Weekend Review – April 21

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– The last two weekends, I officiated weddings for former students from my youth ministry days.   Once a youth pastor, always a youth pastor.    Yesterday was a beautiful wedding at the Timothy Demonbreun House in Nashville (picture above).   I’ve seen weddings change in the last few years to more intimate events with formal dinners.  I really enjoy weddings, as they reflect the more refined aspects of our humanity.   Marriage and weddings were very important to Jesus.

CIL_YAWEH_FNL– Loved our service today!  Phil Stacey did a great job pointing us to Jesus during worship.  I started a new message series called Yahweh Saves!  These messages from the book of Isaiah have really inspired me in preparation, and I think we were all touched by the powerful words in Isaiah 26:3.

– The Men’s Ministry had a work day on Saturday at a retired couple’s home who really needed some help.   Randy Roof’s leadership on this was incredible!  Men love to sweat together for the glory of God!    I’m so proud of these guys.

–  We had a great meeting for VBS.  Chip Johnson is a great leader, and I love the team that is organizing VBS.  Our VBS will take place June 24-27.

242 Logo - 2011– We wouldn’t be a church without 242 Groups.   I met with our 242 Group leaders Sunday night, and these effective leaders are ready for another great semester of “Christian Community.”   Our 242 Groups start Sunday, May 5.

Items for “Feed Sumner County” Day

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We are designating Sunday, April 21, 2013, as Feed Sumner County Day.  On this day, we are asking everyone to bring particular food items to help stock the Sumner County Food Bank in Gallatin.

The children’s ministry will be participating, and together our church will make a difference in hunger in our own county.

Here are the requested food items the Sumner County Food Bank is requesting:

– Peanut Butter  

– Pasta   

– Pasta Sauce 

– Tuna   

– Pancake mix   

– Syrup 

– Canned Fruit

Three Reasons To Be at CIL this Sunday

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1.  It’s “Feed Sumner County” Day.  We are going to partner with the Sumner County Food Bank to provided needed supplies for this special Sunday.  Make sure your children have one of the food items because they will be bringing their food in the sanctuary for this food drive.

Phil Stacey2. Phil Stacey will be leading worship!   Phil Stacey was a finalist on American Idol several years ago, and now has a thriving career as a music artist.   Phil’s passion for Jesus comes through in the way he leads people in worship.  You will be blessed to be part of this worship experience.

3. I’ll be starting a new sermon series called Yahweh Saves!   I have been looking forward for quite some time to share these messages  from the book of Isaiah.   These messages will bring great hope to both you and your friends who need to know Christ.   This Sunday, I’ll teach on Perfect Peace from Isaiah 26:3.   Let God’s Word fill you up with a good message from Him!

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What is the “world” the Bible warns against?

CIL_MARK8_v01There were some statements in my sermon on Sunday that didn’t make “The Review” or “You Version.”    The text in discussion was:

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? ?  For what can a man give in return for his soul – Mark 8:36-37 (ESV)

I used to incorrectly think the world was anything material, or of the “earth.”    This off-based conclusion caused me to not fully enjoy creation, customs, holidays and joyful experiences in this life.   However, a more careful study of Scripture led me to the more accurate translation of the word “world.”

“World” is the word kosmos in the Greek language.

From my study of commentaries on the word kosmos, I have written the following definition:

The “world (kosmos)” is systems, standards and practices created by a culture that does not consider God’s demands or requirements.

In other words, the earth and humanity is not bad, except that they have been infected by sin.   God is redeeming both the earth and individuals within the earth.  The “world (kosmos)” is the system that opposes God.  We can love the the planet, but we should not love the “world”, for the “world ” opposes God.

This word kosmos is used in I John 2:15-17, and it gives more meaning to that text:

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.  And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. – 1 John 2:15-17 (ESV)

Paul wrote about being crucified to the world (kosmos):

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. – Galatians 6:14 (ESV)

Another way to paraphrase Galatians 6:14, is:

                            Because of Christ, I am dead to the way in which the people of this world live.

I hope these two important statements bring greater clarity to these Scriptures, and Jesus’ call to not “love the world.”

Sunday Review – April 7

1.  Today is  “The Sunday after . . . ”   Still, this Sunday after Easter was  strong, and I was pleasantly surprised with our strong attendance.

2. I enjoyed hearing the song “Higher”, again.  You know the song – “Nails couldn’t keep you down . . .”

3. Love how Pastor Matt Malone is spending time teaching our 4.6 Experience.   He’s building relationships before these students get to the youth service.

4. I was privileged tonight to share God’s vision for our church at Forward 101.   Great session!  Great people!

IMG_35365. Our Costa Rica Mission Team met for a couple of hours after service.   I’m proud of the work these guys are putting into preparation for this trip.

6.  A professional child check-in system is so important.  I’m so glad we have a dedicated group of volunteers to operate our child-check in system.   It’s so important!

7.  Nice to have a new out door basketball hoop a the church.   The kids are especially happy!

8.  Am I tired after preaching twice, and leading Forward 101?  Yes!   But, its a good kind of tired.   To be spent on the work of the Lord is the best kind of tired.  I love relaxing at home after a long day of ministry.

CIL Forward Starts This Sunday!

ImageCIL Forward exists so that every person in our church has heard our vision, understands the gospel, is in a relationship with Christ and is engaging in ministry.

On Sunday, April 7, 2013 we’ll start a new series of CIL Forward.

I’ll be teaching Forward 101 on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.   This session is a “Newcomers Class” where you will have the opportunity to hear the vision, doctrine and structure of CIL.

There will be childcare on Sunday night, but it will help us to know if you are bring your kids.   Send me an e-mail at aaron@thechurchatindianlake, or text me if you have my number.

The rest of the sessions will be taught by other CIL leaders during the 9:00 a.m. service.

Here is the month’s schedule:

April 7 – Forward 101 (5:00 p.m.)
April 14 – Forward 102 (9:00 a.m.)
April 21 – Forward 103 (9:00 a.m.)
April 28 – Forward 104 (9:00 a.m.)

First Wednesday Worship with Carl and Leann Albrecht

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I love our First Wednesday Worship, and I’m particularly excited about this weeks opportunity!  Leann Albrecht will be leading us in worship on Wednesday, April 2, 2013.  

Leann is an artist and worship leader, speaker and writer.  Singing in the Church since she was a child, Leann is no stranger to ministry and music. In fact, she has been leading worship for over 20 years. She and her husband Carl are ordained ministers through Grace Church in Franklin, TN.