Monday, April 14, 2014

4/13/14 Message

This past Sunday, we had guest speaker Armando Garcia join us to talk about relationships. To listen to the message, visit our website.

Accelerate starts next week!


Our next Accelerate group begins on Tuesday, April 22nd and meets for eight weeks.
To sign up for this group or to learn more about life groups at New Life, stop by the Information Table on Sunday or email us info@newlifecommunitychurch.net. You can also check out our website.

Care at New Life



We desire to spiritually support our members through the different challenges of life. If you or someone you know needs help, please check out the care section of our website for resources to meet spiritual, emotional and physical needs.

Weekend message values

(Note: This is part of a larger series on the weekend messages. Click here to see the original post)

Different church’s and different speakers have different styles when it comes to the message.  Different styles are great, but the following are three values that hope shape every message at New Life Community Church.

           We believe that messages change lives when they have…..

1) Biblical resonance – The speaker is saying what God’s word is saying

  • Heb 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
  • 2Ti 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
  • Matthew 28:20..Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…
  • Mt 7:24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
  • 1Th 1:5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.

2) Life Relevance – That takes God’s word into people’s worlds and helps them put it into practice

3) Empowered and Prepared Delivery – That comes from a spiritually  prepared speaker who is ready to share God’s word.

Committing your life to Christ


Want to find out how to start a relationship with God?

If so, we want to help you take the next step. We’ve prepared some helpful materials that show what the Bible says about becoming following Christ. These self-study materials will assist you in taking the first steps to growing spiritually. To receive these materials, or to talk to someone in person, please contact us at connect@newlifecommunitychurch.net. You can also check out our online information. 

Easter


Easter is a time for new beginnings! 
Join us on Sunday, April 20th for Easter Sunday!  Service times are at 9:30 and 11:00 am so pick the time that’s best for you.  We have children’s classes for all ages, so bring the entire family. 
For more information check out www.newlifecommunitychurch.net

Child Dedication

Our next Child Dedication will be on May 11th.


If you would like to have your child or children dedicated let us know so we can help you make that happen.

Click here for more information on Child Dedication at New Life.Please email us at info@newlifecommunitychurch.net with any questions.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Help others get connected at New Life!

We're looking for a crew of volunteers to make our weekend services more friendly. This team will help in making people feel connected and will assist people in learning what next steps they can take to grow in their faith. If you're an outgoing, friendly person who is the life of every party...come be a part of the team! Just send us an email at connect@newlifecommunitychurch.net to get the party started! 

March Giving Report


How did we do in the month of March?
We were $3,103 over our monthly budget.

How much does it “cost” to run the church? 
In a 5-Sunday month it takes a minimum of $38,548.  It allows us to pay the bills and fund a minimal amount to our ministries.

How much was the actual giving for the month?  

The giving for this month was $41,651.

Is there anything else I need to know?
If you’re someone who regularly gives to God at New Life: Thanks! Your giving makes a difference.

If you’re someone who is not yet giving: Make a decision to get involved. Take the first step toward the  biblical practice of giving. You can find out more about giving here.

And for everyone: Please take time this week to pray for the finances of both our church family,  and the individual families that make up New Life.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Accelerate starts April 22nd

Our next Accelerate group begins on Tuesday, April 22nd and meets for eight weeks. 
To sign up for this group or to learn more about life groups at New Life, stop by the Information Table on Sunday or email us info@newlifecommunitychurch.net. You can also check out our website.

Family Bowling Blast

Join us for a fun day of bowling and hanging out with other families at New Life on Sunday, May 4th at the Norco Brunswick Bowling lanes. The event starts at 1:30pm and the cost is $7 per person. You can send us an email at info@newlifecommunitychurch.net or sign up at the info table on Sunday.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Easter Sunday

Easter is a time for new beginnings! Join us on Sunday, April 20th for Easter Sunday!  Service times are at 9:30 and 11:00 am so pick the time that’s best for you.  We have children’s classes for all ages, so bring the entire family. 

For more information check out www.newlifecommunitychurch.net

Monday, April 7, 2014

Making the Most of a Spiritually Mismatched Marriage

Last Sunday, we talked about how to make the most of a spiritually mismatched marriage. Here are some thoughts from the message:
1) God can make a spiritually mismatched marriage work. vs 12-13 “must not divorce”
2) While God can bless a mismatched marriage, we’re not to seek one.
3) A spiritually mismatched relationship, like all relationships, requires an ongoing level of commitment and willingness to make it work. vs 12-13 “willing to live with”
4) God can use the presence of even one Christian to change the spiritual
equation for an entire family. vs 14 “through his wife”
5) God can use even one Christian to make a difference . vs 14
6) In a spiritually mismatched relationship, there may be only so much a believer can do to make it work . vs 15-16 “not bound”

To listen to the message or download the outline, visit our website.

Need Prayer?

Each week, members of our prayer team lift up the needs of those who request prayer.
If you have a prayer request, let us know! Put it in an email and send it to prayer@newlifecommunitychurch.net

Why guest speakers are scheduled during the year

(Note: This is part of a larger series on the weekend messages. Click here to see the original post)

So… why are guest speakers scheduled during the year. The quick answer is: I’m not good enough, or interesting enough, or creative enough, or energetic enough to speak every Sunday! 

Dave Jacobs, a consultant to churches writes: “The senior pastor is not the only voice to the church, but he does need to be the main voice. A good balance is the pastor up there four or five weeks in a row and then someone else.” 

The amount of energy and focus to do the weekly message can be formidable, Speaking week after week is the #1 activity (along with counseling) that will leave me drained.  I’ve found that a sustainable pace is when I speak for about five to six weeks, and then have someone else come in, then I get up for another 5-6 weeks, then bring in someone with a fresh arm.

Below are some benefits to the church and some benefits for me.

Benefits for the Church


  • A more well-rounded understanding of God’s Word - Different speakers will have different take on a passage or a fresh perspective on the text.  There are some topics I’m going to get pumped about, and probably overemphasis, and other topics I’m more “ho-hum” about, and will underemphasize.  With only one speaker there is a danger of just getting the Mike Hannah version of the Bible – that’s not a good thing! A balanced diet is important when learning God’s word.
  • It gives other speakers an opportunity to develop.  If one speaker fills up all the speaking slots, it doesn’t allow other people to grow and develop.  The best scenario for the church is to have a team of competent speakers.  That way, if anything happens to one person, God’s word will faithfully be preached regardless.
  • I can make progress on other projects that are important to the church. One the weeks I speak, a big chunk of my work hours are tied up by preparing the message.  On the weekends I don’t speak, those weekday hours are freed up for me to work on other items that are helpful for the church.  This might be contacting members, encouraging leaders, designing a new workshop, etc.
  • You get a better lead pastor - If I don’t take a break, I get burned out, and speaking feels like going through the motions. By taking periodic breaks, when I do speak, you get a better me.  That’s a benefit to the church….and also a benefit for me…. Which leads me to the next section.
Benefits for Me

  • I don’t burn out and die!  – When I was younger I could just go and go, the older I get, the more I need to stop and rest. The weekly process of creating and delivering a message can be incredibly draining. The truth is, after about six weeks, I’m get drained and need an opportunity to recharge.  If not, I lose enthusiasm, and start to go into autopilot mode with God’s word. In the Bible there’s a pattern on six on, one off. Six days of work, one day off, six year of working the land, one year for the land to rest.  So for me, an average of six on, one off seems to be sustainable. I want to be around for a long time
  • I have time to do family things – On the weekends I speak, I spend time on Saturday preparing for the message, and then Sunday I’m at church delivering it. This makes it hard to plan family activities for when my family is off – the weekend. By having scheduled breaks, this allows weekend time for family every one and half months.

So, those are some of the reasons guest speaker are scheduled throughout the year.

Next Week’s Topic: Weekend Message Values

Good Friday

Join us on Good Friday, April 18th at 6:30 PM. We will worship, pray, and share communion as we reflect upon Christ's death on the cross.
Childcare will be provided for infants to children 3 years old, and we will also have a class for kids in preschool to 4th grade.

Become a Bible-centered Christian


God’s word is our guide for what we believe and how we live. Whether you’re a new Christian or a long time believer, we want to help you take the next step in understanding God’s word. Find out more about becoming a Bible Centered Christian by checking out our webpage.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

"I, not the Lord..."


On Sunday, April 6th we looked at a passage from 1 Corinthians 7.  In this passage is an interesting phrase. In 1 Corinthians 7:12 Paul states, “I say this (I, not the Lord)” and then precedes to give instructions to believers who are married to unbelieving spouses.  

In using “I, not the Lord”, is Paul alerting us that the following instructions are not inspired? 

The quick answer is “no”.  All of first 1 Corinthians is inspired by God, and like other letters, Paul doesn’t sprinkle in ongoing comments to let us know what portions of his letter is inspired and which portions are not inspired. 

The comments in 1 Corinthians 7 are not to let us know which portions are inspired, but instead, which instructions are based directly on the commands of Jesus “The Lord” given during His earthly ministry.   Paul is letting the readers know at what point He is directly referring to commands given the incarnate Christ.

In verse 10, Paul just got done sharing a direct command regarding marriage, given by Jesus during His earthly ministry.  In doing so, Paul reminds married couples that this command is not from Paul, but given directly by the Lord (Jesus) himself.

In verse 12, Paul is letting us know that the following instruction is not a direct quote from the earthly ministry of Jesus, yet Paul is stilling writing as inspired by the Spirit.  Or as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 7:40, one who has "the Spirit of God".

Likewise in 1 Corinthians 7:25, Paul says he has “no command from the Lord” meaning, he doesn’t have an earthly command from Christ regarding virgins.