Apr 29, 2018
Our Values #3
Series: The Story
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2018 SPRING SEASON OF GROWTH GROUPS: FEB. 4—MAY 6 (13 weeks)

“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

JESUS HELPED PEOPLE GR0W SPIRITUALLY IN VARIOUS SIZE GROUPS:                     

(One-on-one, group of three, group of 12, groups of 100’s)              

  1. Who could be your 1? A spiritual “running partner”.
  2. Who could be your 2-3 others? (A “band” or “squad”.)
  3. Who could be your 10-12? (A growth group or class.)
  4. (Your 100+ would be your Worship Service.)
  5. How will you spur others on and grow in 2018?


“A Set Time … In Due Season”

“They said to him, ‘Where is your wife Sarah?’ And he said, ‘There, in the tent.’ Then one said, ‘I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.’ And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, ‘After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?’ The Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son'” (Genesis 18:9-14).

 

There is a “set time … in due season.” And God is the One who sets the time and the season. Sometimes God’s promises seem “too wonderful” and even impossible. Sometimes it seems our chance has passed, we’ve missed the moment, our ship has sailed, our window of opportunity has closed. Sometimes it even seems like the door of destiny has been slammed in our face.

 

But there is a time and a season for all things, according to God’s will and God’s ways for every one of us (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). God makes all things beautiful in His time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). And He has shown Himself worthy so many times of our patience and trust.

 

A Prayer:

“Give me grace to firmly believe and patiently wait for the “set time … in due season” for every promise You’ve spoken to my heart by Your Spirit and through Your Word. Whenever I’m tempted to question or laugh, to scoff or doubt, remind me of every time it looked impossible and unbelievable, but You came through. For this saying is sure and this Word is true, “For God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27). “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul that seeks Him” (Lamentations 3:25).

 

(Passages taken from a daily devotion by Tommy Hays, Founder and Spiritual Director of Messiah Ministries and author of “Free to Be Like Jesus.” Submitted by Sheila Wilimitis.



Directory Photos

If you weren’t here on  Sunday, you might have missed that we have added an ADDITIONAL photo session day for our Pictorial Directory. Our NEW date is Wednesday, October 11th from 2pm – 9pm. If you haven’t scheduled your photo session, you can go to our church website and click on the Directory link on the home page. From there, you can see the available time slots and book your appointment. If you need help, feel free to call us in the office at 765-564-3791. Please also turn in your data information sheets ASAP so that we can get your information verified and to Lifetouch for correct print in the Directory.  



Something Funny Is Happening!

As you may have heard, Comedian John Branyan is coming to Delphi UMC this Saturday, September 30th at 7:00pm. Tickets are still available for $12.50 each at www.johnbranyan.com.
This is a family friendly show, so feel free to invite your friends and neighbors! 
See you there!


Directory Information Sheets

Church family,
As we are approaching the October dates for our new all church picture directory, we are still needing the information sheets turned in to the office. You should have received a form in the mail for you to update your household information. Please fill out the form and return it in the self-addressed stamped envelope. We will use that information to cross reference it with what we currently have and make corrections. You will then be asked to verify that same information before your scheduled photo session.  
We are striving for 100% accuracy, but we can’t do it without your help!  
Have you misplaced your form? That’s ok–we have more forms available in the church office or in the Rotunda on Sunday mornings at the Directory table.  
If you haven’t scheduled your photo session yet, just click on the link on our home page. It will take you directly to the place to make your appointment. Or, you can always call the office (765-564-3791) and we can help you schedule it.  
Thank you for your prompt response.  


Todd’s Monthly Letter

Vision, Values, and goals are the hard work it takes to reach a new place for the church.  We are in the middle of sorting out where God wants us to move in our ministries at Delphi UMC.  The blessing is that we are a vibrant church with a compelling message and have built excellent credibility in the community.  Now we need to step into the flow of God’s Spirit and see where the Holy Spirit moves us.  We must proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ in our community and to do that we need to submit to the Lord leading.

For summer, I would like this to be a summer of prayer around three things: 

  • God to move hearts to repentance for individuals, groups, and the church.
  • God to reveal the ways to follow His lead in ministry.
  • God to bring fruit in our lives, the groups of the church, and the church itself.
Why prayer?  It moves us to the heart of God.  Why prayer around these things?  In order to live into God’s call in the world, we need   Holiness of heart.  That Holiness of heart is important in our community for the movement of God in the Holy Spirit.  And the movement of God I am longing for is not a good feeling on Sunday morning.  Frankly, it is to see God change lives, people come to Christ  in baptism, and radical change to take place. 

We need an awakening like no one in our time has witnessed, and prayer is where it begins.

Peace,
PT


We Did It!

Genesis to Revelation from August to May!

“The Story has come to an end, and God’s message rings loud and clear: I have opened the door; I have made a way—come to me and have life!

              The Good News has gone out to the world. Jesus has come to provide salvation for us all! All of God’s story has led up to this ultimate news that we can experience and share with others. It has survived for thousands of years, marching forth to all cultures and peoples, leaving behind an incredible wake of transformation and change. Many have tried to put out its fire, but God’s words have proven to be true, “My Word will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

              And now, God’s triumphant Word has found its way to you. You’ve read The Story. You’ve heard the truth. You’ve come face to face with the most important message you will ever hear: Jesus, God’s Son, came, lived, died and rose again.”   From The Story, page 471

So now the question remains…What will you do with The Story?

              >How will you align your life with God’s Upper Story?

              >In what ways will you change your focus from “Lower Story Living” to “Upper Story Living?”

              >How do you see God’s Upper Story playing out in your own life?

              >As you live your life in your Lower Story, how are you sharing God’s Upper Story with people around you?

              >In what ways are you inviting people into God’s Upper Story?

God’s blessing on you as you continue to write your chapter of The Greatest Story ever told!
 
By: Sheila Wilimitis


Letter to Leaders who serve the body of Christ at Delphi UMC:

First of all, thank you for serving our family of God as leaders in our church. Often, the word “leader” is shied away from. People often don’t feel qualified to lead. And if they do feel qualified, they are afraid to own that for fear of being perceived as arrogant. Let me assure you that leading others is a God-ordained sacred offering of service to God and to His Kingdom. It takes humility, courage and trust in the Holy Spirit–that He will work through your unique personality, spiritual gifts and abilities. Your commitment to God and His Church, your life experience, and your character qualities have contributed to you being placed in a position of leadership under the authority of God, His Word and His Spirit. This is a big responsibility. In your role, you not only lead and influence the direction of our church, but you also model how others can follow Christ fruitfully. I encourage you to carry this responsibility with prayer and humility. But also with confidence in the God who called you and empowers you for such a time as this. Don’t forget, Satan has a kingdom too. And he is out to destroy the Church. In fact, he is out to steal, kill and destroy life from all of the people around us. Our church and our community need strong, confident leaders to push back the darkness and bring the Light of Christ. Take up your mantle with Courage and unashamed Confidence in the God who has called you. We need you! And we appreciate you!


All Paths lead to God

“All paths lead to God.” I really wish this were true. If it were, I wouldn’t have to feel so concerned for those who are following a path other than Christianity.

 I have studied many world religions and philosophies. I have met people around the world who follow paths other than Christianity, and many of them seem to live lives of integrity, peace and love. But Jesus makes it very clear that unless the path leads to the Cross, it does not lead to the One, True and Loving God. The Cross truly changes everything. I can’t think of one other religion or philosophy that includes anything like the Cross; a Savior who takes on our sin so that we can be forgiven of it and set free. We are all Barabbas, a thief and rebel who was freed in exchange for Jesus’ conviction.

 I sometimes think lightly of my own sin because of God’s grace. But when I read about the torture and humiliating abuse perpetrated against innocent Jesus on behalf of my sin, I think again about it’s severity. What Jesus endured was God’s wrath for my sin, and for the sins of the world. It makes me see sin as utterly disgusting.

 I hate it, what Jesus went through. I hate that sin put Him through it. And then, I realize this must be one small measure of how much God hates it. Reading through the Passion narrative always returns me to my knees with deep remorse for my sin, and deep gratitude for Jesus taking my sin upon himself (substitutionary atonement.)

 Life can be downright brutal. Jesus experienced brutality at its depth, and redeemed it. The path of the Cross is the only path that sees the world, our human depravity, and our divine potential as it truly is. May we be faithful leading others to the Cross of death that leads to life.

 I encourage you, this Resurrection season to be praying deeply for those in our church and community and in your life who don’t yet know Jesus as their Savior. Maybe THIS will be their year of Salvation!
 
Written by Sheila Wilimitis, Director of Discipleship and Outreach at Delphi UMC


Portion Control: Jesus is More Than Enough

“I really hate all of life’s goodbyes. It hurts so much, this life of limits and not-quite-fullness.”

I recently shared these feelings with a friend. It’s a sentiment I express often. Life includes small goodbyes; when relationships end due to relocation or circumstance. Life includes painful goodbyes; when we are forced to say goodbye due to death or divorce. And, as our community has recently experienced, life includes tragic and excruciating goodbyes; when evil abruptly rips loved ones from us with violent depravity.

But it’s not just the goodbyes I hate. It’s the limits. Life includes circumstances and situations that fall short of our hopes and dreams with painful regularity. Life includes limits. I seem to have a particularly hard time acknowledging this fact and allowing it to shape how I set expectations. This is partially due to the fact that I’m a dreamer, a visionary, always seeing what COULD be. This positive trait is coupled with the negative trait of being a raging perfectionist (every bit as self-destructive as a “raging alcoholic.”)  These traits fuel high expectations that end up dashed by real life. Limited life. A life of goodbyes and let-downs and disappointments.

I should not be caught off-guard by these disappointments. After all, Jesus says of His followers in John 17:14-15, 17, “they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world, but that you protect them from the evil one. Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.” This world is not our home. Heaven is. Earth is limited. Heaven is unlimited. Be careful what you wish for.

In Psalm 73:25-26, the Psalmist empathizes with my plight, but also corrects my focus. “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

The day after I shared my song of lament with my friend, the Lord led me to listen to Kari Jobe’s song, “Healer.” In that song, she sings, “I believe, You’re my portion. I believe, You’re more than enough for me. Jesus You’re all I need.” As I sang these words, I realized that my disappointment was the result of “portion distortion.” I had been focusing on the portion that life on earth had served me, and ignoring the portion that Jesus had served me: a portion without goodbyes, without limits, endlessly satisfying, more than enough for me.
 

By Sheila Wilimitis, Director of Discipleship and Outreach at Delphi UMC