Unstoppable (Week 1)

When I was a kid we just had to have Slinkys, hula hoops, slip & slides and anything else by Wham-O! Then when my kids were little, they just had to have Beanie Babies, Tamagotchis and Pokémons. Most trends are a big deal for a little while but over time they lose their luster.  While fashions and fads come and go, there is one thing that has never stopped or slowed down since it made its debut. “The church” was created 2000 years ago. Since then it has been attacked, pronounced dead and written off, yet today it continues to not just survive but to thrive.

What makes a church or some organizations so radically resilient? How do God’s guys buck the trend and stay strong over the long haul? What can the 21st century church learn from the 1st century church? Join us this Sunday as we answer these questions with a new series called Unstoppable: Building A Team That Can’t Lose.  As we examine Acts 1:20-26, we will discover four things that are required to build a church or organization that is unstoppable. I want to strongly urge you to join us as we will be sharing some big and exciting news about some out of the box changes on the horizon at North Ridge. Not to be dramatic but I’m telling you I feel this initiative will require the biggest step of faith in our church’s history. In return, however, I believe it offers the prospect of an incredible future for our church that will help thousands to know and grow in their relationship with Jesus.

It’s going to be a wild but wonderful weekend! I can’t wait to see you on Sunday, dive deep into God’s Word and share what we sense God has up His sleeve for our amazing unstoppable church. I can say “It’s way bigger and better than a Slinky”! Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you and your crew on Sunday. Just remember…we are better together.

Sure Do Love You,

 

 

Pastor Mike

 

Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages:                   (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)

Sunday
Matthew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
Monday
Acts 1:20-23 For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms: “‘May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it,’ and, “‘May another take his place of leadership.’ Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.” So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias.
Tuesday
Acts 1:24-26 Then they prayed, “Lord, You know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two You have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
Wednesday
Ephesians 5:15-17 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Thursday
Colossians 4:5-6 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Friday
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:  If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Saturday
Jeremiah 29:11-12 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.