April 25, 2012

The Trellis and the Vine

The Trellis and the Vine

The subtitle of the book is “The Ministry Mind-Shift that Changes Everything”.  The mind shift the authors talk about is a shift from having only a select few church members doing the work of ministry such as training others, sharing faith, preaching, etc. to having each church member play a role in the mission of the church.  Colin Marshall and Tony Payne do a great job of tackling both the overall mind set change and then hitting the very practical areas where each Christian can be reaching out to others in the church or others in their area of influence.

This is a book we have elected to use as a training tool for our leaders and up and coming leaders.  When I first read the book, I felt as though it would be a useful tool for years to coming.  No need to re-invent the wheel and have to write a book on ministry when this one hits the goal on so many points.

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April 25, 2012

Heart Condition

Heart Condition

Luke 21:34-36

34 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

A universal experience for all people is the day in and day out cycle of life that brings highs and lows.  This day in and day out cycle of “life” has the potential to distract us from the main point of life.  The main point being that Jesus is real, He is alive, He is working in the world now from His Father’s side, and will one day return in judgment.

In Luke chapter 21, Jesus is speaking about the coming destruction of the temple in Jerusalem which took place in 70AD and His second coming to earth which has yet to come.  These are really, really big events!  Huge events!  And yet, Jesus knows ... Continue Reading.

March 20, 2012

Until I…..

Often times it is difficult to see God’s plan in life because we get focused on the short term without seeing the entire picture.  How often have we been frustrated by evil seemingly “winning” over good?  It can be easy to see someone not following God’s commands and not reaping the consequences and assume God is not active in the world.  Our logic can begin to undermine our faith that God rewards the good done, even if small, and holds those that do evil to account.  The truth is we are often very short sighted.  If we focus on immediate judgement, we ourselves can then fall into envy of those that do evil when we see that evil unpunished.

The psalmist Asaph felt this common pull.  His experience with this tendency to envy evildoers is recorded in Psalm 73:

1Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. 2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. 3 For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4 For they have ... Continue Reading.

February 29, 2012

Servant Leadership

Servant Leadership

Christian leadership is servant leadership.  If you are a Christian then Christ calls you to serve, and if you are a Christian leader then Christ calls you to lead through serving.  John 13 tells the story of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet.  It was Passover time (a high holiday for the Jews), and Jesus and His disciples were gathered to eat the traditional Passover meal.  At one point during the meal Jesus rose from supper; wrapped a towel around his waste; and began to wash His disciples’ feet.  Washing feet was the job for a servant.  Dignitaries don’t wash peoples’ feet, dignitaries have their feet washed by the servants that they hire.  Jesus is the Son of God and beyond any earthly dignitary.  By all means this task was below Jesus, and yet he did it.  And he tells us why he did it.

Jhn 13:12-15 ESV – When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher ... Continue Reading.

February 11, 2012

God, our only hope

Isaiah 43:11, “I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior”

Is your heart weighed down?

There is nothing that you can turn to in this world that can truly lift a heavy heart.  Sure, you might find temporary reprieve from your heaviness of heart.  No amount of money, relationships, or power can take a heart and make it truly light because nothing earthly can lift a heart higher than the earth.  In this universe, the greater the mass, the greater the gravity.   In the same way the more we put our hope in earthly things the heavier our hearts become.

What have you been putting your hope in lately to relieve your heavy heart?  The Lord and the Lord alone is the savior.  He can lift your heart above the earth because he holds the earth.

Look to him, turn to him, call upon him, and come to him.  Jesus said,

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from ... Continue Reading.

February 9, 2012

Women’s Retreat

GIRLS-we would love for you to join the women of BCC for two days of fun, hanging out, being encouraged and more. We will be meeting at Camp Silverbrook, which is a local retreat center right here in West Bend, so you can join us for some of it or hopefully all of it. You do not have to spend the night, but it would be great if you can.

The retreat center is beautifully located right on a lake. There will be lots to do!

Below is a rough draft of the schedule.

4:30-5:00 sign in/get settled 5:00-6:00 dinner 6:00-6:30 ice breaker 6:30-7:30 worship/teaching 7:30-8:30 games 8:30-?? free time

8:00-9:00 breakfast 9:00-9:30 worship/teaching 9:30-10:30 art project 10:30-11:30 free time 11:30-12:30 lunch 12:30-1:30 testimony/prayer groups 1:30-2:30 free time/clean up

We believe this will be a great chance to get to know one another even better and very valuable. Please come for as much as you are able! Last year there were lots of laughs and many women who commented they were hesitant to come, but so thankful they did.

Cost: ... Continue Reading.

January 25, 2012

Prayer and Fasting

Last year in the month of February we called the church to a commitment to pray and fast one day a week for the month of February.  As we did last year, we are calling the church to fast again this year for 4 Wednesdays in the month of February starting February 8th.   Many people have never heard of the idea of fasting much less taken part.  Last year, I posted a blog post that explained prayer and fasting as a Christian discipline.  I wanted to re-post this to give the biblical background.  From last year:

Prayer and Fasting  As we have been seeking direction for Bend City, Scott and I have decided to do some fasting in January and will likely ask the rest of the body to fast at some point in February. Since there may be some that are not familiar with the idea and practice of fasting, I thought it would be helpful to write briefly about it and why we are deciding to do it. First off, I think it is helpful to note ... Continue Reading.

January 11, 2012

One Biblical Definition of Nobility

We’ve all seen the acts of courage in the movies of the noble man or woman who has an uprightness of character that is honored and respected.  Deep down I think most of us would aim to be noble; to act with integrity and conviction.  At the same time, now days nobility is rare. It is even more rare when the uprightness of character is not honored by mainstream culture.  There is a biblical example of nobility that will probably be dismissed or ignored by most.  But isn’t that the when nobility is really put to the test?  When almost no one gives credit where credit is due?

We find a biblical example of nobility in Acts 17.  Paul is preaching the gospel of Jesus to the Jews in Thessalonica and then he moves on to Berea.  He finds in Berea a nobility;  an uprightness of character in the Bereans.

Acts 17:11

Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, exampling the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

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January 9, 2012

Jesus, Jesus, Song of God

A member of Bend City Church wrote this a while back.  I thought it was beautiful and am sharing it with permission.

“Jesus, Jesus, Song of God in the bosom of Your heavenly place the melody rang so strong it burst the dark of time and space, and the angels sang along.”

From lips of love divine, breathed out, made flesh the Word in infant’s shout Jesus, Jesus, Song of God.

Your melody, ancient of days, rests quietly now on manger bed, in harmony with the maiden’s ways and lullabies as You are fed. Jesus, Jesus, Song of God.

The Word, sweet song, now in babe whispered low, will crescendo throughout Judah, in lion’s roar. Jesus, Jesus, Song of God.”

by Mary Kidney

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January 2, 2012

Gospel of John Series

Gospel of John Series

Beginning Sunday January 8th Bend City Church will be going through the Gospel of John on Sunday mornings.  Join us at 9:30am.

click here for a map and directions to Bend City Church.  Hope to see you there.

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Our mission is to make disciples that live for the glory of God, enjoying Him completely.