After Peter was restored on the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus invited him back into action and gives him vision for his future ministry.
Jesus reminds Peter that before Christ, he did what he wanted but the challenge comes in verse 19, when Jesus calls Peter and says, “Follow me”. Jesus gives Peter a picture of how he will suffer for His name sake. We see in verse 20 that Peter, in his love for his brother asks about the Lord’s beloved disciple, John, when he says, “What about him, Lord?”. In verse 22 Jesus replies with, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”. He then tells Peter to return to his lane and focus on his calling.
“Follow Me” or we also see the same concept communicated in Mat. 10:38 as “take up your cross” and in Luke 9:23 when the scripture says, if you want to by a follower of Christ, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow him.
“Take up your cross” means to carry one’s own cross to the place of crucifixion.
- Crucifixion causes us to see that there will be suffering
- To carry one’s own cross means that it is yours alone and it will require self- denial
What is the difference between a disciple and follower of Christ?
- A follower is (literally) one who follows, comes after another while disciple is a person who learns from another, especially one who then teaches others.
The portion of scripture challenges believers to “take up their cross”. It is a challenge to deny self and choose to become a disciple of Christ. A disciple of Christ means to put aside selfish desires, to understand there will be suffering and that our purpose in life is to serve Christ’s purposes. We change our thinking from living for ourselves and what we want, to what can I do for Christ. How can I serve my Lord with my life?
When you look in your own life, what do you need to deny to become a deeper disciple of Christ?
What selfish desires need to be surrendered in your prayer time?
What does “taking up your cross” look like personally?
Deny self, take up your cross and follow him = discipleship
Discipleship is a continuous process of learning
Do you desire to be discipled by Christ? Then it will cost you something as you will need to follow Him daily. It may cost you some sleep to wake up earlier as Jesus waits to meet with you daily by a warm fire on the beach, to restore you, encourage you, and give you vision for the ministry He has for you. Will you show up?
“Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise.” Proverbs 1:23 (NLT)
Young Life (High School) and WyldLife (Middle School) groups have kicked-off this year with a strong start!
Interest Meeting – Thursday, Sept 12th
Katie Carden and the Young Life Committee would invite you to a special interest meeting this Thursday at Uptown on Main from 5:30-7:00 PM. This is for all adults in the county to hear more about Young Life and their vision and see if there are way to help this awesome organization grow in reaching out to more middle and high school students.
Young Life Club Meeting Tonight
And if you have any high school students, please encourage them to invite their friends to Young Life Club tonight! It is always a fun and meaningful time together with friends, learning more about Jesus.
WyldLife Club – October 4th
And for your middle schoolers, they are invited to a fun Club meeting on Friday, October 4th. During the week, middle school girls have a Bible Study in Frisco on Thursdays after school. Contact Katie Carden at 720-539-5890 for more details.
Do You Know the Holy Spirit?
Do you desire to go out into this world in the name of Jesus with power and might, with confidence and boldness covered in love and grace bringing the gospel message to a people who desperately need it?
Have you received the Spirit of God when you believed?
Scripture – Acts 19:1-6
“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” Paul asked some disciples. They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
- Did you know that you can be a believer and not have the “power” of the Holy Spirit upon you?
- You can believe intellectually but still not “know” God – You can know of Him, but not know Him intimately, similar to going to a birthday party for someone you “know” but don’t really know them personally
The Spirit is WITH you
This when you feel the Spirit of God stir your heart, bring conviction, open your understanding.
The Spirit IN you
This is where the Spirit of God resides.
The Spirit is UPON you
When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, it is belief with action
Reference Acts 1:8 – But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…
Application Acts 19:2 – Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?
Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit for the purpose of action?Baptism of the Spirit of God is for the work of the ministry, to be empowered by God.
Here is a short video from Francis Chan on this topic. So great!
- Judges 14:6 – The spirit of God came mightily upon him and he….
- Judges 6:34 – Then the Spirit of the LORD clothed him, came upon him and he…
- Isaiah 59:21 – My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth…shall
- Isaiah 6:1 – The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me…to
- Micah 3:8 – But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might to…
Word Study – Baptized = filled to the brim, confident, bold, enduring
- Do you want the power of the Holy Spirit?
- Do you desire to be empowered with the spiritual gifts that God gives to work in His name? (Galatians 5:16-26)
- Ask for the Spirit of God to make you a doer of his word and not just a hearer. (James 1:22) This is how you will experience change in your service to the Lord.
- Do you desire to go out into this world for the name of Jesus like never before?
Lord, fill me to overflow, empower me to receive by faith your Spirit. Gift me and make my spiritual gifts known and use me to build up your body of believers. Ignite me to minister your love and grace to others. Lord baptize me with your Spirit.
Continue reading to see photos from the River Baptism below.
Guest Speaker: Chris Kroger with Felling Giants
Than you, Chris for sharing your passion and life story, and for pointing us to Jesus’ abundant love and grace.
12 The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it. 13 The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out.
We must tend to the fire daily for the fire to continue to burn. Our daily devotional time is tending to the spiritual fire of our hearts.
Romans 12:11 “Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord.”
Are you spiritually on fire?
Have you become dull in your walk?
What a wonderful display of God working in our children yesterday. Thanks for being part of our family.
We had several young people decide to be baptized in the river and one whole family who came from Colorado Springs. There was so much sweet emotion, celebration and worship as we watched our young people commit to following the Lord. As one mom said, “He [Jesus] has shown us all the time how He chooses us. This is one time that we get to show others that we choose Him.”
Thank you all for staying to pray for, encourage and support these believers and families as they were baptized. As Jimmy shared, please keep praying for them by name in the coming months, that they would withstand temptation and hold firmly to God’s Word and love.
We have one more outdoor service at the end of September. Weather permitting, we will hold one more river baptism. Let us know if you are interested, and we can share more details.
Thank you, Mike for sharing your beautiful photography with us!
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Fun fall group ride from Breck to Como for intermediate to advanced mountain-bike riders! Join Jimmy, Sabrina, Lee and others as we ride the Gold Dust Trail, 8.4 miles.
Lunch will be served at Camp Como, and we will all be shuttled back over to Breckenridge.
Meet at 8 AM
We’ll meet at Bores Pass Road parking lot before the dirt at 8 am.
We will get a shuttle back to Breck. We should be back by 3pm.
Cost – $10
$10 will cover the cost for lunch and snacks.
Contact Us if you have any questions about the ride and to let us know if you can join! RSVP is not necessary, but would be nice to get a head count for lunch.
Acts 18:14 – 19:7
Apollos, a man of character, with a passion for the scriptures, strengthened and helped other believers by speaking the scriptures boldly and through grace.
Notes and Reflection Questions
Here are some notes and questions to guide you in reflection through this week’s sermon. (The sermon begins at 50 minutes in this live video recording on Facebook above.)
Paul traveled through Galatia and Phrygia
Acts 18:23: After spending time in Antioch, Paul went back through Galatia and Phrygia, visiting and strengthening all believers.
Acts 18:24: Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos…
- Who is Apollos?
- Describe his character
Acts 18:25: Apollos was teachable
- Apollos had been instructed
- He was fervent in the Spirit
- Fervent- passionate, bubbling over, filled with the Spirit
- Application– Are you teachable? No matter your age or stage in life, do you remain coachable? Reference – Proverbs 8:33-34
- He spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord
- What do you know of the Lord? What is your testimony?
Share Your Testimony
When you share the things of the Lord, speak your testimony. No one can refute a changed life. It is an accurate telling of Jesus changing a life. (Revelation 12:11)
Acts 18:26: Apollos spoke boldly
- Aquila and Priscilla heard him speak. They took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately
Application– When someone speaks of the things of God incorrectly, how do you approach them with correction?
Helping Others Through Grace
Acts 18:27: Apollos greatly helped those who had believed through grace
- Helped- indicates that God used Apollos in other believers’ lives
- Through grace- he gave them understanding by grace (unmerited forgiveness) GRACE = God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense
Application– How can you help another believer by grace to understand God?
Using Scripture to Share and Understand
Acts 18:28: Apollos vigorously refuted the Jews publicly
- Vigorously refuted- with powerful arguments
- Using the scripture, he explained to them the Jesus was the Messiah (2 Timothy 3:16 – “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”)
Application-Ministry requires believers to get their hands dirty. You must love well even in presenting the truth of scripture, the heart of sharing the gospel must be rooted in love and communicated for the purpose of equipping believers for every good work. It is not your word, it is the Word of God that moves people to repentance.
- Do you apply yourself to knowing the Word of God?
- The most profitable book to apply your heart to, is the Bible.
May you take the example of Apollos and use it in your own life. May you be a man or women that is fervent in spirit, always teachable, confrontational with love and purpose to glorify God.
May you be honest before God sharing your heart, asking for the Spirt of God to fill you and cause you to be “bubbling over” for Christ.
May your heart be ignited for revival within realizing that you may have to get your hands dirty as you seek to be a doer of God’s word and not just a hearer.
Friday, September 6, 2019
Fall Family Worship Night! The Thein family invites you to their outdoor pond for food and worship.
5:45 PM Dinner
We would love for everyone to bring a crockpot of soup or homemade bread/rolls to share.
6:30 PM Worship
Grab your comfy blankets, jackets and camping chairs to sit down by the pond and enjoy a sunset worship filled evening. We will have a bonfire and heaters just in case its a little chilly.
Kids are welcome, and invite any friends, too. If you can carpool with some other people, that would be great as parking is somewhat limited.
182 Blue River Road
Contact Us if you have any questions.
During the summer months, we host an outdoor church service on the last Sunday of the month. (Next Outdoor Service – August 25th)
We gather on the lawn outside of the River Center, worship together, and even have a river baptism, weather and water-flow/temperature permitting.
On Sunday, July 28th, we had the honor of having Pastor Ed Young join us from Calvary Church Aurora. He and his family are dear friends and mentors to our pastors and church body.
He shared a powerful message about forgiveness with us. We were encouraged to let go of any hurts, anger, bitterness or resentment and forgive those who have wronged us. This allows true healing and freedom to take place in our own hearts and offers an opportunity for reconciliation in our relationships with family members, friends, and church members.
After the time of worship and teaching, we all headed down to the river to see Jesse, a new believer and friend get baptized. It was a true delight to see his joy and love for Jesus shine.
Our next outdoor service will be on Sunday, August 25th. Let us know if you would be interested in getting baptized during this time or if you have any questions.
We want to saturate our kids and schools in prayer before the school year starts.
Young Life is inviting parents and community members to join us as we ride to Summit County’s intermediate and secondary schools. We’ll stop at each school for a time of prayer.
We’ll start with prayer at SHS. We’ll ride to SMS and Snowy Peaks where we’ll pray for the students and faculty at those school. Our 2nd leg will take us to the Peak School to pray.
The journey ends with a ride back to SHS. If participants aren’t feeling the climb back to SHS, a car ride is available.
Young Life and WyldLife Club Kick-Off Meetings
We are kicking off our Club meetings with great events early this school year.
Please encourage your teenagers to come and bring as many friends as they can. Let Katie know if you need or can help with carpooling students. You can call her at 720-539-5890
Young Life is growing in Summit County!
YoungLife – Monday, August 26th
WyldLife – Friday, September 6th
July 26th – 6:30 PM
Coffee Depot, Breckenridge
We had an amazing night with Ben Greer, Haakon George and Coffee Depot. We love doing life together.
People sat outside talking and catching up while Coffee Depot graciously served coffee products and we provided sweets and treats.
We are hoping to do this more regularly, so keep an eye out for the next event, and invite your friends.
Throwback to 2018
One of my favorite things to do is go riding with other women. I enjoy speeding down the trails with long-time riders or introducing the sport to beginners and watching them learn.
Mountain Bike Mondays for women in Summit County is the perfect opportunity for both.
Follow them on Facebook to find out more about their rides and meeting locations.
Need a Bike?
Christy Sports (Lone Star Sports) at the River Center graciously donates bike rentals for beginners. Just visit them before 5 PM so they can fit you with a bike and helmet, and return it within 24 hours. Please tip them if you are able to for their kindness and generosity.
History Of MBM (from Facebook)
Mountain Bike Mondays was started in 2008 by Erika Tieszen. She had a vision to start a group ride for women in Summit County and here is how it all started:
“I want you all to picture this… about 11 years ago a girl walked into a bike store in Grand Island, NE and was sold a x-large red Raleigh… She loved the way it looked. She moved to Denver, Co to go to the performing arts school, and her roommates decided to take her on a crazy technical bike ride in the front range and she went… fighting the whole time about having to wear a helmet. She didn’t want to look like an idiot… I bet she was wearing running shorts or some kind of soccer shorts and running shoes… that was me. Clueless but determined… I crashed hard on some 2 foot rock steps that to this day I probably can’t get over. It took 1 year to get me back on a bike. I was terrified and I think that is what happens to most of us girls.” – Erika Tieszen
This being said, she went on to become a very successful endurance mountain bike racer. From her experience she knew what it was like to be new to mountain biking. Her vision was to create a safe environment for women to be encouraged and to learn and progress. From the gal who has never ridden a bike to the Pro’s, all are welcome. This is a fun, safe and encouraging place to ride bikes together. No pressure, and best of all its girl time!
We will work on skills, learn about bike maintenance and learn the trails in our own backyard. This is what Erika intended. She moved in 2010 but Mountain Bike Mondays continued. Mainly for selfish reasons, I did not want the fun to end. I gained so much from being a part of this group that I wanted to continue to share this experience with others. So it continues and we are loving every minute of it. I hope you will join us!
~ Katie Stamp
Join us Next Monday!
One of our favorite community outreach events each year happens on Main Street on the 4th of July for the start of the Firecracker Fifty and the Parade.
Beloved Boutique graciously opens her storefront so our church can host a waffle breakfast for the crowds. We serve waffles to over 500 people as they are waiting for the parade to begin.
It is a great joy to meet new people as well as reconnect with those who return each year, visiting from other places around the country.
We get to watch the racers take off on their bikes for the Firecracker Fifty and cheer them on.