Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Are We Busy Doing the Right Things? Verses for Thought.

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her."
Luke 10:38-42 (ESV)

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2 (ESV)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Women's Line Dancing Event

North Point Church Women’s Ministry

Line Dancing Event

For the experienced & the "not-so-much" alike!

Invite your lady friends!

When: Friday, October 15th (7-9pm)

Where: Big Rock Music Barn; 1125 122nd St, Martin

We're Just Here to Learn To Love Him

I've endured a few spiritual punches these past few days. It's hard to see family members struggling, hurting. The words to an Amy Grant song often come to mind when I have times like these. I found the lyrics on an "oldies" website, which I find offensive. But nonetheless, take to heart these words to In a Little While.

Got a ticket coming home
Wish the officer had known
What a day today has been
Then I stumbled through the door
Dropping junk mail on the floor
When will this day end
But then your letter caught my eye
Brought the hope in me to life
Cause you know me very well
And I bet you wrote me just to tell me

[Chorus:]
In a little while
We'll be with the Father
Can't you see Him smile
In a little while
We'll be home forever
In a while
we're just here
To learn to love Him
We'll be home
In just a little while

Boy, that letter hit the spot
Made me think of all I've got
And all that waits for me
Guess I've known it all day long

Wonder where my thoughts went wrong
When will my heart believe
Wakin' half-way through the night
Reachin' toward the lamp for light
Pickin' up the Word I find
Here's another letter to remind me

[Chorus]

Days like these are just a test of our will
Will we walk or will we fall?

Well, I can almost see the top of the hill
And I believe it's worth it all

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Why Go To Church?

A churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of the newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. "I've gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me I can't remember a single one of them. So I think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all."

This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

"I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me those meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"

Author Unknown

Friday, September 10, 2010

Opportunity for Covenant Membership at North Point Church

We will once again be offering our bi-annual Covenant Membership courses on September 19th and 26th. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some information that might help you understand our philosophy of covenant membership at NP.

1. Membership/Covenant: Membership is not a list of benefits or advantages, it’s a commitment. When we use the word “covenant” we are referencing a bond that comes from like minded belief and thinking. We are holding one another accountable to living out the faith.
2. Knowing What We Believe: Our church has a vision, mission, and six key principles that guide every decision this church makes. Knowing how we approach baptism, the sacraments, bible study, prayer, preaching, worship, etc, helps you understand why we do what we do, what guides us, and how we come to these conclusions. Covenant Membership is about knowing the God we serve and the theology of the church.
3. Transfer Membership: Many of you have asked, “Can I just transfer my membership from another church?” We encourage you to do so, but the fact still remains that our church is not that church. Though almost all denominations confess Jesus Christ as the way, the truth and the life, we are all unique, and most churches have an autonomous vision for the future that’s influenced by place, time and resources. This is why we require all transfers to take the courses for membership. Taking the courses helps you understand what North Point is all about and how it plans to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).
4. Hearing Your Story: Part of covenant membership is hearing how the Lord saved you. In the early church, the Apostle’s Creed was used at a person’s baptism. The Creed was a way for believers to confess their likeness and commitment to a Trinitarian belief system. Hearing your testimony encourages the church and builds up the body of Christ.
5. Helping Make Decisions: As a covenant member you’re allowed to vote. The body of Christ—confessing members—is called to keep the leaders and fellow believers in check. We believe in a consistory—governing body of Elders and Deacons—that are accountable to the whole. This means that Elders, Deacons and Pastors are called to discern and heed God’s leadings, but also to hear the voice of the people. This applies to a future building, approval of leaders, etc. God’s people are called to hold one another accountable. Those that are committed to the covenant are allowed the right to vote on these matters.
6. Taking the Classes: Taking the classes is more than jumping through a hoop. Matter of fact, it’s not a hoop at all; it’s an opportunity to see, hear and also ask questions. The classes are designed to give you a basic foundation of the doctrines and theology of the church. Taking the classes is also a statement of commitment. In a world that opposes anything mandatory, the bible is the opposite, it demands great things from God’s people. It’s unreasonable to think that a few hours of commitment to learning about the church I attend aren’t necessary…you need to know the place you go.

I trust you will find this information to be helpful. The key to deciding to join a local body of believers is prayer. You must know that this is God’s will for your life. If you’ve been at North Point for several years, maybe it’s time you took one more step in making this your church family?

If you would like to sign up for these upcoming classes, please do so at church this Sunday, or respond to me via email and I’ll put you on the list. Keep the faith and know that you’re more than an attendee; you’re a brother/sister in Christ. May God give you the discernment to know His will. -Pastor Jason

Friday, September 3, 2010

Labor Day Appetizer

Buffalo Chicken and Cheese Dip

1 8oz pkg of cream cheese, softened

2 large cans of chicken breast, drained

¼ to ½ cup red hot sauce (like Texas Pete) add to taste (I use ½ cup)

½ cup blue cheese dressing (can also use Ranch dressing if preferred)

¼ to ½ cup crumbled blue cheese (add to taste or optional)

Mix above ingredients in small casserole dish. Place casserole dish into preheated 350° oven and bake 20 minutes or until hot & bubbly.  Serve with pita bread chips or other crackers.

This is a great one for family get-togethers. Tastes just like buffalo wings. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Three Story Evangelism Training

An Evangelism Training Opportunity from our Pastor...
I want to encourage all who call North Point home to plan on attending this upcoming evangelism training. Three Story Evangelism is a wonderful way to clearly and accurately articulate the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Three Story concentrates on God’s Story, Our Story and the Story of Others. All of these stories intermingle and define who we are and our faith. If you’ve ever struggled with not knowing what to say when someone asks you what you believe, or have difficulty expressing the message of the Cross and personal salvation, plan on attending this important training.

This training is for Moms, Dads, Sunday School Teachers, Church Leaders, Elders, Deacons, Students and all those under the banner of the Great Commission (includes all of us). I will be leading half of the training and want to again stress how necessary it is to know the Gospel Message. Please take time to pray and consider spending a day learning how to communicate the greatest story ever told.

We will have sign-ups this coming Sunday.

Where: Centerpoint Church, 2345 N. 10th St, Kalamazoo, MI
When: Saturday, September 11 (8:30am-4:00pm)
Cost: $10 includes training, lunch, and workbook
Register: www.KalamazooYFC.org or (269) 388-3888