Sharing The Faith: Translation

Being a follower of Jesus, his lifelong apprentice, is an all-consuming thing.  And the longer you are on that path the more you discover that there’s a whole culture which grows up, in time, around that journey.
Which is NOT a bad thing.  Not at all.
But it IS something to be very mindful of when it comes to sharing our faith in Jesus with others.

The question is – how much of the culture around us ought be factored into what and how we share Christ?  Does the culture of the people whom we seek to reach matter?  Or is that irrelevant?

And that question puts the wraps on our Fall teaching series at KCRC, “Sharing The Faith.”   To figure out an appropriate answer to the question, we turned to one of history’s all-time Faith-Sharing experts, St. Paul.  And draw from his experience of visiting Athens.  Did he witness in that multi-cultural, religiously pluralistic society?  Well, yes he did.  So….. how?

Acts 17:16-34 provide the instruction.

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Sharing The Faith: Translation

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Sharing The Faith: Translation – The Study Guide

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We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Sharing The Faith: Appetizers

It’s REALLY easy to overthink things, especially when you REALLY want to do your best at something.  And when that happens we easily make things too complicated or confusing.

Sharon and I witnessed that on a recent cooking competition we were watching on TV.  One competitor took the required dish and stuffed WAY too much into it.  It ended up a confusing mess.  Too much going on with his plate.

It happens in cooking.  It can happen pretty much anywhere.  Including sharing your faith in Jesus.  Sometimes you are better off  serving just one “bite-sized” portion of good news instead of backing up a truck and unloading everything you’ve learned about the Kingdom of Heaven.  Don’t force-feed them a whole banquet.  Just offer them an appetizer.  Often that goes down better and can be WAY more effective.

We’ll check in on Jesus as he follows this principle.  And wonder what that all means for our lives.

Welcome to our Fall teaching series – SHARING THE FAITH.
This week’s installment digs into Luke 10:25-37.
Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app.
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Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast……..

Sharing The Faith: Appetizers

And here’s the study guide:

Sharing The Faith: Appetizers – The Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Sharing The Faith: Motivation

Baseball Fans just enjoyed the pinnacle of their season – the World Series.  Ever wonder what sets the players apart on that field from so many other wanna-be baseball players, who end up trapped in the minor leagues, or working day jobs and playing in the beer leagues?

Yes, skill is part of it.  There’s the natural athletic ability that one is born with, or not.  And then the hours upon hours of practice to hone that ability into a razor sharp skill.

Yet, one can remain in the minors even with all of that.

I was listening to an interview with a sports psychologist recently who fingered this as one of the key factors in athletic success – MOTIVATION.

If you don’t have a strong motivation, lighting a fire in your belly, you aren’t going to succeed.
Period.

That’s true for way more in life than just baseball.
At KCRC we’re working our way through a teaching series that explores why, how, when and with whom we want and need to be sharing our faith in Jesus.  It’s called….. “Sharing The Faith” (creative, eh?).

This past Sunday we focused in on MOTIVATION – what lights the fire in our belly to want to share the love and story of Jesus with people that God puts on our life path?

You’re invited to share in the conversation.  And hope that you can track with us for the whole series via podcast or live on Sundays.

Our  Bible passage was 1 Peter 3:15, and Matthew 28:16-20.
Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app.
Then download the podcast and the study guide.

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Here’s the podcast……..

Sharing The Faith: Motivation

And here’s the study guide:

Sharing The Faith: Motivation – The Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Sharing The Faith: Attitudes

“Really?”  So my friend said to me after going through a sales presentation by an individual.  My friend was looking for a particular product, and had wondered if this was the one.

But the salesperson was….. well…… WOW.  Not a good “wow.”  More like, “Wow, what IS this person doing here?  If she’s not excited about this thing, how am I supposed to be?
Her attitude came through in spades.  And, no, there was no sale. Surprise.

Attitude – it DOES matter.
I attended an all-candidates meeting recently for the upcoming municipal election.  And what interested me equally as much as the content of the various speeches was the attitude that each candidate brought to the table.  ‘Cause that attitude will set the stage for what this individual will do when confronted by this or that novel issue in the next few years.

Attitude – That’s the thing we tackle in the first of KCRC’s Fall teaching series, Sharing The Faith.

Yes, we’ll get to thinking about what to say (or not)  and when to say it (or not) and how.  All that sort of good stuff.
But first – Attitude.
Because attitude shapes everything.  It is like the rudder of the ship.  How it is pointed affects everything else.

Our  Bible passage was 1 Peter 3:8-16.
Go ahead and find a bible, either print version or online or app.
Then download the podcast and the study guide.

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast……..

Sharing The Faith: Attitudes

And here’s the study guide:

Sharing The Faith: Attitudes – The Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Steps To Wholeness: Passing It On

Related image“Psssst – Pass it on”
Sharing a wonderful secret – it’s a great thing to do.  As we land the plane at the end of our Fall teaching series, “Steps To Wholeness”  we’ll be thinking about what to do with all this amazing stuff we’ve learned.  The angels in heaven will  be watching to see what we do with it.   And what they’re hoping is that we’ll engage in a loving whisper campaign, passing along the news of how we can begin to put our lives together in a new, healthy way.

But what if we’re afraid of sharing our faith with others?
Which, by the way, many of us are.
For a whole bunch of different reasons – but it remains true that many followers of Jesus hesitate to share their spiritual experience with others.

Then what?
How do we begin to face that fear?
And are there any tips that might help us get past that fear?

Join us as we explore these questions, in the context of Step #12 of the Twelve Steps To Wholeness.
Our central bible passage being Luke 15:1-10.

So, download the study guide, and grab a bible.
Then follow along with the message via the online audio player – or download it to your favorite device to catch again later.
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Previous messages in this series are here on our KCRC website.

And – We’d love to have you join this coming Sunday, December 3, as we begin to prepare for Christmas with a series called “The Peacemaker.”  You often hear about Jesus being called “Prince of Peace.” Great.  But what DOES that really mean?  As always, we worship each Sunday at 10am.  Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.  And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Steps To Wholeness: Pass It Along

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Pass It Along – Study Guide

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On Task: Sharing

Image result for sharing faithIt’s wrap up time for the teaching series, “On Task.”  So we took some time this past Sunday morning to review where we’ve gone in our quest to learn how best to share the love of Jesus within a culture that is hesitant, perhaps sceptical, and maybe even at times a wee bit hostile towards spiritual conversations.

And then – what about for those times that someone IS open to conversation?  What do you say?  And what might be best to avoid?
The Bible passage we focused on was John 1:35-42.
You’re invited to share the conversation.
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On Task: Sharing

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On Task: Sharing – Study Guide

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On Task: Questions

When someone is defensive, how DO you begin a conversation with them?
How DO you engage a topic that you just know often leaves the other person twitchy?  Keep quiet?  Bark at them as loud as you can?  Give totally in, and admit they’re right?

That’s what we wondered about this past Sunday here at Kemptville Christian Reformed Church in our teaching series, On Task.

And to find an answer we stopped to look at the life of Jesus.  We observed how he interacted with people who came across his path – especially those that didn’t necessarily agree with him.  Which was a lot of people.

What do you think the answer might be?  Out of 25 or so particular conversations Jesus had with others, 21 of them show a very specific sort of response.  The answer might surprise you.  But then again, maybe it wouldn’t.  Especially not when you’ve watched Jesus enough to realize that what he wanted, more than anything else, was a sincere, open, two-way relationship with others.

Which is, by the way, EXACTLY what he wants with you and me.  A sincere, open, two-way relationship.
I hope you’re experiencing that – are you?

The Bible passage we focused on was Luke 10:25-37.
You’re invited to share the conversation.
Download the message and study guide, grab a bible, and follow along.

On Task: Questions

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On Task: Questions – Study Guide

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On Task: Listening

Take a minute, please.  You’ve GOT to watch this…….


Enough said?
SOOOO right on the money.  Makes me giggle every time I watch it.
The skill and interest in listening to each other.
Ever wonder where it went?  😉

This past Sunday, as part of #5 in the KCRC teaching series, “On Task” we spent time rejoicing in how wonderfully God listens to us.  And we took in some examples of Jesus listening to others.  Beautiful!!  Gives me hope and courage in my life.

It also makes me pause to wonder how  well do I, as a apprentice of Jesus, listen to others?
Last week we talked about serving others.  Making the effort to listen – REALLY listen – is one of the best ways to do that.  So….. here are some thoughts about listening, and some tips.

You’re invited to share the experience!
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On Task: Listening

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On Task: Listening – Study Guide

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On Task: Serving

You just KNOW how uncomfortable this can feel, right?
When someone gets right into your bubble without permission.
Every pore in your body is focused on “How do I get them OUT of here?”
Never mind, at all, what their intentions are!

You need permission in order to get close to a person – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  That permission means trust needs to be established.  And one of the best ways to establish that trust is through generous service and care shown into the other person’s life – shown with no strings attached.

Welcome to #4 in the KCRC teaching series, “On Task.”
Where we explore the world of serving others in Jesus’ name, and the difference that can make in the quality and extent of our relationships with others.  As well as the doors that service opens for us to share the love of Jesus with people.  How can we serve?  What are the limits of service? Are there any misconceptions about serving which we need to be aware of?

You’re invited to track with us –

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On Task: Serving

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On Task: Serving – Study Guide

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On Task: Noticing

“Never even saw you!”

So I had to admit after someone nudged me in the grocery store aisle, wondering why I wasn’t saying “Hi.”
Honest – I had blanked right out, totally focused on my search for….. well, can’t even remember the product I wanted at the time.  Whatever-it-wuz seemed so important at the time that everything else was just a blur.

Ever done that?

I wonder if we do that, spiritually?  We get so busy with our own lives, and even our own collective church life that everything else around us blurs out.  The broader community is just fuzz on the screen, so to speak.

Jesus paid enough attention to notice people – like see beyond their exteriors to their inner lives: their joys, their struggles, their needs, their desires.  And he responded accordingly.

What would things be like if we, as Church of Jesus, would make the effort to notice those around us, and seek to connect with them on that real level?

That’s the question for this past Sunday’s sermon at Kemptville Christian Reformed Church.
Part three in our series On Task, where we are examining the core mandate of the Church – why we exist.
You’re invited to track with us –

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On Task: Noticing

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On Task: Noticing – Study Guide

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