Volunteers – YOU MATTER!

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Easter is the most important week on our calendar. It’s the easiest week to get folks to come to church, that’s why we push invites so hard. It’s also one of the highest attended weekends of the year. However, attendance is not our goal. Granted, it is exciting to run out of seats. This Easter, join me in prayer that we will do more than just attract people to our church and have them walking away saying “that church is great.” We want people to walk away having had an encounter with an almighty God and their life to be forever changed as a result of it! I can promise you this… We aren’t going to post our number of people in attendance on social media or how many prayed a one-time prayer to toot our own horn. We are praying God will change lives for the rest of their lives, not just an emotional moment!

That being said, this is our Super Bowl Sunday. During Super Bowl week everybody is fully engaged. So don’t just invite but as you serve do it remembering this will be the first time or first time in a long time a lot of people will be walking into our doors. Every number has a name and every name has a story. A story of hurt, healing, struggle, need of HOPE that we are offering in the name of Jesus. Remember, even though you shake 500 hands you will only shake theirs once. That cup of coffee you hand out will be the first cup of coffee they get even though you’ve made 8 pots of coffee and handed out 1000 cups. That seat you usher them to will be the first time they are taken to their seat. This will help them feel comfortable. Say a short prayer when you shake their hand, hand them a cup of coffee or take them to their seat.

We are tour guides, not mailmen.

We don’t just give them something we show them!

YOU aren’t just filling a spot, YOU matter! YOU are Living Sent by serving! We can’t connect people from all walks of life to life in Christ without YOU! Thanks for being faithful to serve each and every week.

Come energized, early and ready to connect people to life in Christ this and every weekend because JESUS IS ALIVE every week not just Easter! 

#ReadyBreak #FiredUp #EasterWeekend

 

 

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Now Hiring – Student Pastor!

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The Best Is Yet To Come!

January 13th, 2013 Rock Bridge Ringgold had our first service here as a campus.

That night Rock Bridge Student Ministry kicked off. It’s been an incredible 6 years of growth with hundreds of students connecting to life in Christ!

We quickly hired a Student Pastor, however a short time after taking the job he stepped away due to some tragic personal events.  So to fill a gap I stepped into the role of Student Pastor for what was supposed to be a short transitional period.

Fast forward 5 years and I’m still here filling both the role of campus pastor and student pastor. After much prayer and conversations about the growth we are experiencing here at the Ringgold campus we feel now would be the right time to hire a student pastor! I’m excited that we are going to get someone totally dedicated to RBSMRinggold and will take this ministry to a whole nother level! The best really is yet to come!

God alone gets the glory for the tremendous growth in the last 5 years and the one constant is our incredible RBSM Adult leadership team. They are consistent and passionate about students and their relationship with Jesus. These folks give their time, talent and energy week in and week out to invest in the life of your student. On top of a great leadership team, we have a full worship, production, hospitality, and security team. RBSM is in good hands and I’m confident that the best days are yet to come!

I ask that you be in prayer now for our candidates and ultimately the person who will fill the role of Student Pastor and take RBSMRinggold to the next level!

I want to make sure to be real clear here. I am NOT leaving Rock Bridge Community Church! I am still the Campus Pastor and excited to step back into my role as CP only, with more intentionality, focus, and passion as we move into a new chapter here in the life of our campus.

Let’s continue to connect people from all walks of life to life in Christ!

Interested in applying for the Ringgold Student Pastor position? Click Here to Apply 

FIRED UP!

JC

Be Part Of The Movement!

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The growth of any church is determined by the mindset of the people. If we have an attitude of pride, apathy, laziness, negativity or critical attitude, we will never be all that God wants us to be. I believe that’s why God’s favor has been on Rock Bridge Ringgold for the last 6 years, we don’t have this kind of attitude!  Anytime the ask is put out you all respond with amazing understanding and willingness to do “whatever it takes” to connect people to life in Christ!

As I shared in church… In Luke 5 we read of some men who brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus.. These guys are an incredible example of the right attitude leading to the right action, resulting in a great move of God!

(Encourage you to read Luke 5:17-25)

I believe that in the example of these men, we see a picture of how we as a campus should be. When it comes to connecting people to life in Christ! It’s by taking on a “whatever it takes attitude.”

So,  If we are to have a “Whatever it Takes” attitude, then …

1.       Agree that we as a campus will do whatever it takes to connect people to Christ.
With this man, it took four unified brothers to get him to Jesus. I pray that we as a campus would be so unified that we come together for the purpose of connecting Ringgold to Jesus!

2.       We believe that there is no hope for humanity but Jesus.
We have to share the Gospel – Live Sent everywhere we go!
– Only Jesus has the power to save sinners
– Only Jesus can forgive sinners
– Only Jesus can heal and set people free!
– We don’t make excuses for others or for ourselves. Instead, we do something. (Our Word for the year)

3.   We don’t give up when it is difficult or uncomfortable.
Instead, we go to extreme measures to make an eternal impact on someone’s life.
– Persistent. We keep evaluating ways to make room to connect new folks.
– Creative Means. Think “outside the box”
– Continue to come up with new methods
Bringing the man through the roof was no ordinary means, yet…They did it!

4. We don’t expect someone else to act. We see the need and take action!
Pastors, Worship leaders, and buildings don’t grow churches, God grows churches and He uses US the church to do it! The attitude I am talking about is one where we are all committed to God and to each other. We are all participating, serving, giving, growing, and going.

Here’s why I say all that…

We have a phenomenal “problem” in Ringgold. WE ARE OUT OF ROOM! We can’t add any more chairs in the auditorium.  Because of this, we have made a partnership with a Rock Bridger who owns the yoga studio at the end of the Remco shops. Starting in April we are asking 75 people who attend the 10:30am service (Most full service and most attractive to guest) to commit to attending service in the yoga studio until we move into our new building in 6 to 8 months.

So the ask is for those attending the 10:30 am service to…

1. Move to the 9:00 am service. (75 to 100 available chairs)
2. Move to the 11:59 am service (50 to 75 available chairs)
3. Move to Rock Bridge Ringgold 2.0 “outside of the box”

Cameras are being put up in the auditorium and we’ve purchased a massive TV. So it will feel like you are right there in the auditorium! You won’t miss out on anything that goes on!

If you are willing to “join the movement” and make a move by attending the 9 am or 11:59 am service. Please reply back to me here.

If you are ready to make the move, text the word MOVE to 888.744.0761 

I love you Rock Bridge Ringgold. I love that we keep having to come up with creative ideas to make room. This is a result of you Loving God. Loving Others and Living Sent. Don’t quit! Keep inviting and being a bringer!

See ya this weekend!

JC
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Relentless Love Of God

So often we sings songs never taking a moment to reflect on what those songs are really saying.

I Know I’m guilty of doing this so many times.. I like the beat, melody, sound etc….

Last night at our ( Rock Bridge Ringgold  ) night of worship we sang a song that I couldn’t sing. I mean I couldn’t make my mouth make a sound… I just stood there captivated by the words of the song. A song taken straight from scripture.

“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death,  its jealousy unyielding as the grave.It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.” 

Song of Solomon 8:6

This is the kind of Love God wants us to have for Him and He won’t relent in His pursuit of us until He has it!

He want’s to be a fire inside of us, an all-consuming fire. A flam upon our heart until we are at one with Him!

With that being said… Let’s break down some of the lyrics to see what it’s saying.

I set you as a seal upon my heart, as a seal upon my arm

A seal is not something that is put onto documents lightly.

A seal takes the place of a signature, saying, “I take responsibility for this!”

When I king would put His Seal on the letter that meant It’s his words. You’ve all heard “A seal of approval”

Now, setting Jesus as your seal is the same as saying you are representing Jesus, and that what you are doing is on his behalf. Think about the implications of what taking that seal represents!

Setting Jesus as a seal means that everything you do now is not for your own sake, but for Jesus’s sake and the sake of the Gospel. Similar to a brand, a seal is not something that goes away. It is saying that you are Jesus’ representative on earth.

For there is love that is as strong as death, Jealousy demanding as the grave And many waters cannot quench this love

READ Romans 8: 38-39!

Come be the fire inside of me. Come be the flame upon my heart…Until You and I are one

In scripture, Jesus is compared to an eternal fire. 1 Peter 1:6-7 reads,

Being a “fire” isn’t something that we should take lightly. If we want Jesus to be a fire in our souls, it means that he will burn everything but himself. That means you will face many trials, forcing you to choose Jesus or your sin nature.

It means you are asking Jesus to put you through many trials until You and I are one. That means you are giving God permission to do anything he wants with your life until you die. That is also not a claim to be taken lightly.

Anyone can see the fire but it’s not SEEING a fire that burns you.

3 area the fire of God works

  1. Fire to you

It’s wonderful to see somebody who is on fire for God, it draws you and creates a hunger in you.

2.  Fire in you

Purging, cleansing, sanctifying, burning up the clutter, the excesses, the selfishness, the sin, habits, addictions, attitudes. (Gold)

3. Fire through you

cleansed and purified vessel fire flow through you to others.

I don’t wanna talk about you like you’re not in the room

Jesus is not just some relic from a past time–he is very much alive! Hebrews 13:8

You won’t relent until you have it all, My heart is yours

The surrendering of our hearts means forfeiting all that we are, and all that we have, to follow Jesus.

We sing in churches every week “I surrender all” when in actuality shouldn’t we really be singing “I Surrender some”

We give Him some… Not all.

What would it look like for a church to surrender there ALL to him! I can tell you… REVIVAL!

My what He would do with a few who would say “Lord here is my all” “I surrender it ALL to you”

Now friends know this, It could cost you, but that is what surrender means.

Are you ready to follow Jesus despite all it may cost you?

 

What’s on your Christmas List?

theparentcue.org is one of my favorite blogs/websites that I visit daily.

Wanted to share this one with you today written by Mike Tiemann.

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You probably have lots of vivid memories that come to mind when you remember celebrating Christmas as a kid.

● Bundling up in the car to look at the neighbors’ lights.
● Decorating the tree while listening to Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole.
● Making Christmas sugar cookies with Grandma . . . and leaving enough icing so you can lick the bowl.
● Drinking hot cocoa (with marshmallows!) as you watch the snow fall.
● Singing “Silent Night” at church . . . while your candle dripped hot wax onto your fingers.
● Examining each wrapped gift to try to figure out who it was for . . . and what might be inside!

As kids, we waited for the big day to arrive . . . but our concerns were very practical. We couldn’t WAIT to see what gifts we would receive! We spent the month of December dreaming of toys, candy, and video games—and, yes, making lists of the things we wanted most. As parents, we now have the privilege of experiencing Christmas with our own kids. We also have the opportunity to help them connect the joy and excitement of the season with the great love God has shown to us.

After all, Christmas has always been about anticipation. Long ago, God’s people were waiting for the promised Savior. They rejoiced at the news of His birth. We give gifts today as a way to remember the greatest gift: Jesus. God’s only Son. Emmanuel. God with us. Of course your kids will be excited about what they can get for Christmas. But at the same time, don’t miss the chance to show them what it means to give.

In December, we’re discovering what it means to show compassion: Caring enough to do something about someone else’s need. We can respond to the love God showed us by loving the people He’s put around us.

So talk with your kids. As you listen to their wish lists, also help them think about ways to show compassion—to make others your mission. You could give your time, serving somewhere in your local community. You could donate food or winter jackets to those in need. You could choose an item from the Compassion Gift Catalog to make an impact for children in poverty.

Whatever you decide to do, get the whole family involved. Help your kids make some sweet memories about serving and loving others. Make it your Undercover Christmas mission to show compassion—together.

Download this year’s Advent Calendar for more ideas on how to take your kids on a journey of compassion this season. Click Here

 

Surrounded-This is how I fight my battles.

A few months ago I’m on the treadmill getting my cardio in and I can see a person coming up next to me. To be honest I was telling myself not to turn and look because I had just hit my stride and really didn’t want to mess it up. But, sure enough she tap’s me on the shoulder. So I slow it down to a brisk walk, take my earbuds out and she says…

“Hey, You are JC Right? This might be a little strange but I’ve been praying for you for the last few weeks. I don’t know why. I’ve never met you, but I know you are a pastor and I’ve heard you preach… Anyhow, at my church a couple weeks ago we sang this song and  I was worshiping your face came to mind so I begin to pray for you. Well, yesterday it happened again and then you walked into the gym tonight and I really felt like I was suppose to just come tell you there is a song you really need to listen to. Also, Pastor, don’t give up. God is using you.” She told me the name of the song and then walked away…..

I pulled up youtube and typed the song title in and then it happened …. There I ran (more like a slow trot) with tears coming down my face having some church right there in Planet Fitness as I listened to this song on repeat. (Its the no judgment zone so no one said anything. Either that or they were really worried that I should stop running)
WOW WOW WOW! It’s a simple song, but it’s powerful. So many times when I’ve been surrounded by turmoil, heartbreak, setbacks, defeat and relentless attacks. I love that in just the right time God surrounds us with people who will pray for, encourage and help us to stay in the battle! 

Psalm 31:21 says, “Praise the Lord! How wonderfully he showed his love for me when I was surrounded and attacked!” 

‘The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.’ Isaiah 61:3 

Here’s what we need to understand about praise and worship.. It doesn’t just happen at church during the music. It can happen anywhere at anytime!

Praise works like a magnifying glass. It causes what you’re focusing on to get bigger, to be ‘magnified.’ David said it like this, ‘Magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears’          Psalm 34:3-4

Praise is one of the best ways to problem-solving because it gets your focus on God, the problem solver and not on the problem at hand.

I love this quote from Charles Spurgeon: “My happiest moments are when I am worshipping God, really adoring the Lord Jesus Christ…In that worship I forget the cares of the church and everything else. To me it is the nearest approach to what it will be in Heaven.’ 

Friends, God has promised us ‘the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.’ It works like this. When you begin to praise him with a heavy heart, you experience a new sense of hope and joy. Through worship you are reminded that God is bigger than the situation you face; that he’s not only capable of managing your concerns but willing, wanting and waiting to.

Hey friend. Let me encourage you. There are more with you than there are against you. You are not alone in your fight! You are surrounded by the Lord Of Hosts and the armies of Heaven! Don’t quit. Don’t give up! Keep fighting the good fight! HE is with you!

I tried to find the lady after I finished but wasn’t able to locate her. If you are one of my friends on social media or you happen to read this blog, Thank you! Thank you for being used by God to encourage this pastor! 

Go ahead and recall his goodness to you; take off the spirit of heaviness and put on the garment of praise!