Sunday, December 26, 2010

Prayer Focus for the week of Dec. 26th

New Life Church has a prayer focus each week. Our prayer focus is broken down into three categories of ministry: 1. We pray for another local church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. 2. We pray for a Global Outreach Partner who is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. 3. We pray for a ministry of New Life Church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ locally.

Area Church: Emmanuel Community Church – Clackamas, OR, Pastor Rob Martini

Global Outreach Partner: Paul and Beryl Metko – Cadence International

  • Please pray for clear direction for the Metkos as they transition from their current position to something that is not entirely known. Pray especially for their meeting on Jan. 11th which is for this purpose.
  • Please pray also for Barb Evans, whose cancer has spread.

NLC Ministry: Awana

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Thank you from Dian Hutchin

Dear Church Members,
Our family greatly appreciates all the prayers, uplifting messages, and kind deeds sent our way during these trying times. Thank you, too, for the beautiful flowers. God bless you all.
--Dian Hutchin

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Prayer Focus for the week of Dec. 19th

New Life Church has a prayer focus each week. Our prayer focus is broken down into three categories of ministry: 1. We pray for another local church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. 2. We pray for a Global Outreach Partner who is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. 3. We pray for a ministry of New Life Church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ locally.

Area Church: First Baptist Church – Canby, OR, Pastor Lee Wiegand

Global Outreach Partner: Rich and Cheri Strahm – Equippers Network International

NLC Ministry: re:Generation

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Swap & Play Work Day Saturday Dec. 18th

In starting a campus of New Life Church in Wilsonville we want to be a church that is a blessing to the community. Toward that end, Wilsonville Swap & Play is a kid-friendly ministry that provides a “home away from home,” where families can find a supportive community and resources to provide for the physical needs of their children. The space will be opened up daily to local families as a place to let their children play indoors and out of the house. One of the rooms will be set up for families to swap lightly used clothes, toys, and baby gear for items that they need.

The Swap & Play ministry is beginning to take shape and this Saturday (Dec. 18th), from 9:00-Noon, we are going to finish the space preparations. Our primary objectives are to paint trim and clean up, however, if you would prefer to work outside there are bushes that need to be trimmed and sidewalks that need to be blown off too. Please come and work with us to make these rooms beautiful. Contact Pastor Travis for more information or just show up at 9:00 a.m. in Wilsonville ready to work!

Prayer Focus for the week of Dec. 12th

New Life Church has a prayer focus each week. Our prayer focus is broken down into three categories of ministry: 1. We pray for another local church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. 2. We pray for a Global Outreach Partner who is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. 3. We pray for a ministry of New Life Church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ locally.

Area Church: New Life Church Wilsonville

  • Please pray for the Swap & Play work day this Saturday from 9-Noon. Pray that the space would be ready and the ministry to local families would be a blessing to the community.
  • Pray that the gospel would be clearly proclaimed and that people trust Jesus as their savior.

Global Outreach Partner: Brian and Lavonne Buhler – South Asia

  • Praise God for the Middle School Ministry and for their desire to help children, their encouragement and the gift from the auction.
  • Pray for our new data entry division with the goal of creating 10,000 life transforming jobs by 2025.
  • Pray for Brian’s LifeGroup that he can help develop new leaders to grow and multiply more LG’s.
  • Pray for Funding to help replace LaVonne’s failed laptop and 2 more visa required exit trips for 2011.
  • Pray for LaVonne for wisdom and energy as she is now homeschooling all 3 of our children.

NLC Ministry: Ignite – High School Ministry

  • Pray that the youth would take to heart that they have a Heavenly Father that loves them.
  • Pray that the youth will spend time daily receiving from God.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Join us for the Christmas Eve Service

You're invited to a Christmas Eve Service, "The Rhythm of Christmas," at New Life Church Riverfalls, 1984 McKillican Street in West Linn. Choose from two identical services on Friday, December 24th at 4:30 or 6:00. You won't want to miss this musical celebration of Christ's birth.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Help us celebrate Bob Montgomery's 90th Birthday

You are invited to come and wish Bob Montgomery a well-deserved, Happy 90th Birthday at New Life Robinwood on Sunday, December 12th at 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres, birthday cake, coffee, and punch will be provided. Contact Sandi Bettineski if you have any questions.
Happy Birthday, Bob, from your friends at New Life Church!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Annual Budget and Elections Meeting

Sunday, November 21, 2010 we held our annual budget and elections meeting at New Life Church Robinwood. Anna Alcutt, Mike & Sherri Hellweg, John & Sylvia Pigott, Lauren Reavely, Phil & Marcia Reis, Donna Silva, Caitlyn Stone, and Jim & Cathy Tuttle were introduced as new members.

The church approved the budget and ratified Scott Haugen and Lee Bennett as elder for the next term.

And we approved changes to our bylaws. You can get a copy of the bylaws by asking the church office. Among the changes were:

  • An upgrade to the church covenant.
  • Dropping the word "pre-millenial" from our doctrinal statement.
  • Requiring only one business meeting per year.
  • Wording that presses us to search for a senior pastor from inside New Life Church before we go outside, reflecting our value of leadership development.

Prayer Focus for the week of Nov. 28th

New Life Church has a prayer focus each week. Our prayer focus is broken down into three categories of ministry: 1. We pray for another local church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. 2. We pray for a Global Outreach Partner who is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. 3. We pray for a ministry of New Life Church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ locally.

Area Church: Barton Community Baptist Church – Boring, OR, Pastor Thom Turner

Global Outreach Partner: Carmen Bryant – Missions Door

NLC Ministry: H20
- World Homeless Day went really well on October 10. $475 was raised and many H2O fliers were distributed.

- H2O's workshop at Missions Encounter in January. Prayer for our preparation and the actual workshop.
- That more bags will be distributed and as a result more homeless people/panhandlers saved through the upcoming H2O events.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Operation Christmas Child a Success!

New Life Church filled and delivered 111 gift-filled shoe boxes to Samaritan's Purse for Operation Christmas Child, whose mission is to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Last year over 8 million children in over 100 different countries received shoe boxes just like the ones sent by New Life Church. This year, our children in Treasureland collected toys and essentials and packed them into dozens of shoe boxes.

If you wanted to pack a shoe box but missed the delivery deadline, you can Build-a-Box online for a donation of $35. Just follow this link:

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thank you for helping with Thanksgiving Baskets

Another great year was just completed. Thanks so much to everyone who made phone calls, printed maps, donated food, packed food, and delivered boxes. There were 29 boxes filled this year. The high school Ignite team was a wonderful help in moving the food from the storage cupboard onto the tables where it was packed. God is blessed and so is everyone involved in this outreach ministry!

From Dianne Froode

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Prayer Focus for the week of Nov. 21st

New Life Church has a prayer focus each week. Our prayer focus is broken down into three categories of ministry: 1. We pray for another local church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. 2. We pray for a Global Outreach Partner who is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. 3. We pray for a ministry of New Life Church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ locally.

Area Church: Grace Church of Molalla – Molalla, OR. Pastor John Baker

  • Please pray for the shared facility merger with New Horizons Fellowship in Molalla as two churches begin using the same facility beginning January 2011.
  • Pray for the new shared ministries and a great vision for the future.
Global Outreach Partner: Skip and Ruth Sorensen – World Venture, Kabale, Uganda
  • On Nov. 20, Skip preaches in Kabale. PRAY FOR GOD TO SPEAK THROUGH SKIP.
  • On Nov. 21 we go to Kampala again, on to Kenya on the 24th, meet up with Stan at RVA and fly to the States on Nov. 25. PRAY FOR SAFETY IN TRAVEL.
  • Audrey is getting married in Laguna Beach to David Milburn on Dec. 3, 2010!!
NLC Ministry: Coffee Cart
  • Praise God for our highest turn out yet this Wednesday @ 121 students!
  • Pray that we will represent God well to the community through this ministry.
  • Pray that we will be able to communicate the gospel to the students that come to Coffee Cart.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Snow Policy

When it snows, there is always the question as to whether to go to church. For your safety and to aid you in making a decision, we have developed the following policy. Weekdays: If West Linn High School is closed that day, the church’s activities will also be cancelled and the church office will be closed. Sundays: If snow or ice on the roads makes travel treacherous where you live, don’t attempt to come to services. Check the blog or our Facebook page for official announcements about weather cancellations.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Coffee Cart shatters attendance record!

On Wednesday, November 17th, Coffee Cart workers Kazumi Yamaura, Joan Meyers, and Jan Titus served a record 121 West Linn High School students and staff members! The previous record was 90.
Every weekday morning volunteers serve free coffee, hot cocoa, tea, and donuts to students and staff. This school year Coffee Cart introduced the addition of home baked goods on Mondays, cold cereal on Tuesdays, fresh maple bars on Wednesdays, giant muffins on Thursdays, and Noah's bagels on Fridays. Students can also relax on cushy chairs and enjoy new soft lighting and ceramic mugs.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Many hands accomplish much in Wilsonville

It was a great work day on Saturday! New Life Church is starting a church in Wilsonville and Wilsonville Swap & Play (which begins in late January) is a key ministry for sharing the love of Jesus with the community. Thank you to the more than 20 people who turned out to prepare the space by painting, and cleaning floors, windows, and gutters.

Wilsonville Swap & Play is a kid-friendly “home away from home,” where families can find a supportive community and resources to provide for the physical needs of their children. The space will be opened up daily to local families as a place to let their children play indoors and out of the house. One of the rooms will be set up for families to swap lightly used clothes, toys, and baby gear for items that they need.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Prayer Focus for the week of Nov. 14th

New Life Church has a prayer focus each week. Our prayer focus is broken down into three categories of ministry: 1. We pray for another local church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. 2. We pray for a Global Outreach Partner who is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. 3. We pray for a ministry of New Life Church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ locally.

Area Church: Athey Creek Christian Fellowship – Wilsonville, OR. Pastor Brett Meador

Global Outreach Partner: Paul and Diana Mayhugh – World Venture
Paul and Diana Mayhugh are praising the Lord for His grace and strength for the Chinese churches they have ministry with. Paul is currently on a 2-week ministry trip in Macau and Hong Kong. He will be involved in 3 churches' baptism services. Please pray for Paul:

  • to listen well and respond wisely. (James 1:19)
  • to have courage and boldness to speak truth.
  • to get his messages completed before having to speak.

NLC Ministry: Guatemala Mission Trip
The trip will be Feb. 5-12, 2011. It will be a vision trip to investigate the possibility of beginning a community partnership between our church and the community of Chicujal, Guatemala.

  • Please pray for wisdom. 
  • Please pray that the team will be led by the Spirit. 
  • Please pray for unity for the team.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

High School "Pumpkorn" event a success!

High school students gathered at the church at 2:30 on Saturday, October 23rd and started the event by traveling to Albeke Farms in Oregon City to grab some pumpkins for the team carving competition. The students split into five teams and each team had to decide upon a theme they were going to carry through into their pumpkin carving. The themes chosen were "Wild, Wild West", "Germany", "Random Household Objects", "Totem Pole", and "Individuality". Each group's pumpkins were judged and when the scores were tallied "Totem Pole" won with "Wild, wild west" coming in a close second.

After the carving was complete everyone sat down to a yummy meal of corn chowder, salad, toasted-pumpkin seeds, and rolls. Pumpkin pie and pumpkin bars were the desert. During the meal Tanya Elkins shared her testimony. It was powerful and she captured everyone's attention for the ten minutes that she spoke about the change that a relationship with Jesus Christ has made in her life following some tumultuous teen years. She invited everyone to stop striving after what the world says is the path to happiness, and into the unceasing and unchanging hope offered by a relationship with Him.

When dinner was over and cleanup was complete we headed out for the corn maze. There was a lot of screaming, a lot of mud, and when it was all over there were a lot of smiles! Everyone returned from the maze soaked to the skin and freezing cold, but after the heat kicked in the talk in the vans on the way home was about doing it all again next year.

The evening ended with thirty-seven students attending and seventeen of them were visitors! Please pray that the Lord would lead them to a relationship with Him and that He would continue to offer our ministry an opportunity to speak His truth into the lives of area high school students.

Monday, November 01, 2010

"Pop" Night at Awana

Last week at Awana the clubbers enjoyed a special theme night called "Pop Night". All of the kids brought their pop, grandpop, or some other adult male to hang out with them for the night. The night started with both Pops and clubbers learning and reciting verses from God's word. The Pops learned Deut. 6:4-5 and recited it to their kids.

Next we had a special time of singing and hearing a famous pop in our church share from the Bible (Pastor Scott). It was so cute to see all of the kids sitting in their Pop's lap and listening to what God had to say to them.

After hearing lesson from God's word, we had a time of games. A few of the Pops got really dizzy as the spun around on bats and tried to run around the Awana Circle. The favorite game of the night was American Eagle where kids ran across the circle with their Pops trying to avoid being tagged.

Finally, what "Pop Night" would be complete without having a snack of soda-pop, popcorn, and lollipops. A great time was had by all. "Pop Night" is just one of many fun theme nights that the faithful Awana leaders are putting on for the kids this year. It's not too late to join Awana either. If you child is 3 years old through 5th grade, we would love to have them come and learn God's word with us. Contact Sara Pylate at for more information.

To view a slide show of Pops and kids, click here.

Prayer Focus for the week of Oct. 31st

New Life Church has a prayer focus each week. Our prayer focus is broken down into three categories of ministry: 1. We pray for another local church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. 2. We pray for a Global Outreach Partner who is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. 3. We pray for a ministry of New Life Church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ locally.

Area Church: Rolling Hills Community Church – Tualatin, OR. Pastor Bill Towne

Global Outreach Partner: Bruce Tissell – World Venture, Brazil

  • Praise God for the safe trip to and for the discussion that we had in São Paulo with the missionaries from the south of Brazil. These discussions lead us to think through what needs to be discussed in the future.
  • Praise God also for the time of relaxation that He gave me during this time. Even though I had a cold I was able to relax and sleep well.
  • Please pray for me as I now bring the discussion to the missionaries in the northern part of Brazil. Pray that I would be able to faithfully explain what was discussed in the meeting in the south and that we would be able to start thinking together to decide how we can best serve and glorify God in our work here in Brazil.
  • Please pray that God would provide a place for me to stay for my time in the States in early December.

NLC Ministry: GriefShare

  • Praise God for those who are coming and finding hope and encouragement after the death of a loved one.
  • Pray that Jesus' death and resurrection would provide hope and change in those who come to GriefShare.

Don't forget to change your clock!

Sunday, November 7th at 3 a.m PST is the beginning of daylight savings time. Don't forget to move your clocks back one hour before bed on Saturday night and enjoy that extra hour of sleep!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New Life Church is planning a trip to Israel in 2011

Are you interested in joining the New Life Church group on a guided tour of Israel with Jerusalem University College (JUC)?

WHEN: Depart Portland on October 23, 2011 and return November 7, 2011.

COST: The approximate cost of the trip is $3,800.00 per person and depends on the cost of airfare, which could fluctuate hundreds of dollars. An exact cost will be known in late December.

INCLUDED IN THE COST: Airfare, three meals per day, tips, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, guided tours, admission fees to sights, maps, materials, and courses taught by a JUC instructor.

HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS: Any person 50 years old or over, or any person with certain health conditions, is required to submit a signed health statement from a doctor due to the very strenuous nature of the tour.

PASSPORT: A valid U.S. passport with an expiration of no earlier than April 24, 2012 is required.

NEXT STEPS: If you are seriously considering taking part in this tour, please make a note on your Keeping in Touch card (include e-mail address) or contact Judy Cochran in the church office, 503-656-8600.

For more information visit the JUC website at

Family Discipleship Class at Riverfalls

Discipleship occurs best in community. That’s true particularly with Family Discipleship, where we learn with one another how to follow Christ in the midst of our most important relationships—our family!

Family can be the most rewarding relationship, but also the most difficult. Indeed, we live in a time when the idea of family seems in decline and when marriages are in trouble.

As we learn together to how to live in the midst of “the drama of sin and grace” with our spouses and children, we will discover the power of the gospel to transform our families, and ourselves. We’ll learn how to build a godly family.

So join us Sunday mornings at 10:45 in the Chapel beginning October 17th for the Family Discipleship community, where we will explore applying the gospel to our families. We’ll begin with the six-session video, Sacred Marriage, where we’ll learn how God designed marriage to make us holy. Class is led by Michael Lewis.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

10/10/10 -- A Great Sunday at New Life Church

I have been a pastor at our church, as of last week, for 22 years! In that time, I can probably count on one hand the number of Sundays that I would say were really great, days where I wouldn't really change anything. God has done such a good work in our church, but He has done it through a series of gradual changes and good, but not spectacular Sundays.

Last Sunday, however, was one of those days that I would say was really great. For starters, the Robinwood congregation had their highest non-Easter attendance of the year and started a new class called Gospel Armor with 22 adults attending. The Riverfalls congregation enjoyed four baptisms (Audrey Lazar, Rachel Polley, David Hellweg, and Sam Cochran). Three fathers baptized their children. The service was full, but not as full as it would have been had we not sent a team to go do the service at Tanner Springs. Then we shared dinner together and the child safety training was packed. Eighty people were reminded of the importance of keeping kids safe. Add to that the 20 or so from a previous training and there are already 100 volunteers trained and ready to serve! That would have been good enough, but then 50 or so young people hit the I-205 off-ramps in Clackamas County to raise money for homeless people on World Homeless Day. Then, ReGeneration had a large crowd who were challenged to choose the path of wisdom from Psalm 1:1-6. If that weren't enough, one young man came up to me then and told me how he'd submitted his life to Christ after we talked last week!

I fell into bed exhausted, but happy for God's work at New Life Church. And . . . I hope it encourages you, too.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Wilsonville Garage Sale Success!

After two great days we are praising God for the results in Wilsonville! We sold most of our inventory and met many people from the community. It was wonderful to see people with smiling faces walk out with great deals. After expenses, the garage sale made $3000! The profits will benefit families in Wilsonville and neighboring communities by helping to fund a new Swap & Play ministry. Swap & Play will provide a place for families to network with one another, trade clothing and other items with each other, and let their children play. Thank you all for your help and prayers to make this event an overwhelming success!

Prayer Focus for the week of Sept. 26th

New Life Church has a prayer focus each week. Our prayer focus is broken down into three categories of ministry: 1. We pray for another local church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. 2. We pray for a Global Outreach Partner who is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. 3. We pray for a ministry of New Life Church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ locally.

Area Church: Lake Bible Church - Lake Oswego, OR,

Global Outreach Partner: Paul and Beryl Metko – Cadence International

  • Pray for the staff who recently received word from the Metkos that they will be stepping down from their regional director role at the end of this year.

  • Pray that, as the Metkos begin their last visits to each ministry location, the staff would focus on the future.

  • Pray for wisdom for the mission leadership as they consider who to recommend for the Metkos role.

  • Pray for God's leading as they discuss another role (one of mentoring new and returning staff) with mission leadership.

NLC Ministry: Life Groups

  • Please pray that the people of New Life Church will actively seek Christian community.

  • Pray that we will start 3 more Life Groups by the end of the year.

  • Pray that the Life Groups will remain centered on the Gospel as each member speaks the truth in love to the others.

  • Pray that each Life Group would identify its particular mission and see the conversion of at least one unbeliever this year.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Wilsonville Garage Sale, October 1-2

New Life Church acquired the assets of a now-defunct school in Wilsonville and will be selling those assets at a huge garage sale on Friday evening October 1st from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m and on Saturday, October 2nd from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. The items for sale include desks, chairs, shelves, bookcases, library books, school curriculum, computers, office supplies, tables, filing cabinets, children's chairs. whiteboards, chalkboards, projector screens, overhead projectors, TVs, stereos, learning programs, science lab supplies, kid's sports equipment, music stands, toys, small appliances, and much more. The sale will take place at the future home of New Life Church Wilsonville, 27960 S.W. Canyon Creek Road, Wilsonville, OR 97070. Come and check out the sale and be sure to tell a friend about it, too!

If you would like to volunteer to help during the sale, please contact Anne Paden,

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Prayer Focus for the week of Sept. 12th

New Life Church has a prayer focus each week. Our prayer focus is broken down into three categories of ministry: 1. We pray for another local church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. 2. We pray for a Global Outreach Partner who is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. 3. We pray for a ministry of New Life Church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ locally.

Area Church: Gladstone First Baptist Church – Gladstone, OR, Pastor Brian Early
  • Pray that the fall kickoff and ministry fair, September 19, will rally the congregation of Gladstone First Baptist Church and get new people plugged in.
  • Pray that ministries starting back up this fall will be fruitful: Awana; youth; children’s ministry; preschool.
  • Pray that the young adult ministries will continue to solidify.
  • Pray that the college group will be led to a more specific vision.

Global Outreach Partner: Brian and Lavonne Buhler – South Asia
  • Pray for the provision of qualified employees to keep things running smoothly and help expand the business.
  • Pray for the replenishment of our work funds depleted by extra travel.
  • Pray for the growth and success of our business.
  • Pray for the kids education and LaVonne's homeschooling with Emily.

NLC Ministry: Celebrate Recovery
  • Pray that our Lord will continue to raise up and strengthen the leadership during Mike Polley's absence.
  • Pray that He would continue to maintain unity of purpose in carrying out His work in reaching current and future members of Celebrate Recovery.
  • Pray that they would all come to know Him and grow in their relationship with Jesus our Lord. 

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Volunteers Needed on September 9th for Garage Sale Prep

A huge garage sale is planned for October 1st and 2nd at the future home of New Life Church Wilsonville but we need many workers to help prepare for it. A work night is planned for Thursday, September 9th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at 27960 S.W. Canyon Creek Road in Wilsonville. Workers are needed to move and organize items acquired from a school that previously leased space from the church. These items will now be sold at the garage sale and include desks, chairs, file cabinets, books, curriculum, shelves, cabinets, office supplies and more. Lots of help is needed. If you plan to come and have access to a hand truck, please bring that with you.

Monday, September 06, 2010

New Life Church Outdoor Baptism 2010

Photo by Andiejael; Andiejael.comWe had a great Sunday at Haugen's last week. In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus says to "make disciples, baptizing them..." On August 29th, seven people followed Jesus in baptism, four of them from the Robinwood congregation!

You can see more pictures here of the whole afternoon and of Angela Burns, Leslie Gertner, Maddie Salo, Miles Nelson, Maddie Lausche, Dustin Hannifan, and Sandra Roberts as they gave their testimonies and got all wet!

Photo by Andiejael; andiejael.comA couple unique things about this baptism: Four people were involved doing the baptizing. Pastor Nathan, me, Mark Hannifan baptized Dustin and Sandra's Son, Jeffrey who works for the Luis Palau association baptized her. This was also the first time we've used the pool at the Haugens. It was very nice to have a second venue. Thank you, Scott and Gay!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Prayer Focus for the week of Sept. 5th

As a church of prayer, New Life Church has a prayer focus each week. Our prayer focus is broken down into three categories of ministry: 1. We pray for another local church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. 2. We pray for a Global Outreach Partner who is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. 3. We pray for a ministry of New Life Church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ locally.

Area Church: Estacada First Baptist Church: Estacada, OR, Pastor Brent Dodrill

  • Pray for the purchase of a building down the street from the Estacada First Baptist Church building. The plan is for the youth of Estacada First Baptist to use the building on Wed nights, another Hispanic church to use it on Sunday morning, and the local Pregnancy resource Center to use it during the week.
  • Pray that the people of Estacada First Baptist will fully catch the vision of how this building can be a blessing to so many and how they can participate in that financially.
  • Pray for a spirit of cooperation and unity with all in involved.
  • Pray that for continued work in South Asia as the church plans for a mission trip next spring.
Global Outreach Partner: Rick and Mary Beth Holladay: Campus Crusade for Christ, Deutschland
  • Praise the Lord for 25 years of marriage.
  • Praise the Lord for a month of visiting in the states, particularly for a family reunion and the celebration of Mary Beth's mother's 80th Birthday.
  • Pray that the ministry of the arts will communicate God's love and inspire worship of our creator.
  • Pray that this ministry in southeast Germany will provide encouragement and guidance to artists.
NLC Ministry: Treasure Land Children's Ministry
  • Praise God for the growing number of children in Treasure Land.
  • Praise Him because children are learning their books of the Bible and praising God!
  • Praise Him that there are committed, godly teachers and assistant teachers who love these children and desire for them to know their Savior!
  • Pray for more people to serve children through Treasure Land.
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit will do His work in the lives of children and families impacted by the Treasure Land ministry. That they will learn what worship is all about and know WHO is the object of our worship; to learn about Him through His Word, to learn how to use His Word, to come to love His Word, and to become kids who treasure God!
  • Pray that the teachers/teaching assistants would also experience growth in their personal relationship with God.
  • Praise the Lord for the parents of these children who want their children to know the gospel and the awesome God who loves and saves.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Apologetics Academy Open to Students

To Contend for the Faith Apologetics Academy will introduce students to numerous topics of Christian apologetics, teach them how to formulate effective and convincing responses to pervading worldviews, and solidify their understanding of essential Christian doctrines. Gaylen Miller and his daughter, Lauren, are thrilled to provide this opportunity for students to discover how to engage our culture in an effective and cogent manner. During this thirty-six week middle school/high school class, students will be trained in responses to the objections of atheists, study evidence for the existence of God, learn to how to articulate the gospel message, establish the doctrinal essentials of Christianity, and affirm the Bible’s reliability. Through interactive class lectures, students will also learn the doctrinal teachings and perspectives of Islam, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witness, Secular Humanism, Cosmic Humanism, and Post-modernism. The Class will be held at New Life Church Riverfalls in West Linn on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.n. Cost is $90 per student for the year (to cover facility and curriculum costs). The class can be counted as .5 credits on a high school transcript. Details and registration can be found online at If you have any questions call 503-655-2097 or e-mail Gaylen and Lauren

Sunday, August 29, 2010

How the Gospel Transforms Work!

I unearthed a lot of good material that did not make it into today's sermon. If you would like to think more about how the gospel transforms your work, I suggest you look at these sites.

I was pleased to find out the August 28, 2010 issue of World Magazine is about work and labor. In that issue they pointed me to a work in progress called, Theology of Work. Though it wasn't helpful now, I am hopeful that a future visit to this site will yield some useful insight. Another site they recommended did have more content, Monday Church. The Biblical Theology of Vocation is very helpful.

The Wikipedia article on Labor Day even includes ideas for celebrating the holiday if you are bored next weekend. May you work and rest, labor and take holiday, to the glory of God.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

David Livingstone on Sacrifice

A few weeks ago I included this quote from David Livingstones address to students at Cambridge University in a message and was asked to share it:

People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of the great debt owing to our God, which we could never repay? Is that a sacrifice which brings its own reward of healthful activity, the consciousness of doing good, peace of mind, and a bright hope of a glorious destiny hereafter? Away with such a word, such a view, and such a thought! It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege. Anxiety, sickness, suffering or danger now and then, with a forgoing of the common conveniences and charities of this life, may make us pause and cause the spirit to waver and sink; but let this only be for a moment. All these are nothing when compared with the glory which shall hereafter be revealed in and for us. I NEVER MADE A SACRIFICE. Of this we ought not to talk when we remember the great sacrifice which He made who left His Father's throne on high to give Himself for us. (Quoted in Desiring God, John Piper, Multnomah Press: Portland, 1986, p. 201)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Books in the Library

These are the new and donated books now found in the library at New Life Riverfalls.

Teen Section:
Extreme Faith by Dave Parker
Stories for a Teen's Heart by Alice Gray

Non-Fiction Section:
The Message by Eugene H. Peterson (225.5)
Pain's Hidden Purpose by Don Baker (231)
A Young Woman's Friend and Guide by John Angell James (248)
Crazy Love by Francis Chan (248.4)
Gladys Aylward (Missionary to China) by Sam Wellman (266)
Being the BODY by Charles Colson & Ellen Vaughn (262)
Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper (232.96)
Inside Afghanistan by Franklin Graham (958.1)
Home-Making by J. R. Miller (248)

Fiction Section:
The Crossroad by Beverly Lewis
The Redemption of Sarah Cain by Beverly Lewis
The Courtship of Nellie Fisher:
The Parting (1) by Beverly Lewis
The Forbidden (2) by Beverly Lewis
The Longing (3) by Beverly Lewis
What Once We Loved by Jane Kirkpatrick
A Name of Her Own by Jane Kirkpatrick
Over Coffee (We shared our Secrets) by Julie Surface Johnson
The Women of Catawba by Hilda Stahl
Walks the Fire by Stephanie Grace Whitson
A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Garage Sale for the Guatamala Team

The New Life Church Guatamala Mission team will be holding a fundraising garage sale on August 20 and 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 4254 Spring Rock Circle in West Linn.
Donations to the garage sale would be appreciated. (No clothing please.) Call Val Matijacic at 503-322-7639 or 503-657-9070. If you have large items to donate, Val can pick them up.
Please come support the mission trips to Guatamala.

Worship in the Sun

We had a wonderful day of worship and fellowship on Sunday as we met outside in Wilsonville for our annual, combined, outdoor service and picnic. People praised God together and got a peak at what is to come in Wilsonville. It is so exciting to see God's people gathering together, encouraging one another, and planning to be a part of this next chapter of New Life Church!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Calling All Artists for Help with Sermon Artwork

Want to help the church and work on something worthwhile? We are looking forward to a great fall. We'll begin a new series of messages on Sunday mornings from the book of Galatians called, Rooted in the Gospel. We're inviting anyone who wants to create graphic artwork for this series to submit it by September 1 to the church office. We'll publish all entrants on the blog and want to use one for a PowerPoint background and handouts. We may let blog readers pick their favorite.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Outdoor Service and Picnic

Our annual outdoor service and picnic will be next week, August 15th, beginning at 10:00. The picnic will follow.

We will hold it at the future home of New Life Church Wilsonville. You can find a map along with the address here (the link is fixed).

We are doing this for several reasons:

  • It is a great opportunity to bring someone with you who might not come to a church building.
  • We want to hang out together. It will be great to have our Robinwood and River Falls congregations together.
  • We want to expose you to the church plant work that is going on in Wilsonville and solicit your prayers and help.
  • And, it was always the most popular teachers in high school who took class outdoors -- it is just fun.

I hope you can make it. It will be a good day, as always, for New Life Church.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Rafting Trip on the Clackamas River

Men's Ministry is hosting a rafting trip down the Clackamas River on August 8th at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome (children with parents) but space IS limited. Meet at Barton Park at 2:00. Parking at the park is $5.00. Transportation will be available to the launch site at Carver. Life jackets and ice cream will be provided.
If interested contact Larry Richardson at 503-320-1171.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Kickball Fun!

We had a great turn out at the All Family Kickball Night in Wilsonville yesterday. It was good to see families playing together and encouraging each other. Several families from New Life Church turned out as well as some neighbors and friends. Parents and children alike played and enjoyed themselves as was evidenced by the big smiles, cheers, and the number of times people said, "This was so much fun!"

A Note of Thanks

Bridges to Change, a non-profit organization providing transitional services, included this note of thanks in their August 2010 newsletter:

"A special thanks to New Life Church and their most generous congregation for their on going giving spirit in supplying food boxes, thoughts and prayers for our clients. We have a heart full of gratitude for all of your support. It takes a community to affect change and we cannot do this alone."

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Juneau Team Report and Potluck

I hope you can make space in your calendar to hear what God has done in and through the team New Life Church sent to Juneau earlier this month. They will be reporting at a potluck on Sunday, July 25, at 12:15 at New Life Church River Falls.

I have been part of many teams our church has sent out. This, however, has been one of the most transformational experiences yet.

If you are interested in browsing some of their pictures you can seen them here.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Worship Thoughts

Here are a couple additional thoughts that didn't fit into the message on Worship. They won't fit in a couple weeks when I share it at Robinwood either, so no spoiler alert necessary.

The Resurgence, a ministry I recommend you pay attention to, highlights the false gospel preached by rock & roll in this blog post. Their observation about the music we entertain ourselves with is similar to my concern for our worship. Your music preaches a it the right one?

My message hardly qualified as a sermon on worship without this quote by William Temple, former archbishop of Canterbury, which everyone who writes on the topic of worship loves. Here it is in two different forms:

To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.

Both for perplexity and for dulled conscience the remedy is the same; sincere and spiritual worship. For worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of mind with His truth; the purifying of imagination by His beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of will to His purpose – and all of this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin. Yes – worship in spirit and truth is the way to the solution of perplexity and to the liberation from sin. – William Temple, Readings in St. John’s Gospel, (1942-44).

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Juneau Mission Team in the Newspaper!

Yesterday a reporter and photographer from the Juneau Empire (the local newspaper) showed up at Sports Camp. We aren't really sure how they found out about our camp, but it was great publicity! There were 3 full color pictures and a short report about our camp on the front of the Sports Section of today's paper. Here is one of the pictures. You can see the rest of the pictures they took along with the caption here.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Juneau H20 Adventure #1

Hi, New Life Church, this is Lindsay Goff. I am a part of the youth group. You may have seen me around. I started coming at the end of last summer. Alaska has been amazing. I am so thankful for this opportunity to be here. When I look back on and reflect on what has happened so far wow is all that really crosses my mind. Don’t get me wrong, as a group, we have all been having our ups and downs but I can truly say that I have never felt more like a true Christian and felt as much burning love for Christ our Savior as I do right now, right here. This place, to sum it up simply, is kind of sad. It’s full of so many lonely people who have had terrible lives and yet the Spirit of God is still here and still working miraculously. I have always believed that you can’t have great joy without great suffering, but here I realized, “what do I know about suffering?” Last night I had a really amazing experience and it really opened my eyes and brought me closer to Christ and it is something I would really like to share with all of you.

Our free time was coming to an end and many were busy shuffling around chairs and tables preparing for our Alaskan guests coming for lunch. We ate our lunch, we laughed, we giggled, we prayed before we ate, but nothing truly seemed to be that different. As lunch came to a close Lauren stood up to talk about the events planned later for the day. We were going to hand out H2O bags around Juneau. H2O is an organization that Lauren and Leslie Reavely had started as a way to reach out to homeless people. She explained some ways of how to approach and talk to these homeless people. One of our Alaskan friends named Travis came to talk to us about the people that make up the homeless community in Juneau. One thing that seemed like an exaggeration, but I later found to ring true, was the statement that if someone is homeless in Juneau it is because they drink.He made sure we had a proper grasp and a proper fear for the situation we were about to thrust ourselves into. Their talks were helpful, yes, but I don’t know what could have really ever prepared me and many on our team for what was about to unfold.

Small groups were necessary because we didn’t want to overwhelm them and many of the homeless were not really centrally located. My group was the first to get started on the task ahead. We were to go to the woods and meet people that resided there. Our group consisted of Joe (our Alaskan friend), Cale, Andrew K, Sarah C, Bethany, Josh H. and myself. We got to the woods and stepped out of our car. We prayed for what we were about to do and began our task. We were all a little frightened but we were all ready. The Spirit of God was most definitely with us. Even the bear warning that Joe had given us couldn’t put down the spirit in our group. We began walking into the forest and immediately heard screaming and yelling in the distance. We were freaked out but we knew that we wanted to do this and jumped into the situation.

The first man we came upon was not homeless but directed us to where a man named Kioki lived. We walked up to his “shelter”, or a spot where he had placed sticks and leaves together and was littered with a mixture of bottles and cans of different alcohol substances. When we arrived we were greeted by a slurry of curse words and yelling. Our group persisted to reach into the shelter area and hand them bags and speak with them. Two men in the shelter accepted them. Their names were Robert and John. John, I really got to know that night. He’s had so much sorrow in his life and just a handshake or a hug from a stranger meant so much to him. Kioki, the man who had been yelling and lived there, didn’t accept anything from us but we left a bag anyway. We talked to them a little bit about God’s love and continued on. After that we continued down the path. So much more happened that night. God was really present. We saw John and Robert again along the path and met more homeless people that really accepted God.

One story of many from that night that was truly inspiring had to do with Kioki. We had been on the path for about thirty minutes we had prayed with John, Cherri, Bobby and Robert ,when Kioki Started to walk toward us in a drunken stupor. He was closing his eyes and walking all over the place and was really a frightening person to see. It starts to get a little fuzzy past this point but I remember him coming to us and questioning us about where Jesus had died and how he had fought in a war there and seen such horrible people and horrible things. He walked away in his stupor. As he was walking away something came over me and I yelled “God still loves you” or something to that affect. He stopped dead in his tracks and turned around toward us totally irate. He got in Joe’s face and started yelling at him questioning his faith intensely. Something came over Joe and he answered with grace and truth about God and his love. It was so heated and intense but we ended up praying with Kioki that night. I encourage you all to pray for him and the other people we met that night. The Holy Spirit was really there that night in the forest. It caused me to realize we don’t really do anything. It is all God and His power that works through us and he picks such strange ways to do it. There is so much more I would like to share and would love to when we get back. I hope all is well and thanks for reading our blog.

Here is a conversation that was recorded with one of the the homeless men...

Monday, July 05, 2010

Juneau Mission Team Day 3

Yesterday, we went on a “3/4 of a mile” hike. The hike represented way more than a journey. It represented, at least I know, my walk with Christ, and I am sure more people also. Our team got lost countless times, and there were times I lead us into an immediate dead end. You could say that we were lost if you meant that; we didn’t know where north was, or we didn’t know the long./lat. But we just put our trust into the trails that we found, just like we put trust in God when we don’t know where He’s taking us. We found our destination after taking many detours and falling down many times. The hike turned out to be 2.5 miles. All in all I believe that the team grew closer those two hours. We overcame obstacles to help other people the entire trip, and we grew close in our love for one another. After the hike we rode a tram down, then watched a parade. It was nice to have a little down time. Right after that we went to the huge Independence Day Parade, we had a Mega Sports Camp booth, and we helped serve a church in the Douglas community.

There were a few moments that stood out while in downtown Juneau, A ton of the people that we talked to about sports camp had already heard 2 or even 3 times either through Crossroads Church or through our previous canvassing. The team thought that was awesome!!! Also the team did not only serve the community, but we served the Douglas Methodist Church. Thomas had a great conversation with one of the members of their congregation. That was a nice reminder of how we need to preach the gospel to our brothers and sisters in Christ just as much as the lost. I know that I learned many things and I am sure others did also.

When we returned many of us were attacked by the evil one, temptations arose, either to break down in fear or confusion or to be slowed by sickness. Being fully realized of our brokenness, the team grew once again closer, our brokenness gave God opportunity to show his greatness. On a side note, I used to ask God for opportunities to have him work in my life and others, I realized this week that God has placed opportunities all over the place, all I need to do is trust him and hold on for the ride. All in all I cannot wait to see how we grow and how God will work through us in the following days. Thank you for your prayers, they are helping.

Andrew M.

PS Just for fun... A Picture of a Juneau Bear (Don't worry, the teenagers are safe!)

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Juneau Update- Day 2

Hello, New Life Church. This is Grayson and I want to tell you about how our first full day in Alaska went, also mentioning some prayer requests along the way. Today started really well for all of us but we are still in recovery from the sports camp back home so prayer to have full nights of rest would be much appreciated. Anna Alcutt led us in a group devotion after breakfast about having a heart for the poor and broken, and for me that was really powerful because we were about to go canvassing in some pretty run down places.

My high of the day really was when the canvassing group I was in (Greg Elkins, T.J Elliot, and I) got a really positive response from the people going door to door, sure some people didn’t answer, but it was so encouraging when we had people just sign up on the spot and said they’ll see us there. Now, I wasn’t expecting that, but it was evident that God was working in this small town, opening the hearts and doors of the people.

Although things have been looking up on the trip so far there is one thing that is looming ahead of us for the coming days and that is the weather. It does help having nice weather when trying to teach kids sports. Please keep us in your prayers, that we stay strong what ever happens. Pray for God’s Will to be done.

I should go and get some sleep now, thanks for checking the blog, we’ll update again soon.

P.S. There is proof of the rainy weather below.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Juneau Team Update #1

Sports Camp in West Linn ended at noon and the Juneau Mission Team was at the airport by 3:00 to prepare to depart for Alaska. Before we departed we had a brief time of praise for what God did at Sports Camp this week. Here are a few of the things we praised God for:

  • God helped us with challenging children. They grew through the week, and so did we.
  • A few days into Sports camp we all felt drained, now we feel recharged for what God will do this week in Juneau.
  • The rain didn't stop us from having a great last day of Sports Camp.
  • About 25 kids responded to the gospel invitation this week, and we believe about 10 of those truly understood the gospel and trusted Christ for the first time!
  • We could go on and on, but just know that we saw God work in incredible ways this week!
Our plane travel was mostly smooth (0nly a 30 minute delay in Seattle) and we arrived safely in Juneau at about 10:00 last night. This morning the team is showering up, eating breakfast, and preparing for a day of prayer walking and canvassing in "The Flats". This is the area where there has not been a new gospel initiative in 40 years. Please pray for us that God would open doors for the gospel, that His Spirit would lead us to pray, that we would be protected from evil, and that we would come into contact with lots of kids who would want to come to sports camp next week.

We will try to update this blog late each night, so check back tomorrow for updates, praise reports, and more things to pray about!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sports Camp Off to Great Start

New Life Church's Mega Sports Camp got off to a great start. In West Linn, yesterday morning, 57 excited kids played basketball and soccer and heard the good news about Jesus Christ! In our first ever sports camp in Wilsonville last night, 22 kids had a great time playing soccer and hearing that same gospel message. Of those 22 kids, none of them had ever attended New Life Church before!

In West Linn, the Juneau Mission Team in is running the Sports Camp and preparing for their departure to Juneau on Friday. In Wilsonville a team of committed adult volunteers is doing a great job working with the kids.

Please pray that both teams of volunteers will proclaim the good news with boldness and clarity. Pray that God would draw many children to Himself.

Sports Camp is Underway!

Here are some pictures from the West Linn Sports Camp. Looks like great fun.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Alaska Team Prepares to Depart

Hello New Life Church and other friends! This blog is a first in a series of posts to keep you up to date about the Juneau Mission Team. Our team of 17 High School Students and 8 adults (not pictured- TJ Elliott) begins our ministry here in West Linn this Monday with the start of Sports Camp. Sports Camp is an action packed week of sports and gospel messages designed to be a ton of fun and tell kids about Jesus at the same time. Then, on Friday afternoon at 5 PM we will fly out to Juneau, Alaska to lead another sports camp, work with kids in housing projects, do some light construction, and help a new church. You can meet us at the airport at 3:15 on Friday if you would like to send us off.

Please check back each day to get updates about how the team is doing and ideas about how you can pray for us. Thanks so much for your care and support!

Friday, June 18, 2010


After a few scattered attempts at creating a podcast, we finally put the Weisses on it and immediately we have a podcast. Here is the link where you can find the New Life Church Podcast. It includes messages from both campuses of New Life Church.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

River Falls Remodel Complete

We just got our new sign at New Life Church River Falls. The installation of the new sign is the final piece of our exterior remodel. It was placed and then had to be moved to comply with the City of West Linn's sign ordinance.

I hope you enjoy the renovated street corner this summer and I hope the new sign helps the people you bring with you find the church!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Gospel in the Old Testament

Last week the message on the value of the Bible referenced what Jesus might have said when he "opened their eyes" to see what was written in the Scriptures concerning himself (Luke 24:27). The next morning I read this hymn by William Cowper in the Olney Hymnal about the Old Testament Gospel.

Israel in ancient days,
Not only had a view
Of Sinai in a blaze,
But learned the gospel too:
The types and figures were a glass
In which they saw the Savior’s face.

The paschal sacrifice,
And blood–besprinkled door, (Ex. 12:13)
Seen with enlightened eyes,
And once applied with pow’r;
Would teach the need of other blood,
To reconcile an angry God.

The Lamb, the Dove, set forth
His perfect innocence, (Lev 12:6)
Whose blood, of matchless worth,
Should be the soul’s defence:
For he who can for sin atone,
Must have no failings of his own.

The scape–goat on his head (Lev 16:21)
The peoples’ trespass bore,
And to the desert led,
Was to be seen no more:
In him, our Surety seemed to say,
“Behold, I bear your sins away.”

Dipped in his fellows’ blood,
The living bird went free, (Lev 14:51-53)
The type, well understood,
Expressed the sinner’s plea;
Described a guilty soul enlarged,
And by a Savior’s death discharged.

Jesus I love to trace
Throughout the sacred page;
The footsteps of thy grace,
The same in every age!
O grant that I may faithful be
To clearer light, vouchsafed to me.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Israel Update

If you'd like to see some of our pictures you can see them in this public photo gallery on Facebook.

We're having a great time. And, despite the international incident in our neighborhood, we feel pretty safe.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Treasureland Boy Feeds the Homeless

After a conversation with his parents, Ty, a fifth-grader in Treasureland, felt compelled to help feed people who were hungry. He decided to raise money to buy and make sandwiches and serve them to hungry people living on the streets. He asked people for donations and raised over $100. Ty told his Sunday School teacher, Lori Elliott, that he thought that he would bless people through his actions but was surprised when they in turn said to him, "God bless you."

Ty shared his experience at Treasureland and it sparked a student led discussion of how they could help people in need.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Pastor Scott and Marcia to Israel

Marcia and I leave at 6:30 tomorrow morning for Israel. We are going with a tour from Western Seminary where I am the chairman of the board of trustees. We will return on June 6th.

We are going to learn about the Holy Land, to be sure. But, our chief motivation for this trip is our 25th anniversary. For our honeymoon we traveled all of 85 miles to Yellowstone park and stayed three days for less than $400 before we were snowed out and came home! We are very excited about this opportunity. The trip highlights how thankful we are for the work God has done in us, and to a lesser degree, through us in these past 25 years.

We would appreciate your prayers for our safety as well as for our encouragement and growth. We look forward to sharing what we learn. Thank you.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Preaching the Gospel to Yourself

A few weeks ago I had more good stuff than I could cram into a sermon. Here are some of the quotes I would have used if the sermon had lasted 2 hours!

“Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them but they are talking to you, they bring back the problems of yesterday, etc. Somebody is talking. Who is talking to you? Your self is talking to you. Now this man’s treatment [in this psalm] was this: instead of allowing this self to talk to him, he starts talking to himself. ‘Why art thou cast down, O my soul?’ he asks. His soul had been depressing him, crushing him. So he stands up and says: ‘Self, listen for moment, I will speak to you.’” Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1965), 20.

“If I have observed anything by experience, it is this: a man may take the measure of his growth and decay in grace according to his thoughts and meditations upon the person of Christ, and the glory of Christ’s Kingdom, and of His love.” - John Owen

“Sin is therefore fundamentally opposition to God, rebellion against God, which roots in hatred of God.” – Anthony Hoekema

“Reminding ourselves of the Gospel is the most important daily habit we can establish. If the Gospel is the most vital news in the world, and if salvation by grace is the defining truth of our existence, we should create ways to immerse ourselves in these truths every day. No days off allowed. . .Your audience is your own heart. And the message is simple: Christ died for you sins. It’s a matter of sitting down, grabbing your own attention, and telling yourself, “Hey, listen up! This is what matters most: You’re forgiven! You have hope! Your hope is based on the sacrifice of Jesus. So lets’ not view this day any other way. Let today be governed by this one defining truth.” (Living the Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney pg. 132‐133).

“God did not give us His Gospel just so we could embrace it and be converted. Actually, He offers it to us every day as a gift that keeps on giving to us everything we need for life and godliness... We extract these benefits by being absorbed in the Gospel, speaking it to ourselves when necessary, and by daring to reckon it true in all we do.” (The Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent pg 5).

“My hope lives not because I am not a sinner, but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; my trust is not that I am holy, but that being unholy, He is my righteousness. My faith rests not upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ is, in what He has done, and in what He is now doing for me.” (Morning and Evening‐Sept 25 by C.H. Spurgeon)

There is simply no other way to compete with foreboding of my conscience, the condemnings of my heart, and the lies of the world and the Devil than to overwhelm such things with daily rehearsings of the Gospel.” (The Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent, p. 14)

“You are loved and accepted by God through the merit of Jesus, and you are blessed by God through the merit of Jesus. Nothing you ever do will cause Him to love you any more or any less. (Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges, p 73)

“Remember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee‐it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee‐it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument‐it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope; look not to they faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith. We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul.” (Morning and Evening‐ June 28 by C.H. Spurgeon.)

“Learn to know Christ and him crucified. Learn to sing to him and say, ‘Lord Jesus, you are my righteousness, I am your sin. You took on you what was mine; yet set on me what was yours. You became what you were not, that I might become what I was not’.” (Martin Luther)

Remember the Gospel! – “There is nothing in us or done by us, at any stage of our earthly development, because of which we are acceptable to God. We must always be accepted for Christ’s sake, or we cannot be accepted at all. This is not true of us only when we believe. It is just as true after we have believed. It will continue to be true as long as we live... it is always on His ‘blood and righteousness’ alone that we can rest.” (B.B. Warfield)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Preaching the Gospel to Christians (Week 5)

A New Sermon Series on the Reality of Grace in a Save-Yourself World

Tim Chester, You Can Change
[We] grow towards maturity by “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15).
We build one another up through the words we say. . . . We need to be communities in which we encourage, challenge, console, rebuke, counsel, exhort and comfort one another with the truth. We need to be communities in which everyone is speaking truth to everyone. In verses 17-24 Paul reminds us why “speaking the truth in love” is central to change. He reminds us firstly in verses 17-19 that the underlying causes of sinful behavior and negative emotions are futile thinking, darkened understanding, ignorant minds, hardened hearts, indulged desires and continual lust. In other words, we think or believe lies instead of trusting God’s word (chapter 5) and we desire or worship idols instead of worshiping God (chapter 6) (170).
Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Total Church
We need to take responsibility for eachother’s godliness – not only at the level of behavior but of attitudes and underlying idolotries. Paul encourages the Christians in Ephesus to “speak the truth in love” to one another (Ephesians 4:15.). This means recognizing that apparently insignificant moments are actually full of significance (170).
Here are the Life Group study guides to accompany last Sunday’s sermon from The Gospel Lived:
Preaching the Gospel to Christians
Preaching the Gospel to Christians (Leader’s Guide)
Also, don’t forget: you can still pick-up a copy of Milton Vincent’s excellent book, A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of God's Love, at the church office or on Sunday morning for just $5.