Praying Like Jesus Series (Jan-Feb 2015)

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Praying Like JesusWould you like to deepen your prayer life? We can learn to pray like Jesus prayed.

“The Lord’s Prayer [Matthew 6:9-13] was not intended to be repeated merely as a form, but it is an illustration of what our prayers should be—simple, earnest, and comprehensive. In a simple petition tell the Lord your needs and express gratitude for His mercies. Thus you invite Jesus as a welcome guest into your home and heart.” Child Guidance p. 524.

Your own prayer life will grow stronger as you take this two-month adventure.

Praying Like Jesus Sermon Series – Jan-Feb 2015

  • January 3   “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” Matthew 6:9 – Jacob, Lois & Danesa Serns
  • (January 7-10   Ten Days of Prayer – 7pm Nightly at Richardson SDA & livestreamed)
  • January 10   Club Ministries Sabbath – Jerrod Songy
  • January 17   “Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done…” Matthew 6:10 – Dan Serns
  • January 24   “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” Matthew 6:11 – Dan Serns
  • January 31  “Forgive Us Our Debts” Matthew 6:12 – Curtis Elcock
  • February 7   “Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” Matthew 6:13 – Eric Louw
  • February 14   “For Yours is the kingdom…” Matthew 6:13 – Dan Serns
  • February 21   Religious Liberty Weekend
  • February 28   Jesus prayed for you!  John 17 – Dan Serns

Praying Like Jesus Study Resources

Bible Bookmark Reading Plan

For best results, P.R.A.I.S.E.!

  • Pray, asking God for wisdom
  • Read the Bible passage for the day
  • Apply the Bible passage to your life
  • Interact with a Bible Study Group
  • Share something good with someone
  • Encourage others to join the journey

Start or Join a Group

Why not invite friends & family to join you on this journey? Pick a regular place & time each week to share what you are learning. Matthew 18:20. You’ll love it!

Additional Recommendations for Praying Like Jesus

Books by Ellen G. White (found at www.egwwritings.org)- Prayer; Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings; Steps to Christ; The Desire of Ages

Pathfinder Honors (found at www.pathfindersonline.org/honors/index) – Prayer (& Advanced & Oshkosh Version); Adventurer for Christ (& Advanced).

All events are open to the public and free of charge at 1201 W. Belt Line Road, Richardson, Texas. Feel free to invite a friend to join you!

Pastor Dan’s Letter – December 2014

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This letter was included with the Family Gift Packets delivered/sent to the Richardson Seventh-day Adventist Church family in late December 2014.

 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

 

Dear Church Family and Friends,

It’s thrilling to be part of God’s final movement and the Richardson Seventh-day Adventist Church family, not because we have earned it or deserve it but because we have accepted His invitation to join it!

We want to pass on the invitation to the 6.8 million people who live within 75 miles of our church home regardless of their ethnicity, culture, language or age. In fact we believe everyone in the world would be happier and better off if they accepted Jesus as their Savior and Lord, embraced all the teachings of the Bible and united with His final movement!

How has Jesus helped us be a faithful, focused and friendly church family during 2014?

  1. Worship Services (9am & 11:30am) that include amazing testimonies, inspiring music and Christ-centered, Bible-based, practical sermons along with monthly Bible Bookmarks.
  2. Sabbath School Groups (10:15am) for all ages in multiple languages.
  3. White Rock Lake Campus (www.whiterocklakesda.org) that begins Sabbath morning services January 3 (Sabbath School at 10am, Worship Service at 11am).
  4. Dozens of Groups throughout the week both on and off the church campus each trimester (see brochure) to build healthy homes, relationships, bodies, minds, finances and a more vibrant relationship with God. This includes lots of Groups for Children, Youth, Young Adults, Men, Women, Singles and Families.
  5. Outreach and Missions Opportunities included Feeding the Homeless, Texas Veggie Fair Booth, 60,000 GLOW Tracts distributed, Baptism Coach plan, Bible Workers Ministry, Homes of Hope, Reaping Meetings 3x per year, Mission Trips to San Antonio, Former Yugoslavia, Cambodia, etc.
  6. Special Activities. Oshkosh Pathfinder Camporee, campouts and retreats, socials, fellowship dinners, music groups, training seminars, ministry Sabbaths, etc.).
  7. Leadership. A growing, diverse and wonderfully united team of Elders, Church Board Mentors and Group Leaders.
  8. North Dallas Adventist Academy has its highest enrollment ever with 293 students in K-12 with 8 of our sister churches in the school constituency.
  9. Completely Updated Website at www.richardsonsda.org.

By God’s Grace we are experiencing…

  1. Growth in Faith. Our theme for January/February 2015 is Prayer. I encourage you to participate in as many of these options as possible—
    • Sermon Series. We will focus on each phrase of the Lord’s Prayer and what it means for believers living in the last days.
    • Bible Bookmarks (enclosed) have a short daily Bible reading on Jesus and prayer in the Gospels.
    • Ten Days of Prayer. Each evening from January 7 (Wed) to January 17 (Sat) from 7:00-8:00 the church will be open for prayer time, led by our Elders, seeking the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). This will be live-streamed over our church website.
    • The Incredible Power of Prayer (enclosed) is a book filled with powerful stories of answers to prayer. It’s great for personal or family worship.
    • Winter Groups Brochure (enclosed) lists many wonderful options for connecting with God and God’s people, beginning the week of January 18-24.
    • Tithe and Offering envelope (enclosed) as an opportunity for each of us to end the year financially right with God. There are options for online giving (www.richardsonsda.org/give), at any worship service or drop box in the lobby, or by mail (1201 W. Belt Line Rd. Richardson, TX 75080).
  2. Growth in Numbers. The 4th Sabbath each month is our high Sabbath. We hear testimonies from our new members and baptize those who are ready. New Member Orientation the night before gives us a chance to finalize their commitment to Jesus, His Word and His final movement. We now have 868 members, with 90 of these being added this year (40 by baptism/profession of faith and 50 by transfer).
  3. Growing Pains.
    • Not enough Parking, Seating, Sabbath School or Fellowship Hall space. For the past five years or longer we have had a wonderful challenge at Richardson. We never have enough space for parking, seating, Sabbath School rooms or Fellowship Hall space. Overflow rooms have been added and enhanced, churches and campuses have been planted, and church leaders have agreed to park in distant spaces, but the challenge still remains.
    • Recommended Solution. During 2014 a dedicated team of our lay leaders developed a plan for adding a Family Life Center and more parking in the field next to our church. December 4 our Church Board voted to recommend not only the plan for building but also a plan for funding the project. Financial support once needed to get North Dallas Adventist Academy on its feet financially can now be used to meet the needs we have postponed for years. The recommendation includes a “Faith Challenge” between January and April 30, 2015 that will show us if this is the direction God wants us to go. Please pray as we take the next steps.
    • Next Steps.
      1. January – Plans will be displayed in the church lobby. Share any input with John Petchkurow or Jonathan Campos.
      2. January 24 (Sat) 7pm – Attend the Church Family Business Meeting where the design, funding plan and “Faith Challenge” will be voted on.
      3. Continually – Ask God for what role He wants you to play in this part of His final movement.

May the Lord guide us to do His will and live boldly for Him in these last days.

Excited about the opportunities,

Dan Serns, Senior Pastor

Richardson Seventh-day Adventist Church Family

 

Faith Under Pressure – December 27

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005-john-baptist-prisonWe all love the stories where “they all lived happily ever after.” We love the stories where Gods people “quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again.” Hebrews 11:34-35a. When we read these stories we are thrilled.

But what about those stories where deliverance doesn’t seem to come when we think it should? What about those who “were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented”? Hebrews 11:35b-37. 

What lessons can we learn from those who gone through severe trials and yet held on to Jesus? How can we develop a relationship of trust and faith in Jesus that is so strong that we would rather die than dishonor the One who died for us? How can our joy in the Lord now prepare us for any troubles we may face later?

Join us this Sabbath at Richardson (9am & 11:30am) as we learn lessons that will help us grow our faith so deep and so strong that we can face anything! Feel free to invite friends.

This is the final message in our Bible Heroes of Faith (Hebrews 11) Sermon Series.

“By Faith David & Samuel…” December 20

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Samuel anointing David“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord….” Luke 2:8-11.

City of David.” Over a thousand years earlier there had been another shepherd watching sheep on the hills near Bethlehem. He had been chosen by God to be king of Israel. Others didn’t recognize him as anyone special but the Lord saw his heart (1 Samuel 16:7). Those in power wanted to kill him before he could become king but God protected him.

What lessons about faith can we learn on this Sabbath before Christmas from the life of David, the unlikely king and earthly ancestor of our “Savior, who is Christ the Lord“?

Join us this Sabbath at Richardson (9am & 11:30am) as we study the amazing story of young David and learn lessons that will help us see ourselves as God sees us. Feel free to invite friends.

Click here to learn more about the Bible Heroes of Faith (Hebrews 11) Sermon Series & Study Resources.

“By Faith Gideon…” December 13

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Gideon

Do you remember the story of Gideon in the Bible (Judges 6-8)? The tests with the fleece, the army of only 300 armed with nothing more than trumpets, torches and pitchers, the tremendous victory for God’s people?

What many people don’t realize is that Gideon went from weak faith to strong faith but ultimately to forgotten faith. This hero of faith didn’t end well.

From his life we can learn many lessons that will grow our faith when it is weak, but also protect our faith from being forgotten after the our victories.

Join us this Sabbath at Richardson (9am & 11:30am) as we study the fascinating story of Gideon and learn lessons that will help us grow our faith and maintain it. Feel free to invite friends.

Click here to learn more about the Bible Heroes of Faith (Hebrews 11) Sermon Series & Study Resources.

 

“By Faith Moses…” November 29

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atlantid1316665801072What if you could have anything you wanted? Anything! The only thing you had to do was give up being part of God’s special people on earth. What would you decide?

This is exactly the choice that Moses made 3,500 years ago. He had at his fingertips the wealth, power and pleasures of Egypt. “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,  choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,  esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.” Hebrews 11:24-26.

Join us this Sabbath at Richardson (9am & 11:30am) as we study the fascinating story of Moses and learn lessons that will help us make decisions we can be proud of for eternity. Feel free to invite friends.

Click here to learn more about the Bible Heroes of Faith (Hebrews 11) Sermon Series & Study Resources.