Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hanfield Family Cookout


The Pairs & Spares class is sponsoring an all-church Hanfield Family #Cookout on Saturday, October 20 from 4p-7p at the River’s Edge Family Golf Center.  Meat and buns will be provided so bring your table service, a drink and a side dish or dessert to share. As a special treat, a $10 pkg. includes a hayride, pumpkin, and game of #MiniGolf. There are additional activities available such as the corn pit and the bouncy house.  ALL ages are welcome!

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

"Hanfield Happenings" Town Hall Meeting


All-Church Meeting - “Hanfield Happenings”






On October 21 at 5:00p the congregation is invited to a meeting to review and celebrate what is happening at Hanfield! This will be a time to discuss updates on how we are worshipping, connecting, and serving in our church building and community! Come and join in on the discussion then stick around for one of our many Sunday night Connect Groups (small group, walking group, membership class) or Serve opportunities (helping lead nursery, GAP kids (K-4), Club 56, or youth (7-12).

Friday, September 28, 2018

God's Sovereignty leading to Holiness

Greetings Hanfieldites!

This past Sunday we learned about God's Sovereignty from Pastor Tim. What did you think of the intro video?

One great example of God's Sovereignty comes to us from the conversion of Saul. At the end of Acts 7 Stephen the martyr's sermon to the Sanhedrin, Saul stands witness to Stephen's murder as he holds the coats of the men who stone him. This begins a time of great persecution for the early Church in Acts 8, but in Acts 9 Saul meets the risen Lord, Jesus.

As a result of this blinding conversion, Saul eventually becomes one of the Apostles testifying to Christ being the Messiah instead of one of the ones persecuting the Church. Stephen's sermon becomes a foundation for much of Saul's theology as he proceeds to write nearly 2/3 of the books of the New Testament and plants many churches across the Mediterranean spread over up to four missionary journeys.

We serve an amazing, sovereign God who can use someone as despicable as Saul to become one of the premier servants of the early Church. No matter where you've been, what you've done or seen, or how lowly you may think of yourself, God sees a champion in you as He brings all things under His sovereign control. How will you respond to such a God? May Saul be an example - we respond to meeting Jesus with humility and then expend all of our effort for our Messiah. Amen and Amen.

We hope to see you at 9:30a or 10:45a this Sunday as we dig into God's Holiness.

Question: "Is Jesus the only way to Heaven?"

Answer:
Yes, Jesus is the only way to heaven. Such an exclusive statement may confuse, surprise, or even offend, but it is true nonetheless. The Bible teaches that there is no other way to salvation than through Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself says in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” He is not a way, as in one of many; He is the way, as in the one and only. No one, regardless of reputation, achievement, special knowledge, or personal holiness, can come to God the Father except through Jesus.



Jesus is the only way to heaven for several reasons. Jesus was “chosen by God” to be the Savior (1 Peter 2:4). Jesus is the only One to have come down from heaven and returned there (John 3:13). He is the only person to have lived a perfect human life (Hebrews 4:15). He is the only sacrifice for sin (1 John 2:2; Hebrews 10:26). He alone fulfilled the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17). He is the only man to have conquered death forever (Hebrews 2:14–15). He is the only Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). He is the only man whom God has “exalted . . . to the highest place” (Philippians 2:9).

Jesus spoke of Himself as the only way to heaven in several places besides John 14:6. He presented Himself as the object of faith in Matthew 7:21–27. He said His words are life (John 6:63). He promised that those who believe in Him will have eternal life (John 3:14–15). He is the gate of the sheep (John 10:7); the bread of life (John 6:35); and the resurrection (John 11:25). No one else can rightly claim those titles.

The apostles’ preaching focused on the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Peter, speaking to the Sanhedrin, clearly proclaimed Jesus as the only way to heaven: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Paul, speaking to the synagogue in Antioch, singled out Jesus as the Savior: “I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin” (Acts 13:38–39). John, writing to the church at large, specifies the name of Christ as the basis of our forgiveness: “I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name” (1 John 2:12). No one but Jesus can forgive sin.

Eternal life in heaven is made possible only through Christ. Jesus prayed, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3). To receive God’s free gift of salvation, we must look to Jesus and Jesus alone. We must trust in Jesus’ death on the cross as our payment for sin and in His resurrection. “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe” (Romans 3:22).

At one point in Jesus’ ministry, many of the crowd were turning their backs on Him and leaving in hopes of finding another savior. Jesus asked the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” (John 6:67, ESV). Peter’s reply is exactly right: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:68–69, ESV). May we all share Peter’s faith that eternal life resides only in Jesus Christ.

Have you made a decision for Christ because of what you have read here? If so, please contact us online or at the church. We'd love to have you join us in the journey with God.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Goodness of God Recap

Greetings, Friends!


God is good, all the time!
All the time, God is good!

As we think on the Goodness of God this week, don't forget our challenge to dig in at home as well as at church. If you don't have additional people in your house, ask friends to join you for a meal or jump into one of our small groups.

1. Schedule one family meal together this week.
2. Ask each person at the table for something that went well and something that they could be encouraged for.
3. Follow the three steps shown here (follow this link for quick video access: https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/263323?episode=5) 
4. Pray together, thank God for the Goodness He's shown you and asking to be more perceptive of it in the future.

We pray you have a great week. Stay tuned for more information about our attribute for next Sunday, 9/23: God's Sovereignty.


Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Goodness of God

Many classes started today and the sermon this 
morning led the way. This week we considered
the goodness of God. Join us in this study over
the next few weeks. God longs for you to see Him!


Saturday, September 8, 2018



Our Fall Discipleship Campaign is nearly here! "The Real God" series is introduced tomorrow and will launch on 9/16.

You are invited to join us for this fresh breath of God's Spirit at Hanfield in a couple of ways:

1) One of our worship services - at 9:30am or 10:45am

2a) One of our Sunday School Classes/Adult Bible Fellowships meeting during each service hour

2b) One of our participating small groups meeting on Sunday evenings and throughout the week.

Let us know you're coming to one of our classes/fellowships by signing up at this link so that your new leader can get in touch and begin connecting with you and other group members. 

Register HERE



Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Kick Off Sunday!

There is something for the whole family at Hanfield

This week we Kick Off all of our Fall Ministries!


This is the weekend where you can expect to see
many people in their favorite jerseys.
Feel free to wear your favorite, too!

Check out a service at 9:30am or 10:45am
(There are classes each hour, too!)

You can attend a worship service for one hour and a class during the other hour.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

A Letter from Pastor Tim Helm

Dear Hanfieldites, 

As you know, Hanfield is looking at options to trim costs in order to keep our current staff alignment and to continue the funding of our ministry. We've had several staff members volunteer to make vocational adjustments. I want to let you know about two of these: Beth Fisher and Brad Terhune have taken employment outside our church in order to reduce their hours at Hanfield. Both will continue on our staff, and both will continue to move their respective ministries forward, but in a part-time capacity. 

Thank you for all you do for your church!

Blessings,
Pastor Tim

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Rainer's "Seven Traits of Healthy Churches Today"


I am not the brightest bulb in the chandelier.

Indeed, put me in a room with nine other people, and I am likely to be the tenth in intellect.

So, I compensate for my cognitive deficiencies by listening, observing, and researching. The wisdom of others is far greater than any chance of intellect I may have. Indeed, I love listening to church leaders. I love watching what other churches do. And I love reporting these observations to you, my readers.

A member of the Church Answers community recently asked about the characteristics of healthy churches today. Immediately, I began to review churches that were having great community impact, whose members regularly had gospel conversations, and whose leaders faithfully preached the Word with power every week.

I noted several characteristics of the thirty plus churches that I would unequivocally designate as healthy. When it was all said and done, I had nearly fifty different traits. But I was able to put most of these traits into one of seven categories.

They truly believe in the power of the gospel. Sure, most church members and leaders would affirm their own belief in the power of the gospel. But few would actually act on that belief. Few actually move into areas and directions that can only be accomplished in God’s power. For most churches, it’s lip service. But not so for these healthy churches.

They have courageous leaders. I call them “Joshua leaders.” They are ready to lead the people into the community and storm the gates of hell. They remind the members to be courageous, even as they are courageous. One pastor put it this way: “I don’t want to live a life without making a difference in God’s power. I will accept the challenges, the risks, and the criticisms to be able to make a difference.”

They embrace change. Most church members, and some church leaders, fiercely resist change. They idolize the past, the way we’ve always done it. Or they fear the future and God’s provisions for the future. But the healthy churches on my watch list embrace change as long as it does not go counter to the biblical truth. These churches don’t spend their energies and resources trying to convince people to move forward. They are ready to go!

They are not nostalgic. Sure, these church members honor and respect the past. But they don’t live there. They are constantly anticipating what God will do in the present and the future. They don’t have time to be nostalgic, because they are too busy moving forward.

They see reality. They don’t just see reality; they make highly intentional efforts to see reality more clearly. They often have secret guests evaluate their churches. They use tools to help them improve. They don’t fear to find something negative with their churches, because those findings become areas for improvement.

They intentionally intersect their lives with non-Christians. They see their weekday vocation as a mission field. They see their neighborhoods as their Jerusalem in Acts 1:8. They intentionally work and do business with non-Christians. They are highly intentional about inviting people to church.

They accept responsibility. Too many church members and leaders blame the changes in culture. Healthy churches see those changes as opportunities. Too many church members and leaders blame their denominations for not providing for them. Healthy churches accept their own responsibility for impacting the community. Too many church members and leaders blame other churches for taking their members and guests. Healthy churches realize the fields are truly white unto harvest. They believe other churches are partners in mission, not competitors. 

Obviously, my list is not exhaustive. But these are the seven main buckets of traits I saw as I surveyed the landscape of healthy churches.

What would you add to this list?

Monday, July 16, 2018

REVIVAL SIGN #4: WE ARE DRAWN INTO WORSHIP

The first church was a worshipping church:

“They devoted themselves to … the breaking of bread (Lord’s Supper) and the prayers (the daily three times of formal prayer) . 43 And awe (holy, reverent fear/respect) came upon every soul.”

In times of revival, we forget about ourselves because God is THE center. We’re consumed with our encounter with the living God through faith in our Savior Jesus Christ. There is a vivid illustration of this God-entranced worship in Revelation 4. We’re given a portal into the throne room of God. There, in the presence of Almighty God himself, the elders and angels around the throne can’t help themselves. They fall down before him. They cry out “holy, holy, holy Lord.”

Such worship makes no sense to a cold heart. But it makes perfect sense to a revived heart. The Holy Spirit makes us sensitive to and grateful for our mighty salvation in Jesus Christ. We respond to the mercy and grace of God to us.

A revived heart wants to bring glory to God - in every part of life. This is reflected at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. Their mission statement reads:

“We exist to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ.”

When the Holy Spirit is poured out in extraordinary measure, he makes God so huge in our minds and hearts that we want our whole lives to bring praise to him. We respond like the psalm writer:

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. 3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” - Psalm 34:1-3

In times of revival, we become 24/7 worshippers (see, for example, Romans 12:1-2). We live to bring glory to Jesus. It’s not so much about singing as it is about showing God’s majesty at home and work and everywhere through our joyful, faith-filled delight in and surrender to. We obey for the glory of the God who has saved us and kept us and loves us in his Son. A revived Christian believes his purpose is to be an all-out, in all things, all-the-time, “glorifier” of God.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018


Today we focus on dreams that God would give you
in reference to hopes that become aspirations that
become goals that you would achieve with the
power of the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Standing on the promises I cannot fall...


...Listening every moment to the Spirit’s call
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.

Are you standing on the promises of God today? Is God your all in all?

Some of Jesus' promises are listed below.


Jesus promised rest (Matthew 11:28–30).

Jesus promised abundant life to those who follow Him (John 10:10).

Jesus promised eternal life to those who trust Him (John 4:14).

Jesus promised His disciples power from on high (Acts 1:8).

Jesus promised that He will return for us (John 14:2–3).

What Bible promises would you add? Which Bible promises are your favorite?



Monday, July 2, 2018

I met the Forgiver...

and now this sinner will never be the same!



Question: "How can I give my life to God?"

Answer: We all live for something. We start life fully committed to pleasing ourselves. As we grow, that usually doesn't change much. Our focus can become more dispersed among areas that are important to us, such as relationships, careers, or goals. But the bottom line is almost always a desire to please ourselves. The quest for happiness is a universal journey.

However, we were not created to live for ourselves. We were designed by God, in His image, for His pleasure (Genesis 1:27; Colossians 1:16). French philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every person, and it can never be filled by any created thing. It can only be filled by God, made known through Jesus Christ.”

Throughout history, mankind has attempted to fill that vacuum with everything except God: religion, philosophy, human relationships, or material gain. Nothing satisfies, as evidenced by the universal desperation, greed, and general hopelessness that characterizes the history of man. Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). In Isaiah 45:5, God says, "I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God." The Bible is the story of God's relentless pursuit of man.

When we come to the place of recognizing life is not about ourselves, we are ready to stop running from God and allow Him to take over. The only way any of us can have a relationship with a holy God is to admit that we are sinners, turn away from that sin, and accept the sacrifice that Jesus made to pay for sin. We connect with God through prayer. We pray in faith, believing that God hears us and will answer. Hebrews 11:6 says, "Without faith, it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." We confess our sin, thank Jesus for making a way for us to be forgiven, and invite Him to take control of our lives.

Coming to God through faith in Jesus Christ means we transfer ownership of our lives to God. We make Him the Boss, the Lord, of our lives. We trade our old self-worshiping hearts for the perfection of Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). Romans12:1 gives a visual description of what takes place: "Present your bodies as a living sacrifice." Picture an altar dedicated to the only true God. Then imagine crawling onto it, lying down, and saying, "Here I am, God. I'm a sinner, but you love me anyway. Thank you for dying for me and rising from the dead so my sin could be forgiven. Cleanse me, forgive me, and make me your child. Take me. All of me. I want to live for you from now on."

When we offer ourselves to God, He sends His Holy Spirit to live within our spirits (1 John 4:13; Acts 5:32; Romans 8:16). Life is no longer about doing whatever we want. We belong to Jesus, and our bodies are the Spirit’s holy temple (1 Corinthians 6:19–20).

From the moment we give our lives to God, the Holy Spirit gives us the power and desire to live for God. He changes our "want to." As we submit ourselves daily to Him, pray, read the Bible, worship, and fellowship with other Christians, we grow in our faith and in our understanding of how to please God (2 Peter 3:18).

Jesus said, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me" (Luke 9:23). Often, the path God wants for us leads a different direction from the one we or our friends would choose. It’s the choice between the broad way and the narrow way (Matthew 7:13). Jesus knows the purpose for which He created us. Discovering that purpose and living it is the secret to real happiness. Following Jesus is the only way we ever find it.

REVIVAL SIGN #3: WE ARE DESPERATE FOR BIBLE-TEACHING

Holy Spirit revival creates a raging hunger for the Word of God. These believers in Acts 2 “were devoted to the apostles’ teaching.” - v. 42. Every day, the apostles taught in the temple courts and in homes. And every day, the new Christians showed up to feast on the Word.

Revived Christians have an insatiable appetite for God’s voice. They have an experience similar to Jeremiah’s:

“Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart …” - Jeremiah 15:16

I was a college student when I first turned to Jesus as my Savior and God. And my new Christian friends insisted that I go to church with them. The pastor’s name was William Still. He was a phenomenon in Scotland. Beginning in the 1940’s his preaching drew large crowds even when other churches were empty. I believe it was a revival that latest for decades. When I heard him explain and apply the Bible, I was gripped by God. It was a devastating experience. I wanted more and more and more. I started reading the Bible AND Bible commentaries. I couldn’t get enough of the Word. And I wasn’t alone - there was a whole church full of people with the same hunger.

There was a mighty revival when the Jews returned from exile in Babylon and the clearest sign was their hunger to heart the Bible:

“And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel. 2 So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month. 3 And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.” - Nehemiah 8:1-3

Churches in revival cry out, “Bring the Book!” They demand more Bible teaching. But that’s not all they do. When you’re in revival, you will love the Word, believe the Word, and OBEY the Word.

King Josiah was a godly young man who tried to bring Israel back to God. He destroyed pagan worship sites. But he had a huge obstacle to overcome: he had never read the Bible. He was mostly guessing at what the Lord wanted. Then, Hilkiah - the high priest - found a scroll of the Bible buried in a storage room in the temple. It was read to King Josiah. And it sparked a revival in the land:

“Then the king sent and gathered together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 30 And the king went up to the house of the Lord, with all the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the priests and the Levites, all the people both great and small. And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant that had been found in the house of the Lord. 31 And the king stood in his place and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant that were written in this book. 32 Then he made all who were present in Jerusalem and in Benjamin join in it. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers. 33 And Josiah took away all the abominations from all the territory that belonged to the people of Israel and made all who were present in Israel serve the Lord their God. All his days they did not turn away from following the Lord, the God of their fathers. 1 Josiah kept a Passover to the Lord in Jerusalem. And they slaughtered the Passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the first month. 2 He appointed the priests to their offices and encouraged them in the service of the house of the Lord.” - 2 Chronicles 34:29-35:2

Will you pray for an outpouring of the Spirit that results in a hunger to hear God’s voice in the Bible and a demand for more Bible teaching along with a commitment to obey whatever it teaches?

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Prayer and Fasting

As you know, we are facing a challenging time in our history: the Succession Plan, facility needs, the financial health of Hanfield, Revival for the Generations!

As you also heard today, we have assembled a helpful guide for us as we call the church to a Seven Day Consecration (if you didn’t get the guide, please contact the church office).

God has a plan! He is moving! I am looking forward to how the Holy Spirit will move among us this week! Hope you can join in the Seven Day Consecration! Keep in touch.

Blessings,
Pastor Tim Helm

Monday, June 25, 2018

REVIVAL SIGN #2: WE ARE DEVOTED TO THE CHURCH

By church I’m talking about people not buildings. These first Christians were “devoted to (intense & constant commitment to - see 1:14; 2:46) … the fellowship” - verse 42.

In seasons of revival we “re-commit” to each other. We …

Look forward to meeting together - verses 44, 46.

Sacrifice to take care of each other - verses 44-45.

Open our homes for worship together - verse 46.

This sort of devotion to the church is modeled for us in Philippians 1:

“God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more …” - Philippians 1:8-9

It is the Holy Spirit who gives us a deep yearning, affection, and love for each other. In seasons of revival, that commitment to the fellowship is renewed and intensified. Church takes on a new important and priority in our lives.

Nancy Leigh DeMoss is something of a revival expert. She said this:

“Revival is something like the roof coming off and the walls coming down. When the roof comes off, people get right with God. That's the vertical dimension. Then, the walls come down—the horizontal dimension—as people make things right with others … some of the fruit of revival can be seen in forgiveness, clearing of consciences, reconciliation, and restitution.”

Forty-five years ago, there was a revival in the churches of Saskatchewan. Thousands were converted. Thousands more who were already saved, got things right with God. The pastor of the church where the revival began was Bill McLeod. He explains this horizontal dimension in the story of Gordon, one of the men in the church:

“During the revival on Sunday morning in our church, he came to the front, stood by the communion table and laid his heart on the table. He said, “You know, people, for three years I've been sitting in the back pew. The reason I sit in the back pew is because I don't like some of you people. I used to sit there and shoot arrows of hatred at the backs of your heads. God has dealt with me and I want your forgiveness. I want to be right with God.”

We’ll know we’re in revival when we have that kind of deeper love for our fellowship.

Monday, June 11, 2018

REVIVAL SIGN #1: WE ARE DRIVEN TO CHRIST

What happens when the Holy Spirit shows up in extraordinary power at church? The answer is found in Acts 2. This was a church in revival.

Before we go further, let's read Acts 2:41-47.

Our passage begins where Peter’s sermon ends. He preached to a large and hostile crowd of Jews. 40 days earlier, they had condemned Jesus to death for claiming to be their God, Savior, and Messiah. But Peter stood and preached with boldness: Jesus. Crucified, risen, exalted. God. And then something completely unexpected happened. They were "cut to the heart." Peter pointed them to salvation in Jesus and 3000 men trusted in Jesus as their God and Savior. And were immediately baptized.

It was an extraordinary outpouring of the Spirit that opened their hearts to Jesus. Nothing else can explain the immediate transformation of their thinking about Jesus. That’s revival. Unbelievers come to Jesus - they see him as he is: Savior and God. Also, in times of revival the believing church returns to Jesus as our first love. That’s why the ministry here is all about Jesus! Jesus first, Jesus last, Jesus always. This was Paul's heart when he preached:

“I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” - 1 Cor. 2:3

The Great Awakening was a revival that shook Colonial America. In the 1730s, God used the “Jesus-only” preaching of George Whitefield to bring new life into the churches of New England. Christianity had become “routinized.” Most people assumed they were OK with God by virtue of their birth into church culture, but they lived careless, godless, lives. God drew great crowds to hear Whitefield. He preached with such laser beam focus on Christ - the need to turn from sins in order to cling to Christ alone - that the people were shaken out of their sleepy false assurance and awakened to the absolute necessity of Holy Spirit rebirth and salvation in Jesus alone. Tens of thousands turned to Christ.

Here is an excerpt from the conclusion of one of Whitefield's sermons. I've adapted it slightly for use here:

“O that you would seek the Lord to be your righteousness! You will be the children of God, if you believe in Jesus. Did you never read of the eunuch belonging to the queen of Candace? He believed. The Lord was his righteousness. He was baptized. When you also believe, you shall be saved. Christ Jesus is the same now as he was yesterday, and will wash you in his own blood. Go home then, turn the words of the text into a prayer, and entreat the Lord to be your righteousness. Even so, come Lord Jesus, come quickly, into all our souls! Amen, Lord Jesus, Amen and Amen!” George Whitefield, adapted from the sermon The Lord Our Righteousness.

In seasons of genuine revival even the most godless people turn to Jesus. They trust, love, cherish, worship, and obey him - as their precious Lord, Leader, and Loving Friend.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Come Worship with Us!


This is your invitation to join us for a service at 9:30am or 10:45am on Sunday mornings. Yes, we have two identical worship services back to back. There are also classes offered during both services. There's something for the whole family! Here's a lyric video of one of our songs of worship recently. It's our recording with lyrics on screen to warm you up in preparation! Click HERE!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

From teens... For teens...

Graduation Day is nearing.  These are some thoughts for our graduates and for those just entering their teens years.

In his book Thoughts for Young Men, J.C. Ryle wrote, "Youth is the seed-time of full age, the molding season in the little space of human life, the turning-point in the history of man's mind."  In other words, what each of us will become later in life largely depends on what we become now.  Are we taking that seriously?

In 1 Corinthians 9:24-25, the apostle Paul writes, "Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.  They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever." (NIV).

We are convinced that the teen years are the primary time God has given us for "strict training."  Are you thinking, "Strict training?  You've got to be kidding!" Stick with me. 

Proverbs 20:29 says, "The glory of young men is their strength."  Did you catch that?  At no time are we better positioned to decide who we will become.  Our strength - sharp minds, energetic bodies, and flexible schedules - is our glory.  We are not likely to have this same set of strengths ever again.  By choosing to use our teen years for strict training, we can choose to set direction, develop character, and build momentum for an amazing future.

But what happens when we fail to use our teen years for strict training?  What does a belly flop in real life look like?   Unfortunately, it's not too difficult to find out.

A growing movement of young people is rebelling against low expectations of today's culture by choosing to "do hard things" for the glory of God.

Let's combat the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility and redefine it as a launching pad of life.




You can also check out: TheRebelution.com

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Who's the Hero of Your Story?

It's easy to put ourselves front and center, but as Christians, we know there's a plot twist. God is actually the main character and He invites us to join in what He's doing. Worshipping Him means much more than singing specific songs on Sunday mornings. It means we get to be a part of the transformative work He's doing in the world.

What if we chose to put God center stage? How would the story unfold?

Monday, May 7, 2018

18 Churchy Things the Class of 2018 Won't Get

This spring’s high school graduates were born in the year 2000. Here are some churchy things for which they have little to no context for…
  1. “Shout to the Lord”
    That was 1994, folks.
  2. When Worship Bands Were EdgyCarey Nieuwhof wrote about this very well in his article “The Impending Death of Cool Church.
  3. Billy Graham Crusades 
    His last was in 2005. They were five years old.
  4. Televangelists Committing Fraud and ConspiracyMore on why that should influence how your church talks about money in Tony Morgan’s article “It’s Not the ‘80s Anymore.”
  5. Giving Cash at ChurchThe Unstuck Group’s intern this semester specifically mentioned “offering plates of all varieties… the strangest ones I’ve seen were velvet bags with wooden handles. Very retro.” Tony also said his church doesn’t take an offering in services anymore. And there are no “giving boxes” either.
  6. Why “See You at the Pole” Is a ThingPrayer at school is not a part of their collective consciousness.
  7. “I Can Only Imagine”Aka Contemporary Christian Music as an influential genre.
  8. Overhead Transparencies for Song Lyrics / Reading Songs from a HymnalThey have no idea why older people in your church don’t like projectors and screens.
  9. I Kissed Dating GoodbyeBut, that doesn’t mean they are dating—at least not in real life. (Ask a few teenage girls when was the last time a boy actually asked them out. You’ll get some eye-rolling.)
  10. Multisite as a New ThingIn late 2005, there were already more than 1,500 multisite churches in the United States.
  11. The Charismatic Movement / The Word “Charismatic” Used in Spiritual ContextWhether you’re for it or against it, they don’t understand why.
  12. WWJD BraceletsAh, the ‘90s.
  13. Drama TeamsAka video clips without the magic of editing.
  14. Church DirectoriesIf you still have one of these, let me guess the average age of the people listed.
  15. Wearing Your Sunday BestSee #2. It’s been mostly acceptable to wear jeans to work, and church, since before they were born.
  16. CD Recordings of the SermonWhere would they even play a CD? If it’s not digital, they aren’t listening to it.
  17. Tent Revival Meetings
    Similarly to Billy Graham Crusades, without the historical context, these make no strategic sense. Why would you set up a tent beside your building and have service every night? An 18-year-old probably won’t even bother to ask why. They’ll just chalk it up to weird religious stuff.
  18. What You Mean by “Traditional” or “Contemporary” Services Style
    “Contemporary” isn’t a thing. The 1990s started almost 30 years ago. If you’re trying to reach Gen Z and Millennials, and you think you have a “contemporary” service that will reach them, there’s a good chance you’re trying to connect with them using a style that emerged before they were born. The literal definition of contemporary is “belonging to or occurring in the present.” Oh, that we would own that definition. The Holy Spirit belongs to and occurs in the present, just as much as he did when the past was the present. As for “traditional” services, I can’t say it any better than Amy Anderson, The Unstuck Group’s Director of Consulting, recently did: If you have a service you’re calling “traditional,” it’s probably not reaching new people for Christ.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Church Sickness Warning...


Church Sickness: Hyper Activity Activation Syndrome

Overview: Hyper Activity Activation Syndrome happens when church members see busyness as the same as commitment and/or godliness.

Possible Symptoms Include:
Believing that being busy is most important to the Christian discipleship journey.
Battling other Christians to get your favorite 'Christian' activities put on the calendar.
Utilizing your checkbook and calendar to make sure people know how busy you are for god.
Inviting more people to your busy church activities and never asking, "Is this effective?".

Healing Steps to Take:
Be productive in Worship, Connection and Christian Service.
Wisely use your time and energy to make Kingdom differences.
Invest your time, talent and treasure in bringing honor to the name of Jesus.
Seek to be effective, not only busy.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Reviewing being in the midst of transition...



“A leadership transition can deliver one of the rarest organizational sightings: a robust pass from one leader to the next. It happens when the outgoing leader maintains integrity and focus. When the leader coaches the team on performance right up to the end, while setting their successor up for success.” - Sally Blount, "Leaving Well", Forbes Magazine

In February Pastor Tim announced that a succession plan has been approved by the conference. Rev. Curtis Banker will join Hanfield's staff as an appointed Associate Pastor beginning July 1, 2018. During this next season, the baton will be passed from Pastor Tim to Pastor Curtis with a planned 2-year transition of shared ministry.

How fitting that on that day of announcement we as a church began discussing a new service schedule and on that day the worship exhorted us to "Stand on the Promises of God" and trust that God is truly a "Way-Maker, miracle-worker, promise-keeper, light in the darkness," Pastor Tim preached a challenging message about God's favor and promises to extend through the left turns. We may be facing some unknowns in Hanfield's near future, but we are pursuing God, trusting that none of these are only human plans but are God-inspired plans, and that revival is continuing to bubble up.

We are questing together with Pastor Tim and all the people God brings to Hanfield to join the team in the Kingdom work.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Question of the Week


Question: "What does it mean to flee from temptation?"

Answer: Fleeing from temptation means we recognize it as an enemy and we go the other way, with no hesitation and no compromise. First Corinthians 6:19 says, “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.” While the temptation is not sinning, sexual immorality begins with the temptation to engage in sexual activity outside of God’s boundaries. When we don’t flee from that temptation, the action soon follows.

The best and most literal biblical example of someone fleeing temptation is found in Genesis 39 when young Joseph, Jacob’s son, was targeted by his master’s wife for an adulterous affair. She tempted him day after day, but Joseph held firm to his convictions and rebuffed her advances. Not only did he refuse to go to bed with her, but he wisely refused to “even be with her” (Genesis 39:10). But one day when no one else was in the house, she caught Joseph and pulled him to her, trying to seduce him: “She caught him by his cloak and said, ‘Come to bed with me!’ But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house” (verse 12). That is an excellent example of fleeing from temptation. Joseph did not stand around to argue or give himself time to reconsider. He fled.

We naturally flee from danger. When the building we are in catches fire, we flee to a safer place. When a hurricane is about to make landfall, we flee the coast. Unfortunately, when many people see temptation coming, they do not flee. Rather than flee temptation, they dabble in it, deflect it, postpone it, or analyze it; some embrace it. Could this be because most people do not recognize the danger inherent in temptation? We seem to be more concerned with physical dangers that threaten the body than we are with spiritual dangers that threaten the soul.

Romans 13:14 says, “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” Making provision for the flesh is the opposite of fleeing temptation. We make provision for our flesh when we accommodate the things that lead to sin and actually make preparations for sinning. Those who make provision for the flesh are like an over-indulgent parent who winks at his child’s misbehavior and gratifies his every whim. When we allow ourselves to remain in tempting situations instead of fleeing them, we are foolishly placing confidence in the flesh. We believe the lie that our sinful flesh will somehow find the strength to resist at the last moment. Then we are shocked and ashamed when, instead of resisting, we give in.

God provides strength and courage to any of His children who will live surrendered to His will (2 Thessalonians 2:16–17; Hebrews 12:10–12). “The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe” (Proverbs 18:10). We are commanded throughout Scripture to stand firm and resist the devil’s schemes (Ephesians 6:10–18; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:9). Satan’s traps are many and varied and usually begin with a tempting thought or situation. One way we resist the devil is to flee at the first hint of temptation.

As we flee from temptation, we naturally flee toward something else, and Paul tells us what that should be: “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22). Wisdom recognizes the danger in temptation and bids us flee from it. “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty” (Proverbs 22:3).

Thursday, April 19, 2018

April Showers bring...

...new service times!


Don't let May 6th sneak up on you without a plan 
on how you will Worship - Connect - Serve on that Sunday!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Reflections on the Sunday Sermon...



Sitting in a hospital room with a man from the congregation gave the opportunity to hear him telling about all the other people from church who had visited him—one congregant brought two hymnals and sang with him, another brought his instrument and played some tunes, others just stopped by with a smile or an encouraging word on lunch breaks or after work. All those churchpeople, he mumbled to me, made it easier to believe in God. When they are with me, he said, I know God is with me. The life of a congregation reveals the life of God. “Christ is present to us,” writes Herbert McCabe, “insofar as we are present to each other.”

When we read or pray the words of Psalm 23 we quickly realize the “you” David addressed his poem to is God. I hope others will recognize that “you” and then see all of us as the hands and feet, the flesh and bones of that "you" - the Body of Christ. “I fear no evil; for you are with me.” This reflection is a prayer for companionship, for us to be drawn together, for our presence to be signs of God’s presence and our love an incarnation of God’s love.

The gospel can be summed up in the psalmist’s word with—that God is with us, that we are with one another, and that we are with God when we are with one another. "With" involves the companionship of solidarity, and solidarity is at the heart of the gospel. As Dorothee Sölle puts it, “The best translation of what the early Christians called agape is still ‘solidarity.’” God’s love means solidarity, the embodied solidarity of God becoming flesh to get as close to us as possible, to be with us. And we find ourselves within God’s life when we are drawn into the lives of others, friends and strangers, neighbors across the street or across an ocean.

That might have been what Pastor Jeff was demonstrating as he walked the congregation in the middle of his sermon yesterday. What do you think?

Friday, April 13, 2018

Question of the Week


Question: "How can I know if something is a sin?"

Answer: There are two issues involved in this question, the things that the Bible specifically mentions and declares to be sin and those the Bible does not directly address. Scriptural lists of various sins include Proverbs 6:16-19, Galatians 5:19-21, and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. There can be no doubt that these passages present the activities as sinful, things God does not approve of. Murder, adultery, lying, stealing, etc.—there is no doubt the Bible presents such things as sin. The more difficult issue is in determining what is sinful in areas that the Bible does not directly address. When the Bible does not cover a certain subject, we have some general principles in His Word to guide us.

First, when there is no specific scriptural reference, it is good to ask not whether a certain thing is wrong, but, rather, if it is definitely good. The Bible says, for example, that we are to “make the most of every opportunity” (Colossians 4:5). Our few days here on earth are so short and precious in relation to eternity that we ought never to waste time on selfish things, but to use it only on “what is helpful for building others up according to their needs” (Ephesians 4:29).

A good test is to determine whether we can honestly, in good conscience, ask God to bless and use the particular activity for His own good purposes. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). If there is room for doubt as to whether it pleases God, then it is best to give it up. “Everything that does not come from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23). We need to remember that our bodies, as well as our souls, have been redeemed and belong to God. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). This great truth should have a real bearing on what we do and where we go.

In addition, we must evaluate our actions not only in relation to God, but also in relation to their effect on our family, our friends, and other people in general. Even if a particular thing may not hurt us personally, if it harmfully influences or affects someone else, it is a sin. “It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall...We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves” (Romans 14:21; 15:1).

Finally, remember that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, and nothing else can be allowed to take priority over our conformity to His will. No habit or recreation or ambition can be allowed to have undue control over our lives; only Christ has that authority. “Everything is permissible for me—but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me—but I will not be mastered by anything” (1 Corinthians 6:12). “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Missions Sunday!

8:30am & 11:00am
Jeff Brady and Mike Jessup
Taylor University Trip to Uganda and Rwanda


9:45am
Tim Helm
Sporshow Trip to India


Noon
Lunch with Mike Jessup



Christians in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition have often focused on “purity and power” as the central experience of our full consecration to God. However, Joe Dongell, professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, scoured the complete works of John Wesley and found himself “stunned” by what he read about love (Dongell, p. 9). Dongell concluded that love played the most prominent role in Wesley’s thinking about the transformative aspects of our life with God (“love rushed through all 14 volumes like a tsunami,” p. 10). "Here are five points about Dongell's understanding of God’s love taken based on his reading of Wesley and adapted from Dongell’s short work, Sola Sancta Caritas (Holy Love Alone):

Scriptural Love is to love as Jesus loved. "We often think of love as something derived from our culture or intuition " (p.16). For Wesley, we look to Jesus to learn what love is: we are to love as Jesus loved (John 13 and 15). When you think of love, what comes to your mind?

Love is something prior to good actions. Love is not simply good actions that help others. Rather, love is a matter of the heart and is the motive for loving actions. I can act helpfully toward others, but it may spring from motives other than authentic love (See 1 Cor. 13). "Love is always a matter of the heart first" (p.17). Do you agree that good actions may not stem from a heart of love? Will you take a few moments and examine the state of your own heart in relation to your good deeds?

Love’s origin is God himself. The epistle of 1 John tells us clearly that “Love comes from God” (1 John 4:7, 8). Whatever true love we express is only the love we have first received from God. Whatever love we express to others “is always and only the love we have already received from God” (p. 18). How does the knowledge that God is love and cannot be known apart from love change the way you think about your experience with God?

Love is a gift from God.  We should seek to receive love from God since love does not originate in us, but is a gift (p. 19). This is the very love we are then commanded to express to God and others. Just because someone claims to be a Christian doesn’t necessarily mean they have experienced “the deeper reception of God’s love” (p. 19). Is it possible to have “right beliefs” and not be transformed by God’s love?

Love poured out is a mighty force. “Love poured out by God through the Spirit is a mighty force set loose in the deepest chambers of the heart and community” (p.19). God’s love has both internal and external effects: “infused love expels sin from the heart” (there is no room for sin in a heart filled with love). It also produces outward holiness: expressing the same passion and mission toward others as God himself (p. 20).

Joseph Dongell. (2015). Sola Sancta Caritas. Franklin, TN: Seedbed.

To obtain a copy of Dongell’s work, Sola Sancta Caritas, visit Seedbed, a 21st century movement and media platform whose mission is to gather, connect and resource the people of God to sow for a great awakening.

Other works about Wesley's understanding of love in the Christian life:

Mildred Bangs Wynkoop.(1974,2015). A Theology of Love: The Dynamic of Wesleyaism. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press. Nazarene Publishing House.

Kenneth Collins. (2007). The Theology of John Wesley: Holy Love and the Shape of Grace. Nashville, TN: Abington Press.

Steven Maskar, Diana Hynson, and Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki. (2004).
A Perfect Love: Understanding John Wesley's "A Plain Account of Christian Perfection." Discipleship Resources.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Master's Praise


We were so glad to host IWU's Master's Praise this weekend!
You don't want to miss a Sunday around this place!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Services and Events


Maundy Thursday
6:00pm
Corporate Prayer

6:30pm
Service
(Footwashing & Communion)

Good Friday
12:15pm
Service

Easter Egg Hunt
10:00am
Saturday

Easter Morning
8:30am & 11am
Sunday Service

9:45pm
Adult Bible Fellowship Classes

Friday, March 23, 2018

Question of the Week


Question: "What is Palm Sunday?"

Answer: Palm Sunday is the day we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, one week before His resurrection (Matthew 21:1–11). As Jesus entered the holy city, He neared the culmination of a long journey toward Golgotha. He had come to save the lost (Luke 19:10), and now was the time—this was the place—to secure that salvation. Palm Sunday marked the start of what is often called “Passion Week,” the final seven days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Palm Sunday was the “beginning of the end” of Jesus’ work on earth.

Palm Sunday began with Jesus and His disciples traveling over the Mount of Olives. The Lord sent two disciples ahead into the village of Bethphage to find an animal to ride. They found the unbroken colt of a donkey, just as Jesus had said they would (Luke 19:29–30). When they untied the colt, the owners began to question them. The disciples responded with the answer Jesus had provided: “The Lord needs it” (Luke 19:31–34). Amazingly, the owners were satisfied with that answer and let the disciples go. “They brought [the donkey] to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it” (Luke 19:35).

As Jesus ascended toward Jerusalem, a large multitude gathered around Him. This crowd understood that Jesus was the Messiah; what they did not understand was that it wasn’t time to set up the kingdom yet—although Jesus had tried to tell them so (Luke 19:11–12). The crowd’s actions along the road give rise to the name “Palm Sunday”: “A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road” (Matthew 21:8). In strewing their cloaks on the road, the people were giving Jesus the royal treatment—King Jehu was given similar honor at his coronation (2 Kings 9:13). John records the detail that the branches they cut were from palm trees (John 12:13).

On that first Palm Sunday, the people also honored Jesus verbally: “The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ / ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ / ‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!’” (Matthew 21:9). In their praise of Jesus, the Jewish crowds were quoting Psalm 118:25–26, an acknowledged prophecy of the Christ. The allusion to a Messianic psalm drew resentment from the religious leaders present: “Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’” (Luke 19:39). However, Jesus saw no need to rebuke those who told the truth. He replied, “I tell you . . . if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40).

Some 450 to 500 years prior to Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, the prophet Zechariah had prophesied the event we now call Palm Sunday: “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! / Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! / See, your king comes to you, / righteous and victorious, / lowly and riding on a donkey, / on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). The prophecy was fulfilled in every particular, and it was indeed a time of rejoicing, as Jerusalem welcomed their King. Unfortunately, the celebration was not to last. The crowds looked for a Messiah who would rescue them politically and free them nationally, but Jesus had come to save them spiritually. First things first, and mankind’s primary need is spiritual, not political, cultural, or national salvation.

Even as the coatless multitudes waved the palm branches and shouted for joy, they missed the true reason for Jesus’ presence. They could neither see nor understand the cross. That’s why, “as [Jesus] approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies . . . will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you” (Luke 19:41–47). It is a tragic thing to see the Savior but not recognize Him for who He is. The crowds who were crying out “Hosanna!” on Palm Sunday were crying out “Crucify Him!” later that week (Matthew 27:22–23).

There is coming a day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10–11). The worship will be real then. Also, John records a scene in heaven that features the eternal celebration of the risen Lord: “There before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands” (Revelation 7:9, emphasis added). These palm-bearing saints will shout, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” (verse 10), and who can measure sum of their joy?

We'll celebrate Palm Sunday this week at 8:30am & 11am!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Message from Scott Hoeksema, Administrative Council



We have three more prayer meetings leading up to Easter. This week's prayer session will be held Thursday, March 22, at 5:00pm with Ronald Morrell leading. Shirley Saddler will be leading the Annual Family Prayer Walk at 6:00pm on Sunday, March 25. It will begin on the north side steps of the Couthouse. Pastor Tim Helm will be leading our last session on Thursday, March 29, at 6:00pm. Please share reminders accordingly with the groups you come in contact with at Hanfield. If you are unable to attend physically, please take a few minutes to pray for discernment, wisdom, and leading as we continue to move forward with 'What's Next' at Hanfield. We are moving forward and asking God to guide our steps.

From a recent devotional I read: "Prayer is essential to true joy because joy comes from the Lord, and prayer places us in God’s presence."

Monday, March 12, 2018

Prayer Stations in the Harvest Room

You have another two opportunities to pray and work around the church. They are Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13 - everything starts at 6pm on both nights.


For this week's prayer time, you are invited to join Jeff Brady in the Harvest Room to walk through 5 prayer stations that will help you journey through Jesus' temptation in the desert.


Following prayer time you are invited to stay and put in some time working around the church. It is not require to do both events, but we hope that you would consider it.

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Jesus Prayer...

...also called the Prayer of the Heart, the Prayer of a Single Thought, or simply The Prayer


Theologically, the Jesus' Prayer is considered to be the response of the Holy Tradition to the lesson taught by the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee, in which the Pharisee demonstrates the improper way to pray by exclaiming: "Thank you Lord that I am not like the Publican", whereas the Publican prays correctly in humility, saying 

"Lord have mercy on me, a sinner" (Luke 18:10-14).

Monday, March 5, 2018

Skipping an Hour


You are supposed to move your clock forward to 3am at 2am, 
but we won't tell anyone if you decide to do it before you go to bed.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Question of the Week

Question: "What do I need to do to hear, 'Well done, good and faithful servant' when I arrive in heaven?"

Answer: In Jesus’ parable of the talents, the Lord tells of two faithful servants who used what they had been given to increase the master’s wealth. When the master returned from a long absence, he rewarded his two faithful servants and said to each of them, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21, 23). Every Christian longs to hear those words from Jesus’ lips someday in heaven.

We are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8–9), but we are saved “to do good works” (Ephesians 2:10). Jesus spoke of laying up treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:20), and His parable of the talents hints at various rewards for those who faithfully serve Him in this world.

To hear those words, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” from Jesus, first make sure you are saved. The unbelieving will never hear those words, for “without faith, it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). And recognize that Jesus is not only your Savior; He is also your Lord (see Luke 6:46). “Serve the LORD with gladness!” (Psalm 100:2, ESV).

Here are some ideas on ways you can serve the Lord:

1. Share the gospel. The Lord Jesus desires us to make disciples, teaching others of the nature and character of God and sharing the meaning of His death and resurrection (Matthew 28:18–20).

2. Help the disadvantaged. In the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19–31, the rich man is condemned because he doesn’t help Lazarus and because he trusts in his wealth too much. Don’t put self-gratification before the needs of others. First John 3:17 says, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?”

3. Forgive others for their offenses. This isn’t the same as reconciliation or trust, but it means you renounce vengeance. The Lord Jesus modeled forgiveness: “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to [the Father] who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:23).

4. View your position of authority as an opportunity to help the people under you, and view your position of subservience as an opportunity to submit to your authority, just as Jesus submitted to the Father’s authority. Either way, you can be Christlike, because Jesus was both master and servant to different people. “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

5. Seek to know the character of God better through church fellowship, listening to sermons, studying the Bible, praying, and chronicling how He seems to have been involved in your life.

6. Recognize that every advantageous position you’re in is because of God, the Source of every blessing: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights” (James 1:17).

7. Be willing to be unpopular, displaying rare courage like the Good Samaritan in Jesus’ parable (Luke 10:30–37). Do what the Bible says is right, always. “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29, ESV).

8. In introspective moral judgment (evaluating your own character), look at the character of Jesus as a measure rather than rationalize your questionable actions and attitudes. Show humility.

It all comes down to this: love God more than anything and love others sincerely (Mark 12:30–31). At the judgment seat of Christ, those who are faithful to the Lord who saved them will hear those words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” No true servant of the Lord could ask for more.

Recommended Resource: Your Eternal Reward: Triumph & Tears at the Judgment Seat of Christ by Erwin Lutzer

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


These prayer times will last 30-45 minutes
or as long as they need to last.

Are you a current leader? 

March 1st at 6pm with Shirley Saddler

Are you a part of Hanfield or want to join us?

March 6th at 6pm with Brad Terhune
March 7th at 7am with Brad Terhune

March 12th at 6pm with Jeff Brady
March 13th at 6pm with Jeff Brady

March 22nd at 5pm with Ronald Morrell

March 29th at 6pm with Tim Helm

Come to one or come to all.
You are welcomed and wanted.
All of these will be held at the church
and we will pick a room that fits
our size at each gathering.

There will also be our Annual Prayer Walk
held on the Courthouse Square on Sunday,
March 25th at 6pm with Shirley Saddler
overseeing the evening's prayer events.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Sunday Night Classes!


Meeting on March 4, 11 & 18

Taking a Break for Palm Sunday and Easter


Finishing the Spring Series on April 8, 15 & 22

All Classes run from 6pm to 7:30pm
to match our format for GAP Kids, Club 56 and Youth
(which meet on Sunday night regularly)


Teacher: Rev. Tim Helm
Held in the Office Conference Room



Teacher: Rev. Kent Kessler
Held in Overflow Room 104



Teacher: Rev. Brad Terhune
Held in Overflow Room 106
(There is a 10 minute video introduction to each of the
6 weeks with teaching and discussion to follow.)