This message is the final message in a series on the Core Four. Today, we expand the understanding of what it means to be a disciple. One aspect of discipleship is "outreach." How is outreach different than social justice or organizations? How can Pontiac Bible Church increase it's footprint in our community? How does the gospel affect culture? It is our desire to make an impact with the gospel locally, regionally & globally.
In week 3 of our Core Four series, we take a look at the words of Moses in Deuteronomy 6:4-7 and discover how those words define and even dictate how we view and pursue our Next Generation Ministries at PBC. Above all else, we believe the most important thing we can teach our children and teenagers is to love God with all they are. This is the essence of the Old Testament Law and the essence of our ministry to children and teenagers at PBC.
"One of the surest barometers of the quality of your Christian life is the quality of Christian relationships in your life." Biblical Community as defined by the leaders of PBC is simply "deep, abiding relationships in the body of Christ." We tackle similar questions as we did last week. We are in week two of our series, "The CORE Four." As we look at the compass of discipleship, Biblical Community has to be...at the CORE.
We believe our mission is connecting and equipping people to follow Jesus. We accomplish that mission as we celebrate, connect, and contribute together in four key contexts: WORSHIP, BIBLICAL COMMUNITY, OUTREACH, and NEXT GENERATION. The four primary areas, driven by the power of PRAYER become the core principles that guide the ministries of PBC and form a pathway to follow in Jesus's footsteps. In this message, Pastor Andy preaches on the first core principle, Worship: Together in God's Presence Glorifying Father, Son, and Spirit. We'll examine three important questions: 1) What is worship? 2) Why is it important to worship together? 3) How do we worship together as PBC?
We finish up Acts 20 with part 2 of What Is Our Idea of Church? Be sure to check out part 1 from last week, if you missed it!
Conflict. Dissension. Debate. Just as The Church is seeing "all the things God has done", a council is called to settle the dispute. The process of resolution is uncanny for the sake of the gospel and the expanse of the Kingdom which was meant to create unity. What was the dispute? They must answer, "What does a person have to do to be saved?"
Emulating means to match or surpass a person usually by imitation. In the church world, Antioch of Syria is worth emulating. The church at Antioch reminds us of our mission and how to proceed with that mission. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, that mission can be realized.
After Stephen was killed and Saul began to persecute Christians in Judea, many fled the area, proclaiming the gospel as they went. Some came to a city called Antioch, 300 miles north of Jerusalem, and shared the gospel with gentiles living there. This was the start of the church that would become the HQ for the Gentile Mission in the early days of the Church. Some of the greatest leaders and pastors in history served in Antioch, including Barnabas, Paul, Peter, Ignatius, Theophilus, Lucian, and John Chrysostom. It was in Antioch that the followers of Jesus were first labeled "Christians." As we study this amazing church, we'll learn six lessons about being a missionary church filled with mission-minded Christians.
The State of the Church Address. This is an unusual occasion for Pontiac Bible Church. There was no "message" Sunday, but there was a panel that shared the current state of our church. It was invigorating as we are thankful for where we have been and as we look forward to where God is leading. You will hear 3 main topics discussed: Keys to Growth for PBC; Keys to Buy-In for PBC partners & attenders; Keys to Dream Big & Pray Big. Enjoy! We are looking forward to 2016 & beyond
We come to the first "blemish" on the early church. So many good things happening and then Satan diverts his focus from persecuting the church (for the time-being) to attempting to destroy it from the inside. The Good? The church is growing & thriving. The Bad? Ananias & Sapphira pay a price for sin. The Fallout? Fear covers the church and everyone who has heard of the deaths of the two who sinned against God.