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Thank-You Church

jordantmoody —  August 5, 2015 — 2 Comments

This past weekend, Robin Mark led worship for us and I had the opportunity to preach to a full house at Mascenic High School. I was so blessed to be a part of such a fantastic weekend with great people who serve an amazing God. Here are a few of my thoughts about this past weekend along with a big thank-you to all of you who helped out.

PROVE IT! (Phil. 1:27-30)

The one thing I didn’t realize about my sermon this past Sunday was that the challenge had already been answered by so many of you. I challenged everyone there at the service on Sunday to prove their faith in Jesus by their works (James 2:18). We closed out Philippians Chapter 1 by focusing on verse 27, where the Bible says, “Let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ.” That  means to be a good citizen because our “citizenship is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20). So since we serve Christ first, we should seek to live in a way that is consistent with the gospel message. When a body of believers seeks to do this, it brings unity in the gospel because everyone stands firm “in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel” (Phil. 1:27).

What I realized after preaching this message and evaluating the concert, was that so many of you lived out your faith that very weekend. As a church, you jumped in and did not just sit back. You did not seek to do “good works” out of some legalistic requirement, but rather you served up your talents and time as an offering to the Lord (2 Tim. 1:6). So thank you all for ministering in a way that was “worthy of the gospel of Christ”.

A Big Thank-You: 

Robin Mark

I am grateful to Robin for coming to Hope Fellowship Church with a servant’s heart.  In his words, he was no” diva.” He was simply a man with a song to sing to his Lord. I know Robin was a huge encouragement to me as a young elder at our church. I was edified by his teaching and the advice he gave me throughout the weekend. He taught us “Why We Worship” through his words, songs, and actions.

Volunteers

Our volunteers served with such willingness I can’t even begin to describe it. So many of you showed up and pitched in wherever was needed. Wherever and whenever there was something to be done, there was a hand to do so. Those of you who helped with design, set-up, clean-up, food prep, ushers, sound board, slides, and so many others… thank-you!

Worship Team

You represented Christ in both your preparation and performance. Not that the concert was a “performance”, per se, but you used your talents to share your love for Christ’s gospel and His church. It was evident to all who attended, saved and unsaved, that you love Jesus and you want others to know about Him. You sought to remove any distractions from the gospel message on Saturday and Sunday by preparing and practicing in order to do your best for God’s glory. You have not wasted the talents God has given you but have maximized them for your Master’s use. Cale and Mike– thank-you for your immense planning and your (often unseen) efforts both behind and on stage to make this concert excellent.

Planning

Chad and Doug and so many others logged a tremendous amount of time behind the scenes. Chad had a plan for every detail, and Doug was determined to make it happen. And when we didn’t have a solution to a problem (like the air conditioning), God did. So thank you to all who helped out in the planning and organizing phases of this event. You contributed many hours of leg-work to get things done in order for this concert to happen.

The events of the weekend are over, but God still has much for us to do for His glory, so His work goes on. Continue to pray for our church and the spread of the gospel in the Monadnock region.
in and through Christ,
Jordan Moody

(if you missed the service this past Sunday listen to it here: http://www.hfcnh.org/sermons.htm)

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Perception versus reality is often a difficult battle for a Christian. For this world is not my home, I’m just passing through. Paul speaks of this in 2 Corinthians 6 where he talks of persecution versus the reality of situation.

We are treated

as impostors, and yet are true;

as unknown, and yet well known;

as dying, and behold, we live;

as punished, and yet not killed;

as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;

as poor, yet making many rich;

as having nothing, yet possessing everything.

2 Corinthians 6:8b-10

We are treated as impostors in this world, and yet we have the truth. Help them to know the truth, and the truth will set them free. As Paul says later on in the chapter, “widen your hearts” that we who are poor can make others rich.

I am eager to preach this Sunday, Father’s Day, at Hope Fellowship Church as a new Teaching Elder/Pastor. God has blessed greatly over the past few years and I am excited to finally reach the point of preaching to a congregation that we will call our home church and our church family. God truly is good. He has blessed Jamie and me far more than we dreamed at this point in our life.

The theme of God’s goodness will be the focus of Sunday’s message. As we embark on this new chapter, it is important for us as a church family to pause and reflect on God’s goodness. This reflection upon God’s goodness ought to drive us to extol his name. This Sunday, I hope you will come ready praise God’s “wondrous works in the children of man” (v. 8)! Extol Him!

Psalm 107:1-2

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!
2  Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
whom he has redeemed from trouble

Psalm 107:32

Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

The word EXTOL comes from a primitive root meaning:

“to be high or exalted, rise”

It can also carry the meaning to “become proud” or to “boldly proclaim”

This is what we as redeemed creatures ought to do. This is our natural response to God’s goodness in our lives. We ought to extol His good name.

(Thomas, R. L. (1998). New American Standard Hebrew-Aramaic and Greek dictionaries : updated edition. Anaheim: Foundation Publications, Inc.)
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The Twelve Days of Christmas


The Twelve Days of Christmas is a classic but we often forget to think about what in the world the song is talking about? The song is so ridiculously outlandish and absurd that many say if one were to actually receive all the gifts given to them it would cost them a small fortune. PNC banking group has taken the song and used it as a tool to teach economics, rules of inflation, and money management. According to them in 2014, A Partridge in a Pear Tree costs $207.68 (+3.8%). Check it out. It is quite an entertaining website.

If you are like me you often ask the question why? Who wrote this song and why?

Historical information


 

The Twelve Days of Christmas was originally written in order to teach children Christian doctrine. According to legend it was used during times of persecution when open practice of faith was forbidden.

“From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.” – gotthebible.com

So the song was written as a “secret code” to teach Christian truths to children. 

Symbols


 

The actual 12 days represent the days between Christmas on December 25th and Epiphany on January 6th. Epiphany was the traditional celebration commemorating the arrival of the Wise Men. Yes, those wise men in the nativity scenes didn’t actually show up till years later. However, it helps to add a little diversity into our nativity scenes by including them and their camels.

These gifts that are given on each day are not particularly representative of anything in their choice but rather in their number. Most people believe the birds, rings, and animals are nothing more than memory tricks to help with the numbers that represent Christian doctrines. But the act of giving a gift is a solid Christmas gift in that Jesus Christ is the ultimate gift from God to save humanity. So hopefully this will shed new light on our misinterpretation of this seemingly “silly” song.


GIFTS WHAT THEY REPRESENT
Partridge in a pear tree Jesus Christ, who died on a tree for our sins
Two turtledoves The Old and New Testaments
Three French hens Faith, hope, and love(the three abiding virtues according to I Cor. 13)  or the three Wise Men
Four calling birds The four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John)
Five golden rings The Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible
Six geese a-laying Six days of creation (Genesis 1)
Seven swans a-swimming The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:6-8)
Eight maids a-milking The eight Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-11)
Nine ladies dancing The nine fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)
Ten lords a-leaping The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17)
Eleven pipers piping The eleven faithful apostles (Acts 1:13)
Twelve drummers drumming The twelve points of the Apostles’ Creed

A Model of Christian Charity by John Winthrop

Now the only way to avoid this shipwreck, and to provide for our posterity, is to follow the counsel of Micah, to do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God. For this end, we must be knit together, in this work, as one man. We must entertain each other in brotherly affection. We must be willing to abridge ourselves of our superfluities, for the supply of others’ necessities. We must uphold a familiar commerce together in all meekness, gentleness, patience and liberality. We must delight in each other; make others’ conditions our own; rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our commission and community in the work, as members of the same body. So shall we keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. The Lord will be our God, and delight to dwell among us, as His own people, and will command a blessing upon us in all our ways, so that we shall see much more of His wisdom, power, goodness and truth, than formerly we have been acquainted with. We shall find that the God of Israel is among us, when ten of us shall be able to resist a thousand of our enemies; when He shall make us a praise and glory that men shall say of succeeding plantations, “may the Lord make it like that of New England. For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us.

Think about your church. Is this the model your church follows?

I want my church to be one that does justly, loves mercy, and walks humbly with God. A church that embraces its responsibility to be a example before the eyes of all people. And when they see my church they see Christ.

Micah 6:8 (ESV)

He has told you, O man, what is good’

and what does the Lord require of you

but to do justice, and to love kindness, 

and to walk humbly with your God? 

Modern day terms for the goal and vision in a church that wants to be a city set on a hill.

1. To do justly (do justice- fulfilling mutual obligations in a manner consistent with God’s moral law)
2. To love mercy (love kindness- doing unto others as you would have them do to you)
3. To walk humbly with our God. (faithfulness- day by day growing in relationship with God through His Word)

The moment you begin to believe that your church can be healthy while you sit on the sidelines, you have given up on God’s plan of redemption.

Church needs you– Multiply

Multiply Movement

jordantmoody —  August 8, 2013 — Leave a comment

Reading through the New Testament, it’s not surprising to read that Jesus’s followers were focused on making disciples—it makes sense in light of Jesus’s ministry and the Great Commission. The surprise comes when we look at our churches today in light of Jesus’s command to make disciples.
Why is it that we see so little disciple making taking place in the church today? Do we really believe that Jesus told His early followers to make disciples but wants the twenty-first-century church to do something different? None of us would claim to believe this, but somehow we have created a church culture where the paid ministers do the “ministry,” and the rest of us show up, put some money in the plate, and leave feeling inspired or “fed.” We have moved so far away from Jesus’s command that many Christians don’t have a frame of reference for what disciple making looks like.

Multiply page 30 by Francis Chan

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Popes for Dummies

jordantmoody —  March 14, 2013 — 3 Comments

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POPED OR POPELESS

All this Poping hooplah has got me thinking about how people arrive at the conclusion for the need of a Pope in the church. I ‘pope’ to give you some answers in regards to the thinking behind having a Pope and what the Bible says about being ‘popeless.’ (Sorry I couldn’t resist)

POPES FOR DUMMIES

The pope’s jobs

The pope has two big jobs:

  • He’s the bishop of Rome, which means he has supreme, full, immediate, and universal jurisdiction all over the world (although the title says “Rome,” the job encompasses the whole Church).
  • He’s the head of the entire Catholic Church. As head of the Church, the pope directs the faithful around the world both directly and through mandates to the bishops who oversee the administrative territories known as dioceses. He also elevates bishops to the rank of cardinal as he sees fit.When the pope teaches a doctrine on faith or morals to the universal Church in his unique office as supreme head, he is held to be infallible, incapable of error. When the pope asserts his official authority in matters of faith and morals to the whole church, Catholics believe the Holy Spirit guards him from error. (quoted from Dummies.com)

So basically ONE MAN is infallible, incapable of error, and thus given authority over the entire universal church. Sounds vaguely familiar to me… I want to say his name started with a J and ended with an esus.

What the Bible says about being ‘Popeless’

Listen to this:

Col 1:14 In whom (Jesus, not the Pope) we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Col 1:15 Who (Jesus, not the Pope) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16 For by him (Jesus, not the Pope) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him (Jesus, not the Pope), and for him: (Jesus, not the Pope)
Col 1:17 And he (Jesus, not the Pope) is before all things, and by him (Jesus, not the Pope) all things consist.

Col 1:18 And he (Jesus, not the Pope) is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he (Jesus, not the Pope) might have the preeminence.

od has already told us WE DO NOT NEED A POPE in the Bible. (now there’s a thought?!)  Jesus is our pope on high and he is greater than the pope and greater than Moses!

God has already told us WE DO NOT NEED A POPE in the Bible. (now there’s a thought?!)  Jesus is our pope on high and he is greater than the pope and greater than Moses!

Heb 3:1 Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,
Heb 3:2 who was faithful to him who appointed him (not the Cardinals and Bishops), just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house.
Heb 3:3 For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses–as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself.

When we honor the Pope it is like us honoring a house over honoring the house builder. The house doesn’t have any power or authority it was a created thing by a wise and all-knowing creator. God made the Pope just like you and I and so therefore he is just like you and I, in need of a Savior. The God-Man, Jesus Christ, is that Savior. Jesus is my High Priest and He is the reason I can go confidently before the throne of grace in prayer without any need for a Bishop or Pope to tell me I can or cannot. God listens to me because of the intercession done by Jesus Christ, my High Pope.

Heb 4:14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
Heb 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Heb 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Put your trust in someone who truly is “infallible and incapable of error”, Jesus Christ. Stop relying in a false elevation of mankind. The Pope will never do you any good in regards to eternity. The only thing he is good at is deceiving you from seeing the TRUE GOD and His TRUE SAVIOR, the God-Man, Jesus Christ.

Week 25 ~ Acts 1-6

jordantmoody —  January 7, 2013 — Leave a comment

Over Christmas vacation we read through the entire book of Luke and combined a few weeks into 2 weeks. It was a bit more work than usual but profitable for all. We are now going to begin our look at the book of Acts. The Acts of the Apostles as many explain this book but I like to look at it as the Acts of the Holy Spirit. The controlling force throughout the book is the Holy Spirit and the power He gives to the believers of the early church and to us today.

 

READ ACTS 1-6

This Monday begins a new week in our New Testament Bible Reading Plan.

Due to the Thanksgiving break we will actually be required to read MORE our Bible program since we don’t have school! Whoo! Hoo!

We will be reading Week 11, 12, 13 together this week. Matthew 13-28.

Here is the suggested plan to make this larger portion of reading more sizable.

Your mission should you choose to accept it is to finish Matthew over Thanksgiving break.

7 days 

Monday – chapter 13

Tuesday – Chapter 14

Wednesday- 15, 16, 17

Thursday- 18,19,20

Friday- 21,22,23

Saturday- 24,25,26

Sunday-27, 28

At the end of your reading. Write a few sentences on why you are thankful for this portion of Matthew and Jesus himself. What did he do for you, how did he do it for you, and why did he do it for you? Those are 3 reasons why you should be thankful this season.