Sunday morning Pastor Shayna presented the third installment of September’s series on Evangelism. She talked about eternity and the urgency that should compel us as believers to share the Good News with those around us. Click here to listen. Sunday’s bulletin is posted on the Publications page of this blog.
If you are dealing or have dealt with crippling shame that has/had you down for the count then read this encouraging devotional by Craig Groeshel on faithgateway.com and learn how you can be set free.
“As a pastor, I’ve discovered that many people are dying slowly in a secret tomb of shame. Some are ashamed of their poor financial condition, plagued with guilt about their irresponsible spending and debt. Others are ashamed about sexual sin from their past. Many carry extreme guilt read more
Pastor Caleb continued the September Sunday series on Evangelism yesterday. We’ve gone to a live broadcast on Facebook now instead of audio recordings. You can watch and listen to Sunday’s message here
As always, you can read this week’s bulletin on the Publication page of this blog. Have a great week! Thanks for being a part of our online family. Blessings to you.
Today’s devotional is an encouragement goes along with this month’s sermon series on evangelism. It is an invitation to participate in the great commission in your world written by one of our staff pastors.
Before He returned to heaven, Jesus asked us to be witnesses. Some people turn pale at the idea and start to stutter, backing away with hands extended as if they’d seen a poisonous snake. Being a witness conjures up images of wild eye creatures garbed in Christian witnessing tee shirts hollering in a bullhorn at passersby. Or going up to perfect strangers and giving them a three-point sermon on salvation complete with references and cross references. While there’s a place for those types of ministry, that’s not necessarily what Jesus is requiring of us.
What is a witness then? Someone who recounts something they have, well, witnessed. Seen. Experienced. Acts 2:32 says, “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.” Acts 3:15 says, “You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.” Acts 5:32 says, “We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” 1 John 1:1-3 says, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” The New Testament – Acts in particular – is replete with examples of early believers who simply told about what they had witnessed. With that in mind, what have you witnessed that you could share with, say, a neighbor or a coworker or a friend? Obviously, you didn’t see Jesus raised from the dead, but you have certainly experienced the work of the living, risen Jesus in your life, right? How about when He saved you? Perhaps you witnessed a healing or answered prayer? Maybe God protected you or intervened in your life in a miraculous way. Or maybe God did something simple that was meaningful to you. Ask God to help you remember something you have witnessed that you could share with someone else. Our sermon series for September will be about evangelism. We will be sharing some non-intimidating, non-life threatening, relatively painless ways you can be a witness and share your faith. So, I ask you – can I get a witness? Jump in and take the challenge to be a witness in your world.
(c) 2018 Heidi Fields Associate Pastor Joy Christian Center
Families are important to God and to JCC. One of the first things God did was create a family when He created the world all those many ages ago. We want to help you help your family grow spiritually. One way we do that is to hold a family night once a month with dinner and bonding time with your family. If you live in the Anchorage area feel free to join us at 6:30 PM for dinner at 43354 Laurel Street Anchorage AK. If you have any questions you may contact us at 907-349-0255 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall is here – at least in Alaska. The leaves are turning color and the wind is turning downright chilly. We had a fantastic summer of camping and VBS and other fun activities. September is upon us, and our fall line-up is getting ready to start up. For the Kids there is our new JOY KIDS Club Wednesday nights at 7 PM starting September 12th. The Kids will learn life skills and Bible skills and earn badges. Once a month we will have a family night where families gather to eat dinner together and work on badges and just generally have a grand old time. The first one will be September 5th at 6:30 PM. For adults there is the adult Bible study Wednesdays at 7 PM. We’ll be working our way through Streams Ministries’ Hearing God’s Voice series. Men’s and Women’s groups get started September 21st at 6:30 PM.
You don’t have to be a member of JCC to be a part of these activities; everyone is welcome to attend. If you are in the Anchorage area we invite you to come join us. You can find more information on our webpage akjoy.com and the sign up for the Kids Club can be found at akjoy.com/events We hope to see you around!
Sunday’s message was the final message in the Gifts of the Spirit series. Pastor Caleb brought a wonderful teaching on the work of the Holy Spirit. Click on the sermons page and then on the message to listen. We will be changing our sermon format in the near future. We will be broadcasting our sermons directly on Facebook each Sunday morning. If you like our page you should get a message when we broadcast a sermon. The message will be archived on our page so you can listen any time. We should have that up and running in the next few weeks, so stay tuned! Thanks for listening to our Sunday messages.