New CIL Student Pastors – Josh and Brook Sakis

Sakis-Josh&Brooke-2018I am happy to announce that Josh Sakis will be joining the CIL staff in September as our new student pastor.  Josh and his wife Brooke have been in vocational ministry for the last three years in Florida, and are excited to bring their newborn son Krew to Tennessee.  Josh is a pastor’s son who is passionate about the local church.  The Sakis’ are both alumni of Southeastern University (Florida), where Josh earned a B.S. in Church Ministries.

This is how Josh describes his ministry:

I am a highly relational individual. I love to have fun with the people I do ministry with… God has given me a passion to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ unashamedly. Ministry excites me and it is my desire to reach every person I possibly can with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.

Please pray for Josh and Brooke as they prepare to move to our area in mid-September.  They are leaving behind family, a great church, and many other opportunities in Florida to serve our congregation.  I believe the Sakis family will be an important part of CIL’s future and I am thrilled to have them on our team!

Matt Malone preaching on August 5

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If you have never heard Matt Malone preach, you are in for a treat on Sunday, August 5.
Matt will be preaching at CIL at both the 9am and 10:45am services. It is sad that Matt is leaving CIL later on this month, but we will have a chance to hear about his new call to FCA, and discover how we can partner with Matt to reach more Sumner County teenagers.

CIL Celebrates Ten Years!

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CIL is celebrating 10 years on Sunday, August 12, 2018, and I want you to be a part of it!

I am very excited about this day!

Beth and I have never celebrated a ministry anniversary.  We have avoided the recognition of ministry anniversaries to stay focused on the future, and to avoid boasting.   But, I realized earlier this year that this lack of celebration was selfish.  The dozens of CIL volunteers and leaders who have built this faith community deserve to understand what God has done through our church.  We have a unique spiritual family that only God could put together, and He is glorified because we exist.

Then, there are the changed lives!  I often am the only one who hears the great stories of transformation through the ministries of CIL. I want to share stories during this Ten Year Anniversary service about Jesus changing lives though our church.

We will also have key people with us who have impacted the development of CIL, including Dr. Charles Gaulden, Pastor David Huff, and worship leader Jonathan Lee.

Please join me for this special Sunday of services on August 12, 2018.   The celebration will be at 9am or 10:45am.

Sermon points from July 8

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I had a lot of points on Sunday’s message, and did not provide the “fill-in-the-blank” option on the Review.  So here is my outline for all you note takers.


The Anointing is a Process
“David’s First Anointing”
Pastor Aaron Allison
The Church at Indian Lake
Sunday, July 8, 2018

1 Samuel 16:12-13

David’s 3 Anointings
His first anointing was in anticipation of his rule.
His second was acknowledgment of his rule over Judah.
His third was acknowledgment of his rule over the entire nation.

In the Old Testament the anointing was used in these ways:

  1. Anoint religious artifacts
  2. To set apart priests
  3. To empower and set in order kings
  4. The moving of the Holy Spirit
  5. The distinguishing of a prophet

What is the anointing?
Anointing is the power of the Holy Spirit.

“The person who is filled with the Holy Spirit is able to do extraordinary things, but to him it seems quite natural . . . The anointing leads to what is good; it blesses and encourages others.  And it’s function is carried out with ease and without strain or fatigue.   It is also self-edifying.” – RT KENDALL


 12 So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.”  13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah. – I Samuel 16:12-13

“Having the anointing but not the platform can be a very painful thing.” – RT Kendall

Many people interested in being used by God, give up too soon.

Stages of the “First Anointing”

  1. God opens an unexpected door

17 So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”  18 One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the harp. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the LORD is with him.” – I Samuel 16:17-18

  1. A defining victory occurs

(David defeats Goliath – I Samuel 17)

  1. Your gifting is discovered

 6 When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with tambourines and lutes. 7 As they danced, they sang:
“Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands.”
– I Samuel 18:6-7

  1. You become a target

 8 Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” – I Samuel 18:6-8

 10 The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully upon Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the harp, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand 11 and he hurled it, saying to himself, “I’ll pin David to the wall.” But David eluded him twice. – I Samuel 18:10-11

  1. You are tested with power

The test is often with spiritual authority

You must preserve your distinct anointing without disrespecting leadership

 1 After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, “David is in the Desert of En Gedi.” 2 So Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.  3 He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. 4 The men said, “This is the day the LORD spoke of when he said [a] to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’ ” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.  5 Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. 6 He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, or lift my hand against him; for he is the anointed of the LORD.” 7 With these words David rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way. – I Samuel 24:1-7

 Gospel application:

– Jesus was anointed the Messiah

– Jesus came in unexpected times and places

– When Jesus’ gifts were discovered, He became a target

– Jesus passed every test of power

Temptation during 40 days of fasting
The mountain of transfiguration
The garden of Gethsemane




David’s Three Anointings

Beth and I will be ministering at CIL this Sunday (July 8). I am teaching on David’s three anointings, in a message called “The Anointing is a Process.” Bring your pen to take notes, because I have a lot to share in this teaching. We’ll finish service by taking communion together, and Christ will be exalted.
See you at either 9am or 10:45am.

Samuel Anoints David, ca. 239 C.E., Dura Europos Synagogue, Syria. (Art Resource, NY.)