First of all, let me apologize for not sending out my weekly TAB email the last few weeks. I'm sure you can agree with me when I say that there are times in life when things pile up and you find yourself running from one thing to another. Hopefully things will start to slow down a bit, but with Christmas quickly approaching, I'm not sure that will happen. Thanks for you prayers and understanding.
Speaking of Christmas, I want to focus this edition of TAB on this crazy time of the year when we waver between getting caught up in the excitement of the season and trying to stay focused on the true meaning of Christmas. Sadly, apart from the angels nudging a few scared shepherds and a handful of wise star-gazers who were able to decode a cryptic star, many missed out on that very first Christmas when Christ was born in Bethlehem.
Missing the prophetic mystery of Jesus' birth means missing God-with-us, God-beside us, God becoming one of us. Missing out on Jesus changes everything. Like many, we can become lost in crowded malls, financial debt, and endless lists of gifts to buy, only to miss out on the one gift that can truly satisfy our thirst for more.
How do I keep from missing Jesus?......focus on the eternal over the temporal. Colossians 3:2 reads, "Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." We are celebrating the arrival of our Savior. The significance of giving presents is to be directly related to God's presenting us the gift of His Son.
Next, Christmas is the time of year when people are wide-open to the Gospel. Remember who we represent. We are His chosen ambassadors, doing His business, so let's do it this Christmas. Share Jesus with a co-worker or invite a neighbor to our Christmas Eve service, which will take place at 4:00 pm and include carols and candlelight.
Finally, one of the most effective maneuvers of the world system is to create a false sense of excitement. As Christians, we are in danger of climbing the Christmas mountain, only to get lost in the afterglow of the New Year. Guard yourself. Enjoy the 25th.....but not at the expense of the 26th. Make Hebrews 12:3 your theme verse for Christmas and beyond....."Consider Him.....so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted."
Join us this Sunday, at 9:15am, as we begin our Christmas series titled, "He Came...." This week, we will focus on the fact that Jesus came to rescue us from our suffering and our sin. Our passage will be Isaiah 53. Take some time over the next few days to read this incredible chapter showing God's incredible display of love through His Son, Jesus.
See you Sunday.
First of all, I want to thank all of you who helped make this past week's Room 4 Hope a successful one. I know the families appreciated being able to stay on our campus and were overwhelmed by the amount of love and care that was shown to them by our church family. Also, I want to say a special "Thank You" to Brenda Rhine for being our Room 4 Hope Coordinator. This ministry would not happen without her efforts. In case you missed out on participating this past week, our next Room 4 Hope hosting week will be January 13-19. Please mark your calendars now and make plans to help us provide hope and love to families in our community who are experiencing homelessness.
This Thursday November 15th, our Adults on Mission and Young @ Heart ministries will be joining forces to provide us with a unique opportunity to hear about and pray for all that God is doing in the Pacific Northwest. The day begins at 10:30am as Lance Caddell will join us for our monthly Adults on Mission meeting. Lance works for the Northwest Baptist Convention in the area of church health. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of our Southern Baptist leaders. Once this meeting is over, we will move into a time of fellowship as we feast on Turkey and other delicious offerings. Please join us next Thursday as we gather together for a time of fellowship and thanking God for His many blessings.
This Sunday at 9:15am, we will continue our focus on the book of Judges. This week, we will be in Judges 2 and 3, as we look at how quick and easy it is to choose one king over another. You might consider reading Joshua 24:14-28 and Judges 2-3 in preparation for our time together.
In our 10:15am service, we will go on a road trip with Jesus as He is led by God into the wilderness for the sole purpose of being tempted by Satan. Now, why would God, who just a few verses earlier announced to the world that "this is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased", lead Jesus into the wilderness, not eat anything for 40 days and then invite Satan to come and tempt Him? Why would God do that? Join us on Sunday at 10:30am as we seek to answer this and other questions about the temptations we face.
See you Sunday.
WOW......Parkside Fellowship! Feels kind of weird, but in a good way. It means we understand that in order for the message of Jesus to penetrate TODAY'S culture, we have to change our method of communication and ministry style. Notice I didn't say, "our message must change", because while our methodology for presenting the Gospel will change, the fact is, we are still a church firmly grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bible still drives everything we say and do......even if our name is different.
The core values of Parkside remain the same, as we are still a church that is intent on being.....
Biblically Based. We believe practical, relevant teaching from the Bible can be the catalyst for life transformation. Scripture is inspired by God, completely accurate and our final authority regarding Christian beliefs and the guide for living as a Christ-Follower.
Safe Community. We believe that all people matter to God and ought to matter to the church. We want everyone to experience God's grace and love.
Discipleship. We believe that Christian growth happens best in relationships. We encourage active participation in a small group or Sunday School class.
Equipping Leaders. We believe enabling people to discover and develop their gifts is God's strategy for changing the world.
Reach our Community. As Parkside, we believe God calls us to bring the life and love of Jesus to a lost and broken world. Together, we choose to serve and love others in our community simply because Jesus loves them.
I want to personally thank our Grow Young Team for the time and effort they put into making the launch of Parkside Fellowship a reality. I could not have done it without each one of you!
This Sunday we begin a brand new message series in each of our two services. At our traditional 9:15am service, we will begin a 6 week series in the book of Judges. Join us as we wade through the heart of human rebellion, in order to shine a light on the truth of God's grace in the midst of our wickedness and how only the divine can redeem the fallen.
At our more contemporary and interactive 10:30am service, we will spend A Day in the Life of Jesus. There is no person Jesus won't touch. No place He won't go. Each Sunday, we will look at a different aspect of how the divinity of Jesus intersects with His humanity, so He can be near enough to touch, yet strong enough to save.
Consider joining us this weekend at one of our two services.
See you Sunday!