Easter and Family

Yesterday, Renea brought in the Easter cards for me to sign for my parents and her parents. I immediately thought about the impact of being raised in a Christian home where Easter was the foundation of our lives.

Joe and Mava Taylor taught me from my youngest days that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ was the most important part of life – the eternal part of life. I hunted for Easter eggs, wore funny looking suits (they were perfect, Mother!), but was clearly taught that I needed to know Jesus in order to be saved.

When I reached the age of understanding in Houston, Mississippi, I was in church when an altar call was given. And to this day, I clearly remember asking Jesus to take away my sins.

Here are the words that I put in my card to my parents:

Daddy and Mother, 
A very Happy Easter to the two people most instrumental in pointing me to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ! Thanks for providing me with a home that will pay eternal dividends for me, my children, my grandchildren, and on and on…until He returns!
I love you, 
Terry 

I’m a 55 year old man with grown children, three grandchildren, and two more on the way. What a responsibility I feel to pass onto these future generations – the special Easter gift that was given to me!

I then reflected on what I would put in the card to Renea’s parents:

Cecil and Joyce, 
Happy Easter! Thank you for raising a daughter, mother, and grandmother who has a true personal relationship with our risen Savior! The foundation of faith the two of you poured into her is making an eternal difference generation after generation…
I love you both, 
Terry 

Easter is such an important day in the life of a church. My dad is 81 years old and pastors Ladd Springs Church of God just outside Cleveland, Tennessee. I will not be there with them, but from what I experienced growing up in my parent’s home, the church will look its very best on this Sunday morning, March 27. There will be great effort and attention to make the people who visit on this Sunday feel welcomed and important. 

That turns my attention to Family Church this Sunday, March 27. Our attendance has been growing rapidly and this Sunday will likely be “standing room only” with all the new people we expect to have for our Easter service.

Those of us that already have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ have such a great responsibility this Sunday.

We will be asked to:

SERVE – many of us will be greeting, directing parking, holding babies, teaching children, leading in worship, serving on security teams, or just being Jesus to new people that enter our Worship Center.

SITTING – we will give up our preferred seat this Sunday to make room for people that walk in a little nervous about coming to church. We so desire to make it easy for them to find a seat.

FRIENDS – we will help people see that we desire to be more than just a friendly church. Instead, we want to be a place new people leave convinced they could find friends to do life with at Family Church.

I pray that I will need to stand up all service long this Sunday so that someone who doesn’t know Christ, or have the Christian background that I have, will have the opportunity to hear the message of Easter! I want other families to begin passing their faith to another generation.

Terry Taylor

Reminder: if you haven’t passed your Easter invite card to someone, please do so right now!

5 Steps To Biblical Community

Have you ever said that you would like to experience true biblical community?

Like many others that walk through the doors of Family Church, I have felt lonely at times.

The exciting thing is that God’s Word has a solution for all of us!

Below, you will find five steps that can help you move toward biblical community.

The fun piece about the process of experiencing biblical community is that you do not have to do all five steps at one time.

Let’s take a look!

Step 1: STEP OUT – Building a great friendship and experiencing true biblical community starts with a first step. First steps can include:

• Listening and engaging in social settings.
• Focusing the conversation on the other person.
• Praying that people will sense your genuine care for them and their circumstances.
• Attending an event for women/men/couples or a series at your church.

Step 2: FOLLOW UP – Remember a detail. It catches the attention of other people when we follow up on topics that they spoke to us about in our first encounter.

• Ask how their doctor visit went.
• Bring up their favorite sports team.
• Be consistent in the follow-up. If we act interested in one encounter, and the next time we barely have a moment for them, they will immediately question our interest         in them.

Step 3: SPEND TIME TOGETHER – Meet up at Starbucks, McDonald’s or the Sporting Goods Store.

• Don’t Get Discouraged! Ask again. Then, ask again.
• Understand that you may catch someone in an abnormally busy season of life and it is truly impossible for him or her to get together.
• Find a natural connection.
• Have someone meet you for coffee before church or a church event.

Step 4: BE HONEST – It is important from the very beginning of the friendship to be honest about who you are and what is important to you. God is highest priority in your life and will, hopefully, be in the conversations from the beginning.

• If this friendship is being built between two or three Christians – make God a very comfortable part of the conversation.
• It is important to be authentic and real at a pace that fits for both people.
• Many people get scared away if they know everything about you and there are no secrets after a first or second talk. Remember, you are not in a hurry.

Step 5: STUDY GOD’S WORD TOGETHER – Wouldn’t it be great if God/Bible talk were a part of every meaningful relationship? Biblical community is greatly enhanced when it is not weird for God/Bible talk to be scattered throughout any conversation.

• If you are at an event – do the assignments and don’t just talk about last night’s ballgame or child issue.
• Agree to attend a women or men’s event that makes it easy to talk about God’s Word and its affect on your life.
• Ask this new friend to help you lead a small group and both of you bring a friend.

Now you have a foundation to build on. You can truly learn how to give to others, love others, serve others, care for the needy, and reach the lost – which will help you achieve true biblical community.

The years that follow will offer opportunities to love in a way that proves we are disciples of Jesus Christ.

John 13:34-35 – “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

Repeat…Repeat…Repeat

Will You Participate In The 1,000 Invite Challenge?

All of Family Church knows by now that we have accepted the challenge to invite 1000 people to our Easter service on Sunday, April 5, at 10 am!

For you and me that means we agreed to think of three people and invite each one to our Easter service. What if your simple invite made the difference in someone’s eternity?

Here are some of the things that happen or might happen when you invite someone:

1. You plant a seed, water, or even harvest for God’s Kingdom (1 Corinthians 3:6-9).

2. You obey those over you in the Lord that have asked you to do this (Hebrews 13:17).

3. You obey Jesus that told us to go into all the world and preach the Gospel (Mark 16:15).
4. You let someone know you care! You care about their soul!!5. You affect the eternity of a dad, mom, child, grandparent, uncle, aunt, cousins, and/or generations of a family.

Remember, this isn’t simply inviting someone to a powerful church service. It really matters for eternity.What can you do today that truly matters? One way is to invite 1, 2,—at least 3 people to our incredible church service on Easter Sunday.Invite someone to hear the greatest story ever told! Sunday morning, April 5, 10 am at Family Church!

Also – Be on the lookout for a few opportunities next week to participate on a Serve Team outreach as we give invites to the neighborhoods around our property!

Sanctified By Suffering At A Glance – Pastor Taylor

Wow! It might be exciting to think of being set apart for God (sanctified) or being made holy, but it can lose its excitement when the act of being set apart comes by undergoing pain, distress, and/or hardship (suffering).

Pastor Beck shared a two part series that ended yesterday on this topic of being sanctified through purposeful suffering that God allows. It is so easy to become bitter over the pain and suffering in our lives if we lose sight of the eternal purpose of the suffering that God allows. Pain and suffering is not meant to bring bitterness, but instead is designed to bring brokenness.

In George Barna’s book, Maximum Faith: Live Like Jesus, he list 10 stops on the journey from not knowing God to being totally whole and living the life that Christ has made available to us. Ninety five percent of the people that start this journey never make it to step seven. Step seven is Experiencing Personal Brokenness.

Brokenness can open us to the life that Christ died on the cross for us to experience. Brokenness can help us realize that salvation is not just a simple prayer, and we can come to understanding that we cannot save ourselves. We

Podcast Ep: 056 How To Be A Part Of Transformed

In just under two weeks we kick off our new small group series, Transformed.

For many of us we get scared of getting lost in the mix.

Many questions come with a new kick off like this like, how do I get in a group? What if I don’t know anyone? Do I need to host a group?

Well we hope in this podcast you get the answers to those questions.

In the coming weeks you will also receive emails that help you connect to groups and hosts that are looking for people to be a part of their small group.

If there is still a question that you cannot find the answer to then please don’t hesitate to contact Renea Taylor at rgtaylor@familychurch.org.

Now, all you have to do is press play below to hear more info from Executive Pastor Terry Taylor.

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The World’s Greatest Journey…

The journey towards knowing who God is the greatest journey on which we will ever embark. This month at Family Church we will look closely at what knowing God and His attributes are all about.

Who in your life knows you best? Who in your life knows the real you? Do you have friends that know you at different levels according to the closeness of your relationship? How well do your children, other family members, and your spouse know you? Do some people think they know you better than they actually do?

Lead Pastor, Beck Payne, told us Sunday that as long as we don’t know who God is, we will never know what true life is or who we can be; and, we will never know what God is like or understand

Podcast Ep: 054 Spring Small Groups | Transformed

On Monday we posted a short recap of what Pastor Taylor shared with us about the new small group series, Transformed.

Well, just in case that was not enough. Here is the full audio from the service!

To listen, click the link below the picture (if you are reading this in email). If you are on the blog then all you have to do is press play below!

Hope you guys have a great Wednesday and we look forward to seeing everyone tonight on campus. Services start at 7:00pm.

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What Could Happen If You Said Yes?

H.O.S.T. a Group in 50 Days of Transformation.

I invite you to H.O.S.T. a group in our upcoming small group campaign – SIGN UP TODAY!!

Sunday morning I invited every believer at Family Church to sign up to H.O.S.T. a small group in March and April. All you need to do is invite two or three friends from work, your neighborhood, or church to be in your group.

H – have a heart for people

O – open your home, workplace, or coffee shop/restaurant

S – serve a snack

T – turn on the DVD

The seven sessions of this TRANSFORMED series include: being transformed in our Spiritual Health, Physical Health, Mental Health, Emotional Health, Relational Health, Financial Health, and Vocational Health.

Your small group can serve as your “life support system.” An astronaut would never go into space without a life support system. A deep-sea diver would never go to the ocean depths without the support

Resolve | God First Living | Part 1

Pastor Beck challenged everyone that is a part of Family Church to RESOLVE to live God-First in all of 2015! We all only have one life to live, and the one life we live here on earth will echo throughout eternity.

We all face enemies to “God-first living.” We will be tempted to put ourselves first, put others first and/or put other things before God. 1 John 5:21 states, “Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.”

God-first living can only flow out of a heart where God is dwelling. Whoever and whatever has your heart – has your life.

Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law

Hello Christmas Part 4

Pastor Stravato closed out our Christmas series, Hello Christmas, with his message, Twas the Days After Christmas!

He began by reminding us that we can love Christmas from a human perspective with all the traditions associated with it, and we can love Christmas from a redemptive perspective—realizing that God bought us from darkness, death and destruction with the precious birth of Jesus Christ.

Christmas is filled with deep emotions, both good and bad, and the days after Christmas can be very difficult.

We can deal with those days successfully by reminding ourselves of what Christmas really is…God’s greatest gift to the world (John 3:16).

Christ’s message to each of us in this and every Christmas season is that what is good and precious in our lives doesn’t ever need to be lost. and what is evil and undesirable in our lives can be changed.

Paul tells us in Galatians 5:22-23 that the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

There is no law against these things!

Pastor Stravato closed by telling us that Jesus Christ came into this world on Christmas so that He could deal with our past, heal our past, and keep our past in the past.

This should not be a season to be discouraged.

This is a season to be encouraged!