This Sunday marks a special Serve Experience that coincides with our week studying serving in our rooted groups. The 9th-10th grade students are helping with a special project that will take place at Wheeler Mission. In partnership with Kingdom Way Central, we’ll be spending the evening connecting with folks experiencing homelessness in our city. The evening will consist of a concert and care package distribution (made up of donated items that we’ve been collecting and will be providing).
The Details (for 9th & 10th grade students).
4:00P Meet at Chapel Rock for Pizza and Care Package Assembly
5:30p Depart for Wheeler
6-7:30p Serve with Kingdom Way Ministries at Wheeler
8p Arrive back at Chapel Rock.
*11th-12th grade students will be gathering at their regular time and place: 6-7:30p at the Campbell’s Home at 5375 Maplewood Drive in Speedway.
By celebrating God’s faithfulness in the past, we continue to trust and look forward to what He’s doing in the future. That’s especially true in the realm of opportunities we’ve had to see God’s Kingdom expanding through short-term mission projects right here in our city and around the world.
We’re asking for help from students and leaders as we put together a living timeline of experience and testimony from short-term mission projects that have happened anytime in Chapel Rock’s almost 54 year history. What we need is for you to simply record yourself on a short clip in the following 3-4 sentence format:
Sample: [Introduce yourself and tell us about a trip that was most impactful to you; Name, Trip, Year]
i.e. “My name is Nick Wilkes and I was a part of the Los Angeles trip in 2005 with CMF Missionaries Fernando and Nona Soto.”
[Next, please share ONE or TWO sentences of what impacted you the most]
“What impacted me the most was the kingdom life and community I experienced in the Hispanic church in Los Angeles.”
[Finally, share ONE or TWO sentences about what’s different because of your experience of having been on a short-term mission trip.]
“I’ve never looked at cross-cultural missions the same, especially opportunities to connect with brothers and sisters from another culture in our own country. My perspective has grown greatly in the way that I see the global church because of what God taught me in LA through this trip.”
Instructions for Submission: Please submit your video clip via email to Nick at email@example.com by Tuesday February 13, 2018. We will be using these clips as part of a video montage in the main worship service at Chapel Rock on February 25th.
Video Hints and Tips: If you have a trip t-shirt from your trip, please wear it in your video. (We’re also looking for shirts to display on Feb 18, and 25th). Be creative. Feel free to share something funny, memorable, impactful, or challenging. Note that good lighting and sound that’s free of background noise will be most helpful for editing and clarity/usability purposes. Thanks so much in advance for your help, and for all you’ve done and continue to do for the sake of the Kingdom globally.
We’re currently entering week 5 of the our Rooted Experience for high school students, and we’re digging into the practice of prayer. This week will culminate with a Prayer Experience for high school students that will be held on Sunday afternoon February 4, after the morning worship services. We’re asking all high school students that normally participate in Sunday night Life Groups to stay after church for a meal and the Prayer Experience which will begin at 12:45p in Room ED01. We’ll eat together, and then break into our small groups to share in a time of prayer together. Including lunch, the entire experience will last till 2:30p. This will be our Life Group gathering for the day, and groups will not meet on Sunday night.
An invitation to Fasting: As part of this experience, students were challenged at our Life Group gatherings this past Sunday night (1/28/18) to think about something they might fast from leading into this next Sunday. Fasting in this sense means to simply abstain from something (food, drink, social media, electronics, phone, TV, Netflix, etc…) for a time to bring increased focus to your prayer life. Andrew Bonar once said,
“Fasting is abstaining from anything that hinders prayer.”
Hudson Taylor shared this observation in regard to fasting; “In Shansi I found Chinese Christians who were accustomed to spend time in fasting and prayer. They recognized that this fasting, which so many dislike, which requires faith in God, since it makes one feel weak and poorly, is really a Divinely appointed means of grace. Perhaps the greatest hindrance to our work is our own imagined strength; and in fasting we learn what poor, weak creatures we are-dependent on a meal of meat for the little strength which we are so apt to lean upon.””
Maybe you’ll choose to fast from food from dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday, breaking your fast at lunch with the group on Sunday…? Or maybe you normally can’t put your phone down, or you fill every empty minute by scrolling through your social media feeds, or thinking about what to post next…? Fasting for you might mean unplugging from that which hinders your prayers because it causes constant self-distraction. The goal in any case would be as you experience the pains of going without something for a time, that you would use your time to more intently focus on prayer and your dependence upon the Lord. We invite you to prayerfully and thoughtfully consider joining us in fasting to further focus our experience in prayer together this weekend. The schedule for the afternoon is as follows:
Sunday, February 4, 2018
12:45p Lunch in Room ED01
1:15-2:30p Prayer Experience
There will be no evening Life Group gatherings this weekend.
Date conflicts for the previously scheduled 2018 Poland Mission trip have resulted in a reschedule of that trip to 2019 or 2020. While we’re a little disappointed that the plan had to switch, we are thankful that just as it became apparent that the door was closing on Poland for next summer, Chapel Rock was invited to be a part of a team with Disciple Makers in Honduras July 7-14, 2018.
Organization Leading the Trip: Disciple Makers
Person Coordinating the Trip from CRCC: Nick Wilkes & Rick Belcher
Objective of the Trip: Impact ’18 is a mission trip to Honduras which will focus on Disciple Makers’ newest work in Las Brisas, Honduras. Las Brisas is near the Chamelecon River and is on the Northern coast of Honduras. The hope is to have 50 – 75 total people on the team from different partnering churches of Disciple Makers. The goal is to make an impact for Christ by working alongside the local church in Las Brisas. We will focus on 4 main areas:
Medical – Working with the existing medical clinic that is part of the mission work and reaches out to the people in Las Brisas.
Educational – Working with the public school in the community.
Pioneer Evangelism – Going down the nearby river canals via canoes and boats and holding VBS type programs with the various pockets of people living along the river.
Construction – Helping with construction needs at the church in Puerto Cortes, Honduras
Approximate Cost of Trip: $1,500 per person (depending on airfare and team fundraising which will hopefully offset the cost for each individual).
Cost of trip does not include passports, shots/medications that may be required, souvenirs, and food while traveling to and from Honduras.
All payments will be made directly to Disciple Makers, Inc.
Registration: Deadline for application and $150 deposit is December 31st, 2017 (deposit can be paid later via mail, rather than online at the time of registration).
To register go to https://www.disciplemakers.org, in the middle top of the page go to the “Applications” tab and then go to the “Impact ‘18” tab and complete the registration form.
Fundraising:Once your registration is completed Disciple Makers has a feature through their web-site to help you publicize your trip and raise funds through social media outlets.
Remember the Grinch (You know, the green guy that stole
Christmas)? After “stealing Christmas,” the Grinch has a change
of heart and decides to be helpful instead of selfish and works
to help make Christmas better than ever. Toward the end of the
movie the narrator says this famous line: “Well, in Whoville they
say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.”
Being a Kingdom worker helps your heart grow! It’s impossible to
look out for the needs of the world around you without your
compassion, care and concern for people to grow.
Philippians 4:2 encourages us, “Don’t look out only for your own
interests, but take an interest in others, too.”
While there are many verses and examples in scripture about the
importance and power of Kingdom work, this simple little reminder
may be one of the most powerful of them all. God is imploring us
to be on the lookout for the needs of others – the people we see
everyday all around us. And it makes sense because that’s the way
Jesus lived his life! Jesus had his own concerns (just like we
do), but he was more concerned about the people he came across as
he was doing his thing. Here’s an interesting way to think about
it: While Jesus was doing his thing, he’d see the needs of others
and their thing suddenly became his thing! Jesus’ main thing was
Here’s the deal: It’s impossible to be selfish and be an
effective Kingdom worker. And breaking the power of selfishness
starts by being willing to take an active interest in the lives
of other people instead of being focused only on yourself.
Looking out for the needs of others accomplishes two important things. First, it obviously helps the people you’re helping. That’s a no-brainer, right? When you take the time to help somebody with their homework, you’re helping them get better grades. When you notice your elderly neighbor struggling to mow his lawn and lend a hand, you’re helping him to avoid a heart attack! But it also helps you. When you decide to be a Kingdom worker – to pay attention to the concerns of others – you grow. You grow in your relationship with Jesus. You grow in your concern and compassion for others. And maybe, like the Grinch, your heart will grow three times.
Kurt Johnston is the student ministries pastor at Saddleback Church. He tweets at @kurtjohnston.
Several years ago our family moved next door to a man named
James. James started every morning on his front porch, eyeing us
with disdain as we hurried into our cars to start the day. He
frequently reported us to the Home Owners Association (the police
of neighborhood yards) when our weeds were too high, and frowned
at us when we waved to him. He was a nuisance.
But he wasn’t just grumpy – he was lonely. Instead of seeing a
man suffering from loneliness, we saw a threat to our cozy little
lives. Our rushed and chaotic lives blinded us to his need – a
lonely, widowed, elderly man living next to us who needed
kindness. All we saw was a grumpy man waiting to turn us into the
HOA, not a man who needed the love of God.
When my husband and I committed our lives to Kingdom work, we
didn’t expect Him to break our hearts for our neighbor. But
that’s what Kingdom work does. When we ask God to break our
hearts, He does. And He often wakes us up to see the people who
are already in our lives. Kingdom work forces us to be honest
about our junk. We were living at such an intense pace that we
had slowly drifted away from Jesus’ second greatest commandment:
love your neighbor as yourself.
By the way, we did start loving and serving James. We send
cookies on holidays, mow his lawn when he’s out of town, stop to
talk during evening walks and pray for him as a family. We also
just got another notice from the HOA (from him). God doesn’t
promise that the people you serve will love you back. The reward
is a new heart. And that’s enough.
Anne Wilson is the content director at Traders Point Christian
Church. She blogs regularly at annemwilson.com
Being a kingdom worker is about loving the King and living out
the reality of the gospel in your every day life. Here are five
ways you can do that at home:
“And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all
your soul, and all your strength.” —Deuteronomy 6:5 NLT
To love God well, you must love God in private as well as in
public and this starts in your home. Find times (first thing in
the morning or right before bed are great options) to read the
Bible and to pray heartfelt prayers to God. These two small
actions, if done consistently, will help you to love and know God
Be a blessing
“…I will bless you…and you will be a blessing to others.”
—Genesis 12:2 NLT
The gospel is all about God blessing us and making the wrong
things in our life right again. We can live out the gospel by
finding the “wrong” things in our homes and making them right
again. Whether it’s cleaning a dirty bathroom or being a shoulder
to cry on for a younger sibling, you can be a blessing to your
family, just as God has been a blessing to you.
Say good things about Jesus
“I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all
the marvelous things you have done.” —Psalms 9:1-2
Kingdom workers make Jesus famous. Talk about the things you like
about Jesus and the good things he’s doing in your life. Talk
about Jesus to your Christian family members and it will
encourage their own faith. Talk about Jesus to your unbelieving
or struggling family members and you can be a witness to how
amazing God is.
Don’t give up
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we
will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” —Galatians 6:9
Being a kingdom worker is hard work and you’ll make lots of
mistakes. But don’t give up on the awesome task of loving God and
living his way on earth. He didn’t give up on us, even when we
were lost and far away, so let’s not give up doing the good work
of loving God and blessing others. Remember, because of what
Jesus did to rescue us, we no longer need to be perfect—just
Aanna Greer lives in Joplin, MO with her husband, Logan, and
daughter, Valentine. She loves reading, writing, being with
friends, middle school youth ministry, and British television.
She blogs regularly at aannagreer.com
“Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her.”
– G.K. Chesterton
This insight from the early 20th Century author and philosopher G.K. Chesterton helps us to understand how we as Christians can reconcile our service to God with our service to country. It is exemplified in our greatest commandment: to love our God and to love our neighbor.
How can our love for and confidence in Christ motivate our love of neighbor and service to our country, particularly in a political context? Here are some ideas:
1. Reach Across Divides
Our nation is divided along all kinds of issues, identities and backgrounds; but it is the person of Jesus who transcends them all. You can reject the idea that who you are requires you to consider others as your enemy. Our country needs this.
Our country depends on the contributions of those who serve not for acclaim, but out of love and sacrifice of time, money and other resources. Out of your love for God, advocate for a cause (and not just on social media, but in real life, too!), serve with a local ministry or nonprofit, or mentor someone younger than yourself.
3. Live Out Your Faith
Increasingly, Americans do not understand what it means to be religious. Think about how the public life you lead displays what Christ is doing in your life, and let his love shine through in the ways you act and treat others.
You may not be old enough yet, but we need a new generation of Christians who believe a vote can be motivated by love, not just self-interest. Imagine what this understanding would do for our politics and our nation.
Prayer is powerful, and it’s not just for our personal lives but also the life of our nation. Pray for its leaders, pray that God might intervene in the injustices and evils that you see, and always have your eyes open with expectation that you will see God move.
Michael Wear is the author of the forthcoming book, “Reclaiming Hope:
Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in
America.” He tweets about political issues at @MichaelRWear.
Saturday, November 19th, 2016 we’re thinking about how being a Kingdom Worker affects our city. The resources for today’s challenge are all here for you to engage in the place of our city that God has you:
KINGDOM WORK AFFECTS YOUR CITY
By Rachel Grindle
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”
– Isaiah 58: 9b-12 (NIV)
Kingdom workers can affect their cities by refreshing them. To refresh something is to give it new strength or energy, and our cities need this right now. People are tired and weary and worn out. They are filled with fear and anxiety. They need a new strength that comes from Kingdom workers who embrace peace and love, joy and hope. Your city needs you to be like a spring whose waters never fail.
Beyond refreshing, cities are in need of repair. Things have been broken – some long before you were even born. There are systems and structures in place that breed poverty and injustice, and Kingdom workers are needed to fight against these things. To actively engage in repairing what has been torn down and broken is a significant way in which Kingdom workers can affect their cities.
Kingdom workers can also affect their cities by restoring them. People need to have their purpose and their dreams restored to them. The city needs to be seen as a place where people can flourish again, and that happens when Kingdom workers speak truth and love while living out their dreams and passions.
Where you live – the city you have been placed in – is where you can bring about the most change and transformation. Do not take your city, or your calling to be there, for granted. Recognize that God has you in your city for a purpose – to refresh, repair and restore.
Rachel Grindle is the senior director of CIY Engage. Learn how
you can train for a life of Kingdom work at ciy.com/engage.