Thursday, September 16, 2010

Interview with Amie Fox

Amie Fox has been a member at Jubilee Church for eight years and has been on staff for six. This Sunday is her final Sunday with us as she will be moving to Atlanta, GA to join Jubilee - Atlanta and marry Micheal Mowrey (my brother...pray for her). Here's a little interview I did earlier this week.

Amie Fox: Secretaire Extraordinaire from Jubilee Church on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Making a Minus a Plus

As a Christian, you're perspective on serving is totally different. Prior to your encounter with Jesus, serving was in the minus column among your weekly activities. Time with friends, vacations, TV, video games, hobbies, sports...these were all activities on the plus side. They added to your life and serving others was respected, but done sparingly.

But when you meet Jesus, His transforming love changed serving from a minus to a plus. Serving no longer takes from you, but actually it adds to your life. Jesus on earth told us that serving the pathway to greatness and modeled it perfectly.

This is very important to understand if you're a believer in Jesus so that you don't run away from serving opportunities and unknowingly runaway from Jesus. You won't find Jesus chasing after status, prestige or money. He came not to be served, but to serve. What about you? Is serving a plus or a minus to you?

I want to challenge you if you belong to Jubilee to pursue serving through Share the Love. Seek to give at two hours a week for 3 weeks. Serving opportunities are found on our website or on The City. Check out the impact when we do serve:

Dear Jubilee Community Members:
I want to say thank you for those of you that take great pride in helping people out and just being an overall warm and inviting group of people. Someone here, apart of jubilee, Helped my brother move a couple weeks ago with very little notice, but with large support. I know the work wasnt much but it was way more than I think my brother or myself were expecting. So, if I remember correctly, I want to thank Nathan for your help. My brother and I talked after your help and about the presence of God in the body of jubilee and its members. I am not in town to often but I want you all to know that a church that acts on such a giving manner is doing something right. I feel it allows believers and followers of Christ to feel more at ease to go out and share Gods word and to bring guests to their place of worship. Its easy to know that friends and strangers will feel welcome and invited and most importantly not judged. Thank you for all that you are doing as a church and I look forward to my next visit and time of worship with you all! Lucas Shelton

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Let's Serve Our City!

Opportunities to Share the Love begin this Saturday as we team up with the United Way. We will meet up at the Kingshighway bldg at 8:15 am to get our assignments and then go out together and serve until about noon. This is a great opportunity for the whole family so bring the kids. What a way train your children it's not about them!

For more information and to sign up for this event, please check out The City.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Membership at Jubilee

In the USA, joining a church is not much different than joining a local social club...there's a loose affiliation without much of a deep connection. In the Bible, we see something completely different. What we see is a group of men and women who have come together under the direction of Christ into a deep, deep covenant relationship. 1 Peter 2 & Ephesians 2 say that Christians who are a part of a local church community are meant to be built together stronger and stronger and tighter and tighter into a spiritual house for God's glory and a witness to the rest of the world.

This is why membership is a big deal at Jubilee. To be a member is to come to the understanding that God has called you to commit yourself and be accountable to a local group of believers and in turn have that group of believers commit themselves and be accountable to you. It's rich, rich community that is help together by the Holy Spirit and made possible by the blood of Jesus.

We are just about to finish our Why? series...a very foundational series that explains why we believe and practice what we believe and practice. After listening to this series, if you feel your heart joined to Jubilee, I would encourage you to become a member. To do so:
  1. Download our membership covenant on our website (look at step #2 under "how to become a member)
  2. Sign it and give it to an elder or mail to our offices
  3. Once we receive this covenant from you, an elder will call you to see if you have any questions about Jubilee or what it means to be a member
  4. If you have been baptized as a believer, we will then recognize you on a Sunday morning as a Jubilee member

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sharing the Love...How to Get Involved

Here's a a copy of recent post on The City from Seth Hein, Director of IT for Jubilee on how to get involved in Share the Love.

Jesus showed us great love by giving His life to serve. In the same fashion, we want to live our lives serving our city. So, this September we are going to log 1,000 hours of community service to show the St. Louis area the love of Christ. Service projects are already organized, all you have to do is sign up!

To see a list of projects, join the Share the Love group (just click the link, then click the join button). From there, if you click the Events tab at the top of the page, you’ll see a calendar with all the events available. Just select one that fits your schedule, and RSVP!

The first event is on Saturday, September 11th where we will serve in the 9/11 remembrance day with the United Way. We have 50 ppl signed up so far (42 on Sunday and 8 via The City).

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sunday Recap, August 29, 2010

A few thoughts on another encouraging weekend for Jubilee Church in St. Louis.
  • Prophecy is very important
  • Prophecy encourages and builds up the church
  • Prophecy keeps us on mission
  • Love seeing our students trickle back in
  • Jubilee has a bright future
  • The people who served Acts 13 are AMAZING! A special thanks to those who served j-kids, put out food and especially those who stayed late Saturday night to clean.
  • The Q&A in the St. Louis City Location was fun and informative. You can download the audio online.
  • I'm encouraged by what's happening in our Washington location. We are moving our service time to Saturday night at 6 PM in a great new place.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday Recap, August 22, 2010

A few thoughts from our Sunday services in the St. Louis Location.
  • I love the Holy Spirit!
  • It never ceases to amaze me how much God loves to meet with people. 40+ people came forward to be baptized in the Holy Spirit
  • I love being a part of a church that takes seriously world-mission.
  • I love being a part of a family of churches that is breaking ground in countries where there are no churches.
  • The Holy Spirit is inseparably linked to our ability to engage in effective world-wide mission.
  • It wouldn''t bother me to find out that some people don't like us or our message, but it would bother me to be ignored and in the record book of heaven, insignificant.
  • I am horrified that I made a generalization about Irish heritage. I regret those comments and deserve discipline. I tend to stray from my notes a little too far in the 11 am.
  • I feel like the Why Series has gone better than I anticipated.
  • I love what God is doing at Jubilee. He continues to astonish us.
  • If you miss the Acts 13 meetings this Friday & will be missing something amazing. Register Today!!! It's free, but we still need you to register.
  • Chase Whitmer's baptism testimony today was amazing!!
  • It's an honor to serve as an elder at Jubilee.