Friday, February 3, 2017

Next Meeting: Monday, Feb. 13th


Apopka

We’re looking forward to hosting the pastors of the Florida Baptist Bible Fellowship at Grace Pointe Church. We will begin at 11:00 a.m. and have you on your way home around 2:00 p.m.  

11 a.m. Mark Milioni  - Pastor, teacher, student, husband, father, grandfather and President of Baptist Bible College, Springfield MO


12 to 12:15 pm -  Greg Gill CEO of Thumbprint (Marketing trends and how your church and ministry can effectively use them) http://thumbprint.is 


12:20 Lunch & Business Meeting

1:00 Beth Helton (Freedom Ministries Gateway Church Southlake TX)



Our Address: 2051 W. Lester Rd. Apopka FL  32712 .
Visit us online at http://www.gpc.me/
If you have questions, please give our office a call us at 407.889.3383

- Jason Henderson, Pastor
Helping our People Live and Thrive in the TENSION

We are living in times of tension and this tension often spills over into the life of our Churches.  If our people are not prepared to handle it, biblically, it has the potential of destroying the testimony of the Church, or at the very least, making us an ineffective voice in our world today.

I recently read a article entitled “What to Do When you Can’t Agree with the People you Love” by Jennifer Dukes Lee.  I would highly recommend that you look it up to get the full context of what she is saying regarding finding unity in the midst of a sharp divide.  I will just give you some highlights:

We have to love “us” more than we hate what is different
Statistically speaking, we are collectively “different.”  If our people had to pick sides, in many churches half of them would be standing on one side of the issues and half would be standing on the other side.  That certainly does not lead us to the type of unity that Jesus prayed that His followers would have in John 17.

“Imagine three cardboard boxes.  People are putting everyone into one of three boxes.  The first box is labeled: “heartless, bigoted conservative.”  The second box is labeled: “whiny, bleeding-heart liberal.”  The third box sits in the middle, a little higher than the other two, and it is labeled: “I’m right.”

If you want to help our people live and thrive in the tension of these days, we must help them learn to do four things:
 
  1. Throw Away the Boxes – Putting people in boxes or labeling them is easier than doing the nuanced work of trying to understand someone else’s point of view, but the extra effort is worth it!  By and large, our people, our nation and our world are too complicated for boxes.
  2. Resist the Urge to Be Right – Jesus called us to have love and unity so that the world would know we were His disciples and believe the message we were proclaiming about Him.  We were never called upon to be right in order to be more effective in reaching the world.
  3. Before you speak, THINK – I’m sure we’ve all seen this acronym, and maybe even taught it, but do we actually follow it:
– Is it True?
– Is it Helpful?
– Is it Inspiring?
– Is it Necessary?
– Is it Kind?
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” we are told in Proverbs 18:21, surely it’s worth an extra effort to think through things before we say, write or post something.
  1. Use the Micah Filter – This minor prophet speaks to all of us in Micah 6:8 “…the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you:  to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
“This is our chance, as the people of Jesus, to show what it looks like to be civil in tone, humble in posture, and gracious in attitude.  I’m not saying that we have to be so ‘open-minded’ that our brains fall out.  Goodness, each of us can stand for whatever we stand for, and do what we believe is right!  But, please, Be Kind.”

Let me leave you with a phrase that has stuck with me from the book “Messy Grace” that I read, and thoroughly enjoyed, this past summer:
“Love is living the tension between Grace and Truth.”

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Next Meeting: Monday, January 9th, 2017

Monday Fellowship Meeting
Dan Jeffers

We are looking forward to hosting the meeting this Monday here at Park Street.  We have a good meeting planned with 2 great speakers.  Sean Sears will be speaking at 11:00 AM.  We will then have lunch.  The afternoon session will feature Dustin Janney from Orlando Baptist followed by Sean Sears again who will also be doing a Q & A.  We really encourage you to bring your staff and church planters as  this is a great opportunity to pick the heart and mind of someone who has planted a great church in the Boston area and is heavily involved in church planting.    

Follow your GPS or from 275 take 54th Ave N and go WEST 5 miles.  Turn left on Park St and we are down on the left.  If you need help my cell is 727-432-9958.  

Pastor Dan Jeffers 
Park Street Baptist Church
3901 Park St. N. 
St. Petersburg, FL 33709

Jesus Prepared Us for 2017 - Russell Johnson


Jesus Prepared Us for 2017
 By Russell Johnson

Welcome to 2017.  This year will be a new one for each and every one of us.  We will see and experience things that we may have never seen or heard of before.  Some things will be encouraging and others will bring disappointment and possibly even worse.

As I begin this New Year, I find myself in John 16 and I’m impressed by how carefully and thoughtfully Jesus prepared His disciples for what was ahead in their lives.  He begins the chapter with this statement: “I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith.”

What was ahead for these disciples would be so difficult for them to accept that there was a possibility that they would abandon their faith.  The difficulty of understanding and enduring what was in their future had the potential for overpowering even three years at Jesus’ feet hearing and seeing the most amazing things any of us could imagine.

As I meditated on this I ask myself:  Am I prepared for what lies ahead – personally, spiritually, culturally?  Have I prepared my congregation for whatever lies ahead?  Will I/they be able to walk through what 2017 has to offer and come through it with a stronger faith or will it be too much for them and might they abandon their faith?

I’m sure we would all like to think that we/they are prepared, but remember, even Jesus made it a point to give His followers a little extra preparation at this point in their life.

Gentlemen, Jesus has given us everything we need to face the uncertain future with the certainty of His presence.  Let’s make it a priority to gather with one another, encourage one another, look out for one another and help each other be better servants of the Lord in 2017.  We need it!  Our respective families need it!  Our congregations need it!

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.  Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.  But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”   - (John 16:33 NLT)

Church Planter Report - Grace Life


Church Planter Report
Matt - McNaughton - Grace Life

It's hard to believe we are at the forefront of another year. It's even harder for me to believe that in a few short weeks, Grace Life Church will turn two. To see what has transpired since Julie and I embarked on this journey is quite humbling and further evidence that we serve a mighty God who has a mission to save the world.

Since our last update, we've had a few things worth sharing. 
  • We had over 600 people attend our Movie in the Park on December 17th. As people were arriving to the park, our church volunteers passed out information had several meaningful conversations about life, our church, and Jesus.
  • We had our first KidLife Christmas play! We had over 20 of our kids in this production and personally, it was awesome to sit back and watch Colton and Merritt sing (or try to sing) a few Christmas songs.
  • On a personal note, I was able to take two weeks off around Christmas time. Church planting is emotionally, physically, and spiritually exhausting for me and my family. To enjoy those two weeks at home with them and with God was rejuvenating.
As we head into the New Year, we're also celebrating the growth we saw in 2016
  • We doubled our LifeGroups and I officially only lead one, meaning we have 3 other couples faithfully leading their groups.
  • Between October 1st and December 4th, our church brought 50 of their friends. This number only includes first time guests who were brought by someone who is a part of Grace Life.
  • 57% of our church attends a LifeGroup.
  • Are average attendance increased by 53%.
  • We had 5 baptisms 
  • We have increased giving from internal resources. As we grew older, we knew we would approach deadlines on promised monthly support. However, as that has occurred, we have seen new families begin giving. 
  • We were given a truck for the sole purpose of towing our trailer.
  • We have 43 adults and teenagers who regularly serve on the weekend.
  • We started a Student Ministry and saw over 20 kids attend over 6 sessions.
I fully believe our church, by the power of God, will continue to make a lasting impact in our community. Please pray with us as we follow God and live on mission for him. Below, you'll see a few pictures that tell just part of the story of what's happening in Lake Asbury.

Thank you again for all your prayers and generous support. I look forward to telling you more about what God is doing in Lake Asbury.
You can keep up-to-date with our church by liking us on Facebook at fb.com/thegracelifechurch. I look forward to updating you in April!

By His Grace,
Matt MacNaughton
matt@thegracelifechurch.org
       

Thursday, December 1, 2016

FBBF Meetings for 2017
Goal: 125 mile radius from I-4 & Turnpike


January 9 -                     Park Street Baptist Church
                                           St. Pete
                                           Dan Jeffers

February 13 -               Grace Point Church
                                           Apopka
                                           Jason Henderson

March 13 -                     Temple Baptist Church
                                           Titusville
                                           Tom Porter


April 10 -                      Cornerstone Baptist Church
                                           Davenport
                                           Joel Johns                  

May (NO MEETING)

June 12 –                         Palmetto Ave. Baptist Church
                                           Sanford
                                           Ron Williams

July (NO MEETING)

August 14 –                   Life Church Horizon West
                                           Windemere
                                           Brandt Leicht

September (NO MEETING)

October 9 -                    First Baptist Church
                                           Port Richey
                                           Ellis Bond

November 13 -             Liberty Baptist Church
Orlando
                                           Vern Murray

December (NO MEETING)



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Greetings fellow servants,

Trust your summer is going well and that you are experiencing the Lord’s blessings in your ministry.  We are looking forward to hosting the state meeting on Aug. 8th and want to invite you to make your way to Jacksonville on that day.  We have three men lined up to challenge us from God’s word and there will be an excellent meal provided at the noon hour.  Please note the following schedule for the day:

10 AM – Officer’s meeting

11 AM – Roger Gannam (Liberty Counsel)

Noon – Lunch

1 PM – Jason Henderson (Grace Pointe Church)

2 PM – Chad Braymer (Missionary to Costa Rica)

Look forward to seeing you Aug. 8th, feel free to call (904) 545-9880 if you have any questions or need any additional information.

- Pastor Richard Edwards

Church Website

Driving Directions

September National Meeting - Cape Cod







Dear Pastor (& State Chairman),

I wanted to personally write and connect with you about our upcoming BBFI Cape Cod meeting in September (19th-21st). We are excited to be hosting the BBFI on Cape Cod for the first time and sharing a bit of what God has done. I thought it might be helpful to write to each of our state chairman first of all to invite you but also to offer to answer any questions or help with logistics.
The conference website - BBFI - Cape Cod is a great source of information.

- Speakers

- Accomodations

- Breakouts

- Travel information

- Things to do: Cape Cod & Boston
If you have any questions, thoughts, or suggestions - please let me know. We genuinely want to serve the pastors, leaders, and churches of our fellowship.

Would you help me spread the word by sharing the Cape Cod BBFI website link and inviting your state to join us on Cape Cod.

I look forward to seeing you on Cape Cod!

In His Service,

Ben Feldott