Friday, March 07, 2014
Thursday, March 06, 2014
This Sunday at Hub City Church
I think the decision of what you do with Jesus is the most important decision you could ever make.
I’ll go so far as to say that it’s a decision with eternal consequences.
This Sunday, at Hub City Church, we’re starting a new teaching series called The Jesus I Never Knew.
My desire is for you to experience Jesus in a way that changes your life forever.
See you Sunday, and bring a friend.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Why does the church need me?Rick Warren sent this out last week and I thought it was worth sharing. If you're a part of Hub City and aren't serving somehow, somewhere yet then we want to help you get involved. Contact Janet Gallman for more information.
Why Does the Church Need Me?
by Rick Warren
“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27 (NLT)
One reason why you need to be connected to a church family is to fulfill your calling to serve other believers in practical ways. The Bible says, “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27 (NLT).
Your service is desperately needed in the Body of Christ — just ask any local church! Each of us has a role to play, and every role is important. There is no small service to God; it all matters.
Likewise, there are no insignificant ministries in the church. Some are visible and some are behind the scenes, but all are valuable. Small or hidden ministries often make the biggest difference.
In my home, the most important light is not the large chandelier in our dining room but the little night-light that keeps me from stubbing my toe when I get up at night. There is no correlation between size and significance. Every ministry matters because we are all dependent on each other to function.
What happens when one part of your body fails to function? You get sick. The rest of your body suffers. Imagine if your liver decided to start living for itself: “I’m tired! I don’t want to serve the body anymore! I want a year off just to be fed. I’ve got to do what’s best for me! Let some other part take over.”
What would happen? Your body would die. Today thousands of local churches are dying because of Christians who are unwilling to serve. They sit on the sidelines as spectators, and the Body suffers.
God calls you to a service far beyond anything you could ever imagine. He created you for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for you to do (Ephesians 2:10). Whenever you serve others in any way, you are actually serving God.
Talk It Over
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Lifelong learnerAs I type this, Matthew, my 10-year-old, is making his way through the piano music books we have playing each song. It is very loud, but he's pretty good at sight reading music.
A couple of days ago he told me why he does this. In his words: I'm improving my mind, because my two hands have to do different things. When you do this it improves your mind.
I'm glad he's trying to improve his mind. My hope is that he and my other two boys will be lifelong learners. That's one of my goals as well.
I love reading and learning. Right now I'm reading Malcolm Gladwell's new book, David and Goliath. It's fascinating, but I'm not reading it to be fascinated. I'm reading to learn.
I've heard it many times: Leaders are learners.
But I don't really like that statement because I think all of us need to be learners. So, what are you learning? What learning habits have you incorporated into your daily routine?
For me, it is reading. For you it could be watching some DIY program and replicating what you see. It could be researching and trying out a new recipe. The key is to always be learning.
At 98 years of age, my grandfather is still reading Popular Mechanics and other magazines and loves learning new things. I hope that's true of me if I make it that long. I hope that's true of you as well.
I'm learning that I need to invest in a good pair of noise muffling ear protection... man, this kid plays loud.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Coming in this Friday's paperI get to write for the local paper, the illustrious Spartanburg Herald-Journal, a few times a year. I am grateful for the opportunity. Here's my article that will come out in this Friday's paper. It probably won't win me a Pulitzer, but I wanted to share it anyway.
They say confession is good for the soul, so let me confess: I don’t like most Christian movies or even most Christian music. I realize that just typing those words can get me labeled as a heretic in some circles, but let’s be honest: Most of it is just cheesy.
Frankly, I think those of us who call ourselves Christians can do a better job. We serve the ultimate artist. Our work should be worthy of the God we serve. And as C.S. Lewis is reported to have said: “The world does not need more Christian literature. What it needs is more Christians writing good literature.”
This past weekend, a movie debuted that is worthy of the God we serve. Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey brought Jesus to the big screen in Son of God.
The Hub City Church family had the privilege of viewing this film as a part of our Sunday worship gathering, and it was life-shaping.
I’d even go so far as to say this is one of those “must see” movies; even if you aren’t a Christian or a church person. Regardless of what one believes about Jesus one has to agree that he is one of the most, if not the most influential figure in all of human history. Which means, no matter what your religious background or belief system, you owe it to yourself to see the movie.
I love what Roma Downey, who co-produces and stars as Jesus’ mom says about this, “If you came to the movie and you didn’t know anything about Jesus you would really get a sense of the journey of his life. It was our job to make sure that the journey emotionally connected with you. So we told the story on the one hand as a political thriller and at the same time, it is a beautiful love story. There is intimacy to it, and we hope that you’re drawn in, that you are emotionally engaged and that you get a sense that you really know who Jesus is.”
That is what I want for you. More than anything, I want for you to know Jesus, and Son of God is a great place to start. But don’t stop there. After watching the movie, crack open a Bible or download the youversion.com Bible app, and read the accounts of Jesus’ life found in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.
There are a lot of great movies, but only a few are life-changing. Son of God is one of the few. Thank goodness it passed my “not cheesy” test. I am confident it will pass yours as well.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
This Sunday at Hub City ChurchI am super-excited about this coming Sunday at Hub City. I hope you've heard by now, but we're going to be showing Son of God as a part of our worship gathering. This unique opportunity will set the stage for our next series and it is a great time for you to invite your unchurched friends. Here is some important info about Sunday.
- We are having one, combined worship gathering at 10:30.
- Concessions open up at 10 for you to get your popcorn fix.
- Come early to make sure you get a good seat.
- The gathering will be structured like our regular worship gatherings. We'll sing, do a welcome, sing some more and then show the movie in place of a sermon.
- We want you to invite your unchurched and non-Christian friends. Let's leverage this unique opportunity to expose as many people as we can to Jesus. In fact, if you are reading this and you're not a Christians. I promise not to do anything to manipulate you or ask you for money. We would be honored if you would just be our guest on Sunday.
- Spread the word. There are graphics on my Facebook page as well as the Hub City Facebook page. Feel free to use and share.
- Pray for Sunday. I don't want us to just watch a movie together. I want us to encounter Jesus.
Here's the movie trailer. Just watching it moves me.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
WinningI'm reading a short little e-book right now by Dave Ferguson called Keeping Score. It's written to encourage church leaders to make sure they are keeping score in ways that matter for the kingdom.
One of the things he says is that churches can appear successful but not be winning. That would be a tragedy, wouldn't it? (And just to be clear: I'm not making any vague accusations towards other churches. This is purely for self assessment.)
Think about it: How would you define success? Money? Fame? Position?
Wouldn't it be tragic to look successful, but end up losing in life?
I think that we can look successful from a worldly perspective, but fail to win from a Biblical perspective. This is a tragedy of epic proportions.
So, what is winning from a Biblical perspective? In one word: Faithfulness.
Over and over again we're reminded of the importance of faithfulness. Appearances can be deceiving, so are we being faithful?
Are you being faithful? At home? At work? With your church family? With your finances? With your time? Are you faithfully doing what God has told you to do?