Friday
Mar142014

This Week at Bristol - "That's Not My Job"

You have probably read the following parody. This simple story fits in so well with our current teaching series “WON BY ONE” that we will continue this Sunday, that I wanted to share it with you.

“This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have.”

Some years ago there was a jingle that included the line, “Reach out, Reach Out and Touch Someone.” When it comes to reaching out to those who are disenfranchised or disconnected from church, there is no better person to make it happen than you! You are the ANYBODY! Can you think of someone who needs a touch? You can do it!

This Sunday we study Peter - a colorful character - whom the Lord used to build and extend His work. What a bridge-builder he was. In fact, Peter is the only one that we read in the Bible that when he spoke thousands came to Christ (check out Acts 2). WOW!

Just as the Lord used Peter, a simple fisherman, to do His important work, He can and will use you if you give Him the opportunity.

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we worship and fellowship together.

You are greatly loved!

Pastor Terry

Friday
Mar072014

This Week at Bristol - "The Difference a Few Words Make"

This Sunday we continue with this new and exciting series titled, “WON by ONE.” This will be a five week study addressing the important subject of personal evangelism. Our Series Objective (What is our ending point?) is to recognize that while sharing our faith can be clumsy and difficult, we are still the method the Lord has chosen to change lives.

We are familiar with the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10), but did you know there was a story about the Bad Samaritan? This story is found in John 4 and will serve as the text for this Sunday’s lesson.

She is a prime example of what the Lord can do in a person’s life who chooses to be changed. When she first met Jesus at Jacob’s Well, she referred to Him as a “Jew” (4:7-10). A little further into the conversation He is called one “Greater than Jacob” (4:11-15), “A Prophet” (4:16-24), and finally “The Christ” (4:25-30).

This Woman by the Well did not come to Christ immediately (just like many others), but she did come. Even that is not the most important part of the story. As we read further, we discover that she was responsible for many other Samaritans coming to Christ as well (4:39-42).

This series is about Bible characters that engaged in personally sharing their discovery of Jesus with others. She, without a doubt, exemplified this just like Andrew last week.

I hope you will join me and others as we continue this fantastic journey of learning the art of bridge-building taught by some of the best! 

You are greatly loved.

Pastor Terry

Saturday
Mar012014

This Week at Bristol - "A Brother with a Genuine Concern"

This Sunday we begin a new and exciting series titled, “WON by ONE.” This will be a five week study addressing the important subject of personal evangelism.
 
Jesus made it clear (Matthew 28:19) that we are the conduits through which He will flow to accomplish His work of redeeming the world. Now, if it were me, I would send a few angels to go throughout the world and within minutes everyone would have heard the Gospel once. But, that is not God’s method. He chooses you and me as His missionaries.
 
Gypsy Smith was a man used of God to bring many others to Jesus. His ministry was all about inviting others to meet the Lord.
 
The story is told that one time after Smith preached a young boy gave his life to Christ. The next night the lad was in the prayer room again and the evangelist saw him and said, “I thought you gave your life to Christ last evening?” The young boy responded, “O I did, but tonight I brought my mother to meet Jesus.” The next night the same scene repeated itself only this time he brought his grandfather to the Lord. Two generations had come to Christ because this lad became a personal worker for Jesus.
 
That reminds me of our story for this Sunday. We will examine John 1:35-42 and see a brother bringing his brother to the Lord. This is the first individual of the five characters we will study over the next several weeks who were busy introducing others to the Lord. There are great lessons we can learn from Andrew this Sunday and others in subsequent weeks about this important work of sharing the Gospel.
 
I hope you will join me and others as we begin this fantastic journey of learning the art of bridge-building.
 
You are greatly loved.
 
Pastor Terry

 

Friday
Feb212014

This Week at Bristol - "Why Worship Matters"

Psalm 96, our text for this Sunday morning, is another version of 1 Chronicles 16. In this Psalm we are reminded why it matters that we worship. This lesson is the final installment in the series, “Living in the Sunshine.”
 
In both Hebrew and Greek, there are two significant words for worship. The first word means to bow down, to kneel, or to put one’s face down as an act of respect and submission. Our body language is saying, “I will do whatever you want. I am ready to listen to your instructions and I am willing to obey.” The other biblical word means to serve.
 
Roughly half the time these words are translated as worship, and the other half as serve, but they go together. If we are truly worshipping the Lord, we will have a desire for others to know Him as well. To serve carries the idea of doing something for God - making a sacrifice or carrying out his instructions.
 
Of course, word meanings don’t prove what worship is, but they do illustrate three kinds of worship:
  • Worship that involves speaking.
  • Worship that involves listening.
  • Worship that involves doing.
Worship has an end result. Worship should not just satisfy us as we exalt the Lord, but should include introducing others also to this magnificent Lord. Psalm 96 concludes with worship that is focused on the future.
 
When we truly worship, we understand what it means to be “Living in the Sunshine” and the end result is that we experience the kind of full and satisfying life Jesus mentioned in John 10:10.
 
I hope to see you this Sunday as we worship the Lord “in the beauty of His holiness.”
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Terry
Friday
Feb142014

This Week at Bristol - "The Law of Giving"

This Sunday we continue with the fourth lesson in this five week teaching series titled, “Living in the Sunshine.” The objective of these messages: “We need to learn how to live the Christian life in the most fulfilling and satisfying way so that the end result is John 10:10.” That is what Jesus said! Check it out.
 
Just as there are irrefutable laws of nature, such as: The Law of Polarity, or the Law of Relativity, or the Law of Vibration, so there are irrefutable spiritual laws. Jesus gives us four in Luke 6:37-38. He quickly mentions the laws of judging, condemning, forgiving, and then the law of giving (these four laws are connected).
 
This Sunday morning we will concentrate on the fourth law. Jesus does not expand on the first three, but He does on the fourth.
 
Within these four laws, there is what is called “reciprocity.” It is expressed with the phrase, “You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.” Or, someone sends you a Christmas card, you feel you must oblige by sending them one.
 
Reciprocity means, you do something for me, and I will do something for you. Reciprocity works this way: When we do something good, we receive good or we do something bad, something bad will follow.
 
Within the confines of these verses reciprocity means that if we judge, we will be judged. If we extend condemnation, it will come back to us. If we forgive, we will be forgiven, and if we learn to give, we will blessed.
 
What is the result of following the Law of Giving? Simply this, We discover what it means to have an abundant life! That is real reciprocity!
 
I hope to see you Sunday. The weather and sickness have been very uncooperative and many of you have had to miss multiple services this year. This Sunday the weather is supposed to be more “friendly” and hopefully that means you will be able to join us again.
 
You are loved,
 
Pastor Terry