You Reap What You Sow

by Jeremy Dager

OK so the cat’s out of the bag.  I have some less than respectable eating habits.  As pastor Bobby pointed out in the sermon on Sunday – there have been times where what I ate came back to haunt me later…in some very unpleasant ways.  And so the old adage is true – you reap what you sow.

That was never more true than the time I decided it was a good idea to ride a skateboard down the ramp of a moving truck.  While in college I decided to help my friend’s parents move and as we were finishing up – there at the front of the truck was a beautiful (well-used) Ninja-Turtles skateboard.  And there at the back of the truck was a 15-foot ramp.  Of course I did the only reasonable thing…

Several torn tendons and a broken wrist later I decided my idea was not the best.   Ironically enough, there was not one time that I considered the consequences for my actions.  A broken wrist is one thing – it will mend in time (6 weeks in a cast up to my shoulder to be exact) but the consequences of sin in our lives can be much worse.

Bobby mentioned on Sunday that when you sow sin in your life you reap corruption.  It is so easy to buy into the lie that our sin isn’t really a big deal or that it’s not really hurting anybody.  And when we begin to think that way we must realize that we are most certainly going to reap the consequences.

Ask yourself – what sin in your life has become “not a big deal”?  Is there a sin in your life that you have begun to sow?  If so use the community of believers around you – confess that sin today knowing that Jesus has died to free you from the bondage of slavery to sin and to empower by the Spirit to sow life.

Kids Connect

At Mercy Hill, we earnestly desire to see more and more children in the Triad growing up under the guidance and wisdom that comes only from God. So how will we do that with the children in our own home?

One key component is to teach our children that the Bible is not about them.  Here’s a thoughtful article we encourage you to read that explains why that is: www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/teach-children-the-bible-is-not-about-them

Another component is to stay connected with others who have the same aim in parenting.  That’s why next Saturday, June 29 we are hosting our Kids Connect – a fun time for families to get together and invite other friends and families to experience the fellowship of the church.  And when we say fun we mean it.  We’re cooking out and there will be games, cotton candy, and even pony rides for all to enjoy!  Mark it on your calendar and we’ll see you there!

What:  Kids Connect

When:  Saturday, June 29 at 5:00pm

Where:  3401 Brookfield Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410

 

Calling all artists!

As a diverse community of believers, we believe that God has blessed us with vasts amounts of talent in our church. We can use that talent to praise God through various art forms. As an added dimension to our gatherings, we’d like to encourage our artists to get involved by displaying their talents for the glory of God. So here is the big ask…has God blessed you with talent in music, singing, painting, drawing, spoken word, poetry, etc.? If so we would love to see that talent used! If you have interest in using the gifts God has graciously given you, please email our worship leader Jon Azzarello at jonazzarello@gmail.com. Thanks!

Consider where you live

“Location, location, location” – every home realtor knows a strategic location is a top selling point.  Consider where you live.  What is the advantage to its location?

  • Easy commute to work?
  • Good schools for your kids?
  • Space for your menagerie of pets to roam?
  • A weekly opportunity to be cast as an extra in the show Cops?

To be honest, most of us think about where we live in terms of how it impacts our lives.  But do you ever consider how where you live could impact the lives of others?

One of our partner churches out of the Summit Network is Redeemer City Church in Baltimore, Maryland.  They are still counting the time they’ve been in Baltimore by weeks and many of their launch team members are still looking for places to live.  As they look, they are considering how where they live might be a strategic location to reach Baltimore with the gospel.  Praise God, some of their members have found apartments in the areas they seek to impact!  Pray for Redeemer City Church, and ask God to provide their members with housing and jobs where they will be instruments in His hands.

Maybe you didn’t move to where you now live thinking about how you could impact your neighbors with the gospel.  But by reflecting on how Jesus made his dwelling place among rebels like us, you will be compelled to move toward your neighbors to see Jesus glorified on your street.

Easter Sermon, Bonus Clip

The Galatians Challenge!

In Hebrews 4:12 the Bible says, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” At Mercy Hill we believe this to be true. It is important for us to gather around the Word when we come together. That is why we center on the Word during corporate worship, preaching, and community groups. But it is also important that we dive into the Word in our personal lives on a daily basis.

Last night we began a new series in the book of Galatians. We believe this book has powerful truths for us that speak directly into our lives, time, and culture today. That is why we want you to take the Galatians challenge! We would love for each member of Mercy Hill church to commit to reading this book at least once a week for the duration of our series. While the world is constantly beckoning to us and trying to convince of a false gospel, it is important that we stay rooted in the one true Gospel of Jesus Christ. We hope you will dig into this wonderful book with us and see all that God has for you in it over the next couple months!

Jesus in Our Place

In last Sunday’s sermon we looked at how Jesus took our place by taking the punishment we deserved and giving us the righteousness he earned. Below is a list of Scriptures from the sermon. The Scriptures demonstrate that the whole Bible is about God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. The whole Bible points to Jesus and what he has done!

Ephesians 1:11-12 11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers;

he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

Matthew 16:21 21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

Psalm 22:1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?

Isaiah 53:6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

2 Corinthians 5:21 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

Psalm 103:12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Romans 3:22-23 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 8:31-32 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Romans 10:14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

Letter to a Partner Church

One of our partner’s, Hibernia Baptist Church, asked for a short update to let their congregation in on some things we have seen in the last 6 months. We thought it would also be encouraging for you to read and remember all that God has done for us! We praise God for what he has done and as always, believe the best is yet to come.

“God’s faithfulness has been abundantly evident to Mercy Hill Church in the first 6 months since our launch.  Even before Mercy Hill officially launched in September 2012, God brought together an incredible team of people willing to put comfort aside for the sake of the gospel.  One by one God has provided jobs and homes for those who relocated to Greensboro from the Summit church.  God has surrounded us with supportive and generous churches who stand behind our vision. Now at our weekend services we steadily see over 200 adults in worship.  The 3 community groups we started with have now multiplied to 8 with 140 people attending each week!   These are not just numbers, these are people God has entrusted to us to lead to in the Gospel.  By His grace, we have celebrated 21 baptisms of those who are not ashamed to say Jesus is first in their lives!  And during our Generous December we set a goal to raise $10,000 to give away to support God’s mission in places like Baltimore and India. Our church well exceeded this goal and gave $25,000!  As God has been generous to us, we want Mercy Hill to be marked by generosity.

God’s goodness towards us so far gives us hope and excitement for what’s ahead.  This summer we anticipate relocating our weekend gatherings to an improved facility that is strategically located to reach out to our city and will especially serve our children’s ministry.   We will be hosting church mission teams coming alongside us to serve Greensboro.  And moving out beyond our own city, we are planning trips to Baltimore and India to support our partner church plants.  We are also actively exploring partnership with the International Missions Board in order to reach an unreached people group in Central/South America.  Thank you for your continued prayer and support!”

2 Services for the Easter season!

We are hopeful that the Easter season will spark an urgency among our congregation to invite people to Mercy Hill. We are so looking forward to celebrating what God has done in the ressurection. In anticipation for what God will do among us over Easter, we are opening a second service to run the week before, the week of, and the week after Easter. Here are the details, make your plans to join us!

What? Mercy Hill is launching a 4pm worship experience for the Easter season.

Where? Same place, the club house at Bur-mil. You can get directions here.

When? The 4pm worship experience will run March 24th, March 31st, and April 7th.

A Generous December

A Generous December from Andrew Hopper on Vimeo.

The results are in and they are incredible! In the month of December, Mercy Hill Church gave almost $25,000 dollars specifically for the sake of God’s global mission around the world. This money was given over and above our normal budget. It will be used to fund church planting efforts in India and Baltimore, as well as helping to catalyze ministry on college campuses across NC. We are also excited about how this money can be used here in Greensboro to help the hurting and broken. Mercy Hill, God has been gracious to us in blessing us and enabling in us a generous Spirit. Praise God!