Great. Will be a great ending to your tour.
Jim Weiss HCOC
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On Oct 3, 2016, at 8:53 AM, Jeremy Newlin via paraiba_mission <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
As I arrived at the apartment building where we live a couple of weeks ago, a neighbor started a conversation with me. She asked if we were really going to move back to the States for good. I said yes, in December. She then asked if I could recommend someone to teach her and her family the Bible and spend some time in prayer. Her family has two apartments in our building. Some years ago, I studied the Bible with her father and mother but not with her. I asked her to give me a couple of days and I would get back to her with a name. I am kidding!!! Of course, I said yes, I would love to give a Bible study to your family.We had our first Bible study last Tuesday night. There were 10 present, counting Monica and myself. At the end of the study they asked if we could come again next week. I said, sure.
Please pray:· That the Gospel may penetrate the hearts of those who are studying so that they might give their lives to Christ.
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As I arrived at the apartment building where we live a couple of weeks ago, a neighbor started a conversation with me. She asked if we were really going to move back to the States for good. I said yes, in December. She then asked if I could recommend someone to teach her and her family the Bible and spend some time in prayer. Her family has two apartments in our building. Some years ago, I studied the Bible with her father and mother but not with her. I asked her to give me a couple of days and I would get back to her with a name. I am kidding!!! Of course, I said yes, I would love to give a Bible study to your family.
We had our first Bible study last Tuesday night. There were 10 present, counting Monica and myself. At the end of the study they asked if we could come again next week. I said, sure.
· That the Gospel may penetrate the hearts of those who are studying so that they might give their lives to Christ.
The church in João Pessoa began a sermon series on the book of Romans. I began by teaching and preaching on the context of the book. It took a little bit longer than I expected but was well worth the time.
God's Word is awesome. Just to give you a little taste of what was taught. Romans is a book in which the apostle Paul expounds on the Gospel (Chapter 1:3-4). Jesus, born in the flesh, died and risen from the dead through the power of the Holy Spirit, proving that He is the Son of God. This gospel is God's power to save all those who believe (Chapter 1:16-17). Save us from what? Our sins, right! Yes, but it is not a salvation experienced only at the end of time, this salvation is present all around us. God's wrath is being poured out all around us, today!! (Chapter 1:18-25). We have traded our worship. Before being saved through the gospel, we worshiped the creation, in many ways, instead of the Creator (Chapter 1:25). The gospel saves us from this and its consequences by renewing the focus of our worship. The gospel turns us to worship God and this worship saves us from a way of life that we see all around us every day, destroying families and leaving every worshiper of creation, hopeless.
How marvelous and wonderful is the Gospel. We are saved. Live out your salvation with joy. You are experiencing things that others, who are not Christians, cannot fathom until they see you living in Christ, worshipping the God and creator of heaven and earth.
· That the church in João Pessoa may worship God and Him alone
Planning seems like something that everyone knows how to do. I mean we all buy houses, cars, eat three meals a day, etc…, right? Well, a couple of weekends ago I was helping a congregation learn how to plan. I explained the steps of planning; vision, why, where we are now, how to get to our vision from where we are and how to constantly evaluate if we are still on track.
I also taught and preached from the book of Ephesians. I explained the context, the confusion a lot of people have about predestination and what God's wrath is, how it is all around us and how the Gospel saves us from His wrath here and now. I spoke on listening to our conscience and studying God's Word to train our conscience.
It was a quick trip but a very good one. On the way back to João Pessoa, I came a different way. There was almost no traffic on this road for about 50 miles. I went a very slow 35 to 50 mph as I gazed at the mountainous landscape. Almost no plant life, for lack of water it could have been very ugly but I saw beauty. As I was driving and observing, I thought about this trip being one of my last. This world is not our home, we are just passing through. I can't wait to get home.
God bless you all
Each congregation gave a presentation of their growth in numbers and maturity, through such activities as visitation, campaigns, retreats, classes, and weekend seminars. While each congregation spoke the others were listening for opportunities to serve through visits, calls or other ways that they believe would help in what is already being done.
We ended our time together studying God's Word about the subject of grace and being filled with the Spirit. We read Ephesians 5:17-21 and discussed how being filled with the Spirit is very practical and not mystical. We decided to focus on one aspect of being filled with the Spirit which we read in verse 20 "always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father." Think with me, if you are always giving thanks for all things then one thing you are not doing is complaining. Together we challenged each other to not complain for 21 days and to discuss what we discovered about ourselves and our relationship with God.
Please pray: that all of those at the meeting will truly commit to not complaining, that we may learn to have more self-control, and that God may be glorified through this process.
Jeremy Newlin's Mother's Day Sermon
I preached on Mother's Day for what I believe is the tenth year in a row. I am pretty sure because Monica complains that I never remember it is Mother's day until one day or hour before the worship service. So I always end up saying "Happy Mother's Day" and then preach a sermon that is not focused on the qualities that Mother's naturally have.
This year, I was ready for a Mother's day message filled with love and compassion that Mother's show their sons and daughters. I was planning to relate those Motherly qualities to God and then back to us and how we should all live with such character.
I was preaching at another congregation in Recife. They are going through the fruit of the Spirit, one each month. The month of May is Patience. It doesn't seem like much of a problem to preach on Patience on Mother's Day and relate that to Mothers, right? I was sent an outline of what they wanted the sermon to be about because they are having different speakers every Sunday of the month. The outline was difficult for me to bend toward Mothers, so once again I got up and said "Happy Mother's Day" and preached the Word.
They were all very patient with me, even Monica was content.
Joseph McKinney's Mother's Day Sermon Story
Hey, I preached on Mother's Day too, but I actually talked about mothers. In João Pessoa, I had mothers in the congregation get up and each hold a sign with a quality of the fruit of the Spirit, and I tried to think how each one exemplified that quality. Some were super easy, like faithfulness, like love – everybody agrees with that: Mothers = Love; but some were difficult, like joy, like peace. Think about it: how many mothers do your see as peaceful? I can think of a grandmother or two, after all the kids are gone and taking care of their lives, but mothers with a husband and children? Where's the peace in that?
My conclusion, see if you agree with me, is that mothers may have a natural head start on the fruit of the Spirit compared to the rest of us, but they shouldn't be content to stick to what's natural to them.
We all should live in the Spirit and let Him produce love that goes beyond our kids, peace that passes understanding, joy going beyond human limits whether you have a husband, wife and kids or not. Not to mention self control, faithfulness, goodness, kindness, meekness, and patience, wow! The Spirit has plans for us, and He can do it if we let Him.
So, mothers, today, in the hustle and bustle of real life, tap into the peace and joy of the Spirit. Let us all reach beyond the qualities that come easy to us and become more like Jesus Christ.