Mark Scorsone, youth ministry director of Elim Bible Fellowship, makes a case for observing a true Sabbath each week. Our culture, he says rewards function over relationships, success over beauty and work over freedom. As a result, we are enslaved by work, distractions and busyness. The Sabbath destroys that cycle. Message delivered 5/5/19.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes was the focus of Sunday’s (3/31) worship service. It opened with several members of the N3C youth group, all in FCA huddles at their respective schools, demonstrated a typical huddle meeting of a game, Bible study and prayer time. Then Associate Pastor Zach Zirbel, who also is Camden County coordinator for FCA shared about his role. There was an informational video (https://vimeo.com/322791818) and then testimonies by Ryan Campbell (a senior at Rowan University), Justin Hellyer (Gloucester County FCA coordinator) and then an evangelistic message from Kevin Harvey, FCA director for South Jersey and an elder at N3C.
The Bible talks about a number of types of faith, guest speaker Pastor Vernon Nyangulu says: little faith, weak faith, strong faith … and great faith. Teaching from Matthew 5:8 and 15:21, he examines the necessary elements of two examples of what Jesus called “great faith.” Message delivered 3/3/19.
Chris Ball, president of Elim Bible Fellowship, shared with the N3C body the idea that if we are to be disciple-makers … people who teach others to follow Jesus … we must ourselves be teachable. So in light of that, he taught on how to recognize if we are UNteachable, and the character indicators of being teachable.
Before he spoke, his wife Carol, who is director of Women’s Ministries for Elim, shared about an upcoming one-day conference sponsored by the HER Movement of EBF.
A three-member panel (Pastor John Young, Amy Minnich and Charlie Boyer) share their perspectives on the importance of scripturally based personal boundaries. They touch on three key aspects in particular:
We are responsible for setting our boundaries … nobody can do it for us.
We have to establish them with the right motives for boundaries to be helpful to ourselves and to others.
We have to protect our boundaries (while continuing to love those who won’t respect them).
Here are Pastor John’s notes for the Boundaries session:
Dan Brindley, lead pastor of CrossPoint Church in Howell, NJ, shares five attributes of compassion that he believes are essential for Christians who hope to accomplish life’s greatest task: leading other people to become disciples of Jesus. Shared 1/20/19.
Several youth members of the N3C family shared, can Pastor Zach and his wife Natasha talked about having the Lord in their lives. Shared 1/13/19.
Most of the members of the worship team were youth as well, leading the songs in this YouTube playlist. The last song in the list, Surrender, is the one Pastor Zach mentions in his introductory and concluding remarks.
Pastor Vernon Nyangulu, who with his family has been part of the N3C family for about a year, takes the pulpit to share his testimony and to teach what Psalm 23 has to say about dealing with “down” times: 1) trust in the Lord (surrender to His will, both in prayer and physically); 2) accept God’s assurance that your hard time is temporary and not permanent; and 3) praise God and declare your victory by faith. Message delivered 11/3/18.