Jun 292010
 

Big Idea:
The Holy Spirit empowers every believer to make disciples.

Scripture Memory:
Acts 1:8 (ESV)
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Action Step:
Read through the book of Acts this week pray about how you can be used by God to make disciples.

Random Thoughts:

  • Sunday was incredible at Church at the Grove!  Nathan did an outstanding job challenging us with the explosive history of the early church and how God can use US to continue to do His work through the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • I love seeing new faces!  Even in these summer weeks, we continue to have many people worship with us each Sunday for the first time.
  • I absolutely love the spirit of unity and love in our church!  I love the simplistic way we do stuff!  We had a short and sweet business meeting and installed a new Elder on Sunday.  Craig Ellington will be our new Elder and join our current team of pastoral staff and CATG Elders in leading our church as we grow.
  • This was one of the busiest weekends I have had in a long time!  Wedding rehearsal Friday night, wedding Saturday.  Wedding rehearsal Saturday night, Church at the Grove Sunday morning, wedding Sunday at 1:30pm.  Josiah played in an All-Star tourney Saturday and we had a Romania Team meeting on Sunday night!  Crazy but good!
  • I am so excited about going to Romania with Josiah and Abigail in July!  We had an awesome planning meeting on Sunday and we have a great group going to Romania on July 23.
  • Nathan and our band did a great job leading at the “UNITED” area youth worship on Wednesday night.  It is incredibly difficult to prepare and preach 2 messages in a week like Nathan did!  Great job!  I love Austin, Shelley and our CATG band!  They are so solid and have such great attitudes and hearts to the Lord.
  • We had a team of leaders attend a leadership conference on Saturday in Cartersville, GA at Oakleaf Church.  I am so thankful for such committed leaders!  They had an incredible time and came away with some awesome stuff to implement for CATGrove!
  • We have a “NEXT STEPS” gathering coming up on July 11!  It will be a lunch at our home!  This is the place where you can learn more about CATGrove, our vision and dreams.  We share our beliefs, structure and it is a great time to ask questions about anything!  Let us know if you plan to attend.
  • We have a baptism on Sunday evening July 18 at the home of Lynn and Barbara Bledsoe.  Let us know if you would like to be baptized.
  • I am so excited about what God is doing.  We are working hard on some of the legal and zoning issues related to Miss Mattie’s home and hopefully will be able to begin some practical work very soon.  I love seeing the new people God is bringing us and I am so excited about this fall!
  • We are working on some possible new changes regarding our children’s ministry for this fall.  I can’t wait to see it unfold!

Keep praying, keep investing, keep inviting!

 Posted by at 8:22 am
Jun 252010
 

Still Dreaming For:

  • I am still dreaming about a church that effectively reaches people far from God!  I am dreaming about reaching those that have never been in church and those that left church years ago for one reason or another!
  • I am still dreaming about being a church for those already following Jesus but have grown weary of being a part of churches that have given up on reaching people outside the church and simply keeping those on the inside happy!
  • I am still dreaming about reaching thousands and thousands of people and always struggling to keep up with baptizing those who have turned to follow Jesus!
  • I am still dreaming about being a church that has to have multiple services on Sunday to accommodate all the people God is reaching through us!
  • I am still dreaming about beginning new campuses in nearby communities that need a church passionate about reaching people far from God!
  • I am still dreaming about being a church-planting church that is consistently launching new churches locally, nationally and across the globe!
  • I am still dreaming about being a pastor of a church that consistently invests into young leaders that plant churches and have impact in communities locally and globally.
  • I am still dreaming about being the godly leader and example to a faith community that models leadership, marriage, parenting and godly living God’s way!
  • I am still dreaming about being at a location for the long haul for the maximum influence and missional impact!
  • I am still dreaming about living for the glory of God and the good of people!

What are you dreaming about?

 Posted by at 12:01 pm
Jun 212010
 

Big Idea:
Unstoppable Faith is demonstrated by a relentless and desperate pursuit of Jesus.

Scripture memory:
Hebrews 11:6 (ESV)
6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Action Step:
Read the gospel of Mark this week and take notice of Jesus’ interaction and the faith-response of people around him.  Take your tassel and put it somewhere where it can remind you of Unstoppable Faith.

Thoughts:

I love this series “Unstoppable”!   We have been challenged with “Unstoppable Courage”, “Unstoppable Generosity” and yesterday “Unstoppable Faith”.

We learned yesterday that Unstoppable Faith is demonstrated by a relentless pursuit of Jesus!  It results in:

  • Spiritual Healing.
  • Physical Healing and perspective.
  • A life that stands out in the crowd.
  • God’s response to faith.

The woman with the issue of blood can teach us a lot about ourselves.  We all have had (or have) desperate and hopeless circumstances.  God uses desperation to draw us to himself.  We have been financially hopeless, relationally hopeless and physically hopeless.  Jesus uses our hopelessness and desperation to move us to a place of complete dependence on Him and Him alone.  God wants us to respond with Unstoppable Faith!  He promises to never leave us nor forsake us!

Imagine what our church would look like if we collectively were pursuing Jesus with a relentless Unstoppable Faith!  Imagine the impact we would have, the people we would reach and the growth our church would experience!

Upcoming Important Dates:

  • Don’t forget UNITED for our students on Wednesday nights!  This coming Wed. night our ministry team (Nathan, Gabe, and Austin) are leading UNITED!  I would love for as many of our students and parents to come out and support our CATG team!  It is at the Loganville High School auditorium this Wed. night at 7pm.
  • Our NEXT STEP gathering is Sunday July 11 at the home of Russ and Jill Butcher.  This a great place to learn about CATGrove, our mission, values and story. It is required for membership but you don’t have to join if you attend.  Come to learn more about the church and meet some other people who have been visiting The Grove.
  • Next Baptism and cookout is July 18 at the home of Lynn and Barbara Bledsoe.  If you are interested in being baptized, please let us and know.

Keep investing, keep inviting, and keep praying!

 Posted by at 10:37 am
Jun 042010
 

SENT

Craig Story did an incredible job of concluding our “SENT” series highlighting the story of Philip in Acts.  Here’s the  bottom line; Philip went wherever God led him to go and share Jesus with whoever he was around.  We are called, as followers of Jesus to live the same way!  One of the characteristics that we would like to see uniquely developed among the Church at the Grove family is “Missional Responsibility”.  My desire is that all “Grovers” will simply see themselves as missionaries and build relationships with people in their neighborhood, place of work, recreation life, and every activity for the purpose of sharing the hope that is found in Jesus.

Consider yourself “SENT”!

SUMMER

Summer is here and it is warm, kids are hanging out in the neighborhood and the Braves are in first place!  I will be leaving this weekend to go to IMPACT summer youth camp with some of our students.  It is an incredible week of ministry with students from all over the state of Georgia.

Please make sure and stay connected to Church at the Grove this summer!  I know people go on vacation and have summer activities but please stay active on Sunday mornings and look for ways to connect with others during the summer!

Community Groups for the fall

We are working hard on getting our plans in place for the community groups this fall.  Our goal is to have at least 75% of our adults in community groups this fall.  We have a goal of at least 15 adult community groups.  Please be praying about where you will connect and if you are interested in hosting a group or leading please let us know.

Baptisms

We have 2 summer baptisms scheduled; June 13 (next week) and July 18.  If you are interested in being baptized, please let us know and we will get it scheduled.  These baptisms are church-wide fellowship opportunities for everyone.  You are invited to bring your favorite side dish, lawn chairs and swim suits for a fun time and a meaningful time of worship with baptism.

New People

We have so many new people that are worshiping with us on a weekly basis.  Many are praying about making Church at the Grove their home church.  Please join me in making these families feel loved and accepted into our family and help guide them into the different ways to connect relationally to others in The Grove!

Loving Jesus

I am convinced more than ever that my life’s significance is connected to loving Jesus more and more each day.  I can’t think of anything that matters more than loving Jesus!  He is my savior and gave his life as a sacrifice for my forgiveness.  I owe Him everything.  I can never measure up to God’s standard in my own strength but if I trust Jesus for His strength, wisdom and power He can measure up by living through me!

I love this church!  I love each and every one of you and I am praying for you and your family each and every day.  Please let me know if I can serve you in any way!

 Posted by at 10:50 am