids, teens, young adults. Nursery will be available for ages 3 and younger.
Join us on June 9th as we have a Kick-off Rally in the sanctuary to get ready for our family classes that will start on June 16th. Please let us know you’re planning on joining by registering in the foyer on May 19 or June 2, or going to Community Builder.
We know how to share our faith. At least we have a good idea of how it should go…or do we? In our mind we might think we have a good idea of what to say and when to say it. However, in our regular day-to-day conversations with people, or even when an opportunity to share our faith clearly arises, are we really prepared to turn the conversation toward the gospel? We should be confident in the message (it IS the gospel!) and confident in how to present it. There certainly are various approaches and techniques (maybe some more polished than others), but sharing our faith is a fundamental skill we should all have and feel comfortable with so that when God presents the opportunity to share, we will be prepared. So how can we become equipped? When can we find the time to become equipped? (more…)
“When you come bring the cloak which I left at Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments.”
The Apostle Paul to his disciple Timothy, as written in 2 Tim. 4:13
I love to read.
I mean, I love it. I usually go through about ten books at a time, alternating between different books and topics constantly. I keep a list of books that I want to tackle next, and I keep a record of what I have covered on the website Goodreads.com. Evidently, the apostle Paul had a love for reading too. Writing from a cold and lonely dungeon, he asked his faithful protegé Timothy to bring his coat, and his books. That’s it. (more…)
Sermon: Dr. Mike Farris
May 12, 2013
We have heard several sermons recently on God’s desire to use us and the resources that He has given us for His Church and His people. Have you been thinking about where your spiritual gifts fit in here at Blue Ridge? Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? Do you know where the opportunities to serve are? I’ve said this many times in these articles and to individuals personally – “If God has you here at Blue Ridge, then He has ministry work for you to do here?” As in eating, just taking in more food (knowledge) is not healthy. We need to expend energy (serve) to use those calories (gifts). (more…)
Ladies, this summer invite a friend and sign up for the life-changing Beth Moore study, “Breaking Free”. Through Scripture, you will discover the transforming power of Christian freedom. God intends for you to know and believe Him, glorify Him, experience His peace, and enjoy His presence. Galatians 5:1: “For freedom Christ set us free. No longer entangled in a yoke of bondage.” This includes 10 weeks of personal daily study using your Bible and a workbook, and 11 powerful video sessions with Beth Moore. (more…)
I recently took a trip around the globe and spent an amazing and refreshing two weeks visiting Chrissy Schneider in Uganda, East Africa. Chrissy is a Blue Ridge member who began serving as a missionary late last year. I had so much fun getting a glimpse into her life and community there, plus becoming better acquainted with the operations of New Hope Uganda (NHU, newhopeuganda.org), her missionary agency. Why do I say a trip like this is a win-win? (more…)
May 05, 2013