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Three Messages on the Holy Spirit via @RickAtchley Part 2

Every time Rick Atchley finishes a series I think, “That was his best one yet!” But then he starts another one that is just as good if not better. Here are the last 3 messages in his series focusing on the Holy Spirit:

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Erich’s note: make sure you download the Discussion Questions to extend the impact of each message.

Your turn… What are your thoughts on this series so far?

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Three Things MERCY IMPACTS

On Easter Weekend, Rick Atchley at The Hills Church, began a 6 week series called The Point of Impact. You can watch the messages and find resources to extend the impact of each message (daily devotionals and discussion questions) by visiting this page. Week 2 focuses on The Impact of Mercy by looking at the encounter Matthew had with Jesus in Matthew 9:9-13. This lesson highlights 3 things MERCY IMPACTS:

  • The way we hear scripture.

You are reading the Bible wrong anytime you come up with an interpretation that writes some people out of the story. Do not miss the significance of Jesus challenging religious leaders to go reread their Bibles. It is possible to be an expert in scripture and a dunce in the Word.

  • The way we see people.

We tend to view people based more on how we are different rather than how we are alike. Mercy calls us to realize “there is no difference” because nobody is that good; we are all sick and in need of mercy. So, don’t get offended by hypocrites at church, because sick people are supposed to be in a hospital. If there are no sinners in our church we need to shut the thing down. Be careful of being critical of the critical because “everyone needs compassion, a love that’s never failing.”  We need mercy too.

  • The way we follow Jesus.

Not everyone will like being like Christ. But when you’ve been impacted by mercy you change whether others like it or not. We read this story and ask, “What did Jesus see in Matthew?” We should also ask, “What did Matthew see in Jesus?” Matthew saw someone who understood “despised and rejected.” He saw someone that cared more about the future than the past. He saw someone who was willing to be the solution instead of gripe about the problem. A man like that is worth following.

Erich’s note: you can find the Daily Devotionals and Discussion Questions for this lesson here, The Impact of Mercy.

Your turn… What impact has mercy had on your life?

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Three GREAT Series by Rick Atchley

Today’s post is in honor of Rick Atchley, the Preaching Minister at The Hills Church where I work, because today is his birthday and he really is a great guy. During the past 3 years he has preached 3 series with an emphasis on GREAT (you can purchase the first 2 here and follow along with the 3rd one for free right now):

This series of lessons was preached during the Greater Things Capital Campaign for The Hills Church. The emphasis of the series is not on raising funds, but raising faith. The aim is not to produce bigger donors, but better disciples.

You can do nothing greater than determining what your greater than is.  This series explores God’s claim to be our perfect greater than.   It will examine the blessings of knowing God as greater than, and also the problems of living life with a shrunken God.

Every great theme in the Bible is found in Romans 8: sin, judgment, law, the Spirit, righteousness, death, resurrection, creation, transformation, prayer, hope and glory. This chapter ends declaring that nothing can separate us from God’s love; but, “no separation” is only a reality if “no condemnation” is a possibility.

Erich’s note: You can find daily devotionals and small group resources on the GREATNESS page.

Your turn… What are some other series by Rick Atchley that you’ve enjoyed?

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Three Resources that Focus on Evangelism

Here are 3 series I’ve enjoyed recently that focus on helping Christians learn how to better share their faith with others:

Witnessing is not something we do; it’s something we are if we follow Jesus. This series will help equip us to see and respond to God-created opportunities to bring some 1 to the One and Only.

Erich’s note: This is the church where I serve as Spiritual Formation Series. If you don’t listen to Rick Atchley weekly, check his messages out (he delivers a great one every single week). This is a great series!

This series contains 3 lessons called Famous Farmers, Famous Witnesses, and Famous Testimony that remind us that we are the supporting cast so that God can show His Son to the world. You can find sermon notes and a discussion guide for each message when you click on the link to watch or listen to it. One of the things it will encourage you to do is to create a “10 Second Testimony” so you can quickly engage others in conversations about Christ.

We’re called to “go and make disciples of all nations.” But most of us don’t. Why is that? Why do we gloss over or ignore one of the basic tenants of Christianity?  What are the realities of evangelism that we must deal with? What can we learn from Jesus about evangelism? What are practical things we can do to prepare to share our faith with others? Set aside two hours to engage with this simple, straightforward evangelism seminar taught by Senior Pastor Perry Noble. You don’t have to fear sharing your faith anymore!

Your turn… What are some evangelism resources you would recommend to others?

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Three Sermon Podcasts You Will Enjoy

Let me say right up front that it was hard to narrow this list to 3 so I’m sure I’ll share a few more in coming weeks (I’ve mentioned a few of them at the bottom of this post if you want to check them out too). I listen to about 20 different podcasts on a regular basis (I know, I’m weird like that). The Carolinas are represented well in this list as 1 is from South Carolina and the other 2 are from Charlotte, NC. I’m going to exclude my preacher’s podcast (Rick Atchley @ The Hills) from this list since I listen to him live every week. If you don’t you should add him to your playlist (I highly recommend his recent series on Revelation, probably the best I’ve ever heard on that book). So, without any further ado, here are the 3 I think you would enjoy listening to on a regular basis:

Perry is the founder and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina (a multi-campus move of God on a mission to reach more than 100,000 people in SC). He is a gifted communicator and teacher, convicted about speaking the truth as plainly as possible (he can be very blunt and his messages are full of humor and truth). God has given him a vision and a passion for helping people meet Jesus, and each week he shares God’s word and its practical application in our daily lives. His first book, UNLEASH, is also a great read. Check this series out first: Adam & Eve. His next series that begins on July 14 is called REDNECK.

Steven is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church based in Charlotte, NC. He is also the New York Times® Best Selling author of Greater and the national bestseller Sun Stand Still. You’ll enjoy his books and messages. Check this series out first: The Expectation Gap. For a unique message that is compiled from talks Steven has done around the world this past year check out Pound the Ground.

Jonathan leads the liars, dreamers, and misfits of Renovatus: A Church for People Under Renovation, in Charlotte, NC, where he lives with his wife Amanda. He is the author of the book Prototype. I absolutely enjoy listening to Jonathan. I discovered his podcast one day when Steven Furtick mentioned him being his “favorite preacher.” He might become your favorite too. Check this series out first: A Song of Ascent (a series on David)

UPDATE, 9.11.13: Jonathan started a new series this past week called PARABLE. You really should check it out. Here is a description of this series: Jesus was the master storyteller, and you are invited to come and sit by the fire to listen to his stories.  These stories are full of wonder, intrigue, enchantment, truth, beauty…and layers upon layers of deep meaning.  These are startlingly human, three-dimensional stories that bring the kingdom of heaven into color in our real lives.  They are stories from a time that is not our own about people we do not know–and yet ultimately stories about us.  

You can watch or listen to all 3 of these guys from their church’s website or search for them on your favorite podcast APP (by the way, these guys preach anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour plus at times).

Your turn… What are some of your favorite sermon podcasts?

Here are some of my honorable mentions that I’ll say more about in future posts: Andy Stanley, Judah Smith, Craig Groeschel, Dave Clayton, Toby Slough, Chris Hodges, Robert Morris, John Ortberg, Erwin McManus, Mark Batterson, Jonathan Storment, Matt Chandler, and Tim Keller to name a few more (and make sure you check out Rick Atchley from my home church).

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