New Life in Christ Weekender
A short reminder of events happening this weekend.
The Esther Musical is coming next weekend (see more online at www.nlicc.org/esther/). Are you planning to come? Make sure you get tickets. Have you invited anyone to come? Make sure you invite them before it is too late.
An event like Esther is a great opportunity to invite your neighbors, your classmates, your co-workers, or your family to attend. We purposely build events like Esther into low-risk opportunities to invite lots of people to attend. The more people you invite … the more likely you are to have somebody come to the show. Who knows, a simple invitation might make an eternal difference in the life of somebody you know. If we want some plants to grow, the one thing we need to do is to spread the seed widely before we will see shoots coming out of the ground. I remember one specific person who came to Christ as a direct result of being invited to our last Esther musical.
Once you have a friend come to visit you have a new door you have a great opportunity to open up conversations on more spiritual matters. One of our greatest weaknesses in sharing our faith is never moving on to the next step. We invite people to come to an event, but never take the risky but important step of moving them closer to Christ. Sometimes it is simply a matter of making it too complicated. We might think, “I don’t know how to move the conversation to the next point. I don’t know how to talk to this person more about God or my faith.”
Well, let me try to make it simple. Here is an easy script, “Jim, I’m so glad you came to the show tonight. Did you enjoy it? As you may know, my faith is very important to me and I believe it is important for every person in the world to have faith. Would you like to learn more about the Christian faith by doing a short Bible Study on the life of Jesus?”
It may not be creative, but it gets to the point. The person may say “no”, which makes things easy simply because it lets you know about their spiritual interest, allowing you to focus your energy on people who may be more interested. If they say “yes” then you have the opportunity to using the Bible to share the life of Christ. I have some tools that you can use to help you lead a study like this. On Sunday night at 7:15 pm I plan to share a tool with you that you can use.
So as you think about the upcoming musical, think about two things. First, who would you like to invite to the musical. Second, are you willing to take the step of faith and speak with them about your faith?
We have some great opportunities coming up. Pray for New Life in Christ Church as we put on the Esther musical next weekend.
Church Plant Information Dinner – Matt and Amanda Murray are hosting church planter Gordon Duncan for a dinner gathering on Friday night. Everyone interested in meeting Gordon and finding out more about the Massaponax church plant is invited to attend. Contact Amanda Murray for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org – 540-785-7019).
Movie Night (7 PM) – Get some popcorn, invite a friend, and come see a movie on the big screen. We are hosting a viewing of “October Baby” in the church sanctuary, a wonderful movie with an excellent pro-life message. Tickets are required by they are free. For tickets or information, contact Eileen Roberts at email@example.com. To find out more about the movie, you can read the review I read here: http://www.worldmag.com/2011/11/sharp_eyes.
Pray for Presbytery – New Life in Christ Church belongs to James River Presbytery, the association of churches in Virginia from Stafford down to Virginia Beach. We gather together this Saturday for our fall meeting. At this meeting the Presbytery will examine Gary Sexton in light of his call to New Life in Christ Church and Gordon Duncan in his new work starting a church plant in Massaponax. Pray for these men and the other decisions we will make this weekend. We are also making decisions about other important matters like funding for new church plants and dividing our Presbytery.
Women’s Breakfast – On the third Saturday of each month, the women of New Life in Christ Church, gather for breakfast at 8:30 AM. It’s great food, it’s great fellowship, and it’s always have a good time in God’s Word. Invite a friend.
Bridal Shower for Amanda Horn – Come and celebrate with Amanda as she prepares for her upcoming wedding. The shower will be in the Fireside Room at 2 PM. Please let Lucinda Lorei know of your plans to attend (273-4523).
Baby Shower for Tellie Whalen – Meet Tellie and her parents Patrick and Jessie Whalen to celebrate her birth. The shower will be at the home of Todd and Rachel Fleming. Let Rachel know of your plans to attend 540-226-6663.
Sign up for Esther Tickets – Our fall musical “Esther: For Such a Time as This” is coming October 26th and 27th to New Life in Christ Church. Pick up your tickets on Sunday morning (or call the church office @540-786-4848). Better yet, pick up an invitation card to bring to your neighbors, family, and friends … especially your unchurched friends. This is an excellent opportunity to bring friends to connect with the ministries of the church and hear the gospel. Tickets are free, but required. Look us up on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/estherthemusical) and LIKE us, or better yet, share the event on your own Facebook wall. We have a web page if you want to use that to invite your friends as well (http://www.nlicc.org/esther/).
- Sunday School – 9 AM (see our web page for a list of classes)
Prayer for Billy Clark and his family – This is our last Sunday to worship with the Billy Clark family before they leave the area on their way back to Peru. Come and pray for Billy, Yashmin, Grace, Faith, and Hope.
- Worship Service – 10 AM – Pick up your card for our new memory verse – Psalm 2
Young Adult Potluck – Young adults are invited to lunch at the home of Eric and Sarah Schroeder at 1 PM (9016 Mullen Road, King George, VA 22485).
Evening Service – 6 PM – Bob Rumbaugh speaking
- Junior and Senior High Youth Groups – Sunday at 7 PM
- Come to Pray – Corporate Prayer at 7 PM.
Evangelism Training – The Esther Musical is coming as well as Christmas and other big events. How can you turn these events into evangelistic opportunities? We are going to look at a simple way you can share the gospel with people you know and give you a tool you can use to do it.