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23
Nov

Big Stevens Creek Update for the Week of November 23

God is near. That’s what we learned yesterday. God has come to us in Jesus Christ. He has entered into our existence, and He has lived the life that we could not live and died the death that we deserved to die so that we could have a relationship with the God of all creation. There will never be a moment in your life that God is not near. We’re entering the time of the year that we celebrate Emmanuel, God with us. If God has come to us, you have every reason to enjoy your relationship with God. I told you yesterday that the more invest in your relationship with God the more you will enjoy God. Let me encourage you to take time this week to enjoy God. Invest in your relationship with Him and watch how you grow in intimacy with Him.

 

Happy Thanksgiving! I know you have much to be thankful, and I know you are looking forward to spending this week reflecting on the goodness of God and giving Him thanks for His provisions in your life. Don’t forget that you are everything you are because of who He is and not because of who you are. Give Him thanks this week! We will have no Wednesday night activities due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy your time with family!
I’m looking forward to our Christmas sermon series starting this Sunday titled, “I Won’t Be Home for Christmas.” We’re spending the Christmas season exploring the first chapter of 1 Peter. This Sunday’s sermon is “Spending Christmas Away from Home,” and we’ll be studying the first two verses of 1 Peter. We’re going to be looking at what it means to live this Christmas with our hearts set on our eternal home rather than having our hearts set on our earthly home. I’d challenge you to read through 1 Peter this week. It will only take you about 30 minutes. We’ll actually be studying the whole epistle over the next few months. The Spirit of God has much to say to us about living for Christ in this epistle. It’s going to be a great study! Also, this Sunday, we will interview via Skype a missionary couple who is serving in Japan, one of the most unreached countries in the world. Make every effort to be with us Sunday morning!

 

This Christmas invite, invite, invite! Your lost friends and family members are much more likely to come to a worship gathering during the Christmas season than any other time of the year. Will you begin to invite friends and family to join us this Christmas season We’ll have a Christmas Eve service Thursday, December 24, at 5:30 p.m. Plan on joining us and invite as many people as possible. Let’s take advantage of this Christmas season for the sake of the Gospel.


This Sunday night we’re continuing our series titled, “Questions Skeptics Ask.” This Sunday’s question is: “Doesn’t science contradict Christianity?” We’re having some great discussions on Sunday night, and I’m hopeful that this series of studies will give you some ways you can engage unbelievers with the truth of the Gospel. Plan on joining us Sunday evening.

 

I’m looking forward to 40 Days of Prayer 2.0! Look for more details in the near future, but we are planning on meeting in home groups on Sunday evenings in January to pray and encourage each other in our walk with Christ. I’m currently writing our prayer guide for January, and I’m excited about what we’ll praying about in January. If you would like to host a prayer group in your home, please let me know.

 

You can now give online! We’re bringing our church into the 21st century! Just visit our website, www.bigstevenscreek.com, and you’ll see a link at the top of the page that will take you to our online giving portal. It’s safe and secure. Take advantage of this easy and convenient way to support the ministry of Big Stevens Creek.

 

Continue to pray about  how God will lead your family to give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. You blew it through the roof last year with your giving! Last year, our church gave over $20,000 dollars to support our IMB missionaries who are serving all over the world. Our goal this year is $22,000. We can do it! And, right now, our International Mission Board is in real need of financial support. Prepare now to give generously.

 

As you are praying for how your family might give to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering, also pray this week about how God might want you to serve next year on the mission field. We’re looking to send teams to East Asia and Russia. If you are interested in either trip, go ahead and let me know so we can start putting teams together.

 

Have a blessed week! I am praying for you!

Pastor Tommy

16
Nov

Big Stevens Creek Update for the Week of November 16

What a great day of worship yesterday!  We continue to see new faces in our congregation. And, I keep hearing from our guests how well they are being received by our church family. Thank you for going out of your way to speak to our guests when you see them. Also, a huge thanks for those who are serving as greeters. I continue to hear positive comments about our greeters, especially our greeters who are serving in the parking lot. We can always use more greeters, so if you would like to help welcome people to our services each Sunday, please let me know.

 

We had a great time talking about the unchangeable nature of God yesterday. Aren’t you glad that you never have to worry about God changing? There will never be a day that He is not faithful, not good, not perfect, and not holy. You can always count on Him to be God in your life. Remember what we said yesterday. If God is indeed God (which He is) let God be God in your life. Let Him rule over you because He ultimately knows what is best for you.

 

Fully Surrendered. Relationally Invested. Missionally Focused. Those are the core values of Big Stevens Creek. We want to be a church that is missionally focused. I’m thankful for a church that loves missions! I’m thankful for the number of people who have stepped out in faith and traveled across the world to share the Gospel. I’m thankful for the testimonies I hear on a regular basis of people in our congregation sharing their faith. Let me encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity to make Christ known this week.

Speaking of being missionally focused, the Christmas season is a great time of the year to invite lost friends and family to join us. Your lost friends and family members are much more likely to come to a worship gathering during the Christmas season than any other time of the year. Will you begin to invite friends and family to join us this Christmas season? On November 29, we’re beginning a new sermon series called, “I Won’t be Home for Christmas.” We’re going to spend December studying the first chapter of 1 Peter looking at what it means to live for our eternal home this Christmas season rather than our earthly homes. I’m excited about it! We’ll have a Christmas Eve service Thursday, December 24, at 5:30 p.m. Plan on joining us and invite as many people as possible. Let’s take advantage of this Christmas season for the sake of the Gospel.

 

Don’t forget about Route 65 is in high gear this week! I look forward to seeing your family Wednesday night as we continue to grow in God’s Word together, and as our couples work on strengthening our marriages. This Wednesday is going to be a lot of fun for our couples (and I’m sure our kids will have a blast as well). Don’t forget we also have a traditional prayer and Bible study time for those who are interested.


This Sunday night we’re continuing our series titled, “Questions Skeptics Ask.” This Sunday’s question is: “If God is so good, why is there so much pain and suffering in the world?” We’re having some great discussions on Sunday night, and I’m hopeful that this series of studies will give you some ways you can engage unbelievers with the truth of the Gospel. Plan on joining us Sunday evening.

 

I’m looking forward to 40 Days of Prayer 2.0! Look for more details in the near future, but we are planning on meeting in home groups on Sunday evenings in January to pray and encourage each other in our walk with Christ. I’m currently writing our prayer guide for January, and I’m excited about what we’ll praying about in January. If you would like to host a prayer group in your home, please let me know.

 

You can now give online! We’re bringing our church into the 21st century! Just visit our website, www.bigstevenscreek.com, and you’ll see a link at the top of the page that will take you to our online giving portal. It’s safe and secure. Take advantage of this easy and convenient way to support the ministry of Big Stevens Creek.

 

Continue to pray about  how God will lead your family to give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. You blew it through the roof last year with your giving! Last year, our church gave over $20,000 dollars to support our IMB missionaries who are serving all over the world. Our goal this year is $22,000. We can do it! And, right now, our International Mission Board is in real need of financial support. Prepare now to give generously. In the weeks ahead we will have live interviews via Skype with several of our IMB missionaries who are serving in places like Europe and the Middle East. I can’t wait to hear what God is doing through our missionaries in various parts of the world.

 

As you are praying for how your family might give to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering, also pray this week about how God might want you to serve next year on the mission field. We’re looking to send teams to East Asia and Russia. If you are interested in either trip, go ahead and let me know so we can start putting teams together.

 

Have a blessed week! I am praying for you!

Pastor Tommy

09
Nov

Big Stevens Creek Update for the week of November 9

What a great day of worship yesterday! In spite of it being a nasty day, we had a great crowd and several new faces. I really enjoyed preaching on 1 Kings 19. We talked about how God continues to be faithful to us even when we are faithless. Many of us can relate to Elijah. We can point to seasons in our lives, and maybe we are in a season right now, where we have gone AWOL in our faith. However, God doesn’t give up on His children when we are faithless. Instead, He invites us to rest in Him, He reminds us that our understanding of Him is limited, and He showers us with grace. Praise God that He is faithful! If you didn’t catch Sunday’s sermon, look for it on the website in the next day or so.  Next Sunday we’re going to be looking at the immutability of God. I’ll tell you what that word means next Sunday (or you can cheat and google it!)

 

Fully Surrendered. Relationally Invested. Missionally Focused. Those are the core values of Big Stevens Creek. We want to be a church that is relationally invested. You grow best in Christ when you are in spiritually accountable relationships with other believers. Are you involved in a small group? Do you have a couple of close friends in Christ that hold you accountable in your faith? Do you have friends that you pray with and encourage? I know for me, I wouldn’t be the man that I am without the godly friends that God has given me. I pray that we will continue to strive to be a church that is invested in the lives of each other for the purpose of godliness.

 

Route 65 is in high gear this week! I look forward to seeing your family Wednesday night as we continue to grow in God’s Word together, and as our couples work on strengthening our marriages. This Wednesday is going to be a lot of fun for our couples (and I’m sure our kids will have a blast as well). We’re going to learn how to fight as Christian couples. Undoubtedly, you’ve had a few arguments in your marriage. I want to teach you how to do it well – in a way that honors the Lord. Don’t miss it! Don’t forget we also have a traditional prayer and Bible study time for those who are interested.

 

Our American/International dinners kick off this Saturday, November 14, at 6:00! The nations will descend on our church as we have an opportunity to share a meal with the internationals of our community. This is an awesome opportunity for you to build some relationships with people that are lost with the goal of sharing the Gospel with them. The influence we have on these internationals could not only change their lives but change the lives of others in their home country as they go home and share their story with their lost friends and family. Plan on joining us – the meal is free and the fellowship is rich. If you’d like to help in any way, contact Dr. and Mrs. Tsai. They would love to put you to work! We need to move tables Saturday afternoon. If you are able, show up at the Family Life Center around 5:00 to help set up.

 

Start praying about how God will lead your family to give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. You blew it through the roof last year with your giving! Last year, our church gave over $20,000 dollars to support our IMB missionaries who are serving all over the world. Our goal this year is $22,000. We can do it! And, right now, our International Mission Board is in real need of financial support. Prepare now to give generously. In the weeks ahead we will have live interviews via Skype with several of our IMB missionaries who are serving in places like Europe and the Middle East. I can’t wait to hear what God is doing through our missionaries in various parts of the world.

 

As you are praying for how your family might give to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering, also pray this week about how God might want you to serve next year on the mission field. We’re looking to send teams to East Asia and Russia. If you are interested in either trip, go ahead and let me know so we can start putting teams together.

 

Have a blessed week! I am praying for you!

 

27
Oct

Big Stevens Creek Update Week of October 26

God is love. If you missed Sunday’s sermon on the love of God I encourage you to catch up online. I’ll have it posted on the website, www.bigstevenscreek.com, in the next day or so. You’ve undoubtedly heard a lot of sermons on the love of God, but when was the last time you heard a sermon on God’s love from the Book of Hosea? It’s a heartbreaking story, and it shows us just how unfaithful we are to the One who has given everything for us. I’m convinced that when we see how much God loves us it will change the way that we live our lives before Him. As we continue to discuss the nature of God, we’re going to be studying God’s wrath this Sunday. The reality is that you cannot understand the depths of God’s love without understanding the depths of His wrath. When’s the last time you’ve considered how angry God is with this sinful world? We don’t really like to talk about God’s wrath, but we need to be reminded about it often. Join us this Sunday and bring a friend with you. It’s going to be a great study.

 

Route 65 is gaining speed! We’ve had great attendance the last few Wednesday nights at Route 65. Our kids are really enjoying the adjustments we have made, and our adults are greatly benefitting from our time together discussing God’s plan for our marriages. If you haven’t joined us lately on Wednesday night, why don’t you come and give us second look this Wednesday? Route 65 is based on God’s command in Deuteronomy 6:5. We started this ministry with a desire to help our families to grow together to love God with all their hearts, minds, and souls. We want to be a church that equips parents to disciple their children to be fully surrendered followers of Jesus. Join us this Wednesday night at 6:00.  A traditional Bible study begins at 6:15 in the children’s church area for those who are interested in a traditional prayer meeting and Bible study.

 

Our American/International dinners kick off on November 14 at 6:00! The nations will descend on our church as we have an opportunity to share a meal with the internationals of our community. This is an awesome opportunity for you to build some relationships with people that are lost with the goal of sharing the Gospel with them. The influence we have on these internationals could not only change their lives but change the lives of others in their home country as they go home and share their story with their lost friends and family. Plan on joining us – the meal is free and the fellowship is rich. If you’d like to help in any way, contact Dr. and Mrs. Tsai. They would love to put you to work!

 

Men and boys camping trip this Friday night! It’s not too late to be a part of it! If you would like to join us contact Brian at viningblt@gmail.com ASAP to let him know you are going to join us.  All men are welcome to join us – even if you don’t have a son or a grandson come out and join us. The cost is $10 per family to cover your food.

 

Trunk or treat is October 31 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center Parking Lot. Bring your kids, bring your neighbors kids, and any other kids you can fit in your car! We’re going to have games, food, and lots of fun. We need volunteers! We need volunteers to fill their trunks with candy, to run games, and to serve food. If you can help in any way please see Tina McDonald, Debbie Johnson, or Carmen Taylor. I’m looking forward to this outreach event!

 

Did you know that the best way you can serve Big Stevens Creek is by faithfully praying for your church? Would you pray for the unity of our church? It is so easy for a church to become distracted and divided by things that do no matter. Will you spend time praying this week that God will help us to stay unified as a faith family? Nothing unifies us more than keeping our eyes on the mission that God has given us. When we are focused on making disciples who make disciples we won’t have a whole lot of time to get involved in petty stuff. Let’s pray this week that God will help us keep our eyes focused on the mission before us.  Also, will you spend some time this week praying for our shut-ins? (Cordelia Medlock, Alice Thompson, Bill Mothershead, Dot Boswell, and Bobbie Finley) It’s easy to forget about these precious saints because we are not able to see them every Sunday, but these precious saints are a vital part of our fellowship. I know they miss being with us and pray for us often. Our deacons had the opportunity to share Lord’s Supper with our shut-ins last night. I appreciate their ministry to our shut-ins.

 

Have a blessed week! I am praying for you!

Pastor Tommy

21
Oct

Big Stevens Creek Update Week of October 19, 2015

God is holy. R.C. Sproul says that that best way to describe God’s holiness is to speak of Him as transcendently separate. In other words, God is separate from His creation. He’s different than us, and He is far above us. Yesterday we studied Israel’s first corporate worship service after they crossed the Red Sea. After three months of traveling in the wilderness, God brought His people to Mt. Sinai, and in thunder, lighting, and a cloud of smoke, God descended on the mountain. The people took three days to prepare for His coming, but they still could not get too close to God. If they touched the mountain, they would die. God is holy, and because He is holy He is unapproachable. At least, He is unapproachable apart from a relationship with Jesus Christ. You see, we can never clean ourselves enough or do enough good deeds to gain access to the presence of a holy God, but Jesus gained access for us by dying in our place, paying the penalty of our sins, and rising again from the dead. Jesus has made you holy so that you can have full access to our holy God. According to Hebrews 12, you do not live at Mt. Sinai, you live at Mt. Zion – the heavenly city. In other words, because of the work of Christ you have full access to the God of all creation. Never forget who you are in Christ. You belong to God because of your faith and you have complete access to the Father. If you missed yesterday’s sermon on the holiness of God I encourage you to catch up online. I’ll have it posted on the website, www.bigstevenscreek.com, in the next day or so. If you were with us yesterday here’s your challenge for this week: sit down with your kids or a friend and explain the holiness of God to them based on what you learned this past Sunday. Can you do it?

 

I’m looking forward to this Sunday. As we continue to discuss the nature of God, we’re going to be studying God’s love this Sunday. Now, I know you’ve heard many sermons on the love of God. However, this Sunday we’re going to be diving into the book of Hosea and looking at the love of God from Hosea’s perspective. Hosea’s story is a heart-wrenching love story that teaches us much about God’s love for us. I encourage you to make every effort to join us Sunday. I’m really looking forward to preaching this sermon, and I think it’s going to be helpful for you as you continue to grow in your understanding of who God is. This would be a great Sunday to bring a lost friend with you who needs to know God’s love.

 

Route 65 was great this past Wednesday! We are being more intentional in helping to strengthen marriages and helping our kids to dive deeper into God’s Word. If you haven’t been with us on Wednesday nights in a while I encourage you to join us. At 6:00 we have a traditional Bible Study for adults in the children’s church area. Route 65 begins at 6:00 in the gym. The first 30 minutes of our time together we study a Bible story as families, and then we break up into groups for the remaining 45 minutes. Right now I’m leading our couples through a marriage study, and it’s a helpful and lively discussion. As our couples are studying together, our kids are continuing to study the night’s Bible story, memorizing Scripture, and playing games together.  Married couples, I encourage you to be with us this Wednesday night! This Wednesday night I’m going to show you that you did not marry the right person. It’s going to be interesting to say the least!

 

We need more greeters! If you can smile, say hello, and help a guest to our church get to where they need to go, you can be a greeter. Since we have become more intentional with our greeter ministry, I have had a number of first time guests tell me how welcomed they felt when they came to Big Stevens Creek for the first time. Our greeters are doing a great job, but we need more! Please consider serving as a greeter.  You’ll serve about once a month, and you’ll need to serve 15 minutes before growth groups and 15 minutes before the worship service. That’s only 30 minutes of your time once a month! You can do it! If you are interesting in helping, shoot me an email. I NEED YOUR HELP!

 

Brian Vining is planning a men and boys camping trip on October 30. There’s a sign-up sheet in the main hallway. As of right now, we have other 30 people signed up! That’s a lot of campers! Or, you can contact Brian at viningblt@gmail.com to let him know you are going to join us.  All men are welcome to join us – even if you don’t have a son or a grandson come out and join us. If you are willing to help, let Brian know. Brian has also felt God leading him to lead our men’s ministry. Pray for him as he begins to lead our men’s ministry. I’m looking forward to how God is going to use him to encourage the men of our church! The cost is $10 per family to cover your food. I’m looking forward to my first camping adventure with Luke! I hope you’ll join us! (I think something is in the works for the ladies and their daughters in the next few months. We’ll keep you posted.)

 

Trunk or treat is October 31 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center Parking Lot. Bring your kids, bring your neighbors kids, and any other kids you can fit in your car! We’re going to have games, food, and lots of fun. We need volunteers! We need volunteers to fill their trunks with candy, to run games, and to serve food. If you can help in any way please see Tina McDonald, Debbie Johnson, or Carmen Taylor. I’m looking forward to this outreach event!

 

Did you know that the best way you can serve Big Stevens Creek is by faithfully praying for your church? Would you pray specifically for our student ministry this week? I’m thankful for those who are investing in the lives of our teenagers. Would you pray that God would raise up more student leaders that will help lead our students to know what it means to be a fully surrendered follower of Jesus? Also, would you pray for our students? Pray that our students would discover that there is nothing greater than living for Christ. Our students live in a very different culture than we did when we were growing up. They need our prayers!

 

Have a blessed week! I am praying for you!

Pastor Tommy

13
May

Vacation Bible School

VBS is just around the corner! Plan on joining us June 7-11, 2015 for Vacation Bible School. This year our children are going to take a journey off the map and discover that obedience to God will take them beyond what they expect. Join us each night at 5:00 for a free family meal and 6:00 for VBS. Click here to register your children.

05
Dec

Celebrating the Christmas Season

Don’t forget all that is happening this month as we celebrate Christmas as a church family. Take note of the following:

  • Children’s Christmas Musical Sunday, December 7, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Adult Choir Musical Celebration Sunday, December 21, at 10:45 a.m.
  • Christmas Eve Service with the Path Worship Center, December 24, at 6:00 p.m.

Also, don’t forget about the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Our goal this year is to raise $15,000 to support international missions. We need your help! Every dollar you give to Lottie Moon goes directly to our missionaries to make sure that they have the financial resources they need to continue their ministry. Fervently pray as to how God might have you give.

08
Oct

Pray for Our Missions Team

Right now we have a team of people serving for the sake of the Gospel in a closed country in Asia. For the next week or so this team will be attempting to make connections with locals so that they might share the Gospel with them. They need your prayers. Jonathan Edwards said, “There is no way that Christians, in a private capacity, can do so much to promote the work of God and advance the Kingdom of Christ as by prayer.”

Your prayers really do make a difference, and I can tell you that our brothers and sisters from Big Stevens Creek who are laboring for the Gospel in a foreign land appreciate every single prayer you offer up for them. Over the next week, set aside time each day to pray for our team. Pray that they will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Pray that they will be bold in their faith. Pray that they will do whatever God asks of them. Pray that they will rest well each night. Pray for locals to be receptive to our team and the message that they share. Pray, pray, pray!

Pastor Tommy

01
Oct

Good News Club

I had the opportunity to teach at Good News Club this past Monday afternoon, and I was blown away! We had well over one hundred children at our club, and they were full of excitement! It was awesome to hear them sing to the Lord and engage in the memory verse activity. I was amazed at how attentive they were when I taught. They interacted with me extremely well, and when they were asked review questions, it was evident that the kids had paid close attention to the Bible story.

I left Good News Club feeling incredibly grateful. I am grateful for our church investing into a local elementary school for the sake of the Gospel. I am grateful for the volunteers who give their Monday afternoon to minister to a room full of kids. I’m grateful for Merriwether Elementary allowing us to have a club in their school. I’m grateful for parents who trust us with their kids every week.

Good News Club is a great ministry, and it’s a simple way we can get outside the walls of Big Stevens Creek and engage our community. I know many of you work on Monday afternoons, but many of you do not. Could you volunteer an hour of your time to help with Good News Club on Monday afternoons? It will bless you beyond measure to serve these wonderful kids each week. Contact me if you are interested in plugging in and serving Christ through our Good News Club.

Pastor Tommy