A True Investment for the Future

May 21 was our Worship on the Lawn; a great time of worship, fellowship, and eating! Pastor Ken is continuing his teaching series on Home-Life 101, this week focusing on children, from 2 Timothy 3:14-15. Our apologies, but the sound volume has been increased the best we could.

In a Barna survey, parents have indicated what parents desire to give their children:

  1. Good education
  2. Know they are loved
  3. Have faith – a distant third at that.

And you know that from childhood…

The initiative of spiritual health of our children. There are two ways to prioritize this initiative:

  • Relationship – recall that which people have personally poured into your life. Who has taught you, and who are you teaching?
  • Repetition (Isaiah 38:19, Joel 1:3) – what are you passing on to the next generation?

You have known the sacred Scriptures…

  • Knowing the Scriptures – have we passed on the truth of God’s Word, or just what I think about God’s Word? Have they seen it come alive in my life? Have they seen it, engaged it?
  • The Ezra Principle (Ezra 7:10) – Ezra purposed to study God’s Word, keep it, and teach it. We cannot do the third if we lack the first two.

To give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus…

  • The goal: the salvation of their souls.
  • The vision: to create a venue in which faith in Christ Jesus may be encountered, understood, and received. We are not desiring our children to be doctrinally sound as much as knowing Jesus personally.

Study Questions:

  • What did Paul encourage Timothy to do?
  • How long had Timothy known the holy Scriptures?
  • What are the holy Scriptures able to do?
  • How authoritative are the Scriptures to you?
  • Have you personally responded to Christ in faith? When?
  • What steps have you taken to learn how to more effectively share your salvation story with others?
  • How have you personally continued in the spiritual teachings you have learned?
  • How have you passed faith on to the next generation?
  • Name some teachings from the Bible that you are convinced of (a settled faith).
  • Name other teachings where you still doubt or struggle.
  • What steps can you take to be discipled, and also disciple others?

 

Preschool Helpers Needed

Calling all loving volunteers!  The preschool department is currently in need of volunteers. 

If you’re willing to give one hour a month with this ministry, please contact Amy Newberry.

Make the world a better place, teach preschoolers.

School’s Out Party 2017

Friday, June 16th from 7:00 – 11:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the end of the school year with us! It’s only $30 for 3 hours of fun on the ropes course.

Invite your friends, but make sure your money is turned in by June 11th to reserve your spot!

We will leave the church at 7:00 p.m. and return around 11:30 p.m.

Ropes course time is from 7:30 – 11:00 p.m.

A Living Proverb for Life

This message is from Proverbs 31, about the importance of mothers in the home, on this Mother’s Day 2017.

Billy Sunday: What did the pastor say that induced him to follow Christ? Nothing, but the godly life that I saw lived in the home.

Here the king reflects on the godly mother in his life.

1. External Influence: the illustration of a mother’s touch (Proverbs 31:10-24).

Introduction

  • Unique value – Proverbs 31:10.
  • Endearment – by those who are dependent on her love.
  • Integrity – her character and goodness are evident.

Production – The great call on your life. Notice these ten word pictures.

  1. Proverbs 31:13 – her joyful service, willing hands, serving others.
  2. Proverbs 31:14 – gives the very best – like the merchant ships.
  3. Proverbs 31:15 – sacrifices
  4. Proverbs 31:16 – initiative, right place at the right time.
  5. Proverbs 31:17 – work ethic and moral integrity
  6. Proverbs 31:18 – very conscientious
  7. Proverbs 31:19-20 – gifted in multitasking, meeting needs where they exist
  8. Proverbs 31:21 – a mother gives the very best not just getting by
  9. Proverbs 31:22-23 – otherness, taking care and thinking of others
  10. Proverbs 31:24 – work that is never below her dignity

2. The Internal Reality: the impact of God’s tough (Proverbs 31:25-31)

  1. Proverbs 31:25 – strength of God’s presence, and inward beauty – character is defined by who we are when the lights go out.
  2. Proverbs 31:26 – is able to speak but there are times when she does not speak. When she does speak, her words of kind and loving
  3. Proverbs 31:27 – never idle – never folding her hands with nothing to do, trustworthiness, and people can count on her
  4. Proverbs 31:28-29 – she is above them all, she surpasses other family members, her reputation precedes her. Proverbs 22:1, Romans 12:17
  5. Proverbs 31:30-31 – what people see in her should reflect the value and character of the Lord who leads her. Faith, integrity, trustworthiness, loyalty, fear of the Lord – Proverbs 14:26. Also see Philippians 2:12-13 – work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Obedience to and consecration in the Lord.

Lives are to be lived in honor and service to God.

Study Questions:

  1. How would you describe a wife of noble character?
  2. How is the noble wife of this chapter different from or similar to the popular ideal today?
  3. What can we do to encourage wives and mothers in their God-given responsibilities?
  4. How is charm deceptive?
  5. Why is it important to keep in mind the fact that physical beauty is fleeting?
  6. How can you recognize the importance of inner beauty?
  7. What is one God-given role or responsibility (whether that of a wife or something else) you can devote to God’s service?
  8. How can you show appreciation to your mother or wife for her hard work and wisdom?

After Mother’s Day Resources

Thank you for visiting King’s Grant Baptist Church on Mother’s Day 2017! As promised, you may download your resources below.

I trust these resources will help you better connect with God, and perhaps even connect you to King’s Grant Baptist Church.

While you’re here, take a look at this new teaching series by Ken Pruitt…

Please let us know how we can better serve you or help you grow in your relationship with Jesus. We are also on Social Media, so let’s connect…

Click below to download your resources.

 

Credible Christian Faith

This message is all about living as salt and light in this world. How are we BEING salt and light without that life within us manifesting itself by DOING ministry for others?

1. A Life Lived as Salt (Matthew 5:13)

Salt is indispensable – when it is applied, it preserves, protects, and enhances that which it touches. To be indispensable, it means it is necessary and non-negotiable.

Salt is influential – things change at the place of application, think about saltless potato chips! Our challenge is to be continually salting our community.

Salt is intentional – Jesus asked the question about what to do with ineffective salt, it’s not much good for anything. We must be on the alert to not become ineffective. Always seek to be the aroma of Christ.

2. A Life Lived as Light – (Matthew 5:14-16)

Proximity – this is about spirituality rather than geography. Sometimes we wait to obey his commands, but he will not give us more orders when we have not obeyed previous commands. Obey and he reveals more to us.

Purpose – light is intended to be seen, that is its purpose. We represent something more transcendent, what Christ accomplished on the cross. We are to shine bight like the stars (Philippians 2:15)

Promotion – Jesus uses the word “let” which implies a decision. Once acted upon, this light is the proof that Jesus is alive in us.

Conclusion:

  1. There is no mistake in where God has placed me in life.
  2. I am placed where I am ultimately for Kingdom purposes.
  3. Opportunities for ministry are not crafted by time and space but by right perspective.

Study Questions:

  1. What did Jesus mean when He called His followers salt?
  2. What sort of effect does salt have on food?
  3. How do salty things affect us?
  4. How can a Christian lose his or her saltiness?
  5. What does it mean to “let your light shine”?
  6. How might a believer hide his or her light?
  7. What is the effect of bright light in a dark place?
  8. What does light reveal?
  9. What specific behaviors mark the life-style of a salty, shining Christian?
  10. In light of your gifts, abilities, and interests, what specific problem in our world can you
    counteract as a representative of Christ?
  11. What phone calls or letters would you be willing to make or write this week in order to be salt and light in a decaying, dark world?
  12. To whom in your neighborhood, family, or workplace can you be salt and light this week?
  13. How can you be salt and light to the people God has placed in your life?

Fulfill Your Ministry

This is about finding and fulfilling the ministry that God has for his followers.

Message notes are coming soon.

Study Questions:

  1. Who will Jesus Christ judge? (2 Timothy 4:1)
  2. For what did Paul want Timothy to be prepared? (2 Timothy 4:2)
  3. What time did Paul say was coming? (2 Timothy 4:3)
  4. What will people one day do with the truth? (2 Timothy 4:4)
  5. What did Paul instruct Timothy to do? (2 Timothy 4:5)
  6. Why was Paul ready for his impending death? (2 Timothy 4:6)
  7. What had Paul done? (2 Timothy 4:7)
  8. What was in store for Paul? (2 Timothy 4:8)
  9. To whom will God award a crown of righteousness? (2 Timothy 4:8)
  10. What type of doctrines do people today like to hear?
  11. In what way are all Christians able to be evangelists?
  12. How can you use the Bible in your own spiritual growth this week?
  13. What can you do this week toward discharging all your duties?

Awana-Palooza 2017

THE WEEKEND WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR IS HERE:
AWANA-PALOOZA
Carnival & Closing Ceremony Weekend

AWANA Carnival!
Friday, April 28 at 6:30 pm
Celebrate all the points earned this year in AWANA! Your hard earned points will determine the order we pick baskets at the end of the Carnival! We have baskets for all the AWANA kids thanks to the generosity of our church members! We can’t wait to celebrate all your hard work! We will have Corndogs and other carnival foods – have dinner with us!

CHECK OUT THE BASKETS!

VBS Registration (online) will be available Friday night. All who have registered for VBS before the end of the evening (even if you have already registered online) will be entered to win a prize! And we will have a special VBS guest…

Carnival is for AWANA Club members only. Siblings welcome to come an play games but please do not bring extra friends. Please no drop offs. Parents are to be with their children for this event.

AWANA Closing Ceremony! (in the Sanctuary)
Sunday, April 30 at 5:00 pm (arrive early)
Friends and Families invited! We will celebrate all the book work done this year, get certificates and sing songs!  Awards will be given and cake will be served!

Thanks to all the families, kids & volunteers for an amazing year!

AWANA-PALOOZA!
Ellie & Karen

Jesus on Ministry Priorities

Pastor Ken’s first message in this new teaching series comes off of the Easter message where Jesus invites Mary and the disciple into participation in spreading the news of the resurrection (Matthew 28:7-8). Ministry 101 is a series on how we can participate in what God has called us to do.

Because of the resurrection, just what does Jesus call us to? We must have the same spirit as Isaiah, “here am I, send me.” For Mary Magdalene, her bereavement was turned into blessing, she moved from being a spectator to a participant.

Here are the three question we must ask in order to discover the ministry God has for us.

1. Where am I with God? In this story, Jesus pushes back by retreating to a quiet place in order to pray. Is our ministry defined by our public life or by our personal life? We nurture our relationship with God. Jesus valued it, so should we. Even in the midst of great needs and popularity, Jesus needed time with the Father. There is a tension between entering our prayer closet (Matthew 6:6, treasure room) and the public gather expected of believers (Hebrew 10:25). Jesus made prayer a discipline, exercising practical intention.

2. Where am I with the mission of Christ? After Peter finds Jesus in his solitary place, Jesus mentions the need to go to surrounding towns and villages, because the gospel was the reason that he came. This is missional. He came to seek the lost, serve rather than be served, and be the answer to our sin problem. He came for a purpose, and he came for people. God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, and we participate in this mission (2 Corinthians 5:19). The love of Christ controls us, not the needs around us (2 Corinthians 5:14). Needs can be physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual.

3. Where am I with the needs of people? Jesus meets with the man with leprosy, Mark 1:40-45. Jesus was asked about his willingness, and the text tells us that he was moved with compassion. His compassion moved him toward a willingness. Then Jesus invites the man into a ceremony that would welcome him back into the community of faith; the man was redeemed and then restored. In this story we see that Jesus cares for the soul.

In application ask: where or when am I moved with compassion? How does the ministry of reconciliation manifest itself in me? How am I living out the meaning of the great commission?

Application Questions:

Mark 1:35-39

  1. In light of this passage, how do you think Jesus knew his life purpose so clearly?
  2. Why do you think Jesus had to spend so much time in prayer if he was the Son of God?
  3. How should we follow Christ’s example of praying?
  4. What is the benefit of getting up before dawn to spend time with the Lord in prayer?
  5. What area of need does Jesus’ example of prayer reveal to you?
  6. What should be your response to other believers who are committed to prayer?
  7. How do you think you would have responded if you had been the one to find Jesus praying?
  8. What can you learn about your own responsibility to serve from Jesus’ attitude toward the people who demanded His time?
  9. How can you order the parts of your life to reflect the priorities Jesus had?
  10. What one area of your spiritual life do you think the Lord wants you to develop or concentrate on the most right now?
  11. What role do you think solitude should have in the Christian life?
  12. Following Jesus’ example, what can you do this week to spend more quality time with the Lord in prayer?
  13. When and where can you pray on a regular basis this week?
  14. What can you do to increase your consistency in prayer over the next month?

Mark 1:40-45

  1. Who are the outcasts or untouchables in our world today?
  2. In what ways can Christians serve or help people who have great need?
  3. When has the Lord ever healed you either physically or emotionally?
  4. How have you responded to the Lord’s healing in your life?
  5. How would you react if you saw another person miraculously healed by the Lord?
  6. Looking at the leper’s example, what attitude do you think is crucial to receive healing from the
    Lord?
  7. Why do you think God sometimes heals people miraculously yet at other times chooses not to?
  8. What does this passage tell you about Christ and his attitude toward our pain and suffering?
  9. When have you ever done the opposite of what you knew Jesus would have wanted you to do?
  10. How can disobedience cost us?
  11. What is one area of your life in which you need physical, emotional, or spiritual healing from
    God?
  12. To what person in our church or community could you reach out this week? How?
  13. What concrete action can you take this week to trust Jesus with your areas of need?

Easter Message for 2017

Pastor Ken Pruitt’s teaching from Matthew 28:1-7, on the Story of the Resurrection in Your Life. (We are very sorry about the wide angle view of this recording).

Observations from this morning…

The story of the gospel has this earliest confession of faith at its root, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. The resurrection is central, but it can also be personal. These are real events happening to real people, but what comes next? This is a life-changing encounter that moves people from spectators into participants.

Ken led us through the 10 post-resurrection appearances of Jesus and emphasized that each one meant something personally to the people who witnessed it. This teaching will focus on Mary Magdalene, since she was the first. More details on these appearances may be found here.

1. Notice her PROBLEM (Matthew 28:1): she knew the captivity of darkness, and approaches the tomb out of duty, with a task to perform, she was carrying spices and sadness. A problem we all share is that we don’t always see the truth of the resurrection. The same power that raised Jesus from the grave is available to us! (Romans 8:11).

2. There was a PRESENCE (Matthew 28:2): the angel was on the stone, God steps in and was seen for the next 40 days.

3. Notice her change of PERSPECTIVE (Matthew 28:5): the dialog of Mary with this angel helps her realize that things are not as they seem. Transformation has happened and can still happen in our lives today. God can alter our lives beyond the routine. We have this living hope based on the resurrection of Jesus (1 Peter 1:3).

4. Mary also discovers there is a PLAN (Matthew 28:7): she is to go, tell, and meet with the disciples. The resurrection is not the end, but a beginning of a wonderful participation we have in the message and mission of the gospel. We have moved from observation to participation!


An Expanded Teaching Outline:

  1. Problem (Matthew 28:1) – came to the grave expecting death
  2. Power (Matthew 28:2) – the earthquake was severe and the stone was rolled away
  3. Presence (Matthew 28:3) – an angel of the Lord descended and speaks
  4. Petrified (Matthew 28:4) – the fear of the soldiers, they became like dead men
  5. Perspective (Matthew 28:5) – looking for the living among the dead?
  6. Person (Matthew 28:5) – they were not seeking a body but a living person
  7. Proof (Matthew 28:6) – he is risen, just as he said, see where he was lying
  8. Plan (Matthew 28:7) – go quickly and tell the disciples
  9. Participation (Matthew 28:7) – he is going before you (you are not sent alone)
  10. Proclamation (Matthew 28:10) – go and take the word to my brethren…

Don’t miss the next three weeks as Pastor Ken opens up about how this participation manifests itself through ministry, and how we are involved in that… Ministry 101 begins April 23, 2017.