Excuses Instead of Service

Posted by Tammy Glass

EXCUSES INSTEAD OF SERVICE
EXODUS 3:10-15; 4:1-17
CBC 12/27/09 SM


INTRODUCTION: Ever heard excuses 4 not going 2 church?...

What if people were as committed 2 church as they are sports?
Ever used them 4 not going 2 the Ball Park?
Israel cried 2 God in their captivity
God heard their cry for deliverance
God confronts Moses with assignment
Moses offers excuses instead of service.

What’s your excuse when asked…
  • to teach a class
  • to serve in the nursery
  • to share your faith with someone
  • when someone has a need
Moses had his excuses for not following the call of God (5 in all)

Excuse #1: The “Who Me” excuse
V11,12
  • Afraid no one will listen to us
  • Afraid no one will believe us
  • Terrified of being rejected & feeling like a failure
God said, “I will be with You!

Excuse #2: “By What Authority”
V13-15
  • You don’t have to explain what you don’t know
  • Just explain what you do know!
  • Doesn’t have to do with who we are
  • Has to do with who God is
  • I AM (who was, is & will be)
  • People not committed because they don’t know God
o Know about God
o Know of God

Excuse #3: The “What If’s”
V4:1-9
What if…
  • They ask me a question I don’t know answer to?
  • I’m not an expert on the Bible
What if’s are:
  • Victory killers
  • Zeal quenchers
  • Relegate us to second best
So concerned what “might happen” didn’t hear God say what “would happen”
  • Didn’t ask Moses to use what he didn’t have
o Used his rod in his hand
o Never know full potential of what we have until we give it to God
o God looking for availability, not ability

Excuse #4: “But Lord I Don’t Speak Well”
V4:10-12

Slow of tongue, but FAST ENOUGH WITH EXCUSES!
Act 7:22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.

God’s response:
  • Who made your mouth?
  • Who makes the mute, deaf, seeing or blind?
  • Go, I will be with your mouth & teach you what to say
Our Inadequacies are not a problem for God…He made us the way we are.
  • If we don’t make ourselves available, God’s plan can’t go forward
Excuse #5: “Send Someone Else”
V4:13-17

No matter what…
  • Signs or no signs
  • God’s promise 2 B with him
  • Moses doesn’t want 2 go!
  • Moses just tells God…NO!
  • God’s anger burns against Moses
  • Sin of excuses brings judgment
  • Excuses discourage the church body
o Few carry weight of many
o Brings wedge & division

Don’t need someone else to do what God is calling us to do
  • God allowed Aaron to help Moses
  • It got them into trouble with idols later on @ Mt. Sinai
o God’s “perfect” will is better than His “permissive” will!

Conclusion: Can’t or Won’t?
God wants to use us as His instruments…it’s His reputation on the line! He will get His job done

10 Characteristics of a Healthy Church

Posted by Tammy Glass

10 CHARACTERISTICS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH
3 JOHN 1:2
CBC 4/25/10 SM


Would U rather our church be…
  1. healthy
  2. large
Any thing “healthy” will grow automatically…
Everything large is not necessarily healthy!

HEALTHY CHURCH CRITERIA
  1. God-Centered Worship
  • Church energized by faith
  • Biblically based worship experience
  • Christ-centered
  • Exalt & glorify God
Need to Be…
  • corporate
  • genuine
  • inspiring
  • dynamic
  • participatory
  • transforming
  • indigenous (fits our environment)
  • culturally relevant
Lead people to encounter God
  • In whole life not just church life
2. God-Focused
  • Find out God’s priorities
  • Focus our attention there
  • Clearly defined mission/purpose
  • Priorities
  • Direction
  • God’s agenda
  • Change for future gains
3. Needs-Based Ministries

Transform community by meeting
  • Physical needs
  • Emotional needs
  • Spiritual needs
  • Members & community
Cultural connectedness is essential
  • People our greatest asset
  • Listen to fears & dreams
  • Identify their gifts
4. Joyous Generosity
  • Face the “cost” of change & growth
  • Maintain a reasonable budget
  • Make people aware of financial need
  • People put money where passion is
5. Empowering Leadership
  • Lead from our “knees”
  • Continuously equipping for ministry
  • Build a community vs running organization
  • Create more leaders…not followers
  • Help others be successful
  • Coordinating & resourcing church ministry
6. Participative Membership
  • Members should contribute to the life, work & witness of the church
  • Share in decision making
  • Together solve problems & deal w/ conflict
  • People “doing the ministry”
  • In church
  • In society
  • Take responsibility & use their gifts
7. A Loving, Authentic Community of Faith
  • Relational small groups w/in church
  • Nurture loving/caring relationships
  • Celebrate diversity
  • Value people for who they are
  • Build “real” relationships rather than “nice” relationships
  • Community which has organization – NOT organization that has communities (cliques)
8. Discipleship Oriented
  • Help people be holy
  • Explore the faith
  • Discover God’s love
  • Grow into living out faith
Get involved in…
  • Theological growth
  • Personal disciplines
  • Biblical priorities
  • Strong Christology
9. Outreach Focused
  • Needs-oriented evangelism
  • Outreach a “value” of church
  • Be aware of our community
  • Encourage new outreach ventures
10. Passionate Prayer
  • Completely dependant on God through prayer
  • Total surrender to His will for us
  • ASK-for what we need
  • SEEK-what we desire
  • KNOCK-continuously
FINAL THOUGHT: is that CBC, Prescott?

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead

Posted by Tammy Glass

Munchkins

Ding Dong! The Witch is dead. Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch!
Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead.
Wake up - sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
Wake up, the Wicked Witch is dead. She's gone where the goblins go,
Below - below - below. Yo-ho, let's open up and sing and ring the bells out.
Ding Dong' the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low. Let them know
The Wicked Witch is dead!
Mayor
As Mayor of the Munchkin City, In the County of the Land of Oz, I welcome you most regally.
Barrister
But we've got to verify it legally, to see
Mayor
To see?
Barrister
If she
Mayor
If she?
Barrister
Is morally, ethic'lly
Father No.1
Spiritually, physically
Father No. 2
Positively, absolutely
Munchkins
Undeniably and reliably Dead
Coroner
As Coroner I must say, I thoroughly examined her.
And she's not only merely dead, she's really most sincerely dead.
Mayor
Then this is a day of Independence For all the Munchkins and their descendants
Barrister
If any.
Mayor
Yes, let the joyous news be spread The wicked Old Witch at last is dead!

V2 Angel announces death of woman
Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!
She has become a home for demons
And a haunt for every unclean & detestable bird
For all the nations have drunk
The maddening wine of her adulteries
The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,
And the merchants of the earth grew
Rich from her excessive luxuries.

V4 “ANOTHER VOICE”
Who is it?
Where’s it from? Heaven
What’s it say?
Come out of her…MY PEOPLE
Angels don’t have “people”
Has to be the LORD!
Why the call?
So you won’t share in her sins
Gets double what she gave out
Much torture
Much grief
So you won’t receive her plagues
Plagues in one day…
Death
Mourning
Famine
Consumed by fire

HOW DOES ONE “COME OUT”?
II Chr. 7:14
If “MY PEOPLE”…[heard that before]
Who are called by My name…
Will humble themselves…
And pray…
And seek my face…
And turn from their wicked ways…
Then will I hear from heaven…
And will forgive their sin…
And will heal their land…

V20 Rejoice over her, O heaven!
Rejoice, saints & apostles & prophets!
God has judged her for the way she has treated you.
If you can’t “REJOICE” the witch is dead…you must be a citizen of that city!?!?

V9 When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: Woe! Woe, O great city
O Babylon, city of power
In one hour your doom has come

V11 merchants will weep & mourn

V19 sea captain…throw dust on their heads, w/ weeping & mourning

CONCLUSION:
Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead
Whose side are you on?
Who are you devoted to?
Now you know who wins & who loses.
You may have a choice to make.

Some God-glorifing Statistics

Posted by Stephen

This year at Awana, we averaged over 117 kids per night!

That's one of every seven kids in Prescott. God is amazing!

Please begin praying for our Awana program for the upcoming year! We will be taking a much needed break for the summer, but honestly, that's when all the planning takes place!

See you in September!

Updates to Our Facebook Page

Posted by Stephen

We are working on updating our Facebook page more useful and better-looking. Hang in there with us as we go through this process!

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