Baptism and Children

During a Sunday School class, young Cassie folded her hands and bowed her head as her class watched a story about Christian missionaries.

This is one of the greatest reasons why we are ministering the way we do in Kershaw!

And just this past Sunday Beverly led the children’s class in a program.  This program expressed that our children need their parents to lead them to Christ and live out the spiritual walk.

A special part of this Baptismal service that you see in the picture is that Kershaw First Baptist allowed us to have the baptism in their church building. Just as their lettering above the pool suggests, we are in this together.  Thanks so much for letting it show!

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Dedicating Your Family

 

 

 

We are always excited to join in when parents and grandparents formally dedicated their little ones to the Lord!  Four families took part in this celebration Sunday.

You can see below what dedicating your family means as a part of Team Church.

 

Child Dedication, October 21, 2012

 

Child Dedication

Child dedication is taking a moment with the church and your child to pledge to raise him or her according to Christian values and practices. It includes taking seriously your personal role in praying for him or her, making a home that blesses him or her, and the primary responsibility to lead your child to know and love Jesus Christ to the best of your ability.

Also this service offers your church fellowship, and others of your family, the opportunity to pledge a similar commitment. In the Bible, Jesus himself was dedicated in the Temple, and as an adult, he welcomed children warmly, held them, and taught them about His Kingdom. The church you belong to promises to welcome, care for, and lead your child in the example of Jesus.

At Team Church, a child dedication does not include baptism. We wait until a child is old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of salvation and baptism. Once a child has made the personal decision to trust Christ, he or she will have the opportunity to request to be baptized. Then, we can celebrate that too!

Sermon Audio: Do Hard Things (Part 2)

Scott Whaley’s two part series from the Sermon on the Mount is online at the Team Church Sermon page:  http://teamchurch.org/sermons.html#DoHardThings

or you can stream the second sermon below by pressing play:

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Question:  In Scott’s Sermon he played a movie clip from Facing the Giants.  Comment below whether you’ve seen this movie or not.  Or just let us know you stopped by.

Make plans to talk more next Sunday

Awesome Things

I’ve been really encouraged over the noticeable spirit Team Church has had over the last two to three months.  We are seeing people receive salvation, newcomers in almost every service and people joyfully serving in new roles, and those who come to the small group on Sunday nights are consistently vocal about being true disciples of Christ.  Man, this is terrific!  That is the real stuff that churches should be seeing–just like the church of Acts 2… people coming to Christ, sharing with and serving one another.

Need to Share

One thing that regularly comes up in our Sunday night small group is people want to talk more with one another.  Sundays aren’t always the easiest to sit and chat.  That time is set aside for creating an atmosphere of praise and worship to God, and for us, it takes a lot more than just showing up.

Make Plans Now (No Small Group Oct. 21)

Small groups have been essential for Team Church for people to talk more and share more life with one another.  If  you haven’t been showing up on Sunday nights recently at the Methodist Church, please consider coming Oct. 28.  We won’t be meeting next week however.  Instead we encourage you to make afternoon or dinner plans with someone you want to get to know better!

So make plans right now!  Call up or text someone with who you can invest some extra time.

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Fasting Challenge – Pentecost

Over the last two Sundays, I introduced the discipline of fasting to Team Church.  This is a special time of giving up food or other meaningful things to seek the Lord for something you need.

I am really grateful that so many of the Team Church folks, and even those outside our community, are fasting.  God is answering!

Yesterday’s message came from Isaiah 58.  It gives many promises for those who will fast with the right attitude, but it also gives many precautions for those who practice religious things but won’t drop their pride and self-righteousness.  That persons fasting only results in an empty belly.

Part of the fasting that pleases God is for us to be actively taking away from ourselves and giving it to others.  One example may be to not just abstain from food, but to give away what you would have eaten.  It’s not a rule because there are many examples in the chapter, but that’s the idea portrayed in Isaiah 58.  How we treat others is so very important when we are trying to connect with God.

I didn’t mention it yesterday, but it was Pentecost Sunday which commemorates the day that the Holy Spirit came down to empower the Church.  Keep praying that the Holy Spirit will not only lead us in Kershaw but empower us!

Have a great Memorial Day and demonstrate the Gospel to others!

Also please make your plans to share this Thursday evening together:

Prayer and Strategy meeting Thursday, May 31st @ 7pm

Everyone is invited to the meeting at the Timmons’ home next Thursday night for a prayer and strategy meeting.  Plus, we have encouraged everyone to pray and fast for the church in three specific ways.

  • Direction for the Church in Kershaw
  • We see people come to know Jesus in Kershaw
  • God send more workers for the mission in Kershaw

I encourage all of us to fast and pray during that day prior to the meeting and we will have food to share together at the meeting. ( heavy hors d’oeuvres).  Childcare will not be available, so please make  arrangements for sitters.

Make plans to attend the Prayer and Strategy Meeting

Prayer and Strategy meeting Thursday, May 31st @ 7pm

Everyone is invited to the meeting at the Timmons’ home next Thursday night for a prayer and strategy meeting.  Plus, we have encouraged everyone to pray and fast for the church in three specific ways.

  • Direction for the Church in Kershaw
  • We see people come to know Jesus in Kershaw
  • God send more workers for the mission in Kershaw

I encourage all of us to fast and pray during that day prior to the meeting and we will have food to share together at the meeting. ( heavy hors d’oeuvres).  Childcare will not be available, so please make  arrangements for sitters.

We believe God is going to speak to us through this time of seeking Him.

Fasting Challenge

Yesterday, we began a two-part message on fasting.    I call it “We Need Help:  Fast.”

Here is a copy of the hand-out asking that people would fast for Team Church.

How you begin and conduct your fast will largely determine your success. By following these basic steps to fasting, you will make your time with the Lord more meaningful and spiritually rewarding.

STEP 1: Set Your Objective

People fast for many reasons:  spiritual renewal, for guidance, for healing, for the resolution of problems, for special grace to handle a difficult situation.

In addition to any personal reasons…

Team Church is asking that you fast specifically for

  • Direction for the Church in Kershaw
  • We see people come to know Jesus in Kershaw
  • God send more workers for the mission in Kershaw

If possible, please fast at least one meal weekly for the next two weeks.  Or you can fast for 24 hours (see back for a suggested schedule). Another recommendation would be to abstain from something meaningful besides your diet for longer periods such as a week-long fast from television, Facebook and other media.  Choose the type and duration of fast that will be most significant to you.

STEP 2: Prepare Yourself Spiritually

The very foundation of fasting and prayer is repentance. Unconfessed sin will hinder your prayers. Here are several things you can do to prepare your heart:

Ask God to help you make a comprehensive list of your sins.

  • Confess every sin that the Holy Spirit calls to your remembrance and accept God’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9).
  • Seek forgiveness from all whom you have offended, and forgive all who have hurt you (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3,4).
  • Make restitution as the Holy Spirit leads you.
  • Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit according to His command in Ephesians 5:18 and His promise in 1 John 5:14,15.
  • Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Master; refuse to obey your worldly nature (Romans 12:1,2).
  • Meditate on the attributes of God, His love, sovereignty, power, wisdom, faithfulness, grace, compassion, and others (Psalm 48:9,10; 103:1-8, 11-13).
  • Begin your time of fasting and prayer with an expectant heart (Hebrews 11:6).
  • Do not underestimate spiritual opposition. Satan sometimes intensifies the natural battle between body and spirit (Galatians 5:16,17).

STEP 3: Prepare Yourself Physically

Fasting requires reasonable precautions. Consult your physician first, especially if you take prescription medication or have a chronic ailment such as diabetes. Some people should never fast without professional supervision.  Please do not let yourself become dehydrated while on a fast.

Physical preparation makes the change in your eating routine a little easier so that you can turn your full attention to the Lord in prayer.  Do not rush into your fast.  Prepare your body. Eat smaller meals before starting a fast. Avoid high-fat and sugary foods.  Eat raw fruit and vegetables for two days before starting a fast.

Prepare yourself for temporary mental discomforts, such as impatience, crankiness, and anxiety.

Withdrawal from caffeine and sugar may cause headaches. Physical annoyances may also include weakness, tiredness, or sleeplessness.

STEP 4: Put Yourself on a Schedule

For maximum spiritual benefit, set aside ample time to be alone with the Lord. Listen for His leading. The more time you spend with Him, the more meaningful your fast will be.

If you desire to do a 24 hour fast, begin with eating supper one night, then spend the rest of the evening in prayer.  Use these reminders below for the next morning, noontime, and finally break the fast with supper the next evening, celebrating what God has done in this time with him.

Evening after supper

Get alone for an unhurried time of “seeking His face.”

Avoid television or any other distraction that may dampen your spiritual focus.

When possible, end each day on your knees with your spouse for a brief time of praise and thanksgiving to God.

Morning

Begin your day in praise and worship.

Read and meditate on God’s Word, preferably on your knees.

Invite the Holy Spirit to work in you to will and to do His good pleasure according to Philippians 2:13.

Invite God to use you. Ask Him to show you how to influence your world, your family, your church, your community, your country, and beyond.

Pray for His vision for your life and empowerment to do His will.

Noon

Return to prayer and God’s Word.

Take a short prayer walk.

Spend time in intercessory prayer for your pastor, and the direction of our church.  Ask that God would send more workers into the mission of Kershaw.

Spend time asking for revival beginning with yourself.

Enjoy dinner with others after 24 hours!

STEP 5: Expect Results

If you sincerely humble yourself before the Lord, repent, pray, and seek God’s face; if you consistently meditate on His Word, you will experience a heightened awareness of His presence (John 14:21). The Lord will give you fresh, new spiritual insights. Your confidence and faith in God will be strengthened. You will feel mentally, spiritually, and physically refreshed. You will see answers to your prayers.

–adapted from Bill Bright, 7 Basic Steps to Successful Fasting and Prayer.  For more guidelines and information regarding longer fasts see

http://www.ccci.org/training-and-growth/devotional-life/personal-guide-to-fasting/01-message-from-bill-bright.htm

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