Title: Continuing the Work of Jesus
Author: David K. Sumate
"So again Jesus said to them, 'Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.'" (John 10:7, 10b, NRSV)
Time has a way of moving on! It is hard to believe, but over twenty years ago, a study commissioned by the former General Board resulted in the adoption of tag lines for the Church of the Brethren. A tag line is a device used to communicate the essence of a product or organization to the wider public. These short and pithy statements are common in the world of advertising. Think about "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", "I'm Lovin' It! and "Eat Fresh." As most of you know, our tag lines are "Continuing the Work of Jesus, Peacefully, Simply, Together" and "Another Way of Living."
Title: But, Our Church is Declining!
Author: Harry Rhodes
Most of us think of evangelism and church growth as two peas in a pod, but there are some important differences.
Title: Failed Evangelism?
Author: Harry Rhodes
A friend told me that his 21-year-old daughter, let’s call her Angela, had a bad experience sharing her faith recently. Angela is a quiet young woman who works in a fast food restaurant. She decided to share her faith with one of her co-workers. Her sharing was rejected. Her co-worker’s response devastated Angela, and at her next break she went to one of the empty tables and broke down into tears. To her surprise, her co-worker walked over to her table and asked her if she was crying because of what she had said. Angela was surprised by the question, and she denied that her friend’s response was the cause of her pain.
Title: “SHOW and TELL” or “GO, TELL and SHOW”
Author: Kathy Blackwell
Remember “Show and Tell” at school? That was the day you were to bring something that you wanted to share. You told about the item, how it worked, what wondrous things it could do, and maybe even the benefits of having it.
Title: One Size Does Not Fit All
Author: Harry Rhodes
One of the first steps in developing a congregation’s evangelism plan is to choose the primary audience that we want to address. Will it be newcomers to the community who are looking for a church home? Will it be young couples? Singles? Persons with a different cultural background?
As Christians, we have Good News to tell! Formerly known as the Evangelism Committee, the Good News Team invites the Virlina District into a discussion around sharing our stories about evangelism. Between now and District Conference, we will be publishing a new story each week, or thereabouts. Written by members of the Good News Team, the stories recount experiences of when the members told or showed the Good News to others. Evangelism is not just about asking a person about his or her faith. It’s not just about going door to door inviting people to come to church. The Good News of Jesus is told through our words and actions, and its impact is often unseen and unknown by those who share it.
Do you have a story to share? Would you like more information about evangelism, or do you have questions for us? We invite you to check out our exhibit at this year’s District Conference!
Title: Breakfast at McDonald’s
Author: Hal Sonafrank
The young server brought our breakfast order to our table at the local McDonalds. When she placed our tray on the table, Sandi and I said together, “Thank you,” to which she responded with a forced smile and went on her way back to the counter area.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Against such things there is no law."
Galatians 5: 22-23
By Debbie Humphrey, 2018 Virlina District Moderator
“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
John 9:1-2 (NIV) – Read 9:1-11.
By: David Shumate
Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!”
By: Tabitha H. Rudy
"They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.” The Lord said, “I will surely return to you in the spring, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door 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?”
--Genesis 18:9-12 (RSV)
By: David Shumate
“Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.”
- Revelation 3:13, NRSV
by: Tim Emmons, 2017 Virlina District Conference Moderator
After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish.
Another Way Of Living
By: Noel S. Naff, Virlina District Board Chair and Pastor of the Mount Hermon Congregation
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven"
Written By: Emma Jean Woodard, Former Associate District Executive Minister
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
Romans 12:1-2 (NRSV)
by David K. Shumate