The Vineyard Church | Syracuse Site http://vineyardny.org Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:53:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.1 The Jesus Experiment – Week 5 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/04/24/the-jesus-experiment-week-5/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/04/24/the-jesus-experiment-week-5/#respond Mon, 25 Apr 2016 01:34:33 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6162 April 24, 2016 Give by John Elmer, Lead Pastor You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart – Jeremiah 29:13 Jesus calls us to be radically generous. “Freely you have received; freely give.” Matthew 10:8 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, […]]]>

April 24, 2016
Give
by John Elmer, Lead Pastor

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart – Jeremiah 29:13

Jesus calls us to be radically generous.

“Freely you have received; freely give.”
Matthew 10:8

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Luke 6:38

“Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Matthew 19:21

Generosity goes against the grain.

(It is killed by debt, greed, and fear.)

Generosity is released when we buy into a greater purpose.

“They begged us to take the money so they could share in the joy of helping the Christians in Jerusalem.”
2 Corinthians 8:4 (TLB)

“Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything–all she had to live on.’”
Mark 12:43-44

How to start:
  1. Start tithing.
    “I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty
    Malachi 3:11
  2. Give something to someone.
Action Step:

I will take the ‘Tithing Challenge’

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The Jesus Experiment – Week 4 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/04/18/the-jesus-experiment-week-4/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/04/18/the-jesus-experiment-week-4/#respond Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:25:28 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6148 April 17, 2016 Heal the Sick by John Elmer, Lead Pastor You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13 Health is a big issue. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie–the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. John 5:3 Jesus often brought incredible […]]]>

April 17, 2016
Heal the Sick
by John Elmer, Lead Pastor

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13

Health is a big issue.

Here a great number of disabled people used to lie–the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.
John 5:3

Jesus often brought incredible moments of healing.

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
Matthew 14:14

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick you your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
Matthew 28:19-20a

Jesus’ followers are to continue to bring healing.

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
Matthew 10:8

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20

We can use the Five Step Prayer Model:

1) Ask and listen.
2) Invite the Holy Spirit.
3) Pray.
4) Check in.
5) Bless what God is doing.

Action Step:

Pray for a person who is sick.

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The Jesus Experiment – Week 3 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/04/10/the-jesus-experiment-week-3/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/04/10/the-jesus-experiment-week-3/#respond Sun, 10 Apr 2016 22:37:02 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6137 April 10, 2016 Give to the Poor by John Elmer, Lead Pastor You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13 When we follow Jesus we will do God’s works. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only […]]]>

April 10, 2016
Give to the Poor
by John Elmer, Lead Pastor

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13

When we follow Jesus we will do God’s works.

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 7:21

Caring for the poor is God’s heart.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
James 1:27

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

When we serve the poor, our relationship with Jesus is enhanced.

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.
Proverbs 19:17

“Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.”
Acts 10:4b

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.”
Matthew 25:34

Action Step: I will help pack meals during Feed My Starving Children

 

 

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The Jesus Experiment – Week 2 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/04/04/the-jesus-experiment-week-2/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/04/04/the-jesus-experiment-week-2/#respond Mon, 04 Apr 2016 12:12:47 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6108 April 3, 2016 Receive the Holy Spirit by John Elmer, Lead Pastor You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13 The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the […]]]>

April 3, 2016
Receive the Holy Spirit
by John Elmer, Lead Pastor

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…
Matthew 28:19

When you connect with Jesus you receive the Holy Spirit.

…the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’
John 1:33b

When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance…
Ephesians 1:13b-14a

The Holy Spirit helps us experience the Father’s love.

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Romans 8:15-16

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Matthew 3:16-17

Action Step: I will sit and listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit this week.

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Profiles: Chris Holmes http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/03/31/chrisholmes/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/03/31/chrisholmes/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:49:50 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6095 By Doug Dowty Chris Holmes had to lose the girl to find Jesus. At least, that’s how it worked out. Holmes, 34, had other loves in life: basketball (he played semi-pro), drinking (he was a bartender), rap music (Eminem) and partying (Armory Square circuit). He’d been the popular jock at Onondaga High School, setting records […]]]>

By Doug Dowty Chris and Renee

Chris Holmes had to lose the girl to find Jesus. At least, that’s how it worked out. Holmes, 34, had other loves in life: basketball (he played semi-pro), drinking (he was a bartender), rap music (Eminem) and partying (Armory Square circuit).

He’d been the popular jock at Onondaga High School, setting records in football, basketball and track. He first dunked at age 17, despite being under 6 feet tall.

His plan was to attend junior college near Albany and become a professional basketball player. But after a brief stint with the Albany Patroons team, he returned to Syracuse and bounced between jobs.

His first long-term girlfriend was Catholic, so he went through the motions to get confirmed. The faith didn’t stick. A few years later, he had two children with another girlfriend. But the couple turned out to be “oil and water,” Chris recalls, and that relationship ended, as well.

Then, in September 2013, he took a chance on an online date. Her name was Renee. And he knew there was something different about her.

“She didn’t need anyone to be happy,” Chris recalled. “I thought she was way out of my league.” But Renee Markus took a chance on Chris, too. She started coming to all of his rec league basketball games. She loved her family and the outdoors. She got along well with Chris’s two girls, ages 4 and 9, who split time between Chris and his ex-girlfriend.

Renee had grown up in a religious family, but wasn’t going to church regularly. Early on, God wasn’t a big part of their relationship, Chris recalls.

Together, they started going to church. And the experience changed Renee. For Chris, those changes weren’t always welcome.

He was bartending in Syracuse’s South Side. Renee didn’t feel comfortable around all the drunks anymore.

He was still listening to explicit music. She wanted him to stop. He wanted to be extremely physical. She wanted to slow down.

After two years and mounting friction, Renee called Chris last fall: it was over.

Distraught, Chris turned to the pastor of the church they were attending in Liverpool. “Let her go,” the pastor advised. She’s not interested in you anymore.*

That turned Chris’s world upside-down. But in the pain, he found a Savior. He started seeking God at every opportunity. That included coming to the Vineyard on Saturdays for worship. He joined a Bible Study at the Liverpool church.

“Through the heartache, I found Christ,” Chris said.

Secretly, that’s all Renee wanted all along. She took another risk and decided to break the silence.

“I didn’t think you’d ever talk to me again,” Chris told her. “I found my strength in Jesus.”

Renee’s prayers had been answered. In the past month, the couple got back together.

“I was too concerned with things that aren’t important,” Chris said. He’s left bartending and got a promotion at a Verizon store. And he’s promised to take one day at a time with his lost – and found – love of his life. Chris says he’s a new man, and Renee says she’s seen the changes in him.

He’s been proving himself over and over again since they got back together, she said. “How impossible all this without a Creator is!” Chris declared.

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The Jesus Experiment – Week 1 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/03/28/the-jesus-experiment-week-1/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/03/28/the-jesus-experiment-week-1/#respond Mon, 28 Mar 2016 14:02:03 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6055 March 27, 2016 Follow Me by John Elmer, Lead Pastor You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13 Jesus invites us to follow Him. After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow […]]]>

March 27, 2016
Follow Me
by John Elmer, Lead Pastor

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13

Jesus invites us to follow Him.

After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and follow him.
Luke 5:27-28

Follow me includes total allegiance and focus.

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.
Luke 9:23-24

Life is best when we follow Jesus.

“Truly I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.”
Luke 18:29-30
Action Step: I am committing to follow Jesus for the first time today.

I am committing to do “The Jesus Experiment.”

 

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Profiles: Will Abt http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/01/31/willabt/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/01/31/willabt/#respond Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:24:36 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6078 By Doug Dowty Will Abt had it all: drugs, girls and cars. A Tipp Hill drug dealer, he was clearing $3,000 a day. He had two 70-inch televisions, a truck, two motorcycles and a car. But that wasn’t all. Will was also an honors graduate from West Genesee. He earned an honest living in an […]]]>

High-rolling drug addict back from brink:
“I started praying my a** off!”

By Doug Dowty Will Abt (1)

Will Abt had it all: drugs, girls and cars.

A Tipp Hill drug dealer, he was clearing $3,000 a day. He had two 70-inch televisions, a truck, two motorcycles and a car.

But that wasn’t all. Will was also an honors graduate from West Genesee. He earned an honest living in an auto shop.

He was living two lives.

He knew God existed: Jailed as a teen for illegal pills, he’d been locked up with inmates who yelled and screamed.

After a week of no sleep, he fell on his knees and prayed. Ten minutes later, a guard told him the news: he’d been released until his court date.

But years went by, and the dark side took over.

He began dealing drugs after getting hooked on painkillers after a motorcycle crash. He’d been robbed at gunpoint. He’d retaliated.

Terrified, Will went to rehab in Florida three times. The first two times, he relapsed the day he left.

But he rediscovered church in Florida. And God moved again.

“I threw my hands in the air, and started to feel a warm, comforting sensation,” Will says. “I felt a hand on my shoulder, and for a minute, I felt weightless. It was as though God was telling me just open myself up, make myself able to receive Him and he would make everything all right.”

The Florida church sent Will to the Syracuse Vineyard when he came home. But the demons continued. He’d worship and connect with God, but get high as soon as he left.

His third time in rehab ended in 2015. He got a job in Florida fixing up high-end cars, like Lamborghinis. But he relapsed again.

Back in Syracuse, Will got busted with drugs. He wound up in jail for months.

Will knew this was his last chance to make something of his life.

His dad promised to stop talking to him if he ever got in trouble again. His twin brothers, only 5, hadn’t really ever known him.

“I started praying my a** off,” Will says.

He pleaded guilty and got three years’ probation. With help from Vineyard pastors, Will got a construction job and started a group for parents with drug addict kids.

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