Praying for Strong Farewells

April 21, 2013

Jesus Servant

This week, we took a look at Acts 20:17-38 and received a Message on Praying for Strong Farewells.

If you would like to listen to the message, just click here.

Take a look at Praying for Strong Farewells. Then answer the questions about where you are with joining in with this Message:

7 Truths about God’s Servant

1. God’s servant serves the Lord with all humility and with tears.

2. God’s servant doesn’t shrink back from trials.

3. God’s servant is an “extremist” who values the gospel as greater than his life.

4. God’s servant brings the whole counsel of God.

5. God’s servant prepares people for the difficulties to come.

6. God servant is not afraid to work with their hands to meet their needs.

7. When God’s servant sees money, he sees souls.

Reflecting on Today’s Message

Can you identify people from your past who have served the Lord in the ways that Paul describes?

These days, who are the people your life who match Paul’s description of God’s servant in this passage ?

In light of the truth of this message, is God asking you to shift anything in your life?

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Why Does God Allow Christians to Die for Jesus?

January 25, 2012

 

It is estimated that 70 million Christians have died for Jesus.  And of those, more than half were martyred in the last 100 years.

Is God asleep at the wheel?  Is God unconcerned?  Is God willing to do something, but thwarted in some attempts to save his followers from violence?

Why does God allow Christians to die for Jesus?

The key to understanding how a Sovereign God could allow his followers to face intense struggles in pursuit of a Christian life is found in the pages of the Bible.  It can be summed up in this simple announcement:  “You are already dead.  Your life is hid in Christ”.

This is the conversion that makes Christians so dangerous.

Join us at 10 AM on Sunday as we meet at the Truesdale Home and share a message called “Why Does God Allow Christians to Die for Jesus?” based on Acts 12:1-5.


God’s Heart for North Korea

January 15, 2012

We will be hosting a Special Speaker at 10 AM on Sunday, Janaury 22 at the Raytown Vineyard Church.  We have invited Paul Kim to come and bring a message regarding his thoughts and experiences regarding God’s Heart for North Korea to our church, which now meets at the Truesdale Home.  In an effort to get the word out early, we are posting this note earlier than normal. 

You may know these things about North Korea:

+ Upon the recent death of his father, Kim Jong-un, who is in his twenties, has become the leader of North Korea.

+ North Korea fields the fourth largest army in the world, and has nuclear weapons.

+ The border between North Korea and South Korea is one of the heaviest milatarized zones in the world.

+ The North Korean church is one of the most persecuted in the World.

But did you know:

+ The first Missionary to Korea was martyred just outside the capital city of Pyongyang in 1866.

+ About 40 years later, a great revival broke out in Pyongyang that touched all of the country of Korea. Pyongyang became a center of missionary movement throughout the entire country and region.

+ When Billy Graham’s wife Ruth Bell Graham was growing up as a Missionary Kid of parents serving in China, she attended Boarding School in Pyongyang.

+ There is a growing awareness that God’s work in North Korea is far from over.

We will be sharing a potluck lunch afterwards, so feel free to bring a dish to share.

Here is a little more information about our Guest Speakers:

We are honored to welcome Paul Kim to our church on January 22 to share about God’s heart for North Korea.

Paul and his wife Joy were both born in Korea. Paul immigrated to the US as a boy, and Joy immigrated later in life as an adult in her twenties. They have two wonderful teenaged children.

Paul is dedicated to fasting and praying until they see the realization of their vision for North Korea to be set free to experience open prayer and worship in the name of Jesus.

In July of 2009, Paul was commissioned for ministry to North Korea from Keun Teo church in Busan, Korea.

The Kim family currently resides in Kansas City. Paul serves in the leadership of an international prophetic, healing and deliverance ministry based in Kansas City. Paul also serves in leadership at the Korean United Presbyterian Church of Kansas.



God Converts an Act of Terror into a Triumph of Love

August 3, 2011

 

As we have been studying the Book of Acts, we have encountered prayer, preaching, and supernatural healings.  We have also taken note of ongoing persecution of the early church.

In this week’s reading, we will witness the account of the first murder of a Christ follower.  Although Stephen’s position was a food server, and not a preacher or evangelist, he was the first Christian martyr in history.

While some might have expected the violent oppression to quench the fire of the young church, Stephen’s reactions actually turned an act of terror into a triumph, and have served as a model for Christians facing persecution worldwide down through the ages. 

(By the way, an estimated 70 million Christians have paid for their faith with their lives–a staggering 2/3 of these in the last century!)

Here are some of the questions we will answer this Sunday:

o How does persecution of the church fit into God’s plan?
o How does God prepare the church for persecution?
o How does Stephen demonstrate he has been freed from fear of death in this passage?
o How does God put Love on display through the gruesome details of the murder of Stephen?

If you would care to look ahead, feel free to review Acts 7:54-60, which will be the centerpiece for our discussion.

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, as we share a Sermon called “God Converts an Act of Terror into a Triumph of Love”.


Persecution—and Joy!

April 12, 2011

 

In our walk through the Book of Acts, this week we made our first visit to the recurring theme of persecution.  The reality we will soon find is that the Book of Acts church was a church well experienced in persecution.

Last week, we explored the reality that persecution is often part of God’s plan for the church.  Jesus himself said that if the world hated him, it would definitely persecute those who follow him.  Even though we hope and pray to be spared from persecution, we realize that there are several very positive benefits for Christians to experience it:

1)  Throughout history, persecution has caused Christians to spread out throughout the world, thus taking the message of Jesus everywhere.

2)  Persecution helps clarify the Christian’s relationship with the world, reminding us that this is not our home.

3)  Persecution helps us clarify our relationship with God.  It tests our motives for following him–do we live our lives for ourselves, or for him?

4)  Persecution helps us clarify our relationships with one another.  Hard times shed light on the extent to which real love exists between us.

5)  Finally, in the pressure of persecution, we have the opportunity to experience the grace of God’s presence in great measure.  And when God’s presence comes, it brings great joy!

Please join us as we continue our study of the early church as described in the Book of Acts.  This message was taken from Acts 4:1-22.

Over the next few weeks, we will be taking some time away from Acts to focus on Jesus death and resurrection through the Easter season. 

We gather each Sunday at 5 PM.  You are invited to join us for our Easter celebrations, or when we resume our study in Acts on May 1 with Acts 4:23-31.