Awana-Palooza 2017

THE WEEKEND WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR IS HERE:
AWANA-PALOOZA
Carnival & Closing Ceremony Weekend

AWANA Carnival!
Friday, April 28 at 6:30 pm
Celebrate all the points earned this year in AWANA! Your hard earned points will determine the order we pick baskets at the end of the Carnival! We have baskets for all the AWANA kids thanks to the generosity of our church members! We can’t wait to celebrate all your hard work! We will have Corndogs and other carnival foods – have dinner with us!

CHECK OUT THE BASKETS!

VBS Registration (online) will be available Friday night. All who have registered for VBS before the end of the evening (even if you have already registered online) will be entered to win a prize! And we will have a special VBS guest…

Carnival is for AWANA Club members only. Siblings welcome to come an play games but please do not bring extra friends. Please no drop offs. Parents are to be with their children for this event.

AWANA Closing Ceremony! (in the Sanctuary)
Sunday, April 30 at 5:00 pm (arrive early)
Friends and Families invited! We will celebrate all the book work done this year, get certificates and sing songs!  Awards will be given and cake will be served!

Thanks to all the families, kids & volunteers for an amazing year!

AWANA-PALOOZA!
Ellie & Karen

Jesus on Ministry Priorities

Pastor Ken’s first message in this new teaching series comes off of the Easter message where Jesus invites Mary and the disciple into participation in spreading the news of the resurrection (Matthew 28:7-8). Ministry 101 is a series on how we can participate in what God has called us to do.

Because of the resurrection, just what does Jesus call us to? We must have the same spirit as Isaiah, “here am I, send me.” For Mary Magdalene, her bereavement was turned into blessing, she moved from being a spectator to a participant.

Here are the three question we must ask in order to discover the ministry God has for us.

1. Where am I with God? In this story, Jesus pushes back by retreating to a quiet place in order to pray. Is our ministry defined by our public life or by our personal life? We nurture our relationship with God. Jesus valued it, so should we. Even in the midst of great needs and popularity, Jesus needed time with the Father. There is a tension between entering our prayer closet (Matthew 6:6, treasure room) and the public gather expected of believers (Hebrew 10:25). Jesus made prayer a discipline, exercising practical intention.

2. Where am I with the mission of Christ? After Peter finds Jesus in his solitary place, Jesus mentions the need to go to surrounding towns and villages, because the gospel was the reason that he came. This is missional. He came to seek the lost, serve rather than be served, and be the answer to our sin problem. He came for a purpose, and he came for people. God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, and we participate in this mission (2 Corinthians 5:19). The love of Christ controls us, not the needs around us (2 Corinthians 5:14). Needs can be physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual.

3. Where am I with the needs of people? Jesus meets with the man with leprosy, Mark 1:40-45. Jesus was asked about his willingness, and the text tells us that he was moved with compassion. His compassion moved him toward a willingness. Then Jesus invites the man into a ceremony that would welcome him back into the community of faith; the man was redeemed and then restored. In this story we see that Jesus cares for the soul.

In application ask: where or when am I moved with compassion? How does the ministry of reconciliation manifest itself in me? How am I living out the meaning of the great commission?

Application Questions:

Mark 1:35-39

  1. In light of this passage, how do you think Jesus knew his life purpose so clearly?
  2. Why do you think Jesus had to spend so much time in prayer if he was the Son of God?
  3. How should we follow Christ’s example of praying?
  4. What is the benefit of getting up before dawn to spend time with the Lord in prayer?
  5. What area of need does Jesus’ example of prayer reveal to you?
  6. What should be your response to other believers who are committed to prayer?
  7. How do you think you would have responded if you had been the one to find Jesus praying?
  8. What can you learn about your own responsibility to serve from Jesus’ attitude toward the people who demanded His time?
  9. How can you order the parts of your life to reflect the priorities Jesus had?
  10. What one area of your spiritual life do you think the Lord wants you to develop or concentrate on the most right now?
  11. What role do you think solitude should have in the Christian life?
  12. Following Jesus’ example, what can you do this week to spend more quality time with the Lord in prayer?
  13. When and where can you pray on a regular basis this week?
  14. What can you do to increase your consistency in prayer over the next month?

Mark 1:40-45

  1. Who are the outcasts or untouchables in our world today?
  2. In what ways can Christians serve or help people who have great need?
  3. When has the Lord ever healed you either physically or emotionally?
  4. How have you responded to the Lord’s healing in your life?
  5. How would you react if you saw another person miraculously healed by the Lord?
  6. Looking at the leper’s example, what attitude do you think is crucial to receive healing from the
    Lord?
  7. Why do you think God sometimes heals people miraculously yet at other times chooses not to?
  8. What does this passage tell you about Christ and his attitude toward our pain and suffering?
  9. When have you ever done the opposite of what you knew Jesus would have wanted you to do?
  10. How can disobedience cost us?
  11. What is one area of your life in which you need physical, emotional, or spiritual healing from
    God?
  12. To what person in our church or community could you reach out this week? How?
  13. What concrete action can you take this week to trust Jesus with your areas of need?

Easter Message for 2017

Pastor Ken Pruitt’s teaching from Matthew 28:1-7, on the Story of the Resurrection in Your Life. (We are very sorry about the wide angle view of this recording).

Observations from this morning…

The story of the gospel has this earliest confession of faith at its root, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. The resurrection is central, but it can also be personal. These are real events happening to real people, but what comes next? This is a life-changing encounter that moves people from spectators into participants.

Ken led us through the 10 post-resurrection appearances of Jesus and emphasized that each one meant something personally to the people who witnessed it. This teaching will focus on Mary Magdalene, since she was the first. More details on these appearances may be found here.

1. Notice her PROBLEM (Matthew 28:1): she knew the captivity of darkness, and approaches the tomb out of duty, with a task to perform, she was carrying spices and sadness. A problem we all share is that we don’t always see the truth of the resurrection. The same power that raised Jesus from the grave is available to us! (Romans 8:11).

2. There was a PRESENCE (Matthew 28:2): the angel was on the stone, God steps in and was seen for the next 40 days.

3. Notice her change of PERSPECTIVE (Matthew 28:5): the dialog of Mary with this angel helps her realize that things are not as they seem. Transformation has happened and can still happen in our lives today. God can alter our lives beyond the routine. We have this living hope based on the resurrection of Jesus (1 Peter 1:3).

4. Mary also discovers there is a PLAN (Matthew 28:7): she is to go, tell, and meet with the disciples. The resurrection is not the end, but a beginning of a wonderful participation we have in the message and mission of the gospel. We have moved from observation to participation!


An Expanded Teaching Outline:

  1. Problem (Matthew 28:1) – came to the grave expecting death
  2. Power (Matthew 28:2) – the earthquake was severe and the stone was rolled away
  3. Presence (Matthew 28:3) – an angel of the Lord descended and speaks
  4. Petrified (Matthew 28:4) – the fear of the soldiers, they became like dead men
  5. Perspective (Matthew 28:5) – looking for the living among the dead?
  6. Person (Matthew 28:5) – they were not seeking a body but a living person
  7. Proof (Matthew 28:6) – he is risen, just as he said, see where he was lying
  8. Plan (Matthew 28:7) – go quickly and tell the disciples
  9. Participation (Matthew 28:7) – he is going before you (you are not sent alone)
  10. Proclamation (Matthew 28:10) – go and take the word to my brethren…

Don’t miss the next three weeks as Pastor Ken opens up about how this participation manifests itself through ministry, and how we are involved in that… Ministry 101 begins April 23, 2017.

Who is This?

This is Seth Horrell’s final message as our interim preacher, looking at Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem during Holy Week, from Matthew 21:1-11.

Seth told a story about his sister’s friends giving her a parade on her birthday, five friends, at UVA, walking across campus with loud music from a boom box, on a wagon, complete with t-shirts marking the occasion.

In our story in the life of Jesus, he comes to Jerusalem for the annual Passover pilgrimage; he has his parade yet it is filled with hints of things to come later in the week. The population of the city more than doubles, so with a huge crowd, it’s like a flash mob breaks out.

Palm branches, and laying coats on the road, perhaps like Sir Walter Raleigh laying down his coat over the mud so the queen could pass without getting dirty.

The people have a new hope that this son of David would set up his new kingdom. But the people ask the question, “who is this?” The literal answer is Jesus, not the preacher from Galilee but Yeshua would would be the savior or deliverer of God’s people. It is not so simple, because the people expected a different type of deliverer.

On the east of town, Jesus rides into the city on a lowly donkey, while likely on the west side of town Pilate made a grand, military entrance on a war horse, returning from his fortress on the coast. Such a contrast. The people eventually fall away, and rather than a royal throne, Jesus ends up on a Roman cross.

This cross was a stumbling block to the Jews and an offense. Just like then, Jesus calls us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow him. Many people withdraw because Jesus demands so much. Paul tells us this cross is the power of God to bring salvation. It is through dying that we truly live (Galatians 2:20).

We often miss the cross and go straight to Easter morning, but we cannot separate the two. The theology of the cross is the way of submission and obedience, even when it is not popular of comfortable. The theology of glory we find at Easter is best understood on the other side of Christ’s agony.

What does the cross say to our family habits, our conduct at work? The way of the cross vs. the way of the war horse. Victory goes through the cross, not chemical weapons and cruise missiles. 

A Balanced Disciple – Service

Seth Horrell finished his series on a Balanced Disciple, on Christian Service, from Matthew 20:25-28.

All living things grow, so should the church. Our growth is balanced on these three principles: worship, spiritual formation, and service.

In worship, ask, what attitude do I bring to worship (evaluation or expectancy)? What do I bring into worship, not what do I get out of it.

The church is a training room for the disciple to prepare, or practice, before the game. We practice here so we can be better, and more effective, out there.

A disciple is balanced in the same way the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee are different. The Dead Sea has all kinds of water flowing into it, and is dead, nothing lives in it; while the Sea of Galilee has water flowing in and water flowing out of it. How do you serve, or give back to your community?

Church hoppers do so because they are looking for the church that “feeds me” where the opposite should be true, you plug into a community and find a place to serve.

Everyone is supposed to serve, it is not optional. With Jesus as our example, we are never exempted. What talents and gifts do you have?

Remember the story of Al at 97 years old – could not hand out bulletins standing up so he found a stool, and kept on serving. You are never too old to find a place to serve.

Listen to this message again and again, and let the Spirit of God put a burden on your heart, this can be the beginning of the birth of a vision God has for you.

Scott added at the end – the connection card has four principles (Gather – Grow – Go – Give) and the first three have been addressed over the past three weeks; and Scott and Seth did not set this up ahead of time.

Home-Life 101

May-June Sermon Series

HOME-LIFE 101. This sermon series will answer the question, “How can God use me to make my Home what it should be?”

May 14. Home-life 101: A Living Proverb for Life: Mothers.
Proverbs 31

May 21. Home-life 101: A True Investment for the Future: Children.
2 Timothy 3:15
This will be our outdoor worship event, Worship on the Lawn, a single 10:30 a.m. service with a cookout after the service.

May 28. Home-life 101: Whether One or Many: The Home.
Psalm 127:1-2

June 4. Home-life 101: The Joy of Life Together: Family.
Psalm 128

June 11. Home-life 101: A Vision of Covenant Marriage – For the Married and the ‘Not-Yet-Married’.
Genesis 2:18; Hebrews 13:4

June 18. Home-life 101: A Man of Compassion: Fathers.
Psalm 103:13

Ministry 101

Join us after Easter for Pastor Ken’s first teaching series here at King’s Grant. “Ministry 101” will help us to remember that which we are called to be and do. Come hear Ken’s heart for ministering to people, and be encouraged that we as the body of Christ are also called to minister to others in Jesus’ name.

Join us at 8:30 or 11:00 each Sunday.

Worship on the Lawn

We are excited about enjoying springtime by having an outdoor service we are calling “Worship on the Lawn.” On Sunday May 21, at a special time, we are having a single service at 10:30 a.m. So, no 8:30, 11:00, or Well service that day.

There is also no Sunday School that day, since we are asking people to bring side dishes for our church wide cookout that starts after the service, around 11:45. Classes are bringing potato salad, baked beans, and many other dishes to share. Food delivery should happen around 10:00, so we all can get outside and be ready for the worship time to begin promptly at 10:30.

Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets, and even a pop-up canopy if you have one. While most people will be seated on the lawn, we will have chairs on the sidewalks for our senior adults who prefer not to walk on the unsteady yard.

Invite friends and neighbors. Expect some great music, and Pastor Ken will be teaching about “A True Investment for the Future: Children” from 2 Timothy 3:15.

Celebrate Easter 2017

Sunday April 16 is Easter this year! Plan now, and pray that God will do great things through King’s Grant Baptist Church. May people attend worship with an expectation that they will encounter God through music, Scripture, prayer, and the message that God has given Pastor Ken.

On April 2, Invite Cards will be available so members can hand them out and invite neighbors, co-workers, and unchurched friends to worship with them.

On April 9, Palm Sunday, church members are invited to take door-hangers to let neighbors know about what KGBC has to offer on Easter Sunday.

On April 13, at 7:30 p.m., we are planning a Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service (a service of light and shadows) with music, readings, communion, moving from light into darkness.

After the Maundy Thursday service, we have challenged the members and regular attendees of King’s Grant to fast and pray that evening through sundown on Good Friday. We have been preparing for this communal fasting and praying time all month, and a special guide has been prepared to help us focus on Great Commission and Kingdom Building needs.

On April 16, Join us to celebrate the resurrection at 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary or 11:00 a.m. in the Well, our contemporary worship experience. This day will also be the first day for Pastor Ken as our senior pastor! There will be special children’s activities during the 11:00 hour, something not to be missed!

[ Take a look at Pastor Ken’s sermon series this spring ]

[ What can I expect when I show up on a Sunday? ]