Five Points Blog
- Kempton Turner
- Feb 28, 2014
Please join us in praying for the Resolved: students on the Winter Retreat at Camp Barakel this weekend! Below is a summary of what they will be learning and the prayer aims for each session.
Only one life, will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last
Introduction and gospel testimony [FRI PM]
PRAYER AIM: That everyone would get to know me a little. That Christ and His gospel would be magnified through my story of grace (Galatians 1:24). And many would “repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15)...throughout the entire weekend!
One Life: Then What? [SAT AM]
Text: Luke 16:19-31, Romans 5:8-10
HEART-TRUTH: Life is short. Eternity is forever. You will either enjoy God’s love forever in heaven (New world) or endure God’s wrath forever in hell.
PRAYER AIM: That the believers would rejoice with trembling over the eternal agony that they have been rescued from through the Cross of Christ! That the unbelievers would flee the wrath to come and find eternal refuge and safety at the Cross of Christ!
One Life: Enjoy It [SAT PM]
Text: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11, Isaiah 55:1-3, John 6:35, Psalm 16:11
HEART-TRUTH: Flee the world’s ‘fading pleasures’ that temporarily satisfy and find in Jesus ‘forever pleasures’ that eternally satisfy.
PRAYER AIM: That the Father of glory would open our eyes to taste and see: that Jesus is 10,000 times better than the world. That Jesus is the eternal pleasure that the eternal soul was made for! That to be saved is to be satisfied in Christ!
One Life: Lose It [SUN AM]
Text: Mark 8:27-38
HEART-TRUTH: Whoever tries to save his life for this world will lose it for eternity, but whoever spends his life in this world for the cause of Jesus and His gospel will save it for eternity.
PRAYER AIM: That the Father would cause us to hear and see Jesus as so irresistibly beautiful and powerful and glorious, that we gladly and daily deny ourselves and take up our crosses and follow King Jesus!
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
- Brett Toney
- Oct 30, 2013
In John 6, Jesus identifies himself with the manna God provided to the people of Israel as they were led through the wildnerness. Jesus says, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst." The manna in the wilderness anticipated Jesus. Just as the manna was God's gift of life in the wilderness, Jesus is God's gift of life from the sure death of sin. Jesus isn't talking about physical hunger or thirst; he is talking about finding eternal satisfaction and joy in him rather than in things that will leave us wanting.
As Thanksigiving approaches, partner with us in pointing people to the Bread of Life as we provide also for the tangible need of a meal. We have the opportunity this year to partner again with our food pantry, the House of Jacob, but also Mack Ave Community Church, a likeminded church in Detroit. We plan on providing a Thanksgiving meal to one hundred families.
The meals will go to families connected with the House of Jacob, and we'll also bring donated goods to Mack Ave, partnering with them in reaching out to families in Detroit. The items we are specifically requesting include: turkeys, canned green beans and corn, instant mashed potatoes and stuffing, cake mix and icing, jarred gravy or mix, and powdered drink mix (e.g., Kool Aid).
Items can be dropped off on the metal shelves at the back of the gym on Sunday mornings or during the week. We will be collecting items until Wednesday, November 20. Resolved: students and families will be assembling boxes of donated goods and taking items down to Detroit.
As you walk through the grocery store picking up items or before dropping the items off, pray with us for these families; pray that this would be the last Thanksgiving meal they eat apart from having been satisfied by the Bread of Life.
- JJ Sherwood
- Oct 30, 2013
David Mathis wrote this blog post a couple years ago over at Desiring God. It seeks to take all of life captive under the banner of God's glory and helps us as Christians to think about and engage our neighbors during Halloween. He writes:
"What if we didn't merely go with the societal flow and unwittingly float with the cultural tide into and out of yet another Halloween? What if we didn't observe the day with the naivete as our unbelieving neighbors and coworkers?
And what if we didnt overreact to such nonchalance by simply withdrawing? What if Halloween wasn't a night when Christians retreated in disapproval, but an occasion for storming the gates of hell?"
These are great questions to think through over the next couple of days. You can read the entire post here.
- JJ Sherwood
- Sep 30, 2013
In Tim Keller’s book, The Prodigal God, he writes about how Jesus is the only one who gives hope in the midst of ordinary human life… the only one who can truly help us face death with assurance, confidence and joy.
“Jesus, unlike the founder of any other major faith, holds out hope for ordinary human life. Our future is not an ethereal, impersonal form of consciousness. We will not float through the air, but rather will eat, embrace, sing, laugh, and dance in the kingdom of God, in degrees of power, glory, and joy that we can’t at present imagine. Jesus will make the world our perfect home again. We will no longer be living ‘east of Eden,’ always wandering and never arriving. We will come, and the father will meet us and embrace us, and we will be bought into the feast.”
~ Timothy Keller, 104
If we truly believe that Jesus is the one who through his life, death and resurrection has brought us into His Kingdom, how can we go about our daily activities and not live our lives in light of his preeminence? If we believe that in the end “we will be brought into the feast”, it will hardly be possible not to.
- JJ Sherwood
- Jun 27, 2013
William Carey, English missionary to India, went to preach the gospel to a far away land and Andrew Fuller led the charge to support him. It has been written, "William Carey, who upon his trip to the unknown world of India, looked at the small band of brothers around him and said, as it were, "Well, I will go down, if you will hold the rope."
The Resolved: student ministries short-term missions team is leaving this Sunday evening for Sao Paulo, Brazil. We have two specific prayer requests we ask for you to be praying for as we work through our last minute details.
First, would you consider picking up a prayer card for a team member that are hanging on the wall in the hallway on the way into the gym and commit to praying for that team member on the date listed? You can see an example of the prayer card below. We want every team member to have someone at Five Points praying for them every day they are in Brazil.
Second, we continue to ask the Lord to provide the final $8,000 our team needs. He has wonderfully provided these last few weeks and our faith is in our God who owns heaven and earth to provide these final funds. Would you pray with us for His provision? If your family would be willing to contribute, you can use the tear off portion of the prayer card to both pray and support the team member for their time in Brazil.
As we begin our time in Brazil, here are some specific ways you can be praying for the team as a whole:
• God would work both in us and through us as ministers of the gospel to Sao Paulo
• God would glorify His great name through our proclamation of the glorious
gospel of Jesus Christ and that people would respond to the gospel
• God would give us a love for His global glory as He redeems a people
for Himself from all peoples and nations
• God would call some from this team to give their lives to global
We thank you for your support of our team so far and ask you, our church family, as we prepare to leave, "Will you hold our rope?"