October 1, 2014

Weekly Youth Update: 9/29 - 10/5


Revival at the Park finishes up tonight with Youth Night! Miguel Chavis will be speaking and Mosaic from Anderson University will be leading worship! The service starts at 7:00 and the youth pizza blast starts at 6:30!

The Homeland Park youth will join other area churches for the ENGAGE student rally from November 14-16 at Camp Longridge in Ridgeway, South Carolina! The cost is $99 and to be able to attend the trip, students must attend 50% of the Wednesday nights between now and November 12. A $30, non-refundable deposit is due October 15.

If you have any questions about the revival, retreat, or anything else, please send me an email at jason@homelandparkbc.org!

Jason

September 30, 2014

Revival Recap for Monday 2014

Revival Recap Day 2
September 29th, 2014


I am so thankful for Dwayne Morris coming to share with us truths out of the book of Judges 6-8 that lead us to live an outrageous life.  He encouraged us to move out of our reluctant "comfort" zone into a more powerful "growth" zone.  God loves us too much to stay where we are.  He always has another step, greater task and blessing in store for his children. 


Our Worship Choir sang a choral arrangement of the Newsboy's anthem "We Believe" as well as other heartfelt hymns and choruses.


Tonight Rev. Mark Cannon will be preaching and our Worship Choir will continue to lead us into the presence of God.  I hope you can attend tonight.  We will begin at 7:00! 

In Him,

Pastor James

September 29, 2014

Revival Recap for Sunday 2014

Revival Recap Day 1
September 28th, 2014


Everyone who attended our "Revival At The Park" services yesterday were blessed by hearing the gospel in music and spoken word.  We are so thankful to Ruby McCowan & The Combined Mass Choir, Dr. Ron Fousek, Dr, Wilton and our own Worship Choir for leading us to the throne of God.  Many hearts are being touched as God reminds us that He is not finished with us as individuals or a church. He is always making His name known and giving us the opportunity to proclaim His love to those around us.



Tonight Dwayne Morris will be sharing way we can live an outrageous life for God. To learn more about how God is using Dwayne, check out his website, MorrisMatters.com Our Worship Choir will also be leading us in praise to God with hymns, choruses and the anthem "We Believe". We begin at 7:00 pm. I hope to see you there!

In Him,

Pastor James

September 25, 2014

Are You Ready For Revival?


Revival begins in our heart and life. Here is an outline for you to prepare yourself for God to speak to you during our "Revival At The Park" (September 28 - Oct 1)

Invest An hour spent in prayer, praise and reflection

STEP ONE - PREPARE
Set a time, pick a place, prepare with a bible and something to record your time with God to go back and review what He has said. Do not let His words fall on rocky soil. [Mark 4:1-20]

  • Can You PREPARE One Hour For Prayer?
    • [Matthew 26:40-41] 40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping. He asked Peter, “So, couldn't you stay awake with Me one hour? 41 Stay awake and pray, so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
    • Answer These Questions:
      • How does this passage illustrate the fact that Jesus invites us to “join” him in prayer?
      • How do you feel knowing Jesus did not chastise the disciples for not praying but rather encouraged them to keep trying?
      • Jesus knew the disciple's bodies could not keep up with their hearts.  Does God know the position of your heart? What is that position?
  • Revival begins with  an HONEST assessment of where we are in our Walk with God
    • [Psalm 130:3-4] Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.
    • [Psalm 139:23-24] Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.
  • Heart preparation:
    • We have no guarantees of God hearing our prayers if there is willful sin in your life with no repentance!
      • [Psalm 66:18] If I had been aware of malice in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
      • Sin separates us from fellowship with God and His blessing.
  • Ask Yourself: Is my heart PURE before God? If the answer is no, be brave enough to take the next step!
    • ADMIT & CONFESS Your Sin To God
      • [1 John 1:9] If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
    • Make REPARATIONS and RESTORATION
      • [Matthew 7:21]  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven.
    • Take RESPONSIBILITY For Your Sins, Pray For Others To Do The Same
      • [Ephesians 4:31-32] 31 All bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander must be removed from you, along with all malice. 32 And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.
      • It does not matter what others have or have not done with their sin, God will deal with them.

Step 2 - PRAY
Once you believe you have right fellowship again with God, continue by following these instructions. Pace your self by spending five minutes on each point.

1.  Praise [Psalm 7:17] Praise God for His righteousness and unchanging character. List some aspects of God that you are praise worthy.
2.  Wait [Lamentations 3:25] Pray for patience and hope while you wait quietly on God to work.
3.  Confess [1 John 1:9 / James 5:16] Do you see your sins as for what they are or write it off as as a result of "being human"? Do you blame others for your sin? Confess your sins to God and to those you have sinned against.
4.  Study Your Bible [Psalm 119:9-16] God's word is most beneficial for us when we APPLY it to our life.
5.  Intercession [1 Timothy 2:1; 2 Corinthians 13:7] Pray for others, even your enemies.
6.  Petition [Ephesians 6:18] God will hear and respond to our prayers when we pray in His will. What is the one thing you want God to do in you during this revival? Are you willing to ask Him to do this?
7. Pray The Bible - [Psalm 119:105] Use familiar verses as you. pray. Recite them in the context of what you are asking of God. Ex. "Lord, your Word says . . ., I am asking that...."
8.  Pray With Thanksgiving [1 Chronicles 16:8] Call on God's Name. Thank God for how He has answered your prayers recently!
9.  Sing [1 Chronicles 16:9] Sing some of your favorite choruses, hymns or songs.
10. Meditate [Matthew 18:21-35] Follow the God's word in order to have His peace?
11.  Listen - [Psalm 46:10] Be still and trust God with your life?
12.  Praise [1 Chronicles 16:8-12] Seek the face of God as you prepare for revival? Focus on the miracles, judgments and work of Jesus Christ that He has done in your behalf. Praise Him for those things.

May God do miracles in your life through our “Revival At The Park”!

September 23, 2014

Pictures from the Saluda Baptist Association Senior Fall Festival


Weekly Youth Update: 9/22 - 9/28


Last week we had a great time discussing God’s desire for our relationships with our parents. This week, we turn to relationships with friends. Bible study starts at 6:30 and lasts until 7:30. The Family Life Center opens at 6:00 for anyone wanting to hang out. We hope to see you there!

Starting Sunday, September 28, and lasting until Wednesday, October 1, Homeland Park Baptist Church is hosting our yearly revival meeting. Services begin at 7:00 each night. We hope that you join us and please be in prayer for revival within our church and an awakening within our community!

The Wednesday, October 1, revival service is youth night! My friend, Miguel Chavis, will be speaking and Mosaic from Anderson University will be leading worship. The service will begin at 7:00 with a pizza dinner before at 6:30.

Finally, the Homeland Park youth will join other area churches for the ENGAGE student rally from November 14-16 at Camp Longridge in Ridgeway, South Carolina! The cost is $99 and to be able to attend the trip, students must attend 50% of the Wednesday nights between now and November 12. A $30, non-refundable deposit is due October 15.

If you have any questions about the revival, retreat, or anything else, please send me an email at jason@homelandparkbc.org!


Jason

September 22, 2014

Jason Elvington Preaches During The Reboot Sermon Series


Thank you Jason for sharing God's word with us last night in our evening worship service.  It was great to tag team the pm "Reboot" series from Romans with you.  It is important for every believer to remember that when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, we become unified with Him. (Romans 6:1-7).  Jesus does not leave us alone to "figure" out our faith or wish us the best of luck.  He forever infuses Himself into our life and sets us free from the curse of sin.  My favorite point was:

"God not only forgives us of our sins, He pulls us out of them!"

We are fortunate to have you reaching out to our youth and families as our Youth Pastor.  God is using you and Elizabeth in mighty ways.  GREAT JOB!

In Him,

Pastor James