Thank You for Your Generosity

thank you for your generosity

I wanted to follow up a little bit on our topic from Sunday… greed. As we talked about trusting God with our security and learning to be generous, we saw a pretty significant offering Sunday. Our weekly budget is about $8500, and Sunday’s offering was over $15,000!

I first want to simply say thank you for your generosity. When I see a burst of generosity like we did Sunday, it provides great encouragement! To spur us all to not simply give an offering but to live a life of generosity and develop the spiritual discipline of giving, I want to share with you some of the opportunities we have right now if we continue to show such great generosity!

  1. We are working to improve our Children’s worship area. In October we want to begin providing a live worship band for our children’s worship time. To prepare for this, we need to add some upgrades to their sound system, lighting, and overall setting.
  2. We have repairs and maintenance needs for our Sunday morning adult worship area (a new speaker, some monitors, and general maintenance).
  3. We need more chairs. We’ve seen over a 20% increase in attendance this Fall! We are in need of about 50 more chairs for our worship area. (The cost is around $1800.)
  4. We are in the process of acquiring space for our planned new congregation. Over and above the monthly lease for the space, we will need funds to do some dry walling and electrical work along with eventually providing chairs, a sound system, and other general items as the time to begin draws closer.
  5. Finally, in the not too distant future, we will begin looking for a lead pastor for the new congregation. The idea is to provide his salary for the first 6 months while we work together in starting the new congregation. Once the congregation begins, they will begin to take over this responsibility.

Along with all of this, we continue to be committed to giving away 50% of everything that is committed each year! God has been good!

I wanted to share these things with you so you will be encouraged to not just give in response to a message, but to see the potential and rewards of developing the discipline of giving and a lifestyle of generosity. To get excited to partner with each other to see God work through us in our community, church, and individual lives. To see what He does when His people trust Him with their care and resources. To help you to risk stepping out in the area of generosity, to fight greed in our lives, and to learn to trust God at a deeper level.

I truly believe God has already provided the resources to meet the needs and opportunities we have.  The offering this Sunday just reaffirmed that! Thank you for your generosity! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Top ways to invite someone to Easter Services this year

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Nervous about inviting someone to our new Easter series starting April 2nd? Here’s some facts about church attendance and Easter…

  • If we invite them, they will come. According to a survey by Thom Rainer, 96 percent of those who don’t attend church would agree to go to a service if invited.
  • You can be different. The heartbreaking reality, according to Rainer, is only 2 percent of those who regularly attend church invite someone to go with them.
  • Easter is the Super Bowl of the Church. More Americans search for a church that Sunday than any other day of the year besides Christmas.

Here’s some great ways to “break the ice” on the invite…

  • Use Facebook and Twitter.
  • Use email.
  • Use text messaging.
  • Write a personal note.
  • Invite them to coffee or breakfast before service.
  • Invite them to lunch after service.
  • Collect on a favor—”Hey remember how you owe me $20? Why not come to church with me Sunday and we’ll call it even!”

Don’t miss this great opportunity to help others understand what Easter is all about and maybe change their lives for eternity![/vc_column_text][vc_tweetmeme share_via=”meridianpoint” share_hashtag=”meridianpointchurch”][vc_facebook type=”button_count”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1492456628260{padding-top: 35px !important;padding-bottom: 35px !important;background-color: #2e3338 !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Easter Series Beginning April 2″ font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center|color:%23ffffff” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”10779″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”About The Series…” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left|color:%23ffffff” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Each Spring, even those who don’t usually give Jesus a second thought will at least take notice on Easter of the claim of His resurrection.

As Christians, it’s a great time to take advantage of this attention to be both willing and able to explain to our friends the significance of this holiday. After all, the Bible say’s that Easter is the heart of Christianity… “And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.” (1 Corinthians 15:14) So join us this Easter as we discuss the evidence and importance of these three questions: Did Jesus really live? Did He really die? Did He really rise?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1492456603264{padding-top: 35px !important;padding-bottom: 35px !important;background-color: #34393f !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Share the series on Facebook” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:center|color:%23ffffff” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

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Did Jesus Really Live, Die, and Rise?

Did Jesus Really Live, Die, Rise? Easter Series

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The question…

“Can the dead live again? If so, this would give me hope through all my years of struggle, and I would eagerly await the release of death.” ~ Job 14:14

Job’s question, “Can the dead live again?”, is as vital today as it was in his time. Job is correct that the answer to this question holds hope for all life. If there is no life after death, what is the point of life? How do we determine how to behave if we will not be held accountable for our actions when we depart this life ? But if there is life after death then we have reason to live. If there is life after death, we have hope through life’s difficulties. If there is life after death, we have motivation to live our lives in the here-and-now with purpose.

It’s importance…

For Christians, the question of “life after death” and it’s meaning is answered at Easter in the resurrection of Jesus from the grave. Everything hinges on this event.

“And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” ~ The Apostle Paul (1 Cor. 15:14-19)

If Jesus didn’t rise… celebrating Easter is empty… the words of Paul and the other Apostles are lies… there has been no forgiveness of sin… those who died thinking it was true have no hope. If living a life for God has no consequence when this life is done, Christians are just silly.

So this Easter we’re going to explore the answer to Job’s question… “Can the dead live again?” Can we discover if it’s true that Jesus lived, died, and rose again? The impact of the answer to these questions on our lives is vital!  The answers to these questions can change everything![/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

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Will You Meet God in the Shack?

The Shack Sermon Series

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Have you read “The Shack”? I did many years ago. It’s a Christian fiction book, ​featured on numerous bestseller lists for more than 100 weeks, ​about a man who experiences an extreme personal tragedy and then receives a note from God to me him at “the shack”. It was okay. It was a good story but I got stuck on some of what became the pretty controversial theological points it made. The controversy was well founded. I don’t think I’d ever recommended the book.

Then a few months back I got an email inviting me to a sneak peak of the the movie coming out the weekend of March 3rd. Although, I wasn’t really interested I figured it would garner a lot of interest in both the Christian and non-Christian community and it’s hard to pass up a free movie preview. So I went and… I was stunned. I liked it… a lot! The movie is far better than the book.

However, I’ve already seen the criticism of the movie popping up around the web. “How the Shack Distorts Our View of God”… “The Heresy of the Shack”… “How Can God Be a Black Women?”… ​“The Shack Gives Audiences False Hope”… “The Shack Just Tells Us What We Want to Hear.”

The thing all these critics have in common? They haven’t seen the movie. It’s different. It’s better. It’s inspiring. And it’s going to be talked about. Where is God when we need Him most? Can we trust God? How can I know God? What’s He think of me? Does God just let people get away with disobeying Him?

So I want to encourage you to grab a friend and go see “The Shack” next weekend. Then bring them with you to church as we discuss the controversies and the messages in the movie. We’ll be posting on our Facebook site when we have people meeting at the theatre so you can watch it and talk about with others. Will you meet God in the Shack?[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”VIEW THE TRAILER” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theshack.movie||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Why You Shouldn’t Go to Church?

Over one third of people who claimed in a recent survey that their Christian faith is “very important to their lives,” didn’t see being a part of a local congregation as an important part of that faith. So are there any valid reasons people shouldn’t go? This week we’ll examine if you shouldn’t go to church if…

It’s boring

You Don’t Believe What They Believe

There are No Hypocrites

You’re not Willing to Make it a Priority

A Relationship with God is Just About You

 

This series is designed for those who go to church all the time, those who haven’t been in a long time, and even those who don’t think they’d ever go! Invite a friend!

Barry