The Vineyard Church | Syracuse Site http://vineyardny.org Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:44:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Sticks and Stones – Week 2 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/11/16/sticks-and-stones-week-2/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/11/16/sticks-and-stones-week-2/#respond Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:04:26 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=7492 “Sticks and Stones” November 10th – 13th, 2016 John Elmer, Lead Pastor “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29   People’s words can leave a mark.   Through the […]]]>

“Sticks and Stones

November 10th – 13th, 2016

John Elmer, Lead Pastor

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Ephesians 4:29

 

  • People’s words can leave a mark.

 

Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.

Proverbs 11:11

  

“Damage Control”

  1.    Consider the source.

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.  By their fruit you will recognize them.”

Matthew 7:15-16a

“A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.”   

Proverbs 16:27

“The lips of the wise spread knowledge . . .”

Proverbs 15:7a

  1.   Know the truth.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Psalm 139:14

“Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisers.”

Proverbs 24:6

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

2 Corinthians 5:17

  1.   Look to Jesus.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9

. . . being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:6

 

Action Step:   This week I will thank Jesus for taking away that label.

 

Watch the full message here.

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Sticks and Stones – Week 1 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/11/09/sticks-and-stones-week-1/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/11/09/sticks-and-stones-week-1/#respond Wed, 09 Nov 2016 20:17:49 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=7485 “Sticks and Stones” November 3rd – 6th, 2016 John Elmer, Lead Pastor “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 “Rock of Encouragement”        Encouragement gives us life. “The soothing tongue […]]]>

“Sticks and Stones

November 3rd – 6th, 2016

John Elmer, Lead Pastor

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Ephesians 4:29

Rock of Encouragement

  •        Encouragement gives us life.

“The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.”

Proverbs 15:4

“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”

Proverbs 12:25

“The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Proverbs 12:18

 

  •        God wants to encourage us.

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had . . .”

Romans 15:5

The lips of the righteous nourish many . . .

Proverbs 10:21a

 

How to be a Good Encourager

  1.    Compliment people for who they are.

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”

1 Corinthians 12:4-6

 

  1.   Applaud them for what they have done.


“So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him . . .”

Philippians 2:29

 

  1.   Encourage people with God’s truth.

“He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine . . .”

Titus 1:9

 

  1.   Do it daily.

“But encourage one another daily . . .”

Hebrews 3:13a

 

Action Step:   I will say something encouraging to everyone I speak with this week.

 

Watch the full message here.

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Doubters Anonymous – Week 2 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/11/01/doubters-anonymous-week-2/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/11/01/doubters-anonymous-week-2/#respond Tue, 01 Nov 2016 19:55:54 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=7389 “Doubters Anonymous” October 27th – 30th, 2016 Jess McCray, Pastoral Intern “God Can Use Me” “We are God’s MASTERPIECE. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. “                                         Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) God uses the insecure. “Moses said to the Lord, […]]]>

“Doubters Anonymous

October 27th – 30th, 2016

Jess McCray, Pastoral Intern

God Can Use Me

“We are God’s MASTERPIECE. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. “                                        

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

  1. God uses the insecure.

“Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

Exodus 4:10 *p. 59

The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?  Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

Exodus 4:11-12                                                                                                                                

  1.   God uses the unlikely.  

When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”  But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  

1 Samuel 16:6-7

“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered, “but he is tending the sheep.”    

1 Samuel 16: 11

  1.   God uses failures.  

Peter replied, “Man I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter….and (Peter) went outside and wept bitterly.

Luke 22:60-62 p. 1058

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  . . .Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

Acts 2:38, 41

Action Step:  I will memorize Ephesians 2:10.  “We are God’s MASTERPIECE. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

 

Watch the full message here.

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Doubters Anonymous – Week 1 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/10/25/doubters-anonymous-week-1/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/10/25/doubters-anonymous-week-1/#respond Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:09:07 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=7340 “Doubters Anonymous” October 20th – 23rd, 2016 John Elmer, Lead Pastor “The Road to Committed Belief” There are different kinds of believers:    Non-believers   Doubt-filled   Convenient   Committed Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23    I recognize my […]]]>

“Doubters Anonymous”

October 20th – 23rd, 2016

John Elmer, Lead Pastor

“The Road to Committed Belief”

There are different kinds of believers:

  1.    Non-believers
  2.   Doubt-filled
  3.   Convenient
  4.   Committed

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

Luke 9:23

  1.    I recognize my doubts.

So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”  But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

John 20:25

  1.   I make discoveries.

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

John 20:26-27

  1.   I choose to believe.

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”  Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

John 20:28-29

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Hebrews 11:6

Action Step: I am committing my life to Jesus for the first time today.

 

Watch the full message here.

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Change Ahead – Week 3 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/10/18/change-ahead-week-3/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/10/18/change-ahead-week-3/#respond Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:04:46 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=7325 “Change Ahead” October 13th – 16th, 2016 John Elmer, Lead Pastor “Painful Change”        Bad things happen to good people. “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Matthew 5:45b Helpful Steps in Processing Painful Change    Remember Jesus still loves you. “Who shall separate […]]]>

“Change Ahead”

October 13th – 16th, 2016

John Elmer, Lead Pastor

Painful Change

  •        Bad things happen to good people.

“He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

Matthew 5:45b

Helpful Steps in Processing Painful Change

  1.    Remember Jesus still loves you.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:35, 37-39

  1.   Give yourself time to grieve.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

Matthew 5:4

  1.   Trust that Jesus can make beauty out of pain.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to. . . bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. . .”

Isaiah 61:1a – 3a 

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28 

  1.   Keep an eternal perspective.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

John 14:1-3

 

Action Step: I will reach out to someone this week who is in the

midst of painful change.

 

Watch the full message here.

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Change Ahead – Week 2 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/10/18/change-ahead-week-2/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/10/18/change-ahead-week-2/#respond Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:56:27 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=7323 “Change Ahead” October 6th – 9th, 2016 John Elmer, Lead Pastor “Building Proactive Change”    Decide what you want to change “The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways . . .” Proverbs 14:8a *p. 641 “So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for […]]]>

“Change Ahead”

October 6th – 9th, 2016

John Elmer, Lead Pastor

Building Proactive Change

  1.    Decide what you want to change

“The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways . . .”

Proverbs 14:8a *p. 641

“So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.”

Acts 6:2 p. 1096

 

What in your life would you like to change?

 

  1.   How could you start the change?

“Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

Acts 6:3-4

 

How could you make that change?

 

  1.   Bring others in to support the change.

“This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.  They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.”

Acts 6:5-6

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Galatians 6:2 p. 1171

 

Who could help you change?

 

  1.   Monitor results and adjust accordingly.

“So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.”

Acts 6:7

 

How will you measure change?

 

Action Step: I will talk about my desired change with __________________ today.

 

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Profiles: Chris Chapin http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/10/14/profiles-chris-chapin/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/10/14/profiles-chris-chapin/#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2016 18:56:22 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=7282 By Doug Dowty Chris Chapin loved taking the fast road everywhere: except to church. Chris, 31, had two Ford Mustangs – a 1989 LX and a 1993 5-liter V8 GT – and a 2004 Suzuki GSXR 600 motorcycle filling up his parents’ Syracuse driveway. “I had a need for speed,” Chris says. “I was that […]]]>

Chris Chapin: ‘Need for speed’ meets Jesus

By Doug DowtyChris Chapin

Chris Chapin loved taking the fast road everywhere: except to church.

Chris, 31, had two Ford Mustangs – a 1989 LX and a 1993 5-liter V8 GT – and a 2004 Suzuki GSXR 600 motorcycle filling up his parents’ Syracuse driveway.

“I had a need for speed,” Chris says. “I was that guy going 115 mph down I-481.”

He was also a black-belt sensei who had trained meticulously since 6 years old. He taught karate at a studio in Baldwinsville. And he took odd mall retail jobs – like American Eagle and Sunglass Hut — to pay for his expensive toys.

Chris had used his focus and drive to get him through Syracuse’s tough Fowler High School and life on the city’s North Side. But he knows now the biggest problem: “I was living for myself,” he says. “I wasn’t living for Him.”

Then he met his future wife, Katie.

She was a student at his karate studio. But he hoped for more, and she agreed to date him.

Katie was already going to the Vineyard Church. But Chapin retreated at first.

“You go, I’ll stay back,” he’d tell her. “I’ll sit in the background and do my thing.”

Chris says his girlfriend never pressured him: but she had a huge impact on his life anyway.
Katie was baptized in 2008. “I was excited for her, to come to Christ,” Chris says. But he still wasn’t convinced.

Still, he was certain about something else: he wanted to marry her.

When it came time to propose, Chris didn’t have the money. His decision was simple: he sold the two muscle cars and the motorcycle to buy the ring. He proposed at New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza a day after Christmas in 2009.

The couple had children and was happy. Chris even started going to church once in a while. But he hadn’t fully committed.

“I was busy, always working two jobs,” Chris says. “I wasn’t trying to make excuses, but…”

His wife’s steadfast faith kept working in him. Finally, Chris took the plunge himself in August 2014 and got baptized.

That experience convinced him he was called to something greater than he’d ever imagined.

He became very involved in church activities, like the Feed My Starving Children campaign, and asked pastor Gary Dawkins what more he could do.

Gary asked him to help co-lead the growing church’s social media accounts in the past year. And this summer, Chris became a pastoral intern at the Vineyard.

He’s given up his “need for speed” and his karate studio, but he’s found something else to go “all in” on. Chris says it wouldn’t have happened without his wife.

“I call her my guardian angel,” Chris says. “She’s the one who got me going.”

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Change Ahead – Week 1 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/10/03/change-ahead/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/10/03/change-ahead/#respond Mon, 03 Oct 2016 22:46:16 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=7240 “Change Ahead” September 29th – October 2nd, 2016 John Elmer, Lead Pastor May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 “Moving through Change”    Let go of your past.   The […]]]>

“Change Ahead”

September 29th – October 2nd, 2016

John Elmer, Lead Pastor

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace

as you trust in him, so that you may overflow

with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

Moving through Change

  1.    Let go of your past.  

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. . .” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him . . .

Genesis 12:1, 4

What do you need to let go of?

  1.   Hold on to God’s promise.  

“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.”

Genesis 12:2

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”

Matthew 7:24-25

What promise do you need to grab hold of?

  1.   Anticipate there will be difficulties in change.

Abram traveled through the land . . . At that time the Canaanites were in the land . . . Now there was a famine in the land . . .

Genesis 12:6, 10

 

The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all . . .

Psalm 34:19

What difficulties could you face?

  1.   Be connected to Jesus.

There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.

Genesis 12:8

When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!

2 Corinthians 5:17 (TLB)

Action Step: I commit to follow Jesus for the first time today.

 

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Stretch – Week 3 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/09/27/stretch-week-3/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/09/27/stretch-week-3/#respond Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:59:14 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=7224 “Stretch” September 15th-18th, 2016 Gary Dawkins, Discipleship Pastor “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Philippians 3:12B “Stretching Out”    You are unique.   “For we are God’s handiwork. . .” Ephesians 2:10a     You have what it takes.   “For we are God’s handiwork, created in […]]]>

“Stretch”

September 15th-18th, 2016

Gary Dawkins, Discipleship Pastor

“I press on to take hold of that

for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”

Philippians 3:12B

Stretching Out

  1.    You are unique.  

“For we are God’s handiwork. . .”

Ephesians 2:10a

 

  1.   You have what it takes.  

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus . . .”

Ephesians 2:10a

“. . . you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses. . .”

Acts 1:8

 

  1.   You can do it!

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Ephesians 2:10

 

Action Step: I will stretch out this week by helping

 

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Stretch – Week 2 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/09/21/stretch-week-2/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/09/21/stretch-week-2/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:49:00 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=7192 “Stretch” September 15th-18th, 2016 John Elmer, Lead Pastor I press on to take hold of that   for which Chris Jesus took hold of me. Philippians 3:12B “Stretching Around”     We are made for community.     So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male […]]]>

“Stretch”

September 15th-18th, 2016

John Elmer, Lead Pastor

I press on to take hold of that  

for which Chris Jesus took hold of me.

Philippians 3:12B

Stretching Around  

 

  • We are made for community.  

 

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:27

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

Genesis 2:18

 

  • Relationships centered around Jesus are best for us.  

 

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts

Acts 2:46

 

  • It takes commitment and work to develop great relationships

 

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24-25

 

 

Action Step: I will commit to a small group today

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Stretch – Week 1 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/09/19/stretch-week-1/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/09/19/stretch-week-1/#respond Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:06:26 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=7189 “Stretch” September 8th –11th, 2016 John Elmer, Lead Pastor I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians 3:12B “Stretching Up”      Jesus wants us to stretch up to him. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my […]]]>

“Stretch”

September 8th –11th, 2016

John Elmer, Lead Pastor

I press on to take hold of that

for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

Philippians 3:12B

Stretching Up

  1.      Jesus wants us to stretch up to him.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 11:28-29

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13

  1.     When we stretch up, life is better.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33

  1.     Key ways to stretch up

 

  •         Seek his heart and mind in the Bible.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

  •         Talk with him often.

Pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

  •         Totally submit

If you love me, keep my commands.

John 14:15

They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”

Act 16:31

 

Action Step: I commit to follow Jesus for the first time today.

 

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Impact – Week 6 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/09/06/impact-week-6/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/09/06/impact-week-6/#respond Tue, 06 Sep 2016 19:04:54 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=7154 “Impact” (Leading People to a Better Place) September 1st – 4th, 2016 Gary Dawkins, Pastor of Discipleship “Maximum Impact”      Salt saves. You are the salt of the earth. Matthew 5:13a       Salt seasons. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for […]]]>

“Impact”

(Leading People to a Better Place)

September 1st – 4th, 2016

Gary Dawkins, Pastor of Discipleship

Maximum Impact

 

  1.    Salt saves.

You are the salt of the earth.

Matthew 5:13a

 

  1.     Salt seasons.

But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

Matthew 5:13b

 

  1.   Light shines.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16

 

 

Action Step: I will shine my light this week by  ____________

 

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Impact – Week 5 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/08/29/impact-week-5/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/08/29/impact-week-5/#respond Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:34:55 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=7113 “Impact” (Leading People to a Better Place) August 11th – 14th, 2016 John Elmer, Lead Pastor Courageous Impact If you go with the flow, you won’t make an impact. Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 *p. 1154     To have courageous impact you need to get your bearings from […]]]>

“Impact”

(Leading People to a Better Place)

August 11th – 14th, 2016

John Elmer, Lead Pastor

Courageous Impact

  1. If you go with the flow, you won’t make an impact.

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

1 Corinthians 15:33 *p. 1154

 

  1.   To have courageous impact you need to get your bearings from a different source.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2 p. 1137

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6 p. 630

 

  1.   One courageous act can change the future.

They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.  Therefore I decree . . .

Daniel 3:28b-29a p. 885

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9 p. 213

 

Action Step:  I will act on the spiritual nudge I receive today.

 

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Profiles: Abby Michlovitch http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/08/26/profiles-abby-michlovitch/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/08/26/profiles-abby-michlovitch/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:10:30 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=7076 By Doug Dowty Abby Michlovitch suffered through the sudden deaths of her unborn child and a close loved one. She stopped going to church in 2005, drank and cried a lot, “anything to numb the pain,” she recalls. For years, the young mother in Liverpool wondered: “What’s my purpose in life?” Sitting in her garage […]]]>

Abby Michlovitch: From heartache, a joyful rebirth

By Doug DowtyAmanda Ward

Abby Michlovitch suffered through the sudden deaths of her unborn child and a close loved one. She stopped going to church in 2005, drank and cried a lot, “anything to numb the pain,” she recalls.

For years, the young mother in Liverpool wondered: “What’s my purpose in life?”

Sitting in her garage smoking a cigarette, Abby saw a Bible collecting dust. She’d never really felt close to God, but wondered: “Why not? What can it hurt?”

That 10-minute discovery in 2013 led her on a spiritual journey she never believed would happen. She doesn’t remember what verse she read, but it planted a seed for her going forward.

A couple months later, a childhood friend invited her to come to the Vineyard. Her husband and childhood sweetheart, Paul, was surprised. He’d always been more in touch with God, but the couple hadn’t gone to church.

Michlovitch immediately felt the presence of God. She didn’t feel alone.

“I had been putting all of it on [my] husband,” Abby recalls. “But God was always there for me. That rejuvenation made me feel alive.”

She was hooked, going back to the Vineyard each weekend.

“It has just been this whirlwind of adventure, this spiritual high,” she says.

In addition to home-schooling their four children, she has volunteered in the Vineyard’s office and food pantry. She’s also on the prayer team.

Within a year of going to church, her mother-in- law died. But instead of falling apart, Abby felt something else.

On the way to the funeral, she turned to her husband: “Why did you not tell me that Jesus was so awesome?” she asked him. She wasn’t crying. She was at peace.

In May 2015, she got baptized at the Vineyard. Abby joked how awful the part was where she had to speak on video. But she saw it as a way to continue growing into her new self.

“It was getting rid of my old self, being born again into God’s child,” she says. Six months later, her two youngest children were also baptized at the Vineyard.

When asked what her mission is now, Abby replies: “Being God’s disciple, showing and doing.”

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Impact – Week 4 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/08/22/impact-week-4/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/08/22/impact-week-4/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:15:32 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=7055 “Impact” (Leading People to a Better Place) August 11th – 14th, 2016 John Elmer, Lead Pastor  Four Activities of Spiritual Impact   Help people connect with Jesus. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:3 *p. 1083 Jesus answered, “I am […]]]>

“Impact”

(Leading People to a Better Place)

August 11th – 14th, 2016

John Elmer, Lead Pastor 

Four Activities of Spiritual Impact

 

  1. Help people connect with Jesus.

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

John 17:3 *p. 1083

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6 p. 1081

 

  1.   Teach people God’s word.

“For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them.”

John 17:8a p. 1083

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 p. 1199

 

  1.   Pray for people.

I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.

John 17:9 p. 1084

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

James 5:16b p. 1219

  1.   Move people into service.

As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.

John 17:18 p. 1084

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

1 Corinthians 12:7 p. 1151

 

Action Step:  I commit to pray for _____________, ______________.

 

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Impact – Week 3 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/08/16/impact-week-3/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/08/16/impact-week-3/#respond Tue, 16 Aug 2016 19:50:52 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=7007 “Impact” (Leading People to a Better Place) August 11th – 14th, 2016 John Elmer, Lead Pastor  Disqualified? Leadership has high expectations. Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach . . . 1 Timothy 3:1-2a *p. 1193 Jesus replied, “Blessed […]]]>

“Impact”

(Leading People to a Better Place)

August 11th – 14th, 2016

John Elmer, Lead Pastor

 Disqualified?

  1. Leadership has high expectations.

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach . . .

1 Timothy 3:1-2a *p. 1193

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church . . .

Matthew 16:17-18a p.  983

  1.   We often mess up.

So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.

Romans 7:21 p. 1132

But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said.”

Luke 22:57 p. 1058

  1.   Jesus doesn’t quit on us.

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

John 21:15 p. 1089

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 p. 977

  1.   When you fall, learn and go for it again.

. . . for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,

Proverbs 24:16a p. 653

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.”

Acts 2:14 p. 1091

“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

Acts 2:36 p. 1092

Action Step:  I commit to get back in the game.

 

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Impact – Week 2 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/08/07/impact-week-2/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/08/07/impact-week-2/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2016 02:34:51 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6964 “Impact” (Leading People to a Better Place) August 4th – 7th, 2016 John Elmer, Lead Pastor Having Proactive Impact   Ask questions. Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem. They said to me, […]]]>

“Impact”

(Leading People to a Better Place)

August 4th – 7th, 2016

John Elmer, Lead Pastor

Having Proactive Impact

 

  1. Ask questions.

Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem. They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”

Nehemiah 1:2-3 *p. 476

 

  1.   Pay attention to your emotional response.

When I heard these things, I sat down and wept.

Nehemiah 1:4a

 

  1.   Seek Jesus’ lead.

For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.

Nehemiah 1:4b

 

  1.   Take action.

. . . and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.”

Nehemiah 2:5

From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.

Matthew 11:12 (1984 NIV)

 

Action Step:  I commit to learn more about an area that stirs me this week.

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Impact – Week 1 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/07/31/impact-week-1/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/07/31/impact-week-1/#respond Mon, 01 Aug 2016 01:11:41 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6916 “Impact” (Leading People to a Better Place) July 28th – 31st, 2016 John Elmer, Lead Pastor Impacting Kids Jesus wants kids to connect with him. People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him […]]]>

“Impact”

(Leading People to a Better Place)

July 28th – 31st, 2016

John Elmer, Lead Pastor

Impacting Kids

  1. Jesus wants kids to connect with him.

People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

Luke 18:15-17 p. 1051

 

  1.   Kids are key to the future of the Kingdom of God.

I will build my church, and the gates of [Hell] will not overcome it.

Matthew 16:18b p. 983

 

The 4/14 Window

  1.   As a “Tipping Point Church,” we are called to make room for kids.

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Proverbs 22:6 p. 650

 

Action Steps:

I am pledging $__________ to the “Building for the Kids” campaign.

 

I am pledging to the “Building for the Kids” campaign and will let you know the amount next week.

 

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Heroes & Villains – Week 5 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/07/27/heroes-villains-week-5/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/07/27/heroes-villains-week-5/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:55:32 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6883 “Heroes & Villains” July 23rd – 24th, 2016 Shelly Johnson, Executive Pastor “You Are My Hero” Definitions:        Hero: Someone who sacrifices him/herself for the benefit of another        Villain: Someone who sacrifices another for the benefit of him/herself   “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes […]]]>

“Heroes & Villains”

July 23rd – 24th, 2016

Shelly Johnson, Executive Pastor

“You Are My Hero”

Definitions:

  •        Hero: Someone who sacrifices him/herself for the benefit of another
  •        Villain: Someone who sacrifices another for the benefit of him/herself

 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16 p. 1065

 

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

John 13:34-35 p. 1080

 

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

John 15: 12-13 p. 1082

How Do I Become a Hero?

  1. First ask yourself “Am I willing to be a hero?”
  2. Pray and ask God “Who do you want me to be a hero to?
  3. Make the time; we’ll never find the time.
  4. Do it!

Action Step: I will pray this week and ask God, “Who do you want me to be a hero to?”

 

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Heroes & Villains – Week 4 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/07/10/heroes-villains-week-4/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/07/10/heroes-villains-week-4/#respond Mon, 11 Jul 2016 02:17:48 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6798 “Heroes & Villains” July 7th – 10th, 2016 Ted Kim, Worship Pastor “Making all Things New”        We all have the impulse to make all things new.      This impulse started from the beginning of time.   Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea […]]]>

“Heroes & Villains”

July 7th – 10th, 2016

Ted Kim, Worship Pastor

“Making all Things New”

  •        We all have the impulse to make all things new.

 

  1.    This impulse started from the beginning of time.

 

Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.

Genesis 1:28 p. 3

 

To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.”

Genesis 3:17 p. 4

 

For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

Romans 8:19-21. p.. 1133

  1. This impulse lasts until the end of time.

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

Revelation 21:1-5a p. 1252

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:58 p. 1155

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God

1 Corinthians 10:31 p. 1150

 

. . . seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.

Jeremiah 29:7 p. 785

ACTION STEP: I commit to do one thing to renew my neighborhood this week.  


 

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